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Various GPS gadgets from Garmin International Inc. Santa carvings Holiday gift giving
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Polls
Do you think a new coal plant should be built in Western Kansas?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
62%
Yes
 
34%
No opinion
 
2%
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Feds weigh in on coal plant
Department of Interior says it should have been notified
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A1
A federal agency has raised questions about the proposed coal-fired plants in western Kansas, saying the units could reduce the visibility of the Wichita Mountains in Oklahoma, approximately 250 miles south of the project.
County commissioners receive 50 percent pay raise
December 18, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, county commissioners give themselves a 50 percent pay increase, junior high students learn about respect in relationships, and the latest comments about the proposed western Kansas coal power plant.
Operation Rescue names Kline its man of the year
Kansas attorney general wins award after losing election
December 18, 2006
Kansas attorney general wins award after losing election.
Powdery substance probably flour
12:00 p.m., December 18, 2006 Updated 05:05 p.m.
Emergency crews this morning responded to a report from a Lawrence dental office of a powdery substance found inside an envelope.
Douglas County Commission boosts its own pay by $11,000 a year
The pay increases are based on a survey of the pay received by county officials in other Kansas counties
December 18, 2006
The pay increases are based on a survey of the pay received by county officials in other Kansas counties
Read the full transcript of the Boyda interview
December 18, 2006
New Kansas representative sits down to talk past, future.
Partnership to expand health care access
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Kansas University Center for TeleMedicine and TeleHealth (KUCTT) plans to expand the use of telemedicine across the region through a new partnership, Midwest Alliance for Telehealth and Technology Resources, KU Medical Center has announced.
Dining operation seeks special-use permit
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commissioners this week again will consider whether an East Lawrence home should be used as a special dining establishment.
Lunch with FDR a satisfying memory
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
It isn’t every day that someone gets a chance to eat lunch while sitting next to the president of the United States. But that’s what happened to a Eudora man 62 years ago, and he has the pictures to prove it.
Sierra Club lobbyist headed to Nevada
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
Charles Benjamin grew up in Miami and Chicago, earned his Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Southern California, but ended up in Kansas fighting corporate hog farms and government bureaucrats.
Migrant student funding replaced
After loss of grant, provost allocates money to pay for spring semester
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
When the sons and daughters of Kansas migrant workers found out they would lose financial aid to get a college education last month, many scrambled for answers. Kansas University student Carlos Alvarado began searching for jobs, questioning how he could afford school because his father suffered an injury on the job and couldn’t work. “It’s already hard enough to go to school and work part time,” Alvarado said at the time.
Crowns passed at pageants
Kansas contenders for national titles chosen
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
Amid the jubilant screams that filled the Lied Center on Sunday night, the new Miss Kansas USA and Miss Kansas Teen USA winners could not hold in their tears and shakes. Miss Clearwater USA Cara Gorges, 19, a Butler County Community College cross-country runner, broke through in style during her first pageant and was named Miss Kansas USA 2007.
The holiday giveaways
Some Lawrence residents find it rewarding to share their good fortune
December 18, 2006
The Stenseng family was in search of a new tradition when it turned to the Lawrence Community Christmas Dinner. “We’re done with the trains-under-the-tree era of our lives,” Margaret Stenseng said. “We said, ‘How can we help?’”
Burdens haunted shooter, sister says
Fourth child, 11, dies from gunshot wounds
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A1
Minutes after he shot four of his children, his girlfriend and his cousin, Hersel M. Isadore Jr. made one last phone call, leaving a message on his sister’s answering machine. He wanted her to know why.
No filings yet for school board
April election draws little interest so far, although voters will be deciding four seats
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A1
Wanted: Lawrence school board candidates. There is only one candidate so far for four spots opening on Lawrence’s school board. Rich Minder, who was first elected four years ago, says he’s planning to run for re-election.
