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Briefly
December 19, 2004
¢ Fish-oil supplements free of mercury, PCBs ¢ Study: Lung function peaks in late afternoon ¢ Sleep tied to weight loss
Briefly
December 19, 2004
¢ Officials: Joke message triggered terrorist alert ¢ Witnesses report loud noise, falling object ¢ Premier returns to revelry after EU deal ¢ Cuba to buy $125 M in U.S. farm goods ¢ Rocket carries French spy satellite into space
Suspect showed off baby in town
Melvern resident later arrested in slaying, kidnapping
December 19, 2004
A woman charged with killing an expectant mother and cutting the baby from her womb was showing the child off to people at a cafe and to her pastor hours before she was arrested, residents said Saturday.
Judges question Saddam officials
December 19, 2004
Appearing haggard and feeble, a former Iraqi general known as Chemical Ali appeared before a tribunal Saturday at the start of judicial proceedings against former President Saddam Hussein and 11 deputies in U.S. custody.
Three downtown sites eyed for public library
New facility would require entire block
December 19, 2004
Craig Penzler knew when people started talking about the need for a new library more than a year ago the solution would require thinking outside the box.
Photographer gets exclusive access in Iraq
December 19, 2004
Months after he was pulled from a hole in the village of Tikrit, former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein appeared in a makeshift courtroom near Baghdad.
3 candidates vie for judicial opening
December 19, 2004
One is a quiet but well-respected criminal defender. One already is a local judge, but in a limited role. One is a successful trial attorney who grew up in Lawrence but works in Kansas City.
Lawrence commuter report
December 19, 2004
The following construction projects and events may affect commuter traffic in the region this week
Agent Orange still costing U.S. billions
December 19, 2004
The United States sprayed more than 19 million gallons of defoliant over the jungles of Vietnam, a tactic designed to kill the forests and deny cover to the enemy.
A new search for Earhart
December 19, 2004
At 17,000 feet beneath the surface, the temperature of ocean water is just above freezing, oxygen is sparse and currents are relatively calm.
Worth the trip
December 19, 2004
K-State wins, 73-69, to improve to 7-0
December 19, 2004
Kansas State guard Clent Stewart doesn’t expect any blowouts when the Wildcats open Big 12 play Jan. 8.
Sparks leads UK past Louisville
December 19, 2004
The officials were checking TV replays to see whether Kentucky’s Patrick Sparks should get three free throws in the final second against Louisville.
Celtics halt Cavs’ home streak
Payton, Pierce boost Boston to overtime victory
December 19, 2004
Once the ball ended up safely in Gary Payton’s hands, the Boston Celtics were in control.
Analysis: Dealing Carter improves Raptors
Veteran had reverted to one-dimensional player
December 19, 2004
The Toronto Raptors knew they couldn’t get a superstar in return for Vince Carter, once a superstar himself but now an exposed, over-hyped one-dimensional player.
Experts advise picking charity that ‘matches passions, beliefs’
December 19, 2004
As Christmas approaches, many families get buried under a blizzard of solicitations from charities seeking money for everything from community activities to needy villages overseas.
Briefcase
December 19, 2004
¢ Ottawa salsas score two Scovie awards ¢ Happy holidays, boss: Here’s a fine cup o’ joe ¢ Name that company
Duo to deck the concert hall
Piano-cello Christmas recital to benefit Lawrence Chamber Orchestra
December 19, 2004
Call it an early Christmas gift.
Picket signs & moral lines
Pot advocates part of Lawrence’s long tradition of dissent
December 19, 2004
Here’s what one corner of downtown Lawrence sounded like last Sunday afternoon: “Honk. Honkhonkhonk. Hoooooooooonk.”
Niece’s abduction inspires book about playing safely
December 19, 2004
Five-year-old Brittany Fish wanted to visit a neighborhood friend early one evening. So she hopped on her scooter for a two-block ride to her friend’s house. Brittany never made it. Nor did she return home that night.
Health care gap
It makes sense for Lawrence Memorial Hospital to close its mental health unit, but is it the right thing to do?
December 19, 2004
There appear to be some good reasons to justify Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s decision to close its mental health unit.
World issues call for diplomacy, not force
December 19, 2004
When Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar met recently with reporters, he spent the better part of an hour simply outlining the “huge challenge” the Bush administration faces in trouble spots around the world.
Duke rallies past Oklahoma
No. 7 Blue Devils survive scare in 78-67 victory
December 19, 2004
Mike Krzyzewski was on one knee facing his seated team as he always is during a timeout. This time, however, was different.
Big Ben, Steelers rally past Giants
December 19, 2004
The main thing separating Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning on Saturday was that the Pittsburgh Steelers’ rookie quarterback made his biggest plays with the game on the line.
