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The ‘real’ Lemony Snicket reveals dark tales
December 24, 2004
Lemony Snicket is a real person … more or less. As anyone who has read his celebrated tales will deduce, the author-narrator is a wizard with language and uses this skill to relay his obsession with dark, twisted themes.
Life Aquatic’ nearly sunk by hipster attitude
December 24, 2004
I picture Wes Anderson when he was a kid getting a Rubik’s Cube for Christmas. He’d twist it into all sorts of colorful patterns, unique in their design, and he’d snicker at his own cleverness. He’d show a few of his friends, and maybe they’d laugh, too.
Next ‘Apprentice’ will pit street vs. book smarts
December 24, 2004
Move over, Mosaic. Out of the way, Apex. Here come Magna and Networth, the latest squads to do Donald Trump’s bidding on the third go-round of NBC’s “The Apprentice.”
People
December 24, 2004
¢ Stiller shocked by Streisand’s role as ‘Fockers’ mom ¢ Murray stays confident in Speedo swimwear ¢ Penn and Teller make pitch for holiday blood donations ¢ Birthday: Ryan Seacrest
Journal makes prof’s fishy find official
December 24, 2004
An Emporia State University professor has discovered a new species of catfish — a find made official when it was published in the December issue of a scientific journal.
Big Priority
Jayhawk athletes regularly undergo surprise drug tests
December 24, 2004
The phone call comes at a cruel time for a college student. Sometimes it comes before the sun while the Kansas University athlete is asleep, his or her body trying to shake off the previous day’s wretched combination of classes, weight training, practice and studying. The woman on the other end leaves rigid instructions. You’re taking a drug test today. Be here in the next two hours. No exceptions.
Virginia survives Loyola scare
December 24, 2004
Virginia’s standouts weren’t around, so sophomore J.R. Reynolds stepped up in overtime.
Calendar
December 24, 2004
Kansas high school basketball scores from Dec. 23
December 24, 2004
Horoscopes
December 24, 2004
Blazers excited by first bowl trip
Hawaii making third straight appearance, but UAB says novelty works in its favor
December 24, 2004
Alabama-Birmingham is making its first postseason appearance. Hawaii is playing in its third straight hometown bowl game. The Blazers say that gives them an edge in today’s Hawaii Bowl.
Photo: Dodger Drew
December 24, 2004
Luna’s orbit about to end
December 24, 2004
For the last 12 years, the New York City band Luna has been one of indie rock’s most reliable institutions, recording seven solid albums of sophisticated dream-pop while remaining a strong live act.
Local briefs
December 24, 2004
¢ Police talk to student who sent death threat ¢ Guardsmen who enlist eligible for bonus ¢ KU student cited for window peeping ¢ Tree pick-up scheduled ¢ County confirms six cases of whooping cough ¢ Scientists to study state’s water levels
Moore still feeling effects of attack
December 24, 2004
Steve Moore says he has been forever changed by Todd Bertuzzi’s blind-sided punch to his head in an NHL game last season.
Stone marks grave of baby thrown in river
December 24, 2004
It’s been nearly 30 years since two men seining for bait near the Delaware River found a garbage bag containing the decomposed body of an infant girl.
Jayhawks scatter for break
December 24, 2004
Santa Claus’ travels will not include Tomsk, Russia, late tonight, and not just because his reindeer might claim animal cruelty with forecasters predicting lows of 16 degrees below zero.
Barns of the Big 12
December 24, 2004
The start of the Big 12 Conference basketball season is just around the corner. What better time, then, to take a look at the basketball arenas around the league?
Real signature a necessary act of respect
December 24, 2004
“By decreasing the amount of time a single executive, manager or VIP signs his name by just 15 minutes a day, a signature machine can pay for itself in just a short time.” — advertisement for a machine that does 3,000 autographs a day “without writer’s cramp.”
Bush performance
December 24, 2004
South is priority
December 24, 2004
Black voters turn to Bush
December 24, 2004
In a basketball game, a 2-point basket can be the difference between winning and losing. In the presidential race, the 2-point increase in support among black voters nationwide played a huge role in the re-election of President Bush.
Not in school
December 24, 2004
Drug caution
December 24, 2004
Not a menace
December 24, 2004
Commodities
December 24, 2004
Briefcase
December 24, 2004
¢ Door problems drive recall of GM minivans ¢ Stockholders approve $2 billion AMC deal ¢ Attorney collects $3 million from bank
Palestinians flock to local polls
Hamas, Fatah candidates face off in landmark election
December 24, 2004
Thousands of voters overwhelmed polling stations Thursday in scattered West Bank towns and villages as Palestinians enthusiastically voted in their first local elections in nearly three decades.
Growing U.S. influence a concern, Putin says
December 24, 2004
President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he valued his partnership with President Bush but voiced suspicion that the United States might be behind what the Kremlin saw as efforts to isolate Russia — and even destabilize it.
