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Expect another 2 to 4 more inches of snow tonight
Heavier snowfall expected after 9 p.m.
05:28 p.m., December 17, 2005 Updated 06:12 p.m.
If you’re headed out to a holiday event tonight, be careful - law enforcement officials have reported more than 50 accidents today in the Lawrence area since the snow started falling early this morning. And the snow will start to pick up in intensity tonight says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Protesters arrested at Army-Navy recruiting office
December 17, 2005
Lawrence Police arrested seven protesters this morning after they spent hours chained by their necks to the doors of a military recruiting office.
Snowy roadways leading to traffic accidents
December 17, 2005
As snow fell today throughout the city, Lawrence Police department reported business as usual: Slick streets, packed slush and a handful of car accidents.
Lawrence under snow advisory
December 17, 2005
Lawrence will be under a snow advisory until 6 a.m. Sunday, 6News Weather reports.
Band a high note for seniors
Hard work, fun found at practices
December 17, 2005
John Towner waved his conductor’s baton and arms fluidly on Friday while his concert band played an overture from the opera “Carmen.”
Toy Store wins with game sales
December 17, 2005
When it comes to raising a Ruckus, even the world’s most famous toy shop can’t keep up with a retailer in downtown Lawrence.
Methodist minister leaving to direct education center
December 17, 2005
The Rev. Sharon Howell has an appreciation for the pioneers who fought for policies that gave women such as herself full clergy rights in the United Methodist Church.
Researcher resigns from vice chancellor position
December 17, 2005
A top research administrator at Kansas University Medical Center is resigning her post.
Sen. Bob Dole’s Christmas cards on display
Holiday greetings from Dalai Lama and Billy Graham among lawmaker’s archives
December 17, 2005
Here’s a riddle for you: Who gets holiday cards from the Dalai Lama and Billy Graham? Need a clue? He’s a native Kansan and two-time presidential candidate. As you may have guessed, former Sen. Bob Dole’s mailbox is full of interesting holiday cards each December.
Mangino says KU ‘on track’
KU football eager to hit road, Houston
December 17, 2005
As Kansas University’s football team gets closer to bowl time, it’s possible the practices have started feeling a little more like spring or summer workouts — too much hitting of teammates, not enough whacking an opponent.
Jayhawks’ Jackson can’t wait to play
December 17, 2005
Darnell Jackson’s NCAA-mandated nine-game suspension proved to be much more than a slap on the wrist. It was a kick in the gut to Kansas University’s sophomore power forward, especially since three of the nine games took place in Maui, Hawaii.
Stats, but not wins, elusive for Manning
Inaccurate QB under scrutiny as Giants play host to crucial game with Chiefs
December 17, 2005
Eli Manning might have poor stats in his second season, yet he has the New York Giants on the doorstep of the playoffs. Manning has 15 interceptions and a completion percentage of 52.6 that rank at or near the bottom of the league.
Ottawa 99, Pr. View 31
December 17, 2005
Ottawa raced to a 42-18 halftime lead. Ottawa (5-0) will play host Jan. 3 to Baldwin.
Bonner Springs 72, Tonganoxie 36
December 17, 2005
Jeff Hughes led Tonganoxie with 14 points in a lopsided loss. Jordan Herron chipped in with seven points. Tonganoxie (0-4) will play host Dec. 20 to De Soto.
Santa Fe Trail 37, Leavenworth Immaculata 31
December 17, 2005
