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Family wakes up to fleeing man
December 19, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a Lawrence family woken by man running from police, city commissioners consider building the new library at the corner of 7th and New Hampshire, and education officials say that the U.S. needs to step up foreign language lessons.
Fleeing suspect breaks down family door
December 19, 2006
Polce were in pursuit.
Taking a shot among the pros
LHS photographers have work accepted, honored in five-state competition
December 19, 2006 in print edition on D1
As an artist, it takes courage to create something and then let other people see it.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County wants to give “Bigs” for Christmas this year.
December 19, 2006 in print edition on D2
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County wants to give “Bigs” for Christmas this year.
Cell phones for all stifle in-law bonding
December 19, 2006 in print edition on D1
Random thoughts while making my list and checking it twice …
Burglar strikes parking lot of senior housing complex, steals Christmas gifts
December 19, 2006 in print edition on B1
A burglar or burglars struck the parking lot of a senior citizens’ housing complex during the weekend and stole $100 worth of Christmas presents from one resident’s car, according to police reports.
Driver charged in hit-and-run that killed KU student appears in court
December 19, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence man charged with killing a Kansas University student in a hit-and-run wreck earlier this year made a brief first appearance Monday in Douglas County District Court.
KU Hospital reports good fiscal year
December 19, 2006 in print edition on B1
Quality services spurred a financially good year at the University of Kansas Hospital, officials said Monday.
Autopsy completed in train fatality
December 19, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence resident who was struck and killed by a train earlier this year tested positive for sedatives and may have been undergoing liver failure caused by cirrhosis, according to an autopsy report filed in District Court.
Anti-abortion group gives award to Kline
December 19, 2006 in print edition on B1
Operation Rescue, a national anti-abortion group, on Friday gave outgoing Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline its man of the year award.
Gates effects change of command at Defense Department
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A1
Defense Secretary Robert Gates took the oath of office Monday, warning that the nation cannot afford failure in Iraq and promising that the war there will be his top priority.
Dining club moves off back burner
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A1
It was hard to say goodbye to Kansas University’s Learned Club. “It was the best place in the state of Kansas to eat, to dine, to socialize,” said Larry Welch, director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and a KU graduate.
County’s year-end bonus
Commissioners increase salaries for themselves, elected officials
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A1
Douglas County commissioners on Monday gave themselves and other elected officials pay raises amounting to several thousand dollars per individual. They say the move is to bring salaries in line with other Kansas counties of comparable size. Commissioners will see their annual pay increase by more than 50 percent - from $21,507 to $32,552. The median household income in Douglas County was $38,868 in 2003, the most recent year available.
Divided loyalties
Former Firebird finds niche at LHS
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C1
When Lawrence High senior Hannah Somers attends local wrestling meets, she cheers for crosstown rival Free State High. “I will always root for Free State,” Somers said, “just ‘cause my brother goes there.”
Johnson blasts K.C. offense
Disgruntled running back says Chiefs are too predictable
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C1
Larry Johnson’s theory for what ails Kansas City’s offense may land him in the doghouse with his coaches and probably some of his teammates, as well.
Fuzzy math helps Jayhawks
Creativity allows KU football to sign four juco recruits in 2006-07 class
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C1
With four junior-college recruits set to sign Wednesday, it seems Kansas University’s football team once again blew past its self-imposed limit of three juco recruits per year for 2005-06 and 2006-07 after NCAA violations were unearthed. And that’s true - but it’s also within the rules of its own penalty.
Woodling: Barrage no game to forget
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C1
As sand slithers through the hourglass, memories dim. We can recall, but we don’t really remember. Specifics fade away. During a holiday party conversation the other day, the inevitable topic of Kansas University men’s basketball arose, and somehow the conversation led to me mentioning how the Jayhawks once scored 150 points in a game against Kentucky. Jaws dropped. Eyes bugged. “One hundred and 50 points???” “Against Kentucky???”
Cartoon co-creator Barbera dies
With Hanna, he brought Yogi Bear, Flintstones to life
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A2
Joe Barbera, half of the Hanna-Barbera animation team that produced such beloved cartoon characters as Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear and the Flintstones, died Monday, a Warner Bros. spokesman said. He was 95.
Q & A with Lauren Kimball
FSHS point guard thrives under pressure
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C8
It’s about 5:10 p.m. on a Wednesday, and the Free State High girls basketball team is about to finish practice. The Firebirds gather near the side of the court to watch senior guard Lauren Kimball shoot a foul shot. No one is near her.