Briefly - World
December 24, 2004
¢ Cargo ship with supplies heads to space station ¢ Ex-prime minister dies ¢ Japan announces first human bird-flu case ¢ Police question suspect in ‘Scream’ art theft ¢ Castro walks in public for first time since fall ¢ New governor backs U.S. territory status
Report: Fire truck had faulty brakes
Driver killed in September wreck
December 24, 2004
A fire truck involved in an accident that killed a veteran Kansas City firefighter had faulty brakes, according to a police report.
A critic’s Christmas, from bad to verse
December 24, 2004
I don’t know why the 24th of December so fills me with rhyme. If doggerel were criminal, I know I’d be doing time.
Arts Note
December 24, 2004
¢ ‘Listen Up’ stars answer people’s choice
Best Bets
December 24, 2004
Judge helps kids dance their way to a better life
December 24, 2004
Judge Herbert Barall is bent over doing “monkey knees” as he calls out encouragement to his young students, “That’s it! That’s it!”
Wannstedt takes Pitt coaching job
Former Dolphins coach returning to his alma mater
December 24, 2004
Former Miami Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt accepted the coaching job at alma mater Pittsburgh on Thursday, a week after he turned the Panthers down and said he wasn’t ready to coach again.
Landfill could provide heating fuel
Study will test collection of methane gas from garbage
December 24, 2004
Once you get beyond the stench, the gases emitted by the Johnson County Landfill actually could be a good thing.
Teen charged in apartment shooting
Suspect faces four counts of attempted second-degree murder
December 24, 2004
The man accused of opening fire on four people at a northwest Lawrence apartment complex earlier this week was charged Thursday with four counts of attempted second-degree murder.
Plumbers, homeless shelters see burst of business during cold snap
December 24, 2004
So this is what winter feels like. After enjoying the benefits of a relatively warm fall, Lawrence residents were feeling the effects of a chill that swept into town on Tuesday, the winter solstice, and has hung around since.
Resumed blasting rekindles concerns
December 24, 2004
As Lawrence city officials are working on a new set of regulations to cover blasting activities in the city, construction crews began blasting away again Wednesday in West Lawrence.
Woman accused of kidnapping, murder waives hearing
December 24, 2004
A woman accused of killing an expectant mother and cutting the baby from her womb waived her right to a preliminary hearing in Kansas on Thursday and is being moved to federal custody in Missouri.
Suns win 10th straight
December 24, 2004
Amare Stoudemire had 30 points, 11 rebounds and five steals — and Shawn Marion scored 29 points — to lead the Phoenix Suns to their season-best 10th consecutive victory, 109-102 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night.
Judge rules O’Neal can play Saturday
December 24, 2004
Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal can play against Detroit on Christmas after a federal judge upheld an arbitrator’s decision to reduce the forward’s suspension for fighting with fans during the Nov. 19 Pacers-Pistons brawl.
Solid second half lifts OU past SMS
December 24, 2004
Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson pointed out that Taj Gray was on a full scholarship even though he essentially played only one half Thursday night against Southwest Missouri State.
Governor likely to sign death penalty fix
Sebelius promised to support capital punishment while running for office
December 24, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said she probably would sign legislation to fix a flaw in the state’s death penalty law that led the Kansas Supreme Court to strike it down as unconstitutional.
Democrat wins hand recount
December 24, 2004
Democrat Christine Gregoire won the Washington governor’s race by 130 votes out of 2.9 million ballots cast, according to final recount results announced Thursday from Seattle’s King County, the last of the state’s 39 counties to report.
Record snowfall hampers travel
December 24, 2004
A sloppy storm dumped more than a year’s worth of snow on parts of the Midwest and made a mess of holiday travel and last-minute Christmas shopping Thursday.
Former governor guilty of corruption
December 24, 2004
Six months after being driven from office by scandal, former Gov. John G. Rowland pleaded guilty to a corruption charge Thursday, admitting he traded his office for more than $100,000 in flights to Las Vegas, Vermont vacations and repairs to his vacation cottage.
Education Department slashes Pell Grant program
December 24, 2004
The Department of Education on Thursday announced a new formula for calculating eligibility for college financial aid, a move that will eliminate federal Pell Grant scholarships for an estimated 80,000 to 90,000 low-income students and force a modest scaling back of other types of state and federal assistance to broader categories of undergraduates.
Goal-oriented
An annual report card might be a good way to help the public understand the work their state universities are doing
December 24, 2004
It’s good to have goals. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln issued a report card on itself this week based on its progress toward several self-imposed goals. What a great way to show the public a university is working to improve its performance.
Reports indicate ‘healthy’ economy
Manufacturing rebounds as consumer spending, housing market cool
December 24, 2004
America’s consumers came off a buying binge and were somewhat less jolly spenders in November. New-home sales, meanwhile, cooled from a record high, while demand for big-ticket manufactured goods rebounded.
