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Archive for Monday, December 22, 2003

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Births
On the street
Polls
What letter grade would you give to the Lawrence Police Department for how it responds to calls and the level of service it provides?

Poll results

Response Percent
C. Average.
 
25%
A. Excellent.
 
21%
B. Above average.
 
20%
F. Failing.
 
16%
D. Below average.
 
15%
Total 432

All stories

Wet weather to continue through evening
December 22, 2003
(Updated Monday at 12:05 p.m.) If you’re heading off to a Tangerine Bowl watch party this afternoon, you might take an umbrella — light rain is expected through the evening in the Lawrence area.
Chat wrap with Journal-World football writer David Mitchell
December 22, 2003
Welcome to our online chat with KU football writer David Mitchell. The chat took place on Monday, December 22, at 12:00 PM and is now closed, but you can read the full transcript on this page.
City briefs
December 22, 2003
¢ City, county commissions trim meeting schedules ¢ City seeks nominations for education award
County puts six-month moratorium on new communications towers
December 22, 2003
Communications companies won’t be able to fly new towers under Douglas County’s regulatory radar anymore. At least for a while. Commissioners are putting a ban on new communications towers in rural areas, effective for the next six months.
Television marathons run amok
December 22, 2003
As the shopping days dwindle down, everybody’s throwing a marathon. You get the impression that the programming departments just want to let the shows rip while they sip eggnog and unwrap presents. Who can blame them?
Talking presidential dolls play to patriotic emotions
December 22, 2003
If Barbie is attracted to leaders of the free world, Ken may have a rival or two. Toy Presidents Inc., a tiny Houston company, is selling 13-inch-high dolls of President George W. Bush that utter 25 different phrases from the commander in chief. He’s the first of a series that will include former Presidents Clinton, Reagan, Kennedy, Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt.
Sooners stew over criticism of bowl bid
December 22, 2003
Oklahoma boasts the nation’s stingiest defense, the top-scoring offense, a 15-week stay as the country’s No. 1 team and enough postseason awards to fill up a hardware store. Still, some people don’t believe the Sooners deserve to be in the Sugar Bowl.
Nebraska QB Lord not looking back
Beleaguered Husker frustrated by fans, media, looks forward to future in pros
December 22, 2003
His communications degree already in hand, Nebraska quarterback Jammal Lord clearly delivers his message about his feelings on the environment where he spent the last five years. When asked what excites him about the Alamo Bowl game against Michigan State, Lord said, “That it’s not in Nebraska.”
Tips on what to look for when buying MP3 players
December 22, 2003
“Has anybody seen the CD player?” After shoveling about four inches of snow off our driveway, I was ready to get something hot to drink and sing along to some Christmas carols. But the portable CD player that’s usually sitting in our kitchen was gone. Plus, I had no idea where the Christmas CDs were buried.
Briefly
December 22, 2003
¢ Gasoline prices remain stable ¢ Thousands remain in dark ¢ Landslides, floods kill scores
Missouri county’s anti-meth efforts to go statewide
December 22, 2003
Law enforcement agencies don’t often get calls from the public about suspicious activities surrounding methamphetamine because, they say, people often don’t know what to watch for.
Players get juiced at prebowl competition
December 22, 2003
They lined up side by side, muscles bulging from the rolled-up sleeves of their Kansas University football jerseys. The game faces of Joe Vaughn, Danny Lewis and Banks Floodman were all present. A little happier than normal, but game faces nonetheless.
Noel shifts yearly to ‘Christmas City’
December 22, 2003
For most of the year, Noel, pronounced with one syllable, is the “canoe capital of the Ozarks” — the heart of a tourist industry based around Elk River. When the leaves have fallen and the temperature drops, the city’s name changes to “No-el,” and its title changes to the “Christmas City.”
America lives with racial lies
December 22, 2003
“All the laws of Washington and all the bayonets of the Army cannot force the Negro into our homes, into our schools, our churches and our places of recreation and amusement.” — Strom Thurmond So I guess ol’ Strom didn’t mind a little integration after all.
Terror threat climbs
Risk of attack high, feds say
December 22, 2003
