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Horoscopes
December 5, 2004
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December 5, 2004
¢ Police misplace bag of plastic explosives ¢ Palestinians say Israeli raids hampering peace ¢ Germans arrest fourth suspect in Allawi attack
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December 5, 2004
¢ Radio host pulled for on-air profanity ¢ Quadriplegic woman takes first plane trip
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December 5, 2004
¢ Kerry gives money to Democratic races ¢ Stun gun kills driver ¢ Taliban suspect goes before tribunal
More than one way to crack a nut
A Kansas Nutcracker’ puts prairie spin on traditional holiday ballet
December 5, 2004
It was an idea born of necessity. After all, the traditional “Nutcracker” ballet is already performed in Kansas City and Topeka each year. So to lure people to a local production of the show, Deborah Bettinger gave the time-honored story a new spin — a personalized touch for the Lawrence area — and brought Clara and her family a little closer to home.
Colombia drug chief taken to Miami jail
December 5, 2004
A founder of a Colombian drug cartel that became the world’s chief supplier of cocaine in the 1990s was transported to a Florida jail Saturday after being extradited from Colombia.
Cargo plane ditches in lake; pilots are not hurt
December 5, 2004
The crew of a decades-old cargo plane put the aircraft down in a lake in a Miami suburb Saturday after it developed engine trouble, avoiding high-rise buildings in the densely populated area, then were rescued from the floating fuselage.
National Guard’s ranks decrease
December 5, 2004
Increasing numbers of soldiers are deciding not to join the Army National Guard after they leave active duty, a trend so troubling that the Guard is hiring 1,400 more recruiters to reverse it.
UT big men plunder Pirates
No. 18 Texas utilizes inside game in 70-62 victory
December 5, 2004
Texas’ good start this season was a result of great long-range shooting.
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December 5, 2004
¢ Bush downplays risks to U.S. food supply ¢ Grandmother acquitted in dog mauling death ¢ Mom auctions ghost on eBay to ease son’s fears ¢ Marital odds not good for $149 million winner
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December 5, 2004
¢ President to review citizenship issue ¢ Belgrade officials seek annulment of election ¢ Parliament approves EU-backed amendments ¢ Winds injure at least 13
Mayer: Self wowed ethics session crowd
December 5, 2004
Many would agree that at a November session on ethics, Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self was the star of the show.
K-State shocked in Wildcat Classic
KSU loses to Liberty in title game, 77-56
December 5, 2004
Kristal Tharp had 26 points, and Liberty took advantage of No. 19 Kansas State being without Kendra Wecker on Saturday in the championship game of the Wildcat Classic.
Musharraf: Bin Laden’s trail cold
Bush praises Pakistan’s anti-terror efforts
December 5, 2004
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said Saturday that the search for Osama bin Laden has gone completely cold, with no recent intelligence indicating where he and his lieutenants are hiding.
The Motley Fool
December 5, 2004
¢ Last week’s question and answer ¢ Insurance needs ¢ Split over splits ¢ Intel’s extreme makeover ¢ Tight stops
Bookstore
December 5, 2004
Chiefs, Raiders have similar woes
Little on line as longtime rivals meet again
December 5, 2004
Trent Green spent his first season as a starting quarterback under Norv Turner in Washington six years ago, and the Redskins lost their first seven games before bouncing back to finish 6-10.
GOP, Democrats each win seat in La.
December 5, 2004
Republicans picked up a congressional seat in southern Louisiana on Saturday, but gave another right back to Democrats in a second, much closer runoff election that also was in Cajun country.
People
December 5, 2004
¢ Miss Peru crowned Miss World ¢ Boss promotes local shops ¢ Movie auctioning its props ¢ Town seeks glimpse of stars ¢ Owens brings pick-me-up
Couple dusts off honeymoon Mercury for 50th anniversary
Car’s overhaul helps restore memories of wedding trip
December 5, 2004
Months had passed since the black-and-white 1950 Mercury was pulled from a farm building and taken to be restored.
Commentary: Decade of baseball under suspicion
December 5, 2004
I keep coming back to the two dopes who fought over Barry Bonds’ 73rd home run ball a few years back.
Gooden, James lift Cavs
December 5, 2004
Everyone on Toronto’s embittered bench had a nice view of LeBron James’ jaw-dropping dunk. Back in his hotel room, an ailing Vince Carter probably even got to see a replay of it.
Medical experts are asking about massage
Studies show benefits go beyond therapy
December 5, 2004
You lie on the crisp white sheet of the massage table in semidarkness. The scent of almond oil fills the air. Then come the hands, gently kneading the necklace of knots that rings your back, your neck, your shoulders. You close your eyes, breathe deeply and let yourself relax. Beyond the pleasures of the moment, though, are there medical benefits to massage?
Revised pyramid coming soon
Federal agencies set to announce changes to dietary guidelines
December 5, 2004
Five years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services jointly released a set of dietary guidelines intended to help Americans make wise food choices.
Produce choices tell about personality
December 5, 2004
Apples or carrots? Oranges or celery? What you select may say a lot about not just your food choices, but also your personality.
Rescuers distribute aid to Philippines storm victims
At least 640 killed in back-to-back storms
December 5, 2004
Helicopters delivered food to famished survivors and picked up casualties as the weather cleared on Saturday in villages ravaged by back-to-back storms that have left 640 people dead and nearly 400 missing in the northern Philippines.
Pet post
December 5, 2004
UOP, Maraker hang with KU
December 5, 2004
Probably the only person Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse — other than Pacific fans — who knew how to pronounce Pacific’s Christian Maraker’s last name correctly was former KU women’s basketball player Leila Mengüç.
Poet’s showcase
December 5, 2004
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December 5, 2004
¢ Man to plead guilty in wrong-conviction case ¢ Bush attends storied Army-Navy game
Different route
A year or two at a community college may be a good investment for many Kansas students.
December 5, 2004
Any effort by Kansas University to raise its admission requirements for Kansas residents is bound to cause an uproar.
Porous borders
December 5, 2004
Roundabouts out
December 5, 2004
Sore winner?
December 5, 2004
Teens need fun
December 5, 2004
Malice needn’t accompany political change
December 5, 2004
On the eve of the recent election, the Wall Street Journal suggested that this one wasn’t really any more vitriolic than past elections and that the nation wasn’t really as divided as it seemed.
Gift-challenged men feeling holiday stress
December 5, 2004
Christmastime is a festive time — a time of parties and presents and songs that we all love, except for “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” which I for one got tired of in approximately 1958, and which now causes me to dislocate my forefinger stabbing the car-radio button. I prefer traditional Christmas carols, such as “Ding Dong Merrily on High.” I am not making this carol up.
Home for the holidays
Lawrence businesses hope to keep dollars in town
December 5, 2004
Judy Desetti loves Lawrence too much to spend her shopping dollars out of town.
Experts question safety of drugs
Recent recalls put light on standards issued by FDA
December 5, 2004
In a sharp pivot, many medical authorities are questioning the fundamental safety guarantees for American drugs, threatening to dull the national appetite that has demanded and devoured pharmaceuticals at a faster clip for nearly a generation.
Sinking corporate profits can signal drop in stocks
December 5, 2004
Why do investors buy stocks? Simple: To share in corporate profits.
Briefcase
December 5, 2004
¢ Scientists answer call for holographic booth ¢ Name that company
Calendar
December 5, 2004
Dogsledding trips provide wild winter rides
Mushing adventures take visitors into wilderness
December 5, 2004
Twenty-three Yukon huskies are frantically barking and jumping up and down and sideways, their born-to-run bodies eager to pull the dogsleds hitched behind them.
Orange gear mandatory
December 5, 2004
Firearms deer season in Kansas started Wednesday and will run through next Sunday.
Fall turkey hunts great for youth
December 5, 2004
The first modern-day wild turkey seasons in the United States were in the fall. However, in the 1950s, the Alabama Department of Conservation experimented with a spring gobbler season.
USC, Auburn go undefeated
Trojans deny UCLA; Tigers topple Tennessee
December 5, 2004
Take that, pollsters and computers. The team most likely to be left out of the national-championship game has a trophy of its own.
No. 9 Tar Heels hold off No. 8 Wildcats
North Carolina wins showdown of all-time winningest schools, 91-78
December 5, 2004
Jawad Williams found himself in the right place at the right time, with a stern message from assistant coach Steve Robinson fresh in his mind.
McCarville, Gophers tall task for Jayhawks
December 5, 2004
Janel McCarville may be licking her chops with struggling Kansas University on tap.
Burlingame sweeps Seahawks
December 5, 2004
Burlingame broke open a close game late in the second quarter and went on to win.
Randtke, Eagles rout Flint Hills Christian, 68-40
December 5, 2004
Mark Randtke scored 21 points, and Noah Barclay added 11 as Veritas Christian defeated Flint Hills Christian, 68-40, Saturday for fifth place in the Shea Invitational high school boys basketball tournament.
Westminster College stops HINU women
December 5, 2004
Westminster College’s women’s basketball team defeated Haskell Indian Nations University, 70-67, in overtime on Saturday night.
Jayhawks rally, but fall in 5 games
December 5, 2004
They out-killed, out-dug, and out-blocked the Washington Huskies. It wasn’t enough.
Bryan brothers keep U.S. hope alive
American doubles team topples Spain in Davis Cup
December 5, 2004
The Bryan twins stopped Spain’s momentum in the Davis Cup final. Now it’s up to Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish.
Look who’s back
Langford breaks out of slump
December 5, 2004
The impostor who had been wearing Keith Langford’s No. 5 jersey didn’t show up for Saturday’s Kansas University-Pacific men’s basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse.
Fort Riley soldier just misses child’s birth
December 5, 2004
A Fort Riley soldier returning home from Iraq to be with his pregnant wife missed the birth of his second child by just 20 minutes after his flight was delayed.
State pharmacy board criticizes Sebelius’ drug plan
December 5, 2004
The State Board of Pharmacy criticized Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ plan to help residents acquire lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada and Europe.
Topeka judge resigns under pressure
December 5, 2004
A municipal court judge who was scrutinized for her oversight of the court has announced her resignation.
Praise heaped on horses
Neigh-sayers plentiful at parade
December 5, 2004
The annual Old-Fashioned Lawrence Christmas Parade is alive and well, and thousands of people who gathered Saturday in downtown Lawrence to watch the steady procession of decorative horse-drawn wagons were happy to see it.
Covenant marriage called ‘next step’
Law would make divorce much harder for those who sign up
December 5, 2004
Next year’s debate about how to define Kansas marriages won’t be limited to banning homosexual matrimony.
Common thread runs through recent crimes
Suicidal tendencies cited in all
December 5, 2004
One young man bought a gun and robbed banks. One went on an arson spree, police allege. One told police he beat an acquaintance in the head with a crowbar because he didn’t like him and felt disrespected.
Commander must testify about Abu Ghraib prison
December 5, 2004
A military judge on Saturday ordered the former commander of U.S. prisons in Iraq to testify at the trial of a soldier who says he was ordered to abuse detainees at Abu Ghraib.
Police arrest suspect in credit union robbery
December 5, 2004
A little more than 12 hours after a Lawrence credit union was robbed, police arrested a suspect early Saturday as he stood outside a Wendy’s restaurant near Sixth Street and Kasold Drive.
Some write-in candidates comical
December 5, 2004
It never fails. In every election, somebody writes in Mickey Mouse as the preferred candidate for every office from president to township treasurer. But the write-ins don’t end with the ultra-cheerful cartoon mouse. People write in their mother for county commissioner, their neighbor for U.S. Senate and cartoon characters ranging from Homer Simpson to Kermit the Frog.
Harold W. Jones
December 5, 2004
Book notes
December 5, 2004
¢ KU alumna named best poet of 2004 ¢ Compilation of bad jobs can make yours look good
Hunters shatter record during Missouri firearms deer season
December 5, 2004
Hunters shot a record 222,329 deer during the November segment of Missouri’s firearms deer season Nov. 13-23.
Alice Royce Pulliam
December 5, 2004
Lawrence commuter report
December 5, 2004
The following construction projects and events may affect commuter traffic in the region this week
Ministry punished for gay pastor
December 5, 2004
An urban ministry that aids the poor and homeless had its official recognition removed by Lutheran church officials in a dispute over an associate pastor who is in a lesbian relationship.
Sooners steamroll CU, stake claim to Orange bid
December 5, 2004
Any questions? Any doubt who has the best football team in the Big 12 Conference now — if ever there were any to begin with?
Alabama becomes unlikely ally in California’s medical marijuana fight
December 5, 2004
Alabama, which has some of the nation’s toughest drug laws, has become an unlikely ally of California on medical marijuana use.
Ukraine parliament declines to enact election reforms
December 5, 2004
Supporters of opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko lost a round to their foes in parliament Saturday, when pro-government lawmakers helped block legal changes intended to prevent fraud in the Dec. 26 repeat of the country’s presidential runoff vote.
Iraq car bombs kill 16
U.N. envoy: Elections can’t be held Jan. 30
December 5, 2004
Suicide car bombs struck Iraqi police and Kurdish militiamen in Baghdad and northern Iraq on Saturday, killing at least 16 people, wounding dozens, and again demonstrating the lethal reach of Iraq’s insurgency just weeks ahead of crucial elections.
E.M.U. Theatre blasts talk radio and America’s bloated theatrical mainstream
December 5, 2004
In Oliver Stone’s 1988 film “Talk Radio,” shock jock Barry Champlain plays the part of an indignant crusader who “tells it like it is” and enrages the moral majority in the process.
Moore helps secure funding for endowment
December 5, 2004
U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., has helped secure $80,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for area arts projects.
On the record
December 5, 2004
Area briefs
December 5, 2004
¢ Local book illustrator to work with students ¢ Enrollment begins for Parks and Rec ¢ Former officer sentenced in child porn cas
Chester Alden Fleming
December 5, 2004
What are you reading?
December 5, 2004
KU Opera personalizes ‘Faust’ in adaptation
December 5, 2004
Kansas University Opera will perform “The Visions of Marguerite: A Faust Project,” a creative adaptation of the well-known opera “Faust” 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Robert Baustian Theatre (formerly known as The Black Box) in KU’s Murphy Hall.
Review: ‘Talk Radio’ neatly sums up today’s media-saturated era
December 5, 2004
Barry Champlain is a profane, angry motormouth contrarian, a man willing to insult you for your opinion no matter what opinion you hold — who will, in fact, insult you for precisely the opposite reason he insulted another person five minutes ago.
Arts notes
December 5, 2004
¢ Grant will help museum digitize collection ¢ Poetry organization seeks members, entries ¢ Sketch comedy show receives four awards
Ohioans call for president recount
December 5, 2004
About 400 protesters gathered outside the Statehouse on Saturday to support a recount of the presidential election in Ohio and call for an investigation into Election Day irregularities.
Philanthropist’s legacy gets new look
Bromelsick Christmas Party makes a splash
December 5, 2004
When Lawrence philanthropist Alfred Bromelsick created an endowment more than a half-century ago to fund an annual Christmas party for Douglas county youths, he asked only that the party feature trees, carols and candy.
A writer restored
Original manuscript of Sylvia Plath’s ‘Ariel’ read in entirety for first time
December 5, 2004
British painter and writer Frieda Hughes was 35 before she was able to even glance at the poetry of her mother, Sylvia Plath, whose painfully sharp images and tumultuous life have captivated readers for decades.
Changing world is leaving U.N. behind
December 5, 2004
The global security crisis that began Sept. 11, 2001, and deepened with the American-led invasion of Iraq now resembles the multi-tentacled villain of that recent “Spider-Man” movie. Nothing seems to escape its grasp.
Need for English language classes increasing in Lawrence, state
December 5, 2004
Laleh Matinkhosrani wants to know enough English so someday she can serve up lattes at her own coffee shop. So the Lawrence resident, a native of Iran, is beefing up her language skills at the Lawrence Public Schools adult education program.
Topeka Wildlife and Parks office moving
December 5, 2004
Altruism alluring to do-gooders
December 5, 2004
I ran into this biologist the other day at the library. We’ve both worked at Kansas University for decades, and I’ve interviewed him several times about dragonflies, midges and that sort of thing.
Card readers help photographers archive, print own digital images
December 5, 2004
In last week’s “Behind the Lens,” I wrote about choosing the right megapixel sized digital camera for your needs and how to select the proper digital memory card for your camera.
Faces and places
December 5, 2004
04’s lesson: ‘It’s the partisanship, stupid’
December 5, 2004
The more the academics and analysts explore the entrails of last month’s election, the clearer and simpler the lesson becomes. As the Clinton folks might put it, “it’s the partisanship, stupid.”
Harvard outlasts weary KU
Jayhawks can’t topple Crimson; Gruber again solid
December 5, 2004
It didn’t take much for Kansas University’s swim team to defeat Houston, but the Jayhawks gave everything they had against Harvard and still came up short on the second day of a two-day triple dual meet at Robinson Natatorium.
Woodling: Miles puts on clinic
December 5, 2004
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make the nag drink. You cannot squeeze blood out of a turnip. And you sure as heck can’t make the Sphinx talk.
Notebook
December 5, 2004
Kansas University power forward Wayne Simien earned every one of his 15 rebounds Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.