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Sunny and warmer by afternoon
December 1, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 8:48 a.m.) December shivered into Lawrence this morning, finding wintry conditions — snow on the ground, frost on the windshields, temperatures in the 20s and windchills in the teens. “It is a cold morning, but temperatures are starting to rise,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Briefly
December 1, 2004
¢ China displeased with Dalai Lama visit ¢ Media told to stop anti-Israeli content ¢ Dissident writer among freed Cubans ¢ Leaders allege attack by Rwandan troops ¢ Opposition wants election results annulled
Briefly
December 1, 2004
¢ Scott Peterson trial’s penalty phase begins ¢ Mayor’s son enlists in Army infantry ¢ NAACP president to step down ¢ President planning talks for intelligence bill
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December 1, 2004
¢ Plane crash kills at least 31 people ¢ Eleven children die in sugar cane fire ¢ Nearly 340 dead in series of storms ¢ Death toll rises to 166 in mine blast
Who wields moral authority?
December 1, 2004
My conservative readers and friends tell me that my options now are to get on board the George W. Bush bandwagon, consign myself to ideological irrelevancy, or hold my tongue for four years while I contemplate how to “repackage” my politics to be more acceptable to the American people.
Smoking vote
December 1, 2004
Sleepy teens
December 1, 2004
Activity support
December 1, 2004
Fear of liberals?
December 1, 2004
Letter language
December 1, 2004
Cronkite says don’t count out networks
December 1, 2004
When Walter Cronkite left the “CBS Evening News” in 1981, the media made a big deal. But Cronkite says NBC’s Tom Brokaw has received the bigger sendoff before stepping down tonight.
University president defends hiring
December 1, 2004
The president of Newman University sent a campus-wide e-mail Monday defending Newman’s hiring policy and saying he was “saddened” by recent complaints of sex discrimination at the Roman Catholic university.
Officials fear for safety of suspect in fatalities
December 1, 2004
A man charged with manslaughter in the deaths of two Kansas teenagers was brought to court in a bulletproof vest for his initial appearance Monday.
Lawrence hospital to get $300,000 for maternity unit
December 1, 2004
Forget kissing babies. Kansas politicians have secured $300,000 to improve the birthing of babies in Douglas County.
Commodities
December 1, 2004
Daily ticker
December 1, 2004
Housing costs concern businesses
Lawrence companies also cite ‘unfriendly climate’ in chamber report
December 1, 2004
A new business survey confirms what many Lawrence residents already know: Housing in town isn’t inexpensive.
Lawrence radio station to field new talk, news format
December 1, 2004
A Lawrence radio station is dropping much of its national sports programming to turn its attention to local news and talk alongside a handful of national personalities, all while retaining the same focus on sports involving Kansas University and area high schools.
Hallmark produces White House card
Lawrence plant picked to deliver record order
December 1, 2004
The 800 employees of Hallmark Cards Inc.’s plant in Lawrence already have delivered their holiday greetings to the White House.
Economic rebound drives need for truckers
December 1, 2004
Business is so good for J&H Trucking that they are having to turn away jobs by the truckloads. The Andover company can’t find enough good drivers to handle to work.
Briefcase
December 1, 2004
¢ U.S. shrimp producers catch win with tariffs ¢ FDA to study P&G’s ‘Viagra’ pill for women ¢ Dollar hits low vs. euro ¢ Consumers’ spending up, confidence down
The secret’s out
Popular Free State dish represents Kansas in new cookbook, ‘American Sandwich’
December 1, 2004
Regulars at the Free State Brewing Co. have long known that the restaurant’s Portobello Parmesan Sandwich is a heck of a good meal — meaty (though vegetarian), juicy and flavorful.
A very conscious Christmas
Alternative’ gifts offer socially responsible alternative to corporate bric-a-brac
December 1, 2004
Searching for an out-of-the-ordinary gift? Maybe you should do what Mary Kuhn did for her grandma last year: She gave her a goat.
Short & sweet
December 1, 2004
¢ New books aim to reduce party planning stress ¢ Click for cranberries ¢ Small plates are all the rage this holiday season
Bucs cut kicker Gramatica
December 1, 2004
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released struggling kicker Martin Gramatica on Tuesday and replaced him with Arena Football League kicker Jay Taylor.
Willingham ousted at Notre Dame
Irish give boot to football coach after just three seasons
December 1, 2004
Notre Dame fired football coach Tyrone Willingham after just three seasons on Tuesday.
Number of black head coaches falling
BCA bemoans recent firings at Notre Dame, New Mexico State, resignation at San Jose State
December 1, 2004
If the Black Coaches Assn. is playing a numbers game, it’s losing. In 1998, there were eight black head football coaches at the 117 Division I-A schools. Today, there are two — and Karl Dorrell, who has been UCLA’s coach for 23 games, has the longest tenure.
Talks fall apart in Ukraine
December 1, 2004
Ukraine’s shivering but determined political opposition dug in its heels in Kiev’s frigid central square Tuesday, rejecting an offer of the prime minister’s job from the declared winner of disputed presidential election and withdrawing from talks aimed at reaching a compromise.
Report: Generals knew of abuses in Iraq
December 1, 2004
A confidential report to Army generals in Iraq in December 2003 warned that members of an elite military and CIA task force were abusing detainees, a finding delivered more than a month before Army investigators received the photographs from Abu Ghraib prison that touched off abuse investigations.
Red Cross critical of detainee camp
Report reviews Guantanamo Bay conditions
December 1, 2004
The International Committee of the Red Cross said Tuesday it had given the Bush administration a confidential report critical of U.S. treatment of terror suspects detained at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Planning commissioner approved
December 1, 2004
In a gavel-pounding session that produced accusations of political gamesmanship, Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved a controversial appointment to the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.
Bush defends policies in visit to Canada
December 1, 2004
President Bush tried on Tuesday to repair U.S.-Canadian relations strained by years of bickering over trade and Iraq, although he stood by policies that have irritated Canadians.
Florida officials consider eliminating traditional Election Day
December 1, 2004
Florida’s election supervisors are proposing one way to make voting easier: Do away with Election Day.
Justices review Title IX case
Coach’s firing raises retaliation concern
December 1, 2004
The Supreme Court considered Tuesday whether a landmark gender equity law shields people who report discrimination, hearing the case of an Alabama girls basketball coach who was fired after complaining that the boys were treated better.
City briefs
December 1, 2004
¢ KU forum to discuss Ukraine conflict ¢ Salvation Army to host community meal ¢ Event to feature decorated houses
Snow light, accidents few in Lawrence
December 1, 2004
The second snow storm in less than a week moved out of Kansas on Tuesday, leaving the Lawrence area with little snow and only a few traffic problems.
Lake denies attempt to control spin-off
December 1, 2004
A former Westar Energy Inc. executive testified Tuesday that government allegations about his dealings in several company-related investments were wrong.
School borders remain puzzle
Boundary plan a little more in focus as some options nixed
December 1, 2004
The Lawrence school board rejected ideas Tuesday for moving former Riverside School students to yet another school and moving Old West Lawrence students from Pinckney School to New York School.
Ridge resigns Cabinet position
First secretary of Homeland Security got program running
December 1, 2004
Tom Ridge, the nation’s first homeland security secretary, announced Tuesday that he was resigning after three years of reworking American security and presiding over color-coded terror alerts. He’s the seventh Bush Cabinet officer leaving so far.
On the record
December 1, 2004
Grace Roseann Long
December 1, 2004
Clifford Allen McConnell
December 1, 2004
Dole Institute to rehash 2004 election
Three roundtable discussions will focus on what happened, why
December 1, 2004
Bill Lacy is hoping people aren’t sick of hearing about elections.
