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KU women vs. South Dakota Lawrence Own-Your-Own Iraq study group Haskell women vs. Manhattan Christian College
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What do you think of Sam Brownback's presidential prospects?

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Response Percent
Bad - he needs more money and name recognition.
 
78%
Good - he’ll attract the support of religious conservatives.
 
14%
Undecided.
 
7%
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Change of heart?
Some say senator has changed his tune on abortion
December 7, 2006
If U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., is known for anything in his long-shot bid for the presidency, it is that he is anti-abortion. During a Thursday teleconference, Brownback said that always had been his position.
Lawrence students get new cafeteria
December 7, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence school district finishes its first bond-issue project, a new cafeteria. Also, remembering Pearl Harbor and more about intelligent design.
Surgery for Favre?
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C5
Brett Favre’s aching left ankle probably needs arthroscopic surgery to clean out bone spurs.
Chiefs’ lineman Turley hurts shoulder at practice
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C5
Linebacker Derrick Johnson returned to practice for the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday, but right tackle Kyle Turley went out due to a shoulder injury.
Chargers won’t give up hope on stadium deal
Team not punting county yet
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C5
Still without a deal for a new stadium after 41â2 years of trying, the Chargers aren’t quite ready to punt on San Diego County.
Veteran tight end Graham tapped captain for rest of year
Pats’ coach rewards team leader with four games left in regular season
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C5
Last Friday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick told tight end Daniel Graham that he was making him a team captain for the rest of the season.
On the record
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B2
Governors vow pragmatic solutions
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B2
With election victories behind them, Democratic governors gathered Wednesday to celebrate their first majority in 12 years, talk political strategy and share notes on the issues driving voters back at home.
County denies new cell phone tower
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B2
A request to put a cell phone tower in southern Douglas County was rejected in a 2-1 vote by county commissioners Wednesday night.
Giants’ linebacker fumes about players’ union
Arrington compares group with organized crime a day before hearing
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C5
New York Giants linebacker LaVar Arrington equated the players union with organized crime Wednesday, 24 hours before he was scheduled to testify before Congress at a hearing involving his former agent.
Tiahrt loses race to lead conservative group
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B2
Kansas Rep. Todd Tiahrt on Wednesday lost his bid to become chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a group of about 100 conservative lawmakers who try to influence the GOP agenda.
Fetal pain bill fails
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A3
House Republicans opposed to abortion rights failed Wednesday in their bid to pass a controversial measure that would have required women seeking abortions to be informed that some fetuses feel pain.
Blast levels factory; 3 dead, 46 injured
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A3
An explosion that may have started in a large propane tank flattened an industrial warehouse near downtown Milwaukee on Wednesday, killing at least three people and injuring 46 others, authorities said.
Scientists say photos show signs of water on Mars
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A3
NASA scientists announced Wednesday that they had found evidence that water still flows over the surface of Mars - sporadic gushers that increase the possibility that the Red Planet could harbor some form of life.
Scallions linked to E. coli outbreak
Taco Bell bans use in all restaurants
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A3
Taco Bell ordered scallions removed from its 5,800 U.S. restaurants Wednesday after tests suggested they may be responsible for the E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least three dozen people in three states.
Missing father found dead two days after family rescued
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A3
A San Francisco man was found dead in a mountain creek Wednesday, four days after he set out through the snowy wilderness to seek help for his wife and young daughters, stranded in a car.
Lawrence woman gets 10 years in drug ring
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B3
A Lawrence woman has been sentenced to a decade in prison for her role in a crack-cocaine distribution ring.
Auction for gingerbread houses draws 250 people
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B3
Edible works of art hit the auction block Wednesday night at the 12th annual Gingerbread Festival and Auction.
Difficult Dialogues’ to feature Gamble, Schmidt
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B3
Kansas University will host a panel discussion today in the “Difficult Dialogues: Knowledge, Faith and Reason” series.
Nova halts OU streak
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C4
Playing against the team he spurned, Villanova freshman Scottie Reynolds found senior Mike Nardi’s presence calming.
Firebirds 2nd, LHS swimmers 4th
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C3
Free State’s Kendall Harris, Danny Wolff, Drew Schelar and Julian Spangler combined to win the 200 freestyle relay Wednesday at the Manhattan swimming and diving quadrangular.
Three city teams headed to tourneys
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C3
Free State High’s girls basketball team will be hoping to defend its title this week in the Metro Prep Classic in Bonner Springs.
Haskell women cruise to victory
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C3
Haskell Indian Nations University coach Phil Homeratha has been preaching his press defense to his women’s basketball team all season.
Wiebe clan athletic
Hoops tradition for FSHS junior’s family
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C3
Asked how his son got to be so athletic, Wade Wiebe let out a laugh, looked to his left and pointed to Free State basketball coach Chuck Law. Pause right there.
Today’s reunion will be the last
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A7
With their numbers quickly dwindling, survivors of Pearl Harbor will gather today one last time to honor those killed by the Japanese 65 years ago, and to mark a day that lives in infamy.
Poverty follows families to suburbs
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A5
As Americans flee the cities for the suburbs, many are failing to leave poverty behind.
Children of WWII veterans say fathers’ experiences shaped lives
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C1
Peg Dana, Sherry Muirhead and Charles Laskowski Jr. felt their fathers’ influences in many ways as they grew up.
Speaker to Lawrence: Don’t fret
Neufeld promises ‘good policy’ for state
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A1
Some Lawrence officials have expressed concern that the ascension of western Kansan Melvin Neufeld to the most powerful position in the state House could mean problems for Lawrence, especially in light of a move by the City Commission opposing the construction of a huge coal-burning power plant in Neufeld’s area.
Kansans weigh in on proposals
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A1
Stationed just outside the Tomb of Abraham at Camp Cedar, Iraq, Andrew Jones saw the effect of the Iraq war firsthand.
Will Bush heed advice?
Panel gives recommendations on salvaging Iraq
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A1
The question now is whether President Bush will listen. The Iraq Study Group delivered an unmistakable message Wednesday: Change the course in Iraq.
Turgeon’s Shockers off to fast start
It’d be silly to predict Final Four run for WSU, but stranger things have happened
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C2
Wichita State’s players didn’t get the nickname “Shockers” for what they do on the court.
Royals ship reliever Burgos to Mets
Kansas City acquires starter Bannister at winter meetings
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C2
The Kansas City Royals acquired starting pitcher Brian Bannister from the New York Mets on Wednesday in exchange for right-hander Ambiorix Burgos.
Smith, Quinn, McFadden finalists
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C1
Troy Smith booked his trip to the Heisman Trophy ceremony before the invitations went out. Why wait?
Free State wrestlers fall to coach’s old squad
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C1
For Free State wrestling coach Paul Lappin, going up against Olathe South was a case of dejà vu. After all, Lappin coached the Falcons for two years before entering his first season in 2006 with the Firebirds.
Keegan: Change coming to KU?
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C1
Financially, making one of the lesser bowl games is about a break-even proposition for most schools. It’s the extra few weeks of practice time lost that infuriates football coaches forever looking for the edge.
Kansas seeking go-to guy
Self: Jayhawks need to find their leader
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A1
It’s been well documented that Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self is still searching for a team leader on and off the court.
KU gets jacked up
KU women rally, but fall to Jackrabbits
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A1
Lost: One basketball game. Found: Two basketball players. Career performances by freshmen LaChelda Jacobs and Kelly Kohn went to waste as South Dakota State outlasted Kansas University, 53-48, in women’s basketball Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
Immigration divide, debate
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A2
On a special two-part episode of “My Name is Earl” (7 p.m., NBC), Earl and Randy go on a mission to save Catalina (Nadine Velazquez) from deportation and find themselves in some hot water south of the border. John Leguizamo guest stars in the second half hour.
People in the news
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Aniston, Vaughn split ¢ Post-wedding party planned ¢ Federline doing ‘great’ ¢ ‘Rocky’ part of history
Vice president’s gay daughter expecting
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A2
Conservative leaders voiced dismay Wednesday at news that Mary Cheney, the lesbian daughter of Dick Cheney, is pregnant, while a gay-rights group said the vice president faces “a lifetime of sleepless nights” for serving in an administration that has opposed recognition of same-sex couples.
Pump patrol
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
D.A. wants police to investigate driver more
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B1
District Attorney Charles Branson said Wednesday that he has asked Lawrence police for more information about the driver in the fatal Cat Tracker bus accident Nov. 18.
Former KU player charged with felony
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B1
A former Kansas University football player is charged with a felony stemming from an auto burglary over the weekend.
Journalist gives insight into ‘08 presidential race
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B1
Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama. John McCain. Those were some of the names a well-known political journalist mentioned in a speech Wednesday night in Lawrence as the most formidable potential candidates to win the 2008 presidency.
Runners dressed in holiday spirit to benefit Ballard Center
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B1
It began a few years ago as a fun holiday outing for a few runners before they had a Christmas party.
University heads rally for support to fund repairs
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B1
University leaders took to the road Wednesday to rally support in Wichita and Overland Park for their bid to get the Legislature to fund a 25 percent “down payment” on the $727 million needed to fix crumbling buildings across the university system.
Hog bounced back
McFadden has come long way from injury-induced layoff
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C6
Four months ago, the Heisman Trophy was the farthest thing from Darren McFadden’s mind.
Smith focused on UF
QB followed rough road to Columbus
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C6
Having come so far in such short time, Troy Smith knows he can’t rest now.
Former CU kicker Hnida authors book
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C7
Katie Hnida now lives in New York, far away from the football fields that defined her high school and college years and turned them into one part triumph, another part living hell.
Michigan DE nabs Lombardi
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C7
Michigan defensive end LaMarr Woodley won the Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation’s top college lineman or linebacker Wednesday night, becoming the first Wolverine to win the honor.
Huskers relish practice
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C7
Nebraska’s practices leading up to last year’s Alamo Bowl paid dividends not only in the victory over Michigan but in the 2006 season.
Rutgers miffed over television blackout
Meeting with Kansas State in Texas Bowl to air on NFL Network
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C7
Rutgers football fans hoping to watch their team in the Texas Bowl later this month may be better off going to Manhattan - the one in Kansas, that is.
Trial set Feb. 12 for Pacers’ Jackson
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C8
A judge ordered a Feb. 12 trial for Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson, who faces charges after allegedly firing a gun during a fight outside a strip club.
Bucks’ Simmons likely to need heel surgery
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C8
Bucks forward Bobby Simmons will undergo the first of two surgical procedures on his right foot on Dec. 18.
Horford helps put Florida back on track
Gators rebound from second loss of season, pound Providence, 85-67
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C4
Al Horford received a surprising phone call after Florida’s loss at Florida State on Sunday.
Our town sports
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C9
Unidentified victims of 2004 tsunami buried
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A9
Authorities on Wednesday began burying Thailand’s last 110 unidentified victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, a little more than two weeks ahead of the second anniversary of the disaster.
Archaeologists unearth tomb of St. Paul
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A9
Vatican archaeologists have unearthed a sarcophagus believed to contain the remains of the Apostle Paul that had been buried beneath Rome’s second largest basilica.
Former Russian spy’s death now considered murder
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A9
British authorities announced Wednesday that they are officially treating the fatal poisoning of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko as murder and have found traces of a radioactive substance at the British Embassy in Moscow.
Auschwitz council agrees to upgrades at death camp
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A9
The International Auschwitz Council agreed Tuesday to modernize a 51-year-old exhibition at the site of the Nazi death camp and build walls to prevent the ruins of gas chambers from sinking into the ground.
Students start campaign to increase funds for deferred maintenance
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B8
Students from all six Kansas Regents universities are pushing to increase state funding to fix crumbling classrooms.
Inmate accused of dog crate escape waives pretrial hearing, pleads not guilty
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B8
An inmate accused of escaping from the Lansing Correctional Facility by hiding in a dog crate waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday and pleaded not guilty in the case.
Track plan in metro New York area derailed
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C10
International Speedway Corp. President Lesa France Kennedy says the company thinks metropolitan New York is a “prime location” for a major motorsports facility, but ISC has decided the site it had picked won’t work.
Coleman signs with Joe Gibbs Racing
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C10
Brad Coleman, 18, has signed to drive 17 Busch races in the No. 18 car for Joe Gibbs Racing next year, sharing that ride with Nextel Cup veteran Tony Stewart and second-year Busch driver Aric Almirola.
Banquet better, not ideal
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C10
NASCAR deserves credit for finally figuring out a way to cut the Nextel Cup awards banquet to less than a four-hour marathon.
Bring outdoors in for decor update
December 7, 2006 in print edition on D2
A fresh look for your home might be as close as your backyard.
Don’t sweat over selecting new stove
December 7, 2006 in print edition on D2
Sweating over a hot stove may have been the norm way back when, but today’s cooks can throttle back kitchen temperatures - if they match their cook tops to their kitchen and culinary habits.
KU holiday concerts planned tonight
December 7, 2006 in print edition on D2
For holiday music lovers, there are two concerts tonight at Kansas University covering a broad range of musical styles.
Flower power
Gardeners can avoid injury by toning more than green thumbs
December 7, 2006 in print edition on D1
I dread raking leaves, bagging them and hauling brown bags as tall as me to the curb. I don’t really dread the hard work. In fact, I love exercise and am not opposed to sweating.
Allen Press workers contribute $8,413
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A10
Employees of Allen Press Inc. donated $8,413 this year to the United Way of Douglas County through paycheck deductions and participating in a pancake feed.
Own-Your-Own show empowers local artists
December 7, 2006
It normally takes Lawrence artist Nancy Lehenbauer Marshall months to complete one of her oil paintings. On Saturday she will have just 45 minutes.
Technology group sets Holiday Mixer
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A10
The Lawrence Technology Association will welcome members, guests and other interested individuals for the association’s annual Holiday Mixer, which is set for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at J.B. Stout’s, 721 Wakarusa Drive.
Commodities
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A10
Debt-to-income determines fiscal health
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A10
The end of the year often provokes questions about your financial state. If it doesn’t, it should.
Driven to save on insurance
Conditions, competition reduce Kansas premiums
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A10
Auto insurance premiums are cheaper in Kansas, on average, than in all but eight other states nationwide.
Foreign coverage being lost
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B7
One group of Americans who can be proud of their work in Iraq are the print media correspondents based in Baghdad.
Pivotal issue
The situation at the Kansas University Medical Center grows more and more complicated.
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B7
It’s becoming increasingly clear that members of the Kansas Board of Regents know little about what is going on at the Kansas University Medical Center and KU Hospital - and they don’t care. It’s also clear that Kansas legislators know little of what has been going on in recent years and months.
Missing Roy
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I never thought I would be saying this but, boy, do I ever miss Roy Williams! In fact, I’m even beginning to miss Jack Mitchell!
Day care load
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Sunday’s Lawrence Journal-World front page article with the headline, “Switch to ‘all-day K’ would cost city $1M,” could very easily have had another, more accurate, headline: “School board and parents want taxpayer-sponsored day care.”
Memorable moments
NASCAR writers share their superlatives for the 2006 season
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C10
War support
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: In the Nov. 29 issue of the paper, William Skepnek quoted Benjamin Franklin as saying there never was a good war or a bad peace.
Flowers flourish in India’s exotic climate
December 7, 2006 in print edition on D2
As Kansans moves into winter, our gardening efforts slow. Many of us move on to a second hobby or just rest and plan for the spring.
Closed sites
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: The Territorial Capital Museum, which is owned and operated by the Lecompton Historical Society, will be open in December, January and February.
Deteriorating events overtakes Iraq report
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B6
The Iraq Study Group, like the policy it was created to critique, was overtaken by the unexpectedly rapid crumbling of the U.S. position in Iraq since the ISG was formed in March.
Horoscopes
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B5
For Thursday, Dec. 7
Washington turns back No. 15 Texas A&M
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C4
Cameo Hicks scored 16 points, and Andrea Plouffe added 13 to help Washington to a 65-59 victory over No. 15 Texas A&M on Wednesday night.
Ottawa woman killed in accident
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Ottawa Police Department has identified a woman killed in a wreck Tuesday afternoon as Linda Mustain, 57, of Ottawa.
House caucus elects leadership team
Lack of diversity in choices has representatives on both sides taking notice
December 7, 2006 in print edition on B1
Privately, some Democrats were snickering at the makeup of the House Republican leadership team.t
Report puts added presssure on fragile Iraqi government
December 7, 2006 in print edition on A8
The Iraq Study Group’s prescriptions hinge on a fragile Iraqi government’s ability to achieve national reconciliation and security at a time when the country is fractured along sectarian lines, its security forces are ineffective and competing visions threaten to collapse the state, Iraqi politicians and analysts said Wednesday.
Players welcome Stern’s admission on new ball
December 7, 2006 in print edition on C8
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was one of several NBA players heartened by commissioner David Stern’s acknowledgment that the league should have sought more input from players before introducing its new game ball.