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Welcome goodbye
Just how easy is it to do harm to our food supply?
December 11, 2004
Good question. With friends like Tommy Thompson, why do we need enemies? Thompson is the outgoing Secretary of Health and Human Services. In discussing his departure from office recently, he commented: “I, for the life of me, cannot understand why the terrorists have not, you know, attacked our food supply, because it is so easy to do.”
Sporting example
December 11, 2004
Ban roundabouts
December 11, 2004
Farsighted policy
December 11, 2004
Congress expands watch lists
December 11, 2004
Anyone who works at an airport or aboard a cruise ship will have his identity checked against government watch lists, just like commercial airline passengers.
Briefly
December 11, 2004
¢ 100-year-old receives seminary degree ¢ Weather hampers work to stem freighter oil spill ¢ Fewer teens engaging in sex, study finds ¢ Peterson jurors wrap up 2nd day of penalty talks ¢ USDA tickets company behind ‘Siegfried & Roy’ ¢ Defense blames wife in slaying of banker ¢ Court allows church to use hallucinogenic tea ¢ Body of county official found beneath house ¢ Battery shipments banned from airlines ¢ Ford Escape, CR-V rate well in side crash tests ¢ A bomb hits army truck in market; at least 11 die ¢ Sixteen killed in crash of military plane ¢ Bar group says Mugabe should face justice ¢ U.S. Embassy: Message threatens attacks ¢ African Union reports cease-fire violations ¢ Report: China detains leader of defiant church ¢ Powell promoting reform in Islamic world ¢ Authorities pull 74 U.S. youths from schools ¢ Gunman gets 10 years for assassination plot ¢ King’s daughter to join anti-gay marriage rally ¢ Ailing chief justice plans to swear in president ¢ Prisoner abuse case moved to Fort Hood ¢ 600,000 Durango, Dakota trucks recalled ¢ Orange, grapefruit crops will be smallest in years ¢ Leader hails democracy in re-election speech ¢ Judge OKs settlement in sniper lawsuit ¢ Head of Islamic group reportedly captured ¢ University dismisses top child psychiatrist ¢ Army crews mistook jet before downing it
Analysts tout Sprint-Nextel potential
Stocks climb on merger reports
December 11, 2004
Wall Street was abuzz Friday over a potential merger between Sprint and Nextel, though the companies declined to comment on a slew of news reports that they were negotiating to create a combined cellular provider to rival Cingular Wireless and Verizon Wireless in size.
BitTorrent’ software threatens film industry
Program allows users to share large files such as movies, games
December 11, 2004
Bram Cohen didn’t set out to upset Hollywood movie studios. But his innovative online file-sharing software, BitTorrent, has grown into a piracy problem the film industry is struggling to handle.
Ragin’ Cajuns invading Kansas
Louisiana-Lafayette hoping to make impression
December 11, 2004
The guy driving Louisiana-Lafayette’s team bus Friday was surprised to hear of the school’s unique nickname. “Our bus driver had no idea what Ragin’ Cajuns are,” first-year coach Robert Lee said Friday after pulling into Lawrence for tonight’s nonconference contest against Kansas University (7 p.m., Allen Fieldhouse).
Shiite candidate bloc raises fears of civil war in Iraq
December 11, 2004
The naming of a bloc of Shiite Muslim candidates that’s likely to sweep upcoming national elections is heightening worries that the vote will divide a war-torn country and push it to civil war.
MU pulls plug on eBay sale of arena signs
December 11, 2004
Two signs bearing the former name of the University of Missouri-Columbia’s new basketball arena were for sale on eBay this week before the school demanded they be returned.
A sober Tommy Chong takes the stage in ‘Marijuana-Logues’
December 11, 2004
It was pot that made him famous and pot that helped put him in prison. So it seems only natural that Tommy Chong’s first big gig since leaving the joint would be in a play called “The Marijuana-Logues.”
Blending traditions
Celebrating Jewish, Christian holidays honors family’s past
December 11, 2004
Anyone who enters the front door of the west Lawrence home of David Brown and Mary Klayder quickly observes that holiday celebrations are a little different here. In the family’s music room just off the entry hall, careful hands have decorated a festive Christmas tree, strung with strands of twinkling, white lights and a glowing star on top.
