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Washburn Rural thumps Free State
December 2, 2005
The Washburn Rural girl’s basketball team beat Free State High, 38-33, Friday at FSHS.
Junior Blues clip Firebirds
December 2, 2005
Washburn Rural defeated Free State, 51-39, Friday at Free State High.
Lions knock out Bulldogs
December 2, 2005
The Lawrence High boy’s basketball team defeated Wyandotte, 54-47, Friday at LHS.
Police seek witnesses in fatality accident
December 2, 2005
Lawrence police said today they are trying to find anyone who might have witnessed a traffic accident last week that resulted in the death of an elderly local man.
Temperatures thaw to upper 30s today
Light snow moving in Saturday afternoon, Sunday
December 2, 2005
Cold, wintry weather is expected to chill off Lawrence for the next few days - and even bring some light snow this weekend. But temperatures will climb above the freezing mark today, said Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist.
Cover’ story
Lawrence bands put new spin on performing old songs
December 2, 2005
Steve Ozark is becoming more proficient at applying his makeup. But he is still irritated by the process of trying to duplicate the black-and-white facial design of Kiss star Gene Simmons.
Firebirds keeping busy
FSHS boys win five-team meet at Lawrence High
December 2, 2005
The second meet of the season seems early for gut-check time, but that’s where the Free State High boys swimming team found itself Thursday.
Kline: Alito likely to be key in death penalty case
December 2, 2005
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline said Thursday he may need U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito on the court to successfully defend the Kansas death penalty.
187 animals seized from rural home
Humane Society employees work all night to accommodate influx
December 2, 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.
Kansas high school sports scores for Dec. 2
December 2, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
December 2, 2005
 
This Weekend’s Highlights
December 2, 2005
 
Arts & Entertainment Calendar
December 2, 2005
 
Happy Elf’ best forgotten
December 2, 2005
It’s the season for classic holiday specials and new attempts to break into the pantheon of beloved favorites. Tonight, ABC plays it safe with “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (7 p.m., ABC), a cartoon evergreen animated by the voice of Fred Astaire.
Foot-and-mouth plan a priority for cattle group
Disease could decimate herds, official says at Wichita meeting
December 2, 2005
The United States is unprepared for foot-and-mouth disease, an industry leader told Kansas cattle producers Thursday.
Bush plan for Iraq still missing some points
December 2, 2005
President Bush held out the promise Wednesday of reductions of American troops in Iraq next year - if they can be made on his terms. His speech at the Naval Academy took a necessary step toward hedging his Iraq policy in the face of popular discontent.
Kansas basketball notebook
December 2, 2005
Kansas University freshman guard Mario Chalmers said he suffered a sprained right big toe after getting knocked into the base of the basketball goal by Nevada’s Chad Bell, who was called for an intentional foul with 13:41 left.
Halftime speech fires up Rush
December 2, 2005
If walls could talk, they’d be embarrassed to repeat what they heard Kansas University coach Bill Self telling freshman small forward Brandon Rush at halftime.
Keegan: Kansas needs Downs
December 2, 2005
Obsess on either the non-call at the buzzer or Russell Robinson’s missed layup late in the game. Waste some time wondering whether a healthy Mario Chalmers, victim of a cheap-shot foul, would have made a difference.
Banged-up Jayhawks hoping to seize day
December 2, 2005
The Kansas University volleyball players were hoping for the best when they gathered last week to watch the NCAA Tournament selection show.
Seabury girls 27, KSD 15
December 2, 2005
Lindsey Ahlen scored eight points for Seabury Academy, and guard Laura Hoffman scored six points. Seabury will face Williamsburg today in Olathe.
KU set for hurricane-displaced tournament
December 2, 2005
It was supposed to be a road trip — a chance for Kansas University coach Bonnie Henrickson to see what her team was made of in a two-day, two-game tournament in the Big Easy.
U.S. says suicide bombings down despite high death toll
December 2, 2005
Suicide bombings fell in November to their lowest level in seven months, the American military said Thursday, citing the success of U.S.-Iraqi military operations against insurgent and foreign fighter sanctuaries near the Syrian border.
Celebrity birthdays
December 2, 2005
Singer Britney Spears is 24. Actress Julie Harris is 80. NBC news broadcaster Stone Phillips is 51. Actor Dennis Christopher is 50. Actress Lucy Liu is 37. Tennis player Monica Seles is 32. Singer Nelly Furtado is 27.
Make immigrants Americans
December 2, 2005
President Bush has rediscovered illegal immigration as a political issue. After previously focusing on “welcoming” all who come to America by whatever means, the president spent most of his recent speech in Tucson, Ariz., sounding like Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, who has been the most vocal proponent of sealing U.S. borders to illegal aliens.
State officials: Flu shots key to preventing pandemic
December 2, 2005
Douglas County’s Medical Reserve Corps can use more volunteers in case of a flu pandemic, although health department officials say they still have plenty of flu vaccine.
Area girls basketball capsules
December 2, 2005
 
Allies’ withdrawal from Iraq puts pressure on U.S.
December 2, 2005
Two of America’s allies in Iraq are withdrawing forces this month and a half-dozen others are debating possible pullouts or reductions, increasing pressure on Washington as calls mount to bring home U.S. troops.
LHS girls short-handed; FSHS deep
December 2, 2005
It has been a rough couple of weeks for Lawrence High girls basketball coach Kristin Mallory as she prepares her team for the upcoming season.
Veritas boys 50, Berean 40
December 2, 2005
Mark Randtke’s 23 points led Veritas in the first round of the Shea Invitational. Randtke and Andrew Bartlow each had 12 rebounds, and Bartlow added 12 points.
Two dangling window washers rescued
December 2, 2005
Firefighters rescued two window washers who were clinging desperately to their scaffold as strong winds slammed the platform repeatedly into the side of a downtown high-rise.
Inmate scheduled to be 1,000th execution in U.S.
December 2, 2005
A man who killed his wife and father-in-law awaited lethal injection early today in the nation’s 1,000th execution since capital punishment resumed in 1977.
Ninth Ward opens to Katrina victims
December 2, 2005
The last neighborhood in New Orleans that had remained closed after Hurricane Katrina reopened Thursday, with some residents of the Lower Ninth Ward saying they planned to abandon the area and others vowing to rebuild.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
December 2, 2005
Several major U.S. banks raised their prime lending rates to 18.5 percent, the highest level since the past May, in a continuing surge of spiraling interest.
No harm, no foul, no win
Final-play no-call sinks KU
December 2, 2005
C.J. Giles didn’t go so far as to say he was robbed. In fact, he didn’t blast the officials at all. Giles, Kansas University’s 6-foot-11 sophomore center, calmly reported he felt contact on the final play of the game — a Nick Fazekas block of his last-second shot — that cemented the Jayhawks’ 72-70 loss to Nevada on Thursday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
Dallas nonstops take off Dec. 13
Southwest fares could shave costs for KU football fans
December 2, 2005
Flying nonstop to and from Dallas just got cheaper. Southwest Airlines’ new nonstop flights between Kansas City International Airport and Love Field in Dallas will begin Dec. 13, the company announced Thursday.
Horoscopes
December 2, 2005
 
Film noir dismembered by quirky ‘Kiss Kiss’
December 2, 2005
A moody private detective. A femme fatale. Double-crosses. World-weary narration. In the decades since film noir reached its peak in the late 1940s, dozens of movies have tried to reinvent the reliable genre. Some attempt to modernize it (“The Long Goodbye”), some parody it (“Who Framed Roger Rabbit”).
Spielberg remains quiet about ‘Munich’
December 2, 2005
Silence - for now. Avoiding the customary ruckus of pre-release promotions and Academy Awards campaigning, Steven Spielberg’s “Munich” will be accompanied by a remarkably quiet publicity campaign before the controversial film’s Dec. 23 debut.
LHS grad making 2nd high court appearance
December 2, 2005
Lawrence will be disproportionately represented Wednesday at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Self, Dooley respond to exchange with Fazekas
December 2, 2005
In the hand-shake line after the game, ESPN TV cameras captured Kansas University assistant coach Joe Dooley yelling something at Nevada’s Nick Fazekas.
