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Temperatures to reach low 30s
December 10, 2005
The weather will continue to stay cold today as temperatures will only reach the low 30s. According to 6News Weather, today will be mostly cloudy with a chance for some flakes.
Recycling center to open next week
December 10, 2005
A wiring problem short-circuited plans for reopening Wal-Mart’s new community recycling center this coming Monday, but Ruth Becker isn’t complaining.
Panel to focus on renewable energy
Lawrence lawmaker to chair committee
December 10, 2005
A new committee will start work next week on ways to stimulate renewable energy production, such as ethanol, biodiesel and wind.
Ranchers unprepared for global trade
December 10, 2005
For ranchers like Bill Donald, the resumption of beef trade with Japan, two years after mad-cow disease turned up in this country, would be huge. Still, he’s not ready to sell his own cattle to Japan, and he’s not alone.
Hurricane, disease to drive up prices for orange juice
Costs expected to rise at least 5 percent
December 10, 2005
Damage from Hurricane Wilma and disease in Florida citrus groves will drive orange juice prices higher, the industry and analysts said Friday.
Poetic justice
Chinese immigrant verse preserved in restoration of Angel Island barracks
December 10, 2005
Cold, damp barrack walls, weathered from years of neglect, stand as a reminder of the detainment center that housed thousands of Chinese during the early 1900s on this mountainous island in the middle of San Francisco Bay.
Society Calendar
December 10, 2005
 
A sports scandal inspires ‘Breakers’
December 10, 2005
Team sports can bring out the best in people. But locker rooms also can be cauldrons of conformity, where the pressure to follow the herd can prove corrosive.
Keillor: Savage grandeu of winter puts life in perspective
December 10, 2005
Call me Hrothgar the Savage, but when I look at men’s fashions in magazines, the models all sullen and sensitive and obviously spending much too much time on their hair, wearing sweaters made from Persian cat fur woven with feathers of snowy owls, yours for $1,495, I feel a strong urge to put on a parka and insulated pants and walk out onto a frozen lake and cut a hole in the ice and fish.
Celliance drops distribution site
Company moves national center to Chicago instead of Lawrence
December 10, 2005
Celliance is backing out of plans for operating its national distribution center in Lawrence, but company officials say they remain committed to an even bigger project: opening the company’s idle $28 million manufacturing plant in town.
Corkins defends standards as debate on science definition rages
December 10, 2005
The state’s top public schools administrator argues no reasonable person who reads Kansas’ new science standards would conclude that they are an attempt to teach students supernatural explanations for natural phenomena.
Manipulation mars free press message
December 10, 2005
Thomas Jefferson understood. He said that if asked to choose between government without newspapers or newspapers without government, “I should not hesitate for a moment to prefer the latter.”
Pair walking thousands of miles
Once-bedridden woman takes to America’s roads with guide dog
December 10, 2005
You might call Phyllis Burdge a walking miracle. Afflicted with multiple sclerosis, Burdge couldn’t walk for 12 years. During two of those years, she was bedridden and sometimes unresponsive in her Hays apartment.
Lawrence Datebook
December 10, 2005
 
Jeff Probst decides ‘Survivor’ lifestyle suits him just fine
December 10, 2005
Jeff Probst says he’s decided that life without “Survivor” wouldn’t be as much fun and he’s sticking with the CBS reality series.
Village West seeks Target, J.C. Penney
December 10, 2005
J.C. Penney and Target would be coming to the booming commercial area near Kansas Speedway, under terms of a plan up for review Monday by the United Government of Wyandotte County Planning Commission.
Son, mother enter guilty pleas in 24-year-old murder case
Argument preceded shooting, hiding of corpse in 1981
December 10, 2005
A man and his mother have admitted guilt to charges in the death 24 years ago of his former wife, a crime that went unsolved until a tip led to discovery of the body in May.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
December 10, 2005
The surprisingly moderate weather was anything but Christmas-like, but it had been extremely conducive to the local construction boom, both on the Kansas University campus and around town.
Kansas basketball notebook
December 10, 2005
 
Horoscopes
December 10, 2005
 
Conservative made postings public
Real estate broker controversial on political scene
December 10, 2005
If not for John Altevogt, an Edwardsville real estate broker, many of the people who became outraged by Kansas University professor Paul Mirecki’s comments might never have learned of them.
Professor blasts KU, sheriff’s investigation
Mirecki says he may sue university
December 10, 2005
Kansas University professor Paul Mirecki said he’s hired an attorney and is ready to go to the mat with KU and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. “If I have to sue, I will,” he said.
Riley, Valencia earn all-academic honors
December 10, 2005
Lawrence High’s Matt Riley, Free State High’s Alysha Valencia and six area runners have been named to the academic all-state team selected by state prep cross country coaches.
Commentary: He’s Clemens; that’s good enough
December 10, 2005
Let’s do it like this: You can enumerate the reasons why the Yankees shouldn’t sign Roger Clemens, and I’ll shoot down your arguments in four words or less.
Latino commissioners plan to form national immigration body
December 10, 2005
Officials who promote the rights of Hispanics at the state level may form a new, national organization aimed at bringing to Washington their perspectives on the challenges of illegal immigration.
Heather Mills McCartney wants EU ban on cat, dog skin trade
December 10, 2005
Animal rights campaigner Heather Mills McCartney called on the European Union to ban the production and sale of cat and dog fur in Europe.
Iranian president’s Israel comments draw more criticism
December 10, 2005
Saudis fumed Friday that Iran’s hard-line president marred a summit dedicated to showing Islam’s moderate face by calling for Israel to be moved to Europe, and the chief U.N. nuclear inspector said he was losing patience with the Tehran regime.
Faith forum
December 10, 2005
How can we see God through the actions of others?
Eruption of volcano eases, residents return
December 10, 2005
Thousands of residents ordered to evacuate this week because of the Vanuatu volcano eruption returned to their homes Friday because there was not enough to eat at the makeshift camps.
Israel demands better border security
December 10, 2005
Israel threatened on Friday to restrict trade across its frontier with Gaza if the Palestinians fail to address its security concerns at the newly opened border crossing between Gaza and Egypt within two days.
Kansas offering deal for women’s game
December 10, 2005
Anyone who presents a ticket stub from today’s Kansas University-California men’s basketball game in Kemper Arena will be admitted to the Kansas-Wisconsin women’s game for $2.
KU players must avoid bowl distractions
December 10, 2005
There won’t be much time to relax, but it’s nothing the Kansas University football team hasn’t experienced before.
Yellow House probe ongoing
Police say tracking leads will take time
December 10, 2005
Lawrence Police continue to review several items and online records seized last week in a stolen property investigation related to Yellow House Store.
States more optimistic about next year’s budgets
December 10, 2005
When state lawmakers from around the country gathered three years ago, government finances were at their worst point in a half-century. Now, optimism - at least cautious optimism - rules.
Mother gets life term for baby girl’s death
December 10, 2005
A 21-year-old woman was sentenced Friday to life in prison in the death of her infant daughter.
National Guard unit returns from Iraq today
December 10, 2005
Members of the Kansas National Guard’s 891st Engineering Battalion will return from their year in Iraq today. A 2 p.m. welcoming ceremony will be held at Fort Sill, Okla., for the first group of arrivals.
Pomona water deemed safe after line break
December 10, 2005
Residents of Pomona in Franklin County no longer need to boil their drinking water.
Cal coach won’t overlook KU
Jayhawks favored to beat Bears despite 3-4 mark
December 10, 2005
Kansas University’s basketball team takes a sub-.500 record into today’s game against California. Still, the Jayhawks (3-4) enter the nonconference battle as a 31/2-point favorite over the Bears (6-1) in the 11 a.m. tip at KU’s home away from home, Kemper Arena.
Pump patrol
December 10, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.05 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Gingerbread auction raises $20,000
December 10, 2005
An auction of gingerbread houses has raised more than $20,000 so far for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County.
Police warn of scam
December 10, 2005
Lawrence Police are warning about a telephone scam circulating through Douglas County.
Ex-Westar exe seeks legal fees
December 10, 2005
Former Westar Energy Inc. executive Douglas Lake, who was convicted in September of helping former CEO David Wittig loot the Topeka-based utility, has asked a judge to force Westar to pay him millions of dollars in legal fees for his defense.
KU knows Powe makes Cal tough foe
December 10, 2005
“Return of the Powe Cal used to know,” was the catchy headline the San Francisco Chronicle used to celebrate Cal powe(r) forward Leon Powe’s successful comeback Nov. 30 from a pair of knee surgeries.
Lions deadly from deep
Hot shooting of Knight, LHS guards leads to rout
December 10, 2005
A warning to schools that might want to throw a zone defense at the Lawrence High boys basketball squad this season: It might be best to try a different strategy.
KU golfer Woodland earns national honor
December 10, 2005
Kansas University’s Gary Woodland was named most improved among collegiate men’s golfers by Golf World magazine.
Bush should halt string of QB winners
December 10, 2005
From John Cappelletti to Mike Rozier, running backs once walked off with 11 consecutive Heisman Trophies. Recently, though, quarterbacks have been too tough to pass up. The last five Heisman winners have been QBs.
Late turnovers keep Free State boys winless
December 10, 2005
The Free State High boys basketball team needed three games to keep its head above water in the opening minutes. The Firebirds will need at least one more to discover how to take care of business in crunch time.
Mayer: All-time KU five stellar
December 10, 2005
Don’t think fantasy basketball computerizations could handle it, but it would be fun to match Kansas University’s current 10-man NBA squad against a crew of all-time Jayhawks. Only I’d have to clone one guy.
FSHS girls drub Atchison
December 10, 2005
Free State High’s girls basketball squad attacked early and often in a 65-23 victory Friday over Atchison at the Bonner Springs Invitational, playing their first game in the event after Thursday night’s game was postponed.
Paola 64, Baldwin girls 43
December 10, 2005
Baldwin fell in the championship game of the Paola tournament. Kelsey Verhaeghe led the Bulldogs with 13 points, going 6-for-6 at the free-throw line.
Tongie girls roll, 54-29
December 10, 2005
Ali Pistora and Rachel Bogar shared team scoring honors with 13 points, and Elizabeth Baska added 12 to lead Tonganoxie’s girls to a 54-29 victory over Central Heights in the Heights tournament. Tonganoxie (3-0) will play again at 5 p.m. today.
Lawrence can’t stop Miege down low
December 10, 2005
A bigger Roeland Park Miege squad made it difficult on defense for Lawrence High’s girls in a 66-30 loss Friday night at the Shawnee Heights tournament.
First half dooms Eagles
December 10, 2005
As the third quarter began Friday night during Veritas Christian’s boys basketball game against Topeka Cair Paravel, Eagles assistant coach Gary Hammer mumbled to the official scorer and statisticians that Veritas “needed to play some defense.”
Colorado taps Hankwitz
Ex-KU aide named Buffs’ interim coach
December 10, 2005
Defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz was named the interim replacement for ousted Colorado football coach Gary Barnett on Friday and will lead the team against Clemson in the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 27.
Iowa State pulls upset in Hilton
No. 12 Iowa falls to second in-state rival this week
December 10, 2005
Iowa’s weakness was exposed in its first game without injured guard Jeff Horner.
Too unselfish’ Gators roll
December 10, 2005
Al Horford and the undefeated Florida Gators pushed aside overmatched Bethune-Cookman with a total team effort.
Bulls honor Pippen by retiring No. 33
December 10, 2005
Scottie Pippen did his best to check his emotions. It didn’t work.
Spurs spank Celtics again
San Antonio’s win streak against Boston hits 17
December 10, 2005
Here’s one more reason for the Boston Celtics to regret not getting the chance to draft Tim Duncan in 1997: They haven’t beaten the San Antonio Spurs since.
Kansas high school basketball scores for Dec. 9
December 10, 2005
 
Versatile QB vital to Appy State playoff run
Williams drawing praise from teammates, scouts
December 10, 2005
Richie Williams is accustomed to big days at Appalachian State. Just last season, he set an all-division NCAA record with 28 straight completions in a single game.
Salvation Army Toy Shop to open
December 10, 2005
The Salvation Army Toy Shop will open beginning at 9 a.m. Monday at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds in Building 21.
On the record
December 10, 2005
 
Report slams medical response to Katrina
December 10, 2005
The federal government’s medical response to Hurricane Katrina was hindered by a lack of supplies and poor communication, according to a congressional report released Friday.
Boy’s death second attributed to bird flu
December 10, 2005
A 5-year-old boy became Thailand’s second bird flu fatality in two months.
Parents, schools on edge after grisly child-killings
December 10, 2005
Armed policemen patrol streets on the way to school, education officials draw up safety maps and young students carry alarms to call for help in an emergency.
Suspect in U.S. nun’s death claims self-defense
December 10, 2005
The man accused of killing the American nun and rain forest defender Dorothy Stang told a jury Friday that he acted in self-defense after mistaking her Bible for a gun.
Valerie Plame spends her last day at the CIA
December 10, 2005
Valerie Plame, the CIA officer whose exposure led to a criminal investigation of the Bush White House, spent her last day at the spy agency Friday.
White House seeks to avoid showdown in Padilla case
December 10, 2005
The Bush administration on Friday tried to convince a federal appeals court that the Supreme Court shouldn’t review the government’s decision to imprison a U.S. citizen as an enemy combatant in the war on terrorism for more than three years without charging him with a crime.
Police intensify village lockdown
Checkpoints surround town after dozens killed violent clashes
December 10, 2005
Armed police tightened their lockdown of a rebellious Chinese village Friday and went from house to house seeking leaders of violent clashes earlier in the week that villagers said had resulted in the deaths of more than a dozen people.
Clinton: Bush ‘flat wrong’ on Kyoto’s economic effects
U.N. Climate conference
December 10, 2005
Former President Clinton told a global audience of diplomats, environmentalists and others Friday that the Bush administration is “flat wrong” in claiming that reducing greenhouse-gas emissions to fight global warming would damage the U.S. economy.
Paris Hilton Christmas display draws gawkers
Homeowner says decorations not meant to offend anyone
December 10, 2005
Some people go with a reindeer ornament or an inflatable Santa Claus for their holiday lawn display. Joe Moretti went with Paris Hilton. Moretti’s display features a collection of blown-up images of Hilton adorned with pink lights.
Kate Moss land commercial poking fun at her image
December 10, 2005
Kate Moss has landed a commercial for phone operator Virgin Mobile, three months after a cocaine scandal threatened her modeling career.
Supermodel finds donors to help orphaned children
December 10, 2005
Supermodel and TV talk-show host Tyra Banks says corporate donors will provide a computer, clothing allowances and college tuition for seven children who were orphaned when their mother was mowed down by a tow truck.
Matt Damon weds girlfriend in private New York ceremony
December 10, 2005
Matt Damon married girlfriend Luciana Bozan during a private ceremony Friday in New York City, his publicist said.
Celebrity birthdays
December 10, 2005
Actress-singer Gloria Loring is 59. Actor Harold Gould is 82. Actress Jean Byron is 80. Actor Mako is 72. Actress Susan Dey is 53. Actress Nia Peeples is 44. Violinist Sarah Chang is 25. Actress Raven is 20.
Sunnis call for hostages’ release
December 10, 2005
Prominent Sunni Arab clerics and residents of a Baghdad neighborhood where four kidnapped Christian humanitarian workers had aided people appealed Friday for their release a day before a deadline set by their abductors to kill them.
FCE and 4-H News
December 10, 2005
 
Club News
December 10, 2005
 
Scouting News
December 10, 2005
Chris Schweer, 17, of St. Louis and formerly of Lawrence, earned the Eagle Scout award, the highest award in Boy Scouts, during a Court of Honor ceremony Nov. 20.
People and places
December 10, 2005
 
Abstract airbrush art at Eangee Home Design
December 10, 2005
Shawnee artist Glen Hunter makes abstract paintings, but not with the usual handheld brush. He works exclusively with the airbrush. Using acrylic oil paints and pigment dyes, he attempts to balance geometric elements and vivid colors.
Best Bets
December 10, 2005
 
Octarium to perform at church in Lawrence
December 10, 2005
Kansas City’s nationally recognized vocal ensemble Octarium will celebrate the holiday season with a performance of choral music.
Faith briefs
December 10, 2005
 
Vinland nativities planned this month
December 10, 2005
The Vinland Fairgrounds will be the site of the town’s 30th annual living nativity later this month.
Wife seeks advice on dealing with alcoholic spouse
December 10, 2005
Q: My husband, Wally, is an alcoholic, but he isn’t willing to admit he has a problem. He won’t even talk about it. Tell me what I should do now.
Supreme Court disbars Republican candidate for lieutenant governor
Justices question attorney’s competence
December 10, 2005
A Republican candidate for lieutenant governor who accused court officials of misconduct and other attorneys of participating in illegal baby trafficking lost his law license Friday.
Mom could face charges in dog attack
December 10, 2005
Police have recommended child abuse charges against the mother and sister of a 10-year-old boy who lost his left arm after being attacked by three pit bulls.
Poll: Bush’s approval rating at highest level since summer
Boost mainly credited to whites, men, Catholics
December 10, 2005
President Bush’s improved standing with whites, men, Catholics and other core supporters has been a key factor in pushing his job approval rating up to 42 percent. That’s the highest level since summer.
Embattled KU professor has long history with religion
December 10, 2005
His background is utterly incongruous with his bruised arm and two blackened eyes. Kansas University professor Paul Mirecki’s disparaging comments about conservative Christians and Catholics put him in a political hot seat, propelled him into national headlines and made him the victim of a reported roadside beating.
Midway Airport accident spotlights short runways
December 10, 2005
A deadly accident in which a Boeing 737 slid off the end of a snowy runway brought renewed demands Friday for buffer zones or other safety measures at hundreds of airports around the nation to give pilots a wider margin for error.
Therapy cap puts seniors at risk
Congress may pass legislation that limits outpatient services
December 10, 2005
I really enjoyed your recent column about how the pending budget cuts in Washington would impact Medicaid and the effects these cuts will have on poor, disabled and elderly Americans. If it wasn’t for your column, our newspaper would not have even mentioned these attacks on needy and chronically ill Americans.
Consumer confidence improves for month
December 10, 2005
People are feeling better about the economy and their own financial situations, a hopeful sign they’ll act more like Santas than Grinches while holiday shopping.
Hallmark Cards sells television subsidiary
December 10, 2005
Hallmark Cards Inc. said it is selling its television production company Hallmark Entertainment LLC to the subsidiary’s president, Robert Halmi Jr., and a private investment firm.
High fuel, energy costs to endure in 2006
December 10, 2005
People may have to get used to high gasoline and heating costs since tight energy markets are projected through 2006, industry and government officials said Friday.
Commodities
December 10, 2005
 
Storm snarls traffic, closes schools in Northeast
December 10, 2005
A storm spread a blanket of snow up to a foot thick across much of the Northeast on Friday, snarling commutes, closing schools and piling up the flakes so fast that shovel crews could barely keep up.
Musical message
Holiday pageants help express Christmas beliefs
December 10, 2005
Eight-year-old Alexa Malik likes to sing. And she says playing the part of a mischievous angel fits her personality perfectly. But she knows being cast in a Christmas play at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church isn’t about her.
Part of rare Islamic texts collection to go online
December 10, 2005
In a marriage of new technology and old documents, a vast treasure trove of information about life in the early Islamic world is about to go online, enabling Muslims, scholars and the merely curious to peer into a window on the faith’s rich history.
Sign him up
December 10, 2005
To the editor: From the Dec. 9 Journal-World: “(Public Works Director Chuck) Soules estimated he could begin to get service times moving back toward the 2000 levels by adding three dump trucks and three employees to the department’s street division.
Basic logic
December 10, 2005
To the editor: A reply to Bruce Springsteen (Journal-World, Dec. 3): While Springsteen and Mirecki think that some deserve a “good, scholarly ‘slap’ for their deceptions and willful ignorance,” I think deception and willful ignorance is theirs; ignorance of the Bible and God, that is.
Higher standard
December 10, 2005
To the editor: I spent the night in Dodge City recently and The Dodge City Daily Globe, on Nov. 14, printed on their front page both the new and the old definitions of science in the standards for public schools in Kansas.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
December 10, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 10, 1905: “The Carnival of Nations which the ladies of the Episcopal Church held in Eldridge Hall was one of the greatest successes of the year.
Politics still run redistricting
December 10, 2005
A leaked memo has proved what was widely suspected: Justice Department political appointees overruled career lawyers to approve a Republican congressional redistricting plan for Texas.
Power of patience
Congratulations to all the Lawrence drivers who summoned the patience Wednesday to slow down and get home safely.
December 10, 2005
Patience is a virtue, they say, and when the snow was falling and streets were slick in Lawrence on Wednesday, patience was, in many cases, also the key to getting safely to your destination.
Perspective
Periodic glimpses of history remind us just how important KU and its people have been since 1866.
December 10, 2005
A piece of history about Kansas University from 100 years ago should remind us that the university has been creating favorable news for a long, long time.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
December 10, 2005
More than 250 local people huddled beneath a canopy decked out for Christmas at the Kansas Union to sing as part of a vigil for the late entertainer John Lennon.
More charges await suspect in arson
December 10, 2005
Prosecutors say they’re planning to file more charges against the man accused of setting the deadly Boardwalk Apartments fire.
Wellsville boys 67, K.C. Metro 59
December 10, 2005
Scott Samsel scored 14 points, and Austin Bloss added 11 as Wellsville defeated KC Metro and advanced to the finals of the Central Heights tournament.
Tale of the tape
December 10, 2005
 
Chiefs sign ex-CFL quarterback Printers
December 10, 2005
The Kansas City Chiefs signed a three-year contract with Canadian Football League quarterback Casey Printers.
Broncos look to end Pats’ ‘impossible’ bid
December 10, 2005
Denver’s quest for a third straight Super Bowl title was over almost as soon as it began. John Elway had retired, paving the way for Brian Griese. Terrell Davis suffered a knee injury while making a tackle on an interception return. Shannon Sharpe soon joined Davis on the bench because of an injury. The Broncos started 0-4. “We weren’t even close, for a number of reasons,” coach Mike Shanahan said.
Simons: KU should have a new provost before filling deanships
December 10, 2005
Interviews have begun at Kansas University for a new dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Four candidates have been selected as finalists, or at least semifinalists, out of an unknown number of applicants.