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Snow moving in Wednesday
December 6, 2005
Get your snow shovels ready - Lawrence is expected to get an ankle-deep snowfall, starting Wednesday, says Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist. Douglas County is expected to get between two and four inches of the white stuff by Thursday morning, Sayers said.
BR549 to perform tonight on Grand Ole Opry
December 6, 2005
R549, a country rock band that includes Lawrence native Chuck Mead and former Lawrence resident Shaw Wilson, will play the Grand Ole Opry tonight. The band is scheduled to be on stage sometime between 7 and 7:30 p.m.
Supreme Court: Kansas can tax fuel on Indian reservations
December 6, 2005
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that Kansas can tax the fuel sold on American Indian reservations without violating tribal sovereignty, reversing a lower court.
Highway funding short, says official
December 6, 2005
Kansas Transportation Secretary Deb Miller today said the Comprehensive Transportation Plan was in funding jeopardy and called on legislators to approve additional bonds to keep it rolling.
Martin hands down tougher rape conviction sentences
December 6, 2005
Two men originally given 60 days in jail for the statutory rape of an intoxicated 13-year-old were sentenced to prison this morning. Judge Paula Martin was ordered by the Kansas Court of Appeals to hand down new sentences to Brian K. Ussery, Tonganoxie, and William N. Haney, Lawrence.
Snow flurries, arctic windchills keep Lawrence in deep freeze
December 6, 2005
Break out the warm gloves, coats and hats - an arctic blast will keep Lawrence in a deep freeze again today. “It’s a very cold start, with a few flurries for the morning,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “Make sure you bundle up… . It doesn’t get much better today.”
Doin’ it for Jimmy V.
Jayhawks proud to play St. Joe’s in fund-raising tourney
December 6, 2005
Tonight’s Jimmy V. Classic is about much, much more than high-level college basketball.
Gays sign up for partnership ceremonies
December 6, 2005
Gay couples began registering for civil partnerships at town halls across Britain on Monday as a law took effect giving them many of the same legal rights as married heterosexuals.
Rice defends U.S. handling of terror suspects
December 6, 2005
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice aggressively defended U.S. tactics against terrorism on Monday as tough but legal, and countered European complaints over reports of secret CIA-run prisons there by saying America’s efforts with its allies have been “a two-way street” that have saved European and American lives.
County workers to receive additional salary increase
December 6, 2005
Douglas County employees will get a belated Christmas present from their employers next month.
Pump patrol
December 6, 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.
Safety commission opts for train horn quiet zone
December 6, 2005
The North Lawrence Improvement Assn. voiced its concerns last night at the monthly Traffic Safety Commission meeting.
Online encyclopedia Wikipedia tightens rules following false article
December 6, 2005
Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia to which anyone can contribute, is tightening submission rules after a prominent journalist complained that an article falsely implicated him in the Kennedy assassinations.
Senators step up on security matters
December 6, 2005
When Lindsey Graham and John Sununu joined the ranks of Republican senators, the last thing the White House expected was that they would start challenging administration policies on national security.
Horoscopes
December 6, 2005
 
Court hears sexual offender case
Man convicted in area crimes isn’t predator, lawyer says
December 6, 2005
A repeat child-sex offender convicted of crimes in Douglas County has been wrongly committed to a state hospital for sexually violent predators, his attorney argued Monday before the Kansas Supreme Court.
Lawrence Datebook
December 6, 2005
 
Casualties unknown in powerful quake
December 6, 2005
A powerful earthquake toppled homes onto children in eastern Congo, leaving an unknown number of casualties in a region already beset by war, poverty and volcanoes.
Mirecki treated after roadside beating
December 6, 2005
Douglas County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the reported beating of a Kansas University professor who’s gained recent notoriety for his Internet tirades against Christian fundamentalists and Catholics.
County goes online to sell used vehicles
December 6, 2005
Douglas County is putting several used vehicles in an online auction on eBay through Monday.
Notebook
December 6, 2005
Saint Joseph’s, founded in 1851, has an enrollment of 4,250, an increase of 1,500 from a decade ago. Grad school enrollment is 3,200.
Martelli has Hawks thriving
Coach has lifted program to national prominence
December 6, 2005
Under Phil Martelli, who with his bald dome and bubbly personality perhaps could pass for Dick Vitale’s younger brother, Saint Joseph’s has become a recognizable face in college men’s basketball.
Army drops murder charge against infantry officer
Ruling made after two-day hearing at Fort Riley
December 6, 2005
The Army on Monday dropped murder charges against an infantry officer accused of giving soldiers in his command permission to kill two Iraqi civilians.
Is revenge on the run?
December 6, 2005
“It’s not about them - it’s about us.” With those words, Sen. John McCain won my undying gratitude.
Americans don’t seem in a holiday mood
December 6, 2005
In a matter of days, Americans will begin greeting one another with well-meaning words. “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas,” they’ll say, but behind the facade of jubilation there will remain a nagging dismay, a cloud of uneasiness all over the country.
Westin hotel chain to ban smoking
December 6, 2005
A major hotel chain is going smoke-free next month and will add $200 to the bill of anyone who violates the policy, an executive said Monday.
Tale of the tape
December 6, 2005
 
Judge upholds felony charge against Rep. Tom DeLay
December 6, 2005
A judge dismissed a conspiracy charge Monday against Rep. Tom DeLay but refused to throw out far more serious allegations of money-laundering, dashing the congressman’s hopes for now of reclaiming his post as House majority leader.
Transportation funding to be discussed today
December 6, 2005
Funding problems have hit the state’s $13.5 billion comprehensive transportation plan.
Cowboys suffer landmark defeat
December 6, 2005
Two nights after a milestone victory, Eddie Sutton’s Oklahoma State team suffered a landmark loss.
Winter meetings under way in Dallas
Agents, players, general managers meet to sort out who will play where - and for how much
December 6, 2005
A.J. Burnett’s agent was talking with St. Louis and Toronto, and Trevor Hoffman’s representatives were speaking with Cleveland as baseball’s winter meetings began Monday in a town where teams spent freely five years ago.
Environmental champion
December 6, 2005
He showed up at the Oscars in a hybrid car and lobbied loudly for worldwide access to clean water.
Danson shines in uplifting drama
December 6, 2005
Ted Danson returns to the Bronx. No, I’m not announcing a “Becker” reunion special, but “Knights of the South Bronx” (7 p.m., A&E), an intelligent TV drama based on the real life of one man who changed the lives of dozens of students.
Commodities
December 6, 2005
 
Eudora survives Belton
December 6, 2005
It took Eudora High’s boys basketball squad the entire 32 minutes to beat Belton, Mo., 47-43, in Kyle Deterding’s Cardinals coaching debut.
Don’t sweat the big tests
Young experts say too much ACT, SAT prep can backfire
December 6, 2005
So-called “test prep experts” are always telling you to sleep 10 hours, eat eggs for breakfast and triple-check that you have your calculator in your pocket before you take the tests.
Woodling: KSU job only gets tougher
December 6, 2005
Kansas University’s 2006 football schedule shows the Jayhawks playing host to Kansas State in the regular-season finale. Don’t cut that in stone, however. You know how fluid college football schedules are these days.
KU provost opening creates uncertainty for dean candidates
Applicants for liberal arts, law positions visit university’s campus
December 6, 2005
The uncertainty over who will fill the No. 2 seat at Kansas University adds an element of risk to the pursuit of a dean’s position, said Robert Frank, the first candidate for the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to visit KU.
Corkins’ transition team touts vouchers, charter schools
December 6, 2005
It’s official: The transition team picked by Education Commissioner Bob Corkins, who supports vouchers and charter schools, has recommended vouchers and more charter schools.
Teen charged with murder-for-hire
Lawrence woman arrested during sting operation involving federal agency
December 6, 2005
The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office charged a Lawrence woman with three crimes Monday after she allegedly asked an undercover officer to murder a man in exchange for drugs.
Report reveals academic side of bowl-bound football teams
KU falls short of NCAA standards for graduation rate, academic performance
December 6, 2005
Kansas University’s football team ranked 47 out of 56 for its academic progress when compared with other teams headed to bowl games.
Dropped wallet provides clue to Jayhawk vandalism
December 6, 2005
It wasn’t hard to find the hooligans thought to have roughed up Kansas University’s “Classic Jayhawk” sculpture over the weekend.
On the record
December 6, 2005
 
Plans announced to add nuclear plant
December 6, 2005
Iran plans to build at least one more nuclear power plant despite international concern over its atomic program, the country’s top nuclear negotiator said Monday.
