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KU will play in Fort Worth Bowl
December 4, 2005
Kansas University’s football team knew last weekend that its 24-21 overtime win over Iowa State secured KU its second bowl game in three seasons.
Bitterly cold air on its way in
December 4, 2005
The first full week of December looks to be a cold one, with highs expected to hover in the high 20s most of the week.
Poet’s Showcase
December 4, 2005
Executive acquitted in money laundering case
December 4, 2005
A hip hop music producer who cultivated a gangster image by taking the last name “Gotti” finally has something in common with the late Teflon Don: an acquittal.
Prosecutor seeks death penalty against stepdad in ‘Precious Doe’ case
December 4, 2005
Jackson County Prosecutor Mike Sanders announced Saturday he would seek the death penalty against Harrell Johnson.
Torrid Hallman helps KU women sink UNO
December 4, 2005
Don’t ask Erica Hallman for a clever answer about her torrid three-point shooting.
Lawrence datebook
December 4, 2005
Poinsettias can add color, cheer well beyond the holiday season
December 4, 2005
For those who think poinsettias are just for the holidays, Dwight Jackson would beg to differ.
OSU survives SMU; Sutton hits milestone
December 4, 2005
If his early victories had been as difficult to attain as his most recent one, Eddie Sutton doesn’t think he’d have made it to fifth on the all-time coaching wins list.
Ex-Jayhawk Padgett propels Louisville
December 4, 2005
Louisville center David Padgett held the ball at the top of the key, made one quick dribble and tried to underhand a pass through the lane to wide-open teammate Juan Palacios.
Bush, Trojans thump Bruins
December 4, 2005
Run, Reggie, run - all the way to the Rose Bowl, and probably with the Heisman Trophy in tow.
Gay debate shifts to nature vs. nurture
December 4, 2005
Somewhere along the way, the dividing line over gay issues picked up and moved. It’s no longer between red and blue states, or left and right wings, but between nature and nurture. Or to be more precise, between those who believe that homosexuality is a choice and those who believe that homosexuality is innate.
Annexation plan
Annexing land ahead of development may help the city map out a more positive and longer-term vision for Lawrence’s growth.
December 4, 2005
If Lawrence wants to have an active role in determining how the city grows, it can’t just wait for growth to happen. It needs to get ahead of that growth with a plan.
Gray matter
Brain plays unexpected role in forensic specialist Patricia Cornwell’s latest novel
December 4, 2005
Just for the record, Patricia Cornwell’s brain looks quite normal.
Senior singles try online, speed dating
Dating Web sites see more members 50 and over
December 4, 2005
Forgive Charles Walsh if he’s a little slow to join in the rounds of speed dating going on around him.
Skipping Christmas?
More travelers spend holidays away from home (but Santa can still find them)
December 4, 2005
Every year at Christmas, Santa pays a visit to the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine.
Gifts with a conscience
Agencies provide a chance to help needy families nearby and far away
December 4, 2005
Katie Studebaker’s Christmas shopping list always includes at least one item worthy of a raised eyebrow.
University Band to play at Lied Center
December 4, 2005
Kansas University’s Department of Music & Dance will present a Dec. 7 performance by the University Band titled “America - a Journey Home.”
Bomb, attack kill 19 Iraqi soldiers
December 4, 2005
Insurgents launched a coordinated ambush against Iraqi soldiers northeast of Baghdad on Saturday, detonating a roadside bomb and then firing on the patrol, killing 19 and wounding two, officials said.
KU swimmers split
December 4, 2005
Kansas University’s swimming and diving squad split a two-day double dual, falling to Harvard, 198-121, and beating Northeastern, 233-85, on the final day Saturday. KU will travel Jan. 6 to the Florida International Relays.
