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Theories diverge on why Dec. 25 chosen
Two explanations compete to explain church’s decision
December 25, 2004
In simultaneous pre-Christmas cover stories, Time and Newsweek magazines sifted with skepticism the narratives of Jesus’ birth in Matthew and Luke, the only accounts we have since no other chroniclers recorded this obscure peasant’s nativity.
Ohio bill seeks to help Amish who shun jury duty
December 25, 2004
The Amish would be excused from jury service for religious reasons under a bill sent to Republican Gov. Bob Taft for his approval. The Amish shun judging others under their faith.
Pastors try to capitalize on bigger holiday crowds
December 25, 2004
To describe his feelings at the pulpit during a jam-packed Christmas worship service, the Rev. Paul McPheeters talks “Monday Night Football.” The excitement of speaking in front of a big holiday crowd is like a player’s during the prime-time game, he says.
KU offers tips to help families adjust to students back for break
December 25, 2004
The holidays can be a stressful time as families gather. For freshmen returning home after their first semester at college, the issues can be amplified. Kansas University officials have issued 10 tips for helping students and their families survive the adjustment to winter break.
Passion,’ campaign top religion events
December 25, 2004
In a survey of religion reporters in secular media, Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion of the Christ” and religious issues in the presidential campaign were tied as 2004’s top religion events.
Church concocts heavenly brew
December 25, 2004
Since introducing its own brand of lager this fall, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill has seen an influx of 20- and 30-somethings on Sunday mornings.
Essay contest prompts interfaith dialogue for nation’s youths
December 25, 2004
Shuffling between classes at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, Adam Meredith-Ployd saw an intriguing opportunity to apply what he’d learned in his studies on the history of Christians and Jews — an opportunity worth $25,000.
Rapper shows her softer side on UPN’s ‘Eve’
December 25, 2004
Starring in her own sitcom allows Eve to reveal a side not usually associated with the hardcore rapper image that made her famous.
Best Bets
December 25, 2004
Engagements
December 25, 2004
Scouting news
December 25, 2004
Around and about
December 25, 2004
Club news
December 25, 2004
Briefly - Nation
December 25, 2004
¢ Texas students allowed to distribute gifts ¢ Shop files lawsuit to keep Santas up ¢ Adopted boy sent back to biological mother ¢ Crippled freighter’s bow sinks into Bering Sea ¢ Carjacker killed in casino standoff ¢ Serviceman rescues mother, child from river ¢ Spacecraft releases probe near Saturn moon ¢ Vandals deface rock admired by Jefferson ¢ Care issues prompt nursing home shooting
People and places
December 25, 2004
Japanese leader still lukewarm on resuming U.S. beef imports
One year after ban, countries in negotiations
December 25, 2004
Japan marked a one-year ban Friday on U.S. beef imports over mad cow fears with little indication of repealing the measure, which has closed a billion-dollar market to American beef producers and ravaged Japanese restaurateurs.
Descendants celebrate Swedish ancestry
December 25, 2004
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, named for Jesus’ birthplace by the Swedish immigrants who built it in the 19th century, has been only a memory in Dickinson County for more than two decades.
Pursuit of peace
Peace around the world is an elusive goal, but the holiday season always inspires some hope
December 25, 2004
A special welcome home goes out this Christmas to members of the Lawrence-based 824th Quartermaster unit of the U.S. Army Reserve which arrived back in Kansas this week.
Americans deny inevitability of History
December 25, 2004
Let’s get this straight: The greatest Christmas in American history was not the result of the Germans being drunk or hung over. Gen. George Washington lost most of his battles — it has been said the Revolutionary War was won by brilliant retreating — so let’s not diminish any of his victories, and certainly not the one without which American independence probably would have been extinguished like a candle in a gale.
Reliable elections are vital to democracy
December 25, 2004
The day after Election 2004, retiring NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw indicated the need for strong national standards in how we count the votes. In an unusually serious interview with David Letterman, Brokaw said point blank, “We’ve gotta fix the election system in this country.”
A saner vision
December 25, 2004
A fantasy world
December 25, 2004
Earnings, oil news feed market bulls
Analysts mixed on length of run
December 25, 2004
No wonder investors are so giddy about the stock market lately: It’s human nature to let good news supersede that which could be potentially bad.
