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Candidate announces bid for city commission
December 17, 2004
(Updated Monday at 4:29 p.m.) The Lawrence City Commission race has its second official candidate.
Homeless woman’s body found in city park
December 17, 2004
(Updated Friday at 11:56 a.m.) Police are investigating the death of a transient whose body was found early this morning in a city park just west of Lawrence’s downtown.
Kansas Supreme Court strikes down death penalty
December 17, 2004
(Updated Saturday at 3:14 p.m.) A divided Kansas Supreme Court struck down the state’s death penalty.
Big chill headed in for weekend
December 17, 2004
(Updated Friday at 8:15 a.m.) Lawrence will get blue skies and temperatures soaring to 50 this afternoon. But a cold front moving in will bring a wintery chill to the area for the weekend.
State, not KU, will pay professor
December 17, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Kansas University have made changes to the conditions in the hiring of Burdett Loomis, the chairman of the political science department at KU, it was revealed Thursday.
Couple’s Christmas gifts stolen
December 17, 2004
Since moving into their rural Leavenworth County house last summer shortly after their wedding day, Jeremy and Amanda Smith never bothered to lock their doors. Until Tuesday night.
U.S. presents disunited view on global warming controls
December 17, 2004
Two sets of Americans have come here to talk global warming: the United States, opposed to controls on carbon emissions, and a bloc of united states, from Maine to Delaware, that plan to impose them.
Upscale stores having jolly holiday
Discounters reporting dismal sales
December 17, 2004
This holiday season, Vincent Cassanetti, 60, a wealthy retired business owner, is helping to keep luxury sales booming.
Briefly - Nation
December 17, 2004
¢ Feds give killer whales a ‘threatened’ listing ¢ Bison hunting around Yellowstone to resume ¢ Security guard at fire site charged with arson ¢ Court tosses 12-year sentence for wildfire ¢ Soldier charged with staging own shooting ¢ GOP to sue over 573 newly discovered ballots ¢ Annan tells Powell U.N. will help in Iraq election
Sprint chief talks growth
Analysts predict massive layoffs
December 17, 2004
Once again, talk of layoffs and an uncertain future is swirling around Sprint Corp., in response to the company’s $35 billion acquisition of Nextel Communications Inc.
Briefcase
December 17, 2004
¢ Symantec-Veritas deal creates software giant ¢ Johnson & Johnson to buy device maker ¢ Trade deficit hits high ¢ Lawmakers to tighten reins on Fannie Mae ¢ Mortgage rates drop
Kansas high school basketball scores from Dec. 16
December 17, 2004
Horoscopes
December 17, 2004
Enforcing arcane law silences dissident
December 17, 2004
Ever wonder what happened to the State Department’s chief of propaganda? The head of public diplomacy was supposed to win the hearts and minds of the Muslim street.
Research key to university mission
December 17, 2004
Stop. Back away from the test tube, slowly. Turn off the DNA sequencer and come out of the lab with your hands up. Get back in the classroom, where you belong.
Graceful attitude eases adversity
December 17, 2004
You can tell more about people when they are having problems than when things are going well. Everyone can be fairly pleasant and friendly when things are fine, but matters get dicey when life isn’t going so smoothly.
Fox gives animated sailorman some new dimension
December 17, 2004
Popeye’s got a brand new bag. The spinach-swilling seaman turns into a computer-generated cartoon hero in “Popeye’s Voyage: The Quest for Pappy” (7:30 p.m., Fox), featuring the voices of Billy West and Kathy Bates.
Pope dismisses two Irish priests who molested boys
December 17, 2004
Pope John Paul II has defrocked two priests convicted of sexually abusing children in Ireland, an unprecedented move in this predominantly Catholic nation, church officials confirmed Thursday.
Ukrainian opposition leader convinced that authorities poisoned him
December 17, 2004
Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko starkly accused the government Thursday of poisoning him in a “political murder” to knock him out of the presidential race, saying his massive dioxin dose probably came from a dinner three months ago with Ukraine’s security chief.
People
December 17, 2004
¢ Financial heat off Johnson ¢ Jackson’s ex seeks visitation ¢ Royal champagne doesn’t sell ¢ ‘Croc hunter’ defends dugongs ¢ Birthday: Giovanni Ribisi
Briefly - World
December 17, 2004
¢ European Union offers Turkey member talks ¢ Top court condemns holding terror suspects ¢ Security forces deploy to stave off protests ¢ U.N. troops surround Aristide’s former estate ¢ Ten convicted in plot to blow up market in 2000 ¢ Zaragoza, Spain, named winner of Expo 2008
City basketball capsules
December 17, 2004
Bryant plans to apologize to Shaq
December 17, 2004
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant wants to apologize to former teammate Shaquille O’Neal for mentioning his name during a police interview last year.
