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Motel fire caused by electrical problems
December 1, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, electrical problems sparked a motel fire, snow covers Baldwin City, and speeding tickets on the rise.
Regents not involved in med center talks
December 1, 2006
The Kansas Board of Regents hasn’t been included in Kansas University Medical Center’s discussions to form partnerships and boost the region’s life science industry.
Despite snow day, some school activities still on tonight
01:47 p.m., December 1, 2006 Updated 03:03 p.m.
Although today is a snow day for Lawrence’s public schools, some activities such as debate, basketball and wrestling will go on as scheduled tonight at Lawrence High School and Free State High School.
County Fare
Watkins Museum showcases community’s culture, legacy
December 1, 2006 in print edition on D1
It originally was a bank, then a mortgage company, then it became Lawrence’s city hall. But for the last 30 years, the majestic building at 1047 Mass. has operated as a museum. “Almost everything we collect is somehow connected to a Douglas County citizen,” says Rebecca Phipps, director of the Watkins Community Museum of History.
Civil war slaughter now likely in Iraq
December 1, 2006 in print edition on B6
Have you ever watched a civil war up close? I have, in Lebanon and Bosnia. Awful scenes from both places cross my mind, as I watch President Bush, on television, rejecting the suggestion that Iraq is engulfed in “civil war.” Until now I, too, have argued that sectarian fighting in Iraq was not the same as the civil wars in Lebanon and Bosnia, where entire villages were burned to the ground in organized attacks by religious and ethnic militias. I’ve contended that the carnage will get much worse if U.S. troops exit quickly.
Moore announces changes to D.C. staff
December 1, 2006 in print edition on B1
U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, a Democrat who represents the 3rd Congressional District which includes eastern Lawrence, announced Thursday staff promotions and a new hire for his Washington, D.C., office.
Bus overturns; 20 injured
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A3
A university bus carrying medical students and health workers overturned on a busy freeway interchange Thursday, injuring 20 people and snarling rush-hour traffic around the state capital.
SeaWorld reviewing killer whale attack
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A5
Some days, killer whales just wake up on the wrong side of the pool. A 2 1/2-ton orca that dragged a trainer underwater during a show at SeaWorld may have been put out by a spat with another whale, grumpy because of the weather or just irritable from a stomachache, according to marine mammal experts.
NIT title boosts Butler to highest ranking since ‘49
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C8
A few weeks ago, Butler was seen as a team with little bite. A preseason poll picked the Bulldogs to finish sixth in the Horizon League. The Bulldogs’ growl is a lot more noticeable after wins over Notre Dame, Indiana, Tennessee and Gonzaga.
Don’t expect Knight to change
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C8
Like it or not, Texas Tech basketball coach Bob Knight will soon make history.
UT freshman sheds pounds
Pittman doing his part to increase playing time
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C8
Dexter Pittman breaks a sweat long before the Texas Longhorns hit the basketball court.
Minnesota’s Monson resigns
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C8
Dan Monson resigned as the men’s basketball coach at Minnesota on Thursday, one day after the Gophers’ fifth straight defeat left them with their longest losing streak in more than 40 years.
Stutler’s intensity reaps ultimate reward
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C5
In seeking a description of Eudora High volleyball coach Jill Stutler, one adjective kept coming up - intense.
Slight stature, big results
Athletic gifts - not height - make Kracl a force in middle
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C5
After her game-winning block secured the Class 4A volleyball state title for Eudora High on Nov. 3, senior Erin Kracl did not celebrate. She looked around, hugged a few of her teammates and then headed to the baseline to shake hands with her opponents from Augusta.
2006-07 area wrestling preview capsules
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C10
Central Michigan wins MAC title
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C10
Football coaches always talk about winning games with big plays. The Mid-American Conference championship game was a perfect example.
Taylor to face hometown team
Nebraska QB to meet squad he grew up rooting for
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C10
Sooner born and Sooner bred, Zac Taylor ended up on the other side of one of college football’s most storied rivalries. Now, he’ll get a chance to play in a big Oklahoma-Nebraska game like the ones he grew up watching.
