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Rainy start to day
Chance for rain/snow mix in the afternoon
December 24, 2005
Today’s morning rain may change over to a mixture of rain and snow later in the afternoon, 6News Weather reports.
Merry Quiz-Mas
Sure, you know all the traditional lyrics … but how are you at holiday history?
December 24, 2005
How about this for irony: Composer Leroy Anderson wrote the Christmas classic “Sleigh Ride” during the middle of a heat wave. The song “Russian Christmas Music,” meanwhile, was actually written by an American after the Allied invasion of France, for a concert promoting Russian-American unity.
Keillor: There’s too little to talk about on Christmas Day
December 24, 2005
The best part of Christmas is just before it starts, when all the preparations are done or it’s too late to worry about them, and after you run a vacuum around the living room you can sit down and close your eyes and let old Christmases come winging back from the Olden Days of Yore, before credit cards, when parents were cautious about lavishing money on children for fear of spoiling them rotten.
Senator discusses presidential aspirations, bioethics issues
December 24, 2005
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., said he will continue to test the presidential waters and seek bans on human cloning and so-called chimeras.
Holiday overlap challenges many interfaith families
December 24, 2005
This Christmas, Gerry and Rachael Coakley plan to spend the day with his parents. They’ll attend Roman Catholic Mass, open presents around his folks’ tree and join them for Christmas dinner.
Student reaches $440,000 settlement in sex harassment case
December 24, 2005
The Tonganoxie school district’s insurance company ended a 19-month legal battle, agreeing to pay $440,000 to a former student who sued after persistent bullying and harassment from classmates prompted him to drop out of school.
A magical visitor for Jewish children
December 24, 2005
The story starts in 1981 when Danny Bloom, thirtysomething and working in public relations at a community college in Alaska, decided he wanted to pen a holiday story he thought Jewish children could relate to.
Alito defended government’s right to order domestic wiretaps
December 24, 2005
Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito defended the right of government officials to order domestic wiretaps for national security when he worked at the Reagan Justice Department, an echo of President Bush’s rationale for spying on U.S. residents in the war on terror.
Commentary: Cougars have long way to go
December 24, 2005
The University of Houston is again at a football crossroads. Yes, another one. Seems like only yesterday we were having this same discussion regarding Dana Dimel. Or was it Kim Helton? Or John Jenkins?
Booster excited by Jackson’s return
KU grad Davis tries to set record straight about relationship with player
December 24, 2005
A man who normally falls into a deep sleep the moment his head hits the pillow found himself tossing and turning all Thursday night into the wee hours Friday morning.
Keegan: Kansas’ Keith proves toughness
December 24, 2005
Of all the rotten luck. Kansas University had a chance to nail down its first winning record in 10 football seasons, and one of its two most valuable players was slammed by illness in the days leading up to the game.
Jayhawks worthy
KU dismantles UH, gets winning record
December 24, 2005
Former Kansas University football coach Glen Mason huddled his players together after the 1991 season finale and declared his Jayhawks “winners” in front of a tearful locker room that had been through so much.
Kansas football notebook
December 24, 2005
Kansas University finished the season 7-5, the first time the Jayhawks had a winning record since 1995. Glen Mason led that team to a 10-2 mark and Aloha Bowl victory. Friday’s win also was the first bowl victory since ‘95.
How they scored
December 24, 2005
 
Ex-coach gets 7 years for sex with young swimmer
Assistant district attorney says relationship began when girl on team was 12
December 24, 2005
A man already serving a federal prison term for a sex offense has been sentenced to an additional seven years for a case involving a girl who belonged to the swimming team he coached.
Italy has new fashion celebrity - Pope Benedict XVI
December 24, 2005
Whether it’s Prada and Gucci, or just fancy ecclesiastical tailoring, Pope Benedict XVI is his own man when it comes to dressing. Just days before Christmas, Benedict showed up at his weekly public audience in St. Peter’s Square wearing a fur-trimmed stocking cap that could have passed for a Santa Claus hat.
Presents may ease memories of past
Vietnamese priest hopes Christmas new beginning for Katrina refugees
December 24, 2005
Four-year-old Elaina Le and her grandmother clung to a rooftop for 19 hours after Hurricane Katrina hit Biloxi, Miss. The memory of those rising waters still haunts the little girl’s dreams.
Hawaii Bowl reward for CFU’s turnaround
Golden Knights went from 0-11 to 8-4
December 24, 2005
Central Florida made one long trip to get to the Hawaii Bowl, and it had nothing to do with the 11-hour flight.
Society Calendar
December 24, 2005
 