Photo: Holiday remembrance
December 17, 2004
Kansas high school sports scores from Dec. 16
December 17, 2004
Alternative holiday flicks
December 17, 2004
Feel like renting a DVD and watching it at home rather than braving the icy outdoors? Here’s a list of alternate holiday flicks for those who’ve grown bored repeatedly viewing “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Story.”
Calendar
December 17, 2004
Lawyer wants lid on slaying evidence
Attorney fears ‘gossip’ about Martin Miller’s case may taint jury
December 17, 2004
The attorney for a Lawrence man charged with killing his wife wants certain “gossipy” and “salacious” evidence kept out of his client’s preliminary hearing, saying he fears it could prejudice potential jurors.
Scientist’s donations to help establish new professorship
December 17, 2004
A scientist with a distinguished career in drug development has donated securities to establish a new professorship at Kansas University.
Street benefit district eyed for Hesper
December 17, 2004
Eudora Planning Commission Chairman Kurt von Achen told Douglas County commissioners that he was going to be nice at their Wednesday night meeting.
Downsize it!
Current plans to spend $40 million or more on a wartime presidential inauguration program border on the obscene
December 17, 2004
One of the best ways the George W. Bush White House can show that it intends to use its re-election “mandate” wisely and well is to downsize the mid-January inauguration activities.
Enough buses
December 17, 2004
Faithful teaching
December 17, 2004
A very merry Multiplex
Cinematic packages ready for opening
December 17, 2004
Christmas day is usually represented by a number of traditions. Stockings hung over the fireplace. Presents unwrapped under the tree. Bing Crosby crooning on the stereo. Chestnuts roasting. Marshmallows toasting. Figgy pudding being eaten or soaked in or whatever. You understand the drill. But I know a lot of families whose Christmas day tradition includes heading out to the multiplex/art house and seeing a movie. That’s why Dec. 25 is considered one of the biggest box-office dates of the year.
GNR given local tribute
Sweet Band O’ Mine revives era of excess
December 17, 2004
It’s 1987 and Guns N’ Roses is the biggest rock band on the planet. The raw, turbulent, misogynistic, hard-drinking and hard-rocking act is pulling up to The Bottleneck. As their black limousine skids to a stop, a darkened window rolls down and a harem of jiggly strippers pop their heads out.
Lemony Snicket’s‘ a fortunate event
December 17, 2004
Animated birds chirp, and a happy elf prances about a fertile countryside. A choir sings a tune called “Loverly Spring.” This cheerful intro plays like a lost Rankin-Bass stop-motion piece from yesteryear. Then the viewer is abruptly told, “I’m sorry to say, this is NOT the movie you’ll be seeing.”
Wife Swap’ producers sue Fox over copycat series
December 17, 2004
The British producers of the ABC television show “Wife Swap” have filed suit over the Fox show “Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy,” lambasting it as an illegal rip-off.
This Weekend’s Highlights
December 17, 2004
¢ Tech N9ne ¢ Aubrey ¢ Ingram Hill ¢ Kansas Nutracker ¢ Octarium
The Oscar Won’t Go to Original Musical
December 17, 2004
The Hollywood musical may be alive and kicking this year with “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera” and “De-Lovely” in the running for Oscars, but the Academy Awards has ruled out any Oscars for original musicals this year.
Best Bets
December 17, 2004
Local briefs
December 17, 2004
¢ Audio-Reader adds animal care program ¢ KU history Web site adds to its archives ¢ Firefighters collecting toys for foster children ¢ KU official to speak on MLK Day in Emporia ¢ County administers all of flu vaccine ¢ More whooping cough cases are confirmed ¢ Suspects identified in pharmacy break-ins ¢ KU receives grant for health care services ¢ Regents to respond to faculty audit ¢ Housing fees set for universities ¢ Tuition waivers advance ¢ Insurance plan won’t be pursued ¢ Suspect bites officer ¢ Drawing selected for holiday card ¢ KU students place in Hearst program
Won in translation
Spanglish’ is best when characters at worst
December 17, 2004
Flor, a proud and attractive Mexican woman who speaks no English, moves to the United States with her daughter in search of a better life and ends up working for an upper-class Los Angeles family made up of oddball characters. The premise sounds like a bad sitcom pilot, but with writer/director James L. Brooks at the helm, “Spanglish” is made of stronger stuff.
Study says TV series tend to slight Hispanic characters
December 17, 2004
Television series feature largely white casts even when the setting is an ethnically diverse city such as Los Angeles or New York, according to a study released Tuesday.
Republican named top assistant D.A.
December 17, 2004
Incoming Douglas County Dist. Atty. Charles Branson reached across party lines Thursday with the hiring of a seasoned Republican as his top assistant prosecutor.
Grandson accused of stealing life savings of his grandmother
December 17, 2004
A Jefferson County man is in jail after being arrested Thursday on charges of looting his grandmother’s life savings of more than $350,000.
