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Changes made in governor’s hiring of KU prof
December 16, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 2:48 p.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ office and Kansas University on Thursday said they have made changes to the conditions of hiring Burdett Loomis.
Sunny, but cold today
December 16, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 8:19 a.m.) If you’re headed out to take final exams this morning, grab a coat on your way out the door. “Outside, we’re sitting at 28,” Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist, said shortly before 8 a.m. Schack said winds were southwesterly this morning at 3 mph, creating a wind chill of 24 degrees.
Area briefs
December 16, 2004
¢ Fugitive father fails to appear in court ¢ KU student’s face cut in scuffle with burglar ¢ Wife accused of pulling gun on husband at bar ¢ Governor names state poet laureate
Blue state grooms Republican
December 16, 2004
A Republican can be elected governor of the bluest state. Indeed, Republicans have held the statehouse here since Michael Dukakis’ last year, 1990. Mitt Romney is the inexplicably happy holder of it now. What kind of person is preternaturally cheerful while governing with a Legislature in which 34 of 40 senators and 139 of 160 House members are Democrats?
Offensive term
December 16, 2004
Moral compass missing a point
December 16, 2004
Call it the revenge of Milli Vanilli. You remember them, right? The pop music duo that came out of nowhere to score one of 1989’s biggest hits, an album called “Girl, You Know It’s True”? But “true” is one thing Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan never were. One year, 7 million albums and a Grammy Award later, we learned that they had sung not a note. Milli Vanilli was a fraud.
What’s next?
December 16, 2004
Poor coverage
December 16, 2004
New warfare
December 16, 2004
Thankful group
December 16, 2004
Majerus accepts USC coaching offer
Ex-Utah coach to take over Trojans’ post April 1
December 16, 2004
Rick Majerus is back coaching college basketball.
Spencer names museum director
KU’s choice comes home after stints in Salina, Washington
December 16, 2004
A national expert in the visual arts with deep roots in Kansas and at Kansas University has been named the new director of the Spencer Museum of Art, university officials will announce today.
Ex-administrator urges nursing home takeover
December 16, 2004
A former Lake View Manor administrator on Wednesday urged state officials to force new management on the troubled Lawrence nursing home.
Crane hunting criticized
After hunters kill two endangered birds, activists say it’s time to draw the line
December 16, 2004
\When wildlife officials on the south Texas coast counted the world’s only surviving migratory flock of whooping cranes last month, they were pleased to report that at least 213 of North America’s tallest bird had survived the flock’s annual winter migration from Canada.
2004 among warmest years
Scientists fear impact on environment
December 16, 2004
The year 2004, punctuated by four powerful hurricanes in the Caribbean and deadly typhoons lashing Asia, was the fourth-hottest on record, extending a trend since 1990 that has registered the 10 warmest years, a U.N. weather agency said Wednesday.
Analysis: White House economic forum showcases Bush’s fiscal plans
December 16, 2004
An economy with blue skies, happy workers and prosperity for all, just around the corner.
Classroom honors late city official
December 16, 2004
The memory of a former city commissioner will live on at East Heights Early Childhood Family Center, 1430 Haskell Ave.
FCC votes to expand Internet access on planes
December 16, 2004
Passengers taking to the skies for U.S. flights could be checking e-mail and surfing the Web through high-speed Internet connections in a couple of years. And the day when travelers can chat away on cell phones while in flight might not be far behind.
KU, Topeka launch loan forgiveness program
December 16, 2004
The Kansas University Endowment Association is helping launch a new loan forgiveness program designed to bolster Topeka’s work force.
Jurors deliberate fourth day on Wittig fraud case
December 16, 2004
As jurors continued to deliberate in the federal fraud trial of two former Westar executives, the judge overseeing the case considered Wednesday whether to force the defendants to repay attorneys’ fees should they lose.
Consultants approved for courthouse preservation plan
December 16, 2004
A local architecture firm will review the current state of the Douglas County Courthouse and develop a preservation plan for the 100-year-old structure.
