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Women voters have eye on the future
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B6
Allow me to use my grandmother-of-two voice. This is a bit more low key and benign than Nancy Pelosi’s famous “mother-of-five voice.” Toddlers and tryptophan tend to mellow me out.
Ugly as Sin City
KU offense ‘pitiful’ in Vegas victory
November 25, 2006 in print edition on C1
If Kansas University’s basketball team plays tonight against top-ranked Florida as it did Friday night against unheralded Ball State … well, things could get rather ugly in Glitter City.
Bird watchers abuzz after arctic gull spotted in California
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
A small white gull with an ordinary name had bird watchers flocking to the Salton Sea for what they call a “mega-rarity.” The Salton Sea, a 35-mile-long lake stretching across the Imperial and Riverside county line, is a popular stop for birds heading south, and Guy McCaskie, co-author of “Birds of Salton Sea,” believed he spotted a Ross’ gull there a week ago.
Turnovers worry Stoops
November 25, 2006
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops tried harping on his team to try to end a plague of turnovers. This week, he tried a different approach.
Cornish on the cusp
November 25, 2006
Mark Mangino compared the level of play to Class 2A high school football in Kansas. Mangino, Kansas University’s football coach, liked Jon Cornish on tape, but the competition in British Columbia was just no standard by which to scout.
Peterson not done for OU
November 25, 2006
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops says he thinks star tailback Adrian Peterson will play again for the Sooners. “I’m pretty convinced of that,” Stoops said. “Things may change, but at this point it hasn’t for him.”
Woods just wants win
Donovan recalls brother’s Bedlam lore
November 25, 2006
One play. That’s all it takes to earn a player a spot in Bedlam lore forever. Perhaps no one can attest to that better than the Woods family.
KU football notebook
Today’s telecast feed won’t be widespread
November 25, 2006
Kansas University’s football game at Missouri is on ABC network television, but it won’t be widely watched.
Know the foe: Missouri
For MU, November cruelest; Under Pinkel, Tigers just 6-14 in 11th month, compared to 30-20 in others
November 25, 2006
November hasn’t been kind to Missouri University’s football team. In fact, it has been an annual month of torture for the Tigers under coach Gary Pinkel. While expectations always seem to be high around Pinkel’s teams, late-season sputters often end up defining them.
Chiefs’ Edwards not concerned about LJ’s workload
November 25, 2006 in print edition on C10
NFL rushing leader Larry Johnson is on track to break one of the league’s most punishing records, a fact that Kansas City coach Herm Edwards insists does not concern him one bit. “I’m not going to wear him out,” Edwards said Friday, with a hint of impatience that the issue would even be raised.
McGrady willing to share spotlight
November 25, 2006 in print edition on C10
It ruined the Shaquille O’Neal-Kobe Bryant pairing in Los Angeles, but Tracy McGrady won’t let it derail Houston’s title hopes.
OSU edges Auburn
November 25, 2006 in print edition on C9
Mario Boggan scored 23 points to lead Oklahoma State past Auburn 66-65 Friday in the South Padre Island Invitational.
Missouri State stuns No. 7 Wisconsin
Bears earn date with Oklahoma State in title game at South Padre Island
November 25, 2006 in print edition on C9
TOP 25 ROUNDUP
Baylor rolls in Bahamas
Wisconsin hands K-State first loss
November 25, 2006 in print edition on C8
BIG 12 WOMEN’S ROUNDUP
BSU coach takes over
Thompson shows disdain for media
November 25, 2006 in print edition on C6
As a player, Ronny Thompson would try to tell Alonzo Mourning what to do and where to go on the court. Mourning seldom responded and seemed to tolerate it because of the immense respect he had for Thompson’s father, Hall of Fame coach John Thompson, formerly of Georgetown.
Missouri’s new coach gets more from Lyons
November 25, 2006 in print edition on C8
Mike Anderson’s first impression of Missouri forward Leo Lyons was not a good one. When Anderson arrived at Missouri from Alabama-Birmingham last spring after replacing the fired Quin Snyder, he thought the long-armed Kansas City, Kan., native was lazy. Even Lyons doesn’t disagree. “Yeah, I was lazy,” Lyons said.
Kansas basketball notebook
November 25, 2006 in print edition on C7
Irish eager to take another crack at USC
November 25, 2006 in print edition on C5
Most of the star power Southern California used to beat Notre Dame and almost everyone else the Trojans faced during the past four years is gone.
A&M makes Longhorns ill
McGee, stout defense give Aggies signature win
November 25, 2006 in print edition on C4
Stephen McGee had taken so many hard hits, he was throwing up. But yard by yard, McGee and the Texas A&M Aggies were pounding out six years of frustration in their rivalry with Texas. With a stingy defense and two long scoring drives in the first and fourth quarters, the Aggies finally got past the Longhorns with a 12-7 victory Friday that they hope signals their return to prominence in the Big 12.
Huskers stylish in title-tilt tuneup
November 25, 2006 in print edition on C4
Nebraska generated momentum for the Big 12 championship game with a 37-14 victory over Colorado that showcased power, passing and panache. Brandon Jackson was the power, running 34 times for 142 yards and a touchdown Friday.
Rough season costs Coker
Coach will lead Miami if it’s invited to bowl
November 25, 2006 in print edition on C5
Larry Coker won nearly 80 percent of his games at Miami, got players to graduate, was revered for his classy manner and led the Hurricanes to a national championship. Despite all that, even he acknowledged Miami needed to make a change.
Tigers in hog heaven
No. 9 LSU bolsters BCS case by beating No. 5 Arkansas
November 25, 2006 in print edition on C4
JaMarcus Russell and LSU cleared another contender from the national title picture and just might have added one more big game to their already brutal road schedule - this time in the BCS. The Tigers will gladly accept a trip like that, and after taking out No. 5 Arkansas, they feel they have a pretty good resume.
KU-UF notes
November 25, 2006 in print edition on C3
KU vs. Florida, position by position
November 25, 2006 in print edition on C3
Gators tune up with rout
November 25, 2006 in print edition on C1
In Billy Donovan’s eyes, tonight’s Florida-Kansas basketball game will not be contested on a neutral floor. “We are playing at Kansas tomorrow,” Florida coach Donovan said of 8,500-seat Orleans Arena, which is expected to be jam-packed with KU fans, not fans of the Gators.
UF’s success with sophs encouraging
November 25, 2006 in print edition on C1
Florida’s Gators taught all of college basketball a valuable lesson last year: Sophomores, despite their youth and inexperience, can win it all. “I think it encourages everybody going into their sophomore year,” KU sophomore Brandon Rush said of the Billy Donovan-led Gators, who rode a batch of second-year players to a six-game winning streak in the NCAAs that resulted in the 2006 national championship.
Keegan: Stakes go up tonight
November 25, 2006 in print edition on C1
In the final minute of a blowout, the volume and stress in the voices of so many of the 5,000 or so Kansas University backers Friday night in Orleans Arena sounded more like the emotions attached to a game that hinged on the final shots.
Poison ID’d in spy’s death; Putin denies involvement
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A1
A rare radioactive substance killed an ex-KGB spy turned Kremlin critic, the British government said Friday. In a dramatic statement written before he died, the man called Russian President Vladimir Putin “barbaric and ruthless” and blamed him personally for the poisoning.
Sunnis burned to death in Iraq
Slayings were Shiite revenge
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A1
Revenge-seeking Shiite militiamen seized six Sunnis as they left Friday prayers, drenched them with kerosene and burned them alive, and Iraqi soldiers did nothing to stop the attack, police and witnesses said.
Vinland’s Living Nativity calls it quits after 30 years
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A1
No more wise men. No more shepherds, cows, donkeys and sheep. And no more infants playing baby Jesus. The curtain has come down on one of the longest running religious productions in the area: “The Living Nativity” in Vinland.
Kids give vent to Christmas wishes
Man in red drops down for a visit
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A1
It began to look a lot like Christmas Friday night in downtown Lawrence. Holiday music played in the background. Shoppers strolled the sidewalks. And at Ninth and Massachusetts streets a crowd of parents and wide-eyed children gathered to await the arrival of Santa Claus.
Mother claims wrongful death in railroad case
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B2
The mother of a 13-year-old boy who died when struck by a Union Pacific train last year has sued the company, alleging that an attorney told her he had her best interests at heart, but then pressured her into signing a document that released the railroad from liability.
Four die in wrecks
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B2
Two men died Friday in a single-car accident in northwest Missouri, just hours after another double fatality accident in the same county, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.
On the record
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B2
Chemical explosion site checked for material
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A3
Investigators got their first close-up look Friday at a chemical plant leveled by an explosion, saying the damage was so extensive that they don’t know the precise point of the blast.
Nations block U.N. ban on ocean trawling
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A3
Fishing nations led by Iceland and Russia have blocked United Nations negotiators from imposing a full-fledged ban against destructive bottom trawling on the high seas.
Police actions upset slain woman’s family
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A3
A slain woman’s relatives were upset Friday by the way police handled a 23-hour Thanksgiving Day standoff in her apartment building that ended with a gunman killing the 22-year-old and himself.
Private group releases Iran-Contra documents
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A3
The Iran-Contra affair exploded 20 years ago today, a scandal that crippled the last two years of Ronald Reagan’s presidency and temporarily damaged the career prospects of Robert Gates, President Bush’s nominee to replace Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Retail Web sites feel holiday crunch
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A3
High traffic disrupted Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Web site for much of Friday, one of the year’s busiest shopping days. The Walt Disney Co. also had problems handling the rush of online activity Friday, while Amazon.com Inc.’s site had brief disruptions a day earlier due to a Thanksgiving Day sale on Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 video game machines.
Mother maintains hope in search
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A3
As the third day of intensive but so-far fruitless searching for her young sons wore on Friday, Alicia White said she is “prepared for the worst” but still hopeful that Tristan A. White, 4, and Avery Lee Stately, 2, will be found alive and unharmed.
Armed cartoonist arrested after entering newsroom
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A3
Decrying what he described to police as ethics issues at Miami’s daily newspapers, a cartoonist armed with a toy gun Friday barricaded himself inside the newsroom of El Nuevo Herald, sparking a tense 3 1/2 hour standoff before surrendering peacefully.
Microsoft set to launch new software
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A4
Bill Hartnett got accustomed to the screaming. As Microsoft Corp.’s manager of software sales to financial services companies, Hartnett used to get pelted with complaints about the security and reliability of Microsoft’s products.
London investigators trace steps of poisoned ex-Russian spy
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A9
A swank hotel where he sipped tea. A sushi bar where he had soup. Investigators are tracing Alexander Litvinenko’s last steps to find out how a rare radioactive substance could have killed the former KGB agent and vociferous critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
What is polonium-210, and how does it kill?
November 25, 2006
Polonium-210 - the radioactive substance that killed a former Russian spy in London - is one of the world’s rarest elements, first discovered in the 19th century by scientists Marie and Pierre Curie. It is highly lethal when ingested and extremely hard to detect, experts said Friday.
Syria shies from Tehran summit
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A11
Iran and the United States are playing a complicated diplomatic game, jockeying for influence in Iraq as violence there spirals out of control. But there is one major wild card in dueling summits planned for coming days: Syria.
U.S. military chiefs borrow tactics from Vietnam War
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A11
New tactics favored by U.S. military officers in Iraq borrow heavily from the end of another war that might seem an unlikely source for a winning strategy: Vietnam.
Al-Sadr allies threaten to leave government
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A11
Iraqi politicians allied with militant Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr threatened Friday to resign from the government if Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki meets next week with President Bush, adding to the pressure on an embattled premier who appears unable to halt his nation’s plunge into full-fledged civil war.
China, Pakistan sign free-trade agreement
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A10
Chinese President Hu Jintao, visiting his country’s staunchest ally in Asia, signed a free-trade deal Friday and pledged to continue helping Pakistan build its civilian nuclear program.
U.N.: Somalia war fears slowing flood relief
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A10
Fears of a looming war in Somalia are hampering relief efforts for up to 1 million people hit by severe flooding, a senior U.N. official said Friday.
Government takes aim at media dissent
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A10
Authorities cut off broadcasts from Azerbaijan’s first independent TV station Friday and ordered the eviction of opposition newspapers and organizations from their offices in the capital, moves government opponents called part of a campaign to silence dissent.
Recall bid fails against embattled president
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A10
Taiwan’s president won a reprieve Friday when opposition lawmakers failed for the third time to muster enough support for a referendum on removing him from office.
U.N. cites torture, detentions in Chechnya
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A10
A U.N. anti-torture panel said Friday it had credible reports of unofficial detention centers, abuse and disappearances in Russia’s restive southern province of Chechnya.
Bomb-toting Protestant disrupts Assembly
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A10
Belfast’s most infamous militant stormed into the Northern Ireland Assembly headquarters Friday with a bagful of pipe bombs, forcing an evacuation that overshadowed the politicians’ failure to meet a deadline for forming a new Catholic-Protestant administration.
Tensions high in Lebanon
Cabinet to decide on Hariri hearing
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A10
Lebanon’s political crisis worsened Friday with government ministers fearing for their lives after the murder of one of their own, businesses on strike and Hezbollah renewing threats of protests. Beirut was tense after several hundred supporters of the pro-Syrian Hezbollah briefly took to the streets Thursday night, burning tires and blocking the road to the airport until the Islamic militant group’s leader ordered them home.
Hamas leader backtracks on Palestinian cease-fire
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A10
The Palestinian prime minister said Friday that militants were prepared to stop firing rockets at Israel if it would halt all military action in Palestinian territories. Israel rejected the offer, saying it would respond positively only to a total truce.
People in the news
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Kazakh writer nominates Borat actor for honor ¢ Town seeks Bergman look-alike for wedding ¢ Actress Liv Tyler finds ‘Strangers’ to her liking
Penguins’ year marches on
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A2
Morgan Freeman narrates the 2005 documentary “March of the Penguins” (8 p.m. today, Hallmark). A surprise hit, the Oscar-winning film captures the mating and breeding practices of the magnificent Emperor penguins, which brave cold, icy blasts and months of starvation to make a family.
From show dog to N.Y. urban legend
Vivi the whippet’s mystery grows since escape from airport
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A2
In the nine months since escaping her travel cage at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Vivi the wayward whippet has joined the Central Park coyote, high-rise tiger, Harlem Meer caiman and Molly the fugitive feline in New York’s ever-growing pantheon of urban animal legends.
Holiday notebook
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B3
Jessica Bosworth spent Thanksgiving night in a lawn chair with a blanket. But the sacrifice brought her something she was thankful for: the first spot in line at Best Buy when the doors opened at 5 a.m. Friday.
Elderly woman’s death spurs calls for probe
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
A civil rights activist representing the family of an elderly woman killed in a gunfight with police is calling for a federal investigation into her death.
DNA tests prompt rape conviction review
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
Authorities are reviewing the conviction of a man imprisoned for a 1992 rape after he was cleared by DNA tests that the original lab analyst refused to conduct.
Deep mountain snow forces highway closing
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
A series of snowstorms that blanketed the Cascade Range lightened Friday, drawing skiers to the slopes earlier than usual and prompting the state to briefly close a mountain highway east of Seattle because of avalanche concerns.
Ex-con credits Buddhism for new outlook on life
November 25, 2006
Tony Farnan’s back tells a story. “White Trash” is tattooed across the lower portion. A handcuffed, clenched fist with lightning bolts and a swastika takes up much of the middle. Farnan got the tattoos when he was younger, doing drugs, picking fights and living up to his identity as a pretty rough racist.
Equal rights
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B7
Past mistakes
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B7
Faith briefs
November 25, 2006 in print edition on D8
Out of the Red: Holiday cheer minus financial fear
November 25, 2006 in print edition on D1
The average American consumer will spend nearly $800 on the winter holidays - on gifts and entertainment, according to the National Retail Federation.
Should we be afraid of God?
November 25, 2006 in print edition on D1
Faith forum.
Festive folk
Artist’s faux fruit, veggies to garnish holiday trees
November 25, 2006 in print edition on D1
Amanda Warren hates the word “crafty,” though she knows it will be used to describe her art. She prefers to consider it a form of folk art.
Peace Corps topic of meeting at KU
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B8
Two Kansas University professors will discuss their Peace Corps experiences at noon Wednesday in the Parlors of the Kansas Union.
Assn. offering $10,000 for best ‘real’ tree story
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
This holiday season, choosing a real tree over an artificial one could make you $10,000 richer.
KU researcher receives disability-study grant
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
Glen White, director of the Research and Training Center on Independent Living at Kansas University, has received a $3.25 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to help people with disabilities participate more fully in the community.
Simons: Lawmakers must get involved in KU medical school plans
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Kansas University School of Medicine represents a sizable investment for the state of Kansas. Millions upon millions of dollars have been appropriated for this facility, and its graduates have played a significant role in the Kansas health care system. With this level of fiscal support and the long history of the medical school, doesn’t it seem reasonable that state legislators would be aware of any plans for a substantial change in the medical school or a repositioning of its alliances and associations in greater Kansas City?
Carrier rewarded for heroic efforts
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
Dennie Peterson, a Lawrence Journal-World carrier who helped a Franklin County sheriff’s officer apprehend a suspect, has been named a 2006 Carrier of the Year by the Midwest Circulation Management Association.
Tis the season for bargain hunters
Lawrence shoppers rise early to take advantage of Black Friday deals
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
It was about 4:45 in the morning, and a father was standing in line outside the Lawrence Best Buy store with his 19-year-old daughter. Someone asked her if she normally was a morning person. The father laughed heartily.
Power Corp. apologizes for comments
Spokesman earlier said Lawrence would be boycotted for opposing plant
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Sunflower Electric Power Corp. spokesman apologized Friday for saying he would push for a boycott of Lawrence because of the city’s opposition to a proposed coal-fired power plant in western Kansas.
Comic, many others, in denial about racism
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B6
You’d think one of the first things a stand-up comic learns is how to deal with hecklers. One recalls Richard Pryor’s jab at some fool who blew a whistle in the middle of his monologue. “This ain’t Kool and the Gang, motherfornicator!” Except, he didn’t say motherfornicator.
Game-day traffic
University and law enforcement officials need to put their heads together to find a way to move traffic more smoothly to and from Kansas University events.
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B6
Last week’s Kansas-Kansas State football game was a huge success for the victorious Jayhawks, with a record crowd seeing the game in Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium.
4-H and FCE news
November 25, 2006 in print edition on C3
Scouting news
November 25, 2006 in print edition on C3
Coupons best way to lure shoppers
November 25, 2006 in print edition on D5
Television advertising may be more memorable, but coupons and print ads seem to do a better job of steering shoppers to stores, a recent national survey shows.
Democratic leaders likely to stall plans for nuclear dump
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A5
When Congress targeted Nevada as the nation’s nuclear waste dumping ground, the state didn’t have the political power to say no.
Environmental groups say Duke Energy’s court message deceptive
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A5
A prominent member of the Supreme Court bar, the small circle of lawyers who regularly appear before the justices, infuriated environmental groups by presenting an argument the groups say is demonstrably incorrect.
Anne Frank’s name stands out at archive
November 25, 2006 in print edition on A7
The lists run into the tens of thousands: men, women and children tossed into the Nazi machinery of death from just one small country, Holland. Most are unknown, lost in the ashes of the Holocaust.
Stocks finish lower in abbreviated session
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B4
Stocks fell Friday in thin trading, ending a shortened week quietly as the holiday shopping season began and attention turned to retailers and a steep decline in the dollar against other major currencies.
Busy shopping day burdens Web sites
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B4
High traffic disrupted Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Web site for much of Friday, one of the year’s busiest shopping days.
Memo details rosy forecast
Growth predicted through ‘08
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B4
State officials have given a little more insight into why they believe the Kansas economy is heading in the right direction, citing among other things continued strength in retail sales - an area getting a big boost as holiday shopping begins in earnest.
Commodities
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B4
Society calendar
November 25, 2006 in print edition on D5
Around and about
November 25, 2006 in print edition on D5
Horoscopes
November 25, 2006 in print edition on B8