Tips for blending faiths
December 11, 2004
The winter holiday season isn’t always easy for interfaith families. Here are some tips to help those who find themselves struggling to remain true to the religions of both parents:
Lawrence bishop to move to Utah
December 11, 2004
Bishop Thomas Gill, of Lawrence 2nd Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recently accepted employment in Utah.
Greek Orthodox Church celebrates centennial
December 11, 2004
2004 is but a blip on the timeline of Orthodox Christianity, which traces its beginnings to the apostles, its unification to the Roman Emperor Constantine in the 4th century and its liturgy to St. John Chrysostom 200 years later.
Arts Note
December 11, 2004
¢ Free State winter formal set for 8 p.m. today
First Mass. gay divorces filed
December 11, 2004
Less than seven months after same-sex couples began tying the knot in Massachusetts, the state is seeing its first gay divorces.
Outgoing chancellor to get $125,000 in deferred pay
December 11, 2004
Martha Gilliland, who will resign as chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City on Jan. 1, will receive $125,000 in deferred compensation this spring even though she failed to stay at the school long enough to qualify for the bonus.
Indian Center to ask for city’s help
December 11, 2004
The Mid-America All-Indian Center, saddled with $150,000 in debt and behind on its taxes, will ask the city of Wichita for more money — and help with managing it.
Engagements
December 11, 2004
Club news
December 11, 2004
Scouting news
December 11, 2004
4-H and FCE News
December 11, 2004
Two arrested in armed robberies
Lawrence residents await charges in county jail; police expect more arrests
December 11, 2004
Two men arrested in connection with area armed robberies — including the invasion of an apartment and an attack on a teenager — had their bail set, but weren’t formally charged Friday.
Holmes vows to return next season
Chiefs running back ‘definitely 100 percent’ sure he’ll play
December 11, 2004
Despite a knee injury that ended his season, Priest Holmes says he is “definitely 100 percent” planning to be back for 2005.
Army speeding up armor production
December 11, 2004
The Army entered negotiations with an armor manufacturer Friday in an effort to accelerate production of armored versions of the Humvee to get them to the troops more quickly, Army and company officials said.
Lawrence construction nearing a 10-year low
New subdivisions provide some relief
December 11, 2004
Building activity in Lawrence is on track to hit a 10-year low in 2004 as a shortage of available lots for new home construction and lack of large construction projects have left builders hungry for work.
Murray ordered to trial in killing
Last day of hearing focuses on blood, police interview
December 11, 2004
Defense attorneys for a Kansas State University professor asked members of the public to stay open-minded after a judge’s ruling Friday that there’s enough evidence to try the professor for first-degree murder.
Faculty singled out in scalping talk
December 11, 2004
Ticket scalping, particularly by Kansas University faculty members, was the big topic of discussion Friday at a meeting of the Kansas University Athletic Corp. advisory board.
Whooping Cough diagnosed at school
39 cases reported in northeast Kansas
December 11, 2004
Parents of West Junior High School students were informed Friday that one of their children’s classmates had been diagnosed with whooping cough and a second student could be infected.
Cabinet nominee withdraws name
Homeland security pick cites ‘nanny problem’
December 11, 2004
In a surprise move, former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik abruptly withdrew his nomination as President Bush’s choice to be homeland security secretary Friday night, saying questions have arisen about the immigration status of a housekeeper and nanny he employed.
Court to decide death penalty case
December 11, 2004
The Supreme Court waded into a fierce international debate Friday over how the United States prosecutes foreigners in death penalty cases, agreeing to hear the case of a Mexican man in an unexpected move that expands the court’s examination of fairness in capital punishment.
Cancer test shows whether chemo will work
December 11, 2004
A genetic profiling test already on the market accurately predicts which breast cancer patients will benefit from chemotherapy and which won’t, giving women a powerful tool to help decide whether to undergo the ordeal, scientists report.
K.C. man charged in random shootings
December 11, 2004
A night of heavy drinking after Thanksgiving dinner fueled a random shooting rampage that left two women dead, prosecutors said in charging a Kansas City man with their deaths.
Godfather of Soul’ says he has prostate cancer
December 11, 2004
James Brown, the “Godfather of Soul” and a legend in rap, rock and funk, has announced that he has prostate cancer.
Four injured in one-car accident
Mother, 2-year-old daughter treated, released from LMH
December 11, 2004
Four people were injured Friday afternoon when a car rolled over in Douglas County.
Biracial daughter describes life, Thurmond in new book
December 11, 2004
The biracial daughter of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond more than once confronted her father over his racist politics, but cherished their relationship and ignored pleas from her family that she expose her parentage.
Drums hail first female African Nobel laureate
December 11, 2004
To the beat of African drums, Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai received her Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, telling the audience of royals, celebrities and diplomats that protecting the world’s resources is linked to halting violence.
Witnesses’ testify on global warming
December 11, 2004
A Nepalese Sherpa fears his mountain valley will be flooded by melting glacier runoff high in the Himalayas. A Fiji islander frets about rising sea levels, while villagers cope with the destruction of mangrove swamps in India.
On the Record
December 11, 2004
Betty Jean Long
December 11, 2004
Virgil Pistole
December 11, 2004
Edna ‘Lorie’ Corbin
December 11, 2004
Fourth life term given to killer
December 11, 2004
A man previously sentenced to life terms for killing three people — including one whose flesh he cooked and ate — was given a life sentence Friday for a separate murder.
Three KU soccer players honored
Jayhawks land trio of All-Americans
December 11, 2004
The most successful season in Kansas University women’s soccer history has led to the greatest honor for three Jayhawks.
Sources say KU’s Toomey has left team
December 11, 2004
Kansas University football linebacker Gabriel Toomey has left the team, sources have told the Journal-World and 6News.
LHS girls hammer Wyandotte
December 11, 2004
Led by Sydney Wilson’s 15 points and Kayla Nolte’s 15 rebounds, Lawrence High’s girls basketball team defeated Kansas City Wyandotte, 54-31, Friday at Wyandotte.
HINU women win, 67-45
December 11, 2004
Haskell Indian Nations University’s women’s basketball team had fun running and gunning to a 67-45 victory over Southwestern Christian Ministries on Friday.
Bulldogs pull away
Baldwin boys score 35 points in fourth quarter of 76-70 victory
December 11, 2004
It was a fourth quarter to remember, and it propelled Baldwin High’s boys basketball team from a deep deficit to a 76-70 victory over Kansas City Turner on Friday night.
Pleasant Ridge 76, McLouth 29
December 11, 2004
Cody Cook’s 10-point performance wasn’t enough, as McLouth fell to Pleasant Ridge in the Delaware Valley League Tournament.
Wathena 42, Oskaloosa 29
December 11, 2004
A sluggish second half doomed the Bears in the Delaware Valley League Tournament at Benedictine.
Jefferson North 61, McLouth 22
December 11, 2004
A slow start doomed McLouth in the Delaware Valley League Tournament. Jefferson North built a 12-2 lead after one quarter and never looked back, cruising to the win.
Chanute 52, Tonganoxie 50, OT
December 11, 2004
Addie Heim scored 16 points, and Ali Pistora added 15, but it wasn’t enough for Tonganoxie in the third-place game of the Central Heights tournament.
Santa Fe Trail 61, Wamego 58
December 11, 2004
A 25-point third quarter propelled the Chargers to victory Friday night.
PC-controlled lights automate holiday ritual
December 11, 2004
It’s a chore that can quickly chill the warmth of the holiday season: Trudging outside each winter night to unplug the lights, deflate the blowup snowman and shut off the rest of the outdoor extravaganza. If you don’t want to leave everything on all the time and pad the electric company’s profits there’s now a relatively inexpensive way of remotely controlling the power without having to rewire the house.
Commodities
December 11, 2004
In ‘relief’ to nation, Italian premier found not guilty of corruption charges
December 11, 2004
A court cleared Premier Silvio Berlusconi of corruption charges in his long-running trial Friday, sparing Italy the embarrassment of having its leader convicted of bribing judges.
Historic flight ends in Vietnam
December 11, 2004
United Airlines became the first U.S. carrier to fly to Vietnam since the war ended nearly 30 years ago, marking a new milestone in relations between the former enemies as VIPs were greeted at the airport with lotus blossoms and silk lanterns.
