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Deterioration
Even the sanctity of the U.S. mail has been violated by the criminally inclined.
December 22, 2004
It is difficult to find anything “sacred” anymore. So many among us are so devoted to violating one element of trust after another that we almost need scorecards to keep track of what still might happen next.
Another gesture
December 22, 2004
City briefs
December 22, 2004
¢ Ceremony planned for returning troops ¢ Police chase described in KU robbery trial ¢ CJHS student reports sexual battery ¢ ‘River City Weekly’ airs Vespers, parade
Dish machine
Unselfishness paying off as Miles nears assist records
December 22, 2004
Aaron Miles doesn’t dwell on personal accomplishments. “It’s nice, but I don’t think about that much. Probably next year or the year after, I’ll start to think about that stuff,” said Miles, Kansas University’s 6-foot-1 senior point guard from Portland, Ore., who rapidly is approaching two significant assist milestones.
Jackson earns start
December 22, 2004
Hard work in practice has paid for Kansas University freshman forward Darnell Jackson, who will start in place of the injured Wayne Simien in tonight’s game against Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Notebook
December 22, 2004
Horoscopes
December 22, 2004
Heat winning streak hits nine
December 22, 2004
When Dwyane Wade missed a pair of games earlier this season with a sore ankle, Shaquille O’Neal vowed to pick up the slack.
Briefly
December 22, 2004
¢ Former P.M.’s husband arrested in slaying ¢ Stalin’s hometown celebrates birthday ¢ Putin says sale of oil fields legitimate ¢ World Bank chief seeks Palestinian reforms
Bridge project ends at site where Indian remains found
December 22, 2004
State officials Tuesday ended all work at a bridge construction yard after sinking $58 million into a project halted by the ongoing discovery of hundreds of Indian remains and ancient artifacts.
Foundation seeks $10,000 more for student aid
Program funds scholarships, East Heights center
December 22, 2004
Eric Saler might become an accountant someday, but until then, he rattles off some simple math.
Phantom’ a scary affair for all the wrong reasons
December 22, 2004
Thanks to the success of recent musicals like 2001 Best Picture nominee “Moulin Rouge” and 2002 Best Picture winner “Chicago,” more have been making their way to the big screen. However, the latest big-budget extravaganza, a new film adaptation of “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera,” won’t be winning any Oscar kudos come February, unless it is for the lavish set design that unsuccessfully masks its dreary demeanor and slow pace.
Damage unknown after two-alarm fire
December 22, 2004
A fire that broke out in John and Marie Gibbon’s south Lawrence house Tuesday afternoon did more than just cause damage. It killed a longtime friend.
Studies citing painkillers’ danger create headache for consumers
December 22, 2004
With Vioxx off the market, a black box warning on Bextra, and new-generation Celebrex and old standby Aleve tied to possible heart risk, patients are confused. And there are no easy answers, doctors say.
Daily ticker
December 22, 2004
Hundreds gather for slain pregnant victim’s funeral
December 22, 2004
Hundreds of mourners gathered Tuesday in this small northwestern Missouri farming community to bury a young woman who was strangled and whose baby was cut from her womb.
Fockers’ capitalizes on comedic discomfort
December 22, 2004
Contemporary comedy has learned how to profit from the discomfort of others.
Briefly
December 22, 2004
¢ Businessman freed in sex video case ¢ Sudan rebels pledge no new Darfur attacks ¢ Political visit strains Japan, China relations ¢ Ruling party candidate wins presidency
Jesus still can be found at holiday
December 22, 2004
When I was a kid, we sang Christmas carols in school each December. We had Christmas concerts, Christmas parties and Christmas dances. None of that generic “holiday” stuff, no programs full of numbers like “Frosty the Snowman” and other winter ditties carefully chosen for their lack of religious content. Oh, we sang some of those, but we also had the standards, all the sweet songs about the manger and the baby.
Death penalty not practical
December 22, 2004
The recent decision of the Kansas Supreme Court invalidating the Kansas death penalty statute presents the Kansas Legislature an opportunity and a choice. Although the attorney general will appeal this ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, there is no reason the Legislature cannot revisit the statute on its own.
Not science
December 22, 2004
A new leaf
December 22, 2004
Commodities
December 22, 2004
Mother sues Wal-Mart over gun sale
December 22, 2004
Near the end of her short life, Shayla Stewart, a diagnosed manic-depressive and schizophrenic, assaulted police officers and was arrested for attacking a fellow customer at a Denton Wal-Mart where she had a prescription for anti-psychotic medication.
People
December 22, 2004
¢ Harry Potter to reappear July 16 ¢ Clark remains in hospital ¢ Alley ready to lose it ¢ Film critics pick ‘Sideways’ ¢ Ashlee Simpson to tour
Prosecutors weighing options for retrying Westar execs
December 22, 2004
A day after the federal fraud trial of two former Westar Energy Inc. executives ended in a mistrial, prosecutors began the process Tuesday of deciding whether to retry the case.
Westar won’t pursue wind power for now
December 22, 2004
The state’s wind energy future remains promising despite Westar Energy Inc.’s decision not to pursue any proposed projects for now, the governor’s chief energy adviser said Tuesday.
Family finds gifts from ‘Heaven’s Helpers’
Blue plastic tub full of Christmas presents complete surprise for couple
December 22, 2004
Monica Stark grudgingly woke up at her husband’s request Tuesday morning. Gary Stark had walked outside the family’s home, located in the 2600 block of Mayfair Drive, and found a blue plastic tub full of gifts that appeared to be either hastily wrapped or wrapped by children. Labels on most of the packages say the presents are from “Heaven’s Helpers” or “God’s Helpers.” Wanting to share his find, Gary Stark woke his wife.
City Hall report
Weekly review of city government
December 22, 2004
¢ Fee increase approved for Eagle Bend ¢ Library draws interest ¢ Area development to be examined ¢ City sets goals
On the record
December 22, 2004
No charity?
December 22, 2004
Ruth Irene Finley
December 22, 2004
Area briefs
December 22, 2004
¢ KPR show wins awards ¢ Kansas Humanities Council awards grants ¢ Lawrence resident named to Labor post ¢ Engineering programs developed for teen girls ¢ Drug discount card deadline approaches ¢ Teen charged with murder in baby’s death
Yankees’ bid for Johnson falls apart
Dodgers pull out of deal with New York, Arizona
December 22, 2004
The Los Angeles Dodgers withdrew Tuesday from the proposed three-team, 10-player trade that would have sent Randy Johnson from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the New York Yankees.
AP tells BCS to stop using its poll
December 22, 2004
The Associated Press has told the Bowl Championship Series to stop using its college football poll to determine which teams play for the national title and in the most prestigious bowl games.
Iowa’s Alford schools mentor Knight
Hawkeyes hammer Texas Tech; Okie State, K-State remain unbeaten
December 22, 2004
This is one victory Steve Alford won’t savor.
McCants sits; Heels roll
December 22, 2004
Stuck in traffic and fuming, Rashad McCants kept control of his emotions. He did the same later when North Carolina coach Roy Williams told him he wouldn’t be starting.
Sooners upend Utah
December 22, 2004
Oklahoma got 17 points from Erin Higgins and snapped No. 25 Utah’s seven-game winning streak with a 72-59 victory Tuesday night.
Jaguars’ Darius fined $75,000
December 22, 2004
Jacksonville safety Donovin Darius was fined $75,000 by the NFL on Tuesday for a hit across the neck of Green Bay’s Robert Ferguson that left the wide receiver temporarily paralyzed.
Study disputes notion that holidays keep death at bay
December 22, 2004
Death takes no holiday, according to a study that challenges the widely held notion that dying people can somehow hold on until after Christmas or other important events in their lives.
Rams’ Little loses bid to overturn DUI charge
December 22, 2004
The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a St. Louis Rams defensive lineman’s request to have a felony drunken-driving charge thrown out, declining comment on Leonard Little’s claim that the law behind the count was unconstitutional.
Brawl decision expected soon
December 22, 2004
Arbitrator Roger Kaplan said Tuesday he would issue a ruling “in the next couple of days” on an appeal of the brawl-related suspensions given to four members of the Indiana Pacers.
Egg substitutes help concoct safe nog
December 22, 2004
You can still make your favorite eggnog recipe at home if you follow some precautions or take some alternative steps to avoid including raw eggs in your recipe.
Captors release French journalists
December 22, 2004
Joy swept France with the release Tuesday in Iraq of two French reporters held hostage for four months. The government said Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot should be home for Christmas.
Site of Jesus’ first miracle believed found
December 22, 2004
Among the roots of ancient olive trees, archaeologists have found pieces of large stone jars of the type the Gospel says Jesus used when he turned water into wine at a Jewish wedding in the Galilee village of Cana.
At least 20 Americans killed in mortar attack
Blast single deadliest strike on troops in Iraq
December 22, 2004
A 122 mm rocket slammed into a mess tent Tuesday at a military base near the northern city of Mosul, ripping through the ceiling and spraying shrapnel as U.S. soldiers sat down to lunch. Officials said 22 people were killed in the deadliest single attack against Americans in Iraq since the start of the war.
Kansas population growth among nation’s slowest
U.S. Census ranks state 42nd in new estimate
December 22, 2004
Kansas is one of the slowest-growing states in the nation, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates to be released today.
Panel says drug imports too costly
Safety measures would eliminate savings, group says
December 22, 2004
Making imported drugs safe for Americans would be so expensive that U.S. consumers would see a price break of only about 1 percent, a Bush administration advisory task force said Tuesday.
Wesley Snipes sues NYC, prosecutors who seek his DNA in paternity suit
December 22, 2004
Action film star Wesley Snipes sued the city Monday, charging that it had no jurisdiction to seek his DNA in a paternity suit filed in Indiana by a woman he said was crack-addicted and mentally ill.
Foxx makes a personal plea for adoption
December 22, 2004
Jamie Foxx plays host to “A Home for the Holidays 2004” (7 p.m., CBS), an annual entertainment special, now in its sixth year, celebrating and promoting adoption. Foxx, recently nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his acclaimed role in the film “Ray,” was adopted by his grandmother when he was just an infant. He has spoken publicly, often with much emotion, about her role in his life.
Digital cameras capture top spot in electronics for holiday shoppers
Analysts predict 10 million of the gadgets will be sold during fourth quarter
December 22, 2004
A novelty item just four or five years ago, the digital camera is shaping up as the most popular electronics gift in 2004, according to the Consumer Electronics Assn.
Serologicals shares raise $105.16M
Proceeds to help pay off Lawrence plant
December 22, 2004
How does a fast-growing biosciences company get $105.16 million in a hurry?
Investors jolly on earnings, Intel news
Santa Claus’ rally helps lift Dow to 3 1/2-year high
December 22, 2004
The stock market barreled higher Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrials to a new 3 1/2-year high as two Wall Street firms reported better-than-expected earnings and a brokerage gave tech bellwether Intel Corp. a ratings upgrade.
H&R Block subsidiary to pay $500,000 fine
December 22, 2004
A subsidiary of H&R Block Inc. said Tuesday it had agreed to pay $500,000 in fines to settle charges that two former brokers helped a hedge fund engage in improper trading practices.
Briefcase
December 22, 2004
¢ 12,500 controllers high on FAA’s radar ¢ Aquila to shed power supply pact ¢ Expedia to anchor new online company ¢ Airbus lands first A350 commitments
Battlefield chow built for speed
December 22, 2004
It’s a fact of war: Soldiers have to eat. When they’re in the rear or on a base, it’s not such a big problem. There’s always a chow hall of some sort.
Fondue part of holiday rituals
December 22, 2004
I’m always intrigued by holiday food traditions, and I find the meals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to be among the most interesting. That’s because the menus aren’t etched in stone — as they are at Thanksgiving, for instance — and each family has an opportunity to ritualize different foods.
Judge: Branson gave ineffective counsel
Newly elected D.A. overlooked client’s previous felony conviction
December 22, 2004
A judge found Tuesday that the county’s incoming chief prosecutor gave ineffective representation last year as defense attorney for a man charged with aggravated assault.
Ex-swim coach Kempf takes AD job at Asbury
December 22, 2004
Gary Kempf, who has served the past 27 years as a coach and administrator at Kansas University, has accepted the position of athletic director at Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky.
Study finds modest drop in drug use by teenagers
Increase noted in use of inhalants
December 22, 2004
Fewer teen-agers are smoking cigarettes or using illegal drugs, but a survey released Tuesday shows a troubling increase in the use of inhalants by younger adolescents.
Tax reform to come in steps
December 22, 2004
President Bush’s campaign to make the tax code simpler, fairer and more pro-growth is likely to involve incremental changes to the current system rather than a sweeping effort to scrap the venerable income tax for a radically new approach, such as a national sales tax.
Ga. Tech routs Syracuse
Ball, Jackets roll, 51-14
December 22, 2004
Maybe Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey will ease up on Reggie Ball.
K.C. cuts struggling punter Cheek
December 22, 2004
The Kansas City Chiefs released punter Steve Cheek on Tuesday and signed Nick Murphy, who played in three games for Baltimore this year.
Reds sign Randa
December 22, 2004
Third baseman Joe Randa agreed Tuesday to a $2.15 million, one-year contract with the Reds, ending Cincinnati’s plan to move right fielder Austin Kearns to the position next season.
Yushchenko convoy blocked in east
Supporters can’t enter opponent’s stronghold in Ukraine
December 22, 2004
Supporters of presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko traveling in a convoy of 50 orange-draped cars ran into a roadblock of his rival’s backers Tuesday and failed to carry their campaign into this industrial city — a center of opposition to Yushchenko.
Wellsville falls, 58-52
December 22, 2004
Wellsville High’s boys basketball team fell to Osage City, 58-52, Tuesday. Kyle Rush scored 13 points, Dan Erlacher 11 and Scott Samsel 10 for Wellsville (1-3). The Eagles will travel Jan. 4 to De Soto.
Briefly
December 22, 2004
¢ Governor’s race recount goes to Democrat ¢ Delta 4 rocket falls short on first flight ¢ City to pay fine for gorilla escape ¢ Two top executives at Fannie Mae ousted
Hallman, Kemp solid, but KU women tumble
December 22, 2004
The Kansas University women’s basketball team had three players score in double figures on Tuesday, but a solid shooting night by Creighton led to a 68-63 victory for the Bluejays at the Civic Auditorium.
Two more recruits commit to Jayhawks
December 22, 2004
The Kansas University football team has had a good week.
Hunters, Boy Scouts turn to MREs
December 22, 2004
Soldiers aren’t the only ones who eat MREs (Meal, Ready-to-Eat), the military’s field-and-combat ration.
City approves homeless funding
Agencies can offer services 24 hours
December 22, 2004
On a night when temperatures fell well below freezing, Lawrence city commissioners approved a funding request designed to make sure homeless residents always have a place to go.
N. Ireland bank robbery one of world’s biggest
December 22, 2004
In one of the world’s biggest robberies, thieves took the families of two top bankers hostage and forced the bosses to help them steal more than $39 million from the vaults of a Belfast bank’s main office, authorities said Tuesday.
Signs say Shanahan must go
Broncos owner continues to stand by coach
December 22, 2004
Just like many of the players they lead, successful NFL coaches have a most unfortunate flaw: They rarely know when it’s time to go.
Easing female combat ban is bad move
December 22, 2004
Far more serious than the short-term consequences of some poorly armored vehicles in Iraq are the potential long-term consequences of putting female soldiers in ground combat units.