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Plaster found guilty in car-jacking trial
December 23, 2004
(Web Posted Wednesday at 5:32 p.m.) A jury has found a Tonganoxie man guilty of a car jacking in the parking garage of an all-female Kansas University residence hall.
Police arrest suspect in late-night shooting
December 23, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 2:25 p.m.) Police have a 19-year-old man in custody in connection with a shooting Tuesday night at Boardwalk Apartments, 524 Frontier Rd.
KU police catch peeping tom
December 23, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 11:29 a.m.) Kansas University police say they caught a peeping Tom on Wednesday afternoon in McCollum Hall minutes after he opened the curtain on a female student’s shower stall.
Briefly
December 23, 2004
¢ Judge hears arguments on gay-marriage ban ¢ Coast Guard calls off search for fishermen ¢ New burn standard for mattresses proposed ¢ Records show Arafat invested in bowling alley
Birthday girl helps soldier’s family
Gift used to buy children’s presents
December 23, 2004
It’s better to give than to receive. Just ask 11-year-old Taylor Criss, a fifth-grader at Eudora West Elementary School.
Attack now blamed on suicide bomber
December 23, 2004
The U.S. military said Wednesday that a suicide bomber likely carried out the explosion at a U.S. base near Mosul, spraying a crowded mess tent with small pellets and killing 22 people — nearly all of them Americans.
Cash seized in bank heist may be virtually worthless
December 23, 2004
On an icy, black Sunday night, police officers brought terrible news to the rural idyll of Kevin McMullan’s home: A relative had just been killed in a car crash, they said. It was a lie — and it launched one of the world’s biggest bank robberies.
Briefly
December 23, 2004
¢ Blair proposes talks to restart peace process ¢ Opposition leader warns of more threats ¢ Ballistic missile’s test-firing successful ¢ State oil company acquires Yukos buyer ¢ U.S. company admits mercury pollution
What really lures business?
December 23, 2004
Texas recently unseated North Carolina as the most business-friendly state in the country, according to Site Selection magazine, and its “not-so-secret weapon,” the editors say, is a $295 million fund established in 2003 “to help lure projects to the state.”
Bush should meet with Putin
December 23, 2004
President Bush will meet with Vladimir Putin in February to try to salvage the “good personal relationship” that Bush insists he still has and still wants with the beleaguered but defiant Russian president.
Aviator’ renews fascination with Hughes’ Hollywood life
December 23, 2004
He shot Hollywood’s first multimillion-dollar epic. He stretched boundaries on sex and violence. He launched the careers of Jean Harlow and Jane Russell, and his many Hollywood loves included Katharine Hepburn and Ava Gardner.
Garden aglow
Lawrence master gardener lights the land
December 23, 2004
Margarete Johnson loves to garden. She loves it so much, in fact, she can’t keep her hands out of her garden — even during the cold winter months.
Effie Hess
December 23, 2004
McNamara ‘different player’ in Syracuse win
Junior guard has 19 points, 10 assists, 9 rebounds in Orange’s 88-72 victory
December 23, 2004
Gerry McNamara has that swagger again. Coming off two lackluster performances, the junior guard had 19 points, 10 assists and a career-high nine rebounds to lead No. 7 Syracuse past Rice, 88-72, Wednesday night.
Standout Gordon to pass on baseball
December 23, 2004
Charles Gordon can blame his stellar season on the football field for his decision to stick with one sport at Kansas University.
Notebook
December 23, 2004
¢ Kansas’ Miles sets Big 12 assists record ¢ Smalls play a lot ¢ Seeing red ¢ Kemper friendly ¢ Sort of a road trip ¢ Crowd talk
Carroll L. Ammar
December 23, 2004
Sebelius fears court will run schools
Governor urges Legislature to take action on unresolved budget
December 23, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday she worried the Kansas Supreme Court would claim oversight of the state’s public schools if legislators fail to satisfy the court’s coming ruling on education funding.
Panthers bemoan missed shots
December 23, 2004
About the only shots falling for Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s men’s basketball team Wednesday were those coming off the hot hand of guard Ed McCants.
Horoscopes
December 23, 2004
Forty just fine with Iverson
December 23, 2004
Allen Iverson got exactly what he wanted Wednesday night, and it wasn’t a third straight 50-point game.
Civilians step in to help Marines get toys to tots
December 23, 2004
Civilian volunteers have rushed in to help run the Marine Corps’ annual Toys for Tots drive because the soldiers have their hands full in Iraq.
Harold V. Leslie
December 23, 2004
Illini gain ‘Braggin’ Rights’
Top-ranked team holds off MU, 70-64
December 23, 2004
Top-ranked Illinois faced adversity for the first time this season. That means a coaching opportunity for Bruce Weber the next time he puts in a game tape.
Happy holiday break
Galindo steps up for Jayhawks
December 23, 2004
Alex Galindo is off to Texas today to spend Christmas with his girlfriend and her family members. You can bet it’ll be a happy holiday for Kansas University’s 6-foot-7 freshman guard/forward from Puerto Rico.
Woodling: Langford key for KU to survive without Simien
December 23, 2004
Alex Galindo was a hot topic of conversation. To a lesser extent so, too, were a couple of other Kansas University freshmen — Russell Robinson and C.J. Giles.
KU’s Simien keeps his spirits up
December 23, 2004
Wayne Simien did what he could to help the Kansas University men’s basketball team Wednesday: high-five his teammates, give them words of encouragement and pump them up whenever he got the chance.
Briefly
December 23, 2004
¢ Electronic gadgets top wish list ¢ Shoe-box gifts
Mounting debt
Running up the debt on a credit card may seem like a shortcut to a happy holiday, but the post-holiday stress just isn’t worth it.
December 23, 2004
What a sad statistic. An Associated Press poll released this week indicated that about half of Americans are worried about how much they owe.
Novel focuses on environmental fears
December 23, 2004
In today’s segmented America, Michael Crichton’s new novel, “State of Fear,” might seem to be just reading for red states. Granted, a character resembling Martin Sheen — Crichton’s character is a prototypical Hollywood liberal who plays the president in a television series — meets an appropriately grisly fate. But blue states, too — no, especially — need Crichton’s fable about the ecology of public opinion.
Standard politics
December 23, 2004
Smoke standards
December 23, 2004
Smoking rights
December 23, 2004
Growth indicator tops estimates
December 23, 2004
The economy revved up its engine in the third quarter and advanced at an annual rate of 4 percent, a pace faster than previously thought.
Commodities
December 23, 2004
Airport patdowns for women modified
December 23, 2004
In response to numerous complaints from women, the government has ordered airport security personnel to avoid touching female passengers between their breasts when performing patdowns.
Texan first owner of copied cat
December 23, 2004
The cat’s out of the bag — a North Texas woman paid $50,000 to have her kitty cloned.
Improvements cited in nursing home care
December 23, 2004
About 35,000 fewer nursing home residents are kept in restraints on a daily basis — down 23 percent from two years ago — according to a federal report released Wednesday that also found fewer patients in pain.
Survivor’ survives its dullest season yet
December 23, 2004
Christmas comes early for “Survivor” fans. The torches of Vanuatu may have been quenched, but the long-running reality show lives on. CBS has announced plans for at least two additional seasons, running through 2006. While you’d think that a series as dull as “Vanuatu: Islands of Fire” would give programmers some pause, even a sluggish “Survivor” remains the most popular reality show on television. No episode of “The O.C.,” “Joey” or “Will & Grace” ever came close to dethroning Jeff Probst’s games of shuffle board, puzzles and crockery smashing. Of course, that may say more about the competition than about “Survivor.”
Create your own winter car kit
December 23, 2004
Nothing dampens the holidays like your car breaking down on the way to Grandma’s house.
Compost pile, tools, fireplace ashes need attention
December 23, 2004
Another Midwest gardening season is complete, but there are still a few activities that need attention. Compost piles should be turned; gardening tools need to be cleaned and put away; and mounds of fireplace ashes have to be taken care of appropriately. Here are a few tips to help you handle these chores before the holiday rush:
Daily ticker
December 23, 2004
Gift cards register retail change
Stores miss out on profits as recipients cash in during after-holiday sales
December 23, 2004
The increasing popularity of gift cards is shifting an ever-larger percentage of holiday sales past Christmas into January and even later — and that’s both good and bad news for merchants.
K.C. firm to build fertilizer plants on island
December 23, 2004
A Kansas City, Kan.-based company born out of the bankruptcy of Farmland Industries Inc. is about to build four new fertilizer plants on a Caribbean island.
Boeing lands orders
Japanese pact offers answer to Airbus deal
December 23, 2004
A day after European aircraft maker Airbus SAS landed its first 10 orders for the A350, a wide-body plane that will compete directly with Boeing Co.’s new 7E7 Dreamliner passenger jet, its U.S. rival delivered a rapid counterpunch by selling 30 7E7s.
Fannie Mae works to restore credibility
December 23, 2004
The forced departure of Franklin D. Raines as chief executive of Fannie Mae hardly ends the turmoil at the nation’s second largest financial institution. Civil, criminal and congressional investigations are under way as the mortgage giant’s interim managers begin what could be a lengthy process of cleaning up the books and re-establishing its credibility.
French journalists get grand welcome
December 23, 2004
Two French journalists released by militants in Iraq returned Wednesday to a jubilant France and described a four-month ordeal during which masked gunmen shuttled them among five hide-outs and interrogated them at length as combat thundered nearby.
Wichita to improve ADA compliance
December 23, 2004
After years of resistance, Wichita’s government has taken a major step toward making public buildings, parks and other city property accessible to people with disabilities, a lawyer for a group that sued the city said Wednesday.
Ex-Emporia State coach joins KU soccer program
December 23, 2004
Kara Lowrey, head soccer coach at Emporia State, has been named an assistant coach at Kansas University.
Area agencies, offices announce holiday hours
December 23, 2004
Christmas is Saturday, but for many people in the work force, the holiday begins Friday, if not sooner.
On the record
December 23, 2004
John Floyd Bichelmeyer
December 23, 2004
Joan Bichelmeyer Grimm
December 23, 2004
Briefcase
December 23, 2004
¢ EU court demands Microsoft changes ¢ Mortgage rates rise ¢ Jesse Jackson seeks Sprint-Nextel meeting ¢ FCC fines owner of KC-area station ¢ Kmart, Sears give FTC time for review
Winter challenges gardeners’ fortitude
December 23, 2004
As shredded leaves fill the compost heap and the asters and toad lilies bloom their last, it can be tempting to simply batten down the garden and retreat indoors for the winter.
Decorative plants can also feed wildlife
December 23, 2004
As bulldozers gobble up natural habitats for wildlife, backyard havens for these animals become increasingly important. And the trees, shrubs, and vines in our backyards can provide, besides shelter, winter food at a time when natural foods are apt to be scarce.
Area briefs
December 23, 2004
¢ Baker U. president to receive award ¢ Health policy program slated for lawmakers ¢ State loans available for ‘green’ care facilities
Shooting follows noise dispute
Suspect arrested after incident at Boardwalk Apartments
December 23, 2004
A confrontation about a series of loud parties ended with a 19-year-old man opening fire on a crowd of people and injuring two Tuesday night in the parking lot of Boardwalk Apartments, 524 Frontier Road, witnesses said.
City briefs
December 23, 2004
¢ Death ruled suicide ¢ Item left on stove led to fire, officials say ¢ Lawrence couple to visit Ukraine
Ex-KU football aides fired from Southern Miss
December 23, 2004
Rip Scherer and Dave Warner, two former Kansas University assistant coaches, have been fired by Southern Mississippi head football coach Jeff Bower.
Tonganoxie man guilty of carjacking
December 23, 2004
Jurors deliberated about an hour Wednesday before finding a Tonganoxie man guilty of a Sept. 27 carjacking in the parking garage of a Kansas University residence hall.
Soldier resigns House seat
Ozawkie legislator to be stationed in Iraq for next year
December 23, 2004
Shortly after being sworn into office Wednesday, Rep. Lee Tafanelli, R-Ozawkie, handed over a letter stating that he would officially resign his position Jan. 10.
Mechanical bell ringers next?
Worker shortage may put ‘robots’ at helm of Salvation Army kettles
December 23, 2004
Rich Forney, administrator for the Salvation Army in Lawrence, has a fondness for bell ringers, the old-fashioned, real-people kind, not the cardboard cutouts.
Georgia Tech rolls, 90-48
December 23, 2004
Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt was pleased with three of his freshmen. He was not very happy with leading scorer B.J. Elder.
K.C.’s Roaf, Shields, Waters, Gonzalez, Richardson tapped
December 23, 2004
Not one of the three Kansas City running backs who made NFL history by each going over 150 yards in a game this season is going to the Pro Bowl.
O’Neal penalty reduced, but league to challenge
December 23, 2004
Jermaine O’Neal won a 10-game reduction Wednesday in his suspension for fighting with fans during the Nov. 19 Pacers-Pistons brawl, but an arbitrator also upheld NBA commissioner David Stern’s bans on Ron Artest and two other Indiana players.
Owens undergoes surgery on ankle
Eagles receiver a longshot to return by Super Bowl
December 23, 2004
Terrell Owens likely has had his last flamboyant end-zone celebration of the season.
Collectors treasure Santa figures
December 23, 2004
Father Christmas belongs to the English holiday tradition.
McBride hits road with Christmas show
December 23, 2004
A dog barks in the background as Martina McBride discusses her “family show.” The country star is calling from her Nashville home, which she shares with John, her husband of 16 years, and their two daughters: Delaney, 10, and Emma, 6.
Energy costs need not dim holidays
December 23, 2004
Fun yet practical energy-efficiency tips from the Alliance to Save Energy can help reduce holiday stress and home winter energy costs, so you can enjoy the festivities.
This holiday season, try just taking it easy
December 23, 2004
This time of year, lots of us will relish playing Santa, the gift-bringer who makes somebody feel good. But stress out trying to make the holidays too perfect, and you could turn into Mrs. Claws, the uptight mom, or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Single, who parties too hard in an attempt to be merry.
Even without AP poll, BCS staying put
December 23, 2004
Where the Bowl Championship Series goes from here remains to be seen — but it definitely is not going away.
Our town sports
December 23, 2004
Bowling Green hammers Tigers
QB Jacobs passes Falcons to 52-35 victory
December 23, 2004
Omar Jacobs went from Bowling Green’s question mark to the Mid-American Conference’s latest standout quarterback.
Governor’s race swings to Democrat
Washington recount still not settled
December 23, 2004
Washington’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that 735 newly discovered ballots in liberal-leaning King County must be counted, tipping the state’s closest-ever gubernatorial election toward Democrat Christine Gregoire.
Parachutes could be lifeline for small jets
December 23, 2004
Canadian rancher Albert Kolk’s small plane banked uncontrollably in darkness over the Monashee mountains, then began spiraling toward earth. “Seat belts!” he barked to his teenage grandson and two young friends. Then he reached for a red lever in the cockpit.
Forest Service plans strip out environmental protections, critics say
December 23, 2004
The Forest Service on Wednesday changed the way it plans management of national forests, shortening the process by years but also eliminating the primary tool used by environmentalists to challenge logging and mining in protected forests.
People
December 23, 2004
¢ Martha Stewart issues call for sentencing reform ¢ Stolen records recovered ¢ Britney has most coverage ¢ Reality show goes domestic ¢ School to buy Clinton’s house
Eagles land nine in Pro Bowl
Philly’s selections most for one team since 1998
December 23, 2004
Going 13-1 hasn’t just assured the Eagles and Steelers of division titles. It’s also made them the leaders in Pro Bowl players.
$15,000 donation to make holiday happier for dozens
December 23, 2004
With 42 needy families still on her shopping list but only about 10 days left until Christmas, Linda Lassen was worried.
Old Fraser fixtures find new life
December 23, 2004
Until this spring, the iron and wood sitting in a Kansas University maintenance shop hadn’t seen daylight for nearly 40 years.
Ex-husband says suspect faked pregnancies in past
December 23, 2004
In the community of dog breeders where Bobbie Jo Stinnett was well-liked and respected for her knowledge of rat terriers, the opinions about Lisa Montgomery were quite different.
Rumsfeld counters charges that he’s insensitive to troops
December 23, 2004
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Wednesday that he felt grief “to my core” every time he met a wounded soldier or the loved ones of those who’ve been killed in action.