Diet soda on pace to outsell regular
Soft drink makers offering more choices for today’s health-conscious consumers
December 25, 2004
Still think the cola wars are about Coke vs. Pepsi? These days the carbonated beverage battleground is diet vs. regular, and it’s looking increasingly as though the lightweight could flatten its full-calorie cousin.
KU-developed drug effort receives cash injection
Guilford sells real estate to boost funding for Aquavan
December 25, 2004
A real estate deal is injecting nearly $20 million into Guilford Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s efforts to develop drugs, including an anesthetic created at Kansas University.
More powerful battery to hit U.S. market in April
December 25, 2004
Americans and Europeans soon will be able to buy a more powerful battery that promises enough juice for twice as many digital pictures as regular batteries.
Area briefs
December 25, 2004
¢ Commercial agent moving to De Soto ¢ Early morning fire kills person, dog in Emporia ¢ Used cars on charity’s holiday wish list ¢ Teachers selected for Horizon awards ¢ Kansas City woman dies in house fire
Technology bolsters farmers’ output
Smaller operations having trouble paying for gadgetry
December 25, 2004
On today’s farm, tractors and combines are bigger, faster and smarter. Soil tests and topography maps give farmers more information. Crops are more resistant to disease and pests.
Pets pose for photos with St. Nick
December 25, 2004
Posing as a Santa for pets isn’t really all that different from posing as a Santa for children. Both involve a whole lot of squirming and whining for Mommy.
Death penalty debate likely broader than response to court
December 25, 2004
The Legislature’s debate next year over capital punishment probably won’t be limited to fixing a flaw that led the Kansas Supreme Court to strike down the state’s death penalty law.
Wish lists remain as fund-raising ends
Proposed buildings, expansions wait for private donors to step forward
December 25, 2004
Bill Fuerst isn’t expecting Santa Claus to deliver everything on his Christmas wish list. Specifically, Fuerst would like a new building for the Kansas University School of Business, which he serves as dean.
Hawk fan wants it all for 100th birthday
Lawrence resident says she’d like to see KU win NCAA tourney
December 25, 2004
Gertrude Halberg turned 100 years old today. And she said if she could have anything she wanted for a Christmas/birthday present it would be this: the Jayhawk men’s basketball team winning the NCAA tournament in March.
Simons: Bringing nation together would be great legacy for Bush
December 25, 2004
Five years from now, how will George Bush’s record in the White House be appraised? How much of the record will be out of his control, and how much can be attributed to his skill as a president and statesman?
Pope lights candle, says prayers for peace at Christmas service
December 25, 2004
Pope John Paul II ushered in Christmas today by celebrating Midnight Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, praying that world leaders will strive for peace and that Jews, Muslims and Christians will live harmoniously in the Holy Land.
Massacre escalates gang war
Honduran rebels vow more violence
December 25, 2004
Honduran gangs had killed before, leaving dismembered bodies and grisly messages in defiance of President Ricardo Maduro’s no-tolerance campaign against them.
Briefly - World
December 25, 2004
¢ Candidate urges law and order in vote ¢ Artifact touted as relic of temple a forgery ¢ Cargo ship blasts off for space station ¢ Mobile version of missile tested ¢ New Year’s Eve partying approved by Polish clergy
Green Bay claims division title
Favre leads decisive drive against Minnesota
December 25, 2004
Facing a seven-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter after one of his familiar, costly mistakes, Brett Favre brought Green Bay back again.
Broncos to attempt to halt slide
December 25, 2004
Playing an opponent that has yielded 171 points in a four-game skid would seem the perfect prescription for a struggling team trying to keep its playoff hopes alive.
Former Rangers manager Oates dies
Skipper led Texas to three postseason appearances
December 25, 2004
After Johnny Oates was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2001, he made a commitment to live each day to its utmost.
Late Show’ travels to Iraq
December 25, 2004
David Letterman brought his late-night show to Marines serving in Iraq on Friday, loosening up the Camp Taqaddum crowd with the line, “Anybody here from out of town?”
Nebraska union probes stun-gun use
December 25, 2004
The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska is investigating law enforcement policies on use of electronic stun guns to subdue suspects.
Fund-raising campaign to exceed $600M goal
December 25, 2004
The KU First capital campaign will exceed its goal of $600 million the president of the Kansas University Endowment Association said this week.
Wyoming tops UCLA, 24-21, for first bowl win since 1966
December 25, 2004
When Corey Bramlet and John Wadkowski broke the huddle, they knew the Las Vegas Bowl was there for the taking.
Washington cruises past Houston
December 25, 2004
The Washington Huskies think they’re playing their best basketball of the season and they look ready to make a run at the Pac-10 championship.
Lawrence Datebook
December 25, 2004
On the Record
December 25, 2004
Carl F. Miller
December 25, 2004
Louis H. Keener
December 25, 2004
Donald Bruce Churchbaugh
December 25, 2004
John Michael ‘Mike’ Fugett
December 25, 2004
Recruit gets first beefed-up bonus
December 25, 2004
A car salesman looking for a way to pay for college was the first Kansan to benefit from the National Guard Bureau’s beefed-up enlistment bonus program.
Explosion follows Rumsfeld’s holiday trip
U.S. defense secretary tries to reassure soldiers
December 25, 2004
A gas tanker truck wired with explosives blew up in a west Baghdad neighborhood Friday, killing one person, wounding 19 and lighting up the night sky with a fireball, just hours after Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld left the capital, authorities said.
Holidays bring new meaning for soldiers at home, away
December 25, 2004
Going to the grocery store and playing board games with his children during the Christmas holidays never seemed so good to Lt. Col. Lee Tafanelli. “I know they may seem mundane, but those are the things myself and other soldiers miss,” he said.
Service marks birth of Christ
December 25, 2004
Journalist: Militants backed Bush
December 25, 2004
French journalists held hostage for four months in Iraq said their militant captors told them they wanted President Bush to win re-election.
Christians wary of Christmas dangers
December 25, 2004
It was the night before Christmas, and at the Virgin Mary Church of Palestine Street in the Iraqi capital, parishioners were making last-minute preparations for the holiday.
Video recruits ‘martyrs’ in name of religion
December 25, 2004
Like a groom at a wedding, Abu al-Harith Abdul-Rahman al-Dousri is surrounded by singing well-wishers. He smiles as masked men holding rifles and rocket launchers line up for a final farewell. One by one, they shake his hand, embrace and pat him on the back.
Storm also strands mail
December 25, 2004
If you didn’t get a Christmas present this morning, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re on Santa’s “naughty” list.
Snow-packed roads begin to reopen
December 25, 2004
Authorities struggled to remove abandoned cars and reopen still-slick highways across the nation’s midsection Friday after a record snowfall buried the region and stranded holiday travelers and shoppers.
Hawaii rips Alabama-Birmingham
Chang passes 17,000 career yards in 59-40 victory
December 25, 2004
Timmy Chang capped his record-setting career in style. Chang became the first college quarterback to pass for 17,000 yards, throwing for four touchdowns and running for another to lead Hawaii over Alabama-Birmingham, 59-40, in the Hawaii Bowl on Friday night.
Hard truth as solid as Olympic concrete
Barren stadium, departing workers easily illustrate
December 25, 2004
The artificial turf is missing, leaving a concrete floor at barren Olympic Stadium and an even harder truth in Montreal: The Expos are long gone.
Family remembers motorcyclist during his favorite holiday
December 25, 2004
Matt Thompson loved his motorcycle. He loved the martial arts. And he loved Christmas. “He used to sneak a look at his presents — pull the tape off the box and then tape it up again,” said Thompson’s stepfather Merle Zuel. “Christmas was his favorite. He was still a big kid at heart.”
Santa’s not the only one working during Christmas
December 25, 2004
Bill Hecht has worked Christmas Day about every other year for the past 27 years. It’s part of his job as an emergency room nurse at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
CBS movie is not one to ‘Skip’
December 25, 2004
The holidays have gone to the dogs. And that’s a good thing. On Thanksgiving, NBC attracted a huge family audience with their daytime special broadcast of “The National Dog Show,” “starring” Eddie, the Jack Russell Terrier from “Frasier.”
