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U.N. to impose Iran sanctions
Nation won’t stop nuclear program
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A1
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Saturday to impose sanctions on Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment, increasing international pressure on the government to prove that it is not trying to make nuclear weapons. Iran immediately rejected the resolution.
Utah topples Tulsa, keeps streak going
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C3
Fittingly, the ball was in Utah defensive standout Eric Weddle’s hands when the Armed Forces Bowl ended.
Man sets himself on fire to protest religious names
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A3
A man set himself on fire apparently to protest a San Joaquin Valley school district’s decision to change the names of winter and spring breaks to Christmas and Easter vacation.
Police kill kidnapping suspect after standoff
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A3
A man who authorities said kidnapped two people at gunpoint was shot and killed by Corona, Calif., police after an hourlong standoff on Interstate 15.
Big Dig reopens months after motorist died
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A3
The Big Dig’s Interstate 90 westbound tunnel reopened late Saturday after federal inspectors approved repairs made in the wake of the motorist’s death, a state official said.
Decade after JonBenet slaying, mystery and fascination remain
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A3
A decade after the Christmastime slaying of JonBenet Ramsey, two aspects of the case endure: the public’s fascination with the murder of the 6-year-old beauty contestant, and a sense for some that the notorious crime may never be solved.
Senate Republicans turn anger on campaign committee
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A3
Narrowly defeated in his bid for a fourth term, Montana Sen. Conrad Burns turned his anger on the National Republican Senatorial Committee and commercials it had run months before the election.
Informant: Suspect spoke casually of killings
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A3
As the city shuttered itself in fear of serial killers this summer, Ron Horton found himself having an odd conversation with an old drinking buddy.
Iverson trying to get up to speed
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C8
It was just practice. Still, Allen Iverson didn’t want to go home. He had too much to absorb. So he hung around with son Deuce, who turned 9 years old Saturday - as most of the Denver players took off.
Vols storm back, upend Texas in OT
Kansas State wins Vegas tourney
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C5
Add another improbable comeback to Tennessee’s early season resume.
Knight ties victory knot
Texas Tech beats Bucknell for win No. 879
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C5
Bob Knight always will be known for his temper and guile, for throwing a chair and winning national championships. Now he’s got the ultimate vindication for doing things his way: Nobody has ever won more Division I men’s basketball games.
Families, survivors file suit in group home fire
December 24, 2006 in print edition on B5
The families of five people killed last month in a group home fire filed wrongful death lawsuits Friday against the facility and its operators, claiming they were negligent by not maintaining key safety equipment.
Challenger won’t pay for recount in House race
December 24, 2006 in print edition on B5
The Democrat who unsuccessfully challenged state Rep. Brenda Landwehr in the November election does not have to pay for a review of ballots that uncovered no proof of error, a judge has ruled.
Schwarzenegger breaks his leg skiing
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A3
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger broke his leg while skiing with his family Saturday morning, a spokesman said.
Paraeducator charged with indecent liberties
December 24, 2006 in print edition on B3
A special-education paraeducator has been charged with five counts of indecent liberties with a child, officials said.
Christmas Eve parties becoming a Jewish tradition
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A10
With no tradition of leaving cookies for Santa, no church to attend and no expectation of presents in the morning, Christmas Eve used to hold little to look forward to for non-Christians - until the Matzo Ball and other night-before-Christmas parties.
No. 1 Bruins blast Michigan
Oregon continues best start since 1946-47 season
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C4
Josh Shipp scored 18 points, Arron Afflalo added 17, and No. 1 UCLA overpowered Michigan, 92-55, on Saturday.
Vegas proves to be bad bet for Shockers
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C4
Wichita State hopes what happened in Vegas stays here. The eighth-ranked Shockers came to Sin City unbeaten and are leaving with two losses in as many nights.
NHL would love NBA’s problems
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C8
The ugly NBA fight last weekend between the Nuggets and Knicks brought up many questions, and one of them is this:
ASU ready for Hawaii’s prolific offense
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C3
While studying Hawaii’s high-flying offense, Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter was reminded of a team closer to home that also forces opponents out of their game plans and into shootouts.
San Jose State finishes 9-win season
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C3
San Jose State linebacker Matt Castelo saw New Mexico halfback Rodney Ferguson hit the hole near the goal line and prepared for a collision.
Bulls get their bowl victory
USF sets tone early, wins first-ever postseason game
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C3
South Florida started fast, made clutch defensive stops and cashed in on a series of fourth-down gambles.
Keegan: Chalmers does it all for KU
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C1
On an afternoon the Kansas University basketball team showcased its defensive versatility and depth at the expense of Boston College, there was no question who led the Jayhawks.
T.O. will deliver no message to Garcia
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C10
Before T.O. took on Donovan McNabb, Jeff Garcia was the receiver’s target. Terrell Owens’ sniping at McNabb last year in Philadelphia led to his suspension and departure from the Eagles.
Zebra mussels found at Winfield City Lake
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C10
Wildlife and Parks officials have confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Winfield City Lake.
Fishing regulations get update Jan. 1
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C10
Hard copies of the 2007 Kansas Fishing Regulations booklet will be available in early January, and anglers should be aware of new regulations that will take effect Jan. 1.
On the record
December 24, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
December 24, 2006 in print edition on B2
Semper Fi spirit and video games help with rehabilitation efforts
December 24, 2006 in print edition on B2
If a Marine survives being shot in the head, chances are he or she will be looking forward to some quiet time at home. Lance Cpl. John McClellan just wanted to waste some aliens on planet Sera.
Kansas basketball notebook
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C7
Former Kansas University walk-on guard Scott Novosel, who has lived in Tokyo the last seven years, attended, as did former KU guard Nick Bradford, who plays professional basketball in France.
KU weathers block party
B.C. standout swats seven Jayhawk shots
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C7
One school of thought for a basketball coach is sometimes you just have to realize a star player is going to get his, and you work around it.
B.C. hurt before tip
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C6
Boston College hadn’t even stepped on the court at Allen Fieldhouse to face No. 11 Kansas University before the bad breaks hit.
Militant group steps up bombing campaign
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A8
A car bomb exploded outside a state government building in Nigeria’s southern oil hub Saturday, marking the first targeting of government installations by a militant group that has previously focused attacks on foreign oil companies.
Shiite lawmakers try to rebuild coalition
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A8
A top Shiite cleric Saturday refused to support a U.S.-backed plan to form a political coalition of Iraq’s Shiites, Sunni Arabs and Kurds - an attempt to defuse the sectarian violence that has gripped the country.
General Assembly gives OK to start renovation
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A8
The General Assembly finally gave a green light to start a $1.9 billion renovation of the U.N.’s landmark headquarters in New York after years of delays, a move welcomed Saturday by outgoing Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Turkmen leader’s death leaves instability
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A8
Even in a region characterized by autocratic rule, Turkmenistan’s Saparmurat Niyazov stood out in the former Soviet states of Central Asia. He was the most flamboyant, the most heavy-handed - and the first to die.
Senior Taliban leader killed in U.S. airstrike, military says
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A8
A U.S. airstrike near the Pakistan border killed the Taliban’s southern military commander, a U.S. military spokesman said Saturday, calling him the highest-ranking Taliban ever slain by American forces.
People in the news
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ U2’s Bono to receive honorary knighthood ¢ Ex-Miss Nevada USA apologizes for photos
Zuzu’ actress reminds fans it’s a wonderful life
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A2
Zuzu has a cold again. She sniffles and sucks on a cold pill as she signs autographs for fans lined up to the door in a coffee shop.
Family caroling tradition hits golden note this year
Ever-growing group celebrates 50th anniversary
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A1
Fifty years ago, Maggie Carttar and her young family said: “Oh, what the heck. Let’s just go sing.”
Duke lacrosse case may be crippled
Legal experts say prosecution has ‘credibility problem’
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C2
A prosecutor’s decision to drop rape charges but keep other counts against three Duke University lacrosse players has left many legal experts - including some who had supported him - wondering what case he could have left.
Christmas far from happiest time of the year for many among us
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A1
When Nancy Taylor was a child, her father would always tell her he hated to see the holidays come. At the time, she didn’t understand why her father called Christmas a sad time. For a child, she said, Christmas is fun.
Images of Santa evolve to reflect black community
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A6
This is the fifth year David Robinson has donned the red suit with furry white trim, tasseled hat, and giant boots. His beard, naturally thick, is a mix of reddish brown and white, the strange result of a partially successful dye job aimed at achieving the perfect look of Old St. Nick.
Professor brought ‘12 Days of Christmas’ to U.S. from England
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A6
Whatever you think of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” you can thank, or blame, a Milwaukee college professor for bringing the holiday carol across the Atlantic Ocean.
Car safety becomes focus after 3-year-old throttled by window
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A7
A Detroit girl who died when her neck became trapped in the power window of a moving car would still be alive if the car - a recent-model Pontiac Vibe SUV - had auto-reverse devices for the windows, a child safety advocate said Friday.
To develop maps for the blind that are created by the blind’
Graduate student draws on personal experience, faculty support in comprehensive project to create tactile diagrams of campus
December 24, 2006 in print edition on B1
Rachel Magario once thought of Kansas University’s campus as a jungle. Its lack of square blocks made it difficult for Magario, who is blind, to navigate.
Proposed coal plants spark broad response
December 24, 2006 in print edition on B1
The public comment file on the proposed coal-fired plants in western Kansas contains statements from lawyers, government officials and lobbyists.
Marijuana cited as major state crop
Study calls plant ‘untapped source of revenue’
December 24, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kansas is the land of wheat, sorghum and … weed? A new study that’s raising eyebrows around the country suggests that the nation’s top cash crop isn’t corn or wheat, but marijuana.
Zebra mussels infest lake
December 24, 2006 in print edition on B8
Destructive zebra mussels have gotten into a second Kansas lake, state wildlife officials say.
Safety thanks
December 24, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I wish I could thank every law enforcement officer for the sacrifices they make to protect our families. While we are enjoying the Christmas festivities and New Year celebrations with our families, our officers are out on patrol in all kinds of weather making sure our community is safe.
City agenda
December 24, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The city of Lawrence needs to wake up to the agenda being set forth by our commissioners. The fact that this very vocal and active minority is setting our city on a path of regression is alarming.
Sebelius says focus on Kansas, not D.C.
As second term starts, speculation begins
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A1
State budget fixed. Check. School finance lawsuit dismissed. Check. Re-elected by wide margin. Check. National recognition. Check. That’s an oversimplified checklist for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, but by most accounts Sebelius starts her second term with some political clout.
Presidential coins honor attainment, not achievement
December 24, 2006 in print edition on B7
There is no more revered spot in the United States, from its founding as a mercantile nation, than on the country’s coins.
Controversial Kline
Controversy seems to be following Phill Kline as he leaves state government and heads to his new Johnson County post.
December 24, 2006 in print edition on B6
Controversy seems to be following Phill Kline as he leaves state government and heads to his new Johnson County post.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 24, 2006 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 24, 1906: “The community is poised to celebrate one of its finest Christmases and many will be attending special church services in connection with the celebration.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 24, 2006 in print edition on B6
Community Development funds were to be used to pay the salary of a city coordinator for a recently formed group of social service agencies.
Minnesota, holiday not right without snow
December 24, 2006 in print edition on B6
The world is full of surprises. Some things are new under the sun. A movie in the Mayan language was No. 1 at the box office, and Placido Domingo got booed at the Met, and Rudolph Giuliani is the leading candidate for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, and a Congressman named Jefferson with a freezer full of cash got re-elected in New Orleans.
Mulally gambles on Ford’s ‘wow’ factor
December 24, 2006 in print edition on B6
If Alan Mulally, Ford’s CEO, is looking for fresh words to inspirit his troubled company - words to replace “The Way Forward,” which rang hollow as Ford slid further backward - he might try: “Lay off the cheeseburgers, America - you’re killing yourself, which is your business, but you’re also killing Ford, which is my business.”
Bankruptcies
December 24, 2006 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection for the two weeks ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
LMH welcomes nursing leader
December 24, 2006 in print edition on E1
Lawrence Memorial Hospital recently hired Denise Martinek as the hospital’s director of maternal child nursing.
401(k) game has strengths and weaknesses
December 24, 2006 in print edition on E1
Let’s play the “What’s Wrong With This Picture?” game. The picture provides a new view of 401(k) plans administered by The Vanguard Group - how employers set them up and how employees use them. There’s a bit of good news, but lots of bad.
Web site’s focus is cats in bags
December 24, 2006 in print edition on D8
The cat’s out of the bag - not. At www.catsinbags.com, you’ll find a bevy of kitties who turn grocery bags - and Tupperware containers and cardboard boxes and canvas totes - into feline pied-a-terres.
Pets don’t make good gifts
December 24, 2006 in print edition on D8
Hanukkah. Kwanzaa. Christmas. Whatever you’re celebrating this month, no doubt it involves opening your hearts and taking part in the spirit of giving.
Sissy!’ author writes book-length poem
December 24, 2006 in print edition on D3
Lawrence writer Tom Mach - author of “Sissy!” and “All Parts Together” - has released a poetry book.
