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Lawrence High School advances in tournament
December 8, 2005
The Lawrence High School boys’ basketball team came out on top against Pembroke Hill, 76-71, Thursday night after struggling to maintain the lead throughout the game. LHS will advance to play Sumner at 6:45 Friday night.
Preseason injuries, defensive problems cause Lions to drop to 0-2
December 8, 2005
The postponements of the Shawnee Heights Invitational due to the weather means the Lady Lions will have to wait another day to earn their first win of the season. LHS is still scrambling to find the team that made it to the sub-state championship game last year.
KU ‘Survivor’ update: On to the finale
December 8, 2005
“I’ve been praying for a crack in that alliance,” said Danni Boatwright as day 34 of the reality TV series began.
Lawrence schools get another snow day
09:48 p.m., December 8, 2005 Updated 09:12 a.m.
After taking a snow day Thursday, some schools in the area, including Lawrence public schools, announced Thursday night they plan to cancel classes again for today.
Chat with KU Provost David Shulenburger
December 8, 2005
David Shulenburger discusses inclement weather policies, general education requirements, and Professor Mirecki.
Pomona residents advised to boil water
December 8, 2005
State officials have advised residents of Pomona in Franklin County to boil their water before using it because of a line break that caused low pressure in the system.
Snow leads to activity and event cancellations
10:50 a.m., December 8, 2005 Updated 01:46 p.m.
The winter storm that produced about six to eight inches of snow in the Lawrence area has led to several cancellations of activities and events planned for today.
Snow day bringing sub-zero temperatures
Morning windchill was minus 19 degrees
December 8, 2005
Pull out the sleds, the snow shovels and the mukluks - the Lawrence area has close to eight inches of fluffy snow on the ground this morning, coupled with sub-freezing temperatures, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “We’re topping out only in the teens today. That arctic air is still in place,” Schack said. “If you want to get out and do a sled ride today, make sure you bundle up.”
Kansas ranks last in science
15 states receive failing grade in institute’s report
December 8, 2005
Kansas has the nation’s worst science standards for public schools, a national education group says, condemning the state for rewriting its definition of science and treating evolution as a flawed theory.
USDA food pyramid translated into Spanish
Government alarmed at rate of obesity among Hispanics
December 8, 2005
Alarmed by the high rate of obesity among Hispanics, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a Spanish translation Wednesday of the food pyramid, the government’s handy guide to good nutrition.
Pastors condemn attack
A statement prepared by various religious leaders of the Lawrence community
December 8, 2005
Local religious leaders have released a statement on the reported attack of Kansas University religious studies professor Paul Mirecki.
Erupting volcano shoots steam, gas into the air
December 8, 2005
An erupting volcano on Vanuatu, remote South Pacific island, burst into spectacular life today - shooting steam and toxic gases 9,845 feet into the sky.
Kidnappers extend deadline for hostages
December 8, 2005
Kidnappers extended a deadline until Saturday in their threat to kill four captive peace activists and posted a video of two of the hostages wearing robes and shackled with chains.
Margaret Thatcher, 80, admitted to hospital
December 8, 2005
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was admitted to a hospital Wednesday after feeling faint, and doctors said she was in stable condition and resting.
Coal mine explosion kills at least 62
December 8, 2005
China’s third coal mine disaster in recent weeks left at least 62 workers dead and another 13 missing after an explosion tore through a mine in northern China on Wednesday.
Saddam a no-show for court session
December 8, 2005
Ousted president Saddam Hussein, who had vowed not to attend his trial Wednesday, skipped the session after receiving permission from the court, officials said, while witnesses offered grim accounts of brutal punishments meted out to residents of an Iraqi village in July 1982.
U.S. resists ‘post-Kyoto’ push at climate conference
December 8, 2005
The United States on Wednesday rejected a Canadian bid to draw Washington into future global talks on climate change, a new round that would extend mandatory cutbacks in carbon emissions.
Rice signals shift in U.S. policy, saying torture banned everywhere
December 8, 2005
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday that the United States has prohibited all its personnel from using cruel or inhuman techniques in prisoner interrogations, whether inside or outside U.S. borders. Previous public statements by the Bush administration have asserted that the ban did not apply abroad.
Former presidents announce Katrina aid
December 8, 2005
Former Presidents Bush and Clinton announced $90 million worth of grants Wednesday from the money they’ve raised to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.
More than 200 bears killed so far
December 8, 2005
Four activists, including two prominent leaders of an animal rights group, were arrested Wednesday as black-bear hunters took to the state’s chilly northwestern woods for a third day.