Scouting News
December 24, 2005
 
Simons: Small, focused group is key to city’s long-range planning
December 24, 2005
Fortunately, a number of Lawrence residents seem to be waking up to the realization the city needs to do a far better job of planning for the future.
Faith forum
December 24, 2005
What is your favorite part of the Christmas story?
Horoscopes
December 24, 2005
 
Faith briefs
December 24, 2005
 
Israel to enforce off-limits zone
December 24, 2005
Israel will enforce a new off-limits zone in the Gaza Strip with artillery, helicopter and gunboat fire, its latest response to Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli towns, defense officials said Friday.
Official at Emporia State killed in hit-and-run accident while jogging
December 24, 2005
An Emporia State University official who was a regular morning jogger died Thursday in a hit-and-run accident, police said.
Colorado setting up funds to increase diversity
December 24, 2005
Buoyed by a $1 million donation from a philanthropic group, the University of Colorado on Thursday said it plans to establish a $7.5 million scholarship endowment to boost diversity.
Voucher proposal appears unlikely to win endorsement
December 24, 2005
A proposal for a limited school voucher program appears unlikely to win the State Board of Education’s endorsement when the board meets again in January.
KU beneficiary of Senate appropriation
December 24, 2005
The U.S. Senate has signed off on a measure containing $1.75 million for Kansas University for SensorNet, a chemical and biological agent sensor network, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts’ office has announced.
Hemenway invited to leadership summit
December 24, 2005
Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway is among a group of higher education leaders invited to attend the U.S. State Department’s University Presidents Summit next month.
Commission takes break from meetings
December 24, 2005
Douglas County commissioners are taking a holiday break from their regular meetings.
Lawmakers soon will learn cost of providing education
School funding study anticipated just before Legislature convenes
December 24, 2005
State lawmakers are getting nervous about what could be a huge bill. In less than two weeks, the Legislative Division of Post-Audit is scheduled to hand over the much-anticipated school funding study.
Mother needs to get used to rowdy little boys in the house
December 24, 2005
Help! I’m the mother of two sons, and I feel as though I’ve been thrust into a strange new world. Are boys always so rough? Sometimes the noise level in our house is more than I can take. Is this normal?
Fish salvage set at county lake
December 24, 2005
A public fish salvage will be conducted next month at Douglas County State Fishing Lake.
Pivotal ruling
December 24, 2005
To the editor: I was delighted to read that a federal judge ruled today (Dec. 20) that the Dover, Pa., school board’s injection of intelligent design into science classrooms is unconstitutional because it advances a particular brand of conservative Christianity. Thus, it violates the constitutional ban on establishment of religion.
New York back on the move after transit strike
December 24, 2005
Relieved New Yorkers happily hopped on subways and buses Friday and drove into the city without carpooling requirements a day after a strike of the nation’s largest mass transit system ended.
On the record
December 24, 2005
 
U.N. members reach budget deal
December 24, 2005
U.N. members agreed Friday night on a two-year budget that seriously restricts spending and applies pressure for management reform - a top priority for the United States and the European Union.
Practical approach
A recommendation to forgo a roundabout at 19th and Louisiana streets should draw applause from Lawrence residents.
December 24, 2005
Congratulations to the city’s traffic planners for rejecting the premise that roundabouts are the best solution for every problem intersection in Lawrence.
Rapper handcuffed after sticking out tongue at judge
December 24, 2005
Rapper Foxy Brown was handcuffed, threatened with jail and made to apologize Friday after she opened her mouth and stuck out her tongue in the direction of a judge who asked her to stop chewing gum.
Troop cuts suggest more reductions on the way
December 24, 2005
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s rationale for starting to shrink the U.S. military force in Iraq - even the setting of his announcement, in this former insurgent stronghold - suggests U.S. officials foresee more cuts in coming months.
Police department losing pair of veteran officers
December 24, 2005
Two Lawrence police officers with about 60 years’ combined experience on the department will work their last shifts today.
Most offices closed for Christmas holiday
December 24, 2005
Government offices and public services in Lawrence and Douglas County will be closed Monday in observance of Christmas Day.
Commodities
December 24, 2005
 
13 sailors killed in attack, navy says
December 24, 2005
Thirteen Sri Lankan sailors were killed Friday when their convoy came under attack in the rebel-held northeastern part of the country - an incident European peace monitors fear could jeopardize Sri Lanka’s fragile cease-fire.
Ask for drinks in highball glass to decrease alcohol
December 24, 2005
Here’s a new tip to help curb drinking over the holidays: Ask for your scotch-and-soda in a highball glass.
Bin Laden’s niece says she wants acceptance in U.S.
December 24, 2005
Osama bin Laden’s niece, in an interview with GQ magazine in which she appears scantily clad, says she has nothing in common with the al-Qaida leader and simply wants acceptance by Americans.
Lower house approves bill restricting groups
December 24, 2005
Russia’s lower house of parliament approved a controversial crackdown on the activities of nongovernmental organizations Friday, brushing aside widespread concern that the measure would stifle civil society in Russia and mark another regressive milestone in the country’s post-Soviet evolution.
Man jailed for more than a year with no lawyer
December 24, 2005
A man was jailed for more than a year without ever seeing a lawyer as he waited for a repeatedly postponed court hearing, gaining release only after a cellmate told an attorney about the case.
Best Bets
December 24, 2005
 
11 lawmakers expelled from India’s parliament
December 24, 2005
Taking a stand against corruption, India’s parliament ended its winter session Friday with a vote to expel 11 lawmakers caught taking bribes in a television station’s sting operation.
Homeless rescued to play Santa
December 24, 2005
Dale Keyser: bipolar, alcoholic, homeless, jobless, estranged from his wife and children. But that’s history.
Defining rights
December 24, 2005
To the editor: Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts has secured his position as George Bush’s Capitol Hill lapdog.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
December 24, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 24, 1905: “Once again we are on the eve of a great holiday and many, many of us have so much to be grateful about, including living in a wonderful community with such stellar people. Santa Claus should treat Lawrence generously and warmly this year.
Piece of history
It isn’t time to bury Boot Hill yet.
December 24, 2005
It’s good to hear that a piece of Kansas lore won’t go by the wayside. After being told that the struggling Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City might be forced to close its doors, Dodge City and Ford County commissioners have stepped in with $275,000 to keep the landmark afloat.
Howie Day arrested at airport for rowdy behavior
December 24, 2005
Howie Day was arrested at Logan International Airport for rowdy behavior on a Boston-bound flight after he became intoxicated from a mix of alcohol and a sleeping pill.
Judge denies bail to Canadian wanted in U.S.
December 24, 2005
A judge on Friday denied bail for a Canadian wanted by the United States for supplying al-Qaida with weapons, saying his alleged terrorist links make him a flight risk.
Student accused of stabbing professor
December 24, 2005
A college student upset about a failing grade has been accused of following his professor home and stabbing her in the neck.
Around and about
December 24, 2005
 
Warrants issued for 22 purported CIA operatives
December 24, 2005
An Italian judge has issued European arrest warrants for 22 purported CIA operatives wanted for the alleged kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric, a prosecutor said Friday.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
December 24, 2005
Surprise! About two inches of snow that dropped here Christmas Eve guaranteed the Lawrence area its first white Christmas since 1974.
Four men arrested in explosives theft case
December 24, 2005
Four men, including two brothers, were taken into custody Friday by federal authorities in connection with the theft of 400 pounds of explosives from a storage depot southwest of Albuquerque.
American Express, customers reach deal
December 24, 2005
A $75 million settlement has been approved between American Express Co. and thousands of cardholders who contended in a class-action lawsuit that they paid hidden transaction fees for charges made in foreign currencies.
Plane crashes, all 23 aboard believed killed
December 24, 2005
An Azerbaijan Airlines passenger plane with 23 people aboard crashed on the Caspian Sea coast and all aboard were believed killed, a police official said early today.
Security flashback
December 24, 2005
To the editor: It was a surprise today to see retired professor Grant Goodman’s picture on the front page of your newspaper.
Lawrence Datebook
December 24, 2005
 
Idol’ finalists battle on the album charts
December 24, 2005
“American Idol” runner-up Bo Bice soared onto the Billboard albums chart with a robust No. 4 debut, but once again the rocker was unable to top Carrie Underwood.
Housing market cools
December 24, 2005
Sales of new homes plunged in November by the largest amount in nearly 12 years, providing the most dramatic evidence yet that the red hot housing market during the past five years is starting to cool down.
Bonus point assists ISU
December 24, 2005
Iowa State, mistakenly awarded an extra point midway through the second half, beat Northwestern State, 81-77, in double overtime Thursday night in the semifinals of the Rainbow Classic.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
December 24, 2005
Emil Heck Jr., Jim Owens and Dr. W.F. Bradley had been voted to the interim board of education for new Lawrence School District 497 in a special election.
Club News
December 24, 2005
 
4-H News
December 24, 2005
 
People and places
December 24, 2005
 
Cyndi Lauper to join theater company on Broadway
December 24, 2005
Girls just want to have fun - on Broadway.
A crank brings meaning on Christmas Eve
December 24, 2005
On a night when much programming is background noise for family gatherings or gift-wrapping, one quiet offering stands out. The British film “Mr. Harvey Lights A Candle” (7 p.m. today, BBC America) stars Timothy Spall, best known for his role as Peter Pettigrew in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”
New moms need to connect
December 24, 2005
At a certain point after you have your first baby, after the relatives have come and gone, after dad is back at work, after your mom stops calling every day to “see how you’re doing,” the truth strikes home with all the inevitability of a soggy diaper: You have to get out of the house.
Actor arrested in sting after allegedly trying to buy heroin
December 24, 2005
Brad Renfro was arrested in a sting operation after he allegedly tried to buy heroin near downtown’s Skid Row, police said.
Celebrity birthdays
December 24, 2005
“American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest is 31. Songwriter-bandleader Dave Bartholomew is 85. Rock singer-musician Lemmy (Motorhead) is 60. Designer Kate Spade is 43. Singer Ricky Martin is 34.
Pump patrol
December 24, 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.
China dumps chemicals into river in effort to clear spill
December 24, 2005
China is dumping chemicals into a southern river in hopes of clearing a toxic spill that threatens water supplies to the major city of Guangzhou, the government said today.
U.S. banks try to sell themselves to immigrants sending money home
Businesses working to cash in on $45 billion industry
December 24, 2005
U.S. banks have raced to join the remittance industry in recent years, seeking a share of the billions of dollars immigrants send to their native countries, especially around the holiday season.
Retailers depending on last-minute shoppers
Lack of must-have items, calendar deter consumers
December 24, 2005
Retailers can blame the calendar. They can blame the weather. They can even try to blame New York City’s transit strike. But, in the end, the 2005 shopping season may just be another case of merchants not giving shoppers what they really want - must-have items at reasonable prices.
Mormons honor anniversary of church founder’s birth
December 24, 2005
Faithful Mormons on Friday celebrated the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of Joseph Smith, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one of the fastest-growing religions in the world.
Carter debates like Southern gentleman
December 24, 2005
Jimmy Carter is the kind of Democrat most people think no longer exists: an evangelical Christian, a white male from a “red” state (Georgia) and a military man whose Annapolis days are among his proudest.
Charity drive far behind
Red Kettle campaign lags last year by $40K
December 24, 2005
The red kettles are running short of green. W-a-a-a-y short. “Last year at this time, we’d collected about $89,000,” said Wes Dalberg, co-administrator at The Salvation Army, 946 N.H. “This year, we’re at $49,000.”
Chiefs face elimination game with Chargers
K.C. must win final two contests, then hope for help to reach playoffs
December 24, 2005
If anybody knows how to win in Arrowhead Stadium in December, it’s Donnie Edwards. Before he was a standout linebacker for Marty Schottenheimer’s San Diego Chargers, he was a standout linebacker for Marty Schottenheimer’s Kansas City Chiefs.
New-look Damon gets shave, haircut
Yankees finalize $52 million contract with center fielder
December 24, 2005
Having gone for his Yankee clipping, Johnny Damon appeared with his hair trimmed and beard shorn to inherit the job made famous by the Yankee Clipper.
Free speech
December 24, 2005
To the editor: Does anyone ask why so much “freedom of speech” is given to Fred Phelps while “freedom of speech” is denied to Paul Mirecki?
Accepted government key to Iraq future
December 24, 2005
The key to an American exit from Iraq is not the number of Iraqi troops and police that we have trained. It is the formation of an Iraqi government that Iraqis of all communities accept as a legitimate expression of their will.
KU announces new Liberal Arts dean
Joseph Steinmetz has spent nearly 20 years at Indiana University
December 24, 2005
After nearly two decades at Indiana University-Bloomington, Joseph Steinmetz is coming to Kansas University, where on July 1 he will take over as the new dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, KU’s largest school.
This time, Carter makes sure
Nets standout scores 51 in victory over Heat
December 24, 2005
The last time he played in Miami, Vince Carter insisted he was fouled when his potential game-winning layup was swatted away at the buzzer. So Friday, he ensured the game was decided long before the final second.
Court disqualifies Sunni candidates
December 24, 2005
An Iraqi court has ruled that some of the most prominent Sunni Muslims who were elected to parliament last week won’t be allowed to serve because officials suspect that they were high-ranking members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party.
Shiites willing to discuss coalition with Sunni Arabs
December 24, 2005
Iraq’s leading Shiite religious bloc said Friday it is ready to discuss Sunni Arab participation in a coalition government, while thousands of Sunnis and some secular Shiites demonstrated in the streets claiming election fraud.
Sacred centerpiece
Heirloom Nativity sets carry extra meaning for families
December 24, 2005
The floor at Brooke Waters’ house looked like part Bethlehem, part craft project. She and her 10-year-old daughter, Nicole Symons, were making a Nativity set out of pipe cleaners and yarn - with an occasional cotton ball or sequin.
Some evacuees still desperate
December 24, 2005
It is Christmas, three months after the storms. And it is so easy to forget those who fled. But it is not easy for those who escaped Hurricane Katrina’s wrath to sit and watch life going on like a show around them.
Deal would be record for city
For proposed $58M overhaul, Berry Plastics wants historic tax break
December 24, 2005
Berry Plastics Corp. is prepared to make the largest industrial investment in Lawrence history - provided it also receives the largest tax break ever sought from the city.
Cougars impressed by Kansas
December 24, 2005
The thing that truly shocked Houston coach Art Briles about Friday night’s Forth Worth Bowl was the final score.
Health department keeps ahead of flu-shot demand
December 24, 2005
The state provided extra seasonal flu vaccine doses to 19 county health departments this month, but Douglas County didn’t need a booster; health officials here say they still have plenty.
Holiday brings light trading
Factory-order increase does little to entice investors to markets
December 24, 2005
Stocks barely moved Friday, even though durable goods orders jumped by the largest amount in six months.
Ottawa University planning class on intelligent design
December 24, 2005
A class next semester at Ottawa University will examine intelligent design in the wake of the State Board of Education’s adoption of public school science standards that critics say promote the concept.
Senator: Bush’s spying raises concerns
Brownback disagrees with legal rationale
December 24, 2005
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., on Friday said the Bush administration needed to answer questions about spying on Americans without court authorization.
Campbell’s five-TD performance powers Navy in Poinsettia
December 24, 2005
Only four players have scored five touchdowns in a bowl game, and two of them did it in San Diego.
Farming funds divide siblings
December 24, 2005
I am the youngest of three children. We range in age from 60 to 44. I have lived next door to my parents in a house we built on their property since I graduated from high school.
Mayor says it’s time for nonsense
Highberger’s proclamation will celebrate Dadaism
December 24, 2005
Lawrence residents, pay heed to what your mayor has to say - “zimzim urallala zimzim urallala zimzim zanzibar zimzalla zam.” No, really.
UConn sets arena scoring record
December 24, 2005
Rashad Anderson hit all seven of his three-pointers and scored a career-high 33 points to lead No. 2 Connecticut to a 129-61 victory over Morehead State on Friday.
Punt return key
Murph muffed TD
December 24, 2005
What’s so fun about a traditional punt return, anyway? Brian Murph apparently wanted his rare crack at returning a punt to be interesting. So he muffed it.
Colts attempt to focus on football
December 24, 2005
The Indianapolis Colts got back to concentrating on football Friday.