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Residents deck out for Red Dog fund-raising event
December 15, 2005
Lawrence residents decked themselves out Thursday for the Red Dog’s annual Winter Run. The jog raised money for the Lawrence Humane Society. The Humane Society hopes the fundraiser will ease the burden of having an overcrowded facility.
Firebirds grab first tournament title
December 15, 2005
Free State High School defeated Junction City 45-37 to win the Bonner Springs Metro Prep Classic. Since Free State High opened in 1997, the girl’s basketball team had yet to win a title.
Lady Chieftains remain undefeated
December 15, 2005
In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, the Tonganoxie girl’s basketball team is still undefeated. Last year, the Lady Chieftains missed a trip to the state championship by three points.
Police search for white-bearded, elderly bank robber
December 15, 2005
Lawrence Police say they are searching this afternoon for a white-bearded elderly man who robbed the US Bank at 1807 W. 23rd St.
Two arrested in connection with planned robbery
December 15, 2005
Thanks to a tip, a planned robbery of a Eudora convenience store was foiled Wednesday night, Lawrence police reported today.
Cold and breezy today
Snow expected on Saturday evening
December 15, 2005
A chilly, blustery day is in store for Lawrence today, with temperatures climbing up only into the upper 30s, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Worth doing in Fort Worth
KU bowl game site home to arts, gourmet dining
December 15, 2005
Brian Fleming is tired of his hometown getting a bad rap. So Fleming, a Kansas University junior, is glad thousands of Jayhawk fans will be headed to Fort Worth next week.
Discoveries reset timeline for humans in N. Europe
December 15, 2005
Ancient tools found in Britain show that humans lived in northern Europe 200,000 years earlier than was previously known, at a time when England’s climate was warm enough to be the home of lions, elephants and saber-tooth tigers, scientists announced Wednesday.
Police break up bird smuggling ring
December 15, 2005
Brazilian authorities raided warehouses in five states Wednesday and arrested nine people accused of smuggling rare birds for sale in Europe and the United States.
Bethlehem mayor asks pilgrims to visit
December 15, 2005
The mayor of Jesus’ traditional birthplace on Wednesday asked pilgrims to visit in large numbers during Christmas and help pressure Israel to dismantle the barrier that separates the city from Jerusalem.
Premier vows to fight Islamic extremism
December 15, 2005
Jordan’s new prime minister vowed Wednesday to wage a “pre-emptive” war against Islamic extremists, saying his government planned to fight terrorism by reforming religious teaching and granting greater freedom.
Probe continues in oil depot blaze
December 15, 2005
Investigators searched Wednesday for the cause of a massive explosion at one of Britain’s largest fuel depots - including the possibility a tanker driver accidentally sparked the blaze.
Convicted hitman, 77, executed for ‘85 murder
December 15, 2005
A 77-year-old convicted hitman was executed Wednesday in Parchman, becoming the oldest person in the nation put to death since capital punishment was reinstated nearly three decades ago.
Federal air marshals to watch trains, buses
December 15, 2005
Critics of a plan to send undercover air marshals to patrol trains, buses and ferries say it will take scarce resources away from airplanes and could get in the way of local police.
Midwest meth summit opens
December 15, 2005
Fewer clandestine labs are cooking methamphetamine but the nation still faces a problem from cartels that import the drug in purer form, officials at a Midwestern governors summit said Wednesday.
U.S. charities end challenging year impressed by donors’ zeal
December 15, 2005
Donor fatigue? Not this year.
Shock-talk set free
Stern can’t wait for satellite, freedom from FCC
December 15, 2005
Whittle it down, and the essence of Howard Stern comes to this: a guy playing the piano with his … manhood.
Virgin’ chest waxer takes pleasure in pain
December 15, 2005
The chest-waxing scene in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” was one of this year’s most harrowing movie moments - made only more so with the knowledge that it was, in fact, real.
Celebrity tell-alls make dreadful reads
December 15, 2005
Tired of television? Curl up with a good book. No, make that a very bad book. The one-hour special “Celebrity Autobiography: In their Own Words” (9 p.m., Bravo) presents actors and comics reading some staggeringly dreadful passages from celebrity tell-alls, confessions and memoirs.
