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Kemper clunker
Jayhawks uninspired in arena finale
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s basketball players did not wave goodbye to Kemper Arena at midday Saturday as the team bus pulled out of the parking lot one final time.
What were the top stories of 2006?
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B1
The year has been one of surprises and heartache, triumph and defeat.
Fraternity builds gift of access
Ramp installed as part of philanthropy project
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B1
An elderly Lawrence resident will have an easier way to get around on Christmas, thanks to a Kansas University fraternity.
Bill would ban ‘mercury vaccine’
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B1
The first bill in the legislative hopper for the 2007 session is one near and dear to Lawrence’s Linda Weinmaster and a number of parents across the state.
Wildlife and Parks eye deer health
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C12
Wildlife and Parks officials are working with dozens of individuals and organizations around the state to collect tissue samples from deer harvested this fall.
Minnesota hunter bags three deer with one shot
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C12
Minnesota’s firearms deer season was almost over, and Chris Olsen of Two Harbors needed to get his venison. One shot changed his season in a big way.
Hunters can take high or low road
High-rise blinds not only way to have success with deer
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C12
Just as I was beginning to think the afternoon photo session would be a bust, a yearling buck walked past the blind, no more than 10 yards away.
Huskers blast Michigan
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C9
After losing to Minnesota on Tuesday night, the No. 25 Cornhusker women stepped up their game Saturday, rolling over Michigan, 85-45, to take their third 40-point win of the season.
Car bomb explodes; Sunnis protest attack
December 10, 2006 in print edition on A4
An Iraqi scholars groups and the country’s largest Sunni Arab political party on Saturday condemned a U.S. military attack they say killed women and children.
Board to consider capital projects
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence’s school board will consider spending up to about $10 million on capital projects during the next five years.
Shockers top Wyoming
Wichita State withstands another second-half comeback
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C8
A week ago, Wichita State almost blew a 19-point lead at Syracuse, playing conservatively while the Orange made a late run that fell short.
Williams wins 500th game, thanks former AD
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C8
No Div. I coach reached the 500-win mark faster than Roy Williams. Fittingly, North Carolina used a quick start to give him that meaningful milestone.
Trees’ trouble Toledo
Rockets find it hard to finish inside
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C7
With no one on his team standing over 6-foot-7, Toledo basketball coach Stan Joplin should’ve seen this coming long ago.
Fishing industry legislation passes
December 10, 2006 in print edition on A12
Congress on Saturday passed the broadest overhaul of the rules that govern the U.S. fishing industry in a decade, with provisions instructing fishery managers to adhere strictly to scientific advice so as not to deplete the ocean.
Gas explosions destroy three homes
December 10, 2006 in print edition on A12
Natural gas explosions at Mohawk and S. Delaware streets in Allentown on Saturday afternoon leveled three homes, likely destroyed another and caused $1 million in damage.
DNA tests prove Diana’s driver was drunk
December 10, 2006 in print edition on A12
New DNA evidence proves the driver of Princess Diana’s car was drunk on the night of her fatal crash in a Paris underpass in 1997, British Broadcasting Corp. said Saturday.
Jay Williams resumes comeback in NBA’s development league
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C10
Jay Williams is on the road again and this time probably pretty close to Willie Nelson.
Coach: Iverson not 76ers’ focus
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C10
When the subject turned to Allen Iverson, Maurice Cheeks refused to budge.
City trio qualifies for state
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C3
Free State’s Julian Spangler and Blaine Juhl and Lawrence High’s Skyler Criswell qualified for state Saturday at the Olathe swimming and diving invitational.
Golden Bears next on heavyweight slate
KU women to entertain No. 16 California
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C3
Nobody can accuse Bonnie Henrickson of watering down her schedule.
Chiefs happy to be home during December
Kansas City looking to continue 12th-month success against Baltimore
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C3
Every year it happens, almost without fail. First, the Midwestern air turns frosty and brisk, and seasonal music fills the airwaves. Excited children clamber onto the laps of department-store Santas.
