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A cold, snowless Christmas
December 25, 2005
Although Christmas Day started out cloudy, the low clouds are expected to gradually exit bringing sunshine this afternoon, 6News Weather reports.
Seeking a Christmas truce in the culture wars
December 25, 2005
On Monday, the federal judge in the case against the Dover, Pa., school board found that, from a legal standpoint, intelligent design (ID) is religion. He did not find that it is a false or inappropriate explanation of life, just that it is a religious explanation.
Bush’s year not as bad as some
December 25, 2005
Here’s a Dirty Dozen of terrible years for presidents. How does 2005 rank in the parade of horrors?
Happy returns
Checking retailers’ policies clears way for many…
December 25, 2005
Michala Karn wasn’t about to take any chances. Not on her dad. As the McLouth resident scurried about Lawrence last week buying presents for friends and family - bouncing from Bath & Body Works to Hobbs, Borders, Signs of Life, The Buckle, Jock’s Nitch and Urban Outfitters - she refused to leave a checkout line without asking her most important question of the season: What is your return policy?
Senior Calendar
December 25, 2005
 
White House welcomed demanding guest in 1941
December 25, 2005
Imagine how tiresome it would be to have, at Christmas, a houseguest of whom your spouse disapproves and who you have met only twice before, the first time 23 years ago (annoyingly, your guest does not remember the meeting), the second time four months ago, for a few hours, out of town, on business.
Start new year with a fun pet calendar
December 25, 2005
Keep tabs on your schedule with the cute face of a kitten or puppy, or the other end of a donkey or pig. Here’s a wide assortment of wall calendars featuring pets to help you ring in the new year:
Ceremonies mark start of tsunami anniversary
December 25, 2005
Amid Christmas lights strung along the beachfront, a cluster of mourners bowed their heads toward the ocean at dusk Saturday and offered prayers for the hundreds of thousands killed a year ago in the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Pilgrims flock to Jesus’ birthplace
December 25, 2005
Thousands of tourists and pilgrims flocked to Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations Saturday, bringing a long-missing sense of holiday cheer to Jesus’ historic birthplace.
Raw milk’s benefits debated
December 25, 2005
Mary Cronin grew up drinking unpasteurized milk. Her parents, natural foods enthusiasts, believed raw milk was healthier, and it could be legally purchased in Connecticut, where they lived.
On the record
December 25, 2005
 
Government buys original Uncle Tom’s cabin
December 25, 2005
In the brisk Washington real estate market, the white colonial was an easy sale - three bedrooms, easy access to a major commuting route and an acre of land, a rarity in the tightly packed suburbs.
Kansan appeals ticket over anti-war signs
December 25, 2005
A suburban Kansas City man is appealing a ticket Prairie Village gave him for homemade yard signs opposing the war in Iraq.
Horoscopes
December 25, 2005
 
Grandmother personalizes Christmas for her family
Salinan spent year creating 26 individualized stockings
December 25, 2005
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and Eleanor Rindt hung her stockings with care - 26 of them, to be exact.
Plan would help voters evaluate judges
Kansas Judicial Council proposes reports on jurists’ performances
December 25, 2005
Stephen Hill has an important job, and next November voters statewide will decide whether he keeps it. But few of those voters will know who Hill is, let alone whether he’s been doing a good job as a judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals.
Ageless Minnesota trapper finds unending joy in traipsing woods
December 25, 2005
If you go out to check traps with Arnie Peterson, don’t overdress. That’s Peterson, up ahead of you on the trail. Seventy years old.
Reverend’s stem cell support is personal
Brother-in-law’s journey convinces her that research will save lives
December 25, 2005
When the Rev. Kathy Neufeld Dunn signed on as a member of a statewide coalition supporting stem cell research, her thoughts were of her brother-in-law.
The Producers’ works overtime to be outrageous
December 25, 2005
Zaniness is tough to capture on film. What comes across as outrageous in live theater can seem forced when confined within a camera lens.
167 children still waiting for a friend
December 25, 2005
Ten-year-old Carnell has been hanging out with Charlie and Cheryl Thomas since October. During that time with them, he’s fed horses, gone sledding and played a few card games.
Faces and places
December 25, 2005
 
Poet’s Showcase
December 25, 2005
Liberal, KS - By Jesse Nathan
Signing off…
With his final show airing today, longtime radio host Calder Pickett reminisces about ‘The American Past’
December 25, 2005
Calder Pickett never had trouble coming up with ideas for his radio show, “The American Past.” He had enough topics to fill 1,500 shows over 32 years on the station now known as Kansas Public Radio. He still has enough ideas listed to last him another year, maybe two.
Change in Iraq difficult but possible
December 25, 2005
Christmas past, present and future will visit Maj. Scott Cooper at Iraq’s Al Asad air base this year. The Marine aviator’s love-hate relationship with the militarized piece of desert that is his temporary home reflects broader feelings about Iraq, a land he has come to have misgivings about even as he fights to help protect it.
Horses rescued from neglect now ready to ride
Caretaker nurses back to health dozens of animals confiscated from breeder’s ranch
December 25, 2005
They call him Harry, thanks to the infected lightning bolt-shaped gash in his forehead that reminded veterinarian Dawn Mrad of a Harry Potter novel.
Travel briefs
December 25, 2005
 
Santa ‘belsnickles’ became career for single mom
December 25, 2005
If Beverly Steffens, 74, had a nickel for nearly every one of the Santa figurines in her collection, she would have close to $4.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
December 25, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 25, 1905: “Saturday night (Dec. 23) saw the culmination of the most successful Christmas season that the merchants in the business district have ever enjoyed.
One peace at a time
Building peace is a personal project for each of us to pursue.
December 25, 2005
A cartoon on the page opposite this editorial depicts “Peace on earth” as a Christmas gift for which there is “some assembly required.”
Food companies brew up single-serve machines
New percolators haven’t hurt Starbucks sales - yet
December 25, 2005
Phil Timberman believes his single-serve coffeemaker is the greatest improvement in brewing since the percolator was invented in 1865.
Wal-Mart eyes electronics market
Retail giant moving beyond food, toys
December 25, 2005
When Wal-Mart wants to dominate a merchandise category, it usually gets its way. And the world’s largest retailer is showing that it wants to be No. 1 in consumer electronics.
Making a financial resolution can last long after year’s end
Planners advise consumers to figure goals, assess means
December 25, 2005
Ten years ago, Pamela Newman rang in the new year as a waitress. And she swore it would be the last year waiting tables.
Research contractor’s financial status before hiring
December 25, 2005
Winter is a popular time for home improvements as leaks, drafty windows and water in basements become noticeable. Unfortunately, home repairs are among the most common sources of customer dissatisfaction, according to the Consumer Federation of America.
Sailor donates kidney to foster mom
December 25, 2005
An ailing woman who has sheltered dozens of foster children over the years received an early Christmas gift from one of them: a donated kidney.
Wrongful death suit filed in processing plant explosion
December 25, 2005
The mother of a construction worker killed in an explosion at a nearly completed pork processing plant has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the plant’s owner and five other companies.
Lawrence commuter report
December 25, 2005
The following construction projects may affect commuter traffic in the region this week:
Lawsuit: Hospital turned away organs
Nine patients on Medicare died while waiting to receive livers
December 25, 2005
Surgeons and administrators at a California hospital turned away organs that could have helped Medicare patients so higher-paying operations could be performed, according to a lawsuit filed by the families of nine patients who died while waiting to receive livers.
50 Cent, Mariah Carey neck and neck in 2005
December 25, 2005
The CD sales story of the week belongs to “American Idol,” but the sales story of the year is the tight race between 50 Cent and Mariah Carey.
Parcells may quit at season’s end
ESPN says Cowboy coach pondering retirementt
December 25, 2005
Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells is privately contemplating retirement at the age of 64, despite the fact team owner Jerry Jones is urging the coach to sign a contract extension, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Saturday that the death of Parcells’ brother at midseason is one of the events that has triggered the coach’s thoughts of retirement.
Deer season isn’t over
December 25, 2005
Wildlife and Parks will conduct a firearms extended whitetail antlerless deer season Jan. 1-8.
Prince Charles disputes claim of becoming King George
December 25, 2005
Prince Charles’ office on Saturday dismissed as speculation a newspaper report claiming the prince was considering becoming King George, rather than King Charles, when he takes the throne.
Churches checked ahead of Christmas
December 25, 2005
Bomb squads checked churches Saturday, and hotel security guards in Santa Claus suits searched cars after police warned that al-Qaida-linked militants might be plotting Christmas terror attacks in this predominantly Muslim nation.
Best Bets
December 25, 2005
 
NORAD marks 50 years of tracking Santa
December 25, 2005
For half a century, the military agency dedicated to detecting threats against the United States and Canada has reported Santa’s sleigh ride to curious youngsters around the world.
Big & Rich to perform at Rose Bowl fan fest
December 25, 2005
Big & Rich have a date for the Rose Bowl.
Monroe QB shines in Magnolia
December 25, 2005
Steven Jyles passed for 80 yards and a touchdown and ran for 31 more yards to lead the White to a 17-9 victory over the Red in the Magnolia Gridiron All-Star Classic on Saturday.
Anti-gay protesters question funeral law
December 25, 2005
Members of an anti-gay group who have started protesting military funerals are calling an ordinance barring such protests a possible breach of their First Amendment free speech rights.
Russia offers to host Iran’s uranium program
December 25, 2005
Russia formally proposed to Iran on Saturday that it move its uranium enrichment facilities to Russian territory, raising pressure on the Tehran regime to accept the Western-backed plan for restraining its nuclear program.
Actor charged with felony after being arrested in sting
December 25, 2005
Actor Brad Renfro, who broke into movies at the age of 12, has been charged with a felony count of attempting to possess heroin after being arrested in a Skid Row police sting.
Government opponent sentenced to prison
December 25, 2005
The United States increased pressure on one of its closest allies in the Middle East on Saturday, calling for the release of a top Egyptian opposition leader who was sentenced to five years in prison for forging petition signatures.
Best Sellers
December 25, 2005
 
Dog frozen to railroad tracks is rescued
December 25, 2005
He’s missing a lot of hair, but a Siberian husky has a new name and a new life, thanks to a construction worker and police officer who rescued him from a railroad track minutes before a train arrived.
Stolen explosives found with firearms
December 25, 2005
Numerous firearms and a chop-shop for stolen vehicles were discovered in the recovery of hundreds of pounds of stolen explosives, federal officials said Saturday.
Iowa State clips Colorado State for Rainbow Classic crown
December 25, 2005
Curtis Stinson scored 22 points to lead six Cyclones in double figures as Iowa State beat Colorado State, 87-80, late Friday night to capture the Rainbow Classic men’s basketball title.
What are you reading?
December 25, 2005
 
Pro-rebel parliament member fatally shot
December 25, 2005
Gunmen shot and killed a pro-rebel legislator during midnight Christmas Mass, the government said today, as escalating violence continued to threaten a shaky cease-fire.
More questions
December 25, 2005
To the editor: I am glad the Journal-World ran the story on Kansas State Board of Education member John Bacon’s use of public funds to attend a religious conference.
Consultant pushes for simpler Internet
December 25, 2005
It won’t be your father’s Internet for much longer.
Lawrence Datebook
December 25, 2005
 
Right Between the Ears’ starting radio series
December 25, 2005
“Right Between the Ears,” the award-winning comedy show, will launch a weekly radio series on several fronts this month.
Tech toilet seats making a splash
December 25, 2005
Scott Pinizzotto is accustomed to getting giggles whenever he brings up the subject of high-tech toilet seats that rinse and warm people’s bottoms.
Kansas hunting seasons
December 25, 2005
 
American Idol’ winner named Oklahoman of the Year
December 25, 2005
Carrie Underwood is more than an American Idol: She’s Oklahoman of the Year as well.
A step backward
December 25, 2005
To the editor: The recent deficit-reduction bill praised by Sens. Roberts and Brownback in remarks coming from their offices (Journal-World, Dec. 23) reduced federal loan subsidies to students for higher education, froze payments to doctors for seeing Medicare patients at levels which many physicians already refuse to accept, encouraged states to greatly increase medical co-payments for Medicaid services by persons already living below the poverty level who don’t have money to spend for medical or long-term care, required states to tighten work requirements for welfare eligibility regardless of efforts made by persons to find work, and gutted efforts by states to improve child-support enforcement.
Kansan showing art at Fields Gallery
December 25, 2005
Fields Gallery is pleased to announce the display of original paintings by Louis Copt, a third-generation Kansan who has depicted Eastern Kansas and the Flint Hills since 1986.
Kansas counts one mishap
December 25, 2005
The regular Kansas firearms deer season was much the same as it was in previous years. Safe.
Bankruptcies
December 25, 2005
No Douglas County residents or businesses filed for bankruptcy protection last week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Missouri deer hunting totals down
December 25, 2005
The final portion of Missouri’s firearms deer hunting season produced a harvest of 21,922 deer.
Shiite coalition rejects calls for new ballot
December 25, 2005
The governing Shiite coalition called on Iraqis on Saturday to accept results showing the religious bloc leading in parliamentary elections and moved ahead with efforts to form a “national unity” government.
Special place
December 25, 2005
To the editor: I’d like to thank you for your articles about the loss of Tim Griffith. T
Last-minute shoppers rush on Christmas Eve
December 25, 2005
Shoppers - some holding out for the best deals, others just not inspired to shop earlier - headed for the nation’s malls and stores for last-minute gifts or gift cards on Saturday, the day before Christmas.
Alaska cruises offer spectacular landscapes
Plentiful wildlife, rugged coast and blue sea among trip’s highlights
December 25, 2005
This landlocked Midwesterner was among some 900,000 people to cruise the Alaskan coast this year. For me, and for many others, the trip was spurred by the promise of one thing: incredible scenery.
Shoemakers use PCs for ideal fit
Computerized manufacturing helps lower costs
December 25, 2005
Howard Shaffer wants to make it easy for the world to walk a mile in his made-to-measure shoes. That’s why, at a time when most of what used to be the domestic footwear industry has decamped to foreign factories, he’s opened a cutting-edge shoe-making facility in the United States.
Motley Fool: Name that company
December 25, 2005
In 1894, my founder accidentally created a wheat flake. In 1906, he began selling toasted flakes made of corn in Battle Creek, Mich. In 1916, I launched an all-bran cereal, and in 1928 I gave the world a little snap, crackle and pop.
Former U.N. inspector says Iraq disarmed in 1991
December 25, 2005
Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter provides an insider’s view into the hunt for weapons of mass destruction during the 1990s in “Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of the Intelligence Conspiracy to Undermine the U.N. and Overthrow Saddam Hussein” (Nation Books, $26).
The sweet life
Nearly 30 years after the saccharin scare, Americans do accept substitutes
December 25, 2005
Everett Koop once estimated he’d have to drink four bathtubs full of diet soda to ingest the amount of cyclamates fed to lab rats. That just happens to be half as much as my siblings and I consumed each week growing up in the ‘60s.
Only known unvaccinated rabies survivor thrives
December 25, 2005
Last December, Jeanna Giese spent Christmas in the hospital, unable to speak or walk as she suffered from the effects of rabies. This year, the 16-year-old is celebrating her improbable survival at home with her family.
Celebrity birthdays
December 25, 2005
Singer Jimmy Buffett is 59. Actor Dick Miller is 77. Actress Sissy Spacek is 56. Singer Annie Lennox is 51. Actress Klea Scott is 37. Singer Dido is 34. Rock musician Noel Hogan (The Cranberries) is 34.
Mayer: ‘Tis the season for good spirits
December 25, 2005
Could’ve missed it, but … For my money, nothing new or revelationary has been said for at least 25 years about such issues as abortion, gun control, creationism-evolution, “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays,” the infield fly rule, icing the puck, offside in soccer or how deucedly simple it is to teach anyone to hit 100 percent at the free-throw line.
Commentary: Football no longer seems important
Don’t expect Colts’ coach Dungy to return anytime soon following tragic death of son
December 25, 2005
Tony Dungy is a friend of mine. Dungy and I got to know each other in 1989 when he was an assistant coach with the Kansas City Chiefs and I was the NFL reporter for a Kansas City newspaper. We had a couple of common bonds - Michigan roots and a Big Ten education.
City trainer helps employees build skills, be successful
Myra Greenberg oversees workers’ development
December 25, 2005
Myra Greenberg must be good at party conversations. After all, if there’s ever an awkward silence the white-collar office worker can begin telling about the time she learned to run a 10-ton earthmover or about when she learned to build a bridge.
Missouri may vote on stem cell research in ‘06
December 25, 2005
As Jeff McCaffrey views the Missouri stem cell debate, the case for research is clear. Paralyzed in a traffic accident, the former Air Force Academy cadet sees embryonic stem cell work as “faithful, godly and absolutely moral.”
Officials discuss goals for provost search
December 25, 2005
Change is ahead for Kansas University. After 13 years, Provost David Shulenburger is leaving his post as KU’s chief operating and chief academic officer. Candidates vying for his spot at Strong Hall are expected to begin visiting in January.
Bedore: Bah humbug to any thoughts of a big holiday story
December 25, 2005
The calendar says a major holiday is upon us which means some big, local story is bound to break today. Well, that’s not 100 percent guaranteed, but forgive me for approaching Christmas 2005 with a bit of trepidation.
KU excited about offensive outlook in ‘06
December 25, 2005
Yes, it’s time to look ahead. Already. Less than 48 hours have passed since the Kansas University football team completed its dazzling finish to a once-doomed season, winning four of its last five games and going home for the holidays as a winning football team for the first time in a decade.
As holidays coincide, scholars ponder similarities
Christmas and first day of Hanukkah fall on same day for first time in nearly half a century
December 25, 2005
It’s been a long time - 46 years - since Christmas and the first day of Hanukkah fell on the same day.
Red December
Late-season dominance at Arrowhead continues
December 25, 2005
Drawing dirty looks in the San Diego locker room was easy after Larry Johnson and the Kansas City Chiefs snuffed out the Chargers’ playoff hopes with a 20-7 victory Saturday.
Baylor’s days: practice, more practice
Bears banned from playing nonconference games by NCAA penalties
December 25, 2005
Practice, practice, practice. So far, that’s all there has been for Baylor. There has even been a practice road trip, complete with bus ride, overnight hotel stay, morning shootaround and intrasquad scrimmage.
Louisville just tough enough to deck Detroit
Despite 56-48 victory for 12th consecutive home triumph, Cardinals coach Pitino unhappy with effort
December 25, 2005
At halftime of Louisville’s game against Detroit, a video of the Cardinals players singing a particularly cringe-inducing version of the “The Twelve Days of Christmas” ran on the Freedom Hall scoreboard.
Being together the best gift of all
Mother and son are back home after surviving injuries in accident
December 25, 2005
It’s Christmas Eve at the Michels’ house, and the whole family is milling around the wide, wood-laced living room. In the middle of the room, young Matthew digs through the couch, looking for a part of the moment’s favorite toy.
Paper tales
Stories spring to life in intricate pop-up books
December 25, 2005
In the season when visions of sugarplums dance in children’s heads, the work of Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart will create images that last far beyond Christmas.
Rumsfeld dines with U.S. troops in Iraq
December 25, 2005
In a festively bedecked dining hall, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld served Christmas Eve dinner to dozens of U.S. soldiers, then fed them his view - with a mix of optimism, caution and emotion - of why the war that has cost more than 2,150 U.S. lives must be won.
Twentysomethings feel pressure to look young
December 25, 2005
Forget “40 is the new 30.” Now even twentysomethings are joining the quest for eternal youth by using anti-aging products and wrinkle treatments.
After 36 seasons, MNF ending on ABC
Games moving to ESPN next year
December 25, 2005
From its inception, ABC’s Monday Night Football was a risky experiment that defied American sports tradition. From Howard Cosell’s pontification to Don Meredith’s down-home songs to Dennis Miller’s arcane analogies, it dominated TV viewing in homes and bars across the nation.
Tis time to look at assets
December 25, 2005
So you’ve carefully sold all your money-losing investments to harvest year-end tax losses to save money next April. Now what? It’s time to find something to do with the cash from those sales.
Dear Santa …
All I want for Christmas is Bill O’Reilly doll, new FCC, less commercialization
December 25, 2005
Dear Santa, Remember me? The kid you brought a red Schwinn bike in 1959? I’m back with a new Christmas list.
Jags bag AFC wild card
Broncos belt Raiders after wrapping West title
December 25, 2005
The Jacksonville Jaguars remembered what the Houston Texans did to them last year. They were determined not to let it happen again.
The skinny on substitutes
December 25, 2005
Here’s the skinny on some calorie-free sugar substitutes, both famous and obscure, with safety comments from the Center for Science in the Public Interest:
The Motley Fool
December 25, 2005
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Rumor Has It’ falls short of classic
December 25, 2005
There are a couple of classic caveats about Hollywood: Never put your own money into a movie and avoid working with animals or children. Here’s another: Do not draw comparisons between your run-of-the-mill movie and a great one.