Archive for Sunday, December 3, 2006

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Keegan: Rush’s struggles continue
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C1
It can be argued that the Sports Illustrated jinx had nothing to do with Kansas University’s loss to Oral Roberts. A case can’t be made that Saturday afternoon’s ugly loss to DePaul had nothing to do with the sophomore slump.
Oden solid in OSU debut
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C4
The wait was worth it for No. 3 Ohio State and prized big man Greg Oden. In his first competition in seven months, the 7-foot freshman, touted by some as the best U.S.-born big man in a generation, had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Buckeyes past Valparaiso, 78-58, on Saturday.
Shockers survive
Wichita State weathers Syracuse rally
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C4
The Shockers were shocking again, though they almost got shocked themselves. Kyle Wilson scored 17 points, Sean Ogirri added 16, and No. 17 Wichita State survived a big Syracuse rally, holding off the 15th-ranked Orange 64-61 Saturday night for its third big win in four games.
Paris punishes Tulsa
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C5
Courtney Paris had 24 points and 13 rebounds for her 34th straight double-double for No. 3 Oklahoma despite sitting out more than 10 minutes with foul trouble in the Sooners’ 72-49 victory over Tulsa on Saturday.
Division III squad tops 200 points
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C5
Sami Wylie made an NCAA-record 21 three-pointers and finished with 69 points to help Lincoln University set a Division III scoring record in a 201-78 victory over Ohio State-Marion on Saturday.
No more cupcakes for A&M
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C5
No. 9 Texas A&M has cruised through the early part of its schedule. It’s about to get a lot tougher. Joseph Jones had 24 points, Antanas Kavaliauskas scored 23, and the Aggies prepared for a difficult road game against LSU with a 74-62 victory over Pacific on Saturday.
Older and wiser
Seasoned Gonzaga too strong for Texas
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C5
Gonzaga gave youthful Texas a lesson Saturday about the value of experience. Derek Raivio made seven three-pointers en route to 27 points, and the No. 22 Bulldogs beat the Longhorns, 87-77, in the opening game of the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge.
Heat’s Simien out indefinitely
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C10
Wayne Simien is experiencing a recurrence of the salmonella bacteria that hospitalized him this summer and almost caused him to postpone his wedding.
Hornets VP Reed says he’ll retire
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C10
Willis Reed, the New Orleans Hornets’ vice president of basketball operations, said he planned to retire in June, the month he will turn 65. Reed’s three-year contract with the NBA team ends that month. The Louisiana native told The Oklahoman newspaper on Friday he planned to retire to the Rustin, La., house he shares with his wife, Gale.
Navy wins fifth straight against Army, 26-14
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C9
More than a few brooms popped up in the section where the Brigade of Midshipmen stood for the 107th Army-Navy game here Saturday. They were to signify Navy’s attempt at a four-year sweep of the Black Knights and Air Force.
KU’s bowl possibilities take another blow
Troy’s victory eliminates Jayhawks from at-large consideration; affiliated bowls select today
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C9
Kansas University’s football team is about finished with its bowl chances.
BCS to snub Gators or Wolverines today
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C9
Michigan or Florida? One will play Ohio State in the BCS championship game. The other will be ticked off at the maddeningly imperfect system used to crown a major-college football champion.
UCLA ends USC’s title hopes
Florida wins, could play for BCS championship
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C8
Southern California’s dejected players trudged off the Rose Bowl field, oblivious to the celebration going on around them. Their national-championship hopes had just ended with the biggest upset of the season.
Free State takes 9th
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C3
The Free State High wrestling team opened its season with a ninth-place finish at Saturday’s Gardner-Edgerton Invitational.
Four Lions victors
High School Wrestling
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C3
Jake Pfannenstiel, Brian Cain, Kyle McTaggert and Jake Lorenzo each went 4-0 to win their weight classes Saturday at the Leavenworth Challenger as Lawrence High opened its wrestling season.
All-freshman lineup unlikely today
Henrickson regrets playing quintet of rookies in crucial moments of Wednesday’s victory
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C3
Bonnie Henrickson has relied heavily on freshmen, but the Kansas University women’s basketball coach conceded she went a little too far the other night.
Nervous’ Manning lifts Free State girls
Firebird boys down Maize for opening sweep
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C1
Bryan Duncan figured he should waste little time sending Taylor Manning onto the floor. “She was so nervous,” Free State High girls basketball coach Duncan said of the 6-foot sophomore, “I knew we had to get her in quick or she would hyperventilate.”
Sooners rip NU for crown
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C1
The journey here was wild and unexpected for Oklahoma University’s football team. But the way to victory Saturday was as scripted and repetitive as the Sooners possibly could make it.
An award for Bennett and a reward for Stewart fans
December 3, 2006 in print edition on D1
The 2006 Billboard Music Awards (7 p.m., Fox) honors singer Tony Bennett with the Century Award. The awards bestowed tonight are determined by the artists’ performances on Billboard’s weekly charts.
Radio, light make good gifts
Here are some ideas for outdoors enthusiasts
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C12
Need ideas for your favorite outdoors enthusiast? Here is a holiday gift guide!
Cooling key for deer meat
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C12
For deer hunters, taking a deer is a satisfying adrenaline rush, often culminating several weeks of practice, scouting and preparation.
School diversity at stake in Supreme Court case
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A1
The Supreme Court is diving into a debate over school diversity that is as old as Reconstruction-era efforts to integrate blacks into the mainstream and as new as the 5:35 a.m. start time on some buses carrying students across town in Louisville, Ky.
Recent storm, chilly temperatures don’t dampen Christmas parade
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A1
One of the event’s largest crowds braved chilly temperatures for the 14th annual Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade on Saturday, organizers said. Hundreds of horses trotted down Massachusetts Street between Seventh and 12th streets, many pulling carriages and wagons from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Ralliers call for renewable alternatives
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A1
About 100 people braved the chill Saturday to turn up the political heat against a proposed coal-burning power plant in western Kansas. “Kansas should be a leader in new technology, such as wind, and not be a part of the problem,” said Nicole Reiz, a senior at Kansas University and president of KU Environs.
Switch to ‘all-day K’ would cost city $1M
Legislature to discuss full-time kindergarten
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A1
It comes with a fairly high price tag - about $1 million locally. However, all-day kindergarten could be available next year in Lawrence, depending on the funding commitment level from the governor, the Kansas Legislature and Lawrence’s own school board.
People in the news
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Hilton cancels appearance at Billboard Music Awards ¢ American Indians praise Gibson’s casting for film ¢ Lopez’s first husband still wants to write memoir
New Orleans writers bring back Black and White Ball
December 3, 2006
Maybe it should be called the Resurrection Party of the Century. In a bid to raise money for writers and poets displaced by Hurricane Katrina, a fledgling group of writers ladled up some haute couture in the Crescent City by staging a re-enactment of Truman Capote’s 1966 extravaganza, the Black and White Ball.
War widow dedicates plaque with pentacle
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
The widow of a soldier killed in Afghanistan saw a Wiccan symbol placed on a memorial plaque for her husband Saturday, after fighting the federal government for more than a year over the emblem.
U.N. war crimes tribunal suspends Serb’s trial
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
Judges at the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague have suspended the trial of a prominent Serb suspect, who is on a hunger strike, due to his weakening health. In the decision dated Friday, judges said Vojislav Seselj would likely be too weak to instruct his lawyer next week and ordered “postponement of the presentation of evidence in this case until further notice.”
Nation digs out from snowstorm
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
Utility crews worked overtime Saturday to restore electrical service to thousands of customers still blacked out by the Midwest’s first big snowstorm of the season. As temperatures plummeted below freezing, officials said some people could be without power for days. National Guardsmen in Missouri and Illinois went door to door in the St. Louis area to make sure residents were surviving the cold.
Pfizer cuts off development of new cholesterol drug
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
Pfizer Inc. said Saturday it has cut off all clinical trials and development for a cholesterol drug that was supposed to be the star of its pipeline because of an unexpected number of deaths and cardiovascular problems in patients who used it.
KEEP helps homeowners weatherize
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A10
Homeowners could receive low-interest loans to reduce their energy bills under a new state program.
We gave this one away’
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C7
Just off the top of his head, Brandon Rush rattled off multiple reasons for Kansas University’s second-half meltdown against DePaul on Saturday afternoon at Allstate Arena.
DePaul not awed
It’s not like it’s a shock’ to play KU
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C6
Mere mention of the word Kansas used to be worth something on the scoreboard because opponents would put the Jayhawks on a pedestal and battle the intimidation factor before getting down to business.
Mayor, county to meet to discuss regulations
December 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence Mayor Mike Amyx will meet with Douglas County commissioners Monday to discuss proposed rural development and subdivision regulations.
Working with patients motivate AIDS project volunteer
December 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
World AIDS Day events come to a close with this evening’s Douglas County AIDS Project’s Red Ribbon Art Auction at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H.
Discussion to analyze midterm elections
December 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
National reporters, pollsters and political strategists will convene at Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics this week to reflect on the midterm election and forecast the political winds heading into 2008.
U.S. sets conditions to resume talks
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
The United States has demanded that North Korea pledge to implement four key conditions, including the complete closure of a facility related to its nuclear test, during preparatory talks involving the two countries and China held ahead of the six-party negotiations, according to diplomatic sources.
Fraternity, sorority send a little care overseas to American troops
December 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kansas University fraternity and sorority members hustled to fill 14 large boxes Saturday afternoon with Christmas gifts and supplies for men and women they would likely never meet.
Police target neighborhood crime
New detail to have officers focus on area-specific issues
December 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
In the Oread neighborhood, students mix with longtime home owners within earshot of Kansas University’s steam whistle. This historic district isn’t always safe or quiet. Noisy students throw late-night parties. This fall, a string of vandalism and robberies left some residents missing car windows and DVD players.
Triple car bombing hits shopping district
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A4
A triple car bombing struck a busy shopping district Saturday, killing at least 51 people and wounding more than 90 in an attack timed to inflict as many casualties as possible, according to Iraqi officials.
Rumsfeld called for major tactical changes in Iraq before resigning
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A4
President Bush said Saturday he wants to hear all advice before making decisions about changes in Iraq strategy, even as it was disclosed that Donald H. Rumsfeld called for major changes in tactics two days before he resigned as defense secretary.
Coffee king’s travel films of exotic locales collecting dust
December 3, 2006 in print edition on B5
When St. Louis coffee king Dana Brown died in 1994, the savvy businessman and globe-trotting outdoorsman left behind a fat trust fund that has pumped almost $40 million into local institutions, from St. Louis Children’s Hospital to Forest Park and the St. Louis Zoo.
Others will have ‘macaca moments,’ pundits say
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A8
Virginia Sen. George Allen’s “macaca moment,” a slip of the tongue that became an unprecedented disaster after it was videotaped and posted online, likely will be replayed - with new dialogue and different candidates - in the 2008 presidential race, political analysts say.
On the record
December 3, 2006 in print edition on B2
School board to discuss district’s capital needs
December 3, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence’s school board will take another look at the capital needs of the district during a study session Monday.
Tribe prohibits funeral protest on land
December 3, 2006
Members of a group that protests at military funerals around the country will be barred from an American Indian soldier’s funeral on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, tribal officials say.
Lawmaker to fight charge in anti-abortion protest case
December 3, 2006 in print edition on B8
The state lawmaker who pulled a mask off a cockroach-costumed abortion protester at the Kansas State Fair is preparing to defend himself against a misdemeanor battery charge.
Facility to go offline
December 3, 2006 in print edition on B3
The tap water might taste a little different this week for residents east of Iowa Street. The city will take the Kaw River Water Treatment Facility offline today through Friday to perform maintenance on a raw water line. That means all of the drinking water in the city will come from Clinton Lake.
Spy’s poisoning reads like a thriller, with final chapter yet to be written
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A11
It’s a murder mystery filled with intrigue reminiscent of the Cold War - there’s a retired Russian spy poisoned by a radioactive substance, a secret dossier, a slain investigative journalist and a shadowy fugitive billionaire.
Books teach kids about animals
December 3, 2006 in print edition on D8
Here are some book ideas for kids about pets. Most offer some valuable life lessons about pets and are also entertaining (even for closet adult readers):
Buy a piece of history with a chair from the Capitol
December 3, 2006 in print edition on D5
One can still buy a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives - an actual wooden chair used at meetings of Congress.
Modern writers put spin on myths
December 3, 2006 in print edition on D3
Scholar and writer Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) understood the power of mythology and its workings on our psyches - even in a seemingly spiritless modern world. Now comes a Greek chorus of authors to back him up, putting their contemporary spin on such classics as Odysseus’ perilous journey and Theseus’ battle with the Minotaur, in a series of small books being published by Canongate ($18-$18.95).
December 3, 2006 in print edition on D3
Poet’s Showcase
Elk Medicine By Denise Low
December 3, 2006 in print edition on D3
Elk Medicine By Denise Low
From iguanas to armadillos, N.Y. cracks down on mystery meats
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A5
A food safety inspector noticed an interesting special posted in the front window of a market in Queens: 12 beefy armadillos. In Brooklyn, inspectors found 15 pounds of iguana meat at a West Indian market and 200 pounds of cow lungs for sale at another store. A West African grocery in Manhattan sold smoked rodent meat from a refrigerated display case. All of it was headed for the dinner table. All of it was also illegal.
Help your dog stay calm through the holidays
December 3, 2006 in print edition on D1
The holiday season is hard on dogs. From Thanksgiving through the New Year, irregular schedules, parties, strange house guests and platters of unattended food can throw even the best-mannered pups into paroxysms.
Tangled twinklers spotlight lunacy
December 3, 2006 in print edition on D1
I’ve been beaten into submission by a strand of 100 white mini-lights. There it is, lying on the rug at my feet. Forty-seven of the lights are glowing brightly; the remaining 53 are, inexplicably, dark. I’ve been battling them for 12 rounds, and I’m down for the count. I sink to the floor next to the tree, raising a white tea towel in surrender.
Girls & Sports creators release dating guide
December 3, 2006 in print edition on D1
Down-to-earth Diva
December 3, 2006 in print edition on D1
Joyce Castle has been on a cleaning spree. “I’ve thrown out a lot,” she says. “How many programs of the same opera do you need?”
Community Theatre to stage mixer
December 3, 2006 in print edition on E1
Lawrence Community Theatre, 1501 N.H., will be host for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s December Business After Hours Mixer, set for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Need a holiday lift?
Check state, federal lists to see if you can collect unclaimed assets
December 3, 2006 in print edition on E1
Merry Christmas, Dustin Brown. The IRS wants to send you a check, just in time for the holidays. “They owe me money, huh?” the Lawrence resident said late last week, informed that the federal tax collector still has his refund for 2005 income taxes. “Perfect!”
Where to go for your dough
December 3, 2006
Rural development infringes on personal paradise
December 3, 2006 in print edition on B7
A year or two ago, my neighbor leaned over the fence that separates our properties and told me that he’d sold his 80 acres. The new owner proposed to put some cattle on the land, he said. A phone call from the new owner blew that agreeable prospect away. He was going to divide the property into residential lots. “You’re breaking my heart,” I said. He understood. He lived on a farm in Johnson County and wouldn’t want to have some developer spoil his surroundings.
Energy at the forefront
Coal-fired plant a heated debate
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A1
With a healthy state budget and three-year school funding plan in place, some say the Kansas Legislature should now turn its focus on energy. “I see it as an important issue this year, and one that will stay on the front burner for several years,” said Joe Harkins, natural resources adviser to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Elder Bush’s reputation looks better in hindsight
December 3, 2006 in print edition on B7
The bipartisan Iraq Study Group’s report is due Wednesday, but the contours of its central proposal are already known. The group, with former Secretary of State James A. Baker III as its co-chairman, is going to call for a gradual pullback of American troops.
Seattle makes mockery of ‘equal protection’
December 3, 2006 in print edition on B6
This city’s school district decided in 2000 that because the son of Jill Kurfirst and the daughter of Winnie Bachwitz are white, they should be assigned to an inferior and distant high school. If they had not left the Seattle school system, this would have required them to rise at 5 a.m. in order to leave home by 5:30 a.m., alone and in the dark, to take the first of three buses, returning home between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., with almost no time left for homework, family activities and adequate sleep.
Attention, please
Issues involving the future of the Kansas University Medical Center and KU Hospital should be of profound interest to both the Kansas Board of Regents and state legislators.
December 3, 2006 in print edition on B6
Kansas University Medical Center, St. Luke’s Hospital and KU Hospital are involved in a major wrestling match in Kansas City.
Tastings: How the Chinese combine Scotch whisky and tea
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A9
Scotch and tea, together? Before saying “Ewwwww,” just try it out. After all, people have been drinking spiked tea as toddies for years. Take confidence, too, in the indisputable fact the Chinese share top honors with the French for having the most finely honed palates in the world.
Chinese increase imports of new status symbol Scotch whisky
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A9
Already possessed of all the tea in China, the Chinese are making a serious run at all the whiskey in Scotland, and they do not seem averse to mixing the two. Chinese imports of Scotch whisky have zoomed from $2.9 million in 2001 to more than $90 million in 2005.
Man indicted on charges of threatening letters
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A4
A man was indicted Friday on charges that he sent more than a dozen threatening letters laced with white powder to celebrities, politicians and other high-profile figures.
Student paper bumps against authority again
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A4
The Carson High School student newspaper has run afoul of school authorities for the second consecutive week, this time over articles that argue for legal marijuana, the benefits of masturbation and greater sexual freedom among teenagers.
World’s one-time heaviest woman dies
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A4
Rosalie Bradford, who held records for being the world’s heaviest woman and for losing the most weight, has died. She was 63.
Search for witnesses in shooting raises anger
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A4
Officers have raided at least one home, picked up the son of a clergyman for an unpaid ticket and scoured vacant lots with a leave-no-stone-unturned intensity akin to a manhunt in a murder case. But the search has nothing to do with a fugitive killer.
Burned group home operators on probation
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A4
The operators of a group home destroyed in a fatal fire recently were threatened with the loss of their state license to serve the mentally ill at two affiliated homes, The Associated Press has learned.
Arizona city apologizes for police video
Officer told black men they could avoid ticket if they rapped for him
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A4
City leaders have apologized after a program on Tempe’s cable channel showed a white police officer telling two black men they could get out of a littering ticket by performing a rap.
Rabbi gets prison for sex sting
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A5
A Maryland rabbi ensnared in a nationally televised sex sting was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison Friday for attempting to have sex with someone posing as a 13-year-old boy.
Radioactive polonium rarely used as poison
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A11
The suspected murder weapon is a radioactive substance found in nature and normally harmless, yet so toxic if swallowed that it can kill in doses smaller than a speck of dust.
Cleveland playing to defend coach’s reputation
Crennel has come under fire lately; struggling Browns to face Chiefs today
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C10
Willie McGinest stood at his locker defending the man who has been his mentor since he entered the NFL. The veteran linebacker didn’t appreciate the growing speculation that Browns coach Romeo Crennel’s job is on the line after two stomach-turning losses to their division rivals.
Commentary: BCS could use a course on ethics
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C2
Say this for the BCS: At least it’s consistent. Consistently foolish, but consistent nonetheless.
Fidel Castro fails to show at parade, birthday celebration
December 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
Fidel Castro was a no-show Saturday at a major military parade that doubled as his 80th birthday celebration, raising questions about whether the ailing leader will ever return to power as his public absence begins taking on a tone of permanence.
Kansas basketball notebook
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C7
Kansas University sophomore Mario Chalmers, who had 15 points and two assists against three turnovers in 34 minutes, played with his right hand taped. He has a severe blister on the palm of his shooting hand. : Darrell Arthur fell hard in the first half and banged his head on the floor, but was able to continue playing after a short stay on the bench.
House member to give up seat to run nonprofit
December 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
A House member from northeast Kansas will give up his seat to lead a new, nonprofit organization in Wichita.
Waterline repair work to close Burcham Park
December 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
Work to repair a waterline will temporarily close Burcham Park, Second and Indiana streets.
Wichita State targets minority students
December 3, 2006 in print edition on B3
To broaden the makeup of its student body, Wichita State University is focusing its recruitment techniques ever more tightly. The effort may be paying off, if 16-year-old Thu Vo’s experience is any indication.
Bean sprouts
Memoir reveals how grandson drew on founder’s values to revive iconic outfitter
December 3, 2006 in print edition on D3
When L.L. Bean died in 1967 at age 94, his family flirted briefly with the idea of hushing up the news for fear that it might destroy the world famous mail-order business he founded 55 years earlier.
KU gets cold shoulder
Kansas blows late lead
December 3, 2006 in print edition on C1
Bundled up in his heavy winter coat, a blue Kansas University stocking cap atop his head, Julian Wright trudged toward an Allstate Arena exit on a bitterly cold December Saturday here on the outskirts of Chicago.
College costs exclude too many students
December 3, 2006 in print edition on B6
The annoying sound bites are history, as are the endless sea of yard signs.
December 3, 2006 in print edition on D6
Lawrence Datebook
December 3, 2006 in print edition on B2