Archive for Saturday, December 30, 2006

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Biblical body sculpting
Diet, exercise, faith combine to help parishioners shed extra pounds
December 30, 2006 in print edition on D1
When the Rev. James Taylor recently received a photo from a wedding he performed over the summer, he barely recognized the man in the picture. “I had jelly rolls,” he says. “It was embarrassing.”
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B6
State offices, KU will be closed Tuesday to honor Gerald Ford
A DAY OF MOURNING
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has ordered state offices closed Tuesday, which has been declared a national day of mourning for former President Gerald Ford. Included in the closings will be state court offices and Kansas University.
Fund aids women who have short-term needs
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B1
In Douglas County, the fairy godmothers come through. They helped buy an $83 set of scrubs so a nurse’s aide could take a job.
Another shooting strikes Ottawa
Police arrest suspect after someone shoots at vehicle carrying two occupants
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B1
December has been a month of violence in Ottawa.
Share the Warmth Program gives away more than 11,000 coats
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B1
Scotch Fabric Care’s annual Share the Warmth program collected and gave away more than 2,300 coats this year in Lawrence.
Judge reschedules hearing in murder case
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B1
A hearing on a motion to suppress a confession has been rescheduled in the case of a man charged in the murder of a rural Douglas County man.
Morrison: Reorganizing AG office top priority
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A1
Paul Morrison isn’t expecting to get the press his predecessor as attorney general did. The Democrat who becomes the state’s chief law enforcement official on Jan. 8 also isn’t planning to have a big legislative agenda in 2007.
cures for the year’s first hangover
December 30, 2006 in print edition on D1
Whether your intentions are to be a conscientious consumer or to dive straight into the wine bottle, chances are some of you will have a hangover on Monday morning. In a recent online survey conducted by the National Headache Foundation, 92 percent of respondents noted that they had experienced a hangover headache. To help avoid or reduce the suffering associated with hangover headaches, the foundation offers this advice:
Assistant Quartaro resigns
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C1
Nick Quartaro has resigned from Kansas University’s football coaching staff, it was announced Friday afternoon. KU’s offensive coordinator for the past five seasons, Quartaro said in a statement that he plans to leave coaching, though no specifics were given. He was unavailable for comment Friday evening.
2007 to bring in the new for KU
Chancellor looks forward to myriad of projects under way next year
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A1
A new football complex. A possible injection of state funds to fix old buildings. And a plan for predictable tuition rates. The 30,000-student Kansas University starts the new year with a myriad of projects on the front burners.
Mayer: Not so fast, Billy Packer
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C1
Analyst Billy Packer once labeled Kansas’s Christian Moody as the best walk-on in college basketball history. Moody had a dandy game that Billy narrated. Not close, even for KU, let alone all ball. There have been far better guys, like Allen Kelley of 1952-53-60 fame who parlayed a bread-and-water beginning to stardom. Ouch! KU almost lost both unheralded Al and noted brother Dean to Pittsburg State after Dean’s lonesome freshman year here (1949-50). His uncle, Keith Kelley, then a Haskell Institute leader, and coach Phog Allen had to do a real sales job.
KU vs. Rhode Island notebook
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C7
Booty looks for bounty in year 1
First-year starter key for USC in Rose Bowl
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C5
As a kid growing up in the south, John David Booty always wanted to live in Los Angeles.
RB Ore reforms off field
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C5
This time a year ago, Branden Ore was spending his time in much the same way as he has this week: preparing for a bowl game with his Virginia Tech teammates. Most everything else has changed for the sophomore running back, so much so that he declines to even contemplate the past, when he became a no-show in class most days.
Midshipmen counting on fans
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C5
Navy coach Paul Johnson is concerned about the size of Boston College’s linemen. He isn’t worried about fan support.
Saddam hanged
Former Iraqi dictator executed for crimes against humanity
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A1
Saddam Hussein, an autocratic Arab nationalist who ruled Iraq for 24 years, led his nation into repeated wars with its neighbors and was overthrown by a U.S.-led invasion, was hanged today in Baghdad, Iraq. He was 69.
