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Matthew Porubsky Poems
December 2, 2006
Coat giveaway helps spread the warmth to 200 families
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B1
About 60 people were waiting at the door Friday morning when the annual Scotch Share the Warmth coat giveaway began.
Texas Democrat to lead House intelligence panel
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A3
A Border Patrol agent-turned-congressman will take over as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee next month, pledging to keep a closer eye on the nation’s spy agencies and the Bush administration.
45 sex abuse cases settled for $60 million
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A3
The nation’s largest Roman Catholic archdiocese said Friday it will pay $60 million to settle 45 sex abuse lawsuits, the largest payout yet by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and among the biggest resulting from the molestation crisis that has plagued the church.
Plan to take oath on Quran criticized
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A3
Keith Ellison, who will become the first Muslim member of Congress next month, has offended some conservatives with his plan to use the Quran during his ceremonial swearing-in.
Obama offers frank discussion of sexuality, spirituality at AIDS conference
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A3
Potential presidential candidate Barack Obama stood before one of the country’s largest evangelical churches Friday for a frank discussion of sexuality and spirituality that included the declaration that condoms should be made more widely available to fight AIDS.
Method offers fast cancer diagnosis
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A3
An experimental ultrasound technique that measures how easily breast lumps compress and bounce back could enable doctors to determine instantly whether a woman has cancer or not - without having to do a biopsy.
Pursuit of perfection always on Webb’s mind
December 2, 2006 in print edition on C7
Eudora High football coach Gregg Webb is an optimist of the highest order.
SM West standout tapped by Gatorade
December 2, 2006 in print edition on C6
Shawnee Mission West’s Blake Lawrence has been named Kansas high school football player of the year by Gatorade.
Sowing the seeds of success
Early exposure helps Hughes develop into dominant player
December 2, 2006 in print edition on C6
Growing up a football coach’s son, Jeff Hughes can’t ever recall a time he wasn’t developing his own pigskin passion.
KU football notebook
December 2, 2006 in print edition on C6
Recruiting weekend: Kansas is in the middle of its first big recruiting weekend of the winter. Rivals.com analyst Jon Kirby estimated seven recruits currently were on campus taking their official visits.
Weather cancels Seabury tourney
December 2, 2006 in print edition on C6
Seabury Academy’s season-opening boys and girls basketball tournament has been canceled.
No. 8 Marquette fights off Northwestern St.
December 2, 2006 in print edition on C3
Ousmane Barro had a career-high 21 points and tied a personal best with 13 rebounds to help No. 8 Marquette beat Northwestern State, 83-67, in the Blue & Gold Classic on Friday night.
Glavine sticking with Mets
Pitcher accepts $10.5 million, one-year deal
December 2, 2006 in print edition on C2
Tom Glavine is staying with the New York Mets, agreeing Friday to a $10.5 million, one-year contract and opting against a possible return to the Atlanta Braves.
MU basketball worth watching again
December 2, 2006 in print edition on C2
At the end of the night, students lined the court, jockeying with cell phone cameras just to get a chance to click the image of the man who is rapidly becoming the most popular guy in the state.
OU, NU to square off today
Matchup gives hope for a Big 12 Conference rarity: a tight title game
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A1
More than four months ago, Nebraska coach Bill Callahan took three of his players by Arrowhead Stadium during Big 12 football media days - an attempt to motivate the guys into wanting to come back for the postseason.
Tipoff treat
Wagner, LHS dominate
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A1
The jungle crowd at Lawrence High’s basketball arena rumbled midway through the first half, shouting “Wagner! Wagner! He’s on fire!”
Wright returns to Windy City
Sophomore unsure how fans will receive him
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A1
Like most lifelong natives of the Windy City, Julian Wright has taken day trips to the Field Museum, Art Institute, Lincoln Park Zoo and Shedd Aquarium.
On the record
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B2
Holiday tour benefits Health Care Access
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B2
The second annual Holiday Homes Tour benefit for Health Care Access this year will feature seven Lawrence homes.
Fort Riley color guard to lead today’s parade
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B2
Fort Riley’s Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard will lead the Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade when it starts at 11 a.m. today.
Preschool director gets fond send-off
First Presbyterian school families organize surprise farewell party
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B2
Diane Karpowitz could hold the tears for only one second.
Logan County pushes forward with prairie dog eradication
Landowners get ultimatum on commission’s field poisoning plan
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B2
Two men embroiled in a dispute with Logan County have been told they must remove cattle from the land they own or lease, or the county will spread poison on the land - and charge them for the work and the toxic substance.
People in the news
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Publicist: Lohan attending Alcoholics Anonymous ¢ McCartney saw psychiatrist about marriage breakdown ¢ Clooney talks about ‘brutal night’ out with Danny DeVito ¢ Leno, other comics sue editor over joke books
Madness’ is refreshing
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A2
“The Madness of Prince Charles” (8 p.m. today, WE) takes a glib and irreverent look at the Prince of Wales and heir to the British crown. The “Madness” in question is Charles’ habit of making controversial statements about architecture, medicine and religion.