Time is running out
Be sure to remember gadgets during last-minute shopping
December 24, 2006 in print edition on E1
‘What? You’d better not be waiting until Christmas Eve to do your shopping : Buddy. We have too much to do.” “But it’s tradition!” I said, looking over the electronic gadgets in the newspaper inserts.
Best-Sellers
December 24, 2006 in print edition on D3
Poet’s Showcase
December 24, 2006 in print edition on D3
Reasons to Celebrate an Early Yugoslavian Spring Day
Denver Post nominates KU senior for award
December 24, 2006 in print edition on D2
Candice Bondank, a senior theater/voice major at Kansas University, has been nominated for one of the 2006 Denver Post Ovation Awards.
High demands placed on those who don Santa suits
December 24, 2006 in print edition on D2
Santas come from all walks of life. They are construction workers, police officers, dentists - one member of the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas is a practicing heart surgeon, says Santa Tim Connaghan. But regardless of their backgrounds, they all need skills/traits in:
Holiday letter rant case of pot calling kettle black
December 24, 2006 in print edition on D1
I am curled up on the sofa by the fire, reading what has to be the world’s longest Christmas letter.
Strip deals wry Pearls of wisdom
December 24, 2006 in print edition on D1
Cartoonist Stephan Pastis lives on the edge. As the creator of the wildly popular comic strip Pearls Before Swine, he’s simultaneously trying to captivate a generation that turns to “South Park,” “Family Guy” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” for laughs AND make a living selling his strip to daily newspapers, whose subscriber base skews toward the over-50 crowd.
In spite of setback, he’s Still Santa
Longtime St. Nick battles back from debilitating stroke
December 24, 2006 in print edition on D1
Sometimes, you have to pretend to be someone else to remember who you are. It was that way for Larry Kline. Christmas depended on it.
Target pulls Che Guevara ad campaign
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A7
In some circles, Che may live, but in Target stores, he’s history. Images of the communist revolutionary figure - his ears donned with an iPod-esque set of earphones and splashed on the latest CD cases - have been pulled from the shelves.
Danger! Zone
Seldom-seen defense keys KU victory
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C1
Jared Dudley was prepared to face Kansas University’s in-your-face, man-to-man defense for a full 40 minutes Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.
Parents’ threat to call Santa may depress kids
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A10
Sometimes, it’s Mom and Dad who are naughty when they should be nice.
Horford comes up huge for Gators
Center bounces back from bum ankle to key rout of Ohio St.
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C4
Florida center Al Horford looked “awful” in his first practice in nearly two weeks. He was tentative and clearly trying to protect his left ankle.
Chiefs keep hopes alive with win over Raiders
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C1
Another victory over the Oakland Raiders took a little bit of the sting out of the Kansas City Chiefs’ three-game losing streak.
Israel agrees to free $100M in frozen Palestinian funds
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A8
Israel agreed Saturday to release $100 million in frozen funds to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and ease West Bank travel restrictions - goodwill gestures that revived hopes for a resumption of peace talks after years of hostility and distrust.
Road rage accelerates for holidays
December 24, 2006 in print edition on B1
Neither pear-tree partridges nor roasted duck are the type of holiday bird drivers sometimes serve up this time of year.
Technology serves up virtual dinners with family for elderly, caregivers
December 24, 2006 in print edition on A5
Harvey Bumpus doesn’t like to eat alone. But his wife died more than a year ago and his family is scattered across the country. Most nights, he eats a meal of oatmeal or hot dogs and eats alone.
Horoscopes
December 24, 2006 in print edition on D6
For Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006:
Santa collectibles offer dual use as containers, decor
December 24, 2006 in print edition on D4
Santa Claus has changed throughout the years. The tall St. Nicholas who left gifts for good children and lumps of coal for bad children was transformed in the 1880s into a small Santa who could slide down a chimney, then to the jolly, fat Santa popular since the 1920s.
All about ‘You’
Whirlwind ‘RealAge’ doctor, author defies time
December 24, 2006 in print edition on D3
“RealAge” Dr. Michael F. Roizen has a lot of tools to spread his gospel of healthy living: best-selling books, radio call-in shows, regular TV appearances and, perhaps, his own energy and enthusiasm.
Knight no match for Smith’s class
December 24, 2006 in print edition on C2
The call came one winter afternoon to the sports department of the Daily Tar Heel. The year was 1988.
Troop surge in Iraq is hard to justify
December 24, 2006 in print edition on B7
White House officials are aggressively promoting the idea of sending more U.S. troops to Iraq over the unanimous objections of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to news reports.