Thousands evacuate as another typhoon hits
December 10, 2006 in print edition on A3
Thousands of people in an area devastated by a powerful typhoon last week in the eastern Philippines were told to evacuate Saturday after another storm slammed into the central part of the country.
Baby taken as payment for human smugglers
December 10, 2006 in print edition on A3
A missing month-old boy kidnapped at knifepoint was taken as payment because his parents failed to pay human smugglers, police said Saturday.
Abbas threatens early elections, but leaves door open to compromise
December 10, 2006 in print edition on A3
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas threatened on Saturday to call early elections to end an impasse with Hamas but set no date for the vote, signaling he has not given up on forming a unity government with the Islamic militant group.
Cast your vote for top stories of 2006
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C3
The 2006 year has been packed with thrills and spills supplied by local athletes and their teams.
Iran offers to help U.S. withdraw from Iraq
December 10, 2006 in print edition on A3
Iran’s foreign minister delivered a blunt challenge to the United States on Saturday, saying Tehran is willing to help U.S. troops withdraw from neighboring Iraq but only if Washington makes some tough policy changes.
Discovery lifts off, heads to space station
December 10, 2006 in print edition on A3
Discovery lit up the sky late Saturday, blazing off for the first nighttime space shuttle launch in four years - the latest step in NASA’s ambitious schedule to complete the international space station.
Pinning for attention
Firebirds pleased with tournament performance
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C4
Free State High senior wrestler Marc Somers felt like his team proved something Saturday at the 24-team Eudora Tournament of Champions.
Shooting struggles snag LHS
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C4
To the very end, the Lawrence High boys basketball team kept firing away, but the Lions’ shots rarely entered the hoop.
Defensive switch keys Firebirds
Free State shuts down big point guard, finishes fifth at Leavenworth tourney
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C4
Before the Free State High boys basketball team faced Kansas City (Mo.) Hogan Prep on Saturday, the coaching staff didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary about Hogan Prep’s Terrance Hill, who stands 6-foot-4.
Would Minnesota make Knight run?
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C2
There is one Minnesota men’s basketball coach who would fill Williams Arena immediately, win games and graduate players. That would be Bobby Knight, currently in his sixth season at Texas Tech.
Erickson to coach Arizona State
Two-time title winner tells AD he’ll join Sun Devils
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C2
Dennis Erickson has accepted the head-coaching job at Arizona State, Idaho athletic director Rob Spear said Saturday night.
Police: Chicago gunman felt cheated over invention
December 10, 2006 in print edition on A11
The gunman who went on a deadly shooting spree in a downtown high-rise law office went to the building in search of an attorney because he felt cheated over an invention, authorities said Saturday.
Flamingo missing from Sedgwick County Zoo found 600 miles away
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B5
A flamingo that escaped from the Sedgwick County Zoo has turned up 600 miles away at a national wildlife refuge on the Texas coast and apparently has found a friend.
Bank goes above and beyond to help worker serving in Iraq
Employer paid difference between regular salary, National Guard check
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B5
Jacques Smith was out of the sight of his colleagues at M&I Bank during his National Guard stint in Iraq, but he was never far from their minds.
Fatigued Firebirds fall in final, 44-39
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C1
It wasn’t stone, and it wasn’t brick, but it was there nonetheless. And Free State High’s girls basketball players hit it.
Keegan: Kansas needs nasty
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C1
Wanted: The meanest, nastiest, most sadistic student at Kansas University, a male version of Tonya Harding. Please report to the basketball office and get fitted for a uniform. Immediately.
Farmers market gets festive for holidays
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B6
Lawrence Farmers Market vendors for several months of the year see one another’s tables stacked with vegetables and meats.
Children spend breakfast with Santa
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B6
Dozens of area children got the chance to spend some quality time with Santa Claus on Saturday morning.
Spearfisherman goes deep for record-setting tuna
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C12
Craig Petersen, spear gun in his hands, took a deep breath and descended into the blue water off Mexico’s Puerto Vallarta. His target was big tuna.
No. 1 Bruins fend off Aggies
Mizzou takes first loss; Kansas State wins narrowly
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C9
The last time the rest of the country looked in on UCLA, the Bruins played their way into the national championship game with defense. They needed a big dose of it Saturday.
UAB coach resigns to take job at Tennessee Tech
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C5
Watson Brown, the coach who oversaw UAB’s move to Division I-A during 12 seasons but suffered through a disappointing 3-9 year, resigned and was introduced as the coach at Tennessee Tech hours later Saturday.
Mount Union, Wisconsin-Whitewater reach Division III final
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C5
Nate Kmic ran for a career-high 371 yards and three touchdowns to lead defending champion Mount Union to a 26-14 victory over St. John Fisher in the NCAA Division III semifinals Saturday.
Shannon takes over at Miami
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C5
Once surrounded by bad examples and now surrounded by cameras and microphones, new Miami Hurricanes coach Randy Shannon politely declines to talk about the worst trouble he ever got into.
Alabama carries on without coach
Crimson Tide players preparing for Independence Bowl
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C5
Wallace Gilberry finds some solace by pointing to Alabama’s tradition, always a favorite pastime around these parts. Only he’s thinking of coaching changes, not championships.
Mistaken death leads to dropped coverage
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B10
Margaret C. Morris and her insurance company now agree: She’s alive.
Taco Bell: Tests rule out E. coli in everything but scallions
December 10, 2006 in print edition on A8
Taco Bell announced Saturday that tests have ruled out all its ingredients except one - scallions - as a possible source of a harsh strain of E. coli that has sickened more than 60 people in the Northeast.
People in the news
December 10, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Cage to explore opportunities outside acting ¢ Alec Baldwin moderates nuclear plant discussion
NoTORIous’ yard sale draws scores seeking slice of fame
December 10, 2006 in print edition on A2
Only in Hollywood can a yard sale for a minor celebrity escalate into a hyperventilated national entertainment event.
Rumsfeld pays final visit to troops in Iraq
December 10, 2006 in print edition on A5
Outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld made a surprise trip to Iraq on Saturday, just days after a bipartisan commission called the situation there “grave and deteriorating” and said the administration’s policy wasn’t working.
White House debating if new troop strategy is needed
December 10, 2006 in print edition on A5
In a rush to chart a new course for the Iraq war, President Bush’s national security team is debating whether additional troops are needed to secure Baghdad - a short-term force increase that could be made up of all Americans, a combination of U.S. and Iraqi forces, or all Iraqis, a senior administration official said Saturday.
Senator calls for religion in prisons
Brownback takes campaign to jail
December 10, 2006 in print edition on A1
Sen. Sam Brownback took his budding presidential campaign to prison this weekend, spent a restless night among inmates and pressed his message that faith can work even to improve the lives of hardened criminals.
Health quandary
Legislators concerned Kansas money will flow into Missouri
December 10, 2006 in print edition on A1
Everyone wants to provide the best health care for the region and to make Kansas City a leader in life science research.
Architecture students from KU win awards
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B3
Kansas University architecture and urban design students received Merit Awards in the AIA Kansas City Design Awards program in November.
Online offer turns KU student into Lawrence’s Santa Claus
December 10, 2006 in print edition on A1
Case Bruyr chugged down Iowa Street on Friday afternoon in his 1976 Lincoln Continental, which he calls Dolores. In his back seat, he carried an assortment of holiday items, including an artificial Christmas tree in a box, a stuffed Spider-Man toy, board games and a princess castle.
Safety concerns delay opening
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B3
The opening of the Kansas Underground Salt Museum again will be delayed while emergency equipment is installed at the 650-foot-deep museum.
S. Korea resorts to TV writers to boost birthrates
December 10, 2006 in print edition on A9
Faced with a tumbling birthrate and women souring on the idea of marriage and family, the South Korean government is reaching out to a small group of people believed to have the power to avert a demographic catastrophe: prime-time drama writers.
English major receives national recognition
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B1
An essay on an obscure word used by William Shakespeare, “directitude,” has won a Kansas University student a national prize.
Birthday wish list: donating to others
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B1
K.J. Lashley’s birthday invitations went out to his friends in November.
Pump patrol
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
Arts center sponsors children’s shop
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B1
Woodlawn School sixth-grader Jasmine Miller, 11, darted from table to table Saturday morning, peeking at potential Christmas gifts for her entire family.
Remember to protect your pets this holiday season
December 10, 2006 in print edition on D10
Dangers to pets lurk throughout the house all year, but especially during the holiday season.
Dip pens still used for calligraphy, types of illustration
December 10, 2006 in print edition on D5
Long before the ballpoint pen and the fountain pen, letters were written by dip pens or nib pens. Early pens were simple. They were just a holder and a point.
Modern fashions key off legendary trio
December 10, 2006 in print edition on D7
In an age when the word is grossly overused, they remain, incontrovertibly, icons: elegance embodied, high fashion at the dawn of the television era, with charmed lives and striking beauty.
Lawrence orchestra to stage benefit
December 10, 2006 in print edition on D6
The Elaris Duo - Steven and Larisa Elisha - will join Kansas University oboe faculty Margaret Marco and guitarist Beau Bledsoe on Friday for the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra’s annual “‘Twas the Night” benefit concert.
Museum plans winter program
December 10, 2006 in print edition on D6
Baby it’s cold outside, and the Watkins Community Museum of History on Saturday will play host to “W is for Winter.”
Mag teaches art of surprise
December 10, 2006 in print edition on D6
Show your wife how much you care with a carefully planned surprise. The December/January issue of Best Life urges men to get creative when thinking of something special for their spouse.
Ghosts of Christmas presents past
December 10, 2006 in print edition on D6
Christmas is just around the corner, and young and old are thinking of only one thing: PRESENTS! What am I going to get? What am I going to give? Pretty much in that order.
Best-sellers
December 10, 2006 in print edition on D3
Poet’s Showcase
December 10, 2006 in print edition on D3
Forsaken
Plan proposes nifty post-50 birthday bashes
December 10, 2006 in print edition on D1
I’m suffering from a birthday hangover. Not the kind caused by too many flutes of champagne over a steak and lobster dinner. This case of the blahs is of the Peggy Lee, “Is That All There Is?” variety.
Three times the love
Couple juggles long commute, sleepless nights to raise triplets
December 10, 2006 in print edition on D1
Christy Kilpatrick is performing an amazing feat.Her triplets are lined up on the couch. It’s midway through feeding time.
Bankruptcy
December 10, 2006 in print edition on E1
One Douglas County resident filed for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
Employees add expertise, hours
December 10, 2006 in print edition on E1
Images Salon & Day Spa announces changes for two employees at the business, 511 W. Ninth St.
Art therapist attends conference
December 10, 2006 in print edition on E1
Libby Schmanke, a board-certified art therapist, attended the annual conference of the American Art Therapy Association, conducted Nov. 15-19 in New Orleans.
Consider new ways to save on federal taxes
December 10, 2006 in print edition on E1
Year-end tax strategies can make the eyes glaze over in the fall - and make the heart go pitter-patter when you reap the benefits in the spring.
Pay to stay
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: Bill Wagnon suggests all-day kindergarten at the taxpayers’ expense, including the senior citizens. I don’t think that’s fair or considerate.
The coal rush
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: Why are we allowing new coal plants when we know they are bad for our health and the long-term economy? It’s the coal rush.
