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Light snowfall to continue
December 18, 2005
The 2 to 3 inches of snow Lawrence received on Saturday will get a small amount added to it as the snowfall continues intermittently through noon.
Seven arrested in Iraq war protest
Activists use locks for bicycles to chain themselves to doors
December 18, 2005
Lawrence Police arrested seven protesters Saturday morning after they spent hours chained by their necks to the doors of a military recruiting office.
Snow brings dozens of wrecks
December 18, 2005
Two inches of snow blanketed Lawrence and the area Saturday morning and afternoon, causing a hazard for drivers with still more snow expected to fall overnight.
More drunken drivers in prison
Imprisonment rates have skyrocketed since 2001
December 18, 2005
More drunken drivers are going to prison in Kansas.
Thieves steal famous sculpture from estate
December 18, 2005
Thieves using a flatbed truck and a crane snatched a two-ton Henry Moore bronze of a reclining figure from the grounds of the late sculptor’s foundation north of London, police said Saturday.
They call him Batman
Former biology teacher happy hanging out with winged creatures
December 18, 2005
Stan Roth drives his SUV down a washboarded dirt road, keeping a watchful eye out for birds in the sky and critters on the ground. It’s overcast, but the Gyp Hills still glow red from the gypsum rock that gives them their name. Roth loves this land.
Experts offer tips on navigating winter roads
December 18, 2005
Recent snowfall finally broke in the city’s snow plows. It also tested the ability of Lawrence drivers to maneuver in slick road conditions.
Restructuring leads to fitter, smarter, better behaved students
No recess? No problem
December 18, 2005
As educators search for ways to improve student learning and reduce childhood obesity, Anthony Elementary is drawing attention.
It’s perfect for swimming - inside aquatic center
Weather hurts attendance at annual Bromelsick party
December 18, 2005
Jeffrey Moses had never been to a Christmas party where he could wear his swimming trunks.
President to U.S.: Stop ‘meddling’ in affairs
December 18, 2005
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, one of Washington’s best friends in South America, told the United States to stop “meddling” in his country’s affairs after the U.S. ambassador urged him to take steps against corruption in regional elections.
Election pits ‘nightmare’ against former leader
December 18, 2005
Bolivians are polarized between presidential candidates offering sharply different visions going into an election today that could fortify South America’s tilt to the left and deal a blow to U.S. anti-drug efforts in this Andean nation.
Santas go on rampage in nation’s largest city
December 18, 2005
A group of 40 people dressed in Santa Claus costumes, many of them drunk, rampaged through New Zealand’s largest city, robbing stores and assaulting security guards, police said today.
Split parties discuss reuniting to fight Hamas
December 18, 2005
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party held urgent talks Saturday with a breakaway faction of young activists in hopes of reuniting the party and boosting its chances of defeating Hamas in January parliamentary elections.
Groups rush to aid quake zone before snow hits
December 18, 2005
NATO and UNICEF said Saturday that they are racing to get aid to earthquake survivors in the devastated areas of northwestern Pakistan and the disputed Kashmir region before harsh conditions worsen from heavy winter snow and rain.
Man to be charged with notorious sex attack
December 18, 2005
A former fashion writer wanted in connection with a vicious Halloween sex attack will be charged with kidnapping and other offenses once he can be brought back from Tennessee, where he was spotted on a college campus, prosecutors said Saturday.
Executed killer’s memorial to be Tuesday
December 18, 2005
A memorial service for Stanley Tookie Williams, the convicted killer who was executed earlier this week at San Quentin Prison, has been scheduled for Tuesday.
GlobalFlyer to take off from Cape Canaveral
December 18, 2005
The man who became the first to fly nonstop and without refueling around the globe now aims to set a distance record from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Judge recuses himself in Precious Doe case
December 18, 2005
A judge assigned to the case of a man charged with murder in the death of the little girl known as Precious Doe has recused himself.
Millionaire shot in company parking lot
December 18, 2005
A former MIT professor and multimillionaire businessman who has been praised for his riveting lectures but also known for his family disputes was ambushed outside his office and shot multiple times, authorities said Saturday.
