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Windy conditions expected for Thanksgiving
November 26, 2003
(Updated Wednesday at 11:36 a.m.) If you have outdoor activities planned on Thanksgiving, take the wind into account, says a local weather forecaster. “T-Day, it’s going to be breezy — blustery if you will,” said Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist.
Tour to teach KU faculty, staff about Kansas
November 26, 2003
(Updated Wednesday at 11:11 a.m.) Kansas University officials have decided to bring back the annual faculty bus tour of Kansas. The Wheat State Whirlwind tour, which will be May 21 and May 24-28, 2004, is expected to draw about 35 people.
City briefs
November 26, 2003
¢ City Commission zips through agenda ¢ Holiday sale set for Saturday ¢ KU literacy tutors conducting book drive
Texas has a banner night
Longhorns unveil new flags, whip Bruins
November 26, 2003
On a night No. 2 Texas unveiled new banners for last season’s Big 12 Conference title and Final Four finish, freshman Tiffany Jackson turned the game into a showcase of the Longhorns’ future.
County home sales reach new high in October
November 26, 2003
Douglas County homes sales continue to set records in 2003. County officials recorded 146 single-family home sales in October — the most ever recorded for the month, and up nearly 9 percent from the record 134 houses sold in October a year ago.
Analyst says ‘economy is back’
Gross domestic product rose at 8.2 percent pace; consumer confidence climbs
November 26, 2003
The economy in the third quarter galloped ahead faster than an initial estimate, which was already the swiftest in nearly two decades. That burst, along with a surge in consumer confidence, raised hopes for the recovery’s staying power.
H&R Block reports first second-quarter profit
November 26, 2003
Tax preparer H&R Block announced a second-quarter profit for the first time Tuesday, as gains in its mortgage business made up for the seasonal slowdown in its tax operation. The company also raised its earnings outlook for the year.
Legislative committee endorses plan to expand El Dorado prison
November 26, 2003
A proposal to add space for as many as 256 additional inmates at the state prison outside El Dorado was endorsed Tuesday by a legislative committee.
Court considers new interpretation of juvenile sex law
November 26, 2003
An opinion by Atty. Gen. Phill Kline that Kansas can require health care professionals to report all suspected underage sexual activity changes nothing in existing state law, his office told a federal judge Tuesday.
Questioning hints at stabbing
Sitter says deputies ‘kept asking me about knives and utensils’
November 26, 2003
Carmin Ross taught others about nonviolence, but she died violently — possibly by stabbing, judging by detectives’ questions to a baby sitter who was one of the last people to see her alive. “They kept asking me about knives and utensils,” baby sitter Kristen Kinsch said in an interview Tuesday. “They kept asking me if there was a knife block on the counter.”
Fugitive eludes LPD dragnet
N.W. Lawrence chase takes police, suspect across golf course
November 26, 2003
A bizarre car chase and manhunt across northwest Lawrence was called off Tuesday evening after a 31-year-old suspect managed to elude Lawrence Police and a Kansas Highway Patrol helicopter for much of the afternoon.
Altha Jane Berry
November 26, 2003
Midland Junction again site of injury accident
November 26, 2003
A stretch of U.S. Highway 24 north of Lawrence is fast earning a reputation as a dangerous and deadly road.
Holiday shoppers tightening spending
Consumers cite debt, economy for cutbacks
November 26, 2003
When Americans head to the malls this holiday season, their shopping lists probably will be a little shorter than they were last year.
On the record
November 26, 2003
Jayni to whip up leftover ideas
November 26, 2003
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Raintree Thanksgiving Feast plus the Day After: What To Do With Those Turkey Leftovers.”
College student feared abducted
November 26, 2003
Hundreds of volunteers lined up Tuesday to join the search for a University of North Dakota student who has been missing since Saturday. Police believe she may have been abducted.
Judge challenges Bishop Seabury students to excel
November 26, 2003
Federal Judge Deanell Tacha said Tuesday that the students at Bishop Seabury Academy were beneficiaries of a great legacy.
Topeka urologist, missing for 2 days, found dead
November 26, 2003
A Topeka urologist who had been missing for more than two days was found dead Tuesday in his pickup truck on a rural road.
Baseball gear headed to troops in Iraq
Kansas congressman leads effort aimed at easing wartime tension
November 26, 2003
Big league baseball is going to bat for U.S. troops unable to catch much of America’s pastime in Iraq with shipments of gear meant to let soldiers hear those cherished words: “Play ball!”
Commodities
November 26, 2003
Divisions test America’s founding ideals
November 26, 2003
On this Thanksgiving, with millions of Americans still waiting for the rising economic tide to lift their boats and every family gathering shadowed by concern for the men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan, the test for national character has never been clearer.
Inspiring words
November 26, 2003
Marlins deal Lee to Cubs
World Series champs cutting payroll again
November 26, 2003
The breakup of the Florida Marlins has begun.
Chargers’ defense ‘wretched’
November 26, 2003
Rodney Harrison is playing for one of the NFL’s best teams, a hard-hitting safety so respected by his teammates that they asked their coach to make him a captain after the season started.
College briefs
November 26, 2003
¢ Kansas soccer team earns academic prize ¢ Baker women thump Tabor
6News video: Vitale visits Oread
November 26, 2003
College basketball analyst Dick Vitale signed books at the Kansas Union on Tuesday before the night’s KU-Michigan State matchup.
6News video: Friends of homicide victim frustrated by silence
November 26, 2003
People at the Lawrence Community Nursery School, the school attended by Carmin Ross-Murray’s daughter, say they hope the silence on the part of police indicates they are following leads in the case.
6News video: Verdicts evoke mixed emotions
November 26, 2003
Too many questions remain for the friends of slain KU student Shannon Martin to be wholly satisfied with the guilty verdicts in the case.
6Sports video: Rumors of forced retirement surround Solich
November 26, 2003
The Nebraska coach’s job may hinge on Friday’s matchup with Colorado.
New doping policy full of loopholes
November 26, 2003
Baseball’s new mandatory steroid testing plan appears to give cheating players every advantage they need to avoid detection while taking illegal performance-enhancing drugs, scientists and doping detectives say.
Elliott applauds Mourning
November 26, 2003
Sean Elliott believes Alonzo Mourning made the right decision to play with a kidney disease.
Wetlands protection may be curtailed
Proposed revisions to federal law shouldn’t affect Baker Wetlands
November 26, 2003
Federal protection could be lifted for “a big chunk” of wetlands in Kansas, officials say, but the Baker Wetlands south of Lawrence should remain relatively safe. Proposed revisions to the federal Clean Water Act would allow development of “isolated” wetlands, which are now off-limits to construction.
Holiday traditions abound
November 26, 2003
Holidays, being annual events, measure time. But more than that, holidays provide a yearly benchmark of all things family, a sort of annual stock-taking of our primary relationships in the present — and of our relationship to a collective past. These networks form the basis of the gratitude the Thanksgiving holiday is supposed to celebrate.
Who owns ‘liberated’ items?
November 26, 2003
During the past several months, a rather extraordinary legal drama has been playing itself out in the exclusive world of high-end antiques and rare books. The players in this drama range from a well known dealer once featured on Antiques Roadshow to a private investor to the state of North Carolina. The story has its origins in the very birth process of our nation.
Health issue
November 26, 2003
Woodling: Simien, Miles key for KU
November 26, 2003
Basketball isn’t really life, is it? I mean, that bumper sticker you see every now and then can be shrugged off as merely hyper thinking. Then you watch a basketball game like the one Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse and you wonder if maybe the gods of basketball really do play a pivotal role in spinning the third rock from the sun on its axis.
School funding suit winds down
November 26, 2003
Attorneys for medium-sized school districts argued Tuesday that $852 million in new education spending was the only way to close an achievement gap between white and minority students.
Horoscopes
November 26, 2003
Briefcase
November 26, 2003
¢ Boeing lands $1.1 billion federal tax refund ¢ Fired Boeing executive leaves Sprint board ¢ Criminal charges filed in mutual fund case ¢ Reliant, CMS subsidiaries settle trading allegations
Medicare to undergo historic changes under bill
November 26, 2003
The landmark Medicare bill approved Tuesday by the Senate will transform the way senior citizens pay for their prescription drugs, initially lowering their costs and eventually changing how they get their health care for decades to come.
KU ceremony honors Collison
November 26, 2003
Nick Collison used to gaze into the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse and wonder if someday his jersey might hang with Wilt’s and Danny’s and all the other Kansas University basketball greats.
Daily ticker
November 26, 2003
Coldwell Banker to expand with TeamOne acquisition
November 26, 2003
Lawrence’s largest real estate company is about to get bigger. Coldwell Banker McGrew Real Estate has reached a deal to buy TeamOne Real Estate, officials with both companies confirmed Tuesday.
Judge voids wind farm decision
November 26, 2003
A Butler County district judge has thrown out the County Commission’s approval of a proposed wind farm near Beaumont and ordered a new vote.
Spartans bemoan turnovers
Izzo disappointed with Michigan State’s ‘casualness’
November 26, 2003
Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo didn’t expect his Spartans’ trip to Kansas University to be a walk in the park. Apparently his players didn’t see it that way. A recurring lack of focus proved catastrophic against No. 6 KU’s ferocious defense. The final damage was an 81-74 loss for the No. 3 MSU Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Briefly
November 26, 2003
¢ E. coli at fair linked to sawdust ¢ Jurors see video of Tyco apartment
Briefly
November 26, 2003
¢ Police standoff ends in shooting ¢ Native American Affairs launches new Web site ¢ Former publisher to lead media group
Sunday sales boon?
Lawrence liquor store owners have given up their Sundays off, but will it help their bottom line?
November 26, 2003
Wouldn’t it be ironic if about the time the Kansas Legislature gets around to formally giving local governments the right to allow Sunday liquor sales, the liquor store owners decide it really isn’t worth it to keep their shops open seven days a week?
Authorities think body is missing teen’s
November 26, 2003
Authorities have tentatively identified a body found Monday as that of a 15-year-old Hill City girl.
Permanent WMD investigators sought
November 26, 2003
Britain and France want to turn the U.N. inspection force that worked in Iraq before the war into a permanent agency authorized to investigate biological weapons and missile programs worldwide, The Associated Press has learned.
India, Pakistan start 1st cease-fire in 14 years
November 26, 2003
The Indian and Pakistani armies agreed to stop firing at each other across their frontier, including in disputed Kashmir, starting at midnight Tuesday in a further easing of tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
Deadly spread of AIDS continues
Annual report finds more cases but better treatment
November 26, 2003
The global AIDS epidemic infected and killed more people than ever this year, spreading rapidly in Eastern Europe and gaining a stronger foothold in the huge populations of India and China.
Judge gives defendants life sentence, 30 years in LSD case
November 26, 2003
William Leonard Pickard was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison after being found guilty earlier this year of drug trafficking in what has been called the largest seizure by federal drug agents of an operable LSD lab, which was found in Wamego.
City briefs
November 26, 2003
¢ KU receives grant to study genome project ¢ Sportswriter on encore of ‘River City Weekly’ ¢ Engineering graduates earn national honors
Bishop faces challenges in move from Wichita
November 26, 2003
The newly appointed bishop of the scandal-ridden Catholic Diocese of Phoenix said he would give sexual abuse allegations against priests the attention they deserved.
Indiana wins sixth straight
November 26, 2003
Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle has been looking for consistency from his offense all season.
Florida wins big in tune-up for Arizona
No. 8 Gators to take on No. 4 Wildcats Friday
November 26, 2003
Florida’s new group of freshmen looked fabulous in their season opener. Sophomore Christian Drejer was even better.
Food writers weigh in
Family, nostalgia important part of Thanksgiving
November 26, 2003
The best part of Thanksgiving, past or present? Everyone has something to say on this. Food writers from around the nation quizzed by The Associated Press naturally focused on the food, even offering favorite recipes, but also dwelling on the ambiance of warmth the occasion evokes.
Jackson way beyond eccentric
November 26, 2003
The King of Pop pays his $3 million bail and he’s off to — where else? — Sin City, Las Vegas.
People
November 26, 2003
¢ Singer Glen Campbell charged with extreme DUI ¢ Reeve talks without ventilator ¢ Wynonna Judd weds ¢ Trump gets reality show
Vitale holds court at KU
November 26, 2003
His bald head reflected the gray sky through the window behind him, and his booming staccato drowned out the chatter of people waiting in line to meet him. For some it marked the official start of basketball season in Lawrence: Dick Vitale was in town.
PBS documentary seeks haven for jaguar
November 26, 2003
Glenn Close narrates “In Search of the Jaguar” (7 p.m., PBS), which follows conservationist and author Dr. Alan Rabinowitz as he attempts to secure safe havens for the endangered jungle cat.
Correction
November 26, 2003
Here are some tips for cooking Thanksgiving turkey
November 26, 2003
First, let’s talk about what you shouldn’t do. Do not cook your turkey in an oven set below 325 degrees for several hours or overnight.
Thanksgiving recipes
November 26, 2003
These personal favorites find a place year after year on food professionals’ Thanksgiving tables.
Tangerine Bowl taps Wolfpack; Jayhawks hurry up, wait
November 26, 2003
North Carolina State accepted an invitation Tuesday to represent the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Tangerine Bowl, but the Wolfpack will have to wait at least a few more days to find out which Big 12 Conference football team it will play in the Dec. 22 game at Orlando, Fla. N.C. State likely will meet either Kansas University or Colorado, but bowl officials reiterated that no announcement was expected until the weekend.
NFL officials put cork in Vermeil’s vow
November 26, 2003
The NFL is making Dick Vermeil go back on a promise. That expensive bottle of wine Vermeil said he’d give Morten Andersen for kicking the game-winning field goal against Oakland will have to stay locked up in the coach’s liquor cabinet. The NFL office, after hearing of comments by Vermeil and Andersen following Kansas City’s 27-24 victory Sunday, called to remind the Chiefs that offering performance bonuses that are not included in contracts is a no-no.
Verdicts bring measure of relief
Family, friends pleased justice served but say no conviction could ease loss
November 26, 2003
No verdict or sentencing would be harsh enough for the people who killed Kansas University student Shannon Martin, her mother said Tuesday in Costa Rica. But Jeanette Stauffer, of Topeka, also said she was willing to accept the three-judge panel’s verdict, which came Monday after a trial that stretched more than two weeks.
Gay marriage a civil rights issue
November 26, 2003
Sodom and Gomorrah will not spring forth fully formed along the streets of America should this nation develop legal recognition for gay couples who want the same civil rights as straight couples.
Guard, Reserve roles to increase
U.S. to trade firepower for mobility, soldiers for citizen-soldiers in Iraq
November 26, 2003
The National Guard and Reserve will take on more of the combat burden in Iraq next year, replacing some Army troops with a smaller, lighter and more mobile force equipped with fewer tanks and more Humvees.
AARP members cry foul over Medicare provision
November 26, 2003
Art Hadley checked out the AARP endorsement last week of the Republican plan to add a prescription drug benefit to Medicare. Now he’s mad. “I just sent them an e-mail, telling them I quit,” Hadley, 53, said Tuesday. “I think it’s pretty clear they don’t represent me; they represent themselves and their insurance company, which stands to make millions off this deal.”
King of pop thought king of weird
Stardom difficult for some
November 26, 2003
Howard Hughes had his long fingernails; Shirley MacLaine has her past lives; Roseanne Barr her 16 personalities. But when it comes to celebrity weirdness, Michael Jackson may be the king.
Turn leftover turkey into scrumptious meal
November 26, 2003
Leftover turkey is one of the rewards for cooking Thanksgiving dinner. It naturally lends itself to great late-fall meals — and many nutritionists consider turkey among the most healthful meats we eat.
Oklahoma’s late run tops Tulsa
No. 14 Sooners defeat Golden Hurricane, 81-73
November 26, 2003
These Oklahoma Sooners sure can score. Then again, their defense needs a lot of work.
Briefly
November 26, 2003
¢ Senate won’t act on Internet tax ban ¢ Palestinians seek pledge from militants to halt attacks ¢ Civilians bearing brunt of guerrilla attacks ¢ Airport crew network arrested in drug smuggling
Foreign students get taste of Thanksgiving
November 26, 2003
Tad and Margaret Kramar will set an extra place at their Thanksgiving table this year. The Kramars, who live near Big Springs, will have a guest from Japan who is part of Kansas University’s 49th annual Thanksgiving Homestay Program.
Company bottles taste of Thanksgiving
Consumers buy up flavor of season
November 26, 2003
A new Turkey and Gravy Soda tastes, well, pretty much like you would imagine. But that’s not stopping people from buying it.
Jayhawks slam Spartans
Kansas plays tough against MSU
November 26, 2003
Critics won’t be using the word “soft” to describe Kansas University this basketball season. The Jayhawks brought their hard hats to Allen Fieldhouse Tuesday night, outscrapping and outslugging Michigan State in an 81-74 nonconference basketball victory that at times resembled a rugby match with so many players diving on loose balls and bumping bodies.
Briefly
November 26, 2003
¢ Nation won’t surrender ousted Liberian leader ¢ Help from NATO sought for Olympic security ¢ Missing safety features blamed for fire deaths ¢ Parliament sets date for presidential election
KU in prime spot for NCAA berth
November 26, 2003
Kansas University’s volleyball team controls its own destiny as it seeks an NCAA Tournament berth.