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KU announces new dean
December 23, 2005
Joseph Steinmetz will be the new dean of Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, KU announced today.
Temperatures jingle into 50s again
Rain/snow mix expected by early morning
December 23, 2005
If you’ve got any last-minute Christmas shopping to do, today’s weather will cooperate - temperatures are headed up into the upper 50s again. “Get outside and enjoy it,” said Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist. “It is going to be a fantastic day across northeast Kansas.”
Good Night’ a dramatic retelling of journalistic war
December 23, 2005
It may be hard to believe, but TV journalists were once considered the good guys. But then again, they used to chain-smoke during broadcasts in the 1950s.
Free State boys stun LHS, 58-54
December 23, 2005
With one member of his starting backcourt sitting on the end of the bench because of a knee injury and another in the hospital, and equipped with a ballclub that has shown a propensity for turning over the basketball, Chuck Law made the boldest move of his brief tenure as Free State High’s boys basketball coach Thursday night.
Lawrence girls upend Firebirds
December 23, 2005
Lawrence High girls basketball coach Kristin Mallory loves to have the ball in Sydney Wilson’s hands late in a game. “It’s like ‘Pop-A-Shot’ at the free-throw line,” Mallory said.
Inside a secret world
Memoirs of a Geisha’ transports viewers, but destination lacks depth and emotion
December 23, 2005
When she’s still a little girl, washing clothes and running errands as a servant for the glamorous women of a Kyoto geisha house, the plucky heroine of “Memoirs of a Geisha” gets an important bit of advice: “If she’s not properly dressed,” her hard-driving boss tells her, “she is not a true geisha.”
Bateman, ostriches set for ‘Scrubs’ appearance
December 23, 2005
Completing a “trade” that began more than eight months ago with Zach Braff appearing on “Arrested Development,” Jason Bateman is set to guest-star on an episode of “Scrubs” later this season.
Flame retardant kills R.I. Statehouse Christmas tree
December 23, 2005
It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas for Rhode Island’s official Christmas tree.
Suspect charged for sex with underage girls
December 23, 2005
A 32-year-old Baldwin man has been charged with having sex with three underage girls after plying them with alcohol, investigators said.
Census shows slow state population growth
December 23, 2005
Despite the exodus from rural counties across the state, Kansas’ population is growing - albeit more slowly than its neighbors.
Writer’s home again for sale
December 23, 2005
The Cape Cod house once owned by writer Jack Kerouac is up for sale.
Russian soprano delays Carnegie Hall performance
December 23, 2005
Anna Netrebko, the glamorous young Russian soprano, has canceled her debut recital at Carnegie Hall, saying she’s not ready to perform a solo concert there.
Walk the Line’ to be screened at Folsom State Prison
December 23, 2005
“Walk the Line,” the Johnny Cash biopic, will be shown at Folsom State Prison next month, nearly four decades after the Man in Black famously performed there.
Zellweger, Chesney union officially annulled in L.A.
December 23, 2005
Renee Zellweger’s marriage to country crooner Kenny Chesney never existed - at least in the eyes of the law.
Stefani confirms pregnancy
December 23, 2005
Gwen Stefani announced that she’s pregnant while performing at a concert in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., People magazine reported on its Web site.
Video showing Kate Moss’ drug use given to police
December 23, 2005
The tabloid that printed images allegedly showing Kate Moss snorting cocaine has turned over the videotape to police, said a senior staffer at the newspaper.
Celebrity birthdays
December 23, 2005
Actress Susan Lucci is 59. Emperor Akihito of Japan is 72. Actor James Stacy is 69. Rock musician Ron Bushy is 64. Actor-comedian Harry Shearer is 62. Rock singer Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) is 41.
Science standards committee to meet again, without board
December 23, 2005
Some members of a committee that drew up proposed science standards for the state, upset with the State Board of Education for adding criticism of evolution to their draft, plan to resume meeting on their own.
Soldier wants House seat back
December 23, 2005
Now that he’s back from serving in Iraq, former state Rep. Lee Tafanelli wants to serve again in the Kansas House.
$500,000 awarded in mistaken identity
December 23, 2005
The names are almost the same, but the wrong man ended up in jail twice because of mistakes, and now a jury has awarded him $500,000 in damages, on top of an earlier $25,000 settlement.
Christmas leftovers already?
December 23, 2005
You can’t say television doesn’t embrace Christmas with gusto. It’s just the timing I can’t figure. Starting sometime before Thanksgiving we’ve had ample opportunities to watch Charlie Brown, Rudolph, the Grinch, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” any number of Scrooges and several generations of Frosty.
Patriot Act extended until Feb. 3
December 23, 2005
Congress gave the Bush administration’s anti-terrorism powers one more month of life Thursday, with work finished by a lone senator sitting in the virtually empty Senate chamber.
Cold Case’ born to run with Bruce Springsteen
December 23, 2005
For an episode about a murder case from the 1980s, the producers of “Cold Case” will take a trip down E Street.
University: Stem-cell research was faked
December 23, 2005
South Korean researcher Hwang Woo-suk faked results of at least nine of 11 stem-cell lines he claimed to have created, a deliberate deception that has undermined the credibility of science, his university said today.
Israeli, three Palestinian militants killed in attacks
December 23, 2005
Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinian militants, including the local leader of a small radical faction, during an arrest raid Thursday in the West Bank city of Nablus, witnesses and the military said.
Search for penguin takes a dark turn
December 23, 2005
Police ran down leads and the Royal Navy was on alert Thursday in the search for Toga, an 18-inch-tall baby penguin stolen from an Isle of Wight zoo Saturday night, creating a national soap opera.
Judge dismisses pope from sex abuse case
December 23, 2005
A U.S. judge in Texas dismissed Pope Benedict XVI from a civil lawsuit accusing him of conspiracy to cover up the sexual abuse of minors by a seminarian, ruling Thursday that the pontiff has immunity as a head of state.
Shareholders OK sale of Maytag to Whirlpool
December 23, 2005
Maytag Corp. shareholders on Thursday approved the company’s sale to rival appliance-maker Whirlpool Corp., marking the end of independence for the iconic home appliance maker that failed to overcome cheaper competitors and a waning of its trademark image for dependability.
Commodities
December 23, 2005
 
Not listening
December 23, 2005
To the editor: When will we start listening to our president? Following Sept. 11, 2001, we were told Iraq harbored al-Qaida. We were told Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.
Recycling service
December 23, 2005
To the editor: I would like to thank Wal-Mart for the recycling center they provide to our community.
Choice clarified
December 23, 2005
To the editor: After reading the blogs associated with the Body Boutique article (“Fitness club members criticize tree with Birthright message,” Dec. 19), I’m compelled to clarify that there is an error in the story.
Topekan pleads guilty in 1996 shooting death
December 23, 2005
A Topeka man pleaded guilty Thursday to a deadly 1996 shooting at a Lawrence nightclub, a plea that came after his conviction for the shooting was overturned based on a mistake by prosecutors.
Annual community Christmas dinner set
December 23, 2005
A Lawrence Christmas tradition will continue for the 12th year Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt.
Justice Department defends use of spying
December 23, 2005
The Bush administration formally defended its domestic spying program in a letter to Congress late Thursday saying the nation’s security outweighs privacy concerns of individuals who are monitored.
Boomers face grim outlook
December 23, 2005
The U.S. economy is speeding toward a brick wall, but instead of trying to stop, or even slow down, the fiscal train wreck, many senior citizens want to push hard on the accelerator.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
December 23, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 23, 1905: “The annual dinner of the Sons and Daughters of New England was attended by more than 150 last night in Journal Hall.
For KU, it’s bowl time
Jayhawks all business in approach to tonight’s meeting with Houston
December 23, 2005
Two University of Houston players were slouched in their chairs Thursday morning, dressed casually in UH gear, when Kansas University’s four representatives walked into the room decked out in suits and ties for a Fort Worth Bowl news conference.
Cougars ‘run mouths’
KU’s Reid takes umbrage at UH quote
December 23, 2005
Kansas University linebacker Nick Reid caught wind of some bulletin-board material Thursday. And he never has hesitated to show the public that such talk makes his blood boil.
Lane shifts start as turnpike expansion project proceeds
December 23, 2005
The widening of the Kansas Turnpike west of the Lecompton interchange moved into a new phase this week as westbound traffic was moved onto a new section of pavement.
Packerware plans $58M project
Company considering Lawrence plant for expansion, new jobs
December 23, 2005
Packerware Corp. is planning a “major expansion” that could pump $58 million and 78 employees into its Lawrence plant during the next three years, a company official said Thursday.
Consumer spending misses expectations
December 23, 2005
Consumers increased spending moderately in November even though the growth in their incomes slowed a bit, raising doubts about how strong the Christmas sales season will be.
Kansas basketball notebook
December 23, 2005
Kansas University sophomore guard Jeremy Case exploded for a career-high 11 points in 11 minutes. He had been hobbled lately by a left foot injury.
Wal-Mart workers win $172 million award
December 23, 2005
A California jury on Thursday awarded $172 million to thousands of employees at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. who claimed they were illegally denied lunch breaks.
Bears thrilled by experience
December 23, 2005
They came. They saw. They were conquered. And they loved it. Northern Colorado’s basketball players delighted in playing in Allen Fieldhouse. So what if Kansas skinned the Bears, 85-62?
Keegan: Kansas’ Wright will thrill
December 23, 2005
Sometimes a basketball coach will say something that sticks in your head forever. In this case, the coach was Lute Olson, and the words were spoken from a podium in Maui, Hawaii.
Egyptian opposition leader calls Holocaust a ‘myth’
December 23, 2005
The leader of Egypt’s main Islamic opposition group said Thursday the Holocaust was a “myth,” and he slammed Western governments for criticizing disclaimers of the Jewish genocide.
Lower jobless rate to benefit businesses
December 23, 2005
Employers in Kansas will pay $61 million less in taxes next year to finance benefits for unemployed workers, the state Department of Labor said Thursday.
Rising mortgage rates putting adjustable-rate borrowers in bind
December 23, 2005
We took out an adjustable-rate home-equity loan in June 2004. It seemed like a good deal at the time because our good credit score allowed us to get the prime rate, which was then 4 percent. Now, the prime rate has risen to 7 percent, and our payments have soared. What can we do?
Villanova remains undefeated
December 23, 2005
Randy Foye and Allan Ray often are mistaken for each other because of their physical resemblance. With their knack for hitting big threes and quickness to the basket that’s hard to stop, it’s getting harder to tell them apart on the court, too.
WVU stings Oklahoma
December 23, 2005
Kevin Pittsnogle scored 25 points, and Johannes Herber added a career-high 21 to lead a strong shooting performance by West Virginia in a 92-68 victory over No. 7 Oklahoma on Thursday night.
Marion County voters reject tribal casino
December 23, 2005
Marion County residents have rejected a proposed destination casino.
Offers of help pour in for abandoned newborns
December 23, 2005
The phones were ringing off the hook Thursday at a Chicago-area hospital and two Illinois agencies with calls from people offering to help Baby Joseph and Baby Mary, twin newborns who were found abandoned early Wednesday morning at a Chicago church.
Police: Escaped rape suspect had outside help
December 23, 2005
A serial rape suspect who escaped from jail by climbing through a ceiling vent and rappelling down the side of the building on tied-together bed sheets appeared to have outside help and used tools that had been smuggled in, the city’s police chief said Thursday.
New principal chosen for Broken Arrow
December 23, 2005
Central Junior High School assistant principal Brian McCaffrey has been selected to replace Broken Arrow School principal Larry Bakerink at the end of the 2005-06 school year. Bakerink, 63, is retiring.
Parole board denies Kevorkian’s pardon
December 23, 2005
The state parole board rejected a request to pardon assisted-suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian or commute his sentence, despite warnings that he is in grave condition.
Lawrence Datebook
December 23, 2005
 
Scientists discover more rings around Uranus
December 23, 2005
Astronomers aided by the Hubble Space Telescope have spied two more rings encircling Uranus, the first additions to the planet’s ring system in nearly two decades.
Rumsfeld hints at start of troop reductions in Iraq
Fort Riley soldiers’ deployment may be delayed
December 23, 2005
The United States soon will trim its military force in Iraq to slightly below 138,000 troops, the level it has considered its core force this year, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and other U.S. officials hinted Thursday.
Santa Claus answers children’s questions
December 23, 2005
Unlike many of us, Santa Claus won’t be too concerned about rising gasoline prices on Christmas Eve. “Gas prices do not impact Santa,” the jolly old elf wrote during an online chat Thursday afternoon at the News Center.
New York transit workers end strike without new contract
December 23, 2005
Faced with mounting fines and the rising wrath of millions of commuters, the city transit union sent its members back to work without a new contract Thursday and ended a crippling, three-day strike that brought subways and buses to a standstill.
Ranch to become Salvation Army camp
Property in county sells for $1.17 million
December 23, 2005
A majestic rural ranch at the outskirts of northwestern Douglas County is poised for more than $3 million in upgrades, all designed to turn the rustic property into a youth camp and conference center for not-for-profit organizations.
Sebelius knocks federal budget
Governor says cuts will harm Kansans; senators deny claims
December 23, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday criticized the federal budget approved by the U.S. Senate, saying it will hurt Kansas. Sebelius said the budget “seriously undermines our commitment to health care and student loans.”
James powers Cavs past Bulls
Cleveland stretches winning streak to four
December 23, 2005
LeBron James burst up the right side late in the third quarter, went up for a dunk and … clang! It hit off the rim. It was the lone blemish for James as he scored 37 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 108-100 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night.
Second toxic river spill reported as remnants of first reach Russia
December 23, 2005
A dam temporarily blocked a toxic spill of cadmium from flowing downstream and reaching the country’s southern business center, Guangzhou, a news report said today. It was the second manmade disaster to hit a Chinese river in six weeks.
Safety concerns leave downtown dim
Outlets inside planter boxes shouldn’t be used for Christmas lights, officials say
December 23, 2005
It sounds like something Santa might say: Patience, revelers, patience. That’s what both city and downtown Lawrence officials are preaching to folks wondering why the trees that line Massachusetts Street aren’t full of Christmas lights as in past years.
Lottery glitch draws same Pick 3 numbers three consecutive days
Some players catch on, making payout 192 percent of sales
December 23, 2005
What are the odds? Apparently, too great. A computer glitch caused the Kansas Lottery’s Pick 3 game to draw identical numbers in the same order three days straight, from Dec. 16 through Sunday.
Caring nature earns kudos for district’s ‘master teacher’
December 23, 2005
Once a year, Lawrence school officials pick a teacher worthy of representing the district in the Kansas Master Teacher Award Program.
Cal holds off BYU, 35-28
Cougars threaten in offensive showcase
December 23, 2005
Marshawn Lynch rushed for career highs of 194 yards and three touchdowns, and DeSean Jackson caught two scoring passes before California’s defense held off Brigham Young for a 35-28 victory in the Las Vegas Bowl on Thursday night.
1 million sign up for new Medicare drug plans
December 23, 2005
More than 1 million people voluntarily signed up for the new Medicare drug benefit in the first four weeks of a six-month enrollment period. The Bush Administration on Thursday said the number as of Dec. 13 will bring a total of 21 million or more elderly and disabled Americans who will have insurance coverage for prescription drugs come Jan. 1.
Look who’s back
KU’s Jackson has career night in return
December 23, 2005
The fans started to applaud as Darnell Jackson hopped off the bench and headed to the scorer’s table. They cheered more loudly — some of the 16,300 standing — as Kansas University’s sophomore forward trotted onto the Allen Fieldhouse floor for the first time this season, with 6:01 left in the first half of Thursday’s 85-62 rout of Northern Colorado.
Accident kills 1, injures 3
Cause of wreck under investigation
December 23, 2005
One man died and another was critically injured early Thursday in a three-vehicle wreck at Sixth and Kentucky streets.
For Latin artists, singing in Spanish is just fine to make it big in U.S.
December 23, 2005
Not long ago a reporter in Mexico City put singer Juanes in a spot at a news conference when he asked the Colombian performer why he had once rebuffed Jennifer Lopez.
This Weekend’s Highlights
December 23, 2005
 
Jamestown movie debuts in another historic venue
December 23, 2005
Pocahontas, hobbled slightly by a bad ankle, walked down the red carpet Wednesday in Colonial Williamsburg, where Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry are more likely to stroll the streets.
Arts & Entertainment Calendar
December 23, 2005
 
9-11 should be more than an excuse
December 23, 2005
So it comes down to September 11, 2001. Again. The president has drawn a great dividing line through the country, separating his supporters from his critics. Again.
Harsh words
A usually calm Sen. Pat Roberts didn’t hesitate to show his irritation with comments by a fellow member of the Senate Selection Committee on Intelligence.
December 23, 2005
It isn’t surprising U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has some harsh words for fellow Sen. Jay Rockefeller who serves as vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
National Zoo’s panda cub ventures outside
December 23, 2005
At the tender age of five months, the National Zoo’s panda cub took his first steps outside his indoor habitat on Thursday.
Governor sends holiday letter thanking military
December 23, 2005
Holiday mailings from the Statehouse were a little heavier this season because of a letter of appreciation from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to members of the Kansas National Guard.
Best Bets
December 23, 2005
 
Lobbyist reform is perfect issue for Bush
December 23, 2005
President Bush seems to be having trouble settling on a Big Idea for the upcoming State of the Union address. That’s not too surprising: The sixth time is rarely a charm. The 2005 model - spending capital on Social Security - didn’t work out too well; the president needs something a little less capital-intensive for 2006.
Chiefs, Royals support renovations
New 25-year leases would require $575 million in improvements for Kansas City sports complex
December 23, 2005
The Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals signed letters of intent Thursday for new 25-year leases that would require $575 million in renovations to their two stadiums.
Judge upholds city smoking ban
Nightclub owner vows appeal in wake of district court ruling
December 23, 2005
The city’s smoking ban has won a major legal victory. Douglas County District Court Judge Jack A. Murphy has ruled that enforcement of the city’s smoking ban should continue while a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality makes its way through the court system.
Dungy’s 18-year-old son found dead
Officials say victim’s death appears to be a suicide
December 23, 2005
James Dungy, the 18-year-old son of Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his Tampa-area apartment early Thursday, the sheriff’s office said.
Horoscopes
December 23, 2005
 
Pump patrol
December 23, 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.
The right touch
Massage therapy proves to be rock-solid trend
December 23, 2005
Lawrence massage therapist Kristii Adrian does not get starstruck very easily. But when it came time to give a rubdown to folk singer Arlo Guthrie, she was in awe.
Murrow film earns positive reviews from individuals who knew him
December 23, 2005
CBS News legends Walter Cronkite and Andy Rooney rave about “Good Night, and Good Luck,” but they worry that George Clooney’s film could baffle younger viewers.
CD sales down, downloading up
December 23, 2005
As 2005 comes to a close, the music industry is singing the same old tune: The Sales Slump Blues.
U.N. refuses to review elections
December 23, 2005
Sunni Arab and secular Shiite factions demanded Thursday that an international body review complaints about voting fraud in last week’s elections and threatened to boycott the new legislature. But the United Nations rejected the idea.
On the record
December 23, 2005
 
Baldwin passes Sunday sales
December 23, 2005
Voters approved Sunday liquor sales by an 18-vote margin during Thursday’s special election in Baldwin. In the unofficial results, “No” votes outnumbered “Yes” votes 198-180.
Case makes most of time
December 23, 2005
He entered the game with five minutes left in the first half, which for Jeremy Case these days is almost akin to getting a starting assignment.