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Soon as filed, charges against abortion doctor dismissed
Outgoing AG’s actions criticized
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A1
In a political and legal whirlwind Friday, Attorney General Phill Kline filed misdemeanor criminal charges against nationally known abortion doctor George Tiller, only to have the charges dismissed after the local district attorney cried foul.
Domestic partner registery considered
December 22, 2006
Lawrence could become the first city in the state to legally recognize gay partnerships.
Possible shooting suspect picked up in Lawrence
December 22, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence police bring in a woman in connection to shooting in Ottawa, and a school district in Pennsylvania shares a mascot with KU.
Missing woman’s body found in Franklin county
December 22, 2006
The body of a 47-year-old Osage County woman reported missing nearly two weeks ago was found by hunters early this morning in a wooded area along a rural road near the Franklin-Osage county line, according to the Osage County sheriff’s office.
Judge dismisses criminal case Kline files against Tiller
Kline, an ardent opponent of abortion, has been investigating clinics operated by Tiller and Planned Parenthood
10:48 a.m., December 22, 2006 Updated 01:56 p.m.
Kline, an ardent opponent of abortion, has been investigating clinics operated by Tiller and Planned Parenthood.
Police apprehend woman sought in connection with Ottawa shooting
The investigation continues
December 22, 2006
The investigation continues.
Longtime teacher, coach recognized in assembly
South’s Ron Garvin named Master Teacher
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B1
Teacher and coach Ron Garvin was hearing Superintendent Randy Weseman rattle off an impressive resume Thursday afternoon during a South Junior High School assembly.
Need holiday cash? Sell used CDs, DVDs
Buyback business increases this time of year
December 22, 2006
All 16-year-old Ben Lauridsen had to do to find some extra cash to do his Christmas shopping this year was give up a couple of his old video games.
Library checks out record 1M items in 2006
December 22, 2006
Yelling was allowed Thursday at the Lawrence Public Library. Evidently, it is OK to break that cardinal rule of libraries if you’re celebrating a Lawrence milestone. Cheers and applause broke out about 4 p.m. as library staff members checked out the 1 millionth item of the year at the library.
Commentary: Brown could be waiting in the wings
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C2
Through the looking glass, Larry Brown appears ready to return to the 76ers. And it just gets interestinger and interestinger.
Historic site to be open on weekends
Society responds to protests of closing Constitution Hall
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B1
Constitution Hall will be open on weekends starting next month. The Kansas State Historical Society announced Thursday that the Civil War-era building in Lecompton will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday starting Jan. 5. That schedule will continue until regular hours resume March 1.
Is NHL coming to K.C.?
Penguins may be looking for new home
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C2
Supporters of Kansas City’s bid to attract another NHL team - three decades after the first one bolted town - reacted with cautious optimism Thursday to Pittsburgh owner Mario Lemieux’s announcement that the Penguins were off the market and would look into relocating.
Lawrence man arrested in Internet sex case
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B1
Johnson County Sheriff’s officers arrested a 22-year-old Lawrence man Wednesday afternoon and allege that he solicited a meeting for sex with an underage girl.
Driver injured in K-10 wreck dies
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Lawrence man injured in a wreck Dec. 15 on Kansas Highway 10 has died of his injuries, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.
Raytheon to sell Wichita-based business
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A3
Defense contractor Raytheon Co. plans to sell its aircraft business for $3.3 billion to Hawker Beechcraft Corp., a new company formed by an affiliate of Goldman Sachs and Onex Partners.
Brownback touts his conservative values
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A3
Sam Brownback said Thursday that conservative values like opposition to abortion and gay marriage will distinguish him from others vying for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
Selective Service plans to test draft machinery
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A3
The Selective Service System is planning a comprehensive test of the military draft machinery, which hasn’t been run since 1998.
NASA considers three shuttle landing sites
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A3
Faced with some less-than-perfect choices, NASA watched the weather report in three time zones Thursday as it struggled to pick a landing site for space shuttle Discovery’s return to Earth.
Kline accused of ethics violations
Attorney general could be fined for allegedly using state computers for campaign
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B1
Outgoing Attorney General Phill Kline has been accused of improperly using state computers in his failed re-election campaign this year and could face a $5,000 fine from the state Governmental Ethics Commission.
Study: More teens abusing medicines to get high
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A3
Teens increasingly are getting high with legal drugs like painkillers and mood stimulants, and they’re turning to cough syrup as well, according to a government survey released Thursday.
8 U.S. Marines charged in Iraqi civilian deaths
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A1
Eight Marines were charged Thursday in the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians last year during a bloody, door-to-door sweep in the town of Haditha that came after one of their comrades was killed by a roadside bomb.
Denver travelers still snowed in
Airport expected to reopen today; parts of city get 25 inches
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A3
Thousands of travelers stranded at Denver’s airport trying to beat the Christmas rush experienced a second frustrating day Thursday, forging through a snowbound city to hotels or opting to bed down again in the terminal.
Bud launches sorghum beer
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C12
People with wheat allergies who have stayed away from beer now have a new option.
Tips sought in painted rooster prank at school
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A1
Free State High School students on their way to the last day of classes before winter break Thursday were confronted with an unusual scene: two live roosters painted green and chained to trees along the school parking lot.
Dillons’ chicken sheds trans fats
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C12
Hutchinson-based Dillon Stores, owned by grocery-giant Kroger Co., announced Thursday that it no longer would use oils containing trans fats to fry chicken - chicken dinners, chicken wings and chicken tenders - that are prepared in its stores.
Police seek woman in shooting case
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A1
Police on Thursday said they were looking for a Lawrence woman in connection with a shooting in Ottawa that seriously injured a witness hours before he was scheduled to testify in a criminal trial.
Education, economy among top priorities
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday said education, the economy, health care and energy would be among her top priorities during the legislative session that starts Jan. 8.
Security in numbers
Lawrence-based Protection One to grow with merger
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C12
Protection One Inc. is hiring more employees in Lawrence, adding customers nationwide and heading back to the big time on Wall Street, all thanks to a merger announced Thursday that will keep the company’s headquarters here in town.
Refinancing a home that’s in a trust
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C12
Q & A about Real Estate with David W. Myers.
Commodities
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C12
Television offering competing versions of ‘Yule Log’ for Christmas Day
December 22, 2006 in print edition on D1
There’s a Yule duel brewing this Christmas day. Not one, but two separate versions of “The Yule Log,” one of television’s oddest yet most heartwarming holiday habits, will beckon families as they open their gifts.
Arthur starting to make strides on defense
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C1
Darrell Arthur dominated on the defensive end - without fouling - during his four years at Dallas’ South Oak Cliff High. “It used to be, ‘Just stay behind your man, then block every shot,”’ Kansas University coach Bill Self said.
Keegan: Greens leave FSHS feelin’ blue
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C1
One senior. One sophomore. Nothing green about either one of the Lawrence High boys basketball players. Not their uniforms. Not their games. Mature, poised, confident, but not green.
Favre leads Green Bay rally
Game could be quarterback’s last at Lambeau
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C10
It might have been Brett Favre’s final fling at Lambeau Field, and it wasn’t pretty. But after nearly throwing the game away, Favre helped the Green Bay Packers pull out yet another come-from-behind victory. Favre threw an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter, then rallied the Packers for a late field goal and a 9-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night.
NFL not backing down on network
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C10
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he shared the pain of Packers fans who weren’t able to watch Thursday night’s game on television because their local cable provider doesn’t carry the NFL Network.
BYU ends bowl skid
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C9
Five years of frustration and a decade of postseason futility are over for BYU. The No. 19 Cougars completed their best season since 2001 by beating Oregon, 38-8, Thursday night in the Las Vegas Bowl, ending the year with 10 straight victories and their first bowl win since the 1996 season.
Freshmen receivers give Mizzou depth
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C9
When Will Franklin tore his shoulder in Missouri’s loss at Iowa State Nov. 18, the Tigers lost their most productive receiver and most dangerous deep threat.
Bowl-game goodies: what every player gets
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C8
Playing in a bowl game offers a college football team many opportunities. It could be the chance for a national championship. A class of seniors could end their final season on a high note. An up-and-coming team has the opportunity to get in a few extra weeks of practice.
Guard Paulus breaks out; Duke tops Zags
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C5
Greg Paulus had five stitches in his chin and a wide smile on his face. The sophomore guard scored a career-high 20 points and combined with Josh McRoberts on three big plays in the second half to help No. 6 Duke beat No. 22 Gonzaga, 61-54, Thursday in the Aeropostale Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Padia plenty tough in LHS triumph
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C1
Lawrence High’s Nathan Padia saw the poster board in the Free State crowd, saying, “Padia is soft.” So after the LHS senior calmly sank his free throw with 1.1 seconds remaining, he turned to the Free State section and placed his index finger to his mouth to hush the Firebirds faithful.
Boggan carries Cowboys past Pitt
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C5
Mario Boggan kept expecting to get tired. He never did. Oklahoma State’s star forward scored a career-high 30 points and had a crucial putback in the final minute to help lift No. 15 Cowboys to a 95-89 double-overtime victory over seventh-ranked Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
Pierce out 2-3 weeks because of foot injury
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C4
Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce has an injury in his left foot that will keep him out for two to three weeks.
Lawrence Datebook
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B2
On the record
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B2
DNA leads to conviction in string of rapes
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B2
A man who was imprisoned for robbery when a DNA hit linked him to a string of five rapes was sentenced Thursday to life in prison.
Anthony won’t appeal
Nuggets standout accepts 15-game penalty
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C4
Carmelo Anthony won’t appeal his 15-game suspension for his role in the New York Knicks brawl last weekend, according to USA Today and ESPN.com reports.
Authorities capture escaped inmate
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B2
An escaped inmate was caught late Wednesday in Hutchinson, authorities said.
Finally, the right fit
Transfers play big role in Shockers’ success
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C3
Karon Bradley walked away from a Marquette team that took him to the Final Four as a freshman. Kyle Wilson left Illinois two seasons before the Illini reached the national title game.
Two to interview for Haskell presidency
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B2
The Bureau of Indian Education and members of the Haskell Board of Regents announced two candidates who will interview in January to be the next president of Haskell Indian Nations University.
Jayhawks sputter at IU
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team followed its best offensive performance of the season with one of its worst Thursday night at Indiana University.
Businesses, agencies announce holiday hours
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B2
Government offices and public services in Lawrence will be closed Monday in observance of Christmas. All city, county and state offices will be closed, as will federal offices in the general services administration and the federal courts. Douglas County District Court offices also will be closed Tuesday and will reopen Wednesday.
Sheriff’s office marks anniversaries
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B2
Two Douglas County Sheriff’s officers received a special tribute Thursday as they each marked their 30th year on the job.
Commentary: Thomas deserves suspension, too
Knicks’ coach escaped too easily
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C4
Dear David Stern: You blew it. I’m sure you don’t see it that way. I bet you think you’ve laid down the law harder than Mardy Collins threw J.R. Smith to the floor with all the suspensions after that brawl between the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets.
Ice contributes to fatal wreck
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B3
A paralyzing storm that dumped more than 2 feet of snow in Denver continued to spill into western Kansas on Thursday, causing one fatal accident and stranding hundreds of holiday travelers.
Bank: Strong economic growth to continue
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A6
China’s sizzling economy will slow slightly next year but still should grow by a robust 9.8 percent even as Beijing extends controls to cool an investment boom, the Central Bank said in a report published today.
Study: Pandemic could kill 81 million worldwide
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A6
A flu virus as deadly as the one that caused the 1918 Spanish flu could kill as many as 81 million worldwide if it struck today, a new study estimates.
Germany urges Russia to aid Litvinenko probe
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A6
Germany’s foreign minister warned Thursday that the assassinations of two vocal Kremlin critics had the potential to damage Moscow’s reputation and urged Russia to help with the investigations into their deaths.
Peace talks in doubt after war declaration
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A6
Somalia is in “a state of war,” the country’s Islamic leader said Thursday, as his fighters battled U.N.-backed government troops for control of strategic villages despite an agreement by both sides to return to peace talks. At least 100 people have been killed.
Turkmenistan leader dies suddenly at 66
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A6
President Saparmurad Niyazov, an eccentric leader who ruled Turkmenistan with an iron hand, died suddenly Thursday, triggering a scramble for power in the gas-rich Central Asian state.
Gunbattles mar Gaza cease-fire
Israeli prime minister, Palestinian president plan summit meeting
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A6
A fierce gunbattle broke out between Hamas and Fatah militants early today in Gaza City, underscoring the fragility of a two-day-old truce that largely had ended factional violence there.
N. Korea focuses on bank issues
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A6
The U.S. envoy to talks on dismantling North Korea’s nuclear weapons program said today that there were no signs of a breakthrough and accused the communist state of not being serious about the negotiations.
Next AG: No charges likely in Big Dig collapse
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A7
The state’s next top prosecutor said Thursday that it may be hard to bring charges in the deadly collapse of a Big Dig tunnel ceiling, despite the current attorney general’s vows to hold someone accountable.
New Jersey law creates civil unions for gay couples
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A7
New Jersey’s governor signed legislation Thursday giving gay couples all the rights and responsibilities of marriage allowed under state law - but not the title.
Bacteria may be to blame for obesity
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A12
New science shows that there’s a reason you can pack on a pound or two if you nibble a few holiday cookies while your skinny friend can snarf a whole plate and not gain an ounce.
Suspect charged in prostitute deaths
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A6
Authorities charged a 48-year-old man Thursday with the murders of five prostitutes whose bodies were recovered this month - crimes that terrified this English town and prompted some women to change their routines as a precaution.
Some ponder ‘designer’ babies with inherited defective genes
December 22, 2006
The power to create “perfect” designer babies looms over the world of prenatal testing. But what if doctors started doing the opposite?
Housing slump weighs on economic activity
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A5
The economy felt the strain of the housing bust and lost momentum in the late summer, with more sluggish performances expected in the months ahead.
Court: Tribes must heed campaign donor rules
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A5
A split California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Indian tribes, some of the state’s biggest political donors, are bound by campaign-finance disclosure rules.
Science journal cuts online peer review
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A5
Citing a lack of participation, the British journal Nature said Thursday it was ditching a closely watched online experiment that allowed scientists to comment on their peers’ research before publication.
Federal court rules issue ads OK during election season
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A5
A federal court Thursday loosened restrictions on corporations, unions and other special interest groups that run political advertising in peak election season.
Official says ex-Clinton aide hid classified documents
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A4
President Clinton’s national security adviser removed classified documents from the National Archives, hid them under a construction trailer and later tried to find the trash collector to retrieve them, the agency’s internal watchdog said Wednesday.
Arizona bests Nevada as fastest-growing state
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A4
Arizona has ended Nevada’s 19-year reign as the nation’s fastest-growing state, fueled by immigrants and Americans moving from other states. At the other end of the scale, Louisiana lost nearly 220,000 people - more than any other state - in the year following Hurricane Katrina, according to population estimates released today by the Census Bureau.
Al-Sadr may end boycott of al-Maliki government
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A8
Radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has agreed to allow supporters to rejoin the Iraqi government after a three-week boycott, officials close to the militia leader said Thursday, as political rivals pushed to form a coalition without him.
Gates talks troops with Iraqi leaders
Defense secretary discusses U.S.‘supporting role,’ meets with soldiers
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A8
Defense Secretary Robert Gates traded ideas with Iraqi leaders Thursday about boosting military assistance for the embattled government and warned Iraq’s neighbors that the U.S. will be a presence in the Persian Gulf for a long time.
Judge orders 19-year sentence for man caught with six bullets
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B8
A Wichita man who was caught with six bullets in his pocket has been sentenced to 19 years and seven months in federal prison.
People in the news
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Final Potter book puts Harry in ‘Deathly Hallows’ ¢ ‘9 to 5’ Parton tribute doesn’t work for Simpson ¢ It’s twins for Diddy, girlfriend
First ‘Monk’ unfolds in shades of gray
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A2
“Monk” (8 p.m., USA) is so popular and so often good it can be forgiven its frequent gimmicks. Tonight’s episode will be presented in black and white at 8 p.m. and then repeated in full color (9 p.m.). Viewers will be encouraged to go to a Web site and “vote” for their favorite format. Democracy in action.
Rosie brings new attitude to ‘The View’
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A2
Three months into the Reign of Rosie, “The View” has become must-see TV. But is it the type of viewing that series creator Barbara Walters was bargaining for?
Holocaust denier freed
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A11
David Irving, the British author who was released on probation after spending 13 months in an Austrian prison for denying the Holocaust, said Thursday he felt no remorse for his views.
Wetlands value
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B6
Hoch memory
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B6
In need of space
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B6
Healthy contest
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B6
Iranian leader needs forceful diplomacy
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B6
In life, an obstreperous child requires attention, whether that comes in the form of punishment, constructive engagement or the usually pointless belief that the offensive behavior will correct itself.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 22, 2006
The spirit of the Christmas season seized some at Lawrence High and the Chesty Lion mascot was done up as Santa Claus to greet students as they made their way to classes.
Club revival
A club facility once was - and could be again - an asset to the Adams Alumni Center.
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B6
It was good to learn that some at the Kansas University Alumni Association are studying the possibility of reopening the Learned Club in the Adams Alumni Center. The Learned Club was a great asset for the association as well as for the university.
Time panders to audience
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B7
Do you like being pandered to? Do you like being presented with a mirror so you can admire yourself? Time magazine sure hopes so. The venerable but not-much-venerated news weekly is sucking up to you, its hoped-for audience, pure and simple. In naming “you” as its Person of the Year for 2006 - complete with reflective plastic on the cover - the fading publication demonstrates how its weakening financial condition has led to a weakening of editorial judgment.
Less debate, more leadership
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B7
Everyone says we need a national debate on Iraq. Left, right, politicos, pundits, editorial writers, academics. If ever there was a universally held position, it’s the belief that holding a national debate on Iraq is just the thing for what ails us in the Middle East.
Former ‘Idol’ contestant hits high note with ‘Dreamgirls’
December 22, 2006 in print edition on D1
‘The title of the film is “Dreamgirls,” but it could have been called “A Star Is Born.” Former “American Idol” contestant Jennifer Hudson absolutely walks away with this big, splashy dazzler of a picture, based on the 1981 Broadway musical, even before performing her plaintive, showstopping number, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” And that’s quite a feat.
Setting realistic resolutions
December 22, 2006 in print edition on D1
TV personality Dr. Phil McGraw shows up on the cover of the January issue of Good Housekeeping to offer advice on making New Year’s resolutions.
Callahan content; Huskers get a break
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C9
Nebraska coach Bill Callahan turned his players loose for a four-day holiday break after declaring them good to go for the Cotton Bowl. “The game plan has been fully installed,” Callahan said Thursday after the Cornhuskers’ final practice on campus. “All we need to do is go down to Dallas and polish it up and prepare the final touches for Auburn.”
Banged-up Brantley doesn’t skip a beat
December 22, 2006 in print edition on C1
Jenna Brantley had one day to practice her shooting stroke in preparation for Thursday’s crosstown tilt against Lawrence High. The Free State senior guard hadn’t practiced in two weeks because of a left ankle injury. But from her play on the court, it was difficult to notice anything ever happened.
Death renews right-to-life debate
Writer with muscular dystrophy tests nation’s euthanasia law
December 22, 2006 in print edition on A11
“Let me die,” wrote Piergiorgio Welby, paralyzed and confined to his bed by muscular dystrophy and unable to eat, speak or breathe on his own. A doctor carried out his wish, disconnecting Welby’s respirator - and with that move reignited the debate about the right to die in predominantly Roman Catholic Italy, where euthanasia is illegal and can be punished by up to 15 years in prison.
Horoscopes
December 22, 2006 in print edition on B5