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Police testing man’s DNA in BTK case
December 2, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 11:27 a.m.) Authorities are testing the DNA of a man arrested on minor trespassing and housing code violations to see if he has any connection with the BTK serial killings that terrorized the city in the 1970s, state police said Thursday.
Baldwin chief ‘hopeful’ police have BTK killer
December 2, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 1:17 p.m.) Baldwin Police Chief Mike McKenna said Thursday morning he is “hopeful” that Wichita Police have caught the BTK serial killer. Police say they’re testing a detainee’s DNA.
Break out the sunglasses - and the ice scraper
December 2, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 8:51 a.m.) If you didn’t garage your car overnight, you probably were out scraping the windows this morning — temperatures were in the low 20s. But a warm-up is on the way, with sunny skies and high temperatures reaching into the low 40s by this afternoon.
Voting backup
December 2, 2004
Interim step
Banning left turns on a stretch of 23rd Street during certain hours may be a good quick fix, but it won’t address the long-term traffic problems on the busy thoroughfare.
December 2, 2004
Restricting left turns off of 23rd Street during peak afternoon traffic hours is a common-sense step to improve safety and traffic flow on the busy thoroughfare.
Why wait?
December 2, 2004
Textbook sticker shock
December 2, 2004
In 2002, the Board of Education in Cobb County, Ga., mandated that a sticker bearing the following message be placed in biology textbooks. “This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.”
AARP to put seal on Home Depot items
Senior citizens group joins forces with retailer
December 2, 2004
AARP, the nation’s largest organization of senior citizens, is testing out a plan to put its seal of approval on hardware products such as bathroom and electrical fixtures that can help older people live at home more independently.
Health care costs still hurt
Rates slow from 2001 peak
December 2, 2004
The slowdown in the growth of health care spending leveled off earlier this year after two years of declines, a new study found, with the cost of treating a privately insured American rising 7.5 percent in the first half of 2004 — virtually the same as the 7.6 increase in 2003.
Commodities
December 2, 2004
Analysis: Neither teams nor fans strangers to fights
December 2, 2004
It’s hard not to sense a little smugness among NASCAR fans about the fallout from the Indiana Pacers-Detroit Pistons brawl.
Tempers flare as UNI trips ISU
December 2, 2004
Northern Iowa burned Iowa State’s zone with sizzling perimeter shooting in its biggest victory ever over the Cyclones.
Final gift
December 2, 2004
Two fans banned from Palace for roles in last month’s brawl
December 2, 2004
Two men were banned from events at The Palace for what the Detroit Pistons say is their involvement in last month’s brawl during an NBA game.
Our town sports
December 2, 2004
Basketball capsules
December 2, 2004
¢ Lawrence High girls at Overland Park Aquinas ¢ Seabury girls vs. Kansas School for Deaf ¢ Seabury boys vs. Kansas School for Deaf ¢ Veritas boys vs. St. Mary’s
Coaches tap 10 Jayhawks for all-conference squads
December 2, 2004
Ten Kansas University football players were included on the coaches’ All-Big 12 Conference teams released Wednesday by the league office.
Baker back tapped
December 2, 2004
Tailback John Reeves was Baker University’s lone representative on the All-Heart of America Athletic Conference football team chosen by league coaches.
Kansas Speedway adds 1,500 seats for 2005
December 2, 2004
Construction began at Kansas Speedway this week to add 1,500 seats, and the track’s president said he would keep adding on if demand for tickets remained strong.
Illini rip Demon Deacons
December 2, 2004
With about 2 1/2 minutes to play, Illinois’ rabid “Orange Krush” student section started chanting “WE’RE No. 1! WE’RE No. 1!”
Playing with pain
Dorsey has been slowed by elbow injury
December 2, 2004
Jill Dorsey is hurting, but you wouldn’t know it. Dorsey has helped spark a late-season surge that has carried Kansas University’s volleyball team to an NCAA Tournament berth.
Mangino, Jayhawks optimistic about ‘05
Kansas disappointed with 4-7 campaign
December 2, 2004
What’s to be made of a 4-7 season? Is a team fresh off a bowl appearance supposed to be discouraged by it? Disappointed? Angry? Deflated?
