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Constitution Hall may remain open during winter months
Fight brews over Constitution Hall hours
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A1
A compromise is nearing completion that could allow Lecompton’s historic Constitution Hall to remain open a few days a week during the winter months.
Westbound K-10 shut down for accident
December 15, 2006
Accident right before 5 p.m.
City discusses methods of funding new library
December 15, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, city leaders release details about the cost of a new library, more about a helicopte monitoring two concerts early Friday morning, and Parks & Rec directer Fred DeVictor will retire.
Eight states contest Kansas coal plant plans
The Lawrence city commission has also filed a letter in opposition
December 15, 2006
The Lawrence city commission has also filed a letter in opposition.
Longtime city parks leader to retire
Fred DeVictor had been with City Hall since 1970
December 15, 2006
Fred DeVictor had been with City Hall since 1970.
Smith finds success in ‘Happyness’
December 15, 2006 in print edition on D7
“The Pursuit of Happyness” is the biography of a real guy named Christopher Gardner, whom Will Smith, charming and bright, embodies to the fingertips. As the film has it, Chris is (a) extremely likable, (b) a whiz with numbers and (c) a total loser.
Eragon’ a very draggin’ dragon tale
December 15, 2006 in print edition on D7
Fans of wunderkind author Christopher Paolini’s mystical “Inheritance” series should race to see the film version of the opening chapter, “Eragon.” It’ll be Era-gone in a week.
Sebelius to address university repairs
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday said she would make a proposal to address a backlog of $727 million worth of repairs at the state’s universities.
$1.2M OK’d for KU storm damage
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B1
State leaders on Thursday authorized spending $1.2 million to repair damage caused by the March storm that tore through the Kansas University campus.
Classroom honors spirit of pioneer in athletics
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B1
While most people will remember him as the first black man to play football for the Oklahoma Sooners, those who knew Prentice Gautt best say his contribution to life went far beyond athletics.
Driver injured in crash at Baldwin Junction
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Greeley woman was treated at a hospital and released after she was injured in a two-vehicle collision early Thursday at Baldwin Junction, 10 miles south of Lawrence.
Cat Tracker patient’s condition upgraded
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B1
The man injured in the Cat Tracker bus accident Nov. 18 has been upgraded to fair condition, officials at Kansas University Hospital said.
Roberts unlikely to support Brownback
Senator reportedly backing McCain, not fellow Kansan, in 2008
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B1
He may be Kansas’ favorite son, but Sen. Sam Brownback shouldn’t count on getting any support for his nascent White House bid from fellow Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.
Pilot program focuses on pregnancy health
State offers prenatal aid to drug, alcohol users
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A1
Holly Stidham is making a difference in the lives of women and their unborn children. For the past six months, Stidham has worked with pregnant women in Douglas County who are prone to using drugs and alcohol. She has been working with the women through the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services’ Health in Pregnancy program, which was founded in July in Lawrence.
Breast cancer drop follows reduced use of hormones
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A1
U.S. breast cancer rates plunged an unprecedented 7 percent in 2003, the year after millions of women stopped taking menopause hormones when a study showed the pills raise the risk of tumors.
It’s time to talk trafficway
Eastern route: 32nd or 42nd Street?
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A1
It was show-and-tell day for the controversial South Lawrence Trafficway. Federal regulators had an open house Thursday that attracted 140 people to look at placards and ask questions about two proposed routes for the uncompleted eastern leg of the trafficway.
Mom gets 60 days in infant death
Yearlong term shortened for testimony in dad’s trial
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A1
A judge on Thursday ordered a Lawrence woman to serve 60 days in jail for failing to protect her infant daughter from deadly abuse at the hands of the baby’s father. “Ms. Hendrickson understands fully that her baby paid the ultimate price,” said Kay Huff, defense attorney for 25-year-old Brandi Mae Hendrickson. “Society’s judgment is very harsh on mothers in Ms. Hendrickson’s position.”
Firebirds first at home meet
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C1
Before Thursday night’s boys 100-yard free, Julian Spangler lost count of which heat was up next. Considering his third heat was up in a matter of seconds, it wasn’t exactly ideal that Spangler was still in his warm-ups.
Jayhawks loosen up as tests wind down
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C1
Darnell Jackson peered over his shoulder as Kansas University basketball staffer Danny Manning prepared to hoist a three-pointer late Thursday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. “Brick!” Jackson, KU’s junior power forward, heckled as he strolled through the northwest tunnel toward the locker room.
Mayer: Big 12 will test Kansas
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C1
Are the current Kansas University basketball Jayhawks overcoached, undertaught, overrated or a combination of all this? To heck with any of these guys declaring early for professional ball; so far, none of them have even staked a hardcore claim to all-league status. Brandon Rush and Julian Wright were voted preseason players of the year for the Big 12. Rush was projected as a first-team All-American. Not yet for either of them, or anyone else on Bill Self’s roster.
This is My Condition opens up many avenues for one-man band
December 15, 2006 in print edition on D1
Musician Craig Comstock doesn’t have to worry about dealing with prima donna lead singers, irresponsible drummers or lazy guitarists. That’s because Comstock performs all those duties himself in his solo act dubbed This is My Condition.
Top of the ‘Tube
Lonelygirl and ‘Lazy Sunday’ among 2006 YouTube standouts
December 15, 2006 in print edition on D1
This is the year YouTube became culturally ubiquitous. Declared the invention of the year by Time magazine, the video sharing Web site had Ohio judges posting their weekly sentencing hearings and spawned countless explosive experiments involving Diet Coke and Mentos candies. YouTube provides a list of the most viewed videos, which remains the gauge upon which all clips are judged. Here, though, are the most significant YouTube videos of the year:
Leak’s legacy nears end
QB has been one constant in recent Florida history
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C6
In the beginning, there was a baby-faced quarterback from Charlotte, N.C., staring into a camera for an image ESPN2 beamed around the college-football world. He wore an East jersey as he stood on a sideline at San Antonio’s Alamodome during a national high-school football all-star game. He held a cap in his hands, out of camera’s view.
Mountaineers excited about shot at repeat
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C6
Once the season began, Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore mostly avoided talking about last year’s national championship run.
Lakers eager to add to title tradition
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C6
The players have changed. So have the coaches. But the tradition of contending for national championships continues at Grand Valley State. When the Lakers and Northwest Missouri State - both 14-0 - meet in the NCAA Division II championship game Saturday in Florence, Ala., it will be the fifth appearance for Grand Valley in the title game in the last six years.
Grand Valley duo leads Little All-America team
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C6
Cullen Finnerty and Eric Fowler are Grand Valley State’s All-American connection.
NFL Network freebie doesn’t apply locally
K-State fans may be ‘out of luck’ in hopes of watching bowl game on TV
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C6
The NFL has offered a free week of programming to two cable television operators, but the generosity could still leave many college football fans seething.
Chiefs will miss ‘visionary’ Hunt
Players remember founder
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C5
The mood was somber around Arrowhead Stadium. The death of Lamar Hunt came as no shock, but it was still difficult to imagine the Kansas City Chiefs without their humble and farsighted founder.
San Francisco stuns Seattle
Smith, Gore team up to deny Seahawks division-clinching victory
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C5
The setting was perfect for Alex Smith to fail: His team was trailing, it was cold and wet, and the crowd expected another Seahawks’ division title.
Memphis shines despite late lapses
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C4
Memphis coach John Calipari was a bit perplexed about the way his No. 19 Tigers lost concentration with a big lead.
Commentary: Where would NFL be without Hunt?
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C2
When I needed to interview Lamar Hunt in 1986 for a 20-year anniversary story on the NFL merger, I summoned all my investigative reporting skills to find him. I looked up his name in the Dallas phone book.
Red Sox reveal ‘national treasure’
Japanese ace Matsuzaka joins Boston pitching staff
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C2
The man with the $100 million arm is eager to add to Boston’s rich pitching history. Daisuke Matsuzaka’s $52 million, six-year contract was announced Thursday by the Boston Red Sox, who hope he will follow Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez as an ace on the Fenway Park mound.
Snagging a real estate deal in ‘O7
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C8
Home sales and price gains in most parts of the U.S. during 2007 aren’t expected to break any records, but there are already signs that the worst of the downturn that began about a year ago is over.
Hospice CEO named to national board
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C8
Judith Bellome, chief executive officer for Douglas County Visiting Nurses and Hospice Care, has been appointed to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice.
Architect advises preservation trust
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C8
K. Vance Kelley, a principal for Treanor Architects, Lawrence, has been elected to the Board of Advisors for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, an organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing America’s communities.
Chamber looks to the future
Board seeks input from 1,700 members for vision statement
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C8
Leaders of the city’s largest business organization are looking to complete their vision for guiding the community years into the future. And they’re asking the organization’s 1,700 members for ideas by the end of next week.
Commodities
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C8
Medication uses CyDex technology
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C8
A drug-delivery compound with origins at Kansas University now is being used in medicine for treating schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Take a look at SLT options
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A7
Here’s a look at some of the comparisons between the two proposed routes for the eastern leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway:
Nurse suspended in pregnant teen’s death
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A7
A nurse charged with criminal negligence in a drug mix-up that led to the death of a 16-year-old pregnant girl was suspended Thursday for nine months, the state nursing board said.
State issues $200M in debt certificates
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B2
Like many Kansas families, the state experiences cash flow problems this time of year.
Capitol restoration costs increasing
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B2
The cost to restore the Capitol continues to increase. State officials on Thursday were told the project will now cost $172.5 million, which is $10 million more than last year’s estimate and nearly $40 million more than when the project was originally proposed several years ago.
KHP helicopter helps downtown police patrol
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B2
A Kansas Highway Patrol helicopter was used Thursday night and early this morning to help law enforcement officers patrol Lawrence.
On the record
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B2
Ono’s driver jailed for alleged extortion attempt
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A3
A judge set bail at $500,000 Thursday for a chauffeur for Yoko Ono after a prosecutor said he tried to extort $2 million from John Lennon’s widow and “had people on standby waiting to kill” her.
Churchgoers mourn five slain prostitutes
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A3
Five slain prostitutes were mourned Thursday at a memorial service, and police identified one victim as a woman who told reporters days before her death that she was afraid of a suspected serial killer but needed money to support her heroin habit.
Lawmakers approve bill to legalize civil unions
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A3
Ordered by New Jersey’s highest court to offer marriage or its equivalent to gay couples, the Legislature voted Thursday to make New Jersey the third state to allow civil unions.
Fierce gunbattle breaks out between Hamas, Fatah at Gaza border
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A3
Hamas gunmen seized control of the Gaza Strip’s border crossing with Egypt on Thursday in a ferocious gunbattle with Fatah-allied border guards after Israel blocked the Hamas prime minister from crossing with tens of millions of dollars in aid.
Pelosi wants committee to oversee spy spending
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A3
Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi on Thursday recommended creating a House panel to closely examine U.S. spy agencies’ actions and spending, a step toward adopting all the proposals of the anti-terror Sept. 11 commission.
Senator in critical condition after emergency surgery
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A3
Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson remained in critical condition but was described as recovering and holding his wife’s hand Thursday after emergency overnight surgery to repair bleeding inside his brain.
Celebrities ripe for ridicule in 2006
December 15, 2006 in print edition on D8
The entertainment world in 2006 was enough to make you long for a more genteel time - when ladies only flashed a mere breast to the public, not their entire nether regions. When stars only offered befuddled looks and mussed hair after a DWI - not diatribes from “Mein Kampf.” And when you were acquitted of murder, you enjoyed your good luck in relative obscurity - you didn’t write about how you would have done it if you did it.
George Carlin slams politics, group-think, racism
December 15, 2006 in print edition on D5
As consistently profane, right-on-the-edge provocative and sometimes offensive as he has been over his four-decades-plus career, it still wouldn’t be paradoxical to call George Carlin a class act.
Georgia Board of Education upholds its decision to allow Harry Potter books
December 15, 2006 in print edition on D4
Georgia Board of Education The Georgia Board of Education voted Thursday to uphold a local school board’s decision to leave Harry Potter books on library shelves despite a mother’s objections.
Record Review: Taylor Hicks bares his soul
December 15, 2006 in print edition on D6
Why did Taylor Hicks win “American Idol”? Well, it wasn’t just his soulful voice or Clooney-esque silver hair. It was his unbridled, passionate delivery and goofy charm (plus those rhythm-less dance moves, of course).
News of the Weird
December 15, 2006 in print edition on D2
Taxes due Wednesday
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B3
The deadline for paying at least half of Douglas County real estate and personal property taxes is Dec. 20.
Vandals strike at both Baskin-Robbins stores
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B3
Both Lawrence Baskin-Robbins ice cream shops have been vandalized.
Astronauts rewire part of international space station
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A8
Two NASA astronauts-turned-electricians ventured outside the international space station Thursday to successfully rewire half of the outpost’s power grid.
Lawrence motorcyclist injured in Lenexa
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B3
A 21-year-old Lawrence man was injured in a motorcycle accident about noon Thursday on Kansas Highway 10 in Lenexa.
Death penalty opponents outraged by long execution
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A8
Defense attorneys and death penalty opponents were outraged Thursday over an execution in which the condemned man took more than half an hour to die, needed a rare second dose of lethal chemicals and appeared to grimace in his final moments.
Actors compete against selves for Golden Globes
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A2
Clint Eastwood’s competing against himself. So is Leonardo DiCaprio. Toni Collette is up for two awards, for both film and TV. So are Chiwetel Ejiofor, Emily Blunt and Helen Mirren. Borat, or the actor who played him, may be allowed to give an acceptance speech - probably censored for TV.
Christmas episodes harder to find
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A2
Christmas is 10 days away, but don’t go looking for many more Christmas episodes of ongoing series. On tonight’s “Las Vegas” (8 p.m., NBC), Ed forces everybody to play Secret Santa, Danny discovers that his car has been stolen on Christmas Eve and Delinda plans her first Christmas with Danny.
Fort Riley woman sentenced for stealing from deployed soldier
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B5
A Fort Riley woman must pay $35,000 in restitution and serve eight years’ probation for stealing from an Army sergeant friend who was deployed to Iraq.
Cat caught on camera confirmed as cougar
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B5
Mountain lions appear to be gaining ground in Missouri. The Missouri Mountain Lion Response Team this week confirmed the ninth and 10th of the big cats to be verified in the state since 1994. “It’ll make you think about those noises in the woods that everyone assumes are just rabbits,” said Joe Neis, of Chillicothe, who set up a digital camera that photographed a cougar on Dec. 7 in Livingston County.
University expects higher pay needed for next leader
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B5
Some curators and lawmakers agreed Thursday that it will be tough to replace University of Missouri President Elson Floyd - and that his successor won’t come cheap.
Fire chief cleared of cigarette theft
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B8
Goodland Fire Chief Scott Gilmer has returned to work after jurors found him not guilty of trying to steal cigarettes from the wreckage of an overturned tractor-trailer.
Polygamist leader pleads not guilty
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A5
A polygamist church leader accused of forcing a 14-year-old girl to marry and have sex with an older cousin in 2001 was ordered Thursday to stand trial.
Weather stops team from rescue attempt
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A5
Rescue workers searching for three lost climbers on Oregon’s highest peak confronted stormy weather again Thursday and planned to search lower elevations in hopes that some climbers had managed to descend that far.
TV, radio, Internet use increases in U.S.
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A5
Americans spend more time watching TV, listening to the radio, surfing the Internet and reading newspapers than anything else except breathing. In fact, media use has risen every year since the start of the decade, helped by faster and easier ways to get information and entertainment, according to statistics in a new government report.
Army chief says more troops, reserves needed
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A4
The Army’s top general warned on Thursday that his force “will break” without thousands more active duty troops and greater use of the reserves. He issued the warning as President Bush considers new strategies for Iraq.
Kidnappings brazenly carried out in Baghdad
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A4
Hardly a soul stirred on Thursday afternoon inside the warren of narrow dark alleys and side streets in Sanak, one of the capital’s busiest commercial districts. Shop after shop remained closed, their steel doors sealed with thick padlocks. Empty stalls, flanked by apartments filled with cowering residents, served as a silent coda to what had unfolded two hours earlier.
Bush rejecting Iraq report
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B7
In politics, you can win by losing - and lose by winning. The Bush administration is winning the battle to beat back the Baker-Hamilton commission. But what does that bode for Iraq? And for the 2008 elections?
Report says there was no plot to kill Princess Diana
December 15, 2006 in print edition on A2
Princess Diana wasn’t engaged, wasn’t pregnant, wasn’t murdered and probably would’ve survived the spectacular Paris car crash that claimed her life had she been wearing her seat belt, according to an 833-page report released Thursday.
A peace pledge for Muslims
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B7
Loyalty oaths in America have their roots in the Civil War era, but in the ‘50s, they were an ugly product of the “Red Scare.” Some people, including university professors, were asked to sign them as testimony to their not being a communist, or a communist sympathizer.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B6
Ornament theft
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: This letter to the editor is actually to the person(s) who stole the Christmas lawn ornaments from 3920 Monterey Court during the night on Dec. 11. You may have taken three lighted deer, but you cannot take away the spirit of Christmas.
Refugee crisis growing in Iraq
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B6
Several weeks ago, I wrote about an Iraqi Christian friend who fled his home for neighboring Jordan. He and his family feared for their lives in a civil war atmosphere in which civilians were being pulled out of cars and shot on neighborhood streets.
Time is right for Obama candidacy
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B6
New Hampshire was recently brightened by the presence of Barack Obama, 45, who, calling the fuss about him “baffling,” made his first trip in 45 years to that state, and not under duress. Because he is young, is just two years distant from a brief career as a state legislator and has negligible national security experience, an Obama presidential candidacy could have a porcelain brittleness. But if he wants to be president - it will not be a moral failing if he decides that he does not, at least not now - this is the time for him to reach for the brass ring. There are four reasons why.
The returnees
Military people called up for duty deserve a better welcome home than they receive from some employers.
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B6
The lead paragraph in a recent USA Today story reveals a disgusting situation that should be remedied immediately. The item: “The annual number of reservists and National Guard members who say they have been reassigned, lost benefits or been fired from civilian jobs after returning from duty has increased by about 30 percent since 2002.”
Horoscopes
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B4
Donations sought for Christmas meal
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B1
An annual Christmas tradition in Lawrence is in need of donations.
Lions stumble in conference opener
6-foot-1 Robers notches 18 against Lawrence High
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C1
An inability to stop the Shawnee Mission Northwest High offense cost the Lawrence High girls basketball team its first Sunflower League game, 65-59, at LHS gymnasium Thursday night.
In Hunt, NFL lost a titan
League mourns loss of Chiefs’ owner to cancer
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C1
The NFL is losing its titans, one by one. People around the league Thursday were mourning Lamar Hunt, the 74-year-old founder and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs who died Wednesday night at a Dallas hospital of complications from prostate cancer.
Bulldog mentality
Butler’s ‘little guys’ defying odds with surprising start
December 15, 2006 in print edition on C4
The players come from towns as small as 200, cities as big as Philadelphia. Most were told they weren’t tall enough, fast enough or athletic enough to play big-time college basketball.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 15, 2006 in print edition on B6