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Temperatures climbing into upper 50s
December 26, 2005
If you didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas, just go outside today - you’ll find a gift of mostly sunny skies and temperatures climbing into the upper 50s. ‘It’s a late Christmas present,” said Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist.
Starbucks drive-throughs perk up new store sales
December 26, 2005
Leaning out the window of her car, Tami Cornwell orders the same drink she gets almost every day: “Double-tall, four-pump vanilla caramel Macchiato.”
Fearful public will forfeit rights
December 26, 2005
As they attack George W. Bush on the surveillance issue, Democrats are proving themselves to be either really principled or really stupid, at least in terms of their electoral futures. I am having a hard time figuring out which it is.
Mother fights downloading lawsuit on her own
December 26, 2005
It was Easter Sunday, and Patricia Santangelo was in church with her kids when she says the music recording industry peeked into her computer and decided to take her to court.
Right move
Returning Lee Tafanelli to his seat in the Kansas Legislature is fair and appropriate.
December 26, 2005
A chain of events that was set in motion about a year ago now is wheeling toward its logical and appropriate conclusion in Jefferson County.
Moderate earthquake shakes northwest, capital
December 26, 2005
A moderate earthquake Sunday shook Pakistan’s capital and the country’s northwestern region, still recovering from the devastating Oct. 8 temblor. There were no report of injuries or damage.
Horoscopes
December 26, 2005
For Monday, Dec. 26
Hurricane evacuees celebrate holiday in FEMA trailers, wreckage
December 26, 2005
The congregation of First Emmanuel Baptist Church drove from Baton Rouge, Houston and other points far and wide on Christmas, then walked past collapsed buildings and piles of storm wreckage to worship in their old church for the first time since Hurricane Katrina.
Buffaloes lame ducks at bowl
Nothing normal for CU players, assistant coaches as Champs game nears
December 26, 2005
The coaches come to work knowing they’ll soon be out of a job. The players come to practice knowing they’re partially responsible for the changes that have roiled their program during the last several weeks.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
December 26, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.07 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Biosciences courses keep workers on top of field
Employee development aim of project
December 26, 2005
The state’s policymakers have pinned high hopes on developing the bioscience industry as an engine for economic growth, and KU officials say they’re doing their part to get the pistons firing.
Broncos rolling at Invesco
Denver riding perfect season at home field
December 26, 2005
The Denver Broncos were perfect at home for the first time since John Elway led them to consecutive championships at creaky, old Mile High Stadium.
Commentary: Packers, Favre have decision to make
With Rodgers in wings and Leinart a draft-day possibility, Favre quickly needs to make up mind
December 26, 2005
The question no longer involves whether Mike Sherman should stay or go, because his 2006 presence seems irrelevant to the Green Bay Packers’ recovery process. Sherman seems so invisible, so pressed into the background, that he might as well be the man who wasn’t there.
A brief history of the end of the world
December 26, 2005
It seems like just last week Barbara Walters took us to heaven. Tonight we have to get ready for the “Antichrist” (7 p.m., History). This two-hour documentary explores the history of belief in a demonic presence on earth, and the growing popularity of “end times” prophecies and biblical interpretations.
Role of faculty reviews debated
Evaluations written by students should be public, some say
December 26, 2005
One professor is a metal music fan. Another is a ‘hottie’ of the balding Midwestern professor type. And then there’s the one who ‘is angry at the world.’
Insurance battle casts pall over holidays
December 26, 2005
Michael Clover never did catch the holiday spirit this year. It’s been 11 weeks since water used in putting out the Boardwalk Apartments fire flooded his duplex with raw sewage.
Fire survivors have new outlook on life
December 26, 2005
Leigh McHatton shopped for an apartment Friday. “I’m really looking forward to returning to Lawrence,” she said.
Public’s generosity a life-saving gift
Western Kansas donors help fund organ transplant for Hays man
December 26, 2005
Probably nobody in Hays experienced a more dramatic life change during 2005 than Jarrett Basgall.
Mysteries of Africa persist
December 26, 2005
Africa remains as much a mystery to Europeans and Americans today as it did when Henry Morton Stanley tracked down Dr. David Livingstone for the purpose of creating a story that would sell newspapers.
True conservative
December 26, 2005
To the editor: I don’t admire George Will as a writer.
