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Freezing drizzle possible today
December 3, 2005
Lawrence may see some freezing drizzle or snow flurries today. However according to 6News Weather, any precipitation that falls will be light.
Firefighters responding to structure fire
December 3, 2005
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical are responding to a structure fire at 1022 Alabama. According to dispatchers, one person is being treated for injuries.
Tentative Firebird boys take tumble
December 3, 2005
Combine tentative and turnovers, and it’s a fairly sound mathematical equation that the final sum will be trouble.
Billionaire offers financial lesson
KU students hope Buffett buys into sales pitches
December 3, 2005
Warren Buffett sipped Cokes, munched on a Dusty sundae and danced to “We Are Family” like the fictional elated groom he was during a three-hour visit with more than 100 Kansas University finance students Friday at his Berkshire Hathaway headquarters. Then he got down to business.
Adult store fighting order to move
December 3, 2005
A Lawrence business that sells adult videos and other sexually oriented items is challenging City Hall’s order to move out of its Massachusetts Street location.
Famous murder gets new life in Met opera
December 3, 2005
When Chester Gillette killed his pregnant lover, Grace Brown, on an Adirondack lake in July 1906, it was destined to become an immortal murder.
Soldier’s widow encourages people to stand against Phelps
More than 500 veterans, supporters hold counter-protest
December 3, 2005
More than 500 veterans and supporters lined a downtown Topeka avenue Friday to show their support for the family of Sgt. Dominic Sacco and their disdain for anti-homosexual pastor Fred Phelps’ protest of his funeral.
Kidnappers threaten to kill peace activists
December 3, 2005
The kidnappers of four Christian peace activists threatened to kill the hostages unless all prisoners in U.S. and Iraqi detention centers are released, according to a videotape broadcast Friday by Al-Jazeera television.
Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against sex-shop ordinance
December 3, 2005
Pornography opponents have won a round in their ongoing legal battle against sexually oriented businesses in Kansas because a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against a Dickinson County ordinance regulating such shops.
Around and about
December 3, 2005
 
Official cites al-Qaida’s lack of power in U.S.
December 3, 2005
U.S. counterterrorism agencies have not detected a significant al-Qaida operational capability in the United States since the 2003 arrest of a truck driver who was in the early stages of plotting to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge.
Case that transformed debate on death penalty back in court
December 3, 2005
A 10-year-old girl by the name of Jeanine Nicarico helped to transform the debate over the death penalty in America.
Medicare lacking ‘bed hold’ privileges
December 3, 2005
After suffering a series of strokes, my mother was admitted to the hospital. Once she was stabilized, I was told she needed rehabilitation, and the hospital discharge staff found her a bed in a nice nursing home. Mom has Medicare and a supplemental policy, so we thought we were covered.
Prep playoffs on hold in Oklahoma
State’s Supreme Court to make ruling on quarterback’s suspension for kicking player
December 3, 2005
A meaningless play in the closing seconds of a high school playoff game is the talk of Oklahoma, from the governor to the state Supreme Court.
Free State, LHS boast experience
December 3, 2005
Once again, Free State and Lawrence high schools won’t be short of top wrestlers this year. Both schools return their share of state qualifiers and state placers from a year ago.
Ottawa 61, K.C. Piper 59
December 3, 2005
Addison Miller scored 14 points, Victor Ojeleye added 13, Matt Leecy contributed 12 and Phillip Sylvester 10.
Mayer: History must be relished
December 3, 2005
You know the old bit, how those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it? Tweaking that, won’t athletes aware of the background in their sport be more inspired to match the excellence that got them where they are?
Coalition forms to fight for equality
December 3, 2005
A new group formed to fight discrimination based on sexual orientation better be ready for a fight from some conservative church leaders who are veterans of the Kansas political fray.
KU could face heat in Topeka
December 3, 2005
Top legislative leaders said Friday they were satisfied with Kansas University’s decision to cancel a planned course on intelligent design because of the professor’s controversial written remarks bashing religious conservatives.
Chief justice defends judicial freedom
December 3, 2005
Decrying continued attacks on courts nationwide, the leader of the Kansas judiciary said Friday the rhetoric could undermine public confidence in the legal system and some of the talk comes from “people who ought to know better.”
Pump patrol
December 3, 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.
Celebrity birthdays
December 3, 2005
Rock singer Ozzy Osbourne is 57. Singer Andy Williams is 78. Actress Daryl Hannah is 45. Actress Julianne Moore is 45. Actor Brendan Fraser is 37. Actress Holly Marie Combs is 32. Actress Anna Chlumsky is 25.
People and places
December 3, 2005
 
Learning to let go can be complicated rite of passage
December 3, 2005
I have found it very hard to turn loose of my kids and face the empty nest. I know I need to release them, but it is so difficult. Can you help me?
Sunflower among broadband elite
December 3, 2005
Sunflower Broadband is one of 50 companies, technologies and people considered to be “a breed apart” in the broadband business, according to an industry publication.
Single case eclipses death penalty milestone
December 3, 2005
Welcome to the death watch. As this was being written, the thousandth execution since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976 was scheduled for this morning at 2.
Jayhawks hardly impressed
Despite big victory, KU still sees flaws
December 3, 2005
Everyone was depressed. That might be the best evidence that the Kansas University women’s basketball team is turning the corner as a program.
Poise and grace
Sculptures inspire song cycle for KU voice professor
December 3, 2005
Joyce Castle never thought she had much in common with classic sculptures. But in Jake Heggie’s mind, it was a perfect match.
Sorry second half dooms FSHS girls, 38-33
December 3, 2005
Free State High looked like a Rolls Royce in the first half, but the wheels fell off in the second half, and Washburn Rural toppled the Firebirds, 38-33, in girls basketball Friday night in the FSHS gym.
Officers search store, house for possible stolen goods
December 3, 2005
Lawrence police removed several boxes of items from a west Lawrence home Friday afternoon and searched a downtown retail shop as part of an investigation into a suspected stolen property fencing operation.
Williamsburg girls 35, Seabury 27
December 3, 2005
Seabury’s Lindsey Ahlen had 18 points and 14 rebounds, but Seabury (1-1) had 16 turnovers in a KSD tournament loss.
Aeon Flux’ an empty-headed sci-fi failure
December 3, 2005
Come on. It’s not as bad as all that. “Aeon Flux,” the movie Paramount was hiding from the nation’s movie critics, might invite reviews that begin with “rhymes with Flux.” But it doesn’t demand them.
Iowa subdues pesky Fairfield
UConn, George Washington cruise on home courts
December 3, 2005
Greg Brunner had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 14 Iowa to a 75-59 victory over Fairfield on Friday night in the opening round of the Hawkeye Challenge tournament.
Airline security regulations loosened
Small scissors, tools to be allowed on board
December 3, 2005
Airline passengers soon will be allowed to carry small scissors and some sharp tools onto planes, but there will be a trade-off: the prospect of more thorough pat-downs and other extra security checks before they get to the gate.
10 Marines killed, 11 wounded in Iraq blast
December 3, 2005
The U.S. military on Friday announced the deaths of 10 Marines and the wounding of 11 others near the western city of Fallujah in the single deadliest attack on U.S. troops in Iraq in four months.
New $10 bills to sport more color
December 3, 2005
Greenbacks? So quaint. Americans’ wallets will have more red, yellow and orange as the first of 800 million redesigned $10 bills start showing up in cash registers and ATMs on March 2.
U.N. envoy says torture still widespread in China
December 3, 2005
A U.N. special envoy declared Friday that the use of torture remains prevalent in China as he completed a long-awaited fact-finding mission that allowed him to peek at the secretive world of the country’s prison system.
Keillor: Life all the richer for reading
December 3, 2005
I got to put on a tux and go to the National Book Awards in New York a couple of weeks ago and eat lamb chops in a hotel ballroom and breathe air recently exhaled by Toni Morrison and Norman Mailer and Lawrence Ferlinghetti and other greats and near-greats of the trade.
Early ruling may have eased abortion battle
December 3, 2005
Henry J. Friendly, who died in 1986, was perhaps the most distinguished American judge never to serve on the Supreme Court, and he almost spared the nation the poisonous consequences of that court’s 1973 truncation of democratic debate about abortion policy.
Horoscopes
December 3, 2005
 
Area wrestling capsules
December 3, 2005
 
Society Calendar
December 3, 2005
 
Unthawing the ‘Snow Queen’
KU theater adapts fairy tale for stage
December 3, 2005
Certain movies, television programs and plays signal Christmas for some people as much as presents under the tree. Would the holiday really seem complete without the Grinch, Rudolph or the Nutcracker?
Tale of the tape
December 3, 2005
 
Notebook
December 3, 2005
KU freshman Mario Chalmers is questionable for tonight’s game because of a sprained right big toe he suffered in Thursday’s loss to Nevada. Coach Bill Self stressed the toe was sprained, not broken. “It’s day-to-day, so hopefully he’ll play,” Self said.
WIU coach big fan of fieldhouse
K.C. native Thomas played in Allen as child
December 3, 2005
Derek Thomas, who as a youth played basketball with Ted Owens in Allen Fieldhouse and later broke down film with Roy Williams in the tradition-rich building, tonight will return to fulfill a dream.
Dooley douses obscenity drama
December 3, 2005
Early Friday morning, Kansas University basketball assistant coach Joe Dooley apologized publicly for his oral exchange with Nevada’s Nick Fazekas.
Lawrence boys open with victory
December 3, 2005
Lawrence High opened its boys basketball season with a bang Friday night, routing Kansas City Wyandotte, 54-47, at the LHS gym.
Slow start for city
Free State boys, girls fall, LHS boys prevail in openers
December 3, 2005
Chilly Friday night turned frigid inside Free State High’s gym.
Details sought in fatality
77-year-old died after crash at 19th and Mass.
December 3, 2005
Lawrence Police on Friday asked for help from anyone who may have witnessed a two-car accident Nov. 25. Two days later a Lawrence man who was involved in the wreck died.
Three isn’t a crowd for Chargers boss
December 3, 2005
Tracy Dunnaway has completed the trifecta.
An honor all her own
Cardinals’ Kracl finally finds a way to one-up big sister
December 3, 2005
For years, Erin Kracl watched as her sister Lauren dominated the area volleyball scene and took home just about every award possible. Except one.
Baldwin 51, Santa Fe Trail 49
December 3, 2005
Baldwin High senior Ellie Meinen hit two free throws with 1.6 seconds left. Baldwin was led by junior Kelsey Verhaeghe’s 16 points. Tori Rutter led SFT with 11 points.
Baldwin spanks SF Trail
December 3, 2005
Blake Wieden scored 18 points, and Jeremy Wright and Aaron Hannon scored 12 apiece to lead Baldwin to a 72-50 high school boys basketball victory over Santa Fe Trail on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Veritas girls 39, Topeka Cornerstone 20
December 3, 2005
The Veritas girls used a furious fourth quarter to get by Topeka Cornerstone in the Shea Tournament.
Veritas sweeps in tourney
December 3, 2005
Marcus Holman scored 20 points, and Mark Randtke added 19 as Veritas Christian advanced to the championship of the Shea Invitational with a 54-49 boys basketball victory over Derby Christian.
Brown loses to Detroit in return
December 3, 2005
The Detroit Pistons spent much of last season answering questions about Larry Brown. They hope they won’t have to anymore. The Pistons hugged their former coach before facing him for the first time - and then played like the team that won him his only NBA championship.
Fresno loses WAC
December 3, 2005
The team that nearly knocked off No. 1 Southern California now can’t even win in the WAC.
Arkansas hold on to edge Missouri
December 3, 2005
Marcus Watkins’ three-pointer rolled in and out in the final seconds, and Arkansas held on for a 66-63 victory over Missouri on Friday night.
KU swimmers win four
December 3, 2005
Kansas University leads Northeastern, 120-48, but trails Harvard, 99-70, after Friday’s first day of a double-dual swimming and diving meet.
KU volleyball falls to UCLA in NCAAs
December 3, 2005
The 14th-ranked UCLA Bruins ended the Kansas University volleyball team’s season Friday night at Pauley Pavilion when the Jayhawks fell, 3-1 (30-14, 26-30, 30-17, 30-24).
KSU talks to Virginia aide
Prince thought to be leading candidate
December 3, 2005
Kansas State athletic director Tim Weiser declined to comment Friday night on speculation that he was close to hiring Virginia offensive coordinator Ron Prince as head football coach.
League title games have bowl implications for KU
December 3, 2005
If Kansas University’s football team indeed ends up playing in the Fort Worth Bowl as expected Dec. 23, the opponent likely will be Tulsa or Houston.
TelaDoc worries health experts
Doctors treat patients over telephone in nationwide network
December 3, 2005
Peter Beasley is a busy man who currently has no health insurance. “To make an appointment and see a doctor, the whole process is very inconvenient,” he says.
Kansas trucker killed in Arkansas wreck
December 3, 2005
A Kansas truck driver hauling hogs was killed when his rig ran off Interstate 540 and struck a concrete bridge pillar. Hogs escaped from the truck and blocked traffic before being herded into a makeshift pen.
Toys for Tots donations sought today at KU
December 3, 2005
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, anyone can drop off a toy or make a donation to the Douglas County Toys for Tots as part of the “Drive for 500.”
Conservative critic known for inflammatory speech
December 3, 2005
John Altevogt, the conservative activist and digital message board contributor who has been one of the sharpest critics of Kansas University professor Paul Mirecki for the teacher’s jabs at Catholics and religious fundamentalists, also has a penchant for barbed commentary.
Secret agency proposed to work on vaccines
December 3, 2005
By creating a federal agency shielded from public scrutiny, some lawmakers think they can speed the development and testing of new drugs and vaccines needed to respond to a bioterrorist attack or super-flu pandemic.
Bears edge Huskies
December 3, 2005
Sophia Young had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 5 Baylor to an 81-74 victory over previously unbeaten Washington on Friday night.
Subway apologizes for promotional sign
December 3, 2005
Subway has apologized to any Kansans who were offended by a sign that took a playful jab at the Sunflower State.
FBI reopens inquiry into forgery leading to Iraq war
December 3, 2005
The FBI has reopened an inquiry into one of the most intriguing aspects of the pre-Iraq war intelligence fiasco: How the Bush administration came to rely on forged documents linking Iraq to nuclear weapons materials as part of its justification for the invasion.
Threats clear Connecticut courthouses
December 3, 2005
Bomb threats prompted police to evacuate the state’s 45 courthouses Friday, abruptly interrupting trials while sending judges, lawyers and people with routine court business into the streets.
Gonzales defends approval of Texas redistricting
December 3, 2005
Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales defended the Justice Department’s decision to ignore staff lawyers’ concerns that a Texas redistricting plan orchestrated by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay would dilute minority voting rights.
On the record
December 3, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
December 3, 2005
 
Onassis heiress to wed
December 3, 2005
Surrounded by palm trees and azalea bushes on a lush estate, Greek billionaire Athina Roussel Onassis is expected to say ‘I do’ to an Olympic athlete today in what Brazilians expect will be one of the most lavish weddings in years.
Raising funds, awareness
December 3, 2005
The Black Eyed Peas, The Cure and Avril Lavigne are among the artists recording songs by John Lennon to raise funds for Amnesty International.
Lost’ stars arrested
December 3, 2005
Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Watros, who star on ABC’s “Lost,” were arrested within 15 minutes of each other in Kailua for allegedly driving under the influence of an intoxicant.
Probation not revoked
December 3, 2005
Prosecutors said Tom Sizemore violated his probation after traces of amphetamines were found in his urine, but a judge on Friday opted not to send the actor back to jail.
Pitt to adopt Jolie’s children
December 3, 2005
Brad Pitt is seeking to become the adoptive father of Angelina Jolie’s children, the actor’s publicist announced Friday.
U.S. denies conspiracy for election boycott
December 3, 2005
A U.S. official on Friday denied claims by President Hugo Chavez that Washington masterminded an opposition boycott of this weekend’s elections and was trying to foment an overthrow of his leftist government.
Environmental minister fired over chemical spill
December 3, 2005
In a rare public admission of failure, China’s Communist government fired the country’s environmental protection chief Friday, saying his agency underestimated the impact of a massive chemical spill and mishandled the response to a disaster that poisoned the water supply of millions of people.
Dean candidates visiting
December 3, 2005
Four candidates for the position of Kansas University’s dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will visit the campus in upcoming days for interviews.
Tax abatement review sought
December 3, 2005
A city advisory board wants to look closer at seven Lawrence companies to see if the property tax abatements they receive are still a good investment for the community.
Lawrence man indicted on handgun charge
December 3, 2005
A federal grand jury indicted a Lawrence man on Wednesday on the charge of illegally possessing a handgun after being convicted of a felony for possession of cocaine.
J-W seeks photos of gatherings
December 3, 2005
The Journal-World is looking for photos - but not just any old posed pictures. We want to see you at holiday parties, gatherings, fundraisers - any event where you, your friends and colleagues might gather.
FCE News
December 3, 2005
 
Scouting News
December 3, 2005
 
Club News
December 3, 2005
 
Kidnappers release children, missionary
December 3, 2005
Gunmen have released 14 Haitian children and an American missionary who were abducted in separate incidents, police said Friday.
Newspaper: Two CIA flights made stopovers
December 3, 2005
Two flights chartered by the CIA made stopovers in France in 2002 and 2005, the French newspaper Le Figaro said Friday, adding to likely questions facing U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice when she visits Europe next week.
Anti-missile system successfully tested
December 3, 2005
Israel’s Arrow missile defense system intercepted and destroyed a missile similar to Iran’s long-range Shahab-3 during a test Friday, prompting Israel’s defense minister to declare it an effective shield against a possible future Iranian nuclear threat.
Williamsburg boys 48, Seabury 20
December 3, 2005
Williamsburg had three players with eight points, and just four players scored for Seabury Academy’s boys team in the Kansas School for the Deaf Tournament.
Russia to sell $1 billion worth of missiles to Iran
December 3, 2005
Russia has agreed to sell more than $1 billion worth of missiles and other defense systems to Iran, Russian news media reported Friday, a move expected to draw a heated reaction from the United States.
Palestinians let militants back into Gaza
December 3, 2005
Up to 15 Palestinian militants wanted by Israel have returned to the Gaza Strip, Israeli officials said Friday, complaining that the Palestinian Authority had not fulfilled its obligation since taking control of the border with Egypt last week.
Bodies may be those of missing children
December 3, 2005
Two bodies discovered in Ohio may be those of two New Hampshire children whose father confessed to killing them and burying them somewhere along a 700-mile stretch of the Midwest 2 1/2 years ago, authorities said Friday.
Injured pedestrian ticketed for jaywalking
December 3, 2005
District of Columbia police issued a $5 jaywalking ticket to a renowned urban designer after a car sent him hurtling through the air as he crossed a busy Washington street.
FDA advisers say first ADHD patch safe
December 3, 2005
A federal advisory panel determined Friday that the first skin patch to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children is both effective and safe, bringing the patch a step closer to regulatory approval.
Transplant patient expresses thanks
Doctors pleased with results of facial surgery
December 3, 2005
As she held the mirror up to her new face, the woman looked at her reflection. She paused for a moment. Unable to speak because of the breathing tube in her throat, she wrote a note, “Merci.” Thank you.
Guilty plea looks likely in Olathe bank robbery, hostage-taking case
December 3, 2005
A man accused of robbing an Olathe bank, taking hostages and then trying to escape in an airplane apparently plans to plead guilty, according to court records.
Jingle bell time is a swell time, with stars releasing holiday CDs
December 3, 2005
Just a few months ago, on one of those roasting-hot days in July or August, several dozen of our favorite artists slipped into a recording studio somewhere, took a deep breath and started singing “Frosty the Snowman.”
Roberts: Continued Japanese ban on U.S. beef would be costly
Senator calls prohibition hypocritical, damaging
December 3, 2005
Sen. Pat Roberts assured Kansas cattlemen Friday that if Japan does not open its market to U.S. beef by the end of this month, it could face repercussions, not only in terms of trade but in the relationship between the two countries.
Behold the dysfunction of Britain’s royal family
December 3, 2005
Oh, those wacky, tacky Windsors. If you harbor any doubts that the story of the British royal family has digressed from drama to tragedy to farce, they will be dispelled by the 2005 TV movie “Charles & Camilla: Whatever Love Means” (7 p.m., WE).
Best Bets
December 3, 2005
 
