Archive for Saturday, December 16, 2006

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Two two-car accidents at same intersection
At least two people sent to hospital
December 16, 2006
Two people sent to hospital.
2 arrested downtown for gun violations
Highway Patrol sends helicopter to aid in searches
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B1
As a Kansas Highway Patrol helicopter patrolled from the air, Lawrence police on Friday seized two semi-automatic guns from a vehicle downtown and arrested two Kansas City, Mo., men on gun violations.
Director of Parks & Rec to retire
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B1
Fred DeVictor soon will have more time to spend enjoying the multitude of parks and facilities that he oversees as the city’s director of Parks and Recreation.
Ceremony honors police officers for heroic efforts
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B1
They ran into the fire to save lives. Five Lawrence police officers received the Medal of Valor, the department’s highest award, Friday night for their efforts to save residents of burning buildings.
KU issues alert for reported rape attempt
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kansas University Public Safety officers issued a crime alert Friday evening after an early morning report of an attempted rape near Snow Hall.
Lawrence man injured in wreck on K-10
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence man was injured and flown to the Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday evening after a one-vehicle rollover accident on Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence.
Simons: University requests for maintenance funds deserve scrutiny
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B1
One of the major issues facing Kansas legislators when they gather in Topeka in early January to begin the 2007 legislative session will be how to fund the many requests by various educational entities. K-12 advocates will be pressing to see how lawmakers fund the multi-year school-funding package mandated by the courts and crafted by the 2006 Legislature. Spokesmen for the state’s Kansas Board of Regents universities will have a lengthy list of needs. Included in their list is money not only for faculty salaries but also for more than $700 million to get neglected facilities on the various campuses back up to par.
Eight states weigh in against new coal plants
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A1
Eight state attorneys general on Friday asked Kansas to reject Sunflower Electric Power Corp.’s proposal to build three coal-fired plants in western Kansas, saying carbon dioxide emissions from the project would contribute to destructive climate change. “We encourage Kansas to explore alternatives that will allow Kansas to satisfy its needs for energy without exacerbating global warming,” the officials said in a letter to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Property, sales tax numbers crunched
$30M project would add more than 4 mills, or .15 percent in sales tax
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A1
Talk of a new city sales tax may re-emerge after city commissioners were told a proposed $30 million library would require at least a 4 mill property tax increase.
Vicious killers’ or no criminal threat?
Detainees transferred to home countries for continued imprisonment often set free
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A1
The Pentagon called them “among the most dangerous, best-trained, vicious killers on the face of the earth,” sweeping them up after Sept. 11 and hauling them in chains to a U.S. military prison in southeastern Cuba. Since then, hundreds of the men have been transferred from Guantanamo Bay to other countries, many of them for “continued detention.” And then set free.
Two state crowns to be bestowed
Miss Kansas USA, teen winners will be chosen Sunday at Lied Center
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A1
Lawrence will be the Miss USA pageant capital of the state this weekend and home to two competitions. For the 74 contestants who arrived Friday afternoon in Lawrence, John Vannatta had some welcoming words of wisdom: Don’t tell people what they want to hear. Stand out in the crowd and embrace your differences with other contestants.
Why are there different stories of Jesus’ birth?
December 16, 2006 in print edition on D1
Faith Forum.
Cultural spin
Traditional holiday game has roots in study of faith
December 16, 2006 in print edition on D1
Noah Kenn hopes to spin his way to a sugar high this week. He’ll be playing dreidel - a traditional Jewish game played during Hanukkah - and trying to win gelt, which are chocolate coins.
Author republishing book on values
December 16, 2006 in print edition on D1
When Donna Osness thinks about the gifts she can give her children and grandchildren for Christmas, her mind doesn’t automatically go to the kind of presents that can be wrapped up in a box.
Nothing junior about Kansas jucos
Jayhawk Conference annually grooms its fair share of football talent
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C1
Small-town Kansas probably was the farthest thing from Kendrick Harper’s mind just two years ago. Ready to play football for Division I-AA Gardner-Webb University out of high school, Harper thought twice after a buddy from his hometown of Hartwell, Ga., signed on at Butler Community College in El Dorado.
Big 12, Pac-10 ready to do battle
Conferences will square off in Challenge format next season
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C1
There will be a Big 12/Pac-10 men’s basketball challenge next season. “It’s going to happen,” Big 12 associate commissioner John Underwood told the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman. Though details for the annual event have not been finalized, the Challenge is expected to be similar to the one between teams from the ACC and Big Ten Conference.
DeBerry flies AFA coop
Longtime coach abruptly quits after three straight losing seasons
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C10
Fisher DeBerry dumped a box of belongings from his office into his SUV and drove off slowly with wife LuAnn, leaving behind the campus he loved along with a lot of unanswered questions.
Four Buckeyes mull early jump to NFL
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C10
Four of Ohio State’s top underclassmen on offense are considering leaving school early to enter the NFL draft.
Dealer queried by OU
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C10
The University of Oklahoma asked an attorney for a Norman car dealership to provide a list of players who used vehicles from the dealership during an investigation that resulted in the dismissal of two players from the school’s football team.
Mora says he was kidding
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C9
Jim Mora insisted Friday that he was trying to be funny when he said he would leave Atlanta to coach the University of Washington football team.
Hunt memorial service tuesday
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C9
A memorial service for Kansas City Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt was set for Tuesday in this Kansas City suburb.
Chiefs must carry on without Lamar Hunt
Plans to honor Kansas City team’s owner at stadium will be discussed
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C9
For the first time since Lamar Hunt founded the Kansas City Chiefs 47 years ago, they’re about to do something he asked them not to do.
NFL Network rejects cable proposals
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C9
The NFL Network has rejected two proposals from Time Warner Cable that would have allowed New York area viewers to see a much-anticipated college football game between Rutgers and Kansas State.
Board bounty not enough
Rebounds can’t save Seabury; visiting Crest notches sweep
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C7
Melissa Burch and Molly Thurman couldn’t help but flash quick grins after the type of rebounding night the Seabury Academy duo had against Crest. But the grins disappeared just as quickly Friday night after recalling their 43-31 loss to the school from Colony.
Eagles taking their lumps
Inexperienced Veritas boys squad falls to 0-4 as Wichita Christian earns sweep
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C7
Veritas Christian owns a strong basketball tradition, but this season’s boys squad still is searching for its first win after falling 82-38 to Wichita Christian on Friday night at the Eudora Community Learning Center.
LHS wrestlers win tourney
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C6
Lawrence High’s wrestling squad went 5-0 on Friday at the Kaw Valley duals.
Ohio State, Cincinnati to resume rivalry today
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C5
Ohio State and Cincinnati are finally getting back together on the basketball court.
Ducks keep right on rolling
Oregon rips short-handed Eastern Washington
December 16, 2006
Oregon’s defense didn’t get a chance to test itself against one of the premier scorers in the nation, but the way the 22nd-ranked Ducks played on offense, it’s hard to imagine it would have made much of a difference.
K-State women rout Broncos
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C5
Marlies Gipson tied a career high with 18 points to lead Kansas State to a 76-52 victory over Santa Clara on Friday night.
Memphis forward Gasol plays first game of year
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C4
Memphis forward Pau Gasol was in the starting lineup for the Grizzlies’ game against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night, his first action since breaking his left foot in the world championships.
Raptors forward Bosh shelved by knee injury
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C4
Raptors forward Chris Bosh missed Toronto’s game against New Jersey on Friday and will be sidelined indefinitely because of an injured left knee.
Jays’ Wells hits jackpot
Center fielder agrees on $126 million deal
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C2
All-Star center fielder Vernon Wells and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed Friday night to a $126 million, seven-year contract extension through 2014, the sixth-largest deal in baseball history.
Commentary: Despite his talent, Iverson would be a disaster
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C4
Allen Iverson is a great basketball showman. He’s not a great basketball player.
Doctor says senator making progress
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A4
Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson, whose emergency brain surgery earlier this week raised the prospect of a shift in power in the Senate, showed signs of recovery on Friday, his office reported.
Man loses suit against Vioxx maker Merck
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A3
Merck & Co. won its second Vioxx trial in less than a week Friday when jurors in Birmingham rejected the claims of a man who blamed the once-popular pain medication for a heart attack in 2001.
Ex-publisher gets 15 months in porn case
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A3
Former Newsday Publisher Robert Johnson was sentenced Friday to 15 months in prison, three years of supervised release, continued sexual offender treatment and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine after pleading guilty to charges of possession of child pornography and obstruction of justice.
Military plane finds no sign of climbers
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A3
A National Guard C-130 circled Mount Hood on Friday in search of three missing mountaineers, but struck out, its commander said.
Combative to the end, Rumsfeld receives big Pentagon sendoff
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A3
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, the public face of an unpopular war, bid farewell to the Pentagon on Friday in a splashy sendoff featuring lavish praise from President Bush. Rumsfeld defended to the end the mission that led to his ouster.
Windstorm knocks out power, kills at least six
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A3
The worst windstorm in more than a decade tore through the Pacific Northwest, leaving more than a million people without power Friday and killing at least six.
Fla. governor suspends executions after botched injection
California judge declares method unconstitutional
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A3
Gov. Jeb Bush suspended all executions in Florida after a medical examiner said Friday that prison officials botched the insertion of the needles when a convicted killer was put to death earlier this week.
Lawrence Datebook
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B2
On the record
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B2
Annual luminaria display to light up neighborhood
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B2
Tradition will brighten the streets again Sunday night from the Indian Hills Neighborhood in southern Lawrence. The annual luminaria display started in 1984 and involves neighbors putting sacks and candles in their yards.
Classics keep viewers glued
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A2
Christmas specials are the gifts that keep on giving. In the week ending Dec. 10, four vintage holiday treats ranked in the top-30 most-watched shows, including “Rudolph” (No. 12); “Frosty” (No. 15); “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” (No. 21) and “Frosty Returns” (No. 25). To put that into perspective, the least of these decades-old reruns did better than a repeat of a recent “Grey’s Anatomy” (No. 24).
People in the news
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Brady and Moynahan break up after dating for 3 years ¢ Anna Nicole Smith in court over late husband’s estate ¢ Prince William gets his army commission ¢ Natalee Holloway’s parents sue former suspects in case ¢ Jolie says she and Pitt likely will adopt their next child
Newspaper’s executive editor set to retire
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A5
Tom Fiedler, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald executive editor who sparked an outcry in the city’s Cuban exile community by referring to critics of the paper as “Chihuahuas,” will retire at the end of February, the newspaper said Friday.
Brain drain’ threatens to take hold in New Orleans
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A4
It wasn’t the flooding that drove Dr. David Jones out of New Orleans for good. His house in the Lakeview neighborhood stayed dry. Instead, it was the way Hurricane Katrina eroded the orthopedic surgeon’s practice.
Would-be ‘If I Did It’ publisher is fired
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A5
O.J. Simpson’s would-be publisher, Judith Regan, was fired Friday, her sensational, scandalous tenure at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. ending with the tersest of announcements.
Bush stance on Cheney pregnancy explained
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A5
Although he recently expressed confidence that Mary Cheney will make a loving parent, President Bush continues to believe it is best that a child is raised by a man and woman married to each other, the president’s spokesman said Friday.
Son not allowed to attend father’s funeral
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A5
A former soccer star accused of killing his father will not be allowed out of jail to attend a memorial service today, a judge decided Friday.
Charges in caged children case reduced
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A5
A couple accused of forcing some of their 11 special-needs adoptive children to sleep in cages got some good news Friday.
Advisers recommend limiting antibiotic’s use
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A5
Benefits of an antibiotic linked to rare reports of severe liver problems, including several deaths, outweigh its risks in treating pneumonia but not less serious bacterial infections like bronchitis and sinusitis, federal health advisers said Friday.
Salvation Army short of ‘Red Kettle’ goal
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B3
With one week left in its annual “Red Kettle” campaign, the Salvation Army is on pace to come up short of its goal of raising $100,000.
Housing authority purchases apartments
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B3
A troubled apartment complex that serves low-income seniors and disabled adults has been purchased by the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority.
Prosecutors won’t appeal Wittig resentencing decision
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B8
Federal prosecutors say they won’t challenge a 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that ordered former Westar Energy chief David Wittig be resentenced after it set aside his five-year prison sentence in a loan case.
Japan brings back patriotic education
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A10
Japan’s conservative government revised the country’s central education law Friday to require schools to encourage patriotism in the classroom and upgraded the Defense Agency to a full ministry for the first time since World War II.
Turnout heavy in local council elections
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A10
Iranians turned out in heavy numbers Friday for local council elections that could be a gauge of popular dissatisfaction with hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and liberals’ potential to rebuild their suppressed movement.
Key witness denies involvement in poisoning
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A10
A key witness in the radiation death of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko denied involvement in the poisoning Friday, saying he is being unjustly accused in the media.
Prostitute killer may have drugged women, forensic psychologists say
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A10
Their naked corpses showed no signs of struggle, raising questions of whether a suspected serial killer may have drugged the five young women - all addicts and prostitutes - before killing them and dumping their bodies on the outskirts of an English port town.
Hamas: Fatah tried to assassinate Palestinian leader
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A10
As Palestinian street clashes spread Friday from Gaza to Ramallah, Hamas accused loyalists of President Mahmoud Abbas of trying to assassinate Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh during a chaotic shootout Thursday at a border crossing with Egypt.
Wii’s controller straps need to be replaced
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B4
The reception of Nintendo’s Wii video game console has been enthusiastic - too enthusiastic, apparently, for the straps that are supposed to keep the game controllers in the hands of players.
Inflation under control last month, report says
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B4
Inflation stayed docile for a third straight month in November, helped by falling energy prices and lower costs for everything from new cars and airline tickets to food and clothing.
Kansans warned about ‘secret shopper’ scam
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B4
Attorney General Phill Kline warned Kansans on Friday about an alleged scam believed to lure victims through a classified ad seeking secret shoppers.
Union offers to return 200 workers
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B4
Union officials said Friday some of its striking members are willing to cross the picket line at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plant to build Humvee tires for the military, but only if the company pulls its temporary workers first.
Commodities
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B4
Mayor takes homeless to ‘Happyness’
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A7
Inspired by his father, who was homeless for a time as a teenager, Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield tried to raise the hopes of a group of homeless people by taking them to see a new movie that tells a rags-to-riches story.
Atlanta Zoo names panda cub ‘Mei Lan’
Name was winner in online poll of 10 choices, means ‘Atlanta Beauty’
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A7
Children sang and performers put on a lively dance Friday as Zoo Atlanta unveiled the name of the nation’s newest panda cub - Mei Lan, a 12-pound ball of adorableness too young to attend the hoopla.
FAA issues first space tourism rules
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A6
Thrill-seekers looking to blast into space would need to be informed in writing of serious risks and promise not to sue the government under the first rules for commercial space travel.
NASA ponders how to fix solar array after exercise fails
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A6
NASA asked an astronaut aboard the international space station to exercise vigorously Friday, hoping the rapid movement would jostle a half-retracted solar wing that refuses to fold up properly.
Pentagon plans to move brigade into Kuwait in step toward surge of troops
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A11
The U.S. military is planning to move a brigade of troops into Kuwait in what could be the first step of a short-term surge of American forces into Iraq to stabilize the violence.
Scouting news
December 16, 2006 in print edition on D5
4-H and FCE news
December 16, 2006 in print edition on D5
Club news
December 16, 2006 in print edition on D3
Military news
December 16, 2006 in print edition on D3
Faith briefs
December 16, 2006 in print edition on D8
Be vigilant against risks to pets during holidays
December 16, 2006 in print edition on D8
Rover dressed up as Rudolph is cute; Miss Kitty tangled in tinsel can be tragic. (A big bow? Also a no-go.) Over the holidays, seemingly benign decorations and festivities can be dangerous to dogs and cats. Here are five tips to safeguard your four-legged friends for Christmas.
Horoscopes
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B5
Talk to Iran
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B7
Extend holiday
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B6
Insulting vote
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B6
Helping hands
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B6
Around and about
December 16, 2006 in print edition on D3
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B6
Divisive image haunts Clinton candidacy
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B6
Dallas businessman Dick Collins and his rich Republican friends figure to have a lot of fun with their Web site bashing Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Bragging rights
Kansans should celebrate the important role all of the state’s universities play in the higher education system.
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B6
“The truth of the matter is, the governor likes Kansas University better than she likes Kansas State University.”
Everyone’s rights affect our own
December 16, 2006 in print edition on B6
This is for a reader who demands to know why I write about gay issues. His conclusion is that I must secretly be gay myself. Actually, he doesn’t express himself quite that civilly. To the contrary, his e-mails - which, until recently, were arriving at the rate of about one a week - evince a juvenility that would embarrass a reasonably intelligent fifth-grader. The most recent one, for example, carried a salutation reading, “Hi Mrs. Pitts.”
Lawmakers in Cuba for three days of talks
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A10
The largest U.S. congressional delegation in years arrived in Havana on Friday to push for an end to four decades of hostility between Cuba and the United States.
3 U.S. troops killed in fighting
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A11
Three more U.S. troops died in fighting this week, the military said Friday, raising to 54 the number of Americans killed in Iraq in December - nearly half of them in Anbar province.
Cool in the clutch
Padia’s free throws seal LHS victory
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C1
Nathan Padia didn’t demand the basketball, but he didn’t have to beg for it, either. “He was our first option,” Lawrence High boys coach Chris Davis said. “I wanted a senior at the line right then.” Padia, a 6-foot-5 senior, nailed a pair of free throws with four seconds remaining to seal a 65-62 victory over Shawnee Mission Northwest on Friday night in the LHS gym.
Cowboys respect, but don’t fear Alabama
Independence Bowl foes enter with 6-6 records; Gundy wary of overconfidence
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C10
Perhaps it’s the best potential bulletin-board material that could be expected from a player on a 6-6 football team.
Who you calling a Mzungu?
Runner takes taunts in stride during 10K race in Kenya - and finishes
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C8
Six minutes before the starting gun, my bus was still rumbling through northwest Kenya, and I was sucking exhaust through a window that wouldn’t close.
Hornets owner pledges New Orleans commitment
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C4
Hornets owner George Shinn is now leaning toward playing a full home schedule in New Orleans, backing away from the idea of asking the NBA’s permission to play some home games in Oklahoma City next season.
Commentary: Hunt shelved ego for good of game
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C2
America has lost its last great sportsman.
New book claims Ali was first rapper
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A2
“Float like a butterfly/ Sting like a bee/ Your hands can’t hit/ What your eyes can’t see.”
Professionals decking the halls for those who can afford it
December 16, 2006 in print edition on A7
Most Americans who adorn their homes for the holidays still wrestle with extension cords and balance on ladders to put up wreaths, icicle lights and Santa figurines.
Society calendar
December 16, 2006 in print edition on D5
Harrison happy to lend helping hand
Free State forward goes on the offensive in 20-point triumph
December 16, 2006 in print edition on C6
With Free State High’s Jenna Brantley nursing an injured ankle, the Topeka High girls basketball team focused its containment Friday night on Lauren Kimball.