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Sebelius to visit troops in Middle East
November 22, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will travel to the Middle East over the Thanksgiving holiday to visit U.S. troops and meet with local military and political leaders, Pentagon and State Department officials said today.
KU provost defends teaching intelligent design as part of religious studies
November 22, 2005
Kansas University’s provost today issued a statement saying that it was “appropriate” for KU to offer a course on intelligent design in its religious studies - rather than science - classes.
Warming into the 50s today
November 22, 2005
Patchy clouds were making for a murky morning in Lawrence. But there will be a little more sun this afternoon as temperatures climb into the mid 50s, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Former Czech president plans to return to writing
November 22, 2005
Vaclav Havel, the former Czech president, is planning to write a new play.
Military to investigate civilians’ deaths
November 22, 2005
The U.S. military on Monday ordered an investigation into why American forces had opened fire on a family that was traveling to a funeral in Diyala province, about 37 miles north of Baghdad.
GM to cut 30,000 jobs
Union workers criticize closure of 12 plants
November 22, 2005
General Motors Corp., pounded by declining sales and rising health care costs, said Monday it would cut more than a quarter of its North American manufacturing jobs and close 12 facilities by 2008. The United Auto Workers called the plan “devastating” and warned it would make negotiations more difficult, but some Wall Street analysts said GM’s actions may not go far enough.
Special styles rediscovered at vintage, thrift stores
November 22, 2005
In many ways, fashion is about following trends. Think of all the women wearing velvet shrunken blazers with slim-leg jeans and stacked-heeled boots, carrying a studded hobo handbag.
National poetry-reading competition created
November 22, 2005
The National Endowment for the Arts and the publisher of Poetry Magazine have organized a national poetry reading competition for high school students, with the winner receiving a $20,000 college scholarship.
Probe to try landing on asteroid again
November 22, 2005
A Japanese space probe is heading back toward an asteroid for a second landing attempt after failing to touch down over the weekend, officials said Monday.
Officials claim capture of Juarez cartel leader
November 22, 2005
The Mexican government said Monday that it has captured the No. 2 figure in the Juarez drug cartel, calling the apprehension a major blow against narcotraffickers.
Last ‘Christmas Truce’ survivor dies at age 109
November 22, 2005
Alfred Anderson, the last surviving soldier to have heard the guns fall silent along the Western Front during the spontaneous “Christmas Truce” of World War I, died Monday at age 109.
Nations back off push to refer Iran to council
November 22, 2005
Washington and its European allies will forgo pushing for Iran’s referral to the U.N. Security Council later this week, giving Russia more time in persuading Tehran to give up technology that could make nuclear arms, diplomats and officials told The Associated Press on Monday.
U.N. report: HIV expanding reach but prevention starting to pay off
November 22, 2005
HIV infection rates are starting to decrease consistently in some countries for the first time, indicating that prevention programs set up over the last five years are finally yielding results, the United Nations said.
Sharon quits Likud to further pursue peacemaking
November 22, 2005
Once Israel’s premier hawk, Ariel Sharon has undergone a startling transformation over the past two years.
Guard let inmate talk on phone before escape
November 22, 2005
A guard gave an inmate serving a 41-year sentence a cell phone to call his wife three weeks before the couple mounted a bloody escape at a county courthouse that killed a fellow prison guard.
City commissioners support 31st Street expansion
November 22, 2005
Efforts by Rep. Dennis Moore to include $800,000 in federal funding for an eastward extension of 31st Street received strong support from city commissioners Monday.
Suspected mall shooter charged
November 22, 2005
A man accused of a shooting spree at a crowded shopping mall told authorities to “just follow the screams” when he called them shortly before opening fire with a pair of assault rifles, according to court documents released Monday.
Monsignor arrested, accused of fondling boys
November 22, 2005
The former vicar general of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix was arrested Monday on charges he fondled boys and young men and asked them prying questions about their sex lives that he pretended were part of confession.
