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Liquor store robbery makes third this month
November 21, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, police investigate third armed robbery this month, city leaders consider opposition to new power plant in western Kansas, and Education Commissioner Bob Corkins’ future is uncertain.
Net worth
Lawrence students tap the Web as study resource
November 21, 2006 in print edition on D1
Forget the library. Or tutors. Or study buddies. When it comes to homework, this current generation of students has one go-to source: the Internet.
Jayhawks place 20th at NCAAs
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C6
Kansas University juniors Colby Wissel and Paul Hefferon earned All-America status for their performances at the 2006 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Monday.
Haskell dean named state poet laureate
Post requires supporting fellow wordsmiths of Kansas
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
Ask Denise Low to recommend Kansas poets and writers, and her list seems unending: Albert Goldbarth, William Sheldon, Amy Fleury, Harley Elliott, Steven Hind. “It goes on and on,” she said. And that’s not even getting to those in Lawrence.
Hospital volunteers share their own gift
Surprise donation adds more than $100K to fundraising effort
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A1
This was not your typical gift from the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Gift Shop: a $50,000 check.
Rantoul farmers deliver governor’s Christmas tree
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B2
An area Christmas tree farm made a special delivery Monday. Harry and Juanita Peckham, of Rantoul, picked a 15-year-old Scotch pine from their 6-acre Memory Lane Christmas Tree Farm and delivered it to Cedar Crest, the governor’s mansion.
Academic all-state runners selected
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C6
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C6
Jacksonville defense keys blowout of Giants, 26-10
Jaguars force three turnovers, pester QB Manning
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C6
The Jaguars wore all black, Jack Del Rio sported a blue tie, and Jacksonville’s defense followed suit Monday night with a thorough bruising of the New York Giants.
Hays student may become world’s oldest graduate
Lifelong learner ready to celebrate 95th birthday
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B4
Like most students at Fort Hays State University, Nola Ochs plans to spend some time reading and studying during this week’s fall break. But she’ll take time out on Wednesday to celebrate her 95th birthday.
Missouri’s Pinkel accepts apology from league
Officials erred on touchdown-negating call in loss at Iowa State
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C6
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel received an unexpected apology on Monday from Walt Anderson, the Big 12’s head of referees.
Texas wallops Sam Houston State
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C5
Tiffany Jackson had her fourth straight double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 25 Texas to a lopsided 84-56 win over Sam Houston State on Monday night.
No. 4 Ohio State wins again despite missing big freshman
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C5
Top 25 men’s college basketball
Unbeaten Wichita St. emerges in Top 25
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C5
The last time Wichita State was in The Associated Press’ Top 25 its star player was Xavier McDaniel, and current coach Mark Turgeon was still in high school.
No. 12 Memphis zips past Oklahoma
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C5
Memphis coach John Calipari doesn’t hesitate to say what players love to hear. “We’re a team trying to play fast,” he said.
KU women stifle Creighton
Jayhawks play solid defense in improving to 3-0
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C5
A punishing defensive effort led to Kansas University women’s basketball team past Creighton, 60-47, Monday in front of 952 fans at the Omaha Civic Center. “The first half was as good as we’ve been in a long time, not just this year,” KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “Our defensive energy was fantastic.”
KU basketball notebook
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C3
TSU’s top player out again
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C3
Tennessee State University’s men’s basketball team was picked to finish second in the Ohio Valley Conference this season. Votes, however, were tabulated before it was revealed junior guard Bruce Price would miss the season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee for the second straight year.
Would Izzo switch sports at MSU?
Popular Spartans basketball coach rumored to be candidate for football vacancy
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C2
Rarely has Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo been tripped up answering a question. Then again, Izzo has never been asked about his interest in a football job at MSU.
Mangino: Mizzou is KU’s No. 1 rival
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C1
Now comes the real rival - at least in Kansas University coach Mark Mangino’s eyes. After beating Kansas State, 39-20, Saturday at Memorial Stadium, Mangino raised a few eyebrows by saying “I’m not hung up on this rivalry thing. We’re playing our rival next week.”
Peoples ready for new bank
Planned full-service location awaits final OK before construction starts
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C8
A bank that’s been brewing for more than two years at a busy intersection in south Lawrence is poised to start construction. Peoples Bank is awaiting final clearance from the Federal Reserve Bank to embark on its long-awaited plan to open a new location at the northwest corner of 31st and Iowa streets.
