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Nominations narrowed to three for new judge position
December 3, 2004
(Updated Friday at 5:58 p.m.) The list of candidates to become Douglas County’s next district court judge has been trimmed from eight to three.
Commissioners not backing off smoking ban
December 3, 2004
(Updated Friday at 5:48 p.m.) Lawrence’s city-wide smoking ban appears to be staying on the books. The coalition gathering signatures to overturn the ban said Friday it would not pursue a referendum on the issue, opting instead to work with the Lawrence City Commission on a compromise.
Police searching for credit union robber
December 3, 2004
(Updated Friday at 12:56 p.m.) Lawrence police were searching this afternoon for an armed man who robbed a local credit union a few blocks west of Lawrence’s downtown just after 11:30 a.m. today.
Temperatures in the 50s expected for weekend
December 3, 2004
(Updated Friday at 9:25 a.m.) If you like your weather cold and dreary, stay in bed this weekend — sunny skies, followed by warmer temperatures are expected through Sunday, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
People
December 3, 2004
¢ Malkovich waltzes into role ¢ Bergen back in prime time ¢ ‘Law & Order’ actor receives prostate cancer treatment ¢ Another paycheck on the way for ‘Jeopardy!’ winner? ¢ Birthday: Ozzy Osbourne
Calendar
December 3, 2004
Police deny arrest related to BTK probe
Authorities earlier said they were testing DNA of suspect
December 3, 2004
During his 22-year-career with the Wichita Police Department, Mike McKenna sometimes dreamed of the day he might sit at an interview table with that city’s BTK serial killer.
Marvelous McGahee making return to Miami
Bills upstart running back eager for hometown trip
December 3, 2004
Don’t let Willis McGahee’s cool act fool you. To hear the Bills running back tell it, this weekend’s homecoming trip to Miami — McGahee’s first as an NFL player — is just another ho-hum game on the schedule.
Final week filled with big games, BCS implications
December 3, 2004
Going into the final week of the regular season, only one team is set for a specific spot in the Bowl Championship Series.
Giambi may be baseball’s wake-up call
December 3, 2004
Baseball is about to be offered some much-needed help pulling its head out of the sand. That might have been the farthest thing from Jason Giambi’s mind when he strolled into a grand jury room in San Francisco during the early stages of the BALCO investigation.
LPGA Futures Tour plans Eagle Bend stop in 2005
December 3, 2004
Jerry Samp posed the question a few months ago. “Wouldn’t it be great,” said Samp, an investment broker, “to bring a pro golf event to Lawrence and make it an annual event?”
Which are the top two?
USC, OU, Auburn race down to wire
December 3, 2004
Southern California is No. 1 in the polls and the BCS standings. The computers prefer Oklahoma.
Jayhawks hope they have the skinny on Santa Clara
December 3, 2004
Kansas University’s volleyball team is set to take on Santa Clara in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at 7 tonight in Seattle.
Smoking ban vote unlikely
Opponents of law seek compromise with commission
December 3, 2004
Members of the Lawrence bar and hospitality industry are expected to announce today they will not seek a March 1 election to overturn the city’s controversial smoking ban.
Oliver L. Klingler
December 3, 2004
Cora Lee Price
December 3, 2004
School stability
Lawrence school district officials are right not to force a group of elementary students to switch schools again after just two years
December 3, 2004
Establishing elementary school boundaries in Lawrence is a never-ending puzzle, but it’s important for officials to understand that the real pieces of that puzzle are thousands of young school children.
Arafat’s death won’t lead to peace
December 3, 2004
Recent predictions that the death of Yasser Arafat will usher in a new era of Palestinian peacemaking are, I regret to say, a joke.
Decline may spawn new party
December 3, 2004
Mindful of George Santayana’s comment that those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it, consider the following scenario. As the election approaches, one of the major parties is in disarray.
Insensitive story
December 3, 2004
No bells needed
December 3, 2004
Why not act?
December 3, 2004
Methodist Church jury defrocks lesbian minister
December 3, 2004
The United Methodist Church defrocked a lesbian minister who lives with her partner Thursday for violating the denomination’s ban on actively gay clergy — the first such decision by the church in 17 years.
Briefly
December 3, 2004
¢ Gubernatorial candidate calls for hand recount ¢ Democratic governors steer toward moderation ¢ Naval Academy alumni board rejects gay group ¢ Study questions risk of benzene in workplace ¢ DNC reports edge in election fund raising ¢ Lawmaker: Abstinence programs misleading ¢ South, West riskiest regions for pedestrian ¢ Rescued 9-11 officer marks retirement ¢ Government targets teen drugged driving ¢ Annan faces challenge from U.S. officials ¢ U.S. ambassador seeks Taliban reconciliation ¢ Appeals court strips Pinochet of immunity ¢ Election polls close ¢ U.N. on patrol after outbreak of violence ¢ Scientists confident water flowed on Mars ¢ Plane crash kills five ¢ Sister-in-law testifies about Scott Peterson
Mall guards taught to spot suicide bombers
Security personnel learn terrorist traits
December 3, 2004
In a shopping mall outside Hartford, Conn., past the Abercrombie & Fitch and the cell phone kiosks, tucked away by the Barnes & Noble, a conference room full of security guards is learning how to spot suicide bombers.
Pearson’s Lawrence plant marks decade of growth
December 3, 2004
Leaders of Pearson Government Solutions’ call center operations in Lawrence are poised to celebrate the company’s first decade in town with an eye toward the future.
Retailers report ho-hum start to holidays
December 3, 2004
The nation’s retailers had a disappointing start to the holiday season, reporting sluggish November sales as a much-hoped-for surge in Thanksgiving weekend business failed to materialize.
Briefcase
December 3, 2004
¢ MGP Ingredients invests in efficiency ¢ Same-store sales slip at Payless ShoeSource ¢ SEC files fraud suit ¢ Mortgage rates jump ¢ Cerner to add jobs
Commodities
December 3, 2004
Brazen drama confronts love, passion and abandonment
December 3, 2004
There are no fight scenes. No criminal activity. No fatalities. There isn’t even any sex. But in its own way, “Closer” is one of the edgiest movies of the year.
The smoking ban rocks
December 3, 2004
I started performing music in bars before I was old enough to drink in them. Oddly enough, it inspired very little interest in drinking. At least I was old enough to buy cigarettes. Although this hardly mattered in my former career as a full-time musician, because smoking became the bane of my existence.
Reader review: Alexander
December 3, 2004
I respect Oliver Stone as a director, so I can only hope he was purposefully trying to drain all entertainment value out of “Alexander.”
Film fans opt for movies in their mailbox
December 3, 2004
Peter Thornhill rents at least three movies each week. He usually gets new releases on DVD and frequently returns them late.
This Weekend’s Highlights
December 3, 2004
¢ Carrier ¢ The Hives ¢ Edith Frost ¢ Red Ribbon Art Auction ¢ Cornerbank Show
Buddies take intoxicating road trip in ‘Sideways’
December 3, 2004
For his last movie, writer/director Alexander Payne got powerhouse acting legend Jack Nicholson to move to Omaha, Neb., for more then a month to shoot the Oscar-nominated “About Schmidt.”
Best Bets
December 3, 2004
Arts Note
December 3, 2004
¢ Pavarotti announces worldwide farewell tour
Tulsa’s police chief backs off terror remarks
December 3, 2004
The police chief here backed away Thursday from comments about terrorists living in Tulsa and Wichita, saying he has no evidence supporting the existence of al-Qaida “cells” in either city.
Freed death-row inmate files lawsuit against prosecution, law enforcement
December 3, 2004
Former death-row inmate Joseph Amrine filed a wrongful conviction suit Thursday against prosecutors and law enforcement employees, accusing them of framing him for the murder of a fellow prison inmate.
Kansas SUV ownership snowballs 30 percent
But growth still trails national average
December 3, 2004
Rita Owen got her Chevy S-10 Blazer when she was a high school senior. Four years later, she’s not so sure it’s a practical vehicle.
Court TV sets sights on case
December 3, 2004
A national TV network wants access to a Douglas County courtroom to cover the murder case pending against a Kansas State University English professor.
Juvenile judges: Mental health services lacking
December 3, 2004
Hundreds of children in the state’s foster care system could return home sooner if their parents had quicker access to necessary mental health evaluations, a panel of juvenile court judges said Thursday.
Lake says Wittig’s plane use was issue
Former Westar exec points finger at fraud co-defendant
December 3, 2004
A former Westar Energy Inc. executive testified Thursday that he was uncomfortable with the personal use of a Westar plane by the company’s former chief executive.
Another typhoon batters Philippines
December 3, 2004
A powerful typhoon sliced through the Philippines today, forcing nearly 170,000 people to flee homes to higher ground even as Filipinos struggled to recover from an earlier storm that killed more than 420 and left possibly hundreds more missing.
American gets life sentence for killing policeman
December 3, 2004
An American man was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison Thursday for murdering a wounded British policeman who was pleading for his life.
Williams rejects NFL deal
Ex-Dolphins running back remains retired
December 3, 2004
This could be it for Ricky Williams. He just doesn’t want to play football.
Walker considering freshman for Heisman
December 3, 2004
Like many Heisman Trophy voters, Herschel Walker is waiting until after this weekend to fill out his ballot.
Parade preserved
Lawrence has once again risen to the challenge to preserve a holiday tradition
December 3, 2004
Thanks to the coalition of businesses and individuals who rose to the occasion to preserve the Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade in downtown Lawrence.
Bushes choose musical theme for White House Christmas
December 3, 2004
President Bush invoked the service of U.S. troops in dangerous lands Thursday as he heralded the “season of hope” with the lighting of the national Christmas tree.
Putin objects to runoff in Ukraine presidential race
December 3, 2004
Russian President Vladimir Putin injected himself directly into the election crisis in this former Soviet republic Thursday, strongly attacking the opposition’s central demand for a new presidential runoff.
Jayhawks to welcome Harvard, Houston
December 3, 2004
Kansas University’s swimming and diving team will compete in its final competition of 2004 when it plays host to Harvard and Houston in a dual meet starting at 6 p.m. today at Robinson Natatorium.
Aquinas thumps LHS girls
December 3, 2004
Life might not get any tougher for Lawrence High’s girls basketball players. The Lions opened against traditional power Overland Park Aquinas, and fell, 54-40, Thursday night.
Seahawk girls cruise past KSD, boys tumble
December 3, 2004
Seabury Academy’s girls basketball squad appeared in midseason form to coach Nick Taylor in its opening 34-14 victory over Kansas School for the Deaf on Thursday night in the Burlingame Tournament.
Eagles falter against St. Marys, 68-43
December 3, 2004
Veritas Christian Academy’s boys basketball team suffered a 68-43 setback Thursday against St. Marys Academy in the first round of the season-opening Shea Invitational Tournament at Flint Hills.
City basketball capsules
December 3, 2004
Oklahoma struggles in win over Lamar
December 3, 2004
Dionnah Jackson did it all for Oklahoma in its win against Lamar on Thursday night, but Sooners coach Sherri Coale wants someone else to be doing it, too.
A Closer look
Actors savor the allure of nasty wordplay
December 3, 2004
They’ve been attacked by giant flying robots and abducted by wasp-like space aliens. For certain Hollywood actors, the nature of effects-driven blockbusters means having to spend more time in front of green screens than at actual locations. So for the stars of “Closer,” it must be nice to have an opportunity to deal in words.
Gordon, Reid tapped All-Big 12
Jayhawk seniors McMillan, Vaughn earn second-team berths on squads picked by league media
December 3, 2004
The shock should have been minimal after Nick Reid’s season. But the junior linebacker still went bug-eyed when he learned he was a first-team selection on the Associated Press All-Big 12 Conference squad, which was released Thursday.
KU’s got the Blues
Div. II squad’s furious rally trips Jayhawks
December 3, 2004
Unthinkable. Unbelievable. Inexplicable. How often does a Kansas University basketball team lose to a Division Two school in Allen Fieldhouse? It happened Thursday night when Kansas’ women went into an 11-minute second-half sinking spell and suffered a stunning 62-59 loss to Washburn University.
Sasha starting to sling it
KU freshman Kaun expanding his range
December 3, 2004
Kansas University freshman Sasha Kaun figures to do the most damage on the basketball court two to three feet from the goal.
Woodling: Jayhawks still lack tailback
December 3, 2004
Mark Mangino isn’t quite like King Richard III. Mangino would not surrender his entire Kansas University football kingdom for a horse.
Former KU professor of classics dies at 96
December 3, 2004
Friends and family this week are mourning the loss of Cora Lee Beers Price, a former classics professor whose contributions to Kansas University earned her induction to the KU Women’s Hall of Fame in 2003.
Area briefs
December 3, 2004
¢ Businessman sentenced in Rockhurst bribery
Mavs’ Nowitzki pours in 53
Dallas turns back Rockets in overtime, 113-106
December 3, 2004
Tracy McGrady stood at midcourt, exhausted from an overtime shootout that seemed more like him against Dirk Nowitzki than the Houston Rockets vs. the Dallas Mavericks.
Fratello leaves TV booth to coach Grizzlies
December 3, 2004
Mike Fratello was hired as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday, leaving the TV booth and replacing friend and mentor Hubie Brown, who retired last week for health reasons.
Roberts helps Bulldogs roll
December 3, 2004
Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury wondered if the Bulldogs already were looking ahead to their next game. Then, Lawrence Roberts took over.
Chargers take charge in AFC West chase
San Diego can add to lead Sunday
December 3, 2004
The San Diego Chargers didn’t expect to be leading the AFC West at this point in the season. And the Denver Broncos probably didn’t expect to be trailing the Chargers in the standings.
Howard helping out on Rams’ defensive line
December 3, 2004
On a St. Louis Rams defensive line loaded with No. 1 picks, undersized and unheralded Brian Howard has found a way to fit in.
Bush rejects delay of Iraqi elections
December 3, 2004
President Bush rejected calls for a delay in next month’s Iraqi elections, insisting Thursday that the vote was too important to put off even though violence and chaos still grip much of the country.
U.S. use of prescription drugs hits record high
December 3, 2004
Americans are cramming their medicine chests ever fuller in the struggle to lower cholesterol, treat depression, reduce inflammation and ease other illnesses.
FDA calls for more testing on female sexuality drug
December 3, 2004
The first drug to treat female sexual dysfunction isn’t ready for the market yet because of safety concerns, a federal advisory committee cautioned Thursday.
States fail to meet anti-smoking spending levels
December 3, 2004
Only three states — Maine, Delaware and Mississippi — are spending money on anti-smoking efforts at the minimum levels recommended by federal health officials, a coalition of public health groups said Thursday.
Lawrence Datebook
December 3, 2004
On the record
December 3, 2004
Kansas high school sports scores from Dec. 2
December 3, 2004
Student who lost family returns to KU
December 3, 2004
Kameron Orr is doing what she can to make her life normal. It’s tough being a 19-year-old deciding how to rebuild the house in Olathe where her parents and three brothers were killed in a fire. And then there are all the attorneys and paperwork to deal with.
Richard G. Bate
December 3, 2004
Miracle cancer dog rings bell for charity
December 3, 2004
The Salvation Army’s 20,000 shiny red kettles are no unusual sight on a crisp December day, and neither are their trademark bell-ringers.
Gonzalez reflects on tough childhood in new book
December 3, 2004
Two older boys who had bullied him growing up were hunting Tony Gonzalez. He was years away from becoming an All-Pro tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs. On this day, he was just a frightened kid, running behind a wall and hiding.
Community of Christ leader cites health, family in resignation
December 3, 2004
The leader of the Community of Christ, a congregation with 250,000 members in 50 countries, has resigned and will leave the church’s priesthood, citing health, family and undisclosed personal reasons.
Local briefs
December 3, 2004
¢ State gets grant for mentally ill who work ¢ Winter bazaar tonight ¢ Bookstore donates to literacy campaign
District to close school
Decision saddens Alternative students, staff
December 3, 2004
The Lawrence Alternative High School will be closed at the end of the school year, officials have announced.
New Homeland Security chief named
Nebraska governor to be agriculture secretary
December 3, 2004
President Bush has chosen former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik, who helped direct the emergency response to the Sept. 11 terrorist strikes against the Twin Towers, to lead the Homeland Security Department, charged with safeguarding Americans from future attack, administration officials said Thursday.
Attorneys seek posts in new D.A.’s office
December 3, 2004
More than half the attorneys on the staff of Douglas County Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney have applied to work for Dist. Atty.-elect Charles Branson, Branson said Thursday.
McLouth day care slated to close next week
December 3, 2004
Karen Shirey dropped her grandson off at preschool Thursday morning and picked up news she wasn’t expecting.
Large water users ponder fee plan
December 3, 2004
Large water and sewer users in the city still aren’t sure what to think about proposed rate increases that Lawrence city commissioners are scheduled to discuss Dec. 14.
Cigarettes easier for children to buy
December 3, 2004
Minors are finding it far too easy to get their hands on a pack of cigarettes in Kansas, so state regulators say stricter enforcement — and stiffer penalties — are needed.
It’s been kind of fun’
After 24 years at Purdue, Keady savors final season
December 3, 2004
Gene Keady is up at the board, his back to a small audience of subordinates, scribbling out a practice schedule in a script that might as well come with its own Rosetta Stone.
Lions introduce coach
New boss Clark cites confidence
December 3, 2004
When Lawrence High begins winter soccer workouts next week — more than three months before the start of the season — players can thank juniors Whitney Lopez and Megan Johnson for all the extra running and weightlifting they will be doing.
New Wolff steps up for FSHS
December 3, 2004
Freshman Danny Wolff is picking up where his older brother left off. Free State High lost standout Chris Wolff from last year’s state-championship team, but the younger sibling won two events Thursday in the Firebirds’ season-opening swim meet at Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.
TV gets animated for the holidays
December 3, 2004
Cartoon holiday specials, both old and new, adorn tonight’s schedule. Jimmy Durante narrates the 1970 animated favorite “Frosty the Snowman” (7 p.m., CBS), followed by “Frosty Returns” (7:30 p.m., CBS), the 1995 sequel featuring the voices of John Goodman and Jonathan Winters.
ProQuest selling for $7M in stock
Acquisition to give Guilford ownership of sedative created at KU
December 3, 2004
A Lawrence-based pharmaceuticals company that uses technology developed at Kansas University is being sold to Guilford Pharmaceuticals Inc. for $7 million in stock.
6Sports video: Firebirds place 2nd in swim meet
December 3, 2004
Free State High finished just 30 points behind winner Shawnee Mission South in a five-team swim meet on Thursday at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center. Lawrence High placed fourth.
6Sports video: LHS has new soccer coach
December 3, 2004
Jason Clark, a native of Brisbane, Australia, who also works in Kansas University’s pharmaceutical chemistry department, was introduced Thursday as the head coach of the Lawrence High girl’s soccer team.
Horoscopes
December 3, 2004
Greenspan belongs in Treasury seat
December 3, 2004
The White House used the front page of Monday’s Washington Post to cashier a Cabinet member. A story headlined “Bush to Change Economic Team” said: “One senior administration official said Treasury Secretary John W. Snow can stay as long as he wants, provided it is not very long.” Obviously the office will need filling before “very long.”