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Briefly
December 12, 2004
¢ Some tried to help guitarist at nightclub ¢ Innocent man freed after 12 years in prison ¢ Governor removes nude lamp from Statehouse
Briefly
December 12, 2004
¢ Minnesota firm to manage arena project ¢ Suspect pleads guilty in death of cyclist
Briefly
December 12, 2004
¢ Grenade set off at concert, killing two ¢ Ally of premier gets nine years for Mafia ties ¢ Report: Iran, EU will resume nuclear talks
Insurgent attacks target Iraqi police officers
U.S. Marine killed in Anbar province
December 12, 2004
Insurgents pressed their attack on U.S. troops and Iraq’s security forces Saturday, killing five Iraqi police officers and wounding 14 American soldiers in a relentless effort to derail next month’s elections. A U.S. Marine also was killed in the province containing the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
Community Candidate School appeals to would-be politicians
December 12, 2004
The inner workings and behind-the-scenes details of running the city of Lawrence and its school district were unveiled in detail Saturday during a Community Candidate School.
Arafat nephew suspects foul play
December 12, 2004
Yasser Arafat’s nephew said Saturday his uncle might have died an “unnatural” death, a statement certain to renew speculation among Palestinians and in the rest of the Arab world where many already believe the late leader was poisoned despite Israel’s repeated and vehement denials.
Leinart snags Heisman
December 12, 2004
Matt Leinart replaced a Heisman Trophy winner and became one himself.
Briefly
December 12, 2004
¢ Bush declared ‘fit for duty’ after physical ¢ King march draws thousands, protesters ¢ Coast Guard says heart attack leads to fuel spill ¢ Student says God told him to kill his parents ¢ Weather again stymies cleanup of freighter spill
Christmas in Chicagoland
Season’s most dazzling gifts are found outdoors
December 12, 2004
It’s a staple of Christmastime Chicago: standing in the crowds outside the elaborate window displays of Marshall Field’s State Street store, jostling for a glimpse. A block away are Daley Plaza’s famous Picasso sculpture and annual tall tree.
Area briefs
December 12, 2004
¢ Indian mascot foes to join teach-in ¢ LMH gets money for cancer equipment ¢ Praeger elected treasurer of association ¢ Museum show examines American West
On the record
December 12, 2004
Mayer: KU needs to build cohesiveness before G-Tech, Okie State games
December 12, 2004
The Kansas basketball team isn’t there yet — to NCAA Final Four stature. But at least three carrots were hung on the end of the stick the past week to show the ambitious Jayhawks what they’re up against if they want to finish No. 1 in America in April.
Top-ranked Illini roll over Oregon, 83-66
December 12, 2004
When Luther Head came off the floor after pregame warmups, he realized he’d forgotten to put his uniform jersey on.
Briefly
December 12, 2004
¢ Fort Riley soldier gets 3 years for killing Iraqi ¢ Police arrest 14 in blast that killed 11 in market ¢ Thousands gather for anti-government rally ¢ Parliament passes no-confidence vote ¢ U.S. begins offensive against Taliban holdouts
Review: ‘Kansas Nutcracker’ a fitting local tradition
December 12, 2004
“A Kansas Nutcracker” is one of those events that can put you in awe of Lawrence’s artistic resources.
Pet post
December 12, 2004
Shots finally fall for Mizzou against Montana
December 12, 2004
Linas Kleiza has waited and waited, expecting it to happen this season.
Stores selling lead jewelry toxic to children
December 12, 2004
Some jewelry your kids get from the nation’s largest retailers could cause brain damage and even wipe points from their IQ, researchers have found.
Kellerman wreaks havoc on 160 division
LHS junior wins title at Eudora
December 12, 2004
During this weekend’s Eudora Tournament of Champions, Lawrence High junior wrestler Nolan Kellerman had one thing on his mind: his one-point loss a year ago in the 160-pound championship match.
Tonganoxie survives Wellsville, 37-36
December 12, 2004
Kirk Rodell scored 23 points Saturday, and the most important was the very last.
Briefcase
December 12, 2004
¢ U.S. productivity soars compared with Europe ¢ Agency growth insures need for new office ¢ Name that company
The Motley Fool
December 12, 2004
¢ Last week’s question and answer ¢ Foolanthropy ¢ Stuffing the channel ¢ Still waiting ¢ The Fool take
Doctors say Yushchenko poisoned
December 12, 2004
Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko was poisoned with dioxin, doctors said Saturday, adding that the highly toxic chemical could have been put in the opposition leader’s soup, producing the severe disfigurement and partial paralysis of his face.