Supreme Court takes up ‘Bong Hits 4 Jesus’ case
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A7
The Supreme Court stepped into a dispute over free speech Friday involving a suspended high school student and his banner that proclaimed “Bong Hits 4 Jesus.”
New national museum puts focus on ‘Great War’
December 2, 2006
World War I ended almost nine decades ago, only a handful of its U.S. veterans are still alive and its towering monument here was closed for years because of neglect and deterioration.
City looks to raise ticket fines
Speeding, parking violations could cost more
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A1
Discount days for Lawrence speeders are about to come to an end.
Wreck on slick I-35 bridge injures driver
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B3
A New Hampshire woman was injured Friday morning after she lost control of her vehicle while crossing a slick bridge about one mile northeast of Ottawa, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report.
KU names five CLAS alumni honorees
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B3
Kansas University has selected five recipients of the 2006-07 Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed on graduates of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Toys for Tots hopes to fill growing need
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B3
The number of Douglas County families who need holiday gifts for their children has increased every year.
Report: Leaky gas, torch caused explosion
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A5
Human error - bringing a torch near a poorly built protective seal - sparked an explosion in an eastern Kentucky coal mine that killed five men, state investigators conclude in a report released Friday.
Frigid blast raises worries about wheat crop
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B5
Frigid air that displaced near-record high temperatures in recent days has spurred yet more worry about the state’s drought-stressed 2007 winter wheat crop, experts said Friday.
State’s disaster declaration expands after snowstorm
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B5
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius added Harper and Leavenworth counties Friday to those covered by a disaster emergency declaration prompted by winter storms.
Government to pay $4M total to war orphans
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A6
A court Friday ordered the government to pay millions of dollars in compensation to dozens of Japanese who, as children, were stranded in China at the close of World War II.
Early computing device uncovered
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A6
Imagine tossing a top-notch laptop into the sea, leaving scientists from a foreign culture to scratch their heads over its corroded remains centuries later.
4 convicted of planning terrorist attacks
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A6
A court convicted four Dutch Muslims on Friday of plotting terrorist attacks and sentenced them to up to eight years in prison, a victory for prosecutors who had failed several times before to convict would-be terrorists before they acted.
U.S. calls for protection of Somalia’s government
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A6
The United States circulated a U.N. Security Council draft resolution Friday that would authorize a regional force to protect Somalia’s weak government and threaten Security Council action against those who block peace efforts and attempt to overthrow it.
208 dead, 261 missing in typhoon, mudslide
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A6
The ash and boulders had been building up since an eruption in July, high on the slopes of the Mayon volcano. Typhoon Durian’s blasts of wind and drenching rain raked it all down in a deadly black wall of debris.
Wife, spy contact also were exposed to radiation
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A6
The wife of an ex-KGB agent fatally poisoned in Britain and the Italian security expert he met the day he fell ill both showed traces of the same radioactive substance found in the dead man’s body, friends and officials said Friday.
President takes oath of office
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A6
Felipe Calderon, protected by a scrum of sympathetic lawmakers, ignored catcalls and brawling lawmakers and rushed through the presidential oath of office in the congressional chamber Friday, a chaotic start to a term in which he pledged to heal a country divided by his narrow victory.
Hezbollah backers rally in bid to overthrow government
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A6
Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese heeded Hezbollah’s call Friday, flooding downtown Beirut to pressure the U.S.-supported government to resign. But Prime Minister Fuad Saniora showed no signs of backing down in a confrontation that could tear apart the country.
4-H and FCE news
December 2, 2006 in print edition on D5
Around and about
December 2, 2006 in print edition on D3
Club news
December 2, 2006 in print edition on D3
Scouting news
December 2, 2006 in print edition on D5
Electrical problem blamed for motel blaze
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B1
An electrical problem with a sign caused the fire Thursday night that damaged Westminster Inn and Suites, 2525 W. Sixth St., Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical Chief Mark Bradford said Friday.
Robbery defendant asks for sentence exception
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence man convicted of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint stood up in court Friday and delivered a speech that he hoped would help keep him from going to prison.
Policing unit deploying to Iraq from Leavenworth
Batallion is first such group to leave from the fort since World War II
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B1
Maj. Barbi Aleandre is not unlike dozens of soldiers from Fort Leavenworth who have deployed to Iraq.
U.S. troops may get Medal of Honor
Navy SEAL, Marine saved others by throwing selves on grenades
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A8
Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor had just an instant to react when a hand grenade was tossed into his rooftop hideout in Iraq.
Stutler’s intensity reaps ultimate reward
December 2, 2006 in print edition on C5
In seeking a description of Eudora High volleyball coach Jill Stutler, one adjective kept coming up - intense.
Faith briefs
December 2, 2006 in print edition on D8
Faith forum: How do I deal with ‘religious’ people who act like hypocrites?
December 2, 2006 in print edition on D1
¢ Use loving approach to help erring faithful ¢ Look inward, challenge your own pretensions
Poet well-versed in voyeurism
December 2, 2006 in print edition on D1
Matthew Porubsky is not that interesting. At least that’s what he likes to tell people when they ask him how it felt to experience some of the scenarios in his poems.
Full circle
Mandalas bring sense of spiritual wholeness, balance to meditators from many cultures
December 2, 2006
Rebecca Ford remembers her first experience with a mandala.
Commodities
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B4
H&R Block, Intuit settle TV ad lawsuit
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B4
H&R Block Inc. and Intuit Inc. have settled litigation over television ads for each other’s tax-preparation software.
Slight stature, big results
Athletic gifts - not height - make Kracl a force in middle
December 2, 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.
Garmin pays $36M for Dynastream
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B4
Garmin Ltd., which makes navigation products that use global positioning system technology, said Friday that it had acquired Canadian technology company Dynastream Innovations Inc. for about $36 million in cash.
Unemployment tax reduction is urged
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B4
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday called for a cut in the tax that businesses pay to cover unemployment benefits.
Researchers: Buffalo herds unaffected by disease
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B8
Researchers say an especially virulent disease that broke out in a wild buffalo herd has not spread to most other herds in the state.
Voter mandate
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Your Nov. 16 editorial criticized the new Democratic congressional majority for asking hard questions about the Iraq war. You misunderstand the reasons why Americans repudiated the White House at the polls.
Bus exhaust
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Speaking of clean air and the officials in charge of health and environment in Lawrence, have they ever been behind the big buses when the bus takes off from a complete stop and the exhaust fumes blow directly in the traffic behind the bus?
Selfish interests
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The proposed supersized coal-burning generating plant near Holcomb is producing plenty of smoke even before the project gets a hearing by the KDHE!
Downsizing
Seattle’s “loss” might be Kansas City’s “gain” as the Washington community thinks smaller.
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B6
It’s interesting to note that while many American communities are trying to devise ways to become “greater” in a wide range of categories, Seattle is engaging in what amounts to a shift to a Lesser Seattle.
Differing views
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Walter Dimmick objects (Journal-World, Dec. 1) to Michael Behe’s invited lecture at Kansas University in the Difficult Dialogue series, Knowledge: Faith and Reason.
Miami a preview of U.S. future
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B6
There’s a joke I tell behind Miami’s back. I’ll be elsewhere in the country and someone will ask how race and diversity are viewed from a South Florida perspective.
Missing candles
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: On Sunday, Nov. 26, I completed putting up our outdoor holiday decorations with a new addition to our display. My wife, Suzanne, and I were very proud of what we were displaying.
Bipartisan actions must back up words
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B6
Right after the election, both President Bush and the newly crowned top Democrat, Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi, said all the right things about cooperating to confront the nation’s problems.
First big winter storm blankets Midwest with ‘heart attack snow’
December 2, 2006
The season’s first big wintry storm blustered across the Midwest on Friday and closed in on the Northeast, leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity, stranding airline passengers and collapsing the roof of a nursing home with its wet, heavy snow.
DePaul notebook
December 2, 2006 in print edition on C3
Collins returns to Chitown
Freshman excited for homecoming bout with DePaul
December 2, 2006 in print edition on C3
Except for maybe the marquee matchup against Florida, there’s no game on Kansas University’s men’s basketball schedule as important to Sherron Collins as today’s contest versus DePaul.
Lawrence Datebook
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B2
2006 a year of notable apologies
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A2
“Love means never having to say you’re sorry,” Ali MacGraw said in the 1970 tearjerker “Love Story,” a line whose iconic status belies its lack of any discernible logic.
Campus chapel set to grow
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A1
Kansas University’s beloved Danforth Chapel is getting an $850,000 makeover.
KUMC dealings exclude regents
KU to share details of health care pitches soon with lawmakers
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A1
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.
Society calendar
December 2, 2006 in print edition on D5
Simons: Spending on college sports overshadows academic mission
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B1
Bill Self is a good man, a good coach. He reflects credit on Kansas University, its basketball program and the game of basketball.
State may help deferred maintenance
Barnett says as much as $100 million ‘down payment’ could go toward university repairs
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B1
Defeated Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Barnett said Friday the state can afford a $50 million to $100 million “down payment” on universities to take care of a backlog of repairs.
Debate about civil war term masks deeper divisions
December 2, 2006 in print edition on A8
America’s hand-wringing about whether the violence in Iraq amounts to a civil war, while on the surface a semantic distinction, mirrors deeper divisions about how far the U.S. should go to try to salvage a desperate situation.
Horoscopes
December 2, 2006 in print edition on D7
For Saturday, Dec. 2
Pump patrol
December 2, 2006 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals