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12:00 a.m.
In January, Joe Farthing, Lawrence, was training to compete in his first marathon — the Lynn Electric 2010 Kansas Marathon. He is among at least 200 people who will compete Sunday in the race, which benefits Health Care Access clinic. Runner uses father for inspiration as he prepares for this year’s Kansas Marathon
January 25, 2010 in print edition on 3A
Following his father’s heart attack in 2000, Joe Farthing knew he needed to get in better shape. And nearly 10 years later, Farthing will be competing in his first marathon.
6:00 a.m.
Carole Rehder, a retired nurse, gives Leslie Ostronic, 9, her second dose of the H1N1 flu vaccine in January at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department clinic. In the background is Leslie’s mother, Laurie, who is holding siblings Brecken, 4, and Dallas, 5. The children all received an immunization. H1N1 flu immunization process no small task for Douglas County community
January 28, 2010 in print edition on 1A
The planning process began in April, shortly after the first case was confirmed by the CDC on April 15. The first vaccine was given Oct. 21, 2009, at Haskell Indian Nations University. It was the first H1N1 vaccine clinic in Kansas.
10:00 a.m.
Here are some examples of novelty cigarette lighters that would be banned under Senate Bill 342, which was considered Thursday before a Senate committee. Nancy Niles Lusk of Overland Park purchased these lighters in filling stations and convenience stores in Kansas. Supporters of the bill say the lighters should not be for sale because they are attractive to young children who could misuse them. Novelty cigarette lighters targeted by bill
11:19 a.m., January 28, 2010 Updated 11:21 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Legislation to ban novelty cigarette lighters was considered Thursday by a Senate committee.
2:00 p.m.
Reagan Sullivan, left, and Emma Perez, both fourth-graders at Langston Hughes School, experience the view from the cab of a modern tractor Thursday during a Slice of Ag event at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 21st and Harper streets. The event, sponsored by K-State Research and Extension, provided fourth-graders from area schools a close look at farm life, including viewing hogs, beef and dairy cattle. Seeing life through a farmer’s eyes: Pupils’ farm knowledge grows
January 29, 2010 in print edition on 3A
When most children think about pizza, it’s likely they don’t think about the farmers and animals behind the steaming, cheesy slice they’re about to chomp on.
9:00 p.m.
The Ben Miller band includes (from left) Scott Leeper, Ben Miller and Doug Dicharry. Ozark stomp: Ben Miller might just be the best juke joint vagabond in the Midwest
January 29, 2010 in print edition on 1C
Ben Miller went down to the crossroads, but he didn’t sell his soul.

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Federal government considering official investigation into legality of BCS
January 29, 2010
The Obama administration is considering several steps that would review the legality of the controversial Bowl Championship Series, the Justice Department said in a letter Friday to a senator who had asked for an antitrust review.
Moran, Tiahrt mix it up at forum
06:37 p.m., January 29, 2010 Updated 06:37 p.m.
Republicans vying for Senate seat point out differences
Kansas health department reports 27th death statewide from H1N1, encourages vaccination
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 78-year-old woman from the Wichita area has died from infection with the H1N1 influenza virus. The death brings the total number of confirmed deaths from the pandemic strain statewide to 27.
City leaders looking at how they could give a boost to private curbside recycling efforts
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A1
Curbside recycling efforts in Lawrence may soon get a city-sponsored boost, but not a new city-run service.
Lawrence police cite clerical errors as reason for both complaints of racial profiling in 2009
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A3
Lawrence police blame clerical errors on two complaints of race-based traffic stops reported to the agency in 2009, according to public reports released by the agency.
Kansas tax collections come up $18 million short in January
January 29, 2010 in print edition on B4
In a preliminary report issued Friday, the state Department of Revenue says January’s tax revenue totaled more than $503 million — about 3.5 percent below the official forecast of nearly $522 million.
Brownback says Kansas economy is top priority
03:42 p.m., January 29, 2010 Updated 03:58 p.m.
Low taxes, open regulatory structure needed, senator says
Lawmakers: No raises for state employees
02:38 p.m., January 29, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B8
Republican legislative leaders on Friday said there will probably be no pay raise this year for state employees.
Kansas Supreme Court chief justice to take leave to address health issues
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A5
The Kansas Supreme Court says Chief Justice Robert Davis will be out of the office for several weeks to deal with medical issues.
Third candidate enters GOP race for U.S. Senate seat held by Sam Brownback
January 29, 2010
The new candidate is Robert Londerholm, who served as Kansas attorney general in 1965-69 and later as a member and chairman of the Kansas racing commission. He’s now an attorney in Olathe.
Sheriff’s deputies plan extra patrols next weekend
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A3
Douglas County sheriff’s deputies will conduct saturation patrols next weekend, a spokesman announced Friday.
Republican files to run for state treasurer
January 29, 2010
Kansas Republicans now have a candidate for state treasurer.
KU names second finalist for liberal arts deanship
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A3
Kansas University’s second candidate for its liberal arts dean is Joseph C. Shields, the chairman of the department of physics and astronomy at Ohio University.
Kansas Senate panel endorses measure to repeal state death penalty
10:51 a.m., January 29, 2010 Updated 02:21 p.m.
A Senate panel endorsed a bill Friday to repeal the Kansas death penalty, saying it’s a debate that legislators must conduct.
Jurors find Scott Roeder guilty of first-degree murder of George Tiller
10:13 a.m., January 29, 2010 Updated 05:22 p.m. in print edition on A1
A jury took just 37 minutes Friday to convict an anti-abortion activist of murder for putting a gun to the head of abortion doctor George Tiller and pulling the trigger in the foyer of a church.
Despite buyout funding being on list of state budget cuts, officials pledge to complete purchase of contaminated Kansas town
09:09 a.m., January 29, 2010 Updated 09:25 a.m. in print edition on A4
State and federal officials told residents of the southeast Kansas town of Treece that their ruined town will be bought out, even if the state cuts money from for the buyout.
Dead alligator found in lake near Burlington, Kan.
January 29, 2010
Wildlife officials are trying to find out how a dead alligator wound up in a lake in east-central Kansas.
Kansas Legislature poised to take up death penalty repeal
January 29, 2010
Legislation to repeal the Kansas death penalty law was awaiting possible action by a Senate committee Friday.
What to do in Larry tonight, Friday edition
January 29, 2010
Grand Opening of the Art House, Songwriter Night at the LAC, Pat Green and Cory Morrow, The Ben Miller Band, AA Bondy, Mouth’s First Birthday Bash, Monte Carlos with Pat Boone’s Farm and Modie Bones, and new movies…
Health industry has big influence on local, state economies
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A1
Hospitals and health care services are the No. 7 producer of income and sales in Kansas. They employ 11 percent of the state’s work force. Rural towns often depend on such services for survival.
Snow begins falling overnight in Douglas County
January 29, 2010
Areas south of Lawrence in Douglas County have experienced light snowfall.
Bernanke wins 2nd term in closest vote
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A2
Embattled Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke won confirmation for a second term Thursday, but only by the closest vote ever for the crucial post and after withering criticism from lawmakers for bailing out Wall Street while other Americans suffered in recession.
Committee formed to search for dean
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A3
Kansas University has named a committee to lead the search for a new law dean.
Buyers often face pro-rated property taxes
January 29, 2010 in print edition on B7
Q: I signed an agreement to purchase my first home in November, and the deal closed a few days ago. Although the seller had paid this year’s property taxes in full, the closing statement shows that I had to pay $971 for part of the bill through my closing expenses. Did the closing agent screw up or, worse, try to rip me off?
With diabetes diagnosis comes lessons in healthy living
Gaining control of weight can make disease easier to manage
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A1
Ginny Conard did lunges while vacuuming, cut soda from her diet, worked with a personal trainer and walked all over northern Lawrence to regain control of her diabetes. In the process she dropped from 164 pounds to 104 pounds. And while she still needs to take insulin, she’s come a long way in managing the disease.
Nation’s diabetes epidemic has serious consequences for Kansas
January 29, 2010
In 2008, more than one in four Kansans were considered obese — a number that has increased by 76 percent in the past 15 years. With extra weight come serious consequences. Chief among them is the explosion in the number of adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. “’Epidemic’ is a strong word and, yet, that is exactly what this is,” said Jon Stewart, CEO of the Leo Center, which offers health care through its medical clinic. “This isn’t a virus. This is not a bacterial infection. This is born largely out of choices people make again and again and again.”
Who’s at risk for diabetes?
January 29, 2010
In December, the Annals of Internal Medicine published a new screening that patients can use to see if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes.
How to prevent type 2 diabetes
January 29, 2010
People who lost a modest amount of weight by eating healthier and exercising more reduced their risk of developing diabetes more than people who took the drug metformin.
Haskell offers class for those at highest risk for diabetes
January 29, 2010
Minorities — including Hispanics, blacks and some Asians — have higher rates of diabetes than the average population. At the top are American Indians. Of the adults who use Indian Health Services, 16.5 percent have diabetes — a rate more than double the national average. One class at Haskell Indian Nations University hopes to educate students on ways to prevent the disease.
Symptoms of diabetes
January 29, 2010
According to the American Diabetes Association, those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes often have no symptoms. But there are several signs you might have diabetes.
100 years ago: 3 businessman arrested due to new cigarette law
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 29, 1909: The first warrants for arrests of violators of the new anti-cigarette law have been drawn up and three arrests were made today of well-known local businessmen. But since the new law went into effect it does not appear there has been any decrease in smoking, particularly among minors. If they cannot procure the papers to make their smokes, they secure an older person to do it for them.
Crown Chevrolet seeking arbitration
January 29, 2010 in print edition on B7
Miles Schnaer wants to keep selling Chevrolets, and he’s preparing to spend thousands of dollars to seek reversal of GM’s planned dismissal of his Lawrence dealership later this year.
FSHS boys bowling cruises
January 29, 2010 in print edition on B3
Robert Wagner led the Free State High boys bowling team to a victory on Thursday at the Firebirds’ home quad at Royal Crest Lanes.
Turner records triple double, LHS girls roll
January 29, 2010 in print edition on B3
Jasmyn Turner recorded a triple double to lead the Lawrence High girls basketball team to a 68-51 victory over Wichita North on Thursday in the first round of the Capital City Classic.
Back in action: Caron’s return sparks FSHS girls to victory
January 29, 2010 in print edition on B1
Sidelined two games because of a concussion, Free State High senior Chantay Caron returned to action Thursday and helped the Firebirds hand quite a headache to the Topeka West Chargers in the opening round of the 10th annual Firebird Winter Classic.
Lawrence High boys bowling wins, girls second
January 29, 2010 in print edition on B3
Tanner Kilmer finished with a team-high series 638 and the Lawrence High boys bowling team finished first in its road triangular with Olathe East and Shawnee Mission East on Thursday.
Senate permits borrowing $1.9T
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Senate voted Thursday to allow the government to go a whopping $1.9 trillion deeper in debt, offering a vivid election-year reminder that the government has to borrow 40 cents of every dollar it spends.
Afghan president predicts long NATO stay
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A2
Afghan President Hamid Karzai warned Thursday that foreign troops must stay in his country for another decade, as world powers agreed on an exit map including a plan to persuade Taliban fighters to disarm in exchange for jobs and homes.
Ford earns first profit in 4 years
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A2
Defying economic conditions that sent its U.S. rivals into bankruptcy court, Ford Motor Co. clawed its way to a $2.7 billion profit in 2009 and expects to stay in the black in 2010. It was the automaker’s first annual profit in four years.
Hundreds airlifted from Machu Picchu
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A2
Skies cleared over the fabled Machu Picchu citadel Thursday, speeding the evacuation of stranded tourists, many of whom were left to eat from communal pots and sleep outdoors after weekend flooding and mudslides cut access to the area.
Golf group CEO to lead March for Babies
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A4
Mark Woodward, CEO of Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, will serve as chair for the 2010 March for Babies, a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.
KDHE investigating recycling center
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is investigating a Lawrence recycling center, after several cars caught on fire there Wednesday afternoon.
Undersheriff finds $1M during traffic stop
January 29, 2010 in print edition on B8
A Clark County undersheriff says he was just following his instincts when he found more than $1 million during a traffic stop.
Jail fee dispute settled in Sedgwick County
January 29, 2010 in print edition on B8
Park City officials have agreed to settle the city’s part of a lawsuit with Sedgwick County over jail fees it hadn’t paid since 2008.
Audit examines prison misconduct cases
January 29, 2010 in print edition on B8
Kansas legislative auditors said Thursday that prison officials missed warning signs that resulted in inappropriate contact between staff and inmates at three facilities, including the Topeka prison for women.
Did Leonardo paint himself as ‘Mona Lisa’?
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A8
The legend of Leonardo da Vinci is shrouded in mystery: How did he die? Are the remains buried in a French chateau really those of the Renaissance master? Was the “Mona Lisa” a self-portrait in disguise?
Horoscope for January 29, 2010
January 29, 2010 in print edition on B6
For Friday, Jan. 29: This year, work on being nonreactive. You often make snap judgments, which more often than not have been right-on. Use more caution, as others might be projecting a lot of their stuff onto you. If you are single, you draw many people like a magnet. Choosing the right person takes talent. If you are attached, the two of you will witness much more passion — negative and positive.
Time for autopsy of canceled ‘Dollhouse’
January 29, 2010 in print edition on B6
Echo (Eliza Dushku) and her surviving Dollhouse cohorts scramble into the year 2020 to save mankind from sudden destruction. Whether they succeed, time has run out for “Dollhouse” (7 p.m., Fox) itself. This is the show’s final episode.
Seeing life through a farmer’s eyes: Pupils’ farm knowledge grows
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A3
When most children think about pizza, it’s likely they don’t think about the farmers and animals behind the steaming, cheesy slice they’re about to chomp on.
Analysis: Do blacks truly want to transcend race?
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A2
Five little words — “I forgot he was black” — have exposed a contradiction in the idea of a post-racial nation.
Voters: Obama’s speech a call to action for lawmakers
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama’s intense focus on jobs in his first State of the Union speech hit close to home for the millions of Americans who are in a bad mood over their financial distress a year into his term.
Neighborhood group to honor advocates
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods will honor two longtime neighborhood advocates at a special meeting today.
Pump patrol
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.42 at several stations.
Toyota shipping new parts
January 29, 2010 in print edition on B7
Toyota has begun shipping parts to fix the faulty gas pedals that led to a still-expanding recall and an unprecedented decision to stop selling and building some of its top-selling models, but it still could not say Thursday when millions of its drivers would get their cars fixed.
Brand experts: Despite jokes, ‘iPad’ likely to stick
January 29, 2010 in print edition on B7
You have to wonder whether there were any women in the room when the marketing geniuses at Apple decided to call the company’s new gadget the “iPad.” Because the jokes about feminine hygiene products are flying.
January 29, 2010 in print edition on B7
Agriculture futures were higher Thursday.
Net Worth: Wife shares husband’s sleep-talkin’ orations in popular blog
January 29, 2010 in print edition on C1
I snore. I have for quite some time, but it didn’t become an issue until I got “married.”
Ozark stomp: Ben Miller might just be the best juke joint vagabond in the Midwest
January 29, 2010 in print edition on C1
Ben Miller went down to the crossroads, but he didn’t sell his soul.
Highest bidder
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A7
Jan. 21, 2010, will be recorded in history books as a truly watershed moment in American politics with broad reaching implications for our democracy, although you would never know it by the sparse news coverage.
Simple idea
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A7
I read Mark Hirschey’s column denouncing health care reform but wondered why he took so many words to express a simple idea. Hirschey opposes health care reform because he has good insurance and can’t imagine life is different for anybody else.
Positive gesture
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A7
Positive behavior by adult role models often goes unnoticed.
Aldrich still trails Wilt, Born
January 29, 2010 in print edition on B1
Cole Aldrich flirted with his second triple-double as Kansas University ripped Missouri Monday. When he gets No. 2, he’ll still be tied for second with B.H. Born on the legitimate Jayhawk basketball charts
Morningstar holds no grudges
KU guard: Clemente incident ‘in heat of battle’
January 29, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas State guard Denis Clemente paid the price for elbowing Kansas University’s Brady Morningstar in the back and popping Tyrel Reed in the head during last year’s Sunflower Showdown in Manhattan.
Staying the course
There was little in Wednesday’s State of the Union address that indicated President Obama is moving toward the political middle.
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A6
Polls and the recent shocking Massachusetts election, in which a Republican won a U.S. Senate seat held by the late Ted Kennedy for more than 40 years, focused great attention and importance on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Wednesday evening.
Terrorists don’t deserve U.S. rights
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A6
The real scandal surrounding the failed Christmas Day airline bombing was not the fact that a terrorist got on a plane — that can happen to any administration, as it surely did to the Bush administration — but what happened afterward when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was captured and came under the full control of the U.S. government.
Nation should recombobulate
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A6
There they all were on the Sunday-morning chatfests, droning on about the anger of the American people as shown by the election in Massachusetts of a pickup truck to the U.S. Senate — ever ready, as pundits are, to take one good story and extrude it into a national trend portentous with meaning.
A closer look
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A6
In 1859, the namesake of Cordley School, Richard Cordley, was asked by neighbors to help a woman traveling along the Underground Railroad. Aware that U.S marshals were set on recapturing her, Cordley knew he would put his family in great danger if he decided to do what he felt was right and help her.
Tragic irony
January 29, 2010 in print edition on A7
Health care reform is dead, at least according to the Sunday morning pundits, thanks to lying Republicans, foot-dragging, timid Democrats and a fickle and misinformed public.
Poverty proves brutal, uplifting in ‘Precious’
January 29, 2010 in print edition on C2
Poverty is ugly. Every now and then we need to be reminded of that. “Precious,” the brutal and unflinching film based on the novel “Push” by Sapphire, gives us neediness at its ugliest and most shocking.
40 years ago: Chalmers answers legislators’ questions
January 29, 2010
Personnel, pollution, growth and the junior college impact on higher education were among the subjects during a Topeka question-and-answer period invovling Kansas University chancellor Laurence Chalmers. It was Chalmers’ baptism of legislative testimony and campus unrest and its impact on the KU ataff and activities triggered many a tough question.
25 years ago: Samaritan Lodge under fire
January 29, 2010
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment again moved to shut down the Samaritan Lodge, 205 N. Mich., but owners said they intended to keep the facility open. Dick Morrissey, director of the heatlh department’s adult and child care facilities program, confirmed that the department had issued a “close order” on Jan. 10.