Archive for Thursday, December 1, 2005

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Firebirds plan to continue winning ways
December 1, 2005
Although the Free State basketball team has lost five seniors and long-time head coach Jack Schreiner, the 2005-2006 Firebirds plan to continue their winning ways. Chuck Law, the new head coach, says he has no plans for his players take a step back.
Free State tops swim meet
December 1, 2005
The Free State High swim team took first place Thursday in Lawrence High’s four-team swim meet. Lawrence High placed third.
KU “Survivor” update: Money well spent
December 1, 2005
While the final six contestants got closer to the $1 million prize, it was actually a mere $200 that made the difference for one player.
Nearly 200 dogs, cats taken in by local shelter
December 1, 2005
Nearly 200 dogs and cats were delivered to the Lawrence Humane Society on Wednesday and Thursday, all of them seized from a single residence in Miami County.
Chat with Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew about new election equipment, procedures
December 1, 2005
Jamie Shew discusses new election equipment and voting procedures.
KU withdraws intelligent design course
December 1, 2005
A controversial class on intelligent design at Kansas University has been dropped from the spring schedule, the university announced Thursday.
Ottawa police hunt for armed robber with feminine voice
December 1, 2005
Ottawa police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a masked person - possibly a woman - who robbed the Logan 66 gas station at gunpoint Wednesday night.
December bringing sub-freezing temperatures
December 1, 2005
If it takes cold weather to get you into the holiday spirit, you might feel like singing some carols for the next several days. Thanks to some Canadian high pressure, Lawrence area temperatures won’t even reach the 32-degree freezing mark today, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Notebook
December 1, 2005
Because of returns from Nevada and Western Illinois, 200 tickets are available for each of the next two games - today versus Nevada and Saturday against Western Illinois
Fazekas shows he’s tough
Nevada junior played despite food poisoning
December 1, 2005
When healthy, Nick Fazekas is as talented a big man as there is in the country.
Jayhawks thinking big
KU planning more focus on inside vs. Nevada
December 1, 2005
Like slot machines in Reno, Nev., casinos, Kansas University’s basketball big men are clamoring to be fed tonight.
Government consolidation a hot topic
December 1, 2005
With a possible consolidation of Topeka and Shawnee County to the west, and the merger of Kansas City and Wyandotte County to the east, a Lawrence-Douglas County convergence could seem like the next logical step.
Treasurer’s wife guilty in $114,000 embezzlement
December 1, 2005
The wife of the former Willow Springs Township treasurer has admitted embezzling more than $114,000 from the township’s coffers.
County wants more input on joint agencies
December 1, 2005
Douglas County commissioners are challenging City Hall to share more authority over personnel in joint city-county government operations.
Forum warns of corporate ‘invasion’
Companies’ data use raises privacy concerns
December 1, 2005
Even with a permanent Patriot Act and increased government monitoring after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there is a more immediate group monitoring our daily lives: corporations.
Stewart kicks off festive week
December 1, 2005
It has become difficult to forecast how much news might come from a Nextel Cup awards week in New York.
German leader signals closer U.S. relations
December 1, 2005
Signaling a change in style, Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged Wednesday to put aside past differences between Germany and the United States even as she pressed for the Bush administration to take seriously European concerns about alleged CIA prisons in Europe.
Army Corps of Engineers confirms levee findings
December 1, 2005
Government engineers performing sonar tests at the site of a major levee failure confirmed that steel reinforcements barely went more than half as deep as they were supposed to, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said Wednesday.
Schwarzenegger names Democrat chief of stafft
December 1, 2005
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday took the first step to shaking up his administration after his resounding special election failure, appointing a longtime Democratic activist as his chief of staff.
Jury to answer more than 300 questions
December 1, 2005
Attorneys representing Zacarias Moussaoui want to ask potential jurors more than 300 questions - including their opinions of high-profile FBI investigations and their response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 - as part of the selection process for his trial.
Judge: Prayers may not favor one religion
December 1, 2005
A federal judge on Wednesday barred the Indiana House from opening its sessions with specifically Christian prayers, ruling that such prayers amount to “an official endorsement of the Christian religion.”
Pharmacists disciplined for not filling prescriptions
Workers cite religious, moral objections to morning-after pill
December 1, 2005
Walgreen Co. said it has put four Illinois pharmacists in the St. Louis area on unpaid leave for refusing to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception in violation of a state rule.
Shuttle driver won’t face charges for hitting, killing Army officer
December 1, 2005
A Kansas City International Airport shuttle driver who struck and killed an Army officer standing on the shoulder of Interstate 29 will not be charged in the death.
