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State high court judge recuperating
December 9, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 2:06 p.m.) Kansas Supreme Court Justice Robert Gernon of Lawrence is recovering at home after having a kidney removed, court spokesman Ron Keefover said.
Murder hearing: Defense tries to strike body language testimony
December 9, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 11:59 a.m.) The fourth day of the preliminary hearing for a Kansas State University professor charged with first-degree murder started this morning with the defense trying to discredit the testimony of one of the state’s witnesses.
Warm today, but cold front sweeping in tonight
December 9, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 9:05 a.m.) Ken Jennings probably know the answer is “What’s an Alberta Clipper?” But if you’re not a Jeopardy super-contestant, Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist, can fill you in — that’s what you call the quick-moving Canadian cold front that will sweep into the Lawrence area tonight.
School priorities
December 9, 2004
Special place
December 9, 2004
Lake potential
December 9, 2004
Study: Military waste near reservations at dangerous levels
December 9, 2004
The last major push by the U.S. Army against American Indian tribes took place in the late 1800s. But a new report finds the military still poses a danger to American Indians.
A year of change
Sponsorship, diversity, rule changes played big role
December 9, 2004
This week, That’s Racin’ begins its look back at the top stories of the NASCAR season. Today, David Poole reviews the stories he ranks sixth through 10th. Next week, we’ll look at the year’s five biggest stories.
Changes appeal to Junior
December 9, 2004
Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he believed he and his cousin, Tony Eury Jr., each could enjoy more success in NASCAR now that they no longer were on the same team.
Analysis: Drivers share lessons learned about this year’s Chase
December 9, 2004
Apparently, NASCAR will never learn the obvious lessons about its annual awards ceremony. Clearly, it’s dumb to ask a Nextel Cup driver to read from a TelePrompTer or yuk it up with a comedian who’s been rented for the evening.
People
December 9, 2004
¢ Usher dominates at Billboard Awards ¢ Dick Clark has mild stroke ¢ Riverses return to red carpet ¢ Actresses’ earnings assessed ¢ Casualties of ‘War’
Area soldiers understand frustration but say blame doesn’t fall on secretary
December 9, 2004
Questions about inferior equipment fired at Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld by disgruntled National Guardsmen were unfair, according to a former Eudora man who is an Army Reserve colonel.
Protesters jubilant as Ukraine approves electoral changes
December 9, 2004
Thousands of demonstrators who’d blockaded government buildings here to protest alleged electoral fraud celebrated in the streets Wednesday after parliament approved changes intended to ensure a free and fair presidential runoff vote Dec. 26.
Saudi media campaign changing minds on terror
December 9, 2004
The five men who attacked the U.S. consulate are being vilified by some Saudis as criminals, not lauded as heroes, even though they targeted the offices of a country that remains unpopular among many Arabs.
Powell solicits European support
December 9, 2004
Eager to ease America’s international burdens, Secretary of State Colin Powell urged European allies to step up cooperation in support of U.S. efforts concerning terrorism and conflicts from the Middle East to South Asia.
Commodities
December 9, 2004
Needed support
December 9, 2004
Stewart’s post-prison job: TV host
December 9, 2004
Martha Stewart will revive her daily homemaking show next September, this time with a live audience, celebrity guests and the help of “The Apprentice” producer Mark Burnett, it was announced Wednesday.
Biotech crops take root outside U.S.
December 9, 2004
Biotech crops are flourishing in the United States, but they’re also taking root across the globe, accounting for about $44 billion in crops in five leading countries, according to a report Wednesday by an industry group.
Chiefs close to decision on Holmes
December 9, 2004
Priest Holmes consulted with doctors and team officials Wednesday amid signs the standout running back may be done for the year.
Sooners hold off Purdue
December 9, 2004
With Oklahoma struggling and Purdue charging, Sooners coach Kelvin Sampson had a simple answer.
LHS swimming takes fourth
December 9, 2004
Although Wednesday’s team scores might not have reflected it, Lawrence High coach Ryan Adams said the Lions were vastly improved over last week’s season-opening home quad.
