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Archive for Wednesday, December 28, 2005

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Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Warm weather Game: Holiday Issue
Podcasts
Polls
If Lawrence built a new multimillion-dollar library, where would it best fit downtown?

Poll results

Response Percent
The existing site, 700 block of Vermont Street.
 
35%
Area at the old Riverfront Mall.
 
35%
Near 11th and Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets.
 
11%
An area in the 900 block of New Hampshire Street.
 
11%
In the 800 block of Pennsylvania Street.
 
4%
Total 1253
How did you spend your holidays?

Poll results

Response Percent
At home
 
73%
On vacation
 
13%
At grandma and grandspa’s house
 
8%
Practicing for the upcoming season
 
4%
Total 23

All stories

Local electric rates to increase 5.1 percent
December 28, 2005
Residents of northeast Kansas, including Lawrence, will see a 5.1 percent increase in their monthly electric bills, while southern Kansans will see a cut of 4.8 percent under an order filed today by the Kansas Corporation Commission in Westar Energy’s rate case.
Cool and blustery day ahead
December 28, 2005
Say goodbye to the spring-like weather we had Monday and Tuesday - a cool, blustery day is in store today for Lawrence, says Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist.
Recycling help
December 28, 2005
To the editor: The community of Lawrence should thank Bo Killough and his staff at the 12th and Haskell Bargain Center for opening their doors to the numerous tons of recycling in recent months.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
December 28, 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.
Calendar says winter; temperatures say spring
December 28, 2005
It’s the holidays; what a great time for a game of golf. Many Lawrence golfers have taken advantage of warmer than average late December temperatures this week to hit the links and enjoy their outings while they still can.
New Orleans port recovery no easy feat
December 28, 2005
After Hurricane Katrina destroyed about one-third of the Port of New Orleans, the port’s chief executive turned an offhand remark into a challenge to restart a vital part of the city’s storm-ravaged economy.
Plantains offer packed alternative
December 28, 2005
In Africa, South and Central America, where plantains show up on menus for every meal, plantains are sometimes called “potatoes of the air,” reports the Kitchen Dictionary at Recipezaar.com.
Take a bow
Waddling penguins, falling-down drunk top 2005 list of 10 best overlooked performanes
December 28, 2005
Forget Oscar, these were the year’s most fun and lively performances - the ones we actually can’t wait to watch again. Please, no costumes, no accents.
Vermeil irritable over talk of future
December 28, 2005
That silver Porsche that Carol Vermeil gave her husband on his 67th birthday doesn’t always bring him straight to work.
People in the news
December 28, 2005
¢ Restraining order dismissed against Letterman ¢ J.K. Rowling prepares for final Harry Potter book ¢ Report: Mitch Hedberg died of drug overdose ¢ Kevin Federline launches Web site
Horoscopes
December 28, 2005
For Wednesday, Dec. 28
On the record
December 28, 2005
Hospital overdoses raise risk of bleeding
December 28, 2005
Heart attack patients are often given overdoses of powerful blood-thinning drugs in the emergency room, increasing their risk of serious bleeding, a study found.
Intelligent design ruling exposes cultural rift
December 28, 2005
The decision by U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III to bar the teaching of “intelligent design” in the Dover, Pa., public school district on grounds it is a thinly veiled effort to introduce a religious view of the world’s origins is welcome for at least two reasons.
Hog waste treatments prove too costly for farmers
K.C.-based producer involved in testing
December 28, 2005
Five years after the two top pork producers in North Carolina agreed to help find environmentally friendly technologies to dispose of hog waste, researchers have come up with five alternatives, but none that farmers say they can afford.
Decades-old math problem solved
Professor’s solution in theory of waves is ‘like finding the Holy Grail’
December 28, 2005
A professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia is being recognized for solving a math problem that had stumped his peers for more than 40 years.
Thai chicken makes tasty hors d’oeuvre
December 28, 2005
Chicken with cashews in won ton cups, known in Thailand as gai phad med ma-muang, are quickly prepared and make very tasty hors d’oeuvres.
Jayhawks hope to solve identity crisis before Big 12
December 28, 2005