Pentagon may cancel deployments to Iraq
December 8, 2005
The Pentagon has tentative plans to halt the scheduled deployment of two brigades - including one from Fort Riley, Kan. - to Iraq and instead send smaller teams to support and train Iraqi forces in what could be an early step toward an eventual drawdown of U.S. forces, defense officials said Wednesday.
Dog DNA may give insight into genetic disease
December 8, 2005
There probably isn’t a tail-wagging gene or a face-licking gene. But there undoubtedly are groups of genes that explain why retrievers chase sticks, spaniels jump in the water at every opportunity, and border collies like to herd sheep and small children.
Bush admits to blunders in Iraq reconstruction
December 8, 2005
President Bush acknowledged Wednesday that the multibillion-dollar reconstruction of Iraq has “been uneven” and hobbled by corruption, misplaced priorities and insurgent attacks, but maintained that “quiet, steady progress” would ultimately transform the country.
Three charged in shooting death of brother of Knicks guard
December 8, 2005
Three Chicago men were charged Wednesday in the shooting death of the brother of New York Knicks guard Quentin Richardson.
Vikings’ Robinson sheds trouble tag
Receiver taking advantage of second chance
December 8, 2005
Koren Robinson came to the Minnesota Vikings a broken man.
This scrutiny new even for Manning
Record-setting QB is 12-0 for first time in career
December 8, 2005
Peyton Manning’s new challenge is living up to his nickname.
Studios hoping Americans are ready to watch movies about tragic Flight 93
December 8, 2005
Has the national psyche healed enough?
Nothing wise about USA’s three amigos
December 8, 2005
Beware of holiday TV movies based solely on a “clever” title. The easiest jokes are often the least funny and the most problematic. “Three Wise Guys” (8 p.m., USA) offers a “crazy” retelling of the Christmas story from the points of view of three Mafia hitmen, who happen upon a very pregnant and very shady lady who needs help because “there is no room at the Desert Inn.”
Royals trade for Redman
K.C. deals Bayliss for Pirates pitcher
December 8, 2005
Eager to get a starting pitcher who can get them deep into games, the Kansas City Royals swung a trade Wednesday for Mark Redman - the second left-handed starter dealt by the Pittsburgh Pirates in as many days.
Tonganoxie singers announce appearances
December 8, 2005
Members of the Tonganoxie High School Chieftain Singers recently performed at the American Business Women’s Assn. holiday gathering at the American Legion.
Holiday concert benefit for chamber orchestra
December 8, 2005
A spirited holiday event awaits music lovers at “Twas the Night Before the Night Before,” a benefit concert performed by Lawrence flautist John Boulton and Friends. Proceeds from the performance will bolster the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra’s current season funding.
KU recital to feature Fulbright Scholars
December 8, 2005
“East Meets West!”, a piano and voice recital featuring two Fulbright Scholars at Kansas University, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in Swarthout Recital Hall in Murphy Hall.
Toby jugs add whimsical touch to home
December 8, 2005
Could it be the shape of the hat so popular in England in the early 1800s, or could it be the shape of a portly gentleman of the same era that inspired the figural pitcher, or toby jug? Many of these pitchers were shaped like standing or seated figures.
Evolving fragrances offer variety of scents for wearers
December 8, 2005
Is fragrance timeless? Not according to Erwin Creed, 25, the seventh generation of a family of esteemed French perfumers. Reached at his Paris office, the youngest Creed in the family business dished about an industry secret: Perfumers tinker with the chemistry of fragrances through the years, even when the names on the bottles remain the same.
People in the news
December 8, 2005
¢ Richie’s wedding off ¢ Lawsuit against Nolte claims negligence ¢ Character resurrection ¢ Lohan misses ‘Regis’ show ¢ New deal keeps punk venue CBGB’s open for now
25 years later, Lennon’s death still haunts N.Y.
December 8, 2005
In the studio at WNEW-FM In the studio, Vin Scelsa had just started playing Bruce Springsteen’s “Jungleland,” a swirling drama that ends with a shooting and an ambulance in the night, when The Associated Press teletype spat out a one-sentence bulletin.
Daily ticker
December 8, 2005
Microsoft to add employees in India
December 8, 2005
Microsoft Corp. plans to nearly double its work force in India over the next four years, investing $1.7 billion and adding 3,000 jobs in a vote of confidence in one of the world’s fastest-growing markets.
Security Benefit chair to step down
December 8, 2005
Security Benefit Chairman Howard Fricke announced Wednesday that he would step down as chairman by the end of the month.
