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Mild day in store for Lawrence
December 27, 2005
The end of 2005 will be unseasonably mild.
Buffs driven to win
Bowl victory today would give CU shot of positive vibes
December 27, 2005
Colorado has an interim coach, a three-game losing streak and a pretty significant reputation problem.
Zoo celebrates birthday of Kwanzaa the lion
December 27, 2005
The seven-day holiday of Kwanzaa began Monday, but the celebration started early at the Cameron Park Zoo.
Shed the rose-colored glasses
December 27, 2005
Since the holiday season is a time of generosity and good will toward all - even those who torture the Constitution and hoodwink the nation into ill-advised wars - let’s do a little thought experiment.
On the record
December 27, 2005
Narnia’ actor plays ‘bad boy’
December 27, 2005
It’s not easy beIt’s not easy being Edmund in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Three of the four Pevensie siblings are brave, heroic and all-around noble in C.S. Lewis’ classic Narnia series. But Edmund causes most of the problems by taking the side of the evil White Witch.
Chinese language courses increasing
Lee’s Summit School District latest to add classes to curriculum
December 27, 2005
A suburban Kansas City-area school district plans to add Chinese to its curriculum next year, making it the third area school system to teach the language.
Thousands fox hunt despite restrictions
December 27, 2005
Hunters in scarlet coats leapt on horses and sounded brass horns Monday as noisy packs of hounds flew at their heels, pursuing the centuries-old holiday tradition of fox hunting.
Pierce’s big night not enough
Collison helps Sonics slip past Celtics
December 27, 2005
Ronald Murray scored a season-high 29 points, two short of his career high, and the Seattle SuperSonics overcame Paul Pierce’s 43 to beat the Boston Celtics, 118-111, on Monday night.
Monday night finale ‘weird’
December 27, 2005
When they turned out the lights and the party finally was over, the greatest tribute to ABC’s Monday Night Football turned out to be this: that there was a tribute at all.
Scams pick up speed during holiday season
December 27, 2005
Scam artists have been coming on strong in recent weeks, trying to bilk people of thousands of dollars using fake money orders and cashier’s checks, police and postal officials say.
Post-Christmas shoppers find bargains, spring items on shelves
December 27, 2005
It was early, but Sherry Hunt didn’t mind. Heck, she likes it that way - smaller crowds, better bargains.
KU alumnus assists Hurricane Katrina victims through ‘Crisis Corps’ program
December 27, 2005
Some of the images of New Orleans that linger in Matt Gehrke’s mind are outlandish.
Company turns laptops into marketing tools
Michigan firm says designs can help deter thieves, promote businesses
December 27, 2005
Now you can pimp your laptop. The same kind of ultrasharp, bold paint jobs that customize fine rides are being applied to the drab gray and silver laptop computers toted around by road warriors whose companies are affixing their corporate logos to the machines. It’s a new way to create buzz and brand awareness.
Review: Biggie’s ‘Duets’ album is an extremely choppy ride
December 27, 2005
This is the album of collaborations that should’ve happened if the late, great B.I.G. was still alive. His mentor Diddy, trying to restore some luster to his waning Bad Boy label, pieces together Biggie verses alongside the likes of Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliot and Bob Marley, to name a few.
Mourners flock to Dungy service
Former Tampa skipper Piniella pays respects to coach’s son
December 27, 2005
Tony Dungy and his wife stood for more than three hours Monday night, greeting hundreds of mourners with handshakes and hugs. From NFL players past and present to well-wishers off the street, all came to offer the couple of condolences for the loss of their son.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
December 27, 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.
Duke still No. 1; poll changes little
December 27, 2005
Duke held the No. 1 spot it has occupied since the preseason rankings after a light week of games failed to produce changes Monday at the top of the Associated Press’ men’s college basketball poll.
Record: 61 percent of New Yorkers ‘love’ city
December 27, 2005
Everyone has seen them: the “I heart NY” T-shirts that tourists buy on their first visit to the Statue of Liberty or Times Square or the Empire State Building.
Family suing district 2nd time
Special-needs children’s residency began battle
December 27, 2005
It’s been going for nearly six years, but a family’s legal battle with the Lawrence school district involving an autistic child shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.
Last Call owner questions presence of police dog
Steffes, law enforcement talk about security issues
December 27, 2005
For three Saturday nights in a row this summer, the county’s police dog, Gero, stood guard on the curb outside Last Call, 729 N.H., according to club owner Dennis Steffes.
Taliban leader threatens attacks
December 27, 2005
A top Taliban commander said more than 200 rebel fighters were willing to become suicide attackers against U.S. forces and their allies - a claim dismissed as propaganda Monday by Afghanistan’s government, which said the hardline militia was weakening.
Break allows KU to focus on hoops
December 27, 2005
Bill Self’s 72-hour Christmas vacation was short but sweet. Self - Kansas University’s basketball coach - his wife and two children spent the weekend visiting relatives in Edmond, Okla.
Vrabel more than able
Linebacker-turned-tight end scores twice in victory
December 27, 2005
After all the star pass catchers who graced “Monday Night Football” for 35 years, the final memorable receiving performance was left to - a linebacker?
Tough test awaits Rutgers
Arizona St. brings pass-happy offense into Insight Bowl
December 27, 2005
Rutgers defied long odds to earn its first bowl bid in 28 years. Winning the game will require another upset.
Memphis back Williams runs into record book
Ballyhooed tailback collects 34th 100-yard rushing game in 38-31 Motor City Bowl victory over Akron
December 27, 2005
DeAngelo Williams lived up to the hype.
Child advocates driven to boost seat belt use
Legislature to hear renewed call for stricter laws
December 27, 2005
Children’s advocates will try again this legislative session to strengthen seat belt and booster seat laws as Kansas trails most states in seat belt usage.
Kwanzaa celebration now part of black cultural landscape
December 27, 2005
Kwanzaa, the seven-day cultural celebration for people of African descent that began Monday, has come a long way since California activists created it nearly 40 years ago in the aftermath of the Watts riots in Los Angeles.
ACC tops Top 25 for women
December 27, 2005
Tennessee is still the top team, but the ACC has replaced the SEC as the No. 1 league in the Associated Press women’s basketball poll.
Play local
December 27, 2005
To the editor: As a father, business owner and coach I am concerned about the future of youth sports in Lawrence.
Overuse of certain pain pills dangerous
December 27, 2005
Think popping extra pain pills can’t hurt? Think again: Accidental poisonings from the nation’s most popular pain reliever seem to be rising, making acetaminophen the leading cause of acute liver failure.
World recalls fury of Indian Ocean tsunami
December 27, 2005
Survivors wept and prayed beside mass graves and at beachside memorials Monday, marking one year since earthquake-churned walls of water crashed ashore in a dozen nations, sweeping away hundreds of thousands of lives and uniting the world in grief and horror.
Riley may enlist sumos to help Shaq
December 27, 2005
Shaquille O’Neal laughed at the idea: diaper-clad men of gargantuan size summoned as battering rams to make the NBA’s most imposing big man even better.
Dada distraction
It’s one more reason for people to wonder what the heck is going on in Lawrence.
December 27, 2005
Maybe it’s good to see that our mayor has a sense of humor, but a proclamation on the agenda for tonight’s Lawrence City Commission meeting seems to cross the line into foolishness.
Just wait
December 27, 2005
To the editor: America spies on its own citizens? You don’t say. What a surprise!
Gas deliberately released in store sickens dozens
December 27, 2005
Scores of people were sickened Monday morning after a pungent substance used to odorize natural gas was deliberately released in a St. Petersburg home repair store, police said.
Mayor: Terrorists tried to attack 8 times since 9-11
December 27, 2005
Terrorists tried to attack London eight times between the 9-11 attacks in the United States and July 7, when suicide bombers killed dozens on the city’s transport system, London’s mayor said Monday.
Police recapture escaped serial rapist
December 27, 2005
A man accused of sexually assaulting seven girls and women was recaptured late Monday, a week after escaping from jail by rappelling down the building on bed sheets, police said.
Anna Nicole gets boost from Bush administration
December 27, 2005
Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith has an unusual bedfellow in the Supreme Court fight over her late husband’s fortune: the Bush administration.
In the halls: What is your favorite thing about the holidays?
December 27, 2005
Prices for condos at Plaza top $32 million
December 27, 2005
Condominiums have gone on sale at the grande dame of Manhattan hotels, starting at a mere $2 million for a one-bedroom pad and topping out at a staggering $32.5 million for a triplex penthouse with a stunning view of Central Park.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
December 27, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World of Dec. 27, 1905: “Another mad dog was shot yesterday by policeman Harry Elder at the corner of Leo and Ohio Street. The dog was a medium-sized black cur and was apparently a stray. It was frothing at the mouth and running up and down Tennessee and Ohio streets. It was the fourth mad dog to be killed here in recent times. Some say it is an outbreak of rabies, others think poison could be involved.”
Railway head to resign over April derailment
December 27, 2005
The president of a Japanese railroad is resigning to take responsibility for an April derailment that killed 107 people, the country’s deadliest railway accident in decades, a company spokesman said today.
Police search for motive after man kills 4, self
December 27, 2005
Police said Monday that a Virginia man who killed four people, then himself, on Christmas Day had a history of mental problems.
Packer progress
Local officials should do what they can to be supportive of expansion plans for the Lawrence Packerware plant.
December 27, 2005
It’s exciting news that Berry Plastics is seriously considering a $58 million expansion at its Lawrence Packerware plant.
Schwarzenegger’s name removed from stadium
December 27, 2005
Officials in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s hometown of Graz quietly and under cover of darkness removed giant metal letters spelling out his name on a soccer stadium.
One dies in gunfire in shopping district
December 27, 2005
Gunfire erupted on a busy Toronto street filled with holiday shoppers Monday evening, killing a young woman and wounding six other people, police said.
Lawrence datebook
December 27, 2005
Mirror images play role in elephant mating
December 27, 2005
Mirrors have always played a role in romance. The primping and preening. The practiced puckers. Now science has found a link between mirror images and lust - or, more precisely, between mirror images and “musth,” the state of sexual arousal in animals.
Iowa State student to market solar purse
December 27, 2005
Joe Hynek may get some guff for carrying a purse, but he says it’s all in the name of science: He has designed a solar handbag that can power small electronic devices like cell phones.
Cell phone swallowing investigated as assault
December 27, 2005
A woman who police thought purposely swallowed her cell phone during an argument with her boyfriend last week was likely assaulted, Blue Springs police said.
U.N.-backed troops battle Ugandan rebels
December 27, 2005
Thousands of Congolese troops backed by U.N. peacekeepers battled Ugandan rebels hiding in Congo’s restive east, leaving 35 rebels and one U.N. soldier dead, the U.N. said.
Study: Climate change could melt permafrost
December 27, 2005
Climate change could thaw the top 11 feet of permafrost in most areas of the Northern Hemisphere by 2100, altering ecosystems across Alaska, Canada and Russia, according to a federal study.
Boeing set to clear record for orders
December 27, 2005
Through the end of last week Boeing Co. had booked 870 net jetliner orders so far this year, which the company said may put it on track to beat a record set in 1988.
Lawrence residents join advisory board
December 27, 2005
Three Lawrence residents have been named by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to a board that provides input on the state’s juvenile justice system.
EPA issues list of impaired waters
December 27, 2005
The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday approved the state’s 2004 list of impaired waters.
Revelers encouraged to call Tipsy Taxi
December 27, 2005
Here’s a number to write down if you plan to do some drinking while partying on New Year’s Eve: 842-TAXI (8294).
KU clinic seeking children for study
December 27, 2005
Researchers at Kansas University’s Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic need boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 12 to learn more about their understanding of autism. The researchers are looking for children who have brothers or sister with autism as well as children who have siblings without autism.
Seniors encouraged to call about aid
December 27, 2005
Senior residents of Douglas, Jefferson or Shawnee counties who may need help living independently can call the Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging to find out whether they qualify for funds from the Senior Care Act.
Comedy show to begin airing on radio
December 27, 2005
The comedy show “Right Between the Ears” will launch a weekly radio series on several stations in January.
U.S. fiscal strategy needs total overhaul
December 27, 2005
On its way out of town, Congress voted to give millions of Americans the fiscal equivalent of coal for their Christmas stockings. It failed to extend the provision that allows millions of taxpayers to deduct local and statewide sales taxes from their federal income tax returns.
N. Korea hopes Japan will become bridge to U.S.
December 27, 2005
North Korea’s agreement Sunday on a new format for bilateral negotiations with Japan was motivated mainly by Pyongyang’s desire for Tokyo to act as a go-between in a bid to break the political impasse between North Korea and the United States, according to diplomatic sources. North Korea hopes the negotiations eventually will lead to the normalization of diplomatic relations with Japan.
Resolutions promote academic success
December 27, 2005
Since this is a time of year that we think both of gifts and resolutions, I would like to offer three suggestions that are both; they are decisions that can have a lifelong positive effect on those we care about most. The three resolutions can entail difficult choices, require sacrifice, and not always show immediate benefit, but they have a possible value far greater than any material gift.
Intelligence issue
December 27, 2005
To the editor: Want proof of intelligent design? See “March of the Penguins.”
Politicos, culturati gather to honor the stars
December 27, 2005
Where else can you see Butch and Sundance together again, a gush from Oprah, a “Knots Landing” reunion, and the president and first lady? Why, on “The 28th Annual Kennedy Center Honors” (8 p.m., CBS). Past recipients, friends and esteemed colleagues welcome Tony Bennett, Suzanne Farrell, Robert Redford, Julie Harris and Tina Turner to the cultural pantheon established in 1978.
Violence increases in Iraq after short period of quiet
December 27, 2005
Violence increased across Iraq after a lull following the Dec. 15 parliamentary elections, with at least two dozen people, including a U.S. soldier, killed Monday in shootings and bombings mostly targeting the Shiite-dominated security services.
Sharon to undergo heart procedure to seal hole
December 27, 2005
Doctors next month will seal a small hole in Ariel Sharon’s heart that they said Monday led to his recent mild stroke, an announcement that drew further attention to the Israeli prime minister’s health as he campaigns for a third term.
No one safe from Haiti’s kidnappers
December 27, 2005
Quesnel Durosier walked out of a bank with $3,500 tucked into his sock, buoyed by thoughts of his upcoming wedding. Seconds later, a car cut him off, gunmen sprang out and shoved him into the car along with a woman passer-by.
Free State grad to help refugees in Africa
Inspiration behind ‘Hotel Rwanda’ sparks college student’s interest in program
December 27, 2005
Earlier this month, Ellie Ott sat two rows away from Paul Rusesabagina, the hero depicted in the movie “Hotel Rwanda,” as he spoke in Pittsburgh about the 1994 genocide in the African country.
New Year’s Day feast prepared on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
December 27, 2005
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “New Year’s Day Recovery Menu: Recipes to get you back on your feet.”
Survey results surprise city leaders
Workers give low marks to commission
December 27, 2005
City Commissioner Sue Hack feels like the girl left out of the party. When Hack read a recent survey gauging how city employees felt about Lawrence’s operations, she saw a lot of good numbers.
Steps to improve finances
Planners offer advice for new year
December 27, 2005
What’s the most important step you can take in 2006 to improve your personal finances? If you’re not sure, here are some suggestions from financial planning experts around the nation.
Poor in need of helping hands
Financial success can come with guidance from others
December 27, 2005
I wonder at this time of year, when it’s so obvious that many of us have so much, do we really appreciate the plight of those who have so little?
Congress more willing to check Bush power
December 27, 2005
After four years in which Congress repeatedly laid down while President Bush dictated his priorities, 2005 will go down as the year legislators stood up.
People in the news
December 27, 2005
¢ Character actor Schiavelli dies of lung cancer at age 57 ¢ Parker, Longoria have run-in with San Antonio police ¢ ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ author defends movie version ¢ Huffman says nothing risked when making ‘Transamerica’ ¢ British schoolgirl honored for saving tsunami victims
Divers search for officer’s body; officials defend bridge’s safety
December 27, 2005
State officials on Monday defended the soundness of a bridge whose malfunction led to the Christmas night deaths of two Jersey City police officers.
Mason still hasn’t signed new deal
Minnesota football coach, school wanted to get new contract agreed upon before heading to bowl
December 27, 2005
University of Minnesota officials did not meet their goal of finalizing a contract extension for football coach Glen Mason by Monday afternoon.
Double take: Teaching spending habits requires that parents set a good example
December 27, 2005
It’s true that our kids have more things available to them than we did, but why do they feel so entitled to have them all? And how does a parent deal with this?
Still on top: Diversity boosts Nickelodeon’s ratings
December 27, 2005
Wouldn’t you know it? The television network that brought the world burping contests and buckets of green slime was born on the date known as All Fool’s Day.
How to pet-proof your home
December 27, 2005
After months of searching, you’ve finally chosen the perfect pet. You’ve taken online pet-soulmate quizzes, consulted friends and family, and visited local animal shelters and breeders. You might be ready for a pet, but is your home?
A whole lot of lefties
Woodling: Southpaws dominate KU’s starting lineup
December 27, 2005
If you haven’t seen Kansas University’s women’s basketball team perform, then you’ve missed what may be the most unusual basketball team - male or female - in the world.
Record firms release digital-only labels
December 27, 2005
In 1978, Devo frontman Gerald Casale spotted his band’s debut LP in a record store bin for the first time. He was struck by an undeniable thought: The band had made it.
The hottest ways to get your kicks in 2006
December 27, 2005
Got the latest “Death Cab for Cutie” tune on your iPod phone? That’s so 2005.
Horoscopes
December 27, 2005
For Tuesday, Dec. 27