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Sebelius: Coal plants likely
Governor says it’s important to keep business in Kansas, despite controversy
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday said Sunflower Electric Power Corp. likely will be able to build coal-fired plants. “It’s a question of does it get built in Kansas or Oklahoma,” Sebelius said in an interview with the Lawrence Journal-World.
Police seeking woman in connection with shooting
December 21, 2006
Police this evening are looking for a Lawrence woman in connection with a shooting earlier this week that seriously injured a witness hours before he was scheduled to testify in a criminal trial.
Accident victim dies after week in intensive care
December 21, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, man injured in a K-10 wreck last weekend has died, and a breakdown of crime numbers in Lawrence.
Brantley may return tonight for FSHS girls
December 21, 2006
There’s a chance Free State High girls basketball starting guard Jenna Brantley will return for tonight’s 6 p.m. game against Lawrence High. Brantley has missed Free State’s last two games with a left ankle injury she suffered against Topeka Seaman in the Metro Prep Classic.
Sebelius: Coal plants will probably be built
Sunflower Electric has proposed three700-megawatt plants next to its current 360-megawatt facility in the west Kansas town of Holcomb
December 21, 2006
Sunflower Electric has proposed three700-megawatt plants next to its current 360-megawatt facility in the west Kansas town of Holcomb.
Schools investigate spray-painting of birds
Roosters were green at Free State
December 21, 2006
Roosters were green at Free State.
Lawrence man dies of car wreck injuries
December 21, 2006
Willie D. Paul died during the night, after a week in the hospital.
Kline accused of ethics violation
December 21, 2006
The commission plans to have a hearing Jan. 17 on the allegations.
County: Sheriff’s raise not too much
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
Douglas County Sheriff Ken McGovern is paid more than the Kansas Highway Patrol superintendent and some sheriffs in more populous counties, thanks to a $16,640 raise county commissioners gave him this week.
LMH hopes for year-end donation surge
So far, hospital expansion is $1.4 million short of $8 million spring fundraising goal
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
Leaders of a campaign to help fund a $40 million expansion of Lawrence Memorial Hospital are hoping the final weeks of the year will produce a rise in donations. “We think it could be a busy time,” Dr. Mark Praeger, co-chairman of the LMH Capital Campaign, said of the holiday season and the time that people are looking to make last-minute donations to help with their tax bills. “This is the time of year that we’re all made to think about donations.”
Prairie Park student making sticky sweets to fund trip
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
It’ll take about 200 tins of 24 caramels each to pay for Heather Cistola to make the trip to Washington, D.C., that she’s earned. Heather, a sixth-grader at Prairie Park School, was selected to participate in the Sept. 10-16 People to People World Leadership Forum in the nation’s capital, but she can’t afford the program’s $2,200 tuition plus travel expenses.
Lawrence resident named to new board
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence resident has been named by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to a new board that works on geographic information systems.
Debate team called No. 1 in the nation
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s debate team ended the semester ranked No. 1 in the nation in the National Debate Tournament rankings for varsity teams, KU announced Tuesday.
Sebelius won’t sign off on Kline’s district attorney appointment
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius refused Wednesday to endorse recently defeated Attorney General Phill Kline’s selection as Johnson County district attorney, but Kline’s appointment became official nevertheless.
President weighs troop increase
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A1
Acknowledging deepening frustration over Iraq, President Bush said Wednesday he is considering an increase in American forces and warned that next year will bring more painful U.S. losses. New Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in Baghdad that a troop surge was an obvious option.
Snow slams western part of state
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A1
Schools and highways were closed in northwest Kansas on Wednesday after a winter storm packing snow and ice moved into the area overnight, and more rough weather was forecast.
Victim shot before trial
Man was scheduled to testify Wednesday
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A1
Hours before he was scheduled to testify at trial, the victim in a Lawrence aggravated-battery case was shot and seriously injured late Tuesday in Ottawa.
December drizzle dashes hopes for white Christmas
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A1
Theresa Gilges stared outside at a gloomy scene Wednesday afternoon from her booth at Bucky’s Drive In, 2120 W. Ninth St. “It’s depressing. I’d rather see snow than rain. Rain makes you sleepy and kind of bums you out,” said the Lawrence Holidome’s controller.
Chemicals used to remove snow, ice may harm plants
December 21, 2006 in print edition on D1
The old-fashioned way of coping with snow and ice - removing what you can, then adding an abrasive such as sand or gravel - remains the most environmentally friendly method available. Deicing chemicals are options, but we need to temper their use.
The science of snow’s shape
December 21, 2006 in print edition on D1
Sure we haven’t had a lot of snow yet. But winter doesn’t officially begin until Friday, so chances are good that some of the white stuff is in our future.
Haul out the holly
Hardy evergreens keep pots, planters from sinking into winter hibernation
December 21, 2006 in print edition on D1
Don’t let winter weather keep you from decking your porches, patios, planters, window boxes and hanging baskets. Most anything that grows in the ground during Kansas’ most frigid season is likely to thrive in a pot, too. So why let the Southern states and tropical islands have all the fun?
Boys teams ready for ‘charged’ game
December 21, 2006 in print edition on C1
Lawrence High boys basketball coach Chris Davis has barely mentioned Free State, treating it like any other game on the docket. He has played up the rivalry, emphasizing it a week in advance.
Free State ‘D’ key
Lawrence High girls must break Firebirds’ press
December 21, 2006 in print edition on C1
After the second quarter of last week’s game against Topeka High, it became clear: the Free State High girls basketball team can play defense. That might actually be an understatement. Free State gave up only two points in the second quarter of last week’s 20-point victory. For tonight’s 6 p.m. crosstown clash against Lawrence High, expect the same defensive mindset from coach Bryan Duncan’s team.
Mayer: Walker hype not justified
December 21, 2006 in print edition on C1
This is an alleged season of miracles with rebirths of faith, hope and love, Santa Claus visitations and other wondrous happenings. I’m going to wait before I put a guy named Bill Walker in such a category.
Our town sports
December 21, 2006 in print edition on C7
Grabbing the spotlight
Top five racing stories of 2006
December 21, 2006 in print edition on C7
That’s Racin’s David Poole looks back on the five biggest stories of the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup season.
Shields takes Pro Bowl streak in stride
Chiefs guard lone member of K.C. all-star quartet chosen to start
December 21, 2006 in print edition on C6
Getting his 12th trip to the Pro Bowl feels no better and no worse than did the first one, says Kansas City’s peerless Will Shields.
Owens, Hall call truce on feud
December 21, 2006 in print edition on C6
The feud is over. After Terrell Owens spit in DeAngelo Hall’s face in Saturday night’s game, Hall insisted he’d have nothing to do with the Dallas receiver.
Grobe voted top coach
December 21, 2006 in print edition on C6
Jim Grobe held Wake Forest together after a couple of potentially devastating injuries and turned the perennially downtrodden Demon Deacons into champs.
KU aide Collins takes job at UCF
December 21, 2006 in print edition on C6
Kansas University football assistant Earnest Collins accepted a job as assistant coach at Central Florida, UCF head coach George O’Leary announced Wednesday.
No Horford, no problem for No. 5 Gators
Donovan becomes Florida’s winningest coach with commanding victory
December 21, 2006 in print edition on C5
Joakim Noah scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting to lead No. 5 Florida to an 88-67 victory over Stetson on Wednesday night.
Texas outlasts old SWC rival
December 21, 2006 in print edition on C5
The Texas freshmen are too young to remember the wild and woolly days of the Longhorns’ old rivalry with Arkansas.
Iverson says he didn’t request trade
December 21, 2006 in print edition on C4
Allen Iverson is having one last fight with the Philadelphia 76ers as he leaves town.
Sixers might lure Brown
Iverson exit could pave way
December 21, 2006 in print edition on C4
Larry Brown may be back with the 76ers now that Allen Iverson is gone.
Merry mantels add extra pizazz to holiday parties
December 21, 2006 in print edition on D6
When it comes to decorating for the holidays, Washington A-list designer Barry Dixon says the later the better.
Lawrence Datebook
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B2
On the record
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B2
County commission adopts rural subdivision, development regulations
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B2
Amendments to rural subdivision and development regulations intended to streamline land development processes were formally adopted Wednesday night by the Douglas County Commission.
City’s human relations director set to retire
December 21, 2006
The leader of the city department that oversees civil rights enforcement is retiring after 34 years on the job.
Royals sign reliever Riske
Pitchers Day, Duckworth accept deals
December 21, 2006 in print edition on C2
The Kansas City Royals have signed relief pitcher David Riske to a one-year contract, the club announced Wednesday.
Wall Street CEO receives record bonus
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
John Mack’s record for the biggest bonus ever paid to a Wall Street chief executive didn’t last even a week. It was smashed by the $53.4 million that Goldman Sachs gave its chief executive, Lloyd Blankfein.
3 plead guilty to church fires
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
Three former college students pleaded guilty Wednesday in Birmingham to federal arson charges for burning nine churches in a series of blazes that alarmed rural congregations across Alabama.
Stolen painting presented as gift
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
A painting believed to have been stolen from St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum five years ago was presented Wednesday to the leader of Russia’s Communist Party.
Al-Zawahri hints U.S. must talk to al-Qaida
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
The deputy leader of al-Qaida, Ayman al-Zawahri, told the United States it is negotiating with the wrong people in Iraq, suggesting in a video released Wednesday that his terror group was the real power broker in the country.
Sheriff calls off rescue effort for climbers on Mount Hood
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
With yet another snowstorm barreling in, search teams gave up any hope of finding two missing climbers alive on wind-whipped Mount Hood and abandoned the rescue effort Wednesday after nine frustrating days.
Amish boys are found safe after ‘Huck Finn’ adventure
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
Two 12-year-old Amish boys who set out on an adventure, perhaps inspired by Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, were found late Wednesday afternoon after they were missing overnight, authorities said.
Text of governor’s statement about Phill Kline
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A7
The text of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ statement on Attorney General Phill Kline’s appointment as Johnson County district attorney:
Duck hunter accidentally shoots his own foot
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B4
A Lawrence man accidentally shot himself in the foot with a shotgun Wednesday night during a hunting trip just outside of the city, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Parents seek Spanish speaking child-care providers
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B4
Tiny voices chatter away in English and Spanish in a bustling home in this Kansas City suburb. And that’s just what Jennifer and Steve Lyon envisioned when they sought a Spanish-speaking au pair to tend to their chaotic bevy of 3-year-olds - twins Ella and Catherine and their five-months-older adopted brother, Jackson.
People in the news
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Home lost to fire ¢ MADD drops Miss Teen USA
Iraq war voted top story of 2006
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A2
The convoluted, increasingly costly war in Iraq was chosen the top story of 2006 by U.S. editors and news directors in The Associated Press’ annual vote, followed closely by the U.S. election in which debate over Iraq played a pivotal role.
Tiger Woods is top ‘Biography’
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A2
It’s that time of year again, the season for best-and worst-of round-ups and, of course, the designation of the person of the year. So far, it looks like the year of the decisive nondecision. Time magazine proclaimed “You,” or rather us, the people of the year - a nice but nonspellbinding declaration that has all the hallmarks of a holiday cop-out.
Fort Leavenworth commander candidate to lead U.S. forces
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A6
Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, could be in line to be the next commander of U.S. forces in Iraq.
Shiites to push for political solution
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A6
Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who heads a militia feared by Iraq’s Sunnis, is considering a one-month unilateral cease-fire and may push his followers to rejoin the political process after a three-week boycott, officials close to him said Wednesday.
New technology creates tattoos that could come - and go
December 21, 2006 in print edition on D8
You once adored Janie, but Laura is your honey now. That dragon circling your arm wowed your college buddies, but the executives in the office aren’t nearly as impressed. Just as the number of Americans sporting tattoos has soared in the past decade, so has membership in another group: people who want their bodywork removed. Only then do they come to know the truth: Laser tattoo removal is painful, expensive and may not do the job completely.
Wool works
From felt to fleece, a primer on one of winter’s favorite fabrics
December 21, 2006 in print edition on D7
Winter is wool weather: Wool sweaters, wool scarves, wool jackets.
Fashion designers court fragrance customers
December 21, 2006 in print edition on D7
The modern fragrance wearer is both fashion-forward and fickle.
Veteran receives medals 61 years after war
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B3
When Charles “Virgil” Camren got out of the Navy at the end of World War II, he was in such a hurry to get home that he didn’t wait around to get his medals. However, because of the efforts of his granddaughter, Camren has received some of the decorations due to him 61 years ago.
Cushioning the blow of whiplash
December 21, 2006 in print edition on D3
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries resulting from automobile crashes, affecting about 1 million Americans each year. But adjusting your car’s head restraint properly can minimize the risk of injury, according to a new study.
Snow’s appeal crystal clear to scientist
December 21, 2006 in print edition on D3
You’ve seen snow, but have you ever studied a snowflake? That is, have you looked hard at a falling crystal and seen its unique design up close?
White lies can be a bright ribbon under all the holiday rapping
December 21, 2006 in print edition on D2
White lies folded like dinner napkins, cut like paper snowflakes, settling like dust on fake Christmas trees. White lies told in the spirit of the season.
Book tells the story of perfume
December 21, 2006 in print edition on D2
Very little is harder to describe than a scent, which is, no doubt, why there have not been many scholarly works on the history of perfume. Until now.
Simple measures protect trees from mice
December 21, 2006 in print edition on D3
It’s the cold season, and mice have been seeking bed and board, which is not good for our plants. You may already have seen evidence of their gnawing at the base of some small tree.