The Motley Fool
December 4, 2005
¢ Name that company ¢ Last week’s question ¢ Tootsie Roll ¢ Tax planning ¢ Funds vs. unit investment trusts
Demolition explosion fails to topple tallest S.D. building
December 4, 2005
Thousands of spectators gathered Saturday to watch the demolition of the city’s tallest building - but the Zip Feed Mill tower was no pushover.
Faces and places
December 4, 2005
Horoscopes
December 4, 2005
For Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005
Keegan: Benching sends message
December 4, 2005
As the future drew closer to the present, all Jeff Hawkins and Russell Robinson could do was sit and watch it happen.
Officials moving ahead on online sales tax
Pact between 19 states is paving the way for collecting Internet fees
December 4, 2005
Online shoppers could begin paying sales taxes on out-of-state purchases as early as next year, and businesses large and small could get a cut for collecting the money.
People in the news
December 4, 2005
¢ Country singer dresses ‘preppy’ when incognito ¢ Eastwood to receive lifetime achievement award ¢ Son follows father’s footsteps on Hollywood Walk of Fame ¢ Governor dedicates research center for Botox maker ¢ Former presidential candidate wants to move to acting
Patrol seeks fuel deals
December 4, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.94 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Early snow boosts Colorado resort expectations
December 4, 2005
Some of Colorado’s largest ski resorts are expecting to reap a bounty of lodging reservations thanks to heavy, early snow, including record- or near-record November snowfalls in Steamboat Springs and Vail.
Book chronicles Harvard’s crusade against homosexuals
December 4, 2005
One spring night 85 years ago, a Harvard student named Cyril Wilcox lay in bed, breathing deeply. Gas flowed from an open jet in his room. By morning, he was dead.
Wallace lifts Pistons past Bulls
Detroit decks Chicago after trailing by 15 early
December 4, 2005
Rasheed Wallace had the anger. He also had the focus.
Is world record muskie bogus?
Illinois alliance disputes fish caught in 1949
December 4, 2005
The legend of fishing great Louis Spray, who in 1949 caught a muskellunge that the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame here honors as the world’s largest, is under attack.
R2-D2 at work in the O.R.
December 4, 2005
Not long after she had 14 inches of her colon taken out, Marci Grace says she feels “like a miracle” and “a very successful pioneer.” She owes this to a peculiar, cutting-edge procedure done this spring at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, Calif.
Music kudos
December 4, 2005
To the editor: I appreciated Dave Ranney’s feature article on the excellent music programs in the Lawrence school district.
Protesters rally against pollution
December 4, 2005
Thousands of protesters took to the streets in cities worldwide Saturday to demand urgent action on global warming as delegates continued their work at an international climate change conference to review and update the Kyoto Protocol.
Kansas wrings ‘Necks
Wright sparks Jayhawks
December 4, 2005
After playing double-digit minutes in Kansas University’s first four basketball games — as well as two exhibitions — a healthy Julian Wright was barely used at all in Thursday’s loss against Nevada.
Coat giveaway bringing much-needed warmth
Salvation Army, Scotch Fabric Care collect about 2,500 items in city
December 4, 2005
During the last three days, Scotch Fabric Care Services and the Salvation Army gave away about three-fourths of the 2,541 coats collected in Lawrence in recent weeks.
Moves make the man
Shifty feet lead to big yardage for McLouth back
December 4, 2005
Ask McLouth High running back Kevin Stewart to list his strengths as a football player, and unlike most skill-position athletes, he doesn’t start gushing about his time in the 40-yard dash.
Best sellers
December 4, 2005
What are you reading?
December 4, 2005
Calendar
December 4, 2005
Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt., offers activities during the week for residents 55 and older.
For 98-year-old organist, perseverance holds her key
December 4, 2005
For almost 80 years the same fingers have turned the pages of the organ and piano hymnals inside Natoma United Methodist Church.
Country’s first bird flu outbreak announced
December 4, 2005
Ukraine recorded its first bird flu outbreak Saturday, prompting the president to declare a state of emergency in four Crimean villages where more than 1,600 chickens and geese have died of the disease.
