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Lady Lions clip Firebirds
December 22, 2005
The Lawrence High girl’s basketball team beat Free State High, 47-39, Thursday in the city showdown at LHS. Lawrence High senior Sydney Wilson says her gelled teammates are stepping up.
Free State stomps Lawrence High
December 22, 2005
The Free State High boy’s basketball team defeated Lawrence High, 58-54, Thursday in the city showdown at LHS. Firebird head coach Chuck Law said his team played with tenacity and determination.
Baldwin votes to allow Sunday liquor sales
December 22, 2005
Proponents for allowing Sunday liquor sales in Baldwin are leading a tight special election by 19 votes with 36 advanced ballots yet to be counted.
Tafanelli back from Iraq, wants to return to the Kansas House
December 22, 2005
Now that he’s back from serving in Iraq, former state Rep. Lee Tafanelli wants to serve again in the Kansas House.
Judge rules in favor of city smoking ban
04:38 p.m., December 22, 2005 Updated 11:00 p.m.
Enforcement of the city’s smoking ban should continue, despite a lawsuit from a Lawrence bar owner challenging its constitutionality, a Douglas County District Court judge has ruled.
Santa Claus chats online
December 22, 2005
Kris Kringle talks about reindeer food, the Royals, and finding the good boys and girls for Christmas.
Lottery’s Pick 3 picks problems
December 22, 2005
TOPEKA - What are the odds? Apparently, too great. A computer glitch caused the Kansas Lottery’s Pick 3 to draw the identical numbers in the same order three days straight, from Friday, Dec. 16 through Sunday, Dec. 18.
Temperatures climbing into 50s
December 22, 2005
If you like snow, get outside and enjoy it this morning. “Most of the snow will be gone by the end of the day. What’s left will be gone tomorrow,” said Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist. “I think we’re going to see a beautiful day across northeast Kansas.”
Lawrence man killed in downtown accident
07:39 a.m., December 22, 2005 Updated 02:13 p.m.
A Lawrence man was killed and three other people were injured, including one critically, in a three-vehicle accident this morning at Sixth and Kentucky streets.
Student loan cuts could increase rates
KU officials worry loans won’t be affordable
December 22, 2005
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved by the narrowest of margins deep cuts to federal student financial aid, which could send interest rates for student loans skyrocketing.
Living Nativity a family affair
Infant fills Jesus role played 30 years ago by his mother
December 22, 2005
Tonya Hemphill passed a family tradition on to her son, Duane, as he portrayed the baby Jesus on Wednesday night at the 30th annual Living Nativity in Vinland.
Program fights winter cold
Volunteers help low-income families winterize their homes
December 22, 2005
Barb Evans hasn’t received her latest utility bills, but no matter how high they might be, she already knows they could have been higher. She can feel the difference.
Bald eagles return to area
Birds can be seen near Kaw River, Clinton Lake
December 22, 2005
By one count there were 44 bald eagles visible Wednesday on the Kaw River in the heart of Lawrence.
A pleasant deviation from the traditional fare
December 22, 2005
Tired of hearing “Jingle Bells” on the radio every five minutes? Wishing there were only two instead of 12 “Days of Christmas”?
Eli Lilly, Feds reach settlement
Firm to pay $36M in marketing case
December 22, 2005
Eli Lilly and Co. said Wednesday it has agreed to plead guilty to a federal misdemeanor and pay $36 million to settle charges that it illegally marketed and promoted its Evista osteoporosis drug for two unapproved uses.
Authorities searching for loose buffalo
December 22, 2005
Police in northeast Ohio were looking for a buffalo that wandered away from its pasture and caused a car accident.
University of California to keep Los Alamos lab
December 22, 2005
The University of California on Wednesday won its hard-fought battle to keep operating Los Alamos National Laboratory, beating back a rival bid from a Lockheed Martin-University of Texas team, despite a series of security and safety lapses at the nuclear weapons design center in New Mexico.
Bush rebuffed on terror suspect
December 22, 2005
In a sharp rebuke, a federal appeals court denied Wednesday a Bush administration request to transfer terrorism suspect Jose Padilla from military to civilian law enforcement custody.
Technology dependent
Poll: Americans hooked on gadgets
December 22, 2005
Gabbing on cell phones, Web surfing on laptops and rhythm-walking with iPods, millions confess they have become high-tech junkies - already coveting a new wave of techno-toys, an AP-Ipsos poll found.
