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Grinch steals thousands of decorations
December 8, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, Christmas are stolen from a famously-decorated house, charities receive holiday donations, and city leaders discuss new development fees.
Lawrence attorney suspended from law practice
Chris Miller overbilled the Kansas Insurance Department
December 8, 2006
Chris Miller overbilled the Kansas Insurance Department.
Democrat proposes expanded gambling to pay for crumbling classrooms
Election ‘opened eyes’ to possibilities, Hensley says
December 8, 2006
Election ‘opened eyes’ to possibilities, Hensley says.
Ex-Longhorn powers Titans’ win streak
Rookie Young’s scrambles have helped keep Tennessee drives alive
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C9
Vince Young scored on the Indianapolis Colts with his arm. He tore them apart with his legs. The Tennessee rookie scrambled nine times for 78 yards. Seven of those picked up first downs, and six came on third down. He looked for an open receiver, then didn’t hesitate to take off if everyone was covered.
Parker powers Steelers to win
Speedy back’s 223 yards set club record
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C9
Pittsburgh Steelers running backs are supposed to be big and strong, rugged and durable, perfect symbols like Jerome Bettis and Franco Harris of a tough-as-it-gets franchise. Willie Parker is much different, and he finds himself in their record book because of it.
Jets’ defensive end Thomas proving he’s no first-round bust
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C9
Bryan Thomas has sacked all the critics who considered him a first-round bust. The 22nd overall pick in 2002 is enjoying the best year of his career, leading the New York Jets with 61â2 sacks, including 11â2 last Sunday at Green Bay, while playing linebacker and defensive end.
K.C.’s Green: QBs vulnerable
Chiefs’ veteran signal caller calls for stricter rules
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C9
Trent Green has heard the criticism that the NFL goes too far to protect its quarterbacks. His response? The league needs to go a little further.
Dungy’s teams keep finding the postseason
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C8
Tony Dungy’s teams have made the NFL playoffs seven straight seasons, going on eight. He is as respected as any man in the game, both as a person and for his coaching ability. And yet ….
Midseason changes responsible for Sun Bowl clash
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C7
A Sun Bowl matchup between Oregon State and Missouri seemed unlikely in the middle of the season.
Luck of the Irish?
Notre Dame hasn’t hauled in Heisman since 1987
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C7
Notre Dame used to be the place to go to win a Heisman Trophy. In the first 30 years the Heisman was awarded, a Notre Dame player won it six times. The Fighting Irish won six before Southern California had one.
Placekickers setting new standard in NFL
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C8
In 1966, hours after missing a 23-yard field-goal try that would have given the Buffalo Bills a victory, kicker Booth Lusteg took a dejected walk home. Along the way, some Bills fans recognized him. They hopped out of their car, roughed him up and drove away. Team officials later asked Lusteg why he didn’t alert the police.
Quinn won’t exit awards season empty-handed
Notre Dame quarterback edges out Ohio State’s Smith for Maxwell honor
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C7
Brady Quinn took this round from Troy Smith. The Notre Dame quarterback won the Maxwell Award as the player of the year Thursday night, beating out Ohio State’s Smith, the Heisman Trophy favorite.
Cubs GM undergoes angioplasty
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C6
Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry was too busy at the baseball winter meetings to worry about his health.
Royals lure Mariners pitcher Meche
Free agent agrees on five-year pact; K.C. cuts Hernandez
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C6
The Kansas City Royals agreed to terms with right-hander Gil Meche on a five-year deal worth $55 million Thursday as baseball’s winter meetings neared a conclusion.
Bonds, Giants agree on $16 million deal
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C6
Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants reached agreement on a $16 million, one-year contract Thursday night that will keep the controversial slugger in the Bay Area to take aim at baseball’s home run record.
Lawrence High’s Jones to be in Sports Illustrated
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C10
If as you’re thumbing through your Dec. 11, Sportsman of the Year issue of Sports Illustrated you stumble across a face that looks vaguely familiar to you, perhaps you’ve sat next to her in church or at the next table over in a local eatery.
OU’s Paris keeps on doubling her pleasure
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C5
Courtney Paris had 15 points and 16 rebounds - her 35th straight game with a double-double - and No. 3 Oklahoma defeated South Carolina 78-51 on Thursday night to open 7-0 for the third time in six seasons.
Fighting Irish finish strong
Late run helps Notre Dame upset No. 4 Alabama
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C5
Notre Dame showed it knows how to finish. The Irish opened a 10-point lead, then turned the ball over three straight times to let No. 4 Alabama close to 85-82. But Russell Carter hit a three-pointer and added an 18-footer to ignite a 14-0 run as the Irish beat the Crimson Tide 99-85 on Thursday night.
Sonics’ Allen to miss at least seven games
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C4
All-Star guard Ray Allen will miss at least the next seven games for the Seattle SuperSonics because of a bone bruise in his right ankle.
LHS boys earn ‘an ugly win’
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C3
No one would confuse Lawrence High’s game with a beauty contest Thursday night.
Free State girls pound Lansing
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C3
You could have heard a pin drop, but nobody needed ear plugs Friday afternoon in the Bonner Springs physical education center. Tomb-like atmospheres are typical during afternoon games at basketball tournaments.
Commentary: Forget McGwire; how about Dawson?
The Hawk’s stats are better overall than Big Mac’s, but no one remembers
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C2
I told a pollster from the Associated Press that yes, I will be voting for Mark McGwire for baseball’s Hall of Fame. Circumstantial evidence is not proof, I maintained on a radio talk show. Show me a smoking gun.
K-State next NDSU target
Cats will travel to Fargo for Saturday game
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C2
The North Dakota State men’s basketball team is looking forward to playing Kansas State - and hoping it doesn’t take another 35 years to bring in a high-profile program. Saturday’s game between the Bison and the Wildcats is the final game of a three-game contract that called for NDSU to play two games in Manhattan and Kansas State to play one game in Fargo.
Hobbs, Bird power Lions
Duo totals enough points to defeat Van Horn
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C1
The combined efforts of Katelyn Hobbs and Taylor Bird would have been enough for the Lawrence High girls basketball squad to come away victorious against Kansas City (Mo.) Van Horn on Thursday.
How much is enough for athlete stipends?
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C1
Emily Brown has seen student-athlete life - and luxury - from a couple of different perspectives. Kansas University’s junior volleyball player, like all volleyball players on scholarship, gets a full athletic scholarship for her talents. That’s tuition and books, and since she lives off campus, a monthly scholarship check for room and board.
Mayer: KU has room for progress
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C1
Some people around the Kansas athletic department may be sporting bright and shiny Happy Faces and preaching the old “onward and upward” sermons. But as the current year ends, I sense an atmosphere of doldrums and malaise among a surprising number of frustrated Jayhawk fans.
Carry that weight
103-pound Goodwin uses technique to dominate
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C1
Lawrence High’s Brandon Goodwin tried several other sports, but wrestling became the best fit for the 4-foot-10, 59.8-pound seventh-grader. “I tried going out for football. That didn’t work,” Goodwin said. “I tried basketball. Nothing worked because I was so small.”
Experts dissect Democratic election sweep
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A1
Almost two hours into a wide-ranging panel discussion about how the Democrats regained control of Congress, a Republic strategist offered a blunt answer Thursday evening at the Dole Institute of Politics.
Legislation would prevent horses from being killed and sold for meat
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A1
The United States exports more than $26 million worth of horse meat to Europe and Asia, some of it from Kansas. Yet the industry has seen its numbers dwindle from around 300,000 horse slaughters a decade ago to between 65,000 and 95,000 this year.
Two girls victims of alleged sexual battery
December 8, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence Police are investigating two sexual batteries that were reported last month.
Buck O’Neil to receive Medal of Freedom
December 8, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kansas City baseball legend Buck O’Neil will be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House announced Thursday.
B-ball bounces Sebelius speech
Fort Hays-Washburn games displace State of the State broadcast
December 8, 2006 in print edition on B1
In a jump ball between basketball and Kansas government, basketball wins.
Biologist speaks for intelligent design
December 8, 2006 in print edition on B1
Penguins, yes. Flagella, no. One of the nation’s leading proponents of intelligent design told a Kansas University audience Thursday that Darwinism or evolution can explain how, in the absence of predators, a bird might lose its ability to fly and begin to walk on the ground.
Package deal
Remember these tips as holiday mailing crunch nears its peak
December 8, 2006 in print edition on B1
A line of customers snaked from the counter to the front door of the UPS Store this week. At the Lawrence Post Office, parcel mailing has jumped more than 25 percent compared with the weeks before Thanksgiving.
Group to push for Lawrence minimum wage
Grassroots Action aims to help ‘ordinary people’ live above poverty level
December 8, 2006 in print edition on B1
A local minimum wage that forces most sizable businesses to pay at least several dollars more than the federal minimum wage is one of the main ideas of a newly formed political organization that hopes to become a force at City Hall.
Mom indicted, accused of microwaving baby
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A3
A woman suspected of killing her month-old daughter by putting her in a microwave oven was indicted on a charge of aggravated murder Thursday, and the prosecutor said he would seek the death penalty.
Investigators: Lightning caused mine explosion
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A3
Nearly a year after the disaster, state investigators have concluded that the Sago Mine explosion that killed 12 miners was caused by a lightning bolt that ignited methane gas underground, a union official said.
Panelist: Faith, reason debate endless
KU ‘Dialogues’ series ends with discussion
December 8, 2006 in print edition on B3
If you thought it was a wild ride to watch Kansas set standards for teaching science in the classroom, imagine what the debate about teaching religion might look like. “I anticipate it will be a discussion point in these next two years,” Kansas State Board of Education member Sue Gamble said in a panel discussion Thursday on the Kansas University campus.
Panel dismisses heart attack risk of stents
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A3
Drug-coated stents that prop open the arteries of about 3 million people in the U.S. don’t increase the risk of heart attack or death when used as labeled but may put patients at risk for blood clots, health advisers said Thursday.
Utility’s response to power failures criticized
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A3
Top leaders in Missouri and Illinois, where thousands of customers remain without power after last week’s winter storm, sharply criticized a utility’s response to the crisis Thursday.
NASA delays launch
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A3
Low clouds forced NASA to delay the launch of space shuttle Discovery late Thursday, and a forecast for strong winds prompted the space agency to postpone another attempt by at least two days.
Taco Bell faces fallout from E. coli outbreak
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A3
An E. coli outbreak linked to Taco Bell restaurants left the fast-food chain with a major damage-control challenge Thursday: How can it reassure customers its food is safe even as the suspected cause of the outbreak remained unconfirmed?
Autopsy shows missing father died of hypothermia
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A3
Lost in the snowy wilderness and seeking help for his stranded family, James Kim probably traveled more than 10 miles on foot before he died, believing he could find a nearby town, authorities said Thursday.
Witnesses at Saddam’s trial recall gas attack
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A11
A Kurdish doctor told Saddam Hussein’s genocide trial Thursday that children vomited blood, people broke out in skin rashes and itching, and animals fell dead after a gas that “smelled like flowers” blanketed his village in a 1987 military offensive.
Officials: Saudis financing insurgents
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A7
Private Saudi citizens are giving millions of dollars to Sunni insurgents in Iraq and much of the money is used to buy weapons, including shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles, according to key Iraqi officials and others familiar with the flow of cash.
Organ grinder
Former KU basketball player Mike Finnigan still responds to siren call of the music world
December 8, 2006 in print edition on D1
Mike Finnigan was a 19-year-old student at Kansas University when he became the proud owner of a Hammond B3 organ. “I put it in the kitchen of this apartment I lived at with this guy. He wasn’t that happy about it. It’s a little large for a college apartment,” Finnigan recalls.
On the record
December 8, 2006 in print edition on B2
Frist: A man of medicine leaving politics behind
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A6
Their farewell hug was awkward at best. When Democratic leader Harry Reid held open his arms to the man he battled and will replace, retiring Majority Leader Bill Frist, the Tennessee doctor, hesitated before returning the embrace. Loosely.
Lorna Anderson up for parole again
December 8, 2006 in print edition on B8
A former Emporia church secretary who admitted having her husband killed in 1983, while she was having an affair with the church’s minister, will try for the sixth time to be paroled from prison.
Police say they’ve caught serial killer who shot nine
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A5
Police said Thursday they have caught the Baseline Killer, the gunman responsible for nine slayings that spread terror across the Phoenix area for nearly a year.
Militants: Resolution will provoke war
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A10
Islamic militants in control of most of southern Somalia warned Thursday that war will erupt over a U.N. decision authorizing an African force to protect the country’s virtually powerless government.
Nations start talks about border security
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A10
Pakistan and Afghanistan began key talks on border security Thursday, as a suspected Taliban suicide bomber killed two civilians and wounded 12 others in the militia’s former southern stronghold.
Tornado damages neighborhood, injures 6
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A10
A tornado Thursday ripped off a section of a wall of a northwest London house, damaged several nearby homes and injured at least six people, authorities said.
Gunmen attack oil terminal, take hostages
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A10
Gunmen attacked a southern Nigerian oil export terminal belonging to a subsidiary of Italy’s Eni SpA early Thursday, taking three Italians and a Lebanese hostage and killing another person, officials said.
Ex-spy buried; hotel workers test positive for poisoning
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A10
A former KGB agent was buried Thursday in a rain-swept London cemetery, his grave surrounded by Russian emigres and his body sealed in a coffin to prevent further contamination by the radioactive substance that killed him.
Israel still won’t admit nuclear weapons
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A10
Israel held firm Thursday to its policy of not admitting it possesses nuclear weapons, in the face of an acknowledgment from the incoming U.S. Defense Secretary that Israel has the bomb.
Cartoons new, old, beloved
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A2
The original TV movie “Re-Animated” (7 p.m., Cartoon Network) offers a hyperactive combination of animation and real action, and a plot that sends up the history and legends of the cartoon industry.
Lawyer, ventriloquist visits entrepreneurs
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C12
Bonita Joy Yoder, a Lawrence attorney, ventriloquist, author and real estate coach, recently addressed Colorado Income Builders International, a Denver-area entrepreneurs group with an emphasis on business and spirituality.
Donors to receive chair massages
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C12
Pinnacle Career Institute will offer one-hour massage sessions for $15 to people bringing in a new toy or canned goods Dec. 13 at the institute, 1601 W. 23rd St.
New FHA rules help home buyers
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C12
Q & A about real estate with David W. Myers.
Commodities
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C12
Counselors offer repayment workshop
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C12
Housing and Credit Counseling Inc. will conduct a free workshop, “More Than One Way Out,” to address options for people looking to repay their hard-to-pay debts as soon as possible.
Giveaway wins legal reprieve
Limits on Game Nut’s PlayStation 3 drawing lifted after probe
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C12
Gene Nutt’s best intentions for giving away a PlayStation 3 console almost ended up costing him $10,000. Nutt, owner of Game Nut Entertainment, 844 Mass., agreed Thursday to settle a case being brought by the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, which accused Nutt of running an illegal lottery in connection with an upcoming PlayStation giveaway.
Text from a letter being sent out by Gene Nutt, owner of Game Nut Entertainment
December 8, 2006
Kansas City jazz bandleader, pianist Jay McShann dies
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A4
Jay McShann, an internationally recognized giant of Kansas City jazz, died Thursday. Books, official records and other sources disagree on his date of birth, but he was thought to be 90.
Study: Teen girls who get on scale frequently have more weight problems
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A12
Teen girls who frequently weighed themselves were more likely than others to resort to unhealthy dieting measures, and some ended up gaining close to twice as much weight, a study of Minnesota students found.
1st chewable oral contraceptive now available in pharmacies
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A12
Looking for a contraceptive that’s convenient - and tasty? The first chewable birth control method - a tiny, spearmint-flavored tablet that also can be swallowed without chewing - has hit pharmacy shelves.
Tax concerns
December 8, 2006 in print edition on B7
Great concert
December 8, 2006 in print edition on B7
Marriage at risk?
December 8, 2006 in print edition on B7
A’s hurt children’s health
December 8, 2006 in print edition on B7
The American Academy of Pediatrics believes advertising “may contribute significantly” to childhood and adolescent obesity, as well as to their consumption of tobacco and alcohol.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 8, 2006 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 8, 2006 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 8, 2006 in print edition on B6
Healthy Kansas
A multipronged approach is needed to make sure important services are reaching the Kansas children who need them.
December 8, 2006 in print edition on B6
Although a new report offered a number of bright spots concerning the health of Kansans, the state’s infant mortality rate is a low spot that demands attention from policy makers.
Iraq group’s report flawed and dangerous
December 8, 2006 in print edition on B6
By its own admission, the Iraq Study Group (ISG) has submitted a “flawed” report to the president, to Congress and to the American people. While the report properly calls for the Iraqi government to do more to reconcile warring factions, take greater control over its defense and defeat insurgent-terrorists, the ISG falls into a trap set by panel co-chair James Baker, who has long believed that what the United States and Israel do determines the behavior of unelected dictators and religious fanatics.
Report leaves Bush politically isolated
December 8, 2006 in print edition on B6
The Iraq Study Group’s report on how to confront the disastrous U.S. involvement in Iraq and point to a possible way out is a tribute to the political and diplomatic skills of the bipartisan panel’s co-chairs, Republican James Baker and Democrat Lee Hamilton.
Poll: Instant message gap separates teens, adults
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A1
Teenager Michelle Rome can’t imagine life without instant messaging. Baby boomer Steve Wilson doesn’t care that it even exists.
Shannon selected to take over Miami
Report: Alabama extends offer to West Virginia’s Rodriguez
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C7
Longtime Miami defensive coordinator Randy Shannon will replace the fired Larry Coker as coach of the Hurricanes, The Miami Herald reported on its Web site Thursday.
Sixers’ Iverson might be small, but he plays huge
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C4
One of the most remarkable figures in NBA history came to the United Center on Wednesday night when the Philadelphia 76ers visited the Bulls. It’s Allen Iverson, and not because of the career of iconic defiance, the tattoos, the hairstyle or the lifestyle.
Free State falls short at buzzer
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C1
With the ball in his hands and down one point, Nick Devin inbounded the basketball with five seconds left against Nixa (Mo.) High. But there was one problem - the clock didn’t start and Free State was going for the winning shot.
Bush not swayed by Iraq report
President determined to see U.S. victory
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A1
President Bush, responding to a scathing bipartisan assessment of the Iraq war, defiantly rejected the idea that deteriorating conditions there require the United States to scale back its goals, saying Thursday that he remains committed to “victory in Iraq.”
Lawrence Datebook
December 8, 2006 in print edition on B2
U.S. military transfers first detainees to new prison at Guantanamo Bay
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A10
The U.S. military transferred the first group of detainees Thursday to a new maximum-security prison at Guantanamo Bay designed to restrict contact among the prisoners and prevent attacks on guards.
Horoscopes
December 8, 2006 in print edition on B5
Blige, Dixie Chicks making comebacks
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A2
At this time last year, Mary J. Blige was at a career crossroads. She was about to release a new album of material after her previous effort met with disappointing sales. There were whispers that after 12 years in the business, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul was losing her throne to younger artists.
People in the news
December 8, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Britney Spears says she went ‘a little too far’ ¢ Laura Bush endures fashion faux pas at Washington party ¢ Clooney’s company buying rights to Grisham book
KU’s Rush strives to end cold streak
December 8, 2006 in print edition on C10
Brandon Rush started to feel the heat Oct. 11 when he and Kansas University basketball teammate Julian Wright were named co-Big 12 preseason players of the year. “I think it adds a lot more pressure. People expect so much from us and being ranked so high as a team, too,” Rush said at the time.
Arts center says let it ‘Snow’
December 8, 2006 in print edition on D1
Snow castles, hobgoblins and reindeer are just a few of the magical elements featured in the Lawrence Arts Center’s new holiday play, “The Snow Queen.” The story of “The Snow Queen” was once a Nordic folk tale, then a much-loved Hans Christian Andersen story. Now, LAC drama director Ric Averill has adapted the story to the stage. Averill also composed music for the play that will be performed live by a 12-piece orchestra.
Apocalypto’ further reveals director’s obsession with gore
December 8, 2006 in print edition on D1
Maybe it’s the moment when a spurt of blood shoots from the Mayan warrior’s exposed brain. It could be the arrow that enters the back of a fleeing man’s head and comes out of his mouth. Or perhaps the sequence of beating hearts extracted from slashed-open chests. You could go on and on with “Apocalypto,” Mel Gibson’s often mesmerizing movie about bad times and heroic struggle near the end of the Mayan empire. But at some point, you realize that Gibson is more obsessed than ever with excruciating pain.