Changes announced at National Guard sites
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B5
Kansas military-training efforts got a boost with changes announced for Air National Guard operations in Wichita, Topeka and Salina.
Dealership changes go into overdrive
Nissan Subaru lot takes new owners; Honda location will move
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A8
With Dale Martens Nissan Subaru operating under new ownership this week, now the real work begins. The owners of what is now Bossier Nissan Subaru, 2112 W. 29th Terrace, won’t be in place for long. They have until May 31 to move next door, into a vacant auto showroom and auto sales lot at 2300 W. 29th Terrace, where they have a two-year lease and an option for two more.
The generation gap affects finances
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A8
Oh, how complicated things can get when you mix money and family matters. I’d like to explore the dynamics of family money based on several questions I recently received during my regular online chat on www.washingtonpost.com.
Commodities
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A8
Organizers of canceled raffle ordered to pay $100,000
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B8
The organizers of a raffle that never happened must pay more than $100,000 in refunds and fines, a Jackson County judge said Tuesday. Attorney General Jay Nixon earlier filed suit against the Endowment for the Growth of Giving and its directors, Karen Green and Louise Green, after the group sold tickets for the Nest Egg Giveaway two years ago but canceled the contest for a lack of sales.
Westar wants guarantee that rates will cover plant costs
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B8
Before it begins construction on a new electric generating plant outside Emporia, Westar Energy Inc. wants state regulators to guarantee consumers ultimately will pay for the facility.
Keeping the peace
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B6
Ryun response
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B6
Library etiquette
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B6
Gambling debate
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B6
Other three
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B6
Fiscal restraint
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B6
Dishing ‘Dirt’
Former ‘Friends’ star takes on tabloids in FX drama
December 21, 2006 in print edition on D6
In the opening of Courteney Cox’s seductive new FX series, the actress is seen as a red satin-swathed colossus dominating the Hollywood landscape.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B6
Narcissism may not foster greatness
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B6
Time magazine asked a large number of people to name the Person of the Year. They were in a populist mood and named the largest possible number of Persons of the Year: Everybody.
Language learning
As the world grows smaller, it’s even more important for students to learn about different languages and cultures.
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B6
Participants in a “strategic languages” summit at Washburn University this week are right that Kansas needs to revamp and re-emphasize the teaching of foreign languages at the high school and college level.
Political messiahs fall short
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B7
As we approach the day once known as Christmas, before it became “holiday,” there is a sense that the Messiah, which the day is supposed to acknowledge, is rapidly being supplanted in the public consciousness by a new American religion called politics.
Juco signees plug gaps on KU football squad
December 21, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino stressed the need for help in both the secondary and on the offensive line when talking with reporters in November. Within a month, the Jayhawks significantly upgraded both areas.
KU faces red-hot Hoosiers
Jayhawks coming off best win of year
December 21, 2006 in print edition on C8
When you’re hot, you’re hot, and Indiana University’s women’s basketball team is off to its best start in five years.
Commentary: Knicks’ coach should be penalized
December 21, 2006 in print edition on C2
It could be the smile, which Isiah Thomas flashes so disarmingly at all the right - and wrong - moments. It could be that Thomas is just as adept at sweet-talking David Stern as he seems to be with Knicks’ boss James Dolan.
New tests fall short in revealing health risks
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
New blood tests that doctors hoped would more accurately predict which patients are headed for a heart attack or stroke are no better than cholesterol levels, blood pressure and other conventional measurements, a study found.
Iraqi forces take control of relatively quiet province
December 21, 2006 in print edition on A6
U.S. forces ceded control of southern Najaf province to Iraqi police and soldiers, who marked the occasion Wednesday with a parade and martial arts demonstrations. But doubts remain about whether the Iraqis, vulnerable to insurgent attacks and militia infiltration, can handle security in more volatile provinces anytime soon.
Fort Riley build-up to begin sooner than expected
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B5
The expected build-up of troops at Fort Riley will begin next year, a year ahead of schedule, as Army officials reorganize a key unit to help relieve troops stationed in Iraq.
Horoscopes
December 21, 2006 in print edition on D5
Growing up too fast for toys
December 21, 2006 in print edition on B7
My kids aren’t getting any toys for the holidays. Don’t feel bad for the little darlings. They’ve been hauling in plenty of Hanukkah loot - digital cameras, Ugg boots, gift cards galore. But at 9 and 11, my daughters seem, much to my dismay, to have aged out of toys.
Healthy Kaun returns
KU center overcomes plethora of ailments
December 21, 2006 in print edition on C1
Sasha Kaun wore a brace on his right knee, heavy tape on his left ankle and a new accessory - a bandage wrap on his lower left leg - during a postgame interview session with reporters on Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.