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Polls
Which of these Kansas individuals or organizations was the state's top news maker in 2005?

Poll results

Response Percent
Kansas Supreme Court
 
22%
Westar Energy
 
16%
Thomas Frank, author of “What’s the Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America”
 
15%
Kevin Wilmott, a KU filmmaker whose film “CSA: The Confederate States of America
 
12%
Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline
 
12%
Bob Corkins, state education commissioner
 
9%
Pedro Irigonegaray, attorney who represented pro-evolution forces before the Kansas Board of Education
 
4%
The Rev. Terry Fox, the driving force behind the constitutional ban on gay marriage
 
4%
Koch Industries Inc., continues to fund anti-tax think tanks
 
1%
Marci Penner, director of Kansas Sampler Foundation, which works toward sustaining rural life
 
1%
Total 206

All stories

Public Library hosts a tea party
December 29, 2005
Today, some kids showed off their good manners at the Lawrence Public Library and it had nothing to do with being quiet.
Chat with bartender Aaron “Kiwi” Hoare about New Year’s Eve drinks
December 29, 2005
Kiwi Hoare, bartender at Johnn’s Tavern, answers questions about how to mix drinks and how to avoid a hangover.
Gray day continues, but temperatures to climb to 50
08:06 a.m., December 29, 2005 Updated 11:45 a.m.
Douglas County was in a dense fog advisory through 11 a.m. today, with the fog causing visibility problems for drivers. Today’s high will climb to 50 degrees this afternoon.
KU Women off to record start
December 29, 2005
The 2005-06 Kansas Women’s Basketball team will go down in the record books. Last night the Jayhawks tied the programs’ best start ever by winning their 10th straight game.
Privateers visit the Fieldhouse
December 29, 2005
Before Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast region, the University of New Orleans was nowhere to be found on the Kansas Basketball schedule. But in an effort to support the displaced UNO Privateers, the Jayhawks made a late edition to their slate of games, welcoming UNO to the Fieldhouse tonight.
Release of report on school finance delayed
December 29, 2005
The public release of a much-anticipated report on school finance has been delayed until Jan. 6.
Retailers cheer holiday sales
Lawrence stores report positive results
December 29, 2005
Officials at some of Lawrence’s biggest and most prominent retailers say they’re ringing up positive holiday sales despite snowstorms, remodeling work and consumers’ penchants for putting off purchases.
Atomic power finding new popularity
December 29, 2005
Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Scott Burnell promptly returned a phone call to a reporter who was seeking comment on plans to build a new nuclear power plant near Fulton.
Feeling exotic?
Orchid craze grabbing hold of gardeners everywhere
December 29, 2005
Orchids seem to be everywhere. From the aisles of Costco and Sam’s Club to high-end floral boutiques, the orchid craze is in full force.
Year-end tips on debt, credit, investments
December 29, 2005
I thought it might be nice to close out the year with answers to some reader questions.
Playoffs? Don’t bet on it
December 29, 2005
As three-team parlays go, this would be a Las Vegas long shot.
New Year’s perfect time to set gardening goals
December 29, 2005
With the new year comes a new beginning, a chance to start over, try something new or different. As you make plans for the next 12 months, try setting gardening goals in addition to making New Year’s resolutions. Goals can be worked on throughout the year and checked off as they’re accomplished. Once completed, reward yourself with a small celebration.
Katrina, injuries can’t kill Privateers’ spirit
December 29, 2005
Ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, the house of University of New Orleans basketball coach Monte Towe needs new walls and floors and won’t be livable until the summer.
On the record
December 29, 2005
Mizzou bounces back
Tigers rebound to beat Eastern Illinois
December 29, 2005
One week after being routed by No. 6 Illinois, Missouri bounced back Wednesday to beat Eastern Illinois, 68-56.
People in the news
December 29, 2005
¢ Dickinson to host own show ¢ Bird off the hook ¢ Talking points
Unfortunate glitch
City officials should be embarrassed at the runaround triggered by a company trying to pay its abated taxes.
December 29, 2005
Officials of Microtech Computers Inc. deserve a pat on the back for putting their money behind a pledge they made to the city of Lawrence.
Convicted murderer granted parole
December 29, 2005
A man convicted in the 1973 stabbing death of a Topeka woman has been granted parole.
Rational thought
December 29, 2005
To the editor: As an atheist, I watch the current situation in Kansas with horror. The betterment of the human condition is being slowed by those that resist the tenets of scientific knowledge and rational thought.
Recreation need
December 29, 2005
To the editor: The recent proposal to develop a “Youth Sports Complex” with input from city, county, school and private participants should be developed as a top priority for the community.
Storms prompt flood warnings in northern California
December 29, 2005
A drenching winter storm swelled rivers in northern California to their highest levels in seven years, causing power outages and forcing some residents to evacuate.
Accused Nazi guard ordered deported
December 29, 2005
An immigration judge Wednesday ordered John Demjanjuk, a retired auto worker accused of being a Nazi concentration camp guard, deported to his native Ukraine, bringing him a step closer to being permanently removed from the U.S. after a 30-year legal battle.
Small problem
December 29, 2005
To the editor: Reading the editorial encomium to Sen. Pat Roberts (Journal-World, Dec. 23), I was reminded of a call-in program Sen. Roberts did on National Public Radio early in 2003.
Kidnapping suspect pleads no-contest
Dodge City incident sparked deadly three-state manhunt
December 29, 2005
An Arkansas woman has been convicted of her role in a Dodge City robbery-kidnapping three years ago in which the victim chewed through his bindings and escaped.
Award-winning Christmas display destroyed by vandals
December 29, 2005
So much for peace on Earth and good will toward men in the 4800 block of West 25th Street.
Judge dismisses lawsuit against city
December 29, 2005
A newspaper columnist and former councilman who both were once accused of criminally defaming a city official have lost their federal case alleging the city abused its power.
EU satellite is first of new GPS system
December 29, 2005
The European Union on Wednesday launched the first satellite in its $4.5 billion Galileo global positioning system, a bid to enhance the world’s growing reliance on satellite navigation and break the U.S. monopoly on space-based networks.
Lawrence datebook
December 29, 2005
Survey finds that women, men have different goals online
December 29, 2005
Men spend their time on the Internet looking for stuff to do. Women look for people to talk to.
City, county budget for higher costs
December 29, 2005
Lawrence residents will get a double whammy from the higher electricity costs announced Wednesday: They’ll pay their own higher bills and be on the hook for increased energy expenditures by local governments
Boston College ruins Hawkins’ last game at Boise
December 29, 2005
Boston College was offended watching a simple pregame banquet turn into a rally for its opponent.
Commodities
December 29, 2005
Healthy mistrust
December 29, 2005
To the editor: President Bush recently told us, again, that we should trust him.
Cyclist, golfer Sorenstam 2005’s top athletes
Cyclist, golfer Sorenstam 2005’s top athletes
December 29, 2005
Lance Armstrong takes fewer bike rides these days. He even describes himself as out of shape since retiring after his seventh consecutive Tour de France victory in July. But he remains unbeatable.
Lawyers seek to delay trial of suspect in pregnant woman’s death
December 29, 2005
Defense attorneys are seeking to delay the trial of a Kansas woman who is accused of cutting a Missouri woman’s baby from her womb and claiming the infant as her own.
Kansas House group announces campaign finance reform bill
December 29, 2005
A bipartisan group of House members on Wednesday announced a campaign finance reform package that would increase disclosure of who is bankrolling political campaigns.
Local officials faulted in deadly school siege
December 29, 2005
In the month before the Beslan school siege in which 331 hostages were killed last year, Russian security services received intelligence that terrorists might try to seize a school in the region on the first day of classes, but instructions for tightened security were ignored, according to preliminary findings of a parliamentary investigation released Wednesday.
Witness: Suspect in killing was using drugs
December 29, 2005
A Lawrence man accused of killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter was drinking heavily and using cocaine the night before the death, one of the men’s friends testified Wednesday.
Teen shoots mom while protecting grandfather
December 29, 2005
A woman who died after a car crash had been shot in the heart minutes earlier with a pellet gun that her 14-year-old son had gotten as a Christmas gift from his grandfather, police said Wednesday.
Host of dog fights receives 7-year term
December 29, 2005
A Hughes County woman convicted of hosting dog fights at her rural residence was sentenced to seven years in prison.
K.C.K. water park bonds get state’s OK
December 29, 2005
State officials have agreed to help finance a $412 million water park and resort in western Wyandotte County.
Former diplomat kidnapped in Yemen
December 29, 2005
A former German ambassador to the United States and four members of his family were reported missing and apparently kidnapped Wednesday while vacationing in a remote part of Yemen. It was the latest in a string of tourist abductions in the Arabian desert.
Pet bear attacks sheriff’s deputy’s car
December 29, 2005
A family’s pet bear may have outworn its welcome in Neosho County after repeatedly escaping from its cage and attacking a sheriff’s deputy’s patrol car last week.
Court urged to decide scope of Bush’s power
December 29, 2005
Attorneys for Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen held as an “enemy combatant” for nearly four years, want the Supreme Court to resolve how much power a president has while the nation is at war.
KHP searching for missing explosive
December 29, 2005
The Kansas Highway Patrol said Wednesday that the department was searching for a missing explosive device that was apparently lost while being transported across the state.
New drug approved for breast cancer
December 29, 2005
Women past menopause got another option Wednesday to treat early-stage breast cancer, with the approval of a drug aimed at staving off recurrences.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
December 29, 2005
A “significant decline” over the past eight years in the number of students receiving teacher certification from state universities might be so severe that it could create a teacher shortage in the state within the coming three years, a new study said. Kansas University had toughened its teacher training course from four to five years and some feared it posed serious dangers. Dale Scannell, KU education dean, said risks were weighed in setting the five-year curriculum and it was decided the advantages were too numerous to be denied.
Inmates end four-day uprising at prison
December 29, 2005
Rebellious inmates at a prison in Brazil’s remote Amazon jungle ended a four-day uprising and released more than 200 hostages Wednesday after authorities met their principal demand by returning one of their leaders from another prison.
Bartender serves up New Year’s drink advice
December 29, 2005
Have a question about a drink you’ve been interested in trying for New Year’s Eve?
Interstate Bakeries reports monthly loss
December 29, 2005
Interstate Bakeries Corp., the maker of Hostess Twinkies and Wonder Bread, announced Wednesday that it lost $32.5 million last month, its largest one-month drop since filing for bankruptcy last year.
Fire destroys business east of downtown
December 29, 2005
A predawn building fire Wednesday just east of downtown Wichita destroyed at least one business, a fire official said.
Delta pilots approve double-digit pay cuts
December 29, 2005
Delta Air Lines Inc. pilots voted on Wednesday to approve a 14 percent pay cut in a deal their union worked out with management to help the bankrupt carrier cope with an expected cash crunch.
Our town sports
December 29, 2005
49 accused of bilking Red Cross relief funds
December 29, 2005
Forty-nine people have been indicted in a scheme that bilked thousands of dollars from a Red Cross fund designated for Hurricane Katrina victims, federal authorities said.
Tax forms on way
December 29, 2005
Douglas County taxpayers can expect to receive their 2006 personal property assessment forms in the mail soon.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
December 29, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World of Dec. 29, 1905: “The citizens who gave time and money to the erection of the new YMCA building have something to be proud of. It is a splendid monument to their efforts to help the young men and boys of Lawrence and it is operating fully paid for, as dictated by the original arrangements to build it.”
Official missteps hard to beat in 2005
December 29, 2005
When I sat down to review the past year’s columns for my annual accounting of errors and misjudgments, I realized that the politicians I cover had set an impossibly high standard in 2005. They had screwed up so often and so spectacularly that my goofs were almost certain to seem trivial by comparison.
Wheat production increases in 2005
December 29, 2005
Wheat production in Kansas was up 21 percent in 2005 from the previous year, according to Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service figures.
Daily ticker
December 29, 2005
Columnist sets fine example
December 29, 2005
To be born black in Okolona, Miss., in 1935 was to have two strikes against you and a fastball coming at your head. Unless, that is, you are William Raspberry, the syndicated columnist who has announced his retirement from column writing after 40 years, but not retirement from life after 70 years.
Grass fires kill five, destroy 100 homes in Texas, Okla.
December 29, 2005
By the time the smoke cleared Wednesday, more than 100 homes across wildfire-stricken Texas and Oklahoma lay in ruins and at least five people were dead, including two elderly women trapped in their homes by the flames.
Suns rally against Wizards
Phoenix erases eight-point fourth-quarter deficit
December 29, 2005
Last week, Steve Nash watched his potential game-winning 20-footer hit the rim twice and pop out at the buzzer. This time, Caron Butler’s three-pointer that would have tied the game hit the rim and bounced away with 10 seconds remaining.
NU holds on for wild victory
Huskers beat Michigan in game capped by bizarre, lateral-filled final play
December 29, 2005
Zac Taylor threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Nunn with 4:29 left as Nebraska overcame a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat No. 20 Michigan, 32-28, in the Alamo Bowl on Wednesday night.
Pakistani father says he killed his four daughters for family ‘honor’
December 29, 2005
Nazir Ahmed appears calm and unrepentant as he recounts how he slit the throats of his three young daughters and their 25-year old stepsister to salvage his family’s “honor” - a crime that shocked Pakistan.
Former Enron accountant pleads guilty, will testify
Trial for defendants Lay, Skilling set for next month
December 29, 2005
A guilty plea by Enron’s former accounting chief Wednesday strongly boosts the government’s conspiracy and securities fraud case against the ill-fated company’s founder, Kenneth Lay, and former chief executive officer Jeffrey Skilling, lawyers say.
Grandfather clocks maintain their popularity
December 29, 2005
More than 350 New Years have been rung in by a grandfather clock. The first one was made about 1650 in England, and by 1720 the clocks were being made in the American Colonies. The clocks have a face, works and a pendulum enclosed in a wooden case of walnut, mahogany, oak, maple, cherry or elm.
U.N. official satisfied Iraq election was fair
Uprising at Baghdad prison leaves at least nine dead
December 29, 2005
The top U.N. elections official in Iraq said Wednesday that the country’s heavily criticized parliamentary election was “transparent, credible and good” and that he saw no reason to rerun it.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
December 29, 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.
Atlantic City attracts younger crowds
December 29, 2005
LL Cool J was playing the House of Blues. A few blocks away, rapper Jay-Z’s new nightclub was rocking. Fredericka Jones, 42, out on the town for a Friday night with her girlfriends, was determined to hit both, then try her luck at a casino.
Westar granted $3 million increase
Bills for customers in Lawrence will increase about $3 per month
December 29, 2005
State officials Wednesday approved a $3 million rate increase for Westar Energy, plus measures that will allow the company to pass its fuel, environmental and transportation costs to consumers.
Books focus on foreign affairs
December 29, 2005
Bushie? The president’s lovely Southern belle of a wife really does call the nickname-loving commander in chief “Bushie” in front of foreign dignitaries? Who knew?
Resolutions for TV networks
December 29, 2005
You know when ABC trots out a 2004 edition of Dick Clark’s “Extreme Bloopers” (7 p.m., ABC) that the calendar year has come to its exhausted conclusion. Yes, it’s time to stick a fork in 2005. It’s done.
City sees positive sign in sales tax numbers
Lawrence posts back-to-back increases of more than 3 percent
December 29, 2005
City budget-makers are breathing easier now that 2005 sales tax numbers are in and show a healthy 3.5 percent increase for the year.
Jayhawk camp making pitch for America’s favorite pastime
December 29, 2005
Football season is winding down and basketball season is picking up momentum, but the sounds at Kansas University’s Hoglund Ballpark this week are those of baseballs popping into gloves.
Notebook
December 29, 2005
Kansas has won won the only meeting between the teams, 55-49, in the first round of the 1991 NCAA Tournament at Freedom Hall in Lexington, Ky. Kansas was a No. 3 seed in the Southeast Regional, while New Orleans was a No. 14 seed. KU went on to finish runner-up to Duke in the 1991 NCAA Tournament.
Corrections
December 29, 2005
The name of Kansas University housing department administrator Kip Grosshans was misspelled Wednesday.
Hinrich, Collison could return
Bulls-Sonics NBA exhibition in works for October
December 29, 2005
Former Kansas University basketball greats Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich will return in October to Allen Fieldhouse for an encore performance.
Skeleton crews working in between holidays
Enjoying winter break
December 29, 2005
When Deb Johnston and Jo Hass bellied-up to the bar at Free State Brewing Co. on Wednesday afternoon, they looked around, confused.
Graffiti vandals keep striking new building
December 29, 2005
A new downtown luxury condominium building has been marred repeatedly by graffiti in recent days.
Kemp and Co. now 10-0
KU senior standout scores 27 as Jayhawks hold off Pepperdine
December 29, 2005
Crystal Kemp was punishing in the paint, then she painted the big picture.
Commentary: NFL night games, beer don’t mix
December 29, 2005
Go with me on this one.
Horoscopes
December 29, 2005
For Wednesday, Dec. 28