Archive for Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Also from December 4

Births
Chats
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Spanish/English storytime at the Lawrence Public Library
Podcasts
Polls
What do you think of the City Commission's punishment for its illegal executive session about Deciphera?

Poll results

Response Percent
It’s not enough
 
76%
It’s just right
 
12%
It’s too much
 
6%
Undecided
 
4%
Total 316
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Kansas Turnpike Authority President Michael Johnston will chat online about the Kansas Turnpike project that will see new bridges built over the Kansas River and upgrades made to the Lawrence toll booths. North Lawrence to face brunt of traffic woes
December 3, 2007
There’s going to be a traffic mess in North Lawrence. Now, city commissioners just have to decide which year they want to hear from the disgruntled motorists. Commissioners at their meeting tonight will get briefed on a pair of projects that are expected to create the undesirable combination of increased traffic and increased road construction along the busiest routes in North Lawrence.
9:00 a.m.
Jock's Nitch employees, from left, Amie Worthington and Kelsey Allen quickly fold some of the T-shirts that became available Monday for Kansas University's Orange Bowl appearance Jan. 3 in Miami. To get to the game, some travel packages cost $2,000. Paying green to go Orange
December 4, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Kansas University’s football team will take the field for the Orange Bowl in less than a month on Jan. 3. For fans, those 30 days are time to revel in the team’s success and make plans to watch the them play in Miami. So far, those in Lawrence seem to be lapping up everything they can get.
1:30 p.m.
Online chat
Heading to the Orange Bowl? Chat with Kent Houk of Travellers about the trip to Miami
December 4, 2007
Kent Houk, vice president of sales for Travellers Inc. of Lawrence, will chat at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday about Miami, site of the Orange Bowl, and travel packages. KU plays Virginia Tech in the Jan. 3 Orange Bowl.
4:00 p.m.
Congressional Briefing
Is Boyda's re-election tied to Clinton's fortunes?
Posted December 4, 2007
Rep. Nancy Boyda (D) ![][1][(The New York Times) Vulnerable Dems see fates tied to Clinton:][2] Nancy Boyda, a Democrat who ran for Congress in this ...
10:00 p.m.
Kansas Statehouse architect Barry Greis, left, visits with architects Sarah Hammontree, center and Joy Coleman of Treanor Architects of Lawrence on Tuesday inside the House of Representatives chamber at the Capitol. The House chambers are currently being renovated, part of a 10-year Statehouse restoration project. Capitol renovation costs keep going up
December 4, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Workers are putting the final touches on the west wing and House chamber. But they can’t paint over the fact that the Capitol project is getting bigger and more expensive. The already-over-budget restoration job will need more money to finish. But Statehouse Architect Barry Greis declined to say how much more until today’s meeting of the Capitol Restoration Commission.

All stories

6News video: Tonight marks the first night of Hanukkah
December 4, 2007
The Lawrence Jewish Community Center will celebrate the 8-day holiday with a family menorah ceremony Friday evening followed by an all-musical service.
6News video: One Lawrence teacher is honored for making beautiful music
December 4, 2007
Cathy Crispino is the Northeast Kansas Music Educators Associated High School Choir Teacher for this school year.
6Sports video: Derek Fine eager for Orange Bowl
December 4, 2007
In the opinion of Kansas TE Derek Fine, oranges are much better than tangerines.
6Sports video: Piper Pirates fall to Golden Bears
December 4, 2007
The Piper Pirates boys basketball team was defeated by the Turner Golden Bears by a final score of 64-53.
6Sports video: Eudora Cardinals top Wellsville
December 4, 2007
The Eudora Cardinals boys basketball team defeated the Wellsville Eagles by a final score of 51-39.
6News video: Commissioners accept responsibility for ‘Open Meetings’ violation
December 4, 2007
Lawrence City Commissioners accept responsibility for violating the state’s Open Meetings Act. the Commission voted unanimously tonight to sign a settlement with the Kansas Attorney General’s office.
6News video: Kansas’ top lawmakers discuss bioscience
December 4, 2007
The state’s top lawmakers come to Lawrence to discuss the high-stakes world of bioscience competition - and what it will take to win a major payoff.
6Sports video: KU women continue to roll
December 4, 2007
Throwing the knockout punch has been a problem for the Kansas women’s basketball team the last few years. As for this season? Not so much…
6News video: Gingerbread house auction benefits local charity
December 4, 2007
They’re too pretty to eat, but they brought in a lot of money tonight for one local charity. About 30 elaborate gingerbread houses went on the auction block Tuesday night to benefit ‘Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County’.
6News video: Price tag continues to grow in capitol renovation
December 4, 2007
With the price tag already 50 million dollars over the high-end estimates of 7 years ago, the dollar amount continues to climb on restorations to the state capitol building in Topeka.
6Sports video: B-Mac proud to be a Jayhawk
December 4, 2007
Brandon McAnderson grew up wanting to be a Jayhawk. Now the Lawrence High grad will end his career on the hill in the Orange Bowl.
Capitol renovation costs keep going up
Another increase expected to be announced today
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
Workers are putting the final touches on the west wing and House chamber. But they can’t paint over the fact that the Capitol project is getting bigger and more expensive. The already-over-budget restoration job will need more money to finish. But Statehouse Architect Barry Greis declined to say how much more until today’s meeting of the Capitol Restoration Commission.
6News Now: City commissioners to discuss open meetings settlement
December 4, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence city commissioners will consider adopting a settlement that will allow them to avoid prosecution for violating the state’s open meeting law.
Moves threaten Latin America democracies
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
While the world was looking at Venezuela’s referendum, the Hugo Chavez-backed leaders of Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua were carrying out what many in their countries describe as constitutional coups.Was it a coordinated effort? Is there something - other than Venezuela’s oil money - that is fueling these and other Latin American leaders’ totalitarian temptations?
Jayhawks survive first trip
Unlike last two years, Kansas still unbeaten after hitting the road
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Bill Self warned his Kansas University basketball players about the perils of the road prior to leaving for Los Angeles last Friday afternoon. “I told the guys, ‘First road game … usually something happens. We’ll have to play out of some situations. Something will go awry. We need to focus in and stay tough,’” Self said. “Look at DePaul last year, Maui the year before. Things happen sometimes when you go on the road for the first time.”
LSU tackle wins Nagurski
Jayhawk Talib relishes ‘great experience’
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B5
A day after their teams landed in the national championship game, LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis spent Monday night playfully talking trash in a hotel ballroom. They left with Dorsey holding the upper hand - for now.
Romney to address religion head-on in speech
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
Fighting to save his faltering presidential campaign, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Monday that he will reassure Republican voters that his religious values are the same as theirs and that he believes faith has a place in political life and governing.
U.S. intelligence on Iran’s weapons ambitions found faulty
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
Iran halted its secret effort to develop a nuclear weapon four years ago and doesn’t appear to have restarted the project, a comprehensive new U.S. intelligence report said Monday. Iran’s decision to stop the program in mid-2003 indicates that it’s “less determined” to acquire nuclear weapons and “more vulnerable” to international pressure than U.S. intelligence agencies had previously believed, the U.S. intelligence community said.
BCS questions? We have answers
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Bowl Championship Series is set and as always there are some things that just don’t add up. You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers.
Don’t be squeezed by finances
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B9
As any therapist will tell you, conflicts about money are usually not about money. They’re about you - or rather “your issues.” So for my final Color of Money Book Club selection this year, I’m offering a pick that isn’t just about money. Why not take a break from the commercial hustle of the season and sit down with a book that may make you face why you’re a spendthrift or why “budget” is a cuss word for you?
Yankees vow to halt Santana talks
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
The New York Yankees appeared set to pull out of trade talks for Johan Santana unless the Minnesota Twins were prepared to strike a deal late Monday night.
Pump patrol
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.79 at several locations.
Chamber switching speakers
Business consultant replaces general for annual meeting
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B9
Lawrence Chamber of Commerce is preparing to start the new year with its traditional buffet and celebration and is turning to a new speaker to address the crowd.
Paying green to go Orange
KU fans have T-shirt, travel plan options
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
Kansas University’s football team will take the field for the Orange Bowl in less than a month on Jan. 3. For fans, those 30 days are time to revel in the team’s success and make plans to watch the them play in Miami. So far, those in Lawrence seem to be lapping up everything they can get.
Man receives jail time for killing rabbit
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
Animal rights advocates praised a 30-day jail sentence handed down Monday to a Lawrence man for an animal cruelty conviction. “I’m very happy because before (anyone convicted) got a slap on the wrist and nothing happened,” said Midge Grinstead, executive director of the Lawrence Humane Society.
Neufeld lashes out at city
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
House Speaker Melvin Neufeld says the “cleaner” western Kansas coal-fired power plants should be built, and the Lawrence Energy Center coal-burning plant shut down because of carbon dioxide emissions. Neufeld’s comments were published recently by the Hillsboro Free Press after he spoke to the Learning in Retirement Program at Tabor College.
Journal-World seeks ornament stories
December 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
For many families, decorating their Christmas tree is a trip down memory lane. Some ornaments represent loved ones. Some represent particular vacations or other experiences. Still others are children’s craft projects from previous years. This holiday season, the Journal-World wants to know about the special ornaments that decorate your tree.
W@LH offers holiday movies, gift-making
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A4
An afterschool program aims to put teens in the holiday spirit. This week’s Wednesdays @ Liberty Hall will show holiday movies and have gift-making activities. The program is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass.
Diabetics can learn from these 10 smart habits
December 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
Doctors have to call diabetes a disease. You don’t. It’s a physical condition - one you can control. No pity parties if you can read these three previous sentences. Here are a few smart habits to follow.
Sharing the language
Storytime at Lawrence library helps bridge cultural gaps
December 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
Karen Acosta is sitting on a toddler-sized chair, and she’s using her best “I’m-talking-to-cute-little-kids” voice. She’s reading to about a dozen people, children and their mothers, gathered at the Lawrence Public Library. The story is about a child who is planning a party - or more specifically, a fiesta.
Dealing with teen pregnancy is difficult for everyone involved
December 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
Dear Dr. Wes & Julia: I am a sophomore in high school and there are two other girls in my grade that are pregnant. One is a pretty close friend. I don’t want to be rude and tell her that she made a wrong decision. But at the same time I don’t want to tell her that it was a good idea.
Commodities
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B9
Agricultural futures finished in a mixed range Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery fell 8.75 cents to $8.7675; March corn rose 2 cents to $4.035; March oats shed 7.5 cents to $2.755; January soybeans fell 1.25 cents to $10.7875.
Honey calms kids’ coughs
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
A teaspoon of honey before bed seems to calm children’s coughs and help them sleep better, according to a new study that relied on parents’ reports of their children’s symptoms.
Baylor smothers MVSU with second-half burst
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B4
Kevin Rogers had 26 points and 10 rebounds, with a pair of dunks in Baylor’s game-turning run, and the Bears beat Mississippi Valley State 82-50 on Monday night.
Al-Qaida activities seem to be increasing
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
The U.S. military is seeing early signs that al-Qaida may be stepping up its activities in Afghanistan, a senior defense official revealed for the first time Monday as Secretary Robert Gates made his third trip to this country.
Study shows divorce bad for planet
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
If you thought divorce was bad for the kids, you should see what it does to the environment. A study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science found that the inefficiency of divorced households resulted in an extra 73 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity use in the United States in 2005, about 7 percent of total home use.
Woodling: Reasons for bid scarce
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lew Perkins strolled into Allen Fieldhouse around halftime of the Kansas University women’s basketball game and took his customary seat on the floor east of the north basket. It was Sunday evening, and in about an hour Perkins was scheduled to appear at a media session that would reveal KU’s football bowl destination.
KU’s next opponent topples UMKC
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B3
Eastern Washington University started its two-game road trip to the Midwest successfully on Monday night. The Eagles improved to 3-6 by stopping UMKC, 65-54, at Municipal Auditorium.
British teacher leaves after being pardoned
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
A British teacher jailed for letting her students name a teddy bear Muhammad as part of writing project headed home Monday after being pardoned - ending a case that set off an international outcry and angered many moderate Muslims.
Indiana star injured in win
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B4
D.J. White was on pace for a career best even before high-scoring freshman Eric Gordon was injured. After that, he had no choice but to keep shooting.
Jayhawks move up one spot in polls
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B3
Texas’ win at UCLA caused the first change this season in the top five teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll. North Carolina was No. 1 Monday, as it has been since the preseason poll, but Memphis and Kansas both moved up one spot to second and third, while Texas used its win over UCLA to vault from eighth to fourth.
Diocese to pay $37M to sex abuse victims
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport agreed Monday to pay out $37 million to more than 150 sex abuse victims under a settlement that requires the bishop to personally apologize to any accusers or relatives who ask.
No charges filed in Internet bullying
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
There will be no criminal charges in the case of a 13-year-old girl who killed herself last year after receiving cruel messages on the Internet. There have, however, been consequences.
Vespers finds united voice
December 4, 2007 in print edition on C2
The 83rd Annual Holiday Vespers was presented at the Lied Center on Sunday to its usual enthusiastic audience. Under the direction of John Paul Johnson, Paul Tucker and David Neely, the combined Symphonic Choirs and the Symphony Orchestra made wonderful contributions to this venerable institution of Holiday Vespers.
Chimp beats college students in computer memory game
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
Think you’re smarter than a fifth-grader? How about a 5-year-old chimp? Japanese researchers pitted young chimps against human adults in tests of short-term memory, and overall, the chimps won.
Karl Dorrell fired at UCLA
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
UCLA coach Karl Dorrell was fired Monday, a day after the Bruins accepted a bowl bid and two days after a loss to cross-town rival Southern California.
Baldwin girls, boys cruise
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B4
Callie Craig and Tracie Weege combined for 25 of the Bulldogs’ 46 points, and Baldwin High’s girls basketball team waxed Anderson County, 46-30, Monday in the Louisburg Classic.
Whew! Pats eke to 12-0
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
The New England Patriots are still perfect, but looking mighty vulnerable. New England pulled off its greatest escape thus far to become the sixth team in NFL history to start a season with 12 victories.
Jena 6’ teen pleads to juvenile battery
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
A black teenager whose prosecution in the beating of a white classmate led to one of the largest civil rights protests in years pleaded guilty Monday to a battery charge. Mychal Bell, 17, originally was charged as an adult with attempted murder in the beating of Justin Barker in December 2006. That charge was reduced before a jury convicted him in June of aggravated second-degree battery.
Bowl teams doing better
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
More bowl-bound Division I football programs are meeting the NCAA’s minimum acceptable academic standards than last year, according to a study released Monday.
Proposed cut could hurt rehab at nursing homes
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Along with the brightly colored exercise balls and strength bands, Lawrence’s Pioneer Ridge has golf clubs and a mini kitchen to help seniors regain the skills they need to transition from nursing home back to just plain home. If a proposed $2.7 billion cut to Medicare goes through the U.S. Senate, it would be these rehabilitative services at nursing homes that would feel the pinch.
Missouri bemoans Sunday’s BCS snub
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B5
Kansas, not Missouri, earned the coveted Bowl Championship Series at-large berth and a Jan. 3 trip to the Orange Bowl to face ACC champion Virginia Tech. Missouri heads to the Cotton Bowl and a New Year’s Day battle against No. 25 Arkansas, its southern neighbor.
KU lecturer one of few who mapped human genome
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A5
There are few people - perhaps only one - who have their complete genetic makeup available for public scrutiny. That one person, Craig Venter, founder of Celera Genomics, set out to map the human genome in 1998 and succeeded in 2001, about the same time as a national team of scientists, said Valentino Stella, a distinguished professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at Kansas University.
Biodiesel plant picks Greensburg
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A5
A biodiesel plant is the latest economic development project announced for Greensburg after a tornado destroyed the town in May. Torsten Energy LLC and state officials on Monday announced that the firm will construct a new plant in Kiowa County. The plant will eventually employ 20 to 25 people.
City agenda changes
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
Commissioners have pulled from tonight’s City Commission meeting a discussion about the Neighborhood Revitalization Program.
North Iowa Street bridge to close next week
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
Motorists who use North Iowa Street will need to find a new route beginning next week. The North Iowa Street bridge over the Kansas Turnpike is scheduled to be closed next week, perhaps as early as Monday, for reconstruction.
People in the news
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B8
¢ Victim of bat attack to sue Knievel’s estate¢ Imus back on air¢ Spice Girls reunite¢ Jay Leno to pay laid-off staffers¢ Hewitt has no love for unkind photographers¢ Pitt plans new New Orleans homes
Holidays can be unhealthy for your heart
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
Those lords-a-leaping and ladies dancing may want to consider the downside of the holidays: Heart attack season has arrived. December and January are the deadliest months for heart disease, and many of the things that make the season merry are culprits: Rich meals, more alcohol - and all that extra stress.
Tonganoxie man hurt in weekend explosion
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B10
A 32-year-old Tonganoxie man was transported to Kansas University Medical Center on Saturday after an explosion at his residence on State Avenue, according to the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office.
Five more invited to Cooperstown
Union chief Marvin Miller left out, sparking controversy
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
At last, Bowie Kuhn beat Marvin Miller at something. The late commissioner was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday while Miller was rejected by a revamped Veterans Committee stacked with those he regularly opposed - and beat - in arbitration and bargaining sessions that altered the history of the game.
Third person charged in shooting begins trial
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Opening arguments begin today for a Lawrence woman charged in a shooting conspiracy in Franklin County District Court.
Last Call owner appeals license denial
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
The owner of the controversial downtown nightclub Last Call has followed through on his promise to appeal a decision by the state to not renew the club’s liquor license.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
City officials were sifting through nearly $2 million in requests for the $750,000 it would have available for Community Development allocations. Lynn Goodell was CD director.
Reasonable rates
Reasonable rate increases to support energy diversity may benefit Kansas consumers in the long run.
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
Pursuing a new venture can be a costly proposition for a business and, before pursuing such ventures, a business needs to weigh the risks against the potential benefits.
Horoscopes
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B8
You will head toward success this year if you listen to your sixth sense and follow through on what you know to be factual. In some context, you might push someone too hard, more often than you think. If you are single, you wonder what is going on with people. If you are attached, you see life from different perspectives.
Coverage lacking
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
To the editor, I’m so very proud of the present state of American journalism (sarcasm). A former presidential press secretary, Scott McClellan, reveals that “five of the highest ranking officials in the Bush Administration : Rove, Libby, Cheney, (Andrew) Card, and the president himself” have been involved in a conspiracy to cover up the outing of a CIA agent, and today’s Fourth Estate does and says - nothing.
Rallying support
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
To the editor: What a glorious year of football Kansas University’s team has given to all their fans, including us alumni scattered throughout the world. It must have been great fun to live in Lawrence this fall and be part of the daily conversation, as the team triumphed week after week.
Lions Clubs flipping flapjacks for fundraiser
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B10
Lions Clubs of Lawrence will have a benefit pancake feed from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 852, Second and Alabama streets.
On the record
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A4
A five-piece silver dinner setting and silver serving utensils valued about $15,000 were reported stolen Friday from a residence in the 1500 block of Alvamar Drive. The incident occurred between Aug. 30 and Thursday. The incident was reported by the woman who lives at the residence.
Infamous Topeka church examined
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B8
The documentary “Fall from Grace” (9 p.m., Showtime) looks at the peculiar ministry of Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church. The Kansas-based congregation, consisting almost entirely of Phelps’ extended family, has made a habit of picketing public events, most notoriously the funerals of dead servicemen where they brandish signs with angry slogans attacking homosexuals and declaring that America deserves destruction because of its lax attitudes toward gays.
Nurturing their inner Picasso
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
With his right hand, 1-year-old Amadeus Kaos drummed his wet paintbrush on the table. With his left, he pushed the green paint around the canvas, the goo rising to his elbow. “He’s having a lot of fun,” mother Maggie Beedles said, her voice rising over the sound of the banging paintbrush. “He’s not afraid of the paint.”
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
Numerous vehicle accidents of a minor nature occurred as a winter storm roared in and produced a treacherous mixture of snow, sleet and ice. There were no deaths or injuries in the region, however.
Grand jury looking into Tiller starts next month
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B10
A Sedgwick County grand jury will be convened Jan. 8 to investigate Dr. George Tiller, one of the nation’s few physicians who performs late-term abortions, the county announced Monday.
Extension Council picks 2008 officers
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A5
Douglas County Extension Council elected officers and board members during its annual meeting in November. Officers for 2008 are: Doug Gaston, chairman; Bob Rhoton, vice chairman; Janna Dunbar, treasurer; and Jennifer Mitchell, secretary. Other board members elected were Chris Durflinger, Paul Groundwater, Mark Rainey, Luke Ulrich and Kristy Wempe.
Orange Bowl extends in-person invite to KU
December 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
He had a tan. It was a cruel way for Vance Carlton to arrive in Lawrence, where you can see your own breath this chilly time of year. But Carlton, a lifelong Floridian and member of the Orange Bowl Committee, came with news Monday that made his bronze skin not so offensive.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 4, 1907: “It will not be very long now before the well-meaning old cranks will be crying out against the awful idolatry of teaching children to believe in Santa Claus. : The wings of the eagle on the new gold pieces are only half-extended but the gold pieces will probably fly just as fast as the old kind.”