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Stock markets continue ‘Santa Claus rally’
Share prices for retailers, restaurants rise in light post-Christmas trading on Wall Street
December 27, 2003
Stocks finished higher on Wall Street Friday as investors picked up bargains in an abbreviated post-Christmas session. The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index advanced for a fifth straight week. Despite the overall market gains, many stocks of companies that process or sell meat fell further on news of the nation’s first case of mad cow disease.
Organic beef industry expects sales boost
Associations predicting boom after case of mad cow disease found in U.S.
December 27, 2003
Organic beef producers predict the U.S. mad cow scare will boost demand for their meat, which comes from animals fed only milk, grasses and grains from birth to slaughter. Mad cow disease, officially known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE, is believed to be spread through cattle feed containing protein or bone meal from infected cows or sheep. Although the government banned feeding cattle such products in 1997, organic food advocates say the law has loopholes and is poorly enforced.
Cease-fire may be forthcoming, Israel says
December 27, 2003
Hamas, the Islamic group responsible for most suicide bombings during three years of violence, has called off attacks inside Israel, and a full cease-fire could come in a matter of weeks, Israel’s military chief said in comments published Friday.
Sign in: Bill promotes governors’ hometowns
Senator prefiles legislation as part of Kansas ‘Heritage Act’
December 27, 2003
A legislator wants to allow the hometowns of the state’s governors to put up special highway signs, something he said would preserve Kansas heritage.
K.C. Head Start revamps board after pay scandal
Agency seeks ‘fresh perspective’ as it defends executive’s salary
December 27, 2003
The biggest Head Start agency in Kansas City is seeking new board members as it wrestles with questions about the $814,142 in salary and bonuses paid to the group’s executive director over a three-year period.
Bargain hunters fill Lawrence stores
Managers say gift certificates may boost sales
December 27, 2003
Lawrence retailers’ post-holiday hopes are on the rise after posting mixed results before the holiday. Retailers said Friday there were several signs that the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day would be a good one.
Briefly
December 27, 2003
¢ U.S. wants to question people who didn’t make L.A. flights ¢ Congressman voted out amid corruption scandal dies at 74 ¢ Workers searching for people feared caught in avalanche ¢ Space scientists again fail to detect Mars probe signal
Three U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq attacks
December 27, 2003
An American soldier died in a rebel ambush and two others were killed in bomb explosions Friday, one of the bloodiest days for the U.S. military since the Dec. 13 capture of Saddam Hussein. Two of the deaths occurred in Baqouba, a center of guerrilla activity northeast of Baghdad in a Sunni Muslim area that served as a power base for Saddam, the former Iraqi dictator. U.S. forces, who have a base in the town, often conduct raids and arrest suspected insurgents.
6News video: Screen Scene
December 27, 2003
Four holiday movies grace the screens this week, and none bigger than “Cold Mountain.” Already amassing eight Golden Globe nominations - whatever that means - this Civil War-era epic concerns the romance between a prim preacher’s daughter and a rugged Confederate soldier, and their attempts at trying to reunite during wartime.
Off-road test
December 27, 2003
Waiting to fly
December 27, 2003
City, state, nation will face tough issues in the year to come
December 27, 2003
This is the time for reflections on the past year but, more importantly, thoughts about the challenges that are likely to arise in the coming 12 months, plus a few New Year’s resolutions. For most Americans, 2003 was a fairly good year. The economy started to come out of its two- to three-year recession, and the federal government is engaged in a long-overdue crackdown on white-collar crime. Most Americans continue to support Uncle Sam’s actions in Iraq and Afghanistan and agree that the “war” on terrorism deserves top priority. Lawrence continues to enjoy solid growth, but not as strong as in recent years, and the city and its residents avoided any major disasters.
Mad cow: Don’t panic, but get facts
December 27, 2003
Editor’s note: The following editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News on Friday. Mad cow disease. That isn’t a phrase any of us wants to hear — especially at this time of year, when scrumptious foods spread across our holiday tables.
Mayer: Food for thought: KU No. 4 — in Big 12
December 27, 2003
Coach Bill Self wants his Kansas University basketball team to develop more hunger for success. One carrot, or pizza maybe, that he might dangle on a stick is the prospect that the Jayhawks will enter the Big 12 Conference season in danger of being no better than fourth. If that won’t motivate a promising but pitifully erratic, rudderless squad which has been drifting to and fro, there’s not much hope. We’re talking about defending league champions and national finalist performers in danger of becoming also-rans. If that doesn’t get immediate attention, a lot of hot tickets could wind up disguised as empty seats after Jan. 1.
