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McLouth woman injured in accident
November 24, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 3:06 p.m.) A 65-year-old woman suffered injuries this morning when her car struck a road grader just south of McLouth, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
KU student dies in turnpike accident
November 24, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 1:04 p.m.) A 21-year-old Kansas University student died Tuesday night from injuries she received in a traffic accident along the Kansas Turnpike near Wichita, according to the Kansas Turnpike Authority.
Heavy snow hits Lawrence
Some neighborhoods lose power when snow-heavy limbs contact electric lines
November 24, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 4:38 p.m.) Lawrence residents got more than a taste of winter this morning. A huge Thanksgiving-sized helping of snow was plopped down on the region, covering northeast Kansas with as much as six inches of the white stuff.
Briefly
November 24, 2004
¢ Abbas to pursue Arafat’s goals ¢ China forges stronger trade relations to Cuba ¢ Troops kill noted guerrilla commander ¢ Crime, security central to Blair’s campaign
Briefly
November 24, 2004
¢ Tests are negative on suspected mad cow ¢ Viacom to pay fine for indecency ¢ Goldman family pursues O.J. Simpson’s money ¢ Tornadoes follow days of heavy rain ¢ Mysterious blasts work of pranksters
Exploding cell phone batteries prompt recalls
November 24, 2004
Curtis Sathre said it was like a bomb going off. His 13-year-old son Michael stood stunned, his ears ringing, hand gushing blood and body covered in black ash.
How to find best wines
November 24, 2004
A $45 Burgundy can be a beautiful thing, but for most of us who like a good bottle with our roast chicken on an ordinary Monday night, a solid, $10 Cote du Rhone is gorgeous.
Stockings already hung for ‘Idol’ trio
November 24, 2004
Christmas specials come earlier every year. We haven’t even stuffed the Thanksgiving bird and Fox offers us “Kelly, Ruben & Fantasia: Home for Christmas” (8 p.m., Fox). “American Idol” winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard and Fantasia Burrino will perform holiday songs. While it would be nice to see Clay Aiken show up as Santa’s elf, there’s no truth to the rumor that Simon Cowell will play the Grinch.
Thompson services
November 24, 2004
City briefs
November 24, 2004
¢ Retailers to discuss downtown’s homeless ¢ Pedestrian hit by car now in fair condition ¢ New lawsuit filed against security group ¢ Architecture project named Home of Year
St. Joe’s shows graduation hurts
November 24, 2004
Through it all, the old Hawk never stopped flapping its tired wings.
Recipes
November 24, 2004
¢ Pasta e Fagioli ¢ Spinach Salad with Warm Vinaigrette ¢ Fettucine with Parsley and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Horoscopes
November 24, 2004
U.S. military is undervalued
November 24, 2004
Marine Staff Sgt. Aaron White was killed in a helicopter crash on May 19, 2003, in Iraq. Here is an excerpt from his last letter home to his wife, Michele, and his baby daughter, Brianna.
Consider the source
Historians search for accurate account of life of Macedonian warrior king Alexander
November 24, 2004
Astride his own stallion, riding bareback, no stirrups, in full battle costume and helmet, historian Robin Lane Fox rode at the front in the flanking cavalry charge at Gaugamela — the one filmed in Morocco as part of Oliver Stone’s film “Alexander.”
Daily ticker
November 24, 2004
Briefcase
November 24, 2004
¢ H&R Block posts loss ¢ Cingular to cut jobs ¢ Heinz squeezes out second-quarter profit ¢ Dollar hits low vs. euro ¢ Airbus may challenge Boeing jetliner concept
Food stamp benefits unclaimed in Kansas
November 24, 2004
More than four of 10 Kansans eligible for food stamps are not receiving them, according to a report released Tuesday.
USC’s Stewart visits KU
November 24, 2004
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team could be adding a major-college transfer to its roster in the near future.
Briefly
November 24, 2004
¢ Online casino wins ‘Virgin Mary’ sandwich ¢ County votes to close troubled trauma unit ¢ Stripper, lover acquitted of casino heir’s murder
Lawrence home sale prices fall back in October
November 24, 2004
Home sale prices in Lawrence cooled a bit in October from record highs in September.
Arms of nature
November 24, 2004
Women’s sports
November 24, 2004
Civil service point
November 24, 2004
Crane protection
November 24, 2004
DNA evidence raises issues
November 24, 2004
Last week, a young lawyer lectured on the growing use of DNA evidence at the law school. I found her lecture simply fascinating and thought-provoking. The whole science of forensics has gained popular attention in recent years, both through its use in cases like the Peterson murder trial and because of the increasing popularity of television shows like CSI.
Couple to post bond in Newton slavery case
November 24, 2004
A Newton couple charged in federal court with involuntary servitude will be allowed to post bond but must remain in their home and wear electronic monitoring devices, attorneys said Tuesday.
Prairie Home Companion’ to visit fair
November 24, 2004
Oh, hear that old piano … from the Kansas State Fair grandstand, where Garrison Keillor’s weekly “A Prairie Home Companion” will broadcast live next Sept. 10.
Former publisher of Abilene newspaper dies of brain cancer
November 24, 2004
Vivien Sadowski, who served for 12 years as publisher and editor of The Abilene Reflector-Chronicle before retiring in 1998, died Monday. She was 74.
Former Ft. Scott publisher, KU alumnus dies at 70
November 24, 2004
Dr. Frank Emery, who became owner and publisher of The Fort Scott Tribune following a career as an orthopedic surgeon, has died. He was 70.
County says early birds turning in property taxes
November 24, 2004
It may be easy for some people to view the Douglas County Treasurer’s Office as the Grinch this time of year.
New portable players nip at iPod
November 24, 2004
Lauren, 11, saunters nonchalantly past a Discovery Channel store and a Gymboree clothing store at the mall. Then suddenly, the girl’s eyes light up and she pulls her mother into an Apple Computer Inc. retail shop.
Golden Arches picks insider
McDonald’s CEO likely to continue sales turnaround
November 24, 2004
McDonald’s Corp.’s choice of an insider to replace ailing CEO Charlie Bell should keep the company on the path that has led to a sales rebound in the past two years, analysts said Tuesday.
Low mortgage rates continue to help housing market
November 24, 2004
Sales of previously owned homes dipped slightly in October but still clocked in at the fourth-highest pace on record, a fresh sign that the housing market is in solid shape.
Commodities
November 24, 2004
Lauries forfeit naming rights
MU to rename arena following cheating allegations
November 24, 2004
The family of a Wal-Mart heiress who is the namesake of the University of Missouri’s new sports arena has agreed to transfer the naming rights to the school after allegations that the young woman cheated her way through college, the university said Tuesday.
Spurrier takes over at South Carolina
November 24, 2004
Steve Spurrier took over at South Carolina on Tuesday, signing a seven-year deal worth $1.25 million a season that could grow to more than $2 million with incentives. He pledged to turn the Gamecocks into the kind of consistent champion he built for 12 seasons at Florida.
Martha Stewart issues Thanksgiving message
Domestic diva ‘safe, healthy’ in federal prison
November 24, 2004
Martha Stewart, in prison for one of her favorite holidays, says she is “safe, fit and healthy” and grateful this Thanksgiving for the support of her fans.
City offices, services closed for holiday
November 24, 2004
Government offices and other services in Lawrence and surrounding areas will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Ex-Westar exec says he did not misuse airplane
November 24, 2004
A former Westar Energy Inc. executive vice president accused of looting the Topeka-based company testified Tuesday that he had nothing to do with several of the charges against him and a former CEO, including allegations that they misused corporate planes.
Video games cited for violence, sex
November 24, 2004
Video games that have players shoot rival gang members, watch bare-breasted women and recreate the assassination of President Kennedy were criticized Tuesday by a watchdog group that said, at the least, they should be kept away from children.
Harry Glen Zacharias
November 24, 2004
Samuel F. Schmid
November 24, 2004
E. Marie Carlson
November 24, 2004
Melva Schutte
November 24, 2004
On the record
November 24, 2004
Pell Grant change could cut students’ eligibility
November 24, 2004
Congress is again adding hundreds of millions of new dollars to the Pell Grant program for low-income college students, but it’s also allowing a procedural change that would cut — and in some cases eliminate — grant eligibility for as many as 1 million students.
Area briefs
November 24, 2004
¢ Explosives code deemed too vague ¢ Two arrested in beating over pit bull puppy ¢ Car donations encouraged before ‘05
Dole Institute gets needed fund-raiser
Full-time development director will try to build $25M endowment
November 24, 2004
Fund raising at the Dole Institute of Politics is about to get a kick-start.
Christmas parade organizers surprised by lack of donations
November 24, 2004
Creating an old-fashioned Christmas parade in Downtown Lawrence doesn’t come cheap.
Flu shots still rare around Lawrence
Pharmacies, health department still hoping for shipments
November 24, 2004
Flu shots may not be an option, but the Hy-Vee Pharmacy on Clinton Parkway is expecting to receive about 150 doses of FluMist, a nasal flu vaccine that also may help prevent against the illness.
Commissioners agree to fund land trust program
November 24, 2004
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday said they believed they’d found a new tool to begin chipping away at the city’s affordable housing problem.
City to move ahead with 19th and Louisiana roundabout
November 24, 2004
Lawrence city commissioners agreed Tuesday to move ahead with the design of a roundabout at 19th and Louisiana streets, despite concerns that a roundabout won’t mix well with nearby Lawrence High School.
State’s poor feel holiday hunger
Shelters step up to feed hungry Kansans
November 24, 2004
After lugging a box of canned goods and a frozen, 10-pound turkey across the street and down the block from the Salvation Army, Linda Morris paused to catch her breath.
Kansas City OKs limited smoking ban
November 24, 2004
The Kansas City Council voted 8-5 Tuesday to pass a limited smoking ban for restaurants, bars and many other public places.
Dan Rather times resignation ahead of critical report
November 24, 2004
Dan Rather announced Tuesday he would resign in March as CBS News anchor, catching many by surprise just weeks before the release of a report that is expected to criticize his role in a now-discredited story about President Bush’s National Guard service.
Hunter claims rampage provoked
Bond set at $2.5 million
November 24, 2004
The St. Paul, Minn., man accused of killing six deer hunters and wounding two others claims he was called racially derogatory names and fired at before he started shooting, a version of events that contradicts statements from one of the surviving hunters.
Spending plan packed with pet projects
November 24, 2004
Despite soaring deficits, the government spending plan awaiting President Bush’s signature is chock-full of special items for industries and communities. Consider $443,000 to develop salmon-fortified baby food, or $350,000 for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Kansas to receive more than $100 million
November 24, 2004
What some call pork, others call progress as Kansas congressmen Tuesday announced approval of more than $100 million in projects heading for President Bush’s consideration.
Ukrainian political talks sought
November 24, 2004
Outgoing President Leonid Kuchma called for negotiations in Ukraine’s spiraling political crisis Tuesday, hours after the leader of the opposition declared himself the winner of a disputed presidential election.
U.N.: Women’s rights are key to AIDS fight
November 24, 2004
The women’s rights movement and the AIDS movement must come together if the world is to ultimately win the fight against HIV, the United Nations said in a report released Tuesday.
Heart of the matter
Olive oil can reduce the risk of heart disease, but it’s not a ‘cure all,’ nutrition experts say
November 24, 2004
Lovers of olive oil take heart. There’s now even more evidence that the golden, flavorful stuff — a favorite in the kitchens of many cooks — is good for you.
Alexander’ can’t conquer boredom
November 24, 2004
Alexander the Great joins Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan and Napoleon as one of the great military conquerors in history. Likewise, “Alexander” should join “Ishtar,” “Heaven’s Gate” and “Gigli” as one of the biggest cinematic bombs of all time.
Charity LINKs Thanksgiving dinner and those in need
November 24, 2004
It’s time to “make hay” at Lawrence’s longest-running charitable kitchen.
Thawing turkey requires plenty of planning
November 24, 2004
According to the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service, it is safe to cook a frozen turkey from the frozen state. Doing so will take at least 50 percent longer than cooking a fully thawed turkey; the giblet pack also will need to be removed during cooking time with tongs or a long-handled fork.
Creighton drops Mizzou, 78-54
November 24, 2004
Creighton’s Nate Funk could not believe how open the Missouri Tigers left him at times, allowing him to get off shots.
Poor first half dooms Indians
November 24, 2004
Haskell Indian Nations University men’s basketball coach Jamie Morrison just shrugged his shoulders.
Smith’s grades superb
Junior earns berth on Academic All-America squad
November 24, 2004
Kansas University junior forward Caroline Smith led the Jayhawks in scoring en route to a Big 12 Conference title during the 2004 soccer season.
Hey, voters … rank this!
Motivated KU screams past St. Joe’s
November 24, 2004
Maybe there will be a new No. 1 in college basketball again next week. Kansas University’s hoops team, the same team that looked so ordinary in a seven-point victory over Vermont on Friday that the pollsters dropped KU from No. 1 to 2, gained a batch of style points Tuesday night, whipping Saint Joseph’s, 91-51, in front of a 16,300 fans and an ESPN2 audience.
Woodling: Kansas plays like top team
November 24, 2004
That’s more like it. The more than 16,000 Kansas University men’s basketball fans who pay a dollar a minute per game to watch the Jayhawks perform in Allen Fieldhouse saw what they paid to see.
Chiefs lash out at officiating
November 24, 2004
A non-call on Rodney Harrison’s end-zone interception Monday night has the Kansas City Chiefs fuming.
Kansas women seeking more scoring balance
November 24, 2004
Crystal Kemp scored 26 points, tying her career high, in Kansas University’s women’s basketball opener.
Notebook
November 24, 2004
U.S.-led forces begin assault near Baghdad
November 24, 2004
U.S. Marines backed by British and Iraqi forces Tuesday launched a new offensive south of Baghdad aimed at wresting back control of the “Triangle of Death” from Sunni insurgents.
Miss. St. upends UMKC
Kentucky, Mich. St., UNC each win
November 24, 2004
Winsome Frazier kept hitting from the outside, Marcus Campbell dominated the low post, and Gary Ervin was content to keep passing.
People
November 24, 2004
¢ Sarah Jessica’s cover-up ¢ Cojocaru hopes surgery soon ¢ Ozzy wants his bling back ¢ Another ‘Friend’ comes back
Rabbit-raiser spins fine yarns
Lee’s Summit breeder combines hobby, business
November 24, 2004
It’s all about the soft and warm fur, but since it comes from cute, affectionate little bunnies, that doesn’t hurt either.
In the game or out?
The Kansas Legislature should either look seriously at a proposed casino in Wyandotte County or just decide not to consider any expanded gambling for now.
November 24, 2004
Do Kansans want more gambling in the state even if it would add money to the state treasury? And, if so, how much gambling is too much?
Lame duck Congress doles out pork
November 24, 2004
The just concluded “lame duck” session of Congress should have been labeled the “goose that laid the golden egg session” for the federal goodies it dispensed.
Byron Thomas Lynn
November 24, 2004
Depleted Pacers stop Celtics
November 24, 2004
Hammered during the last four days for their involvement in an ugly brawl with Detroit fans, the Indiana Pacers and their fans finally have something to feel good about.
Turkey hash is versatile
November 24, 2004
Most Thanksgiving dinners are celebrations of excess. Even though we eat way too much, we also have a lot of food left over when we’re done. So the task on Friday will be disposing of the leftovers quickly and painlessly.
Jayni to dish easy hors d’oeuvres
November 24, 2004
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Quick and Easy Hors d’oeuvres and Desserts with Theodore ‘Pete’ Wiklund.”