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U.S. announces capture of Saddam
December 14, 2003
(Web Posted Sunday at 6:52 a.m.) American forces captured a bearded Saddam Hussein, hiding in a hole in a farmhouse cellar near his hometown of Tikrit, the U.S. military announced Sunday. The arrest was carried out without a shot fired and was a victory for the U.S.-led coalition eight months after the fall of Baghdad.
Poet’s showcase
December 14, 2003
Style notes
December 14, 2003
¢ Keith Haring’s pop art adorns clothing ¢ New book offers chance to laugh at big hair
Big Bad Wolf’ lives up to name
December 14, 2003
About two-thirds into James Patterson’s “The Big Bad Wolf,” his new Alex Cross thriller, readers might begin to fear that the villain won’t be caught. If that turned out to be so, it would be disappointing, since we want Cross to catch the Wolf.
Review: ‘Kansas Nutcracker’ a must-see
December 14, 2003
On opening night of the Lawrence Arts Center’s production of “A Kansas Nutcracker,” the cast took its final bows to a standing ovation — a much-deserved standing ovation. Directed by Ric Averill and Deb Bettinger, the musical ballet is topnotch from start to finish.
Persistence, stamina pay off, yield active winter weather shot
December 14, 2003
When storms hit and most people head inside, a Journal-World photographer is likely to be walking around downtown or on campus, trying to find a picture to tell the story of the storm.
First edition Harry Potter books auctioned
December 14, 2003
Four first edition copies of Harry Potter books inscribed by author J.K. Rowling to her father have been sold for nearly $90,000.
Disgruntled diner
December 14, 2003
Homeless see camp as alternative to jail
Opponents of plan cite past problems
December 14, 2003
Many of Jeremiah Crooks’ friends and neighbors have spent time in the Douglas County Jail. Some are there now. That’s not surprising, because most of them are alcoholics, drug addicts or battling some form of mental illness. And, like Crooks, they’re homeless.
We last saw them…
December 14, 2003
State & local briefs
December 14, 2003
¢ KU schools recognize fall semester graduates ¢ Pedestrian hit on I-35 ¢ State senator to honor self-imposed term limit
Let’s make a deal’
Lawrence apartment managers offer bonuses to fill vacancies
December 14, 2003
It’s a good time to be a renter in Lawrence. Low vacancy rates traditionally have given Lawrence landlords the upper hand over tenants, but the tables have turned. And competition to attract renters has forced landlords to offer special deals.
Briefcase
December 14, 2003
¢ Bosses likely to be more giving this holiday ¢ Name that company
Director saying goodbye to Tolkien trilogy
December 14, 2003
A shaggy-haired, wooly-bearded Kiwi filmmaker is at the end of his epic journey.
Newly formed Lawrence club has its roots in Civil War
December 14, 2003
A newly formed Lawrence organization plans to conduct research focusing on local Civil War history while honoring the memories of the war’s area veterans.
Area briefs
December 14, 2003
¢ Victims of house fire near Topeka identified ¢ KPR plans holiday fare throughout December
Faces and places
December 14, 2003
Kathleen Draskovich, Lawrence, recently earned the designation of certified coding specialist for physicians from the American Health and Information Management Assn.
U.S. to consider raising Iraqi army pay scale
December 14, 2003
Faced with the desertion of nearly half the new Iraqi army, the U.S. military is thinking about raising the pay scale for Iraqi soldiers as it trains more to join the force, the commander of U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq said Saturday.
EU summit derails without constitution
Nations fail to agree on power sharing
December 14, 2003
A summit to forge a constitution for a united, post-Cold War Europe collapsed Saturday after leaders failed to agree on sharing power within an expanded European Union.
Maxine E. Chapman
December 14, 2003
Eligah Turner
December 14, 2003
Martha Louise Dicke Johnson
December 14, 2003
Conn. Democrats say governor should step down over gifts
December 14, 2003
Some Democratic legislators said Saturday they would pursue impeachment proceedings against Gov. John G. Rowland if he did not step aside, but a top aide said the Republican had no plans to leave office over his admission that a state contractor helped pay for work on his summer home.
Sooners win eighth straight
December 14, 2003
Maria Villarroel scored 24 points, and Dionnah Jackson added 15 in No. 14 Oklahoma’s 79-52 victory over Stephen F. Austin Saturday.
Meade rejects wind power plan
December 14, 2003
A southwest Kansas city has rejected a plan to use wind turbines for power generation.
Scientists warn flu pandemic coming
December 14, 2003
As bad as this year’s flu season is, it hasn’t brought the worldwide outbreak known as a pandemic. But experts warn that a pandemic is coming, it’s just a question of when.
Snow keeps sledders, merchants busy
December 14, 2003
After snow came fast and thick this weekend, many Lawrence residents such as Sleepy Eye Lafromboise took full advantage off the ankle-deep blanket covering the area.
Calendar
December 14, 2003
Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt., offers activities during the week. Call Senior Services at 842-0543 for more information.
Love cards 63, leads Challenge
Choi trails by three strokes; Harrington six back
December 14, 2003
Davis Love III made four straight birdies to leave Tiger Woods in the dust and pull away from a world-class field Saturday, finishing with a 9-under-par 63 to build a three-shot lead in the Target World Challenge.
Miami SFL to reopen to fishermen Jan. 7
December 14, 2003
Fishing will be allowed to resume Jan. 7 at Miami State Fishing Lake. Gates will be unlocked at 8 a.m. at the impoundment located about 10 miles south of Louisburg.
Jayhawks missed Graves
December 14, 2003
Jeff Graves was gone but not forgotten Saturday. “We definitely missed him on the bench cheering and coming off the bench and playing. He’s a big part of the team,” Kansas University forward Wayne Simien said of his senior teammate, who was suspended by coach Bill Self Friday and didn’t make the trip to K.C. for Saturday’s 77-67 victory over Oregon.
Inmates earn college degrees
December 14, 2003
For the first time in more than a decade, a group of Kansas prison inmates graduated from college.
Drinking, driving student convicted in death of Wichita State professor
December 14, 2003
A University of Colorado student has been convicted of vehicular homicide and driving drunk in the death of a music instructor from Kansas.
Correction
December 14, 2003
Hunters should be aware fire danger still high in state
December 14, 2003
Although recent rain and snowfall brought some moisture to Kansas, much of the state remains dry.
Democrats fight, but it’s all about Bush
December 14, 2003
The Democrats may be fighting fiercely in Iowa and New Hampshire, but in an important way, what they do, and whom they nominate, may matter a lot less than they think. The caucus and primary season may be about the Democrats, but the election isn’t really about them at all. It’s about the president.
Making your computer feel more secure
December 14, 2003
It’s time once again for Keyboard Korner, the computer-advice column that uses simple, “jargon-free” terminology that even an idiot like you can grasp; the column that shows you how to “take command” of your personal computer, if necessary by reducing it to tiny smoking shards with a hatchet.
Vaccine seekers’ wait in line proves fruitful
Health Department gives flu shots to more than 100 residents during Saturday clinic
December 14, 2003
The line was long, but the wait was short Saturday morning for people trying to get a dose of the dwindling supply of flu vaccine at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. Despite nationwide shortages of the vaccine, everybody who made it in to the Health Department offices, 200 Maine, between 10 a.m. and noon Saturday received a shot. Moreover, there was enough of the vaccine left so that more shots will be offered again Monday at the department, officials said.
Cuban artist reflects on intersection of Communism, faith
December 14, 2003
In 1994, amid economic turmoil and public uprising, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro removed exit restrictions for people wanting to flee the Communist country. Thousands upon thousands of refugees took to the rough waters separating the island from the United States in search of better conditions.
White walls suffice for masters exhibition
December 14, 2003
The technique for showing the exhibition “El Greco to Picasso From the Phillips Collection” is the equivalent of putting speed bumps in a parking lot. And it works.
No guarantees
Trying to prove that a business couldn’t do a project without a tax abatement is a fruitless exercise.
December 14, 2003
The “but for” clause is back on the table. The Lawrence City Commission’s policy on granting tax abatements didn’t actually include the words “but for” before it was revised in 2001, but it did call for commissioners to determine whether there was a “reasonable expectation” that a tax abatement would be a deciding factor for a business seeking to relocate or expand in Lawrence. Would the business reject Lawrence “but for” a tax abatement?
Missing lights
December 14, 2003
On the record
December 14, 2003
Clemons: MU’s coach is like a dad
Former Missouri player says his opinion of Snyder has not changed despite controversy
December 14, 2003
Former Missouri point guard Ricky Clemons said allegations he received illegal payments and academic help during his career at MU have not changed his feelings for coach Quin Snyder, who Clemons says is like a father to him.
Top-ranked Florida falls again, 73-65
Louisville gives Pitino 400th career victory
December 14, 2003
The teacher had one more lesson for his student Saturday. Rick Pitino earned his 400th career victory when Louisville beat top-ranked Florida, 73-65, yet another win over one of his former assistant coaches.
WSU rips SMS
December 14, 2003
Randy Burns scored 19 points to lead Wichita State to an 81-63 win over Southwest Missouri State Saturday in the Missouri Valley Conference opener.
Successful drive
December 14, 2003
Flying octogenarian pilots own course
December 14, 2003
As the November winds bump and jostle the small plane, the pilot wrestles the aircraft into landing position and tiptoes it down on a short strip of grass runway.
Holloway services
December 14, 2003
U.S. currency changes not uncommon
December 14, 2003
While Americans probably would be supportive of a Reagan dime in general circulation, having one while the 92-year-old ex-president is still living would be unprecedented. There is no law, though, requiring a person to be dead to appear on U.S. currency. And changes in currency and coin are common.
The Motley Fool
December 14, 2003
¢ Last week’s answer ¢ Down, down, down ¢ Oil stocks looking slick
Jefferson County prosecutor finds change of venue on Bosnia mission
December 14, 2003
For the past year, Lawrence attorney and Jefferson County prosecutor Vic Braden has been hunting terrorists, illegal weapons and war criminals. In Bosnia.
Return of the ‘Rings’
December 14, 2003
Frodo and friends are feeling sentimental as the release of “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” approaches.
Workers band together to save Paradise
Employees of embattled eatery try to raise money to buy downtown cafe’s shut-down restaurant operations
December 14, 2003
Paradise may not be lost, after all. Employees of the beloved-but-troubled downtown eatery are banding together to save the restaurant operations of Paradise Cafe, 728 Mass.
Religion, ethnicity still drive global policy
December 14, 2003
On Europe’s western edge, in Ulster, democracy is producing unlovely results. On Europe’s eastern edge, in Russia, the results are even more unsavory. Those whose mission is to finish regime change in Iraq by constructing democracy can sense how long their task may take by noting the difficulties in Europe, which is more politically mature than the Middle East.
Check cats for possible tumors
December 14, 2003
Here is an update on a relatively new type of cancer affecting cats. It is vaccine-induced sarcoma.
James Lee Curry
December 14, 2003
Jayhawks pluck Ducks
Simien shoulders load in victory over Oregon
December 14, 2003
A bunch of bad memories resurfaced as Wayne Simien lugged his gear into a Kemper Arena locker room late Saturday morning. “I walked in and looked right at that table. It felt like I’d returned to the scene of the crime,” Simien said, pointing to the trainers’ table where he sat in terrible pain last Jan. 4 after his right shoulder was displaced in the first half of a blowout win over UMKC.
Former janitor Bickerstaff lands in Dallas backfield
December 14, 2003
Erik Bickerstaff’s stat line in his debut with the Dallas Cowboys was nothing remarkable: nine carries for 41 yards, two kickoff returns for 24 yards.
Ribbons, boas add vintage pizzazz to holiday wardrobe
December 14, 2003
Any good gift-wrapper knows that a satin or velvet ribbon tied up into a perfect bow can elevate otherwise ho-hum wrapping paper. Why not apply this principle to holiday party clothes?
Views differ on NAFTA’s effects
Trade pact falls short of Mexicans’ hopes
December 14, 2003
Ten years ago, the border slum of Anapra, Mexico, was a sea of shacks made of packing crates and car parts. Families stored scarce water in discarded industrial drums, and illegal electricity hookups started fires and sometimes electrocuted residents.
How to safely invest for education, retirement
December 14, 2003
My wife and I have $1,000 a month available to invest for our retirement and our children’s college educations. Can you suggest some safe investments for these? Should we restructure our budget to have, say, one car instead of two? What percentage of our income should go toward investing?
Briefly
December 14, 2003
¢ Panel proposes penalty against oil company ¢ Officials cancel concert celebrating Big Dig ¢ Archdiocese apologizes for ‘the sins of a few’
Briefly
December 14, 2003
¢ Gunman kills two police, then takes his own life ¢ Missing-student search starts to wind down
Briefly
December 14, 2003
¢ Online customers share top holiday destinations ¢ Dedication events set for WWII memorial ¢ Skiers rate top resorts
Arts notes
December 14, 2003
¢ Lawrence High School photos to be on display ¢ Spencer Museum to celebrate holidays ¢ JGladman opens gallery in Olathe ¢ KU professor wraps up exhibition in Germany ¢ KU students advance in MTNA competitions ¢ KU textiles student wins scholarship ¢ Deerfield School calls for recipes ¢ Spencer Consort to play carols, noels
Oklahoma QB White adds Heisman to resume
December 14, 2003
The scars, the operations, the grueling rehab. It was all worth it for Jason White. A year after knee injuries almost ended his career, White capped his comeback by receiving the greatest individual honor in college football, the Heisman Trophy.
Kansas women claim fourth straight victory
Burras, Ransburg combine for 35 points to lead Jayhawks to 70-55 victory over Ball State
December 14, 2003
It was fitting that Aquanita Burras and Tamara Ransburg were the last two Kansas University women’s basketball players to touch the ball in the waning seconds of the Jayhawks’ 70-55 victory Saturday night over Ball State at Allen Fieldhouse.
Stamp art competition brings out best in kids
December 14, 2003
Children are not only avid stamp collectors, it turns out that they are stamp designers as well.
Woodling: ‘Energy guy’ Miles critical for Kansas
December 14, 2003
You can talk about Wayne Simien’s groin and Keith Langford’s thumb and David Padgett’s ankle and Jeff Graves failing Snooze Alarm 101 — again — but all that’s just blah, blah, blah. When push comes to shove, when nitty comes to gritty and when you put the fist to the gist, Aaron Miles is the truth on Kansas University’s men’s basketball team.
Sebelius urges legislative action on school finance
December 14, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is warning that Kansas courts could take over the state’s public schools if she and the Legislature fail to adopt a school-finance plan in the upcoming legislative session.
Cheer your heart out
Professor’s book chronicles history of cheerleading
December 14, 2003
Behold the cheerleader: definition of popularity, goddess of the school and object of desire. But it wasn’t always so.
Illiteracy book to raise funds for organization
December 14, 2003
Half Price Books has released the ninth edition of its “Say Good Night to Illiteracy” children’s story book, which promotes family literacy, encourages creative writing and raises funds for literacy organizations, including the Metropolitan Alliance of Adult Learning in Kansas City, Kan.
Boston adds art to New Year’s Eve celebration
Original First Night festival spreads to 100 other cities
December 14, 2003
You won’t find the best New Year’s party in Boston in a trendy bar or swank hotel. You’ll find it everywhere around you, in the First Night arts festival that draws a million visitors each year to the city’s streets, churches and public buildings.
Briefly
December 14, 2003
¢ 7-day mourning planned for former president ¢ Third radical cleric renounces militancy ¢ Thousands of students protest university cuts ¢ Renowned Palestinian poet Toukan dies at 86
Objectively speaking
Sculptor crafts lifelong communion with objects
December 14, 2003
John Hachmeister doesn’t raise theoretical chickens. He keeps the real things in a spacious pen a few dozen feet from the back door of his rural Jefferson County farmhouse. (Photo gallery)
Jamaican single mother becomes top model
December 14, 2003
Just one year ago, Nadine Willis was a single mother, struggling to make ends meet. Today the 23-year-old Jamaican rubs shoulders with supermodels, lives in London and graces catwalks from New York to Paris.
Dime Act would replace FDR with Reagan
December 14, 2003
U.S. Congressman Todd Tiahrt of Kansas is among a group of Republicans wanting to take Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s face off the dime and replace it with the image of former President Ronald Reagan. It’s not the first time Tiahrt, of Wichita, has been in the thick of removing a Democratic symbol to make room for a Republican.
Afghans assemble to create constitution
Process could provide model for Iraq
December 14, 2003
Delegates assembling from every corner of Afghanistan on Saturday faced tough debate in hammering out the first post-Taliban constitution, the bedrock of what Afghans hope will be a better life after years of war.
King services
December 14, 2003
Physical therapist uses French technique to reduce pain
December 14, 2003
It was over in less than a second. Donna Berg had spent almost an hour examining Dan Heleniak. Her fingers probed his body for hints of tension.
Briefly
December 14, 2003
¢ Canada’s new prime minister says priority is ethics code ¢ U.S. envoy urges Israel to revive stalled peace talks ¢ Bush 2005 budget to chart drive to halving deficit
Ameristar leads K.C. casinos
Market share puts Harrah’s 2nd
December 14, 2003
Ameristar has surpassed Harrah’s as Kansas City’s casino market leader, taking its biggest bite ever in November from the local market-share pie.
Horoscopes
December 14, 2003
People
December 14, 2003
¢ Pavarotti marries in Italy ¢ Queen recovering after surgery ¢ Preacher objects to Hef ads
Road has been rough for Lions lately
Chiefs hope to deal Detroit record-tying 23rd straight loss away from home
December 14, 2003
When it comes time to sign their name in the record book of futility, Detroit teams head for Kansas City. Kauffman Stadium was the scene Sept. 22 when baseball’s woeful Tigers bowed, 12-6, to the Royals and set the American League record with 118 losses in a season.
Family radio?
December 14, 2003
Black schoolteacher says she’s daughter of Strom Thurmond
Attorney says client will submit to DNA testing to prove claim famed segregationist is her father
December 14, 2003
A 78-year-old retired Los Angeles schoolteacher said she was breaking a lifetime of silence to announce that she is the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., once the nation’s leading segregationist.
Democrats maintain race not yet over
December 14, 2003
Wesley Clark had talked for nearly an hour about Iraq, nuclear energy, taxes, even windmills, fielding questions at a rat-a-tat rate from prickly New Hampshire voters. Finally, he threw his hands in the air and smiled.
Lawrence commuter report
December 14, 2003
Former officer sentenced for sexual assault
December 14, 2003
A former Kansas City, Kan., police officer has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for sexually assaulting a man while on duty.
Popularity of artificial trees increases
December 14, 2003
For the environmentally minded, Christmas trees pose a peculiar dilemma. Should one cut down a living tree, only to chuck its carcass a few weeks later? Or should you buy the artificial version, which in addition to not being real and not giving off that wonderful evergreen aroma, is not likely to ever decompose in a landfill?
Colorado sees windfall
State trail should boost rural towns
December 14, 2003
If supporters get their way, the proposed Colorado Birding Trail would link prime bird-watching sites and create an economic windfall for rural communities around the state.
Gonzaga trips Mizzou in OT
December 14, 2003
Gonzaga has shown it can compete with the top programs in the NCAA Tournament. Now the Bulldogs are doing it in the regular season.
Visions of grandeur
Area designers reveal ideas that didn’t make the WTC memorial cut
December 14, 2003
It’s a safe bet most of the entrants in the World Trade Center memorial design competition had never attempted a project of such immensely thrilling yet morose magnitude.
2003 Video Game Buyer’s Guide
December 14, 2003
They’re still bigger than Hollywood, and they’re set to break last year’s impressive sales record. Video games increasingly appear on everyone’s holiday gift lists. From kids to adults, portable to home console, there are many options for every type of gamer. Your decision on which system to buy should hinge purely on this question: “Does it have great games that are extremely fun to play?” No matter which system you choose this year, the answer is a resounding “yes.”
Rosa Parks’ legacy is lost on rap duo
December 14, 2003
It’s not that the legal issues aren’t compelling. Indeed, for us journalist types, there are few things sexier than a First Amendment lawsuit.
Ducks powerless to overcome KU
Oregon struggles offensively in 77-67 loss to Jayhawks
December 14, 2003
Two scoreboard failures during Oregon’s first three games gave Ducks forward Ian Crosswhite every reason to be suspicious when a power outage delayed the start of the second half Saturday against Kansas at the Feist Shootout.
Pets love holidays, too
December 14, 2003
I decided to ask my staff members what Christmas meant to them and their pets. I’d like to share their stories with you.
Victorian server goes for $189,750
December 14, 2003
The Victorian dining room was a room clearly dedicated to the art of dining. No informal potluck suppers, buffets or dinners would have been considered.
Night terrors: Disorder frightens sufferer, family
December 14, 2003
The dark and peaceful quiet is instantly ripped open as his piercing scream fills the room. His eyes and mouth are wide-open and filled with unseen terror. He’s soaked to the bone with sweat and appears to be experiencing a horrible nightmare, but in the morning he’ll remember nothing of the event and claim to have had no dreams at all.
Oh, Christmas tree
Variables figure in perfect selection
December 14, 2003
Choosing the right Christmas tree can be one of the most important decisions you make during the holiday season, and with all the different varieties of trees out there it can get complicated.
De-icing materials plentiful
December 14, 2003
The recent taste of winter weather reminds us how nasty ‘Ol Man Winter can be. With snow plows in our area ready to roll — prepared to spread sand and salt— homeowners, turn to various de-icing materials to deal with ice and snow.
Qureia criticized from all sides
Palestinian prime minister marks two months in office
December 14, 2003
Just two months after taking office, Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia faces trouble from all sides.
Extension services dwindling in state
Fewer agricultural agents available to work with rural communities
December 14, 2003
Wichita — For decades, the county agricultural extension agent has been a mainstay of the rural landscape, fielding questions as diverse as crop diseases to home gardening.
Pet post
December 14, 2003
Bookstore
December 14, 2003