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Lawrence chamber names economic development leader
December 19, 2005
Beth Johnson, director of economic development in Rice County, will be introduced today as the next vice president for economic development at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
Temperatures to climb into the 20s
December 19, 2005
Bundle up this morning. Lawrence is in for another arctic-like morning. “Grab a coat. It’s a very cold start, ” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “The windchill has been down below zero.” The afternoon high will climb to the high 20s, with sunny skies.
Keegan: Win, and people will talk
December 19, 2005
Gran-Daddy smokes the meat outside in the parking lot. Inside Gran-Daddy’s BBQ in North Lawrence, where strawberry soda flows freely, the air is filled with constant Kansas University basketball talk, and the walls are decorated with KU hoops newspaper clippings, posters and schedules.
Vikes face winner - and lose
Steelers hold off Minnesota, 18-3; Seattle earns bye
December 19, 2005
Minnesota’s six-game winning streak was built on a steady dose of losing teams. Then Pittsburgh came to town.
Ho, hum: No. 2 UConn routs ‘Cats
December 19, 2005
No surprises here. Connecticut put the squeeze on overmatched New Hampshire early, and the second-ranked and unbeaten Huskies cruised to another lopsided victory.
NCAA president: Figures ‘eye-opening’
Kansas University has graduation success rate of 68 percent of athletes who entered in 1995-98
December 19, 2005
NCAA President Myles Brand said the release of new Graduation Success Rate numbers for Division I schools today would be “eye-opening,” showing improvement for most schools because of a better way of measuring success.
Israel’s Sharon suffers mild stroke
December 19, 2005
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was rushed to the hospital Sunday after suffering a mild stroke, but his condition improved and he was expected to be released after a period of observation, his office and hospital officials said.
WTO advances on farm export subsidies
Last-ditch deal keeps talks alive but work remains
December 19, 2005
World Trade Organization negotiators approved an agreement Sunday requiring wealthy nations to end farm export subsidies by 2013, a support system that poor nations say puts them at a competitive disadvantage.
Space center coming to state
Wellington facility to open in January
December 19, 2005
The state of Kansas will soon be home to the 53rd Challenger Learning Center.
Library director makes pitch for bigger, better facility
Lawrence collection doesn’t compare favorably to peer cities; plans call for more space and computers, possibly a drive-thru
December 19, 2005
Bruce Flanders can’t lie. He has been hurting a little the last few months. The director of the Lawrence Public Library has been making a host of presentations to community groups talking about the need for a new public library. In the plethora of PowerPoint presentations, there’s always one slide that points out how Lawrence’s library compares with industry-wide averages.
Turnpike work to close Douglas County road
December 19, 2005
A northwestern Douglas County road will be closed next week because of construction work on the Kansas Turnpike.
People in the news
December 19, 2005
¢ Television ratings company prepares to enter DVR age ¢ Sculpture thieves’ vehicles located ¢ ‘On the Road’ on road ¢ Qualified happiness at last
Parents must rescue children
December 19, 2005
More than the weather gets hot in Tampa, Fla.
Bipartisan effort may fix primary system
December 19, 2005
Headlines from the latest Democratic Party commission focused on the fact that foes failed to kill the traditional role of the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary in picking presidential nominees.
Is new NBC game show the real ‘Deal’?
December 19, 2005
Ready to party like it’s 1999? NBC certainly hopes so. Way back last century, Americans were swept away by “Who Wants to be A Millionaire” fever, a contagion that already had engulfed the United Kingdom. Tonight NBC introduces “Deal or No Deal” (7 p.m., NBC), another world-conquering prime time game show.
Bowl itinerary established
Jayhawks will have little free time while working in Fort Worth
December 19, 2005
The Lone Star State awaits. The Kansas University football team and its support staff — coaches, trainers, team managers and administrators — will leave Allen Fieldhouse at 8:45 a.m. today and head to Topeka’s Forbes Field, where a 10:30 a.m. flight will depart for Fort Worth, Texas.
Santa’s mission: Make people smile
December 19, 2005
As cars drove by Elm on East 17th Avenue, some drivers honked at Roger Bale. People waved. They slowed down. A few looked at him, seemingly puzzled.
December 19, 2005
For Monday, Dec. 19
Westphal made ‘em fall
Sharpshooter brings icy Pepperdine to face KU
December 19, 2005
One of the best pure perimeter shooters in basketball history will patrol the visitor’s bench tonight in Allen Fieldhouse. Fifth-year Pepperdine coach Paul Westphal, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound five-time NBA All-Star, completed his 12-year career as a 50.4 percent shooter and 82 percent free thrower.
Another day, another ‘W’
Kemp solid again as Jayhawks earn workmanlike victory over Florida Intl.
December 19, 2005
Some days are lunch-pail days. So it was Sunday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse, as Kansas University blue-collared Florida International, 73-65, in women’s basketball.
U.N. humanitarian chief says nations must do more in way of relief
December 19, 2005
A year of disasters around the world sparked an unprecedented outpouring of aid, but richer nations still are not giving enough money to tackle lingering humanitarian crises, the U.N. humanitarian chief said.