Peltier lawyers say sentence was illegal
December 16, 2004
Lawyers for imprisoned American Indian activist Leonard Peltier say the government did not have the right to try him for crimes that occurred on a South Dakota reservation.
Boeing Dreamliner designation up in the air
December 16, 2004
Boeing Co. has not yet decided whether to stick with tradition and assign a 700-series number to its 7E7 Dreamliner aircraft, a spokeswoman for the 7E7 program said Wednesday.
Ex-church official pleads guilty to theft
December 16, 2004
The former business manager of a suburban Baptist church has admitted stealing nearly $618,000 from its accounts.
LMH officials wary of reopening mental health unit
December 16, 2004
Lawrence Memorial Hospital officials are willing to talk about reopening the hospital’s inpatient mental health unit, but on Wednesday they stopped far short of saying the idea was a good one.
Salon closing amid mall makeover
Lawrence businesswoman to continue massages, spa services in new location
December 16, 2004
A longtime Lawrence salon and day spa is downsizing and relocating, as its retail-center home gets a makeover of its own.
Toplikar: Personal audio players tune in to needs of music fans
December 16, 2004
My ears perked up. It was a little hard to believe what I was hearing.
Sprint to buy Nextel for $35 billion
Analysts predict approval of deal
December 16, 2004
Sprint Corp. said Wednesday it would acquire Nextel Communications Inc. in a $35 billion deal that will create the nation’s third-largest wireless phone carrier, Sprint Nextel.
How merger could affect consumers
December 16, 2004
The announcement Wednesday that Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc. plan to combine raises more questions than it answers about the effects of the deal.
Verse re-envisioned
Celtic singer Connie Dover gets poetic
December 16, 2004
Usually when Connie Dover opens her mouth, pure-toned folk and Celtic tunes come pouring out in ways that have inspired critics to call her “the finest folk ballad singer America has produced since Joan Baez.”
Consider plant toxicity when decorating
December 16, 2004
“Deck the Halls” is a Christmas carol frequently heard this time of year. It describes the joys of the holiday season as we decorate our homes inside and out. Popular plants used to spread holiday cheer include poinsettias, holly, mistletoe and yews. But sometimes folks wonder whether it’s safe to have these plants in the home. Here are some pointers to keep you and your family safe this holiday season:
Briefcase
December 16, 2004
¢ Google tops Geico in trademark case ¢ Time Warner settles AOL fraud charges ¢ Regulators ease rules for telephone networks
Unhappy Longhorns win, 85-70
No. 14 Texas ‘sloppy’ in victory over UTA
December 16, 2004
Texas had just won, but nobody was happy, neither the players nor Longhorns coach Rick Barnes.
No. 6 Bears still sizzling
December 16, 2004
Sophia Young scored a season-high 22 points to lead sixth-ranked Baylor to its eighth straight victory, 74-58, Wednesday over Washington.
Chiefs lineman draws ire of Irish fans
December 16, 2004
All he said was, “Jordan Black, Dallas Christian High School,” but now Notre Dame fans seem furious at their former offensive lineman. On the one hand, Kansas City’s second-year tackle admits he’s miffed at his alma mater over the firing of coach Tyrone Willingham.
Short course to focus on market gardening
December 16, 2004
Market gardening can help nonfarmers get into the business of being a grower and help traditional farmers diversify.
Niners’ Erickson says he won’t take Mississippi job
December 16, 2004
After a short flirtation with Mississippi, Dennis Erickson recommitted himself to the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday — for three more weeks, at least.
Saban, Dolphins talking
December 16, 2004
Within hours of Dave Wannstedt’s resignation last month, LSU coach Nick Saban tried to quell inevitable speculation by releasing a statement saying he was not interested in any other jobs.
Pats aide Weis sues doctors
December 16, 2004
Notre Dame-bound football coach Charlie Weis sued the doctors who performed the weight-loss surgery that nearly cost him his life two years ago, the Boston Herald reported Wednesday.