Consumer borrowing takes record plunge
December 8, 2005
Consumer borrowing plunged in October by a record amount, reflecting a big drop in auto loans.
Financial gifts keep on giving
Educational toys and games, savings bonds among options
December 8, 2005
A new poll from the Center for a New American Dream, a nonprofit on a mission to protect the environment by curbing conspicuous consumption, found that people are financially tired this holiday season. Even though gas prices have been coming down, consumers feel whipped from the months of paying high prices at the pump. They know their heating bills will be higher this winter season. And they are tired of paying on credit card bills that never seem to go down.
Stocks slide as doubt about rally intensifies
December 8, 2005
Stocks fell moderately Wednesday as investors found little reason to extend a year-end buying spree.
Lawrence Food 4 Less to close
Store manager cites slow sales, competition for closure
December 8, 2005
Food 4 Less is closing by the end of the month, a victim of dwindling sales and rising competition.
New housing sought for Fort Leavenworth
December 8, 2005
A total of 708 new housing units for military families at Fort Leavenworth will be built over two years starting in March.
Scammon approves Sunday liquor sales
December 8, 2005
Sunday sales of beer and liquor in this small southeast Kansas town won approval by just a six-vote margin Tuesday.
Legislative panel denies claim of convicted killer for $499
December 8, 2005
A legislative committee refused to reimburse convicted murderer Jonathan Carr after a guard’s mistake resulted in another inmate trashing his prison cell.
Former banker’s sentence upheld in Wittig case
December 8, 2005
The co-defendant in the bank fraud trial of Westar Energy Inc. former Chief Executive Officer David Wittig has lost his attempt to get a new prison sentence.
Pictures left in stolen truck lead to arrest
December 8, 2005
When Galena police took a stolen pickup truck back to its owner, he told them there were items in it that didn’t belong to him - including a digital camera.
School official apologizes to suspended student
December 8, 2005
A school superintendent has apologized to a student suspended last week for speaking Spanish at school.
Idea of public-private rec center introduced
December 8, 2005
Someone is testing the waters in Douglas County to determine if there is interest in conducting a feasibility study for a recreation center through a public-private partnership.
Correction
December 8, 2005
A story in Friday’s Journal-World reported Amarr Garage Doors will be sent a letter by the city’s Public Incentives Review Committee seeking an explanation concerning the company’s projections related to a property tax abatement it seeks. City Clerk Frank Reeb said Amarr will not be sent a letter because the company is already responding to the concerns. The committee will review the company’s explanation at a later date.
On the record
December 8, 2005
Commodities
December 8, 2005
Buckeye Hawk wins Lombardi
December 8, 2005
Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk won the Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation’s top college lineman or linebacker Wednesday night, becoming the fifth Buckeyes player to receive the honor.
BCS head Weiberg: Div. I-A playoff possible
December 8, 2005
A playoff system could be used in major college football and the so-called “plus-one” model for determining a national champion should be reconsidered, the head of the Bowl Championship Series told Congress on Wednesday.
Our town sports
December 8, 2005
Murder case plea hearing slated Friday
December 8, 2005
A man who had a nearly decade-old murder conviction overturned this summer has been brought back to Douglas County to be charged again, but this time he’s likely to enter a plea.
Dean candidates to be interviewed today
December 8, 2005
Joseph E. Steinmetz, executive associate dean of arts and sciences at Indiana University, will visit with Kansas University faculty today as he interviews for the position of dean of KU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
December 8, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.94 at Citgo at Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Hearing postponed in Eudora drug bust case
December 8, 2005
A court hearing was postponed Wednesday for a Eudora man arrested in a drug bust last month in which police seized an AK-47, a sawed-off shotgun and a bulletproof vest.
Man injured after falling from ladder
December 8, 2005
A 23-year-old Jefferson County man was flown by air ambulance to a Kansas City hospital after falling from a ladder into the basement of a home under construction, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday.
Haskell losing 3 longtime workers
Two cafeteria employees, professor to retire
December 8, 2005
Without them, Haskell Indian Nations University won’t be the same. Three longtime employees - Bill Curtis, Ruby Hernandez and Georgia Keener - plan to retire Jan. 3.
Many gardening tasks translate into larger life lessons
December 8, 2005
Gardening is a labor of love that transcends well beyond the copious harvests of colorful flowers and nutritious foods. It’s a metaphor for many of life’s most important lessons. We toil to create beauty, and it requires vision, creativity and a nurturing spirit to care for something outside of ourselves. Not only can being a gardener feed our hunger, but it also can fill our souls and teach us some of the paramount lessons in life’s journey.
KU provost to chat on ljworld.com
December 8, 2005
Have a question for the No. 2 man at Kansas University?
Group studies ways to help at-risk students
December 8, 2005
A new group - the At-Risk Educational Council - met for the first time Wednesday and discussed goals and strategies for better educating students who may be having trouble making the grade.
Schwarzenegger briefly observed at hospital
December 8, 2005
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger spent a few hours in a Sacramento, Calif., hospital Tuesday night after complaining of a rapid heartbeat, his office said Wednesday.
Terri Schiavo’s husband forms political group
December 8, 2005
Michael Schiavo, who fought for years to remove his wife, Terri, from a feeding tube that kept her alive, has turned his anger over Congress’ intervention into political action.
U.S. satellites outnumber rest of the world’s combined
December 8, 2005
The United States has more satellites than the rest of the world combined.
Local control
December 8, 2005
To the editor: The Republican Party in Kansas and at the national level promotes itself as the party of small government and local control.
All about love?
December 8, 2005
To the editor: In the current public discourse concerning intelligent design, science and religion, here are a few things I’ve considered.
It’s by design
December 8, 2005
To the editor: Why teach intelligent design?
A blow for television rights
December 8, 2005
Feeling, evidently, flush with (other people’s) cash, the Senate has concocted a novel way to spend $3 billion: Create a new entitlement. The Senate has passed - and so has the House, with differences - an entitlement to digital television.
False premise
December 8, 2005
To the editor: I wish to thank Ms. Rebman for her letter of Dec. 4 for clearly illustrating the false premise underlying the argument of the Christian right in their crusade to promote their views to the law of the land.
Civil discourse
December 8, 2005
To the editor: In recent months, both young and old readers of the Journal-World have been exposed to relentless diatribes and epithets from politicos, academics and bureaucrats on several topics.
Old home town - 100 years ago
December 8, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 8, 1905: “Never before in Lawrence have the public schools been in such an excellent condition as they are now.”
Old home town - 40 years ago
December 8, 2005
Kansas University athletic director Wade Stinson announced a new $4 charge for reserved student basketball tickets would be refunded and that any new charges for student football and basketball tickets would not be instituted before the coming fall (of 1966).
Arab leaders cite slippage in U.S. image
December 8, 2005
The wolf is no longer at the door of the wealthy Arab kingdoms and emirates of the Persian Gulf. It is now in their midst, threatening to devour these plump, slow-moving gazelles of states from inside their fragile defense lines.
Leave it local
State officials should leave it to local school boards and administrators to handle any controversies about books taught as literature in their public schools.
December 8, 2005
Among the controversies being whipped up by members of the Kansas Board of Education recently is the use of certain books in Kansas literature classes.
That’s a wrap
Today’s gifts decked in contemporary hues, color-coordinated accessories
December 8, 2005
Santa’s elves are thinking outside the box when it comes to wrapping gifts this year.
Big 12, FW Bowl parting company
Jayhawks to be first - and last - league team in lower-tier bowl
December 8, 2005
If it wants something to hang its hat on, Kansas University’s football team will have this claim to fame: It will be the first - and could be the only - Big 12 Conference squad ever to play in the Fort Worth Bowl.
Self: Young, struggling Jayhawks lack confidence
December 8, 2005
In a calm tone, one of the callers to Bill Self’s weekly radio show Wednesday night wondered aloud whether Kansas University basketball players hated to lose as much as, say, the coaches.
KU bruises ‘Roos
After slow start, Kansas runs away from UMKC
December 8, 2005
Erica Hallman couldn’t hit a lick. UMKC had more rebounds and more free throws. No problem.
Drivers take brunt of storm
Snow joins bone-chilling cold
December 8, 2005
Treacherous weather pelted the Lawrence area all day and most of the night Wednesday, blanketing streets and sidewalks in about 5 inches of snow and plunging the city into a single-digit deep freeze.
Kansas death penalty debated in D.C.
December 8, 2005
A Lawrence lawyer squared off against Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday in a case that considers whether Kansas’ death penalty law unfairly directs jurors to choose death over a life sentence.
Air marshal kills passenger in bomb hoax
December 8, 2005
An agitated passenger who claimed to have a bomb in his backpack was shot and killed by a federal air marshal Wednesday after he bolted frantically from a jetliner that was boarding for takeoff, officials said. No bomb was found.
