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One person killed, four injured in U.S. 59 accident
December 24, 2001
(Updated Monday at 2:23 p.m.) One person was killed and four others were injured Monday morning on U.S. Highway 59 at the intersection with North 1000, three miles south of Lawrence, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper said. The accident occurred about 11:15 a.m.
Afghan commanders say they have Tora Bora caves under control
December 24, 2001
(Web Posted Monday at 7:04 a.m.) Most of the Tora Bora caves once occupied by al-Qaida forces in eastern Afghanistan have been cleaned out and only a few remain to be excavated, Afghan militia commanders said Monday.
Footwear focus of heightened airport security
December 24, 2001
(Updated Monday at 11:08 a.m.) A man who allegedly tried to set off explosives hidden in his shoes on a trans-Atlantic flight was ordered held in federal custody Monday, and authorities said they had no evidence to link him to Osama bin Laden’s terror network.
Study finds decline in conflicts around world
December 24, 2001
The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks rank as the “most dangerous conflict” of the year in a new report that found nine fewer conflicts around the world than in 2000.
Births
December 24, 2001
Angela Kennon and Vince Garcia, Lawrence, a boy, Sunday. Rusty and Lynda Taul, Pomona, a girl, Saturday.
Liberal views not retired
December 24, 2001
By Cal Thomas Tribune Media Services When Ronald Reagan delivered his “evil empire” speech about the Soviet Union nearly two decades ago, New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis debunked the speech, saying that the notion of evil was not a proper metaphor in our modern, sophisticated world. In a recent interview on the occasion of his retirement from 50 years of column writing, Lewis was asked by a Times editor about the lessons of Sept. 11. “It’s not safe for us to allow evil to fester somewhere else,” he said.
Latin America embraces Net phone services
Technology spurs competition in pricey long-distance market
December 24, 2001
Regina Helena used to count the hours between Sundays, the day she would call her daughter Fernanda in faraway Atlanta for a quick, weekly chat. Today, the Sao Paulo psychiatrist can afford to call daily. And next year once Brazil embraces voice-over-Internet technology she predicts the two will hardly ever be off the phone.
Horoscopes
December 24, 2001
Chiefs rally to sweep Chargers
December 24, 2001
Until Sunday, Trent Green didn’t have much luck colliding with Rodney Harrison. The last time Harrison put a ferocious hit on the quarterback, Green’s knee snapped, sidelining him for almost two years.
No. 5 Cavaliers rally to remain unbeaten, 76-68
December 24, 2001
J.C. Mathis made the most of his chances Sunday night, helping No. 5 Virginia stay unbeaten.
Afghan Cabinet gets down to business
December 24, 2001
Afghanistan’s new Cabinet met for the first time Sunday, hoping to begin the rebuilding of a land shattered by decades of war and reclaimed from international terrorists.
Determining coverage can be difficult
Experts provide tips on how to make one of life’s challenging decisions
December 24, 2001
Ray and Dora Semaska were shopping last week for bigger life insurance policies. The 40-something couple from Plantation, Fla., say the terrorist attacks were a wake-up call that prodded them to look for more protection for each other and for Ray’s business. He’s one of two partners in management consulting firm LMR Consultants in Sunrise, Fla.
Energy secretary secures gifts for U.S.
December 24, 2001
By David Broder Washington Post Writers Group Put whiskers and a red suit on him, and Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham would make a passable Santa Claus. What Abraham brought home from his recent trip to Moscow and his negotiations with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), plus what others have accomplished on Capitol Hill, are some of the best Christmas presents anyone could have hoped to find under the tree.
Spiritual anchor benefits Bush
December 24, 2001
By Myriam Marquez Orlando Sentinel We count our blessings this Christmas season. Especially this year. In a war battling terrorism, Americans are blessed to have a president who’s as spiritually anchored as he is politically astute.
Cassell, Milwaukee put end to 10-game win streak
December 24, 2001
While San Antonio has figured out most of the rest of the NBA, the Spurs can’t seem to solve the Milwaukee Bucks.
Urlacher catches decisive TD in 20-15 victory
December 24, 2001
The Chicago Bears are still finding amazing ways to win games. This time, they let their standout linebacker catch a touchdown pass.