Female ABA coach off to winning start
First woman to coach a men’s pro team has Nashville off to 9-2 beginning
December 19, 2004
Maybe she can coach after all. Critics scoffed when Ashley McElhiney was selected as the first female coach of a men’s pro basketball team. They called it a mere publicity stunt, a ploy by a new ABA franchise desperate to make a splash.
Surveys show waterfowl plentiful
Check of Clinton Lake wildlife area produces abundance of mallards, snow geese
December 19, 2004
Late season waterfowl hunters have something to anticipate as Christmas approaches.
No. 13 suits Wesley
Former standout has jersey retired
December 19, 2004
Cold chills shot down Walt Wesley’s spine when he was assigned jersey No. 13 his sophomore season at Kansas University.
The Motley Fool
December 19, 2004
¢ Last week’s question and answer ¢ Pros, cons of debt ¢ Is nanophase ready?
Scientist, lawyer debate intelligent design theory
December 19, 2004
Someday, John Calvert says, science might make a better case for evolution than “intelligent design” as an explanation for the origins of life. And if that day comes, he’ll accept it.
Beloved doctor struggling with prostate cancer
December 19, 2004
As soon as she said it — “A lot of women loved my father” — Tricia Freeman had to laugh.
On the record
December 19, 2004
Church abuse activists cause stir
December 19, 2004
The leafletting outside St. Matthew Catholic Church started well on a recent Sunday, with some parishioners accepting the brochures about clergy abuse being handed out by people who said they were abused by priests.
Belgium, Luxembourg honor Bulge veterans
December 19, 2004
Amid snow flurries and a chilling wind, Belgium’s King Albert II honored U.S. soldiers who died fighting Nazi Germany 60 years ago in the Battle of the Bulge, the largest land battle for American forces in war.
Photographer goes far, wide for shots
Saddam court photos were last Ballard took in Iraq, her sixth trip there
December 19, 2004
Photojournalist Karen Ballard, 35, has covered a lot of ground since she started shooting professionally 10 years ago. In 2000, the Louisville, Ky., native spent a month in Iraq as a staffer for the Washington Times, when Saddam Hussein was still in power. Since then, she’s returned to Iraq five times.
Amelie’ director takes on a novel
December 19, 2004
Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the French director who made “The City of Lost Children” and “Amelie,” says that his latest, “A Very Long Engagement” comes from the only book he ever wanted to adapt, by Sebastien Japrisot.
Soft defense, rowdy fans await Broncos
Kansas City crowd will enjoy mocking Denver QB Plummer
December 19, 2004
Wearing a Denver uniform will be a troubled, apologetic quarterback with a quick trigger finger.
Gamecocks: ‘We came to win’
December 19, 2004
South Carolina center Antoine Tisby couldn’t believe what was happening Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Chocolate hazardous to dog’s well-being
December 19, 2004
There are people who love chocolate so much that the humorous phrase “death by chocolate” might apply to their appetites.
Horoscopes
December 19, 2004
Briefly
December 19, 2004
¢ One icon of style inspires another ¢ Place settings should be festive
Briefly
December 19, 2004
¢ Gore remembers mother as role model for women ¢ Mutual of Omaha CEO, chairman Weekly dies ¢ Judge awards $1 billion in anti-spamming suit ¢ Radio show lets relatives call inmates
People
December 19, 2004
¢ TLC looking for third singer ¢ Sandler still likes comedy ¢ Milo it is ¢ Norville leaving MSNBC ¢ DMX accused of driving 104
Vegas raring to ring in ‘05
Sin City stakes claim as ultimate New Year’s Eve party town
December 19, 2004
OK, let’s be clear about where you should be on New Year’s Eve.
Commissions to discuss proposed agency merger
December 19, 2004
K-State Research & Extension agents can test the soil from a flower bed, teach children about bugs, and instruct people in the food service business about the correct way to handle food.
Poet’s showcase
December 19, 2004
Area briefs
December 19, 2004
¢ FSHS debate team qualifies for nationals ¢ Francisco appointed to Senate committees
Area briefs
December 19, 2004
¢ Grant issued to Bonner Springs Fire Department ¢ The car Santa is coming to town ¢ PMCA donates gas to Kansas Highway Patrol
Roundabout route
December 19, 2004
Why Wal-Mart?
December 19, 2004
Scientific theory
December 19, 2004
U.S. troops deserve a better leader
December 19, 2004
Actually, we have a pretty terrific Army. It’s performed a lot better in this war than the secretary of defense has. President Bush has nonetheless decided to stick for now with the defense secretary we have, perhaps because he doesn’t want to make a change until after the Jan. 30 Iraqi elections. But surely Don Rumsfeld is not the defense secretary Bush should want to have for the remainder of his second term.
Just what we need: cell phones on airplanes
December 19, 2004
Is it possible that the Federal Communications Commission is developing a double standard on decency? The commissioners don’t hesitate to slap a fine over Janet Jackson’s breast or Howard Stern’s mouth. But when it comes to aerial etiquette, they just throw up their hands.
Wife not sold on dogs’ special allure
December 19, 2004
I’m trying to convince my wife that we need a dog. I grew up with dogs, and am comfortable with their ways. If we’re visiting someone’s home, and I suddenly experience a sensation of humid warmth, and I look down and see that my right arm has disappeared up to the elbow inside the mouth of a dog the size of a medium horse, I am not alarmed. I know that this is simply how a large, friendly dog says: “Greetings! You have a pleasing salty taste!”
A’s send Mulder to Cardinals
Oakland receives prospects for All-Star pitcher
December 19, 2004
The Oakland Athletics traded their second top starter in three days, sending left-hander Mark Mulder to the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday for a package of prospects.
Majerus won’t take Southern Cal post
Coach changes his mind about Trojans’ job, decides to remain an ESPN analyst
December 19, 2004
Three days after being hired as the new basketball coach at Southern California, Rick Majerus backed out of the deal and will stay at ESPN as a college basketball analyst.
Wake Forest uses ‘junk’ defense to stop Texas
Sixth-ranked Demon Deacons utilize zone in 89-88 victory over No. 14 Longhorns
December 19, 2004
Wake Forest finally won with defense, even if it wasn’t how coach Skip Prosser would like to draw it up.
Stanford stuffs Missouri; Kansas State cruises
December 19, 2004
Stanford’s Candice Wiggins had a double victory Saturday.
Mourning likely won’t ever play for Toronto
December 19, 2004
Alonzo Mourning won’t be reporting to the Toronto Raptors next week — and may never play for them.
Eagle Day set Jan. 23
December 19, 2004
Lawrence will be the site of a Kansas Eagle Day with several events scheduled Jan. 23 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
Vick, Falcons prevail in overtime
December 19, 2004
The Atlanta Falcons responded to the NFL’s ultimate comeback team with one of their own Saturday.
Skins good enough to beat 49ers
December 19, 2004
Antonio Pierce found out just how easy it has become to beat the San Francisco 49ers: Simply stand in one place and allow their mistakes to find you.
Expect plenty of points during bowl season
December 19, 2004
The bowl season has arrived, and college football fans can expect two things: Lots of games and lots of points.
Colorado content to be bowl-bound
December 19, 2004
Colorado’s last game was an embarrassing loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Conference championship, the kind of defeat that can gnaw at players and coaches for months.
Linfield wins D-III crown
Carroll tops St. Francis in NAIA title game
December 19, 2004
Riley Jenkins turned a swing pass into a go-ahead touchdown with 5:51 to play Saturday as Linfield won its first NCAA Division Three national championship, beating Mary Hardin-Baylor, 28-21.
Doe fools hunter near Worden
December 19, 2004
Out among a herd of does, Roger Schmitt spotted a deer with one of the prettiest set of antlers he’d ever seen.
Ukraine opposition decides against trip after standoff
December 19, 2004
Supporters of Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko reconsidered plans to travel to his opponent’s eastern stronghold after a tense standoff, and a U.S. congressional delegation arrived in Ukraine Saturday to press for fairness in the Dec. 26 runoff election.
Pinochet hospitalized after stroke
Health problems may delay human rights trial
December 19, 2004
Gen. Augusto Pinochet was hospitalized Saturday after suffering a stroke — a day after an appeals court postponed a decision on whether to uphold the former dictator’s indictment and house arrest on human rights charges.
AARP poll finds widespread support for legalized use of medical marijuana
December 19, 2004
Nearly three-fourths of older Americans support legalizing marijuana for medical use, according to a poll done for the nation’s largest advocacy group for seniors.
Ski back East
December 19, 2004
To all regional skiers trapped indoors because of unseasonably warm weather: The cold snap has freed you.
68-year-old carves out niche in nickels
Emporia engraver considered one of top 10 coin chislers in the world
December 19, 2004
Bob Finlay was 6 years old when the only hobo he has ever seen came through Harleyville, asking to dig carrots out of the family garden.
Add a personal touch to gifts for older adults
December 19, 2004
Once again, the holidays are upon us. Everyone has industrious friends who have their holiday shopping completed by the end of summer. But the rest of us are just beginning. And more often than not, the mature adults on our lists pose the greatest challenge.
Calendar
December 19, 2004
Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt., offers activities during the week for residents age 55 and older. Call Senior Services at 842-0543 for more information.
