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Lawrence schools cancel classes for today
Other schools also announce cancellations
10:50 p.m., December 7, 2005 Updated 11:08 a.m.
Lawrence public schools will not have classes today because of a heavy snowfall that will mean snow-packed parking lots and slick sidewalks, a school district official said Wednesday night.
Mirecki resigns from KU department post
December 7, 2005
The embattled Kansas University religious studies professor who drew ire from Christian conservatives for his derisive remarks on an online discussion board has withdrawn from his post as chair of the department.
Piper easily outscoring opponents
December 7, 2005
After a season-opening loss to Ottawa, the Piper boys’ basketball team has won its last two games by outscoring opponents by 59 points combined.
Aquahawks work on perfecting techniques
December 7, 2005
The Lawrence Aquahawks jumped back into the pool Saturday and Sunday at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center for the Level II Championships. Aquahawks coaching members said this meet served a couple of different purposes in terms of swimmers development.
Guard play propells Bulls to victory over short-handed Six
December 7, 2005
f the Kansas Jayhawks were still looking for guard play, they should have attended the fourth-grade Bulls and Team Six game Saturday at Holcom Park Center. Both teams’ uptempo style of offense created a shootout as both teams stormed up and down the court all afternoon. However, the Bulls were able to take advantage of fresh legs, since Team Six had no substitutes, winning 54-38.
Mongoose strike Hammerheads with speed
December 7, 2005
At the younger level, guard play is vital for a successful season. Fortunately for the third-grade Mongoose, there is a plethora of strong guards on the roster. The Mongoose used an uptempo and efficient offense to run past the Hammerheads Saturday at Holcom Park Center. Their overwhelming presence on the glass and tenacious fast break attack gave the Mongoose a 32-16 win.
Bunches of Burnt Marshmallows mush together points in victory
December 7, 2005
The fifth- and sixth-grade Burnt Marshmallows used a team concept by having seven different players score to help beat Team 3 Saturday at the Lawrence Community Building. Keith Loneker, Burnt Marshmallows coach, said the team showed off exactly what the coaches have been instilling during their weekly practices
Cubs’ fourth-quarter rally leads to win
December 7, 2005
In a game filled with lead changes it was only fitting that the final outcome would be decided in the closing seconds. After being a halftime and in the third quarter, the third- and fourth-grade Cubs mustered one last offensive push to defeat the Firehawks 18-14 Saturday at Holcolm Park Center.
Terrapins continue to dominate opponents
December 7, 2005
Off the opening tip, the Terrapins got the ball and put points on the board to establish a lead they would never relinquish. The second- and third-grade match-up Nov. 30 between the Yellow Jackets and Terrapins at the East Lawrence Center was dominated by the boys in red. The Terrapins’ up-tempo style and swarming offense kept the Yellow Jackets off the board for much of the game. The Terrapins held the Yellow Jackets to six points and won 40-6 to move to 1-0 on the season and continue an unbeaten streak dating back to Nov. 9 during the preseason tournament.
Bruins’ preseason experience shows in win
December 7, 2005
The second- and third-grade Hoopster regular season tipped off Nov 30. Although neither team won the Hoopster preseason tournament, both teams gained valuable experience. That experience paid off for the Bruins as they defeated the Blue Devils 29-22 at the East Lawrence Recreation Center.
Gators beat Yellow Jackets in season opener
Holiday break, winter weather don’t slow down Gator offense
December 7, 2005
The fourth- and fifth-grade Gators and Yellow Jackets met on the court at Langston Hughes Elementary on Nov. 29 in their first game of the Hoopster regular season. The two teams kept it close early, but in the second half the Gators pulled away to defeat the Yellow Jackets 33-14.
Horned Frogs ignite in second half to win
December 7, 2005
Coming off a preseason tournament title, the fourth- and fifth-grade Horned Frogs looked to continue their winning ways against the Ducks. After a week without practice, both teams came out of the gate slowly.
Snow leading to event cancellations
11:06 a.m., December 7, 2005 Updated 06:31 p.m.
Today’s snowfall has led to cancellations of several events in the area.
