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Shoppers search for “Black Friday” deals
November 24, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, shoppers are out in search for “Black Friday” deals, Santa is scheduled to make his appearance in Lawrence tonight, and a developer of a proposed power plant has harsh words for Lawrence leaders.
Shoppers out in force this morning
November 24, 2006
People looking for deals before sunrise.
Hundreds start holiday at a brisk pace
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B1
About 400 people started Thursday’s holiday with a run in North Lawrence. They participated in the annual Thanksgiving Day 5K run through some Lawrence streets before reaching the end on the Kansas River levee.
Retail workers gear up for onslaught
Calm demeanor and patience will help employees endure hectic shopping day
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B1
Move over turkey: Caffeine is the official fare for the day after Thanksgiving. At least it is if you are among the hundreds of Lawrence retail workers who will be staffing stores and shops in the city today.
A neighborhood of historic value
Oread area nominated for national register
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Oread neighborhood on the east side of Kansas University’s campus has been nominated for the National Register of Historic Places. The move paves the way for property owners to receive tax credits and incentives for preservation and rehabilitation work.
After brush with death, Ashaolu yearns to play
Duquesne forward recovering from two gunshot wounds to the head, attending team’s practices and games
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C10
Wearying of his long hospital stay and eager to resume being a college student, Sam Ashaolu was spending another boring evening watching TV when news of Miami football player Bryan Pata’s shooting death flashed across the screen.
Bulls a bust so far
Hinrich: We’re not that far away
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C10
So who had the Bulls at 3-8 by Thanksgiving in the office pool? “I still don’t think we’re that far away,” Kirk Hinrich was saying late Tuesday night after the Bulls blew a 13-point third-quarter lead in losing their fifth straight, 113-109 to the Denver Nuggets. “If just a couple of things click. But I think everyone in this (locker) room feels we’re going to get this together and turned around and still have a good year. It’s early and we’re not panicking, but it is time to start making some strides.”
Arkansas, LSU shoot for ‘Boot’
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C9
The tradition began shortly after Arkansas joined the Southeastern Conference. The Razorbacks were facing different teams - and both the school and its fans needed to adjust.
SMU officially back from dead
Victory Saturday at Rice would clinch bowl bid for Mustangs, their first since 1984
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C9
SMU has come back to life. The Mustangs, infamous for institutionalized cheating so egregious that the NCAA shut down the football program for the 1987 season, is bowl eligible but on the bubble. A win Saturday at Rice would clinch a bowl spot for SMU (6-5, 4-3 Conference USA), its first since the 1984 Aloha Bowl.
Miami downs BC in possible Coker finale
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C9
If this was Larry Coker’s final game at Miami, at least the Hurricanes sent him off with a victory. Kirby Freeman threw for 181 yards and a touchdown, Javarris James’ two-yard run in the third quarter put Miami ahead to stay, and the Hurricanes’ defense stifled No. 18 Boston College in rallying for a 17-14 victory Thursday night.
Texas-Texas A&M Notebook: Blalock to make 50th start
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C8
With 49 consecutive starts, Texas offensive lineman Justin Blalock has seen, done and won just about everything at Texas.
A&M quarterback bonds with team
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C8
Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee went where any kid from the state’s rolling Hill Country would go to find the perfect metaphor for team bonding: the hardware store.
Huskers seeking momentum for title game
Colorado, meanwhile, sees today’s game as chance for some redemption
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C8
Nebraska and Colorado enter their meeting today with different motivation. The 23rd-ranked Cornhuskers (8-3, 5-2) have locked up the Big 12 North and are hoping to generate momentum for next week’s conference championship game. The Buffaloes (2-9, 2-5) are out to finish a disappointing season with a measure of satisfaction.
Know the foe: Ball State Cardinals seeking status
Victory over KU in 2001 didn’t propel BSU
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C7
Ball State University, which shocked a star-studded Kansas University basketball team at the 2001 Maui Invitational, will be trying to make it two straight wins over the Jayhawks tonight - this time with a new coach on the bench.
KU basketball notebook
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C6
Jayhawks take in show, eat turkey
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C6
Boschee recalls loss to BSU
Jayhawks bounced back from setback to make Final Four
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C6
The first game of what turned out to be a glorious 2001-02 basketball season is one former Kansas University guard Jeff Boschee would rather forget.
Harrington a hit in Detroit return
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C4
Joey Harrington’s face was splashed across the video boards while Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” played - a jab at the quarterback’s piano playing. Harrington got the last laugh.
Davis destined to call for KU
Radio voice of Jayhawks has busy Saturday doubleheader in store
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C1
His father wanted him to go to law school, but after a year of that, Bob Davis knew it wasn’t for him. He knew he wanted to become a sportscaster. And that wasn’t all he knew. He knew that once he landed his first job, in Hays, he wasn’t going to be there for long. No sir, he had ambitions for brighter lights than that, and he didn’t want them tomorrow. He wanted them yesterday.
Mangino versed in Border War lore
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C1
Mark Mangino didn’t pretend fully to understand the importance of the Border War game when he arrived in Lawrence prior to the 2002 season. But he was introduced to it quickly. Kansas University’s football coach, shortly after being hired, sat in his Allen Fieldhouse seat during a basketball game when a gentleman approached him. The fan’s first order of business was to welcome Mangino to Kansas.
Romo tosses five touchdowns
Dallas quarterback leads rout of Tampa Bay, 38-10
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C4
For a three-play stretch Thursday, Tony Romo looked like a guy making only his fifth start after 31â2 years on the bench. He threw low and inside on what could have been a long touchdown pass to Terry Glenn. On the next snap, he held the ball too long and got sacked. Then he came up short on a deep ball to a wide-open Terrell Owens. He hardly misfired again.
Chiefs trample Broncos
Johnson carries K.C. to 19-10 victory
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C1
With all the hoopla surrounding Thursday’s game - a Super Bowl-scale halftime show, a national television broadcast and playoff implications galore - it hardly seemed likely an athlete would steal the show. Larry Johnson found a way.
Mayer: KU-MU worthy rivalry
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C1
The annual Kansas-Missouri collision is billed as the oldest college football rivalry west of the Mississippi River, but in late 1905 and early 1906, it was in danger of never achieving such status.
It’s all business’
KU not blinded by Glitter City
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C1
Like most blue-chip basketball recruits, Darrell Arthur has been in Glitter City many times before, the last time the summer of 2005 with his Team Texas AAU team. “It was hot,” Arthur, Kansas University’s freshman forward, recalled of the dogs days of July, when AAU basketball heats up in Vegas. “Hot and a lot of people: That’s what I remember. It’s a good environment. I like the place.”
Lawrence family, Chinese students thankful for lessons in culture
November 24, 2006 in print edition on A1
Two Kansas University graduate students from China received a taste of American holiday traditions thanks to an area family.
LINK dinner feeds 250 on Turkey Day
November 24, 2006 in print edition on A1
John Southard smoked a cigarette Thursday morning outside the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen and patiently waited for Thanksgiving dinner to be served. “The food is always great,” the 49-year-old Lawrence man said.
Gun permit requests fall below forecast
State senator blames application process
November 24, 2006 in print edition on A1
Kansans so far aren’t flocking to get permits to carry concealed guns like supporters had anticipated when the law was put on the books earlier this year. But they say the numbers may pick up before the end of the year.
Approved for Life’ at Sunflower Bank
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C12
Home loan customers are able to be “Approved for Life” with a Sunflower Bank mortgage.
KU leader’s pay low in Big 12
Regent says Kansas college presidents’ wages below market rate
November 24, 2006 in print edition on A1
Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway’s total compensation is the fifth lowest in the Big 12, according to a new survey.
Deadline approaches for InvestMidwest
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C12
Entrepreneurs wanting to make presentations to some of the nation’s leading private equity firms at what’s billed as the Midwest’s premier business investment forum are urged to submit their applications in the next few weeks.
Art show, market set for this weekend
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C12
An art show and flea market called “Zab Zib” will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Howard Pine’s Garden Center, 1320 N. Third St.
Voters in 9 states strengthen private-property rights
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C12
I heard that a number of states had propositions on their November ballots that would make it harder for the government to seize private property for public purposes. How did the propositions fare?
Watch out for this guy
Beware, holiday parties can lead to trouble
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C12
Ah, the workplace holiday party - a chance to relax, enjoy tasty food and beverages and get to know co-workers away from the job’s daily grind. And take great care not to make an idiot of yourself.
KU basketball game broadcast in Chinese
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B2
In a program sponsored by Kansas University’s Confucius Institute, the Jayhawks men’s basketball game on Tuesday will be broadcast in Chinese and streamed on the Kansas Athletics Web site.
Carjacking suspect leads police on chase
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B2
The Kansas Highway Patrol late Thursday night was searching east of Lawrence for a man suspected in a carjacking in Overland Park.
Police call in helicopter to help with search
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B2
A man wanted on drug-related and other warrants ran from Lawrence Police when officers saw him Thursday night walking in the 3300 block of West Eighth Street.
K.C. Plaza lights launch holidays
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B2
A flip of a big switch at Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza on Thursday ushered in the Christmas shopping season for the 77th year.
On the record
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B2
Jambalaya recipe chosen for Wal-Mart cookbook
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B3
Volunteer work in the Deep South inspired Tonganoxie resident Shari Paynter’s jambalaya recipe.
Public interest
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B7
Bush rhetoric
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B7
Irritating vote
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B7
Cut out Iraqi middlemen?
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B7
Everybody is talking about Iraq, but nobody knows what to do about it. The White House, Congress and the military say all possible ideas are being considered and that “everything is on the table.”
Former Russian spy dies of poisoning
November 24, 2006 in print edition on A3
Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian spy and vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, died Thursday night in a London hospital after being mysteriously poisoned.
64-year-old female bomber attacks troops
November 24, 2006 in print edition on A3
A 64-year-old Palestinian grandmother blew herself up near Israeli troops sweeping through northern Gaza on Thursday, and eight other Palestinians were killed in a day of clashes and rocket fire.
Two taken hostage in hours-long standoff
November 24, 2006 in print edition on A3
An armed man took two women hostage inside their apartment building early Thursday, sparking a police standoff that dragged into the night.
In Iraq, American troops find plenty of reason to give thanks
November 24, 2006 in print edition on A3
For American soldiers serving in the most dangerous place on Earth, Thanksgiving brought gratitude for life’s pleasures: an autumn leaf mailed from home, a love note in an e-mail inbox, the taste of pumpkin pie.
At least 161 killed in Baghdad
November 24, 2006 in print edition on A3
Sunni Muslim insurgents blew up five car bombs and fired mortars into Baghdad’s largest Shiite district Thursday, killing at least 161 people and wounding 257 in a dramatic attack that sent the U.S. ambassador racing to meet with Iraqi leaders in an effort to contain the growing sectarian war.
S. Korea to stop shipments of Kansas beef
November 24, 2006 in print edition on A3
South Korea said today it would suspend imports of U.S. beef from a Kansas slaughterhouse after government inspectors found a tiny piece of bone in a shipment.
New course to cover international careers
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B1
The University Career Center at Kansas University will have an information session about a new course, “Preparing for International Careers,” at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Walnut Room of the Kansas Union.
Clean Air Lawrence member is honored
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B1
Katherine Bruner, a member of the Clean Air Lawrence Coalition, was honored at the Kansas Tobacco Control Summit last week.
International man of mystery to arrive
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B1
Santa Claus will make his annual arrival for the holiday season tonight in downtown Lawrence.
Agencies link donors with those in need
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence social service agencies are back in the holiday swing to recruit residents to help fulfill the hundreds of adopt-a-family wish lists. “It’s easy to feel forgotten around Christmastime, and this is one of those ways - maybe anonymous - that Lawrence cares about its community members. So this is as much about unity as it is about gifts,” said Paul Hunt, director of human service resources at the Ballard Community Center, whose 115 applications already equal the total number from last year.
Helicopter assists authorities in search
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Kansas Highway Patrol helicopter assisted law enforcement agencies with a search in North Lawrence early Thursday morning after a car chase.
Talk show taps into pleasures of vinyl
November 24, 2006 in print edition on A2
The musical talk show “Off the Record” (10 p.m., HBO) captures one of the exquisite and rapidly vanishing pleasures of conversational life - sitting around and talking about your favorite albums. There’s something wonderfully tactile about being able to pick up a 12-by-12-inch cardboard sleeve and hold in your hand a cultural statement and a collection of songs and memories. I’m not sure whether CDs ever had the same emotional impact, and I can’t imagine a discussion about great downloads some 30 years hence.
Jezebel of Jazz’ dies at 87
November 24, 2006 in print edition on A2
Anita O’Day, whose sassy renditions of “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Sweet Georgia Brown” and other song standards that made her one of the most respected jazz vocalists of the 1940s and ‘50s, has died. She was 87.
People in the news
November 24, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Klum and Seal parents again ¢ Pitt, Jolie motor in Vietnam ¢ House dispute heats up
Giant parade balloons fly low
November 24, 2006 in print edition on A7
Flying low through gray skies, Snoopy swooped down Broadway on Thursday, his aviator goggles slick with rain. Fans lining the parade route had waited in the soggy cold, wondering if the inflatable stars of the 80th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade would be grounded by strong gusts of wind.
Stores open doors on Thanksgiving for shoppers who just can’t wait
November 24, 2006
A traditional day of feasting with family turned into a day of early holiday shopping for some, as retailers offered more options - both online and in stores - than ever this Thanksgiving.
Embattled ex-editor of NY Times dies at 56
November 24, 2006 in print edition on A5
Gerald M. Boyd, who became the first black managing editor of The New York Times and was forced to resign two years later amid a reporter’s plagiarism scandal, has died. He was 56.
Police say amateur videos don’t tell whole story
Officials say images taken out of context could pose dangers
November 24, 2006 in print edition on A4
Arlin Pacheco turned her video camera from the kittens on her porch to the police officers she saw chasing and tackling a neighbor. The camera was rolling as one officer pressed his knee on the man’s neck and punched his face.
New push to allow imported drugs expected in Congress
November 24, 2006 in print edition on A5
Efforts to allow Americans access to cheaper prescription drugs from abroad should blossom once Democrats assume control in Congress, but it won’t be a top priority, lawmakers and health care experts said.
Lebanese bid farewell to slain Christian leader
Huge anti-Syria rally ensues
November 24, 2006 in print edition on A6
Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese flooded downtown Beirut on Thursday to mourn a slain Christian politician and vent anger at Syria, gearing up for a potentially explosive fight over power with the Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah and other allies of Damascus.
Taliban comeback traced to corruption, killings
New generation of recruits being trained
November 24, 2006 in print edition on A6
Until the Taliban were driven from power, Mullah Ehsanullah was an intelligence official, enforcing the militia’s Islamic orthodoxy in eastern Afghanistan. Five years later, he is again busy in the Taliban ranks, shepherding recruits through the guerrilla training camps hidden in the rugged terrain here and in Pakistan’s tribal regions across the border.
Economist Friedman a fan of school choice
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B6
The death last week of Milton Friedman, “the grandmaster of free-market economic theory,” as The New York Times accurately labeled him, ended a great life. But there was another Milton Friedman many obituary writers overlooked, or mentioned only in passing, that may offer him an even greater legacy than his economic theories about limited government.
Wishes and wants
Local residents will have to accept that Santa - or the city of Lawrence - can’t fulfill every wish on their Christmas list.
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B6
Like children writing a letter to Santa, Lawrence residents seem to have no trouble coming up with a wish list of items they want or need. A big new library, an initiative to acquire industrial land and open space, a new sports complex for the community’s young people.
Lebanon a key piece in Mideast puzzle
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B6
Syria and Iran know how badly the United States wants their cooperation to stabilize Iraq, and they’re setting a high price. Part of that price was made brazenly clear in Beirut on Tuesday - where a key anti-Syrian cabinet minister, Pierre Gemayel, was shot dead in broad daylight. The price looks far higher than the United States can or should pay.
Students plead no contest in plot
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B8
A 16-year-old charged in an alleged school-shooting plot at Riverton High School has pleaded no contest in the case.
For Fresno State basketball, it’s a time to start over
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C10
Steve Cleveland feels as if he’s finally back to being a full-time coach at Fresno State, no longer burdened by the stress of NCAA violations.
KU student’s documentary explores preaching of hate
November 24, 2006 in print edition on D1
We’ve all seen them. They are members of the Westboro Baptist Church, led by Pastor Fred Phelps. They turn up to picket concerts, speeches and, most notably, military funerals, holding explicit signs that denounce homosexuality.
Creature comforts
Animals inspire Bizarre Bazaar artist
November 24, 2006 in print edition on D1
Laura Ramberg needed a model for one of her ceramic art pieces. A scaly, slithering model. “I was walking around the farm going, ‘Where are the snakes? Where are the snakes?’ After two days of this I realized what I was saying. They were probably going to appear in my bed and my closet and my shoes,” Ramberg says.
November 24, 2006 in print edition on B4
Who needs a sweater? Give life experience instead
November 24, 2006 in print edition on A9
Bored with the thought of wrapping up another crew-neck sweater, Robbie Hamill did something unusual last Christmas. She bought her son-in-law a deep-sea fishing trip.
Police display forged art to warn dealers in London
November 24, 2006 in print edition on A12
Pseudo Picassos, counterfeit Chagalls and other fakes are on display in London this week, part of an effort by Scotland Yard to warn dealers about forged art that it says fuels crime gangs around the world.
Commentary: NFL Network setup only hurts fans
November 24, 2006 in print edition on C2
Sometime late Thanksgiving Day, after the last piece of pumpkin pie mysteriously vanished and Uncle Frank was snoring loudly on the couch, it might have hit you that all was not right on this, the most American of holidays.