Unforgettable TV moments, characters
December 25, 2004
The year 2004 may not have been the most memorable TV year in recent decades, but it nevertheless inspired its share of memories. Here are 10 “bests” from the year in TV:
Faith forum
December 25, 2004
Why has the message of Jesus Christ endured more than 2000 years?
Parents should use caution during teen years
December 25, 2004
My 16-year-old daughter is driving me crazy. She is sassy, noisy and selfish. Her room looks like a pigpen, and she won’t work any harder in school than is absolutely necessary to get by. Everything I taught her, from manners to faith, seems to have sailed through her ears. What in the world do my husband and I do now?
Religion briefs
December 25, 2004
Photos: Santa has plenty of helpers around the world
December 25, 2004
People
December 25, 2004
¢ Holiday memories shared ¢ Jolie, Bloom most kissable ¢ Dubya has new neighbor ¢ Reeve still a hero ¢ Birthdays
Effie Lila Hess
December 25, 2004
Society calendar
December 25, 2004
Screen Scene
December 25, 2004
‘Tis the season for movies and five new releases enter area theaters this week. Martin Scorsese’s biopic “The Aviator” comes out gunning for Oscar’s. Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the role of eccentric millionaire Howard Hughes, focusing on the early years from his 1930’s production of “Hell’s Angels” to the 1947 flight of the Spruce Goose.
Hamas gains ground in Palestinian elections
December 25, 2004
Political heirs of the late Yasser Arafat solidified their hold on power in this week’s Palestinian local elections, but candidates from the radical group Hamas gained ground, particularly in the Gaza Strip, unofficial results released Friday show.
Downs calls 2005 draft ‘chance of a lifetime’
December 25, 2004
Kansas University basketball signee Micah Downs wants to play in the NBA next season. In fact, it’s the 6-foot-8 Seattle-area prep player’s dream to enter the 2005 draft and play for pay during the 2005-06 season.
K.C. hopes fans will see Christmas victory
December 25, 2004
Last time Kansas City played host to a Christmas Day game, the NFL promised such a thing never would happen again.
Mayer: Dr. Magee great reason for student-athlete to pick KU
December 25, 2004
Kansas University has a wealth of effective athletic recruiting tools. One of the best, which should grab special attention from mommies, daddies and kids, is a somewhat subtle benefit. Subtle, maybe, but vital in countless cases.
Holidays bring no heightened terror threat
December 25, 2004
In stark contrast to last year’s holiday season, when the nation was under heightened alert, counterterrorism officials say there is precious little intelligence “chatter” being picked up about any new plot this year.
Weddings
December 25, 2004
Horoscopes
December 25, 2004
Medical clinic receives big Christmas bonus
$50,000 gift covers staff salaries, insurance
December 25, 2004
When your mission is to bless others with caring and compassion, sooner or later the blessings start to come back to you. That’s certainly the case with Heartland Medical Clinic, 1 Riverfront Plaza, which will celebrate a very merry Christmas this year.
Briefcase
December 25, 2004
¢ ‘Santa’ bosses give praise for holidays ¢ Commercial agent moving to De Soto ¢ Yahoo to chart traffic conditions
NFL interview policy not practical
December 25, 2004
The NFL demands control to the point of irrationality. What else explains how the league could fine two Washington Redskins $10,000 each for wearing socks inconsistent with the mandated team ensemble, yet Denver quarterback Jake Plummer was fined only half as much for flipping off a fan?
Lawrence shoppers out in force on Christmas Eve
Cold, crowds don’t put damper on holiday spirits
December 25, 2004
There is no official starting date to the holiday shopping season. But Lawrence resident Mark Riordan was acutely aware Friday evening that the Christmas shopping season would end for him when Best Buy, 2020 W. 31st St., closed at 5 p.m.
Photo: Oh Captain My Captain
December 25, 2004
Photo: Singing carols on Christmas Eve
December 25, 2004
Christmas pilgrims in Bethlehem hope for peace
Roman Catholic official calls for end to Mideast violence
December 25, 2004
Several thousand pilgrims celebrated Christmas Eve in the traditional birthplace of Jesus on Friday, welcoming the new thaw in Israeli-Palestinian relations and voicing hopes for peace in the Middle East.