Tour through human body touts health
Exhibit stresses importance of good nutrition, physical fitness
December 2, 2005
Hillcrest School students on Thursday rested on tooth-shaped chairs and strolled through a 10-foot-tall esophagus.
School funding hinging on Post Audit report
December 2, 2005
Meeting with Lawrence school board members Thursday, area legislators shied away from predicting how public school funding would fare in the 2006 Legislature.
Another hearing set stemming from rape
December 2, 2005
A judge heard more evidence Thursday about whether a mentally disabled Lawrence man should lose his probation and go to prison for his role in the 2003 statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl.
Pipe bomb found undetonated in lake
December 2, 2005
Sheriff’s deputies were called to Douglas County State Lake about 4 p.m. Wednesday after someone saw a footlong pipe bomb floating on a piece of driftwood.
Sentencing postponed in apartment shooting
December 2, 2005
Sentencing was delayed Thursday for a 20-year-old Lawrence man convicted in a shooting last December at a local apartment complex.
Pump patrol
December 2, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.89 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Fazekas plays big for Nevada
December 2, 2005
On the stat sheet, Nick Fazekas’ most important play Thursday never really happened. Surely, the Nevada junior can live without the credit. He has a lot more pouring in from the rest of his dazzling night.
Jayhawks Reid, Keith add to awards haul
December 2, 2005
Despite losing Associated Press defensive player-of-the-year honors to Texas Tech’s Dwayne Slay, Kansas University linebacker Nick Reid was the lone unanimous choice for the AP All-Big 12 Conference first-team defense, which was released Thursday.
Veritas girls fall, boys win
Seabury squads sweep KSD
December 2, 2005
Kristie Tiegreen had 15 points and seven rebounds, but Veritas Christian suffered its first girls basketball loss of the season, 35-32, to Olathe Berean Academy on Thursday in the Shea Tournament.
Eight Longhorns all-Big 12
Texas matches number of North players
December 2, 2005
Here’s another reason why No. 2 Texas is such a heavy favorite to win the Big 12 title game: The South division-champion Longhorns put eight players on the Associated Press all-conference team, the same amount as the entire North division. And the only first-teamer from North champion Colorado was its kicker.
Commentary: Brown’s welcome could be rude one
December 2, 2005
As Larry Brown was busy at the Garden taking another crack at solving the Knicks, his former Detroit players were across the Hudson, delighting in the fact that they are through answering questions about their coach’s plans and just about everything else pertaining to their old leader.
Spurs still tops
Finley, Parker lead way
December 2, 2005
Michael Finley looks a lot more comfortable in that San Antonio Spurs uniform than he did the first time he played against Dallas. Finley scored 15 points, including three key free throws in the final 23 seconds, and the Spurs held on to beat his former team, 92-90, Thursday night and remain alone atop the Western Conference.
Lots of threes, free throws lift Wildcats
December 2, 2005
The three-point line saw a lot of action Thursday night during Haskell Indian Nations University’s men’s basketball game against Baker University.
Tennessee clubs Texas
December 2, 2005
Tennessee had lost to Texas four straight times, and Shanna Zolman was tired of it. Zolman, a senior, scored 23 points, helping the second-ranked Lady Vols (6-0) beat No. 16 Texas, 102-61, Thursday, handing the Longhorns (3-2) their sixth-worst loss in school history.
New system reaps rewards for first-year coach
December 2, 2005
It was about the sixth practice of the season when first-year De Soto High boys soccer coach Darren Erpelding kicked his entire team out of practice.
Adversity’s answer
Wildcats’ leader steps it up during tough times
December 2, 2005
At the beginning of his senior season, Lance Williams had big plans for De Soto High’s boys soccer team. The senior sweeper, two-year captain, three-year starter and on-field leader saw the Wildcats’ 4-0 start as the gateway to a trip to state to complete his final year at De Soto.
Republicans donate contributions from embattled former lawmaker
December 2, 2005
Some congressional Republicans, seeking to distance themselves from former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, are donating to charity political money that he gave them over the years.
Kline not cutting slack to Nebraska on water supply
December 2, 2005
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline said Thursday he wouldn’t give Nebraska a reprieve on sending water down the Republican River to Kansas farmers.
Industrial, open-space plan unveiled
December 2, 2005
Everything from sales taxes to hotel room taxes could be used to help pay for future open space and business park land in Douglas County.
Emily the stowaway cat arrives in home state
December 2, 2005
Emily the cat is back - after flying home in the lap of luxury.
Man pleads guilty to role in bank robberies
December 2, 2005
Less than three weeks after his arrest, the boyfriend of the accused “cell phone bandit” admitted in court Thursday that he helped plan and pull off four bank robberies in northern Virginia.
Man charged in slaying of college student
December 2, 2005
A 27-year-old man was charged with murder Thursday in the slaying of an Illinois college student whose body was found in a burned-out Mississippi chicken coop.
Doctors split over continuing life support
December 2, 2005
Doctors are split over whether the state should remove the feeding tube from a comatose 11-year-old girl who was allegedly beaten by her adoptive mother and stepfather.
Death recommended in child’s slaying
December 2, 2005
Jurors recommended the death penalty Thursday for a mechanic convicted of abducting and killing an 11-year-old girl in an attack that was taped by a surveillance camera and broadcast worldwide.
9-year-old still in ICU after wreck
December 2, 2005
A 9-year-old Baldwin boy remained in intensive care Thursday at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., with injuries he suffered in a two-vehicle wreck earlier this week on U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence.
Official: Tests will prevent voter fraud
December 2, 2005
Can voters be assured that new electronic voting machines approved by the county Wednesday won’t lead to fraud?
On the record
December 2, 2005
 
World AIDS Day marked with education, campaigns
December 2, 2005
Schoolchildren in Senegal pledged to abstain from sex and village women in India cast off a veil of shame about their HIV status as World AIDS Day was marked Thursday around the globe.
November sales rise at Payless ShoeSource
December 2, 2005
Topeka-based Payless ShoeSource Inc. said Thursday its same-store sales climbed 9 percent in November, topping the average analysts’ estimate of 2.2 percent, the company said Thursday.
Endowment Association names marketing VP
December 2, 2005
Rosita Elizalde-McCoy, of Overland Park, has been named senior vice president of communications and marketing at the Kansas University Endowment Association.
Tournaments attract young debate students
December 2, 2005
Nearly 500 high school students from across Kansas will be in Lawrence today and Saturday for debate tournaments at Lawrence and Free State high schools.
Ottawa police search for gas station robber
December 2, 2005
Ottawa police want the public’s help identifying a masked person - possibly a woman - who robbed the Logan 66 gas station at gunpoint Wednesday.
Former President Bush says Iraq perceptions will affect U.S. elections
December 2, 2005
Former President George H.W. Bush said Thursday if Iraq is visibly better, and its democracy validated and stronger, then the 2006 elections will be very positive for those members of Congress who supported the war efforts.
Guilty plea ends stray bullet shooting case
December 2, 2005
A Kansas City teenager has pleaded guilty to firing a stray bullet that killed a man sitting in his house.
Possibly contaminated lunches recalled
December 2, 2005
ConAgra Foods Inc. is recalling more than 9,500 pounds of ready-to-eat lunches because of possible listeria contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday.
22-year-old charged with lewd behavior
December 2, 2005
A 22-year-old Lawrence man has been charged with lewd and lascivious behavior for allegedly masturbating at a computer terminal in Kansas University’s Anschutz Science Library.
Rocker arrested on suspicion of drug possession
December 2, 2005
Rocker Pete Doherty, best known as the on-off boyfriend of supermodel Kate Moss, has been arrested on suspicion of drug possession, police and the singer’s spokesman said Thursday.
Ali to be at starting line of New Las Vegas Marathon
December 2, 2005
Muhammad Ali is expected to be at the starting line Sunday when officials begin the New Las Vegas Marathon.
Back to the Future’ actress dies from breast cancer
December 2, 2005
Actress Wendie Jo Sperber, who starred opposite Tom Hanks on TV’s “Bosom Buddies” and who in his words became “a walking inspiration” after she contracted cancer, died at home Tuesday after an eight-year battle with breast cancer, publicist Jo-Ann Geffen said Wednesday.
Seabury boys 46, KSD 43
December 2, 2005
Seabury Academy’s boys basketball squad narrowly earned a victory in its first game of the season, edging Kansas School for the Deaf. Adam Davis led Seabury with 17 points. The Seahawks will face Williamsburg today in Olathe.
Vaughn, Aniston stopped by Scottsdale police
December 2, 2005
Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston were pulled over by Scottsdale police earlier this week, and Vaughn was given a sobriety test, police said Thursday.
Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck have first baby, a girl
December 2, 2005
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck welcomed a baby girl into the world Thursday.
Stolen star replaced on Hollywood Walk of Fame
December 2, 2005
In a simple ceremony, a new star honoring Oscar winner Gregory Peck was unveiled Wednesday on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to replace one that was stolen by a brazen thief.
Best Bets
December 2, 2005
 
Ki-Aikido expert to teach 10th seminar
December 2, 2005
Nationally prominent instructor David Shaner will visit and teach Ki-Aikido classes today through Saturday at the Kansas Ki Society’s Lawrence school, 619 E. Eighth St.
Fan fury prompts Grateful Dead to approve downloads
December 2, 2005
What a short, strange trip it was. After the Grateful Dead angered some of its biggest fans by asking a nonprofit Web site to halt the free downloading of its concert recordings, the psychedelic jam band changed its mind Wednesday.
Job growth declines in Midwest
December 2, 2005
Job growth slowed to the lowest level in the last two years in the Mid-American Region last month as the food processing industry continued to struggle, according to a monthly survey of supply managers and business leaders.
New Year will bring tax credits for energy-saving homeowners
December 2, 2005
About two months ago, you wrote that President Bush had signed a new law that would give tax breaks to property owners who install energy-efficient windows or make other energy-saving improvements. Have all the details been worked out yet? Did the law already take effect?
Pet product sales slip at Del Monte Foods
December 2, 2005
Higher prices and new products helped Del Monte Foods Co. post higher sales and profit for its latest quarter, though the maker of canned fruit, vegetables and pet foods said energy costs would hurt its full-year bottom line.
Commodities
December 2, 2005
 
Man executed for drug trafficking
December 2, 2005
Singapore executed a 25-year-old Australian today for drug trafficking, after he had a “beautiful last visit” with his family. Australia’s leader protested the sentence, saying it would damage ties.
Quake survivors seek treatment amid cold
December 2, 2005
Hundreds of survivors of Pakistan’s huge earthquake filled hospitals Thursday for treatment of pneumonia and flu as temperatures plunged below freezing with the arrival of the brutal Himalayan winter.
Gunmen kidnap children; U.S. citizen abducted
December 2, 2005
Gunmen hijacked a school bus carrying 14 children Thursday, and a U.S. missionary was kidnapped while driving outside Haiti’s capital, police said.
Police clash with voters, block polls in election
December 2, 2005
Violence wracked the final round of Egypt’s troubled parliamentary elections Thursday, as police opened fire on crowds and used nightsticks and tear gas to bar voters from entering polling stations in opposition strongholds.
Parents could be fined if children skip school
December 2, 2005
France will be able to impose fines on companies that discriminate against minorities and on parents whose children skip school, under a proposed law to improve opportunities in immigrant suburbs hit by recent riots, the prime minister said Thursday.
Firms lack plans for pandemic
Survey results don’t fly with health officials
December 2, 2005
If a super-flu sweeps the globe, who will haul away the garbage? Keep the factories running, making cars and computers and tissues? Stock and sell groceries? Keep electricity flowing?
Beyond Mount Fuji
Unprecedented museum show spans 70 years of work by Japan’s greatest woodblock artist
December 2, 2005
An ominous blue wave crashing over snow-cloaked Mount Fuji. Designed nearly two centuries ago by creative genius Katsushika Hokusai, the iconic woodblock print remains as emblematic of Japan as sumo, sushi and samurai.
Federal agents charged with kidnapping
December 2, 2005
Eleven federal agents were charged with kidnapping for picking up four alleged drug hit men and possibly helping kill them, the Mexican Attorney General’s office said Thursday.
K.C. to test school reform ideas
December 2, 2005
A program that will cross school district and state boundaries to help the schools in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., might be copied throughout the United States if it’s successful.
Suspect held in student’s death
Former boyfriend found near body
December 2, 2005
A man who had been dating a Fort Hays State University student has been arrested in her death.
Border fence isn’t the answer
December 2, 2005
It’s no secret that the U.S. immigration system is badly broken. It’s been broken since 1986 and is getting worse. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has proposed building a fence along the entire border with Mexico. President Bush, speaking this week in Arizona, stated that “illegal immigration’s a serious challenge, and our responsibility is clear. We are going to protect the border.”
Old home town - 100 years ago today
December 2, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 2, 1905: “Those who know Harrison Weeks, the former university football coach suing chancellor Frank Strong for $30,000 for defamation of character, don’t think the chancellor could do $30,000 in damage to a coach of that caliber.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
December 2, 2005
The Eudora Jaycees planned Dec. 7 as Armed Forces Appreciation Day to emphasize to American troops in Vietnam the strong support from the home front. Dec. 7 was the “date which will live in infamy” when the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Team leadership
December 2, 2005
To the editor: In athletics, all teams at all levels must overcome adversity. Injuries, tough losses and the valleys that accompany any sports season are commonplace.
Rail efficiency
December 2, 2005
To the editor: I have worked for the BNSF (and former Santa Fe) Railway for over 26 years. Most Americans aren’t aware that America’s railroads are currently handling record amounts of traffic while maintaining a fluid network to meet the needs of their customers.
Local heritage
December 2, 2005
To the editor: On Nov. 13, citizens of Lawrence hosted a tribute to historic preservation in our community. What has emerged in Lawrence over the past three decades has been a dynamic movement to preserve our historical and architectural heritage.
Sheep and goats
December 2, 2005
To the editor: Paul Mirecki is being pilloried as a “hateful” man by fundamentalist intelligent design crusaders, for rightly saying that they (not Christians) deserve a good, scholarly “slap” for their deceptions and willful ignorance.
Silly chapter
Missouri people should be pleased and relieved that a prosecutor has squelched an embarrassing fiasco.
December 2, 2005
A city prosecutor in Columbia, Mo., has wisely put an end to one of the silliest chapters of recent times in the Kansas-Missouri athletic rivalry.
Oprah Winfrey makes return to ‘Letterman’
Talk show hosts reunite for first time in 16 years
December 2, 2005
From his well-polished desk in the historic Ed Sullivan Theater, David Letterman usually rules the roost in Midtown. But not when Oprah Winfrey is in the neighborhood, and finally a guest on “Late Night With David Letterman,” despite having declined to chat on Letterman’s couch for more than 16 years.
South Africa OKs gay marriage
December 2, 2005
South Africa’s highest court ruled in favor of gay marriage Thursday, a landmark decision that clears the way for the country to become the first to legalize same-sex unions on a continent where homosexuality remains largely taboo.
Sewage treatment plant’s location likely to have impact on school districts
December 2, 2005
There’s a new wrinkle in the debate over where to put the city’s new sewage treatment plant. It has to do with school district boundaries, growth and the likelihood of helping Baldwin schools more than schools in the Lawrence district.
Area victims honored on World AIDS Day
Candles for lost millions
December 2, 2005
State statistics of 50 estimated AIDS cases and 19 HIV cases in Douglas, Franklin and Jefferson counties don’t tell the whole story, Geri Summers said.
Intelligent design course canceled
December 2, 2005
Less than two weeks since Kansas University religious studies professor Paul Mirecki first publicly voiced plans to teach intelligent design as mythology, the embattled professor has withdrawn his course.