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Arctic conditions cool off Lawrence
December 14, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.) An icy blast from the north brought arctic-like conditions to Lawrence this morning. Shortly before 7 a.m., the city’s wind chill was 2 degrees, the same temperature recorded this morning at the North Pole. “This is the coldest we’ve been in 303 days,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
A little history
December 14, 2004
U.S. bully
December 14, 2004
Silver linings
December 14, 2004
Community effort
December 14, 2004
America should leave U.N.
December 14, 2004
In college days, I was aware of them. They were the fringe, and beyond the fringe, who believed fluoridation of the public water supply was a communist plot to poison us; Dwight Eisenhower was a closet communist; the Trilateral Commission and Council on Foreign Relations were part of the drive toward “one world government”; Jewish bankers ran the world economy and the United States should get out of the United Nations.
Lax prosecution aids ID theft
December 14, 2004
Last week, I almost bought two luxury cars in New York City. Well, the cars were actually for a nephew and his friend. In this exceedingly generous act, I not only qualified for Uncle of the Year but as the latest victim of identity theft — one out of an estimated 10 million each year. Like many such victims, my identity was stolen when my Social Security number was pilfered from my employment files — in this case, CBS News, where I have worked as legal analyst.
GM, DaimlerChrysler team up
Automakers plan to develop fuel-saving hybrid engines
December 14, 2004
General Motors Corp. and DaimlerChrysler AG are teaming up to develop fuel-saving hybrid engines in hopes of cashing in on an expanding market already dominated by hybrid leaders Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co.
Investors see takeover as sign of improving economy
December 14, 2004
Investors pushed stocks substantially higher Monday as Wall Street greeted the Oracle-PeopleSoft merger and a climb in retail sales as signs of continued economic improvement. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index set a new post-9-11 high.
Canada’s Bombardier fires chief executive
December 14, 2004
Bombardier Inc., the world’s third-largest aircraft manufacturer and biggest rail equipment maker, fired its chief executive officer Monday in a move that analysts said increased investor uncertainty about the company’s direction.
Holiday gifts feed off adage “Families that play together stay together”
December 14, 2004
Imagine the scene: Presents litter the den. Torn wrapping paper and ribbons everywhere. No matter the age, family members survey the loot, gleefully overwhelmed by the visual feast before them. Any guilt over material excess is dismissed by the dilemma to choose what to read, what to build and what to play with first.
Duran Duran takes center stage in VH1 special
December 14, 2004
Three years into an unlikely comeback, Duran Duran is taking center stage in several ways.
Scott Peterson gets death penalty for murder
December 14, 2004
Repelled by Scott Peterson’s seeming lack of sorrow and remorse, a jury decided Monday that he deserved the death penalty for murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, almost exactly two years ago.
High school writers receive national attention
December 14, 2004
More than 200 creative writing manuscripts from Lawrence High School’s creative writing program were published in the past school year, and many writers garnered national attention.
Pinochet indicted on human rights charges
December 14, 2004
A Chilean judge, known for pursuing human rights violators, indicted former dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet on Monday on charges of kidnapping nine political dissidents and killing one of them during his 17-year military regime.
Kansas GOP sees transfer of power
District conventions select conservative leaders over moderates
December 14, 2004
Conservative Republicans apparently have swept control of the state party in recent district conventions.
KU insect collection specialist recalls 47 years that fluttered by
December 14, 2004
When Joetta Weaver started working for Kansas University in 1957, she didn’t have any particular feelings toward insects.
Soldier receives special message during Big 12 Championship
December 14, 2004
Haskell Indian Nations University employee Nathan Anderson admitted he was a bit reluctant to haul the sign to Arrowhead Stadium for the Big 12 Championship game between Oklahoma and Colorado.
Lawrence couple honored to receive KSU Alumni Assn.’s top citation
December 14, 2004
A Lawrence couple were still giddy with excitement Monday after receiving the top award given to Kansas State University alumni this weekend.
In the halls
December 14, 2004
What hobbies do you have?
Four Trojans named All America
Heisman Trophy winner Leinart tops AP list
December 14, 2004
Southern California is No. 1 in All-Americans, too.
Officials get crash course in crisis management
December 14, 2004
A severe snowstorm, a flu outbreak and a Kansas University basketball player dying of meningitis.
Forum focuses on technology’s political influence
December 14, 2004
The latest technology is taking elections to new heights when it comes to real-time, instant measurements of public opinions and the way information about candidates and issues is presented over the Internet.
Westar jury completes 2nd day of deliberations
December 14, 2004
Jurors in the federal fraud trial of two former Westar Energy Inc. executives finished their second day of deliberations Monday without issuing a verdict.
Bush taps EPA chief for post in Cabinet
December 14, 2004
Michael Leavitt, President Bush’s choice to be secretary of Health and Human Services, may have to cut billions of dollars from the government’s mammoth health programs for the elderly, poor and disabled to pare the budget deficit.
War costs skyrocket as supplies fall behind
Pentagon to seek $100 billion for emergency spending plan
December 14, 2004
In muddy gravel lots, along weedy railroad tracks and in grassy fields, the flotsam of war is washing up at a sprawling Army-run repair post: 5- and 10-ton trucks, road graders, coils of tank track, and Humvees by the score, doors pocked with shrapnel scars, windows riddled with bullet holes or frosted white by explosive heat, their fenders gashed by rocket-propelled grenades, their crews’ names still etched on the windshields.
Report: U.S. ignored AIDS drug warnings
December 14, 2004
Weeks before President Bush announced a plan to protect African babies from AIDS, top U.S. health officials were warned that research on the key drug was flawed and may have underreported severe reactions, including deaths, government documents show.
Ukraine takes over poisoning investigation
December 14, 2004
Ukraine’s outgoing government sought Monday to control the inquiry into the poisoning of presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko, with officials close to the government taking charge of both investigations into who tried to harm or kill the leader of the “Orange Revolution.”
People
December 14, 2004
¢ Regis to fill in for Dick Clark ¢ ‘Apprentice’ advice ¢ All that jazz
Gordon named to All-America third team
December 14, 2004
Kansas University cornerback Charles Gordon culminated his spectacular sophomore season by earning a new prefix for his name: All-American.
KU youth clinic on tap
December 14, 2004
Kansas University’s men’s basketball players will conduct their annual holiday clinic from 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Allen Fieldhouse.
KU’s Francis among coach-of-year finalists
December 14, 2004
Kansas University soccer coach Mark Francis has been named central region coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Assn. after guiding the Jayhawks to the most successful season in school history.
Wake Forest trips Temple
December 14, 2004
With two starters on the bench, Wake Forest had a different look against Temple.
Illinois, KU still top two
December 14, 2004
Illinois and Kansas remained 1-2 atop the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today men’s basketball polls Monday.
Chanute Christian at Veritas
December 14, 2004
Veritas Christian’s boys basketball team (3-1) will try to run its winning streak to four games in a row at 5 p.m. today at Haskell. … The Eagles haven’t played since a 38-33 victory over Topeka Hyman Brand on Dec. 6. … Veritas trailed 19-13 at halftime of the Hyman Brand game before pulling off a second-half rally. … Mark Randtke led Veritas with 18 points. … Veritas plays its final game before the winter break at 7 p.m. Friday at Topeka Cornerstone.
McCain blasts Rumsfeld’s handling of Iraq
December 14, 2004
U.S. Sen. John McCain said Monday that he had “no confidence” in Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, citing Rumsfeld’s handling of the war in Iraq and the failure to send more troops.
Datebook
December 14, 2004
House members’ status for session still uncertain
December 14, 2004
Two incumbent House Republicans are still working to figure out their status for the upcoming Legislative session as one continues to recover from illness, while the other prepares for a year in Iraq.
On the record
December 14, 2004
Israel to withdraw troops during Palestinian election
December 14, 2004
Israel’s defense minister said Monday that Israeli troops would withdraw from Palestinian areas for 72 hours during next month’s Palestinian presidential election, signaling that a deadly attack on an Israeli army outpost hasn’t stopped fledgling peace efforts.
Producers hope Mary Poppins will work magic on London stage
December 14, 2004
Mary Poppins is back — and producers hope she retains her magical powers.
Ghosts of Christmas cheeseballs past haunt cable
December 14, 2004
Fans of the lavish, tacky and sparkly specials of yesteryear should not miss “The Christmas Special Christmas Special” (7 p.m. Bravo), a cheeky appreciation of the holiday television tradition narrated by Carson Kressley.
NFC playoff field could include loser
Carolina could be best of bad conference
December 14, 2004
In 1982, the NFL season was shortened to nine games by a strike, and the playoffs were expanded to 16 teams, including a pair that went 4-5.
Jayhawks’ hot start helped by sizzling shooting, home games
December 14, 2004
Shooting has been a strength of Kansas University’s men’s basketball team during the first six games of the nonconference season.
Audit: Faculty earn more, teach less
Higher education officials find fault with new state audit
December 14, 2004
More faculty, making more money and spending less time teaching.
Golden Globe nominees announced
December 14, 2004
The Golden Globes are shaping up as a reprise of “The Jamie Foxx Show.”
Two released from KU hospital after accident
December 14, 2004
Two people injured Friday afternoon in a rollover accident east of Lawrence have been released from University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.
KU officials say compromise possible
Pact’s proposed changes receive mixed response from neighborhood groups
December 14, 2004
Kansas University officials are willing to compromise — to a point — on a contentious agreement that would govern how the KU campus could grow near area neighborhoods.
Briefcase
December 14, 2004
¢ Comic-book characters make wireless play ¢ Geico fights Google in trademark case ¢ Honeywell to buy Novar for $1.7 billion ¢ Boeing lifts dividend
Around the nation
December 14, 2004
¢ Sinclair drawing nationwide protest ¢ Chief justice bows out of some cases ¢ FBI reports murders down first half of year ¢ Electoral delegation casts votes for Bush
Finally, Oracle inks $10 billion PeopleSoft deal
Merger ends rivals’ longtime feud
December 14, 2004
Ending 18 months of bad blood, Oracle Corp. raised its takeover bid for bitter rival PeopleSoft Inc. by 10 percent to seal a $10.3 billion deal that will create the world’s second-largest maker of business applications software.
New self-identity key to Iraq’s future
December 14, 2004
The tangibles of war are the realm of armies that capture towns, beachheads or hilltops. The intangibles of conflict are the work of thinkers such as Ghazi Yawar, Iraq’s interim president. Happily, Yawar is crisp of mind and phrase.
6Sports video: City schools participate in preseason tournaments
December 14, 2004
Lawrence High boys and Free State girls advanced to champsionhip games, but did not clinch the titles.
Briefly
December 14, 2004
¢ School board decides bond issue outline ¢ 20-year-old reports rape at Lawrence party ¢ Lawrence couple’s gift aids social work program
Edward E. Gates Sr.
December 14, 2004
Double Take: Parents’ trust of teen must be earned
December 14, 2004
Dear Dr. Wes & Jenny: I made a lot of senior friends when I was a sophomore in high school. Now that they’ve all graduated, I’m getting invites to a bunch of college parties. My parents don’t like the idea of me hanging out with them anymore. How can I convince them to trust me? — 16 1/2-year-old girl
Daily ticker
December 14, 2004
Martinez picks Mets over Boston
Pedro headed to Big Apple with four-year deal; Brewers acquire Lee from White Sox
December 14, 2004
Pedro Martinez picked the New York Mets over the Boston Red Sox, and the Chicago White Sox dealt Carlos Lee to Milwaukee for Scott Podsednik and a reliever on Monday as baseball’s annual winter meetings finished with many top players still searching for teams.
Around the world
December 14, 2004
¢ Reform candidate wins presidential runoff ¢ EU, Iran launch next phase in negotiations ¢ Sudan’s Darfur rebels boycott peace talks ¢ Protestant leader breaks with government
NFL briefs
December 14, 2004
¢ Urlacher to have MRI ¢ Plummer faces fine
LAHS students make final plea
Weseman outlines new alternative high school program at board meeting
December 14, 2004
Nine people opposing the upcoming closing of Lawrence Alternative High School spoke at Monday night’s Lawrence school board meeting, bringing tears, passionate speeches, 1,578 signatures and a baby.
Protest letter sent to board
December 14, 2004
Dissenting members of the Kansas State Board of Education’s science standards committee sent a letter Friday to board members expressing disagreement with the committee’s current draft.
Briefly
December 14, 2004
¢ Police investigate rape, abduction near club ¢ Sentencing delayed for convicted murderer ¢ Judge denies motion to suppress evidence ¢ Patrol seeks fuel deals
Retail report raises hope for holidays
Sales increase in November
December 14, 2004
America’s shoppers still have some buying spirit, pushing sales at the nation’s retailers higher in November and raising hopes for the holiday season.
Stitch niche
Lawrence teens catching on to knitting
December 14, 2004
It started showing up in popular teen magazines like YM and Seventeen. Then kids on TV were doing it, too.
Suicide bomber linked with al-Qaida kills 13 Iraqis in Baghdad
Two more Marines killed in action
December 14, 2004
An al-Qaida-linked suicide bomber blew up his vehicle Monday near cars waiting to enter the Green Zone, home to the U.S. Embassy and Iraq’s interim government, killing 13 Iraqis on the anniversary of Saddam Hussein’s capture.
Photo: Cart with a view
December 14, 2004
What?
December 14, 2004
It is folly for anyone to contend that our safety and security are as strong as they need to be.
Motorola shares rise on Sprint-Nextel talk
December 14, 2004
Motorola Inc.’s shares bounced back Monday after falling sharply at the end of last week amid conflicting views on how the telecommunications equipment maker would fare if Sprint Corp. bought Nextel Communications, its largest customer.
New science standards may include intelligent design
State board revisits evolution
December 14, 2004
The smoldering embers of the evolution debate that brought international attention to the Kansas State Board of Education could be fanned back to flame as the panel takes up its triennial review of public school teaching standards.
KU corrals Pittsburg QB
Meier fourth in line of football brothers, including Titans TE
December 14, 2004
The biography of Tennessee Titans tight end Shad Meier on the NFL Players Assn. Web site now has Kansas University football fans drooling.
Woodling: Jayhawks, Cowboys among unbeaten
December 14, 2004
From the drum-beating office of the Big 12 Conference came this breathtaking news Monday: The Big 12 has more undefeated men’s basketball teams than any other league in the country.
Music City classic
Chiefs’ late rally seals win
December 14, 2004
Two of the league’s most disappointing teams put on quite a show in prime time.
Horoscopes
December 14, 2004
Shaq scores 40 in Heat victory
O’Neal picks up slack for injured buddy Wade
December 14, 2004
Shaquille O’Neal kept his word to injured teammate Dwyane Wade on Monday night.