Pierce, Celtics clobber Hornets
Boston hands New Orleans third straight loss
December 8, 2005
If the New Orleans Hornets are content with their unexpectedly strong start, coach Byron Scott thinks their three-game losing streak could become much longer.
Newman University president resigns
December 8, 2005
Citing a wish to pursue other opportunities, Aidan O. Dunleavy has resigned his post as Newman University president.
Brownback: Congo in dire need of aid
December 8, 2005
Back from an eight-day visit to three African nations, Sen. Sam Brownback called the humanitarian crisis in Congo “dire” and said foreign aid programs there need better coordination.
Strong night at line enough for Wildcats
December 8, 2005
David Hoskins scored a career-high 24 points to lead Kansas State to a 71-67 victory over Colorado State on Wednesday night.
Blue Devils take care of Penn in Texas tuneup
December 8, 2005
J.J. Redick scored 24 points, and Shelden Williams added 20 as No. 1 Duke prepared for its matchup with No. 2 Texas by beating Penn, 72-59, on Wednesday night.
KU diving team signs two preps
December 8, 2005
Kansas University’s diving team has signed two athletes, coach Eric Elliot announced.
Court considers appeals of trio in duct-tape death
Couple, baby sitter serving life sentences for first-degree murder, child abuse
December 8, 2005
Christy and Neil Edgar Sr., whose 9-year-old adopted son died after being bound like a mummy with duct tape, and baby sitter Chasity Boyd should continue serving their sentences for first-degree murder and child abuse, prosecutors told the Kansas Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Bigger issue
December 8, 2005
To the editor: I teach high school in one of Kansas’ urban school districts.
Mirecki resigns leadership position
Colleagues urge professor to give up chairmanship
December 8, 2005
The embattled Kansas University religious studies professor who drew ire from Christian conservatives for his derisive remarks on an online discussion board has stepped down from his post as department chairman.
Lawrence datebook
December 8, 2005
Is Barnett’s CU run done?
Coach refuses to comment on reports he’ll be fired
December 8, 2005
Gary Barnett slipped out his office through a side door Wednesday evening, still the football coach at Colorado, but with his future uncertain amid reports he could be fired soon.
FDR compassion
December 8, 2005
To the editor: It is troubling to hear President Bush continue down the road of extending the tax cuts.
GOP group pledges to disempower far right
December 8, 2005
The split among Kansas Republicans widened Wednesday as a GOP group vowed to defeat “extremists” within the party, including several elected officials.
Simply Chita
Rivera looks back on life as a dancer
December 8, 2005
During the Kennedy Center Honors three years ago, one recipient was feeling a little self-conscious.
Commentary: NCAA hypocritical on betting, beer
December 8, 2005
The people who run college sports and the people who allow you to bet on them both have a lot to look forward to in the Rose Bowl.
Poinsettia, Norfolk Island pine festive for holidays
December 8, 2005
Now that the flag has officially dropped on the Christmas season, the next several weeks will be packed full of family gatherings, office parties and other seasonal events.
Social Security not off limits for loan debt
Supreme Court rules government can pursue benefits of elderly, disabled
December 8, 2005
America’s seniors and disabled cannot escape debts from old student loans, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, freeing the government to pursue Social Security benefits as part of an effort to collect billions in delinquent loans.
Heisman Trophy field narrowed to three
To the surprise of few, Texas QB Young, Southern Cal’s Bush, Leinart named only finalists for award
December 8, 2005
The Heisman Trophy competition is a three-man race - just as it has been all season.
Disorder to be topic of play today
December 8, 2005
Asperger’s Syndrome, a neurobiological disorder often mirroring the symptoms of autism, will be the subject of a Bert Nash play today.
Douglas County receives grant to expand anti-smoking efforts
December 8, 2005
Since the city’s smoking ban took effect, the air smells cleaner at Royal Crest Lanes, 933 Iowa.
Latino commissioners convene in K.C.
December 8, 2005
Officials who are responsible for promoting the rights and welfare of Hispanics gathered in this Midwestern city Wednesday to devise a state-by-state approach to the major domestic policy issue of the day, immigration.
Director Rob Reiner won’t run for governor
December 8, 2005
Director Rob Reiner said Wednesday he won’t run for governor in 2006, putting to rest rumors of a potential “Meathead vs. Terminator” showdown with Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Horoscopes
December 8, 2005
For Thursday, Dec. 8
Chiefs ascending in nick of time
December 8, 2005
Healthy and confident, the Kansas City Chiefs appear to be peaking at the perfect time - and just in time.