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Cardinals flying high after championship
December 12, 2005
The Eudora Cardinals are flying high after three straight victories and a Cardinal Invite championship. With a new head coach and a new strategy, the Cardinals may be on the verge of a huge turnaround.
Police searching for video store robber
December 12, 2005
Lawrence police were still searching Monday for the man who robbed the Movie Gallery, 1501 W 6th Street, last night.
Chat transcript: Les Hannon and mapping Lawrence’s future
December 12, 2005
Retired project engineer Les Hannon answers questions about his ideas for future growth, where to put new commercial areas, and protecting the vitality of Lawrence’s downtown.
Opt-out’ bracelets distributed for blood substitute
December 12, 2005
The University of Kansas Hospital and Medical Center is sending about 75 “opt-out” bracelets, for area residents who don’t wish to participate in the PolyHeme® trial.
Slick roadways possible this morning
Temperature climbing into upper 40s today
December 12, 2005
If you’re out walking, running, biking or driving this morning be careful - what might look like wet pavement could be a patch of nearly invisible “black ice,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. However, temperatures will climb this afternoon into the mid 40s, with plenty of sunshine, Schack said.
Lenses of Lawrence
December 12, 2005
A lot of photographers call Lawrence home. About 60 of them are members of the Lawrence Photo Alliance.
Sole ‘Survivor’ in our midst
Tonganoxie’s Danni Boatwright wins $1 million prize
December 12, 2005
After a grueling 39 days marooned among Mayan ruins, Tonganoxie resident Danni Boatwright was crowned the winner of “Survivor: Guatemala” during Sunday’s live finale from Los Angeles. The 30-year-old Boatwright, a former KU Jayhawk, bested rival Stephenie LaGrossa on the 11th season of CBS’ highest-rated reality show.
Capitol dome will soon open for tours
Route with nearly 300 steps could be open in late January
December 12, 2005
For the first time in more than 30 years, the public will be free to go all the way to the top of the Capitol building dome.
Library designs checked out
New facility part of plot for downtown redevelopment
December 12, 2005
Five developers have said they want to partner with the city when it builds a new public library, and any of their plans would dramatically change downtown Lawrence.
Paramount Pictures acquires DreamWorks SKG for $1.6B
December 12, 2005
Paramount Pictures on Sunday agreed to buy independent film studio DreamWorks SKG Inc. for nearly $1 billion cash in a deal designed to help both companies reverse their troubled fortunes.
Neighborhood opposes commerical bid
Lawrence City Commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at
December 12, 2005
City commissioners will consider rezoning the northeast corner of East 13th Street and Haskell Avenue from RO-2 Residential-Office to C-1 Inner Neighborhood Commercial.
Shovelers needed to clear away snow
December 12, 2005
The Safe Winter Walkways Program seeks volunteers to shovel snow on behalf of elderly and disabled community members. The program serves community members who are unable to shovel their sidewalks by matching them with a volunteer in their area to shovel after each significant snowfall this winter.
On the record
December 12, 2005
Dolphins upstage Chargers
Miami stays alive in playoff hunt; Indy wins again
December 12, 2005
At the very least, the San Diego Chargers were lulled to sleep against the Miami Dolphins. Worse, they might have ignored coach Marty Schottenheimer’s mantra by looking ahead on their schedule.
Artest’s comments fuel speculation among Cavs fans
December 12, 2005
Indiana Pacers star Ron Artest kicked off a firestorm Sunday, demanding a trade in an interview with The Indianapolis Star.
Shaq’s back; Heat trip Wizards
All-star center comes off bench, sinks clutch shot
December 12, 2005
Playing for the first time in five weeks, Shaquille O’Neal came through in the clutch - and at the free-throw line, of all places.
Bush now has big question
Heisman winner must decide whether to go pro
December 12, 2005
Reggie Bush is on the clock. The Heisman Trophy winner has a little more than a month to decide whether he’ll enter the NFL draft or become the second straight junior from Southern California to pass up a chance to be the No. 1 pick and go back to school.
Tulsa’s coach shuns Buffs
Kragthorpe says he’s not interested in Colorado job
December 12, 2005
Tulsa football coach Steve Kragthorpe does not want to replace Gary Barnett as coach at Colorado.
Commentary: No big payday for Phillies’ reliever
Urbina suffers in Venezuelan jail instead of signing free-agent contract
December 12, 2005
The contracts for relief pitchers have been lucrative this offseason, and Ugueth Urbina certainly stood to benefit from the bull market.
Donald on target during final round
Golfer storms from six shots back to win Challenge
December 12, 2005
Luke Donald was about to remember 2005 as a year of close calls. Then came a final round he won’t soon forget.
Disorder to be topic of play Thursday
December 12, 2005
Asperger’s Syndrome, a neurobiological disorder often mirroring the symptoms of autism, will be the subject of a Bert Nash play Thursday.
Jayhawks refuse to lose
KU takes ‘big step’ in rallying to victory
December 12, 2005
No one walked out of Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday afternoon wanting a ticket refund. Not after Kansas University fashioned a pulse-pounding 90-87 double-overtime women’s basketball victory over Wisconsin.
Keegan: Vinson inspires Lions
December 12, 2005
Chris Davis was at Southwest Junior High on Saturday, watching son Bobby, wearing No. 20, when his wife called and told him another No. 20 had checked into the game on TV.
Dallas hands K.C. frustrating loss
Bledsoe leads Cowboys on winning TD drive; Tynes misses late field goal
December 12, 2005
Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells challenged his struggling offense to “do something” to keep pace with the high-scoring Kansas City Chiefs.
New Urbanism proposal on Wednesday’s agenda
December 12, 2005
The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission will discuss a major new development along Sixth Street between Wakarusa Drive and Folks Road at its Wednesday meeting.
Kasold construction topic of meeting today
December 12, 2005
Area residents will have a chance today to learn more specifics about plans to rebuild the northern portions of Kasold Drive.
Planner to answer questions during chat
December 12, 2005
Retired strategic planner Les Hannon will take part in an online chat this afternoon on the Journal-World’s Web site.
Museums face challenges in keeping artifacts intact
Preserving the past
December 12, 2005
Rebecca Phipps is fighting a battle against decay.
6News continues look at growth tonight
December 12, 2005
Sunflower Broadband Channel 6News continues its in-depth look at Lawrence planning tonight with the second installment in the Lawrence Journal-World/6News Mapping the Future series.
Turnovers doom Huskers
December 12, 2005
Johnny Mathies’ shot had been off the last couple games, but you wouldn’t have known it from his performance Sunday.
K-State, Missouri cruise
December 12, 2005
Claire Coggins hit five three-pointers and scored a season-high 24 points, leading Kansas State to a 75-42 victory over UMKC on Sunday.
Defense minister leaves Likud, joins Sharon party
December 12, 2005
Israel’s defense minister quit the Likud Party on Sunday to join Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s new centrist faction, saying his former party had been hijacked by “right-wing extremists.”
Al-Qaida No. 2: All Muslims must join jihad
December 12, 2005
In a tape that surfaced Sunday, Osama bin Laden’s deputy urged all Muslims to take up arms, saying a refusal to join the fight against “the Cross and Zionism” was a “malignant illness” that would lead to the defeat of militant Islam.
Lack of majority leads to presidential runoff in Chile
December 12, 2005
A Socialist physician once imprisoned by Chile’s former military dictatorship held a commanding lead in the country’s presidential election on Sunday, but fell short of the majority needed to avoid a runoff with a right-wing rival.
Nigerian crash site examined
December 12, 2005
Investigators on Sunday picked over the scorched wreckage of an airliner that was ferrying schoolchildren home for the holidays when it crashed, killing all but three of the 110 people on board.
Thousands protest before WTO summit
December 12, 2005
About 4,000 anti-globalization activists marched Sunday in the first mass protest against the World Trade Organization’s summit in Hong Kong.
CWA, AT&T reach tentative agreement
December 12, 2005
The Communication Workers of America and AT&T said they reached a tentative agreement late Sunday on a contract for more than 11,000 workers, ending fears of a strike that could have occurred in less than a week.
Delta, pilots reach deal, averting potential strike
December 12, 2005
Delta Air Lines Inc. said late Sunday it has reached a tentative agreement with its pilots on a temporary 14 percent across-the-board wage cut, days after the pilots’ union decided to ask its members to authorize a strike.
Man apologizes for fake entry in Wikipedia
December 12, 2005
A man who posted false information on an online encyclopedia linking a journalist to the Kennedy assassinations says he was playing a trick on a co-worker.
Actor, friend face murder charges in officer’s death
December 12, 2005
An actor who once played an aspiring mobster on “The Sopranos” faces murder charges along with another man in the death of an off-duty police officer, authorities said Sunday.
Snowstorm hindered rescue of sea animals
December 12, 2005
More than two dozen whales and dolphins became stranded on the shores of Cape Cod Bay last week, and experts say the snowstorm may have contributed to their deaths.
Reporter describes talk with Rove’s lawyer
December 12, 2005
Months before Karl Rove corrected his statements in the Valerie Plame investigation, his lawyer was told that the president’s top political adviser might have disclosed Plame’s CIA status to a Time magazine reporter.
Frist says he’ll block filibuster of Alito
Majority leader: Supreme Court nominee deserves up-or-down vote
December 12, 2005
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Sunday he is prepared to strip Democrats of their ability to filibuster if they try to stall Samuel Alito’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Brokeback Mountain’ picks up nominations
Western tragedy in the running for American Film Institute’s best film of 2005
December 12, 2005
It was a great weekend for “Brokeback Mountain.”
The week ahead
December 12, 2005
Nebraska seeks more wind energy
December 12, 2005
The Nebraska Public Power District hopes to increase its use of wind energy as a power source through relationships with community-owned wind farms, an NPPD official says.
Faltering theory
December 12, 2005
To the editor: I love Lawrence because I have never admired indifference.
Tibet travesty
December 12, 2005
To the editor: Recently, the Douglas County commissioners have been asked to honor a sister city in China for promotion of business interests with China.
December 12, 2005
To the editor: Whatever became of the separation of church and state?
Bridging the gulf of faith, reason
December 12, 2005
The politics and debate in Kansas and some 30 other states about evolution, creationism and the teaching of intelligent design in the science classroom is really about a larger issue: humanity’s continuing struggle with two views of our existence.
Constituents applaud effort to build civility
December 12, 2005
Having bashed the House of Representatives in my last column - for its ethical lapses and for its strangulation of genuine debate - let me hasten to provide some good news about that part of Congress. A couple of self-described “gym rats” have taken the lead in an effort that could genuinely change and improve the tone of the place.
Dubious defender
Ramsey Clark’s bizarre support of Saddam Hussein is difficult to understand.
December 12, 2005
Recent events have re-stamped Ramsey Clark in the eyes of many as one of the liberal fools of our time. He has become deeply involved in the legal defense of Iraqi murderer Saddam Hussein and seems to be going out of his way to justify Saddam’s bloody past and brand his prosecutors, including the United States, as scurrilous at best.
Cultural tilts leave Lawrence standing alone more often
December 12, 2005
It’s no secret that Douglas County is a political blue island in a sea of red.
Lawrence datebook
December 12, 2005
Ragtime composer’s career is preserved in Missouri
Compositions illustrate the musical form’s beginnings
December 12, 2005
R. Michael Montgomery began his collection of “Blind” Boone memorabilia in 1965 after spotting an ad in a collectors newspaper for record catalogs.
Kansan recalls family’s time in the limelight
Yours, Mine and Ours’ based on blended group of siblings
December 12, 2005
Germaine Anderson of Cottonwood Falls grew up knowing fame and became used to sharing her life and her family with photographers and reporters.
Education debate gains new intensity
Proposals for charter schools, vouchers further muddle funding controversy
December 12, 2005
Almost a year ago, the Kansas Supreme Court told legislators they were failing to adequately fund education and must improve the state’s schools.
California Supreme Court denies stay of execution for Crips founder
December 12, 2005
The state Supreme Court late Sunday refused to grant a stay of execution for gang member and convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams, meaning Williams will be executed early Tuesday unless the governor grants clemency or a last-ditch federal appeal succeeds.
People in the news
December 12, 2005
¢ Stars gather to celebrate 2005 Nobel peace laureate ¢ Auction of former Reds owner’s estate draws fans ¢ Italian singer offers taste of upcoming album in Vegas ¢ Greta Garbo letters stolen from Swedish public archive ¢ Brooks, Yearwood married in private Oklahoma ceremony
Background checks don’t always include investigation of finances
December 12, 2005
A background check could include investigating any of these, in order of frequency (as reported in a 2003 study by the Society of Human Resource Managers): reference checks, criminal history, work history, education verification, motor-vehicle records, credit checking, military-discharge report or even character checks.
Midwest meteorite hunter works on unique contract
December 12, 2005
For Steve Arnold, money can sometimes literally fall out of the sky.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
December 12, 2005
Kansas University planners were “playing serious checkers” with the calendar and trying to work in all the KU centennial celebration events that were coming up during the winter and spring periods just ahead.
Custody ruling drawing fire
Judge rules in favor of mother even though father serving in Iraq
December 12, 2005
After filing for divorce last May, Marine Cpl. Levi Bradley wanted a say about which parent his 2-year-old son would live with.
Maryland holds on in physical game against BC
Eagles suffer second loss in six days; Terrapin fans storm court after upset
December 12, 2005
Boston College coach Al Skinner looked at the stat sheet and shook his head.
Powerful earthquake hits; no damage reported
December 12, 2005
A powerful earthquake shook Papua New Guinea early today, but there were no reports of damage or injuries, a disaster official in the country said.
Explosions tear through fuel depot
Despite al-Qaida threat on ‘stolen’ oil, police say blasts appear accidental
December 12, 2005
Explosions ripped through a major fuel depot north of London on Sunday, injuring dozens of people, blowing doors off nearby homes and sending fireballs and massive clouds of black smoke into the sky.
Officials won’t ban suspected ex-Baathists from ballot
December 12, 2005
Four days before Iraqis vote for a new parliament, election officials Sunday turned down a government request to disqualify nearly 100 candidates suspected of having held mid-level leadership posts in Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party.
Global interdependence doesn’t ensure unity
December 12, 2005
East is East and West inalterably West, Rudyard Kipling maintained. But the international gathering held on this Persian Gulf island last weekend suggested that today East is increasingly West, the West is less and the twain do meet in a Middle East that is up for grabs.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
December 12, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 12, 1905: “Throughout the three acts of “The Triumph of Betty” at the opera house last night, a drunken man in one of the boxes at the Bowersock monopolized the attention of the audience, almost ruining what was otherwise the best play that has been here this year. He was noisy and objectionable and was finally removed although not without a short struggle.”
Patrol seeks fuel deals
December 12, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.12 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Kansas leaning further to right
Conservatives, moderates both battling to claim ‘traditional’ mantle
December 12, 2005
Kansas is currently on a right-wing joyride. Name an idea that carries the right-wing label, and it’s getting serious play in Kansas.
Iran offers U.S. a share in building nuclear power plants
December 12, 2005
Iran opened the door Sunday for U.S. help in building a nuclear power plant - a move designed to ease American suspicions that Tehran is using its nuclear program as a cover to build atomic weapons.
December 12, 2005
For Monday, Dec. 12
Piano’ worth watching, if only for novelty’s sake
December 12, 2005
Primetime network musical specials have become so rare that attention must be paid to “Elton John: The Red Piano” (7 p.m., NBC). This could easily have been titled, “Elton John: Live at Caesars Palace,” but “The Red Piano” sounds more pretentious, and it does include the color of his piano, which happens to be red.
KU signee has big day in Windy City
December 12, 2005
Kansas University won a men’s basketball doubleheader of sorts Saturday against California.