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Archive for Sunday, January 17, 2010

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12:00 a.m.
Gordy Hoffman, left, Maria Skeels and Lyle Dohl helped form Hollywood Hawks. Hollywood Hawks: Casting directors help foster link between Kansas and entertainment industry
January 15, 2010 in print edition on 1C
Maria Skeels is hungry, and she’s surrounded by food. But she’s not allowed to touch any of it. The Leavenworth native is one of the casting directors for the upcoming Fox series “MasterChef” …
6:00 a.m.
Kansas center Markieff Morris goes for the ball against Tech defenders Theron Jenkins (left) and Darko Cohadarevic Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse. Brilliance, frustration in equal measure
January 17, 2010 in print edition on 1C
Kansas no longer sits atop the polls, so it’s not necessary to hold the Jayhawks to the standards demanded of the No. 1 team in the nation.
10:00 a.m.
The Legends 14 movie theater sign is reflected in the fountain pool that is a centerpiece fixture in the shopping complex in Kansas City, Kan. Sales tax numbers show that the Legends and other shopping areas might be drawing people away from spending in Lawrence. Lawrence losing shoppers
January 17, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence is no longer part of the club. Of the approximately 600 cities and towns in Kansas, there have been a few — maybe around 50 — that have been part of a special club of communities that stand out as shopping superstars.
2:00 p.m.
Gov. Mark Parkinson on Tuesday listens before speaking at the annual meeting of the Governor's Council on Fitness that was held at the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library. Parkinson advocated for a statewide ban on smoking in public places, and said he was evaluating whether to call for an increase in the cigarette tax.  Smoking, obesity top state health issues
January 17, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Smoking and obesity are the top health challenges facing Kansans.
6:00 p.m.
Members of Cub Scout Pack 3071 watch as race cars fly down the track during the pack’s annual Pinewood Derby on Saturday at Prarie Park School. Each car was required to weigh below five ounces. Pinewood Derby whittles scouting skills
January 17, 2010 in print edition on 1B
One looked like a school bus. Another like the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. Yet another was optimized using Internet blueprints. Some were just plain fast.

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Morris helps Kansas hold off Tigers
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas senior guard Danielle McCray scored 26 points, leading the KU women to a 72-59 victory over Missouri on Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Behind the Lens: Put together your own panoramic image
January 17, 2010
Sometimes wide-angle lenses can’t capture the magnitude of a scene you want to photograph. A fun option is to create panorama images…
Brilliance, frustration in equal measure
January 17, 2010 in print edition on C1
Kansas no longer sits atop the polls, so it’s not necessary to hold the Jayhawks to the standards demanded of the No. 1 team in the nation.
Hunger, hope and frenzy grip Haiti
Water, food slowly making way to survivors
January 17, 2010 in print edition on A3
Precious water, food and early glimmers of hope began reaching parched and hungry earthquake survivors Saturday on the streets of this shattered city, where despair at times turned into a frenzy among the ruins.
LHS second, FSHS third at swim meet
January 17, 2010 in print edition on C1
The Lawrence High boys swimming and diving team finished second, and Free State finished third at the Shawnee Mission North Invite on Saturday.
Afghan lawmakers reject more Cabinet nominations
January 17, 2010 in print edition on A9
Afghanistan’s parliament Saturday rejected more than half of President Hamid Karzai’s second list of Cabinet nominees — including two of three women — dealing him a fresh political blow as his government struggles to face the growing Taliban threat.
Green giant: Portland high-rise to get 250-foot-tall trellises
January 17, 2010 in print edition on A8
They haven’t figured out yet how to get the pruning done, but architects and federal officials plan one of the world’s most extensive vertical gardens in downtown Portland — what amounts to a series of 250-foot-tall trellises designed to shade the west side of an 18-story office building.
ADHD presentation set for Thursday
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B4
A presentation on Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder will take place at Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
Tired of thinking outside the box?
You’re not the only who’s sick of jargon and buzzwords
January 17, 2010 in print edition on C6
At the end of the day, it’s important to achieve a win-win solution. Be sure to think outside the box to demonstrate thought leadership. And harness key learnings to change the game on that mission-critical project.
Will Spider-Man ever be a web singer?
