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Jazz Nativity takes new swing at holiday favorites
December 9, 2006 in print edition on D1
Sometimes, adding a few tight harmonies is all it takes to give an audience a new perspective on the Christmas story.
KU hopes to cause heat wave at Kemper
Jayhawks face Toledo today in their final game at Kansas City arena
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C1
Russell Robinson is hoping Kansas City, Mo., officials, who own Kemper Arena, will crank up the heat in the drafty 32-year-old structure today.
U.S.: Coalition forces kill 20 insurgents
Local officials say dead were civilians
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A9
The U.S. military said 20 insurgents, including two women, were killed in a raid and subsequent airstrike Friday on a predominantly Sunni village northwest of Baghdad, but local officials alleged the dead were civilians - including eight children.
Miami promotes assistant Shannon
Defensive coordinator named head coach
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C6
Former Miami Hurricanes linebacker Randy Shannon was reminiscing Friday about the program’s glory days when two players on the current team came up from behind and wrapped him in a joint bear hug.
Moore encouraged by Bush meeting
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A7
Kansas Rep. Dennis Moore got right to the point when he and other Blue Dog Democrats held a rare meeting on Friday with President Bush in the Oval Office.
Democrats frustrated by Iraq report reaction
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A7
Top Democrats in Congress left a White House meeting with President Bush on Friday frustrated over what they perceived as his reluctance to embrace major recommendations from the bipartisan Iraq Study Group.
Congresswoman initiates bill to impeach Bush
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A7
In what was likely her final legislative act in Congress, outgoing Georgia Rep. Cynthia McKinney introduced a bill Friday to impeach President Bush.
Ethics panel: GOP leaders negligent, didn’t break rules
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A7
Republican lawmakers and aides failed for a decade to protect male pages from sexual come-ons by former Rep. Mark Foley - once described as a “ticking time bomb” - but they broke no rules and should not be punished, the House ethics committee concluded Friday.
Man sentenced to death for killing off-duty officer
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A3
A Virginia man was sentenced to death Friday for killing an off-duty South Carolina police officer and setting his body on fire during a multistate crime spree two years ago.
Group home owners cited for fire safety
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A3
An operator of group homes for the mentally ill, including one where a fire killed 10 people last month, had been repeatedly cited for fire safety violations and fights among residents over the past decade, state inspection records show.
School bus crash sends 24 to hospitals
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A3
A bus loaded with elementary school students hurtled through an intersection and into two other vehicles Friday, sending two dozen people - all but three of them children - to hospitals. The driver told investigators the brakes had failed.
Family got stranded on road opened by vandals
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A3
A San Francisco man who got stranded with his family in the snowy wilderness had taken a wrong turn in the car down a logging road that is normally blocked by a gate, but vandals had cut the lock, authorities said Friday.
Number of E. coli cases climbs to 62 nationwide
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A3
Federal health officials warned Friday that the number of infections from an outbreak of E. coli continued to climb, with more than 60 people falling ill after eating at Taco Bell restaurants, most in the Northeast.
Illinois man charged in alleged bomb plot
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A3
A Muslim convert who talked about his desire to wage jihad against civilians was charged Friday in a plot to set off hand grenades at a shopping mall at the height of the Christmas rush, authorities said.
Standoff ends with four, including gunman, dead
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A3
A man chained himself inside a downtown law office Friday, fatally shot three men and was holding another person hostage before he was killed by a police sharpshooter.
Ex-teacher pleads no contest to exploitation
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B2
A former Overland Park teacher accused of having third-grade girls take photos of each other in the school bathroom in exchange for “tickets” they could use to buy candy has pleaded no contest.
On the record
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B2
Fraternity house mother mourned across campus
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B2
Students at Kansas University said Friday they’ll have fond memories of Shirlie Ann Vaughn, a longtime house mother at the Delta Upsilon fraternity.
City eyes new fees for builders
Charges for new homes likened to a ‘use tax’
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A1
City commissioners are set to seriously begin tackling one of their largest campaign promises: getting new growth to pay more of its own way.
Haskell says goodbye to president
Event honors Karen Swisher as she nears retirement
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A1
Colleagues, alumni, friends and students lauded her as a skilled educator and gracious leader.
Tonganoxie boys make it two straight
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C10
Jeff Hughes scored 19 points as the Tonganoxie High boys basketball team held off Central Heights for a 45-41 victory Friday in the semifinals of the Osawatomie Invitational.
Royals add another new arm
Dotel signs one-year deal to become new K.C. closer
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C10
Reliever Octavio Dotel followed Gil Meche to the Kansas City Royals’ pitching staff, agreeing Friday to a $5 million, one-year contract.
Thief steals items from annual holiday display
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A1
A thief has dampened the Christmas spirit in a western Lawrence neighborhood by stealing pieces from an elaborate holiday display.
Seabury Academy splits on road
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C5
Melissa Burch scored five points and pulled down 23 rebounds as the Seabury Academy girls basketball team knocked off University Academy, 24-11, in a defensive struggle Friday night.
Wilson ignites Free State
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C5
Kris Wilson received the basketball past halfcourt and had only one man to beat for a lay-up.
Sneaker deal boost for Marbury
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C4
Playing in his hometown hasn’t always been what Stephon Marbury expected.
Slow pace levels Lions
LHS boys won’t have chance to defend Shootout title
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C1
With six seconds left, Lee’s Summit (Mo.) North’s Brett Brennan calmly sank two free throws, effectively securing the Broncos’ 46-42 victory against Lawrence High on Friday night at Blue Valley High.
Home heartache
Cair Paravel sweeps Veritas
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C1
The youth movement for the Veritas Christian girls basketball squad was apparent when the Eagles faced Topeka Cair Paravel on Friday night at the Eudora Community Learning Center.
Satellite ad dispute escalates
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C8
A bitter dispute between cable and satellite TV over the broadcast of NFL games has intensified, with Time Warner Cable Inc. accusing DirecTV Group Inc. of deceptive trade practices.
Spy agency worker questioned about bomb
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A8
Police are questioning a domestic spy agency employee accused of planting explosives outside the offices of a top elected provincial official who is at odds with the central government, a security official said Friday.
Revised resolution narrows sanctions
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A8
In a fresh bid to win Russian and Chinese support, key European nations circulated a revised U.N. resolution Friday narrowing sanctions on Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment and urging negotiations to resolve the standoff over its nuclear ambitions.
Al-Zarqawi: Shiites worse than U.S., Saddam
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A8
The slain terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi purportedly believed that Iraq’s Shiite Muslims were more dangerous than U.S. forces and more evil than dictator Saddam Hussein, according to a posthumous interview published Friday on the Internet.
Grossman gets nod; Griese ready
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C8
As Brian Griese carried his lunch down a hallway, he noticed a mob of media that had descended Thursday on Halas Hall and had this observation: “There are a lot of people here today.”
Russian likely poisoned in hotel bar, officials say
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A8
Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko likely was poisoned at the bar of a hotel where he met with two other Russians, both of whom are in hospitals showing symptoms of radiation sickness, health investigators said Friday.
Lebanese prime minister accuses Hezbollah of threatening a coup
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A8
Prime Minister Fuad Saniora on Friday accused Hezbollah’s leader of threatening a coup in an unusually harsh exchange between the two rivals that stoked tensions as the Shiite guerrilla group escalated its attempts to oust the government.
U.S. pilots charged in plane crash
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A8
Two U.S. pilots were charged Friday by Brazilian police in connection with a collision over the Amazon jungle that left 154 people dead, authorities said. It was the worst aviation accident in the country’s history.
Serial rapist sentenced to 50 years in prison
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A4
A serial rapist was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison and began to sob after listening to some of his 13 victims testify about how the attacks had traumatized them.
NASA hopes to launch Discovery today
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A4
NASA will decide whether to try a night launch today of space shuttle Discovery at a crucial morning meeting before fueling the spacecraft.
Brownback: Judge should avoid gay marriage cases
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A4
Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, a potential presidential candidate, said Friday he would lift his hold on a federal judicial nominee if she agrees to step aside from any case dealing with same-sex unions.
Pathetic Giants can’t say no to Bonds
December 9, 2006
They blinked. They choked. They surrendered and submitted to Barry Bonds. They had no direction to go, except his way and on his terms. How feeble. How perfectly small of the Giants.
Pettitte back with Yanks
Speculation centers on Clemens’ return
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C2
Andy Pettitte is headed back to the New York Yankees. Could Roger Clemens be next?
Meeting aimed at aiding overseas adoption
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B3
A meeting later this month in Topeka will provide information for families interested in adopting a child from overseas.
ECKAN, Penn House cancel food distribution
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B3
Two Lawrence social service agencies - ECKAN and Penn House - will not have their monthly distribution of commodity foods this month.
People in the news
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Pitt, Jolie visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece ¢ Bridge player Buffett loses it all in charity poker tournament ¢ Fraternity brothers want scenes removed from ‘Borat’
Snipes pleads not guilty to tax fraud
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A2
Wesley Snipes was released on $1 million bond after pleading not guilty to federal charges including falsely claiming millions of dollars in tax refunds, two months after he was indicted in central Florida.
ISU’s struggles continue
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C7
Adam Haluska scored 18 points, and Tyler Smith added 16 to lift Iowa to a 77-59 victory over archrival Iowa State on Friday night.
MU’s Horton getting help in backcourt
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C7
After two seasons carrying the load as Missouri’s ballhandler, Jason Horton welcomes the help he’s now getting.