Chemical company boss fired over toxic spill
December 6, 2005
The head of a Chinese chemical company blamed for a toxic spill that poisoned a major river and strained relations with Russia has been removed from his post, the company said Monday.
Chavez’s party sweeps to election victory
December 6, 2005
Supporters of President Hugo Chavez vowed Monday to accelerate Venezuela’s shift to a “new socialism” after claiming victory in elections that were expected to give pro-Chavez politicians all 167 seats in the National Assembly.
Israel targets Islamic Jihad after suicide bombing
December 6, 2005
Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz ordered the military Monday to intensify operations against Islamic Jihad and approved the assassination of the radical Palestinian group’s senior leaders after one of its operatives blew himself up outside a crowded Israeli shopping mall.
New light shed on Titanic sinking
December 6, 2005
The discovery of two large pieces of the Titanic’s hull on the ocean floor indicates that the fabled luxury liner sank faster than previously thought, researchers said Monday.
Bear hunt opens with 54 early kills
December 6, 2005
Hunters pushed past suburbia’s picket fences and killed at least 54 black bears Monday, enjoying a rare shot at big game after wildlife officials deemed New Jersey’s bruin population too big for one of the nation’s smallest states.
Plame to leave CIA
December 6, 2005
Valerie Plame, the diplomat’s wife whose secret resume was exposed in a newspaper column that eventually led to the indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, is leaving the CIA on Friday, people familiar with her plans said.
Avian flu summits planned in all states
December 6, 2005
Federal health officials announced Monday that pandemic influenza-planning meetings will be held in all 50 states over the next four months to help bolster national preparedness for a possible outbreak of deadly avian flu.
Bush seeks to dispel pessimism about economy
December 6, 2005
President Bush said Monday that American companies must honor promises to their retired workers, and he urged Congress to pass tough legislation so retirees don’t see their pension checks slashed.
Students received $8M in scholarships
December 6, 2005
Kansas University awarded $8 million in privately funded scholarships to students in fall 2005, officials reported.
Pit bull escapes yard, kills dachshund
December 6, 2005
A pit bull escaped its backyard Saturday morning and mauled a neighbor’s dog in Lecompton.
Junior high plans displayed at meeting
December 6, 2005
A handful of neighbors and parents turned out for a meeting last week about Southwest Junior High School’s $6.9 million bond project.
Four earn all-state honors
December 6, 2005
Lawrence High’s Scott Penny and Brandon Lassiter and Free State High’s Brett Lisher all earned first-team Class 6A honors in all-state teams chosen by the Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle.
Louisville wins, thanks to Dean
December 6, 2005
Richmond slowed down the game. The Spiders milked the shot clock. They held the ball, played great defense and blocked one Louisville shot after another.
Kansas high school basketball scores for Dec. 5
December 6, 2005
 
SuperSonics’ Lewis charged with DUI
December 6, 2005
Seattle SuperSonics forward Rashard Lewis was charged Monday with drunken driving, resulting from an arrest on Interstate 90 in late September.
Stats finally favoring K.C.
December 6, 2005
Challenges won and penalties are two stats that all year have been in favor of Kansas City’s rivals.
Duke, Texas stay atop poll
Duke, Texas stay atop poll
December 6, 2005
Duke and Texas were on top of the Associated Press’ basketball poll again Monday, keeping this weekend’s 1 vs. 2 matchup intact.
Applicants for dean openings are set to visit this month
December 6, 2005
Three more candidates for dean of Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are scheduled to visit this month. Visits from other candidates for dean of the School of Law have not been set.
Lotto tree’ removed from Oklahoma Capitol
December 6, 2005
The “lotto tree” has lost out in the annual Christmas tree decorating event involving grade school students at the state Capitol.
Nowitzki’s 35 power Dallas
Former KU star Hinrich roughed up in Bulls’ loss
December 6, 2005
Darrell Armstrong raced back to block a fast-break layup late in the third quarter. Teammates hustled for loose balls. And with all that going on, Dirk Nowitzki did what he is supposed to do.
Power outage hits Tulsa
December 6, 2005
A downtown water main broke Monday afternoon, flooding an underground electrical vault and knocking out power to major buildings, including the headquarters of the Tulsa World newspaper and the Bank of Oklahoma tower, utility officials said.