QB Hollenbach propels Maryland past Purdue
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C4
Sam Hollenbach passed for 223 yards and two touchdowns, and Lance Ball rushed for 98 yards as Maryland beat Purdue, 24-7, in the Champs Sports Bowl on Friday night.
South Carolina rolls
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C4
South Carolina and Houston put on a record-setting offensive show for the first 30 minutes of the Liberty Bowl. The Gamecocks provided the defense when it mattered most.
UK clips Clemson
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C4
Andre Woodson conjured up memories of Tim Couch and made Kentucky a bowl winner for the first time in 22 years.
Oregon State rally dooms Mizzou, 39-38
Two-point conversion in closing seconds provides decisive margin
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C4
Oregon State coach Mike Riley was set to take his chances in overtime at the Sun Bowl. Then Missouri called timeout to have Joe Newton’s 14-yard touchdown catch with 22.1 seconds to go reviewed, believing he may have bobbled the ball. During that break, Riley decided to go for the win.
CU games cancelled
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C10
A storm that dumped more than two feet of snow in the foothills near Denver led to the cancellation of today’s men’s basketball game between Colorado and Texas Christian, Colorado’s second straight game wiped out because of weather.
Texas A&M slams S.H. State
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C10
Takia Starks scored 28 points to lead No. 16 Texas A&M to a 93-43 win over Sam Houston State on Friday night.
Oklahoma freshman hurts knee
Clark out for season with torn ligaments
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C10
University of Oklahoma forward Keith Clark will miss the rest of the men’s basketball season with a knee injury suffered in the Sooners’ 69-42 victory over Southern Methodist on Thursday night.
Barone tapped Grizzlies coach
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C8
Tony Barone Sr. was on his way to scout a college basketball game when Jerry West called and asked him to take over as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. His plane rerouted immediately.
Baker triumphs; Haskell falls
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C3
Baker University defeated William Penn, 84-69, and Haskell Indian Nations University fell to Briar Cliff, 74-66, on Friday in the Briar Cliff Holiday Tournament.
Tiegreen powers Veritas
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C3
The Veritas Christian girls basketball team won for the first time in its third and final game at the West Nodaway Holiday Tournament. The Eagles dispatched Craig (Mo.), 57-39, on Friday.
Commentary: Downsized guard Lue lasts in NBA
Former Cornhusker standout survives tough upbringing in Missouri, emerges as leader in Atlanta
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C2
Tyronn Lue has always wanted to be looked up to. Where he has come from and what he has done, he figures that should come naturally. But here’s the rub: Lue is of normal dimensions, straight off the everyman template. In the NBA, that puts him several stories below eye level.
Texas Tech stuns Minnesota
Red Raiders storm back from 31-point deficit to claim 44-41 victory in OT
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C4
Trailing Minnesota by four touchdowns at halftime, Texas Tech coach Mike Leach told his team it had a chance to make history. The pep talk turned out to be a prediction.
Tyson faces drug charge
Former boxing champ found with cocaine
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C2
Mike Tyson was released from jail without bond on a felony drug possession charge Friday after an early-morning arrest in which police said they found two bags of white powder in his back pocket.
Possible career finale ‘just another game’ for Packers’ Favre
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C6
It might indeed be his final game, and he might have a shot at the playoffs. But for Brett Favre, the Green Bay Packers’ regular-season finale in Chicago on Sunday night feels like any another game. Making his only public comments this week, Favre said he will need time and space away from football before he can divine some sort of meaning from the game - or decide what he will do next year.
Jayhawks relish busy slate
KU 1-1, URI 0-2 against common opponents
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C7
Two games in three nights is not too many for Kansas University’s basketball players. “It’s always good to play games. It gets you ready for league play when things get pretty busy,” said KU junior guard Russell Robinson, eager to step on the court for today’s nonconference clash against Rhode Island.
Commodities
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B4
Wall Street dips in last day of record year
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B4
Wall Street slipped lower Friday, closing out a year that will be remembered for the stock market’s great comeback - a year-end rally that pushed the Dow Jones industrials past 12,000 for the first time.
President says execution won’t end violence in Iraq
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A10
President Bush said Friday that Saddam Hussein’s execution marks the “end of a difficult year for the Iraqi people and for our troops” and cautioned that his death will not halt the violence in Iraq.
Sprinkler installation at fraternity house begins
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B2
The installation of sprinkler systems in Nebraska Wesleyan University buildings has begun, six weeks after fraternity house fire left one student dead and three others injured.
Smokestack scare closes downtown Parkville
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B2
City officials cordoned off a section of this Kansas City suburb’s downtown for more than three hours Friday after a caller claimed a 110-foot-tall smokestack was threatening to fall over.
Company to install new weather monitor
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B2
A new weather-monitoring system developed by Wichita-based WeatherData will allow emergency management officials to more accurately sound warnings in the path of an approaching storm.
Lawrence Datebook
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B2
After Katrina, Congress still extending flood insurance
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A5
The federal flood insurance program may be going broke after incurring $20 billion in debt from recent storms like Hurricane Katrina. Still, politicians want to extend the taxpayer-subsidized coverage for some of the riskiest - and potentially most valuable - properties in the country.
U.S. Embassy: Marine convicted of rape moved
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A8
A U.S. Marine convicted of raping a Filipino woman was whisked away from a Manila jail to the U.S. Embassy on Friday, a spokesman said, almost a month after the U.S. and Philippine governments urged a local court to transfer him to American custody during his appeal.
Ancient ice shelf snaps and breaks free
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A8
A giant ice shelf has snapped free from an island south of the North Pole, scientists said Thursday, citing climate change as a “major” reason for the event.
Men arrested in deaths of at least 7 children
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A8
The decomposing bodies of several children were found buried Friday behind a house outside New Delhi, and a domestic servant confessed to sexually abusing and killing at least seven children, officials said.
France sees increase in voter registration
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A8
Residents of poor French neighborhoods where weeks of fiery riots broke out last year were dashing to town halls to register to vote before today’s deadline, driven by campaigns urging minority youths to use the electoral process - not violence - to vent their frustrations.
Taliban chief pledges to drive out foreign forces
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A8
Fugitive Taliban chief Mullah Omar pledged to drive foreign troops out of Afghanistan in a statement released Friday, as NATO and Afghan forces killed more than 12 of his fighters in the volatile south.
Israel won’t free prisoners before holiday
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A8
Israel rejected Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ request for a quick release of prisoners to bolster nascent peace moves, saying Friday that Palestinian militants must first free a captured Israeli soldier.
Space invaders get marching orders
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A2
Jorge Candelas spent eight months perfecting the look of his Imperial biker scout uniform. He watched the “Star Wars” movies over and over, making sure the plastic armor on his uniform sat at just the right angle. He endured teasing from his father, who calls him his “8-year-old who never grew up.”
U.S. sailors killed after falling off submarine
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A8
Rough seas swept four American sailors from the deck of a U.S. nuclear submarine off the coast of southwestern England on Friday, killing two of them, authorities said.
Marathons conclude ‘06
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A2
The year culminates on a weekend this year, giving viewers plenty of time to look back, glance forward and watch football. Whether you’re making resolutions, downing libations or hoping to cover the point spread, there is no shortage of viewing opportunities.
December deadliest month of ‘06 for U.S. troops
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A9
Three more Marines and a soldier were killed in battle in Iraq, the military said Friday, making December the year’s deadliest month for U.S. troops with the toll reaching 108.
Iraqi-Americans celebrate execution
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A9
Dozens of Iraqi-Americans gathered late Friday at a Detroit-area mosque to celebrate reports that Saddam Hussein had been executed, cheering and crying as drivers honked horns in jubilation.
On the record
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B2
Court: Universities must comply with law
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A3
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that three Michigan universities should not have been given a six-month extension to comply with parts of a new state law banning some public affirmative action programs.
Bush seeks shelter during tornado warning
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A3
President Bush and first lady Laura Bush were moved to an armored vehicle on their ranch Friday when a tornado warning was issued in central Texas, the White House said.
Faulty wiring may have sparked fire that killed 5
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A3
A fire that may have been caused by an electrical cord connected to Christmas decorations swept through four downtown row houses Friday, killing five people and injuring several others, officials said.
Officer had previous murder charge
2001 accusation was dismissed
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A3
One of the seven policemen charged in a deadly gunfight on a bridge during the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina had previously been charged with murder in the 2001 death of a suspect, but the charges were dismissed.
AT&T closes BellSouth buyout after FCC OK
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A3
AT&T Inc. completed its $86 billion buyout of BellSouth Corp., the largest telecommunications takeover in U.S. history, shortly after the Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved the deal Friday.
Storm cancels hundreds of flights
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A3
Denver’s second big snowstorm of the holidays grounded scores of flights Friday during one of the busiest travel periods of the year and blanketed streets that never got plowed the last time.
New laws take action before Congress
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A3
For hundreds of thousands of minimum-wage workers around the country, the new year brings a raise. Musicians worried about copycats get some protection in Illinois. And California takes steps to reduce the power-plant pollution that is believed to contribute to global warming.
Dole Institute to host legislative forum
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B3
A legislative forum will be Jan. 11 at Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics.
KU theater student nominated for award
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B3
Kansas University student Candice Bondank, of Overland Park, has been nominated for one of the 2006 Denver Post Ovation Awards.
Homicide latest tragedy for family
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B3
Natasha Crump came from a family seemingly haunted by violence. Police discovered the 20-year-old’s body in an Olathe apartment Dec. 23 and have charged the father of her 20-month-old daughter with her murder.
Around and about
December 30, 2006 in print edition on D3
Plan your New Year’s Eve party clothes in a snap
December 30, 2006 in print edition on D3
You rocked the office bash, mixed and mingled at the neighborhood progressive dinner, and donned your fave apron for a pal’s cookie-baking session. Next on the party schedule: New Year’s Eve.
Scouting news
December 30, 2006 in print edition on D3
Faith briefs
December 30, 2006 in print edition on D8
Rome’s Jews losing place in neighborhood
December 30, 2006 in print edition on D8
Rosa Moscato left the impoverished but familiar existence of Rome’s Jewish quarter only twice in her life. As a child she fled to the countryside with her family to escape Nazi persecution, then returned after the war to marry and raise a family in the cramped neighborhood that housed her close-knit community.
National mourning for Ford begins at California church
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A6
Borne by eight U.S. servicemen in crisp dress uniforms, Gerald R. Ford’s flag-draped casket was carried past his widow into their hometown church Friday for a public viewing that marked the start of six days of mourning for the former president.
Winter ‘thundersnow’ settles over western Kansas, Colorado
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B8
A second blast of winter weather settled over western Kansas on Friday, and some forecasters believed the storm could be more devastating than the one that caused havoc with traffic last week.
Undue fine
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B7
Club needed
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B7
Funeral mixed with change in Congress
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A6
As the funeral for a Republican president prepared to collide with the installation of a new Democratic Congress, federal officialdom scrambled Friday to properly mourn the one and celebrate the other.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B6
Military needs may justify renewed draft
December 30, 2006
In the past, President Bush opposed three big changes to the military: increasing the size of our forces, sending more troops to Iraq and bringing back the draft. Now, however, he favors expanding our forces and is hinting more troops will go to Iraq. If he comes around on the draft, it’ll be a trifecta flip-flop.
Modest Ford underestimated impact
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B6
He was a president without pretense, a man without illusion. He didn’t think he was a visionary, he didn’t think he was a big thinker, and he knew that he, alone among America’s chief executives, had never been elected. He was, he liked to say, a Ford, not a Lincoln.
Campaign coalitions
Supporting candidates on their individual merits could create a less divisive, more civil atmosphere for local campaigns.
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B6
Lawrence has had its share of local political coalitions over the years, often focusing their efforts on getting slates of candidates elected to the Lawrence City Commission.
McCain, Romney, Giuliani heavyweights for GOP
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A7
When it comes to the presidency, the Republican Party has a long tradition of nominating the next guy in line. That’s John McCain - and the failed GOP presidential aspirant of 2000 is positioning himself as the anointed 2008 nominee.
Former pharmacist placed on probation
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B2
Former Oskaloosa pharmacist Jay Parker was sentenced Friday to a year in prison but then placed on probation for his involvement in a Medicaid fraud scheme. In October, Parker pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud in Jefferson County District Court. As part of his plea agreement, Parker paid $75,000 in restitution to the Kansas Medicaid program. Parker’s probation term will run for 12 months.
Underdog Democrats pursue White House
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A7
Clinton, Obama. Obama, Clinton. From the TV talk shows to the political blogs, all the buzz is about the possibility that Democrats could put the first woman or first black in the White House.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 30, 2006
Vet, teacher shares letters from students
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B2
A couple of months ago, Romney Ketterman and his wife decided their house needed a thorough cleaning in preparation for their 50th anniversary.
Partiers prepare for New Year’s revelry
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A1
The days before New Year’s Eve typically are relaxed. Many people are recovering from the week before and maybe take a few days off from work before the big party. It’s quiet - unless you are in the party business, and then it’s a rush.
How can I include faith into my New Year’s resolutions?
December 30, 2006 in print edition on D1
Faith forum.
No help here
KU can’t get back on track vs. NIU
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C1
When the going gets tough, the tough get going : back home to DeKalb, Ill., with a win. Northern Illinois persevered in the last four minutes and plunked Kansas, 82-74, in women’s basketball Friday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
Jayhawk recalls heartbreak
Robertson reluctantly re-lives Rhode Island
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C1
A college basketball team representing the smallest state in the Union claimed one of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament history nine seasons ago. The University of Rhode Island - a No. 8 seed from a state just 37 miles wide and 48 miles long - shocked No. 1-seed Kansas University, 80-75, in a second-round NCAA Tournament contest on March 15, 1998, in Oklahoma City.
Huskers refute perception
Defense takes exception to Auburn QB’s comment
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C5
Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox’s contention that the Nebraska defense doesn’t match up with the speed of Southeastern Conference teams was met with rolled eyes and sharp retorts Friday.
LSU survives Samford
Davis named MVP of tourney
December 30, 2006 in print edition on C10
LSU coach John Brady didn’t expect to have an easy time against Samford in the final game of the Hispanic College Fund Classic on Friday.
Thousands of Muslims pray during annual hajj pilgrimage
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A8
Hundreds of thousands of Muslims prayed Friday on the desert mountain where the Prophet Muhammad delivered his final sermon, seeking forgiveness of their sins in a key ritual of the annual hajj pilgrimage.
People in the news
December 30, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ James Brown’s friends, family hold private service ¢ Julia Roberts, husband expecting third child ¢ Jolie, Pitt visit construction site of new Panama museum ¢ Supermodel Taylor marries NASCAR driver Lamar ¢ Seacrest hopes to kiss Aguilera on New Year’s Eve ¢ McCartney’s estranged wife calls police over paintings
State braces for potential legal bill
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B5
Attorneys representing a group of school districts that successfully sued the state over education funding are still looking to get paid. The team of lawyers has offered to drop a pending federal lawsuit if the state agrees to pay their legal fees.
Horoscopes
December 30, 2006 in print edition on D7
Ultimate’ campaign, sheriff encourage donating gift of life
December 30, 2006 in print edition on B1
If you’re still in the holiday giving spirit, you might take out your driver’s license and look at the back. On it you’ll find a place to sign that states you are willing to make a gift upon your death.