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Thunderstorm roars through city
Lawrence area still in tornado watch
08:45 a.m., November 27, 2005 Updated 05:58 p.m.
The National Weather Service has placed the Lawrence area in a tornado watch through 8 tonight. However, Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist, said most of the severe weather had pushed through the area as of 5:45 p.m.
Going bowling!
Webb’s field goal gives KU 6th win
November 27, 2005
Never before have bowling shoes been mistaken for Cinderella slippers. Not until Saturday, anyway.
Upcoming holiday events
November 27, 2005
What’s happening before the holidays.
The Motley Fool
November 27, 2005
¢ Name that company ¢ Last week’s question and answer ¢ Give thanks ¢ ExxonMobil floats on ¢ Fiddling while stock burns ¢ Historical prices
Lawsuit challenges California university’s evolution Web site
November 27, 2005
Operators of a University of California-Berkeley Web site that is designed to help teachers teach evolution are being sued by a California couple who say the site improperly strays into religion.
Hundreds zip through first Palestinian-run border
November 27, 2005
It was a smooth debut Saturday for the first Palestinian-run border. Hundreds of travelers zipped through passport control without having to submit to Israeli security checks, savoring their new freedom after 38 years of military occupation.
She welded with a torch to help her country
November 27, 2005
Her knees were “shaking like a jackhammer.” And she was wondering whether she could do what was being asked of her.
Texas prevails at Jam
BU streak hits 25
November 27, 2005
Freshman Erika Arriaran scored 15 points, and Tiffany Jackson added 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 18 Texas to a 59-54 victory over George Washington and a share of the Junkanoo Jam championship Saturday.
Chiefs begin tough stretch with Pats
November 27, 2005
Breaking with time-honored coaching convention, Dick Vermeil has dared to stop playing them one game at a time.
Winners, losers
The Kansas University athletic department’s gain from a home football game in Arrowhead Stadium was a loss for other businesses and university departments.
November 27, 2005
The Kansas University athletic department made a nifty profit on last month’s “home” football game that was moved to Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, but a fair chunk of that money came at the expense of other people whom athletic officials should be going out of their way to support.
Money woes can cost couples love
Communication is key for fixing relationships suffering financial stress
November 27, 2005
Dawn Strain and Martin Turner, a young unmarried couple living together in Queens, N.Y., have been fighting three times a week lately - but it’s not about sex, or family, or who should clean the house.
Commentary: Why go deer hunting? Let’s count the reasons
November 27, 2005
During a radio interview the other day, a newswoman asked me, “What is the big attraction about deer hunting? Why do so many people do it? Why is it such a big thing in Michigan?”
Restaurant owners to finally sell to Trump
November 27, 2005
Eight years after battling with The Donald over his development plants, the owners of a small mom-and-pop restaurant near Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino are cashing in their chips.
Bush supporters, opponents converge for dueling rallies
November 27, 2005
A repeat of last summer’s dueling rallies against the war and in support of President Bush drew much smaller crowds to Crawford on a cool, rainy Saturday.
Vocabulary test
November 27, 2005
To the editor: Steve Abrams has made it abundantly clear that he does not understand the meaning of the word “science.”
Democrats find sensible stand on Iraq
November 27, 2005
It has taken a long time, but the Democrats finally have come close to defining a sensible common ground on the issue of Iraq.
Sweet projects
Gingerbread House Auction enters 11th holiday season
November 27, 2005
Every year, in a ritual she was fond of, Amy Wilson would buy another house to blow up.
Talkin’ Kansas basketball
Keegan, Bedore hold court, Hawaiian-style
November 27, 2005
Sports editor Tom Keegan and assistant sports editor Gary Bedore held an oceanside conversation Thursday while C.J. Giles, Russell Robinson, Julian Wright, Brandon Rush, Micah Downs, Mario Chalmers, Moulaye Niang, Matt Kleinmann and Sasha Kaun played in the massive waves and, in some cases, even body-surfed on Kaanapali Beach in Lahaina, Maui.
Spirits of the past keep Tombstone lively
November 27, 2005
They say ghosts walk the streets of this dusty desert town. It’s easy to understand why. With a name like Tombstone and a frenzied history of bloodshed, this outpost near the southwestern edge of the United States has a reputation that’s … well, haunted. And it doesn’t help to see a dozen gunslingers die each day in the town’s sandy red dirt.
Forget paper, glue - scrapbooking goes digital
November 27, 2005
Wendy Armstrong won’t confess how much money she used to spend on scrapbooking supplies, but she does admit nearly kicking her daughter out of her nursery to make more room for the piles of paper and decorative doodads.
Mental health records missing from database of those denied guns
November 27, 2005
In Alabama, a man with a history of mental illness killed two police officers with a rifle he bought on Christmas Eve.
Iona’s hot shooting dooms ISU
November 27, 2005
Iona’s guards proved to be even better than advertised against Iowa State.
How they scored
November 27, 2005
Advice and support
Play groups company for mothers, welcome environment for kids
November 27, 2005
Entering motherhood wasn’t easy for Amber Fraley.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
November 27, 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.
Alternative vendors entice shoppers
November 27, 2005
When Lisa Wilkinson went Christmas shopping Saturday afternoon, she didn’t head off to the nearest “big box” discount store.
Americans grow weary of global center stage
November 27, 2005
There’s a seasonal change going on in the country, and I’m not talking about the way the early snows are lingering in the uplands woods and ridges. It’s happening throughout the country, it’s affecting how America looks at itself and at the world, and before long, it will almost certainly affect how America behaves in the world.
Horoscopes
November 27, 2005
For Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005
KU student’s comic book to be published
November 27, 2005
A first-generation Vietnamese-American, Frank Tra grew up learning English from the comic books his father bought for him.
Holiday bonuses not for everyone
November 27, 2005
About that holiday bonus: Don’t hold your breath.
Employees, managers embrace office parties
November 27, 2005
The holiday office party remains a cherished tradition among employees and managers alike, according to a new survey.
Mutual funds, money markets options for short-term savings
November 27, 2005
The suits in the financial world spend a lot of time and advertising dollars telling us where we should invest our money. But when it comes to saving for short-term goals, most of us stick with tried-and-true methods, whether it’s under the mattress or in the bank.
Food industry caters to consumers on the go
November 27, 2005
Paul Betancourt spends up to four days a week on the road and might drive more than 500 miles a week for his sales job.
Bankruptcies
November 27, 2005
The following Douglas County residents or businesses filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Kansas, during the week ending Thursday.
Firearms hunt accidents rare
Risk of injury or death less than in many sports
November 27, 2005
While hunting, especially firearms deer hunting, may seem dangerous, the risk of injury or death is much less than many sports and daily activities in modern life.
Calendar
November 27, 2005
Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt., offers activities during the week for residents 55 and older.
Artist celebrates almost 50 years in country music
November 27, 2005
“Hey well alright, sir, here we go there and what are ya’ gonna give for ‘em.” So opens the song that took Leroy Van Dyke from a career in journalism to nearly 50 years as the world’s best known auctioneer.
KU professor’s book documents problems in Africa
November 27, 2005
Charitable contributions to Pakistan after its earthquake have been slow coming. Given all the tsunamis, hurricanes and such lately, maybe it’s a case of compassion fatigue.
Green tea debate still brewing
November 27, 2005
Tea, to China’s 18th century Emperor Chien Lung was more than a whistle-wetting pick-me-up: It was “that precious drink which drives away the five causes of sorrow.”
Bob Stephens receives Rotary Club award
November 27, 2005
Bob Stephens is the winner of the Lawrence Rotary Club’s Non-Rotarian Paul Harris Fellow Award.
Permits available for charity raffles
November 27, 2005
Non-profit organizations in Kansas devoted to wildlife conservation have a new fund-raising opportunity.
More than two weeks of free hunting, fishing available when state licenses go on sale
November 27, 2005
Wildlife and Parks will begin putting 2006 licenses and park permits for sale Dec. 17.
Holiday gifts take aim at video gamers
November 27, 2005
Video game fans are always seeking new and improved ways to beat their opponents, making them an easy target for gift givers. In the spirit of the holidays, we looked at some of this season’s must-have games and gadgets.
Diamond in the rough
Singer pushes aside insecurities to make return
November 27, 2005
There’s security in anonymity, as anonymous as someone can be whose job requires singing in arenas filled with thousands of people.
Review: ‘Kansas Guidebook for Explorers’ revels in the details
November 27, 2005
Marci Penner, a champion of rural life, has written a sweeping, 432-page traveler’s guide of Kansas.
What are you reading?
November 27, 2005
Best sellers
November 27, 2005
Smoking plane makes emergency landing
November 27, 2005
A small, twin-engine plane carrying White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card made an emergency landing in Nashville on Saturday after smoke began pouring into the cockpit, officials said.
Annapolis fire causes millions in damage
November 27, 2005
A fire that spread through three buildings in Annapolis’ historic downtown - two of them dating to the 1800s - likely caused millions of dollars in damage, the owner of the buildings said Saturday.
N. Korea criticizes CNN for airing footage
November 27, 2005
North Korea criticized CNN for airing footage purporting to show a public execution, accusing it of being part of a U.S. government-organized slander campaign.
Monorail train collision injures two people
November 27, 2005
Two monorail trains clipped each other on a curve in the tracks Saturday evening in the heart of Seattle. Two people with minor injuries were taken to hospitals, a fire official said.
At least 15 killed in quake
November 27, 2005
A strong earthquake struck central China on Saturday, killing at least 15 people, injuring more than 450 and destroying hundreds of buildings, the government said.
Two jail escapees on loose; seven others caught
November 27, 2005
Two jail escapees were captured Saturday after an anonymous tip led police to the attic of a relative’s home, but two others were still at large after nine inmates broke out of a maximum security area of the Yakima County Jail.
Believers make trek to ‘crying’ Virgin Mary
November 27, 2005
Carrying rosary beads and cameras, the faithful have been coming in a steady stream to a church on the outskirts of Sacramento for a glimpse of what some are calling a miracle. A statue of the Virgin Mary they say has begun crying a substance that looks like blood.
China apologizes for spill
Drinking water to be restored by tonight
November 27, 2005
Visiting Premier Wen Jiabao ordered local leaders to restore running water to the 3.8 million people of this northeastern Chinese city, who spent a fourth day Saturday without supplies after a chemical spill in the river that provides their water.
People in the news
November 27, 2005
¢ Bono chides Canadian PM for lack of foreign aid ¢ Argentinian director wins top prize at film festival ¢ ‘Potter’ actor says latest movie shouldn’t be lighter ¢ Chan to Asia: Unite against American movies ¢ Band, minus Robbie Williams, to reunite for tour
Attorneys plan to argue court isn’t legitimate
November 27, 2005
Saddam Hussein’s attorneys plan to argue when his trial resumes Monday that the court is not legitimate because Iraq is not a sovereign country, and therefore the process should be adjourned.
Campaigns persist through bloodshed
November 27, 2005
Despite continuing violence, Iraq’s lively and colorful political campaign season was in full swing Saturday, with candidates using airwaves and the streets to grab voters’ attentions in the weeks before the Dec. 15 parliamentary elections.
Soldiers to be disciplined for burning Taliban bodies
November 27, 2005
Four U.S. soldiers face disciplinary action for burning the bodies of two Taliban rebels - a videotaped incident that sparked outrage in Afghanistan - but they will not be prosecuted because their actions were motivated by hygienic concerns, the military said Saturday.
10 time zones apart, couple recite vows
November 27, 2005
The nervous bride cried. The groom forgot the ring.
Both sides question Alito’s abortion stance, if he should be confirmed
November 27, 2005
His mother may know best, but conservatives do not share her certainty that Samuel Alito would overturn abortion rights.
Atchison to consider razing former girls’ school building
November 27, 2005
The Benedictine sisters of Mount St. Scholastica are asking city officials to let them raze an 81-year-old building that once housed a school for girls but is now too expensive to maintain.
Health officials recommend flu shot
November 27, 2005
If you haven’t received your flu shot, now is the time to get one, state and county health officials say.
ACLU to sponsor discussion at library
November 27, 2005
A panel will discuss current Kansas issues concerning the separation of church and state at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lawrence Public Library’s auditorium, 707 Vt.
On the record
November 27, 2005
Lawrence datebook
November 27, 2005
WVU still reeling
LSU hands Mountaineers third straight loss
November 27, 2005
Darel Mitchell made sure not to be bothered by a little extra defense when he took the most important shot of the game.
Plan works for K-State
Solid defense, free-throw shooting lift Wildcats
November 27, 2005
The formula was simple for Kansas State on Saturday night: Get to the free-throw line, keep Stephen F. Austin off the free-throw line, and play solid defense.
Northwest Missouri State gangs up on Gorillas
November 27, 2005
Josh Lamberson passed for 225 yards and two touchdowns as Northwest Missouri State beat Pittsburg State, 21-10, in the NCAA Div. II Southwest Region finals.
Notre Dame in elite company
Irish eligible for BCS after holding off Stanford
November 27, 2005
Notre Dame needed every last yard and every defensive stop to become eligible for its first Bowl Championship Series berth in five years.
Buzzer-beater boosts Knicks
Robinson’s shot decisive
November 27, 2005
After playing poorly in the first half, the New York Knicks went with a smaller lineup and came up with their biggest win of the season.
Funk bags $225,000 at Skins Game
Woods pockets $75,000; Couples, Sorenstam shut out
November 27, 2005
He who wears the skirt laughs last.
Peterson returns to form
OU tailback runs wild against in-state rival
November 27, 2005
After waiting weeks to get back into Oklahoma’s lineup, Adrian Peterson needed just a little more patience to get himself a big rushing day.
Buffaloes back into title game
November 27, 2005
Colorado found gold at the end of the steamroller.
Fort Worth likely for KU
November 27, 2005
Bowl officials were vague, hush-hush, all that - but as of Saturday, it appeared the safest bet was that Kansas University’s football team would receive an invitation to play in the Fort Worth Bowl on Dec. 23.
Cyclones 0-for-overtime
OT loss in last year’s finale kept ISU out of Big 12 title game, too
November 27, 2005
Call Iowa State snake-bit. Say the Cyclones are college football’s unluckiest team. It’s probably true.
Fields’ first catch a doozy
November 27, 2005
Mention of the name Dexton Fields never again will elicit the response “who?” if a Kansas University football backer is in the room.
Notebook
November 27, 2005
At 6-5 with a bowl game to play, KU is assured of its first non-losing season since joining the Big 12 Conference. The Jayhawks were 10-2 in 1995, then finished below .500 in the nine seasons to follow. That included the 2003 Tangerine Bowl team that finished 6-7 with the bowl-game loss.
Hutchinson gallops past Olathe East, 24-7, for 6A title
November 27, 2005
Kerry Gamble had a school-record 287 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries Saturday, leading Hutchinson to a 24-7 victory over Olathe East in the Class 6A state-championship game.
Haskell women fall to Bacone
November 27, 2005
Haskell Indian Nations University cut an 11-point deficit to two late in the game, but could come no closer Saturday in a 65-61 women’s basketball loss to Bacone.
Free State’s Lisher all-league pick
November 27, 2005
Free State High senior Brett Lisher has earned first-team All-Sunflower League honors on both offense and defense.
Kansas volleyball falls in finale
November 27, 2005
Kansas University’s volleyball squad ended its regular season with a 3-0 loss Saturday to Iowa State in Hilton Coliseum, dropping the Jayhawks to 15-14 overall and 7-13 in Big 12 Conference play.
Catic solid for KU
Freshman to lead Kansas women against Huskies
November 27, 2005
Two games don’t constitute a career, yet Ivana Catic has been a picture-perfect point guard so far.
Keegan: Backup QB Luke saves day for KU
November 27, 2005
Kansas University’s third starting quarterback of the season, Jason Swanson, was on the ground in the middle of the field, clutching his left knee.
Big sales pitch
KU students make plays for billionaire
November 27, 2005
Hunter Davis is standing in front of dozens of classmates, portraying a professor in a high-energy play about how a group of ambitious and insightful college students thinks it has come up with the perfect investment vehicle for the world’s second-richest man, a man already considered to be the world’s greatest investor.
Holiday books satisfy children’s entertainment needs
November 27, 2005
No matter what the holiday this season, publishers have something delightful to satisfy every child’s desires.
$700K gets Van Go on renovation road
Organization looking to raise $1.3 million to redo building, offer more services
November 27, 2005
Van Go Mobile Arts is heading into the home stretch toward raising $1.3 million to renovate its facility and expand its services.
Win restores KU confidence
November 27, 2005
Kansas University alumni Tom Marcellino and Zach Marten and several of their friends watched from Campanile Hill Saturday as KU kicker Scott Webb’s overtime game-winning field goal sailed through the uprights.
Sprinkler systems might be required
November 27, 2005
The day may soon be coming when every new apartment in Lawrence will have a fire sprinkler system, but city fire officials probably won’t push to retrofit older apartments with the devices.
2nd KU class denies status of science to design theory
November 27, 2005
Intelligent design - already the planned subject of a controversial Kansas University seminar this spring - will make its way into a second KU classroom in the fall, this time labeled as a “pseudoscience.”
Myths of the greeks
KU’s fraternities, sororities fighting bad rap
November 27, 2005
For Kansas University’s 3,500 fraternity and sorority members, it can be a tough job undoing the “Animal House” image - particularly when the greek chapters keep landing in hot water.
Report finds no benefit to funding mandate
November 27, 2005
The so-called “65 percent solution” doesn’t add up, according to a new study.
Lawrence commuter report
November 27, 2005
The following construction projects may affect commuter traffic in the region this week.
Kansas malls mobbed
November 27, 2005
Droves of bargain hunters packed Kansas stores Friday, the first shopping day of the holiday season, helping retailers chart early record sales.
Sharon takes risks to advance peace
November 27, 2005
Call it history’s revenge or the Nixon-goes-to-China syndrome run amok: Events in the Middle East now force political leaders to eat vows never to do certain things and then pronounce the dish tasty. Their reversals carry seeds of hope for a desperate region. The Bush administration promised never ever to nation-build or to engage itself deeply in pushing Israelis and Palestinians to make peace. Yet Washington undertakes both, with mixed but valuable advances in Iraq and in the flickering peace process.
Laughing matter
November 27, 2005
To the editor: I choked with laughter at Wednesday’s front page article about Kansas University’s new course offering in intelligent design.
Support for prof
November 27, 2005
To the editor: I would like to speak out in support of Paul Mirecki, the chair of Kansas University religious studies and organizer of the new KU course “Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design, Creationism and other Religious Mythologies.”
Old home town - 40 years ago today
November 27, 2005
There was grumbling among Kansas football fans after the Jayhawks of Jack Mitchell had wound up a 2-8 season with a 44-20 loss to Missouri here before a crowd of 44,000. However, KU officials gave Mitchell a vote of confidence and it was agreed he would be back for the 1966 season. Meanwhile, many Jayhawk sports fans were looking forward to a good basketball year under coach Ted Owens.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
November 27, 2005
Bryan Anderson, the former owner of a condemned building at 600 Mass., sought an injunction to prevent the city from demolishing the building to build a municipal parking lot. Eventually, the building, which Anderson said he had been using as a toy factory, was razed to install the parking lot that exists today just to the south of city hall.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
November 27, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 27. 1905: “A blast at an excavation site opposite the post office in Kansas City today forced tons of mud and rock out horizontally, killing one man and injuring about a dozen others, who required medical treatment. “
Faces and places
November 27, 2005
Savings bonds draw inquiries
November 27, 2005
I received a flood of phone calls and e-mails after my recent column about the 6.73 percent interest rate on inflation-indexed U.S. savings bonds.
Hardship not new for Katrina survivor
Marshall Whitty has faced struggles with eyesight, Jim Crow laws
November 27, 2005
His real name is Marshall Whitty, but he answers to “The Godfather.”
Toasting tips for New Year’s
November 27, 2005
Although toast making isn’t governed by any set-in-stone rules, there are some guidelines floating around to point you in the right direction.
Lawrence Arts Center, community help bring ‘A Kansas Nutcracker’ to life
November 27, 2005
John Brown, Delaware Indians, Tchaikovsky and mandolins — kind of a motley crew.
The 75th year
Baker Vespers marks milestone with musical performances
November 27, 2005
John Buehler offers some advice for those who plan to attend the upcoming Christmas Candlelight Vespers at Baker University.
Community contributions give multicultural touch to Festival of the Nativities
November 27, 2005
In the spirit of Christmas, Centenary United Methodist Church prepares to unveil its 11th annual Festival of the Nativities.
Seasonal sounds
Lawrence Civic Choir plans show with inspiring holiday tunes
November 27, 2005
In festive celebration of the holiday season, the Lawrence Civic Choir will sing diverse arrangements of standard carols and works by contemporary and Renaissance composers for its annual holiday concert.
Homemade wreaths simple holiday project
November 27, 2005
The holiday season is full of life as festive decorations spread holiday cheer.
Festival of supporters undertake Shelter Inc. benefit
November 27, 2005
As The Shelter Inc. draws nearer to the mark of its 19th annual Festival of Trees, Judy Culley hopes the holiday season will grant a surprising wish to the company: obsolescence. In an ideal society, she proposes, there would be no need for the child-welfare agency.
Health Care Access benefit will take participants on Lawrence Holiday Homes Tour
November 27, 2005
In a season filled with festivities such as the Festival of Trees and Plaza lights, the Health Care Access Clinic hopes to start a tradition of its own.
Something special can be found at art fair
Lawrence artists craft unique gifts for guild-sponsored event
November 27, 2005
Holidays are a time for gifts, but in Lawrence it also is time for the arts. You can, at the same time, get a creative holiday gift and support the arts in Lawrence at the 2005 Holiday Art Fair.
Tradition alive
Businesses ensure continuity of downtown Christmas parade
November 27, 2005
One of Phil Bradley’s favorite community events every year is the Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade.
Gifts worth giving
Lawrence Farmers Market returns with holiday offerings
November 27, 2005
The 2005 season of the Lawrence Farmers Market is history, having closed Nov. 12.