Cases handled by suspended judge being reviewed
December 1, 2005
Dodge City officials are reviewing hundreds of municipal court cases handled by a judge who continued to practice for about three weeks after her law license had been suspended.
Brochure lists holiday volunteer opportunities
December 1, 2005
The Roger Hill Volunteer Center now has available a brochure titled “How to Help at the Holidays.”
Coat giveaway slated
December 1, 2005
To prepare for the months of cold ahead, the Salvation Army and Scotch Cleaners will provide coats to those in need Friday and Saturday at the army’s distribution center, 23rd and Harper streets.
School having tour through human body
December 1, 2005
Hillcrest School students will look inside themselves today.
Employee sentenced in prostitution case
December 1, 2005
A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a former employee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to four years probation for using her computer access at work to promote prostitution.
On the record
December 1, 2005
Lawrence datebook
December 1, 2005
Senators win awards for opening up government
December 1, 2005
Three state senators received awards for their work in opening up government records.
House members homeless for session
December 1, 2005
Call them the Siberian 70. Due to the Capitol renovation project, 70 House members have been moved out of the west wing and will have offices in the Docking state office building during the legislative session that starts Jan. 9.
Cattle truck hits train tracks, delaying Amtrak
December 1, 2005
A cattle truck plowed into railroad tracks outside Dodge City early Wednesday, causing a major delay for a westbound Amtrak train and temporarily trapping dozens of cows inside a container, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.
Our town sports
December 1, 2005
Lima fights through season of adversity
December 1, 2005
It’s all been taken away from Kansas University volleyball player Josi Lima.
Bulldogs’ engineer keeps title train humming
December 1, 2005
Eight straight. That’s eight straight 4A boys cross country state championships for Baldwin High.
Young, Slay claim honors
Texas QB, Tech safety Big 12 players of year
December 1, 2005
The fourth-quarter touchdown pass against Ohio State. The first win over Oklahoma since 2000. The second-half rescue against Oklahoma State.
Nuggets’ Karl suspended for criticizing officials
December 1, 2005
Denver coach George Karl was suspended for two games without pay by the NBA on Wednesday for publicly criticizing officials after the Nuggets’ 101-92 loss to New Jersey.
Sooners survive late Tulsa rally
December 1, 2005
Terrell Everett scored a career-high 26 points, including three late free throws, to help No. 5 Oklahoma stave off a late rally in a 62-53 win against Tulsa on Wednesday night.
Duke holds off Hoosiers
December 1, 2005
Duke’s J.J. Redick was more efficient than Indiana’s Marco Killingsworth, and he had more help.
Woodling: Bad time to be a ‘Clone
December 1, 2005
Talk about a bad Thanksgiving weekend. Iowa State suffered a double dose of depression, with Kansas University the common denominator.
Castle Room to be featured on home tour
December 1, 2005
The Urishay Castle Room, part of the Quayle Bible Collection exhibit at Baker University’s Collins Library, will be featured from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 11 during the Baldwin Home Tours.
Christmas trees available on Internet
December 1, 2005
Santa Claus may need a bigger sleigh if he hopes to deliver this year to the growing number of American families buying real Christmas trees via the Internet or by mail order.
Baker faculty to perform at recital
December 1, 2005
“The Christmas Story,” a Baker University faculty recital featuring soprano Susan Buehler, assistant professor of music, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at First United Methodist Church, Eighth and Grove streets, in Baldwin. Admission is free.
Cozy up by the fire with the most effective woods to burn
December 1, 2005
As Old Man Winter turns on the cold, many of us crank up the heat to stay warm. But with the threat of high heating bills, homeowners are trying to find other ways of heating their homes this winter. Once a thing of the past, woodburning stoves, fireplaces and heat boxes are becoming a popular means of heating the home and not draining the wallet.
Southwest plans nonstops to Dallas
KU football fans may benefit from extra flights
December 1, 2005
President Bush on Wednesday cleared Southwest Airlines to fly nonstop from Kansas City, Mo., into Dallas’ Love Field, a move that could open new, low-cost flights for holiday travelers.
Downtown shops to aid animal therapy group
December 1, 2005
Three businesses in downtown Lawrence will help raise money Saturday for Pathways Animal Assisted Therapy Inc., which helps people with physical and emotional problems.
Economy surges, despite hurricanes
December 1, 2005
The nation’s economy demonstrated just how sturdy it is, posting its strongest quarterly showing in more than a year despite the Gulf Coast hurricanes.
BlackBerry urged to settle dispute
December 1, 2005
A federal judge moved a step closer Wednesday to reissuing an injunction that threatens BlackBerry e-mail service in the United States, placing more pressure on the wireless device’s maker, Research In Motion Ltd., to settle a patent case.
Commodities
December 1, 2005
American Indian author honored
Vine Deloria Jr. remembered for pride he instilled
December 1, 2005
Michael Yellow Bird’s first exposure to Vine Deloria Jr’s. groundbreaking book, “Custer Died for Your Sins,” was in church. Sort of.
City recognized with wastewater awards
December 1, 2005
Lawrence’s wastewater system is among the more environmentally friendly in the country, leaders from several national agencies said Wednesday at a ceremony honoring the city.
More travel costs allowed, but not for one lawmaker
December 1, 2005
Legislative leaders have allowed an explosive increase in the cost of legislative travel, but they balked Wednesday at helping one lawmaker attend a prestigious meeting.
Abortion doctor cleared in patient’s death
Protesters unhappy as case against Tiller closes
December 1, 2005
Regulators say Dr. George Tiller wasn’t responsible for the January death of a Texas woman who received a late-term abortion, but protesters against his Wichita clinic aren’t satisfied with that finding.
Alito memo outlines strategy against Roe
As Reagan lawyer in 1985, Supreme Court nominee pushed for step-by-step abortion fight
December 1, 2005
Providing fresh ammunition in the escalating fight over Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito Jr., documents released Wednesday show that as a young lawyer in the Reagan administration he recommended a bold, but stealthy legal strategy to neutralize and eventually overturn Roe v. Wade.
First lawsuit against Taser goes to trial
December 1, 2005
A former sheriff’s deputy suing stun gun maker Taser International Inc. never would have agreed to be shocked during training if he had known the potential dangers of the stun gun, his attorney told jurors Wednesday.
Brains of schizophrenics, pot users look similar
December 1, 2005
A teenage brain on pot looks frighteningly similar to the brains of adolescents with schizophrenia, according to a new study.
High court grapples with New Hampshire’s abortion law
December 1, 2005
The Supreme Court on Wednesday wrestled with a New Hampshire law that requires a parent to be told before a daughter ends her pregnancy, with no hint the justices were ready for a dramatic retreat on abortion rights under their new chief.
Judge lifts court-ordered restrictions on ex-inmate
December 1, 2005
A judge Wednesday lifted all restrictions against a woman who served 12 years in prison for her role in the rape and murder of three teenagers, considered one of Canada’s most notorious crimes.
Peace pioneer quits Israel’s Labor Party
December 1, 2005
Bitter over his ouster as Labor Party chief, Shimon Peres quit his political home of six decades Wednesday to campaign for Ariel Sharon’s new party, saying the prime minister is the best choice to lead Israel to peace with the Palestinians.
Church of England enthrones its first black archbishop
December 1, 2005
To the beat of African drums, a son of Uganda took his throne Wednesday as the first black archbishop in the Church of England, declaring his hope of inspiring the shrinking church with the confident faith of his homeland.
Election still too close to call, partial results show
December 1, 2005
Honduras’ presidential election remained too close to call Wednesday, with the opposition candidate who was proclaimed victor three days ago leading by less than half a percentage point.
Clinton assesses tsunami recovery
December 1, 2005
Former President Clinton promised survivors of last year’s devastating tsunami on Wednesday that the international community will stand by them long after the tragedy fades from the media spotlight.
Feds adopt response plan for abductions
December 1, 2005
A Florida plan for quick, coordinated police response to child abductions - developed after the 2004 killing of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia - is being taken nationwide.
Town shuts off water as toxic slick arrives
December 1, 2005
Another town on a poisoned Chinese river shut down its water system Wednesday after Communist Party members went door-to-door giving out bottled water in an effort to show that China’s leaders can protect the public from the latest environmental disaster.
First partial face transplant claimed
December 1, 2005
Doctors in France said they had performed the world’s first partial face transplant, forging into a risky medical frontier with their operation on a woman disfigured by a dog bite.
Papal biography feels like rush job
December 1, 2005
The recent death and the eventful life of Pope John Paul II has inspired three television movies in the same year. Two will air this week.
Pettys out of Sprint Car league
December 1, 2005
NASCAR stars Richard and Kyle Petty and the Richard Petty Driving Experience have opted not to become involved in the formation of the new National Sprintcar League.
Joint operation launched; Bush touts Iraqi military
December 1, 2005
U.S. and Iraqi troops launched a joint operation Wednesday in an area west of Baghdad used to rig car bombs, while American soldiers rounded up 33 suspected insurgents in a sweep of southern parts of the capital.
Clever vintage lamps attract variety of collectors
December 1, 2005
In the 1920s, a new type of lamp was manufactured - the animated action lamp. Each lamp was a plastic or glass cylinder with a scene on the outside. Inside was another cylinder with a slotted top. A light bulb glowed through the cylinder’s scene. The heat from the bulb also moved the inside cylinder so the scene appeared to be moving.
Kissing ‘05 goodbye
Writers reflect on the major stories of the 2005 season
December 1, 2005
With no disrespect toward Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart, Edwards won four Cups and five Busch races and finished third in the standings in both series. Edwards ran 70 races in the two series and finished in the top five 29 times and in the top 10 43 times.
Justified means?
December 1, 2005
To the editor: According to the Sunday New York Times, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this weekend suggested American leaders should be tried as war criminals for using “used uranium ordnance” in Iraq and using the atomic bomb many years ago.
Urgent goal
December 1, 2005
To the editor: Controversy regarding Kansas University associate professor Paul Mirecki, his intelligent design class and his e-mail comments must not interfere with achieving an urgent goal: changing the composition of the Kansas Board of Education membership.
Error of tact
December 1, 2005
To the editor: It’s easy to tell Paul Mirecki has been in an academic tower too long.
ID cleanup
December 1, 2005
To the editor: Anti-evolutionists, to reduce flack from scientists and other educators, have transformed “creationism” into “intelligent design” to be taught in tandem with science in high school biology classes.
KU Student Senate to lobby for renters
Revisions sought on deposits, renewal clauses
December 1, 2005
Slugs squirmed out of the walls in Allyson Flaster’s old Lawrence apartment. In the bathroom, the shower walls crumbled. When she left, the former Kansas University graduate student lost hundreds of dollars for cleaning fees, though she says she left the apartment in better condition than she found it.
More diversity
December 1, 2005
To the editor: With all respect to Venida Chenault, I believe the Kansas Board of Education’s recent decision regarding intelligent design provides indigenous people an unprecedented opportunity.
In the trenches
December 1, 2005
To the editor: I applaud the evolution exhibit at the Kansas University Museum of Natural History and the new courses examining intelligent design from the perspective of its mythological and religious foundations.
Old home town - 100 years ago
December 1, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 1, 1905: “With all our boastfulness about education, there are 10 percent of our grown population who are illiterate. This is a bad showing and we should start at local levels to change it drastically.”
Old home town - 25 years ago
December 1, 2005
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to judge the constitutionality of a male-only military draft. The court was to decide whether the government could require young men to register for the draft and serve in the military when young women faced no such requirements.
GOP joins Democrats in voters’ doghouse
December 1, 2005
To understand why the level of public disillusionment with politics is so high in this country right now, it helps to go back a dozen years.
3 charities chosen for St. Patrick’s funds
December 1, 2005
For the first time in its 19-year history, the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee picked three charities for its annual fundraising drive.
Musical meow mix
Pussycat Dolls aim for ‘sassy but classy’
December 1, 2005
It’s hard to know what to make of the Pussycat Dolls - even when they’re lounging in front of you wearing very little.
Commentary: Sports reforms don’t go far enough
December 1, 2005
The House Committee on Government Reform, chaired by Congressmen Tom Davis and Henry Waxman and championed by Senators John McCain and Jim Bunning, threatened to pass legislation to toughen baseball’s steroid policy if commissioner Bud Selig and union president Donald Fehr didn’t do it themselves.
Daily ticker
December 1, 2005
A guide to the garden in winter
December 1, 2005
As most gardeners know, landscape chores grow less laborious during the cold winter months. But that frees up time to envision what you want your garden to look like next year. Make sketches and jot down favorite plants. Catch up on reading about the garden, while gathering inspiration for the spring season. In between sips of hot cocoa and reveling in this “time off” that Mother Nature has provided, here are a few tasks to keep your thumb green.
Museum announces journal-making event
December 1, 2005
Just in time for creating a special holiday gift, Helen Krische and John Jewell of the Watkins Community Museum of History will present a workshop on making journals.
Lawrence Civic Choir announces concert
December 1, 2005
The Lawrence Civic Choir will perform its 2005 Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt.
