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Drink stink
City Hall explains water problems
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A1
This is not what Christine Munck needs right now. Her head hurts, she’s sick to her stomach and all she really wants to do is take a nice, hot shower.
Odd smell in drinking water due to algae in Clinton Reservoir
December 12, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, unusual smell and taste in drinking water is not harmful, and online holiday shopping has an impact on local stores.
Odd taste in city water explained
December 12, 2006
Lawrence residents may be noticing an odd taste and smell from their tap water due to an unusual algae occurrence in Clinton Lake.
Practice habits hold key to KU future
Self will use 10-day break as evaluation session to find right players for success
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C1
Bill Self, who has not been satisfied by his Kansas University basketball players’ practice habits, soon may see a dramatic increase in intensity at workouts. The Jayhawk coach is using a 10-day stretch between the Toledo and Winston-Salem State games as an evaluation session of sorts.
Running out of chances
Back-to-back losses hurt Chiefs in playoff quest
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C1
Since their impressive victory over Denver on Thanksgiving night, the Kansas City Chiefs have had very little to be thankful for.
Woodling: Gautt a fitting city icon
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C1
If you go to the Web, crank up your favorite search engine and type in the words “Prentice Gautt,” you’ll find very little Lawrence-related information. You will come across story after story, however, about Gautt’s near-legendary status in Oklahoma, where he broke a color barrier in 1956 by becoming the first African-American to play football for the Sooners.
The 2006 Woody Awards: Early returns
No bowl means no awards delay
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C1
Behold the annual postseason awards for Kansas University’s football team. This year’s honors are passed out a little earlier, because KU’s season ended a little earlier. A 6-6 record wasn’t enough to earn a bowl bid, so the Jayhawks are instead left accepting trophies that don’t exist from the Journal-World.
Humble attitude fits Tomlinson
L.T.‘finest … I’ve ever seen in professional football,’ coach says
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C5
He’s known around here simply as L.T., and in the opinion of long-suffering San Diego Chargers fans, running back LaDainian Tomlinson is ready for nothing short of enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.
Ravens hold off on party
Winning in K.C. nice, but Bengals still threatening
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C5
Beating Kansas City for the first time in franchise history was fine, sure. So was handing the Chiefs their first December home loss in 11 years.
Marshall’s tale finally told
Plane disaster of 1970 subject of screenplay
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C7
For so long, Hollywood paid no attention. A plane carrying the Marshall football team crashed in 1970, leaving no survivors. It was - and remains - the worst sports-related disaster in American history.
Vermeil’s coach in college dies
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C7
Bob Bronzan, who coached Bill Walsh and Dick Vermeil at San Jose State before becoming the school’s athletic director, has died, the school said Monday. He was 87.
Erickson takes over at ASU
Rebuilding Tulane turns to Toledo
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C7
The allure of another Pac-10 job was too much for Dennis Erickson to pass up.
Prep Notebook: Manning wears two hats at tourney
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C6
Kansas University men’s basketball staffer Danny Manning mixed business with pleasure during the Saturday finals of the Metro Prep Classic in Bonner Springs. Manning watched his daughter, Taylor, a 6-foot-0 sophomore, score a team-high 11 points for Free State High in the Firebirds’ 44-39 loss to Junction City. Then Manning stayed to watch the boys title game between Roeland Park Miege and Topeka Seaman.
Q & A with Chance Riley
LHS two-sport star hard to miss
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C6
If Lawrence High sports were a monarchy, senior Chance Riley may not be the king, but he certainly would occupy a place on the royal court. After leading the Lions to the Class 6A state quarterfinals and a 6-5 season as the starting quarterback, he now occupies a leading role on the basketball team.
Tittrington: LHS embraces inner self
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C6
Of all the many sacred traditions that dot the sporting landscape at Lawrence High, there’s one I never wanted to see fade away. For simplicity’s sake, I’ll call it the Chuck and Duck offense.
Ducks prove they belong in poll with convincing home victory
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C8
Bryce Taylor scored 21 points to lead No. 22 Oregon to a 92-64 victory over Bethune-Cookman on Monday night.
KU football lands two players
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s football team snagged two more commitments stemming from last weekend’s official visits - both highly rated prospects out of Texas.
Commentary: Sixers bound to lose in Iverson trade
Philadelphia to continue tradition of trading away franchise players during bad markets
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C2
A superstar with a knack for making controversy as well as baskets becomes increasingly irritated by his team’s direction, which is pointing south. He gripes a lot, snaps at his coach and really gets to be a royal pain in the baggy shorts. Clearly, he’s phed up playing in Philly and everyone agrees he needs a one-way ticket out.
WNBA’s Sting to move to K.C.
Local investors purchase Charlotte team, source says
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C2
The Charlotte Sting, an original WNBA franchise, is in the process of being sold and moved to a group in Kansas City, Mo., a source told the Charlotte Observer newspaper.
Lawsuit against city claims identity mix-up
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence man is suing the city for more than $75,000, claiming he was denied a job as a solid-waste loader because the city confused his name with that of a “known violent criminal” who happens to be his brother. Nathan Wallace says he’s suffered emotional stress and that it’s “highly offensive” to be confused with his brother, Erick.
Confession at issue during murder hearing
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B1
A man charged with killing a retired jeweler in an April 2005 home burglary in Lecompton made a brief court appearance Monday.
More holiday decor stolen, damaged
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B1
First, a yard display worth hundreds of dollars. Now, Snoopy, a nutcracker and a banner for holiday nachos.
County sets schedule for Lecompton bridge bids, repairs
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B1
After more than a year of discussions and contention, Douglas County has set a date to accept bids for repairing the Kansas River bridge at Lecompton.
Charges follow shooting probe
Four face allegations for guns, obstruction
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B1
Four Lawrence residents have been charged with various crimes related to the investigation into the shooting death of a Lawrence man found two months ago in a field along U.S. Highway 40.
Measuring success
Most Lawrence schools show progress on testing
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B1
Like a farmer bringing in a big harvest, Terry McEwen had a bushel of good news Monday night about the results of statewide tests. McEwen, director of assessment for the Lawrence school district, gave the school board some highlights, which he said were “exciting”:
Keegan: KU overrated after shaky start
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C8
Obviously, it’s not where a team is ranked during the season that matters, it’s where it’s seeded come tournament time. Still, as long as a Top 25 is released on a weekly basis, it would be nice for teams to earn their rankings by performance on the court, rather than on reputation.
East Lawrence development seeks city’s approval
12:00 a.m., December 12, 2006 Updated 03:09 p.m. in print edition on A1
Bars, liquor stores, pawn shops and a variety of other uses won’t be coming to a major East Lawrence development if city commissioners approve an agreement at their meeting tonight.
More Americans controlling high blood pressure
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A1
Americans, especially those 60 and older, are doing a better job of keeping their blood pressure under control, a new analysis says, a sign that people are getting the message about high blood pressure’s risks.
Call center to come under new ownership
Pearson Government Solutions sale may mean additional work
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A1
Lawrence’s largest private-sector employer is getting a new owner as part of a $600 million deal designed to speed the company’s existing plans for growth. Pearson Government Solutions, which has call-center and data-processing operations in the East Hills Business Park, is being sold to Veritas Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm.
Kline chosen as Johnson County district attorney
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A1
Republican activists picked Attorney General Phill Kline as Johnson County’s new district attorney Monday night to replace the Democrat who ousted him from statewide office last month.
Bald eagles fly in for winter vacation
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A1
Grab your binoculars. The majestic bald eagles are in town, and more are on the way to this favorite winter-feeding destination.
He’s not that into you? Keep looking
December 12, 2006 in print edition on D1
Double take: Q & A with Dr. Wes Crenshaw & John Murray.
Guidance for Santa’s helpers
Teens reveal what tops their most-wanted lists
December 12, 2006 in print edition on D1
By the time kids are in junior high and high school, they’re a bit too old to sit on Santa’s lap. So how is he to know what they want? Members of the Journal-World’s Angle, a teen advisory board, told us what’s on teenagers’ wish lists. Here are their picks, listed in order from reasonable ideas to more extravagant wishes:
Party people
LHS political club members debate ramifications of midterm elections
December 12, 2006 in print edition on D2
Party People is a monthly forum in which members of the Young Republicans and Young Democrats at Lawrence High School address the same topic in point-counterpoint style, writing columns from their respective political viewpoints. This is the first installment. Subsequent installments in the series will run on the second Tuesday of each month during the school year.
On the record
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B2
Kansas farmers harvest fewer dry beans
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B4
Kansas farmers harvested far fewer dry beans this year, Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday.
3 district administrators announce retirement
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B3
Three Lawrence school administrators with some 103 years of education experience among them will retire at the end of this school year. Sandee Crowther, Tom Christie and Janice Nicklaus officially notified Lawrence’s school board Monday night of their upcoming retirements.
L.A.’s Getty Museum to return antiquities
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A6
The J. Paul Getty Museum on Monday settled a decade-old cultural heritage dispute with Greece, agreeing to hand over two ancient treasures that Athens claims were illegally spirited out of the country.
Intelligence actions didn’t target Diana
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A6
In a rare public comment on its intelligence operations, the U.S. National Security Agency said Monday that it had 39 documents containing references to the late Princess Diana but had never targeted her telephone communications for monitoring.
St. Paul’s tomb awaits examination
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A6
A white marble sarcophagus believed to be the final resting place of St. Paul has been unearthed from beneath the altar of Rome’s second-largest basilica after centuries hidden from view, but those curious about its contents will have to wait still longer.
Iran opens conference examining Holocaust
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A6
Iran hosted Holocaust deniers from around the world Monday at a conference examining whether the Nazi genocide took place.
Former Chilean dictator Pinochet as divisive in death as in life
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A6
Thousands of mourners honored Gen. Augusto Pinochet on Monday, many weeping openly as they kissed his glass-topped casket in a military ceremony that exposed deep divisions over the legacy of his 17-year dictatorship.
Dubai Ports sells U.S. operations
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A3
Dubai Ports World, the company whose planned takeover of major U.S. port operations ignited a political firestorm earlier this year, has agreed to sell those operations to AIG Global Investment Group.
World’s oldest person dies at age 116
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A3
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bolden, recognized as the world’s oldest person, died Monday in a Memphis nursing home, the home’s administrator said. She was 116.
3 climbers missing on Mount Hood
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A3
Rescue teams headed up the flanks of treacherous Mount Hood on Monday to search for three climbers reported missing in heavy snow, but were ordered off the mountain when conditions became too dangerous.
Children’s slayings escalate turmoil among Palestinians
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A6
Gunmen killed the three young sons of a Palestinian security officer targeted twice before for assassination by Hamas, riddling the car taking them to school with more than 60 bullets - and raising the specter of open war between Fatah and the Islamic group.
U.N.’s Annan urges U.S. to lead by good examples
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A3
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in his farewell address, urged the United States not to abandon its democratic ideals while waging war against terrorism.
Lower EPA mileage estimates to reflect way people drive
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A3
Car buyers will face a new form of sticker shock when they browse dealer lots next year: Mileage estimates will be down, reflecting the way people actually drive.
Discovery docks at space station
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A3
Astronauts used the international space station’s robotic arm to examine a spot on the shuttle Discovery’s left wing Monday where sensors detected a “very low” impact, NASA officials said.
Family-friendly fare is feted
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A2
Stephen Collins and Haylie Duff play host to the eighth annual “Family Television Awards” (8 p.m., CW). The Family Friendly Programming Forum, an organization of major advertisers, bestows the honors.
XM launches Hanukkah Radio
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A2
Every year, the relentless refrains of “Santa Baby” and “Silver Bells” and other saccharine Christmas lyrics seem to fill every radio frequency, not to mention the airwaves in stores and restaurants and offices. By the time Christmas is over, Terri Lynn says she feels saturated. This year, the 50-year-old Jewish woman from Fort Lauderdale has an escape: She can tune her XM Satellite Radio to XM108 for Radio Hanukkah.
Radio stations jingle around the clock
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A2
The holiday classics haven’t changed that much - radio stations still turn to Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Burl Ives to spread yuletide cheer. But your chances of hearing them on the radio are growing fast.
Bush seeks advice on new course in Iraq
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A7
President Bush, eager to show he can take advice on Iraq, embarked on a round of public outreach Monday and promised Americans the unpopular war eventually would make their lives safer.
Suicide car bombs kill at least 54 in Baghdad
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A7
Two car bombs exploded in central Baghdad this morning, killing at least 54 people and wounding more than 140, police said.
December on track to be one of deadliest months for U.S.
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A7
A Marine helicopter made a hard landing Monday in a remote desert area of Anbar province, injuring 18 people, the third U.S. aircraft to go down in the insurgent stronghold in two weeks.
Follow these tips to make store returns easier
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C10
Are you a serial returner? By that, I mean, do you routinely return items, especially holiday gifts? If so, be forewarned. Some retailers have resorted to using a computer database to track customer returns and catch fraudulent or excessive returns.
Commodities
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C10
Senate leader floats tuition credit
State Sen. Derek Schmidt discusses plan during luncheon meeting with Rotarians
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C10
Now that the state’s role in financing public schools has been settled - at least for a couple of years - state Sen. Derek Schmidt figures it’s time to start working on helping students afford taking the next step up the educational ladder.
White House greetings
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C10
The return address may be 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., but this year’s 1.5 million White House holiday cards actually originated from a slightly less stately address: 101 McDonald Drive.
Hamas pledges to spruce up Jesus’ birthplace
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A10
Islamic militants may be in charge, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be Christmas this year. The cash-strapped Hamas government is promising $50,000 to dress up Jesus’ traditional birthplace for the holiday, more than twice the amount spent in previous years.