Saddam meets with his attorney
December 17, 2004
Saddam Hussein met with a defense lawyer Thursday for the first time since his capture a year ago, days before several of his top aides are due to appear in court for hearings on alleged war crimes.
Bin Laden tape praises attack on consulate
December 17, 2004
A man identified as Osama bin Laden, speaking on an audiotape posted on an Islamic Web site Thursday, praised the men who attacked a U.S. consulate in Saudi Arabia earlier this month and called on militants to stop the flow of oil to the West.
Jurors deliberate fifth day in Westar case
December 17, 2004
Jurors in the federal fraud trial of two former Westar Energy Inc. executives failed to reach a verdict after a fifth day of deliberations Thursday and were to return today for more work.
Notre Dame fighting to regain elite status
In midst of 10-year decline, Irish seeking to rebuild revered program
December 17, 2004
The goals are as lofty as they were in Knute Rockne and Frank Leahy’s day, the demand as unforgiving. Winning is, and always will be, everything at Notre Dame. But the gilt has been flaking for years now, and the furor over Tyrone Willingham’s firing only exposed the extent of the flaws.
Royals deal Santiago to Bucs
K.C. acquires Nunez, Marrero in two trades
December 17, 2004
Benito Santiago was traded Thursday by the Kansas City Royals to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have sought a veteran catcher since dealing Jason Kendall to Oakland last month.
Osborne: Ohio getting steal in Solich
Former longtime Nebraska coach says he’s surprised his ex-assistant wasn’t more heavily in demand
December 17, 2004
Tom Osborne says he’s happy for Frank Solich — but a bit surprised where his former right-hand man will re-enter the college football coaching ranks.
Both Jets, Seahawks need a win
December 17, 2004
If the New York Jets were in the NFC, they probably would have a playoff spot already. Instead, they still have a fight on their hands as they play host Sunday to Seattle, which has won two fewer games, but leads the NFC West.
Panthers overcome slow start
Fox guides defending NFC champions from 1-7 record to on brink of postseason berth
December 17, 2004
His team was 1-7 and his list of injured players seemed a mile long. Carolina coach John Fox changed nothing, sticking with his style of cutesy little cliches to pull the Panthers through and prevent them from quitting on him.
Buckeyes befuddle Red Raiders
December 17, 2004
These are the kind of games Ohio State has to enjoy since there will be no postseason. Tony Stockman had 23 points, with three three-pointers in the stretch in which the Buckeyes regained the lead, in a 77-71 win over Texas Tech and OSU alumnus Bob Knight on Thursday night.
Carey carries Texas
Longhorn scores career-high 30 in 79-54 victory
December 17, 2004
Texas coach Jody Conradt told Jamie Carey to shoot more, and it worked out very well. Carey scored a career-high 30 points to lead the fourth-ranked Longhorns to a 79-54 victory Thursday night over North Texas. She topped her career high of 28 points, set against New Mexico on Dec. 4.
Old-fashioned golf course touts greens made of sand
December 17, 2004
When the sport of golf first began in the late 19th century, most courses had a sand green because of the expense in maintaining lush grass greens.
Ohio chief justice throws out election challenge
December 17, 2004
The Ohio Supreme Court’s chief justice on Thursday threw out a challenge to the state’s presidential election results.
Chiefs’ Johnson eager for first career start
Sunday next step in up-and-down season
December 17, 2004
It’s been a long and often painful trek for Larry Johnson, Kansas City’s controversial second-year running back. But here he is, ready to make his first NFL start Sunday against Denver. It’s something no one can say he hasn’t earned.
Lawrence employers plan to pick up hiring pace in first quarter
December 17, 2004
Lawrence-area employers expect to hire at a slightly stronger pace than usual during the first three months of 2005, according to a Manpower Inc. survey.
Boeing expands work force in Washington state
December 17, 2004
The Boeing Co., which cut its Washington state work force by 27,000 after the 9-11 terrorist attacks, has been quietly adding personnel in its Puget Sound operations.
Commodities
December 17, 2004
Trump picks new apprentice
December 17, 2004
One key lesson if you want to be on Donald Trump’s payroll: Don’t let the boss fly off unnoticed.
Big Unit-to-Yankees deal nearly done
December 17, 2004
Randy Johnson was on the verge of joining the New York Yankees in a three-team megadeal that also includes Shawn Green and Javier Vazquez, two sources told the Associated Press on Thursday night.
Parents sue school district over religious freedom
December 17, 2004
The parents of an elementary school student who was told not to distribute invitations asking classmates to join a Bible club sued the school district in federal court Wednesday, claiming their right to religious freedom had been violated.
Cookie lover goes nuts with holiday baking
December 17, 2004
There are snickerdoodles and chocolate crinkles, cherry nut bread and truffles — thousands of holiday treats laid out on the 16-foot table.
Details released on 9-11 memorial at ground zero
December 17, 2004
The memorial honoring World Trade Center victims will include a forest of oak trees with a clearing for Sept. 11 gatherings and a Memorial Hall between the twin reflecting pools that will mark the footprints of the lost towers, officials announced Thursday.
Flu shot doses may be wasted
December 17, 2004
Two months after the government recommended that scarce flu shots be reserved for people most at risk, health officials are now worried that tens of thousands of doses could go to waste, and they are considering easing the restrictions.
Lawrence Datebook
December 17, 2004
Santa’s happy helpers
KU basketball players enjoy charity gift-buying excursion
December 17, 2004
Michael Lee pushed a shopping cart through the women’s clothing section of Wal-Mart on Thursday night, his next destination the toy department.
Woodling: Some seats still available
December 17, 2004
December is a bad time to count March chickens, but some of you surely must have considered NCAA basketball tournament tickets as Christmas presents.
On the Record
December 17, 2004
Ardean B. Volk
December 17, 2004
Clarence Condra Jr.
December 17, 2004
Miguel Baeza ‘Mike’ Garcia
December 17, 2004
KU announces holiday hours
December 17, 2004
Kansas University has announced changes for office and building hours during the holiday season. All offices will be closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 for the state-recognized holiday.
FSHS boys to face retooled LHS offense
December 17, 2004
Jack Schreiner appreciates the importance of a good rivalry, but city bragging rights won’t be his main concern at 7 tonight when his Free State High boys basketball team takes on Lawrence High at LHS.
Nurse who killed 40 patients admits murdering judge in 1988
December 17, 2004
A former nurse who claims to have killed more than 40 patients at hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania pleaded guilty Thursday to murdering a Jersey City judge in 1988.
Group to honor Swift boat veterans
December 17, 2004
For one night only, it’ll be spitballs and Swift boats together on the same stage — a who’s who of Sen. John Kerry bashing.
Gunman opens fire at Crystal Cathedral complex
December 17, 2004
A gunman opened fire in the complex housing the world-famous Crystal Cathedral on Thursday, but no one was hit and children in a church day-care center were rushed to safety, police said.
Firebird girls hoping to break intracity jinx
December 17, 2004
Free State High’s girls basketball team will have a chance to do something tonight it hasn’t accomplished in three years — beat Lawrence High.
Ex-Lion Madill inks with WIU
December 17, 2004
Aaron Madill, a former Lawrence High and Lawrence Legion Raiders pitcher, has signed a national baseball letter of intent with Western Illinois.
Football facility concern tackled
Hemenway insists commencement walk down hill won’t be blocked
December 17, 2004
Robert Hemenway wants to be clear: A proposed football facility at Memorial Stadium will not block Kansas University graduates’ procession route for commencement.
Bush pushes for Social Security overhaul
December 17, 2004
President Bush declared Thursday that the Social Security system has already reached a “crisis” stage as he made the case for an expansive second-term domestic agenda that would dramatically restructure the nation’s retirement program, tax code and legal liability system.
Hinrich boosts Bulls past Bucks
Chicago bags back-to-back wins for first time this season
December 17, 2004
Kirk Hinrich and the Chicago Bulls are starting to play in a relaxed fashion, and it’s resulting in victories. Hinrich scored nine of his 28 points in a 15-0 run, and the Bulls beat the slump-ridden Milwaukee Bucks, 85-77, Thursday night to win consecutively for the first time this season.
It’s time to give Kobe second chance
December 17, 2004
Between 1996 and 2004, nobody saw the Kobe Bryant who has been parading around the airwaves the last few days. Before then, they saw an ego big enough to replace the three-lettered acronym for the National Basketball Assn., a child prodigy destined for greatness but targeted by a plethora of critics.
Kansas Supreme Court rules death penalty unconstitutional
December 17, 2004
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ruled the state’s 1994 death penalty law unconstitutional in 4-3 decision that centered on technical error in the law. The state Legislature could fix the problem during its upcoming session.
Marjorie A. Daigh
December 17, 2004
Baby talk may explain origin of speech, study says
December 17, 2004
Every parent is familiar with “motherese,” that slow, high-pitched, singsong tone that mothers all over the world use to talk to their babies. You might suppose that this manner of speaking is just a simplified, degenerate form of grown-up language.
Downtown merchants cite homeless menace
Tough regulations from city are sought
December 17, 2004
Downtown Lawrence merchants say the signs are everywhere — even on their rooftops — that the city’s homeless problem is out of control.
Slow down
December 17, 2004
6Sports video: FSHS and LHS prepare for city showdown
December 17, 2004
Both the Free State High boys and girls basketball teams will battle in a double-header against Lawrence High Friday night at LHS.