City athletes of the week
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C8
Prep Notebook: Veritas seeking supplemental scoring punch
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C8
Veritas Christian girls basketball coach Kevin Shelton knows what he’s going to get out of junior Kristie Tiegreen every night. The mystery comes in finding a dependable scoring option or two to help carry the load.
Tittrington: Tongie enjoying reversal
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C8
Finding the silver lining in a 2-19 season is a lot like looking for the electric bill that was inadvertently tossed out with last week’s garbage. Sure, you can probably find it if you look hard enough, but you have to dig through an awful lot of foul stuff before finally getting there.
Rams feel growing pains
Tradition-rich WSSU 1-13 in first year in Div. I
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C7
The transition from NCAA Div. II to Div. I has been a painful one for Winston-Salem State University’s tradition-rich basketball program. “It’s tough, very tough,” senior guard Curtis Hines told the Winston-Salem Journal. “I didn’t lose in high school, and my first three years here we were successful, so in this transition year we have to get through it as best we can.”
Manning lights up Bengals
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C6
Peyton Manning felt cuddly warm thanks to his favorite receiver.
Peculiar turns in Gatlin story
Doping case reveals underbelly of track and field
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C6
The news that came six months ago seemed all too familiar: A champion athlete tests positive for a performance-enhancing drug. The athlete immediately professes his innocence and vows to clear his name. And one day, sprinter Justin Gatlin perhaps will be remembered as nothing more than another cheat busted in the steroid era.
Texas Tech loses on rainy court
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C5
Tenth-ranked Arizona State beat Texas Tech, 61-45, on Monday night when the second outdoor game in women’s college basketball history was called because of rain with 4:18 to play at Chase Field, home of baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks.
Miami takes pass on Iverson
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C4
Cross Miami off the list of potential landing spots for Allen Iverson.
Volunteers top OSU
Putback finishes off upset of Cowboys
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C5
Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl thought about benching Dane Bradshaw late because of the senior guard’s injured right shoulder. Good thing he didn’t.
NBA slaps brawlers
Anthony gets longest ban: 15 games
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C4
With its image tarnished again, the NBA on Monday responded to Saturday night’s brawl between the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets by suspending seven players and fining both teams $500,000 each.
Big 12 rewards KU freshman Kohn
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s Kelly Kohn has been named Big 12 Conference women’s basketball rookie of the week.
Cardinals fall at home
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C3
The Eudora High girls basketball team struggled to find consistent offense Monday night, falling to Gardner-Edgerton, 46-30, in a Frontier League contest.
Commentary: NBA’s image more fragile than NFL’s
Public, media overwhelmingly direct outrage at basketball’s bad boys, not football’s
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C2
The guess here is David Stern weighs about 170 pounds. But he hits like a linebacker.
Owens fined $35,000 for loogie
Cowboys may further penalize receiver, Parcells says
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C2
Terrell Owens has 35,000 reasons never to spit at an opponent again.
Students learn about respect in relationships
December 19, 2006 in print edition on B2
When people think of abusive relationships, they often conjure up an image of adults. But experts say teenagers get caught in similar situations.
On the record
December 19, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
December 19, 2006 in print edition on B2
B-29 bomber to move to aviation museum
December 19, 2006 in print edition on B3
A historic bomber that has been undergoing restoration for seven years will be moved to the Kansas Aviation Museum next month.
Litvinenko case witness gives further testimony
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A6
A key witness in the poisoning death of former Russian security service defector Alexander Litvinenko said Monday that he had been questioned again by investigators probing the case.
Women’s service receives $2,500 grant
December 19, 2006 in print edition on B3
Women’s Transitional Care Services has received a $2,500 grant from Verizon Wireless, the company announced this month.
Province leader ousted
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A6
The Afghan government has fired the governor of its biggest drug-producing province, a center of Taliban resistance that has seen some of the country’s heaviest fighting this year, officials said Monday.
Fishing boat carrying migrants capsized twice
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A6
A fishing boat crowded with more than 100 African migrants capsized at least twice while sailing to Spain’s Canary Islands, spilling passengers and leaving scores dead as survivors drifted for about 10 days without food or water, officials said Monday.
U.S. lawmakers promote agriculture trade on trip
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A6
Reps. Jerry Moran and Jo Ann Emerson, back from a weekend visit to Cuba, said Monday the U.S. government should ease travel restrictions and expand agricultural trade with the communist nation.
President’s opponents lead local elections
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A6
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suffered an embarrassing blow in local council races, according to partial election results Monday, in voting viewed as a sign of public discontent with his hard-line stance.
British police arrest suspect in deaths of five prostitutes
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A6
Police on Monday arrested a 37-year-old grocery store clerk on suspicion of killing five prostitutes - slayings that struck terror in this quiet English community.
Abbas pushes elections
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A6
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday he will push ahead with new elections despite a wave of factional fighting between his Fatah party and the rival Islamic group Hamas.
Kansas basketball notebook
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C7
U.S. sees little progress with N. Korea
Six-nation talks in China aim to halt nuclear arms program
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A6
The chief U.S. negotiator said today there had been no progress yet during renewed six-nation talks aimed at persuading North Korea to abandon its nuclear arms program in exchange for economic aid and security guarantees.
Bush touts new nuclear legislation on India
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A3
President Bush signed legislation Monday to let America share its nuclear know-how and fuel with India even though New Delhi refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Carbon monoxide eyed at house where 7 died
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A3
Investigators said Monday they were looking at the possibility that seven people found dead in an apartment were killed by carbon monoxide.
Laura Bush had skin cancer tumor removed
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A3
First lady Laura Bush had a skin cancer tumor removed from her right shin in early November. The procedure was not disclosed until Monday night.
Rescuers say climbers may have been blown over cliff
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A3
Two climbers still missing on Mount Hood may have been swept to their deaths over a treacherous cliff by howling winds of more than 100 mph after they left their injured companion behind in a snow cave to get help.
Violent crime rates up, FBI says
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A3
Murders and robberies continued to rise across the country during the first six months of 2006, preliminary FBI data released Monday show, indicating that the lull in crime between 2001 and 2004 appears to be over.
Study cool to black cohosh as relief from menopause symptoms
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A3
A popular herbal treatment called black cohosh is practically ineffective at relieving hot flashes and night sweats in women going through menopause, a study found.
Ex-Fannie Mae leaders face federal charges
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A8
The government Monday filed civil charges against former Fannie Mae chief Franklin Raines and two other top executives, accusing them of misconduct costing shareholders billions of dollars.
People in the news
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Voters put Spears in doghouse as bad celebrity pet owner ¢ No-name to win Grammy duet with Timberlake ¢ Early Garland recordings get little interest at auction ¢ ‘Apprentice’ winner Rancic engaged to E!’s DePandi
The art of regifting
If done right, offering an old gift can be beneficial
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C10
What a minefield giving can be. And it can be particularly complicated when you’re a regifter, which involves giving someone something that you had received as a gift (or an item that you have stashed in the back of your closet). I remember one regift I received that I didn’t appreciate - at the time.
African Adorned: Mother giving gift of business
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C10
Elizabeth Kurata didn’t get a chance to exchange gifts with her world-traveling daughter last year - being separated by four states and the world’s largest ocean will do that - so this season she’s more than making up for it. Kurata’s giving her the family business.
Commodities
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C10
Ex-Iraqi minister charged with corruption escapes
Foreign’ security agents aid Green Zone plot
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A7
Private guards in SUVs helped Iraq’s former electricity minister escape from a police station just outside the heavily fortified Green Zone where the dual U.S.-Iraqi citizen was being held on corruption charges, officials said Monday.
Powell questions U.S. troop increase in Iraq
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A7
The U.S. Army is “about broken.”
Documents link Saddam to chemical attack on Kurds
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A7
Prosecutors charging former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein with genocide presented potentially damning documents Monday in his trial showing his government used banned chemical weapons in a late 1980s counterinsurgency operation against rebellious Iraqi Kurds.
Report estimates cash value of marijuana crop
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A4
For years, activists in the marijuana legalization movement have claimed that cannabis is America’s biggest cash crop. Now they’re citing government statistics to prove it.
More colleges help students make that major decision
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A4
Colleges around the country are devoting more time, money and staff power to students who can’t decide on a major, concerned that many of them will leave school without graduating or will prolong their college careers and take up precious spots for prospective students.
Democrats pledge to reduce interest rate on student loans
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A4
Alarmed by a rapid rise in student debt, Democratic leaders in the coming Congress are promising to lower payments on new college loans by cutting the interest rate in half.
S.D. senator passes postsurgery benchmark
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A5
Sen. Tim Johnson has been conscious at times since his emergency brain surgery last week, his spokeswoman said Monday. But he is being sedated so he can rest.
Repeats not ruled out at this ‘House’
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A2
I don’t know whether viewers know or care, but there is a grand experiment under way that may determine the future of TV drama.
Several states sue EPA to reduce soot levels
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A5
More than a dozen states sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to reduce soot levels from smokestacks and exhaust pipes, a move the state officials argue would save thousands of lives.
WWF finds more species on island of Borneo
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A5
Scientists have discovered at least 52 new species of animals and plants on the southeast Asian island of Borneo since 2005, including a catfish with protruding teeth and suction cups on its belly to help it stick to rocks, WWF International said Tuesday.
Families seek funds for memorial to high school drowning victims
December 19, 2006 in print edition on B8
Friends and family of a Labette County High School teacher and three students who drowned in Costa Rica are seeking funds for a memorial garden to be dedicated to them.
Does new Mideast demand new strategy?
December 19, 2006 in print edition on B6
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice obviously thinks that former Secretary of State James Baker just doesn’t get how the Mideast has changed since he last plied the peacemaking shuttle 15 years ago. That’s one thing that becomes clear when you listen to her talk for any length of time, as she did during a visit to The Post last week. Of course she makes it clear in characteristic Rice fashion: polite, correct, not personal - but also forceful and eloquent and unmistakable.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 19, 2006 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 19, 2006 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 19, 2006 in print edition on B6
Cruel and unusual for whom?
December 19, 2006 in print edition on B7
Which of the following scenarios constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, as prohibited by the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution: (1) aborting a baby with a fully developed nervous system and probably inflicting great pain; (2) murdering a nightclub manager in cold blood; (3) taking 34 minutes - twice the normal time - to execute the murderer of the nightclub manager?
Letters reflect glow of season
December 19, 2006 in print edition on B7
I love reading Christmas newsletters in which the writer bursts the bonds of modesty and comes forth with one gilt-edged paragraph after another: “Tara was top scorer on the Lady Cougars soccer team and won the lead role in the college production of ‘Antigone,’ which by the way they are performing in the original Greek. Her essay on chaos theory as an investment strategy will be in the next issue of Fortune magazine, the same week she’ll appear as a model in Vogue. How she does what she does and still makes Phi Beta Kappa is a wonderment to us all. And, yes, she is still volunteering at the homeless shelter.”
Horoscopes
December 19, 2006 in print edition on B5
Dear Dr. Wes and John: I have a bad temper, and when I get mad I take my anger out on my family. What do I do?
December 19, 2006 in print edition on D1
Dear Dr. Wes and John: I have a bad temper, and when I get mad I take my anger out on my family. What do I do?
Simien takes on teaching duties
Self turns to former KU star’s game film to educate, inspire current roster
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C1
Saddled with a case of salmonella, former Kansas University forward Wayne Simien hasn’t been able to help his current team - the Miami Heat - the past three weeks. He has remained productive, however, assisting his alma mater in an indirect way.
Shuttle spacewalkers repair jammed solar array
December 19, 2006 in print edition on A5
Two spacewalking astronauts finished folding a stubborn, accordionlike solar array Monday, resolving the only complication in space shuttle Discovery’s otherwise smooth mission to the international space station.
Badgers leap to 4th in poll
December 19, 2006 in print edition on C5
An eight-day run that Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan called a “huge week” has the Badgers at their highest ranking ever.
Salary sense
The differences in salaries paid to elected city and county commissioners and school board members may be justifiable, but are they sensible?
December 19, 2006 in print edition on B6
Salaries for elected officials in Lawrence and Douglas County seem out of whack. Douglas County commissioners’ decision Monday to raise their salaries by $11,000 apiece next year drew attention to the wide disparity between salaries paid to county commissioners, city commissioners and school board members.
Obama not as unseasoned as critics contend
December 19, 2006 in print edition on B6
So why not Barack Obama?
Race organizers seek city support
Group to ask commissioners to waive charges for benefit run
December 19, 2006 in print edition on B1
Organizers of the Lawrence Half Marathon will ask city commissioners at their meeting tonight to approve closing city streets and to waive charging for support during the April 15 race.