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If the Chiefs win Sunday, which other game is most likely to ruin their playoff chances?

Poll results

Response Percent
San Francisco at Denver (49ers must win)
 
92%
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati (Steelers must win or tie)
 
6%
New England at Tennessee (Patriots must win or tie)
 
2%
Total 50
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Judge won’t reinstate abortion case charges
Kline says special prosecutor will continue work
December 27, 2006
Says special prosecutor will continue work.
President Ford had ties to Lawrence
December 27, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, former President Gerald Ford had ties to Lawrence, the lost art of the “thank-you” note, and investigation of the shooting in Ottawa.
More arrests made in Ottawa shooting
Victim was to testify the day he was shot
December 27, 2006
Victim was to testify the day he was shot.
Kline appoints special prosecutor in abortion case
Says prosecution can continue even when Morrison takes office
December 27, 2006
Says prosecution can continue even when Morrison takes office.
Former KU alumni director will appeal arbitration on firing
Fred Williams was dismissed in 2004
December 27, 2006
Fred Williams was dismissed in 2004.
Ford had strong Kansas ties
December 27, 2006
Former president pick Bob Dole as his running mate.
Major storm could affect Kansas highways
December 27, 2006
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is advising motorists across Kansas to be aware that another major winter storm is developing in western states and could affect travel in parts of Kansas beginning Thursday, Dec. 28.
Traffic-related deaths for law officers rise
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
Police officers who can ticket you for not wearing a seat belt sometimes ditch their own restraints, a factor that may have contributed to a double-digit jump this year in law enforcement traffic fatalities, according to a new study.
Rights groups sue over rental bans
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
Two civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging a new law in a Dallas suburb that outlaws renting apartments to illegal immigrants, alleging the ordinance violates federal law and forces landlords to act as immigration officers.
Elvis remains king of postage stamps
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
Elvis is still The King. An annual survey by the Postal Service found that some 124.1 million of the 1993 Elvis Presley stamps were saved by Americans - making it the most popular stamp in the country.
Bush’s new way forward in Iraq has plenty of build-up
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
Determined not to be rushed, President Bush has spent weeks figuring out a new war plan in Iraq. All the while, the American public’s expectations have been headed in one direction - up.
U.S. pursues financial sanctions against ‘axis of evil’
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
Frustrated over languishing diplomatic campaigns against Iran and North Korea, U.S. officials are finding their backup strategy of financial sanctions has been surprisingly effective against those remaining members of President Bush’s “axis of evil.”
Popular heartburn drugs linked to hip fractures
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
Taking such popular heartburn drugs as Nexium, Prevacid or Prilosec for a year or more can raise the risk of a broken hip markedly in people over 50, a large study in Britain found.
Hornets standout Paul sprains right ankle
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C4
New Orleans Hornets star Chris Paul was carried off the floor Tuesday night against the SuperSonics in severe pain because of a sprained right ankle.
Nets look to fill Krstic’s big shoes
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C4
Rod Thorn is scanning the CBA, the NBDL and just about every other professional and amateur league in the world for someone to fill in for Nets center Nenad Krstic, who will miss the rest of the season after tearing his left ACL last week.
Early scores enough for Chippewas
Central Michigan earns first I-A bowl victory, 31-14
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
Central Michigan scored on its first two drives and added another touchdown early in the second half. That was more than enough.
Woodling: Recalling former Jayhawks
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
As we come closer to the end of 2006, I hope you’ll take a couple of minutes with me to remember four former Kansas University football players who died this year.
Hardly a holiday for Self
KU coach digests food, lighthearted family jabs
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
Bill Self found it impossible to go 21â2 days without thinking - at least a little bit - about his Kansas University basketball team.
2 die from wounds in K.C. club shooting
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B5
Two men who were among eight people shot Friday night outside a Kansas City nightclub have died from their injuries, police said Tuesday.
Defendant’s stun gun sparks security worries
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B5
A criminal defendant was able to get a stun gun past guards and into a Jackson County court, raising questions about security.
Government hiring pushes job growth
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B5
Government remains the biggest job-producing part of the state economy in the past year, a trend still generating worries despite Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ optimism about the future.
On the record
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B2
Long odds, faces
Gloomy Chiefs sense season’s end
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
The path to the playoffs is clear for Kansas City. If the Chiefs beat Jacksonville, and Denver loses to San Francisco, and both Cincinnati and Tennessee either lose or tie, the Chiefs are in.
Judge reopens arguments on charges against Tiller
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
A judge decided Tuesday to give outgoing Attorney General Phill Kline a chance to resurrect his criminal charges against Wichita physician and abortion provider George Tiller, but Tiller’s attorney predicted Kline wouldn’t succeed.
A call for bar safety
Fights, gun seizures prompt city leaders to consider adding stricter regulations
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
Amid new reports of late-night violence in downtown Lawrence, city commissioners vowed Tuesday to take a hard look next week at changing how the city’s bar industry operates.
Shoppers return in force
Exchanges challenge retailers to balance service, security
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
Brenda McFadden knows she lucked out. A day after opening gifts, the Lawrence resident had but one misfit toy - OK, a faux suede men’s button-down shirt - to lug back into a store Tuesday, by far the busiest return day of the year.
Lawrence Datebook
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B2
Former President Gerald Ford dies
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon’s scandal-shattered White House as the 38th and only unelected president in America’s history, has died, his wife, Betty, said Tuesday. He was 93.
Britain’s leader endures rough landing at airport
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A5
Britain’s leader endured a bumpy landing in Miami, but Tony Blair - and the rest of the passengers - debarked uninjured.
Jags need help aplenty to have life in January
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C5
In the final week of its season, Jacksonville’s postseason ambitions boil down to placing faith in some unlikely places. And in one usual one.
Playoff pursuit a Giant mess
New York owns best odds in NFC’s 7-8 fiasco
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C5
The New York Giants have lost six of their last seven games and have played worse than uninspired football for the entire second half of the season. Yet if they win Saturday night in Washington, they almost surely will make the playoffs.
Court rejects Saddam appeal
Former dictator must be hanged within 30 days
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A7
Iraq’s highest court rejected Saddam Hussein’s appeal Tuesday and said the former dictator must be hanged within 30 days for ordering the killing of scores of Shiite Muslims in 1982.
Mourners honor victims of 2004 tsunami
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A7
Sirens blared and thousands of people fled the coast Tuesday as Indonesia held its largest-ever tsunami drill. Others across Asia prayed at mass graves, chimed temple bells and lit candles two years after devastating waves claimed 230,000 lives.
Turkmen parliament selects candidates
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A9
The parliament of Turkmenistan ruled Tuesday that the Central Asian country’s acting president and five other people - none of them from the exiled opposition - can run for president in an election it set for Feb. 11.
Russia threatens natural gas shut-off
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A9
A 48-year-old tractor factory worker joined other residents in Belarus’ capital who shopped for heaters and stocked up on warm clothes Tuesday as fears rose that Russia would cut off the country’s natural gas supply.
Missing Buddha boy reappears
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A9
The missing Buddha boy is back. The teenage boy who many believe is the reincarnation of Buddha has reappeared in the jungles of southern Nepal months after he went missing, an official said Tuesday.
Sudan’s president accepts U.N. peace package
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A9
Sudan’s president said he accepts a U.N. package to help end escalating violence in Darfur and is ready to discuss a cease-fire, according to a letter circulated Tuesday.
260 killed when intentionally ruptured gas pipeline explodes
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A9
A gasoline pipeline ruptured by thieves exploded into a blazing inferno Tuesday as scavengers collected the fuel in a poor neighborhood, killing at least 260 people in the latest oil-industry disaster to strike Africa’s biggest petroleum producer.
Islamic forces retreat in Somalia
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A9
Somalia government soldiers, joined by troops from neighboring Ethiopia, advanced toward Somalia’s capital Tuesday as Islamic fighters dug in and promised a “new phase” in the war - a chilling pronouncement from a movement that has threatened suicide attacks.
Surgeon: Castro recovering from ‘benign illness’
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A9
Fidel Castro “absolutely” does not have cancer, but is recovering from complications after surgery to treat a “benign illness,” a Spanish surgeon who examined the Cuban leader said Tuesday in the first independent medical opinion of Castro’s health since he gave up power almost five months ago.
Beavers playing for pride of Pac-10
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C7
So far, the Pac-10 is getting kicked around in the bowl season. Oregon State safety Sabby Piscitelli said losses by Arizona State in the Hawaii Bowl and Oregon in the Las Vegas Bowl were well-deserved.
Cotton Bowl tickets ‘hit bottom’
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C6
Tickets for the Cotton Bowl are so cheap that a family of four could see the New Year’s Day game between Nebraska and Auburn in Dallas for less than $100.
Huskers making strides
Player says Cotton Bowl bid proof of Callahan’s progress
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C6
Two years after failing to qualify for a bowl, Nebraska is playing in January again.
Broncos have doubters
BSU seeks to prove it belongs in BCS
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C6
Boise State arrived in BCS country Tuesday. Now the Broncos are out to prove it’s where they belong.
Chiefs not blue about Green
36-year-old veteran will start in 2007, coach says
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C8
Whether he threw too low to his receivers, misfired on short passes to his running backs or tossed an interception for the fifth consecutive game, quarterback Trent Green last week barely resembled the Pro Bowl player the Kansas City Chiefs have come to revere.
Shell shouldn’t be Raiders’ fall guy
Oakland coach made his share of mistakes, but is still best choice to guide troubled franchise in 2007
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C2
Finally. On Sunday afternoon, the Raiders’ nightmare of 2006 will mercifully be over. They conclude their season against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, within easy sniffing distance of New Jersey’s many famous toxic smells.
Ochoa in an onslaught
Golfer runs away with top female athlete award
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C2
Lorena Ochoa learned at an early age to aim high and not be afraid to fail.
People in the news
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Schwarzenegger undergoes surgery after breaking leg ¢ Signed Beatles album cover sells for $115,000 ¢ Garner and Affleck’s daughter baptized
A show where product placements make sense
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A2
Kevin Nealon hosts “Funniest Commercials of the Year: 2006” (8 p.m., TBS). For the third consecutive year, the top-10 ads have been selected by an Internet poll. But “Funniest” is not limited to the top 10. It features 55 spots in all.
Brown’s partner locked out of couple’s home
December 27, 2006 in print edition on A2
James Brown’s lawyer said the late singer and his partner weren’t legally married and that she was locked out of his South Carolina home for estate legal reasons.
Murderer gets life sentence for killing at pool
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B3
A former swimming pool maintenance worker was sentenced Tuesday night to life in prison for killing a suburban Kansas City woman more than four years ago.
Okla. casino planned to open in February
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B4
The Osage Nation is planning to open an $8 million casino in mid-February.
Digital news source links Virtual School students
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B4
It makes sense: If a regular high school has a regular student newspaper, then a virtual high school should have a virtual student newspaper.
Even chicken Parmesan can be lowfat
December 27, 2006 in print edition on D7
Almost by definition, Parmesan dishes - as in eggplant Parmesan or chicken Parmesan - are fat bombs.
Using fireplace requires cautious handling
December 27, 2006 in print edition on D7
When winter’s chill comes knocking, fireplaces will burn strong and bright.
Keep your home, family safe after winter storm
December 27, 2006 in print edition on D7
So the winds have died down, but you’re still without power. Here are some tips to help in the aftermath of a storm:
Weight loss, vaccines, food safety on doctors’ wish list for patients
December 27, 2006 in print edition on D6
If your New Year’s resolution list looks a bit skimpy, chances are your doctor will help fill in the blanks.
When it comes to diet, simple steps key to making weight-loss changes
December 27, 2006 in print edition on D8
This will be the year you get serious, right? You’re ready for a major dietary overhaul. Sugar, fat and carbs are out; fresh produce, whole grains and lean protein - not to mention plenty of exercise - are in. Everything you’ve been meaning to do all year.
Jayni’s Kitchen’ features tasty recipes for New Year’s Day
December 27, 2006 in print edition on D6
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “New Year’s Day Recovery Menu.”
Cheese fondue great way to warm up
December 27, 2006 in print edition on D3
In honor of the fondue pot’s apparent comeback (take a glance at just about any holiday catalog or sales flier, and you’re bound to see one), give that little-used kitchen gadget another go.
Campaign aims to boost women’s heart health
December 27, 2006 in print edition on D3
Q: Do you know anything about the Go Red for Women campaign?
A taste of the future
Looking ahead to the food trends of 2007
December 27, 2006 in print edition on D2
Serving up some foie gras and pomegranate spritzers sometime soon?
Christmas Cookies a family favorite
December 27, 2006 in print edition on D1
Cooking Connection is a Journal-World feature that prints favorite reader recipes. This week’s featured cook is LaVonne Nauman, of Lawrence, with her recipe for Christmas Cookies:
Resolute dieting at year’s end not as easy as you might like
December 27, 2006 in print edition on D1
One of the most popular - and least successful - New Year’s resolutions has to do with eating and its consequences. This would be the pledge, solemnly muttered on the bathroom scale after the holidays, to lose weight.
Pump patrol
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
Fire destroys garage
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Tuesday afternoon fire blamed on faulty electrical wiring destroyed a garage in Baldwin City.
River City Weekly’ takes look back at ‘06
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
Beginning tonight, “River City Weekly” will revisit some of its top stories of 2006.
Fleeing theft suspects back into police officer
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
Two people suspected of burglary struck a police officer with a car early Saturday while trying to flee from an apartment complex near Kansas University.
Killings in town with Chaucer ties shock professor
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
Prostitution and murder are not what Beverly Boyd sees when she thinks of Ipswich, the English borough she has visited regularly for 20 years and now is the center of an international news story.
Kids can find plenty to do during break
City’s recreation centers, library offer programs to help avoid the boredom
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
Those with children at home for the holiday break already might have heard this: “There’s nothing to do.”
Six arrested outside downtown club
Altercations keep police busy on Christmas Eve near Last Call
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
Christmas Eve got off to a bad start at Last Call, 729 N.H.
Risk of fire death increases with old age, studies show
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B8
With age comes wisdom, but also a rising risk of dying in a fire, statistics show.
U.S. home prices slow to rise
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C10
Prices of single-family homes across the nation rose in October at the slowest rate in almost a decade, a housing index released Tuesday by Standard & Poor’s showed, giving more evidence of the housing market’s deceleration, which has affected many parts of the broader economy.
Association sponsors insurance plan
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C10
The Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association is partnering with Wichita-based Preferred Health Systems to offer association-sponsored health insurance, complete with open enrollment and renewable rates.
New Year’s peas back at Bigg’s
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C10
Bigg’s Barbeque will continue a New Year’s tradition it started three years ago, serving free helpings of black-eyed peas to all customers Monday.
Commodities
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C10
Who’s tops in washers?
New rules encourage energy-efficient machines
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C10
The New Year will usher in new rules for most top-loading washers to use less energy. But some of these machines have murky labeling, and you could get soaked along with your clothing, because there’s no easy way to tell whether the washer in the store is the latest model.
Bargain-hunters aren’t done shopping
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C10
Christmas Day has come and gone, but the shopping season continues.
Rudolph ties
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Thanks for the very interesting story in the Journal-World on Christmas Day about “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and the booklet’s connection with Lawrence.
Bush legacy
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: President Bush and his Republican Congress started an unwinnable war based on false statements.
Gaming dollars
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: This letter is in response to Robert Hinton’s letter of Dec. 21 concerning expansion of the gambling debate.
Europe feels energy threat
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B7
This year began with a European energy crisis caused by Russia’s cutoff of gas supplies to Ukraine, where a democratic government not to the liking of Vladimir Putin had taken power.
Safety measures
A recent gun seizure in downtown Lawrence has brought safety issues back to the Lawrence City Commission’s agenda.
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B6
City commissioners are right to refocus their attention on discussions that began last summer about shoring up safety in downtown Lawrence.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 27, 1906: “It is generally conceded that our seven-man police force is the best for its size in the state and the area.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B6
The Comprehensive Employment Training Act was on the endangered list for funding, officials said. A Kansas University researcher said the program was badly needed and that any cuts would be extremely harmful.
LMH care gap
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I would like to take this time to express my views on the recent past and the future planned expansions of Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Tired taunt
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: If there’s a rating system that grades the character of basketball fans, KU’s home crowd would rank at or near the top in the categories of excitement, volume, knowledge and wit.
Wrong location
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: The recent Journal-World article and editorial may have led some to believe that the Kansas University Alumni Association has a renewed interest in reopening the Learned Club, a private club it operated from 1983 to 1998.
Innocent prank
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: In this day and age of school shootings, illegal drug problems and sex offenders prowling our school playgrounds, surely an innocent school prank can be laughed at.
Horoscopes
December 27, 2006 in print edition on D5
For Wednesday, Dec. 27
Suns-Nuggets reset
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C4
A snowed-out game between the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets has been rescheduled for Feb. 5 in Denver.
Tigers depleted by flu
Missouri players, coaches hit hard
December 27, 2006 in print edition on C7
The cold and flu season is something Missouri probably thought it was escaping when the team left for the Sun Bowl just before Christmas.
Is education effort changing U.S. image?
December 27, 2006 in print edition on B6
Karen Hughes is not as visible as when she worked at the White House, or on two presidential campaigns, but her 16 months as undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs have given her opportunities to counter what she calls the “propaganda” that the media in many Arab and Muslim countries convey to their people about the United States.
All the world’s the rage when ringing in 2007
If you fancy a change in New Year’s traditions, look to what other countries do for some creative notions
December 27, 2006 in print edition on D1
Javier de Palacios will be wearing new red underwear on Sunday to ring in the new year. That’s the way it’s done in his home country of Bolivia.