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Festival of Lights
Holiday helps the light shine on
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A1
For once, Zalman Tiechtel feels like “singing in the streets.” It doesn’t happen on most Jewish holidays: Most are quiet, private celebrations.
New health director chosen
Daniel Partridge replaces Kay Kent
December 13, 2006
Daniel Partridge replaces Kay Kent.
Residents given chance to see South Lawrence Trafficway proposals
December 13, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, proposals to extend the eastern leg of the SLT, new progressive political action committee meets, and ousted state BOE member Connie Morris has planned one last trip on the taxpayer dime.
Wagnon: Evolution will return to state board agenda
New board is seated Jan. 9
December 13, 2006
New board is seated Jan. 9
Meteor shower to light up the night sky
The annual Geminid meteor shower is tonight
December 13, 2006
The annual Geminid meteor shower is tonight
Housing task force moves toward recommendations
December 13, 2006
A strategy to increase the number of affordable homes in Lawrence began to emerge this morning from a city-appointed task force.
Body found near Kansas River
December 13, 2006
Lawrence police are investigating a body found this morning near the Kansas River levee.
Board of education doesn’t change travel policy
December 13, 2006
The board deadlocked 5-5 on a proposal that would prohibit board members from using tax dollars to travel out of state after they are defeated in an election.
Apartment project sent back to planning board
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B2
Plans for 108 new apartments near the southeast corner of Sixth Street and Stoneridge Drive are heading back to the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.
Commission approves East Lawrence rezoning
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B2
A major East Lawrence project that would redevelop the area near Eighth and Pennsylvania streets received another round of approval from city commissioners Tuesday night.
On the record
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B2
Eudora boys win, 58-46
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C7
Todd Roberts scored 21 points, Kelson Boyer added 19 and Kent Swanson contributed 10 as Eudora claimed a 58-46 boys basketball victory Tuesday over Silver Lake.
More shoppers clicking through gift lists
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A1
Just two weeks into the holiday shopping season, it’s clear more people are buying gifts online.
Knicks’ boss not satisfied
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C4
Whatever “evident progress” is, Knicks coach Isiah Thomas has the full season to show it. That’s good news for Thomas.
Fazekas eclipses 2,000
Nevada standout gets milestone in 76-58 victory
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C4
Nevada coach Mark Fox can’t say enough about Nick Fazekas’ abilities.
A&M bounces back
Aggies upend Fordham, 84-61
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C4
Josh Carter scored 24 points, Antanas Kavaliauskas added 19, and No. 13 Texas A&M beat Fordham, 84-61, Tuesday night.
Giants on wrong course with Bonds
How long will San Francisco franchise be held hostage by disgraced slugger?
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C2
Sounds like the Giants are just a tad defensive about this whole Barry Bonds signing.
Toxic levels of lead found in tourist trinkets
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A3
Tourists who bought jewelry and tiny trinkets for children in a U.S. Capitol gift shop recently might have also picked up an unadvertised item: dangerous levels of lead, according to a report released Monday.
Teen kills himself over poor grades
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A3
An 11th-grader despondent that his parents might curtail his after-school activities because of poor grades took a rifle to school Tuesday and killed himself between classes at Springfield Township High School in Erdenheim, authorities said.
Search to continue for missing climbers
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A3
Rescue teams equipped with ice axes, ropes and other high-altitude gear were once again frustrated Tuesday in their efforts to find three climbers on Oregon’s highest mountain.
Taco Bell aims to persuade customers that food is safe
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A3
Taco Bell Corp. launched a newspaper ad blitz and sent its president on a string of media interviews Tuesday to persuade customers that its food is safe - even as the cause of the E. coli outbreak linked to the fast-food chain remained a mystery.
Space station addition installed
Astronauts spend more than 6 hours on spacewalk
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A3
Astronauts completed a nearly seven-hour spacewalk Tuesday, the first of three difficult forays outside during the shuttle Discovery’s stay at the international space station.
