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City commissioners to revisit downtown security concerns
December 26, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, city leaders take blame for failure in downtown nightlife security, and more about return policies after Christmas.
Airline passenger’s strange note delays flight
December 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
A New York-to-Portland flight carrying former Maine Gov. Angus King was delayed for more than two hours on Christmas Eve after a passenger passed along a note about blood and death.
2 American climbers go missing in Himalayas
December 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
On Nov. 9, this message was inscribed in the visitors’ book of a restaurant in the remote southern Chinese village of Litang: “Great food and people.
24 die in fire blamed on illegal firecrackers
December 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
A fire blamed on illegally sold firecrackers swept through a department store in the central Philippines on Christmas Day, killing 24 people who took refuge in a restroom, police said today.
Bush AIDS effort hampered by poor records
December 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
President Bush’s ambitious AIDS-fighting program in poor countries has pushed so hard for fast results that basic record keeping and accountability often went by the wayside, making it hard to judge the true success, according to government audits and officials.
U.S. military death toll in Iraq exceeds 9/11 deaths
December 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
The U.S. military death toll in Iraq has reached 2,974, one more than the number of deaths in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, according to an Associated Press count on Tuesday.
Jets sneak by Dolphins in defensive duel
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C7
The stadium was two-thirds empty by the fourth quarter, and small clusters of New York Jets fans let out a hearty cheer when Mike Nugent kicked the winning field goal with 10 seconds left Monday night.
Eagles snare control of NFC East
Garcia dissects Cowboys for fourth straight victory; Philly clinches playoff berth
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C7
The Philadelphia Eagles were supposed to get buried by December road games against all three division foes, especially with retread backup Jeff Garcia running the offense.
Nowhere to go but up for Big Ben
2006 has been rude awakening for Pittsburgh QB Roethlisberger
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C6
Ben Roethlisberger knew he wouldn’t raise Super Bowl trophies every season, and that winning 27 of his first 31 starts set a pace that would be impossible for any NFL quarterback to match.
Colts try to right ship before playoffs
Demoralizing loss to Texans may force Indy to play on wild-card weekend
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C6
Tony Dungy won’t change his philosophy. He intends to play his regulars this week, build momentum for the playoffs and try to put the Indianapolis Colts in the best possible playoff position - even though they no longer control their seeding fate.
Israeli PM orders checkpoints dismantled
December 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
It’s going to get easier for Palestinians to move around the West Bank.
Lynch rejoins hit parade
35-year-old Bronco’s big blows remind him of prime
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C6
John Lynch was living on his reputation for most of the season, memories of his past play having more to do with his making the Pro Bowl for the eighth time than anything he did this year.
Hawaii’s Brennan will ponder future
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C5
After breaking the NCAA single-season touchdown record, Colt Brennan isn’t sure he’s ready to take a shot at the NFL just yet.
Revenue sharing helps Minnesota
Despite small bowl bid, Gophers rake in $2.1 million
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C5
When it became obvious the 2006 University of Minnesota football team would again miss out on a top-tier bowl game - one played on New Year’s Day - the goal internally became simply to reach the requisite 6-6 record to qualify for any bowl.
Roberts court becoming more media-friendly
December 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
Many Supreme Court justices prize the anonymity that comes with their lifetime appointments and camera-free courtroom. Unrecognized, justices have snapped pictures for tourists in front of the court or been asked to move out of the way of a shot.
FDA may clear cloned food, but public has little appetite
December 26, 2006 in print edition on A9
Consumer advocates and others have complained bitterly in recent years that the Food and Drug Administration has veered from its scientific roots, making decisions on controversial matters - such as the emergency contraceptive “Plan B” - on political rather than scientific grounds.
Ethiopian attacks escalate
December 26, 2006 in print edition on A9
Ethiopian warplanes attacked the airport in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on Monday in another major escalation of fighting between the Ethiopian-backed Somali government and the Islamic Courts movement that in recent months has taken over much of the country.
On the record
December 26, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
December 26, 2006 in print edition on B2
Garden City beginning to rise from ashes of plant fire in 2000
December 26, 2006 in print edition on B2
The meatpacking plant that once drove much of this southwest Kansas town’s economy has been idle since a devastating fire six years ago, and it shows.
Woods surprised by latest win
AP Male Athlete of the Year says he’d give award to Federer
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C1
Tiger Woods had an answer for everything. When he missed the cut at the U.S. Open for the first time in a major - his first tournament after his father died of cancer - some questioned whether he could rekindle his desire to dominate. He never finished worse than second in stroke play the rest of the season.
Hoops and troops
Nash takes pride in Trotters’ tour
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C1
Bryant Nash shook a lot of hands and signed a batch of autographs during the Harlem Globetrotters’ just-completed 21-day Holiday Military Tour of the Middle East.
Aviation brigade revives Marshall Field
December 26, 2006 in print edition on B2
For more than a decade, sounds from field artillery and mighty Abrams tanks have pierced the Flint Hills, confirming for residents that the Army is training.
KU slides up to ninth in newest AP poll
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team is back in the top 10.
People in the news
December 26, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Gallagher faces lawsuit for shove at Branson show ¢ Daly denies New Year’s Eve showdown with Seacrest ¢ Longtime CBS president dies
Godfather of Soul’ dies at 73
December 26, 2006 in print edition on A2
James Brown, 73, the dynamic performer and incomparable bandleader who changed the shape of popular music in America and the world, and was known the “Godfather of Soul” and “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” died Monday.
Targets for NBA’s next blockbuster
Wayward teams should follow Philadelphia’s lead and trade stars away
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C4
The “blockbuster” trade has become a common practice in the NBA, with names such as Tracy McGrady, Shaquille O’Neal and Allen Iverson being shipped in recent seasons.
Heat stifle Kobe; Wade shines
Miami continues dominance of Christmas-Day clash
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C4
And on the 12th day of Christmas, the Los Angeles Lakers received the same thing they got last year, and the year before that, a gift they’d just assume return if they could ever beat the Miami Heat on Dec. 25.
Airport, mail carriers try to recover from storm
December 26, 2006 in print edition on A4
The city’s airport hummed with activity on Christmas Day as airlines struggled back from a paralyzing blizzard, and mail carriers stayed on the job delivering thousands of storm-delayed packages.
Time for Millen to eat his own words
Detroit Lions president talks a good game, but it seems most of his words are just plain hollow
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C2
Matt Millen is a wonderful talker. As a sportscaster, he talked his way into being the Lions’ president. He is as engaging and personable as anybody I’ve ever met in sports.
New film highlights remote Kansas canyons
Photographer captures natural beauty at Arikaree Breaks north of St. Francis
December 26, 2006 in print edition on B3
Audrey Kalivoda laughs off the ribbing she takes at home in Fairview, Tenn., for growing up in Kansas.
It’s never ‘game over’ once you turn to Internet
December 26, 2006 in print edition on D2
Soon, many folks will unwrap new video games and systems - among the most-requested items on gift lists, according to many surveys. But what do you do when that initial rush wears off?
Web searches help spread the holiday cheer
December 26, 2006 in print edition on D2
Here are some stocking stuffers to tide you over until New Year’s Day if you’re stuck at home.
Self-proclaimed fool predicts 2007 news
December 26, 2006 in print edition on D1
Only fools try to predict the future. With that in mind, here are my best guesses about what 2007 will bring us:
Concerned teen wonders how to help boyfriend with depression
December 26, 2006 in print edition on D1
Dear Dr. Wes and John: When you love someone with some “issues” like depression, how can you help them crack their shell? - 16-year-old girl
Operation restoration
Girl Scouts breathing new life into student instruments for service project
December 26, 2006 in print edition on D1
Paula Kyriakos began her music education in sixth grade when she learned to play the flute.
Apple Users’ Group to welcome ‘newbies’
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C10
The Lawrence Apple Users’ Group 2.0 will conduct a “Welcome to Macintosh” meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 3 in the community room at Signs of Life bookstore, 722 Mass.
Cottonwood earns CARF accreditation
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C10
Cottonwood Inc. of Lawrence recently earned a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
Money tip
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C10
Did you make long-distance calls from your home in the last three years? Then Uncle Sam owes you.
Childproofing the future
Parents shouldn’t neglect financial planning
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C10
You’ve picked out a name, the nursery colors, and even put your future baby on waiting lists at day-care providers.
K.C. seeks home for historical plane
December 26, 2006 in print edition on B8
The city is looking for a place to display an old aircraft thought to be one of the first planes built for leisure flying.
Leaders call for peace, good will at Christian celebrations
December 26, 2006 in print edition on A8
From soldiers who donned red Santa hats in Afghanistan to devoted worshippers visiting Bethlehem, Christians around the world celebrated Christmas Day with the sobering thoughts of peace and tolerance even as open war flared in Somalia.
The sound of silence fills campus
With students on holiday break, many KU offices cut hours and catch up
December 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
Tim Davey gets a prime parking space. But the trade-off is long, dull hours at the travel desk inside Kansas University’s student union.
Q: Who answers 864-3506? A: KU Info staffers, once again
December 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
KU Info has a pulse again. “We’re back,” director Curtis Marsh said.
Artists prepare sister city statues
Eternal Spring’ will be presented to towns in Germany, Japan
December 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence will spend about $3,000 to make and send gifts to its two sister cities during the next year and a half.
A new mane event
Unique soccer games harness horsepower
December 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
Christina Lyon, a lifelong cutting horse rider, laughed as she handed over a magazine article about horses playing soccer.