LEDs brighten holidays
Toplikar: Lights can cut energy costs
December 1, 2005
It was a gloomy Sunday afternoon. “I can’t believe how dark it is,” I told my daughter, Bonnie, who was loading up her car to head back to Iowa City after Thanksgiving break. It was only about 2:30 p.m., but my outdoor yard light that comes on at dusk kept flickering on and off.
California Supreme Court refuses to grant clemency
Celebrities rally around Crips gang founder
December 1, 2005
The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to halt the scheduled execution of convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams, the Crips gang founder who became an anti-gang activist while in prison and whose supporters claim has redeemed himself.
Kansas wildlife officials struggle with deer poaching
December 1, 2005
Deer poachers looking for money or bragging rights are killing thousands of deer illegally across the state, Kansas wildlife officials say.
Need for speed in style
Lions, Firebirds won’t waste time
December 1, 2005
Walk by a local park, and the kids gathered on the basketball court aren’t practicing defensive sets, a stall offense or the proper way to set a back pick.
Pierce, Perkins propel Celtics
Iverson’s 40 points not enough for 76ers
December 1, 2005
Kendrick Perkins was a surprise weapon for the Boston Celtics.
Campaign finance bill clears state Senate
December 1, 2005
The state Senate on Wednesday approved some of the most sweeping changes in campaign finance laws in the country, including tight restrictions on contributions and a voluntary, publicly funded election system.
Evolved values
December 1, 2005
To the editor: Progressives frequently tout their party’s foundational values of diversity, tolerance and open-mindedness.
District to charge teachers for using appliances
December 1, 2005
Teachers in budget-stressed schools are accustomed to shelling out for paper, glue and pencils. But the staff here wasn’t ready for this: a new fee for having coffee makers, microwaves and refrigerators in classrooms and offices.
2005-06 area boys basketball preview
December 1, 2005
Baseball team announces recruits
December 1, 2005
Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price announced the signing of 10 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2006-07 academic year.
Right time to shine
Elniff turns in peak performance on biggest stage
December 1, 2005
In the office at Baldwin High sits the Bulldogs’ eighth straight Class 4A boys cross country state championship plaque.
People in the news
December 1, 2005
¢ Actress wants to move past difficult year, promote movie ¢ Cruise insists on talking on journalist’s cell phone ¢ White Stripes member, wife pregnant for first time ¢ Rapper sentenced for driving with suspended license ¢ Brothel for male prostitutes to be documentary’s topic
Bush loses support for war
December 1, 2005
The Bush administration is partly responsible for declining poll numbers and the growing public disapproval of the war in Iraq. Instead of responding immediately to questions concerning the reasons for the war and the honesty of top-level members of the administration, it allowed these allegations to fester until they became accepted, in many quarters, as fact.
Important issue
Kansans should take note of the record voter turnout in Colorado’s Nov. 1 election.
December 1, 2005
The high voter turnout for the Nov. 1 election on suspending the tax limits in Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights may be interesting to Kansas residents for a couple of reasons.
County OKs purchasing of voting equipment
December 1, 2005
Douglas County commissioners gave their official approval Wednesday night for the purchase of new voting equipment.
Horoscopes
December 1, 2005
For Thursday, Dec. 1
Heating unit catches fire at Oliver Hall
December 1, 2005
Smoke poured out of a malfunctioning heating unit in the fifth floor lobby at Oliver Hall on Wednesday evening.
Former astronaut looks in on Gemini 12 restoration
James Lovell uttered famous ‘Houston, we have a problem’
December 1, 2005
Former astronaut James Lovell Jr. peered deep inside the Gemini 12 capsule that he flew in November 1966 during the first space mission in which two spaceships docked.
Another Rockhurst recruit taps KU
December 1, 2005
If a pipeline indeed is developing, it certainly is a nice school for Kansas University’s football program to be associated with.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
December 1, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.91 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Big Hollywood names emerge in Sundance film fest lineup
December 1, 2005
Ashley Judd, Robert Downey Jr., Rosario Dawson, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Gyllenhaal and singer Tom Waits are among the stars appearing in movies competing for top honors at January’s Sundance Film Festival.
Report: U.S. military paying Iraqi newspapers to run pro-military stories
December 1, 2005
The U.S. military offered a mixed message Wednesday about whether it embraced one of its own programs that reportedly paid a consulting firm and Iraqi newspapers to plant favorable stories about the war and the rebuilding effort.
Myths abound about 529 plans
December 1, 2005
When you have the right information, you are more likely to do the right thing with your money.
Oscar wannabes balance modesty, exposure
December 1, 2005
With three months to go until Hollywood’s big night, Academy Awards contenders already are practicing their speeches.