Remarks seen as strategy to keep anti-Israel view alive
December 18, 2005
Remarks by Iran’s hard-line president that the Holocaust was a “myth” and Israel should be “wiped off the map” are not just wild comments by a novice leader, but part of a strategy to keep anti-Israel sentiment alive in the Middle East, analysts said Saturday.
Best sellers
December 18, 2005
What are you reading?
December 18, 2005
Poetry review available
December 18, 2005
The winter edition of The Mid-America Poetry Review has been released.
Industry looked to Internet as new frontier in 2005
December 18, 2005
As sales stayed flat and attention spans short, the year in publishing unfolded like a whodunit the entire industry would love to solve: What sells, and how and where can you sell it?
Calendar
December 18, 2005
Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt., offers activities during the week for residents 55 and older.
Kansas collector keyed up by pump organs
December 18, 2005
You could say Dick Rhea has a hankering for pump organs.
Tennessee topples No. 6 Texas
Longhorns victimized by undefeated Volunteers
December 18, 2005
A smattering of boos in the first half. Another key injury. Another big loss.
Baylor extends streak
December 18, 2005
Baylor is hoping to head into 2006 with the nation’s longest winning streak intact.
Ruiz loses title to Valuev
Russian takes decision in heavyweight bout
December 18, 2005
John Ruiz lost the WBA heavyweight title Saturday night, dropping a disputed split decision to 7-foot Nikolay Valuev of Russia. Valuev, who becomes the tallest and heaviest (323 pounds) champion of all time, won 116-113 and 116-114 on two judges’ cards, with a third judge scoring the fight 114-114.
Holiday excess
December 18, 2005
It is the season to beg for stuff. My technique isn’t that good, though. I don’t really believe that my whining will get me the new car I want, so I’m thinking of studying the tactics my pets use to get stuff. It seems to work unfailingly for them.
Limits on BTK’s prison life still not considered
December 18, 2005
A judge’s recommendations to set strict limits on what serial killer Dennis Rader can write, read and watch still has not been considered two months after they were made.
On the record
December 18, 2005
Lawrence datebook
December 18, 2005
New high-tech devices to help in aging process
December 18, 2005
One day, people with Alzheimer’s disease could have telephones that show them a picture of the caller and remind them who it is and when they last talked.
Lawrence commuter report
December 18, 2005
The following construction projects may affect commuter traffic in the region this week.
Liberty Memorial reaches funding goal
December 18, 2005
The association governing the nation’s largest World War I memorial says it has raised the full $26.6 million needed to pay for the expansion of the monument’s museum.
Iraq eases security after vote
December 18, 2005
Cars and trucks returned to Iraq’s roads Saturday as authorities eased tight security imposed for the parliamentary election, and the main Sunni Arab alliance said it was open to forming a governing coalition with a religious Shiite bloc.
Ancient history, modern lives
Elaborate churches, pyramid make Mexican city of Cholula a worthwhile stop
December 18, 2005
A lot has changed since this town was founded on a flat plain in the valley of Mexico.
Breakout band
Fall Out Boy takes pop route to rock success
December 18, 2005
Fall Out Boy had every intention of following in the footsteps of the aggressive, earsplitting rock bands that they grew up listening to.
Late KU QB Duane Morris the ‘common man’s man’
68-year-old died Friday in Lawrence after sudden illness
December 18, 2005
Among the various passions Duane Morris had, from athletics to his various career paths, the former Kansas University quarterback most enjoyed the people he met along the way, his family members said.
Gamecocks eager to play
South Carolina happy to return to postseason, will meet Mizzou
December 18, 2005
South Carolina got to do something Saturday it hadn’t in four years - practice in December.
Carroll wins NAIA again
Mount Union wins D-III title
December 18, 2005
Tyler Emmert ended a memorable career with another memorable weekend, leading Carroll College (Mont.) to its fourth straight NAIA football championship, 27-10 over St. Francis (Ind.) on Saturday.
LHS wrestlers third
December 18, 2005
The Lawrence High wrestling team earned a third-place finish Saturday at the Ottawa Dual Tournament. Brandon Goodwin (103 pounds) and Tom Willoughby (171) finished 5-0 for LHS. The Lions return to action Jan. 7 at the Shawnee Mission South tournament.
Veritas boys fall
December 18, 2005
Mark Randtke had 31 points and nine rebounds, and Andrew Bartlow added 27 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as Veritas Christian (7-2) lost, 83-80, to Wichita Word of Life on Saturday in high school boys basketball. Veritas will travel Jan. 3 to Topeka Cair Paravel.
KU not feeling pressure to stay perfect
December 18, 2005
Rare is the Kansas University women’s basketball team that hasn’t lost a game this late in December.
Ashley excited to end solid KU career at home
December 18, 2005
The question was so simple, it was darn near impossible to answer. With cameras in his face and tape recorders hovering around his mouth, defensive end Jermial Ashley was asked by a reporter what Kansas University football fans needed to know about Fort Worth, Texas, site of Friday’s Fort Worth Bowl.
Tough wait nearly over for Stewart
December 18, 2005
It has been a long time - 21 months to be exact - since Rodrick Stewart suited for a college basketball game.
MP3 players move up most-wanted charts
December 18, 2005
Shutterbugs, time to face the music. Portable digital music players are now on par with digital cameras as the most wanted electronics items, a new survey finds.
Seven gifts that shouldn’t ever be considered
Stay off the ‘worst gift’ list with these suggestions
December 18, 2005
It’s crunch time: The clock is ticking down to Christmas, the stuff you wanted is all gone and you’re in a rush to snap up your presents and hustle them to the post office.
Bankruptcies
December 18, 2005
The number of Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection since new bankruptcy rules took effect doubled during the past week.
Women outclick men
December 18, 2005
Women are slightly more likely than men to be online shoppers this year, according to Retail Forward Inc.
LHS graduate makes ‘best executives’ list
December 18, 2005
Alan Mulally, who graduated from Lawrence High School and Kansas University and now works as the top boss at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, landed the second-best executive performance of 2005, according to Business Week magazine.
Ice fishing satisfying, but beware
Surface isn’t safe until it’s at least four inches thick
December 18, 2005
The weather is usually chilly, with most days rising well into the 40s. However, every few years, an arctic front blasts into the Sunflower State and die-hard anglers begin thinking about ice fishing.
World-class bighorn sheep found dead in Colorado
December 18, 2005
A world-class bighorn sheep ram that lived along the Arkansas River was found dead in late November.
Pats stifle Bucs, clinch East
New England dominates Tampa Bay, 28-0
December 18, 2005
The gray division championship T-shirt hung in the locker behind Tedy Bruschi. The Patriots linebacker preferred to look ahead. “I just don’t want one T-shirt,” he said. “I want two more.”
Commentary: These 10 losses could haunt teams in hunt
December 18, 2005
When the Dallas Cowboys engage the Washington Redskins today in Landover, Md., they’ll try to make amends for a ghastly early season defeat in this rivalry.
Missouri reaps millions from out-of-state hunters
December 18, 2005
With the Missouri firearms deer season winding down, the picture of how much white-tailed deer are worth to the state is coming into focus again.
J.Crew updates classic fabrics in men’s line
December 18, 2005
Generally, men don’t pay all that much attention to fashion trends, and they pay even less attention to fabric trends.
Investigator confident Syria behind PM’s killing
December 18, 2005
The chief U.N. investigator into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri said in remarks published Saturday that he believed Syrian authorities were behind the killing.
Due process
December 18, 2005
To the editor: The American Association of University Professors’ “Statement on Professional Ethics” in the Kansas University Faculty Handbook applies to professor Paul Mirecki’s situation.
Agency support
December 18, 2005
To the editor: On behalf of the Health Care Access board of directors, I would like to thank the Lawrence community for the wonderful support we received during our holiday Tour of Homes fundraiser.
James gang too much for Miami
LeBron and Co. hand Riley first loss since taking over Heat
December 18, 2005
LeBron James scored 41 points, and Donyell Marshall added a season-high 25, helping the Cleveland Cavaliers hold off Miami, 115-107, Saturday night, handing coach Pat Riley his first loss since taking over the Heat on Monday.
Valuable agency
The Shelter is celebrating 25 years of helping local youngsters.
