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Judge declares mistrial in Wittig trial
December 20, 2004
(Updated Monday at 3:12 p.m.) The federal fraud trial of former Westar Energy Inc. chief executive David Wittig and his top deputy ended Monday in a mistrial after jurors could not reach a verdict on more than half of the charges.
People
December 20, 2004
¢ Soprano Renata Tebaldi dies ¢ A fortunate film ¢ Bandida amigas ¢ Free of ‘Idol’ doubts ¢ The best seller
Anthony to sit tonight
December 20, 2004
Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony will miss tonight’s game against the Phoenix Suns because of a sprained ankle.
Roy helps No. 18 Cougars upend No. 12 Wolfpack
December 20, 2004
Last week in practice with Washington’s scout team, Brandon Roy was pretending to be North Carolina State standout Julius Hodge.
Poll: Half in U.S. troubled by debt
December 20, 2004
Shoppers are racing from store to store this holiday season, with credit cards clutched tightly in hand and visions of future bills dancing in their heads.
State tax burden not out of line
December 20, 2004
Do Kansans need a constitutional amendment to protect them from their elected representatives? According to State Rep. Brenda Landwehr, they do. In support of an a constitutional amendment that would impose numerical limits on the rate of growth of state expenditures based on inflation and population growth, she asserts that “the Legislature had not been able to maintain control over spending, so the people should” (Lawrence Journal World, Dec. 6, page 5A).
Retired art teacher creates holiday spirit with giant Santas
December 20, 2004
Sitting at her kitchen table, Jane Howard uses both hands to sculpt the face of Santa Claus.
Obscure Russian group buys Yukos assets
Production unit goes for half-price at $9.3B
December 20, 2004
An unknown group made the only bid Sunday for the main production unit of Russia’s largest oil producer, Yukos, agreeing to pay $9.3 billion and gaining control of one of Russia’s most prized assets for half of what foreign auditors say it was worth.
The week ahead
December 20, 2004
Salina teen celebrates Quinceanera
Ceremony serves as rite of passage for 15-year-old Hispanic girls
December 20, 2004
The 14 attendants stood in two straight lines between Kenia Esparza and her father, Leonardo, as father and daughter completed the last dance of her girlhood.
Meals on Wheels seeking drivers
December 20, 2004
Meals on Wheels needs drivers, particularly over the holiday break when many Kansas University student volunteers are out of town. Volunteers deliver meals to the homebound between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Deliveries generally take less than an hour. Volunteers also are needed at the hospital food preparation site to answer questions and phones while delivery volunteers are distributing meals.
Jean Harper
December 20, 2004
Prescription plan hopes to become national model
Kansas one of four states importing cheaper drugs
December 20, 2004
In I-SaveRx’s first three months, only about 1,900 people enrolled in the multistate program to import cheaper prescription drugs from Europe and Canada, but administrators are already looking at ways to expand.
Solstice celebration ancient Plains ritual
December 20, 2004
Long before the first Europeans walked on Kansas soil, American Indians celebrated the prairie and its December night skies.
2004 highlights reviewed
December 20, 2004
Just what were the most memorable small-screen moments of the past year? Find out when Tom Bergeron hosts “Greatest Moments 2004” (7 p.m., ABC). Compiled by a weekly TV listings magazine, this roundup includes Ashlee Simpson’s “Saturday Night Live” lip-synching gaffe; Ken Jennings’ “Jeopardy” streak; and the much-hyped “Friends” finale.
Growth gives new direction for roads
Turnpike authority, KDOT planning key improvements
December 20, 2004
Wider roads and good coffee. What more could a driver want? Several hundred million dollars’ worth of road projects are either under way or in the works for northeast Kansas.
District to keep pushing until school needs met
School board hopes topic less divisive in next election
December 20, 2004
Despite continuing public complaints over school closings and voter rejection of a bond issue in 2003, Lawrence school board members say they are ready to take a new bond proposal to the public.