71-year-old psychiatrist aided soldiers in Iraq
December 12, 2004
After spending three months in Iraq, it’s not memories of the 120-degree heat or sounds of explosions that haunt psychiatrist Paul Hill.
People
December 12, 2004
¢ Report: Jackson and accuser’s prints found on pornography ¢ Moore lobbies for award ¢ Pepper channels sports icons ¢ Verdi’s house up for sale ¢ Five-card stud with Pam
Americans should mend red-blue rift
December 12, 2004
Veterans remember Christmases as POWs
December 12, 2004
Memories of Christmas in prisoner of war camps are still strong for many Lawrence World War II veterans.
Notebook
December 12, 2004
Arts notes
December 12, 2004
¢ E.M.U. Theatre to have auditions ¢ New artist joins Fields Gallery ¢ Youth musicians wanted for K.C. competitions
Viable alternatives
It may be time to try different ways to help high school students who need some extra support.
December 12, 2004
There’s more than one way to address educational needs.
Ukraine, Russia ready for democracy
December 12, 2004
For those of us who witnessed the joy and the drama of the end of communist rule in the Soviet Union, the last decade has been disappointing.
Traditions make Christmas special for families
December 12, 2004
This year’s Christmas season got off to an unusual start because husband Ray and I actually selected a tree without getting into a fight. Our speedy agreement on a 10-foot white pine — too tall for me, too short for Ray — even surprised our friend Bob, who is advertising his “8th ‘last’ year” of selling Christmas trees at his farm south of town. Of all the traditions Ray and I have established, our annual “Fight before Christmas” over the tree has been the most enduring.
Commentary: Hey, don’t forget college basketball
December 12, 2004
The college basketball season has been under way for about a month.
Self, not Cajuns, ragin’
Jayhawks feel coach’s wrath despite rout of Lafayette
December 12, 2004
Kansas University’s basketball fans were enthused, to say the least, at halftime of the Jayhawks’ 96-51 rout of Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The guy whose opinion matters the most, however, was not.
Woodling: Freshmen big men not impressive
December 12, 2004
Sasha Kaun missed three point-blank shots under the basket. Kaun also bricked all three of his free-throw attempts. C.J. Giles played 10 minutes and didn’t retrieve a single missed shot. Not even an errant free throw.
Lawrence boys falter in Shootout finals
December 12, 2004
Things started getting sticky for Lawrence High when a manager spilled a bucket of Gatorade at halftime of the Blue Valley Shootout championship game.
Soldiers pen thoughts of war
December 12, 2004
From Mosul, Iraq, soldier Ryan Alexander wrote a poem about a pregnant cat, “a happy distraction” that he fed from prepackaged military meals. Ignoring warnings from medics, Alexander put on a plastic glove and petted the wild creature, “who may be the one true heart and mind that America had won over.”
Veterans pour experiences into art
December 12, 2004
Ehren Tool never fired a gun in the Persian Gulf War. When his Marine buddies went trophy hunting in the trenches, he stayed put, warned by his Vietnam veteran dad not to seek out the naked face of war.
Andrew ‘Murry’ Smith
December 12, 2004
Profit-driven future of news isn’t pretty
December 12, 2004
Have you had enough bad news?
Horoscopes
December 12, 2004
Poet’s showcase
December 12, 2004
Arts notes
December 12, 2004
¢ ‘Winter Beckons’ singers to perform ¢ Local glassblower featured in new sculpture reference
State bird counts under way
December 12, 2004
Kansas Ornithological Society’s statewide bird counts began today and there are three contacts in the area.
Ex-doctor to finish sentence at home
December 12, 2004
A former emergency room doctor serving a jail sentence for harassing and stalking patients can finish out his term at home, a judge ruled.
More homeowners look to pros for holiday lights
December 12, 2004
A new federal study estimates that nearly 17,500 people went to emergency rooms over the last three years after hurting themselves while putting up holiday decorations.
Editor seeks to reinvent liberalism
December 12, 2004
Some liberals simply cannot control their insuppressible reflex to look down their upturned noses at the American electorate. Writing in The American Prospect, a liberal monthly of which he is co-editor, Robert Kuttner, in a thoughtful analysis of Democrats’ difficulties developing a distinctive values vocabulary, argues that “when Democrats fail to articulate pocketbook issues as values, class resentments become cultural ones,” and Republicans prosper. Then, in his penultimate paragraph, his own cultural resentments against the American majority, as he imagines it, drive him into a ditch:
Lasting memory
December 12, 2004
Wins, losses
December 12, 2004
Line of fire
December 12, 2004
Missouri’s trout parks open winter weekends
December 12, 2004
Winter can mean gray skies and cabin fever, but for trout anglers, the stretch between November and March is full of bright spots.
KWF sponsoring youth essay contest
December 12, 2004
Youths ages 12 through 15 who live in Kansas are invited to submit essays for the Kansas Wildlife Federation’s contest. The theme is “Why I’m Proud to Hunt.”
Long-distance travel raises risk of forming blood clots
December 12, 2004
My mom is coming to visit for the holidays from the East Coast. She’s older, 81, a bit overweight, but in basically good health. Should she be OK to fly or are there some dangers we should be aware of?
Jay-Z named president of Def Jam
December 12, 2004
Jay-Z, who has declared himself retired from his rap career, now has a new job to occupy his time — president and chief executive of the Def Jam record label.
Review: Bonnie Rideout is nerve center of her Celtic crew
Musicians bring early Christmas to Lawrence
December 12, 2004
Great musicians don’t always play well with others. Virtuosity can be a lonely gift, after all. It demands the spotlight and recognizes few peers.
Put your back into it
Raising children can be hazardous to parents’ physical health without taking precautions
December 12, 2004
Erin Brady thought it was no big deal to carry her then-13-month-old son Kyle across a parking lot so she could show him off to a friend.
Drunken drivers’ brains flash on, off
One-of-a-kind study looks at neural activity of people trying to drive while intoxicated
December 12, 2004
Researchers at Yale University Medical School and the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Conn., have taken a pretty good look at what happens in the brain of a drunken driver.
Mother’s nightmare offers hope on holiday
December 12, 2004
A mother always knows. Sally Ewing knew something was horribly wrong with her son on Christmas Eve in 1944. Allan Ewing, an Army 1st lieutenant, was fighting in the Battle of the Bulge during that holiday season 60 years ago.
Arkansas River legal battle costly for Kansas
Much of Colorado’s $29M payout already spent on litigation
December 12, 2004
A dispute of more than a century doesn’t end cheaply. A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has cleared the way for Colorado to pay Kansas $29 million for depleting water from the Arkansas River that should have flowed to southwestern Kansas.
Petition to keep LAHS open coming up short of signatures
Present, former students to bring show of support to school board
December 12, 2004
A petition drive started by former and current Lawrence Alternative High School students has fallen far short of the initial goal of 5,000 signatures. But the group hopes USD 497 Supt. Randy Weseman will still heed its warning about overhauling the district’s alternative education program.
Media’s DNA checked in BTK probe
Journalists cooperating with Wichita police in homicide investigation
December 12, 2004
Randy Brown thought it was the right thing to do when the Kansas Bureau of Investigation asked him to submit to a DNA swab as part of the search for the serial killer known as BTK.
Lawrence biographer’s Condoleezza Rice book in demand
December 12, 2004
Antonia Felix said she never expected to be Condoleezza Rice’s only biographer. When her book “Condi: The Condoleezza Rice Story” was released in 2002, she assumed it would be the first of many to hit the shelves.
Lawrence commuter report
December 12, 2004
Cajuns lament trip to Kansas
Yes, there are second thoughts from coming here’
December 12, 2004
Louisiana-Lafayette’s men’s basketball team didn’t enjoy its stay Saturday night in Lawrence, partly because of the 96-51 pounding it took from Kansas University, and partly because it didn’t really want to be here in the first place.
Pittsburg State falls in title game
Valdosta State rallies past Gorillas for 36-31 victory
December 12, 2004
Valdosta State rallied to win its first NCAA Division II championship Saturday, with Fabian Walker throwing two touchdown passes and running for another score in the Blazers’ 36-31 win over Pittsburg State.
Yesslith, Indians dominate Hillsdale Bible
December 12, 2004
Cita Yesslith had 14 points, and Samantha Pete added 13, leading the Haskell Indian Nations University women’s basketball squad to a 67-41 victory Saturday over Hillsdale Bible College.
Colleges deliver admissions in person
December 12, 2004
Credit card and mortgage companies promise customers an answer “while you wait” on loan applications. Now, more and more colleges are doing the same: visiting high schools and letting applicants know their admissions fate right on the spot.
Couple’s conflicts intensified near end
Professor, attorney struggled with many issues before slaying
December 12, 2004
Carmin D. Ross was a seeker: an attorney by training who became interested in alternative medicine, fell in love with a new man midway through life and dreamed of leaving Kansas and moving to California to become a healer.
K-State blasts UMKC
December 12, 2004
Megan Mahoney scored 15 points, and No. 25 Kansas State limited Missouri-Kansas City to just three in the last 11 minutes of a 63-31 victory Saturday.
Oskie wins
December 12, 2004
Taylor King and Jessica Layden each scored nine points, pacing Oskaloosa High to a 38-27 victory over Doniphan West at the Delaware Valley League basketball tournament.
Late bucket lifts Junction City past Firebirds
December 12, 2004
Free State High’s girls basketball team ran out of time Saturday in the finals of the Bonner Springs Invitational. Junction City hit a basket with 1.3 seconds left and escaped with a 46-44 victory.
FSHS swimmers 12th at Olathe Invite
December 12, 2004
Free State High’s boys swimming squad placed in a tie for 12th place Saturday at the 15-team Olathe Invitational.
Sixth Street project drives development
West Lawrence booming with possibilities
December 12, 2004
The ongoing reconstruction of Sixth Street already is driving development at the northwestern edge of Lawrence, and it is shifting plans into high gear for dozens of new businesses and hundreds of new homes during the next decade.
Gift cards popular present
Financial experts warn consumers about hidden costs
December 12, 2004
Scott Black started looking at purchasing gift cards a couple of years ago when he realized how much it cost to ship holiday presents to customers and family.
Corporate America self-serving
December 12, 2004
It was three years ago that Enron Corp. filed for bankruptcy, ushering in the “post-Enron era” that optimists hoped would curb corporate sin.
Shoppers should ask about fees
December 12, 2004
The Treasury’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and a number of state consumer agencies suggest that consumers look into the terms and conditions on gift cards before they buy.
Saddam’s illicit trade no secret to U.S.
December 12, 2004
Saddam Hussein was dead broke, the result of U.N. penalties. Or so it was thought.
Review: Best-selling ‘London Bridges’ is poorly written
December 12, 2004
At some point, people are going to catch on. James Patterson’s once-intriguing mystery novels have deteriorated into a series of overblown yarns whose deficiencies are sometimes masked by pacing. Even that is essentially artificial; Patterson writes two- or three-page chapters so that, like eating salted peanuts, you more or less automatically keep turning pages and fail to notice that the contents of these mini-chapters are substandard.
Nativity book, music mix races for heavenly harmony
December 12, 2004
It’s a very different take on a beloved Christmas song and the greatest story of all time. And it’s a version every child needs to see and hear.
What are you reading?
December 12, 2004
Only in Lawrence
Series to explore what makes city unique
December 12, 2004
There’s a T-shirt on the wall of Henry’s coffee shop in downtown Lawrence bearing a map of Kansas.
Bargoing artist captures after-hours Lawrence
December 12, 2004
There’s something intoxicating about Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s 1890s painting “At the Moulin Rouge.”
Relatives lean on one another, thank Lawrence
December 12, 2004
The family of a slain Douglas County woman says it’s too early to talk publicly about details of the case. But Carmin D. Ross’ parents and sisters said in interviews last week they wanted to thank people in Douglas County for helping them in the months since Ross’ killing in November 2003.
Search renewed for security chief
Kerik apologizes to president for withdrawing
December 12, 2004
The White House renewed its search for a homeland security chief Saturday as the candidate President Bush thought ideal apologized for an immigration problem involving a family housekeeper that forced him to withdraw.
Desktop digital printers efficient
BEHIND THE LENS
December 12, 2004
Last week I wrote about taking your digital memory cards to a photo-processing lab to get prints made. If you would like to make your own prints, the technology is readily available, not too expensive and fairly easy to use. Most modern consumer desktop digital printers can easily produce 4-by-6-inch photo album-sized prints equal in quality to those done at photo labs. In fact, several manufacturers are making compact printers designed specifically to use with their cameras for these small prints.
Weis, Notre Dame nearing deal
Report: Patriots’ offensive coordinator agrees on contract
December 12, 2004
Notre Dame was close to hiring New England Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis as its new coach, a university source said Saturday night, but the deal was not complete and still could fall apart.
Best sellers
December 12, 2004
Faces and places
December 12, 2004
Kidd streak ends, but Nets roll
December 12, 2004
Richard Jefferson didn’t care that Jason Kidd failed to assist on a basket for the first time in his 11-year career.
Legendary battle unites neighbors
WW II vets didn’t realize just how much they shared
December 12, 2004
When the German Army launched its last major offensive of World War II, 60 years ago this month, top Allied commanders were stunned.
Kansan enjoys ‘eccentric’ yard art
December 12, 2004
Driving the streets of northwest Victoria, it’s hard not to notice Don Weber’s striking yard.
Commentary: Hunters forget they’re amateurs, deer are pros
December 12, 2004
There were four tower blinds in the pasture where Bill Glendening sat shivering in a cold, misty rain. Glendening could see one of the cozy, dry towers from his makeshift ground blind.
Put emotion aside
December 12, 2004