It’s decision-making time for Kansas University’s men’s basketball coaches and players.
City gets jump on pump station
December 28, 2005
City commissioners agreed Tuesday to put a project that is designed to boost the city’s sewer capacity on the fast track.
Tigers clamp down late on Zags, Morrison
December 28, 2005
Adam Morrison impressed the fourth-ranked Memphis Tigers with his ability to score.
Nonsense takes center stage as city honors art movement
Mayor proclaims International Dadaism Month during meeting Tuesday
December 28, 2005
For once, there can be no argument that nonsense was coming out of the Lawrence City Commission chambers.
Commentary: Dungy a class act during trying time
Indianapolis coach handles son’s death with same grace that defines his life
December 28, 2005
Leave it to Tony Dungy. Amid all his tumult and tragedy, all the pain and the strain, all the tears and the fears, it was he who comforted us.
Waves await Kansas
Victory tonight would tie best start in KU women’s history
December 28, 2005
Unbeaten but unranked, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team needs to make a statement to attract national attention.
Real commitment
December 28, 2005
To the editor: As someone who has a good deal of family in Lawrence and as someone who spends a fair amount of time each year in Lawrence, I read Mark Fagan’s Dec. 24 article, “Deal would be record for city” about Berry Plastics Corp.’s proposed investment and tax break in Lawrence, with much interest.
Novel approach
December 28, 2005
To the editor: Discussion about the removal of novels from the curriculum has recently been revived, and I believe it would be beneficial for adults to hear the opinions of students such as myself.
Energy futures drop
December 28, 2005
Natural gas futures plunged 10 percent Tuesday, settling at their lowest level in nearly four months amid forecasts calling for mild U.S. weather during the next week. It was the third straight decline for natural gas prices, which have fallen 23 percent since Wednesday, and the sell-off triggered a decline in other energy futures.
Bonds’ inversion leads stocks lower
December 28, 2005
Stocks tumbled Tuesday as the bond market gave signals that in the past have preceded economic slowdowns. The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 100 points.
Woodling: Can Kansas go back to back?
December 28, 2005
Several days have passed, and euphoria has given way to historical reality. Kansas University alumni and friends all over the country basked in the feel-good glow of Friday’s 42-13 football bowl victory over Houston, and now they have to face the facts.
Changes in welfare make little difference to some in Kansas
December 28, 2005
An increase in federal welfare benefits is providing little help to some low-income disabled Kansas residents.
Assault charge filed in swallowed cell-phone case
December 28, 2005
Prosecutors have charged a Kansas City man with forcing a cell phone down his ex-girlfriend’s throat last week, requiring emergency surgery to remove it.
State Dept. questions control of Iraqi prisons
December 28, 2005
The Bush administration suggested Tuesday that prisons in Iraq where hundreds of detainees apparently were abused were only “nominally” under the control of the central government in Baghdad.
Democrats target 7 states for 2006
December 28, 2005
Despite being New York’s less-famous senator, Charles Schumer stayed busy in 2005, keeping a hand - or quote - in almost every major congressional battle.
Grass fires sweep Oklahoma, Texas
December 28, 2005
Fires fueled by dry brush and driven by gusty wind damaged several homes in Oklahoma and Texas on Tuesday. Several firefighters and residents suffered minor injuries, authorities said.
Economic adviser to Putin resigns
December 28, 2005
An outspoken economic adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday that he was resigning, saying he could no longer work in a government that had done away with political freedoms. The government later said Putin signed a decree dismissing him.
Four U.S. Marines charged with rape
December 28, 2005
Philippine prosecutors charged four U.S. Marines with rape on Tuesday in a case seen as a test of a bilateral accord allowing American troops to train here.
Possible mass grave is discovered in Iraq
December 28, 2005
The Shiite religious bloc leading Iraq’s parliamentary elections held talks Tuesday with Kurdish leaders about who should get the top 12 government jobs, as thousands of Sunni Arabs and secular Shiites protested what they say was a tainted vote.
Italians perform surveillance ahead of Olympics
December 28, 2005
Italian authorities, fearing a possible terrorist attack on the Winter Olympics in Turin, are conducting surveillance on “numerous” people through telephone wiretaps and other intelligence operations, an Italian security official said Tuesday.
Burglaries near campus investigated
Five incidents reported on Mississippi Street
December 28, 2005
Burglars struck a campus-area neighborhood during the weekend - a reminder of the importance of taking extra precautions while leaving town for the holidays.
Commodities
December 28, 2005
37-month sentence given for embezzling more than $600,000
Money stolen from pharmaceutical company
December 28, 2005
A Lawrence man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for embezzling $686,905 from a pharmaceutical company using bogus expense reports.
Red pandas get new quarters at zoo
December 28, 2005
Two cold-loving red pandas have been moved from an often overlooked part of the Kansas City Zoo to a home closer to the entrance, where they are being promoted as a wintertime attraction.
Lawmaker takes aim at newspaper advertisers
December 28, 2005
A state lawmaker is warning business owners not to advertise in a weekly newspaper that reported he is dating a woman while waiting for his divorce to come through.
St. John’s leader out 2 games
December 28, 2005
Junior guard Daryll Hill, St. John’s leading scorer this season, will miss two games because of a left knee injury, the school announced Tuesday.
Charges are dismissed in sexual-offender case
December 28, 2005
Basing his decision on a legal technicality, a judge on Tuesday dismissed charges against a homeless man accused of violating Kansas’ offender-registration law.
New feudalism?
December 28, 2005
To the editor: The letter in the Journal-World Dec. 23 by Stanley Rasmussen compliments Wal-Mart about its recycling program.
Transit union announces tentative contract
December 28, 2005
The executive board for the city’s transit workers union approved a tentative new contract late Tuesday, five days after it ended a paralyzing bus and subway strike that stranded millions of commuters.
Animal friends
December 28, 2005
To the editor: I care for creatures who cannot stick up for themselves.
Enron executive strikes plea bargain
December 28, 2005
Enron’s former chief accounting officer, Richard Causey, has struck a plea bargain with federal prosecutors and will avoid going to trial with the fallen energy company’s two top executives, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
NPR sued over programming changes
December 28, 2005
Hell hath no fury like that of a scorned National Public Radio fan - especially in Detroit, where listeners angry at recent programming changes have gone to court, charging the city’s NPR station with fraud.
Mac ‘n’ cheese gains respect
December 28, 2005
Before you launch that low-cal routine, spend some quality time with the just-released “Macaroni & Cheese,” by Marlena Spieler ($16.95 paperback, Chronicle Books). It’s written in a not-so-serious style, yet remains respectful of the dish’s iconic status.
Clinton impeachment makes textbooks
December 28, 2005
Seven years after he was impeached in a scandal of sex, perjury and bitter politics, former President Clinton has become a fixture in major high school texts.
Lawrence datebook
December 28, 2005
Glaus heading north of the border
D’backs slugger waives no-trade clause, opts to join Blue Jays
December 28, 2005
Troy Glaus got a look at the rebuilt Toronto Blue Jays and waived his right to block a trade up north.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
December 28, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World of Dec. 28, 1905: “The Salvation Army as usual did its full share to make this a Merry Christmas for many in Lawrence and more than 100 needy families were helped in some way or other. An other outstanding record by the “Army.” : Lawrence police are to be commended for their killing of all dogs so far found victims of rabies. The determination of the officers may have prevented many a tragedy. So far, five animals have been dispatched, all frothing at the mouth at the time they were killed.”
PC visionary dies
December 28, 2005
John Diebold, a business visionary who preached computerization during the era of Elvis and Eisenhower as the future of worldwide industry, has died at the age of 79.
Authorities exonerated over deadly school siege
December 28, 2005
Prosecutors examining last year’s school siege in Beslan have found no reason to blame security forces for the deaths of 331 hostages during a police raid, the official leading the probe said Tuesday, provoking outrage from relatives of victims.
Police say suspect they killed was dangerous
December 28, 2005
Police officers shot and killed a man brandishing a knife in a confrontation that was partially videotaped by a bystander, setting off another internal investigation of the embattled department.
Rebels formally disband longtime armed wing
December 28, 2005
Rebels in Indonesia’s tsunami-ravaged Aceh province formally disbanded their armed wing Tuesday, ending a 29-year struggle for independence that killed thousands so the movement could participate in elections next year.
Futsal teams claim division’s top spots
December 28, 2005
The second Fall session of the Futsal soccer league concluded on Dec. 21 with the championship games determining the ultimate winners of the second session.
Final count doesn’t alter Sunday sales election
December 28, 2005
The count changed, but the outcome didn’t.
Hearing in arson case postponed until Feb. 3
December 28, 2005
A preliminary hearing was postponed Tuesday for a man charged with setting three arson fires in Lawrence in March 2004.
Aggies win in paint
December 28, 2005
Joseph Jones had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Acie Law also scored 15 in Texas A&M’s 81-56 victory against Texas Southern on Tuesday night.
24 soldiers killed in rebel attack
December 28, 2005
Rebels killed 24 Colombian soldiers who were protecting government workers Tuesday during a coca eradication effort, an army general said. It was the deadliest rebel attack in a year marked by hundreds of army deaths.
Israeli jets strike militant base
December 28, 2005
Israeli jets attacked a Palestinian militant group’s training base in southern Lebanon early today, hours after an Israeli border town was hit by rocket fire, the military said.
Wrestlers dedicated to practice, hard work
Sunflower gears up for another successful season on the mats
December 28, 2005
Practice three times a week for two hours, long car trips to weekend tournaments and being dropped to the mats in practice and in competition describe what it is like to be a part of the Sunflower Wrestling Club. But for the members of the club, which is in its fourth season, the dedication they have to their sport makes all the hard work worthwhile. One day many of the members hope to compete in high school and college.
Flames’ second year means higher expectations
Team faces new challenges with only tournaments on schedule
December 28, 2005
The transitions that the Lawrence Flames, a competitive fifth-grade girls’ basketball team, have gone through have not been easy, but through their team spirit the Flames have found a way to stay together and continue to compete. Flames head coach Doug Gaumer is in his second year leading the group of girls, but this year will be a little different.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
December 28, 2005
Kansas University’s Marvin Hall renovation project was on schedule and was due to be completed by the coming fall. The $2.8 million effort was to bring Marvin Hall into compliance with codes governing fire safety and access by the handicapped and would include the redesign of faculty offices for the School of Architecture and Design.
Recreational basketball season a success
December 28, 2005
“Walk into one of the gyms on a Saturday in Lawrence and watch a child make their first basket of their young basketball career,” Parks and Recreation Youth Sports Director Lee Ice said. “It will put a smile on your face.” If you have been at the East Lawrence Center, Community Building, Schwegler Elementary, Langston Hughes Elementary or Holcom Park Center you have witnessed some of the best little league athletics in Lawrence.
New year spurs reflection
December 28, 2005
The last week of December is a special time. It is a time of transition between the old year and the new. It is a time for reflection upon the past year and hope for the new one to come. In college towns like ours it is also a quiet time when the university is not in session and the streets are not so crowded with students. It is a peaceful time when one can gather one’s thoughts.
Independent agency reviewing CIA anti-terrorism practices
December 28, 2005
The CIA’s independent watchdog is investigating fewer than 10 cases where terror suspects may have been mistakenly swept away to foreign countries by the spy agency, a figure lower than published reports but enough to raise some concerns.
Daily ticker
December 28, 2005
Sounds, visions on ‘Imagining America’
December 28, 2005
In its infancy PBS was known as “educational television,” a term that was not entirely complimentary. It seemed to be a place for dry “eat-your-broccoli” programming that would never be confused with entertainment. But through the decades, with programs as diverse as “Cosmos,” “I Claudius,” “Frontline,” “NOVA” and “Antiques Roadshow,” the network learned how to make the lessons go down with a spoonful of sugar.
Security lapses prompt officials to close Web site
Information exposed from Student Housing applications
December 28, 2005
A Kansas University Web site that accepts personal and financial information from students has been shut down after credit card and Social Security numbers for about 9,200 current and former students were exposed to site visitors.
New Year’s food traditions much tastier down South
December 28, 2005
Here in the Midwest we have no enduring food traditions associated with the new year, unless we prepare a family recipe or a meal with an ethnic significance. In the game of free associations, the phrase “New Year’s food” doesn’t elicit a popular answer.
China to open archives to MIA hunt
Americans hope for answers on missing troops from Korean War
December 28, 2005
Chinese officials have agreed to consider a U.S. request to search military archives that could yield clues to the fate of missing Korean War servicemen possibly held by China, the U.S. Embassy said Tuesday.
League unifies kids on the basketball court
December 28, 2005
The Special Populations division of Lawrence Parks and Recreation offers a youth Unified Sports league. The league provides children with special needs the opportunity to participate in athletics in an environment that doesn’t emphasize their disability, but gives them the opportunity to play sports with other children their age who don’t have special needs.
Westar rate action due today
Utility has asked for increase of $84 million
December 28, 2005
More than 650,000 customers of Westar Energy Inc. are supposed to learn today whether their electric rates will increase, though their power bills already are likely to fluctuate more than in the past.
High-dollar headlight replacements not such a bright idea
December 28, 2005
Premium replacement headlight bulbs are marketed as a functional and cosmetic improvement over the conventional bulbs found in most cars. But are they? We recently tested five top-selling models to find out.
Library of Congress to preserve 25 films
December 28, 2005
The documentary “Hoop Dreams” and footage of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake are among the 25 movies picked this year for the National Film Registry, a compilation of significant films being preserved by the Library of Congress.
Judging judges
A proposed evaluation system could help guide voters’ decisions about whether to retain appointed judges.
December 28, 2005
Judges hold an important and powerful position in our state, and most voters don’t know enough about the people they are asked to elect or retain in judgeships across the state.
Maybe Osama won after all
December 28, 2005
One wonders if Osama bin Laden didn’t win after all. He ruined the America that existed on 9-11. But he had help.
New Year’s show hosts to have competing parties
December 28, 2005
New Year’s Eve is the biggest party night of the year, and television is among the most youth-obsessed media, so guess who will be the top hosts this weekend when the ball drops in Times Square?
Perks help ease stress of holiday season
December 28, 2005
For many U.S. workers, the holidays are a mad rush of shopping for presents, wrapping gifts, putting up Christmas lights - all while working the same schedule as any other time of the year.
White Sox World Series voted AP story of year
December 28, 2005
When the White Sox won the World Series for the first time in nearly nine decades, it took awhile for Jerry Reinsdorf to realize what the title meant to many in Chicago.
Parker too much for Pacers
Spurs guard scores 27 in decisive victory
December 28, 2005
Tony Parker scored 27 points, Manu Ginobili sparked the decisive run in his return from an injury, and the San Antonio Spurs pulled away to beat the Indiana Pacers, 99-86, Tuesday night.
Michigan fired up to face Nebraska tonight
December 28, 2005
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr does not consider the Alamo Bowl a comedown for a program with Rose Bowl appearances the last two years and nine straight New Year’s Day berths.
Sun Devils winners of shootout
ASU, Rutgers gain record 1,210 yards
December 28, 2005
Rudy Carpenter threw for 467 yards and four touchdowns, and Arizona State amassed an Insight Bowl-record 678 yards Tuesday night, holding off Rutgers for a wild 45-40 victory.
Clemson clips CU
Beleaguered Buffs suffer fourth straight loss
December 28, 2005
James Davis walked out of the Citrus Bowl with the game ball under one arm and the most valuable player trophy under the other. It was pretty obvious who was the key to Clemson’s latest victory.
Microtech declines tax break
December 28, 2005
A Lawrence-based manufacturer of computers is giving up its property-tax break, acknowledging that the company can’t keep enough employees on the payroll to justify the savings.
Scorching salsas
Local chef tempts and tortures taste buds with his creations
December 28, 2005
Monty Fritts has been bursting with pride. “I made a U.S. Marine cry,” he says. Fritts’ weapon of choice? Salsa.