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State helicopter called in to assist with car chase
Search called off early this morning
November 23, 2006
Search called off early this morning.
Teams supreme
Ranking the top teams, drivers of 2006
November 23, 2006 in print edition on C10
The checkered flag has waved, and a new champion has been crowned. Here is That’s Racin’s ranking of the top teams for the NASCAR Nextel Cup season based on the teams’ performances in 2006.
QBs’ roles almost as stressful as their moms’
November 23, 2006 in print edition on C8
It was all fun and games when they started playing football. Little boys running pell-mell, helmets and shoulder pads practically bigger than they were. No recognizable plays and passes that went every which way.
N.Y.’s Barber rails playcalling in loss
November 23, 2006 in print edition on C7
A frustrated Tiki Barber criticized the New York Giants’ play calling on Wednesday, saying abandoning the running game against Jacksonville was a slap in his face and a sure way to lose more games.
NFL Network trying to expand
November 23, 2006 in print edition on C7
When the NFL airs the first regular-season game on its own network Thanksgiving night, it won’t be available to many viewers across the country.
Miami has last chance to salvage its season
November 23, 2006 in print edition on C6
At a practice this week, Miami coach Larry Coker asked if anyone was emotionally drained and didn’t want to continue playing this season.
Jayhawks’ Collins deserves all-league honors
Offensive tackle won matchup against Kansas State’s Campbell
November 23, 2006 in print edition on C6
An assignment for those who possess an all-Big 12 football ballot: Fly to Lawrence, park yourself in front of a television, and use the Sunflower On Demand feature to watch Kansas University’s 39-20 victory against Kansas State and not just to hear a nostalgic reference to the Poulan Weed Eater Bowl.
Longar leads Oklahoma past Chaminade
November 23, 2006 in print edition on C6
Longar Longar had 24 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead Oklahoma to a 72-57 victory against Chaminade on Wednesday in the seventh-place game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
Tar Heels stumble
Gonzaga stuns North Carolina, 82-74
November 23, 2006 in print edition on C6
Derek Raivio scored 21 points to help Gonzaga defeat No. 2 North Carolina, 82-74, in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals Wednesday night.
No. 1 Nebraska pounds KU
November 23, 2006 in print edition on C3
The Nebraska University volleyball team demonstrated why it owns the No.1 ranking in the nation, soundly sweeping Kansas University (30-16, 30-16, 30-20).
Commentary: Note to Florida coach: Stop whining
If Gators want to play for national championship, maybe they should start winning impressively
November 23, 2006 in print edition on C2
A bit of rhythmic advice for Urban Meyer: Stop whining incessantly, and start winning impressively.
Keegan: Rivalry as a fairy tale
November 23, 2006 in print edition on C1
It all started with a phone call from a first-grade teacher to an old football coach. The teacher thought it would be good for her students, surrounded mostly by female authority figures at school, to hear a male voice reading stories.
Fifteen years after 396
November 23, 2006 in print edition on C1
The music was blaring when his phone rang. Tony Sands turned the volume down and listened to the stranger on the other end. Your greatest athletic achievement, the voice said. Take me through it, step by step.
Thanksgiving game a ‘salute’ to K.C. owner
November 23, 2006 in print edition on C7
Football fans of America, say hello to a brand new holiday tradition. Starting this year in Arrowhead Stadium, there’ll be a third NFL Thanksgiving Day game for fans to stuff themselves with. Today it’s Kansas City playing host to Denver in a key AFC West matchup.
Report: October set record for Iraqi deaths
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A1
Iraqis are dying in record numbers and fleeing by the tens of thousands from an anarchic nation where armed men rule the streets and there’s little faith in government institutions, according to a United Nations report released Wednesday.
Holiday season renews debate on where to allow city’s retail
Shoppers, commissioners alike split on answer
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A1
It will be busy tomorrow. That’s one of the few certainties in the Lawrence retail world these days. As shoppers prepare to descend upon the city’s stores Friday to mark the traditional beginning of the holiday shopping season, Lawrence city commissioners have one hard-to-find item on their shopping list: a crystal ball.
Thankful to be together
Recovery from kidney transplant makes holiday more meaningful
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A1
A Lawrence family is thankful this holiday for the strong recovery their 3-year-old boy has made after receiving a kidney transplant from his father.
Some Kansas prairie dogs being exterminated with poison
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B2
The fight over the fate of prairie dogs in Logan County escalated during the weekend, when two exterminators started spreading poison, much to the surprise of the landowners. One of the landowners, Larry Haverfield, said he contacted his attorney on Monday to figure out a way to fight the poisoning.
Canvassing board refuses to certify election results
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B2
The Sheridan County Commission race was still undecided Wednesday after a canvassing board refused to certify a recount that changed the outcome announced election night.
More counterfeit money shows up at restaurant
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B2
Another fake $20 bill turned up in Lawrence Police hands in the past month after a couple tried to use it at a restaurant.
On the record
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B2
Turkey escapes hatchet, first dog
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
He was going to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey anyway, but President Bush figured he really owed the bird this time. His dog had just scared the stuffing out of it.
Zamboni drivers fired after fast-food run
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
Would you like fired with that? Two employees of Boise’s ice skating rink have been fired for making a midnight fast-food run in a pair of Zambonis.
Winds a threat to Macy’s parade
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
Strong winds predicted for today threaten to force SpongeBob SquarePants, Scooby Doo, Pikachu and a dozen other popular balloon characters to sit out the 80th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Chemical plant explosion levels surrounding homes
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
The explosions were powerful enough to give people more than 20 miles away a shudder. Jim Glavin, watching TV at home across the street, got a lot more than that. A chemical plant erupted early Wednesday morning with two blasts that threw Glavin off his couch and twisted his house on its foundation.
Lawrence merchants predict solid sales
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A5
The new PlayStation 3 video game consoles aren’t just creating fun for gamers. They’ll also be a blast for retailers this Christmas shopping season.
Woman, 92, killed in shootout
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A5
Many people on the street where Kathryn Johnston lived fortify their windows with metal bars and arm themselves for protection. Johnston, 92, was no exception.
Grief mingles with gratitude after deadly bus wreck
Topeka’s Westboro Baptist to protest funeral of crash victim, says accident was God’s punishment
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B4
The list of things Doris Harris has to be thankful for this year is straight to the point: Her 16-year-old granddaughter survived Monday’s deadly school bus crash with just a fractured arm.
New passport rules for air travelers set
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
Virtually all air travelers entering the United States beginning Jan. 23 will need to show passports - even U.S. citizens, the Homeland Security Department announced Wednesday.
Commandant suggests more Marines needed
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A11
The Marine Corps may need to increase in size to sustain deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan without sacrificing needed training or putting undue stress on the corps, the new Marine commandant said Wednesday.
Officer in Abu Ghraib scandal awaits decision on court-martial
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A11
The buck stops with Lt. Col. Steven Lee Jordan. Eleven U.S. soldiers - all of them from the enlisted ranks - have been convicted in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, with the harshest sentence a 10-year prison term handed out to a corporal. A general and other officers have received reprimands or demotions that ended or blighted their careers.
Simpson confesses: He needed the money
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A2
O.J. Simpson said Wednesday that he knew any profit from his “If I Did It” book would be “blood money,” but that he took part in the project to pay his bills. “It’s all blood money and unfortunately I had to join the jackals,” Simpson told The Associated Press, referring to authors of books about him. “It helped me get out of debt and secure my homestead.”
People in the news
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ ‘Christmas Story’ house to open as museum ¢ Ripa rips Rosie O’Donnell
Tribal members protest bill that would lease land
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B5
Members of the Cheyenne-Arapaho tribes protested federal legislation Wednesday that would allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture to lease about 6,700 acres of land American Indians claim as their own.
Neb. fraternity house had passed inspection before fire, university says
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B5
The fraternity house hit by a fire that killed one Nebraska Wesleyan University student passed fire inspection just two months before the blaze.
Rep. Moore subject of Onion satire
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
Maybe this is what happens when you go from the minority to the majority.
Board of Regents seeks new general counsel
November 23, 2006
The Kansas Board of Regents is looking for a new general counsel following the departure of attorney Mary Prewitt.
Cemetery owners given more time to make their case
State wants full control turned over to Lawrence
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
Conditions at Lawrence’s Memorial Park Cemetery weren’t as bad as what state prosecutors have made them out to be, an attorney for the owner of the cemetery said Wednesday. That is yet to be determined, but Douglas County District Court Judge Robert Fairchild agreed to give the embattled owners of the cemetery, at 1517 E. 15th St., more time to make their case.
Santa set to arrive on downtown roof
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B6
Santa Claus will make his annual arrival for the holiday season Friday night in downtown Lawrence.
Lion cubs poisoned to save costs at zoo
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A10
A zoo in Ethiopia has been poisoning rare Abyssinian lion cubs and selling them to taxidermists because they can’t afford to care for the animals, the facility’s administrator said Wednesday.
Friend gives update on poisoned spy
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A10
A friend who visited poisoned former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in the intensive care ward of a London hospital Wednesday said he looked much worse and was barely able to speak.
HIV, AIDS cases take dramatic jump
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A10
Almost 30 percent more cases of HIV and AIDS were reported in China through October than in all of 2005, the Health Ministry said Wednesday.
Hopes exhausted at mine blast site
Bodies of 15 more workers recovered; two still missing, feared dead
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A10
Rescuers recovered the bodies of 15 more workers killed in a Polish mine explosion early today, bringing the death toll to 21 and leaving little hope that the remaining two missing men would be found, a mining company spokesman said.
Iran touts its edge on summit
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A10
Iran on Wednesday touted its weekend summit with the Iraqi and Syrian presidents, moving to secure a larger role in the region just as President Bush prepares to head to the Mideast for meetings on reducing American involvement in Iraq.
Lebanon braces for renewed conflict after assassination
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A10
Lebanon began three days of mourning Wednesday following the assassination of an up-and-coming anti-Syrian political leader whose death became a rallying cry for the country’s shaky pro-Western government.
Iffy memoir?
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
Coaching edge
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
Family traditions still matter
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
Thanksgiving, as I’ve noted before, was my mother’s absolute favorite holiday. She adored the day, though her preparations sometimes met with mixed success.
Priority items
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on the wonderful gifts money can’t buy.
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
When you read about a group of young people skipping school to stand in line for two days to get the first copies of a new video game, you’ve just got to wonder about people’s priorities.
Economist Friedman had political savvy
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
The big names of the economics profession and the best business journalists have offered deserved praise to Milton Friedman, the great man of 20th-century economics who died last week at 94. I would like to add a footnote about his political shrewdness and his partner in a life that brightened so many others’ experience.
More Gulf Coast residents spend Thanksgiving in FEMA trailers
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A7
Cradling an 18-pound turkey, Hurricane Katrina victim Nancy Prattini hauled groceries from her minivan, preparing for her family’s first Thanksgiving dinner in their cramped FEMA-issued trailer.
Lethal injection method upheld
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A9
Kentucky’s lethal injection method is constitutional, the state Supreme Court said in a ruling Wednesday that could clear the way for executions to resume.
Same-sex divorce poses legal challenge
November 23, 2006
A lesbian couple married in Massachusetts has filed for divorce in Rhode Island, setting up a legal conundrum for judges in a state where the laws are silent on the legality of same-sex marriage.
Surgery corrects rare heart defect
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A9
Using a piece of Gore-Tex fabric to make their repairs, doctors performed corrective surgery on a baby born with his heart outside his chest, and said Wednesday that the youngster should be able to lead a close-to-normal life.
Bacterial infection leads to recall of cadaver transplant tissue
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A9
A Minnesota patient apparently was infected with an unusual germ from cadaver tissue used during routine knee surgery - a discovery that has led the nation’s largest tissue bank to ask 750 hospitals around the country to return 2,400 tendons and other body parts as a precaution.
Child’s wonder about natural world refreshing during season of reflection
November 23, 2006 in print edition on D1
Today is a day for being thankful, a day when we disregard our worries and foes, shake off the trials of yesterday and reflect on what is good and right in the world.
Turkey Town
Lawrence’s creative hands festoon flock for the holiday
November 23, 2006 in print edition on D1
We had no idea when we issued a call last week for readers to create hand turkeys that we’d get such an enthusiastic response.
Old Chicago patrons can assist ECKAN
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A12
Old Chicago restaurant, 2329 Iowa, has partnered with ECKAN to assist area residents in need during the holidays.
Chiropractor plans to help Toys for Tots
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A12
Dr. Mark Howarter and his staff at the Chiropractic Experience: A Creating Wellness Center will collect donations for Toys for Toys from Dec. 4 to 8.
Physical therapist attends conference
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A12
Erinn Golick, a physical therapist with Lawrence Therapy Services, attended a conference last month in Olathe to learn how to use the Hawaii Early Learning Profile system.
Commodities
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A12
Reasons to stay home on Black Friday
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A12
The madness has begun. One man was shot when he refused to give up his wallet while standing in line to buy the new Sony PlayStation 3. Other shoppers across the country were crushed in the rush to buy the video game console that Sony shipped in limited supply to stores last week.
Let the buying begin
Department stores poised to be big winners
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A12
Just like the stores in movies like “A Christmas Story” and “Miracle on 34th Street,” department stores were once magical places, with storybook windows, mounds of toys and gifts and Santa and his elves, enchanting generations of shoppers.
Kissinger’s thoughts on Iraq
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B9
Inside the mind of Henry Kissinger: There’s the headline, in big font, all capital letters, bright red, atop The Drudge Report, all day Sunday and even into Monday morning: “KISSINGER: IRAQ MILITARY WIN IMPOSSIBLE.” At my age, 83, I’m too old really to appreciate the Internet, but I always know a good headline when I see one. And so I know I’m still a big player in international politics, three decades after I left government.
A reminder to be thankful
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B9
“Twas founded be th’ Puritans to give thanks f’r bein’ presarved fr’m th’ Indyans, an’ … we keep it to give thanks we are presarved fr’m th’ Puritans.” - Finley Peter Dunne
Gary’s guide to Las Vegas, 2nd edition
November 23, 2006 in print edition on C3
I wrote a lengthy, detailed travel guide to Las Vegas in September 2002, advising Kansas University fans on places to go, things to do and see in Glitter City besides the Kansas-UNLV football game, which the Jayhawks lost, 31-20.
Tailgate turkey, anyone?
November 23, 2006 in print edition on C7
Some show up in limousines. Others arrive by bus. The dress code is relaxed so long as at least one piece of clothing is bright red or blinding yellow. They gather - close friends and complete strangers - to eat, drink and celebrate into the night.
League needs to assist its small-market teams
November 23, 2006 in print edition on C4
The so-called small-market teams are dying a slow death, and the NBA’s economic plan can’t save them.
KU focused on Friday
November 23, 2006 in print edition on C3
Like two heavyweight boxers promoting an upcoming fight at a Glitter City casino, media-savvy college basketball coaches Billy Donovan of Florida and Bill Self of Kansas University held respective teleconferences with reporters Wednesday morning.
TV critic gives thanks
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A2
So what’s a TV critic have to be thankful for on Thanksgiving 2006? Quite a lot, thank you.
Bank executive to lead Chamber of Commerce
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
Joan Golden, an executive with Lawrence’s US Bank, will be the next chairwoman of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, the organization announced Wednesday.
Holiday events aplenty
Lawrence has long list of festive happenings
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
With Christmas just about a month away, there’s a lot to do: shopping, decorating, baking and wrapping gifts. But don’t forget to take time to enjoy the abundance of festivities offered in the community.
Prison term given for HIV exposure
Cases still pending in other jurisdictions
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence man convicted of exposing three women to HIV received a 32-month prison sentence Wednesday. But Robert W. Richardson II told the judge that putting him behind bars won’t do any good.
Keep it unique
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
Horoscopes
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
Space shot launches golf ball
November 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin was late for his tee time in space Wednesday, but still managed to launch a super-lightweight golf ball into orbit - even if he shanked his shot.
Soldier more than thankful to be home for holidays
November 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
A year ago, George O’Brien Sr. and his wife, Louise, didn’t have appetites for enjoying a Thanksgiving Day feast.
Taller is not necessarily better
November 23, 2006 in print edition on D3
Americans seem to want everything bigger, taller, and brighter - you get the idea. However, many times the “just right” is better. Therefore, the answer to whether to let turf grow tall in the fall is no. The recommended height is better.
Rush, Wright make list of 50 for Naismith Trophy
November 23, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s Brandon Rush and Julian Wright are two of 50 candidates for the Naismith Trophy, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Wednesday.