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Scholar Athlete of the Month
November 24, 2005
Lawrence High School senior Scott Penny is this month’s High School Scholar Athlete.
KU “Survivor” update: Tensions escalate
November 24, 2005
“That was some crazy shenanigans,” Danni Boatwright said of night 27’s tribal council vote. The former Jayhawk and current Tonganoxie resident found herself in the final seven as the competition for the $1 million prize narrowed further.
Tigers’ height gives Blue Devils trouble
November 24, 2005
Size was the name of the game for the sixth- and seventh-grade Tigers against the Blue Devils on Nov. 14. The Tigers used their height advantage to beat the Blue Devils 42-26 in the third round of the preseason Hoopster tournament at the East Lawrence Center.
Cold front gobbles into Lawrence
November 24, 2005
Cold air - enough to chill off every turkey leg and pumpkin pie in the city - swooped into Lawrence this morning. “It’s much cooler than we saw yesterday. In fact, a 25-degree drop is what we’re expecting for Thanksgiving,” said Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist.
Notebook
November 24, 2005
Kansas University coach Bill Self used all four freshmen on the court at the same time during a second-half stretch in which KU went on an 8-2 run.
KU football players honored
November 24, 2005
Ten Kansas University football players were recognized for academic achievement, being named to the Academic All-Big 12 teams.
Our town sports
November 24, 2005
Tradition transformed
Fresh new look for old holiday favorites
November 24, 2005
It’s the season to roll out the welcome mat and deck the house with twinkling lights and wreaths.
Study: Appeals judges lean pro-business
Kansas court’s rulings generally support companies
November 24, 2005
The second-highest court in Kansas leans toward preserving a pro-business climate in the state, according to a new study commissioned for the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.
Daily ticker
November 24, 2005
Cruelty suspected in dog killings
November 24, 2005
A Douglas County man reported that an unknown person shot and killed two of his dogs this week.
War protesters arrested outside president’s ranch
November 24, 2005
War protesters say they are determined to demonstrate outside President Bush’s ranch during the Thanksgiving holiday despite the arrests of a dozen people Wednesday.
On the record
November 24, 2005
Finally, a game with bite
Denver-Dallas no turkey for a change
November 24, 2005
Denver and Dallas might spoil a lot of Thanksgiving dinners. Their game today in Dallas is one of those uncommon holiday games that has serious ramifications in the standings.
Merkel calls for closer U.S. ties on first trip as German chancellor
November 24, 2005
Angela Merkel reached out Wednesday to the United States in her first foreign trip as German chancellor, saying it was time to heal the trans-Atlantic rift caused by Germany’s opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
November 24, 2005
Despite a minor slowdown in construction over the past year at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant just east of here, employment at the site was still rising. About 575 were currently on the payroll at SAAP, up from 247 in 1976.
Walk-on Butler buttresses line
Defender’s atypical journey included stops at DeVry, Avila universities
November 24, 2005
Just four years ago, Eric Butler was ready for life after football.
Make a holiday list, stick to budget
November 24, 2005
Financial fatigue from already maxed-out credit cards and high energy prices should make consumers clamp down on their holiday spending.
Sooners share the wealth
Balanced scoring effort leads No. 5 Oklahoma
November 24, 2005
Two games into the season, fifth-ranked Oklahoma already is having to prove its offense isn’t one-dimensional.
UConn has last laugh in Maui
Brown sinks short jumper in final seconds to clip Gonzaga in title game
November 24, 2005
Denham Brown hit a turnaround jumper with 1.1 seconds to play to give No. 3 Connecticut a 65-63 victory over No. 8 Gonzaga on Wednesday night in the championship game of the Maui Invitational.
Chinese city shuts off water, digs wells in pollution scare
November 24, 2005
With temperatures dipping to minus 10, this frigid northeastern Chinese city was digging 100 new wells Wednesday after shutting down its water system to protect residents from toxic benzene spewed into a river by a chemical factory explosion.
Tips for controlling calories during holiday season
November 24, 2005
From the Weight Control Research Project at Kansas University.
Religion professor’s e-mail outrages critics
November 24, 2005
Critics of a Kansas University course on intelligent design say an e-mail written by the professor proves the course is meant to mock religious fundamentalists.
Mayor proposes big-scale annexing
November 24, 2005
Mayor Boog Highberger is ready to begin annexing large chunks of land - whether landowners want to be part of the city or not - in an effort to build better planned neighborhoods.
Rare letter by Jesse James to be auctioned
Outlaw was inquiring about farmland for sale month before he died
November 24, 2005
About a month before he was shot to death, Jesse James apparently was thinking about giving in to his wife’s demands and getting out of the crime business.
Abdul promises 5th ‘Idol’ is best season yet
November 24, 2005
“American Idol” judge Paula Abdul has confessed that if the early auditions are any indication, this could be the best season yet for the Fox talent show.
O’Hurley dances with the dogs
November 24, 2005
It’s been quite the year for John O’Hurley. The undisputed favorite of the summer’s smash reality/distraction showcase “Dancing with the Stars” returns to host “The National Dog Show” (11 a.m., NBC), time approximate following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Turnabout
November 24, 2005
To the editor: Poor John Calvert!
Swords: KU ‘great’
Chaminade sings Jayhawks’ praises
November 24, 2005
Kansas University played three teams in the Maui Invitational: Arizona, Arkansas and Chaminade. Those three teams went 0-6 in the tourney against schools other than KU.
Filmmakers late with ‘Rent’
November 24, 2005
“Five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes.” These opening lyrical lines of “Rent” also seem to describe how long it takes for a viewer to sit through the movie.
Sculptor to speak on impact of work
November 24, 2005
Installation artist Allison Smith will visit Kansas University as part of the Department of Art Visiting Artist Series, with a public lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
KU pursues cancer-center designation
Recognition by National Institutes of Health could bring more funding, clinical trials
November 24, 2005
Kansas University officials are talking to state lawmakers about their plans to build a top-rate cancer program.
Rookie Downs shines
Freshman takes blame for sprain
November 24, 2005
A rookie mistake cost Micah Downs valuable court time in Kansas University’s basketball-season opener against Idaho State.
Kansas falls to Mizzou, 3-1
Rozum ailing - but she nets marriage proposal
November 24, 2005
It wasn’t quite the Senior Night that Andi Rozum had anticipated.
Keegan: Jayhawks need Chalmers
November 24, 2005
Flashes of brilliance from Kansas University freshman guard Mario Chalmers suggest he’ll be a terrific college basketball player in time.
Turkey with trimmings, minus bacteria
November 24, 2005
After today’s Thanksgiving feast, people should be groaning from full stomachs, not food poisoning.
Clash of the titans
Target, Wal-Mart brace for holiday sales battle
November 24, 2005
The slim tunics and velvet blazers on Wal-Mart’s clothing racks this holiday season are more than the latest trendy fashions - they’re a sign that the intense competition between the world’s largest retailer and its upscale discount rival is ratcheting higher.
Ending tax dispute lifts Kodak shares
November 24, 2005
Shares of Eastman Kodak Co. jumped more than 8 percent Wednesday, a day after the maker of photography equipment reached an income tax-refund settlement with the Internal Revenue Service that will boost fourth-quarter earnings.
Morgan Stanley settles for $17M
November 24, 2005
Former Morgan Stanley president Stephan F. Newhouse will receive $17.4 million from Morgan Stanley under a settlement, the financial services company disclosed Wednesday.
Harley-Davidson recalls Dyna cycles
November 24, 2005
Harley-Davidson Inc. issued a voluntary safety recall on 2006 model Dyna series motorcycles built between June 9 and Oct. 19 because of a transmission defect.
Markets closed today
November 24, 2005
Financial markets are closed today in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, after rallying Wednesday on better-than-expected consumer confidence numbers and a drop in oil prices in light trading.
Commodities
November 24, 2005
Drivers invited to ‘tie one on’
November 24, 2005
Lawrence Police are distributing ribbons and encouraging people to tie them on their vehicles to raise awareness of drunken driving.
City Manager Wildgen wins excellence award
November 24, 2005
Lawrence City Manager Mike Wildgen has received the top award of excellence from a statewide association of government managers.
Highway Patrol bust nets $4M in cocaine
November 24, 2005
A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper found a total of more than 100 pounds of cocaine Monday after stopping two separate vehicles on Interstate 70 near Hays.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
November 24, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.91 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Library expansion may affect senior center
November 24, 2005
There’s been a lot of talk lately about expanding the Lawrence Public Library and coming up with an additional 400 parking spaces.
Court eases house arrest for holiday
Man involved in sodomy case can celebrate with family
November 24, 2005
A man the Kansas Supreme Court determined was given an unfair sentence for a sex crime because it involved a homosexual act will get to spend Thanksgiving with his entire family under eased release rules ordered Wednesday.
KCK plans to seize land in order to fix John Brown statue
November 24, 2005
After nearly two years of unsuccessful negotiations, local officials say they will go to court to seize 600 square feet of land that holds a statue of abolitionist John Brown.
Owens loses in arbitration
Eagles receiver’s season finished
November 24, 2005
Terrell Owens was shut down completely: his grievance, his season, his tumultuous time with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Hawks make Celtics first victims
After losing first nine games, Atlanta finally prevails
November 24, 2005
The Atlanta Hawks finally gained their first victory.
Ole Miss slips past Texas Tech
November 24, 2005
Armintie Price had 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead Mississippi to a 72-69 victory over No. 14 Texas Tech on Wednesday night.
Commentary: Young must come up big
Texas QB needs stellar game to steal Heisman
November 24, 2005
Your turn, Vince Young.
West Virginia eyes BCS; LSU, Viriginia Tech play for division titles
November 24, 2005
Two Bowl Championship Series bids have been locked up in the Big Ten and Pac-10, and the Big East could be next with West Virginia in position to clinch the league title this weekend.
All about teamwork
Rating the top teams of the racing season
November 24, 2005
In the immediate aftermath of clinching the 2005 Nextel Cup title at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, Tony Stewart went right back to praising his Joe Gibbs Racing team for getting him there.
Uzbekistan: NATO can’t use territory for mission
November 24, 2005
Uzbekistan has told NATO allies they can no longer use its territory or airspace to support peacekeeping missions in neighboring Afghanistan - an apparent retaliatory move against a West critical of the former Soviet republic’s human rights record, alliance officials said Wednesday.
Chavez offers discount heating oil for poor
November 24, 2005
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez strengthened his Latin American ties with generous oil deals that he is now extending north to the United States, with plans to ship cheap heating oil to low-income people in New York and Massachusetts.
Government presents tough anti-terror bill
November 24, 2005
France’s interior minister presented a tough anti-terrorism bill to lawmakers on Wednesday as he warned of the threat of attack by globalized terrorists who exploit Islam in an “odious and injurious way.”
Soldiers arrest top Islamic Jihad militant
November 24, 2005
A top Islamic Jihad militant surrendered to Israeli soldiers early today, witnesses said, after a daylong siege during which army bulldozers knocked down the four-story house where he was hiding.
Teenage boy called reincarnation of Buddha
November 24, 2005
A teenage boy has been meditating in a Nepalese jungle for six months, and thousands have flocked to see him, with some believing he is the reincarnation of Buddha, police and media said Wednesday.
Former Chilean dictator indicted
November 24, 2005
Two days short of his 90th birthday, Gen. Augusto Pinochet was placed under house arrest Wednesday at his Santiago mansion for alleged tax evasion - not the thousands of deaths and disappearances for which opponents have long tried to have him imprisoned.
Lawrence woman among dozen arrested
November 24, 2005
A Lawrence woman was among the 12 people arrested Wednesday near President Bush’s ranch.
Jury: Nuclear facility didn’t give woman cancer
November 24, 2005
A federal jury Wednesday rejected an Idaho woman’s claim that Cold War emissions from the Hanford nuclear weapons complex caused her thyroid cancer.
Spiderman’ arrested before skyscraper climb
November 24, 2005
The French building climber who calls himself “Spiderman” was thwarted in a bid to scale a Houston skyscraper and charged with trespassing and possessing drugs - two pills to relieve anxiety.
John Kerry chosen as foreman for jury duty
November 24, 2005
He didn’t win the presidency, but he was selected jury foreman.
Weight-loss surgery OK’d under proposed change
November 24, 2005
The government proposed on Wednesday expanding Medicare coverage of weight-loss surgery for the disabled, but eliminating coverage of such surgery for the elderly.
Train crashes into cars at crossing, injuring 16
November 24, 2005
A commuter train slammed into five cars trapped in rush hour traffic at an Elmwood Park, Ill., crossing Wednesday night, causing a thunderous chain reaction that tore several vehicles apart and left 16 people injured, three critically.
Liquid missing, but ‘dirty bomb’ not a threat
November 24, 2005
Two vials of radioactive material missing in Texas for three weeks do not contain enough radiation to cause serious health problems if used in a “dirty bomb,” experts say.
Pakistani convicted of ties to al-Qaida
November 24, 2005
A Pakistani man who claimed he was pressured into a false confession was convicted Wednesday of trying to help an al-Qaida operative slip past U.S. immigration officials to carry out a chemical attack.
Dieters, take heed of officers’ success
Nine KU police officers drop 482 pounds
November 24, 2005
Those worried about their waistlines now that holiday eating is again upon us might heed what has happened with the Kansas University Public Safety Office.
Mays drops out of race for governor
GOP speaker of the House says contest would interfere with work
November 24, 2005
House Speaker Doug Mays on Wednesday dropped out of the race for the Republican Party nomination for governor, throwing open the primary and further solidifying Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ credentials as tough to beat in 2006.
NAACP chapter has new Web site
November 24, 2005
The Douglas County branch of the NAACP has a new Web site address.
Advertising campaign encourages recycling
November 24, 2005
Commercials, print ads and posters this week feature prominent Kansans recycling to kick off a state public awareness campaign.
Chef, editor offer tips in ‘Turkey 911’
November 24, 2005
Figure three minutes per pound - and cook it outdoors.
Miss Kansas contests set for this weekend
November 24, 2005
The Miss Kansas USA and Miss Kansas Teen USA pageants return to Overland Park this weekend for the 2006 competitions.
Many offices, services closed for holiday
November 24, 2005
Government offices and public services in Lawrence will be closed today and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving.
Dodge City mayor declines to resign
November 24, 2005
The mayor of this western Kansas town has said he won’t resign, even though two commissioners asked him to step down after learning he had filed for bankruptcy.
Lawrence datebook
November 24, 2005
Drunken driver benefits from mistake
Car sold in error; without evidence, lengthy sentence avoided
November 24, 2005
A drunken driver tied to the deaths of two pedestrians after parts from his damaged car were found near their bodies avoided a lengthy prison term because the city tow lot sold the vehicle for scrap.
People in the news
November 24, 2005
¢ Spears, baby, husband on People magazine ¢ Princess Diana photos to go on display today ¢ Cruise buys sonogram machine for fiancee ¢ Kansas City video game master wins tournament ¢ Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey officially separate
Hundreds rally for diversity in Colorado
November 24, 2005
More than 500 students chanting “We want action” rallied outside a University of Colorado administration building Tuesday in support for victims of racist acts on campus.
Jail installs cameras for suicide watch
November 24, 2005
After a rash of suicides in the Sedgwick County jail last year, law enforcement officials have installed video cameras in specialized “suicide watch” cells where inmates will be monitored at all times.
KU voice professor to perform ‘Statuesque’
November 24, 2005
Kansas University’s Department of Music and Dance in the School of Fine Arts presents professor of voice Joyce Castle in the world premiere of “Statuesque.”