Palestinians investigate alleged violation
December 4, 2005
The Palestinians opened an inquiry Saturday into personnel suspected of violating a U.S.-brokered agreement at the Gaza-Egypt crossing after reports of militants entering the coastal strip, officials said.
Home-based jobs challenge trend to ship work overseas
Companies lowering capital expenses with ‘homeshoring’
December 4, 2005
From her home office in the suburbs, Susan Smith is part of a growing movement that may help stem the flow of American jobs to low-cost Asia.
Gunmen release kidnapped journalist
December 4, 2005
Gunmen who kidnapped a Haitian journalist and his father released them Saturday after fellow reporters paid their ransom.
HIV carrier sells blood, infecting 18 people
December 4, 2005
An HIV-positive man in northern China who sold his blood infected at least 18 others with the virus - including three who died - the government and state media said Saturday.
Myanmar says more time needed for constitution
December 4, 2005
Myanmar defended its haphazard efforts to draw up a constitution as delegates prepared to work on the much-delayed document, saying Saturday the country has the right to choose its own path toward democracy and the process cannot be rushed.
70 years after it sank, steam engine pulled from river
December 4, 2005
Seventy years after a Case steam engine sank into the Republican River, some Clay Center residents hope to restore it to its original condition.
Shawnee native set to take last space flight
December 4, 2005
Shawnee native Gordon Cooper, the last astronaut to fly in NASA’s Mercury program, is to become the first astronaut to have some of his ashes launched into space.
Tree farms fading
Physical, financial fatigue make cut-your-own operations tough
December 4, 2005
It’s been a decade since Charlie NovoGradac started planting the first of his 6,000 pine seedlings on his 20-acre field at the edge of North Lawrence.
Alito opponents study credibility
December 4, 2005
Challenging his candor and by implication his character, Samuel Alito’s critics are seizing on a handful of inconsistencies and omissions in the record to raise doubts about the judge’s fitness for the Supreme Court.
The war along the Wakarusa, 150 years later
Prelude to Civil War seen during feuding in Lawrence area
December 4, 2005
An argument can be made that the Civil War began in Lawrence 150 years ago this week - even though the war’s first shots weren’t officially fired for another six years.
Turnaround complete for Bulldogs boss
December 4, 2005
It’s safe to say Harry Hester wasn’t overwhelmed by the prospect of becoming the new head football coach at McLouth High three years ago.
BCS gets 1-2 matchup
December 4, 2005
USC and Texas gave the BCS a Rose Bowl nobody can complain about.
Stolen furs found during traffic stop
December 4, 2005
A Las Vegas man was charged Friday with interstate transport of stolen property after officers found several boxes of stolen furs and other items in the truck he was driving, the FBI said.
GOP leaders stand behind chairman
Tim Shallenburger has been criticized for welcoming pro-abortion officials
December 4, 2005
Kansas Republican leaders emerged from a closed-door meeting Saturday, proclaiming party unity and unanimous support for their embattled chairman, Tim Shallenburger.
K-State, others tackling intelligent design in classroom
December 4, 2005
As Kansas University professor Paul Mirecki makes national headlines for his failed bid to teach an intelligent design course, other professors across the state are hitting the controversial theory without making a ripple.
Key al-Qaida leader killed during rocket attack
December 4, 2005
One of al-Qaida’s top five leaders, said to be responsible for planning overseas strikes, was killed by Pakistani security forces in a rocket attack near the Afghan border with U.S. help, American and Pakistani officials said Saturday.
On the record
December 4, 2005
Lawrence commuter report
December 4, 2005
The following construction projects may affect commuter traffic in the region this week.
Rockhurst Review now accepting entries
December 4, 2005
The 19th edition of Rockhurst Review, Rockhurst University’s fine arts journal, is accepting original, previously unpublished poems, essays, short fiction, drama and artwork for publication in the spring.
Leavenworth Players Group plans auditions
December 4, 2005
Auditions planned for the show “Vinny’s” will begin at 1 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce St. Those selected for the show by the Leavenworth Players Group will be notified the same day and are expected to make rehearsal and performance commitments at that time.
KU faculty elected to national commissions
December 4, 2005
Two faculty members in Kansas University’s School of Fine Arts were recently elected as members of national arts commissions. Larry Mallett, chairman of the Department of Music and Dance, was elected to the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
Library announces upcoming events
December 4, 2005
Lawrence Public Library has planned musical events for the month of December.
Arrest made in possible murder solicitation
December 4, 2005
Lawrence police arrested a 19-year-old woman Friday night after investigating the possible solicitation of someone to commit a murder.
Seahawks earn sweep
December 4, 2005
Adam Davis sank two free throws with two seconds remaining, lifting Seabury Academy’s boys basketball squad to a 45-44 victory Saturday over Burlingame in a tournament at Kansas School for the Deaf. Davis finished with 13 points, and Scott King and Grayson Dillon each added 12 for the Seahawks.
Review: Poor controls thwart weapons in ‘Perfect Dark Zero’
December 4, 2005
“Perfect Dark” was the ideal spiritual sequel to “Goldeneye” for the Nintendo 64. It had more weapons, more levels and more multiplayer options to become the best console shooter of its day. Once developed for the Gamecube and then the original Xbox, the prequel “Perfect Dark Zero” finally debuts alongside the 360. Was it worth the overly long wait?
Lions outlast KCC
December 4, 2005
Chance Riley scored 12 points, and Tyler Knight added 10 as the Lawrence High boys basketball team improved to 2-0 with a 47-40 victory Saturday against Kansas City Christian. The Lions used a big second frame to take a 29-20 halftime lead. While it struggled to find its offense in the second half, LHS continued to play sound defense and never was seriously threatened.
Chiefs hoping to make more December magic
December 4, 2005
It seems to happen every year. Frost forms on the windows, Christmas decorations are hauled down out of the attic, and the Kansas City Chiefs become virtually unconquerable at home.
K-State wastes big lead
December 4, 2005
Ayahna Cornish scored 20 points, and Saint Joseph’s rallied from 17 down in the second half to beat Kansas State, 78-68, in the championship game of the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic on Saturday.
Horns wins Big 12 in romp
December 4, 2005
The quarterback pinned one behind his ear. The coach cradled an entire bouquet. The Texas Longhorns came out smelling like roses, with a resounding victory that put them one win away from the national title that has eluded the program for decades.
Knicks’ coach Brown moved by gesture
December 4, 2005
The old coach was booed, cheered and, in a moving display of class and affection, the same Detroit Pistons’ starting five that gave Larry Brown an NBA championship walked over to the Knicks’ bench and hugged him.
Slow start cuts harvest of whitetail in Missouri
December 4, 2005
A disappointing opening weekend left Missouri deer hunters down, but not out.
Man charged in killings wants trial moved
December 4, 2005
Lawyers for a man accused of killing his two young sons say their client can’t get a fair trial in Liberal and have asked for a change of venue.
Nebraska deer count up slightly
December 4, 2005
Preliminary results of Nebraska’s November firearms deer season show the statewide harvest was up five percent from last year.
Baseball great Williams featured on marlin video
December 4, 2005
One of the greatest catches Ted Williams ever made landed on a 1959 Fleer baseball card. It was entitled, “Fisherman Ted Hooks a Big One.”
Vintners get more from less in bottles
December 4, 2005
The next big thing for the wine industry could be small, screw-capped and shatterproof.
Commentary: For Brown, it’s not a night to enjoy
December 4, 2005
No matter if you think Larry Brown ran out on the Pistons or got fired or left because of a medical condition that now is suddenly the Knicks’ very interesting problem, there was something fundamentally sad about Friday night’s game at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Prince awaits word from K-State
Reports say Wildcats will name Virginia aide their head coach
December 4, 2005
Ron Prince’s father remembers a son “who had more friends than Carter had pills.”
Prosoco Pedalers win MS Society award
December 4, 2005
The cycling team of Lawrence-based Prosoco Inc. recently was named “MS150 Top Corporate Fund Raiser” by the Eastern Kansas Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Temp’ charges affect credit
Stores’ tests count against card limit
December 4, 2005
Checking one of my credit-card accounts online the other day, I noticed a few charges labeled “Temp.” Some were charges I hadn’t even made yet, like a whopping $850 for heating oil that wouldn’t be delivered for another couple of days.
Bankruptcies
December 4, 2005
The following Douglas County residents or businesses filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Kansas, during the week ending Thursday.
Companies urged to end quarterly earnings reports
Chamber chief says predictions damaging
December 4, 2005
U.S. Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive Thomas Donohue this week called on all publicly traded companies to stop offering quarterly earnings guidance, saying such predictions create a damaging focus on “meaningless short-term performance” and undermine a company’s ability to manage for the long term.
Career coach encourages networking for holidays
December 4, 2005
Office parties and other social events during the holidays aren’t just an ideal opportunity to load up on free food. They also can be excellent opportunities for networking.
Wasps could replace bomb, drug dogs
December 4, 2005
Trained wasps could someday replace dogs for sniffing out drugs, bombs and bodies.
Cardiologist criticizes behavior at Vioxx trial
December 4, 2005
A prominent cardiologist testifying in Merck & Co.’s federal trial over Vioxx accused the drugmaker of engaging in scientific misconduct, suppressing clinical evidence and stifling medical discourse as it promoted the painkiller.
Stolen gators will become big problem
December 4, 2005
For now, the two baby alligators bite like kittens.
Spokane mayor facing recall
Newspaper exposed gay Internet chats
December 4, 2005
Mayor Jim West, a former Boy Scout executive and sheriff’s deputy, says he no longer engages in gay sex and has stopped visiting Internet chat rooms.
Grandmother caught stealing baby Jesus
December 4, 2005
A 70-year-old grandmother was caught stealing the baby Jesus from the city’s nativity scene, police said.
Suspect convicted in family’s deaths
December 4, 2005
A jury convicted a former truck driver Saturday of killing three relatives who vanished from their home on Valentine’s Day last year.
Bodies identified as missing N.H. siblings
December 4, 2005
Two small bodies found buried off Interstate 80 with duct-tape crosses over them were identified Saturday as the New Hampshire siblings killed by their father 2 1/2 years ago, authorities announced.
Russia says weapon sales only for defense
December 4, 2005
Russia’s weapons sales to Iran are purely for defensive purposes, a government spokesman said Saturday, in response to reports that Russia was selling $1 billion worth of weapons to Iran.
Far East natives worry about toxic spill
December 4, 2005
Yevgenia Osadchaya is beside herself with worry, wondering how her family will survive when the toxic slick flowing from China pollutes the Amur River that provides the livelihood for her family and her native Nanai people.
Under God
December 4, 2005
To the editor: In response to Mr. Leiker’s letter and his comment about the founding fathers: It is important to note that our founders did not seek to take God completely out of the public sphere.
Bible beginnings
December 4, 2005
To the editor: I audited Paul Mirecki’s course “Religion 124: Understanding the Bible,” so I have experienced his objectivity in the classroom and his encouragement of free discussion of the issues inevitably raised.
Holiday homes tour benefit set for today
December 4, 2005
The Health Care Access Clinic will be host to a tour of Lawrence homes today to benefit those without access to health care.
Eisenhower legacy inspires new respect
December 4, 2005
There are people alive who remember when Dwight D. Eisenhower was the greatest military hero of the age, the man who saved Europe from tyrants and gave democracy a second chance. There are people alive who remember him as an amiable drifter with a short attention span, a befuddled speaker who seemed to have his greatest presidential moments on the fairway and putting green. There are people alive who think of him as a managerial giant, a political sage whose “hidden hand” guided America to peace and prosperity in the difficult years of midcentury.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
December 4, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 4, 1905: “A gas company man had to rush to a local home yesterday after a connection there had broken and there was fear of fire or an explosion. The fitter went on the run and made repairs and averted what could have been a tragedy. With the benefits of gas service here come dangers, as well.”
Old home town - 40 years ago today
December 4, 2005
Kansas University engineering dean William Smith was pictured while meeting with seven women who were majoring in engineering, an unusual event in a field where men so long had dominated.
Raking uncovers memories of good ol’ days
December 4, 2005
I was raking dead leaves and grass in a meditative mood. A biting wind, signaling a change of seasons, cut through the air. Blackbirds flared overhead, scattering like grapeshot. Suddenly, they merged again, like iron filings drawn to a magnet. I stood transfixed as, out of nowhere, these words came back to me: “Beatrice Fairfax don’t you dare, ever tell me he will care. I’m certain, it’s the final curtain.”
Oil company profits not out of line
December 4, 2005
If Congress had the rule of the Locrians, a people in ancient Greece, it would have been fatal to Sen. Byron Dorgan, the North Dakota Democrat. He recently got 34 colleagues, none of them Republicans, to vote for his measure to punish oil companies for earning profits which, relative to revenues, were unimpressive.
Misconceptions
December 4, 2005
To the editor: I believe there are misconceptions about the new science standards the Kansas Board of Education approved. Contrary to popular belief, the standards do not command that intelligent design be taught in Kansas public schools.
Notebook
December 4, 2005
The fact Jeff Hawkins and Russell Robinson played just a minute-and-a-half the second half Saturday doesn’t mean they have lost their starting jobs entering Tuesday’s 6 p.m. (CDT) clash against Saint Joseph’s in New York.
Self turns to Vinson
Former walk-on provides spark for KU
December 4, 2005
At what point during a Kansas University career that is in its fourth year did former Lawrence High standout Stephen Vinson realize he would get to the point he would play meaningful minutes?
WIU timeout proves costly
Stoppage sparks KU run
December 4, 2005
Sometimes, timeouts are better left buried in the back pocket.
Business owners deny role in stolen goods case
Police investigating Yellow House Store
December 4, 2005
One day after police searched their Lawrence business and home, the owners of a resale store denied being involved in a stolen property fencing operation.
Pomp & fanfare
Parade draws crowd despite chill in the air
December 4, 2005
Candy Braksick led her horse around the Lawrence Police Department parking lot, pointing out the rest of her Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade crew as they prepared for Saturday’s pomp.
Hispanic cartoon characters spur retail sales
Dora among popular toys for holidays
December 4, 2005
Almost 3, Gianna Conterio of Miami wants a Dora the Explorer doll for Christmas this year. So do millions of other U.S. children. Suddenly, Hispanic kids’ TV characters are hot. The merchandise is rolling onto store shelves and right into toy boxes nationwide.
Study links brain chemistry, bonding
December 4, 2005
Children adopted from abroad often have difficulties adjusting to their new families and to life in the United States, exhibiting poor social skills, problems bonding with new family members and reticence in dealing with strangers.
Circumcision rates in United States fall to lowest amount in half-century
December 4, 2005
Once a routine procedure for newborn boys, circumcision is falling rapidly out of favor in the United States - even as growing evidence suggests that the surgery may reduce the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Review: ‘Snow Queen’ warms hearts
December 4, 2005
Simple messages of love, loyalty and faith embody Hans Christian Andersen’s tale “The Snow Queen,” dramatized this weekend by University Theatre. Adapted and directed by visiting director Romualdas Viksraitis, “The Snow Queen” has familiar fairy tale motifs: a character who sets out on a long journey, talking animals, evil fairies, and quirky, goodhearted characters, assisting the traveler on her journey.