Airport dismantles holiday displays
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A10
As odd as it might seem, Sea-Tac Airport officials were hoping to avoid controversy when they had maintenance crews dismantle nine holiday trees festooned with red ribbons and bows over the weekend.
Gore seeking Oscar, perhaps presidency
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A9
Al Gore is waging a fierce campaign for recognition and an Oscar statuette for his global warming documentary, while reviving talk that he’s pursuing a bigger prize: the presidency.
Scientists find possible Alzheimer’s clue in spinal fluid
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A8
Scientists appear to have found a fingerprint of Alzheimer’s disease lurking in patients’ spinal fluid, a step toward a long-awaited test for the memory-robbing disease that today can be diagnosed definitively only at autopsy.
FDA can’t confirm scallions as E. coli culprit
Taco John’s in Iowa also sees outbreak
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A8
Federal testing has failed to confirm green onions as the source of an outbreak of E. coli that sickened 64 people who ate in Taco Bell restaurants in the Northeast, health officials said Monday.
Peace mom’ Cindy Sheehan guilty of trespassing
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A9
Cindy Sheehan, who emerged as one of the most vocal opponents of the Iraq war after her son was killed, was convicted Monday of trespassing for trying to deliver an anti-Iraq war petition to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.
Bird flu virus goes into hiding
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A8
Earlier this year, bird flu panic was in full swing: The French feared for their foie gras, the Swiss locked their chickens indoors and Americans enlisted prison inmates in Alaska to help spot infected wild birds.
Man reports robbery of marijuana from home
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B8
A Wichita man called 911 to report he was the victim of an armed robbery. The theft? A pound of marijuana worth about $1,100 he had been trying to sell at his home.
Salt museum’s opening will not be delayed
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B8
Work on a plan to rescue visitors in the event of an elevator malfunction will not delay the opening of the Kansas Underground Salt Museum, museum officials said Monday.
Wichita lawmaker considers capping payday loan interest
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B8
When North Carolina lawmakers capped the amount of interest payday loan companies could charge for short-term loans, the industry went bust in that state.
Wage impact
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B7
Criticism due
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B7
Empty science
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B7
Dickens, the next generation
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B7
And so Mr. Scrooge kept Christmas in his heart and made his clerk Bob Cratchit a partner and found an orthopedic surgeon who fixed Tiny Tim’s gimpy leg. Scrooge was a friend and benefactor to all and he also got his hair and eyebrows trimmed and bought a new suit, a blue pinstripe. People called him Ben. When he died, the entire city mourned.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B6
Not smart
New development fees being considered by the Lawrence City Commission will have an impact on more than developers and new home buyers.
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B6
Lawrence residents who think the “impact” fees being discussed by the Lawrence City Commission are only an issue for local developers need to think again. Commissioners in favor of placing additional fees on new construction to pay for new parks and streets are portraying those fees simply as a cost of doing business for developers. Because they profit from their residential developments, they ought to pay some of the city’s cost for providing the services to those developments.
Rumsfeld takes principled stand against terror
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B6
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld leaves office Friday after six turbulent years of rebuilding the military for a post-Cold War era, while simultaneously overseeing service members he calls, “the best led, the best equipped, the best trained, the most capable : in the world.” As we met in his office on the 65th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was reflective about the past and worried about the future.
Vilsack scrambles campaign strategies
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B6
At the very least, Hillary Rodham Clinton should send retiring Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack a thank-you note. New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch and Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada might want to take him to dinner.
Chicago clinches bye in playoffs
Hester smashes record as Bears blast Rams
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C5
Devin Hester expects teams to keep on kicking deep to him. And he expects to keep right on returning those kicks to the end zone.
Kansas 11th in new AP poll
UCLA, Pittsburgh hold steady in top two slots
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C8
There wasn’t much change at the top of the Associated Press Top 25 poll this week.
Do over: League deflates new ball
Due to players’ complaints, leather ball will return in January
December 12, 2006 in print edition on C4
Turnover, NBA. The NBA will scrap its new microfiber composite ball and bring back the old leather one beginning Jan. 1.
U.S. students create portraits for young orphans
December 12, 2006 in print edition on D2
While visiting an orphanage in Guatemala two years ago, American college student Ben Schumaker met a young man who described firsthand what it was like to grow up without parents. His youth had been forgotten, the man said; he didn’t even have a photo of himself as a boy.
Horoscopes
December 12, 2006 in print edition on B5
People in the news
December 12, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Richie arrested for DUI ¢ Courtney Love goes free ¢ Fame wasn’t name of game