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KU’s December graduates may feel left out in the cold
There’s not much pomp in winter circumstances
December 14, 2006
No traffic jams around Kansas University. No crowded restaurants downtown. It just doesn’t feel like graduation season. But it is. “It’s not that fun graduating in December,” KU graduate Jonathan Cooley said. “It’s cold out. It’s the holidays. Not a lot of people care.” More than 1,000 KU students will bid farewell to their college years this month. Their graduation experience is a bit different from those who depart in the spring.
Brothers graduating in winter miss some traditions
December 14, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, brothers graduate from KU together, community members speak out about the SLT, and KU looks to the state for help with microburst repairs.
State approves funding KU microburst repairs
The microburst caused about $5.5 million damage to 73 buildings
December 14, 2006
The microburst caused about $5.5 million damage to 73 buildings.
SLT open house draws crowd
Testimony will help decide trafficway’s future
December 14, 2006
Testimony will help decide trafficway’s future.
State expands Lawrence program to help pregnant women
Health in Pregnancy” began in July
December 14, 2006
“Health in Pregnancy” started in July
Student leaders ask Sebelius for downpayment
December 14, 2006
Student leaders from the state’s regents universities today delivered 6,500 postcards to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, urging her to help the schools pay for a backlog of repairs.
Baldwin Junction driver treated, released from hospital
Two others involved in accident
11:12 a.m., December 14, 2006 Updated 03:54 p.m.
Accident comes after four-way stop installed.
Stricter travel policy not adopted
Outgoing Morris to visit Washington at expense of taxpayers
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B1
The State Board of Education deadlocked Wednesday to limit a travel policy that is allowing board member Connie Morris to spend one week in Washington, D.C., at taxpayer expense just days before she leaves office.
Police nab suspects in thefts of Christmas displays
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B1
Vincent Garcia calls himself a “night owl,” but he still couldn’t catch the latest round of holiday thieves. But Lawrence police may have.
KU students to share $23.5M in scholarships
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B1
More than 5,000 Kansas University students will share $23.5 million in privately funded scholarships, fellowships and awards during the 2006-07 academic year, KU announced Wednesday.
2nd-grader suspended for bringing toy gun
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B1
A second-grade student at Sunflower School was suspended for bringing a plastic toy gun to school.
Lawrence woman’s body found near levee
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B1
The body of a Lawrence woman was found Wednesday morning near the Kansas River levee, Lawrence police said.
Police investigating indecent exposure
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence police are investigating a report that an unidentified man inappropriately showed his body Monday to two Lawrence girls along 15th Street.
Ed committees among several merged
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B1
The House will no longer have a committee devoted solely to higher education issues under a reorganization released Wednesday by the chamber’s new leadership team.
Students find ways to scream out some finals week steam
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A1
KU students let out a giant scream to relieve some school stress.
Affordable housing incentives proposed
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A1
Perhaps carrots are the answer to Lawrence’s affordable housing issues. A program offering incentives - perhaps from waiving city fees to allowing new neighborhoods to be built more densely than normally allowed - could be offered to builders if they guarantee that a certain percentage of the homes would be part of an official affordable housing program.
As old board departs, new evolution stance takes shape
Moderates set to take control of state education policy
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A1
Science standards that support evolution could be back on the books in Kansas in as little as two months.
Ethics panel levies record fine against lawmaker
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B1
Rep. Patricia Kilpatrick was given a $45,000 fine Wednesday by the state Governmental Ethics Commission for misusing campaign funds in 2005, the second time she’s been fined by the panel this year.
FDA proposes expanding antidepressant warning
All should be monitored for suicidal behavior
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A1
Antidepressants increase the risk of suicidal behavior for people up to age 24, the government said Wednesday. It plans new warning labels and says users of all ages should be closely monitored.
Feds arrest 1,282 in raids, point to ID theft
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A1
Federal officials said Wednesday that the raids on meatpacking plants in six states uncovered a “disturbing front” in the battle against illegal immigration: identity theft as a tool to obtain employment.
Blazing new trails
Area runners place first, third at nationals
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C1
Heather Garcia was more than mentally prepared to compete in the 2006 AAU National Cross Country Championships on Dec. 2. After all, she sat on a bus that traveled from Kansas to Orlando, Fla., for more than a day.
KU coach Redwine lands Pan Am post
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s Stanley Redwine will coach Team USA at the 2007 Pan American Games July 13-29 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Redwine’s appointment - one of the most prestigious in track and field - puts the sixth-year Jayhawk track and cross country coach on a path to perhaps someday lead the United States in the Olympic Games.
Musicians to play orchestra benefit
December 14, 2006 in print edition on D1
The Elaris Duo - cellist Steven Elisha and violinist Larisa Elisha - will join Kansas University oboe faculty Margaret Marco, guitarist Beau Bledsoe and harpist Tabatha Reist on Friday for the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra’s annual “‘Twas the Night” benefit concert.
Countdown to New Year’s Eve child care
Online sites ease search for baby sitter
December 14, 2006 in print edition on D1
It’s a common scene on one of the busiest child care nights of the year. Each New Year’s Eve, just after the midnight kisses and sips of bubbly, parents returning home from a night out on the town are met at the door by enterprising baby sitters who were booked months before and paid double the usual rate - sometimes upward of $30 an hour or more.
Nature’s call
Artist finds inspiration in the great outdoors
December 14, 2006 in print edition on D1
Lawrence artist Linda Sallee has a passion for nature that flows from her soul and is interpreted with her weathered hands. Growing up on her parents’ wheat farm in Penalosa, Sallee learned a sense of frugality from her family.
Hero’s welcome humbles Smith
Heisman winner overcome with emotion during hometown tribute
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C9
Troy Smith had spent days keeping it all together. Through the whirlwind trip to New York, the nerve-racking Heisman Trophy ceremony, the endless photo sessions and interviews, Ohio State’s quarterback had remained poised and polished, as unflappable off the field as on it. But standing in front of the people who helped raise him, love him and know him best, Smith could no longer hold back his tears.
Peterson pumped
OU tailback looking good for Fiesta Bowl return
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C9
Adrian Peterson isn’t yet talking about it, but his teammates and coaches said Wednesday the Oklahoma tailback is eager to play football again for the Sooners.
Disgruntled parents go to Arkansas AD
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C9
The mother of Arkansas freshman quarterback Mitch Mustain said Wednesday that players’ parents who expressed concern about the Razorbacks’ offense respect coach Houston Nutt’s prerogative to shape the team’s strategy.
Another McCoy may play for UT
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C9
Matt McCoy, a senior walk-on who has never thrown a pass in college, is practicing as the No. 1 quarterback for Texas while the Longhorns wait to see if injured Colt McCoy will be able to play in the Alamo Bowl against Iowa.
Appalachian State lands four on I-AA All-America squad
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C9
No wonder Appalachian State is set to play for its second consecutive I-AA national championship. The Mountaineers have a roster dotted with All-Americans.
Running down NASCAR’s biggest stories of ‘06
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C10
That’s Racin’s David Poole begins a two-part look back at the 10 biggest stories in NASCAR in 2006. Next week - the year’s five biggest stories.
TV analysts share thoughts on state of Cup
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C10
Fox Sports brought its NASCAR team together in Charlotte, N.C., to look ahead to the 2007 Nextel Cup season, which begins with Fox coverage of the Daytona 500.
Borland adjusts to new job at Waltrip
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C10
Things have been quite different for Matt Borland the past couple of days, but in a way it has had a familiar feel to it.
A look at the 2006 season, club by club
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C8
Golf ultimately is defined by winning and losing. The year will be remembered in the record books for Tiger Woods missing the cut in a major for the first time in his career, then rebounding to win the next two and finishing the year with six straight victories on the PGA Tour. Phil Mickelson slipped his arms into a green jacket at the Masters, then buried his head in his hands at Winged Foot after a colossal collapse at the U.S. Open.
Owens blames ‘snitch’
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C7
Terrell Owens really likes being part of the Dallas Cowboys except for one thing: “The Snitch.”
Cable outlet near agreement with NFL Network over bowl game
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C7
Time Warner Cable moved closer Wednesday to reaching a truce with the NFL Network over carrying the Texas Bowl game between Rutgers and Kansas State on Dec. 28. Another New York area cable operator, Cablevision, said Tuesday it would carry the Rutgers game after the NFL Network offered both cable companies free carriage for the week of Dec. 24-30.
Clark guides ISU back to win column
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C5
Rahshon Clark scored 16 points, and Wesley Johnson had 15 points and 11 rebounds as Iowa State broke a three-game losing streak with a 70-59 victory over Savannah State on Wednesday night.
Funny what talent can do
Badgers win battle of in-state rivals with similar systems
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C5
Wisconsin and Wisconsin-Milwaukee run a similar version of the same offense.
Davidson cleared to rejoin Crimson Tide
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C5
Center Jermareo Davidson, who withdrew from classes before final exams because he had missed so much class time following the death of his girlfriend in a car accident, was cleared by the Southeastern Conference to rejoin No. 9 Alabama for Saturday’s game against Southern Mississippi.
Clippers coach Dunleavy signs contract extension
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C4
Coach Mike Dunleavy has agreed to terms of a multiyear contract extension with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Hall of Famer Arizin dies at 78
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C4
Paul Arizin, an early pioneer of the jump shot who led the Philadelphia Warriors to the 1956 NBA championship and was chosen one of the 50 greatest NBA players, died Tuesday night at his home in suburban Philadelphia. He was 78.
Our town sports
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C3
MU jumps on bowl-ticket give-away wagon
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C3
It’s becoming a growing trend in college football. Big trips for big bowl games? Give the rowdy - and traditionally poor- fans a little extra incentive to go.
On the record
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B2
Open house to address trafficway options
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B2
Area residents can learn more about proposed routes for the uncompleted portion of the South Lawrence Trafficway at an open house hosted by the Federal Highway Administration from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Kansas National Guard Armory, 200 Iowa.
County to advertise for bridge bids next week
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B2
Douglas County commissioners met briefly Wednesday night to approve a resolution that takes care of a legal detail concerning repairs to the Kansas River bridge at Lecompton.
Murder charge dropped; bones were not human
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A3
A man who claimed to have lured at least seven drug dealers to his cabin, killed them and spread their remains across the property was cleared of a murder charge Wednesday after experts determined most of the fragments were from animals.
Execution takes more than half hour
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A3
A man convicted of murdering the manager of a topless bar nearly three decades ago was executed by injection Wednesday in Starke, appearing to grimace before dying 34 minutes after receiving the first of two doses of chemicals.
Commentary: KU falling into same trap as UConn
Jayhawks could finish with plenty of victories but not much to show for them at tournament time
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C2
There are similarities, which could be good or bad. There are three or four NBA first-rounders. There is the cast of veteran supporting players, maybe wishing for greater glory.
Kevorkian to be paroled in June
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A3
After more than eight years behind bars for murder, an ailing Dr. Jack Kevorkian will be paroled in June on a promise not to help anyone else commit suicide, prison officials said Wednesday.
Second spacewalk hits minor snag
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A3
After almost 50 start-and-stop commands, dozens of engineering huddles and seven hours of working on the task, NASA has decided to leave a 115-foot solar wing on the international space station halfway retracted.
Taco Bell lettuce now suspected in E. coli outbreak
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A3
Federal authorities are focusing on shredded lettuce as the possible food source responsible for causing severe illnesses of 71 people who ate at Taco Bell restaurants in several states.
Democrat’s illness may put Senate balance in jeopardy
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A3
Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota was hospitalized with the symptoms of a stroke and underwent surgery Wednesday, weeks before his party is to take control of the Senate by a one-vote margin.
Royals banking on newcomer Meche
Uniform number will remind pitcher of $55 million pact
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C2
When Gil Meche was introduced Wednesday as the newest member of the Kansas City Royals, he slipped into a white jersey with blue numbers that are sure to remind him each day of the lofty expectations put on him.
People in the news
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Parade of storm troopers ¢ Aretha: The Musical ¢ Tribute to Diana planned
Office’ party is memorable
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A2
The exquisite agony of “The Office” (7 p.m., NBC) reaches a Christmas crescendo in tonight’s hour-long holiday episode, directed by Harold Ramis (“Groundhog Day”).
Clinton Place Apartments are close to being sold
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A7
A local, nonprofit affordable housing agency thinks it is close to finalizing a $1.35 million deal to purchase a troubled Lawrence apartment complex that provides subsidized housing for the elderly and disabled.
Lawrence resident giving series of recitals
December 14, 2006 in print edition on D2
Lynda Canaday, a soprano in Lawrence, will give three performances of a vocal recital titled “A Potpourri of Christmas Music.”
Diva’ poinsettias will thrive year-round if cared for properly
December 14, 2006 in print edition on D2
Ward Upham, horticulturist with Kansas State University Research and Extension, describes poinsettias as “the dependable diva of winter-blooming houseplants.”
Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt dead at 74
December 14, 2006
Lamar Hunt, the pro sports visionary who owned the Kansas City Chiefs and came up with the term “Super Bowl,” died Wednesday night. He was 74. Hunt, a founder of the American Football League and one of the driving forces behind the AFL-NFL merger, died at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas of complications from prostate cancer, Chiefs spokesman Bob Moore said.
Hotel offers free furniture
Holidome renovations prompt giveaway for students
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A12
The new owner of Lawrence’s biggest hotel is preparing to open an expanded sports bar, move in new furniture and install new exterior windows. But first things first: Dennis Hulsing still needs to give away nearly 200 rooms’ worth of furnishings, and he’s turning to college students for help.
Be sure your homeowners insurance can handle a party
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A12
If you’re the host of a holiday party this year and think your homeowners insurance provides enough coverage, think again.
Commodities
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A12
2 Lawrence businesses cited for food violations
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B3
Two Lawrence businesses have been found in violation of state food laws by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Public invited to today’s Jingle Bell fundraiser
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B3
Some will run. Some will walk. And most will be decked out in jingling bells and battery-powered lights.
Eudora man gets prison for purse snatching
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B3
A judge on Wednesday sentenced a Eudora man to 41 months in prison for snatching a purse earlier this year at a business on Sixth Street.
Director for health department hired
December 14, 2006
A new director has been hired for the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. Daniel L. Partridge, who has worked for 15 years at the Reno County Health Department, will begin his new duties Jan. 16, according to a news release issued Wednesday by the local health department’s board of directors.
Roberts leaving Senate Intelligence Committee
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B8
Sen. Kit Bond, of Missouri, was named vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday after fellow Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, of Kansas, announced he was leaving the panel.
Boyda gets Armed Services Committee seat
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B8
Newly elected Kansas Rep. Nancy Boyda was tapped Tuesday to serve on the House Armed Services Committee.
Grass-roots group hopes to bring full-time workers out of poverty
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B8
A single parent in Lawrence with two children, working full-time year-round at the minimum wage of $5.15 per hour, would earn just more than $10,000 - more than $6,000 below the federal poverty line.
Bush won’t be rushed on Iraq strategy
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A11
President Bush on Wednesday said the enemy in Iraq is “far from being defeated,” but he vowed not to be rushed into adjusting his strategy and gave little indication that he intends to veer sharply from the direction his war policies have taken.
At least 55 die in latest violence
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A11
A new round of car bombings and other violence struck Iraq on Wednesday, with 55 people killed or found dead.
Campaign to reduce smoking launched
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A10
The government teamed up with doctors, academics and a U.S.-based drug company Wednesday to announce a campaign to reduce the number of smokers in Mexico by more than 10 percent in three years.
Priest convicted in 1994 genocide
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A10
A Catholic priest was convicted Wednesday of participating in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide by ordering militiamen to set fire to a church and then bulldoze it while 2,000 people were huddled inside seeking safety.
Pope urged to address Holocaust denials
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A10
Israel’s prime minister asked Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday to urge Christians to protest Holocaust denials, Israeli government officials said.
Hunting of captive animals to be banned
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A10
The hunting of lions and other big cats bred in captivity purely to die at the barrel of a gun will be outlawed under legislation that comes into force next year, the government said Wednesday.
Hamas-Fatah violence escalates
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A10
Palestinian gunmen ambushed a Hamas commander outside a Gaza courthouse Wednesday, forcing him to his knees and killing him gangland-style in an attack that threatened to push Hamas and Fatah closer to civil war.
Bushmen regain land rights in Botswana
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A10
Botswana’s High Court ruled Wednesday that the country’s Bushmen are entitled to live and hunt on their ancestral lands in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, a decision hailed as a victory for indigenous peoples.
Fear of another ‘Ripper’ casts pall over English town
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A10
Fear gripped this provincial port Wednesday after the slayings of five prostitutes, as police hunted for a suspected serial killer and the city and some businesses offered a shuttle service for female workers.
For adults, flu shots beat inhaled vaccine
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A9
The first head-to-head comparison of the flu shot and the new FluMist inhalable vaccine found shots surprisingly more effective in adults.
Circumcisions linked to lower HIV risk
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A9
Circumcising adult men may reduce by half their risk of getting the AIDS virus through heterosexual intercourse, the U.S. government announced Wednesday, as it shut down two studies in Africa testing the link.
U.S. aims to defeat malaria worldwide
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A9
More than 50 years after health workers eradicated malaria in the United States, the Bush administration is launching an ambitious new attack on a disease that still claims more than 1 million victims annually worldwide.
Retiree health costs to keep increasing
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A9
Retirees who’ve been paying more for their steadily eroding health benefits can expect more of the same in the coming year. A national survey of 302 large private employers found that nearly two out of three will increase premiums for retirees in 2007. Others plan to increase drug co-payments and out-of-pocket costs.
Katrina housing ‘disaster’ angers judge
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A8
A federal judge called the Bush administration’s handling of a Hurricane Katrina housing program “a legal disaster” Wednesday and ordered officials to explain a computer system that can neither precisely count evacuees nor provide reasons why they were denied aid.
Tribe’s glass skywalk to offer bird’s-eye view of Grand Canyon
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A8
A struggling Indian tribe is hoping to change its fortunes by luring tourists out over the edge of the Grand Canyon on a glass-bottom observation deck 4,000 feet above the Colorado River.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B6
Retired general outlines Iraq withdrawal plan
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B6
A collapse of the Iraqi state would be catastrophic - for the people of Iraq, for the Middle East and for America’s strategic interests. We need a new political and military approach to head off this impending disaster - one crafted with bipartisan congressional support. But Baker-Hamilton isn’t it.
Starstruck reporters overlook Vilsack
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B6
Last week, during a washingtonpost.com chat, a reader in Orange, Calif., asked: “What about Vilsack? He’s an experienced governor/executive, wins as an underdog at the ballot box, after being ignored by the press. He’s Midwestern, he’s a centrist, and he isn’t Hillary Clinton. Are you not mentioning him in the MSM (mainstream media) because he hasn’t got the money of Hillary Clinton?”
Good riddance
Kofi Annan would do well to look inward at his ineffective 10-year tenure as United Nations secretary-general.
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B6
Opinions vary on whether Kofi Annan was taking pot shots at the United States and President George W. Bush in his address at the Truman Museum and Library in Independence, Mo., this week. Although a number of analysts said Annan, in a farewell address as secretary-general of the United Nations, was barbing America, he contends that was not his intention. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said.
Phone charges
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B7
Wake-up call
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B7
GOP hubris
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B7
Let Iraqis vote on U.S. exit
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B7
Now that the Iraq Study Group has handed in its term paper, now that we have stopped talking about “winning” and are waiting for the president to offer nothing new, may I suggest an exit strategy. Why not hold an election? Why not ask people to vote on whether American troops should stay or go?
Iverson situation draws criticism
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C4
Pat Croce counseled and coddled Allen Iverson, tried to trade him once, then watched the standout guard turn the slight into an MVP season and a trip to the NBA Finals.
Keegan: Hiring Ole Roy took guts
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C1
Those who hired Bill Self as the fifth successor to Phog Allen didn’t need a great deal in the way of either imagination or guts to pull the trigger. Self already had coached two schools into the Elite Eight, headed three Div. I programs and won 207 games.
Is it finally Marty’s turn?
Schottenheimer hoping to make first Super Bowl trip
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C6
Now, it’s all about Marty. From the minute the San Diego Chargers clinched the AFC West title Sunday, it had to have been in the back of everyone’s minds. While the Chargers are good enough to get to the Super Bowl behind LaDainian Tomlinson, Philip Rivers and Shawne Merriman, their coach, Marty Schottenheimer, is, to use a polite term, playoff challenged.
Salmonella sidelines Simien
December 14, 2006 in print edition on C3
Wayne Simien, who has missed the Miami Heat’s last 10 games, isn’t injured or in coach Pat Riley’s doghouse.
Raymond’ dad Peter Boyle dies at 71
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A2
Peter Boyle, the actor who transformed from an angry workingman in “Joe” to a tap-dancing monster in “Young Frankenstein” and finally the comically grouchy father on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” has died. He was 71.
KU piano student wins top prize
December 14, 2006 in print edition on D2
Sun-young Ju, a Kansas University doctoral candidate in piano performance, was recently awarded first prize in the Hays Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, which was Nov. 12 at the Fort Hays State University campus in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.
Insurance leader takes industry post
December 14, 2006 in print edition on A12
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, of Law-rence, is the new president-elect of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
Horoscopes
December 14, 2006 in print edition on B5