KU women bracing for Ichabods’ best shot
December 2, 2004
After nine straight losses, Washburn University pulled the plug on Kansas University in women’s basketball. That was in 1975.
Science’ makes for wry humor
December 2, 2004
Humor doesn’t get much more deadpan than “Look Around You” (9:40 p.m., BBC America), a new documentary-style comedy from Britain. This series finds dry hilarity in parodies of ancient science films and filmstrips from the 1970s.
NBC’s Williams to find out if staid equals staying power
December 2, 2004
Bob Wright, the chairman of NBC Universal, has a theory about his prize employee, Brian Williams, who tonight will become the face of the United States’ top-rated newscast.
Langston Hughes in Lawrence
New book scouts spots where Harlem Renaissance writer spent boyhood
December 2, 2004
While researching a new book identifying Lawrence locations significant in the life of Langston Hughes, Denise Low and T.F. Pecore Weso made an interesting discovery.
Endowment for the Arts braces for dwindling funds
December 2, 2004
In late January, Laura Bush went to the National Endowment for the Arts headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue and announced the good news: The president was requesting $18 million for a new program.
LHS, Free State swimmers to clash
December 2, 2004
Free State and Lawrence High won’t have to wait long for a head-to-head meeting. The city rivals will face each other in their season-opening swim meet today at Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.
Bank robber blames crimes on depression
Cox sentenced to 7 years in prison
December 2, 2004
A former Kansas University student told a judge Wednesday that severe depression was the reason he went on a spree of armed bank robberies in 2002 and 2003.
Networks refuse to run church’s gay tolerance ad
Lawrence clergymen condemn ‘homophobia’ and ‘double standard’
December 2, 2004
Some Lawrence clergy and gay rights groups are incensed after CBS and NBC refused to run a United Church of Christ ad promoting acceptance regardless of sexual orientation.
HIV infection rates unchanged in U.S.
CDC releases results on World AIDS Day
December 2, 2004
Nearly a million Americans now have the AIDS virus, and the nation’s ability to keep others from becoming infected still lags despite a government pledge four years ago to “break the back” of the AIDS epidemic by 2005.
I do,’ but not yet: Americans delaying marriage, Census shows
December 2, 2004
It used to be common for men and women to get a marriage certificate not too long after collecting their high school diploma. Not anymore.
AIDS activists advocate more protection of women, girls
December 2, 2004
From Armenia to Zambia, thousands of activists turned out to sing in mighty cathedrals, light candles in city squares and march and have dance-athons on World AIDS Day as the United Nations focused on protecting women and girls, often sidelined in the fight against the disease.
Jailed Palestinian to seek presidency
Hamas leaders call for election boycott
December 2, 2004
Jailed Palestinian uprising leader Marwan Barghouti declared his candidacy for president Wednesday, a stunning last-minute reversal that shook up Palestinian politics ahead of the Jan. 9 vote for Yasser Arafat’s replacement.
Quarry, neighbor told to get along
December 2, 2004
Douglas County residents and Hunt Midwest Globe Quarry operation officials were told to work together to resolve their differences Wednesday night.
Local briefs
December 2, 2004
¢ Driver reports being robbed by fake officer ¢ KU student dies
Iraq’s Sunni leader backs election date
December 2, 2004
Iraq’s president, an influential Sunni Muslim, threw his support Wednesday behind having the Jan. 30 election on time despite insurgent threats he said have paralyzed voter registration voter registration in some Sunni areas of the country.
Nicole Marie Sajkowski
December 2, 2004
Pearl Eva Dunlap
December 2, 2004
On the record
December 2, 2004
Alf T.H. Oleson
December 2, 2004
Maxine Rogers
December 2, 2004
Graveside services for Maxine Rogers, 86, Baldwin, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Baldwin.
O, Christmas tree
Evergreens rooted in holiday traditions
December 2, 2004
‘Tis the season to hang the mistletoe, light a fire, tune in some lovely holiday songs and gather around the tree. The holidays just wouldn’t be complete for many people without a tree to help usher in the season.
Lena M. Newell
December 2, 2004
Helen Dorothea Bialek
December 2, 2004
The art of awareness
Red Ribbon Art Auction to raise money for fight against AIDS
December 2, 2004
With all the focus on the AIDS pandemic in developing countries — and all the U.S. money being funneled to foreign destinations to help relieve that pandemic — Geri Summers worries Americans have lowered their guard to the dangers of the disease in their own back yard.
Campanile likely won’t be finalist for new KU logo
December 2, 2004
The public should get the first look at candidates for Kansas University’s new logo by the end of January.
Bush seeks war support from Canada
December 2, 2004
President Bush delivered a long-awaited thank you Wednesday to the Canadian people for taking in tens of thousands of Americans who were stranded when their flights were diverted after the 9-11 attacks, and he challenged the Canadian government to help more in Iraq and the war on terror.
Terror remarks puzzle officials
Tulsa police chief alleges al-Qaida cells in Oklahoma, Kansas
December 2, 2004
The police chief here made surprising comments about terrorists living in Tulsa and Kansas on Wednesday in a speech to the local Rotary Club but left without providing an explanation.
Hillcrest School math success summed up by state award
December 2, 2004
When it comes to math, Hillcrest School fourth-graders are up to the challenge. A whopping 98 percent of them tested proficient, advanced or exemplary on a state math test this spring, garnering a state award for the school.
KU oboe professor appeals decision to deny tenure
December 2, 2004
A Kansas University music professor is appealing administrators’ decision to deny her tenure, saying she lived up to the standards set for her and that the university didn’t follow correct protocol in the tenure review process.
Ukraine scholars discuss election
Panelists at KU forum agree vote plagued with fraud
December 2, 2004
Shortly before joining a Wednesday panel discussion at Kansas University on recent events in Ukraine, Ivan Bekhta called his wife in Lviv.
Area briefs
December 2, 2004
¢ Tree sales raise thousands for charity ¢ Cork & Barrel owners appeal license ruling ¢ It’s official: GlobalFlyer to launch from Salina
Stella M. Vollintine
December 2, 2004
Correction
December 2, 2004
In a story in Tuesday’s Journal-World about the Dalai Lama, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Buddhist spiritual leader was making his first visit to Russia. He traveled to Russia several times previously, including a 1994 visit and a one-day trip in 1995 en route to Mongolia.
Feds provide details in elderly kidnapping case
December 2, 2004
An elderly kidnap victim was driven around for hours while his 80-year-old wife went to banks in two states trying to secure $100,000 in ransom money, federal prosecutors said in a criminal complaint Wednesday.
Ukrainian leaders agree new election needed
December 2, 2004
Government and opposition leaders on Wednesday agreed to work for a rerun of a presidential election, moving closer toward ending a political crisis that for 10 days has brought this nation to a standstill.
Three college football coaches exit
IU’s DiNardo, BYU’s Crowton, Mississippi’s Cutcliffe unemployed
December 2, 2004
Gerry DiNardo, Gary Crowton and David Cutcliffe all became unemployed coaches Wednesday, upping the total coaching vacancies in Division I-A to 15.
Commentary: Notre Dame can’t turn back calendar
December 2, 2004
There had been so much hope on so many fronts three years ago. And that’s why, when Notre Dame fired Tyrone Willingham on Tuesday, there was a distinct feeling something had been lost, something more than football games, something as concrete as bedrock values and as elusive as a handful of smoke.
People
December 2, 2004
¢ What you’ve always wanted ¢ Investigation continues into Vibe Awards stabbing ¢ Prince Bernhard dies at 93 ¢ Prince Harry’s career in military on hold
Jan. 30 elections are key to Iraq future
December 2, 2004
The United States, Britain and their coalition partners have managed since June to uphold the necessary fiction that they no longer occupy Iraq. They need to make their strategic falsehood come true in 2005 by sticking to the Jan. 30 target date for the Iraqi election and by ensuring that it leads to majority rule.
ESPN to launch Sprint mobile phone service
December 2, 2004
Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN sports television network is launching its own brand of mobile telephone service in a deal with Sprint Corp., catering to sports fans with news and game highlights on a next-generation network, the companies said Wednesday.
Briefcase
December 2, 2004
¢ Ex-Farmland CEO can seek benefits ¢ Jiffy Lube settles case ¢ Government files suit against UMB Financial ¢ National Beef predicts meat market rebound
Briefly
December 2, 2004
¢ New motions made in Lynndie England case ¢ ACLU seeks FBI files on probes of activists ¢ University bans alcohol at fraternities, dorms ¢ Ex-CIA director criticizes new post
As usual, Zags stop Huskies
December 2, 2004
Gonzaga made an impressive bid Wednesday to return to the Top 25.
Justice, morality
December 2, 2004
Upstart Chargers worry Broncos
Usually dormant, San Diego on red-hot roll
December 2, 2004
What, in the name of Dan Fouts, is going on here?
Pierce sparkles after spat
Three-point shot keys Celtics’ victory over Bucks
December 2, 2004
Paul Pierce didn’t let his frustration take away from his game when it mattered.
KU professor in fight for Peruvians’ human rights
Brutal attacks prompt researcher to ‘speak out’ for villagers
December 2, 2004
It seems more the stuff of an action movie than an anthropology professor’s field work.
More troops headed for Iraq
Pentagon to boost strength to 150,000 before Jan. 30 election
December 2, 2004
U.S. military commanders Wednesday announced that they would increase the number of troops in Iraq to 150,000 — the highest level since the March 2003 American-led invasion — in an effort to meet an expected increase in insurgent violence as next month’s Iraqi national election draws near.
Ex-Westar exec defends merger plan at trial
December 2, 2004
Former Westar Energy Inc. executive Douglas Lake retook the witness stand Wednesday to defend the company’s ill-fated split-and-merger plan.
State briefs
December 2, 2004
¢ A.G. opinion on drugs could take months ¢ Court to consider excessive force issue ¢ Gas pipe blamed for school explosion
Cora Lee Beers Price
December 2, 2004
Rear view: Writers reflect on major stories of 2004 Cup season
December 2, 2004
Horoscopes
December 2, 2004
Daily ticker
December 2, 2004
Farm income fuels economic growth
Large harvests, solid prices nurture conditions in Midwest
December 2, 2004
Record farm income is feeding economic growth in a nine-state area of the central United States, according to the November Mid-America Business Conditions Survey.
Gadgets hot on this year’s culinary Christmas lists
December 2, 2004
I felt like Nicolas Cage hunting for treasure. The bright beam of the lantern was guiding my way as I peered into the bottom shelves of the kitchen cupboards.
Homemade wreaths can be made of everyday supplies
December 2, 2004
The holiday season is full of life as festive decorations spread holiday cheer.
Collectors crave usable, hooked rugs
December 2, 2004
Hooked rugs were probably first made in the 1700s in the American colonies, but few remain that date to before the 1850s.
Joint city-county planning proposed for Lecompton
December 2, 2004
Lecompton city and planning officials provided a new proposal to Douglas County commissioners Wednesday night that could allow them to have some control over the area just outside the city’s limits.
Florence Bahnmaier Mitchell
December 2, 2004
Pile forced to step up for Chiefs
Injuries thrusting rookie, Harts into starting lineup
December 2, 2004
The news hit Willie Pile like a sudden splash of ice water on a winter day.
Briefly
December 2, 2004
¢ Federal official arrested in drug war ¢ Death toll from floods, landslides rises to 412 ¢ Policy changes sought on pre-emptive attacks ¢ Rwandan troop invasion reported
Theories are part of science
December 2, 2004
National media attention focused on suburban Cobb County, Ga., this month as a federal court heard constitutional challenges to a school district policy requiring that a biology textbook carry this disclaimer: “Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered.” Plaintiffs complain that the disclaimer, which is similar to others popping up in school districts from Alabama to Wisconsin, violates the separation of church and state. But scientists themselves call evolution a theory. Why can’t a school district?
Tom Brokaw signs off
NBC Nightly News’ anchor steps down Wednesday
December 2, 2004
After bringing viewers the news for nearly 23 years, NBC anchor Tom Brokaw signed off Wednesday expressing gratitude for what he got in return.
KU’s Self says Jayhawks still vying for playing time
December 2, 2004
Kansas University’s men’s basketball rotation stands at 10 players right now.