Presidential field crowded at starting line
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B9
Just how many presidential candidates can you shove into one tiny state?
Report, response set up key foreign policy debate
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B9
On the 65th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the pieces moved into place for a foreign policy-national security debate as consequential as any this nation and its allies have faced since the start of World War II.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 10, 1906: “The Nobel Peace Prize with an award of $40,000 today was conferred on President Theodore Roosevelt by the Norwegian parliament.
Miracle of democracy
The future of America’s precious democracy depends on participation and understanding “by the people.”
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B8
Amid the mass of celebrity gossip and scandal, actor Richard Dreyfuss, has a message worthy of some attention.
By Dr. Barbara Atkinson
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B8
Editorials have appeared recently in this paper questioning the merits of the discussions currently under way involving the Kansas University Medical Center.
Bush has last chance to salvage Iraq policy
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B8
President Bush has finally heard some realistic, even brutal, ideas about finding a path out of Iraq that he should seriously consider.
QB shortage killing fantasy playoff bids
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C8
The riveting round of dueling blunders between Chicago’s Rex Grossman and Minnesota’s Brad Johnson was much more than just a heinous display of football.
Bush finally breaks out
Rookie back wondered, ‘Am I built for this game?’
December 10, 2006
Reggie Bush never seemed phased by the wise cracks that he was the highest-paid decoy in the NFL.
Iraq report puts spotlight on less obvious toll war has taken on U.S. military
December 10, 2006 in print edition on A4
Beyond its prescriptions for fixing Iraq, the special commission that studied a new approach to the war also spotlighted less obvious military ills that have deepened as fighting has dragging on.
Horoscopes
December 10, 2006 in print edition on D8
For Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006:
On the record
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B2
Kansas basketball notebook
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C7
The crowd was announced as 16,488 in a building that seats 17,818 for basketball.
Kaun finds groove
KU big man feasts on Rockets
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C6
For the first time this season, Sasha Kaun looked completely relaxed in a game setting on the basketball court.
Ottawa’s Ojeleye erupts for 31 in tourney loss
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C3
Victor Ojeleye scored 31 points, but the Ottawa High boys basketball team fell to host Goodland, 64-62, on Saturday in the championship game of the Topside Tip-off.
Smith wins Heisman, loses cool
Emotional Ohio State quarterback takes trophy in landslide
December 10, 2006 in print edition on C1
Ohio State senior quarterback Troy Smith tried not to lose his poise during his first trip to the Big Apple. But it was hard to disguise the emotion that swept over him when he became the sixth player from that storied Big Ten program to win the Heisman Trophy.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 10, 2006 in print edition on B8
Wade Stinson, Kansas University athletics director, said a search was on to find a successor to Jack Mitchell as KU football coach.
Toplikar: Blue battle - Blu-ray, HD DVD fight for video supremacy
December 10, 2006 in print edition on E1
I was reading up on the difference between the next generation of DVD formats when Katy brought in her tiny new dog.
Toy drive’s big push a success
December 10, 2006 in print edition on A1
Douglas County Toys for Tots volunteers made their final push Saturday at collecting 6,100 toys to give for Christmas to youngsters in need.
Book delves into ‘Wonderful Life’
December 10, 2006 in print edition on D3
Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” has certainly had a wonderful life. The beloved film - which was a flop on its initial release - turns 60 this year.
Police story
Wambaugh continues to draw thin blue lines
December 10, 2006 in print edition on D3
Like a ghost returning to the scene of the crime, Joseph Wambaugh was back on the streets of Hollywood. Nearly 40 years ago he had patrolled the fabled, sleazy boulevards as a Juvenile cop with the Los Angeles Police Department - long before he became a master of the modern police novel.
Concerts, crimes, gallery closings among top A&E stories of 2006
December 10, 2006 in print edition on D1
There never seems to be a shortage of happenings in the Lawrence arts and entertainment scene. And 2006 was no exception.