Judge denies Skilling’s request for bail
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A5
A federal appellate court denied former Enron Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Skilling’s request to remain free during his appeal Tuesday and ordered him imprisoned immediately.
Veritas boys thumped by St. Mary’s, 53-37
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C7
St. Mary’s Academy raced to a 15-point first-quarter lead and held on for a 53-37 high school boys basketball victory Tuesday night over Veritas Christian.
LHS girls roll to 71-35 win
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C7
Sophomore Taylor Bird and senior Katelyn Hobbs combined to score more than Kansas City Washington’s team in Lawrence High’s 71-35 girls basketball rout Tuesday.
Plans for facility’s exterior not yet complete
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C1
The interior designs of the Anderson Family Football Complex are done, and with the official groundbreaking upcoming, Kansas University still is finalizing exterior designs that will fit in with the rest of the campus.
Jayhawks relish extra practice
Unlimited workouts during winter break will help team assess itself
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C1
Philadelphia 76ers point guard Allen Iverson - in one of the funniest sports tirades ever caught on tape - years ago made his feelings known about his disdain for practice.
Captains of chatter
Former Jayhawks discuss this season’s edition
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C1
No matter the temperature on the outside, it never grows cold in the dining area inside the Hy-Vee on Sixth Street. Hot air forever is in stock there, with men talking sports the day after games, big and small.
Brownback: GOP has room for gay rights backers
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B3
Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, among the most conservative of the potential Republican presidential candidates, said Tuesday there’s room in the GOP for candidates who favor gay rights, but he warned that such politicians wouldn’t be welcomed by the party’s conservative base.
Yellow House owners face drug, gun allegations
Federal charges against Lawrence couple follow yearlong investigation
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A1
After a yearlong investigation into what police had described as a sophisticated stolen-goods fencing operation, the owners of a Lawrence store have been charged with drug usage and gun possession.
Iran urged to pay for nuclear plant
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A6
The head of the Russian state company building a nuclear plant in Iran urged Tehran on Tuesday to keep up payments to complete construction as scheduled, news reports said.
Wildfires destroy homes, ski lodge
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A6
Dozens of wildfires burning Tuesday across southern Australia destroyed more than a dozen homes and a popular ski lodge, while residents in a suburb of the western city of Perth were urged to flee an approaching blaze.
Former dictator convicted of genocide
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A6
An Ethiopian dictator known as “the butcher of Addis Ababa” was convicted Tuesday of genocide in a rare case of an African strongman being held to account by his own country.
Pinochet supporters won’t let grudges rest
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A6
Bitter divisions over the memory of Gen. Augusto Pinochet surfaced Tuesday at his military funeral, as mourners booed the defense minister who denied the dictator a state funeral and cheered Pinochet’s grandson for justifying the bloody coup that ousted an elected president more than 30 years ago.
Serial killings put England on edge
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A6
The search for a serial killer who preys on prostitutes in eastern England intensified Tuesday with the discovery of two more bodies, and detectives warned sex workers “to get off the streets as soon as possible.”
Annan urges action on Darfur
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A6
His time at the helm of the world body nearing an end, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan stepped up his efforts Tuesday to force a halt to atrocities in Darfur, demanding the U.N. Human Rights Council send an independent team of investigators to the volatile Sudanese region.
Thousands of Mexican troops begin drug eradication campaign
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A6
Thousands of troops rolled into a key Mexican drug stronghold Tuesday to set fire to marijuana and opium fields and round up traffickers, sent by President Felipe Calderon to restore order in a region where smugglers have defied authorities with beheadings and large-scale drug production.
UNT taps prep ranks for coach
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C8
Todd Dodge was hired as coach at North Texas on Tuesday, making the rare jump from high school to Division I-A after an unprecedented run of success at Southlake Carroll.
Smith has Heisman shipped home
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C8
Troy Smith’s Heisman Trophy was shipped home Tuesday to keep it safe and avoid the mishap that happened the last time an Ohio State player won the award.
Pump patrol
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
Committee looks ahead to sesquicentennial
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B1
Baker University is preparing for its yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which begins with events in August 2007.
