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Winter weather Cold Cuts Game 11-29-06 All-Area Girls Cross Country
What do you think of tearing down the goalposts at KU?

Poll results

Response Percent
It happens too often
It’s a sign of increasing success
No opinion
Total 376
How many AFC West teams will make the playoffs?

Poll results

Response Percent
Three. Both AFC wild cards will be from the West.
Two. One team will slip in as a wild card.
One. Only the division champs.
Total 36

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Lawrence woman dies in I-70 wreck
04:18 p.m., November 29, 2006 Updated 08:54 p.m.
A Lawrence woman was killed today in a two-car wreck along Interstate 70 that sent at least six others to the hospital with serious injuries.
Winter storm warning effective until Thursday
November 29, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, winter weather hits the Lawrence area and it’s enough to affect the commuters making a winter weather storm warning effective until tomorrow morning.
Comment period extended for coal-fired power plant
November 29, 2006
State officials today extended the deadline for the public to comment on a proposed coal-fired power plant in western Kansas.
Wintry weather causes cancellations
01:57 p.m., November 29, 2006 Updated 07:48 a.m.
Here is what’s cancelled due to weather.
Sebelius wants changes to Medicaid rules
November 29, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today said she hopes the next Congress will change the way a new rule requires Medicaid beneficiaries to provide documented proof of citizenship.
Kansas basketball game briefs
November 29, 2006 in print edition on C5
Kansas University coach Bill Self was asked if he was disappointed by the 2,000 or so no-shows for the Jayhawks’ rout of Dartmouth. Officially, it was listed as a sellout because all 16,300 seats were purchased.
Big Green black and blue
Dartmouth hobbled by run of injuries
November 29, 2006 in print edition on C5
Seven of Allen Fieldhouse’s best seats were unoccupied Tuesday - blue and padded, right on the floor.
Jackson does job on glass
November 29, 2006 in print edition on C4
A two-point victory over the top team in the country should be enough to motivate anyone for a few weeks on adrenaline alone.
Priest won’t return in ‘06
November 29, 2006 in print edition on C8
Running back Priest Holmes will not return to the Kansas City Chiefs this season.
Running key late in season
November 29, 2006 in print edition on C8
Having played in the same scheme for seven years with the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs, Chiefs quarterback Trent Green grasps the offense implemented by Dick Vermeil, Mike Martz and Mike Solari.
McAfee builds Wildcats into winner
November 29, 2006 in print edition on C6
When Chris McAfee took over the De Soto High cross country programs in 2000 he only had two runners - both boys - in the program, and was able to expand to six total runners to start the season.
Coaches tap eight Jayhawks All-Big 12
November 29, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University running back Jon Cornish and cornerback Aqib Talib were named first-team All-Big 12 Conference by the league’s football coaches Tuesday, and six more Jayhawks were honored, as well.
Poinsettia picks NIU to face TCU
November 29, 2006 in print edition on C2
Bobby Bowden and Florida State got a nice trip after a tough season - the Seminoles are headed to San Francisco for the first time, to take on UCLA in the Emerald Bowl. “I know our players are looking forward to visiting a different part of the country,” Bowden said Tuesday.
Firebirds kick off new season at Raise the Roof
November 29, 2006 in print edition on C3
Jenna Brantley’s no-look pass in the lane to Lauren Kimball summed up the atmosphere of Free State High’s Raise the Roof on Tuesday night. The Firebirds introduced their winter-sports teams through skits and dances, but it appeared the two senior guards had just as much fun in the 15-minute girls basketball scrimmage.
Stoops unanimous choice
Oklahoma coach voted best in Big 12
November 29, 2006 in print edition on C2
In a season of turmoil, Bob Stoops was still able to mold a championship-caliber team at Oklahoma.
LHS to rely on trees, not 3s
November 29, 2006 in print edition on C1
TiVo last year’s NBA Three-Point Shootout and fast forward the footage, and you will see action resembling Lawrence High’s up-tempo boys basketball style of the last three years. “We’ve probably led the state in three-point shots and makes,” Chris Davis said. “We will not play at the pace we’ve been playing at.”