Faith briefs
December 3, 2005
 
Fed chair: Deficit can hurt economy
December 3, 2005
Outgoing Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan warned Friday that America’s exploding budget deficit and a protectionist backlash against soaring trade deficits could disrupt the global economy.
Raytheon Wichita unit lands $1 billion order
December 3, 2005
Defense contractor Raytheon Co.’s Kansas-based aircraft unit said Friday it had won a contract worth more than $1 billion to supply 50 Hawker business jets to NetJets Inc. and provide maintenance support.
U.S. employment rises in November
December 3, 2005
The nation’s businesses cranked up hiring in November after a two-month lull, a sign the labor market is back in the groove as the ill effects of the Gulf Coast hurricanes fade.
Commodities
December 3, 2005
 
Stay the course
December 3, 2005
To the editor: It was good to see President Bush finally wake up and combat Democratic attacks about this just war in Iraq. It’s absolutely unbelievable that the Democratic Party foams at the mouth to see American failure so that they might attain power.
Not just luck
December 3, 2005
To the editor: We noted with interest professor Michael Hoeflich’s column Wednesday on the topic of freedom of speech.
Keep it local
December 3, 2005
To the editor: Congratulations to the Kansas University football team for their win over Iowa State at “home”!
Old home town - 100 years ago today
December 3, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 3, 1905: “The athletic managers of the universities of Kansas and Missouri got together and counted the receipts for the recent Thanksgiving Day football game in Kansas City, won 24-0 by Kansas.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
December 3, 2005
Lawrence school district officials seemed pleased with a state legislative proposal to shift the burden for financing schools from property taxes to sales taxes. Kansans would pay an additional $2 in sales tax on every $100 of purchases to reduce property taxes for public schools under a special plan being forwarded to the 1981 Kansas Legislature.
Special need
The Lawrence Humane Society deserves the community’s support, especially as it seeks to care for 187 new charges.
December 3, 2005
The Lawrence Humane Society staff once again is displaying the compassion and caring that should make this community proud.
Epsilon reaches hurricane strength
December 3, 2005
Epsilon strengthened into a record 14th hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday - two days after the 2005 season officially ended. Forecasters said it posed no threat to land.
Buck up, legislators
Kansas House members whose offices will be moved a block from the state Capitol should remember the hardy Kansas pioneers.
December 3, 2005
Leaders in the Kansas House are expressing concern about the 70 House members whose offices have been moved to the Docking State Office Building to allow for continued renovation of the Capitol building.
Elections in New Orleans postponed because of Katrina
December 3, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Blanco agreed Friday to postpone New Orleans’ Feb. 4 elections for mayor and City Council for up to eight months because of the damage and dislocation caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Simons: KU controversy with key searches may be ‘perfect storm’
December 3, 2005
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self has a problem on his hands in figuring out how to get a bunch of highly skilled former high school stars to play together as a team and come up with a winning record.