Archive for Sunday, December 21, 2003

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Poet’s showcase
December 21, 2003
Area briefs
December 21, 2003
¢ Arts center receives grant for bilingual play ¢ FEMA grants given to aid homeless ¢ Area residents to go on lottery show ¢ KU sets exam
Christmas table settings tempt collectors
December 21, 2003
Christmas dinner is a time for holiday decorations and special dishes. One of the most famous Christmas chinaware patterns is “Christmas Eve,” designed in 1950 by Viktor Schrekengost for Salem China Co. of Salem, Ohio. It was so popular that it remained in production until 1999.
Who is that?
Victims of mysterious Capgras syndrome often can’t recognize their own image
December 21, 2003
When Joseph looked in the mirror, he saw a man he had never seen before. He pinched himself. The man in the mirror pinched himself. But it still wasn’t Joseph. “Do I look different?” he asked people. “Am I still the same person?”
Study questions surgery-only breast cancer treatment
December 21, 2003
Many women with a noninvasive form of breast cancer have chosen in recent years to undergo only surgery. Radiation was not necessary, they were told. That advice may have been wrong.
Great stamps in store for 2004
December 21, 2003
The 2004 U.S. stamp calendar reminds us what is unique and special about America — its people, places, events and achievements.
South deals with ghosts of racial past
December 21, 2003
She entered the hotel ballroom slowly, her head high, a small woman in a bright red suit, and let two of her adult children take her hands as she came up the three steps to the rostrum. The opposite wall was lined with TV cameras, and in the three sections of seats, curious South Carolina citizens, both black and white, drawn by the drama of her story, outnumbered the reporters. Without a word being said, the applause rolled out and the spectators and journalists rose to their feet.
The challenges of giving — and receiving
December 21, 2003
We now arrive at that annual moment of holiday panic. The seconds are ticking on the last-minute catalogs. You are actually considering paying $15.48 to overnight an $11 paperback.
Truck-drivin’ men ready for some football
December 21, 2003
Let’s say you’re a middle-aged guy. It’s a Sunday afternoon, and you’re planning to relax by watching a little football, defined as “11 consecutive hours of football.”
Poetry Magazine struggles to spend $100 million gift
December 21, 2003
Joe Parisi, who for 20 years ran Poetry Magazine, is a short, sad-eyed man with the kind of low, detached voice that makes all the world seem a droll conspiracy.
Pre-conceived vision becomes photo reality
December 21, 2003
When I get assignments I often start imagining the “best case scenario” of photographs that might match the story. This can be frustrating because I really don’t know what to expect, and the photograph in your head is often 10 times as good as what exists in reality.
Make traveling easier on pets
December 21, 2003
The holidays are traditionally a busy time of year for traveling. People go great distances to be with family and friends during this joyous season. Pets often make these journeys with their owners. To ease the stress of both pets and their owners, I’ve compiled a list of helpful hints for holiday travel.
Opera audition application deadline approaching
December 21, 2003
Dream home office
Lawrence couple make most of spacious suite
December 21, 2003
As self-employed commercial artists, Rex and Vicky Howard could live and work anywhere in the United States.
Manufactured homes discussed in new book
December 21, 2003
Steven Taylor is out to eliminate both the skepticism and the uneasiness that can be associated with buying a manufactured home.
Organization searching for enthusiasts
December 21, 2003
As we approach 2004, it is time to train another group of Extension Master Gardener volunteers.
P.D. James tops herself with ‘The Murder Room’
December 21, 2003
Difficult — and delightful — as it is to believe, P.D. James keeps getting better. Her new book, “The Murder Room,” might be the best mystery novel of 2003.
Illogical policy
December 21, 2003
KU signal
December 21, 2003
Absent phrase
December 21, 2003
Wichita State professor provides holiday soundtrack with carillon
December 21, 2003
Dean Roush plays Christmas music with nobody watching and thousands listening.
Calendar
December 21, 2003
Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt., offers activities during the week for residents age 55 and older. Call Senior Services at 842-0543 for more details.
KDWP urges report card cooperation
December 21, 2003
Each year following the January extended deer season, Wildlife and Parks collects information to determine hunter success.
James’ good old days still to come
December 21, 2003
When he was young, LeBron James says, he wore Air Jordans. Ah, yes, when he was young. There’s nothing quite like listening to an 18-year-old wax nostalgic about the old days. After all, his old days were like 20 minutes ago for most of the reporters leaning in, trying to glean wisdom from James, the basketball shoe star.
Knicks coach Chaney defensive amid reports his job in jeopardy
December 21, 2003
Showing more defensive intensity than his team often exhibits, New York Knicks coach Don Chaney stuck up for himself Saturday amid reports that his job was in jeopardy.
Judge in Bryant case seeks balance
Sexual assault trial of Lakers’ guard appears unlikely to begin before next summer
December 21, 2003
The right of an alleged rape victim to be spared undue embarrassment during the trial of her accused assailant took center stage at the Kobe Bryant sexual assault trial Friday as a Colorado judge struggled to balance the rights of a criminal defendant, the rights of a victim and the first amendment rights of the media.
James W. Greeson
December 21, 2003
Memorial services for James W. Greeson, 72, Topeka, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel in Topeka.
6Sports video: ‘Hawks enjoy Orlando fun
December 21, 2003
Chillier weather than they had hoped for did nothing to stop the Jayhawks’ pregame festivities in Florida.
Desperate Vikings hammer K.C., 45-20
December 21, 2003
The Minnesota Vikings gave a big boost to their postseason hopes and their confidence, playing the part of a desperate team perfectly Saturday. Onterrio Smith ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns, and Randy Moss caught two of Daunte Culpepper’s three scoring passes in a 45-20 victory over the frustrated Kansas City Chiefs — whose chances for home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs were dealt a blow.
Kansas women thump UTA
December 21, 2003
Crystal Kemp collected 21 points and eight rebounds to power Kansas University’s women’s basketball team to a 71-52 rout Saturday of Texas-Arlington at the Denver Wells Fargo Tournament.
Woodling: Jayhawks prove color doesn’t matter
December 21, 2003
I don’t know what the fire codes are in “The Biggest Little City in the World,” but I was pretty sure the Reno fire marshal would frown on a halftime blaze in the Lawlor Events Center. After Kansas University’s men’s basketball team shot a dreadful 24.3 percent in the first half while wearing predominantly red uniforms for the first time since 1986, I thought KU coach Bill Self might make the Jayhawks switch to their standard blue road uniforms in the second half, toss the red ones into a heap and torch them.
Suspect sentenced in sexual abuse case
December 21, 2003
A Kansas City woman was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for allowing her boyfriend to have sex with her daughter.
GOP truly big spender, analysis claims
Conservatives’ not guarding public dollar, critic argues
December 21, 2003
It used to be that Sen. Sam Brownback calculated the national debt, to the penny, on a marker board in his office. Last week, the sign greeted visitors with a Santa Claus and a wreath. That old debt calculator tells the story of Kansas Republicans and the GOP Congress. After nine years running the House and Senate and three years in the White House, Republicans are responsible for the largest federal spending increase in a decade.
Mariners, Garcia agree
Pitcher accepts one-year contract
December 21, 2003
The Seattle Mariners agreed to a $6,875,000, one-year contract with right-hander Freddy Garcia Saturday night, retaining the services of the workhorse of one of baseball’s best rotations. Garcia has been the subject of trade talks going back during the season.
Falcons stave off Bucs’ rally
December 21, 2003
Michael Vick relished the role of spoiler. “It feels great,” the Atlanta quarterback said.
6Sports video: Practice primary focus for KU
December 21, 2003
Kansas is focusing on practices, despite the distractions afforded by bowl festivities — and an opponent clad in pink.
Deacons win ACC thriller
No. 14 Wake Forest clips No. 4 UNC in three OTs
December 21, 2003
Eric Williams hit a jumper in the lane with 36 seconds left in the third overtime and added two late free throws to lift No. 14 Wake Forest to a 119-114 victory Saturday over fourth-ranked North Carolina in the ACC opener for both teams.
UCLA renames court
December 21, 2003
UCLA honored John Wooden and his late wife Nell by naming the Bruins’ basketball court for them Saturday, 28 years after Wooden retired from coaching with a record 10 national titles.
Turnovers costly for UCSB
Gauchos have 26 miscues, eight assists in loss to KU
December 21, 2003
Bob Williams looked to the far right on the box score and sighed. “You can’t win basketball games with eight assists and 26 turnovers,” said Williams, now in his sixth season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara.
Padgett nervous
KU freshman ‘struggled’ against UCSB
December 21, 2003
David Padgett admits he was a bit jittery playing his first college basketball game in his hometown. “I was a little more nervous than usual. I think I knew almost everyone here,” said Padgett, Kansas University’s 6-foot-11 Reno native, who went 1-for-8 from the field and scored three points with four rebounds in the Jayhawks’ 72-52 victory over UC Santa Barbara.
Notes
December 21, 2003
Mayoral contender called ‘batterer’
December 21, 2003
The interim executive director of the Topeka YWCA urged the rejection of a former City Council member’s mayoral bid, calling the candidate “a batterer” and “a candidate who believes domestic violence to be acceptable.”
Shoppers swarm to last-minute sales
December 21, 2003
It’s true. The last Saturday before Christmas is a busier shopping day than the Friday after Thanksgiving. Just ask any downtown Lawrence store manager. “Oh definitely,” said Lisa Bakke, manager of Borders Books, Music & Cafe, 700 N.H. “We’re having a good day.”
U.S.: Libya was eager to destroy weapons
December 21, 2003
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, meeting in the dead of night in his capital with officers from the Central Intelligence Agency and British intelligence, appeared eager to do away with his weapons programs, U.S. officials said Saturday.
Lawrence commuter report
December 21, 2003
There are no scheduled construction projects in the region; however, these projects may affect city traffic this week:
Newell services
December 21, 2003
Alonzo M. Wheeler
December 21, 2003
Vance M. Robrahn
December 21, 2003
Tigers await reinforcements
December 21, 2003
Missouri’s bench is about to get a lot deeper.
On the record
December 21, 2003
MDA seeks nominees for achievement award
December 21, 2003
The Muscular Dystrophy Assn. is accepting nominations for its 12th annual Personal Achievement Awards. The awards recognize accomplishments and community service of people with disabilities caused by a neuromuscular disease.
Homeless man’s choice perplexes, angers some
December 21, 2003
Robert Gilmore is back on the street and at least one downtown resident isn’t happy about it. “I’m not a heartless person; in fact, I’m a very caring person,” said Jim Denman, who lives in an apartment above the parking garage at 10th and New Hampshire. “But this guy is living 100 feet from my front door. He sleeps on the sidewalk, he urinates in public. I’ve seen him strip down and bathe himself, using a two-liter of water — in public view.”
District wants to enhance use of school site councils
December 21, 2003
The Lawrence school board is working to address shortcomings of state-mandated site councils at district schools. Representatives of these Lawrence school advisory groups met recently and concluded site councils in the district suffer from lack of opportunities to share insights about improving the quality of education in schools.
Emphasis on individual killing NFL
December 21, 2003
This happened a couple weeks ago. Maybe you caught it. Terrell Owens had just scored a touchdown and launched into his choreographed-by-Debbie-Allen dance of shameless self-congratulation. A teammate trotted over to pay his respects. After all, T.O.’s TD was worth six points for the 49ers, every last one of them. The teammate tried to get Owens’ attention. He tried to congratulate Owens, tried to share in the moment.
Style briefs
December 21, 2003
¢ T-shirts take on cartoon chic look ¢ Lucky magazine names top new boutiques ¢ ‘Queer Eye’ star to write book
What are you reading?
December 21, 2003
Web site raises money for platoon’s body armor
Fund drive sets goal to buy bulletproof-vest upgrades; military official says no thanks to friendly offer
December 21, 2003
Where the United States military has fallen short, two Midwesterners are trying to fill the gap by supplying an Army platoon with bullet-resistant body armor.
23-year-old killed on Highway 59
Former Baker University athlete dies in early-morning head-on collision
December 21, 2003
A Baker University graduate and employee, known for her talent as an athlete and a scholar, was killed in a two-vehicle head-on collision early Saturday south of Lawrence. Renee L. Sudduth, 23, Lawrence, became the latest fatality victim claimed by U.S. Highway 59, one of Douglas County’s narrow, twisting highways with a deadly reputation.
Color designer scours New York for inspiration
December 21, 2003
Poppy King is scanning a wall of paper. It’s bursting with colors from purple to puce in a huge floor-to-ceiling display, while stripes and plaids and floral patterns compete for attention. The wall virtually vibrates with color, but somehow she zeros in on a single sheet of paper.
Contest seeks thoughts on giving, receiving holiday gifts
December 21, 2003
When I was growing up outside New York City, my best friend’s family had an unusual Christmas tradition: Each gift could cost no more than a dollar.
3 charges dropped in Guantanamo case
December 21, 2003
The Air Force has dropped three counts in an espionage case against a Syrian-born airman who worked as a translator at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison camp for terrorism suspects.
Alberta Pauline Lyerla
December 21, 2003
T’wolves take fifth straight
Garnett, Minnesota cruise past Pacers, 102-80
December 21, 2003
The Indiana Pacers are having a difficult time trying to solve their shooting woes. Kevin Garnett had 28 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to their fifth straight victory, 102-80 over the Pacers Saturday night. Backup Fred Hoiberg had 21 points, and Sam Cassell added 18 points and 10 assists for the Timberwolves.
Police response ‘falls short’
Neighbors say complaints handled irresponsibly
December 21, 2003
When Lawrence’s police officers get overwhelmed with calls reporting anything from barking dogs to violent crimes, the things that seem less important get brushed aside. At least that was the experience for residents who brought two complaints last month against the department for what they saw as a lack of response to problems in their neighborhoods.
Friends gather to support Jackson
December 21, 2003
Friends and relatives of Michael Jackson descended on his Neverland Ranch on Saturday to show their support for the entertainer who is fighting child molestation charges.
Legislators seek Supreme Court relief
Some count on milder guidelines to fix state’s school-finance formula
December 21, 2003
Some legislators are counting on the Kansas Supreme Court to rescue them from a judge’s suggestion the state’s schools need as much as $1 billion more annually, and that the state should radically redistribute the money it already spends.
Wichita bishop takes charge of troubled Phoenix diocese
December 21, 2003
Thomas Olmsted became the new spiritual leader of more than 470,000 Catholics in Arizona when he was installed Saturday as the fourth bishop of the scandal-ridden Diocese of Phoenix.
Zimbabwe opposition vows to increase pressure on president
December 21, 2003
A leading Zimbabwean opposition figure pledged Saturday to intensify pressure on President Robert Mugabe to negotiate a political settlement that would restore the rule of law and democracy in the troubled southern African nation.
Bookstore
December 21, 2003
Signs of Life artist turns to Bible for inspiration
December 21, 2003
When Signs of Life gallery director James Schaefer was hanging Joan Bohlig’s biblical etchings a few weeks ago, they at first seemed so visually quiet compared to the paintings around them.
To the stars through ambition
Ad astra galleria opens with lofty dream of becoming arts, culture hub
December 21, 2003
Fixed to the worn wood floor at the old Lawrence School of Ballet is a grid of yellow construction paper stars. Current tenant Joel Bales imagines toe shoe-clad dancers lining up on the stars during rehearsals. But he’s not really certain which of the historic building’s previous occupants left the stars behind.
The Man Who Invented Himself’
Biography tells self-made story of photographer Robert Capa
December 21, 2003
Robert Capa’s life story is a classic illustration of a man in charge of his own destiny. By placing himself in harm’s way on a regular basis, he became the very best at photographing war, knowing full well that most combat photographers don’t die in their sleep. He photographed the Spanish Civil War at 23, and in 1954 at age 40, Capa was killed by mortar fire in Vietnam, his fifth war.
Illinois hunters helping hungry
December 21, 2003
Todd McLester goes deer hunting every fall, and he must be a pretty good shot because he gets his deer every fall. Lucky guy.
Briefly
December 21, 2003
¢ ‘Rings’ films draw visitors to New Zealand ¢ Apple Core locates affordable NYC motels
Briefly
December 21, 2003
¢ Last of Rent-Way executives sentenced ¢ Help the less fortunate, Bush says in address
Bulls’ Williams vows he’ll return to court
December 21, 2003
Jay Williams sat in a chair at the edge of the Chicago Bulls practice court, smiling at the sounds that have carried him through these last six months.
No. 5 Texas trips No. 10 Georgia
December 21, 2003
It was fitting that the play that keyed fifth-ranked Texas’ win over No. 10 Georgia came at the defensive end for the Longhorns.
Study: Diet, exercise unrelated
December 21, 2003
People who work out regularly are just as likely to make a quick trip through the fast-food drive-through.
Agencies lack tools to track problem nurses
December 21, 2003
A nurse suspected of killing patients in two states was able to keep his license, even after he was fired from several jobs, because hospitals, prosecutors and state regulators didn’t share information.
Afghans likely to create strong presidency, U.S. ambassador says
December 21, 2003
Afghanistan’s grand council appears to favor setting up a strong presidency, the U.S. ambassador here said Saturday in his first assessment of the ongoing closed-door debate over forming the nation’s constitution.
Israeli, Palestinian officials prepare for possible summit
December 21, 2003
Israeli and Palestinian officials are working to set up a meeting between their prime ministers this week aimed at renewing peace efforts, the chief Palestinian negotiator said Saturday.
Religious shifts have political implications
December 21, 2003
This country is divided along lines over how we live, love, tax, vote — and pray. And now that we’re about to enter a political year in which we will help decide how we will live, love and tax, there’s increasing attention on how we pray.
A big gamble
Taking no action to address a judge’s order on school finance would be a risky proposition for Kansas lawmakers.
December 21, 2003
“How could we get a worse deal?” Kansas House Speaker Doug Mays reportedly told an Associated Press reporter in reference to Judge Terry Bullock’s decision concerning the state’s system of distributing funds to public K-12 schools.
Briefly
December 21, 2003
¢ City to pay panhandlers $99,000 in settlement ¢ Beauty queen to face murder charge ¢ Gore’s son arrested on marijuana charge ¢ Businessman surprises employees with bonuses ¢ FCC OKs News Corp. purchase of DirecTV ¢ Airmen buried 31 years after crash in Vietnam
Briefly
December 21, 2003
¢ Dean appeals for halt to attack politics ¢ Gephardt accuses Bush of sabotaging schools ¢ Poll shows Dean with 24-point lead ¢ Millions of N. Koreans to lose food rations
Texas museum features Renaissance prayer books
December 21, 2003
Some of the most ornate paintings from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance eras do not hang in a museum. In fact, they’re not even in frames. Books, some smaller than a deck of cards, contain masterpieces from 1250 to 1550 and feature religious scenes with intricate details.
Servants’ portrait exhibit strikes chord in class-conscious Britain
December 21, 2003
On the art-vs.-commerce battleground, the scenario is all too familiar. “The Nutcracker,” as nearly everyone knows, is what keeps ballet companies across the country afloat, often providing a fourth or even a third of annual revenue.
Commentary: Christmas tree biology not all that glamorous
December 21, 2003
Here I go again, not feeling Christmassy. Of course I’d like to feel Christmassy, just like all the other 57-year-old men who finally had an up year in the stock market and whose prostate exams and colonoscopies went well.
Drug industry faces hurdles despite Medicare reform bill
Canadian, generic drugs affecting firms’ profits
December 21, 2003
Pharmaceutical company executives breathed a collective sigh of relief when the Medicare reform bill excluded two ideas they abhorred: imports of low-priced drugs and government price controls.
Mush made accessible
Dog-sled adventures growing in popularity
December 21, 2003
Like many identical twins, Kim and Kelly Berg of Ashland do almost everything together, even mushing. Three to five afternoons a week, after work, they hook their 12 Siberian huskies to a sled and join the increasing number of people enjoying recreational or competitive dog sledding.
Kiosk workouts supplement walks
December 21, 2003
For elderly residents who value a daily commitment to keep their heart, lungs and legs strong, one retirement community has stepped into an interactive program designed specifically for those who are no longer as strong or fit.
Transmitters create high-tech ice fishing
Strike Sensor electronic-bite indicator helps anglers monitor rigs from afar, also works in summer from banks
December 21, 2003
One of these days we won’t have to go ice fishing ourselves. We’ll send the robots out into the cold and wind while we sit in a cozy room and watch everything happen on television.
Matsakis keeps KU on track
Director of football operations man with plan
December 21, 2003
When George Matsakis was growing up in Shadyside, Ohio, his father, Michael, was a high school football coach, and all three of George’s brothers followed their father into the coaching ranks. George Matsakis had other ideas.
KU enthusiasm a nationwide affair
Jayhawks in Florida for bowl don’t neglect basketball team in Nevada
December 21, 2003
Aside from the palm trees, the scene could have been on Massachusetts Street. Kansas University fans dressed in crimson and blue packed a sports bar, drinking beer and cheering their beloved Jayhawk basketball team Saturday night as it pummeled UC-Santa Barbara 72-52 in Reno, Nev. But this wasn’t Kansas; it was Orlando, where KU fans gathered for the Tangerine Bowl took a break from their football focus to hone in on hoops.
Blue Devils stop Longhorns
No. 3 Duke rolls, 89-61; No. 8 OU cruises, 68-46
December 21, 2003
Just call it Cameron Square Garden. J.J. Redick had 20 points to lead six players in double figures, and No. 3 Duke beat No. 11 Texas, 89-61, Saturday. The game was played before a pro-Blue Devils sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden that sounded as if it were at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
New year promises more drama
Martha Stewart trial to be ‘bellwether case’
December 21, 2003
The colorful images of a year of white-collar scandals — toga-party videos, executives lavishing themselves with outrageously expensive toys, corporate looting by the billion — may turn out to be just a warm-up act.
Briefcase
December 21, 2003
¢ Online shoppers tend to give gadgets for gifts ¢ More businesses keep tap on holiday parties ¢ Name that company
Faces and places
December 21, 2003
American Red Cross board members of the Douglas County Chapter approved four new members at their recent annual meeting. The new members will join the 13-member board Jan. 1 to form the new 2004 board and each will complete a three-year term. New members include Mary Burg, executive assistant to the chancellor at Kansas University; Rich Lorenzo, financial advisor with Berthel Fisher & Company; Kim Murphree, of the Lawrence Police Department; and George Norton, of GDN Communications.
Infighting permeates frustrated K.C. locker room
December 21, 2003
The Kansas City Chiefs had one of their worst performances of the season, and the frustration spilled over into the locker room after their humiliating defeat to the Minnesota Vikings.
George Washington portrait tours America
December 21, 2003
America’s first president stands tall in understated black, a controlled expression on his face and one arm outstretched as if beckoning to future generations.
The Motley Fool
December 21, 2003
¢ Last week’s answer ¢ Lots to chew on at Yum ¢ The wrong type ¢ How to figure gains on gifts ¢ How to invest during retirement
Female angler says big bass real
Californian lands lunker that would be record — if recognized
December 21, 2003
A California woman is shaking up the bass-fishing community by seeking its most venerable, sought-after record with a 22-pound, 8-ounce largemouth bass she said she caught — and released.
Stairway to exposure
LHS students featured in first Watkins Museum teen photo exhibit
December 21, 2003
If Helen Krische Dee has her way, photo exhibitions produced by high school and junior high school students will be a fixture in the stairway gallery at Watkins Community Museum of History.
Briefly
December 21, 2003
¢ Court convicts 32 in attacks on Western businesses ¢ Police raid suspected hideout of Red Brigades terrorists ¢ Charges filed against pilot suspected of intoxication
Jayhawk faithful in Florida to cheer on team
December 21, 2003
Kathryn-Rose got an A on the sonnet she wrote for class, commemorating her brother Gabe’s trip to the Tangerine Bowl. But that doesn’t mean her teachers in Southlake, Texas, really liked the poem.
Possible flu pandemic worries officials
Doctors say U.S. must be prepared for worldwide outbreak
December 21, 2003
Some U.S. hospitals already are struggling to deal with the current flu outbreak. But that is nothing compared to what would happen if a powerful new flu strain exploded into a worldwide flu outbreak, known as a pandemic.
Horoscopes
December 21, 2003
People
December 21, 2003
¢ ‘Idol’ settles clothing lawsuit ¢ Hanukkah gets rock treatment ¢ Janet to perform at Super Bowl ¢ American tries for ‘World Idol’
Motivating moves
KU dance professor combats symptoms of Parkinson’s with exercise video
December 21, 2003
To understand the difference between Linda Davis on a good day and Linda Davis on a bad day, envision the contrast between high-flying dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and slow-shuffling TV star Tim Conway of “The Carol Burnett Show” fame.
Young poet balances idealism, awareness of sales figures
December 21, 2003
His one published book is a collection of poetry, but when Timothy Donnelly is asked what he does for a living, he often answers, “Writer.”
Business forces elf layoffs
December 21, 2003
Santa’s workshop may not be the joyous place it was in years past for the tens of thousands of tourists expected to visit northern Finland this winter.
Patriots punish Pennington
New England picks off Jets’ QB five times in win
December 21, 2003
The New England Patriots can thank their defense for wrapping up their 11th straight win. Willie McGinest returned an interception for a score, and the Patriots picked off Chad Pennington four other times, keying a 21-16 victory Saturday night. Tom Brady also threw two touchdown passes to David Givens, but the offense struggled most of the game, keeping the Jets in it until the end.
Spanish prime minister visits troops in Iraq
U.S. to send additional 2,000 soldiers, Pentagon says
December 21, 2003
Reaffirming his support for the U.S.-led occupation, Spain’s prime minister lunched in a desert canteen with Spanish soldiers on Saturday in Iraq in a surprise trip reminiscent of President Bush’s Thanksgiving visit to Baghdad.
Holidays create big business for pet stores
Americans expected to spend $31 billion on furry friends in ‘03
December 21, 2003
This Christmas season may be going to the dogs — and cats. Pet supply stores, which have enjoyed strong growth even in the soft U.S. economy, are doing a booming business in holiday and seasonal gifts for pets as owners stock up on sweaters, antler headbands, jingle bell collars and other holiday items.
Area briefs
December 21, 2003
¢ Annual Christmas party features Ukrainian music ¢ Vinland Nativity opens ¢ Attorneys for suspect in killings withdraw
Pet post
December 21, 2003
Events commemorate Louisiana Purchase
December 21, 2003
Putting aside strained relations stemming from the war in Iraq, dignitaries from France, Spain and the United States on Saturday helped mark the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase.
Arts notes
December 21, 2003
¢ Arts center grant to support bilingual play ¢ Design professor honored by national magazine ¢ E.M.U. Theatre to have auditions ¢ Opera audition application deadline approaching
KU slams Gauchos
Jayhawks fashion win in new ‘tight’ red uniforms
December 21, 2003
Kansas University’s men’s basketball players picked a perfect time and place to model their new bright-red uniforms. So says junior power forward and lifelong Kansan Wayne Simien, who grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds while scoring 15 points in the Jayhawks’ 72-52 victory Saturday over UC Santa Barbara at the University of Nevada’s Lawlor Events Center.
Police enjoy guarding KU
Officers escorting Jayhawks around Orlando
December 21, 2003
This is one of Armando Socarras’ favorite times of year, and not just because of the holidays. “This is fun for us,” said Socarras, a sergeant in the Orlando Police Department’s Special Operations Traffic Division assigned to escort Kansas University’s football team this week. “It’s a break from our routine.”