No. 13 Baylor survives scare
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C7
Bernice Mosby nailed a short jumper with 2.2 seconds remaining to lift No. 13 Baylor to a 64-62 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday night.
Gonzaga stretches home streak to 44
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C7
Gonzaga was held 13 points below its average, shot just 41 percent and was nearly outrebounded for the first time this season.
Missouri hands Hogs first setback
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C7
Arkansas was supposed to be Missouri’s toughest opponent this season. But the Tigers’ 86-64 win over the Razorbacks on Thursday looked as easy as their previous seven.
Bulls, Wallace hope ‘headband-gate’ resolved
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C4
Now that the Bulls put all that silliness behind them and made Ben Wallace take off the headband, it’s time they faced up to the real problem. That would be the one between his ears.
Shaq could be back as early as Dec. 18
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C4
Shaquille O’Neal knew his left leg felt weak. He just didn’t think it needed to be surgically repaired.
Iverson absent at event
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C4
It didn’t cost anything for corporate sponsors and others to attend a 76ers meet-and-greet Wednesday night at the Lucky Strike Bowling Lanes. It cost Allen Iverson a substantial amount of money for not attending.
Robinson already in swim of things
Slight adjustment helps KU rookie shave precious seconds
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C3
Being called Superman in the sports world is typically a compliment. But for Ashley Robinson, the superhero reference made the KU swimmer quickly change her technique in the pool.
Snow disrupts Seabury
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C3
Seabury Academy’s season-opening, four-school, round-robin boys and girls basketball tournament is in limbo because of the snowy weather.
Commentary: McGwire forces a much deeper look
Suspicions surrounding the slugger makes his Hall of Fame credentials clouded with uncertainty
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C2
Before I vote for Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr. and a few others and ignore Mark McGwire’s name on the 2007 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot, I want to run a few questions through my tormented conscience:
New talent, new coach take over on mats
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C1
Losing a two-time state champion in Nolan Kellerman, and nine seniors, you would think Lawrence High would be in a rebuilding mode for the 2006-07 wrestling campaign. However, coach Mark Dulgarian is not looking at it that way.
Nieder’s passion leads him to Hall
Former KU and Olympic star earns spot among track and field’s best
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C1
He walked along the streets of Melbourne, Australia, but didn’t see the car coming. Bill Nieder, fresh off an appearance at the 1956 Olympics, dodged the reckless taxi driver and got out of the way. That was a close one.
Mayer: RussRob following Yates’ plan
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C1
Russell Robinson is my version of Tony Yates on the current Kansas University basketball team.
Five more years
Self inks lucrative extension
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C1
Lew Perkins believes the right man is running Kansas University’s basketball program. “I do not know anybody (else) out there I’d want to be our head coach. He’s as good as it comes. He’s already proved it to me,” Perkins, KU’s athletic director, said Thursday of Bill Self.
Cornish, Talib nab All-Big 12 honors
Kansas University tailback one of two unanimous selections on this year’s Associated Press team
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C1
Individually, Kansas University’s football team had a player on each unit shine a little brighter than most this year. Not surprisingly, both are getting their props with postseason honors.
Rally to oppose power plant proposal
December 1, 2006 in print edition on B1
Civic and environmental groups will join forces Saturday in Topeka for a rally opposing coal-burning power plants.
Driver’s condition critical after wreck
December 1, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence man injured in a fatal wreck in icy conditions Wednesday on the Kansas Turnpike remains hospitalized.
Lawrence vigil, other events to mark World AIDS Day
December 1, 2006 in print edition on B1
Today marks World AIDS Day, and commemorative red ribbons will be displayed in Lawrence during a vigil at 7 this evening at the South Park Recreation Center.
Generations to gather Sunday for elementary’s 90th birthday
December 1, 2006 in print edition on B1
Former Lawrence school board member Austin Turney is planning to celebrate a birthday, but it’s not his. It’s Cordley’s - the school he attended seven decades ago. Turney, who attended the elementary school from 1934 to 1940, is one of hundreds of former students expected to attend Cordley’s 90th birthday party Sunday afternoon. He fondly recalls his third-grade class at Cordley School, 1837 Vt.
KBI’s fight against meth labs honored
December 1, 2006 in print edition on B1
Buying the ingredients used to “cook” the illegal stimulant methamphetamine is a harder task today in Kansas than it was a few years ago. As a result, the number of potentially explosive meth labs discovered across the state has dropped sharply.
State plans to close historic sites for winter
Lack of resources, dwindling attendance cited
December 1, 2006 in print edition on B1
A plan to shut down state historic sites, including Constitution Hall, for the winter received rough treatment Thursday from several legislators and historians in Lecompton.
Motel fire closes part of Sixth St.
December 1, 2006
Standing outside in a stiff, cold wind is difficult for anyone, firefighters included. “Just like all of us, we try to prepare ourselves for the cold,” said Division Chief Shaun Coffey of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical. “We just try to function well.” So when fire broke out about 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Westminster Inn and Suites, 2525 W. Sixth St., Coffey and 24 other firefighters and emergency responders battled both a blaze and the cold for more than an hour.
On the record
December 1, 2006 in print edition on B3
Lawrence Datebook
December 1, 2006
Suspect pleads not guilty in teen’s death
December 1, 2006 in print edition on B3
A judge on Wednesday entered a not guilty plea for a man accused of having a pregnant Wichita teen killed because her family wanted to pursue statutory rape charges against him.
28 charged in deadly July train bombings
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A10
Formal charges were brought against 28 people for suspected involvement in the July 11 train bombings in Mumbai that killed more than 200 people.
U.S. beef imports from slaughterhouse halted
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A10
South Korea said today it would suspend imports of beef from a U.S. slaughterhouse after inspectors found three bone fragments in a shipment, a violation of an agreement related to mad cow disease.
FBI joins investigation of poisoned ex-spy
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A10
The FBI is joining the British probe into the poisoning death of a Kremlin critic, the agency announced Thursday as investigators found traces of radiation at a dozen sites in Britain and a former Russian prime minister reported symptoms consistent with poisoning.
Calls renewed for new strategies to stop AIDS pandemic
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A10
Circumcision, microbicides and microfinance. These are some of the most promising options being examined as potential ways to prevent AIDS.
Typhoon kills more than 100
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A10
Typhoon Durian tore through the eastern Philippines on Thursday with winds of up to 139 mph, killing at least 109 people and cutting off power to thousands of homes, officials said.
Calderon inauguration is today
Challenger says he’s the real president
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A10
or most of the world, Mexico will inaugurate a president named Felipe Calderon this morning. Congratulations will flow from around the globe. Cabinet members will be sworn in. Mariachi music will play. It won’t change a thing, however, in the bright yellow building at 64 San Luis Potosi St. Inside sits the man who insists that he’s the real president of Mexico: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has his own Cabinet, his own budget and even his own tricolor presidential sash, which he strapped on more than two weeks ago.
Justice moves to quash subpoena in Plan B suit
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A3
A reproductive rights group is on a “fishing expedition” and should be denied access to White House e-mails and other documents it seeks as part of a lawsuit promoting unfettered access to the morning-after pill, the Justice Department said Thursday.
Nurse charged in boot camp death
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A3
Of eight former staff members arrested in the death of a 14-year-old boy who was pummeled at a juvenile boot camp, one of them - a nurse - did not knee, hit or otherwise strike the youngster during the videotaped melee.
Newspaper investigating possible plagiarism
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A3
The Star Tribune said it was reviewing a year’s worth of work by one of its editorial page writers after finding two of his pieces contained similarities to the work of a writer at The New Yorker magazine.
Gay marriage ban goes to high court
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A3
The state’s entire high court should decide whether to force lawmakers to take action on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, one justice decided Thursday.
Iowa governor to run for president
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A3
Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday, positioning himself as a Washington outsider with heartland appeal.
City councilmen face bribery charges
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A8
Two city councilmen, including the uncle of U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., were charged Thursday with taking thousands of dollars of bribes in exchange for their votes to allow new billboards in the city.
Draft questions for new citizenship test unveiled
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A3
Alicia Bowers, a Panamanian immigrant, can easily recall that George Washington was the first U.S. president. She knows the three branches of government are legislative, executive and judicial.
