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KU vs. EWU All-Area Volleyball
Podcasts
Polls
What do you think of the $285.6 million price tag for renovating the Capitol?

Poll results

Response Percent
It’s too expensive
 
66%
It’s being a good steward of the building
 
29%
Undecided
 
4%
Total 220
During the Chiefs four-game home losing streak, which loss has been most embarrassing?

Poll results

Response Percent
Oakland
 
83%
Denver
 
16%
Green Bay
 
0%
San Diego
 
0%
Total 24
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.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.
9:00 a.m.
City commissioners Tuesday evening admitted they violated parts of the state's open meetings law by holding a closed-door executive session to discuss economic development incentives for a local company. City Hall is shown here in this file photo. Commission admits to violation
December 5, 2007 in print edition on 1A
City commissioners Tuesday evening admitted they violated parts of the state’s open meetings law by holding a closed-door executive session to discuss economic development incentives for a local company.
1:00 p.m.
Kansas forward Darnell Jackson bangs around in the paint for a put-back bucket during the first half Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. Keegan: Jackson having a blast
December 5, 2007 in print edition on 1B
Watching Darnell Jackson play basketball for Kansas University is such a stress-free experience. It doesn’t involve questions about how he’ll fit as an NBA player. It doesn’t leave the spectator asking: Does he look like he could be trying harder, or am I the only one who sees that? Or: Which Darnell Jackson will show up today? Or: Why did he take that shot? Or: What is so hard about making free throws?
4:00 p.m.
The joy of gifting
December 5, 2007 in print edition on 1C
Looking for a Christmas gift for a friend or family member to use in the kitchen? There’s certainly no lack of kitchen gadgets, pots, pans, utensils and appliances to choose from. So, to help you wade through your options, we asked four Lawrence foodies what they would suggest as gifts for aspiring chefs.
6:45 p.m.
Brandon Rush and the Jayhawks take on Eastern Washington tonight in Allen Fieldhouse. Post this: Jackson, Arthur combine for 32 points as KU rolls EWU, 85-47
6:42 p.m., December 5, 2007 Updated 8:53 p.m.
Darnell Jackson finished with a team-high 17 points to go with nine rebounds, while Darrell Arthur scored 15. The two combined to score the Jayhakws’ first 15 points of the night and take seven of the Jayhawks’ first eight shot attempts. Brandon Rush hit a late three to give himself a final line showing nine points and 10 rebounds. Mario Chalmers, who was the Jayhawks’ top offensive weapon in last Sunday’s win over Southern Cal, only scored six points, but was a busy man elsewhere, with six steals and eight assists. The No. 3 Jayhawks, now 8-0 on the season, are home again Saturday at 1 p.m. to face DePaul, who they fell to in Chicago in last year’s inaugural road game, 64-57.
10:00 p.m.
A worker for R.D. Johnson Excavating Co. of Lawrence demolishes the house at 1200 N.Y. Neighbors bought the house, which was in disrepair and was the site of frequent police visits. Problem house on N.Y. demolished
December 5, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Despite the frigid temperatures Wednesday morning, neighbors crowded together on an East Lawrence sidewalk, eyes fixed on a house they usually avoid. “People would not let their children pass by, understandably,” said Cindy Suenram, who lives next door to the house with her husband, Arch Naramore. “Friends would come to our home and say they felt intimidated. You would walk by and not look or talk.”

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Extra Minutes: Kansas 85, Eastern Washington 47
December 5, 2007
Tying up loose ends from KU’s 85-47 win over Eastern Washington, a game in which post scoring was the focus. Darnell Jackson and Darrell Arthur combined to score 32 points, including the Jayhawks’ first 15 of the game.
6Sports story: Useless trivia with DJ
December 5, 2007
DJ Whetter and Kevin Romary play useless fieldhouse trivia.
6Sports story: Mangino in Florida for Orange Bowl Kickoff Festival
December 5, 2007
The Kansas football team doesn’t touch down in Miami for the Orange Bowl until late December, but head coach Mark Mangino made a brief stop in the Sunshine State this afternoon.
6Sports story: BLHS boys up against BVW tomorrow
December 5, 2007
It’s also an off night for the prepsters on the tournament basketball hardwood, but tomorrow night the Basehor-Linwood boy’s basketball team takes on Blue Valley West in Emporia.
6News story: Soldiers return home after 15 months in Iraq
December 5, 2007
It’s the perfect gift: soldiers home for the holidays. About 550 Fort Riley soldiers returned to post after spending 15 months in Iraq.
6News story: 9 killed, 5 injured in Omaha mall shooting
December 5, 2007
Witnesses say a gunman who opened fire in an Omaha mall was firing down on shoppers from a third-floor balcony of a department store. Police identified the gunman as 20-year-old Robert Hawkins.
6News story: Gingerbread house sales help sponsor kids
December 5, 2007
About 30 gingerbread houses went on the auction block to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County.
6News story: LHS class coaches students on life skills
December 5, 2007
Some students signed up for a study hall but instead got to research their future. Directed Studies at Lawrence High helps students with their homework and gives them a glance into life after high school.
6News story: East Lawrence problem house not a problem anymore
December 5, 2007
The East Lawrence house with a history of alleged criminal activity comes crashing down. Neighbors say it’s the site of frequent drug deals and substandard living conditions. But now, the source of all this strife is gone for good.
6Sports story: Eagles to invade Hawks’ nest
December 5, 2007
After winning its first road game of the year at USC, the Kansas men’s basketball team returns home tonight. This evening the Jayhawks take on Eastern Washington at Allen Fieldhouse, where Kevin Romary is standing by.
6News story: Statehouse repairs to cost nearly triple what expected
December 5, 2007
It started as a $90-120 million project seven years ago. The current price tag for renovations to the statehouse in Topeka stands at $172 million, and lawmakers approved another $100 million today.
6Sports story: KU faces Eagles, comes out on top
December 5, 2007
Tonight Bill Self’s squad put their new #3 ranking on the line for the first time against Eastern Washington. The Hawks bested the Eagles, 85-47.
6News story: Eudora family sends supplies to soldiers
December 5, 2007
A Eudora family is hoping to make life a little easier for troops serving overseas. The Trimble family is collecting donations to send to soldiers stationed in Iraq.
Problem house on N.Y. demolished
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
Despite the frigid temperatures Wednesday morning, neighbors crowded together on an East Lawrence sidewalk, eyes fixed on a house they usually avoid. “People would not let their children pass by, understandably,” said Cindy Suenram, who lives next door to the house with her husband, Arch Naramore. “Friends would come to our home and say they felt intimidated. You would walk by and not look or talk.”
Post this: Jackson, Arthur combine for 32 points as KU rolls EWU, 85-47
06:42 p.m., December 5, 2007 Updated 08:53 p.m.
Darnell Jackson finished with a team-high 17 points to go with nine rebounds, while Darrell Arthur scored 15. The two combined to score the Jayhakws’ first 15 points of the night and take seven of the Jayhawks’ first eight shot attempts. Brandon Rush hit a late three to give himself a final line showing nine points and 10 rebounds. Mario Chalmers, who was the Jayhawks’ top offensive weapon in last Sunday’s win over Southern Cal, only scored six points, but was a busy man elsewhere, with six steals and eight assists. The No. 3 Jayhawks, now 8-0 on the season, are home again Saturday at 1 p.m. to face DePaul, who they fell to in Chicago in last year’s inaugural road game, 64-57.
6News Now: House with reports of criminal activity demolished
December 5, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a house with a history of alleged criminal activity comes down with a crash this morning, and some of the new streetlights on Kasold are dark.
Renovation price tag is announced: $285.6 million
December 5, 2007
That is roughly three times the cost that was recommended when the project was envisioned in 2000.
Christmas spectacular isn’t very special
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B13
Every year, the holiday season seems to begin earlier, but sadly, the number of original Christmas specials diminishes with each passing season. Gone are the prime-time musical extravaganzas, brightly colored sweaters and fake, snow-filled sets. I never thought I would admit this, but I miss the Kathie Lee Gifford Christmas specials.
Free State senior sheds label
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B8
Most middle hitters at the high school volleyball level carry the stereotype of being one-dimensional: They can block and slam kills, but don’t ask them to do much else. Brooke Carter is not like most middle hitters.
Pump patrol
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.79 at several locations.
Construction bill
The state is facing what seems like an unusually long list of expensive capital improvement needs.
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A12
Buildings don’t last forever, but the state seems to be facing a particular challenge right now with the number of expensive capital improvement projects on its docket. The cost of renovating the state capitol building in Topeka continues to grow both because the plans have expanded and because construction costs have risen over the term of the project.
Lawmakers vow action to fix AMT
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A10
During the hectic, closing weeks of this session of Congress, leaders of both parties say they are determined to pass legislation that would prevent 23 million middle-income Americans from being hit with a tax increase originally designed to target only the super-rich.
Company’s breast cancer test promises earlier detection
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
When she shares news with female friends of the breast cancer test her employer, Oncimmune Ltd., is developing, Laura Peek has to temper their enthusiasm. “They’re very excited,” she said. “They want to know if they can get the test. I have to tell them it’s not available yet.”
Mom asks pregnant daughter to call
Girl, 16, may be on the run with boyfriend
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B14
The mother of a pregnant teenager on the run with the suspect in the death of an El Dorado college student is pleading for her daughter to call home and let her know she is OK.
Nurse to be trainer for chemotherapy
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B12
Julie Tuley, an oncology nurse at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and clinical coordinator for the LMH Oncology Center, has been appointed as an official trainer for the Oncology Nursing Society Cancer Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course, a comprehensive review for nurses who administer chemotherapy.
Veritas tumbles in tourney
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B9
Single-digit scoring in three quarters doomed Veritas Christian’s boys basketball team to a 64-34 loss Tuesday to Burrton in the Goessel Bluebird Classic Tournament.
Amid fallout from report, Bush refuses to back down on Iran
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
Defending his credibility, President Bush said Tuesday that Iran is dangerous and must be squeezed by international pressure despite a blockbuster intelligence finding that Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program four years ago.
Earnings drop; new Tweens line added
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B12
Shoe retailer Collective Brands Inc. on Tuesday said its third-quarter profit dropped almost 12 percent on costs tied to its acquisition of the Stride Rite chain in June.
Commodities
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B12
Futures rose sharply Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery jumped 17.25 cents to $8.94; March corn gained 7.75 cents to $4.1125; March oats rose 3.75 cents to $2.7925; January soybeans added 12.75 cents to $10.915. Beef and pork futures declined on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Irish contain Beasley, ‘Cats
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B7
The big sophomore stole the attention from the big-time freshman. Luke Harangody had 19 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead Notre Dame to its fourth straight victory, 68-59 over Kansas State on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Area Roundup: Eudora claims pair of victories
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B9
Sophomore Justin Ballock led all scorers with 17 points Tuesday night as Eudora cruised to a 51-39 victory over Wellsville in the Eudora Invitational.
Seabury drops two to Hyman Brand
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B9
Seabury Academy’s Bria Phipps probably will finish among the leading scorers on the Lawrence area girls basketball scene this season. And she’ll need to if her Seahawks team is to stand any chance of staying in games.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A12
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 5, 1907: “F.D. Colburn, secretary of the Kansas Board of Agriculture, has announced that the farming profits in Kansas are the best on record. Wheat and corn prices made up for the shortages in the yields and there has been a steady increase in farming operations.
Europe shares concerns about weapons capability
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A9
A surprising U.S. intelligence assessment that Iran shuttered a nuclear weapons program in 2003 has done nothing to diminish concerns over Iran’s defiance of UN Security Council demands or its lack of transparency, analysts and Western diplomats close to negotiations said Tuesday.
Israelis believe Iran working toward bomb
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A9
Israel on Tuesday differed with a U.S. intelligence assessment that Iran has shelved its nuclear arms project in 2003, saying it thinks that Iran is still working on acquiring a bomb.
Study: Drugs don’t help routine sinus infections
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A7
Just in time for runny nose season, new research suggests routine sinus infections aren’t really helped by antibiotics and other medicine that’s often prescribed. In the British study, people suffering from facial pain and a runny nose with greenish or yellowish mucous generally improved within about two weeks - whether they took the standard antibiotic amoxicillin, steroid nose spray or fake medicine.
HINU men inconsistent in victory
Little Thunder carries Indians to 87-73 triumph over Manhattan Christian
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B3
Two teams took the court for Tuesday night’s Haskell Indian Nations University’s men’s basketball game against Manhattan Christian College. At times, however, it appeared that a third team had entered the fray, as the Indians mixed brilliant execution with perplexing displays of impatience that helped Manhattan twice trim double-digit deficits to under 10 points.
Commentary: Taylor deserved better from media
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
O.J. Simpson showed up. Jesse Jackson, too. And NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. And the Washington Redskins. And the Miami Hurricanes. And thousands of others. Sean Taylor was such a big football star that his funeral service Monday had to be held in a college basketball arena. But in the end, all of his famous friends and all of the celebrity worship couldn’t change one simple and sad fact: Another young black man had lost his life for no good reason.
Toxic limits
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A12
To the editor: Many things have changed since Dec. 11, 2000, when the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Bush v. Gore, that the Florida Supreme Court’s plan for recounting ballots was unconstitutional, which stopped the recount that was then occurring and allowed Katherine Harris’ previous certification of George W. Bush as the winner of Florida’s electoral votes to stand.
Commission admits to violation
City says Deciphera deal will stand
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
City commissioners Tuesday evening admitted they violated parts of the state’s open meetings law by holding a closed-door executive session to discuss economic development incentives for a local company.
Lawmakers set on bringing brainpower to state by landing national defense lab in Manhattan
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
The top two lawmakers in the Kansas Statehouse are willing to step up their efforts to win a national fight for a prize they consider essential to the state’s economic future: a $451 million national defense lab and the jobs and brains that would come with it.
American teens lag in math, science
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A11
American teenagers have less mastery of science and mathematics than peers in many industrialized nations, according to scores on a major international exam released Tuesday.
Iraqi group airs tape of hostage
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A11
Captors holding five Britons demanded Tuesday that Britain pull all its forces from Iraq, posting a videotape showing a bearded, haggard-looking victim more than six months after the group was kidnapped.
Northwest assesses damage from storm
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
Residents of Oregon and Washington, slammed by a huge Pacific storm packing hurricane-force wind, struggled Tuesday to escape flooded communities, dig out of mudslides and navigate road closures.
New search conducted at police officer’s home
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
Authorities executed another search warrant late Tuesday in the case of a former suburban Chicago police sergeant suspected in his 23-year-old wife’s disappearance.
Climate change gathering churns out greenhouse gas, critics say
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A11
Never before have so many people converged to try to save the planet from global warming, with more than 10,000 jetting into this Indonesian resort island, from government ministers to Nobel laureates to drought-stricken farmers. But critics say they are contributing to the very problem they aim to solve.
Judge plans decision on gambling law
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
A district judge said he would decide by the end of January whether the state’s expanded gambling law is constitutional, the first step toward getting a final answer from the Kansas Supreme Court.
Eagles lament NBA defection
Big Sky’s top player left EWU before junior season
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B4
First-year Eastern Washington University coach Kirk Earlywine - it goes without saying - would liked to have coached Eagles sensation Rodney Stuckey this season. But Stuckey entered his name in NBA Draft after two years at the Cheney, Wash., school, and last June was selected No. 15 overall by the Detroit Pistons.
Gang killings spread fear among Mexico’s entertainers
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A11
A wave of organized crime violence terrorizing many parts of Mexico is driving fear into the heart of the entertainment business with the murders of several popular musicians, suggesting no one is immune to the rampant brutality.
Immigration arrests nearly double this year
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
Federal agents who track down fugitives on immigration charges arrested more than 30,000 people nationally in fiscal year 2007, nearly double the previous year’s total, officials said Tuesday.
Ancient Roman throne found near Pompeii
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
Remnants of the first known surviving Roman throne have been discovered in the lava and ash that buried the city of Herculaneum in the first century, archaeologists said Tuesday.
NBA Roundup
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B10
Scores from around the league.
Coaching couple achieves balance, guides THS to historical season
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B8
Brandon and Tiffany Parker say they’re working to find the right balancing act between married life at home and their responsibilities as co-coaches on the volleyball court. This year, they came pretty darn close to uncovering the answer.
Pelini to help coach LSU
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
Bo Pelini has Tom Osborne’s “full support” to help coach second-ranked LSU in the BCS Championship in New Orleans on Jan. 7.
Paterno joins Hall of Fame
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
The College Football Hall of Fame news conference had already started by the time Joe Paterno showed up and grabbed his seat at the end of the dais.
Royals, Guillen reach deal
Outfielder gets $36 million, three-year pact
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
Power-hitting outfielder Jose Guillen and the Kansas City Royals reached an agreement on a $36 million, three-year contract. The 31-year-outfielder batted .290 with 23 homers and 99 RBIs for the Seattle Mariners this year. Seattle declined its $9 million option, and Guillen turned down a $5 million player option, receiving a $500,000 buyout.
Pledge of Allegiance back in appeals court
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A11
An atheist pleaded with a federal appeals court Tuesday to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance and “In God We Trust” from U.S. currency, saying the references disrespect his religious beliefs.
States to sue tobacco company
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A11
Camel ads coupled with illustrations promoting rock music in Rolling Stone magazine violate the tobacco industry’s nine-year-old promise not to use cartoons to sell cigarettes, prosecutors in various states said Tuesday.
Top 25 Roundup: Memphis escapes USC in OT, 62-58
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
John Calipari was honest with his team when it was about to start overtime. “I told them, ‘This is very painful to sit here and be in this,’” the coach of No. 2 Memphis told his team after 40 minutes against No. 24 Southern California.
Newly ranked OSU rolls
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B7
Two seasons ago, getting to the top 25 wasn’t even a consideration for Oklahoma State. Just getting one conference victory proved to be too difficult. Then Andrea Riley came to campus, and the transformation began.
Kansas City will play to win last four games
High draft pick doesn’t entice coach
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B5
The slumping Kansas City Chiefs are 4-8 and have four games left in a season that no longer holds any postseason promise. So wouldn’t they be better off losing these last four and getting a high draft pick?
Bush to visit Mideast to promote peace talks
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
President Bush will visit the Mideast in early January as he presses the Israelis and Palestinians to resume long-stalled peace talks and forge an elusive agreement for an independent Palestinian homeland.
Suicide bomb attack kills at least 13
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a minibus full of Afghan soldiers south of Kabul today, killing at least 13 people and wounding 20, officials and witnesses said.
Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu indicted
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted a top Democratic fundraiser accused of cheating investors of at least $20 million and using some of the money for illegal donations to political candidates such as Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Supreme Court considers Lawrence drug arrest case
At issue is when police are constitutionally allowed to conduct background checks
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A5
Kansas Supreme Court justices on Tuesday vigorously questioned attorneys in a Lawrence case about when police can check on whether an individual has an outstanding warrant for their arrest. The dispute, now a constitutional question before the Supreme Court, arose from the June 2005 arrest of Paul Martin near Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vt.
The party is just getting started on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
December 5, 2007 in print edition on C3
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Party Starters: Holiday Hors D’ oeuvres.” Host Jayni Carey will prepare the following recipes: Goat Cheese Spread with Gremolata, Prosciutto Rolls with with Goat Cheese and Fresh Thyme, Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppers, Apple and Black Forest Ham Turnovers, Mushroom Turnovers with Madeira and Cream, Shrimp with Spicy Orange-Lime Glaze and Roasted Chestnuts.
Commission asks for report on traffic project
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
City commissioners want more information about potential traffic problems in North Lawrence before proceeding on a project to rebuild the intersection of North Second and Locust streets.
Cheney to deliver speech in Kansas City
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
The National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo., will be the backdrop Friday when Vice President Dick Cheney delivers a speech urging support for U.S. military forces.
Breaking holiday traditions hastens end of childhood
December 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
For most of us, the holidays are fraught with connections to childhood, to a less complicated and more secure time in our lives and to the people who loved us best, many of whom are long gone. Memories kick in reflexively as I stroll the flour-and-spices aisle of the grocery store and recall the holiday baking that was an annual event in my mother’s kitchen.
Unique gingerbread houses make successful edible auction
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
If it can be imagined, it can be built - out of gingerbread. “They’re amazing,” Nick Lootens, recruitment coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County, said of the gingerbread creations. “It’ll just blow your mind some of the detail that are put into them.”
Holiday accents don’t require a huge budget
December 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
Overspending can strain anyone’s holiday spirit. Keep your spending in check with these budget-friendly decorating ideas from Kathy Peterson, an author, syndicated columnist and host of the TV show “Town & Country Crafts with Kathy Peterson”:
Professor to receive award for cancer work
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
Pittsburg State University is recognizing an alumnus for his work to bring a National Cancer Institute designation to Kansas University.
LHS choir director named best by group
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
Cathy Crispino, choral director at Lawrence High School, is the 2007-2008 Northeast Kansas Music Educator Association’s high school choir teacher of the year.
On the record
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A4
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest Tuesday in connection with an aggravated arson on Kansas University’s campus, according to KU Public Safety. In the early morning of Sept. 19, a paper banner hanging from the ceiling of Oliver Hall was set on fire.
Keegan: Jackson having a blast
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
Watching Darnell Jackson play basketball for Kansas University is such a stress-free experience. It doesn’t involve questions about how he’ll fit as an NBA player. It doesn’t leave the spectator asking: Does he look like he could be trying harder, or am I the only one who sees that? Or: Which Darnell Jackson will show up today? Or: Why did he take that shot? Or: What is so hard about making free throws?
No apologies for weak schedule
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
There’s plenty of time - about a full month - to hyper-analyze the heck out of the Jan. 3 Orange Bowl football game between Kansas University and Virginia Tech. That’s roughly 30 days to pull the same argument out of the back pocket time and time again. The Jayhawks, the critics will scream, have a poor strength of schedule. Or a strong puniness, to the glass-half-full types.
Better by the bucket
Arthur says he must attack rim to dominate
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University forward Darrell Arthur, who has some size, hopes to use it to his advantage tonight against Eastern Washington. “I’m working on getting to the basket more and getting to the foul line more,” said the 6-foot-9, 225-pound sophomore, who takes a 13.9 scoring, 6.1 rebound average into a 7 p.m. home nonconference clash between the (7-0) Jayhawks and (3-6) Eagles.
Bush takes huge diplomatic risk
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A13
Not since President Bush stood on the USS Abraham Lincoln May 1, 2003, with a “Mission Accomplished” sign behind him has he been as optimistic about progress in the Iraq War as he was during a meeting with conservative journalists last Wednesday at the White House.
Academic praise
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A12
To the editor: I would like to commend Dolph Simons for his newfound excitement about academia and the research programs of Kansas University faculty. Just like with the paper’s sports section, I can only assume that the Journal-World will follow suit with a special section of the paper devoted to academic research, with full-color feature stories about faculty and their research programs, special sections devoted to biological sciences, social sciences, the humanities, etc., and, of course, discounted advertising rates for researchers recruiting research participants.
Conservation starts at home
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A13
This week, representatives from most of the world’s nations are meeting in Bali to discuss what can be done about global warming. The debates already center on the costs of ameliorative efforts and whether we can do anything to stop global warming. On the other hand, there seems little debate that relatively inexpensive steps, which would cut down on pollution generally, ought to be taken. I have a few suggestions:
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A12
Rarely in the world of words at Kansas University had one clause caused so much concern.
Injuries piling up for K.C.
Edwards, McIntosh latest casualties
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B5
Five straight losses have left the Kansas City Chiefs hurting in both body and mind. Linebacker Donnie Edwards and left tackle Damion McIntosh were injured in Sunday’s 24-10 loss to San Diego, and both are questionable for this week’s game at Denver, along with several other starters and backups.
Try these Web sites for colorful gifts
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B12
Many shoppers already have a few go-to Web sites for gifts, such as RedEnvelope.com and PotteryBarn.com. But this year, why not get a little more creative? ShopSmart, the new shopping magazine published by Consumer Reports scoured the Web for sites with fun and quirky gifts.
Haskell women’s win streak ends, 60-52
Topeka native Lawson powers Western State College to victory
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B3
Coming off Saturday’s victory against Bacone, Haskell Indian Nations University’s women’s basketball team seemed to have enough momentum on its side to make it five straight victories Tuesday as Western State College came to Coffin Sports Complex. Western forward and Topeka native Audra Lawson had other ideas.
The joy of gifting
Festive ideas will please your favorite foodies
December 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
Looking for a Christmas gift for a friend or family member to use in the kitchen? There’s certainly no lack of kitchen gadgets, pots, pans, utensils and appliances to choose from. So, to help you wade through your options, we asked four Lawrence foodies what they would suggest as gifts for aspiring chefs.
Doctor testifies in trial on misdiagnosis of HIV
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
Audrey Serrano received HIV treatments for almost nine years before receiving a stunning diagnosis: She never actually had the virus that causes AIDS. Now Serrano is suing a doctor who treated her, saying the powerful combination of drugs she took triggered a string of ailments, including depression, chronic fatigue, loss of weight and appetite and inflammation of the intestine.
Report: More toys contain lead
Groups test products, release guide to toxin levels
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B12
Tests on more than 1,200 children’s products, most of them still on store shelves, found that 35 percent contain lead - many with levels far above the federal recall standard used for lead paint. A Hannah Montana card game case, a Go Diego Go! backpack and Circo brand shoes were among the items with excessive lead levels in the tests performed by a coalition of environmental health groups across the country.
Funds sought to bring troops home for holiday
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A4
As Kansans make preparations for the holidays, state officials are asking them to set aside a little money to make Christmas a bit merrier for 430 National Guard members training in Texas.
Iran hopes to draw benefit from report
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A9
The government of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sought Tuesday to gain a diplomatic edge abroad and a political windfall at home after the release of a U.S. intelligence estimate concluding Iran had halted a secret nuclear weapons program four years ago.
People in the news
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B13
¢ Quaid, wife sue over drug mishap¢ Weiland denies drugs involved in car crash¢ Tiger mauls caretaker at actress’ sanctuary¢ Singer wanders into unflattering photo
Horoscopes
December 5, 2007 in print edition on B13
You have a unique way with people. However, you also need time for yourself. Juggling these different needs will take talent, but you will learn just how to do it this year. Those on the receiving end might have a more difficult time. Considering your innate ups and downs, you sometimes find that you worry late or into the middle of the night.
Credit card companies unfairly raising rates, senators say
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A10
Credit card issuers defended their interest-rate-setting policies at a Senate hearing Tuesday as consumers told lawmakers about how sudden changes in those rates have burdened them.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A12
Three new Kansas University buildings valued at $2.5 million were to be in use by spring - the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, the printing service building and the geological survey building.
U.S. faces high stakes in Iraq, Pakistan
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A12
There’s something entirely fitting about the fact that Pakistan and Iraq are, together, dominating the foreign news. They are linked in strange and very somber ways. Pakistan is potentially the nightmare country that Iraq was supposed to be under Saddam. It contains nukes, jihadis, and, in its most remote regions, training camps for al-Qaida - and probably the lair of Osama bin Laden.
Spoiled vaccines force children to get second shots
December 5, 2007 in print edition on A7
Every year, thousands of American children go through the tearful, teeth-gritting ordeal of getting their vaccinations, only to be forced to do it all over again. The vaccines were duds, ruined by poor refrigeration.