Two sentenced to life for sheriff-elect’s death
November 22, 2005
Two men were sentenced to life in prison Monday in the assassination of a sheriff-elect who was gunned down on orders from the man he defeated at the polls.
Man sentenced to 24 years in railcar deaths
November 22, 2005
Three years after 11 illegal immigrants died trapped in a train car, the accused leader of a smuggling ring was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison.
Papers: Girl left willingly after parents killed
November 22, 2005
A 14-year-old girl whose 18-year-old boyfriend is accused of killing her parents left with him willingly after the slayings, prosecutors said in court papers filed Monday.
In the Halls: What kind of non-video games do you like to play with friends?
November 22, 2005
 
Double Take: Invading privacy splinters relationships
November 22, 2005
We’ve been worried about our teenager. I won’t give the details, but she’s done some things that concern us. We’ve been reading her diary, and things are really pretty bad. Now we have to figure out how to respond, but the way we got our information makes that difficult. How should we proceed?
Governor reappoints Lawrence executive
November 22, 2005
The president of a Lawrence-based technology company is in line to serve another four years on Kansas Inc., an organization focused on compiling nonpartisan information to help businesses locate and grow throughout the state.
Mutual fund expense analyzer worth visiting before investing
November 22, 2005
If you own a mutual fund or if you’re thinking about investing in one, perhaps for the first time, the one thing you absolutely need to do is pay attention to fees and expenses.
Wal-Mart check-out errors exceed guides
November 22, 2005
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. charged the wrong price to shoppers in California and the Midwest at a rate that exceeds those set by federal guidelines, according to two union-commissioned university studies released Monday.
Sprint Nextel to buy Alamosa
November 22, 2005
Sprint Nextel Corp. said Monday it would acquire Alamosa Holdings Inc., its largest Sprint-branded wireless affiliate, for $3.4 billion.
Cheney: Quick withdrawal from Iraq a ‘dangerous illusion’
November 22, 2005
Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday accused critics of “corrupt and shameless” revisionism in suggesting the White House misled the nation in a rush to war, the latest salvo in an increasingly acrimonious debate over prewar intelligence.
No justification
November 22, 2005
To the editor: Would it be premature to prepare a medal, and an apology, for the first American - soldier, civilian, man, woman - to be tortured on the grounds that “you do it to us”?
Not funny
November 22, 2005
To the editor: Intelligent design is bad enough, but some of the comments on (PBS affiliate) KTWU reflect our desperate need for intelligent conversation on the subject.
Best Bets
November 22, 2005
 
Vital volunteers
November 22, 2005
To the editor: Last week was American Education Week, and a highlight for me was the Friends of Education event presented on Nov. 16 by the Lawrence Public Schools and Lawrence Education Assn.
Decline in Latin Americans studying in U.S. is significant
November 22, 2005
In a troublesome sign for the long-term future of U.S.-Latin American ties, students from India, China, South Korea and other Asian countries are enrolling at record numbers in U.S. universities, while the number of Latin American and Caribbean students is declining.
America must show its resolve to win in Iraq
November 22, 2005
We now have a legitimate comparison between the Vietnam War and what is taking place in Iraq. That comparison was summed up nicely in a Wall Street Journal editorial last Friday about the untimely call by Rep. John Murtha, Pennsylvania Democrat and decorated Vietnam veteran, for the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
November 22, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 22, 1905: “Barney Hill, the young man struck by a train near here yesterday, lived only an hour. Burial will be in DeSoto.
SLT push
It is hoped federal funding approved by Congress last week will break the South Lawrence Trafficway stalemate.
November 22, 2005
It isn’t enough to build a road, but if the $1.5 million in federal seed money approved by Congress last week helps settle the legal issues that have stalled the South Lawrence Trafficway project, it will be a great gift to the Lawrence area.
Horoscopes
November 22, 2005
 
Jayni’s Kitchen’ takes ‘Sideways’ turn
November 22, 2005
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for a “Sideways”-style adventure, with food and wine from the Rhone Zone. Jayni Carey is host. A new show airs at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6.
