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No! You Can’t Have My Skirt!
November 29, 2005
By permission of the author, one of the winning essays.
Three Generations of Anxious Women
November 29, 2005
By permission of the author, a copy of her winning essay.
Seven injured in U.S. 59 accident south of Lawrence
05:04 p.m., November 29, 2005 Updated 08:54 p.m.
Seven people, including some children, were injured when a van collided with a car shortly before 5 p.m. today on U.S. 59 highway south of Lawrence.
Governor returns from Thanksgiving trip to Middle East
November 29, 2005
After visiting Kansas troops in the Middle East over the Thanksgiving holiday, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius returned with a pocketful of personal notes to deliver to family members and expressed admiration for the job that the soldiers’ were doing. “I am so proud of their efforts,” Sebelius said today
Chat at 1:15 p.m. today about KU and intelligent design
November 29, 2005
Kansas University has come under fire for its proposed classes putting intelligent design under the microscope. How is this playing out on campus and in the Legislature? Two Journal-World staff members, KU reporter Sophia Maines and Scott Rothschild, the Topeka bureau chief, will take readers’ questions and comments at 1:15 p.m. today.
Cold, winter-like day ahead
Temperature to reach high of only 36 degrees
November 29, 2005
Below-freezing temperatures and a dusting of snow are giving Lawrence an early taste of winter today. “Make sure you bundle up. The wind chill is only 11 degrees,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. Today’s high will reach only 36 degrees, Schack said.
USC, Texas still 1-2 in BCS
November 29, 2005
Only twice in Bowl Championship Series history has a team been in position to reach the title game heading into the final weekend of the regular season and played its way out.
Memphis finds depth
Tigers trip Lamar, 108-83; Gators roll
November 29, 2005
Memphis coach John Calipari never has doubted sophomore point guard Darius Washington’s impact as a team leader.
School board delays alcohol policy
November 29, 2005
Not so fast. Lawrence school board members on Monday put off approving a policy aimed at testing high school students for alcohol before school-sponsored dances.
Taff pleads guilty on two counts
Plea deal on campaign funds made in hopes of lighter sentence
November 29, 2005
Former congressional candidate Adam Taff pleaded guilty Monday to using $300,000 in campaign funds to cover a check for a fraudulent down payment on a home.
Program helps partners prosper
November 29, 2005
A lot of what I write and speak about can be attributed to the financial common sense I learned from my grandmother, Big Mama. Often after I speak to a group, I’m greeted by a line of people who want me to personally help them with their finances. As much as I want to help, I can’t be a Big Mama to them all.
Taxes always hit the jackpot
November 29, 2005
The nation’s biggest Powerball jackpot winner is the U.S. Treasury, according to figures compiled by the Iowa Lottery and the Multi-State Lottery Assn., which operates the lottery game.
Vets join White House drama
November 29, 2005
With its smart combination of power politics and emotional intrigue, “Commander in Chief” (8 p.m., ABC) has emerged as one of the new season’s few bona fide hits. Two new characters are introduced on tonight’s “Commander.”
KC lineman Dalton pleads not guilty
November 29, 2005
Kansas City Chiefs lineman Lional Dalton pleaded not guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of battering his wife.
Woodling: An incredible resemblance
November 29, 2005
Hand-in-hand, the young couple walked along a sidewalk in front of the tony shops on Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza.
Correction
November 29, 2005
A student who transferred to Lawrence High School because of its music programs was misidentified in a Monday story about the Northeast Kansas District Honor Band. She is Kelsey Pike.
KU course creates furor in Topeka
Conservative lawmakers call for hearings; professor issues apology for e-mail
November 29, 2005
Some state lawmakers are turning up the heat on Kansas University officials over a planned class they say appears aimed at mocking religious fundamentalists.
Sunflower crosswalk at issue
More safeguards likely, but parents still worried
November 29, 2005
Lawrence City Commissioners tonight are likely to approve new safeguards for a school crosswalk on 27th Street near Sunflower School, but even more safety measures are needed, neighborhood parents say.
Defendants dominate Saddam’s trial before adjournment
November 29, 2005
Monday was supposed to be the day the chief prosecutor finally began presenting evidence against Saddam Hussein as the trial of the former dictator resumed after a six-week adjournment.
Horoscopes
November 29, 2005
 
Relatives demand entry into Chinese coal mine
November 29, 2005
Anxious relatives demanded to be allowed into a coal mine Monday after an explosion killed at least 138 miners and left 11 others missing, adding to a soaring death toll in China’s mines despite a safety crackdown.
First victim of winter weather reported
Aid workers fear lack of shelter will lead to more deaths
November 29, 2005
Subfreezing temperatures and the first snowfall in Kashmir claimed the life of an infant Monday - the first reported victim of what officials fear will be a new disaster for millions of Pakistanis left homeless by an earthquake.
Canadian government falls in no-confidence vote
November 29, 2005
A corruption scandal forced a vote of no-confidence Monday that toppled Prime Minister Paul Martin’s minority government, triggering an unusual election campaign during the Christmas holidays.
Sex abuse victims ask pope for apology
November 29, 2005
Victims of sexual abuse by a former California priest brought a letter to the Vatican on Monday asking Pope Benedict XVI to apologize to all victims of clergy abuse and dismiss any official involved in covering up the scandal.
Teen with allergy dies after kissing boyfriend
November 29, 2005
A 15-year-old girl with a peanut allergy died after kissing her boyfriend, who had just eaten a peanut butter snack, hospital officials said Monday.
Fatah cancels primary after violence, disorder
November 29, 2005
The ruling Fatah Party canceled its primary in Gaza at the end of a full day of voting Monday after gunmen disrupted at least a dozen polling places, firing in the air and stealing some ballot boxes.
Rutgers accepts Insight invitation
November 29, 2005
Rutgers will play in a bowl for the first time in nearly three decades, and Boise State is staying home for its postseason game. Rutgers (7-4) accepted an invitation to play in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 27 in Phoenix against Arizona State.
Top 5 remain same
November 29, 2005
Duke, Texas and Connecticut, winners of the biggest early tournaments, held on to the top three spots in the Associated Press’ basketball poll Monday.
Hot dog! Chiefs’ defense better
November 29, 2005
The half-eaten hot dog that sat on Gunther Cunningham’s desk overnight was looking awfully stale.
Cavaliers cool off after sizzling start
November 29, 2005
Donyell Marshall has missed 4,584 shots during his 12-year NBA career, so he’s not letting the nine that he missed last Saturday bother him.
Cheeks plays down reunion
November 29, 2005
Maurice Cheeks is trying to leave emotion out of the equation, but he seems to be losing the battle. Cheeks tried unsuccessfully to downplay tonight’s reunion at the Wachovia Center when the Philadelphia 76ers meet his former team, the Portland Trail Blazers.
Nuggets’ ‘Melo out
Denver’s Anthony sprains ankle in 101-92 loss
November 29, 2005
Anthony sprained his left ankle just 1:09 into the game, and the Nets built a 55-40 halftime lead, then held off the scrappy, injury-riddled Nuggets on their way to their second straight road victory that evened their season record at 7-7.
Commentary: Lions’ woes go higher up food chain
Mariucci got the axe, but it’s Millen who made the Detroit franchise the national joke it is
November 29, 2005
Funny thing about Matt Millen. His ears are only a few inches from his mouth, yet he never seems to hear what he says. If he did, he’d quit.
Lions fire Mariucci after 4-7 start
Defensive coordinator Jauron promoted on interim basis
November 29, 2005
The Detroit Lions fired coach Steve Mariucci on Monday and promoted defensive coordinator Dick Jauron to succeed him on an interim basis.
Official: Opposition candidate wins election
November 29, 2005
A wealthy landowner who promised to battle corruption was declared Honduras’ president-elect Monday by an election official from his party, but the results were immediately contested by his opponent and a rival election official.
LHS celebrates winter sports
Annual ‘Pack the House’ features skits, smooches, scrimmages
November 29, 2005
Gymnasts playing basketball. Wrestlers wearing skirts. Teachers kissing pigs. Welcome to the 2005-06 winter sports season, Lawrence High fans.
KU’s Lima makes all-Big 12 team
November 29, 2005
Kansas University senior middle blocker Josi Lima was named to the All-Big 12 Conference volleyball team for the fourth consecutive season.
KU track and field signs seven athletes
November 29, 2005
Kansas University track-and-field coach Stanley Redwine announced the signing of seven athletes to national letters of intent Monday.
Three bowls still eying Jayhawks
November 29, 2005
The phone lines are busy at bowl headquarters all over the country this week. The Big 12 Conference football bowl picture — a big traffic jam after Saturday — might be starting to shape up a bit, with Kansas University’s location still consistent: The Jayhawks probably are heading to the Fort Worth Bowl on Dec. 23.
Self: KU showed heart
Coach encouraged by fight in Hawaii
November 29, 2005
Bill Self saw it live in person in Hawaii and again on tape in his Parrott Athletic Center basketball office. His Kansas University basketball players — who fell to Arizona, 61-49, and Arkansas, 64-63, before waxing NCAA Div. II Chaminade, 102-54 — appear to possess an important intangible: heart.
Baker women fall
November 29, 2005
Jennifer Harris scored 20 points to lead Washburn to a 93-38 rout of Baker in women’s basketball on Monday. Molly Ediger and Emily Etchenbarren led Baker with eight points each.
Baker punter Smith on All-HAAC team
November 29, 2005
Baker University sophomore punter Ryan Smith was named to the All-Heart of American Conference football team. Smith, of Atlanta, averaged 41.0 yards a punt to lead the HAAC. He was the Wildcats’ lone first-team selection.
Eudora to study new pool, rec area
November 29, 2005
The city of Eudora will proceed with a study and development of a proposal for a new aquatic and recreation center.
Colts cruise to 11-0
Indianapolis rolls over Steelers, 26-7
November 29, 2005
The Indianapolis Colts’ unbeaten ride is picking up so much steam even their opponents see the possibility of perfection.
On the record
November 29, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
November 29, 2005
 
Corkins’ adviser wants more charter schools
November 29, 2005
The transition chief for new Kansas Education Commissioner Bob Corkins said the kind of educational programs available at private religious schools should be available in the public school system.
Weather wreaks havoc across city, state
November 29, 2005
It was only a dusting, but the light snow that fell most of Monday gave Lawrence-area motorists fits. During the afternoon and evening Lawrence Police were so busy with accident calls there weren’t enough officers to handle them all, Sgt. Craig Shanks said.
Merchants, shoppers advised to be on guard against thieves
Keep alert to keep grinches at bay
November 29, 2005
Zach White saw the stranger through a window. The man inside of Lids, 729 Mass, was scanning one of the hat racks - nothing too unusual, White thought. But then he saw the man slide a Kansas City Royals cap under his baggy sweatshirt and walk toward the door.
Religion professor issues apology about e-mail
November 29, 2005
Paul Mirecki, an associate professor of religious studies who will teach “Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design and Creationism,” issued an apology Monday for an e-mail he wrote as he was formulating plans for the course.
Sketches of new KU building released
November 29, 2005
Kansas University released drawings of the planned $2.7 million Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center that will stand next to the Kansas Union along Jayhawk Boulevard.
Retailers may reach for deeper discounts
November 29, 2005
Now that the Thanksgiving weekend is over, how much will shoppers see in the way of markdowns - and how soon?
Fans consider their options for possible bowl trip to Fort Worth
Destination will be known after Saturday’s Big 12 title game
November 29, 2005
There’s only one thing that could come between Chris Love and Kansas University’s second bowl game in three years — his wife.
County favors paper ballots
New equipment counts votes electronically but preserves paper trail
November 29, 2005
There’s just no good substitute for a reliable pencil and paper when it comes to election ballots, Douglas County commissioners decided Monday.
Fire chief search to begin anew
November 29, 2005
The search for a new fire chief is on again in Eudora.
Free State student suspended for gun
November 29, 2005
A Free State High School junior was suspended Monday after she was found with a handgun in her backpack, school district officials said.
Residents begin voting on consolidation plan
November 29, 2005
Shawnee County residents begin voting this week on a proposal to consolidate county government with the city of Topeka.
Rollover wreck briefly ties up K-10
November 29, 2005
A 19-year-old man fell asleep at the wheel and rolled his truck Monday morning on Kansas Highway 10, briefly stopping traffic.
Pump patrol
November 29, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.91 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets, and Presto 66, 602 W. Ninth St. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Lecompton announces appointment of fire chief
November 29, 2005
The Lecompton fire department has a new fire chief.
Building permit moratorium extended
November 29, 2005
Douglas County commissioners on Monday agreed to extend a moratorium on the issuance on building permits for newly created lots that developers want to build on using the county’s 5-acre exemption rule.
Home sales dip, prices rise in October
Realtor: Seasonal slowdown gives buyers advantage
November 29, 2005
Sales of homes in Lawrence continue to slip, according to a new report from the Douglas County Appraiser’s Office. Sales of 88 homes in Lawrence closed last month, down from 94 a year earlier.
Pre-election violence flares up in Iraq
November 29, 2005
Gunmen ambushed a bus Monday carrying British Muslims to Shiite shrines, killing two Britons and wounding three. The U.S. Embassy confirmed an American is missing in Iraq - presumably one of four aid workers who disappeared over the weekend.
First public school to reopen welcomes students
November 29, 2005
After two years of trying, Ronald Coleman was at last delivering his children Monday to one of New Orleans’ best public schools - thanks in large part to a catastrophe.
Bush plans to crack down on illegal aliens, expand visas
November 29, 2005
President Bush said Monday he wants to crack down on those who enter the country illegally but also give out more visas to foreigners with jobs, a dual plan he hopes will appease the social conservatives and business leaders who are his core supporters.
Lawmaker admits taking bribes, resigns
November 29, 2005
Randy “Duke” Cunningham became an ace Navy fighter pilot in Vietnam, downing five enemy aircraft and surviving being shot down by a surface-to-air missile.
Simpler CPR guidelines: ‘push hard, push fast’
November 29, 2005
“Push hard, push fast” next time you give CPR to someone having cardiac arrest, say new, simpler guidelines in a radical departure from past advice on the emergency procedure.
Barge filled with liquid asphalt runs aground
November 29, 2005
A barge filled with more than 1 million gallons of hot liquid asphalt ran aground Monday, leaking 8,400 gallons into the James River, officials said.
Thousands without power after explosion
November 29, 2005
An explosion at a power substation Monday in Columbus sent fireballs into the sky and knocked out electricity to about 35,000 customers.
Winds fan wildfires in Oklahoma, Texas
November 29, 2005
High winds on Monday hampered crews who for a second day battled wildfires that destroyed homes, forced hundreds to evacuate and injured firefighters in parts of Oklahoma and Texas.
Injured congressman: U.S. should stay in Iraq
November 29, 2005
Rep. Tim Murphy, one of two members of Congress treated at a military hospital after a weekend accident in Iraq, said Monday that wounded soldiers had told him the United States should remain in Iraq.
Former attorney general comes to Saddam’s aid
November 29, 2005
High-profile American lawyer Ramsey Clark came to the aid of Saddam Hussein on Monday, formally joining his team of attorneys.
Merck to reorganize, cut 7,000 jobs
November 29, 2005
Embattled drugmaker Merck & Co. said Monday it would cut 7,000 jobs - 11 percent of its work force - and close or sell five manufacturing plants in the first phase of a reorganization meant to save up to $4 billion by the end of the decade. Its shares dropped more than 4 percent in trading Monday.
Landlords sought for rental program
November 29, 2005
A new program designed to help homeless people gain permanent housing is looking for residents and landlords willing to participate.
Maker of cancer drug bought for $4.1 billion
November 29, 2005
American Pharmaceutical Partners Inc. said Monday it is buying its largest shareholder, privately held American BioScience Inc., for stock worth about $4.1 billion, creating a biopharmaceutical company with annual revenue of more than $500 million.
Get them animated
Are the kids looking glum over the likelihood that their favorite DVDs will end up under the tree?
November 29, 2005
Wrapping up your Christmas shopping? Or just starting? For the kids on your list who can’t get enough animation, here are a few DVDs worth checking out.
Birthdays that fall on holiday not always cause for celebration
November 29, 2005
How would you feel if you had to share your birthday - the most special day of the year - with a holiday or important event? Would it make your birthday more exciting, or would it overshadow it a little bit?
Cyber shopping picks up for holidays
November 29, 2005
The number of people who took to the mouse before leaving the house for Black Friday shopping increased significantly this year, according to an Internet ratings service.
Commodities
November 29, 2005
 
John Lennon’s killer marks 25 years of infamy
November 29, 2005
Twenty-five years ago, Mark David Chapman stamped his name into history by shooting four bullets into John Lennon’s back - a desperate, senseless grab for the kind of fame the voice of a generation was so steeped in. Instead, all he gained was infamy.
LMH ready to embark on expansion projects
Hospital seeks to buy land along K-10, upgrade facility
November 29, 2005
Lawrence Memorial Hospital is preparing to stake its claim to land in eastern Douglas County, where a new outpatient center would be the next step in staving off competition from hospitals in Johnson County.
E! Entertainment Television to air ‘The Simple Life’
November 29, 2005
Feuding ex-friends Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie will take “The Simple Life” to E! Entertainment Television in a new format that allows them to have nothing to do with each other.
Nick Lachey to navigate marriage in new TV pilot
November 29, 2005
“Newlyweds” Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson aren’t yet divorced, but Lachey is moving on to a new marriage. At least on TV.
Rod Stewart, fiancee welcome their first child to family
November 29, 2005
At age 60, Rod Stewart is a father again.
Celebrity birthdays
November 29, 2005
Actor Don Cheadle is 41. Actress Diane Ladd is 62. Comedian Garry Shandling is 56. Actor-comedian Howie Mandel is 50. Actress Kim Delaney is 44. Actor Tom Sizemore is 44. Actor Andrew McCarthy is 43.
Black Sabbath voted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
November 29, 2005
After snubs that drove Black Sabbath lead singer Ozzy Osbourne to dismiss the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame vote as “totally irrelevant,” the heavy-metal pioneers are finally in, joined by Miles Davis, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Sex Pistols and Blondie.
Evolution clash creates high sales of niche products
November 29, 2005
Whatever the ongoing dispute over evolution does to the overall Kansas economy, it’s doing wonders for at least one part of it. Anything having to do with either evolution or intelligent design is a hot seller - and not just for those who oppose the Kansas State Board of Education’s decision earlier this month to adopt new science standards that treat evolutionary theory as flawed.
Turner says Iraq serious, although not hopeless
November 29, 2005
Media mogul Ted Turner said Monday that Iraq is “no better off” following the U.S.-led invasion that ousted dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003.
Best Bets
November 29, 2005
 
Children’s author plans book signing event
November 29, 2005
Eudora resident Paul Thevarajoo will have a book signing for his children’s book, “The Adventures of Jack the Spacemouse,” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at C&S Market, 1402 Church St., in Eudora.
Art competition offered to high school students
November 29, 2005
High school students can participate in a new art competition held in conjunction with Kansas Day celebrations in January.
Bud Stallworth to sign books on Jayhawks
November 29, 2005
Kansas University basketball legend Bud Stallworth, who was a consensus All-American in 1972, will autograph copies of “Tales from the Jayhawks Hardwood: Second Edition” Thursday at Oread Books.
In the Halls
November 29, 2005
Are you doing any traveling during the holidays?
Join ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’ for delectable recipes with the color red
November 29, 2005
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Simply Red: Five Festive Recipes Featuring Red Ingredients.”
Urban Dictionary’ will make you lol - fo’ shizzle
November 29, 2005
The “Urban Dictionary” is definitely not the first book to define the slang people use. So, does the world need another one? The answer: Fo’ shizzle! (That’s a big “yes.”)
Double Take: Playboy who can’t commit to one girl needs to grow up
November 29, 2005
I have been hanging out with a guy for about two months now. We go on long walks, and we spend hours just talking and debating politics, philosophy, etc. I love hanging out with him, and it feels as if we have known each other all of our lives.
Ford pays tribute to journalist
November 29, 2005
It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Like most men my age, I have given a thought or two to my funeral. As a former president, I’m almost required to, since the military periodically updates its plans, and each presidential family is solicited for personal touches.
Iraq may not help Democrats
November 29, 2005
The cliche that those who fail to heed the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them is in vogue more than ever these days, especially as the public sours on Iraq.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
November 29, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 29, 1905: “Manager Lansdon is in Kansas City today making final arrangements for the Kansas-Missouri football game on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.
Stacked team
November 29, 2005
To the editor: Fifty to zero, 60 to nothing. Those were scores the Hurricane teams ran up on their opponents in Lawrence Youth Football. Is that really sportsmanship?
Emergency exit
November 29, 2005
To the editor: Several times a week, I drive by the new fire station being built on Stewart Avenue between 19th and 21st streets (one block east of Iowa).
Trafficway pork
November 29, 2005
To the editor: Sen. Pat Roberts has included $l.5 million in funds for the South Lawrence Trafficway in a recently passed federal transportation bill. How appropriate.
U.S. automakers need help to regroup
November 29, 2005
No industry did more to build the American middle class than the big domestic auto manufacturers. The rise of the automobile in the 20th century provided Americans unprecedented personal mobility.
Safety measure
Installing fire sprinklers might be a good investment for apartment owners even without a stricter city fire code.
November 29, 2005
Equipping apartment buildings with fire sprinkler systems seems not only like a good safety measure but also a good business decision.
Verifiable votes
Many local voters will be glad that the county’s new voting system will preserve paper ballots.
November 29, 2005
It’s good news that Douglas County commissioners are looking favorably on a voting system that will preserve paper ballots.