Jayhawks shop for needy families
Team makes annual excursion to Wal-Mart
December 18, 2006 in print edition on C1
Smart-shopper Julian Wright wasn’t prepared to purchase a Christmas gift for a 7-month-old girl without sampling it first. So Kansas University’s 19-year-old basketball player punched buttons and levers on a Playskool Poppin’ Pals keyboard, making animal characters snap up and down from under the toy’s base. What about it, Julian?
Kansas scores trio of commitments
December 18, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s football team continues to address its noticeable holes, picking up commitments from two junior-college recruits and a high school standout who visited over the weekend.
K.C. left behind
Playoffs quashed with 3rd straight loss
December 18, 2006 in print edition on C1
It was an electrifying run in a charged-up season. LaDainian Tomlinson turned a simple off-tackle play into an 85-yard touchdown run, lighting up Qualcomm Stadium and carrying the San Diego Chargers to a 20-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.
The global allure of GPS
Locating technology explodes all over outdoors endeavors
December 18, 2006 in print edition on C6
Not so many years ago - well within the last decade - Global Positioning System units were cost-prohibitive, unwieldy and inaccurate. Oh, they also were so complicated, even if you could afford one, could lug one around and didn’t care too much how far off it was, you needed an advanced degree to work it. My, how times have changed.
Dissed Knicks put up fists
Players say Nuggets ran it up; penalties to come today?
December 18, 2006 in print edition on C10
It was late in the fourth quarter. The New York Knicks were losing badly. The Madison Square Garden crowd was cheering for the Nuggets’ Carmelo Anthony. So by the time Denver’s J.R. Smith went in on another fast break Saturday, the Knicks had had enough.
Oden lives up to the hype
Freshman has impressed in his three college games
December 18, 2006 in print edition on C8
He not only pounds out hard rock, though some of his dunks do demand the adjective “thunderous.” He also offers riffs that are subtle and nuanced, far more important yet easily lost in the maelstrom swirling about him.
Poker drama at charity tourney
December 18, 2006 in print edition on C8
I recently emceed the “Playin’ The Hand” Charity Poker Tournament in Phoenix for the Taser Foundation For Fallen Officers, held at the Fort McDowell card room. The Fallen Officers charity gives money to families of police officers who have died - or were seriously injured - in the line of duty. Like many of us, I became a bigger fan than ever of law enforcement and firefighters after 9/11. When Taser called on me to host the event, I knew that I’d do it.
Walker winded in debut
Ballyhooed freshman sparks K-State to 82-54 victory
December 18, 2006 in print edition on C7
Only one person seemed slightly disappointed in the debut of the most highly sought freshman ever to play for Kansas State.
Paris propels Sooners
Texas tumbles to Tennessee, 67-46
December 18, 2006 in print edition on C7
Courtney Paris had 20 points and 13 rebounds - her 37th straight double-double - and No. 3 Oklahoma set a school record for defensive prowess in an 82-36 victory over Northern Colorado on Sunday.
Shockers roll, 102-46
Couisnard perfect in WSU’s victory
December 18, 2006 in print edition on C7
P.J. Couisnard is usually the one setting up his teammates. This time, they fed him the ball - and some good-natured abuse.
Colts on a mission to shore up defense
December 18, 2006 in print edition on C4
The Indianapolis Colts’ defensive players have spent most of this season explaining what’s wrong.
Bears clinch NFC’s best mark
OT win means Super Bowl goes through Chicago
December 18, 2006 in print edition on C4
The Chicago Bears checked another item off their to-do list. A division title, a first-round bye and now home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs have been secured.
Commentary: He won’t tell you, but LeBron’s tired
Busy schedule with Cavaliers and Team USA has basketball’s superstar struggling for energy
December 18, 2006 in print edition on C2
He simply won’t concede it publicly because it is considered an excuse or a challenge to his manhood, but LeBron James is tired. He has told those close to him that his energy level is down, that he’s getting fatigued quicker during the past several weeks.
Tiger wins year’s final tournament
Woods calls 2006 run the best golf he’s ever played
December 18, 2006 in print edition on C2
Tiger Woods has two trophies he can use as bookends for a year like no other.
Local sci-fi writer named grand master
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B3
James Gunn, director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at Kansas University, has been named grand master of science fiction for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Inc.
Lawrence resident on state emergency board
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B3
A Lawrence resident is one of four people recently reappointed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to the Kansas Commission on Emergency Planning and Response.
Boyda vows to focus on service
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A1
Two blocks west of the state Capitol in Topeka, part of the historic Gem Building is being transformed into a congressional office. Its occupant will be Topeka resident Nancy Boyda, who on Nov. 7 defeated U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, of Lawrence, for the 2nd Congressional District seat - after losing the same race in 2004. She will be sworn in on Jan. 4.
Gingrich may not run for president in 2008
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
Newt Gingrich suggested on Sunday he might not run for president in 2008 if a rival has all but locked up the Republican nomination by next fall.
State regulators set emissions limits
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
Facing federal pressure over worsening air pollution, a state air quality commission on Sunday approved its first-ever statewide emissions controls on the booming oil and gas industry.
Rabbi to receive new kidney from pastor
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
A Reform rabbi and a Methodist pastor may celebrate different holidays this month, but they have something to rejoice together - one is giving a kidney to the other.
Astronauts prepare for additional spacewalk
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
Instead of enjoying a relaxing day at the international space station, the space shuttle Discovery’s seven astronauts prepared Sunday for an unplanned, fourth spacewalk to get a stubborn, half-retracted solar array to fold up.
Rescuers find body of one climber; two others missing
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
Rescuers looking for three missing climbers on Mount Hood found a body Sunday in the area where one of the climbers made a distress call last week, authorities said.
Keegan: Walker KSU’s superstar
December 18, 2006 in print edition on C1
He hangs in the air so long it almost seems inevitable somebody is going to foul him before he lands, unless, that is, Bill “Sky” Walker decides to pass from way up there, as he did during Sunday’s memorable debut in Bramlage Coliseum.
100 poisoned by carbon monoxide during northwest blackouts
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
About 100 people have been poisoned by carbon monoxide produced by generators and charcoal grills used for warmth and light during the widespread power outages caused by a major storm in western Washington state.
On the record
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B2
Police: Shooter was depressed
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A8
The man accused of fatally shooting two women and four of his children before taking his own life Saturday had been depressed and acting irrationally for weeks, Kansas City police said Sunday.
Drug offensive nets suspected cartel leader
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A8
Mexican soldiers have captured a suspected drug cartel boss in the most significant arrest since President Felipe Calderon sent thousands of troops to restore order in a western state terrorized by drug gangs, the military said Sunday.
Fire, stampede leave 27 dead at wedding party
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A8
A fire erupted in a wedding tent in eastern Pakistan, triggering a stampede and the collapse of a wall that killed 27 women and children, police said Sunday. The bride was among the dead.
Hundreds questioned in prostitute investigation
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A8
Police have questioned hundreds of motorists and pedestrians in the red-light district of an eastern England town, trying to trace the final steps of five slain prostitutes, police said Sunday.
4 killed in earthquake on Sumatra Island
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A8
A moderate earthquake killed at least four people and damaged scores of buildings early today on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, which is still recovering from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, witnesses and seismologists said.
Hamas, Fatah reach cease-fire
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A8
The rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas reached a tentative cease-fire Sunday to end days of bloody fighting that had raised tensions in the Gaza Strip to their highest point in a decade, mediators said.
Cuban officials say Castro isn’t terminally ill
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A8
Cuban officials told a group of visiting U.S. lawmakers that Fidel Castro does not have cancer or a terminal illness in the most comprehensive denial yet of rampant rumors about the ailing leader’s health, members of a U.S. delegation said Sunday.
Former president in lead for powerful clerical body
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A8
A former Iranian leader who is considered an opponent of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was far ahead in the race for a seat on a powerful clerical body, according to partial election results reported by state-run television Sunday.
North Korea nuclear talks resume
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A8
Six-nation talks on North Korea’s nuclear program resumed today for the first time in more than a year, a test of whether the secretive communist regime is willing to negotiate after its surprise atomic test rattled the region this fall.
People in the news
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Kwon takes $1M as winner of CBS’ ‘Survivor: Cook Islands’ ¢ Actress went behind camera to be more proactive ¢ Jerry Seinfeld working on animated ‘Bee Movie’
Accountant joins Wagner Kressig
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A10
Edwina Glass, a certified public accountant, has joined the accounting firm of Wagner Kressig PA, Lawrence.
Trooper assigned to Douglas County
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A10
The Kansas Highway Patrol has assigned Trooper Brandon Koch to Douglas County.
Amarr Garage Doors chooses new VP
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A10
Sandy Crabaugh is the new vice president for production at North Carolina-based Amarr Garage Doors, which has its main production plant in the East Hills Business Park in southeastern Lawrence.
Thinking through career choices
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A10
Kate and Dale talk jobs.
Money tip
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A10
Many organizations conduct year-end performance reviews, and acing them often is your ticket to a pay raise or promotion. Here’s how to prepare:
Shop for shoes, then get a shot of Botox
Medical spas move into malls
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A10
Amy Andrade had been thinking about Botox for a while, so when she spotted a spa-like “cosmedical” clinic in the upscale Dallas mall she visits about once a month she immediately found herself interested.
Study: Holiday stress leads to unhealthy eating
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A5
Emi Fujiwara’s holidays can hardly be called that as she juggles a full-time job and evening studies and tries to find money and time to buy presents, organize parties and cook for family and friends.
Humans can track odors, experiments show
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A5
By studying blindfolded college students who crawled through grass to sniff out a chocolate-scented trail, scientists say they’ve found evidence of a human smelling ability that experts thought was impossible.
Breast cancer patients test superhormones
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A5
Robin Khadduri gets monthly shots of a drug that blocks the male hormone testosterone and is often used to treat prostate cancer.
Democrats, Republicans battle over troop surge
Reid says temporary increase is OK; Powell says U.S. Army isn’t big enough
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A9
The Senate’s top Democrat offered qualified support Sunday for a plan to increase U.S. troops in Iraq, saying it would be acceptable as part of a broader strategy to bring combat forces home by 2008.
Senator says he regrets land deal
Obama bought parcel from neighbor, now an indicted political operative
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A4
Antoin “Tony” Rezko is a political insider, an energetic Chicago dealmaker and campaign fundraiser often in the headlines for being on the wrong side of good government. Indicted in October on influence-peddling charges, he also has a habit of befriending prospective political stars.
Poll: American voters more likely to elect black president than a woman
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A4
While Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are sizing up each other’s White House prospects, a new poll suggests the country is a bit readier to make an African-American president than a woman.
Judge limits pickets at Goodyear plant
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B8
A judge imposed restrictions on union picketing at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. plant, after accusations of harassment and vandalism.
Children’s needs
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Where are the children when we talk about all-day kindergarten? In the recent newspaper article regarding all-day kindergarten there was no mention of children or their needs. It was about what it would cost and parents needing daycare.
Offense lacking
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: How many Jayhawks could rebound if a Jayhawk could rebound a basketball? Hey, how can you blow a 98 percent layup? Hey, why don’t we play our big men at the top of the key; we can play our guards under the basket.
Many thanks
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The Lawrence and Douglas County community has once again responded to help feed hungry people, this time with a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner.
Rehearsal for a dirty bomb?
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B5
The ado around the polonium incident in London has a certain quirk to it, which I find annoying. Why is everyone talking about the victims (real and potential) and piquant details of secondary importance, when there is something far more important to worry about?
Horoscopes
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B5
For Monday, Dec. 18
Another need
State officials who approved what has become a $172.5 million renovation to the Capitol in Topeka now should turn their attention to the needs of state universities.
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B6
Although there may be a case to be made that state universities have been less than exemplary stewards of their physical plants, state legislators probably should look at their own glass house before casting any stones.
Old Hometown - 100 years ago
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 18, 1906: “Sunday school teachers have noticed a sizable increase in the attendance of children for the past two or three Sundays.
Old Hometown - 40 years ago
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B6
Kansas football enthusiasm seemed high with the announcement that KU had hired Pepper Rodgers, a UCLA assistant and former Georgia Tech quarterback star, as its new football coach.
Old Hometown - 25 years ago
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B6
The cost of living was due to rise again at Kansas University residence and scholarship halls. For the second consecutive year, KU officials were asking the Kansas Board of Regents to approve a 10 percent increase in room and board rates.
Opportunity lures immigrants
December 18, 2006
Growing up in El Salvador, Candelaria Flores didn’t envision moving to the United States - not until she reached ninth grade and her father said that, as far as further schooling went, “you’re on your own.”
Pelosi brings new style to U.S. House
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B6
One day last week, Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi picked up the phone and asked John Boehner of Ohio, the Republican leader of the House, if he would like to suggest some ways they could assure better supervision of the page program, the subject of so much controversy in the scandal that led to the resignation of Rep. Mark Foley.
March of the Santas
Carvings of Ol’ St. Nick adorn Lawrence artisan’s garage
December 18, 2006
Dick Smith opens the cabinet, and dozens of white-bearded, portly wood carvings peer out.
Keeping love alive amid holiday stress
December 18, 2006
Psst. The person snoring away in bed next to you is your spouse (yes, women can snore too). We thought you might have forgotten about him or her, since holiday prep work seems to have taken over your existence.
Jayhawks hit offensive stride in win
Freshman Kohn finds stroke, leads Kansas’ highest-scoring effort of year
December 18, 2006 in print edition on C1
Who were those women wearing Kansas University basketball uniforms? Who were those females who shot 56 percent and posted a season-high point total in Sunday afternoon’s 78-68 triumph over Santa Clara? They sure didn’t resemble the Jayhawks who had cascaded to the bottom of Big 12 Conference scoring (58.5 points per game) and shooting (38.2 percent) charts. Yet they were.
Parishes to split from Episcopal Church
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
Two of the most prominent and largest Episcopal parishes in Virginia voted overwhelmingly Sunday to leave The Episcopal Church and join fellow Anglican conservatives forming a rival denomination in the U.S.
CASA plans training for volunteers
December 18, 2006 in print edition on B2
Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocates is offering training classes for new volunteers. CASA volunteers are trained to advocate for children who have been abused or neglected and are under protection of the juvenile court.
Happyness’ premieres at No. 1
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A2
Not even a dragon or the world’s most-beloved spider could deny Will Smith another first-place finish at the box office.
Celeb photo agency sues gossip blog over copyright
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A2
It’s hard to know whom to sympathize with in this fight. On one side: the paparazzi who stalk celebrities at doctors’ offices, with their newborns, when they are falling-down drunk. On the other: a blogger who helps himself to those photos, scrawls comments on them and posts them on his Web site.
Gunmen abduct humanitarian workers
Three U.S. soldiers killed by roadside bomb
December 18, 2006 in print edition on A9
Gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms kidnapped more than two dozen workers from the Baghdad offices of the Red Crescent humanitarian group Sunday, and the U.S. military announced the deaths of three more American soldiers.
Events calendar
December 18, 2006 in print edition on D2
Game show rewards first impressions
December 18, 2006 in print edition on D1
Penn Jillette hosts the game show “Identity” (8 p.m., NBC, airing every night this week). Every contestant faces a panel of 12 strangers and a list of 12 “identities” that describe them. In the pilot, a woman must point out a sushi chef, an organ donor, “the youngest,” a break-dancer, etc.