Local briefs
December 24, 2001
Domestic disturbance led to triple-killing, police say Kansas City, Kan. Shootings that left three people dead began when a man intervened in a fight between his stepdaughter and her husband, police said Sunday. Police have not released the names of any of the victims. According to police, a husband and wife were arguing at their house in Kansas City, Kan., when the woman’s stepfather, who lived across the street, came to the home. “The disturbance escalated and the stepfather displayed a gun and shot the husband,” a police statement said. The stepfather then held the woman hostage in the house. She escaped Saturday morning, and called police from a neighbor’s house. When police tried to contact the stepfather at his house, a man inside shot at police with an assault rifle, beginning a 10-hour standoff that ended with a fire. Once the fire was out, police found a man’s body inside the house. They also found a woman’s gunshot body in a shed behind the house. ________ Public safety: State highway patrol adds Douglas County trooper A new Kansas Highway Patrol trooper is cruising the highways of Douglas County. Edna Buttler has been assigned to field training under Master Trooper Paul Alexander, KHP officials said. She recently completed a 22-week basic law enforcement course at the Highway Patrol’s Training Academy in Salina. Buttler is a graduate of Vista High School in Vista, Calif. She served in the Army Reserve from 1990 to 1998 as a military police officer. Prior to joining the patrol, she worked as a certified occupancy specialist for RPS Management Co. in Parsons. ________ Life science: KU to get $500,000 grant for research equipment Kansas University will receive $500,000 for life science research under the 2002 federal Labor and Health and Human Services appropriations bill. The money, secured by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., will be used to purchase cellular and molecular imaging equipment that allows researchers to identify genetic and protein bases of diseases, according to Roberts’ office. The money will be shared between the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., and the molecular biology department on the Lawrence campus. The funding bill also included $500,000 for the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas in Wichita to continue working with Wichita State University to establish a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center. The center will work to help businesses hire people with disabilities. ________ Communications: TV station back to full power Residents of Lawrence and surrounding areas now should be able to tune in a clear picture from Topeka’s KTKA-TV. The ABC station returned to full power Saturday afternoon after operating at only 10,000 watts since last Monday. Power had been reduced from full strength nearly 3.5 million watts to allow maintenance personnel to replace the station’s antenna, which sits atop a 1,436-foot tower. The antenna replacement will allow future expansion of the station’s signal to incorporate a digital signal. Digital transmission isn’t set to begin until late fall 2002.
What’s new
December 24, 2001
Companies team up to bring computers to sick children Selection of games for older crowd not coming up short Audible.com offers books on tape without tapes
Taliban prisoners complain about conditions of captivity
December 24, 2001
Hafiz Ihsan Saeed pointed to the untreated, infected shrapnel wound in his chest, his bare feet on the freezing concrete and his empty stomach and pleaded Sunday for help on behalf of all the Taliban inmates at Shibergan prison.
Offices, services closed Tuesday
December 24, 2001
Government offices and many public services in Lawrence will be closed Tuesday in observance of Christmas.
Gift budgets cut in favor of charitable donations
December 24, 2001
Omar Aqeel is no 12-year-old spendthrift. Despite his cushioned upbringing in affluent Pebble Beach, Calif., he washes cars and delivers newspapers to earn his own money. He saves the fruits of his youthful entrepreneurship.
Contradiction, resolution
December 24, 2001
J-W Editorials ‘Christmas can become real when we learn to embrace the paradoxes of the world, ourselves and others.’ Could it be that the very dilemma of Christmas is its greatest strength that its significance lies in the fact it forces each person, regardless of faith or the lack of it, to search for a personal meaning from a profusion of uncertainties?
Lindsborg chess tourney has international appeal
Grand master is star of historic competition
December 24, 2001
It’s the Super Bowl of Kansas chess.
Christmas leaves most of us in search of a battery recharge
December 24, 2001
By Dave Toplikar It was the night before Christmas a few years ago. Santa had just paid a major visit to our tree. I emptied the last gulps of my coffee and sat down in front of the tree, with visions of having fun with the kids in the morning.
Ali asked to film PSA
December 24, 2001
A Hollywood entertainment industry group is recruiting Muhammad Ali to film a public-service announcement explaining America’s war on terrorism to Muslims around the world.
Afghan Cabinet gets down to business
December 24, 2001
Afghanistan’s new Cabinet met for the first time Sunday, hoping to begin the rebuilding of a land shattered by decades of war and reclaimed from international terrorists.
Christmas leaves most of us in search of a battery recharge
December 24, 2001
By Dave Toplikar It was the night before Christmas a few years ago. Santa had just paid a major visit to our tree. I emptied the last gulps of my coffee and sat down in front of the tree, with visions of having fun with the kids in the morning.
Detroit goalie denies 23 shots in 5-0 victory for second straight blanking
December 24, 2001
Now that the Detroit Red Wings have rediscovered their scoring touch, Dominik Hasek has stopped allowing goals as well.
American Indian culture for sale
December 24, 2001
Growing up, Millie Benjamin spent her nights sleeping under a dream catcher, a traditional American Indian object believed to ward off nightmares.
Shoppers miserly on final weekend
December 24, 2001
On what was supposed to be the biggest shopping weekend of the holiday season, consumers flocked to the nation’s stores but remained frugal, despite heavy discounting and advertising blitzes.
Gift budgets cut in favor of charitable donations
December 24, 2001
Omar Aqeel is no 12-year-old spendthrift. Despite his cushioned upbringing in affluent Pebble Beach, Calif., he washes cars and delivers newspapers to earn his own money. He saves the fruits of his youthful entrepreneurship.
Contradiction, resolution
December 24, 2001
J-W Editorials ‘Christmas can become real when we learn to embrace the paradoxes of the world, ourselves and others.’ Could it be that the very dilemma of Christmas is its greatest strength that its significance lies in the fact it forces each person, regardless of faith or the lack of it, to search for a personal meaning from a profusion of uncertainties?
Fellowship’ rings up No. 1 opening at box-office
December 24, 2001
Hobbits were the lords of the box office as the opening chapter of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy took in $45.3 million Friday to Sunday for an easy No. 1 debut.
Explosives found in suspect’s shoes
December 24, 2001
Preliminary FBI tests found explosives in the sneakers that a passenger tried to ignite aboard a Boeing 767 jetliner, and the man was charged Sunday with the federal crime of assaulting a flight crew. His identity remained unclear. He was listed in court papers Sunday as Richard C. Reid, the name on his British passport. French authorities identified him as a Sri Lankan named Tariq Raja. In London, Scotland Yard said they believed the suspect was a British national.
Carter continues to consider retirement
Vikings standout wide receiver probably plays last home game in 33-3 rout by Jacksonville
December 24, 2001
When it was over, Cris Carter made a beeline for an end zone. There were people clustered in the stands, calling to him, screaming his name. They were Vikings fans. Even more than that, they were Cris Carter fans.
Chiefs elevate Harts
December 24, 2001
The Kansas City Chiefs have promoted Shaunard Harts from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
t buy Patriot Bonds unless it makes sense financially
December 24, 2001
A Series EE savings bond by any other name … is still a Series EE savings bond. But with many Americans having a heightened sense of patriotism these days, the Treasury Department has decided to oblige savers with a nationalistic spirit. On Dec. 11, the Treasury unveiled a version of the Series EE bond with the term “Patriot Bond” imprinted in the upper right-hand corner.
Secret Santa spreading cheer in Kansas City
December 24, 2001
After spending three days handing out $25,000 in New York, Secret Santa hit streets in the Kansas City area again, spreading yuletide cheer and holiday cash for those in need. The Jackson County businessman, who wishes to remain anonymous, has been handing out hundred-dollar bills for more than 20 years as his way of paying back the owner of a Mississippi diner who helped him when he was homeless.
Edith G. Kester
December 24, 2001
Services for Edith G. Kester, 76, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. She died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
relevance deepens after Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
December 24, 2001
Everything about “A Christmas Carol” is familiar, it seems. The miserly Scrooge. The procession of ghosts. The holly and mistletoe, the Crachit family’s pudding.
rings up No. 1 opening at box-office
December 24, 2001
Hobbits were the lords of the box office as the opening chapter of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy took in $45.3 million Friday to Sunday for an easy No. 1 debut.
s new
December 24, 2001
Companies team up to bring computers to sick children Selection of games for older crowd not coming up short Audible.com offers books on tape without tapes
Despite weather, Boschee fond of trip
December 24, 2001
By Gary Bedore Jeff Boschee stood in a far corner of a spacious visitors locker room, the last Kansas University men’s basketball player to depart Engelstad Arena late Saturday afternoon. “Jeff,” bellowed a pepper-haired man in suit and tie who raced back into the dressing area as if he forgot something. “Merry Christmas.”
Taliban prisoners complain about conditions of captivity
December 24, 2001
Hafiz Ihsan Saeed pointed to the untreated, infected shrapnel wound in his chest, his bare feet on the freezing concrete and his empty stomach and pleaded Sunday for help on behalf of all the Taliban inmates at Shibergan prison.
s shoes
December 24, 2001
Preliminary FBI tests found explosives in the sneakers that a passenger tried to ignite aboard a Boeing 767 jetliner, and the man was charged Sunday with the federal crime of assaulting a flight crew. His identity remained unclear. He was listed in court papers Sunday as Richard C. Reid, the name on his British passport. French authorities identified him as a Sri Lankan named Tariq Raja. In London, Scotland Yard said they believed the suspect was a British national.
Other Gramatica strains hamstring
December 24, 2001
A week after his brother wrecked his knee celebrating a field goal, Martin Gramatica strained his right hamstring.
No. 5 Cavaliers rally to remain unbeaten, 76-68
December 24, 2001
J.C. Mathis made the most of his chances Sunday night, helping No. 5 Virginia stay unbeaten.
Vikings standout wide receiver probably plays last home game in 33-3 rout by Jacksonville
December 24, 2001
When it was over, Cris Carter made a beeline for an end zone. There were people clustered in the stands, calling to him, screaming his name. They were Vikings fans. Even more than that, they were Cris Carter fans.
Ali asked to film PSA
December 24, 2001
A Hollywood entertainment industry group is recruiting Muhammad Ali to film a public-service announcement explaining America’s war on terrorism to Muslims around the world.
Usenet now considered a prime source for historians
December 24, 2001
It didn’t take long after the capture of U.S. Taliban John Walker before journalists were fanning out to learn more about this mysterious young man and how he went from a posh California suburb to a dingy Afghan prison.
Nancy B. Wolf
December 24, 2001
Services for Nancy B. Wolf, 60, Lawrence, will be 4 p.m. Wednesday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Cremation is planned. Mrs. Wolf died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
One person killed, four injured in U.S. 59 accident
December 24, 2001
(Updated Monday at 2:23 p.m.) One person was killed and four others were injured Monday morning on U.S. Highway 59 at the intersection with North 1000, three miles south of Lawrence, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper said. The accident occurred about 11:15 a.m.
On the street
December 24, 2001
Is Christmas too commercialized? Jenny Greeson, receptionist, Lawrence
Ottawa University to offer online MBA degree, classes
December 24, 2001
Ottawa University will begin offering a master of business administration degree online in January.
Most cities inhospitable to low-income residents
December 24, 2001
The average janitor earns enough to rent a one-bedroom apartment and pay for life’s other necessities in just six of the nation’s 60 largest cities. A retail salesperson can make ends meet in half that many locations. Both can forget about buying a home. That conclusion from the National Housing Conference, a nonprofit coalition of industry experts, advocates and academics, mirrors the findings of several reports since the summer documenting the struggles of working families to find affordable housing.
Inmates and administrators differ on quality of care at county facility
December 24, 2001
By Chad Lawhorn Douglas County Sheriff Rick Trapp oversees an odd health insurance company. It has about 5,000 potential customers a year who pay their premiums with time rather than money. They’re inmates at the Douglas County Jail.
Argentine debt default largest ever
December 24, 2001
To shouts of “Argentina! Argentina!” from applauding lawmakers, Adolfo Rodriguez Saa, the new president of the financially crippled country, announced Sunday that his government would stop making payments on the nation’s $132 billion foreign debt. The default would be the largest in modern economic history.
Bus parable
December 24, 2001
To the editor: The recent discussion among the Lawrence school district committee to start charging students to ride the bus to school serves as a modern parable for what’s wrong with the American economy (“District considering ‘pay-to-ride’ bus system,” LJW Dec 19). Such a move would not much affect children from wealthy families, because few of them use the bus. The few who do will either have mom or dad drop them off, or if they are old enough (14), get an SUV of their own. Nor is it a problem for those at the other end of the spectrum, since the “committee discussed the possibility of waiving bus fees for students in the federal free-and-reduced lunch program.” It’s the folks in the middle who will either be forced to pay the additional fee or to walk.
Footwear focus of heightened airport security
December 24, 2001
(Updated Monday at 11:08 a.m.) A man who allegedly tried to set off explosives hidden in his shoes on a trans-Atlantic flight was ordered held in federal custody Monday, and authorities said they had no evidence to link him to Osama bin Laden’s terror network.
s diaries open to public
December 24, 2001
The diaries of Kay Summersby, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s wartime secretary, have been opened to the public. The diaries chronicle the U.S. invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe when Eisenhower was commander of the Allied invasion. They deal with day-to-day details of living, as well as events of historic importance.
24-year-old hopes one day to diagnose diseases like his own
December 24, 2001
By Terry Rombeck Lee Boos has wanted to study cancer since high school, but he never thought he’d see the disease this close.
Clock ticking for gift buyers
Last-minute shoppers hit the stores; merchants say consumers buck national trend
December 24, 2001
By Joy Ludwig With hours to go before Christmas morning, people were scrambling around Lawrence this weekend to find the perfect gift and finishing touches for their holiday meals. Last-minute shoppers, bundled up in their winter coats and scarves, hurried from store to store from downtown to Iowa Street.
Reuter employee’s retirement strikes sentimental note with community
December 24, 2001
By Dave Ranney Dan Abrahamson’s journey began with a simple request. “It was back when I was 16 years old,” he said. “The organist at church didn’t show up for some reason, so the pastor asked me to play because no one else knew how, and he knew I played piano.
Bench Woodling
December 24, 2001
Usenet now considered a prime source for historians
December 24, 2001
It didn’t take long after the capture of U.S. Taliban John Walker before journalists were fanning out to learn more about this mysterious young man and how he went from a posh California suburb to a dingy Afghan prison.
Singer Josh Groban returns to ‘Ally McBeal’
December 24, 2001
“Ally McBeal” (8 p.m., Fox) may not be the hottest comedy anymore, but the quirky legal soap opera can still sell music. Fox repeats an episode featuring the young singer Josh Groban as the teen-age son of a disillusioned minister (Tom Berenger) who lost his faith after the death of his wife.
Christmas Carol’ message timeless
Dickens’ relevance deepens after Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
December 24, 2001
Everything about “A Christmas Carol” is familiar, it seems. The miserly Scrooge. The procession of ghosts. The holly and mistletoe, the Crachit family’s pudding.
Lightning strikes twice
Chiefs rally to sweep Chargers
December 24, 2001
Until Sunday, Trent Green didn’t have much luck colliding with Rodney Harrison. The last time Harrison put a ferocious hit on the quarterback, Green’s knee snapped, sidelining him for almost two years.
Bears eliminate ‘Skins
Urlacher catches decisive TD in 20-15 victory
December 24, 2001
The Chicago Bears are still finding amazing ways to win games. This time, they let their standout linebacker catch a touchdown pass.
Other Gramatica strains hamstring
December 24, 2001
A week after his brother wrecked his knee celebrating a field goal, Martin Gramatica strained his right hamstring.
Bucks snap Spurs’ sizz
Cassell, Milwaukee put end to 10-game win streak
December 24, 2001
While San Antonio has figured out most of the rest of the NBA, the Spurs can’t seem to solve the Milwaukee Bucks.
Speculation abounds Issel might not return
Coach’s decision to take indefinite leave could be sign he’s working out settlement with Nuggets
December 24, 2001
It has been the most turbulent two weeks in Denver Nuggets’ history, and it might not be over yet.
Hasek earns shutout in Wings’ rout
Detroit goalie denies 23 shots in 5-0 victory for second straight blanking
December 24, 2001
Now that the Detroit Red Wings have rediscovered their scoring touch, Dominik Hasek has stopped allowing goals as well.
Study finds decline in conflicts around world
December 24, 2001
The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks rank as the “most dangerous conflict” of the year in a new report that found nine fewer conflicts around the world than in 2000.
A. Ernest Hess
December 24, 2001
Ottawa University to offer online MBA degree, classes
December 24, 2001
Ottawa University will begin offering a master of business administration degree online in January.
Sound off
December 24, 2001
How was Abe & Jake’s Landing able to get a liquor license when they were not in business at the time of their request, and now not have to observe the 55 percent food rule, which all other businesses serving liquor have to meet? City Manager Mike Wildgen said: “The minutes of the April 12, 1994, city commission meeting show that this property was exempted from the ordinance (under consideration that night) as the project was under construction prior to the 55 percent food ordinance approval.”
Spiritual anchor benefits Bush
December 24, 2001
By Myriam Marquez Orlando Sentinel We count our blessings this Christmas season. Especially this year. In a war battling terrorism, Americans are blessed to have a president who’s as spiritually anchored as he is politically astute.
Online ads are more noticeable, disruptive
December 24, 2001
Next time you’re checking the news online, don’t be alarmed if a tiger jumps out or a magic eight ball rolls over the page, masking the latest headlines. These “floating” ads at Yahoo!, the Boston Globe’s Boston.com, the Los Angeles Times, About.com and scores of other Web sites are among the latest designed to grab the attention of Web frequenters.
December 24, 2001
“Ally McBeal” (8 p.m., Fox) may not be the hottest comedy anymore, but the quirky legal soap opera can still sell music. Fox repeats an episode featuring the young singer Josh Groban as the teen-age son of a disillusioned minister (Tom Berenger) who lost his faith after the death of his wife.
Nation briefs
December 24, 2001
Spilled chemicals ignite after train derailment Rescuers search park for missing 6-year-old Court rejects appeal from F. Lee Bailey Highway Patrol arrests 172 for drag-racing
Afghan commanders say they have Tora Bora caves under control
December 24, 2001
(Web Posted Monday at 7:04 a.m.) Most of the Tora Bora caves once occupied by al-Qaida forces in eastern Afghanistan have been cleaned out and only a few remain to be excavated, Afghan militia commanders said Monday.
Briefly
December 24, 2001
Trade center built in lights Report: American Taliban told bin Laden he’d fight Gas prices lowest in 3 years Taliban official seeks asylum
s working out settlement with Nuggets
December 24, 2001
It has been the most turbulent two weeks in Denver Nuggets’ history, and it might not be over yet.
s challenging decisions
December 24, 2001
Ray and Dora Semaska were shopping last week for bigger life insurance policies. The 40-something couple from Plantation, Fla., say the terrorist attacks were a wake-up call that prodded them to look for more protection for each other and for Ray’s business. He’s one of two partners in management consulting firm LMR Consultants in Sunrise, Fla.
s Person of 2001
December 24, 2001
Heralded for his steadfast response to a grief-torn city after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on Sunday was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. “I was stunned, a little,” Giuliani said at a news conference Sunday. “It was really strange. It’s hard to think of yourself that way.”
Horoscopes
December 24, 2001
For Monday, Dec. 24, 2001. Those with birthdays today: You can start smiling right now. This year offers many possibilities. You will open doors and make new friends. You’re unusually creative and appealing. This combination proves to be unbeatable as you blast your way into 2002. If single, you will draw others to you like a bee to honey. Summer 2002 could be hot emotionally, with a very special and different relationship developing. If you are attached, your relationship will soar with warmth and possibilities. You might even have a new addition to your family. ARIES adores you!
Briefly
December 24, 2001
Trade center built in lights Report: American Taliban told bin Laden he’d fight Gas prices lowest in 3 years Taliban official seeks asylum
Local briefs
December 24, 2001
Domestic disturbance led to triple-killing, police say Kansas City, Kan. Shootings that left three people dead began when a man intervened in a fight between his stepdaughter and her husband, police said Sunday. Police have not released the names of any of the victims. According to police, a husband and wife were arguing at their house in Kansas City, Kan., when the woman’s stepfather, who lived across the street, came to the home. “The disturbance escalated and the stepfather displayed a gun and shot the husband,” a police statement said. The stepfather then held the woman hostage in the house. She escaped Saturday morning, and called police from a neighbor’s house. When police tried to contact the stepfather at his house, a man inside shot at police with an assault rifle, beginning a 10-hour standoff that ended with a fire. Once the fire was out, police found a man’s body inside the house. They also found a woman’s gunshot body in a shed behind the house. ________ Public safety: State highway patrol adds Douglas County trooper A new Kansas Highway Patrol trooper is cruising the highways of Douglas County. Edna Buttler has been assigned to field training under Master Trooper Paul Alexander, KHP officials said. She recently completed a 22-week basic law enforcement course at the Highway Patrol’s Training Academy in Salina. Buttler is a graduate of Vista High School in Vista, Calif. She served in the Army Reserve from 1990 to 1998 as a military police officer. Prior to joining the patrol, she worked as a certified occupancy specialist for RPS Management Co. in Parsons. ________ Life science: KU to get $500,000 grant for research equipment Kansas University will receive $500,000 for life science research under the 2002 federal Labor and Health and Human Services appropriations bill. The money, secured by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., will be used to purchase cellular and molecular imaging equipment that allows researchers to identify genetic and protein bases of diseases, according to Roberts’ office. The money will be shared between the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., and the molecular biology department on the Lawrence campus. The funding bill also included $500,000 for the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas in Wichita to continue working with Wichita State University to establish a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center. The center will work to help businesses hire people with disabilities. ________ Communications: TV station back to full power Residents of Lawrence and surrounding areas now should be able to tune in a clear picture from Topeka’s KTKA-TV. The ABC station returned to full power Saturday afternoon after operating at only 10,000 watts since last Monday. Power had been reduced from full strength nearly 3.5 million watts to allow maintenance personnel to replace the station’s antenna, which sits atop a 1,436-foot tower. The antenna replacement will allow future expansion of the station’s signal to incorporate a digital signal. Digital transmission isn’t set to begin until late fall 2002.
Offensive patriotism?
December 24, 2001
To the editor: The dust from the attacks is settling, and already there are those who are complaining that our patriotism may be offensive to some immigrants. We speak English in America. If you want to be a citizen of the USA, learn the language.
Technology spurs competition in pricey long-distance market
December 24, 2001
Regina Helena used to count the hours between Sundays, the day she would call her daughter Fernanda in faraway Atlanta for a quick, weekly chat. Today, the Sao Paulo psychiatrist can afford to call daily. And next year once Brazil embraces voice-over-Internet technology she predicts the two will hardly ever be off the phone.
A. Ernest Hess
December 24, 2001
Services for A. Ernest “Beano” Hess, 91, Waverly, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Prairie View United Methodist Church, Waverly. Burial will be at Prairie View Cemetery, south of Waverly. Mr. Hess died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001, at Newman Regional Health Center, Emporia.
Energy secretary secures gifts for U.S.
December 24, 2001
By David Broder Washington Post Writers Group Put whiskers and a red suit on him, and Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham would make a passable Santa Claus. What Abraham brought home from his recent trip to Moscow and his negotiations with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), plus what others have accomplished on Capitol Hill, are some of the best Christmas presents anyone could have hoped to find under the tree.
Chiefs elevate Harts
December 24, 2001
The Kansas City Chiefs have promoted Shaunard Harts from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
KU Med Center receives cancer accreditation
December 24, 2001
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has approved accreditation for the cancer program at the Kansas University Medical Center.
Vanderbilt taps former Furman football coach Johnson
December 24, 2001
Bobby Johnson was hired as Vanderbilt’s football coach Sunday after coaching Furman for the last eight years, including a spot in this season’s Division I-AA title game.
ESPN show honors Schaap
December 24, 2001
Dick Schaap had a big heart, a great wit and a Rolodex jammed with names.
Internet offers options for list lovers
December 24, 2001
Lists of the best, the worst, the most popular and the funniest are all over the Web.
Giuliani, relatives of victims carry Olympic torch in NYC
December 24, 2001
The Olympic torch paused for a solemn ceremony at the Statue of Liberty on Sunday before Mayor Rudolph Giuliani carried it on the final leg in New York. Citing emergency workers killed trying to save others on Sept. 11, Giuliani said, “I carry this flame as a representative of these wonderful people.”
Lack of outside review may be disadvantage
December 24, 2001
By Chad Lawhorn One resource that Douglas County officials won’t have to help them deal with rising medical costs is a state inspection. Kansas is one of 15 states in the country that doesn’t have an inspection program for its county jails, said Ken Kerle, managing editor of American Jail, a publication of the American Jail Assn.
Offices, services closed Tuesday
December 24, 2001
Government offices and many public services in Lawrence will be closed Tuesday in observance of Christmas.
ll travel to Bethlehem
December 24, 2001
Yasser Arafat and the Israelis appeared headed for a Christmas Eve showdown after Israel barred the Palestinian leader from making his annual pilgrimage to the West Bank town where Jesus was born and Arafat vowed to defy the order.
TV briefs
December 24, 2001
‘Maybe’ and ‘Dad’ swap times ‘Alias’ kicks off new year on ABC Family
Grand master is star of historic competition
December 24, 2001
It’s the Super Bowl of Kansas chess.
City meets two needs with one program
December 24, 2001
The city has come up with a plan for the thousands of aircraft workers who may lose their jobs in the coming months. Send them to school. Not as students, but as teachers.
s retirement strikes sentimental note with community
December 24, 2001
By Dave Ranney Dan Abrahamson’s journey began with a simple request. “It was back when I was 16 years old,” he said. “The organist at church didn’t show up for some reason, so the pastor asked me to play because no one else knew how, and he knew I played piano.
Tribal artifacts unearthed in Tonganoxie
December 24, 2001
By Terry Rombeck It could take years for Brad Logan to completely know what was found on a 625-square-foot plot of ground near Tonganoxie. When Stranger Creek left its banks last June, it uncovered an American-Indian dwelling that stood on the land 600 to 1,000 years ago.
Last-minute shoppers hit the stores
December 24, 2001
By Joy Ludwig With hours to go before Christmas morning, people were scrambling around Lawrence this weekend to find the perfect gift and finishing touches for their holiday meals. Last-minute shoppers, bundled up in their winter coats and scarves, hurried from store to store from downtown to Iowa Street.
Shoppers miserly on final weekend
December 24, 2001
On what was supposed to be the biggest shopping weekend of the holiday season, consumers flocked to the nation’s stores but remained frugal, despite heavy discounting and advertising blitzes.
Pearson, Sullivan lead ISU to 77-54 rout of Hawks
December 24, 2001
Iowa State ended a three-game losing streak Sunday as Tyray Pearson scored 23 points and Jake Sullivan added 20 in a 77-54 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore.
Edith G. Kester
December 24, 2001
Bus parable
December 24, 2001
American Indian culture for sale
December 24, 2001
Growing up, Millie Benjamin spent her nights sleeping under a dream catcher, a traditional American Indian object believed to ward off nightmares.
Student’s battle with cancer a learning experience
24-year-old hopes one day to diagnose diseases like his own
December 24, 2001
By Terry Rombeck Lee Boos has wanted to study cancer since high school, but he never thought he’d see the disease this close.
Eisenhower’s secretary’s diaries open to public
December 24, 2001
The diaries of Kay Summersby, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s wartime secretary, have been opened to the public. The diaries chronicle the U.S. invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe when Eisenhower was commander of the Allied invasion. They deal with day-to-day details of living, as well as events of historic importance.
Laid-off workers to become teachers
City meets two needs with one program
December 24, 2001
The city has come up with a plan for the thousands of aircraft workers who may lose their jobs in the coming months. Send them to school. Not as students, but as teachers.
Liberal views not retired
December 24, 2001
By Cal Thomas Tribune Media Services When Ronald Reagan delivered his “evil empire” speech about the Soviet Union nearly two decades ago, New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis debunked the speech, saying that the notion of evil was not a proper metaphor in our modern, sophisticated world. In a recent interview on the occasion of his retirement from 50 years of column writing, Lewis was asked by a Times editor about the lessons of Sept. 11. “It’s not safe for us to allow evil to fester somewhere else,” he said.
Secret Santa spreading cheer in Kansas City
December 24, 2001
After spending three days handing out $25,000 in New York, Secret Santa hit streets in the Kansas City area again, spreading yuletide cheer and holiday cash for those in need. The Jackson County businessman, who wishes to remain anonymous, has been handing out hundred-dollar bills for more than 20 years as his way of paying back the owner of a Mississippi diner who helped him when he was homeless.
Running interference
Online ads are more noticeable, disruptive
December 24, 2001
Next time you’re checking the news online, don’t be alarmed if a tiger jumps out or a magic eight ball rolls over the page, masking the latest headlines. These “floating” ads at Yahoo!, the Boston Globe’s Boston.com, the Los Angeles Times, About.com and scores of other Web sites are among the latest designed to grab the attention of Web frequenters.
Internet offers options for list lovers
December 24, 2001
Lists of the best, the worst, the most popular and the funniest are all over the Web.
Giuliani named Time’s Person of 2001
December 24, 2001
Heralded for his steadfast response to a grief-torn city after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on Sunday was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. “I was stunned, a little,” Giuliani said at a news conference Sunday. “It was really strange. It’s hard to think of yourself that way.”
People
December 24, 2001
Cleaning out the closet At home abroad Regis’ rosy prediction A voice for reason
Arafat vows he’ll travel to Bethlehem
December 24, 2001
Yasser Arafat and the Israelis appeared headed for a Christmas Eve showdown after Israel barred the Palestinian leader from making his annual pilgrimage to the West Bank town where Jesus was born and Arafat vowed to defy the order.
Gonzalez-to-NBA rumors resurface
December 24, 2001
Tony Gonzalez, who plays football for a living and basketball for a passion, is once again making noises about giving the NBA a try. A report on national television on Sunday quoted unnamed sources that Kansas City’s All-Pro tight end had hired a special trainer and hoped to be in contact with NBA teams after the season.
Giuliani, relatives of victims carry Olympic torch in NYC
December 24, 2001
The Olympic torch paused for a solemn ceremony at the Statue of Liberty on Sunday before Mayor Rudolph Giuliani carried it on the final leg in New York. Citing emergency workers killed trying to save others on Sept. 11, Giuliani said, “I carry this flame as a representative of these wonderful people.”
ESPN show honors Schaap
December 24, 2001
Dick Schaap had a big heart, a great wit and a Rolodex jammed with names.
Commodores corral coach
Vanderbilt taps former Furman football coach Johnson
December 24, 2001
Bobby Johnson was hired as Vanderbilt’s football coach Sunday after coaching Furman for the last eight years, including a spot in this season’s Division I-AA title game.
Cyclones snap skid
Pearson, Sullivan lead ISU to 77-54 rout of Hawks
December 24, 2001
Iowa State ended a three-game losing streak Sunday as Tyray Pearson scored 23 points and Jake Sullivan added 20 in a 77-54 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore.
Packers, Pats clinch; Vikings eliminated
December 24, 2001
The Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots clinched playoff berths Sunday in vastly different manners.
Argentine debt default largest ever
December 24, 2001
To shouts of “Argentina! Argentina!” from applauding lawmakers, Adolfo Rodriguez Saa, the new president of the financially crippled country, announced Sunday that his government would stop making payments on the nation’s $132 billion foreign debt. The default would be the largest in modern economic history.
Rising medical costs pose challenge at jail
Inmates and administrators differ on quality of care at county facility
December 24, 2001
By Chad Lawhorn Douglas County Sheriff Rick Trapp oversees an odd health insurance company. It has about 5,000 potential customers a year who pay their premiums with time rather than money. They’re inmates at the Douglas County Jail.
Housing crunch a crisis for poor
Most cities inhospitable to low-income residents
December 24, 2001
The average janitor earns enough to rent a one-bedroom apartment and pay for life’s other necessities in just six of the nation’s 60 largest cities. A retail salesperson can make ends meet in half that many locations. Both can forget about buying a home. That conclusion from the National Housing Conference, a nonprofit coalition of industry experts, advocates and academics, mirrors the findings of several reports since the summer documenting the struggles of working families to find affordable housing.
Lack of outside review may be disadvantage
December 24, 2001
By Chad Lawhorn One resource that Douglas County officials won’t have to help them deal with rising medical costs is a state inspection. Kansas is one of 15 states in the country that doesn’t have an inspection program for its county jails, said Ken Kerle, managing editor of American Jail, a publication of the American Jail Assn.
George E. Bunn
December 24, 2001
Don’t buy Patriot Bonds unless it makes sense financially
December 24, 2001
A Series EE savings bond by any other name … is still a Series EE savings bond. But with many Americans having a heightened sense of patriotism these days, the Treasury Department has decided to oblige savers with a nationalistic spirit. On Dec. 11, the Treasury unveiled a version of the Series EE bond with the term “Patriot Bond” imprinted in the upper right-hand corner.
Bench Woodling
December 24, 2001
To the editor: Shame on sports editor Chuck Woodling for his disparaging comments (Dec. 19th) regarding the talent and character of Kansas University football players, including some who have yet to take the field for KU. Candid discussion about the depth of talent and experience on a sports team is one thing, but denigrating individual student athletes as “wannabes,” “busts,” “not ready for prime time,” or otherwise not being able to cut it at NCAA Div. I-A is inappropriate and unprofessional sports journalism.
George E. Bunn
December 24, 2001
Services for George E. Bunn, 79, Lawrence, formerly of Aurora, Colo., will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Barnett Funeral Chapel, Meriden. Burial will be at West Lawn Memorial Gardens, Topeka. Mr. Bunn died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.
Gonzalez-to-NBA rumors resurface
December 24, 2001
Tony Gonzalez, who plays football for a living and basketball for a passion, is once again making noises about giving the NBA a try. A report on national television on Sunday quoted unnamed sources that Kansas City’s All-Pro tight end had hired a special trainer and hoped to be in contact with NBA teams after the season.
Nancy B. Wolf
December 24, 2001
Nation briefs
December 24, 2001
Spilled chemicals ignite after train derailment Rescuers search park for missing 6-year-old Court rejects appeal from F. Lee Bailey Highway Patrol arrests 172 for drag-racing
NBA briefs
December 24, 2001
Raptors aide Albeck taken to hospital O’Neal, Bryant sit out Los Angeles’ practice
NBA briefs
December 24, 2001
Raptors aide Albeck taken to hospital O’Neal, Bryant sit out Los Angeles’ practice
Offensive patriotism?
December 24, 2001
On the money
December 24, 2001
Buying the right toy for a child at Christmas time can prove a mind-boggling experience. To help parents out with this task, a number of good sites on the World Wide Web provide price comparison, safety information and consumer guidelines to make Christmas toys purchases easier. Here are a few sites for some last-minute ideas: Dr. Toy at www.drtoy.com. It offers a wide range of toy information, including safety and maintenance advice.
On the money: Web sites help get best buys on toys
December 24, 2001
Buying the right toy for a child at Christmas time can prove a mind-boggling experience. To help parents out with this task, a number of good sites on the World Wide Web provide price comparison, safety information and consumer guidelines to make Christmas toys purchases easier.
On the record
December 24, 2001
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
On the record
December 24, 2001
Packers, Pats clinch
December 24, 2001
The Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots clinched playoff berths Sunday in vastly different manners.
Tribal artifacts unearthed in Tonganoxie
December 24, 2001
By Terry Rombeck It could take years for Brad Logan to completely know what was found on a 625-square-foot plot of ground near Tonganoxie. When Stranger Creek left its banks last June, it uncovered an American-Indian dwelling that stood on the land 600 to 1,000 years ago.
TV briefs
December 24, 2001
‘Maybe’ and ‘Dad’ swap times ‘Alias’ kicks off new year on ABC Family
KU Med Center receives cancer accreditation
December 24, 2001
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has approved accreditation for the cancer program at the Kansas University Medical Center.
People
December 24, 2001
Cleaning out the closet At home abroad Regis’ rosy prediction A voice for reason