Schools announcing early dismissals, activity cancellations
10:49 a.m., December 7, 2005 Updated 05:01 p.m.
Today’s winter storm is leading to some schools sending students home early and canceling after-school activities.
Six to eight inches of snow expected
Lawrence area under winter storm warning
07:59 a.m., December 7, 2005 Updated 06:42 p.m.
The Lawrence area has been placed under a winter storm warning through 6 a.m. Thursday. And by the time it’s over, the Lawrence area will see six to eight inches of snow - with some areas getting even more, said Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist. (Sayers will provide special weather updates this afternoon on the hour on Channel 6.)
Retailers tracking returns to crack down on fraud
Checking store policies can help avoid fees, denials
December 7, 2005
When stores such as Home Depot, Barnes & Noble and Wal-Mart monitor your return behavior this holiday season, they’re not tracking how many times you walk through their doors. Rather, these large retailers and others are checking the frequency with which you return items. And they’re cracking down on customers who bring back items too often or for too much money.
Notebook
December 7, 2005
Kansas University freshman Brandon Rush scored 10 points as KU raced to a 17-4 lead against St. Joseph’s.
Great ones follow Holmes
Larry Johnson latest to observe trend
December 7, 2005
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Commentary: Hey, coaches: Players must graduate
December 7, 2005
Richard Lapchick isn’t about to start celebrating, because it’s way too early. Too many college athletes still don’t get their diplomas, particularly if they are black.
Fashion mavens to hit ‘Runway’ again
December 7, 2005
Last year’s breakout reality series “Project Runway” (9 p.m. and 10 p.m., Bravo) returns for a second season with back-to-back episodes. And I’m pleased to announce that it doesn’t suffer from a sophomore slump.
Baking ahead reduces last-minute hassles
December 7, 2005
It’s a good idea to bake ahead and freeze foods to avoid last-minute hassles. Here are some guidelines to help you start.
Bank of the West arrives in Lawrence
December 7, 2005
Bank of the West on Tuesday announced Tuesday that it had completed its $1.36 billion acquisition of Commercial Federal Bank.
LHS wrestlers win twice
December 7, 2005
Lawrence High’s Kyle McTaggert came up with a timely pin at 275 pounds Tuesday night to lead the Lions past Blue Valley West as part of a double-dual competition at Olathe North.
Iranian plane hits apartments, killing over 100
December 7, 2005
A military plane loaded with Iranian journalists crashed into a 10-story apartment building Tuesday as the pilot attempted an emergency landing after developing engine trouble. At least 115 people died, the Tehran police chief said.
Conservatives elect youthful leader to take on Blair
December 7, 2005
David Cameron, whose boyish good looks and media savvy remind many of the youthful Tony Blair, was chosen leader of the Conservative Party on Tuesday, bringing new optimism to a party plagued by three straight election losses.
People in the news
December 7, 2005
¢ Christina Applegate, husband file for divorce ¢ Former ‘American Idol’ contestant arrested ¢ Aniston suing photographer ¢ Shanghai surprise ¢ Sacked on ‘Survivor’ ¢ School good, school bad ¢ An iron will ¢ Pop star wins libel case
Court: Fuel at Indian reservations is taxable
December 7, 2005
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Kansas can tax the fuel sold on American Indian reservations without violating tribal sovereignty, reversing a lower court.
Wine books are fact-packed value
December 7, 2005
To get the best value from books about wines and drinks, check out the wide variety of choices available to find which ones offer information at the level you want.
German chancellor: Rice admits citizen’s detention a mistake
December 7, 2005
Berlin German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that the United States has admitted making a mistake in the case of a German national who claimed he was wrongfully imprisoned by the CIA.
Horoscopes
December 7, 2005
For Wednesday, Dec. 7
Hawks’ perseverance pays
December 7, 2005
Brandon Rush and Jeff Hawkins came out shooting so hot from three-point land that it amounted to a big test of faith the St. Joseph’s players have in their coach, Phil Martelli.
