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Lions roll into championship game
December 9, 2005
Lawrence High stomped Sumner, 63-47, Friday to advance to the championship game of the Blue Valley Shootout. Lawrence High’s Tyler King, who scored 20 points, says the team focused on their transitions.
Firebirds fall to Falcons
December 9, 2005
Glendale defeated Free State, 54-50, Friday in the Leavenworth Invitational. The Firebirds will play their last tournament game at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Some events and activities canceled today
10:48 a.m., December 9, 2005 Updated 12:21 p.m.
Some school activities and events and actitivities planned by organization have been canceled events because of today’s inclement weather. The following is a list that will be updated through the day:
Snow keeping city in a deep freeze
December 9, 2005
Still covered with six to eight inches of snow, Lawrence became the coldest spot in Kansas this morning, bottoming out with a minus 23 degree windchill factor.
Cyclones win with little rotation
December 9, 2005
Iowa State doubled up on Iowa in a big way. Led by Lyndsey Medders’ 20 points and 14 assists, Iowa State had four players record double-doubles in a 77-61 victory over Iowa on Thursday night.
Dungy high, Edwards low
Coaches, pals since Tampa days, have teams in opposite positions
December 9, 2005
Herman Edwards and Tony Dungy are as close as brothers. But their predicaments this season could not be farther apart. Edwards is struggling through a 2-10 season with the Jets, while Dungy is having one for the ages in Indianapolis.
Breast cancer drug looks more promising
December 9, 2005
The drug Herceptin, already viewed as promising for women with both early and late-stage breast cancer, got another boost Thursday with new research showing the heart damage it sometimes causes might be avoidable.
This Weekend’s Highlights
December 9, 2005
 
Tax-reform proposals could send home values into tailspin
December 9, 2005
Earlier this year, you wrote that Congress is thinking about cutting back on the tax deductions that homeowners can take. What is the status of those plans? What would happen to the housing market if write-offs for homeownership are reduced?
Horoscopes
December 9, 2005
 
At 77.6 years, American life expectancy at all-time high
But picture not too rosy for older baby boomers
December 9, 2005
U.S. life expectancy has hit another all-time high - 77.6 years - and deaths from heart disease, cancer and stroke continue to drop, the government reported Thursday.
Jags won’t earn split
Colts too good to lose in AFC South
December 9, 2005
For the past two seasons, the Jacksonville Jaguars have split with Indianapolis. They’ll go for another split at home Sunday, this time hoping to end the Colts’ run toward an unbeaten season.
Suicide bomber on bike kills six, wounds dozens
December 9, 2005
A suicide bomber on a bicycle rode into a crowd and detonated his explosives Thursday, killing six people and wounding dozens, police and witnesses said.
Arts & Entertainment Calendar
December 9, 2005
 
Dreaming of a fake Christmas
December 9, 2005
Every era gets the Christmas specials it deserves. Remember those terrible, wonderful, tacky Truly Fake Holiday Specials hosted by Bob Hope and Ann Jillian, Donny and Marie Osmond, Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Andy Williams and a heap of colorful sweaters?
Case against former Farmland CEO dismissed
Lawrence resident no longer faces creditors’ lawsuit
December 9, 2005
A Lawrence resident no longer is on the hook for a potential $300 million payment that had been sought by creditors in Farmland Industries’ massive bankruptcy case.
Warm welcome
December 9, 2005
To the editor: We would like to thank CornerBank for again sponsoring the Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade.
Lawrence paramedic killed in wreck
Ambulance crew members at scene of accident included roommate
December 9, 2005
When a Shawnee County ambulance crew responded to a fatal wreck Monday night east of Topeka, the last thing they expected to find was the body of a co-worker.
Hesitant play hurts Free State
December 9, 2005
The Free State High boys basketball team found themselves reliving their opening loss all over again while facing Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside at the Leavenworth Invitational.
Shop lets kids surprise families, friends with gifts
December 9, 2005
It took Ebenezer Scrooge visits from three ghosts before he learned that giving is better than receiving, but that lesson comes easily to Lawrence youngsters thanks to the Lawrence Arts Center’s annual Children’s Holiday Shop.
Creationist plans run for education board
Fossil hunter hopes to unseat Wagnon in ‘08
December 9, 2005
A fossil hunter who supports intelligent design will run for the Kansas State Board of Education seat now held by a defender of evolution.
Lions claim BV tourney opener
December 9, 2005
The Lawrence High boys basketball team had its chances to run away with a big win in the first round of the Blue Valley Shootout.
Church gets historic designation
Status will help leaders’ fundraising efforts
December 9, 2005
The Lawrence church attended by young Langston Hughes has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.
Season’s first snowstorm closes schools, ices roads
December 9, 2005
A storm that left close to a foot of snow in some parts of Kansas and Missouri snarled traffic and closed scores of schools throughout the region.
Commentary: Barnett downfall: need for a new start
December 9, 2005
Nobody doubted Gary Barnett was a good coach, the kind who specializes in turnarounds and feel-good stories at places like Colorado.
Comedian Adam Sandler to be a dad, magazine reports
December 9, 2005
Adam Sandler is going to be a real “Big Daddy.”
Appeals court overturns three death sentences
Ruling shields mentally retarded killers
December 9, 2005
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday overturned three death sentences given to condemned killers who said they were mentally retarded.
House needs plan to cleanse itself
December 9, 2005
If the House of Representatives were a person, it would be blushing these days. Unfortunately, the House is beyond embarrassment.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ a faithful delight
December 9, 2005
After “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy was safely tucked in the cinematic vault, “The Chronicles of Narnia” probably stood as the most beloved children’s series yet to be adapted for the big screen.
Lawrence Datebook
December 9, 2005
 
Pacers pull together
Indiana shuts down Washington
December 9, 2005
The Indiana Pacers showed they can play stifling defense without their stopper.
NATO approves expanded military presence in Afghanistan
Leader ‘very satisfied’ with U.S. torture policy explanation
December 9, 2005
NATO foreign ministers approved plans Thursday to send up to 6,000 troops into southern Afghanistan, a major expansion of the alliance’s peacekeeping mission into some of the most dangerous parts of the country.
Routemaster buses get fond farewell from Londoners
December 9, 2005
After half a century, London’s red Routemaster buses are rattling into retirement. Thousands of fans said farewell to the hop-on, hop-off buses Thursday, the last full day of regular service for the icon that has been the subject of thousands of tourists’ photographs and postcards.
Finding Omar
Hard work at California paying off in minutes for Wilkes
December 9, 2005
Omar Wilkes laughed out loud late Wednesday afternoon when told heavy snow was blanketing Kansas University’s campus.
Self: Patience, not panic, vital to KU success
December 9, 2005
Kansas University’s 3-4 start to the basketball season has caused some grumbling on talk shows and Internet message boards.
Keegan: Lineup doesn’t compute
December 9, 2005
Not all of Rod Serling’s chilling predictions scripted for his Twilight Zone episodes have come true. Computers haven’t completely taken over the world. Not yet anyway.
KU provost says ID course needed
December 9, 2005
Kansas University’s No. 2 official told an online audience Thursday he “continues to support the need” for KU to teach a course on intelligent design.
KU ‘Survivor’ earns spot in finale
December 9, 2005
After 36 days marooned among Mayan ruins, Tonganoxie resident and former Kansas University Jayhawk Danni Boatwright has made it to the final four on “Survivor: Guatemala.”
School dance alcohol policy under review
Some think penalties for failing Breathalyzer test are too harsh
December 9, 2005
Some parents complained about too much drinking at high school dances. Then, when the school district promised to put in place a screening protocol and sterner penalties for drinking, more parents started complaining that the plan was too tough.
Law requires sidewalks to be shoveled after snows
December 9, 2005
James Dunn sometimes wonders if it’s worth it. As a local landlord, he shovels snow from the sidewalks at his own home and at many of his rental properties.
Snow removal from streets becomes more challenging
As growing city’s resources stretched thin, roadways take longer to clear
December 9, 2005
You thought shoveling your driveway was a pain. Chuck Soules, the city’s director of public works, leaves you with this thought: At least your drive doesn’t grow every year.
Thieves on lookout for cars left to warm up
December 9, 2005
It was bitterly cold outside, so Christine Case left her Ford Escort idling in the driveway Monday night when she stopped by a friend’s house to pick up some belongings.
Insurgents claim to have killed American hostage
December 9, 2005
A statement signed by an Iraqi insurgent group said Thursday in an Internet posting that it killed a kidnapped U.S. security consultant. The White House said it could not confirm the death.
Suicide bomber kills 32 people on packed bus
December 9, 2005
A suicide bomber detonated explosives Thursday inside a packed bus bound for a southern Shiite city, killing 32 people and wounding 44, police said. The blast pushed the three-day death toll from suicide attacks in the capital to at least 75.
Rumsfeld: Troop reduction may be possible next year
December 9, 2005
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday he expects some 20,000 U.S. troops to return home from Iraq after next week’s elections, and he suggested that some of the remaining 137,000 forces could pull out next year.
Lawrence lawyer pleased after court
December 9, 2005
A Lawrence resident who argued a death-penalty case Wednesday before the U.S. Supreme Court said she was pleased with how the argument turned out.
KDHE issues boil advisory for Pomona
December 9, 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.
Haskell announces fourth retirement
December 9, 2005
Haskell Indian Nations University learned Thursday that a fourth longtime employee, Bill McCoy, will retire.
Pump patrol
December 9, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.04 at Quik Trip, 23rd Street and Haskell Avenue. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Nebraska shooting ‘flat’ in victory
December 9, 2005
Nebraska got a 76-67 victory against South Dakota State on Thursday night, but the Cornhuskers weren’t celebrating.
Players sign off on steroid pact
December 9, 2005
Major league baseball players made it official, unanimously approving a new steroid agreement that toughens penalties and could result in a lifetime ban for a third offense.
Royals ink Dessens, trade for infielder
December 9, 2005
Pitcher Elmer Dessens agreed Thursday to a two-year contract with the Kansas City Royals.
Flurry of deals wraps meetings
Tejada says he wants out of Baltimore
December 9, 2005
Baseball executives finished the winter meetings with a flurry of deals before heading home, with the Boston Red Sox giving up on shortstop Edgar Renteria and the New York Yankees getting rid of second baseman Tony Womack.
Teams take issue with enforcement of new dress code
December 9, 2005
NBA players are steaming over the league’s strict enforcement of the one-inch shorts rule, and they have unusual allies: their own teams, who are just as upset over the fact that they’re forking over thousands of dollars in fine money for something that isn’t their fault.
Buffs buy out Barnett
Colorado football coach forced to resign
December 9, 2005
Gary Barnett reluctantly stepped down as football coach of Colorado on Thursday, accepting a $3 million settlement and ending a tenure that was riddled by off-the-field problems but ultimately done in by recent bad results on the field.
Illinois defense keeps Hoyas’ comeback on leash
December 9, 2005
Bruce Weber knew his young Illinois team would have to play tight defense if it was to succeed against Georgetown’s ball- control offense Thursday night.
High energy costs forecast to stick
December 9, 2005
Oil and natural gas production in the Gulf Coast area probably will not recover from this year’s hurricanes until next summer, Energy Secretary Sam Bodman said Thursday, urging conservation as the cost of heating homes is expected to soar this winter.
Grammy nominations ‘answered prayers’ for star
December 9, 2005
Mariah Carey’s comeback came full circle Thursday as she was nominated for eight Grammys, including album of the year for “The Emancipation of Mimi” and song and record of the year for “We Belong Together.”
Jet slides off runway into street, killing 6-year-old boy in car
December 9, 2005
A jetliner trying to land in heavy snow slid off a runway, crashed through a fence and slid into a busy street, hitting one vehicle and pinning another beneath it.
Big oil slick
Syriana’ drills for truth, strikes corruption
December 9, 2005
It’s Big Oil’s world. We’re all just driving around in it. And air-conditioning, Tivo-watching, iPoding and Googling in it.
Middle school coach resigns after meth bust
December 9, 2005
A middle school football, basketball and track coach in this small south-central Kansas town has resigned after police said they found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and some cash during a search of his Wellington home.