Express train derails in Japan, killing four passengers
December 26, 2005
An express train traveling through strong winter winds derailed in northern Japan, killing four people and injuring more than 30, officials said today.
For inmates in state prison system, Christmas is just another day
December 26, 2005
Christmas, for inmate No. 0030404, is just a day on the calendar.
People in the news
December 26, 2005
¢ Humorous speeches popular at Clinton’s library ¢ Elton John, David Furnish honeymooning in Venice ¢ Composer’s birthplace to become bed and breakfast ¢ Laura Dern, Ben Harper wed ¢ Mike Myers, wife announce end of 12-year marriage ¢ Carey chalks up 17th No. 1 hit
Falcons will look into Mora matter
Head coach reportedly lashes out at radio reporters
December 26, 2005
Falcons general manager Rich McKay said Sunday it was too early to tell if the team would discipline coach Jim Mora for his antics following the team’s overtime loss at Tampa Bay.
Thieves begin targeting hard-to-find Toyota doors
December 26, 2005
A bizarre New York crime wave that leaves car owners doorless has investigators clueless.
Hundreds attend ‘illicit’ Mass
Catholics warned attendance would be a ‘mortal sin’
December 26, 2005
At least 1,500 people attended Christmas Eve Mass presided by an excommunicated Roman Catholic priest, despite warnings from the archbishop that participating would be a mortal sin.
Colin Powell supports eavesdropping
December 26, 2005
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday supported government eavesdropping to prevent terrorism but said a major controversy over presidential powers could have been avoided by obtaining court warrants.
Switching careers requires enthusiasm
December 26, 2005
I have spent the last 11 years working as a counselor in the mental-health field. I have never liked this career, but as I invested a large amount of time and money preparing for it, I could not let go. Meanwhile, I changed jobs frequently trying to make this career feel satisfying.
City to meet Tuesday morning
City Commission agenda highlights ¢ 9 a.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at www.lawrenceks.org
December 26, 2005
City commissioners will meet at a special time of 9 a.m. on Tuesday to take care of routine business that needs to be done before the end of the year. Commissioners don’t have any items to consider under their regular agenda.
Success by 6 needs help during move
December 26, 2005
Success By 6 seeks volunteer help to pack and move supplies and furniture as they expand offices. Volunteers are needed between this Tuesday and Friday for one hour or more.
Hospital taking part in study of wounds
December 26, 2005
Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s Wound Healing Center is one of nine sites chosen to take part in a national study aimed at finding out why some wounds heal and others don’t.
The week ahead
December 26, 2005
Private choice
December 26, 2005
To the editor: Who was it who said, “if we are willing to give up enough of our freedom, we can be perfectly safe”?
Medical workers to receive retrial
Court overturns death sentences in AIDS case
December 26, 2005
Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor at the center of intense international negotiations won a reprieve on Sunday, when Libya’s highest court overturned their death sentences on charges they deliberately infected children with AIDS.
Troubled Boys Choir of Harlem faces eviction
December 26, 2005
The world-renown Boys Choir of Harlem, struggling under millions of dollars of debts and allegations that its founder ignored reports of sexual abuse, is being evicted by the city.
Most offices closed for holiday
December 26, 2005
Government offices and public services in Lawrence and Douglas County will be closed today in observance of Christmas Day.
Snow job
December 26, 2005
To the editor: I don’t have a driver’s license.
On the record
December 26, 2005
Official denies receiving Russian nuclear proposal
December 26, 2005
Iran denied on Sunday that it received a proposal to move its uranium enrichment facilities to Russian soil, a compromise Europe is seeking to resolve a standoff over Iran’s nuclear program.
Bears, Giants grab NFC spots
December 26, 2005
Chicago clinched the NFC North and a first-round bye Sunday by holding on to beat Green Bay, 24-17, in the first start of the season for Rex Grossman.
Federal appeals court upholds pet pigeon ban
December 26, 2005
A federal appeals court has upheld the city’s ban on pet racing pigeons, rejecting claims by some enthusiasts that the ordinance is unconstitutional.
Report: N. Korea calls U.S. ambassador a tyrant
December 26, 2005
North Korea criticized the United States’ top envoy to Seoul for making provocative remarks about the communist country, calling the ambassador a “tyrant,” a news report said Sunday.
Sharon warns against overeating during holiday
December 26, 2005
Israelis began the eight-day festival of Hanukkah at sundown Sunday with a warning against overdoing the holiday culinary specialties from someone who should know - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
University says it has some DNA test results
December 26, 2005
South Korea’s top university said today it has received some DNA test results for its investigation of disgraced stem cell researcher Hwang Woo-suk and it will complete a final report on the findings next week.
Nevada prevails in Hawaii
December 26, 2005
Nevada proved Central Florida wasn’t the only team to have an amazing turnaround this season.
Two detained after sailing into territorial waters
December 26, 2005
Iran said Sunday it is holding a German man and a Frenchman whose boat strayed into its territorial waters while they were on a sailing vacation last month.
Fire in unlicensed bar kills dozens, injures 11
December 26, 2005
A fire at an unlicensed bar killed at least 26 people and injured 11 in a Chinese city near Hong Kong, news reports and a local official said Monday.
Five found dead in related shootings
December 26, 2005
Five people were found dead in apparent murder-suicide shootings Sunday at homes in two well-to-do suburbs of Washington, police said.
Bargain shoppers expected today
December 26, 2005
You’ve got today off work. Do you really want to spend it at the mall?
Re-enactors successfully cross Delaware River
December 26, 2005
Hundreds of spectators along the Delaware River saw the first complete re-enactment since 2001 of Gen. George Washington’s historic crossing.
Scientific method
December 26, 2005
To the editor: I am the administrator of Veritas Christian School.
Privacy, security
December 26, 2005
To the editor: So the government can listen to my phone calls?
Lawrence datebook
December 26, 2005
U.S.: Iraqis won’t control prisons until care improves
December 26, 2005
The U.S. military will not hand over jails or individual detainees to Iraqi authorities until they demonstrate higher standards of care, an American official said Sunday, two weeks after the discovery of 120 abused Iraqi prisoners.
Winning the biggest race
Daunting disease won’t keep Dubois from living vibrant, healthy life
December 26, 2005
Twice in two days, Marty and Twyla Dubois heard a doctor deliver this message: Your daughter has cystic fibrosis. The average life expectancy is 14 years. The first day it was Leslie, the second day, Jackie, six months old and her sister’s junior by two years. That was then.
Asia marks one year since tsunami swept away 216,000 lives
December 26, 2005
Mourners returned to battered shorelines today to mark one year since the Indian Ocean tsunami crashed ashore in a dozen countries, laying waste to coastal communities and killing at least 216,000.
Seahawks gunning for playoff success
Seattle’s defense must survive injuries
December 26, 2005
Shaun Alexander and his Seattle teammates emerged from the locker room after their big victory against Indianapolis and saluted the fans who waited so long for this day to come.
Correction
December 26, 2005
Torah that survived Nazis finds St. Louis home
December 26, 2005
St. Louis dentist Ethan Schuman could hardly contain his excitement as he watched the elderly Polish man return from his attic carrying a large, heavy bag.
Dinner nourishes body and soul
For community meal volunteers, it’s as good to give as to receive
December 26, 2005
In the kitchen of the First United Methodist Church on Christmas morning, a cry went out: “We need more turkey,” Toots Schultz yelled, wheeling a cart around the cramped room.
Grossman helps Bears clinch
Return of QB sparks Chicago; Ravens top Vikings
December 26, 2005
Most playoff teams would expect to get more than 166 yards passing from their starting quarterback. For the Chicago Bears, however, it represents a giant leap forward.
Honoring disaster victims one by one
Toothpick art recalls tsunami, 9-11 attacks
December 26, 2005
Just reading about the devastation and the death toll caused by the massive tsunami that struck southwestern Asia a year ago wasn’t enough for Nancy Lawson.
Violinist, police captain a true Renaissance man
Reading and writing poetry among Ed Brunt’s pursuits
December 26, 2005
On the job, Ed Brunt tries to get the bad guys. After work, he pursues something more elusive: the perfect note from his violin.
Faith, science separate paths to knowledge
December 26, 2005
Can you imagine a more faithless pursuit than trying to prove the existence of God?
Payton paces Heat past Lakers
December 26, 2005
Gary Payton distances himself from what he calls “the Shaq-Kobe nonsense,” saying he stays neutral because he’s friendly with both players.
Moody’s solid play throws wrench into lineup
December 26, 2005
After starting the same five players in Kansas University’s first nine basketball games, coach Bill Self tinkered just a bit in Game Ten.