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Woman killed in U.S. 59 collision
December 20, 2003
(Web Posted Saturday at 10:10 a.m.) A Baker University employee and former track athlete was killed early Saturday in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 59 about 10 miles south of Lawrence. The victim was identified by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office as Renee L. Sudduth, 23, Lawrence. She was an employee in the Baker admissions office, university officials said.
Letter to the editor: Creek name
December 20, 2003
It’s hard for me to believe the Douglas County Commission’s recent decision not to recommend naming the creek that runs behind the former home of author and artist William Burroughs in his honor.
On the record
December 20, 2003
Mayer: Easy call: Celebrations out of hand
December 20, 2003
New Orleans footballer Joe Horn is taking deserved heat. He has to pay a $30,000 fine for his orchestrated cell phone call in the end zone after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants. Naturally, his agent plans to appeal. Yet selfish and boorish as the caper was, at least the hot-dog receiver had done something. That makes the actions of my Turkey of the Year even more ridiculous.
Ex-social worker gets 25 years for murder
December 20, 2003
A former social worker convicted of killing his girlfriend and tossing her dismembered body into the Missouri River has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Wustefeld services
December 20, 2003
Kansas Nutcracker’ to conclude holiday run
December 20, 2003
This is the final weekend to catch the Lawrence Arts Center’s production of “A Kansas Nutcracker.” Art exhibits, concerts and other activities — holiday-oriented and otherwise — fill out the pre-Christmas bill.
Crafty Holmes nearing TD record
December 20, 2003
When his career as a Pro Bowl running back is done, Priest Holmes probably could find work as an offensive line coach. Many backs, including some of the best, simply look for the hole and hurry to it. But Kansas City’s chess-playing superstar constantly quizzes his blockers on technique, tendencies, footwork and scheme. From one play to the next, he might ask which shoulder they’re going to use on their man, whether they’ll take him inside or outside.
Faith forum
What does the Bible say about how God treats disobedience to his commands?
December 20, 2003
¢ Believer, unbeliever embraced by God ¢ Gift of God is eternal life in Christ
Juggling family, career can take toll
December 20, 2003
You’ve talked about being a full-time mother vs. having a full-time career. Give us your view of a woman handling both responsibilities simultaneously. Is it doable, and is it smart?
Court kills subpoenas to ID music downloaders
December 20, 2003
The recording industry can’t force Internet providers to identify music downloaders, a federal appeals court said Friday in a major decision shielding online privacy while undercutting the industry’s anti-piracy campaign.
Daily ticker
December 20, 2003
Scouting news
December 20, 2003
State briefs
December 20, 2003
¢ Conviction overturned in drive-by shooting ¢ Child abuser sentenced to second prison term\ ¢ New attorney appointed for convicted mother
Emma Jane Waters
December 20, 2003
Emotions dominate start of sniper sentencing phase
December 20, 2003
On a gut-wrenching first day in the sentencing phase of Lee Boyd Malvo’s trial, the daughter of sniper victim Linda Franklin testified Friday that she cried every morning and felt forced at night to repeatedly “watch that man shoot my mother in the head.”
New company gets helping hand
December 20, 2003
Imagine trying to establish a new start-up pharmaceutical company anywhere in the United States over the past 12 months. We have many friends and colleagues who have bemoaned the national economic downturn in the biotechnology sector during 2002-03. Their efforts to start or grow new companies on either the East or West Coast have been met largely with disappointment and the inability to raise sufficient working capital.
Sebelius honors unit for service in Iraq
December 20, 2003
In 34 years with the Kansas Army National Guard, no duty for Chief Warrant Officer 5 Wayne Spry was as memorable as his recent deployment to Iraq.
Potential witnesses sent home
Judge, attorneys meet in private to discuss medical records
December 20, 2003
Putting off testimony at a key hearing in the Kobe Bryant case, the trial judge sent witnesses home Friday and met privately with attorneys arguing over whether the medical history of the woman accusing the NBA player of rape should be allowed as evidence.
Jayhawks hoping to solve Gauchos
Kansas taking on UCSB in Wolf Pack Classic
December 20, 2003
There’s one question on the minds of many Kansas University men’s basketball fans entering tonight’s KU-UC Santa Barbara game: What’s a Gaucho? “I think it’s a Spanish cowboy, but I’m not totally sure,” KU freshman forward David Padgett said. Almost.
Disney hails Mickey’s 75th anniversary
December 20, 2003
Mickey Mouse is one old rodent. “Mickey Mouse’s 75th Anniversary” (7 p.m. today, ABC) special comes more than a month after the real event. Apparently, the suits at Disney didn’t mind keeping Mickey waiting — the cartoon “Steamboat Willie,” the first to feature the wily varmint, appeared Nov. 18, 1928, in theaters. Tonight’s special will glance back at the mouse’s illustrious career and feature numerous plugs for Mickey-related events at Disney-owned theme parks.
Meaningful celebration
Jews prepare to commemorate eight-day holiday
December 20, 2003
Herb Friedson has warm memories of celebrating Hanukkah as a child. “When I was growing up in Cleveland, it was a wonderful time of the year, because the whole family would get together at grandma’s house,” Friedson said.
Holiday season full of anxieties
December 20, 2003
The holiday season isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Underneath all the celebrating, socializing and exchanging of gifts, there’s actually a lot stress and anxiety.
Society calendar
December 20, 2003
KU makes Cuban debut
Film students attend Latin American festival
December 20, 2003
Kansas University has officially made its entry into Cuba. A group of 12 KU film students and four faculty members has returned from a six-day trip for the 25th annual International Festival of Latin American Film. It was the first trip a KU contingent has made to the communist island nation since securing a travel license from the U.S. Treasury Department this summer.
Religion briefs
December 20, 2003
People
December 20, 2003
¢ List rates best-tressed celebs ¢ Split was rough on Kidman ¢ Aiken wins manners honor ¢ Cooper takes act to airwaves
Seasonal hirings help stabilize job market
State’s jobless rate remains steady at 4.7 percent
December 20, 2003
Unemployment held steady in November, state officials said Friday. According to preliminary figures from the Kansas Department of Human Resources, unemployment was unchanged in November from October’s revised 4.7 percent; the national rate was 5.9 percent. That compares with the 5.2 percent unemployment rate for November 2002.
WTC skyscraper design revealed
At 1,776 feet, glass tower will be world’s tallest building
December 20, 2003
The signature skyscraper at the World Trade Center site will be a 1,776-foot glass tower that twists into the sky, topped by energy-generating windmills and a spire that evokes the Statue of Liberty, new plans revealed Friday.
Briefly
December 20, 2003
¢ Leaky lab trash bag blamed in SARS case ¢ Delegates debate new constitution ¢ Chavez opponents deliver recall signatures
Chamber focuses on ‘bridge building’
Lawrence group touts new logo, plan
December 20, 2003
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce has pledged to become a better listener and more active in seeking the opinions of the community. Chamber officials unveiled their new logo and revamped office space Friday during an open house attended by about 75 chamber members. They also talked about the organization’s first strategic plan.
Commerce taps resident to lead Lawrence banks
December 20, 2003
A Lawrence resident and 26-year banking veteran has been named president of Commerce Bank’s six Lawrence locations.
Re-enactors find room at inn
December 20, 2003
A Christmas journey took about 50 residents on a candlelit trek through central Lawrence Friday night.
Area briefs
December 20, 2003
¢ Patrol to increase watch for drunken drivers ¢ Wichita resident killed while trimming tree ¢ Area schools advance in High Q competition ¢ Praeger to help lead regional association
Firebirds fly past Lions
Records fall in city rout
December 20, 2003
Free State High boys basketball coach Jack Schreiner was at a loss for words Friday night. Could anyone really blame him? After his Firebirds obliterated the run-and-gun Lawrence High Lions, there were few people in Free State’s packed gymnasium with anything meaningful to say. Just a lot of bugged eyes and dropped jaws. Believe it, ladies and gentlemen: Free State 110, Lawrence High 65.
