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Piper defeats Bishop Ward
December 16, 2005
The Piper boy’s basketball team took out Bishop Ward, 63-58, Friday at Piper High School.
Lady Cyclones escape Pirates
December 16, 2005
Although it was a very close game down the stretch, Bishop Ward ended up beating Piper, 41-36, Friday at Piper High School.
Overland Park man challenges Moore
December 16, 2005
Chuck Ahner of Overland Park today became the first Republican to announce his candidacy for the 3rd Congressional District, which includes east Lawrence.
Towing bill paid; family to regain Christmas gifts
December 16, 2005
The towing bill has been paid for a struggling family featured in an article in today’s Journal-World.
Clouds moving in today, then snow on Saturday
December 16, 2005
Lawrence will have clear skies today, with some clouds rolling in this afternoon. But Saturday’s forecast shows the city should get ready for some accumulating snow, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Fatah split weakens ruling party before election
December 16, 2005
Young Palestinian activists from the ruling Fatah Party rejected a call for unity Thursday, determined to push aside the corrupt old guard associated with Yasser Arafat and form their own party for January parliamentary elections.
Surprise hit ‘Virgin’ delivers extra laughs on DVD
December 16, 2005
“A lot of people have asked me, they say, ‘Did you edit anything out because you thought it was too dirty?’ The answer is yes. And here it is.”
NCAA reinstates UK’s Morris
KU contest to be last of standout’s 14-game suspension
December 16, 2005
Kentucky center Randolph Morris’ season-long suspension for his attempt to enter the NBA draft was reduced to 14 games Thursday by the NCAA.
Christmas trees hold dangers
December 16, 2005
Lawrence Fire Marshal Rich Barr knows this: Christmas trees and candles are a poor holiday recipe.
Shooter gets 10 years
December 16, 2005
A judge Thursday sentenced a Lawrence man to roughly a decade in prison for a December 2004 shooting at an apartment complex in northern Lawrence.
Police seek robbery suspect
December 16, 2005
Lawrence police on Thursday searched for an elderly white-bearded man suspected of hopping a counter and robbing the US Bank at 1807 W. 23rd St.
Stewart’s KU debut contingent on grades
December 16, 2005
It doesn’t figure to drag on as long as, say, Brandon Rush’s multi-week waiting game with the NCAA Clearinghouse.
Santa’s helpers
Jayhawks stock up on gifts for needy families
December 16, 2005
Brandon Rush dashed down a Wal-Mart aisle Thursday night, searching for a hard-to-locate item. “I need to find a crock pot. She wants a crock pot,” said Rush, one of 14 Kansas University basketball players, plus student assistant Moulaye Niang, out shopping for 15 needy families — in freshman Rush’s case, a mother and her children.
Taxpayers to foot bill for official’s trip to church-school event
December 16, 2005
State Board of Education member John Bacon has charged taxpayers for his expenses to attend a church-school sponsored event that featured leaders of the movement to make the Bible the foundation of public life.
Spreading holiday cheer suits two of Santa’s helpers
December 16, 2005
The string of white lights tracing the downtown skyline flickered on suddenly and, from behind the roof ledge of Weaver’s Department Store, Santa popped out.
Kansas high school wrestling scores for Dec. 15
December 16, 2005
 
James sparks Cavaliers
Cleveland standout overcomes injury
December 16, 2005
A bruised shin didn’t stop LeBron James from leading the Cavaliers out of a slump or cheerfully singing in the locker room afterward. James scored 26 points and got enough help from his teammates to lead Cleveland past the Denver Nuggets, 94-85, Thursday night.
Raiders roll vs. Roberts
December 16, 2005
LaToya Davis scored a career-high 33 points and had eight rebounds to lead Texas Tech past Oral Roberts 99-58 on Thursday.
Four Vikes charged in sex-cruise scandal
December 16, 2005
Quarterback Daunte Culpepper and three Minnesota Vikings teammates were charged Thursday with indecent, lewd and disorderly conduct for participating in a bawdy boat party that drew national attention.
Underachievers can’t stop Colts
Chargers won’t threaten after last week’s loss
December 16, 2005
Tony Dungy plans to play regulars against the Chargers on Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts try to join the 1972 Miami Dolphins as the only team to go unbeaten through 14 games in a season.
New football facility hot topic of conversation
Mangino says announcement imminent; associate AD a little more cautious about progress
December 16, 2005
Depending on whom you ask, Kansas University either is real close to big news on a football facility, or cautiously optimistic that news is coming soon.