Iraqi leader rules out contact with insurgents
December 1, 2004
Insurgents targeted U.S. troops Tuesday in Baghdad and in and around Beiji, a city north of the capital, killing four Iraqi civilians and wounding at least 20 other people, including three U.S. soldiers. Three Iraqi children aged 3, 4 and 5 were killed when two mortar rounds struck their neighborhood in Baqouba, the U.S. military said.
Police release details about BTK’s identity
Clues culled from serial killer’s letters
December 1, 2004
The serial killer known only as “BTK” suggests in letters that he was born in 1939, lost his father in World War II and is a railroad buff, authorities said Tuesday as they appealed to the public for clues to his identity.
Local briefs
December 1, 2004
¢ Former congressman to speak today at KU ¢ KU receives $500,000 gift ¢ City establishes toy-collection sites
State alliance to boost drug purchasing power
Kansans can order prescriptions from abroad
December 1, 2004
Between them, Elaine and Gordon Shreves spend about $500 a month on prescription drugs. “One month, it was over $800,” said Elaine Shreves. “Both my husband and I — he’s 79, I’m 76 — have bad hearts and high blood pressure.”
Baldwin’s Spielman tapped coach of the year
J-W all-area cross country teams
December 1, 2004
Mike Spielman guided Baldwin High’s boys to a state championship in his second year as the Bulldogs’ cross-country coach, but it took five years for Baldwin to earn its second team title in 1998.
U.S. forces to launch offensive in Afghanistan
December 1, 2004
Thousands of U.S. soldiers are preparing an operation against Taliban insurgents to preempt an expected spring offensive which could upset plans for Afghan parliamentary elections, a senior American general said in an interview Tuesday.
People
December 1, 2004
¢ Real estate agent ends Jennings’ ‘Jeopardy’ run ¢ New Princess Di tapes air ¢ Elton John on the Beckhams ¢ Taking offense to ‘Alexander’ ¢ Tina Turner still rockin’ ¢ Godzilla gets star on Walk of Fame ¢ Brits bash ‘Baywatch,’ hail Homer Simpson
Open shelter permit extended one year
December 1, 2004
A downtown homeless shelter will be allowed to stay open and expand but Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday said they would closely monitor its operations after hearing complaints from area businesses and residents.
Nets halt nine-game slide
New Jersey belts Bobcats for first win since Nov. 9
December 1, 2004
Richard Jefferson and the New Jersey Nets finally struck the right balance to end a nine-game losing streak.
Lawrence High has height; Free State doesn’t
City boys basketball preview
December 1, 2004
Lawrence High set two state records for three-point shooting last year when the Lions’ boys launched 720 treys and made 222.
Alice R. Pulliam
December 1, 2004
Quarry creating rocky relations
Neighboring family says county should regulate operations
December 1, 2004
The Coffman family is used to being near a rock quarry. Their farming operation has been near what is now the Hunt Midwest Globe Quarry, which is on County Road 1029 south of U.S. Highway 56, for decades.
Two Lawrence charities to benefit from St. Patrick’s Day parade
December 1, 2004
The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee on Tuesday promised to double its efforts and selected two organizations to be the recipients of its annual fund raising.
Davis steps down as coach of last-place Browns
December 1, 2004
Cleveland Browns coach Butch Davis resigned under pressure Tuesday, leaving a last-place team with five games left in a sinking season filled with close losses and costly injuries.
Horoscopes
December 1, 2004
Complex problem
Lawrence is a caring community that wants to help those who are less fortunate, but providing services to the homeless continues to raise almost as many questions as answers.
December 1, 2004
A couple of recent reports in the Journal-World once again confirm the complexity of providing services for homeless people in Lawrence.
Signing off
Retiring NBC anchor symbolizes fading era in network news
December 1, 2004
When he takes his leave of “NBC Nightly News” today, Tom Brokaw says it will be short and sweet, not “an opus of any kind but more a personal farewell.”
Designing women (and men) compete on Bravo
December 1, 2004
Fans of Donald Trump’s show who have been bored by this season’s relentless product placements, corporate promotions and lack of character-driven fireworks should sample the wares on “Project Runway” (9 p.m., Bravo). An “Apprentice” clone set in the high-strung world of “America’s Next Top Model,” this engaging, task-oriented reality contest gives a dozen aspiring designers a chance to break into the fashion world.
Vermeil says he plans to return next season
Chiefs’ coach has no plans to retire with one year remaining on contract
December 1, 2004
The coach who made “burnout” a part of sports lexicon is 68 now and enduring one of the most disappointing years of a long, distinguished career.
Court limits damages on misleading loans
Consumer advocates disappointed with ruling on Truth in Lending Act
December 1, 2004
Car buyers beware: People misled about auto loans cannot use a federal law to receive significant damages, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.
Surprising GOP split greets Bush re-election
December 1, 2004
Anyone who thinks it possible to predict the course of President Bush’s second term needs to think again. History says you never know what may happen next.
Democrats can save history
December 1, 2004
If Democrats want to get back in the “values” game and change the perception of their party as being full of secularists intent on removing any reference to God from culture and even the history of America, they can start in the government schools. That’s where reverent or favorable mentions of God are often prohibited, but using His name as a curse word is protected by the same First Amendment that supposedly prohibits the favorable mention of His name.
Potent punch ideal for season
December 1, 2004
‘Tis the season of grog and nog. For those who entertain during the holiday season, serving a single punch or cider can solve the beverage issue in one fell swoop. If you want to take a Martha Stewart-esque perspective, serving an appropriately spiced drink to one and all can be a way of extending the holiday theme into every nook and cranny of your menu.
U.S. attorneys file complaint in Germany for Abu Ghraib abuses
December 1, 2004
A group of American civil rights attorneys filed a criminal complaint in German court on Tuesday against top U.S. officials, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, for acts of torture committed at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
Salina seeks place in aviation history
December 1, 2004
After a century at the heart of the aviation industry, Kansas may help make history again. The GlobalFlyer — an airplane designed by Burt Rutan, father of SpaceShipOne — may use a former Air Force runway in Salina as the launching point in January for its attempt at an aviation first: A solo, nonstop flight around the world without refueling.
Second dose of flu shots on the way
County health department to hold clinic Dec. 12 to distribute 1,300 vaccines
December 1, 2004
The Douglas County Health Department has secured at least 1,300 flu vaccines for distribution later this month, officials announced Tuesday.
Jayni’s Kitchen’ ready to stir up festive recipes
December 1, 2004
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Simply Red: Five Festive Recipes Featuring Red Ingredients.”
Backcourt play lifts Duke past Michigan State
Three-point barrage from Redick, Ewing propels No. 10 Blue Devils, 81-74
December 1, 2004
J.J. Redick and Daniel Ewing seemed to be playing their own version of H-O-R-S-E, matching each other shot for shot, point for point.
No. 9 Baylor rolls past Rice
December 1, 2004
Steffanie Blackmon scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead No. 9 Baylor to a 77-65 women’s basketball victory over Rice on Tuesday night.
Woodling: Miles dandy, other opinions
December 1, 2004
It’s early in the season — really early — but never too early to offer a few random opinions about Kansas University men’s basketball.
KU turns up heat
Hallman helps Jayhawks torch Denver
December 1, 2004
Kansas University point guard Erica Hallman took one step inside Hadl Auditorium on Tuesday and proclaimed, “Whew, it’s hot in here.”
Self says Robinson will be ‘terrific’
December 1, 2004
Fan-favorite Russell Robinson certainly is off to a strong start in his Kansas University men’s basketball career.
Photo: Roof raised
December 1, 2004
Vinland church searching for baby Jesus
Living nativity organizers struggling to fill starring role
December 1, 2004
The three wise men had a bright shining star to help guide them to the baby Jesus. If only the coordinators of Vinland United Methodist Church’s 29th annual living nativity had a star to lead them to babies who could portray Jesus for three nights this month.