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KU statement RE: Professor Mirecki
December 13, 2005
The University of Kansas issued the following statement today, Saturday, Dec. 10
Sebelius not interested in vouchers
December 13, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today said she’s not interested in a proposal before the State Board of Education to use tax dollars to send students to private schools. “What’s interesting to me is that in some ways the board is focusing on old news,” Sebelius said.
Showers moving in
December 13, 2005
You can put away your snow shovel. But you might need an umbrella - rain is moving in to the Lawrence area by late tonight, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Commissioner, wife arrested for battery
December 13, 2005
Douglas County Commissioner Jere McElhaney and his wife, Debra, were arrested over the weekend for domestic battery, according to jail records.
SLT topic of online chat
December 13, 2005
The South Lawrence Trafficway should have no stoplights. It should be four lanes all the way through. And the eastern leg should be completed within five years, according to Les Hannon.
Jayhawks’ Kemp named Big 12 player of week
December 13, 2005
Crystal Kemp’s impressive performance Sunday against Wisconsin has earned the 6-foot-2 senior recognition as Big 12 Conference player of the week.
Kansas football notebook
December 13, 2005
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino said Monday that no Jayhawks were suffering serious ailments.
Gordon ‘OK’ for Fort Worth
December 13, 2005
Kansas University’s most valuable utility man will be on the football field next week, after all.
KU: Mirecki left leadership post voluntarily
Professor’s peers advised him to resign, officials say
December 13, 2005
Kansas University stands firm, maintaining that religious studies professor Paul Mirecki voluntarily left his post as chairman of the department and disputing Mirecki’s recent allegations he was fired.
City Athletes of the Week
December 13, 2005
 
Families need holiday donors
Agencies seeking food, gifts to make season bright for all
December 13, 2005
Time is running out for Lawrence social service agencies scrambling to find donations of Christmas gifts and food for families in need.
Kansas about to get deeper
Stewart eligible for next hoops game; Jackson out 1 more
December 13, 2005
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self soon will have an extra big man and a perimeter player to insert into the rotation.
Board member Craig Grant’s statement against alcohol policy
December 13, 2005
 
Woodling: Heisman at KU? Not yet
December 13, 2005
His name was Walter Mack. He was an obscure running back for Kansas University’s football team, and he claims a singular distinction in my memory.
LHS girls fall to Aquinas
December 13, 2005
Senior point guard Drew Huff hit five three pointers and scored 18 points in Lawrence High’s 75-42 girls basketball loss to Class 5A power Overland Park Aquinas on Monday night.
UT coach: Loss motivating
December 13, 2005
Trying to get his team back on track after a blowout loss to Duke, Texas coach Rick Barnes got an assist — what else? — from former All-America point guard T.J. Ford.
Kansas basketball notebook
December 13, 2005
Kansas University sophomore Sasha Kaun did not practice Sunday or Monday because of his flu-like symptoms.
Holiday sale slated
December 13, 2005
Kansas University’s athletic department will hold a holiday clearance sale at 8 a.m. Saturday at Horejsi Center.
Auditors find Colorado football a mess
December 13, 2005
In another unseemly glimpse inside the Colorado football program, state auditors said Monday that former coach Gary Barnett’s offseason camp was such a bookkeeping mess they couldn’t be sure whether more than $400,000 worth of transactions broke any rules.
Commentary: CU sends message scandals OK, but losses aren’t
December 13, 2005
I’ll never forget Gary Barnett sitting at the front of the room, facing the Northwestern point-shaving scandal, with doubt and suspicion facing him. Several players had taken money from gamblers. One had intentionally fumbled because the team was about to score a touchdown that would’ve been a serious problem for him.
CU lineman booted for alleged e-mail
December 13, 2005
A University of Colorado football player has been suspended and his girlfriend, a cross country-track runner, has quit the sports program after being accused of sending a racist e-mail to a Hispanic cross-country runner, the school announced.
High school swimming scores for Dec. 12
December 13, 2005
 
Hill expected to return Wednesday for Orlando
December 13, 2005
Grant Hill isn’t the only one itching for a return to the Orlando Magic lineup.
Webber torments T’Wolves
Veteran scores 27, adds 21 rebounds in OT victory
December 13, 2005
This game was vintage Chris Webber, maybe even better. Webber dominated Kevin Garnett defensively, dunked and drove like a spry, younger version of himself and powered his way to the basket on a night Allen Iverson never really got going.
Rodman remains a popular character
Now 44, former NBA bad boy still draws a crowd - and now is finding success as an author
December 13, 2005
Out of character and costume, Dennis Rodman arrived 30 minutes early at the Comcast SportsNet studio clad conservatively (for him) in tan velour sweatpants, a dark jacket, sunglasses and a black hat covering a blue bandana that wrapped his bleached hair.
Van Gundy resigns post in Miami
Veteran Riley to assume coaching duties for 11-10 Heat
December 13, 2005
Pat Riley is again the coach of the Miami Heat, replacing Stan Van Gundy following his resignation Monday for family reasons.
Long-running program prepares for finale
December 13, 2005
After 32 years, Calder Pickett’s Kansas Public Radio show, “The American Past,” will air for the final time from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 25.
Turkeys, hams needed for community dinner
December 13, 2005
Organizers of this year’s Community Christmas Dinner put out the call Monday for frozen turkeys and canned hams.
Police seek tips in Movie Gallery robbery
December 13, 2005
Lawrence police continued to search Monday for the man who robbed the Movie Gallery, 1501 W. Sixth St., Sunday night.
Planning series looks at current concerns
December 13, 2005
Current planning issues in Lawrence are the focus of the third installment of the Mapping the Future series running at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. today on “6News” on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6.
Pump patrol
December 13, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.07 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
More than $1M cut from budget
December 13, 2005
In Kansas, school districts aren’t allowed to spend money they won’t get. So on Monday, Lawrence school officials trimmed more than a million dollars from the district’s $70 million budget.
On the record
December 13, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
December 13, 2005
 
Powerful earthquake strikes under sea
December 13, 2005
A powerful undersea earthquake struck near Fiji today, and officials issued a tsunami alert for the local area.
Third dean candidate visits KU
December 13, 2005
Donald Nieman said he was perfectly happy with his current job as dean of Bowling Green State University’s College of Arts and Sciences and not desperate for a new one.
State trooper fatally shot during traffic stop
December 13, 2005
The body of a state trooper was found near his cruiser after he pulled over a car early Monday, police said.
Nursing home fire forces elderly into snow; two die
December 13, 2005
A fire early Monday at a nursing home in far northern Michigan forced dozens of elderly people into the snow and bitter cold, including many who were unable to walk and wearing only nightclothes. Two people died and at least 70 were injured.
TSA defends allowing sharp tools on planes
December 13, 2005
The head of the Transportation Security Administration defended the agency’s decision to allow small scissors and sharp tools onto planes, insisting at a Senate hearing Monday that it will make air travel safer.
Judge clears way for final leg of border fence
December 13, 2005
A federal judge on Monday lifted the final legal barrier to completing a border fence meant to thwart illegal immigrants in the southwestern corner of the U.S.
Extension of hotel program granted for Katrina victims
December 13, 2005
A federal judge ruled Monday that a program that is putting tens of thousands of Hurricane Katrina evacuees up in hotels must be extended until Feb. 7 - a month beyond the cutoff date set by FEMA.
Justices to hear challenge of DeLay’s redistricting
December 13, 2005
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a constitutional challenge to the hotly disputed Texas redistricting plan engineered by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, in 2003 that handed Republicans six extra seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
American activists begin fast outside Guantanamo
December 13, 2005
American activists camping out at a Cuban military checkpoint outside the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay started their first day of a water-only fast Monday to protest the treatment of suspected terrorists detained at the base.
Strong quake strikes in Pakistan border region
December 13, 2005
A strong earthquake struck remote northeastern Afghanistan and shook neighboring Pakistan, the scene of a devastating quake two months ago. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
Croatian general pleads not guilty to war crimes
December 13, 2005
A former Croatian general arrested on war crimes charges pleaded not guilty Monday to seven counts of murder, persecution and expulsion of Serbs during the critical final months of the Croatian war in 1995.
Firefighters still battling oil depot blaze
December 13, 2005
A fire raging at an oil depot in southern Britain sent toxic smoke as far away as France and caused jitters on the global oil market Monday as firefighters struggled into a third day to douse the flames with chemical foam.
Anti-Syrian publisher killed in car bombing
December 13, 2005
A newspaper publisher who had been one of the most outspoken critics of Syrian interference in Lebanon was assassinated Monday by a car bomb as he drove through the hills of Beirut.
Continuing violence in Australia sparks fears of racial unrest
December 13, 2005
Violence spilled into a second night Monday as scores of youths drove through predominantly white suburbs of Sydney, smashing windows of cars, homes and stores and raising fears of spreading racial unrest.
U.S. envoy: Bin Laden may not be controlling al-Qaida
December 13, 2005
Osama bin Laden may no longer have operational control of his terrorist network, the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan said Monday.
Falcons still undefeated on Mondays
Vick propels Atlanta to 36-17 rout before getting knocked out
December 13, 2005
Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons served notice that they are still dangerous - and not yet out of the playoff race. Vick ran for two touchdowns and passed for one score before a late hit knocked him out of the game with bruised ribs, and the Falcons beat the New Orleans Saints, 36-17.
Jury deadlocks in federal Vioxx trial
December 13, 2005
The nation’s first federal Vioxx trial ended Monday with a hung jury, but the case involving the 2001 death of a Florida man who took the once-popular painkiller for a month will be retried, a judge said.
Hewlett steps into virtual conference rooms
December 13, 2005
Hewlett-Packard Co. on Monday jumped into the business of providing the technology - and building the rooms - for large companies to hold virtual face-to-face meetings regardless of the distance between participants.
At 16, Chris Brown ‘runs’ the charts
December 13, 2005
These days, Chris Brown is just trying to stay focused and humble. But when you’re a 16-year-old R&B singer with the hottest single in the country, it’s not easy.
Information bottleneck
Book blames government for a media crisis
December 13, 2005
As with a lot of pressing issues people grapple with, complaints about the media invite a partisan clash: liberal vs. conservative; Democrat vs. Republican. Or some other “us” against a readily targeted “them.”
Insurgents call election ‘satanic’ as Iraqis begin casting ballots
President Bush warns that parliamentary voting ‘won’t be perfect’
December 13, 2005
Soldiers, patients and prisoners began voting Monday in national elections, three days ahead of the general population, while insurgents denounced the balloting as a “satanic project” but did not threaten to attack polling stations.
Judge allows subpoenas of Limbaugh doctors
December 13, 2005
Prosecutors can subpoena Rush Limbaugh’s doctors as part an investigation into whether the conservative radio commentator illegally bought painkillers, a judge ruled Monday.
Handbag designer finds knockoff purses flattering
December 13, 2005
Louis Vuitton designer Marc Jacobs says knockoffs are the highest form of flattery even though he doesn’t approve of pirated luxury goods.
Actor treated for medication dependency, exhaustion
December 13, 2005
Colin Farrell is being treated for exhaustion and dependency on prescription medication, his publicist said.
Online vote finds top dog of celebrity animal owners
December 13, 2005
When it comes to celebrity dog-parenting skills, Joss Stone is tops and Paris Hilton is the worst, according to an online poll of readers of two dog magazines.
Celebrity birthdays
December 13, 2005
Actor-comedian Dick Van Dyke is 80. Singer Ted Nugent is 57. Country singer-musician Randy Owen is 56. Actor Steve Buscemi is 48. Actor Johnny Whitaker is 46. Actor-comedian Jamie Foxx is 38.
Lindsay Lohan’s parents reach divorce settlement
December 13, 2005
Lindsay Lohan’s parents reached a divorce settlement Monday, ending a contentious marital battle.
Committee allows bond proposal for state highways
Measure to be backup only
December 13, 2005
Lawmakers on Monday recommended the issuance of $60 million in bonds to help pay for the state highway plan, which officials earlier said needed an infusion of money.
Wittig’s attorney: Jury verdict to relinquish assets flawed
December 13, 2005
David Wittig returned to federal court Monday to fight for his Topeka mansion and other assets a jury said should be seized following his convictions for looting Westar Energy Inc.
County fairground rates may increase
December 13, 2005
Increases are ahead for some rental fees charged for facilities at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
MTV’s New Year’s Eve party to include wall-to-wall music
December 13, 2005
MTV’s annual New Year’s Eve party from Times Square will feature musical performances by Kanye West, Adam Levine, Shakira and Fall Out Boy.
High oil prices forecast to stay
December 13, 2005
Oil prices will persist near or above $50 a barrel for years and force a shift to more fuel-efficient cars and alternative fuels, the government said Monday, discarding earlier predictions that costs would drop to around $30 a barrel.
Probe widens into illegal human tissue harvesting
December 13, 2005
A body unearthed last week from historic Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn as part of a probe into illegal tissue harvesting at area funeral homes appears to have had organs removed before burial, a law enforcement source familiar with the case said.
Online shopping wraps up big week
December 13, 2005
More shoppers are clicking their way to holiday gifts, according to a new survey.
Investors’ network to help entrepreneurs
December 13, 2005
The Lawrence Regional Technology Center is ready to help connect willing investors with entrepreneurial endeavors throughout the region.
Commodities
December 13, 2005
 
Intolerant view
December 13, 2005
To the editor: By definition, fundamentalism stresses the infallibility of the Bible not only in matters of faith and morals but also as a literal historical record, the beliefs held by those in this movement and strict adherence to those ideas and principles.
Fond memory
December 13, 2005
To the editor: I had the privilege of living in Lawrence for a period of almost seven years commencing in late 1996 until my departure in 2003.
Ripe for scams
December 13, 2005
To the editor: In 2005, the state of Kansas has become the laughingstock of the United States of America. Christian conservatives are taking over, and our university is rolling on its back.
Story questions
December 13, 2005
To the editor: Does anyone else find the account of how Paul Mirecki was attacked odd? Were these assailants waiting all night outside his home on one of the coldest nights of the year to catch him going for an unplanned drive at 6 a.m.?
Still thugs
December 13, 2005
To the editor: “Mirecki may sue KU.” Is there anyone, conservative or liberal, who couldn’t see that one coming?
Missing a cog
December 13, 2005
To the editor: Due to the Kansas Board of Education’s science curriculum edict and the ensuing brouhaha, the more I hear of religion, the less religious I am.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
December 13, 2005
All five Douglas County banks said they saw no likelihood of interest-rate increases on time deposits here after the Federal Reserve Board had authorized such a boost for rates.
Snow priorities
December 13, 2005
To the editor: Public works director Chuck Soules says we would need $470,000 to improve snow removal back to 2000 levels, but it would be a difficult decision for the city commissioners to make.
Safety 101: Take the baby-sitting pop quiz
December 13, 2005
 
Travel with all the trimmings
December 13, 2005
Who says you have to settle for frozen turkey, boxed stuffing and canned cranberry sauce for Christmas dinner? A country as diverse as ours should have millions of favorite holiday recipes, and “Taste of America” (7 p.m., Travel) host Mark DeCarlo spends his one-hour holiday special trying to find them.
Best Bets
December 13, 2005
 
Both sides
December 13, 2005
To the editor: I have known Journal-World Editor Dolph Simons for a number of years now and the fact that he is a left-wing liberal nut had quite slipped by me.
Kansans welcome end of Japan’s beef ban
December 13, 2005
Kansas officials on Monday cheered Japan’s decision to lift its ban on American beef, nearly two years after a case of mad cow disease was discovered in a U.S. herd.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
December 13, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 13, 1905: “There are good prospects for a good basketball team at the university this year. Forrest Allen, champion goal thrower of the world and a member of last year’s Kansas City Athletic Club team, will easily be the start of the team although he will not be eligible until the first of the year.
In the Halls
December 13, 2005
What do you do for fun when it snows?
Celebrate on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’ with an apple-themed menu
December 13, 2005
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Celebrate the Season.” Host Jayni Carey will prepare the following recipes: Salad Greens with Apple, Stilton and Toasted Hazelnuts with Shallot and Thyme Dressing, Roasted Pork Rib Chops with Apples and Madeira, and CrÃme Fraîche Mashed Potatoes.
Green’ not just a color in fashion anymore
Organic clothing business taking off
December 13, 2005
There’s a segment of the organic goods market that buys things out of environmental consciousness, while others buy for the social values the organic industry promotes. Increasingly, though, organic goods are being bought by the average Joe, happy to get something green as long as it looks, feels and costs the same as the things he’s used to.
Tonganoxie brimming with hometown pride
December 13, 2005
Bichelmeyer’s Steakhouse in Tonganoxie resembled the host for an NCAA Final Four party, with Kansas University as one of the teams vying for the title.
Alcohol policy adopted on 6-1 vote
Board member Craig Grant calls universal testing invasion of students’ privacy
December 13, 2005
Starting next semester, all Lawrence high school students will be tested for alcohol before being admitted to school-sponsored dances.
Kansas’ kingpin
Fambrough shares memories from five of Jayhawks’ previous eight bowl trips
December 13, 2005
As part of their Fort Worth Bowl experience, Kansas University football players will visit Cook Children’s Hospital one week from Wednesday.
It’s a holiday persecution complex
December 13, 2005
Let me begin by speaking the forbidden words. Merry Christmas. There, I said it. So did the sky crack? Did the oceans turn to blood?
Baby-sitting 101
Taking care of young children is a time-honored way for teens to make money. But there’s more to the job than just showing up and turning on the TV.
December 13, 2005
Before accepting a job, clear it with your folks to make sure that it doesn’t interfere with other family/personal commitments. Baby-sitting is a big responsibilty - be punctual and reliable.
Double Take: Student who doesn’t get along with teacher suffers academically
December 13, 2005
I don’t like my teacher, so I don’t work hard in his class. Beyond the classic parent’s response to such a statement (“what don’t you like …” or “life is like that sometimes …”), where do you go from there?
Police calls to shelter on rise
Neighbors asking for more supervision of site on 10th Street
December 13, 2005
Neighbors upset with the Lawrence Community Shelter are now pointing to a new study that shows police calls to the downtown homeless shelter have increased by 600 percent since 2003.
Tittrington: Preps feature debuts
December 13, 2005
Tinkering is in my blood. My grandfather used to do it on his farm, fiddling with this tractor or that. My dad still does it on cars, which means his three-car garage : and his other three-car garage : and his yard : sometime resemble a used-car lot.
Fitting in
Operators of the Lawrence Community Shelter need to make a concerted effort not to be an imposition to the neighborhood.
December 13, 2005
Annual review of a permit to operate the Lawrence Community Shelter in a building at 10th and Kentucky streets doesn’t seem like an unreasonable requirement.
Promising fiction, nonfiction arriving in stores
December 13, 2005
Valentine’s Day is still many weeks away, but love can be found now in the titles of three new nonfiction books.
Western tragedy seen as Golden Globe front-runner
December 13, 2005
Wildly varying films have received kudos from critics during this busy awards season, from biopics about Johnny Cash and Truman Capote to classic stories about romance and a royal ape.
McCarthy a paradoxical political figure
December 13, 2005
Former Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy, who died last week at 89, was the most paradoxical of the major political figures of his time.
Mortgage lenders can provide options for delinquent borrowers
December 13, 2005
When William Weinbroer of Parma Heights, Ohio, broke his ankle while on vacation, he ended up missing work for four months. The locomotive engineer and his wife, Denise, thought they could make ends meet with his disability income.
Rec Calendar
December 13, 2005
 
Reality sinks in for ‘Survivor’ winner
Winning comes at good time - Christmas
December 13, 2005
The tagline for “Survivor” proclaims “Outwit. Outplay. Outlast.” Danni Boatwright can add one more phrase to that list: Out-suffer. In what is being regarded as the most physically oppressive of the CBS reality program’s 11 seasons, the Tonganoxie resident bested 17 other competitors while battling 115 degree temperatures, starvation, mosquito swarms and scorpions in the jungles of Guatemala.
Bohl novel takes on college basketball
Book doesn’t try to settle old scores, he says
December 13, 2005
Al Bohl’s first novel is coming. It features big-time college basketball, scenes set at Kansas University and a coach of “questionable reputation.”
State’s rural population continues to shrink
December 13, 2005
Say good-bye to small-town Kansas. It’s fading. Three-fourths of the state’s 105 counties - all of them rural - lost population between 2000 and 2004.
DE Allen might snap for Chiefs
December 13, 2005
In Ed Perry’s first game last month after replacing one of the league’s great long-snappers, Kansas City tied an NFL field-goal record.
Deterding guides Eudora to strong start
December 13, 2005
Taking over a team that finished just 7-14 last winter, Eudora High boys basketball coach Kyle Deterding figured it might take some time for his new charges to find a comfort level with his system.
Question and answer with : Katelyn Miles
Baldwin senior doesn’t let injury bug get her down
December 13, 2005
Lady Luck hasn’t exactly been Katelyn Miles’ constant companion the last four years. The Baldwin High senior seemed primed for a stellar high school basketball career from the moment she first suited up for the Bulldogs’ varsity squad as a precocious freshman.
Biotech adds ‘yuck factor’: Mice grow human brain cells
December 13, 2005
Add another creation to the strange scientific menagerie where animal species are being mixed together in ever more exotic combinations.
Correction
December 13, 2005
A story in Sunday’s Journal-World about indoor exercise contained incorrect information provided by Kansas University. According to Jim Marchiony, KU athletics spokesman, Allen Fieldhouse is open for walkers on the second and third floors from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. However, officials are discouraging walkers until construction on the fieldhouse is complete in January.
Courts, Schwarzenegger refuse to block execution
Crips founder Tookie Williams scheduled to die
December 13, 2005
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to block the execution of Stanley Tookie Williams, rejecting the notion that the founder of the murderous Crips gang had atoned for his crimes and found redemption on death row.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
December 13, 2005
The local area firearms deer season toll hit 25 and was expected to keep rising.
Horoscopes
December 13, 2005