Brown ‘embarrassed’ by fans’ wrath
December 16, 2005
Larry Brown hears the boos, too. Bad shots. Awful defense. Poor decisions. And a whole lot of frustrated fans at Madison Square Garden.
Hawkins, Colorado near deal
Boise State coach to finalize CU contract
December 16, 2005
Boise State coach Dan Hawkins said Thursday he would be going to Colorado to finalize negotiations to become the new coach there. “If certain things happen,” Hawkins said, he will become the new coach of the Buffaloes.
Glass is runner-up
December 16, 2005
Lawrence’s Bob Glass settled for second place in his bid for a record fourth PBA Senior Player of the Year award.
LHS girls knock off SM Northwest
December 16, 2005
Lawrence High’s girls basketball team knocked Shawnee Mission Northwest from the unbeaten ranks Thursday.
Pizza driver attacked
December 16, 2005
A pizza delivery driver told police two men beat, kicked and robbed him when he went to deliver a pizza in south Lawrence, according to a report.
Volunteers still needed for Christmas dinner
December 16, 2005
Ask and ye shall receive. Organizers of this year’s Community Christmas Dinner say they have enough turkeys and hams.
Pump patrol
December 16, 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.
Iraqi election draws huge turnout
December 16, 2005
Millions of Iraqis, from tribal sheiks to entire families with children in tow, turned out Thursday to choose a parliament in a mostly peaceful election - among the freest ever in the Arab world.
Official says al-Zarqawi caught, released
December 16, 2005
Iraqi security forces caught terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi but released him because they didn’t realize who he was, the deputy interior minister said Thursday, according to CNN.
Four Fort Riley soldiers killed
December 16, 2005
Four soldiers from Fort Riley were killed Tuesday northwest of Baghdad when a roadside bomb exploded near their Humvee.
Police still searching for Movie Gallery robber
December 16, 2005
Lawrence police are still asking the public’s help solving a robbery Sunday night at Movie Gallery, 1501 W. Sixth St.
Police say they foiled attempted robbery
December 16, 2005
Thanks to a tip, a planned robbery of a Eudora convenience store was foiled Wednesday night, Lawrence police reported Thursday.
Dole Institute announces presidential lectures
December 16, 2005
The Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University will focus its 2006 Presidential Lecture series on “The First Woman President.”
Lawrence Datebook
December 16, 2005
 
American Idol’ winner excused from jury to attend concert
December 16, 2005
Lawyers allowed juror Fantasia Barrino, the 2004 “American Idol” winner, to leave a case in mid-deliberations after learning the singer had to attend a benefit concert in New York.
Giamatti doesn’t believe he can win Golden Globe
December 16, 2005
Paul Giamatti was surprised to get a Golden Globe bid for his role as a boxer’s manager in “Cinderella Man,” but he just can’t envision picking up the trophy.
Master P to fill in for son in dancing competition
December 16, 2005
Master P will fill the dancing shoes of his teen rapper son, Romeo, who has dropped out of ABC’s reality competition “Dancing With the Stars” because of a basketball injury.
Britney Spears tops list of Internet search items
December 16, 2005
Britney Spears didn’t release an album of new material this year, but the new mom is still No. 1 on Yahoo’s annual list of the most-searched for terms on the Internet.
Foxy Brown says she hasn’t been able to hear for 6 months
December 16, 2005
Foxy Brown says she hasn’t heard another person’s voice in six months and will have surgery early next year to restore her hearing.
Celebrity birthdays
December 16, 2005
Actor Benjamin Bratt is 42. CBS news correspondent Lesley Stahl is 64. Actor Ben Cross is 58. Rock singer-musician Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) is 56. Rock musician Bill Bateman (The Blasters) is 54.
U.N. pulls peacekeeping staff from Eritrea
December 16, 2005
The United Nations reluctantly withdrew American and other peacekeeping staff from Eritrea on Thursday and said it faced an unprecedented crisis in its monitoring of the country’s fragile peace with Ethiopia.
Remains of Nazi-era Jews reburied
December 16, 2005
Remains believed to be of 34 Jews who died doing slave labor for the Nazis were re-interred with full religious rites Thursday at the U.S. Army airfield where their mass grave was discovered.
Nation to pay off debt by year’s end
December 16, 2005
Argentina will pay off its debt to the International Monetary Fund by year’s end, President Nestor Kirchner announced Thursday, saying the country is better off taking a financial hit now than submitting to more IMF prescriptions for economic policy.
Fire kills at least 39 at Chinese hospital
December 16, 2005
A fire swept through a hospital in northeastern China on Thursday, killing at least 39 people, including patients, state media said.
France seizes weapons cache from group
December 16, 2005
French counterterrorism agents seized guns, ammunition, dynamite and other weapons Thursday in a probe of suspected Islamic militants who officials said use robberies to fund terror groups - possibly including al-Qaida in Iraq.
Holocaust victims to get compensation soon
December 16, 2005
Austria on Thursday began the process of compensating Holocaust victims robbed under the Nazis, mailing notifications to the first survivors eligible for payments.
Population worries arise after fire
December 16, 2005
The flames are finally out at the enormous oil depot fire north of London, but they have set off a blaze of questions about safety at huge chemical and industrial plants around the country.
6 million N. Koreans to lose food aid
December 16, 2005
The World Food Program will halt humanitarian food aid to 6 million North Koreans at the end of this month because the North Korean government says it now has enough food to feed its hungry people, the WFP director said Thursday.
U.N. extends assassination probe
December 16, 2005
The U.N. Security Council voted Thursday to extend the investigation into the assassination of Lebanon’s former prime minister but didn’t agree to Lebanon’s request to immediately broaden the probe and establish an international tribunal.
Two charged with killing New York police officer
December 16, 2005
A former “Sopranos” actor and another man were ordered held without bail Thursday at a hearing in the hospital where both men are being treated for gunshot wounds inflicted by the police officer they are charged with killing.
DNA evidence clears man who served 7 years
December 16, 2005
A man who spent seven years behind bars for the rape and murder of his mother-in-law was released Thursday after DNA evidence from a cigarette butt helped clear him.
Studies show 2005 among hottest years
December 16, 2005
This year has been one of the hottest on record, scientists in the United States and Britain reported Thursday, a finding that puts eight of the past 10 years at the top of the charts in terms of warm temperatures.
Scientist says work will be authenticated
December 16, 2005
South Korean researcher Hwang Woo-suk apologized today for the controversy around his purported breakthroughs in stem cell research but stood by his work - saying it would be authenticated after tests performed within days.
Authorities say 1933 death was accidental
December 16, 2005
More than seven decades after the case horrified the city and triggered calls for a crackdown on “all known degenerates,” the Sheriff’s Department declared Thursday it has solved the mysterious death of 7-year-old Dalbert Aposhian.
FDA OKs experimental vaccine for shingles
December 16, 2005
Federal health advisers endorsed a proposed vaccine on Thursday to help prevent shingles, an often-excruciating disease that afflicts as many as 1 million adults every year
More people than ever gabbing while driving
December 16, 2005
More people than ever are turning their cars into personal phone booths, with a million and a half drivers gabbing on cell phones at any given time. Women and young people are the most common yakkers.
Man catches infant from burning apartment
December 16, 2005
A mother trapped in a burning third-floor apartment prayed and then dropped her 1-month-old son out a window to the crowd below. The infant was caught safely by a man who plays catcher for his employer’s baseball team.
Panel critical of evolution sticker ruling
December 16, 2005
A federal appeals court panel on Thursday appeared sharply critical of a ruling earlier this year that ordered the removal of stickers in science textbooks stating “evolution is a theory, not a fact.”
Study: 11 million illiterate in English
December 16, 2005
About one in 20 adults in the U.S. is not literate in English, meaning 11 million people lack the skills to handle many everyday tasks, a federal study shows.
Wittig gets more time
December 16, 2005
A federal judge has given former Westar Energy Inc. chief executive David Wittig more time to respond to a demand by prosecutors that he be put in jail for allegedly violating terms of his release.
Bush OKs ban on cruel treatment
Agreement affords legal protection to CIA interrogators
December 16, 2005
President Bush embraced Sen. John McCain’s proposal to ban cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of terrorism suspects on Thursday, reversing months of opposition that included White House veto threats.
Board member wants to help teachers teach criticisms of evolution
December 16, 2005
Now that criticism of evolution is in the state’s science standards, one State Board of Education member is suggesting the board offer more guidance for teachers, including recommending textbooks.
$15M slated for campus projects
December 16, 2005
Kansas’ college campuses need more than $600 million to deal with a maintenance backlog and continued upkeep of aging facilities, but for fiscal year 2007, administrators are planning for $15 million.
Fuel drives record drop
December 16, 2005
A record drop in energy costs pushed consumer prices down at the fastest pace in 56 years in November. But it won’t last because gasoline prices are rising again and heating costs are expected to soar this winter.
Cinema for the season
New movies prepare to decorate theaters during the holidays
December 16, 2005
There are plenty of traditions that personify Christmas Day. Stockings hung over the fireplace. Presents unwrapped under the tree. Bing Crosby crooning on the stereo. Chestnuts roasting. Marshmallows toasting. Figgy pudding being eaten or soaked in or whatever.
Family Stone’ functions well amid dysfunction
December 16, 2005
We need a little Christmas. Right this very minute. And we don’t need the Fockers or Tim Allen to take us to that funny, familiar, emotional movie Christmas that we’ve wanted from Hollywood ever since “It’s a Wonderful Life” introduced an angel named Clarence.
Housing prices expected to rise
December 16, 2005
After two years of saving money, we finally have enough cash to make a down payment on a home. But all this talk about the “housing bubble” makes us think that it would be stupid to buy a house now, because everyone seems to think that prices are going to drop. What should we do?
Illinois court snuffs out ‘price lights’ case
Tobacco industry analysts mixed on how judgment will affect similar lawsuits
December 16, 2005
The Illinois Supreme Court handed the tobacco industry a huge victory Thursday by tossing out a $10.1 billion fraud judgment against Philip Morris USA over the marketing of its “light” cigarettes.
Krause Dining ordering new venue
Restaurant, shops target downtown site
December 16, 2005
It may not look like much now, but Robert Krause likes cooking downtown so much that he’s ready to buy a former auto showroom and convert it into an intimate restaurant - along with a photo studio, florist, coffee roasterie and, if everything works out, a high-end shoe boutique.
Commodities
December 16, 2005
 
Waddell & Reed to pay ex-broker $7.9 million
December 16, 2005
Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. on Thursday announced an agreement by one of its subsidiaries, Waddell & Reed Inc., to settle an arbitration case for $7.9 million with a former financial adviser, Stephen Sawtelle. In conjunction with the settlement, the parties entered into mutual releases of all claims.
Boeing names lead director
December 16, 2005
Boeing Co. said Thursday that its board of directors has elected Kenneth Duberstein to the post of lead director, succeeding Lew Platt, who died Sept. 8.
Washed-away wedding plans set right
December 16, 2005
With “Three Wishes” bumped to make room for a two-hour “Dateline,” viewers in search of their three-hanky feel-good fix will have to settle for something called “Katrina Weddings: A Second Chance” (9 p.m., WE).
Best Bets
December 16, 2005
 
Giving spirit
December 16, 2005
To the editor: The Christmas season is here. Stores are overcrowded. Music of the season drones constantly on the radio. Yet, while being bombarded with the hype and store competition, I am having difficulty finding the Christmas spirit.
Raid and plunder
December 16, 2005
To the editor: How is it that a social environment that makes murderous violence commonplace is accepted as inevitable, but the murderous violence itself is then practiced by the society’s professed leaders?
No improvement
December 16, 2005
To the editor: A reader recently suggested (Public Forum, Dec. 10) that the Kansas Board of Education has “raised the standards of scientific teaching to a wonderfully acceptable level” by changing the definition of science.
Family time
December 16, 2005
To the editor: I would like to thank the Lawrence Journal-World and 6News for running stories on my family’s determination to keep my grandmother’s tradition of Christmas decorating alive.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
December 16, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 16, 1905: “Marvin Hertzler, who was accidentally shot in the heel by a companion while hunting, has died from lockjaw. The wound originally was not considered serious, but Martin, an exceedingly bright boy, suffered badly prior to his death after apparent infection struck and disabled him.
ANWR environmental concerns overblown
December 16, 2005
In 1986, Gale Norton was 32 and working for the secretary of the interior on matters pertaining to the proposal to open a small portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - area 1002 - to drilling for oil and natural gas, a proposal that then had already been a bone of contention for several years. Today Norton is the secretary of the interior and is working on opening ANWR.
Acceptable site
There may not be many, but apparently there are at least a few places in Kansas where environmentalists will not oppose new wind farms.
December 16, 2005
It’s good to know that not every proposed wind farm location in Kansas will be opposed by environmental groups.
Horoscopes
December 16, 2005
 
Indy drivers aid military with crash research
December 16, 2005
When Scott Sharp crossed the finish line at the Indianapolis 500 in May, he could hear the cheers of his pit crew through an earpiece he used to communicate with them during the race.
Big 12 official says O’Brien committed ‘a major violation’
December 16, 2005
Former Ohio State basketball coach Jim O’Brien committed a major violation when he loaned a potential recruit $6,000, regardless of his motive, a former NCAA investigator testified Thursday.
On the record
December 16, 2005
 
President calls for $1.5 billion more to repair levees
December 16, 2005
President Bush pledged on Thursday to rebuild New Orleans’ shattered levee system taller and stronger than before Hurricane Katrina struck, requesting an additional $1.5 billion to buttress the system that failed and left the city flooded.
Ice causes power outages to more than 450,000
December 16, 2005
A blast of freezing rain across Georgia and the Carolinas on Thursday closed schools, snarled traffic and caused power outages to more than 450,000 customers.
Inspectors shocked by reservoir ‘rubble’
December 16, 2005
Inspectors were shocked to discover that the collapsed portion of a mountaintop reservoir was made of rocky “fill” instead of the granite that was assumed for decades to be the main material, the state’s chief reservoir inspector said Thursday.
For comedian Tracy Morgan, ‘Saturday Night Live’ is old hat
December 16, 2005
Tracy Morgan is in a record warehouse in Los Angeles, explaining in a loud and playful voice what he’s buying. “Old school hip-hop,” he says by cell phone. “I don’t mess with the new school stuff. I’m old school.”
Video games aren’t so bad
December 16, 2005
It’s time to come clean with a rather embarrassing admission: I’m a recovering Luddite. For years, I panned video games as electronic versions of Satan’s spawn, blaming them for turning goggle-eyed children into roly-poly zombies, and reproaching parents for using them as pixelated baby sitters.
Beirut journalist a tragic loss
December 16, 2005
When I heard the news on Monday that a leading Beirut journalist had been killed, I knew who it was before they named him.
Keegan: Mangino shares the love
December 16, 2005
Kansas University football royalty turned out Thursday at Alvamar Country Club to honor a man for the season in which he proved he is head coaching material.
Speed still a roadblock for T
5-year-old city bus system considers changes to cut wait times
December 16, 2005
Since the Lawrence Transit System began operations - five years ago today - it has grown up. The number of riders has grown from 200,000 in its first full year to a projected 400,000 this year. Each year the system has seen double-digit growth and has won a federal award for the pace at which it is adding riders.
Pregnant mom struggles to regain Christmas gifts after car towed
December 16, 2005
Bonnie Jones’ Christmas presents aren’t under the tree this year. They’re locked in her car at a towing company’s lot, and she can’t get them.
Supreme shotmaking
In 2005, winning majors hinged on golfers’ ability to be consistent all week, not just in crunch time
December 16, 2005
The best shots by major champions are not always the most memorable. Sometimes, they look so routine that they don’t even get the courtesy of a replay. In the case of Tiger Woods at the British Open, his best were never shown on TV.
Delayed hearing costs district
Dismissed teacher received salary while attorney went missing
December 16, 2005
For eight months the Lawrence school district continued to pay the salary of a teacher who was not working because he was deemed unfit for the job.
This Weekend’s Highlights
December 16, 2005
 
King Kong’ production diary is loaded
December 16, 2005
Call it the King Kong of making-of featurettes. At three hours and 46 minutes, it’s longer than the finished film itself.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
December 16, 2005
Construction on two new dormitories at Kansas University was reported on schedule, one in the area near Allen Fieldhouse and the other Naismith Hall, a privately funded venture.
Postcard repudiates Mirecki’s remarks
Religious studies board aims to inform department donors about recent controversy
December 16, 2005
The fundraising and support arm of Kansas University’s religious studies department has mailed a postcard to the thousands of people on its mailing list renouncing the disparaging comments made by professor Paul Mirecki, whose words about Catholicism and religious fundamentalists raised a firestorm recently.
If the awards were given today …
Right now, Manning easily MVP for third straight season
December 16, 2005
Early in the season, as Peyton Manning drove fantasy footballers to distraction by handing off, the NFL MVP looked like Steve Smith, the Carolina wide receiver, or San Diego’s LaDainian Tomlinson. Later, Seattle’s Shaun Alexander joined the mix. Now?
Singer true to roots, makes slow rise to success
December 16, 2005
Had Anthony Hamilton made a few compromises with his music, he might have gotten that platinum disc a whole lot earlier in his career.
The Shelter celebrates 25 years of providing for needy children
December 16, 2005
In the not-so-good old days, Douglas County’s abused and neglected children ended up in foster homes all across the state.
Voters block county-city consolidation
December 16, 2005
Voters outside Topeka blocked consolidation of the city and Shawnee County governments, rejecting a plan supported by area legislators and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Arts & Entertainment Calendar
December 16, 2005
 
Former Paw singer returns to stage as poet
December 16, 2005
Mark Hennessy knows a thing or two about touring.