Briefly - Nation
December 24, 2004
¢ Bush to renominate 20 judicial candidates ¢ Two convicted in deadly immigrant scheme ¢ Cancer research reveals clues about gray hair ¢ Bowling alley to return Arafat’s investment
Troops home for holidays
Soldiers rush to greet families after 10 months
December 24, 2004
There was a joyous rush. Then hugs and kisses. “It’s good to be home and it’s great to see my boy again,” said U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. James Pilch II, of Lawrence, after planting a kiss on his 9-year-old son, Carter.
Fighting rages as Iraqis return to city
Rumsfeld pays surprise visit to troops
December 24, 2004
U.S. Marine infantrymen fought with insurgents in Fallujah on Thursday as warplanes and tanks bombarded guerrilla positions in the heaviest fighting here in weeks.
FDA urges caution in prescribing painkillers
December 24, 2004
Federal regulators on Thursday urged doctors to think twice before prescribing several popular and controversial painkillers to their patients with histories of heart trouble.
Woodling: Maybe it’s time to do away with AP poll
December 24, 2004
Late last summer, someone in the Associated Press Kansas City bureau called and said it was the Journal-World’s turn to provide a voter for the weekly AP football poll.
Bearcats’ QB puts hurt on Marshall
December 24, 2004
Gino Guidugli’s swollen right hand hurt every time he threw a pass. The broken bones and bitterly cold weather combined to make for a difficult night.
Eagles tap ex-KU aide
December 24, 2004
Jay Johnson, a former Kansas University assistant football coach, has been named offensive coordinator at Southern Mississippi.
Lawrence Datebook
December 24, 2004
On the Record
December 24, 2004
Effie Lila Hess
December 24, 2004
James Wiking Nordhem Stevens
December 24, 2004
1 of 3 winning Powerball tickets sold in Omaha
December 24, 2004
One of three winning Powerball tickets was sold at an Omaha convenience store only three hours before Wednesday’s drawing.
Area agencies, offices announce holiday hours
December 24, 2004
Christmas is Saturday, but for many people in the work force, the holiday begins today. All area city and county government offices will be closed today, as will city halls in Baldwin, Eudora and DeSoto. In Ottawa and McLouth, city halls will be closed today and Monday. County courts will be closed today.
U.S. military: Suicide bomber wore Iraqi security uniform
December 24, 2004
The suicide bomber believed to have blown himself up this week in a U.S. military dining tent near Mosul, killing more than 20 people, was probably wearing an Iraqi military uniform, the U.S. military said Thursday.
Lawrence stores embrace last-minute shoppers
Christmas Eve expected to be busier than usual
December 24, 2004
Waited to the last minute to shop this holiday season? Get in line. “Our data shows that when Christmas Eve falls on a Friday, as it does this year, that day is even more crazed than usual,” said Michael Manchisi, senior vice president of MasterCard International.
Wall Street finishes holiday week with new multi-year highs
December 24, 2004
Investors filled with holiday cheer sent Wall Street’s major indexes to new multi-year highs Thursday, extending the stock market’s winning steak despite a plummeting dollar and signs of weaker consumer spending.
David Allen Kennedy
December 24, 2004
John Michael ‘Mike’ Eugett
December 24, 2004
Donald Churchbaugh
December 24, 2004
Health plan could put Sebelius on national stage
Democrat has been called a ‘rising star’
December 24, 2004
Being a Democratic governor in a reliably Republican state already has brought Gov. Kathleen Sebelius a little national attention, and she could raise her profile by tackling difficult health care issues.
This Weekend’s Highlights
December 24, 2004
Board games utilize DVDs
December 24, 2004
Family game night may be designed to pry kids away from the TV one night a week. But several new games on the market may draw them back to its addictive glow as an essential part of play.
Aviator’ flies at flawless pace with solid characters
December 24, 2004
I have seen all but one of the scheduled biopics that are opening for this year’s winter Oscar rush, but I have serious doubts that there will be a more engaging and exciting biography this year than “The Aviator,” Martin Scorsese’s breathless take on Howard Hughes’ glory years.
Religion without the politics
December 24, 2004
I don’t know the name of the hymn. I’ve never been good at remembering titles or melodies. All I know is that when I was driving back to Dallas from Fort Worth a few Saturday afternoons ago, religion started to make sense again.
6Sports video: Lights on at Lisher house
December 24, 2004
For Free State High football coach Bob Lisher, holiday lighting is not just a hobby, it’s a tradition.
Bad-ish Santa
Cannabis Claus Chris Hartman doubles as pro-hemp humorist and holiday helper
December 24, 2004
It’s just days before Christmas and Santa has been spotted near Centennial Park. Horns honk and children gawk at the jolly man in the plush red suit as he waves to passing cars. With his thick, smoke-stained beard and bulbous tummy, this street-side Santa looks like an archetypal St. Nick, built tough to withstand hordes of lap-sitting cherubs.