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Jayhawks rock
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Congrats to the Jayhawks. As a die-hard MU fan, I would like to say that the Jayhawks rock. You’ve had a great year SO FAR this year and I am sure more is yet to come. It’s too bad either team had to lose Saturday night.
Man takes hostages at Clinton campaign office, surrenders
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
A distraught man wearing what appeared to be a bomb walked into a Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign office Friday and demanded to speak to the candidate about access to mental health care. The hostage drama dragged on for nearly six hours until he peacefully surrendered.
Integrity
An Oral Roberts University gift shows how good things can happen when least expected.
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
It is amazing, and so welcome and refreshing, that people with good motives and financial means are willing to step up and assist good programs just because it is the proper thing to do. Take the case of debt-ridden Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, which is due to get a $70 million lifeline.
Local dog leaps into national spotlight
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
He may be small, but Neil the Shetland sheepdog has a big reputation. The 4-year-old, 16-pound dog named after singer Neil Diamond is competing this weekend in the American Kennel Club Agility Invitational in Long Beach, Calif.
State won’t renew club’s license
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
Drugs, not guns, may be the ultimate undoing of the controversial downtown nightclub Last Call. The state’s top alcoholic beverage regulator on Friday refused to renew the state liquor license of Last Call, 729 N.H., after finding evidence of “consistent use of illegal substances” in the club.
Club news
December 1, 2007 in print edition on D3
The University Bridge Club announces results of its Nov. 17 meeting. Hosts were Marc and Cora Kuepker, with Walt and JoAnne Hicks.
FCE News
December 1, 2007 in print edition on D3
The Stull Family and Community Education unit’s regular meeting has been postponed until 1:30 p.m. Dec. 11, at the home of Patricia Solbach.
Croyle ruled out for Sunday
Huard to start for Chiefs against Chargers
December 1, 2007 in print edition on C2
Quarterback Brodie Croyle will miss the Kansas City Chiefs’ game Sunday against the San Diego Chargers because of a “deep, deep bruise” in his lower back, and veteran Damon Huard will start in his place.
No. 6 Cougars get a fight
Baylor keeps it close, but Washington St. survives
December 1, 2007 in print edition on C3
Derrick Low kept taking shots for No. 6 Washington State, even though most of them were missing the mark for the team’s leading scorer. His perseverance paid off - and kept the Cougars undefeated.
OSU extends Gundy contract
December 1, 2007 in print edition on C2
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy received a one-year contract extension Friday after leading the Cowboys to their second straight bowl game.
Friend: Relative said he moved body
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
Former police officer Drew Peterson paid a relative to help him move a large container from a bedroom on the day Peterson’s wife vanished, according to a friend of the relative.
Widow gets new trial in arsenic poisoning case
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
A judge ordered a new trial Friday for a woman who was convicted of poisoning her Marine husband with arsenic and using the life insurance to pay for breast implants.
Israeli airstrike kills four militants
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
An Israeli airstrike killed four Palestinian militants early today in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian witnesses and officials said.
For third straight year, foreign adoptions in United States decline
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
The number of foreign children adopted by Americans has dropped for the third year in a row, a consequence of tougher policies in the two countries - China and Russia - that over the past decade have supplied the most children to U.S. families.
Lost gloves seek mates; Web site helps reunions
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
It’s like an online dating service for long lost gloves. No, that’s not a typo.
Topeka banker faces embezzlement charges
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B3
A Topeka banker faces 12 embezzlement counts after a federal grand jury issued an indictment.
Amtrak, freight trains collide; dozens injured
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
An Amtrak train plowed into the back of a freight train and crushed one end of a boxcar under its wheels Friday, injuring dozens of people, some seriously. Most of the 187 passengers walked away unhurt.
Medical mission
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: A Nov. 4 Journal-World article regarding use of the Kansas University aircraft failed to discuss the wonderful assistance provided to Kansans by our airborne medical programs. I wanted to set the record straight. Did you know that university aircraft allowed KU Medical Center doctors to personally see more than 2,500 rural patients last year?
From Japan, a twist on gift wrap
December 1, 2007 in print edition on D5
I’ve had a thing for wrapping gifts as long as I’ve had a thing for giving them. Thankfully, my style has evolved. Where once I spent hours cutting out bold figures from magazine ads and pasting them on brightly colored boxes, now I’m more likely to spend hours embellishing simple brown paper with tasteful stripes or dots, tying it up with silk or raffia, and accenting it with a metal or twig tag.
Biological breakthrough bypasses politics
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
I have a friend who dedicated her first book to her husband “without whom this would never have been possible.” Years later, when the husband was gone, she used to fantasize about tweaking her dedication: “To my husband without whom this book would have been done five years earlier.”
Regulators affirm independence from Sebelius on energy policy
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B5
A consumer advocate who had questioned whether Gov. Kathleen Sebelius had improperly influenced two state utility regulators in their decisions about energy policy says he is satisfied with the regulators’ responses.
$2.4M education grant presented
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B3
Fifth-graders from Pinckney School shared the stage with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, high-ranking Kansas University officials, and, of course, Baby Jay on Friday during a presentation in Topeka of a $2.4 million grant aimed at increasing the number of math and science teachers.
Fourth arrest made in kidnapping case
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B3
Lawrence Police arrested a fourth person they believe is connected to a kidnapping that occurred last month at a south Lawrence apartment complex.
Horoscopes
December 1, 2007 in print edition on D7
You might be unusually strong-minded or determined, especially this year. If you decide to make a situation or event happen, it is as good as done. If you are single, many find you attractive. If you are attached, separate your professional or public life from your personal life. VIRGO can be quite the taskmaster.
Captured video raises hopes for hostages
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
Colombian officials released newly seized videos of rebel-held hostages Friday - among them three U.S. defense contractors and a former presidential candidate - the first images in years providing evidence the captives may be alive.
Two suspects in Holloway case to be released
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
Two brothers re-arrested last week as suspects in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway will be released from jail, a prosecutor said Friday.
Prosecutor: Department failed to protect child
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
A prosecutor said Indiana’s child welfare system failed a 3-year-old girl beaten to death weeks after she was returned to her birth mother, and that foster parents and case workers would be interviewed to find out why.
Dow ends higher after big run-up fizzles out
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B4
Wall Street closed out a volatile week and month with a comparatively mild performance Friday, ending mostly higher on encouraging words from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. The major indexes ended the week with gains, but still posted big declines for November.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
The City Commission approved a plan presented by the Lawrence Bus Co.
Chavez: No oil if U.S. tries to meddle in vote on constitutional changes
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
President Hugo Chavez urged supporters Friday to approve constitutional changes that he said could keep him in power for life and threatened to cut off oil exports to the United States if it tries to meddle in Sunday’s vote.
Bush’s Christmas card printed locally
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
The presidential winning streak continues for employees at Hallmark Cards Inc.’s production center in Lawrence. For the seventh consecutive holiday season, Hallmark workers in town have printed the official annual White House Christmas cards - all 800,000 of them - for eventual delivery to friends, family, supporters, employees and others identified by President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. Foreign dignitaries also receive cards.
Bush seeks big cuts in Homeland Security grants
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
The Bush administration intends to slash counterterrorism funding for police, firefighters and rescue departments across the country by more than half next year, according to budget documents obtained by The Associated Press.
LHS girls hold on after stellar 2nd quarter
December 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
During Kristin Mallory’s seven years as head girls basketball coach at Lawrence High, she’s seen some pretty darn good quarters of basketball. And in Friday night’s season opening 38-29 win against Washburn Rural, one quarter may have topped them all.
Weighing in on Lions, Firebirds
LHS begins new era under Naughton; FSHS returns 3 qualifiers
December 1, 2007 in print edition on C5
When the Lawrence High wrestling squad takes the mat for the first time today at Leavenworth, there will be a sense of something new, yet very familiar. Patrick Naughton will take over the coaching reins for the Lions for the first time during the Leavenworth tournament, and although he is new to the position, he is familiar with some of his team’s wrestlers.
Mayo leads class of 1-year wonders
Self: ‘O.J. made a good choice’
December 1, 2007 in print edition on C6
O.J. Mayo is considered a lock to enter the NBA Draft after one season at the University of Southern California. Other “one-and-done” players figure to include Indiana’s Eric Gordon, Memphis’ Derrick Rose, Kansas State’s Michael Beasley and UCLA’s Kevin Love, who arrived letting everybody know they could be in it for the short haul.
Report: Huskers to hire Pelini
LSU assistant denies rumor; Osborne has no comment
December 1, 2007 in print edition on C6
Nebraska interim athletic director Tom Osborne refused to comment on a report Friday night that LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini will be introduced as the school’s coach next week. ESPN.com, citing multiple unidentified sources, reported that Pelini will coach the Tigers’ defense in the SEC championship game against Tennessee on Saturday, and travel to Lincoln for an announcement Monday.
Wagons in the works
Horton couple bring horse-drawn creations to parade
December 1, 2007 in print edition on D1
Don Werner wishes the hunks of iron and wood could talk. Sometimes, when somebody backs into his workshop with a pickup heap of scraps that used to be a wagon, Werner thinks about where it’s been through the years. “I just wish it could talk and tell me where it’s been,” he says. “It would be amazing.” But these days, Werner is just as much focused on the future as on the past.
Commissioner denies Mavericks’ protest
December 1, 2007 in print edition on C4
NBA commissioner David Stern denied a game protest Friday by Dallas, ruling that a field goal incorrectly counted as a 3-pointer didn’t impact the outcome of the Mavericks’ four-point loss to Indiana.
NU official leaves for A&M
December 1, 2007 in print edition on C2
Nebraska’s associate athletic director for football has resigned to return to Texas A&M in a similar role.
Four arrested in Taylor shooting case
December 1, 2007 in print edition on C2
Police said two men and two juveniles arrested Friday in the shooting death of Washington Redskins player Sean Taylor went to his home intent on stealing, not killing.
Personalized gift cards add appeal to present
December 1, 2007 in print edition on D5
Gift cards can seem like an easy way out - a pocket-sized piece of plastic with the smell of a last-minute cop-out. But as impersonal as they may be, most people like getting them. This is the first year that the National Retail Federation’s initial holiday consumer-spending survey found more people saying they’d like a gift card than any other category of gifts, including books and CDs, apparel and electronics.
AG: City leaders broke law
Morrison proposes open meetings training for settlement
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
City commissioners broke the state’s open meetings law by holding a closed-door meeting to discuss granting more than $1 million in incentives to a local company, the Kansas attorney general has found. But Attorney General Paul Morrison is willing to forgo prosecution if city commissioners agree to admit their wrongdoing and personally pay for two hours of professional training on the open meetings law.
Thailand honors king by copying fashion
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
When King Bhumibol Adulyadej checked out of a hospital in a pink blazer, he made a fashion statement that resonated around Thailand. Pink shirts instantly became this season’s must-have item, and crowds are mobbing the shops that sell them. In recent public appearances, Bhumibol has sported a range of pastel sport coats, changing his style after decades in dark suits and setting new trends with each outing.
Strong quake jolts western part of nation
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
A powerful earthquake struck western Indonesia today, geological agencies said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
On the record
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B2
A 20-year-old Lawrence man reported a burglary and $4,450 theft to Lawrence police on Monday. Items reported stolen included a Dell Inspiron laptop computer, an iPod Nano and a Sony laptop computer. The crime occurred between 10 a.m. Nov. 22 and noon Nov. 23 in the 4100 block of West 24th Street.
Evel Knievel, iconic daredevil, dies at 69 of natural causes
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
Evel Knievel is dead. That sentence probably should have been written in 1968, when the daredevil crashed his motorcycle spectacularly as he jumped the fountains at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and wound up in a coma.
Faith briefs
December 1, 2007 in print edition on D8
Faith briefs around Lawrence.
Democrats reach deal on auto fuel efficiency
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
Congressional Democrats reached a compromise late Friday to boost automobile fuel economy by 40 percent, clearing the way for a House vote probably next week on an energy bill that Democratic leaders would like to send to President Bush before Christmas.
NBA Roundup
December 1, 2007 in print edition on C4
Scores around the league.
Why is the Christmas season spiritually important to you?
December 1, 2007 in print edition on D1
As the words of “Auld Lang Syne” were being sung last Dec. 31, what thoughts went through your head? Many of us use New Year’s as a time of reflection upon ourselves - what we did (or did not) do, and what we hope to accomplish. Today is a bit the same, a bit different. This Sunday marks the first Sunday in Advent, the beginning of the Christian church year.
Raid threatens to raise sectarian tension
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
Iraqi troops arrested the son of a leading Sunni politician and dozens of his associates after a car bomb was discovered near his compound and keys to the vehicle were found on one of his bodyguards, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Friday.
24th Street explosion under investigation
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
An explosion early Friday morning brought Lawrence police and firefighters to the 3400 block of West 24th Street.
Bromelsick Christmas Party set for Sunday
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
The annual Bromelsick Christmas Party to celebrate Douglas County youths in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H is scheduled for Sunday.
$7M missing; FBI seeks armored car employee
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
The FBI said Friday it obtained arrest warrants for an employee of an armored car company and his girlfriend as they investigate the disappearance of $7 million in cash and checks from safes.
Stewart’s role expands before rematch with USC
Guard played just 3 minutes in last meeting with former team
December 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
Rodrick Stewart had a heart-to-heart talk with his father at the conclusion of a disappointing junior season at Kansas University. “He said, ‘Dad, I will not disappoint you. I will go out my senior year with a bang,”’ former world champion powerlifter Bull Stewart related from his fitness center in Seattle.
No one with a heart will like ‘Tin Man’
December 1, 2007 in print edition on D7
Imagine the Emerald City teeming with hookers. If you think that sounds dreadful, you’re just scratching the surface of “Tin Man” (8 p.m., Sci Fi, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday). The real tragedy of the three-part miniseries is not that it’s bad - and believe me, it’s hideous - it’s that it’s just not bad enough.
Mizzou best bet to help Kansas
Like it or not, MU win gives KU best BCS shot
December 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
For the sake of comfort, Kansas University’s football fans are going to have do something quite uncomfortable today. Root for Missouri. It’s an awful solution for some. But in many ways, rooting for the Jayhawks today directly coincides with rooting for the Tigers. So grin and bear it.
Historic sites adjust hours for winter
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kansas’ 16 historic sites - including Lecompton’s Constitution Hall - will switch to winter hours starting today.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 1, 1907: “Fire which was discovered at 3:45 this morning destroyed a large part of the $40,000 stock of the Boston Store in Ottawa and did $1,500 in damage to the building in which the store was located.
Area Hoops Roundup: Ottawa rallies from halftime deficit
December 1, 2007 in print edition on C5
The Cylones (1-0) overcame a halftime deficit to win their season opener, 53-51 over St. James, behind 20 points by Jacob Sipple.
Simons: Top-performing academics deserve more recognition
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
Newspaper sports pages these days are carrying many stories about this or that football player receiving recognition as the best of this or best of that. Coaches are honored for being coach of the year of their respective conferences, and eventually there will be a coach of the year based on a group of sports writers or fellow coaches believing he has done the best job in guiding his team.
New prosecutor OK’d after allegations
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B3
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed off Friday on a successor for a southeast Kansas prosecutor who is accused of accepting money and favors from a strip club in exchange for legal favors.
Off to a roaring start
Guard’s dunks energize Lions
December 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
Lawrence High point guard Dorian Green was having a rough start to his team’s season-opening game against Washburn Rural on Friday night. The junior committed three early turnovers and then missed an open breakaway layup with the Lions clinging to a small lead in the second quarter. When given another opportunity on a breakaway attempt minutes later, he made certain he didn’t miss.
Sebelius pleased with health package
Recommendations include cigarette tax, smoking ban, family insurance
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Friday she was “very enthusiastic” about a $160 million health care reform package. And she said the 21 recommendations - including a 50-cent-per-pack increase in the cigarette tax, a statewide ban on smoking in public places and family health insurance for children until age 25 - from state health officials should be considered together instead of individually.
Pump patrol
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.79 at several locations.
Community celebrates start of Hanukkah
December 1, 2007 in print edition on D8
As a child, David Berkowitz heard plenty from his friends who celebrated Christmas. They were jealous that Berkowitz received presents for eight days during Hanukkah, while they only got presents on one day.
Commodities
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B4
Agriculture futures were mixed Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery fell 2.75 cents to $8.85; December corn rose 1 cent to $3.86; March oats dropped 1.5 cents to $2.69; January soybeans dropped 1.8 cents to $1.80.
Judicial selection process criticized
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B3
A conservative legal group, Republican pollster and Kansas University law professor have teamed up to criticize the way Kansas Supreme Court justices are selected. Stephen Ware, KU professor, said the selection process was too insular and dominated by lawyers.
Loan plan in the works
Modifications could ease mortgage crisis
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B4
The Bush administration and the mortgage industry, trying to combat a massive wave of foreclosures, are hammering out a proposal to temporarily freeze interest rates on certain troubled subprime mortgages. If adopted, it would be the biggest action taken to cope with the unfolding crisis.
Democrats’ slim majority creates stalemate
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
Heading into the final month of the 2007 congressional session, political gamesmanship between President Bush and Democratic leaders continues to block action on the measures that fund federal activities from Baghdad to Dallas.
Police hunt beer bandit who stole 450 kegs
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
Irish police were hunting for a beer bandit who stole 450 full kegs from the Guinness brewery - the largest heist ever at Ireland’s largest brewer.
Haskell nets 2nd win
December 1, 2007 in print edition on C6
Entering Friday night’s home contest at Coffin Sports Complex with just one win in six games, the Haskell Indian Nations University men’s basketball team was in desperate need of a victory, but was facing an equally desperate one-win William Woods team.
Ice may make roads hazardous today for cars and horses alike
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
Be prepared for a cold, wet and windy start to December. Freezing rain that was to begin pouring on northeast Kansas, including Douglas County, in the early morning was expected to continue until about 9 a.m.
Pregnant girlfriend of suspect in killing sent text message to mom
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B2
A pregnant 16-year-old girl believed to be traveling with the suspect sought in the death of a Butler County college student sent a text message to her mother days after the couple fled, according to a published report.
Run-up to election heats up
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
The former world chess champion is awaiting his opponent’s next move. Garry Kasparov, released from jail after serving a five-day sentence for leading a protest against Vladimir Putin, acknowledged Friday he holds the weaker position in his confrontation with the Russian president.
New date set for murder retrial
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
A new trial date has been set for a man accused in a 2004 Lawrence murder case.
Marquette crushes crosstown rival
December 1, 2007 in print edition on C3
Nevermind any city bragging rights. Jerel McNeal and No. 13 Marquette were just happy to get an easy win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Around and about
December 1, 2007 in print edition on D3
Three area students were among those honored in the American Institute of Architects’ Topeka Riverfront design competition. Larabeth Thompson and Eleanor Burke, of Kansas University, won first place in the college division for their “Topeka Silo Park” entry. They received $1,500.
Nothing new
December 1, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: In Kent Hayes’ letter (Journal-World, Oct. 7) that posed the question “When do we get our values back?” his premise is that torture and phone taps are recent outrages. I submit that these despicable practices are only the latest assaults upon the public.
Thousands of protesters demand teacher’s execution
December 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
Thousands of Sudanese, many armed with clubs and swords and beating drums, burned pictures of a British teacher Friday and demanded her execution for insulting Islam by letting her students name a teddy bear Muhammad.
Society calendar
December 1, 2007 in print edition on D3
Social events around Lawrence.
People in the news
December 1, 2007 in print edition on D7
¢ Hogan in filing: Wife can support self after divorce¢ ‘Tonight Show’ nonwriting staff laid off¢ Witherspoon tops list of highest-paid actresses¢ Akon charged in fan-tossing case¢ Will Smith: Hard work made him a movie star