Lions hold off Firebirds in ‘ugly win’
December 20, 2003
After comfortable wins against Free State High in the last four city basketball showdowns, the Lawrence High girls scrapped past a fearless Firebird squad before making their streak reach five. The Lions (2-1) led by double digits for most of the first half, but saw their lead whittled to four multiple times before escaping with a 53-46 victory Friday night in front of a capacity crowd at the FSHS gym.
Sources: Boosters to give Manginos new convertible
December 20, 2003
The tradition of alumni and friends providing new cars for successful Kansas University coaches is being renewed.
KU women set to hit the road
December 20, 2003
The timing couldn’t be better for the Kansas University women’s basketball team to take a trip and play in the Denver Wells Fargo tournament today. Kansas has won four in a row.
Iraq War top 2003 news story
December 20, 2003
The “major combat” phase was over in six weeks, but the war in Iraq — from its tumultuous prelude to a still-active insurgency — was in the global spotlight throughout the year.
Libya to dismantle weapons program
December 20, 2003
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, after secret negotiations with the United States and Britain, agreed to halt his nation’s drive to develop nuclear and chemical weapons and the long-range missiles to deliver them, President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair said Friday. Bush said pointedly, “I hope other leaders will find an example” in the action.
Seized boat links al-Qaida, drugs
December 20, 2003
The Navy has seized a boat carrying nearly 2 tons of hashish in the Persian Gulf, U.S. officials said Friday, in what could be some of the first hard evidence of al-Qaida links to drug smuggling.
CDC asks states to report child flu deaths
December 20, 2003
The nation’s top health agency on Friday stepped up its response to the unusually early outbreak of flu, launching response teams to states and asking all health departments nationwide to report flu deaths of children.
Survey: Drug use by teens declines
December 20, 2003
American teenagers are cutting back on their use of illicit drugs and cigarettes, but alcohol consumption is holding steady, the government says.
Collectible rifle surprises officials
December 20, 2003
City officials aren’t getting much of a bang out of a Colorado company’s use of Hutchinson’s logo on a collectible rifle.
Dorothy Newell
December 20, 2003
Zeddie D. Glover
December 20, 2003
Anna L. Hoffsommer
December 20, 2003
Engagements
December 20, 2003
¢ Denmark-Peterson ¢ Payne-Kueffer
Military news
December 20, 2003
Club news
December 20, 2003
4-H news
December 20, 2003
Bremer survives ambush on convoy
December 20, 2003
Paul Bremer, the U.S. civil administrator in Iraq, came under attack two weeks ago in Baghdad, U.S. officials said Friday.
Saddam’s daughter says images of father ‘horrific’
December 20, 2003
Saddam Hussein’s eldest daughter said she broke down and cried when she heard news of her father’s capture, adding in an interview that TV images of a disheveled Saddam beamed across the world were meant to “break the spirit of Arabs.”
Gift of love
December 20, 2003
School coverage
December 20, 2003
Vaccine safety
December 20, 2003
Senate’s oldest member giving up seat
December 20, 2003
The oldest member of the Kansas Senate plans to give up his seat on Jan. 2, saying he is frustrated with what he sees as the Legislature’s failure to bring about change.
Cubs ball to be destroyed
Buyer pays $106,600 for NLCS souvenir
December 20, 2003
Here’s one way to try to end the Cubs’ curse: Destroy the ball that was in the middle of one of the team’s most heartbreaking defeats.
Mill Valley boys clip Tongie; THS girls win
December 20, 2003
Every time Mill Valley High’s boys basketball team went on a run Friday, Tonganoxie answered. Even when the Jaguars seemed to pull away with a 13-2 spurt in the third quarter, the Chieftains cut the deficit to single digits in the fourth.
Baldwin girls rout Anderson County
December 20, 2003
In the battle of the Bulldogs, the Baldwin High girls’ basketball team had more bite — and buckets — than Anderson County, winning 68-37 in its first home game of the season.
Brown’s treys lift De Soto past Perry
December 20, 2003
Danny Brown scored 18 points — including three straight back-breaking three-pointers in the third quarter — to lead De Soto to a 57-48 boys basketball victory Friday over Perry-Lecompton.
De Soto hammers Perry
December 20, 2003
De Soto held Perry-Lecompton scoreless in the third quarter, and the Wildcats pulled away for a 46-26 rout Friday of the Kaws in high school girls basketball.
KU’s Baty honored as third-team All-American
December 20, 2003
Kansas University baseball senior Ryan Baty has been named to the Preseason All-American Third Team by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
N.C. State felt it could ‘win it all this year’
December 20, 2003
Ohio State struggled through a mediocre season in 2001 before winning a national championship last year. LSU will play for the national title next month in the Sugar Bowl after a ho-hum 2002 season. North Carolina State’s players think the Wolfpack could be the next college football program to make that giant leap.
Padgetts familiar with Kansas foes
December 20, 2003
Pete Padgett might be torn about whom to root for in this weekend’s Wolf Pack Classic basketball event. You see, Padgett’s son, David, is a freshman forward for Kansas University. But the elder Padgett also has ties to both UC Santa Barbara and the University of Nevada, the two teams the Jayhawks will face this weekend.
Notes
December 20, 2003
Cavaliers halt 34-game road losing streak
James pours in 36 points to propel Cleveland past Philadelphia, 88-81
December 20, 2003
LeBron James is making the Cleveland Cavaliers his team. The rookie made five three-pointers and scored 36 points, helping Cleveland end its 34-game road losing streak with an 88-81 victory Friday night over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Big Three’ give boost to T’wolves
Garnett, Cassell, Sprewell effective
December 20, 2003
With seven straight first-round playoff failures, the Minnesota Timberwolves learned Kevin Garnett can’t carry the team all by himself.
CU routs Tennessee State
December 20, 2003
Michel Morandais scored 17 points and David Harrison and Blair Wilson each added 14, helping Colorado beat Tennessee State, 71-44, Friday night.
Texas Tech escapes Washington, 74-70
December 20, 2003
Erin Grant made an 8-footer in the lane with 11 seconds to play, and Chesley Dabbs added two free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining as fourth-ranked Texas Tech escaped with a 74-70 win Friday over Washington.
People and places
December 20, 2003
EU approves NBC’s deal with Vivendi
December 20, 2003
European Union regulators on Friday OK’d the acquisition of Vivendi Universal’s U.S. entertainment assets by General Electric Co.’s NBC division.
Victory over Chiefs vital to Vikings
Minnesota trying to make playoffs; K.C. wants home-field edge
December 20, 2003
The Minnesota Vikings want nothing to do with history this season. Only one team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 has started 6-0 and failed to qualify for the postseason — the 1978 Washington Redskins, who finished 8-8.
European space probe nears Mars
December 20, 2003
The Beagle 2 Mars probe successfully detached Friday from its mother ship, a critical maneuver that put the European spacecraft on track for a Christmas Day landing on the Red Planet.
Appeal of school ruling rejected
Judge admonishes education officials that case ‘is about our children’
December 20, 2003
A judge Friday rejected a request from state education officials to allow them to appeal his finding that the school finance system is unconstitutional. “JUST GO FIX IT!” Shawnee County District Judge Terry Bullock wrote in his order, which included a stinging rebuke of legal and political attempts to get around his ruling.
Jayhawk drum majors plan march down the aisle
Couple will lead Marching Jayhawks in Tangerine Bowl parade, performance
December 20, 2003
Dustin Bauerle and Kellie Lankford didn’t always march in step. In fact, their first meeting was far from harmonious. It was in fall 1999, when Lankford was a junior at Lawrence High School and Bauerle was a freshman at Kansas University. They played a duet at First Southern Baptist Church featuring Bauerle on saxophone and Lankford on flute.
Florida bowl berth draws on KU spirit
Die-hard fans begin long journey to Orlando
December 20, 2003
After a week of final examinations, David Pate is looking forward to lounging beside a swimming pool in Orlando, Fla. Pate, a Kansas University senior from Leawood, is leaving this morning with two fraternity brothers on a 20-hour drive to watch the Tangerine Bowl.
Smart growth’ group to aid city
December 20, 2003
A national “smart growth” organization will help Lawrence craft new rules for the look of the city’s future growth. Planning Director Linda Finger said Friday the Smart Growth Leadership Institute had approved the city’s application for assistance. Experts will begin looking at Lawrence after the first of the year.
Family’s dream comes true in house that faith built
December 20, 2003
For Brian and Peg Wiley, this Christmas is sure to be merrier than some. The couple, along with son Joshua, 15, and daughter Shelby, 4, will move into a new three-bedroom house today, courtesy of Lawrence Habitat for Humanity.
Americans should recognize freedom as greatest gift of all
December 20, 2003
With Christmas and the arrival of Santa Claus only five days away, tremendous attention is given to the matter of presents and what to give a friend, relative or loved one.
Anniversaries
December 20, 2003
¢ Feuerborn ¢ Kingery
Saddam downfall doesn’t justify war
December 20, 2003
It was, make no mistake, a very satisfying image. Saddam Hussein, the erstwhile butcher of Baghdad, looking grizzled, frazzled and not unlike a homeless transient — which, come to think of it, he was — as he submitted to a medical examination, courtesy of his captors, the U.S. Army.
Weddings
December 20, 2003
¢ Radich-Dobson ¢ Price-Ravgiala ¢ Loveland-Brown
Around and about
December 20, 2003
Festival of Lights
December 20, 2003
Horoscopes
December 20, 2003
Lately, NFL means No Fun League
December 20, 2003
Can’t anybody have any fun anymore? Why do people come down so hard on a football player who clowns around a little, trying to have a good time? Is it so terrible? Is there nobody left who can laugh?
State should curb death penalty costs, audit concludes
December 20, 2003
The state could do more to control death penalty costs, even though some of its existing practices lessen the expense of capital murder trials, according to a state audit released Friday.
Briefcase
December 20, 2003
¢ Markets end week higher ¢ Janus to return $31.5M ¢ Former trader admits stealing $43M at Merrill ¢ Serologicals to sell unit
Players credit Mangino for bowl berth
December 20, 2003
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino gave his players credit for doing what appeared to be an impossible task — reaching a bowl game in just the second year of a rebuilding project — during Friday’s Tangerine Bowl kickoff luncheon.
Olympic corruption
How much worse will the Olympic Games’ dens of thieves get?
December 20, 2003
How long have many of us considered the Olympic Games to be the champion of fair play and honesty? And how long, now, have we been disappointed by the maneuvering and illegality behind that curtain with the five rings of the continents on it?
KU grad named CFO for Chuck E. Cheese’s
December 20, 2003
Ohio State in familiar spot
Against Wildcats, Buckeyes have different goals
December 20, 2003
The team hotel is the same, the practice field is the same and so is the stadium where they’ll again play in the Fiesta Bowl. The stakes, however, have changed considerably for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Briefly
December 20, 2003
¢ Redesigned Fords top vehicle crash ratings ¢ Mating call offers clue to muscular diseases ¢ State health aid bears brunt of spending cuts
Briefly
December 20, 2003
¢ Condit sues tabloids over Chandra Levy stories ¢ Purported al-Qaida tape warns of ‘homeland’ attacks ¢ Sharon’s plan draws criticism ¢ U.S. warns of terror threat
Mourning in good condition
Former NBA All-Star undergoes kidney transplant surgery
December 20, 2003
Former NBA All-Star center Alonzo Mourning underwent kidney transplant surgery Friday and was in good condition.