Daily ticker
December 9, 2004
Our town sports
December 9, 2004
Charges filed against Pacers, fans
Artest, O’Neal, Jackson, Harrison, Johnson cited
December 9, 2004
Pontiac, Mich. — Five Indiana Pacers and five fans were charged Wednesday for fighting during the melee that broke out at the end of a nationally televised game against the Detroit Pistons last month. Players Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson, David Harrison and Anthony Johnson were charged with one count of assault and battery in one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history. Jermaine O’Neal, a three-time NBA All-Star, was charged with two counts of assault and battery. All the fans were charged with misdemeanor assault and battery, including Pistons player Ben Wallace’s brother, David. Bryant Jackson also was charged with felony assault for throwing a chair into the fray, Oakland County prosecutor David Gorcyca said. The misdemeanor carries up to three months in jail and a fine of up to $500, and the felony carries up to four years in prison. Gorcyca, however, said the players and fans probably would face probation and fines if convicted. Gorcyca singled out spectator John Green, who faces two assault counts and, the prosecutor said, “single-handedly incited this whole interaction between the fans and players and probably is the one that’s most culpable.” Green is accused of throwing a cup at Artest, splashing him and sparking the brawl. John Ackerman and William Paulson, each facing an assault charge, also were accused of throwing cups in players’ faces. In addition, two men were charged for walking onto the court at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Police said other fans could be charged, too.
A labor of love for Heidi Klum
December 9, 2004
Heidi Klum got her start in fashion through a German modeling contest and now she’s returning the favor: She is the host and executive producer of “Project Runway,” Bravo’s new TV series that promises to pick the next hot fashion designer.
Publicist spat has celebrities taking sides
December 9, 2004
A dispute between two of the entertainment industry’s most powerful publicists has stolen a bit of the spotlight normally reserved for their high-profile clients.
Houseplants will survive
December 9, 2004
It’s no wonder houseplants are looking ill these days, after having basked outdoors in summer sun and breezes, their leaves washed in rain. Think what a change they’ve had to endure, brought indoors to dim light, dry air and perhaps chlorinated municipal water.
Pet cell phones are more than a novelty
December 9, 2004
New technologies are promising to make pet identification tags and neighborhood posters a thing of the past in finding a lost pet.
On the record
December 9, 2004
Reavis services
December 9, 2004
Clarice Brewer Mulford
December 9, 2004
Stephen C. Currie
December 9, 2004
Roy P. Barnes
December 9, 2004
KU gets $2.4 million energy grants
December 9, 2004
Kansas University researchers will receive nearly $2.4 million in federal research funds for projects relating to oil production, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Wednesday.
Prayers answered for Vinland nativity Jesus
December 9, 2004
The call for babies to portray Jesus in the Vinland United Methodist Church’s 29th annual living nativity has been answered — and then some.
KU students find downtown vibrant
Class offers suggestions for improvement
December 9, 2004
A healthy balance of local and corporate-owned businesses in Lawrence has helped keep downtown healthy.
Audit: Child support program slipping
December 9, 2004
Participation in a program that provides job training to parents who owe child support has decreased since it became the responsibility of the Department of Economic Development, according to an audit released Wednesday.
Jurors ponder Westar case
December 9, 2004
Jurors in the federal fraud trial of two former Westar Energy Inc. executives spent their first full day deliberating the case Wednesday before leaving for a four-day break.
Auction goof could land Wichita in court
December 9, 2004
A Wichita man is suing the city over a mistake that put donated pieces by an accomplished sculptor on the auction block.
Allan V. Miller
December 9, 2004
Audit criticizes Medicare help line
Changes already in place at Pearson’s Lawrence call center, company says
December 9, 2004
The people who answer Medicare’s telephone help line gave accurate responses to questions less than two-thirds of the time, according to a congressional investigation made public Wednesday.
Living with regret: Friend looks back at 1999 drunken-driving accident
Haskell event honors students killed
December 9, 2004
The exchange of words lasted only a few seconds. “We’d all been partying, and A.J. was in the back of the pickup that had the keg in it,” recalled Jerry Clown, a good friend of A.J. White Bull, one of three Haskell Indian Nations University students killed in the early morning crash that remains one of Lawrence’s worst-ever alcohol-related accidents.
Troops pepper Rumsfeld with hard questions
Soldiers bemoan lack of proper armor on Iraq-bound vehicles
December 9, 2004
Anxious troops awaiting deployment to Iraq peppered U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with questions during his brief visit to their camp in the Kuwait desert Wednesday, demanding to know why U.S. forces were still being sent into the violent country with insufficient protection against deadly insurgents.
Witness: Suspect noted ‘all the blood’
Murray allegedly said he was researching murder to write ‘CSI’ screenplay
December 9, 2004
A key witness testified Wednesday that a Kansas State University professor charged with murdering his ex-wife said in a telephone conversation, “All I see is the blood, all the blood.”