Anderson: From student to administrator, anybody can make a difference in school system
November 22, 2005
The academics, athletics, activities and assessments of education are so complex and subjective that it is understandable that we often shrug our shoulders and feel that one person’s concerns and values can’t make a difference.
Keegan: Wildcats’ pressure wilts KU
November 22, 2005
The temptation is to look at Kansas University’s worst scoring output in a dozen years and draw the conclusion the team doesn’t have enough scorers. Wrong.
Wildcats bemoan offensive impatience
November 22, 2005
Ever gracious in either defeat or victory, even Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson of Arizona couldn’t find a way to sugarcoat it: His own team had as much to do with Kansas University getting back into the game as the Jayhawks did.
No Mercy: Detroit next
Kansas women to take on Titans tonight
November 22, 2005
There is no more Mercy in Detroit Mercy University. The school now is known as Detroit U.
Reid, what’s-his-name top defender contenders
November 22, 2005
The name slipped the Texas writer’s mind — innocently, of course, but the mere fact of the matter said plenty.
Jayhawks 12th at NCAAs
November 22, 2005
Kansas University’s men’s cross country squad placed 12th overall Monday at the NCAA Championships, posting 412 points.
Postcard from paradise: Tom Keegan
November 22, 2005
Dear Lawrence: It occurred to me it’s neither the beach nor the sun, the fruity drinks nor the cool tropical vegetation, that makes Hawaii a special vacation destination.
Notebook
November 22, 2005
KU suffered nine early turnovers in falling behind ‘Zona, 20-4. “Arizona’s pressure early set the tone for the whole game. You can’t simulate that in practice,” Kansas coach Bill Self said.
On the record
November 22, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
November 22, 2005
 
Hays officials, residents upset with smell from Kansas State site
November 22, 2005
Hays residents and officials say their city smells, and they place most of the blame on Kansas State University, which has nearly 1,000 cattle at its research center.
Kline touts sheriff support in AG race
Opponent Paul Morrison looks to prosecutor support
November 22, 2005
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline is racking up endorsements even though he hasn’t announced a bid for a second term.
HINU men fall, 86-62
November 22, 2005
Freshman Ben Carrywater erupted for 21 points and eight rebounds, but Haskell Indian Nations University ran out of gas Monday in an 86-62 men’s basketball loss to Bethany.
Williams puts end to Jazz funk
Rookie notches double-double in win over Bucks
November 22, 2005
Deron Williams had 10 points and 10 assists for his second career double-double, helping the Utah Jazz snap a five-game losing streak with a 100-80 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.
Penn St. moves to third
November 22, 2005
Penn State moved into third place in the Bowl Championship Series standings, putting Joe Paterno’s team behind unbeaten USC and Texas in the national-title race.
Schedule doesn’t do Chiefs any favors
Kansas City’s final six opponents have winning records, and five are division leaders
November 22, 2005
Unfortunately for Kansas City, Larry Johnson’s record-breaking rushing day against the sorriest team in the NFL counts for only one victory.
Rose still a no-go on Hall ballot
Hit King’ won’t be listed in final year of eligibility
November 22, 2005
The Hall of Fame’s doors will remain shut to Pete Rose, who won’t appear on the baseball writers’ ballot in his final year of eligibility.
Texas survives late rally
November 22, 2005
So far, the formula is simple: When LaMarcus Aldridge hits double digits in points and rebounds, Texas wins.
Florida enters AP poll
November 22, 2005
Florida is young and in the Top 25. The Gators, who lost three starters and 60 percent of their offense from last season, moved into the Associated Press’ men’s college basketball poll Monday.
Rice shocks No. 14 Texas Tech
November 22, 2005
Lauren Neaves had 27 points and 18 rebounds, leading Rice to a 73-70 upset victory over No. 14 Texas Tech.