Summit designed for researchers
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kansas University plans a research summit Jan. 16 at Wescoe Hall.
KU students to give a shout out for stress
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kansas University students will release the stress of finals week today when they congregate at 4:15 p.m. outside the Kansas Union for a collective yell.
Posluszny, Jarrett repeat selections
Ohio State QB Smith, Arkansas RB McFadden also on first team
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C8
Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny and Southern California receiver Dwayne Jarrett overcame adversity to become two-time Associated Press All-Americans.
Kline makes plans for new job but not next election
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B1
Just hours after his political revival, Attorney General Phill Kline on Tuesday named one of his newborn pups “Snoop Dog,” bashed the media and planned changes in the Johnson County district attorney’s office.
Longtime health department director’s tenure celebrated
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department might have a new leader by week’s end.
Crowd control
Conference describes ways to save money, conserve space in correctional facilities
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kansas is on track to run out of prison space within two years unless something changes, speakers warned Tuesday at a conference in Lawrence.
Power plant resistance grows
Colorado conservation group criticizes Holcomb project
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B1
Opposition to proposed coal-burning plants in west Kansas isn’t limited to Kansas. On Tuesday, a Colorado conservation group released an analysis that criticized the project.
In Iraq, search for work is deadly task
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A7
Workers know a trip to the square could mean death, and still they go. Every day, laborers crowd downtown Tayaran Square, the scene of nine bombings in the past three years, according to Iraq’s Interior Ministry.
President delays Iraq speech
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A7
Faced with a growing list of recommendations and a range of contradictory policy options from key advisers, President Bush on Tuesday delayed a planned announcement about a new strategy for the war in Iraq until the new year.
Company, ex-employees may end lawsuit
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B4
Consolidated Manufacturing and employees that it laid off without notice in February have reached a settlement that could end a lawsuit filed against the company.
Health authority seeks flexibility on Medicaid
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B4
State health policy officials want Congress to make it easier for Medicaid recipients to prove they are U.S. citizens and entitled to benefits.
People in the news
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Sober for a week ¢ Video stunt brings lawsuit ¢ From Mafia to Mardi Gras
Clooney given all-star salute
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A2
Viewers who cannot wait for the Golden Globes and other chances to watch rich Hollywood stars attend glittering gatherings of mutual admiration can turn to “George Clooney: An American Cinematheque Tribute” (7 p.m., AMC).
Christian-oriented video game denounced
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A2
Targeted largely at conservative Christians, it’s a violent video game with a difference: Combatants on one side pause for prayer, and their favored interjection is “Praise the Lord.”
Cross: A get-well-soon letter to Lamar Hunt
Chiefs’ owner and founder responsible for making Kansas City a major-league town
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C6
I doubt you know me, Mr. Hunt. And if you do, it’s as the wide-eyed young reporter with whom you’ve crossed paths on the elevators in Arrowhead Stadium, or the awestruck fellow with the unflattering slouch who sits on the far aisle during Herm Edwards’ news conferences.
Fox hasn’t supplanted Bell at OLB
Despite recent breakdowns, Kansas City defense has improved to 13th in the NFL
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C6
With rumors swirling that Kendrell Bell had lost his starting position, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards defended his beleaguered outside linebacker.
Chiefs founder fights for life
Doctors making Hunt ‘as comfortable as possible’
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C6
Lamar Hunt was fighting for his life in a Dallas hospital Tuesday, and friends and family of the 74-year-old pioneer of the modern NFL were hoping for “miracles.”
Miami puts Culpepper on injured reserve
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C5
The Miami Dolphins placed quarterback Daunte Culpepper on injured reserve Tuesday.
Cowboys’ new stadium retains hole in roof
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C5
The Dallas Cowboys are taking their distinctive hole-in-the-roof design with them to their $1 billion new stadium.
Free week offered to two cable outlets
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C5
The NFL has offered one free week of its network programming to two cable TV operators who do not carry the channel in hopes of breaking a deadlock.
Bengals’ legal troubles concern commissioner
Goodell says Los Angeles might not have team anytime soon
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C5
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is trying to end the Cincinnati Bengals’ continuing problems with the law.
Hearty English Christmas fare served on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
December 13, 2006 in print edition on D6
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “English Christmas Traditions Old and New.”
Transform liqueur, cream into speedy mousse
December 13, 2006 in print edition on D3
The best desserts are those that are simple to make and allow for plenty of variation.
Kitchen utensils make useful holiday gifts
December 13, 2006 in print edition on D3
Q: Can you give me some ideas for kitchen utensils that I could purchase for holiday gifts?
Tips help keep winter produce fresh
December 13, 2006 in print edition on D2
Here are pointers on buying and storing winter produce from the University of Illinois Extension Service and from “The New Food Lover’s Companion,” by Sharon Tyler Herbst:
Family savors grandma’s memorable stuffing dish
December 13, 2006 in print edition on D1
Cooking Connection is a Journal-World feature that prints favorite reader recipes. This week’s featured cook is Deborah Kates, of Lawrence, with her recipe for Grandma Claire’s Sweet Holiday Dressing.
Fudge a sweet, simple alternative to complicated holiday candies
December 13, 2006 in print edition on D1
A childhood experience made me wonder whether holiday candy making wasn’t better left to the experts. These would be people with vast amounts of free time and patience, as well as the ability to focus intently on a candy thermometer in order to avoid certain catastrophe.
Generous wife brought home bacon for hubby
December 13, 2006 in print edition on D1
Nothing says Merry Christmas quite like the smell of Cajun-spiced, hickory-smoked bacon. Or thick-cut, Applewood-smoked bacon.
Mail-order munchies
Monthly food clubs deliver edible ‘gifts that keep on giving’
December 13, 2006 in print edition on D1
If you’ve ever wanted muenster in your mailbox, this club’s for you. It’s the Cheese of the Month Club, and for a mere $660, you can have 1 1/2 pounds of cheese per month delivered to your doorstep for a full year.
Man killed at train crossing when truck couldn’t stop in time
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B6
A 41-year-old Newton man died Monday when the truck he was in collided with a train, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department said.
3 KU theater students chosen for exhibition
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B6
Tonganoxie native and Kansas University graduate student Kelly Vogel is among the three KU theater design and scenography students whose work has been selected for an international exhibition.
Fritzel group moving ahead on library expansion proposal
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B6
Executives of the Gene Fritzel Construction Co. were at the downtown post office recently taking measurements and inspecting the building for possible acquisition.
Government appeals ruling on currency redesign
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A8
The Bush administration on Tuesday asked an appeals court to overturn a ruling that could require a redesign of the nation’s currency to help the blind.
Environmental groups cry foul on mercury emissions
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A8
Environmental groups are upset about a new federal effort to cut mercury emissions at dozens of cement plants across the country, saying it defies a court order to toughen controls on the highly toxic air pollutant.
Payless ShoeSource, Burlington Coat Factory settle software claims
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B8
Footwear retailer Payless ShoeSource Inc. and discount clothing chain Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp. agreed Tuesday to pay about $425,000 to settle claims they used unlicensed software.
Commodities
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B8
Rental aid program extended
$100,000 grant will help people and families affected by mental illness
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B8
A program that helps provide housing for low-income people and families affected by severe and persistent mental illness is passing a financial milestone.
Air crew blamed for lake bomb
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B9
Human error caused a 2nd Bomb Wing B-52 crew to accidentally drop nine inert concrete bombs into a Kansas lake this summer, the Air Force said Tuesday.
Museum seeks favorite winter memories
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B9
Favorite winter memories will be discussed during a family program Saturday at Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.
New program keeps students at home
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B12
A new program designed to persuade Wichita’s students and residents to stay home and attend Wichita State University has paid dividends.
Talk to enemies
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B11
To the editor: The Iraq Study Group has recommended to the president, among other suggestions, a commencement of diplomacy with other concerned countries, including Iran and Syria.
Role model
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B11
To the editor: A few years back, I was the subject of a piece very similar to Monday’s story about the lack of male teachers at the elementary level. I am disappointed by this article’s lack of encouragement to men who might be interested in teaching younger children.
Taking back Christmas
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B11
The e-mail came from a well-meaning and locally respected physician. His concern? The use of the word “holiday” in place of Christmas.
Just say no
For most products, extended warranties aren’t necessary
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B8
This holiday season, shoppers are expected to spend a whopping $1.6 billion on extended warranties for appliances and such electronics as laptops and flat-screen TVs.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B10
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 13, 1906: “Editor William Allen White of Emporia heartily endorses our W.R. Stubbs for U.S. senator and said the entry of an honest and capable man such as Stubbs in the race is good for Kansas and the country.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B10
Six months after they had been hired as the first women firefighters in the city’s history, Lexie Engleman and Denise Clements were enthusiastic about their adoption into the Lawrence service family.
Discouraging policies
Some city commissioners seem to be working overtime to make Lawrence unattractive to people who want to do business here.
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B10
Is there any question why entrepreneurs, builders, dreamers and “doers” look upon Lawrence as an extremely difficult city in which to do business? There isn’t just a neutral attitude in Lawrence about growth and expansion; there is a definite “anti” attitude.
Moderate Muslims should get more involved
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B10
At a foreign-policy forum here focusing on Islam, one question from a large crowd that included several Muslims drew disproportionate interest: How might moderate Muslims - the vast majority - expand their efforts to counter extremism?
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B10
The first acquisition of land for improved flood protection for North Lawrence was approved by the City Commission as it authorized condemnation for a 135-acre tract in Jefferson County.
Defense, chemistry key for Southwest as season unfolds
December 13, 2006
In just the first game of the season, the Southwest Bulldogs ninth-grade boys’ basketball team produced an offensive explosion that far exceeded their coach’s expectations.
We all need a little direction now and then
December 13, 2006
The greatest invention of the 20th century was the television. Twenty-four hour sports news, “The Sopranos” and The History Channel, what more could a man ask?
Big first quarter lifts Bulldogs to title
December 13, 2006
The South Cougars and the undefeated Southwest Bulldogs freshmen girls basketball teams battled for the Brandy Martin Memorial Tournament championship last Thursday night. But poor shooting and a number of Cougar turnovers allowed the Bulldogs to jump out to a 17-3 first quarter lead, and eventually held off a late South comeback to win, 51-37.
Lawrence Datebook
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B2
Commissioners will seek input on impact fees
City to schedule several meetings on proposed construction charge
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A1
Lawrence builders came to City Hall in numbers Tuesday night to hammer home a point: New impact fees on new construction will increase the cost of homes in the city.
Royals’ moves have Bell beaming
K.C. skipper, new closer Dotel say they’re healthy again
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C2
The manager and new closer of the Kansas City Royals both say they’re fully healed from surgery and ready to go to work.
ID theft investigation brings raids at meatpacking plants
December 13, 2006 in print edition on A3
Federal agents investigating identity theft arrested immigrants at meat processing plants in six states Tuesday, shutting down production as workers’ relatives scrambled to bring proof they were legally employed.
Keegan: AP team snubs Talib
December 13, 2006 in print edition on C1
In one sense, this past season’s Kansas University football team was a microcosm of the program’s history. Overall, it was the definition of mediocre in that it finished 6-6. Yet, there were two superstars.
Kansas ranks No. 2 in nation in disaster preparedness study
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B5
Kansas ranks second in the nation in planning for bioterror attacks and other public health emergencies, a new report finds.
Window of opportunity has closed in Iraq
December 13, 2006 in print edition on B10
In military parlance there is a concept known as “the golden hour.” This refers to the window of time within which badly wounded troops have a good chance of surviving if they can be evacuated to medical facilities. If this window closes, the chance of saving the wounded drops sharply.
Horoscopes
December 13, 2006 in print edition on D5
For Wednesday, Dec. 13: