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Women leaving the sciences
KU duo study the causes
November 27, 2006
Two Kansas University researchers are studying young women who have chosen careers in the often male-dominated fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
KU researchers studying why women leave science careers
November 27, 2006
Can women really have it all? Two KU researchers are studying why women who choose careers in science, math, technology, engineering, eventually leave their profession.
Second candidate announces city commission plans
November 27, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a second candidate announces his plans to run for Lawrence City Commission, the Lawrence school board will hear upgrade plans for local elementary schools at tonight’s meeting, and the latest on the Cat Tracker bus fatality.
Second candidate announces for city commission
November 27, 2006
Rob Chestnut, the CFO for Lawrence-based Allen Press, said this morning that he wants to use his business experience to help boost economic development efforts to bring jobs to the community.
Happy Feet,’ ‘Casino Royale’ pace solid holiday weekend
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A2
A dancing penguin was king of the Thanksgiving birds among movie-goers. The animated penguin romp “Happy Feet” remained the No. 1 movie with $37.9 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday, while the James Bond adventure “Casino Royale” stayed in second place with $31 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Slow play can be smart
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C12
In the $1,500 buy-in pot limit Hold ‘em tournament at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) this year, more than 1,100 players began the day looking for a coveted gold bracelet, and more than $340,000 for first place. Two days later, nine players sat down at the final table, including top pros John Juanda and Can Hua, high-limit player Rick Chase and “Tilt Boy” Rafe Furst.
Southern Cal moves to second in AP poll
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C10
Southern California is the new No. 2. The Trojans advanced one spot to overtake Michigan in The Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday, a day after their 44-24 victory over Notre Dame. USC, the sixth team to be ranked No. 2 this season behind No. 1 Ohio State, leads the Wolverines by 36 points in the poll.
Organization gunning to be new National Rifle Association
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C9
The membership of the National Rifle Association is 4 million, and it is rare to hear a hunter or competitive shooter make strong statements against the organization. That’s because the NRA is viewed as the uncompromising, stalwart, shooters’ rights defender.
Firearms deer season to open Wednesday
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C9
A little more than 40 years ago, Kansas hunters went afield for the first modern deer season. Since then the state has seen many positive changes.
Turkey burgeoning across Kansas
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C9
The return of the wild turkey from virtual disappearance to a healthy and growing population is one of the great conservation success stories in Kansas. In the 1950s, wild turkeys were almost impossible to find in the state, but thanks to a trap-and-transplant program beginning in the early 1960s, the Sunflower State’s first turkey season was held in 1974.
Making nature accessible
Few public parks disabled-friendly
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C9
Doug Conklin used the hand rims to propel his lightweight wheelchair up the gravel path through pine forest. He was breathing hard by the time the trail from the boat dock branched off toward several new log lean-tos.
Taylor, Cornhuskers a perfect match
QB has been much more than a ‘bridge’
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C10
Zac Taylor needed Nebraska. Nebraska needed Zac Taylor. What started as a marriage of convenience has been blissful, indeed. Until Nebraska came calling two years ago, Taylor’s best offer coming out of junior college was from Marshall. Taylor, who grew up in Norman, Okla., the son of a former Oklahoma Sooner, always wanted to play in the Big 12. Here was his chance.
Vick apologizes for obscene gesture
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C7
Michael Vick apologized for making an obscene gesture toward Atlanta fans as he walked off the field after the Falcons’ fourth straight loss Sunday. Vick used both hands to deliver the gesture and flashed an angry look toward the handful of fans remaining in the Georgia Dome. Those who hung around booed the home team loudly after its dismal 31-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Forgotten fullbacks
Position falls out of favor in NFL
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C7
John Riggins was the type of player kids loved emulating. He was a bruising runner with a mean streak and big shoulder pads who plowed through defenders and dragged them along for the ride all the way to the Hall of Fame.
Favre, mentor to square off
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C6
Brett Favre’s private jet was revving, ready to take the quarterback and icon back home to another offseason in Mississippi. The Seahawks’ team jet was nearby at the airport in Green Bay, readying to fly back to Seattle. Favre boarded the Seahawks’ plane.
Wyoming stuns Colorado, 76-73
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C5
Daaron Brown wasn’t worried about his basket that tied the game. The free throw he hit to break the tie with 23 seconds left was another matter. “I had to calm myself down and tell myself not to be nervous,” Brown said of what would be the game-winning point. “And it was all net.”
UConn wallops Albany
Unlike NCAA Tournament meeting, Great Danes quickly put down
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C5
This season, Connecticut didn’t wait until the second half to put Albany away. Freshman Gavin Edwards scored 16 points, and sophomore Marcus Johnson had 14 in leading the 18th-ranked Huskies to a 86-55 victory over the Great Danes in Sunday. Six Huskies scored in double figures, and UConn scored 21 fast-break points and held Albany to two.
ACC/Big Ten Challenge rarely telling
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C5
Nice little go-round they’re playing this week, the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Makes for full houses, good basketball, enticing TV and, lest we forget, fat paydays for both conferences. But be cautious when analyzing the results. Come NCAA Tournament time, they’ll mean absolutely nothing.
Wallace’s head games shouldn’t be tolerated
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C4
Yes, it’s a silly rule. Though I can’t say I’ve seen many $15 million per year executives coming to work wearing headbands. No, NBA players are not your average working stiffs. Or even working elite. Not at about four hours per day.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C3
¢ Talib’s future ¢ To the future ¢ Jayhawks in the NFL update
USC leapfrogs Michigan to No. 2 in BCS standings
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
Southern California is a victory away from returning to the national title game. The Trojans moved into second place in the Bowl Championship Series standings Sunday, passing idle Michigan on the strength of a 44-24 victory over Notre Dame and closing in on a matchup with undefeated Ohio State in the title game.
Bowl outlook bleak; KU plays waiting game
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
It might be six days before Kansas University’s football team knows anything for sure about bowl possibilities. And though the prospects don’t look good at all, the Jayhawks will have a blindfold on this week with so much uncertainty.
Ju’ to the rescue
Wright speaks up, posts career-high numbers
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
Deemed the Most Valuable Player on the basketball court at the Las Vegas Invitational, Julian Wright also was the behind-the-scenes leader for Kansas University’s men’s basketball team. Wright, KU’s vibrant sophomore forward from Chicago, was the Jayhawk whose voice echoed loudest during an impromptu players-only meeting late Friday night in a Renaissance Marriott Hotel hallway - a meeting that might have sparked the Jayhawks to play with such passion in Saturday night’s pulsating 82-80 overtime victory over top-rated Florida.
Toyota Prius engineer dies in plane crash
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
A Toyota Motor Corp. executive engineer described as the “American father of the Prius” and who was among the country’s top experts on gas-electric hybrid vehicles died in a plane crash, officials said Sunday.
Subdivision bans wreath peace sign
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
A homeowners association in southwestern Colorado has threatened to fine a resident $25 a day until she removes a Christmas wreath with a peace sign that some say is an anti-Iraq war protest or a symbol of Satan.
Officer injured during president’s visit dies
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
A motorcycle officer injured last week while escorting President Bush in the islands died Sunday, police said.
Vegas was home sweet home for KU
Loyal fan base filled up Sin City, making monster tilt with Florida seem like a home game
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C2
You know it’s a big-time college basketball atmosphere when you have to peak outside at halftime to make sure Tropicana Avenue didn’t suddenly transform itself into a network of independent coffeehouses and bookstores, if the bright lights and streams of hotels and casinos along The Strip weren’t converted into a small college town surrounded by parks and locally owned shops.
College coaching changes under way
N.C. State’s Amato, Arizona State’s Koetter get the ax
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C2
North Carolina State fired football coach Chuck Amato on Sunday, a day after he completed his seventh season at his alma mater. The former Wolfpack linebacker had a 49-37 record at the school and led the team to five bowl games, including the 2003 Tangerine Bowl against Kansas University. But his squads were 25-31 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and never finished higher than fourth.
No serious wrecks during holiday weekend
November 27, 2006 in print edition on B2
Even with holiday traffic cramming the highways, local law enforcement officials said the holiday weekend was devoid of any serious traffic incidents.
Ottawa church offers living nativity event
November 27, 2006
The Ottawa Bible Church is playing host to a live nativity.
Christmas event set at Lecompton museum
November 27, 2006 in print edition on B2
A free program featuring old-fashioned Christmas carols and decorations is planned Sunday at the Lecompton Territorial Capitol Museum and Lane University.
On the Record
November 27, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
November 27, 2006 in print edition on B2
Keegan: Arthur’s numbers no fluke
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
Being better than the best on one night didn’t make Kansas University the top team in college basketball, but it did cement what already was evident: The Jayhawks are better than they were a year ago.
Inquiry report finds no government wrongdoing
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A10
An inquiry into multimillion-dollar kickbacks to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein paid by Australia’s monopoly wheat exporter today recommended criminal charges against 11 company officials but found no illegal activity by the government.
Leftist economist leads banana tycoon in election
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A10
A leftist nationalist who is friendly with Venezuela’s anti-U.S. president held a commanding lead over a Bible-toting banana tycoon in Sunday’s runoff presidential election in Ecuador, according to an unofficial quick count of votes.
Militia deploys troops near Ethiopian border
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A10
The Islamic militia that controls much of southern Somalia dispatched thousands of troops Sunday to within nine miles of the border with Ethiopia, heightening fears that fighting would break out between the two sides.
Movie about birth of Jesus premieres at the Vatican
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A2
A movie about the birth of Jesus Christ made its world premiere Sunday at the Vatican, the first time a feature film debuted here. Some 7,000 people showed up at the benefit screening of “The Nativity Story” in Paul VI Hall, the auditorium regularly used for audiences with pilgrims, although Pope Benedict XVI was not present.
Thousands denounce pope’s upcoming visit to Turkey
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A10
Tens of thousands of protesters denounced Pope Benedict XVI as an enemy of Islam at a rally Sunday that underlined deep divisions straining Turkey ahead of the pontiff’s visit this week.
Leaders try to halt sectarian violence
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A10
Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish leaders called Sunday for an end to Iraq’s sectarian conflict and vowed to track down those responsible for the war’s deadliest attack. But as they went on national television to try to keep Iraq from sliding into an all-out civil war, fighting between Iraqi security forces and Sunni Arab insurgents raged for a second day in Baqouba, the capital of Diyala province north of Baghdad.
Israeli-Palestinian truce raises hope for peace
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A10
Rocket fire from Gaza died down Sunday after a daybreak cease-fire, raising hopes for an end to five months of bloody destruction and a new opening toward peace talks. The surprise truce was supposed to take effect at 6 a.m., but in the four hours that followed, 11 rockets were fired from Gaza at Israeli towns and villages and some Palestinian militants threatened to keep up the attacks.
Museum offers glimpse of Victorian celebrations
November 27, 2006 in print edition on B3
Interested in seeing how Christmas was celebrated more than a century ago? You can do so at “A Victorian Christmas” program Saturday in Lawrence.
Charity run changes name, course
November 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
One of the state’s largest long-distance running events has a new name and now will include the heart of the city and Kansas University as its course. The new Lawrence 1/2 Marathon and 5K will be April 15 - a Sunday morning - and organizers hope the event, formerly known as the Raintree Run, still can pull in the more than 1,600 runners who participated in last year’s race in southwest Lawrence.
Proposed military draft enlists no support
November 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
In 1969, Francis Kelly was prepared to go to Canada to avoid the United States military draft. He even traveled to Montreal before the draft and stayed for a week to find out what it would be like. “I wanted to know if I would be all alone,” said Kelly, 55, of Lawrence. “I wouldn’t have been. There was a network of people helping.”
Goods follow fair practice
Certified crafts meet trade standards on wages, conditions
November 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
“Crafts with a conscience” might be one way to describe the scarves, sculptures, purses and jewelry that Lawrence residents Brady Swenson and Alicia Erickson are selling on the Internet. Swenson and Erickson, who are husband and wife, early this month launched a Web site called Two Hands Worldshop, which sells handmade goods from around the world that are certified “fair trade” by the Washington, D.C.-based Fair Trade Federation.
Participants harness energy for parade
November 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
The star of the 14th annual Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade will be a 24-year-old Belgian draft horse named Queeny who will be pulling Santa in a white, velvet-seated sleigh. Queeny will be one of more than 300 horses converging at 11 a.m. Saturday on Massachusetts Street.
Tweens’ prove they do grow up so fast
Parents face challenges as more kids are dealing with traditional teen issues earlier
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
Zach Plante is close with his parents: He plays baseball with them and, on weekends, helps with work in the small vineyard they keep at their northern California home. Lately, though, his parents have begun to notice subtle changes in their son. Among other things, he’s announced that he wants to grow his hair longer - and sometimes greets his father with “Yo, Dad!”
Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, RV
KU fans create home away from home
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
Bob and Julie Luce weren’t about to let a four-hour snow delay in Chicago ruin their streak. The couple had a flight in October scheduled from Columbia, S.C., to Kansas City, Mo., with a layover in Chicago. They had to get to Lawrence for an important event. “We haven’t missed a Late Night in 18 years,” Julie, 59, said.
Brownback ‘praying’ on presidential bid decision
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
Republican Sen. Sam Brownback said Sunday he has poured thought and prayer into a forthcoming decision whether to seek the presidency in 2008. “We’re very close with announcements. My wife (Mary) and I and our family have spent a lot of time thinking about this, praying about it and really considering whether we could bring a message to the country that needs to be discussed,” the Kansas senator said.
Supreme Court to consider pivotal global warming case
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A11
The Supreme Court hears arguments this week in a case that could determine whether the Bush administration must change course in how it deals with the threat of global warming. A dozen states as well as environmental groups and large cities are trying to convince the court that the Environmental Protection Agency must regulate, as a matter of public health, the amount of carbon dioxide that comes from vehicles.
Hospital recruiting a whole new game
LMH president sees doctor shortage as growing challenge
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
Maybe Bill Self isn’t the top recruiter in town after all. Sure, the Kansas University basketball coach has recruiting classes that are consistently ranked in the top 10 in the nation. Sure, his recruits can jump out of the gym or drain 23-foot jump shots. But how many of his players have saved a life?
War protester’s public, fiery suicide provokes more questions than answers
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A4
Malachi Ritscher envisioned his death as one full of purpose. He carefully planned the details, mailed a copy of his apartment key to a friend, created to-do lists for his family. On his Web site, the 52-year-old experimental musician who’d fought with depression even penned his obituary.
In the language of Washington, things are not as they seem
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A4
The government’s annual accounting of hunger in America reported no hunger in its last outing. Instead, it found “food insecurity.” Likewise, no one is even considering retreating from Iraq. “Redeploying” the heck out of there is, however, an option. In Washington, words are a moving target that conceal at least as much as they reveal.
The gift of song
Lawrence Children’s Choir plans its first holiday concert, CD
November 27, 2006 in print edition on D1
Call it an early Christmas gift. By this time each year, the Lawrence Children’s Choir already has performed its fall concert, regaling local fans with the kind of artistry that earns the group invitations to sing in prestigious concert halls and cathedrals around the world.
Aussie catches ride on ‘Supernova’
Rock Star’ runner-up launches band’s U.S. tour on show’s momentum
November 27, 2006 in print edition on D1
It was just two months ago that Toby Rand took the stage on the season finale of the hit CBS show “Rock Star: Supernova.”
Quran ringtones are criticized
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A12
Muslim clerics at a leading seminary in India have asked people to refrain from using verses from the Quran as ringtones for their mobile phones, saying the practice was un-Islamic.
Software bypasses attachment limits
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A12
There’s a new way to send large files containing movies, music and other items without worrying whether e-mail systems can handle large attachments.
Fictional TV critiques ‘reality’ TV on ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip’
November 27, 2006 in print edition on D1
Jordan announces her pregnancy to a surprised staff on tonight’s episode of “Studio 60 on the Sun set Strip” (9 p.m., NBC). That’s one way of working actress Amanda Peet’s expectant status into the plot. Perhaps they should change the NBC Peacock to a stork. Jaime Pressley (“My Name Is Earl”) also is expecting.
Sony: Gamers can aid medical research
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A12
The new PlayStation 3 isn’t all about entertainment.
Pursuing a dream career
November 27, 2006
Q: My dream career - not job, but career - is to go into the hotel business and eventually own and operate my own hotel. For now, I’m willing to learn from the ground up, so I’m going for a position as a front-desk clerk. What do you think?
Nonstop relaxation
Aircraft builders are trying to take some of the ordeal out of flying
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A12
You stagger off a long flight, feeling sticky, tired and dehydrated. You’re still fuming at the flight attendant who abruptly turned on the cabin lights, waking you from a moment’s sleep.
Winners may turn to losers
November 27, 2006 in print edition on B7
Following the Nov. 7 election, some might be feeling especially thankful - but maybe shouldn’t. And others might have more to be happy about than they realize.
Shift changes ‘08 primaries
November 27, 2006 in print edition on B7
When the pack of presidential hopefuls and the reporters who follow them descend on New Hampshire in January, as the 2008 campaign begins, a surprise awaits them. For the first time in anyone’s life, New Hampshire has turned into a bright-blue Democratic state.
Clean slate
The resignation of the state commissioner of education will allow the new state school board to move ahead more quickly with expected personnel and policy changes.
November 27, 2006 in print edition on B6
Whether he did it for the good of the state or simply to avoid being fired, Robert Corkins did the state a favor by resigning last week as the Kansas commissioner of education.
After years of giving, Santa on receiving end
November 27, 2006 in print edition on B6
Santa Claus has cancer. It started in his esophagus and spread to his liver. He’s being treated, but chemotherapy has sapped his appetite and energy and he’s down about a hundred pounds. He’s worried about money, too.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
November 27, 2006 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 27, 1906: “Prof. J. Miller, worker of miracles for pay, divine healer, saver of a race of afflicted, curer of all manners of diseases by laying on his hands, and a variety of other things too numerous and inconsequential to mention, has flitter, fled, gone, skipped out.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
November 27, 2006 in print edition on B6
The lettermen returning for the Lawrence High basketball season, with Max Rife as head coach, were Leonard Jackson, Chip Maxwell, Tom Miller, Charles Laskowski, Terry Benson and Dale Stanwix.
Investment could curb illegal immigration
November 27, 2006 in print edition on B6
If there was ever any doubt that the planned fence along the southern U.S. border is one of the dumbest ideas ever to come out of Washington, new estimates putting the price tag of the project at up to $37 billion should persuade everyone to forget about the whole thing.
Rec Calendar
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C8
Bills upend inconsistent Jags
Jacksonville’s wild-card hopes take big blow
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C6
From awful to awesome: In a matter of weeks, J.P. Losman has taken the bumble and stumble out of the Buffalo Bills’ offense. Delivering on the patience his coaches and teammates have provided him all season long, the second-year starter produced his second straight last-minute, game-winning drive in a 27-24 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
Alaskan adventure
Sea-kayaking course covers 30 days, 300 miles
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C8
There were times, Emelia LaFortune admitted, she’d crawl into her sleeping bag, body shivering, muscles aching, and she’d be so tired she couldn’t think straight. And just before tumbling into unconsciousness, she’d console herself with one thought: Come morning, she’d get to do it all again.
Study questions myth of suburban isolation
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
Still no word on whether a stitch in time really does save nine, but a professor at the University of California, Irvine, has uncovered evidence to support another famous proverb, “Good fences make good neighbors.”
Protesters demand answers in shooting
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
An angry crowd demanded Sunday to know why police officers killed an unarmed man on the day of his wedding, firing dozens of shots that also wounded two of the man’s friends. Some called for the ouster of the city’s police commissioner.
Bush plans high-stakes diplomacy in Europe, Mideast
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
President Bush reaches out to allies this week for help in quelling violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, in a burst of diplomacy from a Baltic summit of NATO partners to Mideast talks with Iraq’s prime minister.
People in the News
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Yoko Ono calls for day of worldwide healing ¢ Michael Richards ‘shattered’ by anger-fueled remark ¢ Job Corps helped turn Foreman from life of crime
Brownback leaves judicial nominee in limbo over marriage issue
November 27, 2006 in print edition on A11
Sen. Sam Brownback is considering whether to stop blocking a judicial nominee because of concerns that her appearance at a lesbian commitment ceremony betrayed her legal views on gay marriage.
Events calendar
November 27, 2006 in print edition on D2
November 27, 2006 in print edition on B5
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NBA Roundup
November 27, 2006 in print edition on C4