Intelligence reform bill sent to Bush
Sweeping changes put relics of Cold War to rest
December 9, 2004
The Senate overwhelmingly approved the intelligence restructuring bill Wednesday and sent it to the White House where President Bush is expected to sign it into law next week, setting in motion the first major changes in the U.S. intelligence community since the CIA was established in 1947.
New breast cancer drug shows better results
December 9, 2004
A newer drug prevented far more breast cancers from recurring in older women than the old standby tamoxifen and with far fewer side effects, doctors said Wednesday, citing a new study.
E. Verne Moore
December 9, 2004
Real costs
December 9, 2004
Festive flora
Folklore, traditions made these plants mainstream
December 9, 2004
Ever wonder why holly, ivy, mistletoe, poinsettias and Christmas roses became the accouterments of choice for holiday decor? It seems that for some folks the festive spirit of the season just isn’t complete without one or more of these tried and true floras placed strategically around the home. Indeed, it’s hard to look at the star-shaped formation of brilliant crimson poinsettia foliage or tiny red berries against a backdrop of waxy green holly leaves without thinking of Christmas. But just how did this handful of plants become so sought after?
Numbers show child poverty on rise in Douglas County
Lunch program figures put rates even higher than census
December 9, 2004
Poverty among school-aged children increased slightly in Douglas County in 2002, but was down across the state, according to estimates released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.
State studying Oklahoma law to stop meth labs
December 9, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and top law enforcement officials Wednesday said Kansas needed a law similar to one in Oklahoma that has been credited with cutting in half methamphetamine production in the Sooner State.
Christmas tree mystery at county courthouse solved
Online readers speculated about holiday decor’s whereabouts
December 9, 2004
Festooned with the usual blinking lights and a red bow as a topper, it’s hard to believe this Christmas tree could be the source of so much discussion.
Area briefs
December 9, 2004
¢ Leaders announced for House committees ¢ Cut cable affects Sprint customers ¢ No one injured in train derailment in Ottawa ¢ Kansas University sets final exams
Blowin’ out the ‘Winds
Jayhawk defensive pressure befuddles Westerwinds
December 9, 2004
Three assists. That’s all Western Illinois managed. And two came in the last minute and a half. “We played real good defense,” Kansas University point guard Erica Hallman understated after the Jayhawks had humbled the Westerwinds, 58-41, Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
Heisman finalists: two Sooners, two Trojans and a Ute
December 9, 2004
Jason White has a chance to join Archie Griffin as a two-time Heisman Trophy winner.
Deuce’ back in the fieldhouse
TCU guard Dougherty tickled to play in Allen, his ‘dream’ venue
December 9, 2004
As a fifth-grader, Neil “Deuce” Dougherty played H-O-R-S-E against such former Kansas University basketball standouts as Paul Pierce, Raef LaFrentz, Scot Pollard, Jacque Vaughn and Jerod Haase.
KU punter honored
December 9, 2004
Kansas University punter Kyle Tucker has been named to the Freshman All-Big 12 Conference team by The Sporting News. Tucker, a native of Katy, Texas, averaged 40.1 yards per punt in 2004, taking over full-time duties in mid-September. Fifteen of his boots landed inside the 20-yard line.
NAACP leader to step down
President pleased with Lawrence membership resurgence
December 9, 2004
When Janis Cobbs steps down today from her position as Lawrence NAACP president, it won’t be for lack of success.
Pulliam services
December 9, 2004
Kentucky dusts Morehead State, 71-40
Wildcats limit instate rival to fewest points since 1978-79
December 9, 2004
A strong defensive effort helped Kentucky overcome poor shooting against instate rival Morehead State on Wednesday night.
Pollack nabs Lombardi Award
December 9, 2004
Georgia defensive end David Pollack won the Lombardi Award as the nation’s top college lineman Wednesday night, one year after being a runner-up for the honor.
Sonics halt Spurs’ 21-game home win streak
December 9, 2004
Tim Duncan can be added to the list of those who believe the Seattle SuperSonics are for real.
Manning subdued about TD record chase
Colts quarterback needs four touchdown passes to tie Marino
December 9, 2004
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning would rather talk about anything but himself. That isn’t going to happen this week.
Abstract paints America by numbers
December 9, 2004
Americans are on the road more than ever. Drivers in a typical household log enough miles every year to travel between New York and Los Angeles almost eight times — 21,200 miles.
Iraq injuries less lethal, more traumatic than other wars’
December 9, 2004
For every American soldier killed in Iraq, nine others have been wounded and survived — the highest rate of any war in U.S. history.
Does plagiarism still exist?
December 9, 2004
At lunch the other day a university professor told me that when he grades student papers, he almost always feels obliged to “google” them before giving them a grade.
Quality wax jacks worth more than $800
December 9, 2004
A wax jack often goes unrecognized by today’s collectors.
6Sports video: Eudora playing with new look
December 9, 2004
Cardinals fans have gotten used to a team led for four years by Lauren Kracl. Now Kracl’s playing volleyball at Missouri Western, and Eudora is still planning to make a run in the postseason.
Planning split?
Luckily, an emotional proposal to split the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission appears to be going nowhere.
December 9, 2004
County Commissioner Jere McElhaney is pretty upset with the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission. In fact, he’s so upset, he wants to see the commission revert to separate bodies, one for the city of Lawrence and one for all the unincorporated parts of the county.
Debunking attempt to blame Powell
December 9, 2004
As fighting continues in Iraq 19 months after the fall of Baghdad, with more U.S. troops en route, some of the war’s biggest proponents are putting out a new story line to deflect blame.
Briefly
December 9, 2004
¢ At least five dead in nightclub shooting ¢ Butane lighters banned from airliners ¢ Black history museum receives first funding ¢ Three killed in crash of NASA commuter van
Commentary: Steroids scandal means little to fans
December 9, 2004
It’s all about hitting the target audience. That’s how we elect presidents. That’s how we market movies.
McLouth’s Hester tapped Coach of Year
2004 Journal-World All-Area football team
December 9, 2004
McLouth hasn’t had a winning football season since 1998, hasn’t reached the state playoffs since 1996 and hasn’t won a league title since 1994. Despite years of futility, the Bulldogs have big plans for 2005.
One-time suspect in killings pleads not guilty to threatening judge
December 9, 2004
Gregory Breeden, once suspected in the deaths of seven women whose bodies were dumped in the Missouri River, has pleaded not guilty to a federal charge of threatening a judge.
Vera Agnes Moffitt
December 9, 2004
Briefcase
December 9, 2004
¢ Bush keeps Snow as treasury secretary ¢ Vioxx withdrawal to cut Merck profits ¢ Retiring senator plans line of camping gear ¢ Investors return after two-day selloff
Horoscopes
December 9, 2004
Briefly
December 9, 2004
¢ Chess champ youngest since Bobby Fischer ¢ Disgraced financier’s diamonds auctioned ¢ Van driver sought for blaze questioning ¢ Fish kill blamed on red tide algae
City basketball capsules
December 9, 2004
¢ Lawrence High boys vs. Ralston, Neb. ¢ Free State girls vs. Lansing ¢ Free State boys at Olathe South ¢ Seabury boys at Saint Marys
Magnifying God
KU composer’s Magnificat follows footsteps of musical giants
December 9, 2004
It’s a key moment in Scripture when Mary, visiting her cousin, Elizabeth, praises God and rejoices that she will give birth to Jesus, the Son of God.
Abortion protester seeks review of case involving fetus signs
December 9, 2004
Attorneys representing abortion protesters arrested three years ago after displaying large photographs of aborted fetuses near a busy Kansas City intersection want the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their appeal.
Photo: Pooch patrol
December 9, 2004
Issue of rights
December 9, 2004
Hawks evicted from nest on N.Y. apartment building
December 9, 2004
They can’t go home again, but on Wednesday two world-famous hawks evicted from their nest atop a posh Fifth Avenue building were trying to do just that.
Apprentice’ down to final cuts
December 9, 2004
Only four contestants and two episodes remain for “The Apprentice” (8 p.m., NBC). Last May, “The Apprentice” was the most buzz-worthy show on network television, and featured the brazen Omarosa, the most talked-about primetime villainess since the heyday of “Dallas” and “Dynasty.”
Don’t leave mower off your winter chore list
December 9, 2004
Here it is, the first full week of December, and we’ve already had to shovel snow. But we can still rake leaves and mow the lawn. Although winter has not officially arrived, many garden chores are coming to an end. It is time to wrap up last-minute tasks and put away power equipment for the winter. Here are a few tips to help you successfully store your lawn mower this season:
Illustrator visiting schools
December 9, 2004
You could say Stephen Johnson picks up ideas for book illustrations off the street.
Jayhawks to hang Bridges’ jersey
December 9, 2004
The Dennis Rodman of his era, Bill Bridges owned the backboards during his Kansas University men’s basketball career.