Texas’ Young eluded trouble as youth
Heisman hopeful leads Longhorns with arm, legs : and music mixes
December 7, 2005
Seventh-grader Vince Young toiled away in his yard, raking leaves and piling them in bags. Each time he finished, his mother would dump them out and tell him to do it again.
Times have changed for Bengals
Cincinnati thinking playoffs instead of playing out the string
December 7, 2005
The usual December question around these parts - how low can the Bengals go? - has been replaced by one from a bygone era. This year, everyone is wondering: How deep can the Bengals go … in the playoffs?
Mirecki mum on details of beating
December 7, 2005
With a bruise visible under his right eye, Paul Mirecki paid a visit Tuesday afternoon to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Supreme Court seems supportive of military recruiting at universities
December 7, 2005
The Supreme Court appeared ready Tuesday to rule against colleges that want to limit military recruiting on campus to protest the Pentagon’s policy on gays.
Witness in Saddam’s trial recounts sexual humiliation
December 7, 2005
Waving a finger and pounding his desk, Saddam Hussein told the judges in his trial to “go to hell” and vowed not to return to court today.
$8M awarded to pair cleared of insurance fraud
Case involved malicious prosecution
December 7, 2005
State Farm Insurance has been ordered to pay more than $8 million to a tow truck driver and his sister-in-law who were acquitted of insurance fraud after being accused of faking the theft of a vehicle.
Scientists: Ozone hole recovery may take longer than expected
December 7, 2005
The eventual recovery of the gaping ozone hole over Antarctica, first discovered two decades ago, may take years longer than previously predicted, scientists reported Tuesday.
Haskell to honor graduates Thursday
December 7, 2005
Haskell Indian Nations University will host its fall semester graduation ceremony at 4 p.m. Thursday at Haskell Auditorium.
Daily ticker
December 7, 2005
Actor portrays KU student in ‘Capote’
December 7, 2005
C. Ernst Harth learned a lot about Lowell Lee Andrews when he read the Nov. 28 Journal-World story about the Kansas University student who murdered his family in 1958.
House excludes casinos from Gulf tax breaks
December 7, 2005
Before Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf Coast was well on its way to becoming a popular gambling destination. Now, for the gaming industry, a second storm - this one political - is brewing.
KU women to face improved ‘Roos
December 7, 2005
Very little footage from last year’s Kansas University-UMKC women’s basketball game made highlights reels.
Keegan: At least KU got shot off
December 7, 2005
As a spectator, until you see a team do something, you don’t believe it will. As a player, is it really that much different?
KU: NCAA probe of Rush ‘no issue’
December 7, 2005
Brandon Rush has started at small forward for Kansas University during each of the Jayhawks’ seven basketball games this season. Whether he has done so while eligible is something the NCAA apparently continues to consider.
Funding for road work in jeopardy
Bonds could be needed to erase gap
December 7, 2005
Kansas Transportation Secretary Deb Miller on Tuesday urged lawmakers to get the state highway plan out of the ditch.
KU celebrates professor’s unearthing of helium in 1905
Not a lightweight discovery
December 7, 2005
Try saying this in a high, squeaky voice: Happy anniversary, helium.
Arson suspect appears in court
David Ryan Jay is accused of starting fire at Watson Library
December 7, 2005
A former Kansas University student made his first appearance in Douglas County District Court on Tuesday, preparing to face three charges of arson after allegedly setting fires in Lawrence last year.
Fabulously fruity?
Holiday cake struggles with uphill battle for popularity
December 7, 2005
This time of the year, Maria Martin is often on the defensive. As a diehard defender of the fruitcake, she finds herself standing up for the dessert.
Diana Krall keeps it simple on Christmas album
December 7, 2005
Diana Krall made sure she didn’t overthink her “Christmas Songs” album. She just wanted to have fun.
Like wildfire
Cross Canadian Ragweed builds momentum from the roots up
December 7, 2005
By John Gerome - Associated Press Writer
Shockers roll past Dons
December 7, 2005
Kyle Wilson matched his career high with 24 points, including a key three-pointer, and Wichita State won its fourth straight with a 75-67 victory over San Francisco on Tuesday night.
Mavs repels Pacers’ challenge
Nowitzki bags 31 points, 11 rebounds in victory
December 7, 2005
Give the Dallas defense some credit. The Mavericks contested every shot, dived for every loose ball and turned back every Indiana challenge, pulling away in the closing minutes for an 84-75 victory Tuesday night.
Haskell women cruise
Pete paces HINU to 72-46 rout of Westminster College
December 7, 2005
Haskell Indian Nations University raced to a 22-point
Veritas boys make it five straight
December 7, 2005
Mark Randtke led three scorers in double figures Tuesday night as the Veritas Christian boys basketball team stayed perfect with a 54-39 victory over Topeka Cornerstone.
Eudora tops Baldwin in semis
December 7, 2005
Rodney Spillman scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Eudora High boys basketball team to a 59-49 victory over Baldwin the semifinals of the Eudora Hoop It Up Tournament.
Seabury has double the fun
Girls win in rout, boys pull out victory in 2 OTs
December 7, 2005
It was double the stats, double the overtimes and double the victories for the Seabury Academy basketball teams in their matchups Tuesday with Kansas School for the Deaf.
Eagles have QB controversy: McMahon or Detmer
December 7, 2005
Now the Philadelphia Eagles have a quarterback controversy.
Will Colts give rest to regulars?
December 7, 2005
Tony Dungy treats the mounting questions like he’s a politician.
Little named Dodgers’ manager
Former Red Sox skipper receives two-year contract
December 7, 2005
Former Boston Red Sox manager Grady Little was hired Tuesday to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had been without a field boss for more than two months.
Prison time ordered in resentencing for teen rape
December 7, 2005
Two men originally given 60 days in jail for the statutory rape of an intoxicated 13-year-old girl were ordered to prison Tuesday.
Bombers kill dozens, American kidnapped in Iraq
December 7, 2005
Two suicide bombers detonated explosives inside Baghdad’s main police academy Tuesday, killing at least 43 people and wounding more than 70. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for capital’s deadliest attack in months.
Pearl Harbor vets have unique perspective on war, terrorism
Date which will live in infamy’ recalled
December 7, 2005
The message was simple and direct. “Attack on Pearl Harbor. This is no drill.”
Corrections
December 7, 2005
On the record
December 7, 2005
Lawrence datebook
December 7, 2005
Texas A&M holds off North Texas
December 7, 2005
Joseph Jones scored 35 points and had 13 rebounds as Texas A&M held on for a 72-70 victory over North Texas on Tuesday night.
U.S. to help assess toxic river spill
December 7, 2005
The United States said Tuesday that it was sending experts to help China cope with a river-borne toxic spill that is approaching Russia’s Far East, while Beijing promised to work closely with Moscow to limit the damage.
Dismissed deputy leader charged with rape
December 7, 2005
South Africa’s popular former deputy president, already facing corruption charges, was charged with rape Tuesday in a case that could destroy his chances of taking the helm of the continent’s powerhouse.
Ousted U.N. election chief will fight dismissal
December 7, 2005
The U.N. electoral chief on Tuesday vowed to fight her dismissal, vehemently denying charges she sexually harassed her staff.
Lawsuit seeks names of civilian workers
December 7, 2005
Breaking a tradition of openness that began in 1816, the Bush administration has without explanation withheld the names and work locations of about 900,000 of its civilian workers, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
University: Rare tabloid on White Sox missing
December 7, 2005
Rare copies of a sports newspaper that was credited with uncovering the infamous 1919 Chicago White Sox gambling scandal are missing from a University of Illinois library.
Ex-professor acquitted on some terror charges
December 7, 2005
In a stinging defeat for prosecutors, a former Florida professor accused of helping lead a terrorist group that has carried out suicide bombings against Israel was acquitted on nearly half the charges against him Tuesday, and the jury deadlocked on the rest.
Panel criticizes commercials for junk food
December 7, 2005
SpongeBob SquarePants and characters like him should promote only healthy food for kids, a panel of scientists said Tuesday.
Poll finds support for terror on occasion
December 7, 2005
Most Americans and a majority of people in Britain, France and South Korea say torturing terrorism suspects is justified at least in rare instances, according to AP-Ipsos polling.
Spokane mayor recalled after Internet sex scandal
December 7, 2005
Mayor James E. West was recalled from office Tuesday in a special election over allegations he offered jobs and perks to young men he met in a gay Internet chat room.
Spartans sharp against B.C.
December 7, 2005
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was quick to put himself in the running for the understatements of the young college basketball season.
The Snowbowl Effect’ film to be shown
December 7, 2005
Jayhawk Audubon Society will present a showing of the documentary film, “The Snowbowl Effect,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Douglas County Senior Center, 745 Vt.
German citizen alleges torture by United States, sues ex-CIA director
December 7, 2005
A German citizen whom the CIA abducted from Macedonia and held in a secret prison in Afghanistan for five months sued former CIA Director George Tenet on Tuesday, saying he’d been tortured.
Group urges removal of priest
December 7, 2005
A woman who says a Wichita priest sexually abused her demanded Tuesday that the diocese remove him from his parish.
Tom DeLay’s trial on track for next year
December 7, 2005
Rep. Tom DeLay could face a trial early next year now that a judge has refused to throw out money-laundering allegations against the former House majority leader.
Veteran Democrat leaving House
Bruce Larkin had led school finance charge
December 7, 2005
A veteran Democrat is retiring from the Legislature after nearly 20 years in the House.
City approves industrial plan
December 7, 2005
Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday night approved a new plan that maps out future industrial sites for Douglas County, although they expressed some reservations about two possible business park locations.
Man may have set up 200 fake charity boxes
December 7, 2005
Prosecutors have charged a man with placing fake donation boxes for the Special Olympics at two southwest Missouri retailers and are investigating the possibility that he placed as many as 200 similar boxes at locations in three states.
Two teenagers get probation for accidental shooting death
December 7, 2005
Two Hutchinson teenagers have been placed on probation for the death of a companion in an accidental shooting last spring.
Police investigating downtown rape
December 7, 2005
Lawrence Police are investigating the reported rape of an 18-year-old Topeka woman by two men early Sunday morning in downtown Lawrence.
Rube Goldberg Night today at South
December 7, 2005
The annual Rube Goldberg Night will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at South Junior High School. The event will feature several machines designed by eighth-graders for turning on a light.
Horizon 2020 on tonight’s agenda
December 7, 2005
Amendments to Horizon 2020, the city-county planning document, will be considered by the Douglas County Commission during its regular meeting tonight.
State grant boosts anti-smoking efforts
December 7, 2005
Lawrence and Douglas County are getting a major boost to expand tobacco-prevention efforts.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
December 7, 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.
Don’t leave your gardening friends out in the cold this holiday season
December 7, 2005
Christmas happens at exactly the wrong time of year for the gardeners on your holiday shopping list. Stores tend not to promote gardening merchandise, which is decidedly out of season, and the chill in the air makes a gardening gift seem counterintuitive.
Postal Service climbs out of debt
December 7, 2005
The Postal Service is in a position not many Americans can claim - debt free - but even a projected surplus won’t stop next month’s postal rate increase, which the service says is needed to cover a congressionally mandated expense.
NBC Universal to sell shows on iTunes
December 7, 2005
NBC Universal has inked a deal with Apple Computer Inc. to become the second network to sell television shows a la carte on Apple’s online iTunes store, the companies announced Tuesday.
Kroger profit rises for third quarter
December 7, 2005
Kroger Co., waging a customer-by-customer fight in a competitive marketplace, on Tuesday reported a 30 percent jump in profit for the third quarter and its best results at stores opened at least a year since 1999.
Commodities
December 7, 2005
Economic reports signal rebound
U.S. factory orders, productivity increase
December 7, 2005
Orders to U.S. factories posted a solid increase in October while worker productivity jumped by the largest amount in two years, the government reported Tuesday.
Cell phone firms work on images
Companies aim to improve customer service after surveys reveal poor ratings
December 7, 2005
After years of touting their networks, mobile phone companies are trying a new tack to keep customers: being nice.