Oft-delayed musical faces financial woes
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B6
The drawing of a familiar superhero stares out from the double doors of the dark Hilton Theatre on 42nd Street, just west of Times Square.
Iranian metal band jams secretly in cowshed
January 17, 2010 in print edition on C9
In a cowshed on the outskirts of Tehran, a heavy metal band jams excitedly before a row of bewildered bovines.
A year later, hope dissolves into disappointment
January 17, 2010 in print edition on A5
A year ago, on an Inauguration Day like no other, Barack Obama placed his hand upon the Lincoln Bible and then assured a weary nation that, with hope and virtue, we could “brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come.”
‘Buried Life’ gets brothers closer to 100 goals
January 17, 2010 in print edition on C8
Four years ago, brothers Jonnie and Duncan Penn decided to make a list of everything they dreamed of doing in their life. The “100 things to do before they die” list ranged from helping a stranger to getting a college degree.
KU women to open second post-Goodrich era today
January 17, 2010 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team lost point guard Angel Goodrich prior to last season, and now the Jayhawks will be sans Goodrich for the remainder of this season.
Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook
January 17, 2010 in print edition on C5
Kansas University center Cole Aldrich scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds with three blocks in 22 minutes.
Morningstar, Reed rise to occasion
Guards prove KU’s depth as starters languish on bench
January 17, 2010 in print edition on C5
On a day when two of his starters (Sherron Collins and Tyshawn Taylor) combined for just 13 points while playing an average of 19 minutes each, Kansas University coach Bill Self sure was glad to have Brady Morningstar and Tyrel Reed on his bench.
Motivated force
Marcus Morris on a roll
January 17, 2010 in print edition on C1
Ever-honest Marcus Morris, who is Kansas University’s leading scorer and No. 2 rebounder through two games of the still-young Big 12 season, shrugs his shoulders when asked if he can keep up his highly productive pace.
Chestnut leads Free State wrestlers
January 17, 2010 in print edition on C3
Spencer Chestnut led the Free State High wrestling team with an eighth-place finish Saturday at the Basehor-Linwood Bobcat Classic.
For $65, tourists get peek at Los Angeles gangland
January 17, 2010 in print edition on A2
Only miles from the scenic vistas and celebrity mansions that draw sightseers from around the globe — but a world away from the glitz and glamour — a bus tour is rolling through the dark side of the city’s gang turf.
Obama taps ex-presidents for Haiti fundraising effort
January 17, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama tapped former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton on Saturday to head a major fundraising effort to underwrite Haiti’s long-term recovery, even as concerns grew about delivering life-saving aid to earthquake victims.
Medvedev’s photo gets $1.7M at auction
January 17, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Dmitry Medvedev has outdone his powerful predecessor — as an artist.
Obama confident bank tax plan will pass
January 17, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama expressed confidence Saturday that lawmakers would approve his proposed tax on banks to recover bailout money, despite opposition from Republicans and the financial industry.
Tobacco industry pleads for no big payments
January 17, 2010 in print edition on A2
Tobacco industry lawyers met secretly with Solicitor General Elena Kagan in an effort to avoid the government’s last-ditch attempt to extract billions from companies that illegally concealed the dangers of cigarette smoking, The Associated Press has learned.
JFK Airport evacuated after security breach
January 17, 2010 in print edition on A2
A man who left Haiti and flew to the U.S. following the earthquake opened a restricted door at a busy terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday, setting off an alarm that led to the evacuation of hundreds of travelers, officials said.
Outside capital, much despair and little aid
January 17, 2010 in print edition on A3
As aid masses in Haiti’s devastated capital, time is running out in rural areas where the damage is no less severe.
Crews draw on 9/11 experience
January 17, 2010 in print edition on A3
When the twin towers came down on Sept. 11, 2001, deputy police inspector Robert Lukach was there, working on the pile, digging through the rubble for survivors.
Leaders struggle for post-quake control
January 17, 2010 in print edition on A3
With the National Palace uninhabitable and his own home destroyed, Haitian President Rene Preval is trying to run his country from a dilapidated police station near the heavily damaged national airport.
Search for relatives becoming desperate
January 17, 2010 in print edition on A3
They wait outside crumbled schools or shattered markets, searching for sisters, fathers, children, lovers.
I-35 pileup kills boy, injures dozens more
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B2
A boy was killed and nearly three dozen people were injured Saturday in a northeast Kansas pile-up that left wreckage from dozens of vehicles strewn across Interstate 35.
Kuzhil leads KU swimming and diving team
January 17, 2010 in print edition on C3
Junior Iuliia Kuzhil broke two pool records to help the Kansas University women’s swimming and diving team defeat Nebraska, 182-109, Saturday at Robinson Natatorium.
Wright-Conklin leads LHS wrestlers
January 17, 2010 in print edition on C3
Reece Wright-Conklin finished in second place in the 160-pound division to lead the Lawrence High wrestling team to an 18th-place finish Saturday at the Newton Tournament of Champions.
Retailers compare present with downturn in 1980s
January 17, 2010 in print edition on A7
Lawrence sales tax collections fell by their largest amount in at least 15 years in 2009, according to recently released statistics by the city.
Obama faces 2nd year filled with tough challenges
January 17, 2010 in print edition on A5
There will be no parade this time for President Barack Obama. No grand speech from the west front of the Capitol, no fireworks, no glittery balls to kick off the second year of his presidency on Wednesday, as there were for the first.
Lawmaker unhappy his photo used for bin Laden poster
January 17, 2010 in print edition on A9
A Spanish lawmaker was horrified to learn that the FBI used an online photograph of him to create an image showing what Osama bin Laden might look like today.
Census: More moms become breadwinners
January 17, 2010 in print edition on A8
The number of working moms who are the sole breadwinners in their families rose last year to an all-time high, and the number of stay-at-home dads edged higher, in a shift of traditional gender roles caused partly by massive job losses.
Subsidies prop up cotton country through downturn
January 17, 2010 in print edition on A8
The white puff of cotton blooms cover Missouri’s Bootheel at harvest, filling both tiny planter boxes outside a Super 8 motel’s front door and nearby thousand-acre spreads.
State senators seek toxic toy answers
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B8
Two state senators are asking the Kansas health agency to make recommendations for preventing toxic toys made in China from reaching Kansas store shelves.
Three officers chastised in double shooting
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B8
Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller has chastised four officers linked to a double shooting that happened after a night of St. Patrick’s Day revelry.
High school girl excels as cellist
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B8
Ye Yoo is, in a sense, two different people.
Ethics probe focuses on Rep. Todd Tiahrt
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B5
U.S. House ethics committee leaders on Friday said they were examining U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., and his ties to the now defunct lobbying firm, The PMA Group.
Author in SE Kansas lands book deal
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B5
Landing a book deal with a major publisher is every author’s dream.
Wheel Genius: Road work for this week
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B5
Road work for the week of January 17, 2010.
Dog attends communion at parish in St. Louis
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B5
Our Lady of the Holy Cross Catholic Church got a new priest last summer, the Rev. Don Buhr.
City Commission agenda for Jan. 19
Change in smoking code requested
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B4
The Lawrence city commission agenda for January 19, 2010.
KU makes priority list for state lawmakers
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B4
While budget issues will continue to color the upcoming Legislative session for Kansas University, the school is pushing for the state to allow it to have more independence in making some decisions.
Two exits to close on U.S. Highway 59
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B4
Residents of Berg Acres subdivision at the southern edge of Lawrence will lose their two exits onto U.S. Highway 59 and won’t get an additional access point until someone decides to develop some nearby property.
Lottery still seeking casino proposal
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B3
Kansas Lottery officials are still waiting to receive any casino proposals for the state’s southeast corner.
Pinewood Derby whittles scouting skills
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B1
One looked like a school bus. Another like the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. Yet another was optimized using Internet blueprints. Some were just plain fast.
Judge in Tiller case draws scrutiny over religious beliefs after ruling
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B1
The judge overseeing the trial of the man accused of gunning down a Kansas abortion doctor is a practicing Roman Catholic who once courted the endorsement of an anti-abortion group — but who has insisted the case won’t be about abortion.
Demand expected to rise for heating assistance
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B1
The combination of a harsh economy and a cold winter could have more people looking for help in paying their heating bills, local organizations fear.
City braces for possible state funding cuts
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B1
As city commissioners work on economic development projects to bring new jobs to Lawrence, there’s an uneasy fact hanging over their efforts: State budget cuts could undo much of their work.
Mortgages
January 17, 2010 in print edition on C6
The Douglas County register of deeds recorded 42 mortgages in the weekly period ended Thursday. Breakdown by dollar value:
Bankruptcies
January 17, 2010 in print edition on C6
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:
Builders association elects new directors
January 17, 2010 in print edition on C6
The Lawrence Home Builders Association elected Greg Rau, Apple Tree Homes; Dean Grob, Grob Engineering; and Hubert Kettler, Kettler Construction, to serve on its 2010 board of directors.
Union deal
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B7
To the editor: According to various reports I have read in the last 24 hours (Jan. 14-15), the pending “breakthrough” on the health care bill fiasco concerns the taxing of so-called Cadillac plans.
Fun experience
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Congratulations to Kansas University and the other local sponsors for providing thousands of Lawrence elementary schoolchildren attractive T-shirts, lunch, water bottles and an exciting college women’s basketball game.
Hope rises in black America
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B7
One year later. One year after that icy Washington day when Aretha Franklin sang and John Roberts muffed his lines and Barack Obama raised his hand and swore the oath that made him president of the United States, it turns out something fundamental has changed.
Powerful budget panel a scary thought
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B7
You know the foreboding you feel while watching the steamier Greek tragedies, when dynasties are falling and sons are marrying their mothers and everyone is behaving badly and you are thinking: Really, things cannot continue like this.
Budget snub
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B7
Ignoring the governor’s budget proposals won’t make the state’s financial crisis go away.
Horoscope for January 17, 2010
January 17, 2010 in print edition on B6
This year, you enter a new luck cycle that could define your next 11 years. Let go of what might be holding you back. Ask yourself what you want to realize most, and put it on your wish list. Curb a tendency to overeat, as you might gain a little in this expansion transit! It might be an emotional or professional expansion, but also a physical one. If you are single, you could meet someone very special to your life’s history. If you are attached, the two of you could gain from your luck cycle. What do you really desire as a couple? Aquarius reads you cold!
Smoking, obesity top state health issues
January 17, 2010 in print edition on A1
Smoking and obesity are the top health challenges facing Kansans.
Home work: Restage your house with what’s on hand
January 17, 2010
The holidays are over. You’ve curbed the Christmas tree, stowed the snow village and turned out the twinkling lights. Suddenly, your house looks bare, bland and boringly blah…
Tech gagged, handcuffed
Red Raiders speechless after offensive struggles
January 17, 2010 in print edition on C4
Scoring never has represented much of a problem for Texas Tech junior forward Mike Singletary.
Lawrence losing shoppers
City sales tax revenue below average
January 17, 2010 in print edition on A1
Lawrence is no longer part of the club. Of the approximately 600 cities and towns in Kansas, there have been a few — maybe around 50 — that have been part of a special club of communities that stand out as shopping superstars.
Web skeptic Jaron Lanier challenges Internet euphoria
January 17, 2010 in print edition on D3
In the first flowering of the Internet a decade and a half ago, the astronomer and computer expert Clifford Stoll wrote “Silicon Snake Oil,” a vigorous assault on the overheated promises and dreamy utopianism of the new digital world.
‘Creatures’ feature: Fact plus feeling animates Chevalier’s novel
January 17, 2010 in print edition on D3
A woman picking at bones in the dirt … sexy stuff for a book?
Poet’s Showcase: ‘Visiting Writer’
January 17, 2010 in print edition on D3
I don’t need a passport.
Jest for Grins: Disney World’s scary rides not for the timid
January 17, 2010 in print edition on C8
When husband Ray and I took son Greg to California’s Disney Land, we never expected that he and daughter-in-law Val would pay back the favor decades later by taking us to Florida’s Disney World.
Sometimes ‘faux’ is in demand
January 17, 2010 in print edition on D8
In the world of cabinetmakers and other craftsmen, sometimes fake or “faux” is better than real.
Boomer Girl Diary: Questions about spouse’s age best left in gray area
January 17, 2010 in print edition on D1
Studies have shown that after a certain number of years, longtime lovers start to look alike.