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Bad news piles up on Wichita State
New Mexico knocks Shockers from ranks of unbeaten at Vegas tourney
December 23, 2006 in print edition on C6
Things weren’t going right for Wichita State before Friday night’s game against New Mexico and it was as bad as it’s been all season after it.
Hansbrough helps Heels
Soph’s double-double leads No. 2 UNC past St. Louis
December 23, 2006 in print edition on C6
Tyler Hansbrough had 15 points and matched his career best with 13 rebounds to lead No. 2 North Carolina to a 69-48 victory over Saint Louis on Friday night.
Report: Train tunnels vulnerable to attack
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A4
The forecast is ominous: A small explosive sneaked onto a commuter train punches a 50-square-foot hole in a tunnel under the Hudson River.
Competition for Bush library narrows
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A4
Southern Methodist University has all but won the competition to host the George W. Bush presidential library, with officials announcing this week that the school will be the “sole focus” of talks next month.
Officials: Shooting victim was intoxicated
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A4
An unarmed man killed in his car on his wedding day by police officers who unleashed a 50-shot barrage was drunk behind the wheel, law enforcement officials said Friday.
Court cuts judgment in Exxon oil spill
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A4
A federal appeals court on Friday cut in half a $5 billion jury award for punitive damages against Exxon Mobil Corp. in the 1989 Valdez oil spill that smeared black goo across roughly 1,500 miles of Alaskan coastline.
Valley finally hitting its peak
Shockers leading early surge
December 23, 2006 in print edition on C7
A year ago, they cracked the code. Now, they’re just cracking heads. Missouri Valley Conference teams have a list of early-season victims that reads like a Selection Sunday roll call: LSU, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Iowa, Xavier. And, not to be forgotten, George Mason.
Iverson nets 22 in Nuggets debut
December 23, 2006 in print edition on C4
Allen Iverson likes playing alongside his new teammates, can’t believe how much snow there is in Denver after a recent blizzard and thinks he looks pretty good in a Nuggets uniform.
Volunteers restore old home, rebuild interest in town’s history
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B2
A couple of intriguing myths are tied to the oldest house in Troy.
On the record
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B2
Judge: Iran owes $254M to terrorist attack victims
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A9
The Iranian government financed a 1996 terrorist attack that killed 19 Americans in Saudi Arabia and must pay $254 million to the victims’ families, a federal judge ruled Friday.
Lawrence Datebook
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B2
An example of what the registry could look like
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A9
Details for how a domestic partnership registry would function in Lawrence haven’t been determined, but here is how it has worked elsewhere.
Helium shortage deflating party stores
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B5
Party balloon retailers are feeling the pinch on the global helium supply across the country and in Kansas, the nation’s leading helium producer.
Interstate 70 reopens after storm
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B5
Highways reopened early Friday in Kansas after a wintery storm dumped up to a half foot of snow on the western part of the state.
A new ball game for NFL Network’s Bryant Gumbel
December 23, 2006 in print edition on C8
Bryant Gumbel was a household name on NBC’s “Today Show” long before Matt Lauer or Katie Couric. He covered the outbreak of the Persian Gulf War from Saudi Arabia, the reopening of the arms negotiations from Geneva and hosted the 1988 Olympics.
Law holds court in A&M rout
December 23, 2006 in print edition on C5
Acie Law scored 21 points and No. 13 Texas A&M had five players score in double figures in an 87-58 victory over Auburn on Friday night.
Learning at the foot of a winner
Pat Knight’s education grows each day he works alongside famous father
December 23, 2006 in print edition on C5
Bob Knight talks to his son every day about coaching. It isn’t always about offense, defense or even recruiting. Sometimes it’s about dealing with a particular player or the media.
Lawyer to replace judge at center of school case
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B2
Topeka lawyer Larry Hendricks has been picked to replaced Shawnee County district judge Terry Bullock, whose controversial ruling forced Kansas legislators to dramatically boost spending on public schools.
CBS announcer brings renowned humor to game
December 23, 2006 in print edition on C1
It was just another dinner on the road, except that college basketball analyst Bill Raftery was in the same restaurant, and when Raftery’s around, nothing fits into the “just another” category.
BC forward no dud
Eagle draws praise for early season dominance
December 23, 2006 in print edition on C1
Jared Dudley, who grew up on the West Coast, always dreamed of playing ball in the East.
Cablevision to carry Texas Bowl in Rutgers area
December 23, 2006 in print edition on C10
Cablevision Systems Corp., a New York-area cable TV provider, reached an agreement with the NFL Network on Friday that will allow its customers to see a much-anticipated college football game between Rutgers and Kansas State University next Thursday.
Troy QB tosses Trojans to triumph
December 23, 2006
Omar Haugabook was Troy’s postseason star, too. The Sun Belt player of the year threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead Troy to its first bowl victory, 41-17 over Rice on Friday night in the New Orleans Bowl.
KU football notebook
December 23, 2006 in print edition on C10
Kansas University running back Jon Cornish has been selected to participate in the annual East-West Shrine Game next month.
Coach at a crossroads
Barnett awaits second chance in wake of CU debacle
December 23, 2006 in print edition on C10
Five months after his unceremonious exit from Colorado, Gary Barnett was standing in a hotel lobby when he was approached by a hyper young man claiming to be a college student in town on a job interview.
Crennel rejects reports on quarterback’s wrist
December 23, 2006 in print edition on C9
An agitated Browns coach Romeo Crennel refuted reports that quarterback Charlie Frye has a broken right wrist and denied he has been hiding injuries this season.
MVP candidates share trainer
Former Chargers teammates Brees, Tomlinson are Todd Durkin’s prized pupils
December 23, 2006 in print edition on C9
Inside his gym, which is tucked into a small shopping strip not far from the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, Todd Durkin has quietly gone about building the season’s two best NFL players.
Chiefs try to right the ship tonight in Oakland
December 23, 2006 in print edition on C9
The scenarios exist for the Kansas City Chiefs to make the playoffs. A loss by Denver, another by Jacksonville, two for Cincinnati, and it goes on.
State’s CFO resigns, will plead guilty to felony
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
The state’s chief financial officer, Comptroller Alan Hevesi, resigned Friday and pleaded guilty to a felony for using a state employee as his wife’s chauffeur.
3 dead after Army helicopter crashes
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
An Army Blackhawk helicopter crashed on a mountain southeast of Seattle during a training mission, killing all three people aboard, military officials said Friday.
Controversial Minneapolis fire chief steps down, takes pay cut
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
Hailed as a pioneer when she became Minneapolis fire chief two years ago, Bonnie Bleskachek left the job Friday with apologies to the city and a demotion that strips her authority but keeps her in the department.
Minimum wage may get boost
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
Imagine what it would be like to work without a pay raise for nearly 10 years. That’s been the plight of some workers who for almost the past decade have been earning the federal minimum wage. Their last pay increase - to $5.15 an hour - came in 1997.
Parents convicted in caged children case
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
A couple accused of forcing some of their 11 adopted special-needs children to sleep in wood and wire cages were convicted Friday of endangerment and abuse.
Space shuttle lands safely
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
Space shuttle Discovery and its seven astronauts safely returned to Earth on Friday after some last-minute suspense over which landing site to use, closing out a year in which NASA finally got construction of the international space station back on track.
Conservative Christians wage ‘War on Christmas’
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A5
The “War on Christmas” has never been so profitable. For the fourth year running, conservative Christian groups have spent much of December mobilizing against what they see as a liberal plot to censor Christmas.
Holiday travel mess continues despite airport’s reopening
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A5
Denver’s snowed-in airport reopened Friday for the first time in two days, but the backlog of flights around the country could take all weekend to clear, and many of the nearly 5,000 holiday travelers stranded here might not make it home for Christmas.
Duke rape charges dropped
Kidnapping charges remain for lacrosse players
December 23, 2006 in print edition on C2
The district attorney dropped rape charges Friday against three Duke University lacrosse players after the stripper who accused them changed her story again. But the men still face kidnapping and sex charges that could bring more than 30 years in prison.
First cases of flu confirmed in state
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
The first flu cases of the season in Kansas were confirmed Friday by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Discovered body case ruled a homicide
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
A body found near the Franklin-Osage County line has been ruled a homicide, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
Colorful yard decorations strewn throughout Lawrence
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
Around Thanksgiving each year, Jason and Jodi Pendleton add a little bit more to their front yard of holiday decorations.
Pa. high school has Jayhawk of its own
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s “happy” Jayhawk has an identical twin in the small western Pennsylvania town of Jeannette.
Police make arrest in Ottawa shooting
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence woman was arrested and booked into Franklin County Jail on Friday under suspicion of shooting a witness earlier this week in Ottawa.
Relief in site for travelers stranded in London airport
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A7
Relief was in sight for thousands of stranded travelers at Heathrow Airport on Friday after forecasters said the thick, freezing fog that forced flight cancellations and delays for four days should begin to lift.
Friends of the Kaw awarded $20,000 grant
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B3
A $20,000 grant for further development of a river awareness and environmental Web page has been awarded to Friends of the Kaw.
Parade to be broadcast on Audio-Reader Network
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A10
Kansas University’s Audio-Reader Network will offer a broadcast of the Rose Bowl Parade from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 1.
Turkmenistan promises ‘democratic’ elections
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A10
The man who unexpectedly became leader of Turkmenistan following the death of Saparmurat Niyazov pledged Friday that new elections will be democratic - but only in the late dictator’s interpretation of the word.
Woman with two wombs gives birth to three girls
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A10
A woman with two wombs has given birth to triplets, in what is believed to be the first case of its kind, a hospital official said Friday.
Nation: U.S. beef had too much dioxin
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A10
South Korea has asked the United States to explain why a shipment of American beef rejected for having banned bone fragments also contained unacceptable levels of the toxic chemical dioxin, an official said Friday.
Pump patrol
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
Religious funeral denied for man who asked to die
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A10
The Roman Catholic Church on Friday denied a religious funeral for the paralyzed Italian author who died after a doctor disconnected his respirator, saying it would treat his public wish to “end his life” as a willful suicide.
Intense gunbattles break out between Hamas, Fatah, damaging fragile truce
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A10
Fierce fighting between Hamas and Fatah militants in Gaza and the West Bank marred a shaky truce Friday, and moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blocked dozens of Hamas government appointments in an intensifying power struggle.
Castro misses 1st parliament since illness
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A10
Fidel Castro’s chair was empty Friday, but Cuban lawmakers quickly approved a spending plan for 2007 in their first session since he fell ill, a sign the communist government will sail ahead without the bearded leader at its helm.
N. Korea nuclear talks end in impasse
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A10
The first disarmament talks since North Korea tested a nuclear device in early October ended Friday with the North refusing to discuss abandoning its nuclear weapons until the United States lifts financial sanctions.
Ex-officials: Parts of Iran article misclassified
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
The White House demanded the excision of material for an article on Iranian-American relations for political - not security - reasons, two former government officials allege.
Federal agency admits violating Privacy Act
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
The Homeland Security Department admitted Friday it violated the Privacy Act two years ago by obtaining more commercial data about U.S. airline passengers than it had announced it would.
City bucks growth to keep horse-friendly lifestyle
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
Tucked in a region of galloping suburban growth is a Southern California town where the sidewalks are horse trails and there’s a ride-through McDonald’s.
Commodities
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B4
Hiring outlook called ‘respectable’
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B4
Employers in Lawrence are thinking along the same lines as their counterparts nationwide when it comes to hiring in the new year.
Goodyear, striking workers reach tentative deal
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B4
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and a union representing about 12,600 union workers in the U.S. - including about 1,400 in Topeka - said they tentatively had agreed Friday to a new contract that would end an 11-week strike over health care benefits and Goodyear’s plan to close a tire factory in Texas.
Poll: Belief in Santa endures in U.S.
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A1
Santa has lots going against him - school-yard rumors, older brothers who think they know the deal and tattle to the young ones, errant price tags, the tell-all Internet and so many Made in China labels it seems the North Pole has outsourced to Asia.
Holiday bonuses run the gamut
December 23, 2006
When it comes to holiday bonuses in Lawrence workplaces, gifts range from money to gift certificates to parties. Then, some may just get the holiday off, or even nothing.
Kansas basketball notebook
December 23, 2006 in print edition on C3
Annexed greyhound park leads to lawsuit
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
Sedgwick County filed a lawsuit Thursday to prevent Park City’s annexation of county-owned land that includes Wichita Greyhound Park.
Water fitness classes to help with arthritis
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
Two water fitness classes designed for people suffering from arthritis have been opened by the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department.
Kids question Santa at earlier age
December 23, 2006 in print edition on D8
When 10-year-old Ryan Martin stopped believing in Santa Claus last year, his mom cried.
Faith briefs
December 23, 2006 in print edition on D8
Classic movies hard to find
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A2
With only one weekend before Christmas, aficionados of holiday classics are running out of time to catch their favorites. Some chestnuts from our video past won’t be airing at all.
Sales of ‘Seinfeld’ Festivus poles grow
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A2
Remember the wacky “Seinfeld” holiday season episode when the character Frank Costanza protests the commercialization of Christmas by putting up an unadorned aluminum pole instead of a tree?
Scouting news
December 23, 2006 in print edition on D3
Around and about
December 23, 2006 in print edition on D3
Club news
December 23, 2006 in print edition on D3
Try these solutions for seasonal stress
December 23, 2006 in print edition on D1
It’s the holiday season, which means you’ll probably shop, wrap, bake, cook, clean and decorate yourself into a frenzy. Here are some tips to help suppress the stress that can threaten good cheer:
Faith forum: What is your favorite Christmas carol and why?
December 23, 2006 in print edition on D1
¢ Best tunes reveal traits of Jesus Christ ¢ Music, atmosphere recall fond memories
It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas
Familiar carols spring from sources diverse and surprising
December 23, 2006 in print edition on D1
Chances are, sometime in the past month, you’ve probably sung a Christmas carol. Or at least caught yourself humming one.
Housing praise
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: We note that the Lawrence Housing Authority has purchased the Clinton Place Apartments. This can only be a good thing for the city and the tenants who will benefit from the new management, if our experience is duplicated for the new facility.
Tricky treats
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: At first I thought it was satire when I read that students in our public schools might have to trade in their candy canes and Christmas cookies for broccoli and carrots.
People in the news
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Robin Williams out of rehab and back on big screen ¢ Filmmaker Van Sant arrested on drunken driving charge ¢ Judge orders paternity test for Anna Nicole Smith’s baby ¢ Miss Nevada USA fired for racy Internet pictures
Deadlock broken
After months of discussion, it was time for county commissioners to prod city commissioners into finalizing new rural development regulations.
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B6
Congratulations to city and county officials for successfully concluding their drawn-out negotiation over new subdivision regulations to guide development in rural Douglas County.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 23, 1906: “We learn that many libraries are having problems of space, such as is ours. One observer said ‘there are too many books being printed and we are having troubles finding where to put them for the best possible use by the most people.’
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B6
Mark Curry, a Kansas University exchange student studying at Warsaw University, recounted the harrowing experiences he had during the current uprising in Poland, where strikes were hindering operations.
Bush stands by his convictions on Iraq
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B6
You’ve got to say this for President Bush: He’s willing to risk further decline in his popularity to pursue the course he thinks is right in Iraq. He may even be willing to do so in the face of opposition by some of his military commanders.
Sperm donors are still biological dads
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B6
By now, Mary Cheney must have inspired an entirely new chapter in “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” Expect your pregnancy to provoke a national controversy.
Simons: Success of ‘going negative’ changes campaign strategies
December 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
The 2006 off-year election votes were tallied just a few weeks ago and already campaigns for the 2008 election are under way. In fact, it appears election campaigns are becoming a never-ending event that subjects the public to partisan campaign efforts 12 months a year, year after year.
Bush smog strategy tossed out as too weak
December 23, 2006 in print edition on A4
A federal appeals court on Friday struck down the Bush administration’s strategy for reducing smog, which impacts the health of more than half the nation’s population, mostly those prone to asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
NBA drawing intense scrutiny
December 23, 2006 in print edition on C4
A voice of reason has emerged in the wake of the Denver Nuggets-New York Knicks punch party, and darned if it doesn’t belong to Steve Francis.
Keegan: Dudley’s skills deadly
December 23, 2006 in print edition on C1
Sometimes it seems as if the top 100 lists of high school basketball players are determined by having the players jump as high as they can, marking the wall at the spot of the apex, pulling out a tape measure and assigning a number based solely on that.
Knight milestone bad for basketball
December 23, 2006 in print edition on C2
Today marks the dawn of a dark day for college basketball. So dark that the shine off Dick Vitale’s head can’t brighten the sport’s most unsavory development.
BC rebounds from bad start
Six straight victories put Eagles on doorstep of poll
December 23, 2006 in print edition on C3
Ranked No. 14 in the country to start the season, Boston College’s basketball team lost favor with the voters early.
Horoscopes
December 23, 2006 in print edition on D7
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Society calendar
December 23, 2006 in print edition on D5