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Archive for Sunday, December 2, 2007

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Audio clips
Births
Couples
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
KU vs. USC Marla Jackson Old-fashioned Christmas Parade 2007
Podcasts
Polls
What do you think will be the most competitive BCS game?

Poll results

Response Percent
Orange Bowl (KU vs. VT)
 
42%
Fiesta Bowl (OU vs. WV)
 
26%
Title Game (LSU vs. tOSU)
 
19%
Sugar Bowl (UGA vs. Hawaii)
 
8%
Rose Bowl (USC vs. Illinois)
 
3%
Total 3720
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Pat Myers, manager at the QuikTrip at 1020 E. 23rd St., stocks the cigarette shelves Thursday. A proposed increase in the cigarette tax would add about 50 cents to the cost per pack. The tax, if approved, would bring in another $50 million per year in state revenue. Smoking could get a lot more expensive
December 2, 2007 in print edition on 1A
A green insignia - no bigger than a shirt button - is smack on the bottom of every cigarette pack sold in Kansas. You could go through a hundred packs of cigarettes without seeing it. Your pocketbook, however, notices every time you buy. The insignia is the state’s stamp indicating that Kansas’ 79-cent tax on cigarettes has been paid. It’s a cost that gets placed on packs at cigarette warehouses, but the price is born fully by the consumer.
12:50 p.m.
Kansas guard Russell Robinson warms up prior to the start against Southern California Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. Chalmers’ late three caps huge day and knocks out USC for good, 59-55
12:49 p.m., December 2, 2007 Updated 3:07 p.m.
Mario Chalmers after the timeout dropped hin a huge three with the shot clock running out that all but sealed it. After an O.J. Mayo layup, Chalmers was fouled, hit one of two free throws to finish with a game-high 20 points and sent KU home with a 59-55 win. O.J. Mayo had 19 points for USC, but was an unimpressive 6-of-21 from the floor. Davon Jefferson had 17. KU outrebounded SC 42-30, including plenty on the offensive end for the Jayhawks. Chalmers’ 20 points were a bright spot for the KU offense, which shot just 37.3 percent from the floor. Darnell Jackson was also huge for KU, with nine points and 13 rebounds, including two huge dunks to start the second half. KU, now 7-0, plays host to Eastern Washington at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse, then DePaul next Saturday at 1 p.m. in Lawrence.

All stories

6Sports video: KU women stomp Billikens
December 2, 2007
The Kansas women’s basketball team had little trouble defeating the St. Louis Billikens. The final score was 81-55.
6Sports video: KU hoops squad wins tough road match against USC
December 2, 2007
The Kansas Jayhawk basketball team won their first road game of the regular season against USC by a final score of 59-55.
6Sports video: KU to square off against Virginia Tech in Orange Bowl
December 2, 2007
The Kansas Jayhawk football team was rewarded for an 11-1 season by a birth in the Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech.
6News video: Jayhawks Orange Bowl bound
December 2, 2007
There is no ‘Fiesta’ for KU, but the Jayhawks are celebrating with a BCS bowl game. The Jayhawks are heading back to the Orange Bowl for the first time since 1969.
6News video: Beware of rental fraud
December 2, 2007
A Lawrence home builder is busy working to thwart a new kind of internet scam - someone he doesn’t know who is trying to rent out one of his homes.
6News video: Red Ribbon Art Auction kicks off this evening
December 2, 2007
The Douglas County AIDS Project hosts its 15th Annual Red Ribbon Art Auction this evening.
6News video: 5-year-old cancer patient gets a big surprise
December 2, 2007
A Lawrence family was surprised when they found out their 5-year-old son had cancer. Now two years later, Christian Faulkner is in remission and today he got a surprise of his own.
6News video: Cigarette taxes create a cloud of smoke
December 2, 2007
Bumping up the cigarette tax can become a seductive way to boost revenue for cash-strapped states. 6News reporter Christine Metz explains where Kansas’ smokers’ money goes and why one group wants them to pay even more.
6News video: Annual Lawrence Art Fair helps promote art education
December 2, 2007
After the Old-fashioned Christmas Parade, people warmed their hands and enjoyed some art and hot chili at the Annual Lawrence Art Fair.
6News video: Despite weather woes, parade hits downtown Lawrence
December 2, 2007
Despite the rainy winter weather, Lawrence residents flocked to the Old-fashioned Christmas Parade down Massachusetts Street yesterday.
KU to play Virginia Tech in Orange Bowl on Jan. 3
December 2, 2007
An 11-1 regular season in the end proved to be enough to earn KU a bid in a BCS bowl game for the first time in school history. The Jayhawks will face ACC champion Virginia Tech on Jan. 3 in Miami, Fla., in the Orange Bowl. This will be KU’s third trip to the Orange Bowl, having played there in 1948 - a 20-14 loss to Georgia Tech - and 1969 - a 15-14 loss to Penn State.
Extra Minutes: Kansas 59, USC 55
December 2, 2007
Tying up loose ends from KU’s 59-55 win in the Galen Center - a game in which neither team shot well and rebounding proved to be pivotal in the outcome…Mario Chalmers’ late three and consistently solid defense on O.J. Mayo didn’t hurt, either.
Chalmers’ late three caps huge day and knocks out USC for good, 59-55
12:49 p.m., December 2, 2007 Updated 03:07 p.m.
Mario Chalmers after the timeout dropped hin a huge three with the shot clock running out that all but sealed it. After an O.J. Mayo layup, Chalmers was fouled, hit one of two free throws to finish with a game-high 20 points and sent KU home with a 59-55 win. O.J. Mayo had 19 points for USC, but was an unimpressive 6-of-21 from the floor. Davon Jefferson had 17. KU outrebounded SC 42-30, including plenty on the offensive end for the Jayhawks. Chalmers’ 20 points were a bright spot for the KU offense, which shot just 37.3 percent from the floor. Darnell Jackson was also huge for KU, with nine points and 13 rebounds, including two huge dunks to start the second half. KU, now 7-0, plays host to Eastern Washington at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse, then DePaul next Saturday at 1 p.m. in Lawrence.
Billikens next test for surging Kansas women
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas is sizzling. Saint Louis is fizzling. Consequently, the Jayhawks will be favored today when they meet the Billikens in women’s basketball. Or will KU suffer a letdown in the wake of last Tuesday’s 91-56 ambush of Creighton?
British parliament members try to win teacher’s release
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A8
Two British parliament members met officials in Sudan on Saturday to try to secure the release of a British teacher imprisoned for naming a teddy bear Muhammad and later said the Khartoum government wants to resolve the case.
French official: Third U.N. resolution on Iranian sanctions may come soon
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A8
Leading international powers may have an agreement within weeks on a third U.N. sanctions resolution against Iran over its nuclear program, a French diplomat said after high-level talks in Paris on Saturday.
Death toll for Iraqis falls for third consecutive month
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A9
The number of Iraqis killed last month fell to 718, an Associated Press tally showed, the lowest monthly death toll since just before the 2006 bombing of a Shiite shrine provoked a vicious cycle of retaliatory sectarian violence.
WVU out of the running
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C5
The curse of No. 2 claimed another victim. West Virginia is out of the national-title race. Ohio State is in. In a season defined by upsets, Pittsburgh came up with an enormous one, beating the second-ranked Mountaineers, 13-9, Saturday night to throw another curveball at the BCS.
Bush continues pushing back against Congress
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A4
President Bush has a lengthy to-do list for lawmakers when they return this week from their Thanksgiving vacation, including spending bills, intelligence legislation and tax law changes.
McCain, Huckabee show humanity
December 2, 2007 in print edition on B8
If the Republican Party really wanted to hold on to the White House in 2009, it’s pretty clear what it would do. It would grit its teeth, swallow its doubts and nominate a ticket of John McCain for president and Mike Huckabee for vice president - and president-in-waiting.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 2, 2007 in print edition on B9
Lawrence faced the welcome prospect of a change in its bond rating, which could save taxpayers money, due to results of the latest election. Two new fire stations were the major plus, to cut down on prospects of severe fire loss and a lowering of insurance rates.
Myriad questions keep presidential race interesting
December 2, 2007 in print edition on B9
We are heading into uncharted territory. We have the first important test of the presidential season on a Thursday night. We have the second important test five days later. We have candidates preparing to campaign through the holiday week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. We have a woman heading the Democratic field. We have a Mormon making a strong play in the Republican field.
Rock legend finds his voice
December 2, 2007 in print edition on D8
The voice is raspy but recognizable, reminiscent of a time when he played with a band so amazingly good they were simply known as The Band. That was more than three decades ago, before the throat cancer and the surgery and the radiation left Levon Helm with no voice at all. The singer on classics like “Up On Cripple Creek” and “Rag Mama Rag” was resigned to resuming his musical life as strictly a sideman - a little drums, or strumming the mandolin.
Paper or plastic : and books, please
New library to open at area grocery store
December 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
Come January, finding a good book to settle down with on a cold winter’s night will be a lot easier in the Perry and Lecompton area. That’s when the new Perry Lecompton Public Library will open in a room at the Thriftway grocery store in Perry.
Smoking could get a lot more expensive
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A1
A green insignia - no bigger than a shirt button - is smack on the bottom of every cigarette pack sold in Kansas. You could go through a hundred packs of cigarettes without seeing it. Your pocketbook, however, notices every time you buy. The insignia is the state’s stamp indicating that Kansas’ 79-cent tax on cigarettes has been paid. It’s a cost that gets placed on packs at cigarette warehouses, but the price is born fully by the consumer.
Keegan: Tables turned on KU
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C1
So often during the first two seasons of their careers, Kansas University juniors Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush would play against a more experienced, less talented team. Today, they are on the opposite end of that formula when they face a USC basketball team loaded with talent inside and out and relying heavily on freshmen and sophomores.
Freshman class loaded
Vitale, Fraschilla agree: Rookies unprecedented
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C4
Southern Cal’s O.J. Mayo has been famous the longest among freshmen college basketball players, but he’s far from the only one who projects as an NBA All-Star. “I think it’s the best class I’ve seen in terms of depth,” ESPN analyst Dick Vitale said in a telephone interview. “It’s unbelievable. A lot of it can be attributed to these kids playing 100 games a year.
Republicans back off abortion issue
December 2, 2007 in print edition on B5
It would seem an ideal time for Kansas politicians opposed to abortion to push that agenda, hard. The state’s two biggest clinics are under criminal indictment, and two grand juries will convene soon to consider additional charges.
Cowboys crush UW; Knight leaves loss
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C9
James Anderson’s high school coach ate breakfast Saturday with members of Oklahoma State’s basketball team, then gave his former star some advice. “He just said, ‘Do what you do,’” recounted Anderson’s teammate, Terrel Harris, noting that Anderson “has a knack for scoring.”
Commentary: Celtics’ Big Three making big splash
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C10
There was little doubt the Boston Celtics would improve by adding forward Kevin Garnett and guard Ray Allen to play alongside All-Star Paul Pierce.
Chiefs hope to halt slide against S.D.
New kicker Carney bright spot for Kansas City during practice
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C12
How starved are the Kansas City Chiefs for good news? When John Carney’s 43-year-old leg sent a couple of meaningless field goals flying through the uprights in practice this week, all the players applauded.
Haskell aids children of financially strapped students
December 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
Students at Haskell Indian Nations University are getting some help this holiday season. The university’s Adopt a Haskell Rascal program is in its fourth year of assisting the children of students.
Kansas basketball notebook
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C4
KU leads the all-time series, 8-5. The Jayhawks have won the last four meetings.
Saturday upsets muddle KU’s bowl outlook
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C3
All bets are off now. With No. 1 Missouri and No. 2 West Virginia both losing Saturday, the BCS bowl picture was a complete mess heading into Selection Sunday.
Haskell women slip past Bacone
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C3
Tahni Edmo scored 22 points, and Haskell Indian Nations University defeated Bacone, 58-51, on Saturday in women’s basketball.
People in the news
December 2, 2007 in print edition on D7
¢ Imus returning to airwaves after firing¢ Former ‘Idol’ finalist Jessica Sierra jailed¢ Reporters: Williams apologizes for outburst¢ Video shows Roberts chasing paparazzi
NBA Roundup
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C10
Scores around the league.
Navy wins 6th straight vs. Army
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C6
In the end, senior slotback Reggie Campbell was standing on a platform, a baton in his hand, leading the Navy band and smiling, as men and women sang their alma mater after the Mids’ 38-3 victory Saturday over Army.
Pelini staying silent
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C2
Bo Pelini’s actions may have said more than his words on Saturday night. Minutes after LSU’s Southeastern Conference championship victory over Tennessee, players and coaches surged toward the LSU fans in one end zone in the Georgia Dome.
Storm system skips Lawrence, leaves city with rain, wind
December 2, 2007 in print edition on B10
The storm system that was expected to bring freezing rain and ice Saturday into Douglas County moved north into Nebraska, leaving Lawrence with periods of rain and strong wind. So strong, in fact, that the front door of Alvin’s Wine and Spirits at 4000 W. Sixth St. blew off at about 5:30 p.m.
Annual hunt a reminder of tradition, change
December 2, 2007 in print edition on B9
For more than 30 years, a group of us has been celebrating the opening of pheasant season in north central Kansas.
30 unexploded WWII mortar shells uncovered
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
A landscaping crew about to grind a tree stump discovered 30 World War II mortar shells buried on property once owned by the Navy.
K-State wins despite 16-0 run by UTEP
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C9
Shalee Lehning had 11 points and 13 rebounds to help Kansas State overcome a sluggish start in the second half and beat UTEP, 66-58, in the championship game of the Wildcat Classic on Saturday.
Service for seniors marks 25th anniversary
December 2, 2007 in print edition on B4
Project LIVELY, a service of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Police conclude body is missing student
International complications jeopardize U.S. prosecution of case that crosses borders
December 2, 2007 in print edition on B4
Police on Saturday identified the body they found Thursday as that of missing Butler County college student Emily Sander. Police found the body Thursday and said at the time that it appeared to match Sander’s description. Saturday’s identification by a forensic orthodontist confirmed that, said El Dorado Police Chief Tom Boren.
Slumbering beast disrupts lair
December 2, 2007 in print edition on D1
My husband is getting wild in bed. Now, before you get all panicky and hide the paper from the children, I assure you the following will be suitable for a family newspaper.
Lawrence Children’s Choir releases first holiday CD
December 2, 2007 in print edition on D1
For years, people have asked Janeal Krehbiel if the Lawrence Children’s Choir had a Christmas CD. Finally, this year, the answer is yes.
Girl Scout receives award 69 years late
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A4
A Girl Scout who failed to receive a Golden Eaglet Award because she woke up with the mumps finally got the accolade - 69 years later. Faith Iames Schremp, 86, joined Girl Scouts in 1938 and earned all the proficiency badges needed to win the award.
Student charged after Santa gets pie in face
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
A college student accused of shoving a pumpkin pie into the face of a shopping mall Santa Claus has been charged with misdemeanor assault.
Sewing the seeds
Renowned quilter passes skills to youths
December 2, 2007 in print edition on D1
Ashley Toussaint is hunkered over a sewing machine with a slightly perplexed scowl on her face. She’s trying to learn to applique from Marla Jackson, who has a quilt at the Smithsonian. Toussaint, 13, misses her mark with the needle. She’s frustrated. “You’ll adjust,” Jackson says. “It’s just like driving a car. You’ve got to go slow at first.”
Horoscopes
December 2, 2007 in print edition on D7
As you make decisions to move forward or change your direction this year, you often wonder if you might be daydreaming. You have an impact. If you are single, a friendship easily could develop into more. If you are attached, the two of you might want to make a fond desire a reality. VIRGO can push you to your limits.
Gifts for pets
December 2, 2007 in print edition on D10
Selected pet gifts being offered by retailers for the holidays.
Bankruptcies
December 2, 2007
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the two weeks ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Ameriprise adviser rates high in survey
December 2, 2007 in print edition on E1
Peggy Johnson, a senior financial adviser for Ameriprise Financial, Lawrence, ranked in the top 9 percent of 2,608 participating advisers who scored at least 98 out of 100 points in the company’s annual adviser client satisfaction survey.
On the record
December 2, 2007 in print edition on B2
A barn just east of Eudora was destroyed by fire Saturday evening. Eudora Township Fire Department and a Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical unit responded to the fire at about 6:30 p.m. at N. 1300 and 2300 roads.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 2, 2007 in print edition on B9
State Sen. Jane Eldredge, R-Lawrence, announced she would resign her legislative post to join her family in Washington, D.C., where her husband Charles was serving as director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American Art.
Dogs something to be thankful for in holiday season
December 2, 2007 in print edition on D6
Susie/Pepper - our neighbors’ little gray-and-white dog who husband Ray and I feared was chasing celestial bunny rabbits - is alive and well! We were delighted when she came out to join us on a recent walk. As was her custom before she became ill, she trotted up our long drive to check out whether Ray had put out a few tasty meat scraps for her or the coyotes … whichever got to them first.
Gifts for Guns aims for safer streets
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A2
A man carrying a semiautomatic handgun approached a group of San Francisco police officers Saturday afternoon and, with a smile, handed over the pistol in exchange for $150 in gift cards.
Commentary: Tale of ex-UK player heartbreaking
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C2
On a sunny October day in 2002, I sat in a Perkins restaurant in Louisville with Ralph Beard. During the 100th year of University of Kentucky basketball, I’d gone to talk with the player that old-timers say might, even now, be the greatest ever to wear Blue & White. I spent two hours staring into the most haunted pair of eyes I’ve ever seen.
Annual Holiday Art Fair spans photography to quilting
More than 70 artists attend Lawrence guild’s fundraiser
December 2, 2007 in print edition on B4
There was something different everywhere you looked Saturday, as Lawrence’s art community came together for its annual Holiday Art Fair. “We’ve got the most wide variety we’ve ever had. Across the board. It’s a great spectrum of art,” said local artist Patty Boyer, who coordinated the event at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. Boyer said she has been the art fair’s coordinator for the past decade.
Tensions high ahead of vote that could expand Chavez’s power
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A2
President Hugo Chavez faces his stiffest challenge in years today as voters decide whether to approve constitutional changes that would greatly expand his powers and let him seek re-election for decades to come.
Beware of fraud
Internet scammers prey on consumers - even potential renters
December 2, 2007 in print edition on E1
Melissa McDermott couldn’t believe what she saw offered on the Internet: A new three-bedroom house, with three bathrooms and a two-car garage, available for rent in Lawrence. For $500 a month. Perfect.
Poet’s Showcase
Guarding Nectar” by Max Sutton
December 2, 2007 in print edition on D3
“Guarding Nectar” by Max Sutton
Cities fight cyberbullying after teen’s suicide
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
The public’s frustration over the inability to punish those accused of using a phony identity to send hurtful messages to a teenager who later killed herself has pushed policymakers into action. But some experts are already questioning whether the new laws will work in an electronic medium that is evolving daily.
Veterans learn how to get employment in civilian world
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A11
Brian Brooks sat against the wall listening intently to instructions for his next mission. After 20 years of working for team Army, the next task was all his.
Guantanamo prisoners to get another Supreme Court hearing
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
Nearly six years ago, Bosnian authorities ordered the release of six men picked up on suspicion of plotting to attack the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo. An investigation found no evidence against the six Algerian natives.
Blu-ray discs offer superb picture, sound
December 2, 2007 in print edition on D9
High-definition DVDs have been around for more than a year, but there hasn’t exactly been a stampede to buy them. For many consumers, the biggest stumbling block has been the high-def format war between the Blu-ray disc camp and the HD-DVD backers.
Suitcase exhibit sheds light on mentally ill patients
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A5
One left a starter pistol and a blue suit jacket, barely worn. Another left a lace-trimmed christening gown, probably made for an infant daughter who died. The artifacts, part of an exhibit opening Monday at the New York Public Library, were culled from 400 suitcases left behind by patients at the Willard Psychiatric Center in upstate New York, which closed in 1995.
Top 25 Roundup: Carolina wins clash of titans
Hansbrough hounded, capitalizes at free-throw line
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C8
Every time Tyler Hansbrough caught the ball in the post, Kentucky’s players swarmed around him, swatting at the ball. The North Carolina big man did not retaliate to the bruising. He responded at the free-throw line.
Attica native’s works have understated wit
Ad Astra Poetry Project
December 2, 2007 in print edition on D2
Editor’s note: In her Ad Astra Poetry Project, Kansas Poet Laureate Denise Low highlights historic and contemporary poets who resided in Kansas for a substantial part of their lives. Eventually, she will collect the biweekly broadsides into a book, to be published by the Center for Kansas Studies at Washburn University, in cooperation with Thomas Fox Averill.
Adjusting to civilian life after military requires planning
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A1
When Bruce Stewart retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Kansas Air National Guard a year ago, he was prepared to enter the civilian work force. Stewart, 47, of Lawrence, started his own consulting business and took advantage of what he learned during his 23 years in the military. He conducts leadership and diversity training for private companies as well as for the military.
New blogs shake up design industry by passing trends directly to masses
December 2, 2007 in print edition on D6
For anyone seeking to furnish, redesign or just spruce up their home, design blogs provide seemingly infinite possibilities. And for the design world, that means a power shift. There’s no need to set foot in a big-box store full of screaming children and cookie-cutter couches. No need to hire a consultant or designer. No need to buy a magazine or pick up a catalog. Why bother, when it’s all online?
Veritas sweeps Northland Christian
Pressing Eagles ride fast start to 55-22 rout in girls game; Veritas boys come back for 51-40 victory
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C3
Northland Christian’s girls basketball team never knew what hit it Saturday evening against Veritas Christian. Employing a full-court press, the Eagles tormented Northland from the opening tip to the halftime buzzer.
India lifts ban on exports, offers to rebuild villages
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A2
India waived a ban on rice exports to Bangladesh and offered to help rebuild 10 villages worst hit by a recent cyclone that devastated crops and property, Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Saturday during a visit to the country.
U.S. students lag behind in literacy tests
December 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University student Amy Cirocco sat in Watson Library on Friday afternoon cramming for a quiz in her religious studies class. In her college courses, she has extensive reading lists. It’s a challenge to get through material because she didn’t particularly read much in elementary school or high school.
Cat survives 19 days with jar stuck on head
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A2
Tabitha Cain has fed a feral cat she calls Wild Oats for several years, but now she’s thinking of changing the feline’s name to Survivor.
07 tax refunds may be delayed
IRS may postpone start of filing season if Congress fails to pass legislation
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A1
Silena Davis had counted on an early tax refund to pay for getting her teeth fixed. Now, because Congress has dawdled all year on a tax bill, she and millions of other early filers could have to wait extra weeks for refunds that last year averaged $2,291.
Four charged in Taylor shooting
Authorities say they have more than one confession
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C2
Four suspects were charged Saturday in the shooting death of Washington Redskins player Sean Taylor, with two of their lawyers confirming some have confessed.
Sooners lower boom on MU
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C1
The championship dream finally died for No. 1 Missouri. The Oklahoma Sooners showed the Tigers just what it takes to win a title: defense and a bruising running game near the goal line.
Dos and don’ts for dads
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C1
Ensuring your baby boy matures into a confident young man means giving him tips to face life’s challenges. The November issue of Best Life has this advice for parents.
Military fires on Kurdish rebels inside Iraq
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A2
The Turkish military said Saturday it attacked 50 to 60 Kurdish rebels inside Iraqi territory, inflicting “significant losses.”
Militants raid Shiite village, killing 13
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A9
Dozens of suspected al-Qaida militants showered a Shiite village with mortar rounds early Saturday, then stormed the streets, killing at least 13 Iraqis, torching homes and forcing hundreds of families to flee, police said.
Couple arrested in $7M armored car robbery
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A2
A couple wanted in the disappearance of $7 million in cash and checks from an armored car company were arrested Saturday in West Virginia, the FBI said.
World Fair souvenirs popular
December 2, 2007 in print edition on D5
World’s Fairs are the source of many types of souvenirs: Bandanas, dolls, vases, clocks, key chains, compacts, figurines, books, posters, teapots and lamps are just a few of the more popular items. The most collectible things have the name and date of the fair as part of the design - they instantly remind you of a particular fair. But, unfortunately, a few years after a fair is over, many people throw out their kitschy souvenirs - exactly the things collectors want years later.
Storm plasters much of Midwest with snow, ice
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
Snow and ice plastered a wide area of the Midwest on Saturday, interrupting campaigning by presidential hopefuls, disrupting airport and highway traffic and killing at least three people.
Accountability
The “settlement” of an open meetings issue involving the Lawrence City Commission leaves some matters unsettled.
December 2, 2007 in print edition on B8
It’s good that the Kansas attorney general is holding the Lawrence City Commission accountable for a violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act, but his proposed “settlement agreement” with commissioners is disappointing in a couple of ways.
Art on the page
New art books open ‘gates of paradise,’ from Renaissance bronzes to modern sculpture
December 2, 2007 in print edition on D3
Beautiful art, even in book form, may offer a special solace when the world seems awash in every sort of trouble. The season’s most elegant art books don’t take on today’s big problems, but they do bring perspective to the human condition by reminding us that the flame of beauty has flickered throughout the centuries in myriad cultures and innumerable forms: from the biblical bronzes of Renaissance Europe and the Mughal miniatures of Islamic India to contemporary stained glass.
Buckeyes heading back to championship
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C6
Three weeks after their unbeaten season, No. 1 ranking and dreams of redemption in the BCS title game seemed to turn to ashes, Ohio State is headed back to the ultimate game in college football. Thank you, Pittsburgh Panthers.
KU offers new study abroad program
December 2, 2007 in print edition on D10
A group of students from Kansas University’s Department of Design will travel to Mexico in January to study and explore design and architecture. This program, created through KU’s Study Abroad Office, will allow design students to explore the cultural aspects of Mexican arts and crafts through visits to contemporary art galleries, art and crafts museums, and the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.
U.S. sets new hurdles for North Korea
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A2
The U.S. government has decided to impose three new conditions for removing North Korea from Washington’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, sources close to the six-party talks said Friday.
Prisoners to get extra dollar in lieu of fruit
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
There will be some extra cash but no holiday fruit baskets for Arkansas prisoners this year.
Parade ushers holiday cheer into Lawrence
December 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
Amy Vestal and daughter Abby have been to the Parade of Roses and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. But, they say, nothing compares to Lawrence’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade. “We love horses. It’s just such a unique and wonderful parade in our own town,” Amy said. “I’ve never heard of a place having a parade like this other than Lawrence.”
N.Y. politicians criticize proposed cuts in aid
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A4
A Bush administration plan to slash anti-terror grant programs by more than half would threaten the safety of U.S. cities, several New York politicians charged Saturday.
Donors ‘adopt’ needy families
December 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
Julie Anderson is a single mother of two. She works full time to support her children and pay bills, but during the holiday season, her financial picture looks a little bleak. “I work paycheck to paycheck,” she said. “I can’t necessarily get everything my kids want.”
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 2, 2007 in print edition on B9
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 2, 1907: “The 60th U.S. Congress convened today and it is hoped that the early ceremonies will give way to solid legislation in both houses. There are many new faces in the group.”
Chinese, Japanese leaders meet for talks
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A2
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said today that trade and economic talks aimed at strengthening ties between the two neighbors have been successful so far.
Officer killed by suspected Basque separatists
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A10
A member of the Spanish Civil Guard was shot and killed Saturday in southwest France in an attack officials blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA. It was the first death attributed to the militant group since it abandoned a cease-fire in June.
In the case of USC freshman phenom O.J.Mayo : Believe the hype
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C1
Less than eight minutes of game clock remained for University of Southern California celebrity freshman basketball player O.J. Mayo to justify all the hype. To that point in Thursday night’s game against Oklahoma, Mayo had misfired on 10 of his 13 attempts from the field, and the Trojans led by six points.
Knicks claim they haven’t quit
Lopsided loss in Boston suggests otherwise
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C10
The Knicks say they haven’t quit, but somebody at Madison Square Garden has given up. “We’re coming into the building today and employees (were saying), ‘Oh, you’ll beat them by 40. You’ll beat them by 50,’” Milwaukee coach Larry Krystkowiak said Friday after the Bucks’ morning shootaround. “That’s ridiculous.”
De Soto tumbles in tourney
December 2, 2007 in print edition on C3
Andre Linzy scored 24 points, but De Soto High fell to Great Bend, 64-41, on Saturday in the Hays City Shootout boys basketball tournament.
KU student’s ‘Death of Romance’ works both as drama, comedy
December 2, 2007 in print edition on D10
“The Death of Romance,” written by KU student Adam Burnett, opened to a sold-out Inge Theatre Thursday evening. The play tells the story of romance-novel writer Linda Wood, whose fictional pair of lovers are onstage most of the time, acting out her plot and dialogue as she composes it at the computer.
Train collision probe focuses on why they were on same track
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A4
Federal transportation officials said Saturday that their main priority as they investigate a train collision on Chicago’s South Side is to figure out why both trains were on the same track at the same time.
One man’s death a symbol for how ‘we’ die
December 2, 2007 in print edition on B8
And once again, this is how we die. Fallen, crumpled, bleeding from a bullet’s hole. Woman and child left to wail, left to mourn. Left.
Author looks at heroes from Alexander to John Paul II
December 2, 2007 in print edition on D3
Joan of Arc, the French farm girl who charged into battle, had little in common with Queen Elizabeth I or the iconoclastic philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. But they were all heroes, in Paul Johnson’s view.
Scientists: Bills could block study of bones
December 2, 2007 in print edition on A5
Scientists hoping to study the ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man are protesting efforts that they say could block them from examining one of the oldest and most complete set of bones ever found in North America.
Four tips for grown-ups thinking about graduate school
December 2, 2007 in print edition on E1
An advanced degree can help put mature professionals on the fast track to success in a new field. That said, the degree will not come cheap, so be sure to safeguard your finances.In the December issue of Money Magazine, contributor Karen Cheney offers four tips for over-40s considering going to graduate school.
Best-sellers
December 2, 2007 in print edition on D3
Fiction: 1. “Double Cross,” by James Patterson (Little, Brown, $27.99). Nonfiction: 1. “I Am America (And So Can You),” by Stephen Colbert, Richard Dahm, Paul Dinello and Allison Silverman (Grand Central, $26.99).