KDHE confirms 4th West Nile case in county
December 9, 2005
State health officials announced on Thursday the fourth human case of West Nile virus in Douglas County this year.
Officials recommend Kansas’ sediment law to other states
December 9, 2005
A new law in Kansas designed to restore lakes that are filling up with sediment should be considered in other states, officials said Thursday.
Correction
December 9, 2005
Kansas University’s response to professor Paul Mirecki’s altercation Monday was not included in Tuesday’s news story.
On the record
December 9, 2005
 
Officer suspended over parody videos
December 9, 2005
A police officer who produced videos parodying life on the force was suspended Thursday after the mayor and police chief blasted the vignettes as racist, sexist and homophobic.
Court reverses ruling allowing gay marriage
December 9, 2005
A state appeals court Thursday threw out a ruling that would have allowed gay couples to marry in New York City, saying it is not the role of judges to redefine the terms “husband” and “wife.”
Deal reached to extend Patriot Act
December 9, 2005
Key Republicans from the House and Senate reached a White House-backed compromise Thursday to renew the broad powers granted to law enforcement agencies in the days after the 2001 terrorist attacks on American soil.
Boy forced to sleep in cage tells of punishments
December 9, 2005
A boy testified in court Thursday that his parents forced him to live in the bathroom as punishment for urinating in his bed.
Schwarzenegger hears clemency arguments
December 9, 2005
Attorneys for Stanley Tookie Williams pleaded for his life before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday, five days before the founder of the murderous Crips gang - now a peace activist - is scheduled to be executed.
DNA tests clear inmate of rape, kidnapping
December 9, 2005
A judge Thursday freed an inmate whose claims of innocence in a kidnapping and rape went unheeded for nearly a quarter of a century, until DNA evidence proved him right.
Passengers recall tense moments, then gunfire
December 9, 2005
The passenger shot to death by air marshals in Miami had been agitated before boarding the plane and was singing “Go Down Moses” as his wife tried to calm him, a fellow passenger said Thursday.
Black judge appointed to district court seat
December 9, 2005
Shawnee County has its first black district court judge.
Break-in suspects also face murder charge
December 9, 2005
Two people suspected in a string of home invasions have been charged with first-degree murder after a robbery victim had an apparent heart attack while police were interviewing her.
Shooting marks city’s first homicide of year
December 9, 2005
A 41-year-old southwest Kansas man has been arrested for the fatal shooting of an acquaintance during an argument about money this week, authorities said.
Economist: Economy poised for expansion
December 9, 2005
The Kansas economy is poised for an imminent expansion in nearly all sectors, according to a new report.
Sebelius supports tax exemption
Officials hope move will encourage business growth
December 9, 2005
In a move to spur business investments, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday proposed exempting new industrial and commercial equipment purchases from state property taxes - a first step in the phased elimination of the tax in the future.
Dean candidate says strategic planning is key
December 9, 2005
Strategic planning and faculty input are key factors in the success of a college, Joseph Steinmetz, candidate for dean of Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, told faculty on Thursday.
Former ‘Friend’ to make Broadway debut in ‘Mutiny
December 9, 2005
David Schwimmer will make his Broadway debut in a revival of “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial,” Herman Wouk’s stage adaptation of his best-selling novel that later became a hit movie.
Hawaiian singer expected to recover from heart surgery
December 9, 2005
Hawaiian crooner Don Ho was moved out of intensive care at a Thailand hospital Wednesday and was doing well after an experimental procedure on his ailing heart, his doctor said.
Violence flares up again in Mideast
December 9, 2005
An Israeli airstrike killed two militants in the Gaza Strip and wounded at least six other people, and a Palestinian fatally stabbed an Israeli soldier at a West Bank checkpoint Thursday, in a continuing surge of violence triggered by a suicide bombing earlier this week.
Bollywood actress says finding work in U.S. not an easy task
December 9, 2005
Indian actress Aishwarya Rai says finding work in Hollywood is no easy task - even for one of Bollywood’s most recognizable leading ladies.
Iranian leader: Israel should be in Europe
December 9, 2005
Iran’s hard-liner president, who has called for Israel’s destruction, said Thursday that the Jewish state should be moved to Europe if the West wants to make up for the Holocaust.
Foreigners arrested in anti-drug operation
December 9, 2005
Police in Singapore said Thursday they have arrested 13 foreigners, including an American, in an anti-drug operation, less than a week after an Australian was put to death for a narcotics conviction.
Top Croatian war crimes suspect arrested, held
December 9, 2005
Croatia’s top war crimes suspect - a retired general indicted in the killings of at least 150 Serbs - has been arrested at a luxury resort on Spain’s Canary Islands after four years on the run, officials said Thursday.
Expert: Volcano unlikely to explode in eruption
December 9, 2005
A volcano pumping a huge plume of gas, steam and ash into the atmosphere from a crater ringed with dead trees is unlikely to explode in a devastating eruption, a volcanologist said Thursday, bringing applause from anxious islanders.
Best Bets
December 9, 2005
 
Commodities
December 9, 2005
 
Round trip
Decades after ‘Comes Alive,’ Lawrence bassist musically reunites with Peter Frampton
December 9, 2005
In 1976, it became the biggest album of all time. It stayed at the top of the charts for 10 weeks. To this date, it has eclipsed sales of 17 million units. It remains the best-selling live album ever.
Corkins hopes fuss over appointment dies down
December 9, 2005
Bob Corkins hopes that as he travels the state and speaks to individuals and small groups, the hubbub over his appointment as education commissioner will die down, making his job easier.
UMB Bank launches retail stock contest
December 9, 2005
Area residents who think they know a thing or two about holiday shopping can put their investing insights to work as part of a bank-sponsored competition.
Sober.X worm digs in
December 9, 2005
The Sober.X computer worm that began flooding inboxes last month masquerading as a threatening e-mail from federal investigators made a resurgence this week, with security experts now calling it the most prolific e-mail worm ever unleashed.
Electronic Arts makes mobile play
December 9, 2005
Video game giant Electronic Arts Inc. has agreed to acquire mobile game provider Jamdat Mobile Inc. in a deal worth approximately $680 million, the companies said Thursday.
Hurricanes still taking toll on employment
December 9, 2005
The number of people who have lost jobs from a string of devastating hurricanes rose to 599,700 last week.
Murder charge made in student’s death
December 9, 2005
Prosecutors on Thursday charged a man with killing a Fort Hays State University student he had been dating.
Heretic’s view?
December 9, 2005
To the editor: I believe in a loving and charitable Christ. However, the Christ I believe in does not seem to be in Kansas or the United States today.
What’s the point?
December 9, 2005
To the editor: I want to address the people who beat up professor Paul Mirecki: I want to understand why you did what you did, so here are my questions: How did beating up a professor demonstrate the power of your divine creation?
True believers
December 9, 2005
To the editor: Perhaps people would feel better about the current battle over evolution if they saw it in historical perspective. Things like this have happened before.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
December 9, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 9, 1905: “Why are prices so high? Everything seems to have advanced beyond all reason. Few can live on small salaries anymore.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
December 9, 2005
Several major American banks, led by Chase Manhattan, raised their prime lending rates to a stunning 20 percent, matching the peak set the past spring when the nation’s economy plunged into a recession.
Security targets
The federal government has spent a lot of money in the name of Homeland Security, but are we any safer?
December 9, 2005
Americans probably are not surprised by the opinion of former 9-11 Commission members that future terrorist attacks on U.S. soil are inevitable.
Religious history
December 9, 2005
To the editor: Chelsea Rebman is correct. “Separation of church and state” does not appear in the Constitution.
Honor the flag
December 9, 2005
To the editor: We attended the Christmas parade Saturday morning in downtown Lawrence. It was our first time.
Leftist cause
December 9, 2005
To the editor: You now are posting blogs to side up with the far left anti-God crowd; shame on you.
ABC preserves liberal bias
December 9, 2005
The late Peter Jennings would be mildly amused that ABC News has named two anchors to replace him. He might also be pleased that the very pleasant looking Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff share Jennings’ political philosophy. They are both liberal.