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Miss Kansas competitors take the stage
December 17, 2006 in print edition on B1
Miss Douglas County Trisha Tyree, Eudora, and Miss Tonganoxie Amber DeGraeve took turns walking in circles and practicing posing backstage at the Lied Center. They were making final preparations less than half an hour before the opening number of the Miss Kansas USA and Miss Kansas Teen USA pageants Saturday. “These girls already know how to walk. They know how to smile. This is just working off the nervous energy of going out there and doing it,” said Scott Voorhees, spokesman for pageant producer Vanbros and Associates Inc.
Raids may change meat industry
Experts say continued crackdowns could affect wages, cattle prices
December 17, 2006 in print edition on B1
This week’s immigration raids on meatpacking plants in six states could fundamentally change the industry if crackdowns spread to other slaughterhouses, potentially forcing companies to pay higher wages and raising the price of meat for consumers, industry experts said. Others see the current emphasis on enforcement in the meatpacking industry as the precursor to getting an immigration bill through Congress by demonstrating the government’s capability of enforcing laws at work sites.
Despite excellence award, Southwest fails assessment test
December 17, 2006 in print edition on A1
Southwest Junior High School students’ parents might find themselves scratching their heads if they look at the latest state assessment results, which were recently released. On one hand, Southwest looks really good. It was one of only two Lawrence junior high schools to get a state “Standard of Excellence” rating for reading in grades seven and eight on the test.
National reports reveal good, bad in city’s rental market
December 17, 2006 in print edition on A1
Welcome to the Jekyll and Hyde show known as the Lawrence rental market. Two national reports released last week showed both the smiling and ugly faces of the city’s rental market, with one national apartment Web site ranking Lawrence as the fourth best city in the country for renters. A Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group, however, also released data that showed Lawrence was one of the lesser-affordable rental markets in the state.
Man kills 5 before fatally shooting self
8-year-old boy hospitalized with life-threatening injuries
December 17, 2006 in print edition on A1
A man killed five people, including three of his children, before fatally shooting himself Saturday, and a fourth child has life-threatening wounds, police said.
Mapping gets to bottom of state’s shrinking lakes
Project uses echo sounding to gauge depth of sediment
December 17, 2006 in print edition on A1
Kansas is gaining ground, and not in a good way. The state’s lakes and reservoirs are filling in with sediment, sometimes at alarming rates, and that could mean hundreds of millions of dollars in dredging costs. The Kansas Biological Survey at Kansas University has been hired as part of a $60,000 pilot project by the Kansas Water Office to determine the scope of the problem, using a high-tech echo sounding system to measure the depth of lakes and the amount of sedimentation.
K-State’s Walker to debut
Self, Arthur impressed with highly touted ‘Cat
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C1
Bill Walker doesn’t know how high he can sky. “I won’t get it measured. I want it to be a secret,” Kansas State University’s physically gifted freshman guard/small forward said of his vertical leap, which - legend has it - compares favorably to that of LeBron James today and Michael Jordan in his prime.
Keegan: KU, WSU should meet
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C1
The best place to put the over-under on when one of the callers to Bill Self’s weekly radio show will ask the question that’s asked every week is about nine minutes. The coach gives his answer, which is really a waste of time because no answer can make the question disappear. Why won’t Kansas University play Wichita State in basketball?
Wildlife and Parks completes stocking
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C12
Wildlife and Parks has completed its annual stocking of fish raised in state hatcheries at Farlington, Meade, Milford and Pratt.
Commission chair moving to Oklahoma
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C12
James Harrington of Liberal has resigned from the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission. Harrington had served on the commission since 2001, and was appointed chair by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius last July.
Technology advances ice fishing
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C12
Ice angling, like open-water fishing, has changed dramatically over the years. Technology has brought depth finders, underwater video cameras, portable ice fishing houses - even fancy mobile homes on ice. And gizmos.
State turtle
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C12
In early October, two Haven men caught a state-record snapping turtle on the Arkansas River near their hometown.
Hunter Safety System a nice gift
Rangefinder, moving decoy also on some hunters’ wish lists
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C12
If you spend any time hunting from a tree stand - or someone on your Christmas list does - you might want to consider an innovation called the Hunter Safety System.
Georgia serves national notice
Bulldogs treat TV audience to upset of No. 16 Gonzaga
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C10
Georgia’s goal on Saturday, as voiced by coach Dennis Felton in his pregame speech, was to “wake folks up” about his team’s potential. Consider Gonzaga painfully awake.
Double dose of trouble
Tucker, Butch team up to lead Badgers past Pitt
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C10
Alando Tucker looked for Pittsburgh to finally send a second man to try to guard him. Brian Butch was the reason the Panthers never did. Tucker had 32 points and 10 rebounds, and Butch added a career-high 27 points and had 11 rebounds as No. 7 Wisconsin beat No. 2 Pittsburgh 89-75 on Saturday, snapping the Panthers’ 21-game nonconference winning streak.
Aggies happy at home
Texas A&M continues winning ways at Reed Arena
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C9
Texas A&M is making Reed Arena a tough place to visit. Josh Carter scored 16 points, and Acie Law and Antanas Kavaliauskas had 15 apiece to help the No. 13 Aggies roll to a 97-58 victory over Jacksonville on Saturday night.
Lakers add to title loot
Grand Valley St. wins fourth championship in five years
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C8
Cullen Finnerty closed his college career with yet another championship. He led Grand Valley State to its second straight Division II national title Saturday, running for 115 yards and passing for 225 to with a 17-14 victory over Northwest Missouri State.
Miami AD sheds light on coaching search
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C8
Everybody from Steve Spurrier to Rich Rodriguez to Butch Davis was rumored to be taking the University of Miami coaching job the past month. But who actually was considered before defensive coordinator Randy Shannon was promoted last week?
Comment stings Chargers
San Diego takes exception to Hali’s ‘finesse’ label
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C7
As insults go, the San Diego Chargers consider it among the worst. Eight weeks ago, after the Kansas City Chiefs held off the mistake-prone Chargers 30-27 at Arrowhead Stadium, rookie defensive end Tamba Hali called San Diego “a finesse team.”
Cowboys win shootout in Atlanta
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C6
Michael Vick and Morten Andersen set their records. Terrell Owens and the Dallas Cowboys, meanwhile, snared something more important - a crucial victory. Owens hauled in a couple of touchdown passes, Marion Barber scored on two punishing runs and the Cowboys protected their NFC East lead with a 38-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night.
Johnson not responsible for shooting, lawyer says
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C5
Chicago Bears nose tackle Tank Johnson, already facing weapons charges after a raid on his home, is not responsible for the deadly shooting of his friend inside a nightclub, the player’s lawyer said Saturday.
Panthers’ Delhomme doubtful against Steelers
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C5
Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme is doubtful for today’s game against Pittsburgh because of ligament damage in his right thumb, meaning Chris Weinke most likely will make his second straight start.
Commentary: Parity in NFL not always fun
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C5
Anybody can win. That’s the beauty of the NFL. At least that’s the party line. Or the parity line, since that’s what we’re talking about.
Brawl mars Knicks-Nuggets game
Ten players thrown out near end of contest
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C4
The NBA has another ugly scene to recover from. This one involved its leading scorer and happened in its most famous arena.
Huskers NCAA volleyball champs
Nebraska stings Stanford, 3-1, in championship match
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C2
Sarah Pavan and Jordan Larson led Nebraska to the NCAA women’s volleyball title Saturday night, combining for 41 kills in the Cornhuskers’ 27-30, 30-26, 30-28, 30-27 victory over Stanford.
Citizens of new digital democracy named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’
December 17, 2006 in print edition on A4
Congratulations! You are the Time magazine “Person of the Year.”
Low-fat diets may prevent breast cancer return for some women
December 17, 2006 in print edition on A4
The first experiment ever to show that low-fat diets could help prevent a return of breast cancer now reveals, with longer follow-up, that the benefit was almost exclusively to women whose tumor growth was not driven by hormones.
Hospital closes units after bacteria infects 7
December 17, 2006 in print edition on A3
Blame the laryngoscope blade.
Activists march in streets to protest police shooting
December 17, 2006 in print edition on A3
Thousands of protesters counted in unison to 50 to mark the number of shots police fired in the wedding day death of a groom as they marched Saturday along Fifth Avenue on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
Showdown looms over domestic spying program
December 17, 2006 in print edition on A3
Federal agents continue to eavesdrop on Americans’ electronic communications without warrants a year after President Bush confirmed the practice, and experts say a new Congress’ efforts to limit the program could trigger a constitutional showdown.
Rescuers still hope they’ll find Mount Hood climbers
December 17, 2006 in print edition on A3
Hope that three stranded climbers would be found alive continued to fade Saturday after more than 70 airborne and snow-shoed rescuers swarmed the jagged slopes of Mount Hood.
Winter break: Cold nowhere to be found in Lawrence
December 17, 2006 in print edition on B1
Teaching youngsters about winter was a bit contradictory Saturday, with outdoor temperatures more than 20 degrees above normal. “I’m from upstate New York, so this time of year I’m used to some snow. So hopefully we’ll get some … at least for Christmas,” said Kerry Lippincott, Watkins Community Museum of History curator.
More than 600,000 still without power
December 17, 2006 in print edition on A3
Residents of the Pacific Northwest struggled to stay warm Saturday after the worst windstorm in more than a decade knocked out power to more than 1.5 million homes and businesses and killed at least six people.
Edwards in, Bayh out for 2008 presidential bid
December 17, 2006 in print edition on A3
Sen. Evan Bayh on Saturday ended his White House bid while 2004 vice presidential nominee John Edwards finalized plans to get in, fast-paced jockeying in a Democratic race under the shadow of two unannounced candidates.
Double accident at intersection sends several to hospitals
December 17, 2006 in print edition on B2
Two separate accidents occurred nearly simultaneously at a southeastern Lawrence intersection early Saturday, sending one person to the hospital by helicopter ambulance, police said.
On the record
December 17, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
December 17, 2006 in print edition on B2
Chiefs founder Hunt remembered for humility
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C1
As much as Lamar Hunt enjoyed running pro sports teams and leagues, what he loved most was the excitement of a ball game. And, sometimes, a good hot dog.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 17, 2006 in print edition on B8
Candidates may rethink their convictions
December 17, 2006 in print edition on B8
During the 1956 presidential campaign, comedian Mort Sahl said: “Eisenhower stands for ‘gradualism.’ Stevenson stands for ‘moderation.’ Between these two extremes, we the people must choose!” Half a century on, war abroad and cultural flux at home make for more dramatic choices. The campaign for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination has been roiled by a recent event and an occurrence 12 years ago.
Strange vote
Consideration of a new travel policy produced an unusual split on the state school board along with some strange voting rationales.
December 17, 2006 in print edition on B8
A vote on a new travel policy for members of the Kansas State Board of Education produced an odd and somewhat inscrutable split on the controversial board. The policy before the board on Wednesday would have prohibited board members from using tax dollars to pay for out-of-state travel after they are defeated in an election. The issue was raised in response to travel scheduled by Board Member Connie Morris after she was defeated in this year’s August primary. Although she knew she would be going off the board in a few months, Morris planned two trips at taxpayer expense, including a one-week trip to Washington, D.C., just days before she leaves office.
Housing costs
December 17, 2006 in print edition on B9
Business needed
December 17, 2006 in print edition on B9
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 17, 2006 in print edition on B8
Quiet questions examine candidates’ private side
December 17, 2006 in print edition on B9
This is the quiet time in the political cycle - a quiet period on the news front, but one full of consultations among candidates and advisers, calculations among political professionals, contemplation by men and women who, in the next few weeks, will decide whether to upend their lives in the frantic drive of a presidential campaign.
Network names Woman of the Year
December 17, 2006 in print edition on E1
Janet Horner, Lawrence, has been named Outstanding Career Woman of the Year by the Lawrence Women’s Network, an organization of Lawrence businesswomen.
Realtor earns GRI designation
December 17, 2006 in print edition on E1
Robbie Derritt, a Realtor with Realty Executives Hedges Real Estate in Lawrence, recently received the Graduate Realtor Institute designation, joining other top producers nationwide in the residential real estate industry who hold the designation.
Tips on giving gifts of money to children
December 17, 2006 in print edition on E1
With the holidays upon us, lots of financial gifts - money, savings bonds, stocks and so on - will be ending up in little hands. And lots of givers have some sort of personal-finance goal on top of ordinary giving. So I have a suggestion or two.
Auctions pick up speed
Cooling residential market draws interest in high-speed option
December 17, 2006 in print edition on E1
In a softening housing market clamoring for prices, conditions and other matters sure to spur satisfactory sales, Dennis Grover and Craig Dreiling say they know exactly where to find them: tonight, in the Crystal Ballroom at the Eldridge Hotel.
Ailing Castro phones provincial leaders
December 17, 2006 in print edition on A8
Fidel Castro telephoned a meeting of provincial legislative leaders, the Communist Party daily said Saturday in a report apparently aimed at quelling rumors about the ailing Cuban leader’s health.
Police report progress in hunt for killer
December 17, 2006 in print edition on A8
Police investigating the murders of five prostitutes in a town in eastern England said Saturday they have no formal suspects but are focusing on 50 to 100 people they want to question.
N. Korea perceived as serious threat in survey
December 17, 2006 in print edition on A8
About 80 percent of Japanese respondents and 75 percent of U.S. respondents said North Korea is a military threat to their countries, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun-Gallup poll.
Selected voters take part in first election
December 17, 2006 in print edition on A8
Hand-picked voters chose members of a government advisory panel Saturday in this tiny oil-rich country’s first election, the Arab world’s latest tentative step toward democracy.
Iraqi government reaches out to Saddam regime members
December 17, 2006 in print edition on A8
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his Shiite-dominated government reached out to former members of Saddam Hussein’s regime Saturday, inviting them to claim government pensions and rejoin the army in a gesture meant to calm the country’s sectarian passions.
Thanks to ‘Pirates,’ Hollywood rebounds from slump of 2005
December 17, 2006 in print edition on A2
In the real world, Hollywood’s on the warpath to fight movie pirates who bootleg films. On screen, the town kind of owes its business turnaround in 2006 to a gang of pirates led by Johnny Depp.
Husband makes plea for wife’s parole
December 17, 2006 in print edition on B3
The husband of a former Emporia church secretary who had her former husband killed in 1983 while she was having an affair with the church’s minister pleaded for his wife’s freedom on Friday.
Police demand wage increase
December 17, 2006 in print edition on B3
More than a hundred police officers and their families demanded that the city resume contract negotiations during a protest Friday outside Wichita City Hall.
Center offers Santa Splash
December 17, 2006 in print edition on B5
Santa helped look after nearly three dozen kids Saturday, giving parents a chance to run some last-minute holiday errands. “An alternative for a baby sitter, you might say,” said Jai Hoyer, Lawrence Parks and Recreation Indoor Aquatic Center programmer.
Pandemic flu plan ranks high in nation
December 17, 2006 in print edition on B6
A new, virulent flu will hit Kansas someday. While health officials are confident it will happen, they can’t predict when or what strain will cause the pandemic.
Ex-sheriff receives 27 years in prison in molestation trial
December 17, 2006 in print edition on B10
A former Trego County sheriff accused of molesting his adopted daughter has been sentenced to 27 years in prison.
Iraq Study Group report selling slowly
December 17, 2006 in print edition on D3
“The Iraq Study Group Report: The Way Forward - A New Approach,” published by Vintage last week, has sold 35,000 copies so far, according to Nielsen BookScan, a book-industry group that collects weekly sales data from chain stores, online sites, mass merchandisers and independent bookstores.
Best-Sellers
December 17, 2006 in print edition on D3
Poet’s Showcase
December 17, 2006 in print edition on D3
The Inheritance by Tom Mach
Artist creates rural world to escape chaos
December 17, 2006 in print edition on D1
Susan Hunt-Wulkowicz grew up amid concrete and skyscrapers in downtown Chicago, but she always dreamed of a life in the country.
Kovels antiques
December 17, 2006 in print edition on D6
Sometimes an antique or collectible is so amusing or so lovable that it finds its way into the home of a person who does not admit to being a collector.
Walking in a window wonderland
Retailers devise displays to draw holiday shoppers
December 17, 2006 in print edition on D1
Cyndy Lester usually starts panicking in September. That’s when the Lawrence artist realizes she only has a few more weeks to invent something bold enough to stop holiday shoppers in their tracks outside of Weaver’s Department Store.
U.S. can’t control changing Mideast
December 17, 2006 in print edition on B9
No single force or nation can long dominate the fragmenting politics and societies of the Persian Gulf region or the broader Middle East. The Bush administration and the new Democratic majority in Congress must now convert that bittersweet reality into policies that can protect U.S. interests and honor.
Even adult children tug shopping heartstrings
December 17, 2006 in print edition on D1
I am up at the crack of dawn, scanning newspaper circulars for the elusive Wii. My son wants Nintendo’s newest game console for Christmas, and I’m determined to find it, come hell or high anxiety.
Lawrence couple celebrates golden anniversary
December 17, 2006 in print edition on B1
It started as an office romance, Sadie Deaton said. And weeks later it turned into a wedding Dec. 14, 1956, in Kansas City, Kan.
A sweet sweep
Eagle boys earn first victory of year
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C1
The Veritas Christian boys basketball team had a hard act to follow Saturday at the Eudora Community Learning Center. The Veritas girls squad routed Wichita Word of Life just before the boys hit the hardwood.
L.T. or D.B. for MVP?
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C5
The great debate has begun. Who should win the NFL MVP - L.T. or D.B.?
Kansas looks for improved offense
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C3
It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to determine what’s ailing Kansas University’s women’s basketball team.
Commentary: For Hunt, beating Dallas was special
December 17, 2006 in print edition on C2
The Kansas City Chiefs will tell you their greatest rival during the years has been the Oakland Raiders. But for Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, it was always the Cowboys.
Republicans need a dose of reality on Iraq
December 17, 2006 in print edition on B8
Where do the Republicans’ likely 2008 presidential candidates come down on Iraq?
Early elections called for as power struggle escalates
December 17, 2006 in print edition on A8
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Saturday for elections to end his violent standoff with Hamas - a gamble that Palestinians will back him as he seeks to weaken the Islamic militants, avoid civil war and keep momentum for peace overtures with Israel.
People in the news
December 17, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Clooney: Not enough being done to end Darfur conflict ¢ Beyonce not ‘flirtatious and super-confident’ offstage
Horoscopes
December 17, 2006 in print edition on D8
Mystery Man
Houdini became America’s ‘first superhero’
December 17, 2006 in print edition on D3
When the magician and escape artist Harry Houdini died 80 years ago, he was as famous as screen stars Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin.