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TV ‘Housewives’ reflect complex reality
November 27, 2004
I’m not supposed to like “Desperate Housewives.” It’s either post-feminist or pre-feminist. It’s too racy or too retro. It’s either an example of the backlash or a product of the cultural collapse.
Consider 1979
Was our war with terror ignited by 9-11-01 or did it really begin with the less volatile 1979 hostage crisis?
November 27, 2004
It raised some eyebrows when a veteran newsman said it on one of the television talk shows: That while the 9-1l-01 tragedies are considered by many to be the ignition for our long-term war with terrorism, the conflict actually started at least 25 years ago.
No mandate
November 27, 2004
Low blow
November 27, 2004
Accountability
November 27, 2004
Wrong message
November 27, 2004
Ethics source
November 27, 2004
China moves in Latin America
November 27, 2004
President Bush, in Chile last weekend for an economic summit of Pacific Rim nations, can talk up trade all he wants, but it’s China that’s doing the wheeling and dealing in Latin America at our peril.
Neighbor complaints turn holiday display Grinchy
November 27, 2004
For six years, Alan and Bonnie Aerts transformed their Silicon Valley home into a Christmas wonderland, complete with surfing Santa, jumbo candy canes and a carol-singing chorus of mannequins.
Briefly
November 27, 2004
¢ Sentence commuted for killer jailed at 15 ¢ College accused of negligence in rape suit ¢ N. Korean light-water reactor freeze extended ¢ Mourners attend first of six hunters’ funerals ¢ Crews work to clear I-70 after rock slide ¢ Man leaps to death from Empire State Building ¢ Search on for Virginian missing from cruise ship ¢ Rehnquist to miss week of work for treatments ¢ Table manners dispute leads to double stabbing ¢ Cargo inspections need upgrade, report says ¢ Jailed Palestinian won’t run for presidency ¢ Study cites global need for health care workers ¢ Officials ban Newsweek, call article offensive ¢ At least 13 die in quake
Weather slows state cotton industry
Crop’s condition worsens as it waits to be harvested
November 27, 2004
Kansas’ burgeoning cotton business would be in good shape this fall but for one factor no one can control: the weather.
Briefcase
November 27, 2004
¢ Dollar hits low vs. euro ¢ General Electric deal to help US Airways ¢ Music industry ready to challenge Kazaa ¢ Investors await results of retail, jobs reports
Kansas farmers, ranchers to tackle industry challenges
November 27, 2004
With most crops now in the bin and livestock settled in for the winter, Kansas farmers and cattlemen are taking time off work next week to gather for industry meetings.
Commodities
November 27, 2004
Horoscopes
November 27, 2004
Made for faith
Author contends people hardwired for spirituality
November 27, 2004
Dean Hamer has received much criticism for his new book, “The God Gene: How Faith is Hardwired Into Our Genes.”
Faith forum
November 27, 2004
How can people with different views find common ground?
Don’t let fussy baby establish guidelines
November 27, 2004
I have a very fussy 8-month-old baby who cries whenever I put her down. My pediatrician says she is healthy and that she cries just because she wants me to hold her all the time. I do give her a lot of attention, but I simply can’t keep her on my lap all day long. How can I make her less fussy?
Homegrown Music’ perfect primer for bluegrass newbies
November 27, 2004
If you or someone you know are just discovering bluegrass music, you might want to take a look at Stephanie Ledgin’s new book, “Homegrown Music: Discovering Bluegrass” (Praeger Publishers, $39.95).
Engagements
November 27, 2004
Weddings
November 27, 2004
Around and about
November 27, 2004
Scouting news
November 27, 2004
Interim pastor bringing church together
November 27, 2004
Peace Mennonite Church has seen more than its share of change during the past four to five years: Departure of a veteran pastor, the arrivals and departures of an interim minister and another full-time pastor. Difficult and contentious decision to become a publicly open and affirming congregation, welcoming gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people into the full life of the church.
Sinkholes from coal mining days to be filled
KDOT repairing hazardous areas
November 27, 2004
Transportation crews will be busy filling sinkholes near U.S. 69 bypass west of Pittsburg, each a remnant of the mining heritage of southeast Kansas.
Hutchinson playing host to dog show
November 27, 2004
Marty Knibbs knows a quality springer spaniel when he sees one. The 43-year-old Canadian has been working with dogs for three decades and taking them to field trials for nearly that long.
American Indian portraits to be auctioned off
Catlin’s 19th century paintings focus on tribes in native settings
November 27, 2004
Some of the first portraits of American Indians at home on the Plains will be auctioned off next week in New York, with the 28 paintings by a 19th century St. Louisan perhaps fetching $15 million.
Gender-equity case puts coach in high court
November 27, 2004
It didn’t take long for coach Roderick Jackson to get tired of his girls basketball team practicing in the grimy little gym at Ensley High School, while the boys worked out in the nicer, newer one.
Kansans to get help with winter bills
State will receive nearly $16M from federal energy assistance program
November 27, 2004
Low-income Kansans will benefit from about $15.8 million in federal funding aimed at helping them pay winter utility bills.
Wecker sets mark with 41; KSU rolls
November 27, 2004
Kendra Wecker scored a school-record 41 points to lead No. 16 Kansas State to a 105-61 victory over Illinois State in the opening round of the Junkanoo Tournament on Friday.
Children who sang on ‘Wall’ seek unpaid royalties
November 27, 2004
Members of the children’s chorus who sang on Pink Floyd’s anti-authoritarian 1979 hit “Another Brick in the Wall” are owed thousands in payment, a royalties agent said Friday.
Halliburton lost U.S. millions in Iraq
Audit shows company lost track of property
November 27, 2004
A third or more of the government property Halliburton Co. was paid to manage for the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq could not be located by auditors, investigative reports to Congress show.
Hurricane pain continues
Thousands homeless in Florida
November 27, 2004
The pounding wind and rain during Hurricane Frances started the leaks in Sarah Mason’s home. When Hurricane Jeanne struck even harder three weeks later, the leaks became torrents.
Blowing whistle on fraud lucrative
November 27, 2004
Crime may not pay, but blowing the whistle on companies that swindle the government sure can.
Lawrence Datebook
November 27, 2004
Glenn M. Elliott
November 27, 2004
Alvin F. Currant
November 27, 2004
Gunman kills two, injures third on road
November 27, 2004
Kansas City police are looking for a gunman who shot and killed two women and injured a third as they traveled in separate vehicles early Friday.
Pope: Decline in priests a challenge
Pontiff addresses bishops from Kansas, Midwest
November 27, 2004
Pope John Paul II expressed concern Friday over the decline in priestly vocations in the United States, telling visiting American bishops that the drop presents a “stark challenge” that cannot be ignored.
Dolphins unsure of welcome for Williams
November 27, 2004
Just when the Miami Dolphins thought they were done talking about Ricky Williams, news of the wayward running back’s imminent return to the NFL put him back in his former teammates’ thoughts this week.
Cavaliers rally for win in Boston
James blocks Pierce to cap Cleveland’s victory
November 27, 2004
Zydrunas Ilgauskas made the game-winner. LeBron James made it possible. One game after scoring a career-high 43 points, James had a mere 20 but also added eight assists and a last-second blocked shot to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics, 98-96, Friday night.
Arizona stuns No. 18 Arizona State
November 27, 2004
Mike Stoops struggled through a difficult first year as coach at Arizona. He’s 1-0, though, in the game that matters most.
Boy wonderful
Lawrence youth developing into national phenomenon
November 27, 2004
When ninth-grader Joseph Schmalz walks down the hallways at West Junior High, he’s just another face in the crowd. But get him on a bike, and he stands out.
Hallman learning at point
UMKC next test for KU, Henrickson
November 27, 2004
Erica Hallman didn’t make headlines, but she sure caught Bonnie Henrickson’s eyes. Hallman, Kansas University’s point guard, scored just seven points in the Jayhawks’ 59-48 victory over Sacred Heart on Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse, yet she had an impressive 6-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in 33 minutes of duty.
KU accreditation panel issues report
November 27, 2004
After two years of work, a committee working on re-accreditation at Kansas University is ready for the world to read its report.
Army deserter released
Sobbing Jenkins says he wants to live in Japan
November 27, 2004
U.S. Army deserter Charles Jenkins was released from military jail on Saturday after serving 25 days for abandoning his squadron in 1965 and defecting to North Korea, where he lived for nearly four decades.
Suspect detained in slashings
At least 8 boys slain in Chinese dormitory
November 27, 2004
Police have detained a man accused of slashing as many as nine boys to death as they slept in their high school dormitory in central China, state media reported today.
Eudora’s Kracl headlines all-area team
Cardinals’ Stutler coach of year
November 27, 2004
Erin Kracl is starting to make a name for herself, and so is Eudora High’s volleyball team.
KU considering more selective admissions rules
November 27, 2004
Kansas University may become a more exclusive place to be in the next 10 years. University administrators say they plan to consider higher admissions standards at KU than those at other state universities in Kansas.
People
November 27, 2004
¢ Pregnant Roberts on bed rest ¢ Conrad sentenced for crash ¢ Charles still racking honors ¢ Tyler spreads sobriety gospel ¢ Birthday: Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg
Local briefs
November 27, 2004
¢ Lawrence resident on disability commission ¢ KU, Haskell students win science awards ¢ Area fire departments receive federal support ¢ Kansas Public Radio offers Yuletide yuks ¢ Alternative teaching certification offered ¢ Kansas University sets final exams
Cyclones struggle against zone, but survive
Iowa State pulls away for 57-39 victory over winless Northern Colorado in Challenge
November 27, 2004
Northern Colorado might have provided the blueprint on how to defend Iowa State: Play a tight 2-3 zone and dare the Cyclones to shoot from the perimeter.
For Lecompton publishing trio, the only good tree is a real one
Family hopes magazine reaches more growers
November 27, 2004
Lecompton residents may not know it, but they have a holiday expert in their midst. Chuck Wright considers himself a champion of real Christmas tree lovers the world over. And well he should.
Holiday-themed fare on weekend TV menu
November 27, 2004
Charles Durning finally gets the role he was born to play: Santa Claus. He stars as the matchmaking jolly guy in the cable romance “A Boyfriend for Christmas” (8 p.m. today, Hallmark).
6Sports video: Firebirds: State championship or bust
November 27, 2004
For the past three seasons, the Free State High varsity boy’s basketball team has advanced to the Sub-State Championships and every year, they’ve lost. But this year, the Firebirds hope to end that streak.
6News video: Art a la Carte
November 27, 2004
On the heels of the summer Cole Porter biopic “Delovely,” Lawrence Community Theatre opens one of the songwriter’s best-loved musicals this weekend. Ticket sales have been strong for the local version of the Tony award-winning show “Anything Goes.”
Stiff sanctions against U.S. approved
Bush vows to comply with WTO
November 27, 2004
The World Trade Organization imposed penalties Friday on U.S. exports ranging from apples to textiles, escalating a trade dispute the Bush administration has struggled to defuse by unsuccessfully urging Congress to repeal legislation aimed at protecting American steelmakers.
Government reviewing when Bayer revealed risks
November 27, 2004
In a move that could lead to a criminal investigation, the government is checking to determine if drug maker Bayer AG was forthcoming about safety concerns with its cholesterol-lowering Baycol drug that surfaced within months of its hitting the market.
Post office deliveries to double
November 27, 2004
Business was slow Friday at the Lawrence post office, but Judy Raney wasn’t fooled. “This is the calm before the storm,” said Raney, the city’s postmaster. “Everybody’s out buying everything today. They’ll start showing up Monday to mail it all.”
No easy fix seen for justice system
Committee’s report likely to recommend more in-depth study
November 27, 2004
Three months into their work, members of a group charged with reforming the state’s criminal justice system say they’re learning there’s no easy fix.
Top-ranked Deacons pick up NIT title
Gray leads Wake Forest to 63-60 victory over No. 18 Arizona
November 27, 2004
Wake Forest’s “other guard” had a pretty good Preseason NIT. Justin Gray scored 21 points for the second straight game, and the top-ranked Demon Deacons beat No. 18 Arizona, 63-60, on Friday night in the championship game of the 16-team tournament, a game that had a March feel to it in late-November.
Gift buying begins before sunrise
Shoppers make mad dash for bargains
November 27, 2004
Eudora resident Pam Wyrick is an old pro when it comes to shopping the day-after-Thanksgiving sale extravaganza. She’s been doing it for about 12 years. The past several years her sisters, Tina Freeman, of Lawrence, and Vicky Athon, of Tonganoxie, have joined her.
Iraqis call for election delay
Ever-increasing violence presents security crisis
November 27, 2004
U.S. forces uncovered more bodies in the northern city of Mosul on Friday, apparent victims of an intimidation campaign by insurgents against Iraq’s fledgling security forces.
Lawrence Open Shelter requesting to expand, remain downtown
November 27, 2004
One year after moving into a building at 944 Ky., the Lawrence Open Shelter is seeking a city permit to allow the homeless shelter to expand and remain downtown at least five more years.
Michael C. Pitts
November 27, 2004
St. John’s imposes penalty
Basketball team handed postseason ban
November 27, 2004
St. John’s imposed two years of penalties on its men’s basketball team Friday after an investigation revealed a former player was given cash by an athletic-department employee.
Tigers’ building now Mizzou Arena
November 27, 2004
The University of Missouri-Columbia renamed its new sports arena with a school nickname Friday, just days after the original namesake, a 22-year-old Wal-Mart heiress, was accused of academic cheating at another college.
Religion briefs
November 27, 2004
Santa brings holiday spirit to downtown Lawrence
Crowd sees rooftop shenanigans, new lights
November 27, 2004
There is no doubt that Santa is an impressive figure. He knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good. But for all his talents, he just can’t seem to make his post-Thanksgiving appearance in Lawrence without getting stuck on a roof.
Ukraine talks indicate repeat election possible
November 27, 2004
This bitterly divided nation increasingly appeared headed toward a rerun of a disputed presidential election after President Leonid D. Kuchma met Friday with European and Russian envoys and rival presidential contenders to seek a peaceful resolution to the crisis.
Janice Jayne Graham
November 27, 2004
Steelers keep winning despite losing players
November 27, 2004
Their right guard went down early in training camp, and their inside linebacker followed shortly after that. The veteran quarterback joined the injury list two games into the season, and their Pro Bowl nose tackle, top cornerback and best running back followed.
Dr. Crane gets scrooged
Kelsey Grammer conquers compassionate nature to portray scowling curmudgeon
November 27, 2004
Kelsey Grammer had to practice scowling in front of a mirror to appear convincing as Ebenezer Scrooge.
People and Places
November 27, 2004
Senior night victory could lift KU into NCAA tourney
November 27, 2004
Four Kansas University volleyball players will make a final appearance before a home crowd tonight, and a victory against Colorado would give those seniors a better chance to make a final appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Mayer: Miles looks ready to step up for KU
November 27, 2004
Kansas University’s Aaron Miles played basketball Tuesday night as if he’s tired of being considered the No. 2 point guard in the Big 12 Conference — behind Oklahoma State’s John Lucas.
Homeless shelter seeks funds
Salvation Army hopes to build state-of-the-art facility
November 27, 2004
Salvation Army officials have quietly kicked off a capital campaign to raise $4.5 million for a state-of-the-art homeless shelter and social service facility in east Lawrence.
On the record
November 27, 2004
Texas continues mastery of A&M
UT lobbies for BCS bid; Colorado ends Huskers’ run
November 27, 2004
Texas took care of its fiercest in-state rival and ensured at least one more week of bickering about the Bowl Championship Series.
Society calendar
November 27, 2004
Colts thrive during difficult stretch
Indianapolis perfect while playing four games in 18-day span
November 27, 2004
Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Montae Reagor could feel the weariness long before Thursday’s game at Detroit. The constant hits, the barrage of meetings, the quick pivots from game plan to game plan had worn down his body and mind.