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Authorities attribute student’s death to accidental shooting
December 28, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 11:10 a.m.) A Kansas University student who died last week was the victim of an accidental shooting, authorities have ruled. Christopher Martell, 18, was found dead in his car Thursday in Kansas City, Kan. He was a freshman at KU enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering.
Mild temperatures expected
December 28, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 8:01 a.m.) Get a new bike, skateboard or pogo stick for Christmas? You’ll have great weather to use them outdoors — it will be fairly warm for the next few days. “It’s hard to beat out there, especially for the last week in 2004,” said Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist. “It’s going to be mid- to upper-50s, close to 60.”
LAHS closing
December 28, 2004
Generation of children lost in epic disaster
December 28, 2004
The buzz of grim conversation in the darkened morgue was broken by a man’s shriek as the small body was lowered on a bed. “My son, my king!” wailed Venkatesh, hugging the limp shrouded bundle.
U.S. sends $15M in immediate aid
December 28, 2004
The United States dispatched disaster specialists and pledged an initial $15 million Monday to Asian countries struck by a massive earthquake and tsunamis.
Losing proposition
December 28, 2004
The city’s municipal golf course has fallen far short of rosy projections for financial success.
Election proves nation still divided
December 28, 2004
Before Election Day our news organs and pollsters told us, with virtual uniformity, that the American electorate was sharply polarized and evenly divided. Since Nov. 2, however, much of the analysis and opinion has adopted an entirely different narrative: The Republicans won an imposing victory, evidenced by a presidential mandate and increased majorities in both the House and Senate that may portend GOP domination of American politics for years to come.
Peace, abortion
December 28, 2004
Only some feel war’s effects
December 28, 2004
Millions of Americans probably learned about last week’s horrific attack on U.S. troops in Mosul while wrapping Christmas presents or stuffing packages into the SUV after a shopping blitz at the mall.
Final thoughts on the holiday
December 28, 2004
With Christmas behind us for another year, celebrants might concede that non-Christians do have a point.
Daily ticker
December 28, 2004
Stocks down in wake of earthquake disasters
Upbeat holiday sales, drop in oil prices fail to lift markets
December 28, 2004
Concerns about the economic impact of the Asian earthquake disasters pushed stocks lower Monday, putting Wall Street’s recent rally on hold despite decent holiday sales figures and falling oil prices.
Tax break fueling push for wind farms
Butler County project likely to begin in ‘05
December 28, 2004
A federal tax break potentially worth millions of dollars is pushing development of wind farms in Kansas, and as many as six could be operating within a year, a state official said.
Sweetness figures in wine selection
December 28, 2004
Doug Frost, a Kansas City Master Sommelier and Master of Wine — one of only three people in the world to have these titles — offers these tips for choosing drinks for parties.
Group hopes to restore Garden City hotel
December 28, 2004
Nearly three decades after it was closed as a fire hazard, the historic Windsor Hotel may reopen to guests if a preservation group has its way.
State encourages ethanol gasoline use
December 28, 2004
State officials are trying to increase Kansans’ use of gasoline with ethanol.
Police lawsuit on wages dismissed
Sergeants’ case against city sought overtime pay
December 28, 2004
The city of Lawrence has been granted a summary judgment in U.S. District Court that dismisses a lawsuit by police sergeants claiming they were wrongfully denied overtime pay.
In the halls
December 28, 2004
How are you going to ring in the new year?
Inside the Navy SEALs
Lara Logan takes viewers on mission with special ops
December 28, 2004
“You drop on the top of some mountain somewhere in some tiny little village in the middle of the night, and it’s pitch-black all around you,” Lara Logan remembers. “When you land, it’s like the ground rises up to devour you, and from intelligence you know there are people with weapons in that village — and they may or may not be ready to attack.”
Most amazing is racism on ‘Race’
December 28, 2004
It’s just a matter of time before somebody calls some of the contestants on “The Amazing Race” (8 p.m., CBS) the Amazing Racists, so it might as well be me. This show has had plenty of “ugly American” moments in the past, but now it seems to be getting out of hand.
Area growers to protest ‘pharm crops’
Ag Department calls meeting on bioengineered corn
December 28, 2004
At first glance, growing bioengineered corn to produce special proteins for the pharmaceutical industry looks like a good idea.
Armstrong named athlete of year
Cyclist honored by AP after winning sixth straight Tour de France
December 28, 2004
Even by his standards, Lance Armstrong’s return to the mountaintop was pretty special.
Journalists owe apology to writer
Six years ago, AP’s Wilstein was ridiculed after spotting Andro bottle in McGwire’s locker
December 28, 2004
On behalf of the journalism profession, I want to apologize to Steve Wilstein.
Underage tobacco sting burns county
Nearly 75 percent of stores sold cigarettes to minors
December 28, 2004
A smoking ban made it harder this year for adults to smoke in public in Lawrence, but new data show it was easier for children to buy cigarettes in Douglas County than in many parts of the state.
Tidal wave death toll tops 22,500
Rescuers struggle to reach isolated Indonesian areas
December 28, 2004
Rescue workers battled to reach isolated coastal towns today on the island of Sumatra nearest the epicenter of the monstrous earthquake that sent tidal waves surging through the region, killing more than 22,500. Indonesian officials said they feared the death toll would climb by several thousand in their country alone.
New police van will ferry blood-alcohol analyzer
December 28, 2004
Drunken drivers beware: Lawrence Police soon will have a new tool to make officers more efficient in snatching up impaired motorists.
Gay marriage ban faces long haul in Congress
December 28, 2004
Opponents of gay marriage concede victory will not be swift in their attempt to amend the U.S. Constitution, even after prevailing in all 11 states where the issue was on the ballot last month.
Kids help soldiers phone home
Troops overseas receive calling cards
December 28, 2004
For all the billions of dollars being spent on the war in Iraq, 14-year-old Brittany Bergquist is surprised that the U.S. military doesn’t do what she and her little brother are doing: helping soldiers phone home free.
Mississippi ground zero for national abortion-rights debate
December 28, 2004
Outside are protesters, praying or proffering pamphlets with grisly photos. Inside, young women sit quietly in a room furnished with a TV set and a gumball machine, waiting for their appointments at Mississippi’s only abortion clinic.
KU women to face short-handed SDSU
December 28, 2004
Bonnie Henrickson has kept her fingers crossed all season, and so far, so good.
Self defends KU’s slate
Despite home games, Jayhawks’ schedule 5th-toughest
December 28, 2004
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self certainly sees no need to apologize for the Jayhawks’ nonconference schedule.
Non-BCS bowl still big
Plenty on line for Iowa State, Miami (Ohio)
December 28, 2004
Miami of Ohio has the emotion and Iowa State has the motivation.
Woodling: Sleep apnea serious disease
December 28, 2004
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Reconstruction of a tendon in a pitcher’s elbow is called Tommy John surgery. One of the nation’s most active cancer research funds is named after Jim Valvano.
Preliminary autopsy: White likely killed by respiratory disease
December 28, 2004
NFL great Reggie White might have died because of a respiratory disease combined with other health problems, a preliminary autopsy report said Monday.
Top 25 remains same
December 28, 2004
Illinois and Kansas University were 1-2 in the Associated Press’ college basketball poll for a fourth straight week Monday, and the 25 teams in the rankings were the same for the third consecutive week.
UConn falls from Top 10
December 28, 2004
On a day that New Mexico joined the AP poll for the first time, Connecticut dropped to 11th after splitting two road games, ending a run of 199 straight appearances in the Top 10.
Yankees, Red Sox, Angels owe luxury tax
December 28, 2004
The Boston Red Sox got an extra bill after winning the World Series.
Monroe Services
December 28, 2004
Fresno State stuns No. 18 Virginia
December 28, 2004
Paul Pinegar shrugged off midseason criticism and kept throwing for touchdowns.
Illinois finds energy to beat Longwood
December 28, 2004
For 30 minutes against top-ranked Illinois, Longwood looked like a contender, not a team with only one victory this season.
Will Chargers rest starters?
Chiefs’ coach uncertain how San Diego will approach finale
December 28, 2004
If ever an NFL game might seem meaningless, it’s Sunday’s regular-season finale between playoff-bound San Diego and the going-nowhere Kansas City Chiefs.
Datebook
December 28, 2004
John Richard Chaney
December 28, 2004
Raymond F. Barland
December 28, 2004
Dee D. Brecheisen
December 28, 2004
Thomas J. Thompson Sr.
December 28, 2004
On the record
December 28, 2004
Anthony sits out again
December 28, 2004
Carmelo Anthony is becoming impatient with his injured left ankle.
Engineers to inspect parking garage
Scheduled review not in response to crack concerns, city manager says
December 28, 2004
Speculation that the city’s new downtown parking garage has major structural problems is unfounded, City Manager Mike Wildgen said Monday.
Anne Poland Page
December 28, 2004
Bin Laden tape urges Iraqi election boycott
December 28, 2004
Any Iraqi who votes in the Jan. 30 election will become “a nonbeliever,” according to an audiotape attributed to Osama bin Laden and broadcast Monday by al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based cable network.
Iraqi politician escapes attack; Sunnis withdraw from elections
December 28, 2004
A car bomb aimed at a leading Shiite Muslim politician missed its target Monday but killed at least 10 people, some of them Iraqis simply passing by Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim’s house during the morning rush hour.
Teen events planned
December 28, 2004
Three Lawrence venues will help teenagers and preteens ring in the new year Friday night.
People
December 28, 2004
¢ George Carlin enters rehab ¢ No statue for Bobby Vinton ¢ Wise move ¢ It was destiny
Around the nation
December 28, 2004
¢ Steinbeck’s hometown to close all libraries ¢ Lesbian minister to appeal defrocking ¢ Governor has surgery for breast cancer
Suspect’s alleged confession likely to shape slaying case
Hearing set for today in pregnant woman’s death
December 28, 2004
Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery face an immediate hurdle that could challenge the defense throughout her case: her alleged confession to killing a pregnant woman and cutting the baby from the victim’s womb.
D.A., assistant take federal posts
Christine Kenney, Dave Zabel sign on as prosecutors for U.S. attorney
December 28, 2004
Douglas County Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney and one of her prosecutors, Dave Zabel, have accepted jobs with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Topeka.
Briefly
December 28, 2004
¢ School board to discuss purchase of property ¢ Traffic commission to meet next week ¢ Parkinson’s group offers training program ¢ KU final exam
Corrections
December 28, 2004
Fugett Services
December 28, 2004
Jayni’ to share New Year’s menu
December 28, 2004
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Celebrate the Big Night: A Menu for New Year’s Eve.”
Double take: Chores should teach lifelong lessons
December 28, 2004
Wes: I’ve gotten a lot of questions lately from parents about how to get teenagers motivated to do things around the home. This week, I thought Jenny and I would take some time to give our perspectives on teen responsibilities.
Linda Sharon Gabrielle Hippard
December 28, 2004
Scenes shock KU students
December 28, 2004
Geetha Hewawasam saw the images on TV.
Rams’ regulars roll
St. Louis hammers Eagles’ backups
December 28, 2004
The Rams desperately needed a victory and played like it. The Eagles desperately wanted to stay healthy and played like it.
Toast etiquette
How to avoid ruining your eve with misspoken words of praise
December 28, 2004
It’s New Year’s Eve, you’ve clinked your spoon against your champagne flute, the room is growing silent and it’s just about time to launch into your toast.
Take a look at who’s tops of Billboard’s year-end charts
December 28, 2004
Ukraine’s prime minister won’t concede election
December 28, 2004
Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych refused to accept defeat in the country’s presidential election and vowed Monday to ask the Supreme Court to overturn the result, claiming that millions of his supporters were disenfranchised and that there was systematic fraud.
Briefly
December 28, 2004
¢ Wintry mix creates havoc along East Coast ¢ Airlines struggling to send travelers home ¢ U.S. Greek Orthodox leader, 69, dies ¢ Coach in jail hangs self in cell
Briefcase
December 28, 2004
¢ Subscriber totals rise for satellite radio ¢ Sallie Mae spurned ¢ Computers trouble airlines, travelers ¢ Kansas firm opens Montana rail line
Briefly
December 28, 2004
¢ Lobbyist considers run for school board ¢ KDHE fines Leavenworth County ¢ Suspect charged in sex assault case ¢ Patrol seeks fuel deals
Mary Anita Stone
December 28, 2004
Lawrence stores welcome after-holiday bargain hunters
December 28, 2004
Just as she does every year, Tonganoxie resident Benita Adams hit the stores Monday for bargain hunting in the afterglow of a fruitful holiday season.
Around the world
December 28, 2004
¢ Nine charged in bus massacre ¢ Gas explosion kills 17 in apartment building ¢ Russian military plans with China confirmed ¢ Sharon accelerating withdrawal timetable
Photo: Hang ‘em high
December 28, 2004
Carter makes painful debut
New Net suffers leg cramps in OT loss to Detroit
December 28, 2004
Vince Carter is glad he won’t see the Palace of Auburn Hills again this season.
Mixing glitter and glam perfect for the new year
December 28, 2004
Want to start the new year in style? Get yourself some sparkle and shine.
Bird watchers trumpet news of rare swan sighting
December 28, 2004
Roger Boyd scarcely could believe his eyes.
Horoscopes
December 28, 2004