Enliven landscape with form
November 24, 2005
Right outside our administration building there are a couple of small trees that go unnoticed during the growing season. They almost resemble the kudzu-draped monsters we are so familiar with in the south. From now through the emergence of spring growth,
Dinner platter changes forms over the centuries
November 24, 2005
The roasted turkey served at Thanksgiving requires a very large platter. The turkey is usually brought to the table, carved, then served to guests. If Thanksgiving had been a European feast started during the late Middle Ages, the table setting and manner of service would have been very different.
Administration, Pentagon more optimistic about troop withdrawals
November 24, 2005
The Bush administration and military leaders are sounding optimistic notes about scaling back U.S. troops in Iraq next year, as public opposition to the war and congressional demands for withdrawal get louder.
Imagine: Annniversary looms for horrible night no rock fan can ever forget
November 24, 2005
The song was only six years old, but might just as well have been 60.
Gunmen kill prominent Sunni, 3 sons
November 24, 2005
Dozens of gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms killed a prominent Sunni Arab tribal leader and three of his sons in their beds early Wednesday morning here, according to witnesses and government officials
Early pub closing times end in Britain
November 24, 2005
Some see the dawn of civilized cafe society, others a boozy Armageddon.
Court rules against biological parents
November 24, 2005
A state appeals court Wednesday refused to return a 6-year-old Chinese girl to her biological parents, who put her in the custody of an American couple shortly after her birth.
Osborne seeks break on river pact
November 24, 2005
U.S. Rep. Tom Osborne has asked Kansas and Colorado to give Nebraska a break on the Republican River agreement.
Choice to let fallen leaves lie
November 24, 2005
Walking up my front steps, hearing the scrunch of the leaves that cover my front yard - and my flower beds, and my sidewalk, and my patio - I practice all the lines I could use if confronted by visitors who notice - well, the lack of raking.
Bush faces credibility gap
November 24, 2005
Back from Asia, President Bush and his family are gathering at his Crawford, Texas, ranch this week for their annual Thanksgiving celebration. But the mood may be a bit more restrained than last year.
Budget harm
November 24, 2005
To the editor: Once again, a very conservative Congress, encouraged by an exceptionally self-serving administration, is about to free up more money for various tax cuts to line wealthy pockets while trying to make it sound like they’re doing what’s in everyone’s best interest.
Strong schools
November 24, 2005
To the editor: The other day I dropped my first-grader off at school.
Giving thanks
November 24, 2005
To the editor: The reason for this letter is to show thankfulness for all the wonderful people of Lawrence on Thanksgiving Day.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
November 24, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 24. 1905: “The university football game with Kansas State here tomorrow will be quite a challenge because Kansas is short of its top people due to injuries.”
Buckley upholds best of conservatism
November 24, 2005
In his 40th anniversary toast to his Yale class of 1950, William F. Buckley said, “Some of us who wondered if we would ever be this old now wonder whether we were ever young.” Those who were not young 40 years ago, in 1965, can have no inkling of what fun it was to be among Buckley’s disciples as he ran for mayor of New York vowing that, were he to win, his first act would be to demand a recount.
Simple blessings
Americans always seem to want more, but today is a good day to consider how much we already have.
November 24, 2005
America is a nation of competitors. It probably is appropriate that on the most American holiday of Thanksgiving, many families will spend considerable time watching professional football teams compete on the field.
Horoscopes
November 24, 2005
For Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005
Better than nothing
Jayhawks go 1-2 in Maui
November 24, 2005
It’s not the same as beating No. 9-ranked Arizona or unrated Arkansas. But a victory over Chaminade - a lopsided 102-54 stabbing of the Silverswords Wednesday in the seventh-place game of the Maui Invitational - definitely is something Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self is thankful for.
Commentary: Miami athletes are getting a bad rap
November 24, 2005
Ten years ago in college, my friends and I had a ritual where we would end our stressful days with a heavy dose of “The Chronic.”
Respect, not trophies, is the mark of a champion
November 24, 2005
As much as winning a championship means to a Nextel Cup driver, winning respect means infinitely more.