Offenses paying price for challenging Bailey
December 15, 2005
Opposing offenses used to stay away from Champ Bailey because bad things seemed to happen anytime the ball went his way.
Chilly, windy conditions leave Carson cold
Bengals quarterback endured his worst game of season in rugged weather
December 15, 2005
The wind swirled, the cold numbed and Carson Palmer looked like a transplanted Californian having no fun in the Great White North.
South Carolina-Mizzou not hot bowl ticket
December 15, 2005
With a little more than two weeks before the Independence Bowl, just over half the tickets for the Dec. 30 game have been sold.
Scouts sending care packages, warm wishes to soldiers in Iraq
December 15, 2005
Stephan Osterhaus couldn’t quite get the box up on the cookie table. The 8-year-old member of Cub Scout Troop 3013 squeezed the stuffed-full cardboard box up against the lip of the table and yelled at a group of Webelos bagging up baked goods.
CU picks next coach
December 15, 2005
Boise State coach Dan Hawkins was close to completing a deal that would bring him to Colorado to replace Gary Barnett.
Julius who? Wolfpack cruise
December 15, 2005
North Carolina State’s players knew it would take a team effort to replace first-round NBA draft pick Julius Hodge.
Monmouth, Princeton set mark for low score
December 15, 2005
In the lowest-scoring Div. I game since the introduction of the three-point line, Monmouth, N.J., beat Princeton, 41-21, Wednesday night.
Sonics believe officials are picking on Fortson
December 15, 2005
When Danny Fortson walks on the court, he’s almost immediately saddled with two fouls.
Naismith Tour coming Sunday to Wichita
December 15, 2005
The Naismith History of Basketball Tour will come to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame for a limited time beginning Sunday.
Our town sports
December 15, 2005
Chiefs shrug off gesture
December 15, 2005
Kansas City defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham declined comment Wednesday on a picture that appears to show him making an obscene gesture during the Chiefs’ game last week at Dallas.
KU has hard time getting handle on Houston
December 15, 2005
The middle man is Mike Leach, head football coach at Texas Tech.
Keegan: Mangino deserves a hand
December 15, 2005
The loss to Texas Tech wasn’t bad at all. The same couldn’t be said for the horrendous debacle at Kansas State. Then there was Brian Luke’s Oklahoma meltdown. The bully job Colorado pinned on Kansas University’s football team in Boulder made it an 0-4 start to the Big 12 season.
Children’s author to give reading
December 15, 2005
Author L. D. Harkrader, of Tonganoxie, will present a reading from her new children’s book, “Airball: My Life in Briefs,” followed by a discussion and book signing, at Oread Books in the Kansas Union.
CBS Evening News’ showing a new energy
Bob Schieffer raises ratings while Katie Couric courted
December 15, 2005
While waiting to hear from Katie Couric, the “CBS Evening News” has been showing signs of life.
Orchestra to receive fundraising match
December 15, 2005
A special year-end fundraising challenge has been made to the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra by a Lawrence resident.
Mocktails’ safe bet to serve on holidays
December 15, 2005
Warm or cold, these delicious nonalcoholic holiday drinks from “The Mocktail Bar Guide” (Meadowbrook Press) are perfect for a party full of guests or a cozy twosome in front of the fire.
Landscape plants will suffer in cold weather
December 15, 2005
I’m not alone when I ask: “What happened?” I’m referring, of course, to the minus 15-degree temperatures of a few nights ago.
DNA tests exonerate two more convicts
December 15, 2005
Independent DNA testing has found two men to have been wrongly convicted of sexual assault, raising to five the number of people exonerated because of forensic evidence saved by a meticulous scientist, Gov. Mark R. Warner said Wednesday in Richmond.
O Christmas tree!
Alternatives to evergreens help deck halls creatively
December 15, 2005
Every year, holiday decorations seem to be unveiled earlier and earlier. This year they went up long before Halloween.
Transit strike threatens N.Y.
December 15, 2005
Here’s what it could look like: Bicyclists darting through never-ending traffic jams. Swarms of commuters trudging over the Brooklyn Bridge in their sneakers in the freezing cold. Tourists stranded during the height of the Christmas season. Broadway shows with half-empty theaters.
Job changers keep savings in market
December 15, 2005
Americans appear to be getting smarter about their retirement savings, with more rolling their retirement funds into another tax-friendly plan when they leave their job rather than spending the cash.
Commissioner angry about recusal request
December 15, 2005
Douglas County Commissioner Charles Jones is calling for Commissioner Jere McElhaney to avoid conducting county business with law enforcement and court offices.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
December 15, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.16 at Phillips, Sixth Street and Schwarz Road. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
2 guilty of trying to kill witness
December 15, 2005
Two Lawrence residents were found guilty Tuesday of trying to kill a drug informant in a failed mob-style hit. A third defendant was acquitted in the case.
Prosecutors say Wittig violated release terms
December 15, 2005
A federal judge will decide whether to send former Westar Energy Inc. chief David Wittig to prison after prosecutors on Wednesday claimed he has violated terms of his release.
Regents approve plan to combat worsening shortage of nurses
December 15, 2005
State higher education officials Wednesday approved a plan aimed at easing the worsening nursing shortage.
Reservoir collapse in the Ozarks washes away homes, injures 3 children
December 15, 2005
The stone retaining wall around a huge mountaintop reservoir in the Ozarks collapsed before daybreak Wednesday, releasing a billion-gallon torrent of water that swept away at least two homes and several vehicles and critically injured three children, authorities said.
Lawrence datebook
December 15, 2005
Hundreds of millions of children exploited worldwide, UNICEF says
December 15, 2005
Hundreds of millions of children suffer exploitation and discrimination but are virtually invisible to the eyes of the world, according to a UNICEF report published Wednesday.
White Sox deal for Vazquez
Trade to send Hernandez to Diamondbacks
December 15, 2005
Hoping to bolster their starting rotation, the World Series champion White Sox agreed to acquire right-hander Javier Vazquez from Arizona for right-hander Orlando Hernandez, reliever Luis Vizcaino and minor-league outfielder Chris Young, a baseball official said Wednesday.
Illegal trade in caviar booming in Europe
December 15, 2005
Illegal sales of caviar in Europe are endangering the survival of some sturgeon species, two conservation groups said.
Interim dean interviews for permanent role
December 15, 2005
Barbara Romzek met with Kansas University faculty Wednesday in the final Q&A session for candidates interviewing for dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Health officials to monitor diabetics
December 15, 2005
Hoping to save hundreds of lives, New York adopted a health code regulation Wednesday that will make it the first American city to keep track of people with diabetes in much the same way it does with patients infected with HIV or tuberculosis.
CDC: 2003-04 flu killed children rapidly
December 15, 2005
One-third of the 153 American children killed by the flu during the 2003-04 season were dead within three days of getting sick, and many of the youngsters were perfectly healthy before they were stricken, government researchers reported.
Donald Trump sued by real estate brokers
December 15, 2005
Donald Trump is being sued for $1.3 million by three real estate brokers who say he has failed to pay them in full after the profitable sale of land and apartments he owned on the former West Side Manhattan rail yards.
Four ‘missing’ in blast are found unharmed
December 15, 2005
Authorities who searched the rubble of a deadly apartment-complex explosion overnight for four missing tenants found them Wednesday, going about their normal business.
Governor won’t seek state office again
December 15, 2005
Gov. Mitt Romney announced Wednesday that he will not seek a second term in 2006, ending months of speculation and clearing his way for a possible run for the Republican nomination for president in 2008.
Good job
December 15, 2005
To the editor: In regard to the Dec. 10 “On the street” comments, people who have lived in Lawrence a long time know that the city street department has stayed the same over the years, even though the city keeps getting larger.
Soldier support
December 15, 2005
To the editor: My comments in the story about the custody battle involving the son of Marine Cpl. Levi Bradley (Journal-World, Dec. 12) didn’t accurately reflect the commitment of my boss, Congressman Dennis Moore, to the men and women bravely serving our country.
Everyday angel
December 15, 2005
To the editor: Last Friday, I got my shopping cart stuck in the snow behind Babcock Place, where I live.
Holiday greeting beside the point
December 15, 2005
The effort by some cable TV hosts and ministers to force commercial establishments into wishing everyone a “Merry Christmas” might be more objectionable to the One who is the reason for the season than the “Happy Holidays” mantra required by some store managers.
Language education would strengthen U.S.
December 15, 2005
My niece, Lesly, says she prefers speaking English to Spanish. I tried explaining that she didn’t really have to choose, that being bilingual doubled her girl power and that she needed to keep up with her Spanish if she wanted to be able to talk to her grandparents.
Season of sharing
One sure way to get that Christmas feeling is to reach out and help someone less fortunate than yourself.
December 15, 2005
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Americans are bombarded with two kinds of appeals. One is to buy items for their families and friends and the other is to give money or gifts to a number of charitable causes.
Social cost
December 15, 2005
To the editor: Of course Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito will reverse Roe v. Wade.
Re-gifts far from offensive
December 15, 2005
The topic of re-gifting - giving someone a gift that someone else gave you - has been getting major coverage of late. The ABC program “20/20” tackled the topic recently. But as a re-gifter, I was encouraged when Oprah Winfrey seemed to support it. On a recent program she asked a group of experts whether re-gifting is tacky or rude.
Anti-shopping message brought to Mass. Street
December 15, 2005
If televangelists hated Wal-Mart, they would probably look and sound something like Bill Talen.
Recycling center reopens
Wal-Mart center ready for rush
December 15, 2005
Theo Hall offers some advice for folks looking to unload six months’ worth of empty beer bottles, crushed soda cans, broken-down diaper boxes and washed-out detergent containers at Wal-Mart’s new community recycling center.
Daily ticker
December 15, 2005
Volunteers needed to adopt families
December 15, 2005
A Lawrence social service agency is asking the public to help 10 families enjoy a merry Christmas this year.
Mapping the Future series looks at growth
December 15, 2005
Sunflower Broadband Channel 6News concludes its in-depth look at Lawrence planning tonight with the fifth installment in the Mapping the Future series.
County wants city, schools to take lead on sports complex
December 15, 2005
Douglas County commissioners are willing to put up some money to help pay for a study to determine the need for a youth multisport complex; they just aren’t sure how much.
New medical building opens on Sixth Street
December 15, 2005
Occupants of a new medical building in northwest Lawrence are scheduled to celebrate the building’s opening today.
Consumer advocate speaks out against Westar rate increase
December 15, 2005
A consumer advocate worried Wednesday that state regulators are ready to increase what consumers pay Westar Energy Inc. for electricity while decreasing the risks to the utility’s profits.
Commentary: Sox are playing hardball in Chicago
December 15, 2005
Six of the 25 White Sox who won the World Series no longer are White Sox. And that doesn’t even count Frank Thomas, who was right by their side, drenched in champagne.
Tobacco company to end drinking promotion
December 15, 2005
A cigarette promotion that used coasters encouraging heavy drinking has been discontinued after three states appealed to the tobacco company to stop it.
Kansas tipoff changed
KU-Pepperdine game to start at 6 p.m.
December 15, 2005
The game time for Monday’s Kansas University-Pepperdine men’s basketball game has been changed by ESPN.
Separate ways
As Vinson settles into role at KU, ex-Lion Watkins finds niche at Baker
December 15, 2005
Unlike former Lawrence High teammate Stephen Vinson, D.J. Watkins wasn’t invited by then-Kansas University coach Roy Williams to become a preferred walk-on for the Jayhawks in the fall of 2002. He had to take his chances trying out for the team.
Legality of school vouchers in dispute
Two former officials have said they violate state constitution
December 15, 2005
Supporters of private school vouchers have extolled their virtues during a debate before the Kansas State Board of Education.
Panel to discuss school improvements
December 15, 2005
After getting an earful from school superintendents who oppose private school vouchers, the Kansas State Board of Education voted Wednesday to appoint a committee of superintendents to come up with other proposals to improve schools.
Iranian president calls Holocaust ‘myth’
December 15, 2005
Iran’s hard-line president lashed out with a new outburst at Israel on Wednesday, calling the Nazi Holocaust a “myth” used as a pretext for carving out a Jewish state in the heart of the Muslim world.
House extends Patriot Act, cuts social program spending
December 15, 2005
The Republican-controlled House approved a pair of year-end conservative priorities Wednesday, voting to extend the anti-terrorism Patriot Act and to cut spending across a wide swath of social programs.
Celtics take advantage of Pacers
Pierce nets 25 against short-handed Indiana
December 15, 2005
The Boston Celtics took advantage of the short-handed Indiana Pacers.
Toplikar: Shopping in a printer wonderland
December 15, 2005
It’s still a long, long way off, at least for a Christmas procrastinator like me. But rather than wait until the last minute, I put down the eggnog and got started this week on some of the family gift-buying.
Hot holiday toys send shoppers scurrying for gifts
December 15, 2005
If parents haven’t gotten their hands on some of this season’s hot holiday toys by now, they may have to give their children an IOU slip under the tree.
Iraq war is like no other
December 15, 2005
More than a year before the end of World War I, Woodrow Wilson delivered a remarkable speech on Capitol Hill in which he set out the contours of “peace without victory,” a notion that, if you think about human nature and human history, requires unusual magnanimity in a people. At the Versailles peace negotiations, President Wilson discovered that the French and British, after millions of deaths in a brutal war, were not quite up to the task of magnanimity.
Saddle up for quality entertainment in Fort Worth
December 15, 2005
Here is a sampling of events, museums and happenings from Wednesday through Friday of next week for those making the trip to the Fort Worth Bowl.
Troops in place, ballots ready for historic Iraqi vote
December 15, 2005
U.S. troops are staying a mile away from the polling stations for today’s national elections. But they’re close by - ready to back up tens of thousands of Iraqi security forces if called upon.
Firebirds claim first girls title
December 15, 2005
Chalk up another Free State High first. Banaka Okwuone and Lauren Kimball were the catalysts as the Firebirds made history with a 45-37 girls basketball victory over Junction City on Wednesday night in the championship game of the Bonner Springs Metro Prep Classic.
Free State drops wrestling dual to Olathe South, 33-31
December 15, 2005
Free State High’s wrestling team fell to Olathe South, 33-31, in a dual meet Wednesday night.
Official thrilled to land cross country race
December 15, 2005
It seemed like a natural match for Bob Sanner, director of conventions and sports marketing for the Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau.
People in the news
December 15, 2005
¢ Royal recognition ¢ Other side of radio ¢ A Rockin’ role ¢ Wonderful ‘Wunderkind’ ¢ Tied up in traffic court ¢ CNN host has ‘stalker’
KU team helping to create flying car
9-member design group to unveil work today
December 15, 2005
It’s a car. No, it’s a plane. No, it’s AirCar. Kansas University students are assisting a Washington state businessman intent on creating a successful, self-contained flying automobile.
President admits faulty intelligence
Public opinion up, but many remain skeptical about war in Iraq
December 15, 2005
On the eve of the first parliamentary elections in Iraq, President Bush on Wednesday accepted full responsibility for invading the country on faulty intelligence.
Suspect in rape said to have violated bond
December 15, 2005
Prosecutors allege a 26-year-old man charged with raping an acquaintance has violated conditions of his bond by repeatedly making telephone calls to the victim.
On the record
December 15, 2005
Surfers, clerics try to ease ethnic tensions
December 15, 2005
A Muslim cleric in a gray robe and white skull cap sits down with a youth in a baseball cap and shorts for talks on cooling tensions. Lebanese members of a motorcycle gang and a group of surfers agree both sides need to calm down.
Brown back headlines I-AA team
December 15, 2005
Nick Hartigan bulled through defenses on his way to a record-setting championship season for Brown and earned a spot on the Associated Press Div. I-AA All-America team.
KU women’s team to tour LMH Monday
December 15, 2005
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team will make its annual visit to Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Monday.
Czech glass cut as fruit basket highly sought after
December 15, 2005
The glassmakers of Czechoslovakia made many types of glassware from 1918 to 1938, including candy baskets, chandeliers and lamps, jewelry, novelties, art glass, iridescent glass and colored glass, especially orange. Many of the glass pieces were copied from glass made in other countries. The variety and quality of Czech cut and pressed glass perfume bottles made them popular around the world.
Natural gas prices aren’t slowing holiday shoppers
December 15, 2005
Lorna Browning is resigned to the fact that high natural gas prices may leave her looking, at times, like a hypothermic track star. “This is the first year that I’ve turned the thermostat down so low that I have to wear sweats and a sweatshirt around the house,” Browning said.
Horoscopes
December 15, 2005
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