KU-created Aquavan headed for final trials
December 22, 2005
An experimental sedative created at Kansas University and developed by a Lawrence-based startup company is headed for advanced clinical trials early next year, the drug’s owner said Wednesday.
World Wide Web creator starts blog
December 22, 2005
World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee has started a blog just in time for the 15th anniversary of his invention.
Commodities
December 22, 2005
Republican drops bid for Hillary Clinton’s seat
December 22, 2005
After weeks of pressure from her own party to drop out, Republican Jeanine Pirro abandoned her struggling campaign to unseat Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and announced Wednesday that she will run for New York attorney general instead.
Brownback giving away tainted campaign donations
December 22, 2005
Sen. Sam Brownback is giving away $42,000 in campaign donations connected to indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a move several other lawmakers have taken in recent days to avoid the appearance of undue influence.
Jewelry store marks 125 years in business
December 22, 2005
As they get ready to wrap up their shop’s 125th holiday shopping season, Brad Parsons and Rich Yeakel are looking forward to the next 125.
Corrections
December 22, 2005
A story Wednesday about a judge’s ruling in an intelligent design-related case in Dover, Pa., quoted the judge as saying intelligent design has no business in science class because it violates the separation of church and state. This statement was intended as a paraphrase and not a quote.
Lawrence datebook
December 22, 2005
Notebook
December 22, 2005
This is the first meeting between the schools.
Our town sports
December 22, 2005
Lisher tapped to coach all-star game
December 22, 2005
Free State High’s Bob Lisher has been named head coach of the East squad for the 2006 Kansas Shrine Bowl all-star high school football game.
LHS, Free State gird for showdown
Perfect rivalry’ renews with doubleheader tonight at Lions’ den
December 22, 2005
It’s the Christmas gift that keeps on giving - for two months, anyway. Tonight, two city basketball teams will walk off the floor with bragging rights as Lawrence High and Free State meet in their first boys-girls doubleheader of the 2005-06 season.
Jolly old Jayhawks
KU, Houston players brighten spirits while visiting ailing Texas children
December 22, 2005
His name is Mick Brown, a 3-year-old boy from Arlington bedridden because of a spiral fracture of his right femur - suffered playing football.
Two police officers found shot to death
December 22, 2005
Two off-duty Baltimore police officers were shot to death at a suburban townhouse Wednesday, and another law enforcement officer turned himself in a short time later, authorities said.
Man killed when SUV lands on truck
December 22, 2005
A man was killed Wednesday morning when a sports utility vehicle landed on his utility truck as it was stopped in traffic.
Two high school students die in crash
December 22, 2005
Two Frontenac High School sophomores were killed around noon Wednesday in a head-on crash after classes were dismissed early for the holiday break.
Boeing wins discrimination case
December 22, 2005
Dealing a victory to the Boeing Co., a federal jury decided Wednesday that the airplane maker had not discriminated against black employees in promotions, as plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit contended.
Stewart, USC stun Heels
December 22, 2005
Lodrick Stewart and Nick Young each had 18 points to lead Southern California to a 74-59 victory over No. 17 North Carolina on Wednesday night.
Illini hammer Tigers
December 22, 2005
In its first trip to town since last year’s Final Four, Illinois got big games from its tournament holdovers.
Collectors’ trinkets form a winter wonderland
December 22, 2005
At the Gaches home, festive decorations signify more than just a special time of year. They’re direct links to dear family memories. Lawrence resident Colette Gaches inherited many of her Christmas keepsakes from her mother, Patricia Chandler. Although Chandler died in 1999 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. She lives on in Gaches’ collections.
Toledo rockets past UTEP
Big plays lead to 45-13 rout of Miners
December 22, 2005
Bruce Gradkowski and the Toledo Rockets came up with one big play after another. UTEP came up short in the postseason again. Gradkowski threw five touchdown passes, and Trinity Dawson rushed for 132 yards, leading the Rockets to a 45-13 victory over the Miners on Wednesday night in the GMAC Bowl.
Allen ‘hungry’ for new job
Former KU coach happy to have landed at Missouri State
December 22, 2005
New Missouri State football coach Terry Allen believes in omens.
Elton John ties knot with longtime partner
December 22, 2005
Britain’s most famous gay couple - Sir Elton John and Canadian filmmaker David Furnish - tied the knot Wednesday in a much-anticipated ceremony that capped the first week of legalized civil unions in the United Kingdom.
People in the news
December 22, 2005
¢ Letterman lawyers want restraining order quashed ¢ No show for Sharpton ¢ Broadway stars join ‘24’ ¢ Blige booked for festival
Police burn warehouse to dispose of dynamite
December 22, 2005
Bright orange flames and thick smoke lit up the Los Angeles sky early Wednesday as police burned down a warehouse to dispose of 50 pounds of dynamite found after a six-hour standoff.
PBS host’s bones were stolen, sold
December 22, 2005
A ring involved in the theft and sale of body parts stole the bones of “Masterpiece Theatre” host Alistair Cooke just before he was cremated, the New York Daily News has learned.
Blog confession brings guilty plea from teen
December 22, 2005
An 18-year-old pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter after prosecutors discovered an online blog entry in which he confessed to causing a fatal crash by grabbing the steering wheel while he was riding as a passenger.
Naismith family to sell original rules
Asking price is $10 million for basketball inventor’s typewritten list from 1891
December 22, 2005
The original rules of basketball, as drafted by the man who invented the game in 1891, are being put up for sale by his family.
Chiefs land five in Pro Bowl
Shields, Roaf, Waters, Gonzalez, Johnson tapped
December 22, 2005
Five Kansas City Chiefs players were named to the Pro Bowl on Wednesday, including offensive linemen Will Shields and Willie Roaf for the 11th time each.
Santa chat to answer last-minute questions
December 22, 2005
Have a last-minute question for Santa?
Novice bakers not to blame for home ec fire
December 22, 2005
It sounds like a baking lesson gone bad.
KU names temporary religious studies leader
December 22, 2005
Tim Miller, a professor in Kansas University’s religious studies department, will serve as acting department chairman through June, KU announced Wednesday. Miller replaces Paul Mirecki, who resigned from the position after statements he made disparaging religious fundamentalists and other religions were made public.
Man gets 20 years for kidnapping underage girl
December 22, 2005
A man was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison for kidnapping an underage girl whose mother disproved of the couple’s relationship, U.S. Atty. Eric Melgren announced.
Population decline first ever recorded
December 22, 2005
Japan’s population dropped this year for the first time on record, the government said today, signaling a demographic turnaround for one of the world’s fastest-aging societies.
Bird flu researchers alarmed by resistance to Tamiflu
December 22, 2005
In a development health experts are calling alarming, two bird flu patients in Vietnam died after developing resistance to Tamiflu, the key drug that governments are stockpiling in case of a large-scale outbreak.
Robbery suspect mauled by tigers
December 22, 2005
A man suspected of a knifepoint robbery was mauled to death by tigers after he fled from security guards into a zoo.
Other side
December 22, 2005
To the editor: I’m an avid watcher of 6News in the evening.
Different duty
December 22, 2005
To the editor: I can’t tell you how many times my parents’ and grandparents’ generation have told me that, “young people these days have no sense of duty to their country.”
An invitation
December 22, 2005
To the editor: As one of the “fundies” that Professor Mirecki referred to in the Journal-World, I want to say I’m sorry for the incident wherein Mr. Mirecki suffered brutality from those bullies.
Militiamen attack, kill Darfur villagers
December 22, 2005
The United Nations and the African Union on Wednesday condemned an attack on a village in Darfur in western Sudan in which camel and horse-riding assailants killed 20 civilians and burned their huts.
Daily ticker
December 22, 2005
Old home town - 100 years ago today
December 22, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 22, 1905: “Last night’s snow was just, clearly, what Santa Claus was looking for. He has been living so long in his cozy ice lands of the north that he does not like to make visits to other places when it is not cold. He visited many stores here to buy his presents and he will return Sunday night and fill the stockings of good little boys and girls. : We are blessed with this season of peace on earth and good will to men. Almost everybody is preparing to give good gifts to loved ones. This is the one great time of all the year when the joy of giving ripens and yields its full fruition.”