Brooke Pryor brought down 11 rebounds to go with her team-high 11 points for SFT. Tori Rutter led the team with six steals, and Kelsi Wiscombe hit a big three-pointer late in game with the team up by one point. Santa Fe Trail (2-2) will play host Jan. 3 to Atchison.
Tongie girls survive
December 17, 2005
Kelley Stauch hit the second of two free-throw attempts with 1.3 seconds remaining for Tonganoxie, and a full-court shot by Bonner Springs at the buzzer bounced off the rim, helping the Chieftains prevail, 44-43, in high school girls basketball Friday night.
Seahawk boys sputter in loss
December 17, 2005
Seabury went cold in the second half, and it cost the Seahawks in a 42-31 high school boys basketball loss Friday night against Englewood Christian.
Seahawk girls play tough
Squad’s ‘team effort’ vital in victory
December 17, 2005
Seabury Academy pulled together and pulled out a hard-fought girls basketball victory, 30-29 Friday night over Englewood Christian.
Wichita Christian prevails
December 17, 2005
Just four Veritas Christian players scored as the girls basketball team fell to Wichita Christian, 30-20, Friday.
Spartans shrug off slow start, clip Vikings
Washington routs Eastern Washington to stretch home-court streak to 30
December 17, 2005
Michigan State didn’t wait for coach Tom Izzo to deliver a halftime tirade. Several Spartans took it upon themselves.
Hawkins happy hire at CU
Buffs proud to tap former Boise coach
December 17, 2005
Colorado hired Dan Hawkins as its head coach Friday, giving him responsibility for restoring the flagging reputation of a program hammered by problems on and off the field.
Appy State rallies past N. Iowa
December 17, 2005
Jason Hunter returned a fumble for a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, and Appalachian State won its first I-AA national championship by beating Northern Iowa, 21-16, on Friday night.
Bucks rule on the road again
Pierce one rebound short of triple-double in defeat
December 17, 2005
The road hasn’t been an obstacle for the Milwaukee Bucks, especially when they’re matched up with Eastern Conference opponents.
Commentary: Lack of family time takes a huge toll
December 17, 2005
We snickered. We scoffed. We rolled our eyes. But what if Stan Van Gundy really did quit as coach of the Miami Heat because he wanted to spend more time with his family? Why do we find that so hard to believe? Do fame and fortune always trump family?
Royals sign Mientkiewicz
K.C. also adds Grudzielanek, Elarton, Bako
December 17, 2005
A simple second-to-first ground ball out could be a real challenge for broadcasters in Kansas City next year.
Holman, Bartlow power Eagles
December 17, 2005
Marcus Holman scored 14 points, and Andrew Bartlow added 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead Veritas Christian to a 41-37 high school boys basketball victory Friday night over Wichita Christian.
Last day approaching for yard waste pickup
December 17, 2005
The city of Lawrence has announced that Monday will be the last day this season for curbside collection of yard trimmings. Materials need to be set out in a can, cart or compostable yard waste bag by 6 a.m. that day.
Family, volunteers to celebrate new home
December 17, 2005
A Lawrence family will move into a new home this holiday season thanks to Lawrence Habitat for Humanity and several area churches.
Former KU player dies
December 17, 2005
Duane Morris, Kansas University’s quarterback from 1957 to 1959, died early Friday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a sudden illness. He was 68.
Republican enters 3rd District race
December 17, 2005
Chuck Ahner, of Overland Park, became the first Republican to announce his candidacy in the 2006 race for 3rd Congressional District, which includes east Lawrence.
On the record
December 17, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
December 17, 2005
 
Judge sentences mom to drug treatment program
December 17, 2005
A judge sentenced a 31-year-old mother of three to inpatient drug treatment Thursday for possession of methamphetamine.
Official, 26 others go on trial in deadly attack
December 17, 2005
A local Communist Party official and 26 other people were being tried on charges of organizing a bloody attack on protesting villagers that killed six people in June, the government said Friday.
Commission details deaths, disappearances
December 17, 2005
A truth commission tasked with investigating more than four decades of human rights abuses in Morocco uncovered nearly 600 disappearances and the deaths of about 500 people during street riots or while in police custody, the state news agency reported Friday.
Rebels, government launch peace talks
December 17, 2005
Exploratory peace talks between Colombia and its second-largest rebel group began Friday in Cuba with help from the Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez and facilitators from Spain, Norway and Switzerland.
11 terrorist suspects under investigation
December 17, 2005
French anti-terror judges Friday placed 11 suspected Islamic extremists under investigation for allegedly financing terrorism, part of a probe into a group suspected of using robberies to fund its plots.
Ecuadorean woman oldest living person
December 17, 2005
At 100 years old, she became bedridden and so weakened from a stomach ailment that a priest administered last rites.
EU leaders agree on spending package
December 17, 2005
European Union leaders agreed early today on a seven-year spending plan for the 25-nation bloc - a hard-won deal seen as key to shaping the future of an enlarged EU and to restoring faith in its unity.
Springsteen album could become N.J. license plate
December 17, 2005
A New Jersey lawmaker is hoping to get mileage from Bruce Springsteen’s classic album “Born to Run.”
Desperate’ actress accepts libel damages from tabloid
December 17, 2005
“Desperate Housewives” star Teri Hatcher has accepted libel damages from a tabloid that claimed she regularly had sex with men in a van outside her home, her attorney told a court Friday.
Jessica Simpson files for divorce from Nick Lachey
December 17, 2005
There will be no romantic reunion - Jessica Simpson filed for divorce Friday from Nick Lachey.
Ashlee Simpson collapses after performance in Tokyo
December 17, 2005
Ashlee Simpson collapsed following a performance in Tokyo and has been hospitalized.
Celebrity birthdays
December 17, 2005
Comedian-actor Eugene Levy is 59. Rock singer-musician Art Neville is 68. Rock singer Paul Rodgers is 56. DJ Homicide (Sugar Ray) is 35. Actor Sean Patrick Thomas is 35. Singer Bree Sharp is 30.
Sunni leader open to alliance with secular Shiites, Kurds
December 17, 2005
A leading Sunni politician said Friday his party would be open to an alliance with secular Shiites and Kurds to form a coalition government to run the country once the results are in from this week’s parliamentary elections.
Workers in pork plant blast file suit
December 17, 2005
Eleven of the 14 construction workers injured in an explosion at a new pork processing plant in St. Joseph have filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages from six defendants.
Former Kansas Bar Assn. president dies
December 17, 2005
Dan Sevart, the former president of the Kansas Bar Assn., died Friday after a brief illness. He was 61 and learned only a couple of months ago that he had cancer.
Harvey County voters want destination casino
December 17, 2005
Harvey County voters said yes to a destination casino in mail-in ballots tallied Friday.
Stern bids farewell to terrestrial radio show
December 17, 2005
The free ride for Howard Stern fans ended Friday. Stern, a New York radio fixture for 20 years and host of a syndicated show for 12 million daily listeners, bid farewell to his fans with a final show on terrestrial radio. On Jan. 9, Stern makes his move to satellite radio - where his once-free speech will cost listeners $12.95 a month.
Principal to be disciplined after camera found
December 17, 2005
The principal of a Wichita high school faces disciplinary action after a video surveillance camera intended to nab graffiti writers was found in the entry area of a boys’ bathroom.
Holocaust statement could bring sanctions
December 17, 2005
Iran could face sanctions if it keeps provoking Israel and the West, European leaders warned today, even as the Tehran regime’s interior minister said the Iranian president’s remarks had been “misunderstood.”
500,000 remain without power after ice storm
December 17, 2005
Widespread damage from a deadly ice storm left more than half a million customers still in the dark Friday night, and utility officials said the electricity might not be fully restored in parts of the Carolinas until Tuesday.
Baby catch draws city achievement award
December 17, 2005
The building superintendent who caught an infant boy thrown out of a burning third-floor apartment in the Bronx said Friday that “it’s a beautiful feeling” to know he helped save the baby’s life.
Club News
December 17, 2005
 
4-H News
December 17, 2005
 
Military News
December 17, 2005
 
Best Bets
December 17, 2005
 
New book tells how Russian democracy thwarted
December 17, 2005
Before Mikhail Gorbachev and his reforms that brought an end to the Soviet Union, there was Czar Alexander II, who freed Russia’s 23 million serfs, introduced trial by jury, ended the whipping of army recruits and first introduced “glasnost.”
Entries sought from artists with disabilities
December 17, 2005
VSA Arts is seeking submissions from artists ages 22 and over who are committed to their artistic progress and who have a physical, cognitive or mental disability.
Aquila to sell plants to St. Louis company
December 17, 2005
Aquila Inc. said Friday it was selling two peaking power plants in Illinois to St. Louis-based utility AmerenUE for $175 million.
Jobless rate rises
December 17, 2005
Kansas added more workers to its payrolls in November, despite an increase in the state’s unemployment rate, the Department of Labor said Friday.
Business bureau offers tips for avoiding scandals
December 17, 2005
The better Business Bureau offers advice to help protect businesses from scammers using IP Relay or TTY services to order products with stolen credit cards.
Molten metal splash kills one, severely burns two
December 17, 2005
Molten metal splashed from a smelter at a Russian nuclear power plant, killing one worker and severely burning two others, but authorities said Friday that no reactors were affected and no radiation escaped.
GOP-controlled House rejects call for U.S. troop withdrawal
December 17, 2005
For the second time in as many months, the House rejected calls for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq with a vote Friday that Democrats said was politically driven and designed by Republicans to limit debate on the war.
FBI nabs runaway mob enforcer in murder case
December 17, 2005
A reputed mob enforcer who has been the focus of a nationwide manhunt since federal prosecutors unsealed racketeering-murder charges against the alleged top echelon of the Chicago underworld was arrested Friday, the FBI announced.
Governor signs Medicaid overhaul into law
December 17, 2005
Gov. Jeb Bush signed into law Friday the nation’s most sweeping overhaul of Medicaid, a measure that would shift many of Florida’s recipients into private managed care to help curb the rising costs of health care for the poor.
Transit workers put off strike, deadline looms
December 17, 2005
The city’s bus and subway workers Friday put off a potentially crippling strike until at least next week, leaving a cloud of uncertainty hanging over New York at the height of the Christmas rush.
Seat belt use climbs in 34 states in 2005
December 17, 2005
Motorists in Hawaii, Washington state and Nevada had the nation’s highest rates of clicking their seat belts in 2005, a record year for seat belt use nationwide.
Commodities
December 17, 2005
 
19 arrested in child prostitution rings
December 17, 2005
Prostitution rings from New York to Hawaii forced more than 30 children as young as 12 to have sex at truck stops, hotels and brothels, Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales said Friday, announcing a government crackdown.
Boston murder rate highest in 10 years
December 17, 2005
The execution-style slayings of four young men in a basement music studio this week cast a spotlight on a crime wave that has pushed murder in Boston to a 10-year high.
D.A. seeks death penalty against teen
December 17, 2005
A prosecutor said Friday he will seek the death penalty against an 18-year-old accused of killing the parents of his 14-year-old girlfriend, and no criminal charges will be brought against the girl.
Digital divide
December 17, 2005
To the editor: The photo shown with George Will’s columns always pictures him with a wide clear view of the world. But his writing indicates that much of the time he is surely wearing blinders!
Trees mourned
December 17, 2005
To the editor: Why do our local developers feel they must clear cut the land in order to build a new neighborhood? Recently, a backhoe removed several old tall trees from the field behind our house.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
December 17, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 14, 1905: “The Douglas County Poultry Show last evening was easily the most successful in local history.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
December 17, 2005
The new Anchor Savings and Loan structure at Ninth and Ohio was to be started soon but no opening date had been announced.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
December 17, 2005
After more than two years of discussion concerning a birthing room at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, the board of trustees decided for a fourth time to defer any action until more information could be obtained.
Clarification
December 17, 2005
The Kaw Valley Soccer Assn. will not be conducting a winter sports clinic this weekend as reported in Thursday’s Journal-World. The paper was supplied misinformation regarding the event, which took place last weekend.
Mayer: Gods smiled on KU
December 17, 2005
Maybe they didn’t intend it, but the gods of basketball have richly blessed and sometimes even spoiled Kansas University participants and fans for over 100 years. Kentucky, North Carolina, UCLA and a handful of other schools also have been favored, but KU takes a back seat to nobody for long-term success, pride, enjoyment and excitement.
Town’s generosity restores family’s gifts, helps them get a car
So many blessings … We can’t count them’
December 17, 2005
Christmas might not be so bad after all for Bonnie and Keith Jones. The couple said Friday they were overwhelmed by the response from the public after an article in Friday’s Journal-World described their problems stemming from an unpaid towing bill.
Bush has OK’d eavesdropping dozens of times, official says
Congressional inquiry called for
December 17, 2005
President Bush has personally authorized a secretive eavesdropping program in the United States more than three dozen times since October 2001, a senior intelligence official said Friday night.
Senate blocks Patriot Act
Opposition cites threat to constitutional liberties
December 17, 2005
In a stinging defeat for President Bush, Senate Democrats blocked passage Friday of a new Patriot Act to combat terrorism at home, depicting the measure as a threat to the constitutional liberties of innocent Americans.
Spinning tragedy is shameful response
December 17, 2005
Apparently, Brownie wasn’t the only one. You remember the grief that fell on Michael Brown, former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency last month after the release of some embarrassing e-mails.
Historic vote
Despite critics in the United States, the elections in Iraq represented a significant success for President Bush.
December 17, 2005
There’s little question that the majority of the American media opposes President Bush. If not anti-Bush, they’re at least not pro-Bush.
West Wing’ actor Spencer dies of heart attack in L.A.
December 17, 2005
John Spencer, who played a tough and dedicated politico on “The West Wing” who survived a serious illness to run for vice president, died of a heart attack Friday. He was 58.
Mario’ strikes back
Strikers’ gets its kick from group play
December 17, 2005
“Super Mario Strikers” joins the long line of Mario sports and recreation titles, trying to make its presence known in a holiday season that is arguably the worst in the Gamecube’s five-season span. Does it provide enough fun to lead the pack, or does it merely fall in line?
Untying the knot, celebrity style
December 17, 2005
No mother-in-law sleepovers. Only one football game per Sunday. Mandatory sexual positions. With celebrity marriages often shorter than Jessica Simpson’s Daisy Dukes, the power of the prenuptial agreement cannot be denied.
Lawrence hospital buys prime development land
LMH’s purchase of 21 acres in Eudora expected to serve expanding Kansas Highway 10 corridor
December 17, 2005
Lawrence Memorial Hospital officials announced Friday that they’re buying 21 acres of prime development land along Kansas Highway 10 in Eudora to boost the hospital’s position as a regional health care provider.
City squads stumble
Lions tumble in double OT
December 17, 2005
Strolling across the parking lot toward the team bus, Lawrence High boys basketball coach Chris Davis turned to senior Cameron Hershiser and offered some words of enlightenment.
De Soto 45, Shawnee Maranatha 35
December 17, 2005
Juniors Jackie Goleman and Kira Gonzalez combined for 30 points as De Soto downed Maranatha. Goleman scored 18, and Gonzalez had 12 for De Soto (3-2), which will travel Jan. 3 to Wellsville.
Simons: Despite positive reports, concerns linger about KU searches
December 17, 2005
According to several individuals closely involved in the current process of interviewing candidates for Kansas University dean positions, as well as for the provost and director of libraries, the process is going well.
Smoking ban now in judge’s hands
Bar owner claims law violates his constitutional rights; city says evidence lacking
December 17, 2005
The question of whether the enforcement of Lawrence’s smoking ban should be halted - at least temporarily - is now with a judge.
Pump patrol
December 17, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.14 at several locations in Lawrence. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Shop owner thwarts fraud
Scammer tries to use relay service
December 17, 2005
The call seemed innocent enough, Galen Tarman recalls: A man phoning from California, looking to buy four mattresses for his church group.
Retailers lure men with holiday eats, treats
December 17, 2005
Mike Galaska does not like to shop. He doesn’t like the crowds or spending money. It’s for women, he says. But pizza and beer? He can handle that.
Faith forum
December 17, 2005
How can holiday music enhance Christmas?
Who wants to kill Christmas?
December 17, 2005
Twas the month before Christmas, And as I lit candles, Conservatives stirred - They were onto a scandal.
Society Calendar
December 17, 2005
 
Scouting News
December 17, 2005
 
Around and about
December 17, 2005
 
Healing power of sound
Vocal therapy releases tension, stress
December 17, 2005
The living room is throbbing with sound waves from a large singing bowl. It’s like the sound made when rubbing your fingers over the rim of crystal glasses - only much louder and much more intense, to the point you feel it in your body.
KU Athletic Department to hold annual sale today
December 17, 2005
Looking for that new Julian Wright jersey for a sports fan this holiday season? Maybe some used baseball cleats?
Armed park rangers defend butterflies from loggers
December 17, 2005
With assault rifles over their shoulders and body armor strapped to their chests, Roberto Paleo and his 17 officers are among the world’s most heavily armed park rangers. Yet they guard one of nature’s most delicate creatures: the monarch butterfly.
Hamas wins in elections by landslide
December 17, 2005
Hamas supporters on Friday celebrated a landslide election victory in major West Bank towns, the strongest sign yet of the Islamic militant group’s growing political appeal ahead of Jan. 25 parliamentary elections.
Wichita prosecutor says priest did not sexually assault woman
December 17, 2005
A woman who claimed that a Wichita priest sexually assaulted her made a “false accusation” when she went public with her allegations, Sedgwick County Dist. Atty. Nola Foulston said Friday.
Dodge City’s Boot Hill Museum may close
December 17, 2005
The Boot Hill Museum, struggling for some time, may be about to go belly up.
Meet’ offers light holiday fare
December 17, 2005
If you’re going to make a fake-looking and preposterous Christmas movie, you might as well go all the way. This appears to be the spirit behind “Meet the Santas” (8 p.m. today, Hallmark).
Keillor: Grace and humor: Remembering the late Gene McCarthy
December 17, 2005
One more reason to believe in God is the hope for the ultimate judgment when someday Someone will pronounce the final truth and we’ll be done with all these small, mean anecdotes that pass for history.
Faith briefs
December 17, 2005
 
Sprint to buy affiliate, wireless spectrum
December 17, 2005
Sprint Nextel Corp. went shopping Friday, announcing plans to buy one of its remaining affiliates and a smaller cell phone company to bulk up its wireless capacity.
Power of attorney provides options
December 17, 2005
My husband suffered a stroke at age 67, which left him with permanent brain damage, paralysis, and unable to take care of himself.
Santa Fe Trail 42, Immaculata 41
December 17, 2005
Santa Fe Trail pulled away in the third quarter. The Chargers (2-2) will play host Jan. 3 to Atchison.
Iowa State seeking second Big Ten win
December 17, 2005
Fresh off a victory over No. 22 Iowa that helped erase some of the sting of two early season home losses,
Kansas Supreme Court upholds 2000 conviction for four murders
December 17, 2005
Cornelius Devon Oliver escaped the death penalty for shooting four people in a Wichita duplex five years ago, but he’s still likely to die behind bars, because of a Kansas Supreme Court ruling Friday.
People and places
December 17, 2005
 
Horoscopes
December 17, 2005
 
Kansas high school basketball scores for Dec. 16
December 17, 2005
 
O-South rumbles past FSHS
December 17, 2005
The game turned out to be too clean for Free State High on Friday night against No. 2-ranked Olathe South.