Briefly
December 27, 2003
¢ Authorities investigate apparent murder-suicide ¢ Police investigate threat against superintendent ¢ City to recycle trees
Friends and neighbors
December 27, 2003
Family bids soldier farewell
Holidays have special meaning as Iraq duty calls
December 27, 2003
Jon Ruhlen’s orders to go to war-torn Iraq haven’t robbed his relatives in Lawrence of their sense of humor. “I got an Iraq travel guide,” Ruhlen chuckled Friday during the last hours of a two-day visit in Lawrence with his parents, David and Betty Ruhlen. “It (Iraq) is not the first place I would have picked to go visit, but it’s part of the job.”
Cabbie’s trip turns violent
December 27, 2003
A taxi driver told police he was robbed after giving a man a ride from Iowa to Kansas on Christmas Day.
K-State, Ohio State arrive
December 27, 2003
Ohio State and Kansas State flew Friday into Arizona to begin a week of preparation and celebration leading up to the Jan. 2 Fiesta Bowl, the first football meeting of the two schools.
Register of deeds files for Democratic nomination
December 27, 2003
Kay Pesnell’s counting on her 13 years of work in the Douglas County Register of Deeds’ Office to keep her on the job for at least another four.
Wildcats taking wild ride
K-State’s seesaw season to conclude against Ohio State
December 27, 2003
In the top 10 with national-title aspirations. Out of the rankings — with not so much as a 25th-place vote to call its own.
People
December 27, 2003
¢ Winslet, husband have baby boy ¢ Mrs. Rogers learning to cope ¢ Aiken delights disabled teen fan ¢ Garner staying on ‘Simple Rules’
Search on for Oklahoma trooper’s killer
December 27, 2003
An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper was shot and killed Friday morning after pulling over a car in Cotton County just north of the Texas border and authorities were searching for a suspect, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said.
People and places
December 27, 2003
Baptists likely to drop out of alliance
December 27, 2003
The Southern Baptist Convention is almost certain to withdraw from the Baptist World Alliance, after a task force concluded the organization was becoming too liberal.
Episcopal conservatives clarify support for network
December 27, 2003
Organizers of a “network” for Episcopalians opposed to gay clergy say 13 bishops have endorsed the idea. But so far only three dioceses said they’ll send delegates to a meeting that will establish their organization Jan. 19-20 in Plano, Texas.
Religion briefs
December 27, 2003
Magazine honors bishop
December 27, 2003
A national gay magazine has named as its person of the year New Hampshire’s new Episcopal bishop, the denomination’s first openly gay prelate.
Weddings
December 27, 2003
Club news
December 27, 2003
The Knights of Columbus Council No. 1372 contacted McDonald’s officials who agreed to match the club’s purchase of gift certificates up to $250. The club donated $500 in gift certificates to be distributed by Joseph McGlynn, of Haskell Catholic Community, and the Rev. Charles Polifka, of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, to families in need.
Scouting news
December 27, 2003
Military news
December 27, 2003
Family fun offers hidden lessons for children during holiday break
December 27, 2003
Children may not be hitting the books during the holiday break, but that doesn’t mean they’re not learning anything. Many typical family activities such as traveling, cooking, visiting with relatives, playing games and looking at photo albums can offer hidden lessons.
Society calendar
December 27, 2003
Peace to All Beings’
Compassion for animals focus of book
December 27, 2003
To those who’ve seen the ubiquitous “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series of inspirational books, Judy Carman, of McLouth, offers an alternative. Her book is called “Peace to All Beings: Veggie Soup for the Chicken’s Soul” (Lantern Books, 2003).
Exhibit showcases building of basilica
December 27, 2003
For Roman Catholics around the world, Christmas Eve means midnight Mass celebrated by the pope in St. Peter’s Basilica, the home of the church and a jewel of Renaissance architecture.
Deadly quake hits Iran
Historic landmark leveled in ‘huge’ disaster
December 27, 2003
Entire blocks of buildings lay crushed and survivors lined up blanket-wrapped bodies in the street Friday after a devastating earthquake leveled nearly three-quarters of the Iranian city of Bam, killing at least 5,000 people and injuring 30,000 others. The quake also destroyed much of Bam’s historic landmark — a giant medieval fortress complex of towers, domes and walls, all made of mud-brick, overlooking a walled Old City, parts of which date back 2,000 years. Television images showed the highest part of the fort — including its distinctive square tower — crumbled like a sand castle down the side of the hill, though some walls still stood.
Skin patch may help to control Parkinson’s
Steady drug release improves symptoms of disease, study says
December 27, 2003
A new skin patch to treat Parkinson’s disease safely released a new drug and significantly improved symptoms, according to a study by researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin and several other institutions. By using a transdermal patch instead of conventional oral medication, doctors hope to get better control of Parkinson’s symptoms while avoiding side effects.
Agreement on growth guidelines elusive
City, county at odds on commercial development
December 27, 2003
Lawrence and Douglas County have jointly planned growth for decades, but disagreement over the future of commercial development is threatening a piece of that partnership. At issue are proposed revisions to the commercial chapter of Horizon 2020, the city-county joint long-range plan to guide new development. If agreement isn’t reached, officials say, the two governments could end up with different policies — the county allowing much bigger commercial developments than the city.
Diseased cow’s calves quarantined
Government insists food supply is safe
December 27, 2003
U.S. agriculture officials said Friday they had quarantined the offspring of the slaughtered Holstein cow that tested positive for mad cow disease amid an intensifying search for the stricken cow’s origins.
Gas well survivors describe escape
December 27, 2003
Villagers were preparing for sleep when the gas well burst with a bang. Then came choking fumes. Families dashed out of their homes in terror, struggling to breathe in the searing cloud.
WSU taps Cox for phones
December 27, 2003
Wichita State University has chosen Cox Communications to be its new telephone service provider.
Offerings extend past screen
December 27, 2003
The glut of films opening this holiday season are sure to have movie theaters packed.
Briefcase
December 27, 2003
¢ FAO to sell flagship store ¢ Mad cow scare forces changes to contracts ¢ Russian oil leader remains under arrest
Arrington deal worth $80 million
Linebacker, Washington agree on eight-year extension
December 27, 2003
Pro Bowl linebacker LaVar Arrington has agreed to an eight-year, $80 million contract extension with the Washington Redskins, his agent said Friday.
Report raises questions on Lieberman’s abortion stance
December 27, 2003
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Lieberman faced questions about his position on abortion Friday after a New Hampshire newspaper indicated he thought the historic Roe v. Wade decision needed to be re-examined because of medical advances.
Bowling Green rallies, 28-24
Quarterback Harris throws for 386 yards
December 27, 2003
Northwestern took away Bowling Green’s running game. So Josh Harris beat the Wildcats through the air.
Last-second field goal lifts Cal to 52-49 win
Fredrickson’s 35-yard kick decisive in victory over Virginia Tech
December 27, 2003
Tyler Fredrickson, who had missed his previous five field goal attempts, capped a wild Insight Bowl with a 35-yard field goal as time expired Friday night to give California a 52-49 victory over Virginia Tech.
Anthony scores 37 as Nuggets top Rockets
December 27, 2003
Carmelo Anthony had the best 12 minutes of his young professional career.
6Sports video: Former Jayhawk sees his team again at Tangerine Bowl
December 27, 2003
Leo Etienne, a former linebacker, works as an intern for the Tangerine Bowl.
Eye candy ploy backfired on ABC
Fox’s inexhaustible ‘This Time It Counts’ overkill was another lowlight of 2003 sports TV
December 27, 2003
It happened on sports TV in 2003 …
6News video: Post-holiday bargain hunters not flocking to stores
December 27, 2003
The expected long lines did not materialize at local stores.
Favre back with Pack
Green Bay QB returns after father’s death
December 27, 2003
Brett Favre returned to the Green Bay Packers Friday, two days after his father’s funeral, and the focus for himself as well as his teammates was squarely on football.
Plea bargain offered in Florida wrestling death
December 27, 2003
Prosecutors said Friday they had offered Lionel Tate a plea bargain that could mean almost immediate freedom for the boy whose murder conviction and life sentence in the slaying of a 6-year-old playmate were thrown out earlier this month.
Daily ticker
December 27, 2003
Clock ticking on efforts for Jetmore ethanol plant
December 27, 2003
Efforts to draw an ethanol plant to Jetmore could be derailed if the Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad follows through with plans to remove 11 miles of track between Jetmore and Hanston.
Essay contest open to high school students
December 27, 2003
Kansas high school students could win up to $200 from the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas in the “Kansas! Say it Above a Whisper” essay contest.
On the record
December 27, 2003
Leo A. Bichelmeyer
December 27, 2003
Joseph Loving Hickock Jr.
December 27, 2003
Ronald Eugene Derzinski
December 27, 2003
Richard L. Reeder
December 27, 2003
Eugene Ray Emery
December 27, 2003
Dorcas F. Welch
December 27, 2003
Women’s shelter thanks community for support
December 27, 2003
The Lawrence community responded overwhelmingly to the needs of Women’s Transitional Care Services after a Dec. 16 story in the Journal-World detailed the shortage of donors for its holiday family aid program. The shelter, which helps victims of domestic violence, had placed only eight of the 20 families looking to be “adopted” for the holiday.