Ill-behaved children not welcome in stores
December 6, 2005
Dan McCauley had seen one too many kids at his cafe lying on the floor in front of the counter, careening off the glass pastry case, coming perilously close to getting their fingers pinched in the front door. So he posted a sign: “Children of all ages have to behave and use their indoor voices.”
Authors offer dos, don’ts of interviewing
Human resource professionals pass along tips for job seekers
December 6, 2005
Do you remember your worst job interview? Or if you are someone who does the hiring, I bet you’ve got some interesting stories to tell about job interviews gone bad.
Stocks slide on rising oil prices
December 6, 2005
Higher oil prices and news of slowing growth in the service sector pulled stocks lower Monday despite some optimism over a $25 billion bid for Guidant Corp.
Tyra Banks takes her final spin on the runway
December 6, 2005
The runway is now behind Tyra Banks. Her final cruise down the catwalk was the Victoria’s Secret show, which is being broadcast at 9 p.m. today on CBS (Sunflower Broadband channels 5 and 13).
King Kong returns to N.Y.
December 6, 2005
Not surprisingly, considering New York’s long-held fascination with the big gorilla, the city went ape for King Kong on Monday.
ABC names anchors for ‘World News Tonight’
December 6, 2005
In choosing the anchor team of Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff to replace the late Peter Jennings at “World News Tonight,” ABC News President David Westin concluded the job was too big for one person in an age when news is available instantly.
Bird lovers cry foul over destruction of parakeet nests
December 6, 2005
Julie Cook came home from work last Wednesday night to find utility crews tearing down a parakeet nest from a pole and taking the birds away to be killed.
California teen wins science competition
December 6, 2005
A 16-year-old California boy won a premier high school science competition Monday for his innovative approach to an old math problem that could help in the design of airplane wings.
Wallace and Gromit’ leads animation nominees
December 6, 2005
“Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit” picked up 15 nominations for the 33rd annual Annie Awards, leading the list of animation nominees.
Dr. Phil’ role probed in weight-loss campaign
December 6, 2005
“Dr. Phil” McGraw stated in e-mails that he had “no expertise” in making the diet pills he endorsed, according to court filings in a lawsuit alleging the TV psychologist made false statements about the products.
Playoff scenarios easily confusing
December 6, 2005
St. Louis and Minnesota made the playoffs last season at 8-8, demonstrating that in the NFL, mediocrity sometimes can be good enough.
Seahawks club Eagles
Seattle defense scores three TDs in 42-0 embarrassment of Philly
December 6, 2005
A cross-country trip to Philadelphia for a Monday night game in the snow hasn’t exactly been a formula for success. Then again, these are not the same old Seattle Seahawks.
Healing power of song
December 6, 2005
Olivia Newton-John said her singing is helping her cope with the mysterious disappearance of her longtime boyfriend.
Celebrity birthdays
December 6, 2005
Comedian Steven Wright is 50. Actor Tom Hulce is 52. Rock musician Peter Buck (R.E.M.) is 49. Actress Janine Turner is 43. Rock musician Ulf “Buddha” Ekberg (Ace of Base) is 35. Actress Colleen Haskell is 29.
Best Bets
December 6, 2005
 
Ribs on menu at ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
December 6, 2005
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “A Man with a Pan: Dana Fertig’s Beef Short Rib Menu.” Fertig, a veterinarian in academic affairs for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, will prepare the following recipe in this repeat episode. Jayni Carey is host.
Cordley chess club announces tournament
December 6, 2005
The Cordley Elementary Chess Tournament will be Saturday at the Kansas Union at Kansas University.
Humanities Council gives grant guidelines
December 6, 2005
The Kansas Humanities Council has announced deadlines for heritage and humanities grants, which encourage the study of local and regional cultural resources, and support projects that engage the general public with the humanities.
Journal-World Teen Board to meet
December 6, 2005
Students in sixth through 12th grades are invited to join the Journal-World Teen Board. We’re seeking students who want to contribute ideas, stories and pictures for publication in the Pulse section.
Double Take: Teens apt to divide holiday time between friends and family
December 6, 2005
Several parents have asked us to write something on how to handle teenagers who don’t want much to do with family over the holidays.
Rumsfeld warns of Islamic superstate if U.S. leaves Iraq too soon
December 6, 2005
If U.S. forces leave too soon, Iraq will become a haven for terrorists and the base of a spreading Islamic superstate that would threaten the rest of the world, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said Monday.
Witness testimony, outbursts punctuate Saddam trial
December 6, 2005
The first witnesses in the Saddam Hussein trial offered chilling accounts Monday of killings and torture using electric shocks and a grinder during a 1982 crackdown against Shiites, as the defiant ex-president threatened the judge and tried to intimidate a survivor.
Bill would allow police to seek citizen IDs if actions are suspect
December 6, 2005
A legislative committee Monday endorsed a bill that would require citizens to identify themselves to authorities under certain circumstances.
Big Brother needed
December 6, 2005
Kainen, a creative 11-year-old, is seeking a Big Brother through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Douglas County program.
Official lauded
December 6, 2005
To the editor: When things go wrong, many of us are quick to squawk, and appropriately so. However, when things go particularly well, it is incumbent on us to make note of that too.
WSU challenge
December 6, 2005
To the editor: As a Wichitan and a Wichita State graduate I applaud the efforts and accomplishments over the last several years of the Shocker men’s basketball team.
Missing element
December 6, 2005
To the editor: Gene Meyer, CEO of Lawrence Memorial Hospital, was quoted in the Nov. 29 story, “LMH ready to embark on expansion projects,” as saying, “there are growth opportunities that we can capture,” referring to the plan to purchase more than 20 acres of property along Kansas Highway 10. When will there be an in-patient mental health facility?
Different view
December 6, 2005
To the editor: After having been on the faculty of the Kansas University department of religious studies since 1978, I retired two years ago.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
December 6, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 6, 1905: “Help the treasurer. The rush is beginning at the county treasurer’s office and the next few days will be terribly busy.
Construction hazard
Construction work that continues to create a dangerous and congested situation at Sixth and Wakarusa streets is testing drivers’ patience.
December 6, 2005
In a road construction season when most local projects were completed on schedule and with a minimum of traffic disruption, the intersection of Sixth and Wakarusa streets stands out - not in a favorable way.
Making a list
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is right to keep track of the equipment the Kansas Army National Guard is leaving in Iraq.
December 6, 2005
The soldiers of the 891st Engineer Battalion of the Kansas Army National Guard are expected to be home for Christmas, but much of the military equipment they took with them may be on permanent assignment in the Middle East.
Board to deliver park ideas
Elected officials to review open spaces, industrial areas
December 6, 2005
After months of devising plans for new industrial parks and open space in Douglas County, members of an advisory board are looking to shift into reality.
Boston Scientific ups ante for Guidant
December 6, 2005
Boston Scientific Corp. made an unexpected, $25 billion takeover offer Monday for the troubled medical device maker Guidant Corp., more than $3 billion more than what Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay for Guidant last month.
China’s Airbus order upstages Boeing order
December 6, 2005
China ordered 150 Airbus single-aisle A320 airliners Monday, more than twice as many plane orders as the company’s U.S.-based rival Boeing Co. snagged from China last month.
Caroline Kennedy continues tradition with ‘Family of Poems’
December 6, 2005
“Give it a chance. It’s not as horrible as you might think!” That’s the message Caroline Kennedy is trying to spread about poetry. And that’s what she’d like to tell 8- to 13-year-olds about her new book, “A Family of Poems.”
Yellow affirms outlook for business ‘healthy’
December 6, 2005
Yellow Roadway Corp. on Monday affirmed its earlier earnings guidance for its fourth quarter and the year, saying its business was shaping up as expected.
American Italian Pasta chief executive resigns
December 6, 2005
Tim Webster, chief executive officer of troubled American Italian Pasta Co., has resigned, the company said Monday.
Lions suddenly soft on boards
Sans Nolte, Lawrence fails to win rebound battle
December 6, 2005
Lawrence High coach Kristin Mallory never could have known that missing Kayla Nolte would hurt this much.
Prince introduced as K-State coach
Junction City native becomes Big 12 Conference’s lone black coach
December 6, 2005
New Kansas State coach Ron Prince acknowledged the significance of his hiring but said he hoped to be remembered for his achievements.
Jayhawk players know little about Cougars
December 6, 2005
Reporters scrambled Sunday asking several Kansas University football players what they knew about Houston, KU’s opponent for the Fort Worth Bowl on Dec. 23.
Holiday warm-up
KU musicians fire hits and misses at 81st annual Vespers concerts
December 6, 2005
A long holiday concert can be like opening gifts from your relatives. Some of the boxes contain treasures. Others have lackluster sweaters you might not wear.