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Train derails in North Lawrence
December 17, 2003
(Updated Wednesday at 9:20 p.m.) A Union Pacific coal train derailed in north Lawrence at 8:15 p.m. According to Journal-World reports, 17 cars derailed, 15 of which are lying on their sides. The crew was not injured and the locomotive did not derail. The cause of the accident is not yet determined.
Dole Institute planning ‘Lincoln Week’ speakers
December 17, 2003
(Updated Wednesday at 5:52 p.m.) A Pulitzer Prize winner and other experts on Abraham Lincoln will participate in a series of events early next year surrounding Kansas’ sesquicentennial celebration. “Lincoln Week,” presented by the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University, will run Feb. 8 through Feb. 12.
Daily ticker
December 17, 2003
Boeing plan takes flight
Firm to build fuel-efficient jet in Everett, Wash.
December 17, 2003
The Boeing Co. will launch its first new jet design in 13 years, the 7E7 Dreamliner, as it works to regain aircraft leadership from European rival Airbus by pinning its future on a lighter, roomier, more fuel-efficient jet.
Judges OK Sprint’s shareholder settlement
Overland Park company to pay $50 million
December 17, 2003
Two judges on Tuesday approved a $50 million settlement between Sprint Corp. and shareholders who sued over its derailed merger with WorldCom Inc.
Prices fall as industrial production surges
December 17, 2003
Consumer prices dipped by 0.2 percent in November, pulled down by cheaper gasoline, clothes and airline fares, fresh evidence that inflation isn’t a problem even as the economy has shifted into a higher gear.
Briefcase
December 17, 2003
¢ Silicon Valley veteran named Motorola CEO ¢ Anschutz keeps spot on board of Qwest ¢ California pension plan to sue stock exchange
Commodities
December 17, 2003
Buckle up
December 17, 2003
Unsavory choices
December 17, 2003
Distorted image
December 17, 2003
State honors 2 Lawrence teachers
December 17, 2003
The state honored two teachers in the Lawrence school district Tuesday for exemplary achievement during their first year in the profession.
Surge in natural gas prices brings calls for investigation
December 17, 2003
A surge in natural gas prices has prompted a demand in Congress for an investigation into possible price gouging and market manipulation.
Lillian Flo Grinter
December 17, 2003
France, Germany pledge assistance on debt relief
December 17, 2003
President Bush’s special envoy on Iraq won agreement Tuesday from Germany and France, two of the most ardent opponents of the American-led war, to ease Baghdad’s huge debt burden.
Maurice Souders Bailey
December 17, 2003
Mary Eslick Cripe
December 17, 2003
Alfred W. McCullough
December 17, 2003
Marilyn Gay Broyles
December 17, 2003
Harold Richard Brown Jr.
December 17, 2003
On the record
December 17, 2003
Bush’s Yellowstone snowmobiling plan struck down
December 17, 2003
The National Park Service must revive a plan scrapped by the Bush administration to ban snowmobiles from Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, a federal judge ordered Tuesday.
Wright brothers had ties to area
December 17, 2003
It’s common knowledge the Wright brothers made their first flight 100 years ago today. A lesser-known fact is that the famous brothers had close ties to Tonganoxie and Lawrence.
City marks 3rd anniversary of public transit system
T ridership up nearly 140 passengers a day from 2002
December 17, 2003
Before the T got rolling three years ago this week, Eileene Miller once walked from North Lawrence to Wal-Mart, at the city’s southern tip. She doesn’t have to do that anymore.
KU’s Giddens surprised by little-known rookie honor
December 17, 2003
J.R. Giddens was more than a bit surprised Tuesday when told he’d earned his first award as a college basketball player — Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Week. “I didn’t expect it. I didn’t even know there was any such award like that,” said Giddens, Kansas University’s freshman guard from Oklahoma City. “I’m happy. It’s not hit me yet. Hopefully there will be more to come.”
Orlando awaits Jayhawks
KU contingent to depart today
December 17, 2003
Goodbye Lawrence, hello Orlando, Fla. Kansas University football players, coaches, families and support personnel will leave today for the site of the Tangerine Bowl. A traveling party of about 235 will depart by bus from Parrott Complex at 10:30 a.m. for Topeka’s Forbes Field, where they will board a noon American Airlines charter flight to Orlando.
Woodling: Self’s successor at Illinois finds things tough
December 17, 2003
Those of us who didn’t know Bruce Weber from a formaldehyde salesman are now left to wonder if the Illinois University men’s basketball coach has a little bit of Al Bohl coursing through his veins. Few more bizarre instances have occurred in college athletics than Bohl’s “crushed me like a dove” driveway diatribe last April after Bohl had been sacked as Kansas University’s athletic director.
KU doesn’t mind underdog role in Tangerine
December 17, 2003
Once the Jayhawks arrive today in Orlando, Fla., plenty of surprises will await a Kansas University football squad that hasn’t played a bowl game on the mainland since 1981. But one thing that will remain the same is KU again will be an underdog against North Carolina State in the Tangerine Bowl at 4:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN (Sunflower Broadband Channel 48).
Horn’s call will cost $30,000
Saints’ receiver fined for cell-phone incident in end zone
December 17, 2003
New Orleans Saints receiver Joe Horn was fined $30,000 by the NFL Tuesday for making a choreographed cell-phone call in the end zone to celebrate a touchdown.
Eudora routs Wellsville
Cardinal boys, girls trample Eagles
December 17, 2003
Eudora High boys basketball coach Scott Stein wouldn’t have paid to watch his team Tuesday against Wellsville.
Area boys roundup: De Soto holds off Santa Fe Trail rally; Ottawa, Baldwin fall
December 17, 2003
Danny Brown exploded for 17 points, helping De Soto hold on for a 43-41 victory Tuesday over Santa Fe Trail.
Sign violations
December 17, 2003
Area girls roundup: Chargers upend Wildcats
December 17, 2003
Alexis Pryor scored 13 points, leading Santa Fe Trail to a 39-35 victory Tuesday over De Soto.
College briefs
December 17, 2003
¢ KU’s Smith earns third-team A-A ¢ Charities help Baker pin Lambuth, 66-56
Pederson won’t rush to find football coach
December 17, 2003
Despite the anxiety of players and fans, Nebraska is not going to rush to name a new head football coach, athletic director Steve Pederson said on his statewide radio show Tuesday night.
Baylor earns 4th win
BU prevails in two OTs
December 17, 2003
Terrance Thomas scored 26 points, handed out 10 assists and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Baylor to an impressive 85-79 double-overtime victory Tuesday night over Louisiana-Monroe.
City Commission briefs
December 17, 2003
¢ Drinking license OK’d despite objection ¢ 6Wak partnership files suit against city
6News video: Police investigating homeless man’s injuries
December 17, 2003
A resident of the Lawrence Open Shelter was found injured Monday night on Tenth Street. Police are investigating the possible attack.
6News video: Plane with storied history lands in Lawrence
December 17, 2003
A rare Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat has gone from the depths of Lake Michigan to a hangar in the Lawrence Municipal Airport.
6Sports video: Eudora girls defeat Wellsville
December 17, 2003
The Cardinals’ first-half performance propelled them to a 52-22 victory over the Eagles.
6Sports video: Cardinal boys roll over Eagles
December 17, 2003
Eudora cruised to a 61-38 win against Wellsville.
6Sports video: Fast-moving Lions stymy stats keepers
December 17, 2003
An offensive strategy borrowed from Grinnell College of Iowa has lead to some high-scoring games for Lawrence High.
6News video: WWII planes at Lawrence airport
December 17, 2003
A grumman F-4F-3 started up at Lawrence airport and and flew over downtown Lawrence and Clinton Lake, and Paul Beauchamp gives an off-the-cuff story about cigars, planes and flying.
Navy vet recalls pilot’s heroics
December 17, 2003
Navy veteran Roy Daniels of McLouth has more than passing interest in the renovated Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat fighter at Lawrence Municipal Airport.
Oklahoma State spanks SE Okie St.
December 17, 2003
Ivan McFarlin scored 19 points, and Daniel Bobik added 16 to lead Oklahoma State past Division II Southeastern Oklahoma State, 93-46, Tuesday night.
County, state wait on nasal vaccine for flu
County, state wait on nasal vaccine for flu
December 17, 2003
A nasal flu vaccine is being made available to public health agencies at a reduced price, but Kansas and Douglas County health officials haven’t decided whether they would try to obtain it. The federal government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta are purchasing the nasal vaccine from its maker, FluMist, for about half of the regular wholesale single-dose price of $46.
Century of Flight’ on River City Weekly
December 17, 2003
This week “River City Weekly” takes you from the bottom of Lake Michigan to the cloud tops above Lawrence to show how a World War II warbird was rescued and restored and to meet two area veterans who flew Grumman F4F-3 Wildcats.
BOE seeks school-finance appeal
Supreme Court ruling wanted to resolve funding order
December 17, 2003
An attorney for the State Board of Education moved Tuesday for an early Kansas Supreme Court decision on whether Kansas spent enough money on its public schools or distributed its dollars fairly.
Ginger captures flavor of holidays
December 17, 2003
Spices offer the most distinctive holiday flavors, and ginger is my personal favorite. The Christmas cookie I liked best growing up was a thin ginger and molasses wafer that my mother made. The aroma of warm ginger, inhaled deeply, has always brought me a sense of comfort and good health.
Saddam awaits just deserts
December 17, 2003
The ultimate weapon of mass destruction has been captured in Iraq. Saddam Hussein was found hiding in a “hole in the ground,” like the rat that he is, in a farmhouse on the outskirts of Tikrit. His end came not as a self-styled heroic leader of millions, but as a wimp who resembled a bedraggled homeless man, unable to muster the nerve to take his own life with the gun on his hip.
An ageless fascination with flight
December 17, 2003
Gene Burnett, Ross Razak and Nancy Milleret have something in common — they’d rather not have their feet on the ground. The three pilots are separated by 65 years of age and 5,750 hours at airplane controls. But they all share the same fascination with aviation that led Orville and Wilbur Wright on the first manned flight 100 years ago today.
Wider access to pill urged
Morning-after drug’s over-the-counter sales recommended
December 17, 2003
Emergency contraception — the morning-after pill — should be available without a prescription, on pharmacy shelves next to the aspirin and cough medicine, government advisers said Tuesday.
Greater protections sought for natural resources
State task force report cites need for planning, funds
December 17, 2003
From the Tallgrass Prairie to the Ogallala Aquifer, Kansas needs to do a better job protecting its water, preserving its landscapes and providing better public access to its outdoors. According to a report released Tuesday by the Kansas Natural Resources Legacy Alliance, that means the state needs better financing and planning of conservation programs.
Open Shelter resident’s injuries raise questions for police, neighbors
December 17, 2003
Crime-scene investigators took evidence Tuesday from a bloody patch of snow outside a downtown homeless shelter where a man was found injured late Monday night. Alan Cannon — a 57-year-old resident of the Lawrence Open Shelter, 944 Ky. — was airlifted late Monday from Lawrence Memorial Hospital to a Kansas City-area hospital. A condition report wasn’t available Tuesday night.
McLouth trips Seabury
Seahawk girls tumble, 47-15
December 17, 2003
During finals week, basketball isn’t too high of a priority at Seabury Academy. Surviving the tough week of academics is. So forgive the Seabury girls basketball team for being a little flat and a little winded in its 47-15 loss to McLouth Tuesday. In fact, just put some of the blame on coach Eric Nelson.