Expert: exercise after-burn’s benefits widely exaggerated
Calories lost vary by intensity of workout
December 19, 2004
After I strode from the gym the other night and headed directly to yet another holiday party, I dove into the bonbons, eclairs and eggnog with confidence: Not only had I obliterated 500 calories on the treadmill but I knew — hey, I read it on the Internet! — that my body was continuing to burn calories at a higher-than-normal rate even after my workout. But waddling home afterward, I wondered about the extent of that so-called after-burn, formally known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption.
Marriage good for your health
Marrieds engage in fewer bad behaviors, report says
December 19, 2004
Married people are healthier than other adults, other than a tendency for husbands to pack on some extra pounds, says the National Center for Health Statistics.
Robert L. Davis
December 19, 2004
Alternative medicine appearing throughout hospitals
December 19, 2004
Cindy Olson bent down to pick up a twig and threw out her back. The pain was excruciating, to say the least.
Area high schools place in High Q competition
December 19, 2004
Teams from Free State High and Lawrence High were two of 16 teams that advanced to televised finals during an academic competition Dec. 4 at Washburn University.
Charlotte M. Frost
December 19, 2004
John L. McCabe
December 19, 2004
Kellerman stays unbeaten; LHS second at Ottawa
December 19, 2004
Nolan Kellerman lost weight last winter to wrestle at 145 pounds, and the move worked as he went 34-9 and qualified for state for the second year in a row.
Off-the-wall patterns land in national retailer’s aisles
KU alumna hopes to land licensing deal
December 19, 2004
Carol Beck doesn’t even pretend that her creations come from any particular vision or tap into any time-tested market niche.
Borrowing to buy stocks is a bad idea
December 19, 2004
Here’s an enticing strategy: Borrow money at today’s low interest rates, then invest it at a higher return, pocketing the difference.
Tips for choosing a worthy cause
December 19, 2004
Experts on charitable giving suggest that consumers check out philanthropic groups before pledging donations.
K.C. publication seeks writing, art
December 19, 2004
Kansas City Voices is seeking fiction, poetry, articles on local points of interest and personal essays with some mention of the Kansas City area.
TV entertainment casts negative image of religion, study says
December 19, 2004
Television entertainment programs today mention God more often than they did in the mid-1990s but tend to depict organized religion negatively, a study released Thursday said.
Discovery of burial sites can provide window into past
December 19, 2004
Three years ago, Chris Widga found bones and tools that had spilled out of a grave and down a slope.
Met’s Costume Institute goes ‘Wild’ with exhibit about fur, feathers, prints
December 19, 2004
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, home of intricate Roman busts, classic 18th-century French furniture and stately presidential portraits, unleashes its wild side with a new exhibit that prominently displays a crudely sewn leather-and-shearling bikini, leopard-print cat suits and feather-covered costumes worthy of a Las Vegas showgirl.
Long lens required for wildlife photos
Behind the Lens
December 19, 2004
Among our staff, I’m probably known best for photographing wildlife. I’ve spent a lot of time driving country roads in the early mornings and evenings, searching for subjects to shoot.
Christmas board books clever, festive
December 19, 2004
Even the smallest child will delight in Little, Brown and Company’s board book Christmas offerings.
What are you reading?
December 19, 2004
Shirley Horn’s tender notes
Singer-pianist triumphs through difficult times
December 19, 2004
These are, in many ways, good times for the venerable Washington singer and pianist Shirley Horn. Last month, the National Endowment for the Arts named Horn, 70, a Jazz Master, recognizing her lifelong contributions to the form, alongside Artie Shaw, Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Smith and George Wein. The $25,000 fellowship was a very sweet bonus.
Notebook
December 19, 2004
¢ Kansas’ Simien hurt; how badly to be seen ¢ Wrong goal
Jayhawk offense breaks out in rout
December 19, 2004
Kansas University’s women’s basketball game against Dartmouth turned into a career fair, as several Jayhawks strengthened their resumes with career highs.
Robinson to rescue
Freshman helps Jayhawks overcome Gamecocks
December 19, 2004
Kansas University freshman Russell Robinson admitted he was nervous as he toed the free-throw line with 13.9 seconds left in Saturday night’s nailbiter against South Carolina at Allen Fieldhouse.
Woodling: Makeshift lineup sparks KU victory
December 19, 2004
A quick scouring of the Kansas University men’s basketball record book turned up no evidence of a possible record.
Could bin Laden make a dent in U.S. economy?
December 19, 2004
Osama bin Laden claims to have bled the Soviet Union into bankruptcy as an Islamic guerrilla fighter in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Could he do the same to another hated superpower: the United States?
Bookstore
December 19, 2004
Faces and places
December 19, 2004