Roethlisberger nearing record
Steelers QB can match team mark for consecutive wins
December 11, 2004
Ben Roethlisberger still hasn’t lost an NFL game or played an entire NFL season, yet he’s closing in on a feat only one other quarterback in Pittsburgh Steelers history has accomplished.
Wade, O’Neal power Heat past Grizzlies
December 11, 2004
Shaquille O’Neal was perfectly content watching his teammates taking virtually every Miami shot in the middle two quarters. But with the game on the line, he simply took over.
People
December 11, 2004
¢ Stars on tap for Nobel event ¢ Koch honored on his 80th ¢ Richie put on tape-delay ¢ Birthday: Sen. John Kerry
U.S. funds helped Ukraine opposition
U.S. defends gifts as boosting democracy
December 11, 2004
The Bush administration has spent more than $65 million in the past two years to aid political organizations in Ukraine, paying to bring opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko to meet U.S. leaders and helping underwrite exit polls indicating he won last month’s runoff election.
Friend says nightclub shooter was obsessed with band
December 11, 2004
The man who shot former Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott and three other men to death at a nightclub was obsessed with the heavy metal band and made bizarre accusations against the group, a one-time friend said.
Religion briefs
December 11, 2004
6Sports video: Lady Firebirds to play in finals
December 11, 2004
The Free State girl’s basketball team made it into the finals of the Bonner Springs Invitational, which is the first for the team. On Friday night, the Firebirds routed Topeka Seaman, 43-36.
6Sports video: Free State boys place third in tournament
December 11, 2004
The Free State boy’s basketball team took third place at the Olathe South Invitational after beating Bishop Miege, 77-57, on Friday in Olathe.
Weekend features NASCAR dads, Santa’s sons
December 11, 2004
If they gave out Emmys for the small screen’s most smoldering squint, Barry Pepper would win hands down for his portrayal of the late NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt in “3” (8 p.m. Saturday, ESPN).
Briefcase
December 11, 2004
¢ Serologicals to offer 4.2 million shares ¢ AIMCO aiming for student market ¢ Boeing lands leases for Venezuelan airline ¢ Stocks edge lower on economic worries
Faith forum
December 11, 2004
What is the Bhagavad Gita, and what is its significance?
Local briefs
December 11, 2004
¢ Free State winter formal set for 8 p.m. today ¢ Officer 43rd Fort Riley soldier killed in Iraq ¢ Donations needed for holiday dinner
Officials hope brand draws tourists to state
Lawrence firm picked for promotional effort
December 11, 2004
Most people — without ever having set foot on the tallgrass prairie, having heard a “Rock, Chalk” chant or having watched a brand new plane take off from Wichita — have formed an image in their minds of Kansas.
Fort Riley soldier pleads guilty to killing wounded Iraqi teen
Troops had said they were putting victim ‘out of his misery’
December 11, 2004
A U.S. soldier pleaded guilty at his court-martial Friday to killing a severely wounded 16-year-old Iraqi male during fierce fighting in Baghdad’s impoverished Sadr City neighborhood, the military said.
Friends recall coach Brown’s tenure for ESPN documentary
December 11, 2004
It was a reunion, of sorts, of the Lawrence folks associated with Larry Brown back when he was Kansas University’s men’s basketball coach. And it was convened by ESPN.
NBA’s next big thing?
High school junior compared to James
December 11, 2004
Greg Oden might be the next LeBron James. Indiana, North Carolina, Michigan State, Arkansas and Wake Forest are among the schools that have recruited the 7-foot high school junior. Other schools haven’t bothered because they figure he’ll go directly to the pros.
Ultimate gym rat now among nation’s best
All Georgia Tech’s Jack needs to be happy is a basket and a ball
December 11, 2004
Jarrett Jack used to sleep with a basketball. It was the last thing he thought about at night, the first thing on his mind when he woke up in the morning.
Gwendolyn Darlene Allen
December 11, 2004
Kansas high school basketball scores from Dec. 10
December 11, 2004
Around and about
December 11, 2004
History offers perspective on presidents
December 11, 2004
Presidents in their first terms worry about how the public views them. Presidents in their second terms worry about how history views them. That’s why an intriguing poll finding (and that sure is a phrase a poll-weary nation will regard as contradictory) may offer hints to the nature of the second term of the George W. Bush presidency.