Fire in drug treatment hospital kills 45
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A6
A fire broke out in a women’s ward of a Moscow drug treatment hospital early today, killing 45 women who were trapped by a locked gate and barred windows, officials said.
Smith can’t wait for Knight to catch up
Texas Tech’s mercurial coach three wins away from tying Tar Heel legend
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C7
Dean Smith never seemed comfortable with all the attention that came with becoming the winningest men’s basketball coach in Div. I history. That’s why the former North Carolina coach didn’t sound too broken up about preparing to hand that mark to Bob Knight.
Columbia, Mo. - Defensive end Brian Smith, Missouri’s career sack leader, will miss the Sun Bowl against Oregon State while he continues to recover from a broken hip.
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C6
Defensive end Brian Smith, Missouri’s career sack leader, will miss the Sun Bowl against Oregon State while he continues to recover from a broken hip.
Peterson cleared to play, OU coach Stoops says
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C6
Oklahoma tailback Adrian Peterson returned to the football huddle on Friday after team doctors gave the OK for him to practice and play in the Fiesta Bowl, coach Bob Stoops confirmed.
Rodriguez to stay at WVU
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C6
Spurned again, Alabama is resuming its latest search for a football coach.
N.C. State snatches coach from rival
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C6
North Carolina State wrapped up a quick search for a football coach by hiring Tom O’Brien away from conference rival Boston College on Friday.
Sixers’ Iverson likely to be dealt
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C4
Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers appear headed toward a bitter parting.
Smith expected to win handily
Landslide could rival O.J. Simpson’s record-setter
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C6
Troy Smith figures to make this contest a rout, too. The Ohio State quarterback is such a heavy favorite to take the Heisman Trophy tonight that the competition could be one of the biggest landslides in the award’s history.
Rockets coping with player’s death
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C3
Toledo’s basketball players will be wearing a No. 3 patch on their jerseys today in memory of teammate Haris Charalambous, who died Oct. 9 after collapsing in a morning preseason conditioning workout.
Gary Bedore’s KU-Toledo basketball notebook
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C3
Toledo of the Mid-American Conference is 2-4 following a 98-93 overtime loss to Vanderbilt on Dec. 2 in Nashville, Tenn. Toledo has victories over Middle Tennessee State and Virginia Commonwealth and losses to Missouri State, Iowa, Drexel and Vandy.
Soldier dies on day his engagement ring arrives
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A9
A Brooklyn soldier on his second tour in Iraq died from a roadside bomb on the same day that his fiancee received his engagement ring in the mail, relatives said this week.
Christmas shows abound
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A2
Nearly every major network has consigned Saturday nights to the dustbin of repeats. Hallmark and Sci Fi movies are the notable exception. These formulaic offerings reach for very different audiences but have a similar comfort-food appeal.
Republican senator says war may be ‘criminal’
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A9
Oregon Sen. Gordon Smith, a Republican who voted in favor of the Iraq war in 2002 and has supported it ever since, now says the current U.S. war effort is “absurd” and “may even be criminal.”
Poll: Americans see no easy exit
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A9
Americans see no easy exit from Iraq: Just 9 percent expect the war to end in clear-cut victory, compared with 87 percent who expect some sort of compromise settlement, according to the latest AP-Ipsos poll.
Man gets 3 years in dad’s death
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B5
A Stanton County man who shot his father to death after years of abuse was sentenced to three years in prison by a judge who said the son had not been “dealt a fair hand in life.”
Holiday donations still being sought
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B5
Lawrence charities and organizations are still making up their holiday wish lists as they get ready to fulfill their clients’ needs.
KU grad takes second in national contest
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B8
A Kansas University engineering graduate recently finished near the top in a national design contest.
SRS, commerce secretaries retiring
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B8
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is losing two department chiefs as she prepares to start her second term.
Commodities
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B4
Commodity futures KU graduate joins commission
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B4
The U.S. Senate has confirmed the presidential nomination of Kansas University graduate and Fort Scott native Jill Maycumber Sommers to serve as a commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Markets post gains
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B4
Wall Street ended an erratic week with a moderate advance Friday.
Payroll growth rises 132,000 in November
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B4
Gearing up for the holidays, employers boosted hiring in November, and hundreds of thousands of jobseekers streamed into the market, nudging the unemployment rate up to 4.5 percent.
Toy Story for 2006: high tech, high priced
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B4
The $200 Robosapien V2 robot is the must-have Christmas toy for 11-year-old Jenna Jarvis.
Pump patrol
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
State employee wins $3.1 million in lottery
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B1
A state employee who won a record jackpot of $3,136,845 in the Super Kansas Cash lottery drawing says her working days are over.
Judge postpones date of Granada murder trial
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B1
A judge on Friday postponed a trial for a man charged in a deadly shooting outside a downtown night club to give defense attorneys more time to watch 143 videotaped police interviews with witnesses.
Simons: Group could set stage for bipartisan effort on Iraq, terrorism
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B1
Opinions differ widely on this week’s report by the bipartisan Iraq Study Group co-chaired by former Secretary of State James Baker III and former Democratic Indiana congressman Lee Hamilton.
Attorney’s law license suspended for over-charging
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday suspended the law license of Chris Miller, a Lawrence attorney and Republican Party activist, for two years for “fleecing” the Kansas Insurance Department.
Kline may go after D.A. job
A.G. registers to vote in Johnson County
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B1
Phill Kline has registered to vote in Johnson County, a sign that the recently defeated attorney general may be interested in replacing the man who ousted him from office as the district attorney there.
Casino income may help universities
Senate leader says chances for gambling expansion could improve in Legislature
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B1
They’ve tried slots for tots and busted. But a key state senator said Friday that expansion of casino gambling to pay for a backlog of repairs at regents universities might hit the jackpot.
Faith briefs
December 9, 2006 in print edition on D8
Faith forum: Does God change over time?
December 9, 2006 in print edition on D1
¢ God’s permanence helps believers cope ¢ Savior not influenced by external sources
Scouting news
December 9, 2006 in print edition on D3
Club news
December 9, 2006 in print edition on D3
Military news
December 9, 2006 in print edition on D3
Around and about
December 9, 2006 in print edition on D3
Horoscopes
December 9, 2006 in print edition on D5
For Saturday, Dec. 9
Athletic funds
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: It would be interesting to know why money from the athletic department at KU is not used to fund much-needed repairs or support underfunded departments.
4-H and FCE news
December 9, 2006 in print edition on D3
Wrong reasons
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: This is in response to a previous letter in which the writer states that the “gay agenda” is spearheaded by individuals who do not have a clue about what discrimination is.
Mayor’s defense
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I would like to respond to Mayor Mike Amyx’s statement in the Lawrence Parks & Recreation Department’s Activities Guide, Dec. 3, regarding “Myth: The city raised my 2007 property taxes.”
Outstanding events
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B6
The many and varied events sponsored by the Dole Center of Politics in recent months should make the former Kansas senator proud.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 9, 1906: “The young woman who was robbed and beaten while working as the rail station agent in DeSoto is doing much better.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B6
The investigation had reached a dead end in two November arsons that gutted parts of student living units in Lawrence.
Home, family were mother’s greatest legacy
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B6
Long, long ago, I wrote a column describing my mother this way: “My mother is someone who will listen to your problems until you are bored with them.”
Report makes Bush acknowledge reality
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B6
The preceding definition is provided as a service to the White House. When it comes to repudiation, the administration apparently does not know the meaning of the word.
Keegan: Shooters need to let it fly
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C1
Something hasn’t looked quite right with Bill Self’s offense, and it’s not all that easy to put a finger on just what has been amiss, other than the obvious: Darrell Arthur on the bench with foul trouble.
Republicans push tax bill through the House
Budget unfinished as Democrats take reins
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A1
Rejected by voters and limping off stage, the Republican-led House on Friday passed a sweeping bill reviving expired tax breaks and protecting doctors from a big cut in Medicare payments.
Panelists give qualified nod to McCain in ‘08
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A1
Jill Zuckman was the first to fire off a groan over early forecasting about the 2008 presidential contest.
Court rules convicted murderer again will face death penalty at hearing
December 9, 2006 in print edition on B3
Convicted murderer Gary Kleypas will again face the possibility of a death sentence for killing a Pittsburg State University student a decade ago, because of a Kansas Supreme Court ruling Friday.
What, Mark Turgeon worry?
A ‘nervous guy’ by nature, Wichita State coach not bothered by top-10 ranking
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C7
At 41 years old, Mark Turgeon already wears the permanently creased brow of the professional worrier.
KU in kemper arena
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C3
Today’s appearance in Kemper Arena will be the last for KU’s men’s basketball team. The Jayhawks are 79-24 in a building that opened in 1974. It’ll be replaced next season by the new Sprint Center in Downtown KC.
It’s a man’s whirl
Despite social stigma, more Lawrence boys turning to dance
December 9, 2006 in print edition on D1
There’s a scene in “Billy Elliot,” the 2000 British film about a lad who skips out on boxing practice to take ballet lessons, when Billy’s grandma tries to defend him to his father.
Former U.N. Ambassador Kirkpatrick dies at 80
December 9, 2006 in print edition on A5
Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, a political science professor whose support for Ronald Reagan conservatism catapulted her into the post of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has died at 80. She was the first woman to hold the post.
Firebirds return to title tilt
Brantley injured in Free State’s semifinal triumph
December 9, 2006 in print edition on C1
One more win and Free State High’s girls will defend their Metro Prep Classic basketball tourney championship.
Society calendar
December 9, 2006 in print edition on D5