The government on Sunday raised the national threat level to orange, indicating a high risk of terrorist attack, and said threat indicators were “perhaps greater now than at any point” since Sept. 11, 2001, with strikes possible during the holidays.
State park planned for available land
Menninger site could provide 80 acres for recreation area with Kaw access
December 22, 2003
Despite tight budget times, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is trying to develop more parks, access for canoeists and other opportunities to get Kansans outdoors. “We’re finding a way to get the job done,” said Wildlife and Parks Secretary Mike Hayden, an outdoors enthusiast and former Kansas governor.
Real-life volunteers stand in for Vinland Nativity scene
December 22, 2003
The biblical Christmas story once again came to life Sunday night in Vinland. For the 28th consecutive year, volunteers took turns portraying Mary, Joseph and shepherds while an infant, in the role of baby Jesus, lay in a crib. Farm animals sat or stood nearby.
SMU stuns No. 17 Purdue in invite
December 22, 2003
Bryan Hopkins had been hounded all day by Purdue’s physical defense. He scored just two points through the first 39 minutes of Sunday’s game, but it didn’t matter.
On the record
December 22, 2003
Rams roll over Bengals
St. Louis nears home-field advantage
December 22, 2003
Playing for a first-round bye and at least one playoff game at home, where they’ve won a franchise-record 14 in a row, was more than enough incentive for the St. Louis Rams. Marshall Faulk scored two touchdowns, Torry Holt had his 10th 100-yard receiving game, and Grant Wistrom tied his career best with 21/2 sacks as the Rams avoided a letdown a week after clinching the NFC West. In the process, they knocked the Bengals from a first-place tie in the AFC North with a 27-10 win.
Nativity set collection reflects Christmas spirit
December 22, 2003
Three wise men circle a manger and turn reverently toward an illuminated baby Jesus while joyous Christmas music plays.
Been there, done that
Former Sooner Toomey only Jayhawk with bowl experience
December 22, 2003
Gabriel Toomey’s second bowl trip will be a lot different from his first. Kansas University’s sophomore linebacker actually will play today when KU (6-6) meets North Carolina State (7-5) in the Tangerine Bowl at Orlando, Fla.
Price is right to coach UTEP
Former Washington State, Alabama headman hired
December 22, 2003
Mike Price has been waiting seven months to try to rebuild his coaching career. Texas-El Paso is happy to give him a chance.
People
December 22, 2003
¢ ‘The saddest holiday ever’ ¢ ‘Bachelor’ breaks the rules ¢ Eminem tracking a thief ¢ A perk of superstardom
Jayhawks fold in Reno
Nevada dominates sloppy KU
December 22, 2003
Like a bad blackjack player, Kansas University’s men’s basketball squad busted Sunday night at Lawlor Events Center. In suffering the first blowout loss of the Bill Self era, the No. 6-ranked Jayhawks totally went bankrupt in this gambling mecca. Nevada’s unranked Wolf Pack looked more like an old Jerry Tarkanian UNLV team than an unheralded WAC squad in a 75-61 win over the Jayhawks.
Rings’ finale outpaces predecessors
December 22, 2003
\ “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” raked in $73.6 million in its first weekend and put up a five-day haul of $125.1 million since its Wednesday debut, according to estimates Sunday.
MLK holiday to be ‘day on’
December 22, 2003
The Corporation for National Service and Points of Light Foundation are encouraging people to participate in a special day of service Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The theme of the holiday will be “Make it a day on, not a day off.”
William D. King
December 22, 2003
John Douglas Benton
December 22, 2003
Officials say short-line rail cutbacks could be costly
December 22, 2003
Cutbacks in rural rail transportation could increase the cost of Kansas wheat as well as maintenance costs for roads, some officials warn.
Go ‘Hawks!
We’re not all in Florida, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t proud of our Jayhawk football team.
December 22, 2003
From the team to the band to the coaches and the fans, it’s clear Lawrence and Kansas University are well represented in Orlando for today’s Tangerine Bowl football game.
Unflappable Krenzel prepares for final game — against KSU
December 22, 2003
Craig Krenzel has been through a lot in the last year to arrive at the same place where he started.
Home for holidays
Habitat for Humanity works year-round to help build our community.
December 22, 2003
Can you think of a more exciting gift than a new house? And what if it was the first time you’d ever owned a house of your own?
Iran plays key role in U.S.-Mideast policy
December 22, 2003
A black hole in the U.S. commitment to transform the Greater Middle East hovers over Iran. An attentive newspaper reader can describe the goals that President Bush and Condoleezza Rice, his national security adviser, have in mind with respect to Iraq, Palestine and the Arab political order. On Iran, the jury of two is still out.
What’s behind Hillary-mania?
December 22, 2003
The lines of people eager to see her snake around the block in virtually any city she visits on her tour. Like a rock star, she sells out any venue she sets her sights on. At the top of her game, she’s treated like royalty.
State officials, airports respond
December 22, 2003
Major cities and transportation hubs around the nation increased security patrols Sunday in response to the raising of the national terror alert to its highest level in months.
Wichita couple use holiday lights to honor U.S. service members
December 22, 2003
A Wichita couple’s annual patriotic Christmas-light display expanded this year to honor their nephew in the Middle East.
Israeli warns of confrontation if settlements dismantled
December 22, 2003
A government plan to dismantle Israeli settlements and impose a new boundary with the Palestinians will touch off bitter confrontation with Jewish settlers but must go ahead for the sake of the country’s security, the prime minister’s top deputy said Sunday.
Bush rating on economy takes jump
December 22, 2003
Amid rising consumer confidence, President Bush gets good marks for his handling of the economy from a clear majority of voters for the first time in more than a year, an Associated Press poll finds.
Ballard digs radio gig
Ex-Jayhawk fills in for Falkenstien
December 22, 2003
Reminiscent of his days as a Kansas University basketball player, Brett Ballard felt butterflies before his first game as an analyst on the Jayhawk radio network. “There are some big shoes to fill in Max and Bob,” said Ballard, who filled in for Max Falkenstien as color man for Saturday’s KU-Santa Barbara game and Sunday’s KU-Nevada contest at the Wolf Pack Classic. “That’s the thing I’ve been most nervous about, replacing a legend like Max.”
6Sports video: Former Jayhawk Gooden gives Tangerine predictions
December 22, 2003
Former men’s basketball player Drew Gooden, who left KU after his junior year to join the NBA with the Orlando Magic, talks to 6Sport’s Kevin Romary about hopes for his fellow Jayhawk athletes.
6Sports video: KU fans descend on Orlando
December 22, 2003
Orlando has become a mini-Lawrence with Jayhawk fans everywhere, it seems.
Chiefs’ defense struggling
December 22, 2003
The Kansas City Chiefs’ defensive struggles late in the regular season have raised doubts about their prospects for postseason success.
U.S. troops round up Iraqi rebels
December 22, 2003
Acting on intelligence gleaned from the capture of Saddam Hussein, U.S. troops rounded up dozens of suspected rebels during two days of raids in towns where loyalty to the deposed president remains strong, officials said Sunday. Two Iraqis were killed.
Jayhawk football fans bask in Tangerine Bowl hype
December 22, 2003
After an eight-year drought, Jayhawk football fans on Sunday finally got a taste of the atmosphere surrounding a bowl game. Several hundred Kansas University fans gathered Sunday night in downtown Orlando for the Tangerine Jam, a joint pep rally with opponent North Carolina State followers that served as the fan kickoff for today’s Tangerine Bowl.
With growth in mind, Lecompton polishes image
December 22, 2003
Tim McNish smiles when he thinks about his town’s new City Hall, relocated fire station and soon-to-be-installed water well. But his chest swells with pride at the thought of a much smaller project: the new wooden post that replaced an old, rusted-out pole that supported pale street signs at Seventh and Whitfield streets.
Program helps teachers master education
Advanced-degree classes tailored to educators from Lawrence district
December 22, 2003
Wayne Kruse is prepared to go after what Pam Gibbs is chasing and Chris Cobb already earned. The Lawrence public school district teachers are at different stages of a master’s degree program offered by Baker University in Baldwin.
Watch out for electronic pickpockets
Experts say it’s becoming harder to distinguish scams
December 22, 2003
Twenty years in the software industry almost failed to protect Patrick Bieser from a spreading and increasingly troublesome e-mail scam. The message asking him to send credit-card information to update his PayPal account looked so realistic. Even after the Brown Deer, Wis., technology executive expertly probed its computer coding, the e-mail still appeared to originate from the company that allows people to send and receive money online.
QB, Mangino take final step
December 22, 2003
Bill Whittemore and Mark Mangino will take one last step together today at the Tangerine Bowl. The quarterback who helped revive Kansas University’s football program and the coach who recruited him both hope it’s a move forward for themselves and the team to which they’ve devoted two years of their lives.
On the money
December 22, 2003
It’s never too early for children to learn how to respect, save and invest money. Several Web sites offer insights for parents when teaching children about saving and investing.
Renee L. Sudduth
December 22, 2003
Leslie Vernon Horton
December 22, 2003
Rivers not Pack’s only offensive weapon
Cotchery, Hall, McLendon explosive for North Carolina State
December 22, 2003
By now Kansas University fans know what their football team will be up against today in the Tangerine Bowl when the Jayhawks face North Carolina State. Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year Philip Rivers is the ACC’s all-time leader in total offense (13,087 yards) and passing yards (13,009).
Missouri unusually busy this year
December 22, 2003
Usually at this time of the year the Missouri football office is concentrating on one thing: recruiting. This season it has been unusually busy, but coach Gary Pinkel isn’t complaining. For the first time in his three seasons, and for the first time in five years overall, the Tigers (8-4) are bowl-bound.
Free-agent market swells by 58
Group of available players expands after teams decline to offer 2004 contracts by deadline
December 22, 2003
Outfielder Jay Payton and reliever Braden Looper were among 58 players dumped onto the free-agent market Sunday after their teams failed to offer them 2004 contracts.
Tech still perfect; OU suffers first loss
No. 4 Red Raiders hold off No. 7 Stanford, 55-46; No. 13 Sooners fall to No. 2 Tennessee
December 22, 2003
Alesha Robertson made the most of her first start. She scored 18 points Sunday to help No. 4 Texas Tech beat No. 7 Stanford, 55-46, and set a school record for its best start. The Red Raiders (11-0) started the 1999-00 season with 10 consecutive wins.
Kansan appreciates huge Wolf Pack win
December 22, 2003
Normally at midnight on a Sunday night, the sidewalk out in Weskan, a small Kansas town near the Colorado border, has been rolled up. Not this Sunday. They may have been dancing, even, in the street in Weskan after native son Todd Okeson helped Nevada shock No. 6-ranked Kansas, 75-61, at the Wolf Pack Classic.
Woodling: Reno-Orlando trip not for everyone
December 22, 2003
You CAN get there from here. To Orlando, Fla., that is. But I know of only one person doing it. When the Kansas University football team was selected for the Tangerine Bowl, several media folks who cover the Jayhawks — yours truly included — groaned because they already had made travel plans to cover the men’s basketball team at the Wolf Pack Classic in Reno.
Denver ends KU’s 5-game win streak
December 22, 2003
The Kansas University women’s basketball squad’s five-game winning streak came to a halt Sunday after a 69-63 loss to Denver University in the championship game of the Denver Tournament.
Defensive linemen Jones, Weekley leave team
December 22, 2003
Defensive linemen Chuck Jones and Monroe Weekley won’t be on the field today when Kansas University’s football team plays North Carolina State in the Tangerine Bowl. They won’t even be on the sideline.
Magic win third straight
December 22, 2003
The Orlando Magic aren’t the worst team in the Eastern Conference anymore. Led by Tracy McGrady, Juwan Howard and new starting point guard Rod Strickland, the Magic won their third straight and for the sixth time in eight games Sunday — 104-93 over the Toronto Raptors.
American soldier is ‘Person of Year’
December 22, 2003
Time Magazine named the “The American Soldier” as its Person of the Year, saluting the young people “who share the duty of living with, and dying for, a country’s most fateful decisions.”
Horoscopes
December 22, 2003
Technology could extend life of aquifer
December 22, 2003
Water-saving methods developed by Kansas State University scientists might extend the life of the Ogallala Aquifer as well as save money for farmers.
Tax abatements not effective
December 22, 2003
The editorial “No Guarantees” (Journal-World, Dec. 14) argues against returning to the use of “but for” analysis as part of the city’s tax abatement policy. There are multiple meanings to the concept of “but for” analysis.
Holiday-themed commuter train a hit in Chicago
December 22, 2003
You know Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Vixen … but how about an open subway car that pulls Santa Claus and his sleigh through grimy, dark tunnels at 50 mph?
For Alaskans, nature, development coexist
December 22, 2003
Leigh Ann Bauer, who has lived in Alaska for 12 years, calls herself a “big-time animal lover.” She also considers herself “pretty pro-oil development.”