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Horoscopes
December 26, 2004
60-year-old still recovering after spring tornado
Memorial Day storm destroyed home, killed wife, mother-in-law
December 26, 2004
The highlight of his day is walking.
How long should a coach stay in NFL?
December 26, 2004
Jim Mora (the elder) resigned from the Saints midway through the 1996 season after 10 1/2 years as by far the most successful coach in the team’s 38-season history.
Missouri Valley making waves
Mid-majors claiming major wins
December 26, 2004
These days, you can call the Missouri Valley Conference the Big Valley.
Eustachy makes new life at So. Miss.
Alcoholic ex-ISU coach says his life ‘never better’ than now with Eagles
December 26, 2004
The walls are nearly bare in Larry Eustachy’s modest office on the Southern Mississippi campus.
Kleiza giving Mizzou lift
Sophomore stepping up for young Tigers squad
December 26, 2004
Linas Kleiza says it after every game, but it never was more true than following a closer-than-expected 70-64 loss to top-ranked Illinois.
Packers dedicate division title to WR
Injured Ferguson inspires Green Bay win
December 26, 2004
This one was for Fergie.
Book selling emotional, if not profitable, in 2004
December 26, 2004
In 2004, books never seemed so vital and so endangered.
Bush mandate depends on the topic
December 26, 2004
The questions for this morning: So what’s a mandate anyway, and does President Bush have one? The answer to both for this morning and for all of history: It depends.
Area briefs
December 26, 2004
¢ State team to assess threat information ¢ Gardner man gets life for killing girlfriend ¢ KHP beefing up patrols for holidays
City not vocal on medical marijuana
Issue has sparked activism across U.S., but not in Lawrence
December 26, 2004
To the east of Kansas, Columbia, Mo., just passed a city ordinance on the subject. To the West, Colorado has a state law.
Quiet zone would hush train traffic north of river
December 26, 2004
He’s heard them so often that longtime North Lawrence resident Ted Boyle doesn’t even notice anymore the daily procession of train whistles.
College savings plans complex
Section 529 plans popular, confusing
December 26, 2004
Christine Lawley knew she needed to start a college savings plan for her son as early as possible, but none of the financial planners she consulted seemed to have mastered the intricacies of the various plans.
Love, care are best gifts to give pet
December 26, 2004
As we approach another new year, I ask all pet owners to include among their resolutions to ensure their pets will also have a great year of health and happiness.
Heat top Lakers in overtime
December 26, 2004
The brick wall came tumbling down Saturday.
Poet’s showcase
December 26, 2004
A good choice
Having a veteran legislator temporarily fill the 47th District Kansas House seat would be a good solution
December 26, 2004
The selection of Joann Flower to fill Lee Tafanelli’s seat in the Kansas House would be a good deal for everyone.
KU’s loss
A TIME magazine article confirms the outstanding academic reputation of the Dole Institute of Politics’ former director
December 26, 2004
In this week’s issue of TIME magazine, which names President George Bush as its “Person of the Year,” the magazine’s editors asked six eminent American presidential scholars to assess Bush’s first term in office.
Nearly 275,000 deer taken in record Missouri harvest
December 26, 2004
Plentiful deer, plentiful permits and more hunting days combined to produce a record harvest of 273,905 during Missouri’s firearms deer seasons.
There is truth
December 26, 2004
Loss of nature
December 26, 2004
Research efforts
December 26, 2004
Rumsfeld should be held accountable
December 26, 2004
When I heard President Bush praising Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld this week, my mind strayed to the story of two Army Reservists who’ve served months in the brig.
Don’t sabotage the Social Security system
December 26, 2004
Just my luck: I finally get to be a senior citizen only to discover that the president considers my longevity a grave threat to the nation. Apparently, my collecting Social Security checks for as long as I have left on this Earth is going to help bankrupt the economy and/or be an unbearable burden on young Americans.
Do-it-yourself tile installation
December 26, 2004
Today’s topic for homeowners is: How to install a tile floor. Any home decorator will tell you that there is nothing quite like a tile floor for transforming an ordinary room into an ordinary room that has tile on the floor.
Late two-day doe season on tap
December 26, 2004
Some hunters may mourn the end of the deer seasons this winter, but there’s still hope to put venison in the freezer.
Snail deters trout stocking
December 26, 2004
Trout stockings in some southwest Kansas trout waters were suspended in December because of a freeloading snail species.
What’s big in travel?
Europe, adventure trips among top vacation picks
December 26, 2004
A hot tub after hiking, or a spa apres ski.
Traveling families have more choices
December 26, 2004
As the trend in family and intergenerational travel grows, so do the services available to help plan trips that include baby, grandma and everyone in between.
2004’s bright lights of theater
Top 10 features a mix of old, new performances
December 26, 2004
An authoritarian nun. A paranoid young man and his willing helpmate. A delightfully interfering mother. A firebrand AIDS activist. A low-comedy Greek god. A serial killer and the mother of one of his victims.
Adoption groups protest Fox’s ‘Daddy’
December 26, 2004
The Fox network, which drew complaints earlier this year for reality shows about gay impostors and a dwarf looking for his bride, has provoked an organized campaign against its newest reality-show creation, “Who’s Your Daddy?”
Kwanzaa unites people of African descent
December 26, 2004
It appears Kwanzaa has finally made it onto the mainstream map. Virgin Mobile’s holiday television ad campaign this year features a subdued mob of carolers singing an amusing new song wishing viewers a Happy Christma-hanu-kwanzaa-kah.
Community comes together for annual Christmas dinner
December 26, 2004
Paul Dickens and Virginia Studer were dressed in Christmas red when they sat down Saturday to enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner with other area residents at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt.
Diversity key to study abroad growth
Directors to encourage students to look beyond Western Europe
December 26, 2004
Michele Waller wanted to be different. While many of her high school peers were taking Spanish, she was enrolled in Japanese.
Prof spells out themes of Potter series
Articles examine topics, controversial and otherwise, in books
December 26, 2004
Among Hogwarts, Muggles and Mudbloods, Giselle Anatol sees scholarly research potential.
Long-term volunteers needed in county
Counseling center, Big Brothers Big Sisters facing shortages
December 26, 2004
In the past 10 to 15 years, Marcia Epstein has witnessed a steady decline in volunteers at Headquarters Counseling Center.
Old friends say homeless man was literary genius
Familiar face back on streets
December 26, 2004
Twenty-five years ago, Mike Mansfield lost track of his college pal Robert Gilmore. “Whenever I’d be in a bookstore, I’d check the science fiction-thriller sections to see if he’d been published,” Mansfield said. “He was a brilliant writer, absolutely brilliant. Stephen King wouldn’t sleep if he knew Robert was out there.”
Al-Qaida captured; Turk kidnapped
December 26, 2004
U.S. forces captured two senior figures in al-Qaida’s branch in Iraq, the U.S. military said Saturday, and one of Turkey’s richest businessmen was reported kidnapped, appearing in a video along with a weeping employee saying they were being held hostage.
New rates on reverse mortgages will increase loan limits in 2005
December 26, 2004
A reverse mortgage is a unique loan that enables senior homeowners who are 62 or older to convert part of the equity in their homes into tax-free income without having to sell the home, give up the title or take on new monthly mortgage payments.
Calendar
December 26, 2004
A year later, mudslides survivor remembers harrowing California Christmas
Kansan among 16 killed during 2003 disaster
December 26, 2004
Steve Phillips had expected mild Southern California winter weather as his family camped in the mountains near San Bernadino while visiting his grandmother last year over the holidays.
Towns try to move on after tragedy
Melvern, Skidmore, Mo., scarred by slaying of pregnant woman
December 26, 2004
The Christmas lights are back on in this northwest Missouri town, but Skidmore remains scarred by the killing of an expectant mother whose baby was stolen from her womb.
Ex-Shocker trades basketball for a badge
December 26, 2004
With his 6-foot-9 stature and the visibility he earned as a starter for Wichita State’s basketball team, undercover work is probably out of the question for one of the city’s newest police officers.
Feelin’ it in your bones
What’s happening with the weather outside affects us on the inside
December 26, 2004
Seattle residents suffer from acute rain denial. When it rains, they walk around and get wet. Oh yes, they carry umbrellas — they just refuse to open them. That would mean acknowledging that it rains in Seattle, and as any Seattlite can tell you — and will, repeatedly — it rains more in New York than it does in Seattle.
Learn to age playfully
Common sense ideas key to being healthy in later life
December 26, 2004
Recently, I had the chance to hear Harvard scholar and author George Vaillant speak about his more than 30 years studying the aging process.
Health briefs
December 26, 2004
¢ Students need exercise during break from class ¢ Tips to improve the air inside your home ¢ Technology improving Lasik eye surgery
Prof: Politics marring Cuba program
December 26, 2004
Tamara Falicov thought she’d be spending part of this month in Havana attending an international film festival with her Kansas University students.
Lawrence commuter report
December 26, 2004
The following construction projects and events may affect commuter traffic in the region this week
Faces and places
December 26, 2004
The Motley Fool
December 26, 2004
¢ Last week’s question and answer ¢ Hedging bets ¢ Reverse mortgages revisited ¢ Bully for bulls
Growing portfolio
Lawrence-area companies add employees, hope for future
December 26, 2004
When Protection One loaded up moving vans in Topeka last month, it did more than haul boxes of notebooks, staplers and other assorted office supplies to the I-70 Business Center in North Lawrence.
Get out of ARMs while the gettin’s good
December 26, 2004
Here’s a frightening figure: Of all the mortgage applications Americans filed the first full week in December, just more than a third were for loans with adjustable rates.
Testaverde mulling future with Dallas
December 26, 2004
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said multiple times during the past month that it’s plausible for 18-year veteran Vinny Testaverde to return as the team’s starting quarterback in 2005.
Pistons prevail in uneventful rematch
December 26, 2004
Rasheed Wallace sauntered off the court and into the exit tunnel, pausing long enough to peel off his headband and hand it to a young fan.
Saban moving to Miami
LSU coach accepts deal to lead struggling Dolphins
December 26, 2004
LSU coach Nick Saban finally turned pro Saturday, prompting a Christmas night celebration at the home of Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga.
Commentary: Pistons-Pacers rematch uneventful
After one of the ugliest moments in NBA history, two teams meet again, play clean basketball
December 26, 2004
Once again, a player went into the stands. Once again, it involved the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers. Can’t we all get along?
Vikings set sights on wild card
Minnesota changes focus after devastating defeat
December 26, 2004
Vikings history includes a long list of devastating defeats, and this year’s team has the holiday weekend to sit around and mope about the latest demoralizing loss.
Broncos stayin’ alive
Postseason possible after 37-16 victory
December 26, 2004
Jake Plummer broke out of his slump and kept the Denver Broncos in the playoff race.
Loss to MU haunts Iowa State
ISU hopes to bounce back in bowl game
December 26, 2004
The numbers signify what might have been for Iowa State football: Missouri 17, ISU 14.
Woodling: Going bowling with Big 12
December 26, 2004
You won’t have any difficulty finding a Big 12 Conference football team on television during the eight-day stretch from Tuesday through Jan. 4. All seven Big 12 teams that qualified for bowl games will be in action during that span.
Marion Z. Pinegar
December 26, 2004
Carroll I. Ammar
December 26, 2004
Wrongly convicted man enjoys holiday after 17 years in prison
December 26, 2004
Brandon Moon can’t remember what he had for Christmas dinner last year. In prison, he says, “Lousy food just all blends in together, and you don’t pay attention day to day.”
On the record
December 26, 2004
Chilly weather brings white Christmas, dismal road conditions
December 26, 2004
Mother Nature delivered a bone-chilling Christmas to much of the nation Saturday, but holiday travelers made it out in droves despite record snow that shut down highways two days earlier in the central states.
Thousands of travelers stranded
Comair cancels all flights; US Airways loses luggage
December 26, 2004
Days of bad weather, a computer malfunction and sick airline employees put tens of thousands of travelers in holiday limbo Saturday, with Comair canceling all its flights and US Airways trying to reconnect thousands of pieces of luggage with their owners.
Briefly
December 26, 2004
¢ Probe launched on course to Saturn moon ¢ President issues Christmas message ¢ Today’s shoppers face not-so-happy returns ¢ Stranger gives $35,000 to shelter residents ¢ College Republican fund raising criticized ¢ D-Day chaplain dies ¢ Former dictator faces trial in 15 killings
Tips offered for safe online viewing
December 26, 2004
Cold weather keeps children indoors for long stretches of time, and many youngsters turn to the Internet for entertainment.
Real World’ messes with Texas
December 26, 2004
MTV’s venerable unscripted format is heading deep into the heart of Texas — where, rumor has it, the stars at night are big and bright — for its 16th season. Production on “Real World XVI” will begin in Austin in the first quarter of 2005.
What are you reading?
December 26, 2004
Simien assisting from bench
KU senior standout finds ways to help despite being sidelined
December 26, 2004
Dressed in a well-pressed gray suit instead of a sweaty No. 23 Kansas University basketball jersey, Wayne Simien looked more like a coach than a player Wednesday at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo.
Author draws on plane crash for latest thriller
December 26, 2004
In his latest novel, Nelson DeMille sorts through the possible causes of the crash of TWA Flight 800 that occurred off Long Island, N.Y., on July 17, 1996, and concludes it was a missile attack that brought the plane, carrying 230 people, to its fiery demise.
Neighbors fight Muslim cemetery plans
December 26, 2004
Muslims planned to turn an old sod farm near Memphis into a cemetery, but angry neighbors protested, complaining the burial ground could become a staging ground for terrorists or spread disease from unembalmed bodies.
Professor hatches plans for 364-day calendar
December 26, 2004
If Richard Conn Henry has his way, and he concedes he almost certainly won’t, the coming year will be the last with 365 days.
Suspects arrested in bus massacre
December 26, 2004
Authorities on Saturday announced the arrest of two additional suspects in an attack on a bus that killed 28 passengers and wounded 14, while thousands of soldiers searched for more of the gunmen and families buried the victims.
Peace key message in worldwide celebrations
December 26, 2004
Worshippers brought hopes for greater peace in the coming year as they flocked to Manger Square in Bethlehem and to St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican to hear Christmas messages urging an end to violence, particularly in the Middle East. But from Indonesia to Iraq, fear overshadowed the festivities.
ESPN production has old-school feel
December 26, 2004
If you miss the days when players’ shorts really were short and television screens weren’t filled with scoreboards and graphics, ESPN Classic is turning back the clock for you.
Mother struggles to help homeless son
December 26, 2004
Robert Gilmore’s mother says her 47-year-old son has struggled with mental illness since childhood.
K.C. rotation gains experience as Lima rejoins Royals
December 26, 2004
Jose Lima rejoined the Kansas City Royals when he agreed to a one-year contract Saturday, hoping to provide stability and leadership to a rotation that was awful last season.
Erisman the man for De Soto
December 26, 2004
Neil Erisman won 64 of 67 wrestling matches during his first two years at De Soto High. Unfortunately for the Frontier League and the rest of the state’s 152-pounders, the DHS junior somehow found a way to get better.
In a kick of Tynes’
Hall’s return sets up game-winning field goal
December 26, 2004
As the Kansas City Chiefs moved into position for the game-winning field goal, Lawrence Tynes was wishing he’d washed his car.
Best sellers
December 26, 2004
People
December 26, 2004
¢ New Year’s guest of honor ¢ Wedding DVD proceeds to help bombing victims ¢ Smooth talker ¢ Learning to act ¢ Colin Farrell overpaid ¢ John Mayer gets detention
Pet post
December 26, 2004
Michigan woman finds elk well worth the wait
December 26, 2004
Kendra Chambers’ father has applied for an elk permit since Michigan’s lottery hunt began 20 years ago.
Briefcase
December 26, 2004
¢ Engineering program to welcome teen girls ¢ Returning a gift? ¢ Military trainers eye gaming technology ¢ Name that company