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6News and NORAD tracking Santa’s progress
December 24, 2003
(Web Posted Wednesday at 4:12 p.m.) A local meteorologists says Santa and his reindeer are expected to arrive in the Kansas City and Topeka area sometime after 10 tonight.
Boothe pleads no contest to intentional second-degree murder
December 24, 2003
(Updated Friday at 4:36 p.m.) The Cameron Missouri man accused in the stabbing death of his 11-year-old son near Lawrence in August 2002 now faces more than 12 years in prison. Raymond Boothe pled no contest to intentional second-degree murder today in Leavenworth County District Court.
Press lifts Cincinnati to 82-53 rout
December 24, 2003
Warming up before the tipoff, power forward Jason Maxiell glanced over at Dayton’s coach and noticed that he was looking back.
Cranberries create festive dishes for holidays
December 24, 2003
Where are cranberries grown?
Wichita seeks to land more business at airport
December 24, 2003
The city is launching a second effort to increase passenger traffic through Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.
Big cities, rural sites target of new threats
Air patrols will increase for holidays
December 24, 2003
Intelligence gathered by the U.S. government indicates al-Qaida terrorists have a keen interest in striking targets that are far from major cities, such as power plants, dams and even oil facilities in Alaska. The Pentagon said Tuesday it was broadening air patrols throughout the country. In addition, the military is deploying surface-to-air missile systems in the Washington area and is considering locating more anti-aircraft systems in the New York City region, a defense official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Youths lend musical talents to Salvation Army campaign
December 24, 2003
If you’re a regular customer at the Hy-Vee on West Sixth Street, chances are you’ve heard Evan and Paige Hunter playing familiar Christmas tunes in recent days at the store’s entrance. Evan, 15, and Paige, 11, are brother and sister. The two have volunteered more than 30 hours of their Christmas break to help support the Salvation Army’s annual holiday collection drive.
Kansas ranks 10th in alcohol-related traffic deaths
December 24, 2003
Kansas ranks 10th in the nation when it comes to alcohol-related deaths per mile driven, according to a new study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
University reports psychological ‘crisis’
December 24, 2003
A total of 1,023 students sought psychological counseling at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Health Center last year, and 15 of them had attempted suicide, center director Robert Portnoy says.
Walter E. Bussert
December 24, 2003
Favre dealing with father’s death
December 24, 2003
Brett Favre went home to Mississippi Tuesday, hours after playing one of his best games ever while still struggling with the heartache of his father’s unexpected death.
Briefly
December 24, 2003
¢ Eight Palestinians killed in Israeli refugee camp ¢ Former Illinois governor pleads not guilty to corruption
Briefly
December 24, 2003
¢ Lenny Bruce pardoned for four-letter offenses ¢ Emperor turns 70
Briefly
December 24, 2003
¢ Parrot missing from zoo ¢ EPA trims list of river pollutants ¢ Worker gets probation for role in killings
Briefly
December 24, 2003
¢ Prosecutors permitted to see Limbaugh records ¢ Governor declares state of emergency
Garould E. Stanley
December 24, 2003
Ida Christine Hornberger
December 24, 2003
Selfish interest
December 24, 2003
Police matter?
December 24, 2003
Leaving the bustle behind
December 24, 2003
I have always been attracted to the special beauty one finds in seasonal places when the season is over and the people gone. There is often a quiet majesty to these temporarily abandoned sites. When I was a young man in New York one of my favorite winter holiday expeditions was to the seashore to walk on the Boardwalk. The gaiety of summer was long over; the neon signs dark, the storefronts once teeming with activity shuttered.
U.S. troops conduct raid to capture rebels
December 24, 2003
U.S. soldiers arrested dozens of rebel suspects including several associates of a former aide to Saddam Hussein who is believed to have a leading role in Iraq’s insurgency. Early today, explosions rocked Baghdad as the U.S. military conducted an anti-rebel operation.
Peppers key to appealing appetizers
Culinary institute shares recipe for canapes
December 24, 2003
Easy to pick up, neat to eat, canapes (small open-faced sandwiches) are one of the best-known hors d’oeuvres. The base is a small piece of bread or toast, often cut into a decorative shape — the topping is up to you.
Study measures aquifer recharge
Water that returns to Ogallala often tainted by farm chemicals, KU researcher says
December 24, 2003
The Ogallala Aquifer, the water source for much of western Kansas, is being replenished at a rate of less than 2 inches per year, and areas where resupply is greatest contain higher amounts of underground contaminants, according to new research.
County to fill seat on planning commission
Residents with experience in rural issues, agriculture encouraged to apply
December 24, 2003
Douglas County commissioners will be looking for a farmer, rancher or someone otherwise well versed in the ways of rural life to fill a vacant seat on the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.
Investors’ lawsuit hangs over Westar
December 24, 2003
The new year will ring in with no end in sight to a nearly $100 million lawsuit that claims former Kansas University Chancellor Gene Budig was among those responsible for misleading Westar Energy investors.
Lawrence area briefs
December 24, 2003
¢ Eudora carpenter announces House bid ¢ Plea offer brings delay in rape, burglary case ¢ Son of Lawrence couple to join senator’s staff
On the record
December 24, 2003
Mangino, staffers receive bonuses
KU coach awarded $20K; other assistants get between $7K-13K
December 24, 2003
Employees in the Kansas University football office will receive more than $136,000 in bonus money as rewards for the Jayhawks’ appearance in a bowl game. According to information supplied to the Journal-World by the KU business and financial planning office, two dozen people connected with the football program will find extra money in their year-end paychecks.
Horoscopes
December 24, 2003
Kansas’ foreign-born population booms during 1990s
December 24, 2003
It didn’t take Blanca Cano long to feel at home 17 years ago when she arrived in Garden City. “Everywhere I went,” the Mexican-born Cano said, “somebody spoke Spanish.”
Seasonal favorite
Area food experts offer safety tips for preparing eggnog
December 24, 2003
As far as food and drink go, there’s nothing quite so wedded to a particular season as eggnog is to the holidays. For many people, it just wouldn’t be Christmas without the ability to enjoy a cup of the thick, creamy and incredibly rich stuff.
Homemade appetizers can impress partygoers
December 24, 2003
Shockingly, New Year’s Eve is just a week away, and anyone planning to entertain should probably start thinking about party food. I’m sure this is unwelcome advice, given that we have to get through another holiday first. Let’s just say that I’m giving you something to ponder while you wash the dishes after Christmas dinner.
Classic drink can be used to make other treats
December 24, 2003
The story of eggnog is rich in history and tradition. “The word ‘nog’ is an Old English term for ale,” writes John Mariani in “The Encyclopedia of American Food & Drink.” The drink also was made with Spanish sherry, but once it hit the shores of America, stronger spirits such as rum and brandy were added.
American-made toys can be hard to find
U.S. consumers’ appetites for imported goods soars
December 24, 2003
Parents who are sticklers for buying American may have a rough time as they whisk through toy stores this holiday season.
Wittig tab continues to grow
Westar says it may have to pay legal fees for ousted executives
December 24, 2003
If you’re a customer of Westar Energy, the state’s largest utility company, you may end up helping pay the legal expenses of former Westar executives David Wittig and Douglas Lake. The two have been accused by federal prosecutors of looting the state’s largest utility for personal gain. But they will have their legal expenses paid, at least for now, by Westar, officials said Tuesday.
Father expected to plead in son’s slaying
Court hearing scheduled in turnpike stabbing
December 24, 2003
Raymond Boothe, a Missouri man accused of stabbing his 11-year-old son and leaving him for dead on the Kansas Turnpike, is expected to plead guilty or no contest to a charge of first-degree murder today in Leavenworth County District Court.
Christmas past isn’t last for lung-transplant Santa
December 24, 2003
Five-year-old Braden Cates looked up and saw Santa but couldn’t immediately remember what he wanted for Christmas. Then it came to him.
A Christmas Story,’ an American tale
Holiday favorite turns 20
December 24, 2003
The phrase “You’ll shoot your eye out!” has become as synonymous with the Christmas season as Scrooge’s “Bah, humbug!” and Santa’s “Ho, ho, ho!”
Bush proven right on Libya
December 24, 2003
First Saddam Hussein falls to the Bush Doctrine, and now Libya’s dictator, Moammar Gadhafi, buckling under pressure, announces he will give up his efforts (and they were considerable) to develop weapons of mass destruction. He has also allowed American and British inspectors into Libya to see what he’s been up to for the last two decades.
Some say ‘No, sir’ to queen
December 24, 2003
Sir Mick Jagger was delighted to become a knight. Keith Richards called it a disgrace. As with the Rolling Stones, so with British society: Some crave titles, some refuse them, some consider it all a joke.
Friends and neighbors
December 24, 2003
Mea culpa for year’s mistakes
December 24, 2003
Now before the year runs out, we once again present our media culpa column, an annual accounting of the errors of our ways. ‘Tis the season to be remorseful — for the mistakes, slips and trips that we made along the path of 2003.
Jayni’s Kitchen’ stirs up ideas for New Year’s Eve menu
December 24, 2003
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Country French New Year’s Eve Menu with Wine Pairings by Doug Frost.”
Chiefs deny player dissent
December 24, 2003
Despite an embarrassing shouting match between two players, the Kansas City Chiefs insist no dissension plagues the team, which still could seize home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Eric Hicks, who got into an oral exchange with fellow defensive lineman Ryan Sims after Saturday’s blowout loss in Minnesota, went to great lengths Tuesday to put the episode to rest.
Broncos hold off Horned Frogs
No. 18 Boise State closes with 11th consecutive win, 34-31, over No. 19 TCU
December 24, 2003
Boise State proved it can win a bowl game away from its blue-turfed home field.
Christmas clips
December 24, 2003
Briefly
December 24, 2003
¢ Banquet to honor Dole, Kansas philanthropist ¢ Sen. Roberts makes academy appointments ¢ ‘River City Weekly’ airs holiday highlights
Illini retain ‘Braggin’ Rights’
December 24, 2003
Bruce Weber needed this one.
Americans warned of threats overseas
December 24, 2003
The U.S. Embassy in Bahrain urged Americans on Tuesday to avoid crowded areas, while in Turkey a police document obtained by The Associated Press warned that militants were preparing attacks against Israeli, U.S. and other Western interests over the holidays.
Iraqi Christians plan low-key holiday in Baghdad
December 24, 2003
Iraqi children mobbed two American soldiers in Santa hats as they handed out stuffed animals Tuesday. Not far away, an Iraqi Christian woman sat in an otherwise empty church, praying for peace.
People
December 24, 2003
¢ Roy’ll be home for Christmas ¢ Simon, Garfunkel raise money for Children’s Health Fund ¢ Pain barre none ¢ Affleck a Red Sox fan, both in fact and film
Greatest gifts not under Christmas tree
December 24, 2003
There is a reason why Christmas revolves around children, and it is not solely because it celebrates the birth of the Christ child. The holiday spirit of giving finds its fullest expression in the faces of the young ones, those who are trusting enough to believe that their wishes will be fulfilled. And often they are. A sled, a doll, a game can bring such rapture to a child that everyone else around the tree is lifted into the same sublime state of perfect bliss. That is the magic of this holiday season.
Busy? Use microwave to make fish dinner
December 24, 2003
Don’t fall into the habit of using your microwave oven only for reheating leftovers.
Restaurant hoping move serves up more customers
December 24, 2003
A longtime Lawrence bar and grill is moving to a bigger, more visible location. After 14 years, Molly McGee’s is moving from the shopping center at 2429 Iowa into the former Mexi-Kans location at 2412 Iowa.
Economic growth fires up
Gross domestic product, incomes, spending increase in third quarter
December 24, 2003
The U.S. economy, propelled by tax cuts and low interest rates, roared ahead at an 8.2 percent annual rate in the third quarter, the best showing in nearly 20 years, while Americans’ incomes and spending both showed healthy gains in November.
Sandwich shop to open in Lawrence shopping plaza
December 24, 2003
One of the country’s fastest-growing franchise sandwich shops will open a Lawrence restaurant by mid-February. Quiznos, a Denver-based restaurant chain that features toasted sub sandwiches, has signed a lease to locate in the Tower Plaza shopping center, 2540 Iowa. The center is immediately south of the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar.
Briefcase
December 24, 2003
¢ Westar reaches deal to sell Protection One ¢ Delta Air Lines cancels bonuses for executives ¢ American Greetings’ earnings drop 1 percent ¢ Markets to close early
Nasdaq denies merger report
December 24, 2003
Nasdaq, the 32-year-old electronic market suffering from the collapse of the Internet boom, denied a published report Tuesday that it is exploring a possible merger with the New York Stock Exchange.
Police ask for tips to solve robbery
Employees tied up at gunpoint
December 24, 2003
Police asked Tuesday for the public’s help in solving the Monday night robbery of an appliance store, in which two men held employees at gunpoint, bound them and fled with cash. The robbery happened shortly before 10 p.m. Monday at Rex TV, 2800 Iowa.
Longtime bell ringer nearly 90
December 24, 2003
Glenn Lichty has been ringing a bell this year to collect money for Salvation Army, making him the group’s longest-running bell ringer as far as anyone at the agency can remember.
Christmas Eve fare: James Bond, Judy Garland or reruns
December 24, 2003
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all over the dial, only reruns are airing. Oh, that fills me with bile!
Graham support for Dean viewed as V.P. campaign
December 24, 2003
Edged out three times in the past to be the Democratic vice presidential nominee, Florida Sen. Bob Graham appears to be positioning himself into contention if Howard Dean tops the ticket.
Couple discovers mall under store
Ellsworth renovation project led to finding
December 24, 2003
A renovation project on a downtown building has uncovered an apparent underground retail area from turn-of-the-century Ellsworth.
Jury spares teen’s life in sniper case
December 24, 2003
Teenage sniper Lee Boyd Malvo was spared by a jury Tuesday from joining his mentor John Allen Muhammad on death row after his lawyers argued that he was an impressionable boy who fell under Muhammad’s murderous spell.
Jane E. Kroll
December 24, 2003
Dantonio to coach Cincy football
Ex-Kansas assistant takes over Bearcats’ program
December 24, 2003
Mark Dantonio was hired as Cincinnati’s football coach Tuesday after helping Ohio State build one of the nation’s top defenses. Dantonio, the Buckeyes’ defensive coordinator, replaces Rick Minter.
Golf gifts: Timing for Love, hope for Duval
December 24, 2003
The 16 players at the Target World Challenge had all left with their loot from the $5 million tournament when caddie Dave McNeilly wandered into the press room in search of the prize distribution chart.
Sprewell victorious in return
Ex-Knick taunts former team in Timberwolves’ win
December 24, 2003
Latrell Sprewell made a lot of noise in his return to Madison Square Garden, cursing at the Knicks’ owner, screaming at their bench and yelling in triumph after the best comeback game by any player to have spent at least five seasons in New York.
Bears relish role of spoiler
Chicago hopes to ruin Kansas City’s finale
December 24, 2003
The Chicago Bears have no use for Miss Manners’ tips on being delightful holiday guests.
Kansas cattle are safe,’ state officials vow
December 24, 2003
Ron Rice long dreaded the day when mad cow disease would be discovered in the United States. Tuesday, dread gave way to resignation for the Douglas County man, who runs “a few head” of cattle on his farm outside Lawrence. He expects one result will be the price of beef dropping.
Eldridge Hotel files for protection from creditors
December 24, 2003
The Eldridge Hotel has filed for bankruptcy protection, the latest move in a battle to keep the downtown landmark open amid claims from tax collectors and creditors. The hotel’s ownership group, Eldridge House Investors L.P., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday. Rob Phillips, the hotel’s general manager, said Tuesday that the filing was intended to give the business time to straighten out its finances. He said the hotel, 701 Mass., would remain open during the bankruptcy process.
Ralph Nader won’t seek Green Party nomination
December 24, 2003
If there’s a political litmus test for a spoiler in next year’s presidential election, it likely won’t be green. Ralph Nader, who ran under the Green Party banner in 2000, says he will not do so again — although he has not ruled out running for president as an independent.
Offices close for Christmas holiday
December 24, 2003
Most businesses and virtually all government offices will be closed Thursday for the Christmas holiday. That includes all city, county and state government offices and courts.
ISU’s Barnes ineligible
December 24, 2003
Guard Tim Barnes has failed to regain his eligibility with the Iowa State basketball team, ending his college career.
6Sports video: Jayhawks have time to consider loss
December 24, 2003
The players will have time with their families over the holidays.
6Sports video: KU players return from Orlando
December 24, 2003
The coaches and players were not available to speak to the media on their return.
6Sports video: Quarterbacks dominate bowl game
December 24, 2003
NC State’s Phillip Rivers was an incredible threat to KU. Bill Whittemore gave another tough performance.
6Sports video: Illini and Mizzou face off for bragging rights
December 24, 2003
Fighting Illini manage to hold on for the win over the Tigers.
6News video: Eldridge files for bankruptcy
December 24, 2003
The hotel has been raided twice for taxes in the past year.
6News video: Electronics store robbed
December 24, 2003
Two armed men bound the store’s three employees with duct tape.
Self says Kansas ‘has not been a hungry team’
December 24, 2003
Bill Self may need to start kicking some lockers and throwing some trash cans before Kansas University basketball games during the remainder of the season. Something, anything to boost the intensity level of his Jayhawks, who take a 6-2 record into the winter break.
Seniors say sayonara
Jayhawks lose 8 starters from Tangerine Bowl
December 24, 2003
Monday night’s 56-26 blowout loss to North Carolina State in the Tangerine Bowl didn’t diminish Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino’s appreciation for his senior class. “They helped pave the way here for the future,” Mangino said. “The kids hung in there through tough times and were able to finish their careers in a bowl game. They certainly would have liked to have won the game, but they are the cornerstone of the process of building a quality football program at the University of Kansas.”
U.S. blurring images of White House in aerial photos
December 24, 2003
Deferring to Secret Service worries about terrorists, the government is deliberately blurring its highest-quality aerial photographs over Washington to hide objects in plain view on the roofs of the White House, Capitol and Treasury Department.
Las Vegas Bowl features two standout running backs
December 24, 2003
Oregon State running back Steven Jackson has picked up plenty of yards, publicity and respect this season.
Lofton ready to compete with Williams
Yanks complete pact with center fielder
December 24, 2003
Kenny Lofton is ready to replace Bernie Williams as the New York Yankees’ center fielder.
A-Rod staying in Texas
Rangers, Red Sox fail to make deal
December 24, 2003
Alex Rodriguez was ready to go to Boston, and the Texas Rangers were doing their part to make it happen. But after nearly two months of discussions, the American League MVP is staying in Texas.
Increase in players’ salaries smallest since 1996
December 24, 2003
Baseball’s average salary rose only a little this year, and players may be crying foul.
Financing finalized for St. Louis stadium
New ballpark slated to open in 2006
December 24, 2003
Capping a lengthy journey that included a flirtation with Illinois and a failed trip to Jefferson City in search of public funding, the St. Louis Cardinals said Tuesday the club had obtained the private money it needed to build a new ballpark downtown.
MLB briefs
December 24, 2003
¢ Second baseman Reese signs with Red Sox ¢ Infielder Walker agrees on contract with Cubs
6News video: Mad cow disease detected
December 24, 2003
Two overseas markets have halted beef exports.
Power of pride
December 24, 2003
Congratulations to the residents of Lecompton for taking an active role is shaping the community’s future. “Pride goes before a fall,” the saying goes, but residents of Lecompton are trying to disprove that adage. They’re hoping their hometown pride will be the start of bigger and better things for Lecompton.
NFL briefs
December 24, 2003
¢ Schottenheimer to return in ‘04 ¢ Namath apologizes to ESPN’s Kolber
Mad cow case found in U.S.
USDA assures food supply’s safety; beef industry braces for backlash
December 24, 2003
In what could be a devastating blow to America’s beef industry, federal authorities said Tuesday their tests had found the first-ever case of mad cow disease in the United States in a dairy cow from rural Washington state.
A far cry from wildlife photography
December 24, 2003
Daily ticker
December 24, 2003