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Health care commission gets to work
December 15, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.) A newly appointed group charged with reducing Kansas health care costs started work today.
Light flurries possible tonight
December 15, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 8:58 a.m.) Don’t be surprised if you see a touch of feathery winter white stuff tonight. “We do have that chance of a flake of snow tonight,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. But for the most part, the clouds that roll through today and tonight will leave the area dry.
6Sports video: Firebird grapplers have reason for optimism
December 15, 2004
The Free State wrestling team finished sixth and eleventh in its first two meets this year, but considering the level of competition at those two events, the Firebirds have no reason not to be optimistic.
6Sports video: Cardinals split against Silver Lake
December 15, 2004
The Eudora boys, led by Mark Abel, held their own against the Eagles, but the Silver Lake girls trampled the competition Tuesday night.
Briefly
December 15, 2004
¢ Archdiocese reverses church closure ¢ Andrea Yates appealing murder verdict ¢ Democrats’ recount lawsuit rejected ¢ Muslim scholar resigns from Notre Dame job ¢ Color-coded alerts need review, Ridge says ¢ Mother arrested in 4-year-old’s death
Briefly
December 15, 2004
¢ Train collision kills 37 ¢ U.N. peacekeepers roll into Aristide stronghold ¢ Terrorists reportedly training in Iraq ¢ Allegations made in N. Korea kidnappings ¢ Military says foreigners detained in Chechnya
Briefly
December 15, 2004
¢ Orange Revolution takes to road ¢ Penguin chicks may starve to death ¢ Opposition demands new elections ¢ Ex-Guatemalan official charged with genocide
Briefly
December 15, 2004
¢ Mom cites Bible quote in baby’s killing ¢ Study links mercury in vaccines to autism ¢ Mechanized cutouts subbed for bell ringers
State lobbyists back push for campaign finance reform
December 15, 2004
A group of Kansas lobbyists Tuesday urged state leaders to push for campaign finance reform aimed at providing more public disclosure.
Eudora fire chief dismissed
December 15, 2004
More than four months after he was arrested for damaging a room at an Olathe hotel where he was attending a party, Spencer McCabe was fired Tuesday as Eudora’s fire chief.
Cookie classics
Baked goods say a bit about personality
December 15, 2004
If we are what we eat, then our tastes in Christmas cookies may be the window to our souls. Through the years I have become convinced that the Christmas cookies we choose to bake and eat — a decision that is as personal and individualistic as they come — are an expression of who we are.
Eva has upper hand on ‘Model’
December 15, 2004
While this season of “America’s Next Top Model” (7 p.m., UPN) has felt like a letdown, we’ll all have to adjust to the fact that personalities like last season’s Shandi come but once in a reality TV lifetime. Nobody’s ever going to top her transformation from Rexall-shelf-stacking duckling to hot-tub-loving swan. And maybe that’s a good thing.
U2, O’Jays top list of Rock Hall of Fame inductees
December 15, 2004
Irish rockers U2, R&B singers The O’Jays and soul balladeer Percy Sledge are among five musical legends to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the foundation’s 20th annual induction ceremony next year, the organization announced Monday.
Briefcase
December 15, 2004
¢ U.S. trade deficit hits record high ¢ Blockbuster Inc. to drop late fees ¢ Bombardier cuts 51 jobs in Wichita ¢ Applebee’s promotes executive to president ¢ Merck to eliminate 5,100 positions
Fed nudges interest higher, doubling rate in six months
Quarter-point increase lifts confidence on Wall Street
December 15, 2004
The Federal Reserve on Tuesday raised interest rates for the fifth time since June and signaled it was likely to keep pushing them higher at a “measured” pace in the new year.
Not funny
December 15, 2004
Changes sweep America
December 15, 2004
Just because there won’t be any change in the White House next year doesn’t mean there hasn’t been any change in the country — and that there won’t be even more change in the remaining four years of the Bush administration.
Eudora splits twinbill with Silver Lake
Abel boys give relative plenty to cheer about in 64-51 EHS victory; Cardinals’ girls thumped, 61-30
December 15, 2004
Eudora High boys basketball coach Scott Stein might not want to admit it, but he’s known for his booming voice.
Bush awards Medals of Freedom
Tenet, Bremer draw criticism for 9-11, overseeing Iraq
December 15, 2004
President Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday to three figures who were central to his Iraq policy, former CIA Director George Tenet, former Iraq administrator L. Paul Bremer and retired Gen. Tommy Franks.
Santa Baby’s identity wraps up mystery
December 15, 2004
The Santa Baby mystery has been solved. When Bill and Tara Vereen took notice in Monday’s Journal-World of an unidentified mystery Christmas baby, they immediately knew the child. It was their 6-year-old son, Drew.
County to consider preservation plan for courthouse
December 15, 2004
A preservation and maintenance plan for the Douglas County Courthouse could soon be in place.
Parish uses kitchen skills to benefit families, church
December 15, 2004
The Rev. Mick Mulvany has been baking nearly all his life.
Ex-Barton County coach indicted
Wolf accused of illegally providing financial help
December 15, 2004
A federal grand jury has indicted former Barton County Community College coach Ryan Wolf on charges that he illegally provided financial help and false academic credentials to several athletes, including former Missouri guard Ricky Clemons.
More abuse of Iraqis revealed
December 15, 2004
Marines in Iraq conducted mock executions of juvenile prisoners last year, burned and tortured other detainees with electrical shocks, and warned a Navy medic they would kill him if he treated any injured Iraqis, according to military documents made public Tuesday.
Lake View Manor fails inspection again
State officials ‘exploring options’ after finding three cases of actual harm
December 15, 2004
For the third time in as many years, Lake View Manor nursing home has failed a major state inspection.
Google offers five libraries funding to digitize materials
Kansas University not selected, but open to idea of putting documents online
December 15, 2004
Kansas University isn’t digitizing its library collection. But university officials would be open to the possibility — especially if someone else foots the bill.
Loyalty tops fresh ideas in Bush Cabinet
December 15, 2004
President Bush’s second-term Cabinet choices pronounce a clear preference for continuity and control. The striking thing about his reshuffle is the priority he has given to familiarity and loyalty over fresh ideas and novel perspectives.
Bobcats top their predecessors
Okafor propels Charlotte past New Orleans
December 15, 2004
Emeka Okafor went to the free-throw line with a chance to give the city of Charlotte much-needed closure.
Horoscopes
December 15, 2004
City briefs
December 15, 2004
¢ Autopsy pending on man found in alley ¢ KU butterfly expert reports mountain lion ¢ Thieves go after mail ¢ County prosecutor tapped for Statehouse ¢ School boundary line panel refines proposal ¢ Democratic Party elects new county officers
Injuries thrust Johnson into starting lineup
December 15, 2004
Larry Johnson is going from the doghouse to the starting lineup.
Mr. ‘Get it done’ Giddens
Sophomore refining skills as defenses strive to stop long-range shooting
December 15, 2004
Personable, outgoing, flamboyant J.R. Giddens, who has been known to do some talking on the basketball court, has been listening a lot this season, too.
Woodling: Recruiting preps pays off eventually
December 15, 2004
In this world of now, in this contemporary what-have-you-done-for-me-lately mentality, retrospectives are as exciting as a two-day-old burrito.
People
December 15, 2004
¢ Cheering on co-stars ¢ Eminem eBay alert ¢ Not so old ¢ ‘Sideways’ director Payne’s Cornhusker homecoming ¢ Queen for a day ¢ He’ll be back — onscreen ¢ Schooltime with Cosby
KU butterfly expert reports mountain lion
December 15, 2004
A Kansas University biologist most noted for his study of monarch butterflies was tracking much bigger, but more elusive, game recently just west of Lawrence — a mountain lion.
City briefs
December 15, 2004
¢ Dog bite case resolved without ‘Judge Judy’ ¢ ECKAN relocates central, housing offices ¢ KU sets final exams
Highest bidder
The listing of dozens of KU basketball tickets for sale on eBay apparently doesn’t sit well with athletic officials.
December 15, 2004
Oh, the irony.
Image woes
Overcoming the results of a recent state audit will be a tall order for state university officials.
December 15, 2004
A state audit indicating that state university faculty members are teaching fewer students than they were 20 years ago while reaping salary increases that exceed the inflation rate is “flawed,” according to a Kansas Board of Regents official, and presents an “incomplete picture,” according to a Kansas University leader.
More is needed
December 15, 2004
School change
December 15, 2004
Deadly toxins
December 15, 2004
Right priority
December 15, 2004
Morality is issue
December 15, 2004
RB Jones starring as Lions reeling
Rookie’s back-to-back 150-yard outings proving doubters wrong
December 15, 2004
The Detroit Lions have been looking for a running back since Barry Sanders suddenly retired five years ago.
So. Miss. stifles North Texas
December 15, 2004
Michael Boley was supposed to blitz, but pulled up in a timely moment of recognition, poised to jump for the screen pass he suspected was coming his way.
Duke recovers for rout
Blue Devils punish UIC; Louisville rolls
December 15, 2004
For the second straight game, Duke overcame a slow start to win in a rout.
Ottawa U. softball signs Firebird
December 15, 2004
Free State senior Ashley Wagner picked a college. Now all she has to do is get ready to play.
Veritas cruises past Chanute Christian
December 15, 2004
Chanute Christian defeated Veritas in last year’s KCAA state championship basketball game. Things were different Tuesday night at Haskell’s Tecumseh Gym.
Santa Fe Trail boys rout Ward; Perry, Oskaloosa swept
December 15, 2004
Santa Fe Trail High took an early lead, and then increased it as the game went on in its 62-33 boys basketball blowout Tuesday of Kansas City Ward.
Oskie athlete to row at KSU
December 15, 2004
Jessica Layden has played three sports for Oskaloosa High. She’ll take up a fourth in college.
Mangino confirms Toomey’s departure
December 15, 2004
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino made it official Tuesday: Gabriel Toomey will not return for his senior season.
Firms cutting retiree health benefits
Consulting company calls coverage ‘slowly vanishing species’
December 15, 2004
Many companies are dropping their promise of health benefits for future retirees, who now might have to stay on the job longer and rely on government health care in their old age.
Sprint-Nextel merger accepted, sources say
Reports of Verizon bid boost Sprint shares
December 15, 2004
Directors of Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc. agreed Tuesday to merge the companies in a deal that would create a new wireless telecommunications giant, sources said.
Commodities
December 15, 2004
France to open world’s tallest bridge
December 15, 2004
Thundering fighter jets streamed the blue, white and red of the French tricolor as President Jacques Chirac on Tuesday dedicated the world’s tallest bridge, a skyway span dwarfing the Eiffel Tower by more than 50 feet.
Abbas calls on Palestinian militants to stop attacks
December 15, 2004
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader campaigning to succeed Yasser Arafat in elections next month, said in an interview published Tuesday that the 4-year-old armed uprising against Israel was a mistake and must end.
Conservatives want religion put back into Christmas season
December 15, 2004
Emboldened by their Election Day successes, some Christian conservatives around the country are trying to put more Christ into Christmas.
Report: States struggle with bioterror readiness
December 15, 2004
States that routinely deal with hurricanes and other natural disasters are better prepared than others to handle bioterrorism, but overall the nation is struggling to develop plans for public health emergencies.
Kansas mostly compliant with standards
December 15, 2004
Kansas has improved its readiness to respond to a terrorist attack, according to a report released on Tuesday.
Iraq announces trials for former Saddam aides
December 15, 2004
Iraq will bring top figures of Saddam Hussein’s ousted regime to court next week for the first time since they appeared before a judge five months ago, and formal indictments could be issued next month. Many have been in custody for more than a year and have not met with lawyers, prompting Saddam’s attorneys to cry foul.
ACLU sues over intelligent design
December 15, 2004
Eight families have filed a lawsuit against a school district that is requiring students to learn about alternatives to the theory of evolution, claiming the curriculum violates the separation of church and state.
KU hospital reopens pediatric intensive care
December 15, 2004
The University of Kansas Hospital has reopened its pediatric intensive care unit, saying it has eliminated staffing concerns that closed the unit this summer.
Flu vaccine now readily available in county
December 15, 2004
Flu vaccine is readily available in Douglas County for the first time this flu season, and more people will be allowed to receive shots.
Jurors again hear Westar auditor testimony
December 15, 2004
Jurors were to continue deliberations Wednesday in the federal fraud trial of two executives accused of looting Kansas’ biggest electric utility.
Police probe apparent BTK package
December 15, 2004
A package of items believed tied to the BTK serial killings was found Tuesday by a local resident in a Wichita park, police said.
Ground broken on expansion at Old Cowtown
$1.6 million raised to pay for visitors center, amphitheater
December 15, 2004
It’s in with the new — but hardly out with the old — at a museum that celebrates Kansas’ pioneer days.
On the record
December 15, 2004
Cell tower on planning agenda
December 15, 2004
Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners will consider a request for a new 90-foot communications tower at 1694 N. 1748 Road in northeast Douglas County. The tower would be built for Verizon Wireless on property that is owned by Walters Farms LLC. Planning Commission staff members are recommending approval of the project as long as a plan to stop lighting of the tower from intruding upon neighbors is completed. If approved by the Planning Commission, the project will need to win final approval from the Douglas County Commission.
Mary Ann Crady
December 15, 2004
Robert David Smith
December 15, 2004
A stab at stardom
Ziyi Zhang is living her Hollywood dream
December 15, 2004
Ziyi Zhang never thought about the American Dream. When she was growing up in Beijing, she was more interested in the Chinese Dream.
George Clarence Steed
December 15, 2004
City sets water, sewer rates
December 15, 2004
Lawrence residents soon will realize just how much a new sewer treatment plant on the Wakarusa River will cost.
Cashmere, flats among ways to wear ballerina trend
December 15, 2004
Women of all ages — and different levels of limberness — have an opportunity this season to live out their childhood fantasy of being a prima ballerina.
Food program designed to enhance culinary skills
December 15, 2004
Yes. K-State Research and Extension in Douglas and Shawnee counties are offering an Extension Master Food Volunteer Program that will begin in January. If you enjoy food, love to cook, are interested in nutrition, and want to become a “master” at your culinary skills and also help your community, then the Master Food Volunteer Program is for you.
Smoking compromise fizzles
More outside drinking may be allowed to accommodate bar patrons who smoke
December 15, 2004
Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday night snuffed out any talk of a compromise that would allow smoking inside bars and restaurants.
Evolution creates new round of tension
State Board of Ed preparing to revise science standards
December 15, 2004
The debate over how to teach Kansas students about the origins of life returned Tuesday to the State Board of Education with accusations of rule breaking and attacks on a committee appointed to revise science education standards.
Commentary: Unions at fault when players cry foul
December 15, 2004
In the winter of 1910, thousands of women in New York protested working conditions at sewing sweatshops. They wanted fire escapes, age limits and to make more than a few dollars a week.
Daily ticker
December 15, 2004