Briefly
December 20, 2004
¢ Racial animosity may have spurred arson ¢ Retailers see little late holiday buying ¢ Slain Marine’s father apologizes for van fire ¢ Crash closes I-80; dozens of cars involved ¢ Four found slain in abandoned Jeep
Chargers clinch AFC West
San Diego blanks Cleveland for eighth straight win
December 20, 2004
Those lightning-bolt decals streaking across their helmets never have been more fitting: The San Diego Chargers have shocked the NFL — and maybe even themselves.
Role reversal
Lowly Kansas City hammers Denver
December 20, 2004
After three straight victories, the Kansas City Chiefs have to be careful not to pout about what might have been.
White Christmases usually only a dream in Kansas
December 20, 2004
Are you dreaming of a White Christmas, just like the one Bing Crosby sang about? Well, as the rock band Aerosmith sang, Dream On.
Area briefs
December 20, 2004
¢ Early morning fire kills three in K.C. ¢ 23 students nominated to attend academies ¢ Kansas/Asia program selects 25 students ¢ Kansas universities honored in magazine ¢ Safe Kids honors members, groups
Oh, no!
It has a different name but the creationism flap is likely to again make Kansas the butt of late-night talk show jokes and newspaper editorial cartoons.
December 20, 2004
Here we go again. Creationism or intelligent design, as it’s now called, again is being raised before the Kansas State Board of Education in connection with our youngsters’ education requirements.
CIA uses scare tactics to sway Iraq election
December 20, 2004
Scare tactics played a larger-than-usual role in U.S. elections in November. They are now being unleashed in Iraq in hopes of saving the rapidly sinking campaign of the CIA’s favorite local politician, Ayad Allawi.
A coincidence?
December 20, 2004
Bring back true Christmas
December 20, 2004
In Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Ebenezer Scrooge is surrounded by merriment and acts of charity. None of it, not even the long-suffering kindness of his nephew, has the slightest influence on his hard heart. It is only when the angel prototypes — the “ghosts” of Christmas Past, Present and Future — confront him with what might be called his “sin” that Scrooge comes to his senses, repents and is “converted.”
Virginia Democrat makes mark
December 20, 2004
An exhortation that echoed here 140 years ago — “On to Richmond!” — may soon be heard from Democrats wandering the country in search of a path out of the political wilderness. They will trek to Virginia’s capital to take the measure of Mark Warner.
Deck the yard
Resident’s house aglow for holidays
December 20, 2004
Preparing for the holiday season means a lot of work for Lawrence resident John Humphrey. There’s the shopping and the entertaining of guests. But Humphrey has another project during the holiday season which can be time-consuming: Christmas lights.
To-do list
December 20, 2004
¢ Orchestra to give benefit performance ¢ Nativity festival concludes Friday ¢ KU basketball team to play in Kemper ¢ Church to play host to community dinner
Briefcase
December 20, 2004
¢ Survey: Gas prices continue dropping ¢ Kia Spectra fares poorly in crash test
Two towns mourn slain mother
Missouri, Kansas communities try to cope with murder, kidnapping
December 20, 2004
Churchgoers in two communities stunned by the murder of an expectant mother whose baby was cut from her womb grieved for the young woman Sunday and struggled to understand her grisly death.
Neighborhood luminarias help light up holiday spirit
December 20, 2004
Streets were aglow with candlelight Sunday night in southern Lawrence’s Indian Hills neighborhood as residents participated in their annual Christmas luminaria.
True believers
December 20, 2004
Bloody Sunday bodes ill for Iraq
Bombings kill 60 civilians; election workers executed as vote draws near
December 20, 2004
Car bombs tore through a Najaf funeral procession and Karbala’s main bus station Sunday, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 120 in the two Shiite holy cities. In Baghdad, gunmen launched a bold ambush, executing three election officials, in their campaign to disrupt next month’s parliamentary ballot.
Time names president Person of the Year
December 20, 2004
After winning re-election and “reshaping the rules of politics to fit his 10-gallon-hat leadership style,” President George Bush for the second time was chosen as Time magazine’s Person of the Year.
Rumsfeld to sign condolence letters
Stamped signature upsets families of killed soldiers
December 20, 2004
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has decided to personally sign condolence letters to the family members of U.S. troops killed in action rather than letting a machine affix his signature.
Security intensified for inauguration
December 20, 2004
President Bush will be sworn in next month for a second term amid the tightest security in inaugural history, with police planning to search every one of the tens of thousands of people expected to line the parade route.
Ninth Street study to be considered
Lawrence City Commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at www.lawrenceks.org
December 20, 2004
City commissioners will discuss a possible corridor study of Ninth Street between Kentucky and Maine streets.
Hall’s TD return sets tone for Chiefs
December 20, 2004
Dante Hall was right on target in his kickoff return and equally unerring in his postgame remarks.
Brady finds ways to beat Dolphins
December 20, 2004
Tom Brady walked off his home field two months ago with mediocre statistics, a bandaged chin — and a victory on the scoreboard.
Red Raiders stunned
December 20, 2004
Carrie Mason scored Virginia Tech’s final four points in overtime to lead the Hokies to a 71-70 victory over No. 12 Texas Tech on Sunday.
Commentary: Yanks to open checkbook for Beltran
Outfielder may stay in Houston, however, citing a desire to stay in friendly, upbeat clubhouse
December 20, 2004
With Randy Johnson still a few days away from his official unveiling in the Bronx, George Steinbrenner is reloading his cash rifle, ready to overwhelm Carlos Beltran with enough money to blunt the Astros’ compelling sales pitch, and to keep long-shot suitors such as the Tigers and the Mets in the background.
Cardinals shopping for infielders
Today is deadline to offer contracts to unsigned players
December 20, 2004
Now that the St. Louis Cardinals have acquired a pitcher for the top of the rotation, they’ll turn their attention to the middle infield.
Newspaper alleges schools cheating on test
December 20, 2004
Dozens of Texas schools appear to have cheated on the state’s redesigned academic achievement test, casting doubt on whether the accountability system can reliably measure how schools are performing, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Two preps from Texas pick KU for football
December 20, 2004
Kansas University’s football team received oral commitments from a pair of players from Texas over the weekend.
Robinson ‘stepped up’
Freshman’s confidence gets boost in narrow victory
December 20, 2004
Christian Moody didn’t hesitate when asked what good could come out of Saturday night’s narrow basketball victory over South Carolina.
Simien suffers sprain; status undetermined
December 20, 2004
Kansas University senior Wayne Simien suffered a sprained left thumb in Saturday’s victory over South Carolina.
On the record
December 20, 2004
Sylvester Eugene Rothwell
December 20, 2004
Russell L. Cook
December 20, 2004
City briefs
December 20, 2004
¢ Bookstore receives education award ¢ KU dean elected to council’s board ¢ Engineering student writes 2nd-place paper ¢ KU professor to lead research program
Fugitive-arrest operation stings more at holidays
December 20, 2004
More than 100 people wanted for crimes ranging from passing bad checks to assault have been nabbed in an elaborate police sting that fooled suspects into thinking they were receiving unclaimed money.
Police seek robber of ice cream store
December 20, 2004
Lawrence Police on Sunday were looking for a man armed with what may have been a pistol who robbed the Baskin-Robbins ice cream store, 1524 W. 23rd St.
OSU moves up to No. 3
Kansas remains third in AP poll
December 20, 2004
Oklahoma State received its highest ranking in more than 12 years, moving up one spot Monday to No. 3 in The Associated Press college basketball poll while Illinois and Kansas were the top two teams for the third straight week.
MU big man plays big role in win
December 20, 2004
Linas Kleiza’s jump shot was not working, judging from his 3-for-10 day. So he drew fouls most of the second half.
Miami claims eighth straight victory
Shaq’s passing down stretch helps Heat bounce Magic, 117-107
December 20, 2004
When the Miami Heat gave Shaquille O’Neal a chance to keep their winning streak going, he passed. Twice.
Horoscopes
December 20, 2004
Injured soldier’s education mission accomplished
December 20, 2004
Recovering in a hospital bed late last year, surrounded by wounded soldiers, Sgt. Chuck Bartles had plenty on his mind. The blast.