World meets Western Kansas
Coldwater high school immersed in foreign exchange program
December 26, 2006 in print edition on A1
Natalia Villaroel Pariagua was stunned. She’s from Santa Cruz, Bolivia. There are 1.4 million people there. Now she was waking up for the first time in Comanche County. The entire county might have 1,900 people.
Tornadoes injure several in sweep across state
December 26, 2006 in print edition on A5
Mother Nature muttered a big “Humbug” Monday as a statewide storm twirled tornadoes at Floridians celebrating Christmas.
Students bring extra state aid to district
December 26, 2006 in print edition on A1
That’s only 1.1 percent of the district’s annual budget this year, but Superintendent Mike Baldwin says it’s still a significant amount.
Families incorporate own traditions into celebration
December 26, 2006 in print edition on A10
The hustle and bustle of Christmas is over, but in the Wardford home one of their most treasured holidays - the seven days of Kwanzaa - begins today.
Using God as political tool
December 26, 2006 in print edition on B7
As this holy season of consummate consumerism gives way to the hopefulness of a new year, beware of Newts bearing pious pronouncements.
Road reports
Kansas is far behind its neighbor in the technology it employs to inform travelers of the condition of roads in the state.
December 26, 2006 in print edition on B6
The snowstorm that paralyzed eastern Colorado and western Kansas last week, leaving thousands of travelers stranded, was bad news in many ways.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 26, 2006 in print edition on B6
The Kansas City skywalk collapse that had taken 114 lives, nearly 50 of them Kansans, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on July 17 was the unanimous choice as the top Kansas news story of 1981 in a survey of Associated Press newspaper and broadcast editors.
Only a treat
December 26, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I think the bulk of the population can agree with limiting school snacks on a daily basis but this policy can and has been carried too far.
Shopping plans
December 26, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: After driving my car through city streets in Lawrence, I became aware of the need to change our plans for shopping.
Rehab more about saving image
December 26, 2006 in print edition on B6
Writer F. Scott Fitzgerald once scribbled “there are no second acts in American lives.” He obviously never witnessed the P.R. value of a rehab stint.
Horoscopes
December 26, 2006 in print edition on B5
For Tuesday, Dec. 26
Bowl season continues in Motor City
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C5
Middle Tennessee State knows it can’t win the Motor City Bowl with strength. And it’s not so sure it can win with speed against Central Michigan.
Brokaw takes on immigration
December 26, 2006 in print edition on A2
“Tom Brokaw Reports in the Shadow of the American Dream” (7 p.m., NBC) takes a one-hour glance at the immigration controversy. The former anchor travels to a Rocky Mountain community that has seen an influx of undocumented aliens from Mexico.
Big Unit on his way out?
Yankees looking to deal 43-year-old lefty
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C2
Randy Johnson could be leaving the New York Yankees after just two seasons.
Allen Press named Employer of Month
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C10
JobLink, a division of Cottonwood Inc., has named Allen Press Inc. as its Employer of the Month for December.
A gift is a gift, so remember to be thankful
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C10
As you accept gifts this holiday season, it helps keep in mind one of my favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “He is a good man, who can receive a gift well.”
Christmas dinner all about presence
Annual community meal serves more than 700
December 26, 2006 in print edition on A1
Sitting alone at a table in the dining hall of First United Methodist Church, Frank Diggs dragged the prongs of his plastic fork through a heap of mashed potatoes.
Katrina fraud may balloon past $2B
With little competition, government contracts have high potential for abuse
December 26, 2006 in print edition on A1
The tally for Hurricane Katrina waste could top $2 billion next year because half of the lucrative government contracts valued at $500,000 or greater for cleanup work are being awarded without little competition.
Some retailers tighten policies to avoid fraud, theft
December 26, 2006 in print edition on A5
Monday, everything is twinkling Christmas lights and shiny packages under the tree. We thank Aunt Ida and assure her that we love the cable-knit reindeer sweater and matching socks. We actually believe it is the thought that counts.
Bush deja vu on higher taxes
December 26, 2006 in print edition on B7
President Bush is willing to raise taxes. That reality was a big surprise to me 16 years ago, in 1990, when I was working in the White House.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 26, 2006 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 26, 1906: “While many were endeavoring yesterday to care for the deserving poor of our city, there was a party of people here which was really suffering at Christmas.
Art helps world cope with new reality
December 26, 2006 in print edition on B6
Any attempt at holiday cheer faces a long, hard Rumsfeldian slog as 2006 ends. Iraq’s conflict has metastasized into a brutal communal war. George W. Bush wrestles fitfully to salvage a failing presidency.
Woodling: Softball successes best of ‘06
December 26, 2006 in print edition on C1
Title IX changed the face of women’s intercollegiate athletics, so in that numerical spirit here are my top nine Kansas University women’s sports stories of 2006: