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New Year’s makeovers and celebrations
December 29, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, seats at Liberty Hall will get a New Year’s makeover, having a safe end of the year celebration, and mourning for former President Gerald Ford.
State, federal offices to be closed for day of mourning
Tuesday will honor Gerald Ford
December 29, 2006
Tuesday will honor Gerald Ford.
Woodling: KU win typically defensive
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C1
Those who came to see Kansas University show Detroit Mercy no mercy were doomed to shake their heads and wonder if the Jayhawks actually were playing the Detroit Pistons.
Late field goal lifts Oklahoma State
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C4
Jason Ricks had attempted only 10 field goals this season for Oklahoma State, and had missed a couple of PATs that cost the Cowboys a victory.
Sun Bowl on deck for MU, Oregon St.
Two four-loss teams with different season stories meet in El Paso for matinee
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C4
Oregon State fans wanted a new coach after the first five games. Missouri had a perfect coach, or at least a perfect record, after six games. Mike Riley and Gary Pinkel ended up in the same place, providing a compelling story line for the 73rd Sun Bowl today.
High-scoring affair expected at Insight
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C4
In recent years, the Insight Bowl has produced basketball scores in a baseball park.
KU vs. Detroit-Mercy basketball notebook
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C7
It looked as if Russell Robinson had been hit by a haymaker from Rocky Balboa. Robinson, Kansas University’s junior point guard, went down to the ground in a heap with 1:37 remaining in the Jayhawks’ 63-43 victory over Detroit Mercy on Thursday at Allen Fieldhouse.
KU’s Chalmers ‘in a groove’
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C7
Preach something enough to a group of college basketball players, and sooner or later, it has to sink in with one or two. For Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self this season, the sermon has centered around being aggressive on the offensive end.
Titans aide leaves it all on floor
Detroit coach hurls; Titans come close, but fall to KU
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C6
What happened to Detroit Mercy assistant coach Garland Mance 65 seconds into the second half of the Detroit’s 63-43 loss to Kansas University was indicative of how everyone at Allen Fieldhouse must have felt about the play of both teams much of the night.
Grizzlies’ Fratello fired
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C8
The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach Mike Fratello on Thursday after a 6-24 start.
Fast start lifts A&M
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C5
Josh Carter tied a school record with eight three-pointers, and No. 11 Texas A&M scored the first 28 points in a 101-27 win over Grambling State on Thursday.
UCLA survives scare, 55-52
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C5
Josh Shipp scored 14 points, Darren Collison and Arron Afflalo added 13 points each, and No. 1 UCLA overcame Washington State’s slowdown game for a 55-52 victory Thursday night in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. The Bruins (12-0) are 50-1 against the Cougars in Los Angeles.
Drought dooms Veritas girls, 50-36
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kristie Tiegreen had 16 points and 18 rebounds, but Veritas Christian was held scoreless in the second quarter of a 50-36 high school girls basketball loss to Worth County on Thursday in the West Nodaway Holiday Tournament.
Veritas boys fall in tourney
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C3
Veritas Christian couldn’t overcome a 30-rebound deficit in a 67-56 high school boys basketball loss to Worth County (Mo.) on Tuesday in the West Nodaway Holiday Tournament.
Zito to get $126 million
Giants, pitcher agree on seven-year deal
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C2
The Bay Area’s other Barry is the new face of the San Francisco Giants - now and well into the future.
East Hills to host $7.5M bioscience project
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A1
The Kansas Bioscience Authority is teaming with Lawrence and Douglas County governments to turn a warehouse building into a high-tech laboratory center in the East Hills Business Park. The incubator project - expected to cost nearly $7.5 million - would give startups and other promising bioscience operations a place to test their ideas and develop products.
Worker electrocuted at construction site
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B5
A man installing new city water wells here was electrocuted by a power line Thursday.
Massive cash seizure made at rest area
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B5
The Franklin County sheriff’s office says it executed what could be one of the state’s largest seizures of drug sales proceeds.
Former Dole Institute director expected to give Ford eulogy
Citizens pay tribute to late president
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A1
Richard Norton Smith, former director of Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics, is expected to deliver a eulogy for President Ford during services Wednesday in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Prosecutors say shooting was conspiracy to murder witness
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A1
Four people conspired to kill a witness in a Lawrence aggravated-battery case just hours before he was scheduled to testify, Franklin County prosecutors alleged Thursday.
First lady had her own voice, used it
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A4
For 58 years, they were a couple whose love story was the bedrock of their lives. So it was no surprise that Betty Ford herself broke the news to the nation that the 38th president, “Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather,” had died at age 93.
Westar delays decision on building coal-burning plant
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A1
Westar Energy, the state’s largest electric utility, announced Thursday it was postponing a decision on whether it will build a coal-burning plant because of skyrocketing construction costs.
Visitors flock to childhood home of late president
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A4
The procession of tourists and history buffs stretched for blocks Thursday along Union Avenue SE as people flocked to the childhood home of Gerald R. Ford. Some came to pose for pictures in front of an American flag on the wide, wooden porch.
Morrison won’t keep Tiller case prosecutor
Incoming AG says Kline-appointed special attorney ‘extraordinarily political’
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
A special prosecutor picked by Attorney General Phill Kline to pursue criminal charges against the state’s most visible abortion provider learned Thursday that he’ll lose his job after Kline leaves office Jan. 8.
Ford’s funeral to be low-key
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A4
Less pomp, more circumstance. Gerald R. Ford’s state funeral is missing some of the grandeur of the one for Ronald Reagan two years ago, a reflection of the 38th president’s modest ways and lesser imprint on the nation, according to further planning details released Thursday.
Saddam’s attorney pleads for mercy for ex-president
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A8
Saddam Hussein’s attorney made a last-ditch effort to impede his execution Thursday, beseeching world leaders to prevent the United States from handing over the ousted dictator to Iraqi authorities who plan to hang him.
Baby-sitting a careful commodity
Services help parents find reliable help to watch the kids when they’re away
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Pat and John Clark were all dressed up and ready to head out the door for a New Year’s Eve dinner when the baby sitter called to cancel. “I felt let down and disappointed,” said the 46-year-old former nurse and mother of a 7- and 9-year-old. “It’s a necessity to have some social time together without kids.”
Group: Captured Iranians in elite force
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A8
Two Iranians detained by U.S. forces in Iraq were senior members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards and had coordinated attacks against coalition troops and Iraqi civilians, the head of an Iranian opposition group said Thursday.
Lecompton postmaster ready for retirement send-off
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Today will be a day of memories and mixed emotions for Vicki Bahnmaier as she opens the Lecompton post office for the last time. After 30 years with the U.S. Postal Service - including the last 18 as Lecompton postmaster - Bahnmaier is calling it a career.
Ford disagreed with Bush’s Iraq policy
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A8
Former President Gerald R. Ford questioned the Bush administration’s rationale for the U.S. invasion and war in Iraq in interviews he granted on condition they not be released until after his death.
Area legislators named to lead committees
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Several local House members will serve in committee leadership positions in the legislative session that starts Jan. 8.
Long-term downtown parking passes for sale
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
The city has announced rates for its 2007 annual parking passes that allow people to park in several long-term lots in downtown Lawrence.
Senator remains critical on 60th birthday
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
Sen. Tim Johnson turned 60 on Thursday, two weeks after emergency surgery to repair a brain hemorrhage that has left him in critical condition.
Osage County death still being investigated
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Police continue to search for a suspect in the slaying of Osage County resident Tonie Standley, officials said Thursday.
AT&T concessions may lead to merger approval
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
AT&T Inc. has offered a new set of concessions that are expected to satisfy the two Democrats on the Federal Communications Commission and lead to approval of the company’s $85 billion buyout of BellSouth Corp.
Secrets of men revealed in new book
December 29, 2006 in print edition on D1
In his new book, “The Secrets Men Keep: How Men Make Life and Love Tougher Than It Has to Be,” Stephen Arterburn, an author, ministry founder and radio host, posits that men are complicated jumbles of secrets - about their needs, aspirations, frustrations, etc. - which limits their potential as husbands and human beings. Among his findings:
Body found on mountain was photographer
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
A snow-covered body found on a remote mountain in China has been identified as U.S. photographer Charlie Fowler, who disappeared several weeks ago during a climbing trip with the owner of a Seattle-based adventure company, friends said Thursday.
Judge denies condemned killer’s request for stay of execution
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B5
A federal judge on Thursday denied a request by a condemned Oklahoma killer for a stay of execution while the state’s lethal injection method is challenged. Corey Duane Hamilton, 36, is scheduled to die by injection Jan. 9 at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester for the murder of four people during a 1992 robbery of a fast-food restaurant in Tulsa.
Inept director knocks out his critics
December 29, 2006 in print edition on D1
Maybe Uwe Boll really is “quite possibly the worst filmmaker in the world,” as Wired magazine describes him, but he has done something that every filmmaker in history has dreamed of doing but none - not Fellini, not Spielberg, not Hitchcock, not Kurasawa - has ever accomplished: He challenged his critics to a fistfight and then met them in a boxing ring and proceeded to … well, we don’t want to get ahead of the story, do we?
7 police officers indicted in post-Katrina shooting
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
Seven police officers were indicted Thursday on murder or attempted murder charges in a pair of shootings on a bridge that left two people dead during the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Snow threatens to close Denver airport again
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
New Year’s travelers jammed the Denver airport Thursday, trying to get out of town ahead of a snowstorm that threatened to close runways and gum up the nation’s busy holiday travel season for the second time in a week.
Knights hammer KSU, 37-10
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C1
Like a true Texas hero, Ray Rice donned a white cowboy hat after leading Rutgers to one more milestone victory. Rice ran for 170 yards and a touchdown, Tim Brown caught two TD passes, and the 16th-ranked Scarlet Knights won a bowl game for the first time Thursday night, beating Kansas State, 37-10, in the Texas Bowl.
People in the news
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Edward Norton breaks three vertebrae during filming ¢ McCartney working on stage show about his early life ¢ Gyllenhaal siblings forced to flee fire during vacation
Fans celebrate James Brown’s life
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A2
Even in death, James Brown can move a crowd. Thousands of people danced and sang in the streets outside the Apollo Theater on Thursday in raucous celebration of the music legend’s life as his body was displayed to the public on the stage where he made his 1956 debut.
News and ‘06 departures
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A2
“News” seems to be the only network refuge from repeats. “20/20” (8 p.m., ABC) promises a two-hour retrospective of “The Year Caught on Tape.” NBC will use the awesome power of its newsgathering division to promote a show from its entertainment division when “Dateline” (7 p.m., NBC) travels to a Texas town to examine some real-life “Friday Night Lights” stories.
Boot-cut jeans, be gone
New Year a time for wardrobe tweaks
December 29, 2006 in print edition on D4
Out with the old, in with the new. What a noble thought as we start 2007. But, unfortunately, that’s easier said than done when you start to think about what you might have to part with from your wardrobe. There are those pointy-toe pumps that make you feel both sexy and powerful, and those boot-cut jeans that are so flattering.
A healthy 2007: Experts disagree on benefits of detox
December 29, 2006 in print edition on D7
Past the desert scrub and cacti, at the end of a long drive to nowhere, sits a fenced-in oasis guarded by a big gate. Press the secret code and you enter a paradise: a spa where the rich and beautiful flock to purify their bodies of the chemical excesses of 21st-century existence.
Television shows of 2006 benefited from risk-taking
December 29, 2006 in print edition on D8
Whittling down my TV favorites to a mere 10 shows isn’t easy, and the networks - both broadcast and cable - aren’t making things any easier. Not that I’m not complaining. As I peruse the shows that made the cut, one idea jumped out at me: A whole lot of these programs never would have been commissioned even a few years ago.
PBS profile of Leibovitz lacks focus
December 29, 2006 in print edition on D5
For decades, Rolling Stone and then Vanity Fair have offered amazing pictures of the famed and fabulous - Annie Leibovitz’s photographic map of the stars. Ever wonder what was on the other side of the lens?
One word characterized the year in celebrity gossip: rage
December 29, 2006 in print edition on D6
Rage. Once a curse upon us Normals - the noncreative, the ordinary - that most destructive of all emotions was discovered this year by celebrities. And how madly they raged on.
Bush and Britney top ‘06 thumbs-down list
December 29, 2006 in print edition on D2
Bad guy of 2006: President Bush. Good guy of 2006: President Bush. When people were asked in an AP-AOL News poll to name the villains and heroes of the year, Bush topped both lists, in a sign of these polarized times.
New Year’s holiday hours, closings announced
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B2
Government offices and public services in Lawrence will be closed Monday in observance of New Year’s Day. They also will be closed in most area towns.
Trail construction disturbs graves
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B2
A cemetery caretaker claims workers building a new trail in north Topeka have unknowingly trampled over unmarked graves at a plot for relatives of former U.S. Vice President Charles Curtis.
Lawrence Datebook
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B2
On the record
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B2
Study: Too many preschoolers overweight
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A7
Far too many kids are fat by preschool, and Hispanic youngsters are most at risk, says new research that’s among the first to focus on children growing up in poverty.
Organization frees 50 child laborers
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A9
On Thursday, a local nongovernmental organization freed 50 child laborers who worked more than 15 hours a day without being paid or allowed to visit their parents. The children - all boys aged between 8 and 14 whose parents are poor farm laborers in the eastern Indian state of Bihar - had been brought to New Delhi to work in small factories making elaborately embroidered fabric called “zari.”
Death threats preceded Kennedy’s 1963 visit
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A9
President John F. Kennedy was the subject of three separate death threats during his visit to Ireland in 1963, according to newly declassified police documents released today.
Board to probe doctor in right-to-die case
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A9
An Italian medical board said Thursday it will investigate a doctor for disconnecting the respirator of a paralyzed man who asked to be allowed to die.
Egypt gives arms to moderate Palestinians
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A9
With Israel’s blessing, Egypt has delivered a large arms shipment to forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, officials said Thursday - the latest Israeli attempt to boost the embattled leader in his bloody conflict with the militant Islamic Hamas.
Earthquake highlights fragility of telecoms network, need for improvement
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A9
A few seconds of undersea quaking was all it took to cause massive telecommunications disruptions throughout tech-savvy Asia, where Internet services slowed or stopped, phone lines went dead and financial transactions ground to a halt.
Goodyear workers await voting results
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C10
Results are expected to be released today from voting by union members on ending a three-month-old strike at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Home prices down in county, nationwide
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C10
Sales of existing homes nationwide managed to eke out a small increase in November, but the price of homes sold fell for a record fourth consecutive month, a real estate trade group reported Thursday.
Nasdaq to close Tuesday for funeral
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C10
The Nasdaq Stock Market said Thursday it would close Tuesday as part of a national day of mourning to mark the funeral of former President Gerald Ford. Traders were awaiting word from the New York Stock Exchange.
Take care before you cut cards
Closing unused accounts can harm credit scores, affect lending applications
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C10
‘About Real Estate’ Q & A with David W. Myers.
Commodities
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C10
Prices pump up oil production
Annual survey finds drilling, well activity up across Kansas
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C10
As gasoline prices peaked above $3 per gallon this summer, Kansas oil producers already were well on their way toward pumping more crude. The heightened prices simply made their work even more urgent.
Winter storm still on track
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B8
Western Kansas should be bracing for round two. The National Weather Service is predicting up to a foot of snow in some places as a second massive storm rumbles through eastern Colorado and into Kansas late Thursday. It comes on the heels of a paralyzing storm that hit Denver last week.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B6
James Brown was truly one of a kind
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B6
The raw voice and dynamic feet of singer-dancer-musician James Brown, the self-acclaimed Hardest-Working Man in Show Business, were stilled on Christmas morning when the 73-year-old performer died of congestive heart failure in an Atlanta hospital.
Regional strategy must guide Iraq policy
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B6
Two fascinating stories emerged from Iran and Saudi Arabia in recent days that relate to U.S. policy in Iraq and the wider Middle East. Story One: Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suffered a major political rebuff when his allies lost big in city council elections across his country.
Job balance
Adding jobs to Kansas is a good thing, but adding nongovernment jobs would be even better.
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B6
The creation of more jobs generally is good news for Kansas. Jobs are the basis for supporting families and keeping communities viable. But pleasure over reported job increase in Kansas in the last year is marred somewhat by the fact that many of those jobs were created by government agencies and, therefore, funded by tax dollars.
Draft opposed
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B7
Not so fast: Knight remains stuck on No. 879
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C1
Bob Knight will have to wait until next year to become the all-time winningest coach in men’s college basketball history.
Bush: More time needed to devise U.S. strategy in Iraq
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
President Bush worked nearly three hours at his Texas ranch on Thursday to design a new U.S. policy in Iraq, then emerged to say that he and his advisers need more time to craft the plan he’ll announce in the new year.
Driven by faith?
December 29, 2006
Road conditions
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B7
Point of view
December 29, 2006
World needs more humility
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B7
Humility spins a critical global thread. The further it stretches, the greater the world’s possibilities. Unfortunately, people must often wait for occasional moments - such as President George W. Bush’s admission that, after all, the United States needs more troops to handle its international challenges and obligations - to witness it. Bush once had promised to approach foreign affairs with a combination of strength and humility - in truth, an ideal pairing.
Somali troops enter capital
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A9
Jubilant Somalis cheered as troops of the U.N.-backed interim government rolled into Mogadishu unopposed Thursday, putting an end to six months of domination of the capital by a radical Islamic movement.
Wretched victory
KU wins despite ailments
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C1
Hit hard by the intestinal-flu bug, Brandon Rush tossed and turned all Tuesday night. “I was waking up every hour on the dot throwing up - 4:24, 5:24. It was really like that the whole night,” Rush said after mustering enough energy to play 33 minutes in Kansas University’s lethargic 63-43 victory over Detroit Mercy on Thursday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Cal has better showing in S.D.
Lynch powers Golden Bears over No. 21 Texas A&M
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C4
What a difference it made when California actually wanted to be in the Holiday Bowl.
Rebounds focus for Kansas, NIU women
Jayhawks, Huskies to tangle tonight in Allen Fieldhouse
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C3
Bad backboarding proved costly to Kansas the last time out. Same for Northern Illinois’ women’s basketball team. Thus both schools’ coaches will be paying close attention to carom counts when the Jayhawks and Huskies tangle tonight in Allen Fieldhouse. Tipoff will be at 7 p.m. Sunflower Broadband Channel Six will have a live telecast.
Bulls’ Hinrich accused of dirty play
Heat coach Riley blames former Jayhawk standout for Wade’s sprained wrist
December 29, 2006 in print edition on C2
A physical Bulls-Heat game turned into verbal sparring after Miami star Dwyane Wade was injured on Wednesday night.
Meat, milk from cloned animals get FDA nod
Final OK at least a year away
December 29, 2006 in print edition on A1
Meat and milk from cloned animals may not appear in supermarkets for years despite being deemed by the government as safe to eat. But don’t be surprised if “clone-free” labels appear sooner.
Toxic’ trash spurs city suit
Sanitation worker says chemicals were at retirement center
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
The city of Lawrence and one of its employees have asked a judge to decide whether the company that runs Brandon Woods Retirement Community failed to prevent dumped chemicals from burning a sanitation worker.
Horoscopes
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B5
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 29, 2006 in print edition on B6
Going retro
A look back at the local A&E stories that made 2006
December 29, 2006 in print edition on D1
When it comes to Lawrence, the term “arts and entertainment” encompasses a huge field.Everything from punk band concerts to poetry readings to gallery openings to live theater performances to movie productions fall under this banner.