The week ahead
December 19, 2005
Consolidation lessons
Government-consolidation efforts like the recent one in Topeka and Shawnee County should offer some guidance to anyone wanting to pursue a similar plan for Lawrence and Douglas County.
December 19, 2005
Last week’s failure of a proposal to merge Topeka and Shawnee County governments into a single entity may offer some insight for officials and residents of Lawrence and Douglas County.
Research library preserves Chamberlain items
December 19, 2005
Much of Aram Goudsouzian’s research on Wilt Chamberlain’s years in Lawrence was conducted at Kansas University’s Spencer Research Library.
Area fishing lake to close for restocking, dam work
Draining continues at reservoir
December 19, 2005
It has been years since Douglas County State Fishing Lake was a prime location that lived up to its name.
Administrators selective about offering online degree programs
Employers’ opinions vary widely on Internet educations
December 19, 2005
Frank Weinhold was a hospital pharmacy director when he went back for another college degree. Given his full-time day job, traditional schooling was not a good option.
Agency goes the extra mile for foster kids
Douglas County foundation helps pay for class rings, prom dresses
December 19, 2005
Like most high school students, Amanda Vobrist wanted to buy a class ring and a set of her senior class pictures.
Fitness club members criticize tree with Birthright message
Some offended by Christmas display in lobby of Body Boutique
December 19, 2005
Three Lawrence women have canceled their memberships at a women-only gym after finding a Christmas tree in the lobby adorned with plastic figures meant to represent fetuses.
McKinney finds form; Tigers clip Furman
December 19, 2005
The shots hadn’t been falling Sunday for Missouri’s Jimmy McKinney, but coach Quin Snyder still had confidence in his senior guard.
Hawks win again
Atlanta tips Denver in OT
December 19, 2005
Atlanta’s Josh Smith scored on a layup with 42 seconds left in overtime to snap a tie, and Tyronn Lue hit a three-pointer with 5.6 seconds remaining Sunday to clinch the suddenly rejuvenated Hawks’ 110-107 victory over Denver.
Pope discusses true meaning of Christmas
December 19, 2005
Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday that joy, and not a costly present, is the true gift of Christmas as he made his first visit as pontiff to a Rome parish.
County to consider programs for roads
December 19, 2005
Road issues are the main agenda items for today’s meeting of the Douglas County Commission. The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass.
On the record
December 19, 2005
Lawrence datebook
December 19, 2005
Teacher faces charges; son took gun to school
December 19, 2005
An elementary school teacher whose 11-year-old son twice brought a loaded handgun to school faces felony child endangerment charges.
Iraq war vet launches congressional bid
December 19, 2005
Iraq war veteran L. Tammy Duckworth, a helicopter pilot who lost her legs to a rocket-propelled grenade attack, formally announced her candidacy Sunday in Lombard for the congressional seat of retiring Republican Rep. Henry Hyde.
Dam-break victims released from hospital
December 19, 2005
Two children whose home was hit by the massive flood surge from a reservoir break were released from a hospital Sunday.
GOP leaders reach tentative deal on spending cut
December 19, 2005
House and Senate GOP leaders agreed Sunday to a five-year budget plan for cutting spending for Medicaid and other entitlement programs by $41.6 billion and a separate measure to open the Alaskan wilderness to oil drilling.
Cheney pays surprise visit to leaders, troops
December 19, 2005
Suicide bombers and gunmen killed nearly two dozen people across Iraq on Sunday, shattering the relative quiet since the parliament election, as President Bush said the vote had strengthened a new ally and warned against a U.S. pullout.
Sports complex to be considered
Lawrence City Commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at
December 19, 2005
City commissioners will hear a proposal from former Lawrence Mayor Bonnie Lowe about investigating the need for a new first-class sports/recreation complex.
ECKAN seeks clerical volunteers
December 19, 2005
ECKAN seeks a volunteer to assist with clerical duties, including answering telephones and basic office responsibilities. ECKAN works to help families move from welfare assistance to be self-sustaining and self-sufficient through programs that alleviate the effects of poverty.
Bill and Melinda Gates, Bono Time’s Persons of the Year
December 19, 2005
Time magazine has named Bill and Melinda Gates and rock star Bono its “Persons of the Year,” citing their charitable work and activism aimed at reducing global poverty and improving world health.
Reserve lifts Illini past OU
December 19, 2005
Danyel Crutcher didn’t stand out in Oklahoma’s scouting report on Illinois, averaging only three points as a reserve.
Finals finished for Kaun, KU
Jayhawks happy to concentrate solely on hoops
December 19, 2005
Kansas University’s basketball players will take the floor tonight with their minds focused only on hoops.
December 19, 2005
Kansas University leads the all-time series with Pepperdine, 8-1. KU won the last meeting, 76-61, in 1999 at Allen Fieldhouse. The Waves’ only victory was in 1979 when they registered a 96-89 victory in Malibu.
Diet Cokes all around for ‘72 Dolphins
December 19, 2005
When San Diego’s Keenan McCardell made an ill-advised decision to field a punt at his goal line Sunday, Don Shula angrily rose from his skybox seat, stomped around the room and then stood in the corner fuming.
Dodgers sign five-time All-Star
Garciaparra passes physical, agrees to one-year deal
December 19, 2005
Five-time All-Star Nomar Garciaparra agreed to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Chargers deliver first blow to Colts
December 19, 2005
Perfection is now a thing of the past for the Indianapolis Colts. Looking ahead isn’t so grim, though - especially with the Super Bowl still in their sights.
Hospital to allow assisted suicides
December 19, 2005
A Swiss hospital has agreed to let an assisted-suicide organization help terminally ill patients take their own lives on its premises.
Rebel groups unite to attack village
December 19, 2005
Hundreds of fighters from three rebel armies united to attack a village in western Colombia, officials said Sunday, offering new details in the bold assault that killed at least five police officers.
Leftist candidate elected president
December 19, 2005
Peasant leader Evo Morales, who has harshly criticized U.S. policies in Latin America, won a major victory Sunday in the race for this fractured country’s presidency, adding to a rising wave of leftist governments in the region.
Customs agents seize counterfeit Tamiflu
December 19, 2005
Customs agents have intercepted more than 50 shipments of counterfeit Tamiflu, the antiviral drug being stockpiled in anticipation of a bird flu pandemic, marking the first such seizures in the U.S., authorities said Sunday.
Lessons from 2005 worth another look
December 19, 2005
As we near the end of each year, we look back and pull together the ideas that are worth repeating. We pass those along today, with our wish that 2006 will be your best career year yet.
Malls busy, but retailers still wary
December 19, 2005
Retailers remained anxious Sunday, after the last full weekend of shopping before Christmas appeared robust but not spectacular, despite generous bargains for many goods.
Study: Marking teenage milestones makes for smoother adolescence
December 19, 2005
Drivers’ licenses, first dates, graduations - with four grown children, Terry Dunn has witnessed more teenage rites of passage than he can count.
Engineers return from Iraq
December 19, 2005
Friends and family members welcomed home their loved ones this weekend when the 891st Engineering Battalion returned home from Iraq.
Virginia to review dangerous dog laws
December 19, 2005
A Virginia lawmaker is proposing tough legislation to punish dog owners whose pets injure or kill, following a fatal attack on an elderly widow by three roaming pit bulls.
Fashion translation
Memoirs’ movie inspires geisha styles
December 19, 2005
It’s certainly not the first time the West has borrowed Eastern styles - the obi belt that was all over the runways a year ago - but a number of the fashion and beauty looks inspired by the new film “Memoirs of a Geisha” are quite literal in their translation.
It’s dirty tricks all over again
December 19, 2005
Reading the new reports that the Pentagon is conducting surveillance of peaceful antiwar groups and protests, I feel like I’m having a bad ‘60s flashback.
Smart universe
December 19, 2005
To the editor: If we’re the only intelligence in the universe, why does the universe seem to be so much smarter than us?
Give it up
December 19, 2005
To the editor: The article in the Journal-World on Dec. 15, concerning the president, says that he admits that the intelligence was faulty.
Effective threats
December 19, 2005
To the editor: Isn’t it nice that the Kansas University department of religious studies sent out a postcard apologizing for Professor Mirecki’s e-mail remarks.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
December 19, 2005
From Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 19, 1905: “The Kansas University basketball team played the last game of its southern trip at Baldwin last night, defeated by Baker by a score of 24-18.”
Old home town - 40 years ago today
December 19, 2005
Stephen Munzer, Salina senior majoring in English and philosophy at Kansas University, was one of the two Kansas finalists in the Rhodes Scholarship competition. The other was David Parker of Kansas State University.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
December 19, 2005
Douglas County authorities said they thought a man found burned to death the previous day in a rental truck parked near Clinton Lake had deliberately set a gasoline fire to kill himself. The victim apparently was an off-duty Kansas City, Mo., police officer, but the body was so badly burned authorities had to turn to dental records for a full identification. A police badge and two revolvers found at the scene belonged to a 32-year-old member of Kansas City’s police force. No details were being released about theories for a motive.
Probe sought in domestic spying
Democrats and GOP both want Bush’s decision investigated
December 19, 2005
Democrats and Republicans called separately Sunday for congressional investigations into President Bush’s decision after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to allow domestic eavesdropping without court approval.
Bush warns against early exit
December 19, 2005
President Bush asserted Sunday night the United States is winning the war in Iraq and issued a plea to Americans divided by doubt: “Do not give in to despair and do not give up on this fight for freedom.”
Courting social change
Chamberlain’s experience with racism in Lawrence foreshadowed nation’s
December 19, 2005
There’s no argument. Wilt Chamberlain was — and remains — Kansas University’s best and best-known basketball player.
A club without limits: Student group tries a bit of everything
December 19, 2005
Kansas University is home to student clubs for everything from chess and hip-hop to trumpets and tae kwon do.