Wind not best power alternative
December 11, 2004
It’s popular these days to talk about producing much more of our electric energy from wind generation, as a clean way to reduce both greenhouse-gas emissions and our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.
Notre Dame situation a bit comical
December 11, 2004
Notre Dame has become Michigan State, a football program trying to keep its head above the internal political cesspool.
KU prof to guide Capitol discourse
December 11, 2004
Burdett Loomis, long-time outside observer of Kansas politics, will now be on the inside. Loomis, chairman of the Kansas University political science department, was named director of administrative communications for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday.
Simons: Absence of KU, city from funding list is cause for concern
December 11, 2004
Two recent press releases from the offices of Sens. Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback listed funding approved by the Senate in the omnibus budget bill and later approved by President Bush.
Moody mania, KU return to court tonight
December 11, 2004
“The Pass” that rocked Allen Fieldhouse on Thursday night didn’t exactly take the country by storm. Forward Christian Moody’s no-look pass from the post back over his head to a wide-open J.R. Giddens — who swished a three-pointer in the second half of Kansas University’s 94-73 win over TCU — was ranked ninth on ESPN’s daily top 10 list of sports highlights.
Barr back for Eudora Tournament of Champions
December 11, 2004
Eudora High wrestler Josh Barr might have to get some new cheerleaders. Despite pinning his third straight opponent Friday night in his first meet back from a leg injury, one of Barr’s classmates wasn’t quite satisfied with the senior’s effort on the first day of the Eudora Tournament of Champions.
FSHS girls have shot at first title today
December 11, 2004
Free State High’s girls basketball team today will try to claim a regular-season tournament title for the first time in school history.
KU football tickets will cost more in ‘05
December 11, 2004
Ticket prices for reserved seats for 2005 Kansas University football games have been spiked. Tickets for nonconference games have been boosted from $30 to $35 and tickets for Big 12 Conference games from $35 to $45.
OU’s White would be 2nd Heisman repeat
December 11, 2004
Archie Griffin wouldn’t mind sharing his claim to fame. The former Ohio State tailback is the only player to win two Heisman trophies, receiving his second in 1975.
Missouri plagued by poor shooting, low attendance
December 11, 2004
Surprising losses, offensive struggles, an unsatisfied fan base: It all keeps going wrong for Missouri.
Lawrence Datebook
December 11, 2004
Photo: Cardinal cruises
December 11, 2004
More than mild
December 11, 2004
Horoscopes
December 11, 2004
OPEC approves cutting oil production
December 11, 2004
Seeking to keep prices up without having them explode, OPEC agreed Friday to reduce its daily oil output by 1 million barrels a day — and reserved the right to cut deeper early next year if crude turns much cheaper than now.
Something to sing about
Song-and-dance man’s first novel lands movie deal
December 11, 2004
Author Marc Acito can spot them a city block away, the real-life counterparts to the drama geeks that populate his fizzy first novel, a coming-of-age caper set in deepest suburbia.
Society calendar
December 11, 2004
People and Places
December 11, 2004
Kansas City Head Start giving up federal grant
$18 million surrendered after audit reveals debt
December 11, 2004
The city’s largest educator of low-income preschoolers has relinquished its $18 million federal Head Start grant after audits revealed the agency was millions of dollars in debt, officials said Friday.
Lions advance to finals
Sizzling start paces LHS to 60-52 semifinal win
December 11, 2004
A dominating first quarter was all that it took for Lawrence High’s boys basketball team to defeat Blue Valley, 60-52, in the Blue Valley Shootout on Friday and advance to today’s championship game against Lee’s Summit (Mo.) North.
Firebirds secure third place
December 11, 2004
Brady Morningstar’s wrist injury didn’t hurt Free State High’s offense Friday night. It might even have made the Firebirds more dangerous.
Ex-Cyclone Haluska burns former mates
December 11, 2004
Adam Haluska saw the red in the Iowa State uniform he once wore and went off. Haluska scored 20 points against his former team, hitting four three-pointers, and No. 17 Iowa fended off a late run by the Cyclones for a 70-63 victory Friday night.
Weddings
December 11, 2004