Possible temporary lifting of smoking ban delayed
Attorney for bar owner urges business to allow smokers to light up anyway
November 22, 2005
A legal effort to at least temporarily allow Lawrence smokers to again light up in public places was delayed Monday but not entirely extinguished.
KDOT studies ways to spend SLT money
$1.5 million from federal government might be used to create wetlands
November 22, 2005
Don’t expect bulldozers to begin rolling through the Baker Wetlands anytime soon, despite $1.5 million in new federal funding for the South Lawrence Trafficway.
KU class angers ‘design’ advocates
Course would be taught as religion, not as science
November 22, 2005
Creationism and intelligent design are slated to be the subjects of a Kansas University class next semester - but as mythology, not science.
Participants on pace to break record for Christmas parade
November 22, 2005
Lawrence’s Old Fashioned Christmas Parade returns for its 13th year on Dec. 3, and this year’s event will be bigger than ever, organizers said.
Tobacco sales to minors halved
$2.3M program to educate retailers pays off
November 22, 2005
Earlier this year, Kansas was taken to the woodshed for failing to keep minors from getting cigarettes.
Traffic stop leads to immigration check
November 22, 2005
Sheriff’s deputies found 16 people suspected of entering the country illegally packed into a minivan during the weekend after a traffic stop on Interstate 70.
Acts chosen for Rock Chalk Revue
November 22, 2005
The cast is set for the 2006 Rock Chalk Revue, with the theme of “Breaking Through.” The fraternities and sororities chosen Monday to participate in the event are Sigma Chi, Pi Beta Phi, Delta Upsilon, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Kappa Psi, Delta Gamma, Beta Theta Pi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Phi Delta Theta and Chi Omega.
Voting machine vendors compete for county market
November 22, 2005
No matter what voting machine Douglas Countians end up using in 2006, the paper ballot will be the most popular method for casting ballots.
Supplies collected for hurricane victim
November 22, 2005
Joe Edgerton and his wife, Shirley, leave today for Bay St. Louis, Miss., where he’ll deliver more than 135 “flood buckets” and other cleaning supplies to those devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
Pump patrol
November 22, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.94 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets, and the Presto convenience store at 602 W. Ninth St. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Sentencing delayed for Wittig, Lake
November 22, 2005
A federal judge on Monday pushed back the sentencing date for two former Westar Energy Inc. executives convicted of looting the Topeka-based utility.
Police make pair of drug busts
November 22, 2005
Lawrence Police seized suspected LSD, marijuana and more than $8,600 in cash during the weekend in two related drug busts near the Kansas University campus.
Oskaloosa superintendent suspended
November 22, 2005
The Oskaloosa school board meets tonight to name a temporary school superintendent to take over for Loren Lutes, who was suspended with pay last week.
Riskier Alzheimer’s treatments sought, as ‘safe’ methods disappoint
November 22, 2005
A fog is slowly creeping over Dr. William Deutsch’s brain. He’d try a risky experiment, even one requiring brain surgery, in hopes of at least stalling his incurable dementia. But scientists have little to offer.
Child soldier brings peace anthems to rap battles
November 22, 2005
Mainstream artists have sold plenty of records while calling themselves “soldiers” - like 50 Cent, who titled a song “G-Unit Soldiers” in 2002, and Eminem, who put a track called “Soldier” on a recent album.
Bono hopes to be remembered for his music, not his activism
November 22, 2005
Bono says he’d rather be remembered for his music than for his activism.
Teen surfer tries to prove her skills after losing arm
November 22, 2005
Bethany Hamilton, the teen surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack two years ago, said she’s finally getting attention for catching waves.
Seinfeld’ actors discuss why show still ‘feels alive’
November 22, 2005
“Seinfeld” has not suffered from shrinkage.
Marble universe
Artist Bruce Breslow creates handmade works of art at Moon Marble Co.
November 22, 2005
Bruce Breslow shot marbles on the playground growing up, like most kids in the ‘50s and ‘60s. He played for keeps, and he didn’t keep very many.
Sopranos’ actor pleads guilty in case of attempted assault
November 22, 2005
“Sopranos” actor Vincent Pastore pleaded guilty Monday to attempting to assault a former girlfriend last spring.
And now, Usher ‘in the mix’
Musician shifts attention to the big screen
November 22, 2005
R&B singer Usher makes his big-screen debut as a leading man with the romantic comedy “In the Mix.” The 27-year-old Usher plays Darrell, a playboy New York City disc jockey who falls in love.
Nike CEO, other executives safely on ground after landing-gear scare
November 22, 2005
The pilot of a Nike corporate jet got a stuck landing gear to drop into place and landed the plane safely Monday after putting it through a series of stressful, high-altitude maneuvers, passenger and Nike CEO William Perez said.
Ex-DeLay aide pleads guilty to conspiracy
November 22, 2005
Michael Scanlon, a former partner of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to bribe public officials, a charge growing out of the government investigation of attempts to defraud Indian tribes and corrupt a member of Congress.
Tonight, an era ends on ‘Nightline’
November 22, 2005
Tonight marks Ted Koppel’s last night as host of “Nightline” (10:35 p.m., ABC), a position he has held with much distinction since 1980. “Nightline” evolved out of a nightly ABC News broadcast covering the Iranian hostage crisis that began in November 1979.
Commodities
November 22, 2005
 
Trouble in paradise
Jayhawks sloppy in Maui
November 22, 2005
The fact unranked Kansas University lost to ninth-ranked Arizona on Monday at the Maui Invitational shocked nobody in the college basketball world.
Comedian, director says entertaining isn’t always fun
November 22, 2005
Terry Gilliam’s love for the quirky and surreal earned him the Stockholm Visionary Award, but his work in the entertainment business hasn’t always been enjoyable.
Late kick lifts Vikings
Offense wakes up against Packers
November 22, 2005
Minnesota’s offense isn’t dead. With the steady hand of Brad Johnson, neither is the Vikings’ season.
Gonzaga finally settles down
November 22, 2005
Gonzaga’s offense and zone defense both started working really well in the second half.
Celebrity birthdays
November 22, 2005
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is 47. Animator and movie director Terry Gilliam is 65. Actress Mariel Hemingway is 44. Actor Stephen Geoffreys is 41. Actor Mark Ruffalo is 38. Actress Scarlett Johansson is 21.
Merkel takes office today after many compromises
November 22, 2005
Angela Merkel becomes Germany’s first female chancellor today, but only after making serious concessions on taxes and welfare-state cuts that could complicate her goal of fixing the sluggish economy and restoring frayed ties with United States.
Man diagnosed as having human form of mad cow
November 22, 2005
A man from Great Britain has been diagnosed with the human form of mad cow disease, the second documented U.S. case of the illness, the federal Centers for Disease Control said Monday.
Microsoft banks on Xbox 360
Firm hoping to top Sony’s PlayStations
November 22, 2005
Robert Aguirre planned to be waiting in line at a video game store late Monday night, waiting for the clock to strike midnight. That’s when the next generation of Microsoft’s Xbox - the Xbox 360 - went on sale.
Practicality marks U.S.-China relations
November 22, 2005
Whenever the leader of the world’s only superpower travels to the Middle Kingdom, rumors swirl as to the true nature of the visit.
Cramps strike KU’s Hawkins
November 22, 2005
Jeff Hawkins crumpled to the floor, writhing in pain Monday at Lahaina Civic Center.
Postcard from paradise: Gary Bedore
November 22, 2005
Greetings from Maui: Monday morning’s activities reminded me of why I like covering afternoon KU basketball games in Hawaii so much (remember, KU and Arizona tipped off at 4 p.m. Maui time).
Architects design new junior high with light touch
November 22, 2005
A couple years from now, South Junior High won’t be buying many light bulbs. Though still on the drawing board, the new building’s design will feature ample supplies of natural light.