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Horses stranded in downtown Lawrence
December 31, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 3:52 p.m.) A wrong turn and mechanical failure by a truck pulling a horse trailer turned into a treat for youngsters this afternoon along Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence.
Soggy start expected for New Year
December 31, 2004
(Updated Friday at 8:42 a.m.) If you’re headed out to a New Year’s Eve party tonight, you might carry an umbrella — and not just to catch the spray from the champagne bottles.
6Sports video: Scholar Athlete of the Month
December 31, 2004
Free State High senior Sam Buhler is this month’s High School Scholar Athlete.
Election resolution
As Lawrence approaches City Commission and school board elections, residents should strive to rise above the sort of divisive politics that marked the November campaigns
December 31, 2004
While Lawrence residents are considering their New Year’s resolutions, they might consider the upcoming campaigns for local school board and city commission seats.
KU prof: Kinsey full of kinks
December 31, 2004
Alfred Kinsey probably didn’t wear Bermuda shorts while gardening. He likely wore even less than that — at most a loin cloth or Speedo, perhaps.
New Year’s Eve offers musical opportunities
December 31, 2004
Even though Dick Clark will be ringing in the New Year from a hospital bed instead of hosting his traditional “Rockin’ Eve,” that doesn’t mean the rest of the country should avoid locating a musical backdrop for the evening.
Sex researcher analyzed in ‘Kinsey’
December 31, 2004
Most biopics tend to fall prey to the same pitfall: trying to capture an entire life story in two hours. This narrative challenge has plagued everything from “Ray” to “Beyond the Sea” to “Alexander.”
This Weekend’s Highlights
December 31, 2004
Regional briefs
December 31, 2004
¢ Sebelius fills vacancy on Court of Appeals ¢ Third escaped inmate captured after chase ¢ Victim of Dec. 24 fire in Emporia identified ¢ Four people die in trailer fire; police investigating
School finance ruling planned Monday
Decision will determine constitutionality of how districts are funded
December 31, 2004
The long-awaited decision in the long-running school finance lawsuit will be filed Monday, the Kansas Supreme Court has announced.
Draft of proposal would require all builders in city to be licensed
December 31, 2004
City officials have released a draft version of a new ordinance aimed to ease the minds of potential homeowners and others who deal with area builders.
Briefly
December 31, 2004
¢ FBI probes laser beams directed at cockpits ¢ Palestinian gunman endorses Abbas ¢ Thomas’ acceptance of gifts tops justices ¢ Justice Department rewrites torture memo ¢ Fire kills at least 88 in crowded nightclub ¢ Wal-Mart employees charged in cat shooting ¢ Study: Natural causes likely in infant deaths ¢ Trash collectors busy week after Christmas ¢ Counting amid chaos proves problematic ¢ Powell-led delegation will travel to region ¢ American donations: stingy or generous? ¢ U.S. agency defends tsunami-warning effort ¢ Europe seeks victims of deadly tsunami ¢ Tsunami also smashes region’s coral reefs
Corrections
December 31, 2004
Photo: Marvelous Marques
December 31, 2004
It’s New Year’s Eve, but it isn’t rockin’
December 31, 2004
I have but one humble request. Let’s take the “Rockin”’ out of New Year’s Eve. I know I sound persnickety, but I just can’t stand that word, or to be exact, its truncated spelling.
Hooters looking into Lawrence
December 31, 2004
Fans of hot wings, draft beers and waitresses in tight orange shorts could be getting a gift for the new year: a Hooters bar and grill in Lawrence.
2004: The Year in Review
A look back at the headlines of 2004
December 31, 2004
The past year saw some Lawrence residents dispatched to the war zones of Iraq. There were bitter divisions in a presidential election and a controversial ban on cigarette smoking in the city’s public spaces. A fiery grass-roots movement to unseat a Douglas County judge was noteworthy because it was so rare in state history.
Bowl week provides temptations for some
December 31, 2004
Tailback Leon Washington, perhaps the most popular player on Florida State’s football team, expected to serve as a pseudo-social director this week.
Finding Neverland’ dishes healthy dose of fantasy
December 31, 2004
“The Man Who Was Peter Pan” is Allan Knee’s stage play of imaginary conversations between “Peter Pan” author J.M. Barrie and the four fatherless boys who inspired him to write that very same children’s classic.
Casualty figures
December 31, 2004
Worst of Film: ‘Alexander’ conquers list of worst films in 2004
December 31, 2004
Two hours is long a time to waste. Sometimes the clock seems to stand still when one is stuck in a theater and forced to endure a movie that is boring, annoying, juvenile, confusing or offensive. So now it’s time for a little payback. These pictures didn’t just fail to entertain, they somehow managed to cinematically abuse the viewer.
Horoscopes
December 31, 2004
Hinrichs keeping busy as Northern Colorado AD
December 31, 2004
Jay Hinrichs worked his share of overtime during 18 years as a Kansas City Royals executive, three years as a Kansas University fund-raiser and two years as a financial analyst for a major shoe company.
Calendar
December 31, 2004
Difficult line
December 31, 2004
War’s effects
December 31, 2004
No compassion
December 31, 2004
It could happen in 2005
December 31, 2004
John Kerry, Howard Dean and the Boston Red Sox all fooled me this past year. Maybe we’ll get it right for 2005. Here’s my annual look-ahead:
Social Security an ongoing crisis
December 31, 2004
Today we stand on the brink of a new year, and this is customarily a time for looking forward to what may be coming down the pike and also for looking back at what has been.
Best of Film: ‘Eternal Sunshine’ brightens 2004
December 31, 2004
From “Anchorman” to “Catwoman,” from “Hellboy” to “Jersey Girl,” from “Before Sunset” to “After the Sunset,” from “The Passion of the Christ” to “The Seed of Chucky,” 2004 had its cinematic share of ups and downs. But in this article I’m here to honor the highlights — of which there were plenty.
Oprah continues reign as top TV personality
December 31, 2004
For the third consecutive year, talk show host and general media behemoth Oprah Winfrey tops the Harris Interactive poll of favorite television personalities.
Best Bets
December 31, 2004
Bush still backs Canadian beef imports
Another suspected mad cow case reported
December 31, 2004
Expressing confidence in the safety of Canadian beef, the Bush administration said Thursday it would stand by its decision to renew Canadian beef imports beginning in March despite a possible new case of mad cow disease.
Jobless claims declining
Labor report signals improving market
December 31, 2004
Fewer Americans signed up for unemployment benefits last week, raising hopes for the job market to show improvement in the new year.
Commodities
December 31, 2004
Briefcase
December 31, 2004
¢ Camera America set to close today ¢ New Turkish currency to reduce millionaires ¢ Car donations rise as tax shift arrives
Local briefs
December 31, 2004
¢ Camera America set to close today ¢ Fairy Godmother Fund reaches campaign goal ¢ Police seek suspect in park shooting ¢ Judge refuses to close murder hearing ¢ Sheriff’s department splits undersheriff post ¢ Father arrested in child abuse case
Homicides up in St. Louis, down slightly in Kansas City
December 31, 2004
Homicides were up in St. Louis this year and held steady in Kansas City, officials with police departments in both cities said Thursday.
Legislation planned to fight meth labs in state
Senator to propose model of successful Oklahoma program
December 31, 2004
A southeast Kansas legislator said he would draw up legislation copying an Oklahoma law combating methamphetamine production for two reasons: The law has reduced meth making in Oklahoma, and it also has led to an increase of activity in rural Kansas.
State greenlights funds for Overland Park entertainment district
December 31, 2004
The state has committed to $49.4 million in public financing for this Kansas City suburb’s proposed entertainment district, which would include an 8,000-seat arena.
Sonics overcome two ejections
Seattle improves to 21-6 with win over Hawks
December 31, 2004
Ray Allen didn’t like watching Jerome James and Danny Fortson lose their tempers. Allen scored 20 points and Rashard Lewis added 17 as the Seattle SuperSonics overcame the ejections of James and Fortson to beat the Atlanta Hawks, 94-79, Thursday.
Three machine guns found near creek
December 31, 2004
A fisherman found a heavy machine gun on the ice of a creek near Fort Riley, and Geary County sheriff’s deputies later found two more.
Johnson deal nearly done
Big Unit likely to be a Yankee soon
December 31, 2004
Randy Johnson finally appears headed to New York. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Yankees reached a tentative agreement Thursday on a deal to send the Big Unit to the Bronx for pitchers Javier Vazquez and Brad Halsey, young catcher Dioner Navarro and $9 million, a baseball official said on condition of anonymity.
Wecker’s double-double powers K-State
December 31, 2004
Kendra Wecker scored 21 points and had 14 rebounds, leading No. 22 Kansas State past Saint Joseph’s, 68-49, Thursday night.
Kansan to play role in dictator’s trial
Archeologist will investigate mass graves
December 31, 2004
A Tecumseh man will participate in what could become one of history’s most important archeological events. Randy Thies, an archeologist with the Kansas State Historical Society, has been selected as a civilian contractor to excavate and document mass graves of people killed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime.
District buys land by lake for schools
Fifty acres could house junior high, elementary
December 31, 2004
The Lawrence school board voted Thursday to spend more than $1.2 million to buy 50 acres north of Clinton Lake for possible new schools.
Militants discourage Iraqi voters
December 31, 2004
Three militant groups warned Iraqis against voting in Jan. 30 elections, saying Thursday that people participating in the “dirty farce” risked attack. All 700 employees of the electoral commission in Mosul reportedly resigned after being threatened.
Storms batter Western states
December 31, 2004
A slow-rolling series of storms that battered the West this week brought snowfall and high wind Thursday to parts of California, where weather-weary residents already have endured lashing rain, heavy snowfall and a destructive tornado.
Cultural center to close for 2 months
American Indian museum about $150,000 in debt
December 31, 2004
The Mid-America All-Indian Center will close for two months while the city of Wichita tries to resolve the museum’s ongoing financial woes.
Democrat announced as Washington governor-elect
December 31, 2004
After three vote tallies and nearly two nerve-racking months of waiting, Democrat Christine Gregoire was declared Washington’s governor-elect Thursday. But her Republican rival did not concede and wants a new election.
Ukraine election appeal rejected
Reform candidate moves forward with inaugural plans
December 31, 2004
Election officials on Thursday rejected Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych’s voluminous challenge to results showing he lost this week’s presidential revote, saying he did not prove any widespread violations.
Study no surprise: Frequent fast-food meals unhealthy
December 31, 2004
A new study gives scientific clout to a conclusion many already see as obvious: Eating a lot of fast food makes you fat and increases the chance of developing diabetes.
Mizzou outlasts Gonzaga
Tigers hang on; Nebraska holds off Tennessee
December 31, 2004
Missouri missed its last 10 shots from the field and six of its last eight free throws — and still managed to hang on against their toughest opponent so far.
Slaying suspect waives hearing
December 31, 2004
The woman accused of killing an expectant mother and cutting the baby from her womb waived her right to a preliminary hearing Thursday, and a judge ruled she must remain behind bars.
People
December 31, 2004
¢ Alda enjoys ‘ruthless’ role ¢ Owner hopes Presley cup gets paid appearance ¢ Japanese princess to wed ¢ Birthdays
Group looks for ways to fund Truman Sports Complex upgrades
December 31, 2004
Neither football’s Chiefs nor baseball’s Royals have threatened to leave the Truman Sports Complex if improvements aren’t made to their home venues.
Howard Bryce Conkey Jr.
December 31, 2004
Lawrence Datebook
December 31, 2004
On the record
December 31, 2004
Agencies announce closings for holiday
December 31, 2004
Government offices and public services in Lawrence and Douglas County will be closed today in observance of the New Year’s holiday.
Eagles soar over UNC
Boston College wins Tire Bowl, 37-24
December 31, 2004
Headed off the field on a stretcher because of a broken leg, Paul Peterson heard the roar of the crowd and knew his teammates were about to score.
Woodling: KU needs to solve free-throw woes
December 31, 2004
If you’re looking for a rationalization about the lack of a playoff system in NCAA Div. I-A football, dig no deeper than season finales. In football, a large number of teams actually can end the season with a win and reflect fondly on that victory for months and months to come.
Haskell men continue holiday road trip
December 31, 2004
Haskell Indian Nations University’s men’s basketball team will continue its Montana swing tonight against MSU-Billings.
Syracuse survives scare from Hofstra
December 31, 2004
Syracuse was itching for a close game, and Hofstra was more than willing to oblige. The Pride (9-1) drained a dozen three-pointers, made more than half their shots and led most of the game Thursday night, but the seventh-ranked Orange rallied late behind Hakim Warrick, Gerry McNamara and Terrence Roberts for an 80-75 victory.
Jayhawks earn first victory on road
December 31, 2004
Senior Aquanita Burras and junior Kaylee Brown each recorded career-high scoring nights as Kansas University’s women’s basketball team recorded its first road win of the season, winning, 80-66, Thursday night at Ball State.
Liberty Bowl likely high scoring
December 31, 2004
Louisville and Boise State consider today’s Liberty Bowl the biggest game in the history of each program. Based on the teams’ offenses, it certainly could be the highest-scoring game.
Happy Holiday for Raiders
Cumbie 39-for-60 passing for 520 yards, three TDs
December 31, 2004
Maybe Mack Brown isn’t such a villain, after all. If No. 4 California was angry and frustrated after being snubbed by the Bowl Championship Series and denied a Rose Bowl berth, it had to have been flat out humiliated after No. 23 Texas Tech pulled off a 45-31 shocker in the Holiday Bowl on Thursday night.
Steelers have zero incentive
Starters likely to sit against upstart Bills
December 31, 2004
The Pittsburgh Steelers insist they’ll play Sunday’s game at Buffalo as if it is any other during their unexpectedly good season. If history is any indicator, doing so could be difficult.
Seabury standout ready to return
Sisson forced to sit after transfer from Eudora
December 31, 2004
For a four-sport athlete, Regan Sisson hasn’t competed much lately. Shin splints sidelined Sisson midway though her sophomore track season at Eudora High, and a Kansas State High School Activities Assn. transfer rule cost her half her junior year at Seabury Academy.
ESPN now putting on its poker face
December 31, 2004
One of the most influential moments in modern sports history was on television Tuesday. It featured nine guys sitting around a table. One was chewing a cigar. A few wore shades. There was a guy in a Steve Francis jersey who definitely was not Steve Francis.
Miles’ focus? Georgia Tech
KU senior point guard concentrating on win, not assists record
December 31, 2004
Kansas University senior Aaron Miles sat Dec. 22 in a Kemper Arena locker room when it was announced in the arena that he had overtaken Doug Gottlieb as the Big 12 Conference’s all-time assist leader.
Broncos will prevail against Colts backups
December 31, 2004
When the line for Denver’s home game against Indianapolis came out, the Broncos were 51/2-point favorites, a surprise considering the Colts are 12-3.
Kansas high school basketball scores and dates from Dec. 30
December 31, 2004
Swing-era bandleader Artie Shaw dies
December 31, 2004
Artie Shaw, the clarinetist and bandleader whose recording of “Begin the Beguine” epitomized the Big Band era, died Thursday at his home. He was 94.
Tsunami death toll exceeds 117,000
5 million lack water, shelter, food, medicine
December 31, 2004
Pilots dropped food to Indonesian villagers stranded among bloating corpses Thursday, while police in a devastated provincial capital stripped looters of their clothing and forced them to sit on the street as a warning to others.
Obesity rising sharply among U.S. preschoolers
December 31, 2004
The obesity epidemic is reaching down to the playpen: More than 10 percent of U.S. children ages 2 to 5 are overweight, the American Heart Assn. reported Thursday.
Jumbo’s Killcrane’s ‘Slow Decay’ gets heavy
December 31, 2004
Crushing. Monstrous. Apocalyptic. And while we’re at it, how about massive, pulverizing, prostrating, annihilating, walloping, clobbering and squashing.
Welfare reform may not change lives
December 31, 2004
Angela Jobe, 38, is a grandmother who has lived most of her adult life at ground zero of the struggle to “end welfare as we know it.” At about the time candidate Bill Clinton was promising to do that — in autumn 1991 — she boarded a bus in Chicago, heading for Milwaukee, lured by Wisconsin’s larger benefits and lower rents.