December 18, 2005
Congratulations to a local agency that is celebrating its 25th anniversary of providing services to youngsters in need.
Board business?
Public officials certainly are entitled to pursue private interests - but not on the taxpayers’ dime.
December 18, 2005
The amount of money state taxpayers will reimburse state school board member John Bacon for a recent trip to McPherson isn’t significant, but the precedent it sets certainly could be.
McCarthy interview was learning experience
December 18, 2005
Eugene McCarthy, the gentle rebel and enigmatic anti-politician who helped end Lyndon Johnson’s presidency, died the other day, but the arguments he started about American politics still haven’t ended. He was both hero and anti-hero - and it is a measure of how complex a force he was that some of his most ardent supporters saw him both ways. For a man who prided himself on the clarity of his vision and views, he left a muddled image and an uncertain legacy.
Bush should pursue technology initiative
December 18, 2005
Call it an early Christmas gift. A number of legislators of both parties have put the wrappings on a proposal for next year that could be the best present under President Bush’s tree - an initiative that would please business, labor, parents, teachers, students - and be good for the country.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
December 18, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 18, 1905: “The Chicago National Bank, the Home Savings Bank and the Equitable Trust, three institutions controlled largely by John R. Walsh, did not open for business today.”
Old home town - 25 years ago today
December 18, 2005
The empty “toy factory” building at 600 Massachusetts was ready for demolition to create a city parking lot. Owner Bryan Anderson had dressed as Santa Claus and chained himself to a post but was removed without incident. The property had been condemned for city use but Anderson and his backers had persisted in trying to prevent its destruction.
Immigration reform a national security issue
December 18, 2005
Members of Congress are now focusing on the long-neglected problem of fixing our country’s failed immigration laws. Hearings have already been held on the issue and several bills have been introduced, the Senate majority leader has promised to take it up early next year, and the president has reiterated his support for reform.
Carol Burnett takes on new role in fourth version of ‘Mattress’
Comedian revisits musical as executive producer, queen
December 18, 2005
For Carol Burnett, once around with “Once Upon a Mattress” was far from enough.
Poet’s showcase
December 18, 2005
The Tormented Elf
A Festivus for the rest of us
KU alumna, others embrace ‘Seinfeld’-inspired holiday
December 18, 2005
Chances are your holiday traditions have nothing to do with gathering around an aluminum pole, telling your family and friends what you like least about them and then wrestling them to the floor.
Sense for sewers
Firm cures pipes with eye toward growth
December 18, 2005
Mark Slack knows he’s started his own business at a good time, and in a good place.
Attacking food allergies
Alternative preparation keeps dinnertime safe
December 18, 2005
Holiday dinners for family and friends who have food allergies and food sensitivities need not be difficult to prepare. Cooks should read labels and cook from scratch as much as possible to stay clear of any offending ingredients. They can also take advice from cooks who prepare allergy-free foods daily.
Faces and places
December 18, 2005
ARMs losing favor
How to survive jump in variable mortgages
December 18, 2005
First, the bad news: If you’re among the millions who took out an adjustable-rate mortgage in the past few years, your monthly payment is likely to jump on the next adjustment date - by 20 percent, 30 percent, even 40 percent. Blame the Federal Reserve for driving up short-term interest rates.
In cold months, hunting dogs need special care
December 18, 2005
Hunting dogs live for busting through snow and ice to retrieve, point or flush the birds.
Footwear News picks influential figures
December 18, 2005
Jessica Simpson, Gwen Stefani and Mischa Barton are among the celebrities often cited for their influence on fashion. Now they’ve been recognized for their influence on foot fashion.
Electrician detained in fire that killed 39
December 18, 2005
Chinese authorities are questioning an electrician they blame for a hospital fire that killed 39 people in a community about 400 miles northeast of Beijing.
Review: If kisses were riches, Annabel surely would have her dowry
December 18, 2005
Blending passion and wholesomeness isn’t always easy, but Eloisa James manages to pull it off in “Kiss Me, Annabel” (Avon Books, $6.99). This is the second book in James’ series about four orphaned, dowry-less sisters in search of rich husbands in 1800s England. Annabel grew up poor and didn’t like it. She dreamed of finding a rich husband who could keep her safe and secure. Love didn’t play a part in that dream.
Commentary: NBA’s problem isn’t baggy shorts
December 18, 2005
At least three members of the Orlando Magic could have been fined at a recent practice.
Keegan: KU must improve at point
December 18, 2005
It will take weeks to get over the disappointment of failing to win a drawing for a high-definition TV.
Smart’ sports bra kick starts fabric frenzy
Technology could help monitor seniors, soldiers
December 18, 2005
A new sports bra that counts heartbeats is causing a Christmas stir.
Beware of bogus ads touting high-paying jobs
December 18, 2005
For consumers stuck in a minimum-wage job or faced with lots of holiday bills, ads promising high wages or requiring little work might seem appealing.
Fishermen bemoan brown, murky state of Lake Okeechobee
December 18, 2005
Mike Surman was disgusted. The Boca Raton bass pro and TV fishing show host lowered his glimmering spinnerbait an inch below the brown, murky surface of Lake Okeechobee, and the lure became invisible.
Riots outside, discord inside WTO meetings
December 18, 2005
Protesters opposed to lowering trade barriers swung bamboo sticks at police Saturday and tried to storm a convention center where World Trade Organization delegates were negotiating a global accord on farming, manufacturing and services. At least 70 people were injured.
Putting our money where our morals are
December 18, 2005
The kitchen table was set with the usual utensils for our annual family conference: A mug of coffee, a pot of tea, a stack of fundraising requests, a checkbook and a pen.
Horoscopes
December 18, 2005
For Sunday, Dec. 18
Barber chops up K.C.
Bad tackling, poor defense allow Giants to break free
December 18, 2005
Tiki Barber had no worries about playing behind a patchwork offensive line. It showed. Big time.
Kentucky turns back Louisville
Wildcats bounce back, 73-61, after lopsided loss
December 18, 2005
One game after its worst performance of the season, Kentucky put together its best.
Young Katrina survivors await Christmas with selfless spirit
December 18, 2005
The first time Mary McCray’s granddaughters saw snow, it was Christmas in New Orleans last year. Few of the flakes stuck but, to them, it was a miracle.
Protesters: King Tut exhibit depicts wrong skin color
December 18, 2005
A “King Tut is back and he’s still black” placard drew the gaze of visitors making their way to view the acclaimed exhibit at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.
Bush acknowledges approving spying
December 18, 2005
Facing angry criticism and challenges to his authority in Congress, President Bush on Saturday unapologetically defended his administration’s right to conduct secret post-Sept. 11 spying in the United States as “critical to saving American lives.”
People in the news
December 18, 2005
¢ ‘Dog, the Bounty Hunter’ signs on for third season ¢ Bono campaigns for crises in Africa while in Nebraska ¢ Elvis Presley’s homecoming to be replicated with parade ¢ New age artist says solstice for all faiths to recognize ¢ Arrest warrant issued for photographer wanting photo ¢ Live 8 organizer chides Arab nations for not participating
Broncos lock up berth
Rod Smith provides spark as Denver rolls over Bills, 28-17
December 18, 2005
Leave it to the sure-handed Rod Smith to help the Denver Broncos clinch a playoff berth.
Airlines cut flight freebies
American Eagle charging a buck for soda, cashews
December 18, 2005
First it was the free meals. Then the pillows. And now, looking to cut costs further, one airline is experimenting with dropping the last little luxury those sitting in coach have to look forward to: complimentary soda and pretzels.
Melting future
December 18, 2005
To the editor: Imagine, if you will, the United States five years ago at the end of the Clinton administration as a huge $13 trillion snowball with two-thirds of that economic snowball consisting of middle class consumers of goods and services.
Timing of liquor-sales vote draws criticism
December 18, 2005
When voters here go to the polls Thursday to decide whether they’ll allow Sunday liquor sales in town, a big chunk of the community’s population will be missing: Baker University students.
The Motley Fool
December 18, 2005
¢ Name that company ¢ Last week’s question and answer ¢ Shrinking fund ¢ Wal-Mart’s been kicked ¢ ABCs of ETFs