Nowitzki gives opponents difficult problem to solve
December 16, 2004
Earlier this season, at Miami, he dribbled hard down the right side of the court. He slowed a bit and shuffled his feet as he neared the three-point line on the right wing.
Anthony drills game-winner
Nuggets claim 100-99 triumph in Boston
December 16, 2004
Carmelo Anthony rescued the travel-weary Denver Nuggets with just seconds to spare.
Malcolm’ mom rushing home to be real mom
December 16, 2004
It’s Jane Kaczmarek’s lunch hour and she’s cramming as much conversation as she can between bites of her salami and provolone sandwich.
On the record
December 16, 2004
KU announces holiday hours
December 16, 2004
Kansas University has announced changes for office and building hours during the holiday season.
Kent Leon Gragg
December 16, 2004
Norma June Kessell
December 16, 2004
Becky DePriest
December 16, 2004
Kirby Woosley
December 16, 2004
Leonard Dale Becknal
December 16, 2004
KU’s Gruber in groove
Awards rolling in for Jayhawk senior
December 16, 2004
Amy Gruber’s swimming style reminds her coach of a certain Kansas University basketball player.
KU camp dates set
December 16, 2004
Dates have been set for Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self’s 2005 summer camps for youths and his new two-day parent/child camp.
Our town sports
December 16, 2004
Panel to examine health care costs
December 16, 2004
A new group charged with reducing Kansas health care costs began its work Wednesday.
States compare public school funding
December 16, 2004
Kansas public school districts spent about the same on teaching as neighboring states but slightly more money on administration.
Anarchists’ fund-raising project a radical exposure
December 16, 2004
It started out as an offhand jab at recent calendars featuring Kansas University students in various stages of undress.
Queen of Comedy Central coming to K.C.
December 16, 2004
Wanda Sykes has one of those voices that just makes you laugh no matter what she’s saying.
Missouri shying away from death penalty
December 16, 2004
Just a few years ago, Missouri trailed only Texas and Virginia in the number of convicted killers put to death. Today, Missouri’s death row is gradually being emptied by the courts.
6Sports video: LHS girls ready for showdown
December 16, 2004
The city basketball showdown on Friday could be one of the best matchups in recent memory. Lawrence High enters the game with just one loss, to defending state champs St. Thomas Aquinas.
6Sports video: Firebirds solid going into showdown
December 16, 2004
The Free State boys are off to a good start to the season with a 3-1 record and a third-place finish at the Olathe South Invitational.
Briefly
December 16, 2004
¢ Test failure casts doubt on missile system ¢ Hostages released after 18-hour standoff ¢ Pentagon to combat armor shortage in Iraq ¢ Study on birth control pill’s benefits flawed
Area briefs
December 16, 2004
¢ Women’s basketball team to visit hospital ¢ Mo-ped driver injured in collision ¢ Senate names Pine to Ag Committee ¢ Tonganoxie council violates meeting law
World would welcome reform in Ukraine
December 16, 2004
If they succeed in throwing the bums out of office in Kiev on Dec. 26, Ukraine’s reform politicians will be doing the world an enormous service.
D.C. Council throws Expos a curve
Montreal’s move to Washington on verge of collapse after stadium-financing vote
December 16, 2004
Some fans who had not heard the news showed up at a downtown restaurant Wednesday expecting to witness the unveiling of the Washington Nationals uniforms.
Sprint merger a blow to Kansas
State loses sole Fortune 500 company to suburban Washington
December 16, 2004
When reading down the list of business icons that collect enough money to earn a place on the Fortune 500, there’s just one entry for the state of Kansas: Sprint Corp.
Daily ticker
December 16, 2004
NCAA, NABC getting together to address issues
December 16, 2004
It wasn’t hard for college basketball coaches to get to know NCAA president Myles Brand.
Regents rebut university audit
Salary increases not enough to retain faculty, president says
December 16, 2004
Faculty salaries at state universities may have outpaced inflation, but increases haven’t been enough to keep universities from being raided by their competitors, the president of the Kansas Board of Regents said Wednesday.
More robbery arrests made
Four now charged in connection with pair of armed holdups
December 16, 2004
Prosecutors on Wednesday filed robbery, burglary and conspiracy charges against two more suspects in a pair of armed robberies this month, one in the 2400 block of Louisiana Street and one in the 1000 block of Mississippi Street.
Horoscopes
December 16, 2004
People
December 16, 2004
¢ Jenna Bush planning to teach in Washington ¢ Wedding bells update ¢ ‘Law & Order’ turn ¢ It’s a boy ¢ Dressed down ¢ Star Jones sued ¢ Barry Manilow signs contract with Las Vegas Hilton
Salt dishes difficult to locate
December 16, 2004
“Lacy glass Sandwich salt” would confuse most novices.
Wolfpack escapes Cajuns
N.C. State clips La.-Lafayette, 78-72
December 16, 2004
Andrew Brackman provided the spark that No. 12 North Carolina State so desperately needed Wednesday night. As a result, the 12th-ranked Wolfpack stayed unbeaten … barely.
Garden books can cure a green thumb’s winter blues
December 16, 2004
Spring, sadly, is still months away. But the cure to gardeners’ aching green thumbs may be tucked away on a bookshelf. What better way to imagine dancing through fields of lavender or sitting by a babbling brook than by nosing up to a well-crafted garden book? A good page-turner can almost melt away the frost on the window pane.
Correction
December 16, 2004
A list of contact names for the Lawrence City Commission in Wednesday’s Journal-World incorrectly identified David Dunfield and Mike Rundle. Rundle is mayor, and Dunfield is a city commissioner. City Commissioner Boog Highberger is vice mayor.
LHS bowlers line up to join new team
December 16, 2004
Lawrence High had an athletics tryout Wednesday that involved no stretching, running or passing. There were no whistles, no timeouts or even a clock — and certainly no physical contact.
Four juco players sign letters with KU
Football team lands 2 linemen, linebacker, wide receiver
December 16, 2004
Though no official word came from Kansas University, three junior-college players who already had given the Jayhawks their oral commitments — and a fourth who changed plans at the last minute — are known to have signed letters of intent Wednesday to play football for the Jayhawks next year and sent the proper paperwork to KU.
Briefly
December 16, 2004
¢ Court to decide Puerto Rican elections ¢ Al Gore’s mother dies ¢ Court upholds arrest in Indian logo protest ¢ Airport screeners spot, then lose, fake bomb
Mutual interests
Kansas University and city officials should approach a proposed planning agreement in a spirit of cooperation rather than contention.
December 16, 2004
As Kansas University has grown, Lawrence residents have pretty much depended on the good will and judgment of university officials who make decisions about the expansion and appearance of the KU campus.
Campaigns start in Iraq
Interim PM announces plans to run for top office
December 16, 2004
A bomb targeting a prominent Shiite cleric killed seven people outside one of southern Iraq’s holiest shrines Wednesday as campaigning began for Iraq’s first post-Saddam elections — a vote that is going ahead despite attacks and assassinations by Sunni insurgents.
Commodities
December 16, 2004
Reflections on the season, Part Two
Recounting top 5 headlines of year
December 16, 2004
This week, That’s Racin’ concludes its review of the top stories of the NASCAR season. Last week, David Poole shared the headlines he ranked sixth through 10th. Today, we’ll look at the year’s five biggest stories.
Trump has three hours to pick a winner
December 16, 2004
Jen M. and Kelly duke it out on the three-hour finale of “The Apprentice” (7 p.m., NBC). OK, class, here’s your quiz: Three hours plus two contestants equals how many product placements? The biggest winner of the evening should be the recently created financial corporation that sponsors the charity polo match and basketball tournament.
Langford goes retro to fix free-throw woes
December 16, 2004
Off to a shaky start from the free-throw line his senior season, Keith Langford figured it was high time to change his routine.