Self not putting brakes on Jayhawks
December 27, 2003
A polite people-person, Bill Self has yet to lose his cool when asked a recurring question about his 2003-04 Kansas University men’s basketball team. The question: Why don’t the Jayhawks run anymore?
Shameful statistic
December 27, 2003
The holiday season should cause deep reflection on the state’s poor record for alcohol-related accidents. A spirit-fueled holiday season is a time to remind Kansans of something about which they certainly have no reason to be proud. A new study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Kansas ranks 10th in the nation for the number of alcohol-related traffic deaths per mile driven in the state.
Money politics
December 27, 2003
Welfare highway
December 27, 2003
Holmes’ father headed to Iraq
December 27, 2003
Priest Holmes loves his father very much, and so the capture of Saddam Hussein held special meaning for Holmes, the Kansas City Chiefs’ record-breaking running back. Herman Morris, a master sergeant in the Army Reserve, ships out next week for Iraq. He didn’t have to. He could be relaxing at the fishing cabin Holmes wanted to buy him a few months ago with his $8.5 million signing bonus.
Only Arab debate will solve Arab problems
December 27, 2003
For “Most Important Book of the Year,” I nominate the “Arab Human Development Report 2003” issued by the U.N. Development Program. Written by a group of 26 Arab scholars, this volume takes a candid look at why Arab countries have fallen so far behind in key areas of human development. This question is crucial, at a time when the United States is trying to remake Iraq into a democratic model for the region.
Let him go
December 27, 2003
Sideline
December 27, 2003
¢ Officials reviewing fight ¢ Sayers earns press honor ¢ Pitino returning to Rupp
Frank Edward Obenland
December 27, 2003
Today’s Tire Bowl could be finale for Pitt’s Fitzgerald
December 27, 2003
A week with his teammates in balmy Charlotte preparing for the Continental Tire Bowl might have been just what Pitt receiver Larry Fitzgerald needed.
Sebelius can relate to legislative action
Governor hopes for progress in 2004 session
December 27, 2003
It’s all about relationships. Facing a tight budget, a court order to overhaul school finance and a daunting numerical disadvantage in political affiliation, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius insists she is looking forward to the 2004 legislative session that starts Jan. 12.
At least 7 dead, 9 missing in mudslides
December 27, 2003
Searchers slogging through waist-high muck found seven people dead Friday and looked for at least nine others missing after mudslides engulfed two camps in the San Bernardino Mountains in a terrifying torrent of soil, boulders and tree trunks.
Horoscopes
December 27, 2003
Bible is starting point for answers
Why keep some Old Testament laws, discard others?
December 27, 2003
Among the issues raised during the bitter dispute over homosexuality in the Episcopal Church this year is why Christianity has upheld some Old Testament laws and discarded others. Why eat pork, for instance, but oppose same-sex behavior? The Bible itself is the starting point in the search for answers.
Early stimulation promotes learning ability
December 27, 2003
¢ What causes a child to be a “slow learner” — one who just doesn’t learn like other children in the classroom? ¢ What do you think of the phrase, “Children should be seen and not heard?”
Anniversary
December 27, 2003
Around and about
December 27, 2003
Faith forum
Is this material world all there is, or does a higher,
December 27, 2003
Jackson defends sleeping with children
December 27, 2003
Michael Jackson told CBS’ “60 Minutes” that he still believed it was acceptable to sleep with children and that he would “slit my wrists” before he would hurt a child.
This effects-driven miniseries is a ‘Keeper’
December 27, 2003
Having tackled Western fairy tales, producer and special effects wizard Robert Halmi (“Alice in Wonderland”) offers a visually dazzling series of American Indian myths and stories in the two-part miniseries “Dreamkeeper” (8 p.m. Sunday, ABC, concludes Monday).
Bulls squeak past Cavs
Cleveland rookie James scores 18 in defeat
December 27, 2003
Jamal Crawford never left the court in outplaying LeBron James.
A skewed view of Christmas
December 27, 2003
Jewish kids like me who grew up watching — and adoring — Christmas movies formed an impression of the holiday that was probably not completely accurate.
Briefly
December 27, 2003
¢ Divers retrieve bodies from plane crash ¢ British fox hunters, protesters face off ¢ Serbs appoint panel to investigate massacre
Briefly
December 27, 2003
¢ Governor fills vacancies on planning council ¢ Longtime senator to be buried today