Lawrence, Dillingham selected
Two city football players tapped for Shrine Bowl
December 17, 2003
Turns out the first round of the state playoffs wasn’t the final high school game for Josh Lawrence and Dain Dillingham, after all. Dillingham, a Free State High senior, and Lawrence, a Lawrence High senior, each were selected to participate in the 31st annual Kansas Shrine Bowl next summer in Emporia.
If NFL has courage, it will punish Millen
December 17, 2003
The NFL needs to ask itself one fundamentally important question: Is it more concerned with Joe Horn’s roaming charges than it is with Matt Millen’s running mouth?
Hospital secrecy rules may figure in patient killings
December 17, 2003
A former nurse who claims to have killed as many as 40 patients over the past 16 years was fired from at least two hospitals and was even the subject of a murder investigation. But Charles Cullen kept managing to land another job.
Ruth A. Stevenson
December 17, 2003
Spotlight shines on older women
December 17, 2003
Diane Keaton recalled her skepticism over lunch a few years back with writer-director Nancy Meyers, who was pitching a romantic comedy centered on a woman in her 50s and a man in his 60s.
Post-Saddam Iraq still reeling in violence
December 17, 2003
Saddam Hussein loyalists rioted in Baghdad, ambushed a U.S. patrol in Samarra, stormed the office of a U.S.-backed mayor in Fallujah and battled American troops in Ramadi — making it clear that Saddam’s capture has not quelled violence in Iraq.
Success story
Perhaps a look back at aviation history can inspire Kansas to repeat that model of entrepreneurship in another field.
December 17, 2003
The story of aviation in Kansas sounds a little like the story of California’s Silicon Valley.
Saddam caught like a rat
December 17, 2003
So this is how a regime ends, not with the toppling of a larger-than-life statue of a dictator. It ends with a smaller-than-life video of a man who emerged from a spider hole.
Memphis wins first bowl game in 32 years
Tiger quarterback Wimprine has 254 yards passing, throws for TD, rushes for another score in 27-17 victory
December 17, 2003
Danny Wimprine only had great memories of playing in the Louisiana Superdome, and kept it that way in the New Orleans Bowl. Wimprine threw for 254 yards and accounted for two touchdowns as Memphis won its first bowl game in 32 years, a 27-17 victory Tuesday night over North Texas.
Huskers’ Pelini dismisses reports of player unrest
December 17, 2003
Nebraska interim head coach Bo Pelini Tuesday dismissed reports of player unrest on the football team over uncertainty surrounding the head-coaching position.
6Sports video: Tonganoxie evens record with win
December 17, 2003
Tonganoxie moves to 2-2 with a 56-39 victory over Basehor-Linwood.
Briefly
December 17, 2003
¢ Vital highway reopens ¢ Arafat again banned from Christmas celebration ¢ Bush could support amendment on gay marriage ¢ Anti-spam legislation signed
Briefly
December 17, 2003
¢ Deliberations begin in second sniper trial ¢ Appeals court OKs medical marijuana ¢ Guilty plea entered in Target store assault ¢ Study: Pollution raises chance of heart disease ¢ Mother convicted of killing three babies ¢ Ferry crash toll rises to 11
Globally, 2003 third-hottest year on record
December 17, 2003
The year 2003, marked by a sweltering summer and drought across large swaths of the planet, was the third-hottest in nearly 150 years, the United Nations weather agency said Tuesday.
City briefs
December 17, 2003
¢ City replaces frayed flag ¢ Lawrence wife killer eligible for parole ¢ Community comes to rescue for holiday meal ¢ Assault suspect’s wife testifies about KDOT
City briefs
December 17, 2003
¢ Leads on bank robber phoned into police ¢ Lawrence convict gets firearm sentence ¢ Preliminary hearing set for robbery suspects
People
December 17, 2003
¢ Soldiers get comic relief ¢ Manson inquiry dropped ¢ Connery battles hunger ¢ Supermodel expecting baby
Mortgage tax revenues piling up for county
December 17, 2003
People buying new homes and refinancing mortgages are helping fill widening budget holes for Douglas County government. The county already has collected a record $2.88 million in taxes on mortgage registrations so far this year, up 13.5 percent from all of last year.
King services
December 17, 2003
Opal Sweezer
December 17, 2003
Flight gave wings to mobile society
December 17, 2003
WThe 12-second flight 100 years ago this morning reached a height of just 10 feet, less than the 63-foot height of a Boeing 747, and covered just 120 feet of ground, less than a 747’s 195-foot wingspan. But the Wright brothers’ fourth and final flight that day in North Carolina lasted 59 seconds and went 852 feet. So by sunset the 20th century’s themes — farther, faster, higher, now — were, so to speak, in the air.
Lobbyists may get own keys to Capitol
Legislative subcommittee to study plan to allow privileged access
December 17, 2003
Lawmakers want to figure out how they can make it easier to get lobbyists into the Capitol. So, they’re considering special keys for the special interests. The Legislative Coordinating Council on Tuesday approved creation of a subcommittee to study whether lobbyists should be allowed to purchase the access cards that open electronically locked security doors.
Virginia Hickey
December 17, 2003
Owner of vintage fighter plane chats online
December 17, 2003
Steve Craig, a North Lawrence resident who has one of the last remaining Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat fighter planes, chatted online with World Online readers Wednesday evening.
Horoscopes
December 17, 2003
State leader touts high-tech agenda
Lieutenant governor tours Lawrence companies, discusses legislative plans
December 17, 2003
Improving Kansas’ image nationally is critical to creating a high-tech economy in the state, and Lt. Gov. John Moore has a plan to do just that. He’s ready to introduce a package of economic development proposals for the 2004 Legislature to consider.
Holiday cheers
Bartenders say cocktails popular this season
December 17, 2003
Lawrence is a cocktail kind of town. In bars and lounges across the city, people are ordering up a staggering variety of libations, everything from the tried-and-true Cosmopolitan, gimlet and Grasshopper to new-fangled creations like the chocolate-banana martini and the Raspberry Kiss.
Tips on fudge, cooking with alcohol
December 17, 2003
Fudge is classified as a crystalline candy. The goal is to produce very fine sugar crystals by controlling the form and content of sugar, using the correct temperature and stirring correctly. Fudge should be soft but firm with a smooth texture.
PBS presents Dickens of a documentary
December 17, 2003
Had the contemporary notion of celebrity existed in the 19th century, Charles Dickens would certainly have topped the list. Like Mark Twain, Victor Hugo and Leo Tolstoy, Dickens blazed the trail of literary celebrity by becoming more famous than his best-selling books. The superior three-hour profile “Dickens” (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings) combines documentary narration, dramatic re-enactment, and clips from “Masterpiece Theatre” presentations of Dickens’ many novels to offer a surprising psychobiography of the novelist most closely associated with the vast and often cruel changes of the Victorian era. It also emphasizes the biographical roots of his most beloved characters, including David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Tiny Tim and many more.
Miami’s Wade leads way
Rookie scores 32 in Heat’s 97-79 win
December 17, 2003
Rookie Dwyane Wade shot 15-for-22 and had 32 points and nine assists, leading Miami to its fourth straight victory — 97-79 Tuesday night over Atlanta.
Toys for tots
December 17, 2003
Steve Craig chats about his WWII vintage warbird
December 17, 2003
The following is the transcript of a Dec. 17 online chat with Steve Craig, a North Lawrence resident who has one of the last remaining Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat fighter planes.
Judge shares Swedish recipes on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
December 17, 2003
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Swedish Christmas with Judge Deanell Tacha.”
12-2 Chiefs not guaranteed first-round bye
December 17, 2003
In almost any other year since the NFL expanded the postseason to six teams per conference, the Kansas City Chiefs would be sitting pretty.
Jayhawks shop for local families
KU men’s basketball squad picks out Christmas gifts for underprivileged citizens
December 17, 2003
Kansas University’s men’s basketball squad spent about an hour stuffing baskets Tuesday night at Wal-Mart, not Allen Fieldhouse.