Superintendent Weseman takes blame for canceling schools late
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A9
Lawrence schools are closed today. The reason: There’s still ice on parking lots and sidewalks. And there was a probability of heavy snowfall overnight, Superintendent Randy Weseman. “We’ve been working on the sidewalks and parking lots all day,” he said Thursday. “We can’t get them to a point where we’re comfortable having school.”
Slaying defendant claims abuse by stepfather
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A7
A teenager accused of killing his stepfather with a samurai sword denied it Thursday but testified that the retired police officer had molested him for years and had threatened to kill him if he told anyone.
Man receives successful hand transplant
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A7
A Michigan man who lost his right hand in a work-related accident more than 30 years ago became the third successful hand transplant recipient in the United States, doctors said Thursday.
People in the news
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Eva Longoria, basketball star Tony Parker get engaged ¢ ‘View’ hosts aren’t bothered by DeVito’s drunken behavior ¢ Sen. Obama, rapper Ludacris talk about empowering youths ¢ Nick Lachey becomes part-owner of baseball teams ¢ Attorney: Anna Nicole Smith must leave Bahamian mansion
Worst’ Britcom returns to BBC
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A2
The farcical British comedy “The Worst Week of My Life” (8:40 p.m., BBC America) returns for a second seven-episode season. Last year’s “Worst” counted down the seven days preceding Howard (Ben Miller) and Mel’s (Sarah Alexander) wedding.
Laughter yoga fitness fad is no joke
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A2
This is no joke: It’s a typical day at sunny Main Beach and a dozen people are wandering around with their hands in the air, laughing hysterically, squawking like chickens and talking gibberish.
Roberts set to depart Intelligence Committee
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A1
Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas is preparing to leave the Senate Intelligence Committee after an intense four years as chairman, according to Senate officials. Roberts has been a lightning rod for partisan criticism throughout his tenure, which began just weeks before the United States invaded Iraq in March 2003.
Obama, Brownback to address California megachurch today
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A6
There are many forums a potential Democratic presidential candidate ordinarily might pick for a high-profile public appearance: a union hall, a black church, perhaps a teachers’ convention.
Board OKs postal site for library
Recommended $30M proposal includes underground parking
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A1
A new $30 million library should be built on the site of the current downtown post office, according to a unanimous recommendation by the city’s Library Board. Now, city commissioners must decide whether to put the issue on a ballot for city residents, halt the project or reduce its scope on fears that it is more than the community can afford.
Oprah’ is coming to town
Show set to feature resident, three businesses for ‘green Christmas’
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A1
Christmas is coming early for operators of three businesses in Lawrence, as a producer and contract camera crew are set to shine at least a part of a national media spotlight on the city that an environmental advocate now calls home.
Abortion clinics’ request rejected
Kline investigation of medical records allowed to continue
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A1
Attorney General Phill Kline’s investigation into two abortion clinics will continue after the Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a request from the clinics to take control of the probe.
Kansan questioned in slayings
December 1, 2006 in print edition on B8
A convicted murderer from Kansas accused of the recent killing of an Indiana girl is being questioned in two northern Indiana murders committed in the mid-1970s.
Snowfall slides by Lawrence
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A1
Looks like Lawrence, for the most part, dodged a bullet. Well : make that a snowflake. After doomsday predictions earlier this week of multiple inches of snow piling on the Lawrence area, the heart of the city received only a brief dusting after sundown Thursday.
Released sex offender arrested
December 1, 2006 in print edition on B8
A sex offender who was released from prison earlier this month because of a paperwork mix-up was arrested this week after allegedly attempting to rape a woman, Garden City police said.
Schools give great wheels for good attendance
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A5
Sixteen-year-old Kaytie Christopherson was getting ready to do her homework on a Friday when she got a call that made a big improvement in her life: She had won a brand-new pickup truck for near-perfect school attendance.
Many sellers helping pay closing costs
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C12
Q & A about real estate with David W. Myers.
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C12
Couple challenge condemnation
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C12
In Wyandotte County, private property owners whose land is condemned for development receive 25 percent more than fair market value for their property, according to one state law.
Lawrence Realty wins awards
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C12
The Lawrence Board of Realtors recently conducted its annual Friend & Family Blood Drive, and, for the fifth-consecutive year, Lawrence Realty Associates took home the trophy for most donations.
Homeland Security rates millions of international travelers
Program uses vehicle records, seating preference, meals to assess score
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A4
Without notifying the public, federal agents for the past four years have assigned millions of international travelers, including Americans, computer-generated scores rating the risk they pose of being terrorists or criminals.
Vintage Books to publish Iraq report
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A11
An authorized edition of the much-anticipated “Iraq Study Group Report” will be published Wednesday by Random House Inc., the same day President Bush and congressional leaders are to receive the bipartisan committee’s recommendations.
Bipartisan group to urge pullback of U.S. forces
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A11
A special commission on U.S. policy in Iraq will urge a pullback of some U.S. troops but will not recommend a timetable for withdrawing all U.S. forces, an official familiar with the panel’s deliberations said Thursday.
Administration may request $100B for war
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A11
The Bush administration is working on its largest-ever appeal for more Iraq war funds - a record $100 billion, at least, and that figure reflects cuts from wish lists originally circulating around the Pentagon.
Bush rejects calls to remove troops
Iraqi prime minister says forces will be ready to take control in June
December 1, 2006 in print edition on A11
President Bush on Thursday rejected calls for a measured withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, even as Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, facing doubts about his ability to dampen violence, asserted his forces could take full control by June.
Draft deserves full discussion
December 1, 2006 in print edition on B7
Never mind that Rep. Charlie Rangel wants to bring back the military draft for the wrong reasons. He still has a good idea. The Manhattan Democrat and Korean War vet is on a lonely crusade to require military conscription. That he has close to zero support in public opinion and Congress means the issue will not get a fair hearing. That could be a fatal mistake. With Islamic terrorism growing around the globe, and with much of Europe throwing up its hands in exasperation and surrender, America needs to debate the size of our armed forces. Once again, the Free World may depend on us.
Thinking like a terrorist
December 1, 2006 in print edition on B7
Taking a page from the unpublished O.J. Simpson book, if I were a terrorist, what would be my domestic strategy for bringing America to its knees? The recent incident aboard a US Airways plane in Minneapolis exposed one component of my strategy. I would have suggested that six imams shout “Allah” as they approached the plane for boarding and then not take their assigned seats once onboard. I would have told them to sit in seats where they could block every exit, including the one in first class, which is closest to the cockpit.
Dialogue’ a farce
December 1, 2006 in print edition on B6
Plant pollution
December 1, 2006 in print edition on B6
Kickapoo rights
December 1, 2006 in print edition on B6
Massive challenge
There is no secret about the enormity of the job facing Lawrence’s Alan Mulally at the Ford Motor Co.
December 1, 2006 in print edition on B6
Lawrence’s Alan Mulally established an international reputation for success as a top man for the massive Boeing Aircraft company. It appears it will take all the skill and expertise he can muster to work similar miracles with the ailing Ford Motor Co. for which he recently became president and chief executive.
Church and state share bunk at ‘Jesus Camp’
December 1, 2006 in print edition on D1
Your reaction to this thought-provoking documentary about an evangelical Christian summer camp for kids lies not only in your religious beliefs but also in your convictions on the separation of church and state. But it doesn’t matter on which side of the fence you reside. It’s almost impossible not to respond emotionally to this fascinating, sobering and all-too-brief exploration of the politicized religious right and its hopes, dreams and power.
Defense admits to pool killing
But lawyer argues that slaying was not premeditated
December 1, 2006 in print edition on B3
The attorney for a man accused of killing a Kansas State University student at a suburban Kansas City swimming pool acknowledged during opening arguments on Wednesday that her client is guilty.
Cincy keeps hope alive
AFC North race remains unsettled
December 1, 2006 in print edition on C9
Playing with a chance to win a title, the Baltimore Ravens crossed midfield once in the first three quarters. Their fearsome defense got caught flat-footed by a sandlot play.
December 1, 2006 in print edition on B4