Kansas’ bowl destinations dwindling
November 29, 2006 in print edition on C1
The bowl picture has cleared up slightly - though it still doesn’t look good for Kansas University’s football team. One of the two at-large bids floating around was gobbled up Tuesday, as Northern Illinois accepted an invitation to the Poinsettia Bowl.
Keegan: Blowout not total waste
November 29, 2006 in print edition on C1
The Washington Generals wore green uniforms that said Dartmouth on the front, and the best moments Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse came before tip-off on the video board, where Julian Wright slammed defending national champion Florida over and over again.
City road crews ready for weather’s nasty turn
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A1
Sure, Chuck Soules and the city’s Public Works Department have a plan if ice and snow pelt the area this week as forecasters expect. They’ve serviced the salt trucks and trained the handful of new workers on which streets to clean first. But for now he’s sticking to one specific plan of action. “We’re praying,” Soules said.
KU gets defensive
Jayhawks dismantle Big Green
November 29, 2006 in print edition on C1
The intensity in the Allen Fieldhouse stands certainly didn’t match the fever pitch of Saturday’s overtime victory over then-No. 1-ranked Florida in Las Vegas. In fact, about 2,000 fans were disguised as empty seats Tuesday night for the Jayhawks’ historic 83-32 drubbing of Dartmouth - a game which featured the lowest point total by a foe in the tradition-rich building’s history.
Hospital courts medical center
Affiliation pact part of $400M proposal
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A1
The Kansas University Hospital doesn’t fear competition, President and CEO Irene Cumming said. But the hospital does want to maintain its brand.
River City Weekly’ examines Chamberlain
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Former Kansas University basketball icon Wilt Chamberlain is the subject of this week’s “River City Weekly” encore show.
Boundaries force 7th-grade split
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A1
Robert Messineo doesn’t get it. The northwest Lawrence man can’t understand why the Deerfield students in his neighborhood will be split from their friends when they move on to junior high.
Students’ purse stolen from unlocked room
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kansas University police are reminding students to lock their residence hall rooms in light of a burglary and theft early Monday in McCollum Hall.
Break-in attempted at another liquor store
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Someone broke a liquor store window early Monday in northern Lawrence in what police are classifying as an attempted burglary, the latest in a series of similar crimes across the city. The incident at Topless Liquor, 1805 W. Second St., occurred around 3:15 a.m., according to a report, and caused $800 damage to safety glass and a window.
Broadcast gives fans opportunity to cheer on Jayhawks in Chinese
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Sitting courtside at Allen Fieldhouse, a play-by-play man announced the usual Kansas University basketball action. “Ná lánban, Brandon Rush,” he said. “ZántÃ-ng, Dartmouth.” The play-by-play man, Zhiqun “James” Liang, broadcast Tuesday night’s Kansas University-Dartmouth basketball game entirely in Chinese - for the first time in KU history.
South Junior High School classrooms flooded by rain
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Several South Junior High School teachers got a surprise from Monday’s heavy overnight rain: flooded classrooms. “I’m homeless today,” Jim Nye, explorations in technology teacher, said Tuesday morning.
On the record
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B2
Commissioners consider change to schedule
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B3
City commissioners on Tuesday also agreed to consider changing the schedule of their weekly City Commission meetings.
Advocates want homeless person on committee
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B3
Advocates for the homeless urged city commissioners Tuesday night to appoint a homeless individual to the city’s Community Commission on Homelessness.
Car’s steering may be factor in bus wreck
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
A car driver involved in the deadly crash of a school bus that nose-dived off an interstate overpass last week in Huntsville told investigators his steering system may have malfunctioned, a federal investigator said.
Bush loses challenge on terror designations
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
A federal judge struck down President Bush’s authority to designate groups as terrorists, saying his post-Sept. 11 executive order was unconstitutional and vague, according to a ruling released Tuesday.
Some at KU weary of goalpost overkill
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
A remnant of Kansas University’s gridiron victory over its intrastate rival was evident earlier this week when a piece of a goalpost could be seen sticking out of the Kansas River near the Bowersock Dam.
Charges filed in boot camp death
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
Seven former guards at a juvenile boot camp were charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child Tuesday in the videotaped pummeling of a 14-year-old boy who later died - a case that led to the dismantling of Florida’s military-style detention system for young offenders.
Controversial candidate passed over by Pelosi
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
In a decision that could roil Democratic unity in the new House, Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi passed over Rep. Alcee Hastings Tuesday for the chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee.
Arson likely to be ruled out in Missouri group home fire
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
Investigators expect to rule out arson as the cause of a fire that killed 10 people at a group home for the elderly and mentally ill, a police spokesman said Tuesday. Sgt. Jason Clark of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said investigators did not have any suspects or persons of interest in the blaze, which authorities had previously described as suspicious.
Economic outlook turns cloudy
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
NewThree pillars of the economy - consumer confidence, orders for manufactured goods and home prices - showed surprising cracks on Tuesday, flashing signals that growth may slow more heading into the important holiday shopping season.
Stars salute James Taylor
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A2
Artists from every musical genre, two Oscar-winning actors and a former U.S. president show up for “A Tribute to James Taylor” on “Great Performances” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings). This salute to Taylor, a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, was taped at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where Taylor was honored by the philanthropic organization MusiCares.
Soviet-era famine declared genocide
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A6
Parliament adopted a bill Tuesday recognizing the Soviet-era forced famine as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people in a vote seen as a victory for pro-Western President Viktor Yushchenko.
Monetary change ordered for blind
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
The government discriminates against blind people by printing money that all looks and feels the same, a federal judge said Tuesday in a ruling that could change the face of American currency.
EU report alleges collusion on CIA prisons
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A6
Eleven European Union governments - including Britain, Poland and Germany - knew about secret CIA prisons operating in Europe, a draft European Parliament report concluded Tuesday.
Islamic militant leader dies in suicide blast
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A6
The Syrian leader of an Islamic militant group blew himself up Tuesday after trying to cross into Lebanon and engaging in a gunbattle with Syrian border forces. Two border guards were wounded.
Lawmakers scuffle ahead of inauguration
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A6
Leftist and ruling party lawmakers came to blows in Congress on Tuesday amid preparations for the inauguration of President-elect Felipe Calderon, who named to his Cabinet a career ambassador and a governor tied to a violent crackdown on demonstrators.
Castro too ill to attend birthday party
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A6
Ailing Fidel Castro was not well enough to attend the kickoff Tuesday of his 80th birthday celebrations, attended by hundreds of admirers who traveled here to fete him.
Rock Chalk Revue selects participants
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B4
Rock Chalk Revue, the variety show benefit produced by Kansas University students, has selected five skits for its 58th show scheduled March 8-10 at the Lied Center.
Italian tested for radiation poisioning
Probe continues in ex-KGB spy’s death
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A6
An Italian security expert who met with a former KGB agent the day he fell ill with radiation poisoning was under British protection and being tested for contamination Tuesday, and officials ordered tests for eight people who exhibited possible symptoms.
Judge says student innocent in alleged school shooting plot
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B4
A judge on Tuesday found the final student charged in an alleged school shooting plot at Riverton High School not guilty of two misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to riot and disorderly conduct, his defense attorney said.
Man named BTK suspect by Wichita TV station dies
$1.1M judgment in defamation suit likely won’t stand
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B4
The man who last month won a $1.1 million defamation judgment against a Wichita television station for naming him as a suspect in the BTK serial killings has died, his attorneys said Tuesday.
U.N. Security Council extends Iraq troop mandate
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A7
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the mandate of the 160,000-strong multinational force in Iraq for one year, acting quickly ahead of a key meeting between U.S. and Iraqi leaders aimed at halting escalating violence in the country and paving the way for a reduction of American troops.
Jayni’s Kitchen’ serves up cookies for the holiday season
November 29, 2006 in print edition on D7
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for a repeat of “Baking Cookies for the Holiday Season” with Paula Naughtin. Naughtin and host Jayni Carey will prepare the following recipes: Mint Brownies, Chocolate Dipped Espresso Cookies and Almond Meringues.
Brownback to divest family’s Sudan holdings
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A5
Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas will put hundreds of thousands of his family’s dollars where his mouth is when it comes to divestment from Sudan.
Bring cheer with a batch of holiday cookies
November 29, 2006 in print edition on D6
Sometimes selecting which holiday cookies to bake can be more trouble than the actual baking. With every magazine and celebrity chef offering scores of ideas for holiday treats, how do you pick between one molasses cookie, gingerbread man or oatmeal-chocolate chip something-or-other and the 20 other similar recipes?
Kansas food entrepreneurs seek developmental support
November 29, 2006 in print edition on D3
Cooking Q & A.
Candlelight Vespers set for Dec. 3
November 29, 2006 in print edition on D2
The 76th annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers will be at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, Eighth and Grove streets. Admission is free.
Reader recipe: Poppy seed cake holiday favorite
Cooking Connection
November 29, 2006 in print edition on D1
Cooking Connection is a Journal-World feature that prints favorite reader recipes. This week’s featured cook is Thelma Holloway, of Lawrence, with her recipe for poppy seed cake.
Baker seniors to perform on percussion
November 29, 2006 in print edition on D2
Baker University’s Percussion Ensemble will perform its fall concert at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at McKibbin Recital Hall on the Baker campus.
November 29, 2006 in print edition on D8
Plasma-hot buys on high-def TVs
November 29, 2006 in print edition on D8
LCD TVs are among the leaders in improving high-definition TV, with many models incorporating the new 1,080p resolution. Plasma sets are close on their heels.
Big test
Retail giant’s beef-tracking contract adds work for Identigen in Lawrence
November 29, 2006 in print edition on D8
The first of hundreds of thousands of beef samples soon will be making their way into a new lab operation in western Lawrence, part of a new contract to connect high-tech food testing with products destined for information-starved consumers.
KU health services offers more flu clinics
November 29, 2006
Kansas University’s Student Health Services is offering two additional flu vaccination clinics.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade beneficiaries named
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B5
Three youth charity groups recently were selected to be the beneficiaries of the 2007 St. Patrick’s Day Parade and related events.
Mild hurricane season called aberration
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A8
Not a single hurricane hit land. No systems were named under the Greek alphabet. And October and November were blissfully serene. This hurricane season, which ends Wednesday, “was as different as day and night,” from last year’s, said Robert Murray, a Boca Raton, Fla., retiree who in 2005 had to evacuate his home a few times. “It was really great.” Don’t get used to it.
Biological clock sets off guilt
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B7
Now that most women are glumly grappling with the widespread medical consensus that, if you want to have a baby, you’d best do it by age 35, here comes more exciting news from the research community: Firstborn children to mothers under 25 are nearly twice as likely to live to be 100 than those born to mothers over 25. In terms of public relations, the ad lines write themselves: Give your baby the gift of a century, have him when you’re barely done with college. As a bonus, teenage moms finally might catch a break.
Pork survives party switches
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B7
The French journalist and novelist Alphonse Karr is credited with saying, “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” Though Karr lived in the 19th century, his insight could well apply to the U.S. Congress in the 20th and 21st centuries, especially when it comes to spending, the last truly bipartisan and unchanging indulgence of both parties.
Service for all
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B6
Democratic war
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B6
Plant objections
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B6
Right move
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B6
U.S. must stand up to Putin’s aggression
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B6
While the United States is otherwise preoccupied, this small former Soviet republic has become the stage for a blatant effort at regime change, Russian-style. Vladimir Putin is going all out to undermine and get rid of Georgia’s young, pro-American, pro-democracy president, Mikheil Saakashvili. Putin is assuming that the United States, overwhelmed by Iraq and needing Moscow’s support on North Korea and Iran, will not make Georgia a “red-line” issue and that the European Union, fearful of endangering energy supplies from Russia, will similarly play it down.
Medical infighting
A letter this week adds to the controversy concerning the future of the Kansas University Medical Center.
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B6
The infighting and empire-building continues at the Kansas University Medical School. In a letter this week, addressed to “Dear Colleagues,” Barbara Atkinson, the medical center’s executive vice chancellor, acknowledges the ongoing efforts of the medical center, which includes the KU School of Medicine, to acquire additional fiscal support.
Family of nine traveling in style
November 29, 2006
There it stood in its midnight blue splendor, a beacon in a parking lot full of Dodge Caravans, Ford Explorers and Toyota Highlanders.
Twin wrestlers see sport in different ways
November 29, 2006
It is not uncommon for brothers and sisters to quarrel and fight with each other. But in the case of Dusty and Jeanne Morris, such behavior is considered customary.
Worldwide swimmers find home in Lawrence
November 29, 2006
Marianne Klovning hits the pool everyday with the Lawrence Aquahawks in a place thousands of miles from her friends and family. Seventeen-year-old Klovning came to Lawrence this year from Mordfgordeid, Norway to attend Lawrence High as a foreign exchange student.
Baldwin City man recalls Little League odyssey
November 29, 2006
Most Baldwin Junior High students do not know that their head custodian once lived every Little Leaguer’s dream. But in 1954, Clarence Brumm, or CB, as his friends call him did just that, reaching the championship game of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
Sea lion attacks challenge animal’s playful image
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A8
Tourists flock to Fisherman’s Wharf for the seafood and the stunning views of San Francisco Bay, but for many visitors, the real stars are the dozens of playful, whiskered sea lions that lounge by the water’s edge, gulping down fish.
Driver in bus accident not licensed
Cat Tracker operator did not have permit to drive commercial vehicles
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Because of a string of DUI convictions that could have reached felony status, the driver of the Cat Tracker bus was allowed to drive only vehicles with a breathalyzer attached to the ignition.
Golden girl
Garcia bounces back in dominant fashion
November 29, 2006 in print edition on C6
After struggling with illness and injury during her sophomore year, Baldwin High cross country runner Heather Garcia made up for it this season.
Nine-day layoff no problem for KU
November 29, 2006 in print edition on C3
Nine days without a game can cause a basketball team to lose momentum and to accumulate rust.
Bush vows U.S. will ‘complete’ mission in Iraq
President, Iraqi leader to meet
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A1
Under intense pressure to change course, President Bush on Tuesday rejected suggestions Iraq has fallen into civil war and vowed not to pull U.S. troops out “until the mission is complete.”
Penn House reopens after foundation repair
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Penn House, 1035 Pa., was scheduled to reopen today after $5,000 of repairs were made to a 175-foot crack in the foundation.
County issues ultimatum for subdivision regulations
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Douglas County Commission is tired of waiting for a new set of rural growth regulations. County commissioners through their attorney delivered a message Tuesday night to city commissioners: Approve a proposed set of subdivision regulations by the end of the year, or the county will dissolve a partnership that allows the city and the county to jointly plan areas of development.
Soap introduces transgender character
All My Children’ first to show man becoming woman
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A2
In a story unusual even for a soap opera and believed to be a television first, ABC’s “All My Children” this week will introduce a transgender character who is beginning to make the transition from a man into a woman.
Pope condemns violence in name of any religion
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A6
turkey Pope Benedict XVI urged leaders of all religions Tuesday to “utterly refuse” to support any form of violence in the name of faith, while Turkey’s top Muslim cleric complained to the pontiff of growing “Islamophobia” in the world.
Meat recipes
November 29, 2006 in print edition on D2
Kitchen gadgetry solves gift dilemmas for foodies on list
November 29, 2006 in print edition on D1
If you were too intimidated to test your shopping prowess on Black Friday, the newest national holiday, or you are one of those procrastinating Santas (wind him up and watch him surf the channels until an hour before the stores close on Dec. 24), I’m here to solve your gift-list dilemmas.
November 29, 2006 in print edition on B4
People in the news
November 29, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Mamma mia! ABBA museum to open in Sweden in 2008 ¢ ‘Male insecurity’ may be cause of Anderson divorce ¢ Tracy Morgan arrested on drunken driving charges ¢ Lauer family adds one more
Cold cuts
Local producers hope weekly meat market bridges winter gap
November 29, 2006 in print edition on D1
Local producers hope weekly meat market bridges winter gap