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Lawrence to get snow flurries, blustery winds overnight
December 15, 2003
(Updated Monday at 4:40 p.m.) Don’t worry about pulling out your snow shovel again on Tuesday morning. Lawrence might get a few more flakes overnight, but it won’t amount to much compared to the two snowstorms that passed through in the last week, says Ross Janssen, 6News meteorologist. However the storm will bring some high winds, sending the wind chill below 10 degrees.
Digital decision
Reviewer offers consumer’s guide to latest in cameras
December 15, 2003
Every year, digital cameras are gaining resolution and speed. More than 14 million will be sold this year, outselling film cameras by 30 percent. But many potential holiday buyers fear the planned obsolescence of cameras that get better every year and wonder if it’s more prudent to shoot film for another year or two. I tested several of the latest digital cameras in order to answer that question.
FACT Act long overdue but falls short
December 15, 2003
President Bush recently signed into law the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003, also known as the FACT Act. This major piece of legislation will help consumers fight identity theft and correct errors to their credit files, and finally give the Federal Trade Commission authorization to study various aspects of the credit reporting indus
Points’ on mortgage can lead to tax breaks
December 15, 2003
Those who took advantage of low interest rates in 2003 to buy a home or refinance an existing mortgage may have an extra tax deduction due them.
Diet unhealthy for planet
December 15, 2003
“Lose That Extra Weight — While Eating the Foods You Love!” For decades, such headlines were fixtures of supermarket checkout lanes, to be taken no more seriously than claims of alien abduction. But times have changed. High-protein, low-carbohydrate diets have become wildly popular because they help adherents lose dozens of pounds without having to gnaw on rice cakes.
Kline shares loss at vigil
December 15, 2003
It was in his official capacity as Kansas’ attorney general that Phill Kline addressed a group that works to combat drunken driving. It was as an uncle whose teenage nephew died in an alcohol-related accident that he surprised the crowd.
Three recruits pick Jayhawks
December 15, 2003
Kansas University found some help for its secondary this weekend when cornerback Aqib Talib of Berkner High in Richardson, Texas, made an oral commitment to play football for the Jayhawks next season.
Iraqis want Saddam tried in Baghdad
December 15, 2003
The interim Iraqi government said Sunday it wanted to try Saddam Hussein before a special tribunal, but a human rights group voiced deep concern about the legitimacy of the newly established panel. The United States reserved judgment. Iraq’s new leaders want Saddam to face the tribunal they established last week specifically to hear cases involving leading members of the Saddam regime accused of genocide and other crimes against humanity.
Assassination of Pakistan’s president fails
Bomber targets Gen. Pervez Musharraf
December 15, 2003
A bomb exploded moments after Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s motorcade passed a bridge near the capital Sunday, at least the second attempt on his life since he enraged hard-liners in 2001 by backing the U.S.-led war on terror in Afghanistan. No one was hurt.
High schools to gauge progress on tests
Teachers preparing students to meet federal act’s targets
December 15, 2003
The academic health of Lawrence’s two high schools will be tested in three months. Principals of Free State High School and Lawrence High School have made a priority of improving student scores on required reading and math assessments to meet targets under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Free State Key Club volunteers to help Santa answer mail
December 15, 2003
Molly Bunch doesn’t have a bushy white beard, a big belly or a red-and-white suit, but she writes to children on the authority of none other than Santa Claus.
Opal J. Shaver
December 15, 2003
Judge rules former officials don’t have to pay restitution
December 15, 2003
A civil lawsuit is apparently Reno County’s last hope to recover nearly $800,000 from a former sheriff and a lawyer convicted of conflict of interest.
Commissioners to review city’s bus system
Lawrence City Commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets
December 15, 2003
The Lawrence City Commission will receive an update on the city’s bus system from Karin Rexroad, the transit administrator.
We got him’: Saddam found hiding in filthy hole near hometown
Capture will not end attacks on U.S. troops
December 15, 2003
Even before American military commanders nabbed Saddam Hussein, the U.S. military said it was winning the war against his followers. Even with him in hand, officials warned that the conflict isn’t over.
Dictator to face tough inquiry
December 15, 2003
Cornered alone in a cramped hole near one of his sumptuous palaces, a weary, disheveled Saddam Hussein was seized by U.S. troops and displayed on television screens worldwide Sunday, a humiliating fate for one of history’s most brutal dictators.
Area troops, families heartened by news
December 15, 2003
Army Reserve Sgt. Jared Myers was getting set to go to the Kansas City Chiefs game Sunday when he was called downstairs at his Lawrence home to watch the television. That’s when he found out Saddam Hussein had been captured near Tikrit, Iraq.
Analysis: Victory sweet for Bush
President gains momentum for ‘04 election
December 15, 2003
Saddam Hussein’s capture lifted a huge political weight from President Bush after months of rising casualties and growing doubts about his handling of Iraq. Around the world, it sent a thundering message of America’s resolve to prevail in the war against terrorism.
Chiefs clinch AFC West
Green perfect for Chiefs; Lions tie road futility mark
December 15, 2003
Trent Green was perfect. In their own sad and historic way, so were the Detroit Lions. Becoming just the second quarterback this season with a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3, Green threw three touchdown passes in a 45-17 victory that clinched Kansas City’s first AFC West title since 1997.
Kansas lawmakers warn war not over
December 15, 2003
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts said Saddam Hussein’s capture was a tribute to the intelligence community, but the war on terrorism was far from over.
Calendar
December 15, 2003
On the record
December 15, 2003
How to help: New shelter has many needs
Overnight facility has staff, courier positions available
December 15, 2003
Lawrence briefs
December 15, 2003
¢ University sets exams ¢ KU museum gift shop reopens after repairs ¢ KU alumnus finalist for Nebraska job
Baltimore signs former MVP
Orioles hope Tejada can fill middle of infield, lineup
December 15, 2003
Luis Aparicio. Mark Belanger. Cal Ripken. And now, Miguel Tejada. The Baltimore Orioles made a big splash Sunday, signing the former AL MVP to a $72 million, six-year contract and vowing they were just starting to warm up at the winter meetings.
New Illini coach sick of comparisons
Illinois basketball fans say Self never would have lost to Providence
December 15, 2003
Bruce Weber is tired of being compared to his predecessor, Bill Self. So tired is the first-year University of Illinois basketball coach of talk that he’s not as good as new Kansas University coach Self, Weber vented after Saturday’s 74-64 victory over Memphis.
Wildcats club Creighton
December 15, 2003
Nicole Ohlde scored a season-high 32 points to lead No. 11 Kansas State past Creighton, 94-60, Sunday.
Texas routs New Orleans
December 15, 2003
Brian Boddicker had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and sixth-ranked Texas beat New Orleans 89-55 Sunday to extend its home winning streak to 20 games.
Saints receiver draws penalty with cell celebration
December 15, 2003
New Orleans Pro Bowl receiver Joe Horn celebrated his second touchdown against New York Sunday by making a cell-phone call in the end zone.
Miami worried workload taking toll on Williams
December 15, 2003
During a game last month, Ricky Williams hurt his shoulder, took a shot to the mouth and — when someone stepped on his big toe — played the second half with a chunk of nail missing.
AFI names year’s top films
December 15, 2003
The animated fish tale “Finding Nemo” and the fantasy epic “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” are among the American Film Institute’s top 10 movie picks for 2003.
Misplaced sign
December 15, 2003
Saints receiver draws penalty with cell celebration
December 15, 2003
New Orleans Pro Bowl receiver Joe Horn celebrated his second touchdown against New York Sunday by making a cell-phone call in the end zone.
Why not sooner?
The William Janklow tragedy reiterates that we are far too lenient with careless or drug-impaired drivers.
December 15, 2003
It shouldn’t take a high-profile tragedy involving a national lawmaker to bring new recognition of the American tendency to wink, chuckle or look the other way in cases of drunken motor vehicle manipulation. But the fact a member of the U.S. House of Representatives with a long record of irresponsible driving finally killed someone should cause us all to look more critically than ever at how we allow and, in fact, encourage repeat offenders rather than dealing with them as harshly as we should.
Dealing with Saddam and the political fallout
December 15, 2003
The tyrant’s capture has triggered a predictable chorus from those who have consistently subordinated the interests of Iraq, and other things, to their agenda for aggrandizing international institutions. They say an international tribunal should have a role — perhaps the role — in the trial of Saddam Hussein. So it is timely to recall the Nuremberg anomaly.
Mary Elizabeth Metz
December 15, 2003
Manning, Colts cruise
Indianapolis baffles Vick, Falcons in easy 38-7 win
December 15, 2003
Peyton Manning showed he was ready for the playoffs Sunday. The Indianapolis Colts now have two weeks to fine-tune their explosive offense.
Dyer delighted about bowl
Fifth-year senior has paid dues with Jayhawks
December 15, 2003
Zach Dyer always expected to play in a bowl game during his football career at Kansas University. He just figured it would have happen sooner than his fifth year.
Computerized testing pushed back
December 15, 2003
The Lawrence school district won’t be forced to switch by 2006 to computer testing of students in reading and math.
Niang ‘terrific’ against Oregon
KU coach Self impressed by sophomore’s defense in 77-67 win over Ducks
December 15, 2003
Moulaye Niang doesn’t need to score points in bunches to help Kansas University’s basketball team win games. Case in point was Saturday’s 77-67 victory over Oregon — a game in which the 6-foot-10, 220-pound sophomore missed all four of his shots, but grabbed five rebounds with an assist, a block and a steal in 19 minutes.
White wasn’t worried about Heisman after loss
OU quarterback focusing on possible national title
December 15, 2003
When Jason White walked off the field after losing the Big 12 Conference championship, his concern was whether Oklahoma lost a shot at the national title, not his place in the Heisman Trophy race. Both turned out fine.
Saddam’s fall: from palaces to hole in the ground
December 15, 2003
A man who lived in sprawling palaces was pulled from a hole in the dirt. A man who challenged the greatest armies in the world was arrested without firing a shot. A man who embezzled billions of dollars and put his image on every Iraqi bank note was found with a single suitcase of cash — bearing the face of an American, Benjamin Franklin.
Capture receives mixed responses
Arab community offers muted response to U.S. victory
December 15, 2003
World leaders expressed delight and relief Sunday at the capture of Saddam Hussein, with supporters and opponents of the Iraq war agreeing the arrest could mark a milestone in the country’s journey toward peace.
Briefly
December 15, 2003
¢ Drop-In Center soliciting holiday gifts for homeless ¢ Holiday Dinner needs 30 donated turkeys ¢ Group sponsors fair for people with disabilities
Briefly
December 15, 2003
¢ North Korea rejects proposal to end nuclear crisis ¢ Bear hunt completed with 328 confirmed kills ¢ Report: Illegal ivory sales unabated in African nations
Heat stay hot, triumph again
Miami rookie Wade scores 23 points in 90-89 victory
December 15, 2003
The Toronto Raptors were unable to recover after Vince Carter crashed into Miami coach Stan Van Gundy. Dwyane Wade scored 23 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 28 seconds left, and had a key block on Carter to lead Miami past the Raptors, 90-89, Sunday for the Heat’s third straight victory.
Girl power: Hollywood banks on young stars
December 15, 2003
It’s not easy being a girl: Grades. Boys. Peer pressure. Parents. International concert tours. Personal clothing lines. Big-budget pirate movies.
People
December 15, 2003
¢ ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ rules box office with $17 million debut ¢ Lauryn Hill slams Church ¢ A million-book milestone ¢ Sandra Diaz-Twine wins $1 million as final ‘Survivor’
J. Lo bling-blings in holidays
December 15, 2003
Do your holiday tastes run more to bling-bling than Kris Kringle? Then “Jingle Ball Rock” (7 p.m., Fox) may be your hot cup of eggnog. Jennifer Lopez is host of the special, featuring performances by Beyonce Knowles, Jessica Simpson, Kelly Clarkson and Disney actress turned singer Hilary Duff. Simpson and Clarkson recently performed on NBC’s Rockefeller Center tree-lighting ceremony special. In the Christmas spirit of charity, I won’t comment on their performances.
Analysis: GOP uses finance ruling to call for party unity
December 15, 2003
Diplomacy key
December 15, 2003
Creator of Roth IRA dies
Former senator a champion of tax cuts, foe of IRS
December 15, 2003
Former Sen. William V. Roth Jr., a fighter for tax cuts during his five terms in the U.S. Senate and the creator of the popular retirement account that carries his name, has died. He was 82. Roth collapsed late Saturday at his daughter’s house in Washington, said U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden, who said he was notified by Roth’s longtime secretary.
Air capital of the world’
Kansas aviation industry preceded flight
December 15, 2003
There was an aviation industry in Kansas before there was aviation. In 1900 — three years before the Wright brothers flew their airplane at Kitty Hawk, N.C. — Carl Dryden Browne built an airplane factory in Freedom, Kan.
Correction
December 15, 2003
Cowardly surrender fitting for Saddam
December 15, 2003
Saddam Hussein’s ignominious surrender captured the essence of his quarter-century of misrule over Iraq: He was exposed as a blustering fraud who robbed his people to line his own pockets and to satisfy his monumental vanity. In the end he could not escape his own personality or the pursuing U.S. Army.
Thousands attend funeral of former senator
Politicians honor Paul Simon of Illinois
December 15, 2003
Former Sen. Paul Simon was honored Sunday in a memorial service filled with dignitaries who paid tribute to the popular, low-key senator as a tireless advocate for the oppressed. Simon’s plain casket — topped by the art work of his grandchildren — rested in front of a stage at Southern Illinois University’s sports arena, where more than 3,500 people attended a service that included a 60-piece orchestra.
Williams not satisfied with win
December 15, 2003
Roy Williams barely could hide his frustration Sunday. Rashad McCants had 14 points and Sean May had a Smith Center-record 21 rebounds to lift No. 7 North Carolina to a 64-53 victory over Akron. But Williams, in his first season as coach at his alma mater, couldn’t look past the woeful shooting and what he called a “pathetic” defensive effort.
History of flight in Kansas predates Wright brothers
December 15, 2003
A timeline from the Kansas Aviation Museum.
Horoscopes
December 15, 2003