Old home town - 40 years ago today
December 22, 2005
The Kansas Board of Regents approved Chancellor Clarke Wescoe’s request for a 6,500-seat addition on the east side of Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium. There was a chance the work could be completed by the coming fall, boosting the capacity of the arena to 51,500. The addition would make Memorial Stadium the fourth largest football arena in the Big Eight Conference with only Oklahoma, Nebraska and Missouri running ahead.
Senate extends Patriot Act
Cheney casts tie-breaking vote to trim spending
December 22, 2005
In the final clashes of a year of partisan conflict, the Senate dealt defeat Wednesday to legislation allowing oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but Republicans salvaged a $39.7 billion package of deficit cuts on Vice President Dick Cheney’s tie-breaking vote.
Iran expecting birth of cloned sheep
Program part of 20-year plan to become regional leader in science, technology
December 22, 2005
In less than two months, Iran is hoping to celebrate the birth of a cloned sheep, the first such cloning attempt in the Middle East and part of Iran’s ambitions - along with its nuclear and space programs - to become a regional high-tech powerhouse.
Health officials recommend whooping cough vaccines
December 22, 2005
Whooping cough is on the rise in Kansas, and state health officials on Wednesday urged families, especially those with young children, to protect themselves against the disease, which can be deadly.
These plants will liven up your landscape
December 22, 2005
Presents are still wrapped beneath the tree, and Santa has yet to spread his holiday cheer. But soon, gardeners’ mailboxes all around town will be filling with seed catalogs and beautiful photos of what is to come next season. As you sort the mail and dream of lively, greener gardens, here are a few plants you may wish to include in your landscape next season. Called Pride of Kansas Plants, these 2006 winners have proven to perform well here in our harsh, unpredictable Kansas climate.
Ruling is constitutional victory
December 22, 2005
The long-awaited ruling on the Dover, Pa., “intelligent design” trial came Tuesday, and the results were bad for ID - and good for democracy. They were good for those who read the Bible, those who read Darwin, and those who never read anything. This was a triumph for the Constitution, so it is one we all can share.
Against the odds
Aniston perseveres through divorce, paparazzi
December 22, 2005
Though she’s furious that a photographer surreptitiously shot topless pictures of her at her home, Jennifer Aniston is philosophic about it. “I might as well pull my pants down at this point. They’ve seen everything else,” she jokes with Shirley MacLaine, her co-star in the new romantic comedy, “Rumor Has It.”
Mayor lifts 2 a.m. curfew
December 22, 2005
The all-night New Orleans party is starting again for the first time since Hurricane Katrina.
Photography sought for Hays exhibit
December 22, 2005
The Hays Arts Council is accepting entries for the 22nd annual Five State Photography Competition and Exhibition.
Jim Ryun seeks leadership position
U.S. Representative eyes chairmanship of House Budget Committee
December 22, 2005
In a move that would propel him into the ranks of congressional leadership, U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun is seeking the chairmanship of the House Budget Committee.
AMC, Loews to sell screens before merger
December 22, 2005
Kansas City, Mo.-based AMC Entertainment Inc. and Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corp. have agreed to sell 10 theaters to clear the way for their proposed merger, the theater operators said Wednesday.
Toys for Tots inquiries still being accepted
December 22, 2005
Families in need who have not yet been adopted for the holidays are encouraged to call Douglas County Toys for Tots coordinator Mary Jones at 766-3023.
Santa figures of all ages fetch fine price
December 22, 2005
Early Christmas decorations are very popular today with collectors and those lucky enough to have inherited them. Santa Claus and Father Christmas, as well as reindeer, elves and sleighs, have long been part of the holiday. Santa as we know him today - fat and jolly, with a short red coat and a full beard - grew from two old traditions. One was St. Nicholas, a fourth-century Christian bishop known for his generosity; the other was the Belsnickle, a rather fearsome adult helper of St. Nicholas with whiskers and a fur coat.
Celtics win back-to-back at last
December 22, 2005
The Boston Celtics won consecutive games for the first time this season.
Game show may give women a raw ‘Deal’
December 22, 2005
Howie Mandel plays host to “Deal or No Deal” (7 p.m., NBC) for the fourth time this week. He’ll be back tomorrow night, too. By then we’ll know if “Deal” is a hit or a miss.
The reason for the season
December 22, 2005
Scripture tells us that on that first Christmas - the one in Bethlehem before the advent of shopping malls - the Israelites were looking for a Messiah who would deliver them from Roman occupation. The Romans were anxious, fearing the birth of a king who would challenge their political authority.
Bush hears better when he listens better
December 22, 2005
Democracy in Iraq owes much to the determined efforts of President Bush in 2005. So do democracy and constitutional order in the United States, if in a different way.
Horoscopes
December 22, 2005
For Thursday, Dec. 22
Commissioners ask for help with ‘vision’
December 22, 2005
Imagine putting together a puzzle without ever seeing the picture on the front of the box.
Pressure increases on union on Day 2 of transit strike
December 22, 2005
Threatened with huge fines and possible jail time, the city’s transit union suggested Wednesday that it would be willing to end a strike that has shut down bus and subway service for two days - if the city drops its plan for changing workers’ pensions.
Intelligent design advocates vow not to give up
December 22, 2005
A federal judge’s ruling in Pennsylvania that “intelligent design” is religious fundamentalism dressed in the raiment of science has wounded a politically influential movement.
Keegan: This five the one for Self
December 22, 2005
In the aftermath of Kansas University’s unsightly victory over a bad Pepperdine team, Bill Self said, “I get sick and tired, to be candid with you, about people’s opinions on starting lineups.”
Hinrichs tickled to return to KU
December 22, 2005
Jay Hinrichs will sit with his son, Jared, and wife, Julie, behind the Northern Colorado bench during tonight’s men’s basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse.
Land secured for trail
December 22, 2005
The final piece of land for the proposed Homestead Trail in Kansas and Nebraska has been purchased.
E-mail: Send it as if the world were looking over your shoulder
December 22, 2005
For some, it could serve as a wake-up call. When e-mail messages sent by Paul Mirecki, a Kansas University religion professor, were exposed last month and made national headlines, it was a reminder that what we say online might not be as private as we had thought.
Kale is primitive, but versatile and tasty, too
December 22, 2005
With good reason, kale is becoming more and more popular each year.
Bank robber pleads guilty, tries to explain bizarre crime
December 22, 2005
A former Wichita resident who pleaded guilty Wednesday in a bizarre bank robbery said he was still trying to figure out how he went from someone with no criminal record to committing such a violent crime.
Fueling the controversy
A Pennsylvania ruling adds new fuel to the case against new science standards for Kansas schools.
December 22, 2005
Tuesday’s federal court ruling about teaching intelligent design as part of science classes in Pennsylvania has drawn strong reactions across the country. It has special significance, however, to Kansas, which is dealing with some of the same issues argued in the Pennsylvania case.
KU professor’s research shows humans are affecting climates
December 22, 2005
Deforestation in the Amazon could have repercussions that hit home for Kansans, according to recent research led by a Kansas University professor.
Tis the season for job hunting
December 22, 2005
Could it be that Christmas is a good time to search for a job? That’s what Lee Hecht Harrison, an outplacement and career services firm, says.
On the record
December 22, 2005
Keith ready to go out with a bang
December 22, 2005
He started his college football career surrounded by skepticism as to how good he really could be.
Kansas gets four juco signees
December 22, 2005
The term being tossed around is backloading, and Kansas University’s football team is taking advantage of it.
KU clamps down on Bluejays
Kemp, Jayhawks shut down Creighton’s top scorer to stay unbeaten
December 22, 2005
Ho, ho, ho : Kansas University’s women’s basketball team is 9-0. “It feels good,” KU senior Crystal Kemp said. “We get to go home and have an even merrier Christmas.”
Review: Fact flirts with fiction in tale of Baroness Elsa
December 22, 2005
The Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven wore on occasion a canary in a bird cage for a hat, or two tomato cans on a string for a bra, or a skirt whose bustle contained a red tail light wired to flash.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
December 22, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.02 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Annan’s regret: not preventing Iraq war
December 22, 2005
Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s biggest regret of his nine-year tenure was not being able to prevent the war in Iraq, the U.N. chief said Wednesday during his annual year-end news conference.
Saddam claims he was beaten, tortured in detention
December 22, 2005
After listening for hours to witness accounts of torture at the hands of his regime, Saddam Hussein asserted at his trial Wednesday that he too has been the victim of prison abuse - by his American captors.
Jackson cites improvement
Sophomore says he’s ready to play after suspension
December 22, 2005
Darnell Jackson started to smile … and nod … before a reporter completed the simplest question.