Witness: Officials heard of caged kids years ago
December 7, 2005
Child-welfare workers had heard rumors that a couple kept some of their 11 adopted children in cages two years before the youngsters were removed from the home, a witness testified in a custody hearing Tuesday.
Forecaster predicts calmer hurricane season
December 7, 2005
Next year’s hurricane season is likely to be busier than average but not up to this year’s ruinous, record-setting pace, one of the nation’s top hurricane forecasters said Tuesday.
Time traveling?
December 7, 2005
To the editor: Democrats who boldly claim Bush lied about Iraq’s WMD suddenly enter a state of apoplexy when confronted with Clinton administration claims about Iraq’s WMD, the threat Saddam posed to the United States, and Iraq’s operational ties to al-Qaida.
Sign of respect
December 7, 2005
To the editor: Mr. Smitley wrongly claimed in Saturday’s Public Forum that the war in Iraq is just.
Schedule conflict
December 7, 2005
To the editor: A couple of working moms were discussing the injustices they suffer while trying to shop stores crowded with stay-at-home moms and children while they are in a big hurry on their lunch breaks.
Propaganda is part of war
December 7, 2005
The Pentagon is investigating allegations that the military paid to have positive stories about the war published in Iraqi newspapers. Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, a military spokesman in Iraq, believes the program is “an important part of countering misinformation in the news by insurgents.” Johnson said in an e-mail, “This is a military program initiated by the Multi-National Force to help get factual information about ongoing operations into Iraqi news. I want to emphasize that all information used for marketing these stories is completely factual.”
Liberal bias
December 7, 2005
To the editor: While I was waiting the other day for an appointment, I picked up a copy of the Journal-World and started thumbing through the various sections, articles, commentaries and “letters to the editor.”
Negative effects
December 7, 2005
To the editor: Cal Thomas, the Onward Christian Soldier who never went to war, recently urged Americans to show resolve to win in Iraq by blindly following our fearless president who is somewhat disingenuous with the truth with a bad habit of inventing nebulous reasons to invade another sovereign country at his whim as he marches our country down the dirty, dangerous, deadly path to war.
KU questions
December 7, 2005
To the editor: Paul Mirecki’s e-mail comments have stirred up the hornet’s nest on both sides
ID politics
December 7, 2005
To the editor: How should a university properly teach about intelligent design?
Old home town - 100 years ago today
December 7, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 7, 1905: “Football, or at least football as it is played today, is on the wane. There is a demand for a change in the rules that will make it less brutal. The stand that several schools have taken in prohibiting football shows the signs of the times. : George Chambers who lives on a farm southeast of Lawrence was in the city yesterday with a large new touring car. Some months ago, he purchased a small runabout and enjoyed automobiling so much that nothing but a large car would satisfy him.”
Old home town - 40 years ago today
December 7, 2005
Gen. Maxwell Taylor, former U.S. ambassador to Vietnam, said in a talk here that the Vietnam War was a guerrilla action comparable to the Quantrill Raid on Lawrence in 1863. He said the United States was having severe problems adjusting to the non-conventional operation. He added, however, that the South Vietnamese were steadfast in their desire to thwart communist aggression and that he saw reason to believe they would be successful.
U.S. needs clearer strategy, not withdrawal
December 7, 2005
Before the intervention in Iraq, I warned that U.S. involvement there would be burdensome, deadly, expensive and lengthy. I also disagreed with the Bush administration’s decision to use military force at that time.
Academic priorities
Helping student athletes succeed academically is a good goal, but think of how many other students at a university could benefit from similar assistance.
December 7, 2005
It was disappointing to see Kansas University at the bottom of bowl-bound Big 12 teams in a ranking of graduation rates and academic progress.
Hawks finer fowls
Dickie V: Jayhawks sunk by free-throw woes
December 7, 2005
Dick Vitale walked through a narrow Madison Square Garden hallway, stopping dead in his tracks to make a quick comment to writers who cover Kansas University’s men’s basketball team.