Dream season finished
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C1
Attention Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence and all you teenagers scrambling to find spaces in the parking lots at Lawrence and Free State highs: Can anybody explain the 15th Street Conundrum, AKA the Bob Billings Parkway Puzzle?
Network pulls plug on ‘ill-considered’ O.J. book, special
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A1
O.J. Simpson’s book and TV special were canceled Monday, an astonishing end to an imaginary confession that had sickened the public as the very worst kind of tabloid sensation.
Meeting fuels Corkins speculation
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A1
A notice about a special state school board meeting set for Wednesday is continuing to fuel speculation that Education Commissioner Bob Corkins is on his way out the door. However, none of the members of the Kansas State Board of Education contacted Monday night could say whether Corkins will lose his job at the meeting - or whether someone else will be hired to replace him before the new moderate majority takes control on Jan. 8.
People in the news
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Adoption decision delayed ¢ Another drug relapse? ¢ Romanian villagers sue ‘Borat’ makers
Actor apologizes for racial tirade
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A2
Michael Richards said Monday he spewed racial epithets during a stand-up comedy routine because he lost his cool while being heckled and not because he’s a bigot.
2 teens suspended for bringing bomb to school
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
Two prep school students have been suspended for bringing a homemade bomb made of firecrackers, BBs and metal shavings to school, a school official said Monday.
SUV-train collision kills three, injures one
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
A coal train crashed into a sport utility vehicle crossing the tracks Monday, killing three people and injuring a fourth, officials said.
Quintuple kidney transplants successful
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
It took 12 surgeons, six operating rooms and five donors to pull it off, but five desperate strangers simultaneously received new organs in what hospital officials Monday described as the first-ever quintuple kidney transplant.
MADD pushing new technology to eliminate drunken driving
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
New technology such as alcohol-detecting devices in cars may hold the key to eliminating drunken driving, according to a campaign begun Monday by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Clintons’ cul-de-sac neighbors shot in car
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A4
A woman who lives on the same Chappaqua cul-de-sac as former President Clinton died Monday after a mysterious shooting on an isolated road that left her lawyer husband wounded, authorities said.
Federal judge rejects ban on feeding homeless
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A4
A federal judge on Monday rejected the city’s ban on feeding poor or homeless people in city parks.
Parking changes expected at LMH
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A4
Major parking changes are expected to begin next week at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Starting Nov. 28, the parking lots on the east side of the hospital will no longer be available for patient and visitor parking. Instead, patients and visitors will be asked to park in the hospital’s western lots, which are accessed from Arkansas Street.
Brownback near decision on 2008 presidential bid
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B2
Sen. Sam Brownback, who is considering a White House bid in 2008, said Monday the Republican field has room for a “full-scale Ronald Reagan conservative” and pledged to make a final decision next month.
Johnson County seeks mistakenly freed man
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B2
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who was mistakenly released Sunday night from the New Century Adult Detention Center.
On the record
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B2
Sunflower State Games Former administrator at KU named to top post
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B3
A former administrator of the Kansas University Athletic Department has been appointed to the top administrative post for the Sunflower State Games.
RunLawrence offers Thanksgiving race
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B3
Here’s your chance to get some exercise before the feast.
EU proposes ban on sale, import of dog, cat fur
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A6
The fur is flying at the European Union, which proposed a ban Monday on the sale and import of dog and cat hair.
Fire rages through large market, killing 15
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A6
A fire raged through Guatemala’s largest open-air market Monday, killing 15 people, officials said. Merchants claimed a cigarette touched off the blaze.
Japanese sub collides with civilian vessel
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A6
A Japanese submarine collided with a civilian cargo ship during exercises today in waters off southern Japan, defense officials said. There were no immediate reports of any injuries.
Bush mulls next step on troops in Iraq
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A6
President Bush said Monday he isn’t ready to decide between rival calls to increase or scale back U.S. troops in Iraq. Unruffled by street protests against his policy, he said they were a healthy sign of democracy in this Muslim nation.
Chemistry professor wins H.O.P.E. award
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kansas University chemistry professor Paul Hanson is the 2006 recipient of KU’s H.O.P.E. Award, which honors an outstanding progressive educator. The winner is selected by KU students.
Personal property tax statements in the mail
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Douglas County Treasurer’s Office mailed nearly 48,000 personal property and real estate tax statements Monday.
Iraq, Syria to restore relations
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A6
Iraq said Monday that it would restore diplomatic ties with Syria after a break of nearly a quarter-century in an effort to solidify links with a neighbor seen as a conduit for insurgents fueling the violence in Iraq.
Free State students assemble collages to help illustrate World War I novel
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
Some of the images were spattered with flecks of “blood.” Some showed images of happy families ripped and shredded over a backdrop of a war-torn Iraqi landscape. Others displayed youthful faces that were aged before their time.
Wild turkeys gobbling up eastern Kansas
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
There was a time not that long ago when the only time Kansans saw a turkey was when it was served on Thanksgiving. Not anymore, especially in eastern Kansas. Take a drive in the country, and you are likely to see a flock of turkeys gathered in a field hunting for insects or wasted grain.
Parents want to level playing fields
Better local facilities needed to compete with area towns, forum participants say
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
When Kenneth Click and his family moved to the Lawrence area four years ago, they liked what they saw. Good schools. A job for his wife just down the road in Topeka. But if Click would have looked at the recreational sports facilities here, things might be different.
Mexican leftist swears self in as head of parallel government
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A6
Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador swore himself in as Mexico’s “legitimate” president Monday, launching a parallel government he hopes will prevent President-elect Felipe Calderon from governing.
A bumpy ride for Hong Kong Disneyland
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A7
Before Hong Kong Disneyland opened last year, planners were careful to design the park according to the principles of feng shui, placing objects in harmony with their environment. They made sure to offer Chinese food. And they built a garden of costumed characters to satisfy the Chinese obsession with taking photos. Then the best-laid plans went awry.
Scientists, watermen at odds over oysters
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A7
By the Chesapeake Bay’s historic standards, the mouth of the Rappahannock River is something close to an oyster desert. A measly three large shellfish live on every square meter of riverbed there, which would have been nothing in the days when huge oyster reefs sometimes blocked boat traffic.
Ex-Russian spy moved to intensive care unit as condition worsens
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A7
Ex-Russian spy moved to intensive care unitHis sandy hair has fallen out, and his skin is sallow from the toxin that has attacked his organs and his central nervous system. Col. Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB and Federal Security Bureau agent, was under armed guard at a London hospital as authorities investigated the poisoning that has all the hallmarks of a Cold War thriller.
Experiences make the most meaningful holiday gifts
Advice for teens & parents
November 21, 2006 in print edition on D1
The biggest shopping day of the year is coming, and parents are wondering what to buy for their teen. Since Sony can’t produce enough Play Station 3s, we’d better come up with a Plan B. Ignoring media hype, we’ll offer some on- and offbeat suggestions for Christmas shopping.
Burned by scandals, more donors cultivate grassroots charities
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A8
Americans give generously, but that charitable spirit recently has been under assault. High-profile scandals at United Way and the Nature Conservancy, along with criticism of the Red Cross’ response to Hurricane Katrina, have fed a growing unease about big-name nonprofit organizations. Today, 71 percent of the public thinks charities waste too much money, a recent New York University survey found, up from 60 percent three years ago.
How we taste affects health as well as Thanksgiving menu
Blame taste buds, not chef, for food preferences
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A8
Woe to those who have a cold on Thursday. If you can’t smell the roasting turkey, it just won’t taste as good. And if you think the brussels sprouts are bitter, well, blame how many taste buds you were born with, not the chef.
Horoscopes
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B5
Wichita may limit development near base
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B4
In a move to protect McConnell Air Force Base from future rounds of base closures, community leaders are proposing to limit the height of new buildings near the base and restrict development of nearby vacant land to industrial businesses.
Employers see more fake documents from immigrants
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B4
With technology allowing people to more easily make fake identification, personnel managers in Kansas say they are seeing an increase in illegal immigrants trying to land a job with the fake documents.
Commodities
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C8
Congressman earns health care award
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C8
U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., is the first recipient of the Kansas Hospital Assn.’s Distinguished Health Care Advocate Award. He was honored at the association’s annual convention and trade show last week in Topeka.
Staffers attend Planet Green event
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C8
Senior staffers from Lawrence Landscape Inc. attended the Planet Green Industry Conference, conducted Nov. 1-4 in Columbus, Ohio, and considered the national exposition for lawn, landscape and grounds professionals.
Which should come first, religious giving or debt?
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C8
It took me a while before I had faith enough to tithe. Tithing means giving a tenth of your income. For many who believe in tithing, it means giving that 10 percent first - before any bills are paid.
Oregon extols mail ballots
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B7
This month, as controversies emerged in other parts of the country over polling place problems and malfunctioning touch-screen machines, we here in Oregon prepared to swear in a new crop of elected officials with nary a question about the legitimacy of the count or the functioning of our electoral process. We accomplished this with a turnout on Nov. 7 that was, once again, among the highest in the nation. How? With Vote by Mail.
Time to shake things up
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B7
I’m sitting under a banyan tree in Honolulu with a big glass of pomegranate juice, and the sea is glittering and surfers are skimming in on low waves, and the election is over, so let’s all relax and quit irritating each other. OK? Nancy Pelosi, the she-wolf from Sodom, is about to become the madam of the House, so you Republicans just get over it. Cash in your blue chips and invest in gold ingots and maybe real estate in Costa Rica. The black helicopters have landed. Live with it.
Clear message
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B6
Energy gesture
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B6
Game-day parking
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B6
Welcome reviews
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B6
Study-abroad destinations need expansion
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B6
In what may be good news for the future of the United States ties with the rest of the world, the number of Americans studying abroad has more than doubled in the past decade, and is reaching a new record this year.
Eleven-year-old seeking Big Brother
November 21, 2006 in print edition on D2
Logan is a talkative 11-year-old boy who is waiting for a big brother through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County program. He loves to play sports and games, and collect Yu-Gi-Oh cards. He also loves animals and has many pets of his own.
Good investment
Kansas University should use some of the financial aid dollars collected as part of recent tuition increases to help a small group of students stay in school.
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B6
Over the last five years, as tuition was drastically increased at Kansas University, officials were quick to point out that a sizable portion of the additional tuition dollars would go toward financial aid for deserving students who might not otherwise be able to afford to attend the university.
Van Go announces holiday show, sale
November 21, 2006 in print edition on D2
Van Go Mobile Arts will kick off its ninth annual Adornment Show and gala from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Van Go’s work site, 715 N.J.
Best is yet to come for Tony Bennett
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A2
The variety show is dead. The variety show is the biggest thing on television. Stop: You’re both right!
Chiefs’ lineman Waters unsure of status
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C6
A thick brace remains attached to Brian Waters’ right knee, and whenever Derrick Johnson tries to cut left and right, his ankle still stings.
Self still steamed about loss
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C1
It may be a while before a kinder, gentler version of Bill Self resurfaces at Kansas University basketball practices and in speeches before games. “Coach is being coach. He came in and jumped our case from the beginning. I think he’ll be like that the rest of the season to keep us focused,” junior point guard Russell Robinson said.
A frustrating experience
Duke ready for new opponent in K.C.
November 21, 2006 in print edition on C1
After Duke University’s 71-56 victory against Air Force, coach Mike Krzyzewski turned to his players and asked if they were ready to practice against a less methodical offense.
Lone Bush daughter introduces book on former president
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A5
Her father left the White House 14 years ago, and her brother is midway through his second term as president. But Dorothy Bush Koch is only now stepping into the spotlight with a book about the first President Bush and about her family.
Stores increase Black Friday hype with extended hours
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A5
The hard-core shoppers who flock to stores and malls at 5 a.m. Friday for those post-Thanksgiving bargains may find that they’re stragglers; a growing number of retailers will be open at midnight with early bird specials to begin the holiday season.
Schools join to help Hispanic students succeed at college
November 21, 2006 in print edition on B8
Jafet Carrasco doesn’t know anyone who has been to college besides his teachers. He hears people talk about credit hours, but he’s not sure what they are. And he knows college costs money, but not how much.
School bus plunge off overpass kills 3
November 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
A school bus packed with high school students smashed through a guardrail along an overpass Monday and crashed nose-first 30 feet below, killing three teenage girls and injuring at least 30 other people, some critically, authorities said.