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12:00 a.m.
Chip Allen, 15, a sophomore at Lawrence High, catches snowflakes on Thursday, Dec. 6. Snow greets star runners
December 7, 2007 in print edition on 1A
The falling snow sounded like the rush of a distant waterfall as it filtered through the leafless trees and stuck to the Jefferson County prairie grass. It was interrupted at times by the sound of steel on steel as laborers pounded tent stakes into a frozen ground that fought back with each swing of the hammer. Groups of young girls giggled and shivered in their sweat suits and running shoes as they looked out over a cross country course - increasingly growing whiter by the minute - that would determine a national champion.
9:00 a.m.
Millie Anderson, of Overbrook, vividly recalls her childhood in Hawaii, where she witnessed the devastation following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. Pearl Harbor memories are still fresh
December 7, 2007 in print edition on 1A
On a Sunday morning 66 years ago, Millie Anderson stood in her back yard and watched World War II unfold in front of her. The 9-year-old girl and her family saw low-flying planes racing across the sky and columns of black smoke rising in the distance. They heard the explosions of bombs as they were dropped on Navy battleships 3 miles away at Pearl Harbor.
1:00 p.m.
Pulse Podcast
Celtic fiddler brings Christmas to Lied Center
Posted December 7, 2007
Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers loves touring throughout the year, but there's something special about doing a Christmas concert. "We love playing music live, and then you couple that with a really beautiful message in the music and a positive outlook on things, and it really makes for a really special month of touring," she says. Ivers, the daughter of Irish-American immigrants, has been called the "Jimi Hendrix of the violin" by The New York Times, and the Boston Globe says she "rocks the house" everywhere she plays.This weekend, that includes the Lied Center, where she has a show on Saturday. In this week's Pulse Podcast, Ivers talks about the role Christmas plays in celebrating the holiday and how she tries to expand the limits of the fiddle. After that, find out what else is going on on the Lawrence scene this week in our weekly Best Bets feature.
4:00 p.m.
Sen. Barack Obama, left, poses with Clarissa Unger, center, a Kansas University junior from Colby, and Marc Langston, president of the KU College Democrats, Monday night, August 20, 2007, outside the Westin Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.  A group of about 80 KU students greeted Obama as he prepared for a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Obama wins Kansas straw poll
December 7, 2007
Obama tallied 692 votes out of 1,904 votes cast for 36.3 percent. The poll was held this week and ended last night.

All stories

6Sports video: LHS boys top Sumner
December 7, 2007
The Lawrence High boys basketball team defeated the Sumner Sabres by a final score of 53-45.
6Sports video: Winter weather not an issue for Orange Bowl
December 7, 2007
While winter may be taking it’s toll here in Kansas, the weather is still warm in Miami - the destination for KU’s upcoming Orange Bowl battle.
6News video: Several troops heading home for the holidays
December 7, 2007
The generosity of Kansans is bringing some soldiers home for the holidays.
6News video: City attorneys to turn over closed-door details
December 7, 2007
City attorneys plan to turn over details over what went on during a closed-door executive session by city commissioners.
6News video: Failed breaker caused power outage
December 7, 2007
A failed breaker is the cause of the power outage that left thousands of Lawrence-area residents in the dark late Thursday night.
6News video: Holiday Bureau feeling the strain of the season
December 7, 2007
Christmas is less than three weeks away and the local service agencies that make up the Holiday Bureau feel the strain.
6Sports video: Free State girls also fall to Shawnee Heights
December 7, 2007
The Free State High School girls basketball team lost a tight battle against the Shawnee Heights Thunderbirds by a final score of 55-52.
6News video: Wakarusa Music Festival looking to grow
December 7, 2007
Organizers of the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival seek permission to grow the event.
6News video: Joecollege.com in more legal trouble
December 7, 2007
Another turn today in the legal battle between KU and a downtown Lawrence T-shirt store.
6News video: Snowy weather creates problems for runners
December 7, 2007
3,000 young runners are in town preparing to take on the course at Rim Rock Farm in the National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships tomorrow.
6Sports video: Brandon Rush expected to play
December 7, 2007
Despite his recent legal troubles, Brandon Rush is expected to play in Saturday’s game vs. DePaul. The Jayhawks are looking to avenge last season’s loss.
6Sports video: Jayhawks resting up for Miami
December 7, 2007
The Jayhawks’ big bowl game against Virginia Tech isn’t until January, which gives the ‘Hawks plenty of much-needed rest.
6Sports video: Free State boys fall to Thunderbirds
December 7, 2007
The Free State High School boys basketball team lost to the Shawnee Heights Thunderbirds by a final score of 65-43.
6Sports video: KU women ‘shoot the lights out’ - literally!
December 7, 2007
During Thursday night’s KU women’s basketball home victory vs. Marquette, Allen Fieldhouse temporarily lost all power!
6Sports video: KU women firing on all cylinders
December 7, 2007
Since their first loss of the season, the Kansas women’s basketball team have out-scored their opponents by an average of 26 points.
6News video: Last Call ordered to close down during appeal
December 7, 2007
Another setback today for a controversial downtown Lawrence night club.
6Sports video: KU’s Price picked for Team USA
December 7, 2007
Kansas head baseball coach Ritch Price has been named an assistant coach for Team USA’s 2008 summer tour.
Weather causes cancellation
December 7, 2007
If you have a weather-related cancellation, call 832-6303, or e-mail editor@ljworld.com
6News Now: Thursday night power outage blamed on breaker
December 7, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a failed breaker leaves thousands of Lawrence-area residents in the dark late Thursday night, and more about efforts to keep the Wakarusa Music Festival at Clinton Lake.
Obama wins Kansas straw poll
December 7, 2007
Obama tallied 692 votes out of 1,904 votes cast for 36.3 percent. The poll was held this week and ended last night.
Rush apologetic about arrest
December 7, 2007
“It was all my fault,” Rush said before practice. “I wasn’t being responsible. Coach (Bill Self) always says take care of our responsibilities. I just got confused on the (court) dates, never showed up on the court date. That’s what happens. I went in there too late.”
Failed breaker blamed for overnight power failure
December 7, 2007
Westar Energy spokeswoman Gina Penzig said power was restored to all customers by 12:05 a.m. today.
Senate passes legislation to block tax increase for millions
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A11
The Senate voted Thursday to block a looming tax increase averaging $2,000 for millions of taxpayers after Senate Republicans succeeded in thwarting a Democratic plan to also raise taxes on investors.
Survivors recall victims
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A9
A look at the eight victims who died in Wednesday’s shooting at the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb.
Huckabee is hot in Iowa
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A13
Lori Hommer is threading blue ribbon through contribution envelopes to hang on the Christmas trees at Point of Grace Church, and she scarcely pauses when asked if she’s decided on a candidate in next month’s caucuses.
Mass. St. muse
Cross Canadian Ragweed is the latest national act to write and release a song inspired by Lawrence
December 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
Cody Canada was consumed by “Masters of War.” The singer-songwriter of the Texas band Cross Canadian Ragweed had been obsessively listening to Bob Dylan’s early classic while passing time between tour stops last December. “I’d kind of rediscovered that song, and I was going back and forth between that and Pearl Jam’s live version,” recalls Canada, pictured second from left.
KU’s bowl payout about $4 million
Revenue will cover travel, coach’s bonus with plenty to spare
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
When all the numbers are crunched and the shared revenue is passed out, Kansas University could rake in close to $4 million this football bowl season, most of it based on playing in the prestigious Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.
Olson to take year off
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B2
Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson said Thursday night he would extend his leave of absence through the end of this season, citing undisclosed family matters that require his attention.
Compass’ loses direction
December 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
Nicole Kidman’s presence in the elaborate fantasy flick “The Golden Compass” is emblematic of the movie itself: aesthetically lush but ultimately cold to the touch. This adaptation of the first novel in British writer Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy has some fanciful moments but never achieves the sense of awe-inspiring wonder of the “Lord of the Rings” films, to which comparisons will be inevitable.
Pearl Harbor memories are still fresh
Kansan recalls chaos, bravery after Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Hawaii
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A1
On a Sunday morning 66 years ago, Millie Anderson stood in her back yard and watched World War II unfold in front of her. The 9-year-old girl and her family saw low-flying planes racing across the sky and columns of black smoke rising in the distance. They heard the explosions of bombs as they were dropped on Navy battleships 3 miles away at Pearl Harbor.
Mayer: Jayhawks have ‘big’ problem
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Kansas basketball team has a “big” problem, and until a lot of the perplexing questions about it are answered, KU will not be a Final Four-caliber outfit.
130-year-old action haunts N.Y. schools
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A12
Asked whether his brownstone residence is in Harlem, the Rev. Michel Faulkner says, well, that depends. “When something bad happens, the neighborhood is called Harlem. When something good happens, it is the Upper West Side.” Faulkner is trying to make something good happen, but is opposed by a U.S. speaker of the House who died 114 years ago but whose mischief goes marching on.
Monk snuffs out Santa for holidays
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B12
Who shot Santa? It’s hard to write about tonight’s exceptional “Monk” (8 p.m., USA) episode without revealing too much. Let’s just say it opens with Adrian (Tony Shalhoub) caught red-handed standing over a Santa with a smoking gun. And it only gets stranger as it progresses.
Rec calendar
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B8
Sports and recreation around Lawrence
Supreme Court hears funeral picketing argument
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Supreme Court was urged Thursday to strike down a section of the state’s funeral picketing law that prevents its enforcement. At issue is a law enacted this year in response to the protests by the Rev. Fred Phelps and his followers at Topeka’s Westboro Baptist Church at the funerals of soldiers killed in combat. Legislators included what is called a “trigger” that says the law won’t be enforced until it’s upheld by a state or federal court.
Court says church may resume picketing funerals
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A4
A Topeka church soon could resume picketing at soldiers’ funerals in Missouri because of a federal appeals court ruling Thursday. A three-judge panel ruled that a Kansas City judge erred last year when he refused to give the Westboro Baptist Church a preliminary injunction while considering whether two Missouri laws banning funeral pickets were unconstitutional.
Pacman’ pleads no contest
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B9
Suspended NFL player Adam “Pacman” Jones pleaded no contest Thursday to a reduced charge in a Las Vegas strip club melee which preceded a triple shooting that left a man paralyzed. The Tennessee Titans cornerback appeared in Clark County District Court to take a plea deal that officials said will get him probation in return for his testimony about the gunman who opened fire outside the club at the end of NBA All-Star weekend in February.
Pump patrol
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.78 at several locations.
Democrats retreat slightly on additional war funding
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A10
Democrats controlling Congress sent the most explicit signals yet on Thursday that they are resigned to providing additional funding for the war in Iraq before Congress adjourns for the year.
Hall out for season because of ankle injury
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B9
Another day, another member of the St. Louis Rams is lost for the season due to injury. On Thursday, it was kick returner Dante Hall, who has been hobbled much of the season by a high ankle sprain. Coach Scott Linehan said the team has decided to put Hall, 29, on the Injured Reserve list.
Snow greets star runners
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A1
The falling snow sounded like the rush of a distant waterfall as it filtered through the leafless trees and stuck to the Jefferson County prairie grass. It was interrupted at times by the sound of steel on steel as laborers pounded tent stakes into a frozen ground that fought back with each swing of the hammer. Groups of young girls giggled and shivered in their sweat suits and running shoes as they looked out over a cross country course - increasingly growing whiter by the minute - that would determine a national champion.
Litterbug sports pink sign as punishment
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
A litterbug became a walking warning not to mess with Bridgeport, Ohio - or its mayor. Tommy LaShare and his girlfriend were caught emptying their ashtrays on the street in front of his house, police said. That landed LaShare in the court of Mayor John Callarik, who is waging a battle against litter in this eastern Ohio village of 2,200 people.
Westar justifies rate increase plan to fuel wind turbines
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B14
Lawyers for Westar Energy Inc. say the state’s largest utility is being “reasonable” in asking for higher electric rates for the construction of new wind turbines. Westar is asking the Kansas Corporation Commission to give pre-approval to a rate increase to build 300 megawatts of wind power at a projected cost of $830 million during 20 years. The company estimates that it will raise the average customer’s bill by $2.25 a month in the project’s early years.
Lawrence resident wins in Brands for Grands
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B13
Bill Helton, Lawrence, won the maximum $2,500 prize this week in Hy-Vee’s Brands for Grands contest. John Olson, store director for the Hy-Vee at 3504 Clinton Parkway, said Helton’s name was drawn from a box of registrations taken at the Lawrence store. Olson then dropped by Helton’s house Tuesday, carrying celebratory balloons and roses.
Remaining pit bulls placed with groups
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B9
The remaining 47 pit bulls seized from suspended NFL star Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation are being placed with rescue organizations.
Parliamentary sessions suspended in Baghdad
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A10
Iraqi legislators suspended parliamentary sessions Thursday until the end of the month because of the Muslim religious season - the end of much-delayed efforts to pass U.S.-backed legislation aimed at achieving national reconciliation this year.
LINK accepts help from area businesses
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B13
The Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen, known as LINK, accepts food, supplies and assistance from a number of businesses each year, but the effort’s organizers always are willing to welcome more.
Firebirds postponed
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B7
Free State High’s boys and girls basketball teams have to wait a extra day to open play in the Bonner Springs Metro Prep Tipoff basketball tournament.
Judge orders store to quit location
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
A judge gave the owner of Naughty But Nice 30 days to vacate the premises. Richard Osburn must shut down the adult novelty store at 1741 Mass. by Jan. 5.
Power failure leaves thousands in area without light and heat
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A1
About 6,600 Westar Energy customers in east Lawrence and Eudora were without power - and heat, as temperatures dipped below freezing - Thursday night after a breaker failed in a substation near 23rd Street and O’Connell Road.
Christmas inspires awe
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A13
I got to teach Episcopal Sunday school last week, a rare privilege, and it was in a New York church so the kids had plenty to say. Teenagers, and if you expect them to sit in rapt silence as you tick off points of theology, you’re in the wrong place.
Mall gunman had troubled past
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A1
A high school dropout with a criminal past, Robert A. Hawkins had struggled to overcome depression. But friends thought he was making strides. Then, about two weeks ago, he lost his girlfriend. A week later, it was his job. His friends worried he would regress.
Commodities
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B13
Futures for grains and beans finished in a mixed range Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery rose 6.5 cents to $8.915; March corn rose 0.75 cent to $4.12; March oats shed 0.25 cent to $2.79; January soybeans fell 0.75 cent to $10.9875.
Group elects Lawrencian president
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B13
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, a Lawrence resident and former mayor, is the new president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, an organization that works to protect buyers of policies and help maintain the financial stability of the overall industry.
Gays kept off hate crime bill
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A11
Congress has dropped legislation that would have expanded laws against hate crimes to include attacks on gays after it became clear the measure wouldn’t pass the House, aides said Thursday.
Bomb explosion kills one, injures another
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A11
A package bearing homemade bombs blew up Thursday in a lawyer’s office on a tony boulevard in central Paris, killing the woman who opened it. The motive for the unusual attack remained unclear.
Picking package mortgages
Real estate and personal property loans are gaining interest
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B13
Q: What is a “package mortgage”?
NASA delays launch after finding problem
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A11
NASA called off Thursday’s launch of space shuttle Atlantis after a pair of fuel gauges in its big external tank failed to work properly, a recurring problem ever since the Columbia disaster.
Agency honors county coordinator for safeguarding kids
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A4
John Drees used to help save lives in emergency situations as a nurse. As Safe Kids Douglas County coordinator, he believes his job is even more fulfilling. That’s because he works to prevent those emergencies from even happening. He works with parents, law enforcement, fire fighters and paramedics to educate and prevent childhood accidents in Douglas County.
Death toll in mining disaster rises to 105
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A11
The death toll in a gas explosion at a coal mine in northern China rose to 105 today after 26 more bodies were recovered, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Shooter was in group homes, foster care
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A9
The young man who killed eight people and committed suicide in a shooting rampage at a department store spent four years in a series of treatment centers, group homes and foster care after threatening to kill his stepmother in 2002.
A closer look
More often than not, the “guardians” of our safety and security should be better informed.
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A12
Sometimes the emotion involved in an apparent case of mistreatment causes too many to leap before they look and do harm in the process. A wounded Iraq war veteran last month declared that the Pentagon asked him to repay a large chunk of his enlistment bonus - apparently because someone determined he had not filled in all the squares of time and service to get the full amount.
Kids get to purchase gifts at Holiday Shop
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Children’s Holiday Shop at the Lawrence Arts Center allows children ages 3-12 to purchase gifts for their family, friends and pets, too.
Southeast Kansas casino has single management applicant
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A5
Penn National Gaming Inc. is the only applicant to manage a resort casino in southeast Kansas. The company, based in Wyomissing, Pa., filed its application Aug. 31. No other applicants had come forward by Thursday’s deadline. Penn National’s proposal includes a $270 million hotel-and-casino complex in Cherokee County in the southeast corner of Kansas, with 1,200 slot machines and 40 table games.
Fiddler stages celtic Christmas
December 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers loves touring throughout the year, but there’s something special about doing a Christmas concert. That’s not to say it’s all good, though. “The shopping suffers a little bit, to be honest with you,” the New York-based Ivers says. “We love playing music live, and then you couple that with a really beautiful message in the music and a positive outlook on things, and it really makes for a really special month of touring.”
Big bids expected on John Brown photo
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A5
A rare daguerreotype of abolitionist John Brown is up for bids today, about seven years after an auction of the last such photograph garnered six figures. Experts say probably no more than a half dozen original daguerreotypes exist of the man best known for his ill-fated raid on a federal arsenal in Harper’s Ferry, Va.
Baldwin’s unheralded hero
BHS senior’s 24 goals joined by 20 assists
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B6
One of the most humble prep athletes you’ll ever encounter, Baldwin’s Dustin Schiller is a multi-skilled soccer player who would rather pass than score and prefers to talk up his teammates instead of himself.
Bush plan aims to help homeowners
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A8
The Bush administration offered hope to beleaguered homeowners Thursday with a five-year freeze in loan rates for those who qualify, even as the number of bad mortgages jumped to the highest level ever. The plan represented the administration’s biggest action yet to show it is dealing aggressively with the mortgage crisis. The escalating problem is becoming a political issue and threatening to push the country into a recession.
Free State soccer coach hangs hat on work ethic
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B6
A mainstay of Free State High boys soccer for the past nine years, Jason Pendleton isn’t exactly the same coach he was when he took over the program, but he isn’t that different either.
Environmental fund announces 2007 grants
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A5
The Douglas County Community Foundation has announced the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund has awarded grants totaling nearly $20,000 to five local organizations to preserve and understand nature.
Identigen forms advisory board
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B13
Food industry veterans are signing up to help Identigen Ltd. guide growth of Identigen North America, a Lawrence-based operation whose services provide quality control and security for meat products by using DNA technology to track specific cuts through the supply chain - from farms and feedlots to retail shelves.
Royals’ Guillen suspended
Outfielder must sit out first 15 days next season
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B2
Jose Guillen and Jay Gibbons were suspended Thursday for the first 15 days of next season for violating baseball’s drug policy, an indication how the sport might treat any players named in the Mitchell steroids investigation.
Nets’ Kidd: Migraine reason he missed game vs. Knicks
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B4
Jason Kidd insisted a migraine caused him to miss a New Jersey Nets game, brushing aside reports he was staging a personal one-day strike to induce a trade or force a new contract. “I didn’t miss a game due to unhappiness, that’s the first thing to clear up,” the All-Star guard said Thursday at a news conference he called at the Nets’ headquarters.
LMH praise
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A12
To the editor: I have been in hospitals from England to Japan, from New York to California and I never had the care that I received while I was in Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
NFL to Newman: We’ll be watching
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B9
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman has been put on notice by the NFL after indicating his desire for revenge on Detroit quarterback Jon Kitna. Posted on Newman’s locker Thursday was a letter he received from the NFL after making comments about Kitna during a satellite radio interview. Newman refused comment to reporters when he walked through the locker room.
Tebow snags preliminary trophies
Florida QB wins Maxwell, Davey O’Brien awards; Heisman may be next
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B5
If Thursday night was an indication, then Florida quarterback Tim Tebow will be bringing home the Heisman Trophy on Saturday. Tebow won two of college football’s most prestigious individual awards not named after John William Heisman on Thursday during ESPN’s college football awards ceremony at Disney World’s Boardwalk Dance Hall. The sophomore won the Maxwell Award for the nation’s best all-around player and the Davey O’Brien Award for the nation’s best quarterback.
Collins leads ‘Skins past Bears, 24-16
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B9
Only days removed from burying a teammate, and without the benefit of a full practice, the Washington Redskins managed to win thanks to a backup quarterback who last completed a pass in 2004.
Teen’s MP3 recording brings perjury charges
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
A teenage suspect who secretly recorded his interrogation on an MP3 player has landed a veteran detective in the middle of perjury charges, authorities said Thursday.
Coaches dislike microphones
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B4
Listen up: NBA coaches aren’t too pleased about wearing microphones during nationally televised games. Dallas’ Avery Johnson and Denver’s George Karl became the first to clip on the little wires when their teams met in a game shown on TNT on Thursday night. Both made it clear they’re only doing it because they have to, reflecting an attitude shared by colleagues throughout the league.
What the new mortgage rate freeze means to you
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A8
The U.S. Treasury and a consortium of lenders and investors Thursday announced a plan to bail out some subprime borrowers. Who qualifies for the relief, and what type of help should they expect? Here are some answers.
Jayhawks, Mangino fare well in awards
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B5
Kansas University’s football team came away with gobs of hardware at Thursday’s College Football Awards Show. The most notable honor went to KU coach Mark Mangino, who was named the Home Depot Coach of the Year.
Vote for top stories of 2007 at LJworld.com
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
It’s that time of year again: Time to decide the year’s top stories. Editors at the Lawrence Journal-World and 6News are already making their lists. But we want your perspective, too.
CIA director: Agency recorded interrogations, destroyed tapes
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
The CIA videotaped its interrogations of two top terror suspects in 2002 and destroyed the tapes three years later out of fear they would leak to the public and compromise the identities of U.S. questioners, the director of the agency told employees Thursday.
Art class canceled
December 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University has canceled a recently announced figure drawing class scheduled to take place Saturdays at the Art & Design Building. The course was eliminated because of budgetary cuts, according to KU’s School of Fine Arts.
Family shunned over online hoax linked to suicide
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A7
Waterford Crystal Drive is one of those suburban streets that seem so new as to have no history at all. But the suicide of a teenage girl - and allegations she had been tormented by a neighbor over the Internet - have brought a reaction that is old, almost tribal, in its nature.
Horoscopes
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B12
Your style and direction characterize your actions and being this year. You are able to accomplish a lot quite easily. Your ability to move through problems without making enemies or ending relationships needs to be admired. You also could decide to make big changes on the home front this year.
New Miss California USA crowned after error named wrong winner
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
In the business of crowning beauty queens, there’s one thing you’d think they’d get right: crowning the right beauty queen. Miss California USA organizers say they got that wrong, but corrected themselves Thursday by crowning Miss Barstow, Raquel Beezley, a 21-year-old waitress they said rightfully earned the title.
Senate leader: Caution on immigration
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
While some key House members are calling for sweeping measures to crack down on illegal immigration, Senate President Steve Morris is urging caution. “We need to be careful,” Morris, R-Hugoton, said. “This is a complicated issue, and we don’t want to do something that will shoot us in the foot.”
People in the news
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B12
¢ Kanye West tops Grammy nominations¢ Victoria Beckham sleeps in the buff for hubby¢ Joel releases anti-war song, but doesn’t sing it¢ Judge dismisses lawsuit against Kid Rock¢ Ex-‘Idol’ finalist Sierra pleads not guilty
Storm leaves its footprint on region
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
Samantha Collins, a Kansas University freshman from Olathe, was surprised to look out at a snow-covered campus from her dorm room window Thursday. Two inches of snow accumulated in downtown Lawrence by 4 p.m., when the snow ceased, said 6news chief meteorologist Jennifer Schack.
UN chief: Darfur needs 24 helicopters
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Thursday that a new peacekeeping force for Darfur could fail unless it gets 24 critically needed helicopters and he appealed to all countries for help.
Hundreds of mourners pay respects to student
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A5
More than 400 mourners braved bitter winter winds Thursday to say goodbye to a Butler Community College student whose disappearance sparked a national manhunt for her alleged killer even as searchers looked for her body.
On the record
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A4
An employee of Amarr Garage Door, 3800 Greenway Circle, reported a $3,836 theft of several items from the shop to Lawrence police on Friday, including a gas generator, two digital cameras and a socket set. The crime occurred between 7 a.m. Nov. 1 and 10:30 a.m. Friday.
Texas A&M topples FSU
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B4
Takia Starks scored 12 of her 28 points in the game’s first five minutes, and No. 12 Texas A&M defeated Florida State, 81-67, on Thursday night. Danielle Gant had 25 points for the Aggies (7-1), who won their fourth straight.
Uninspiring field
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A12
To the editor: After viewing multiple Democratic and Republican presidential debates, I must admit that I’m about as excited over the 2008 presidential election as I would be in visiting my dentist for multiple root canals.
Two A&M players arrested
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B2
Two Texas A&M football players have been charged in an alleged armed robbery of a College Station apartment.
Iran weapons
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A12
To the editor: There has been much noise about the latest National Intelligence Estimate, particularly the conclusion that Iran suspended their nuclear weapons program in 2003. The majority want to point to this and claim that the Iranians are peaceable folks and that the big bad United States is overreacting. Permit me to suggest a somewhat different interpretation.
Oil tanker leaks 15,000 tons of crude oil
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
A Hong Kong-registered oil tanker collided with another vessel in seas off South Korea’s west coast today and leaked about 15,000 tons of crude oil, the Maritime and Fisheries Ministry said.
KU women dominate third straight at home
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B3
Who knew losing could do so much for the Kansas University women’s basketball team? Since dropping a game at SMU almost two weeks ago, Bonnie Henrickson’s team found confidence and put its third straight Allen Fieldhouse opponent away early Thursday night on the way to beating Marquette, 74-55.
Man jailed for failing to take tuberculosis meds
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
A man was jailed for failing to take his tuberculosis medication after officials said he was a serious health risk.
LSU extends Miles’ contract
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B2
LSU coach Les Miles has signed a contract extension that will keep him with the Tigers through 2012.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A12
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 7, 1907: “It was announced today that at least 400 men are dead in a coal mine explosion in Fairmount, W. Va., and some observers say that the death toll could run well beyond that. There were 700 in the mine at the time and the company has already ordered 300 coffins. This could be the worst mining accident in American history.”
Commentary: Don’t look for logic in college football
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B2
If you’re a Missouri Tigers football fan, it’s a good bet you’re as baffled as you are angry. Just over a week ago, Missouri vaulted to the top of the Bowl Championship Series heap after an impressive victory over then-No. 2 Kansas. The 11-2 Tigers fell to No. 6 in the standings Sunday, their penalty for a not-so-impressive loss Saturday to Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game.
Playgrounds for elderly a growing new trend
December 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
The Washington Post reports that playgrounds for the elderly are catching on in Europe, where the population is aging. After watching 40 people ages 65 to 81 use swings, seesaws and jungle gyms over a three-month period, researchers at Finland’s University of Lapland found that such play improved balance, speed and coordination.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A12
A campaign for funds to help Lawrence’s needy and elderly pay winter heating bills drew immediate and positive response. Within hours after the Warm Hearts campaign began, more than $1,000 in pledges and contributions had been received toward the goal of $25,000. State Rep. Jessie Branson and the Rev. Al Bramble were the instigators of what was to become an annual project.
U.S. gets backing for new sanctions
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A11
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice won support from European allies Thursday for new U.N. sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. NATO foreign ministers agreed to stay the course in seeking fresh measures at the United Nations to persuade Iran to stop uranium enrichment and reprocessing despite a new U.S. intelligence report that concluded the country halted it nuclear weapons ambitions in 2003.
Villanova edges LSU, 68-67
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B4
Villanova’s only lead came on the shot that mattered most: the Wildcats’ last one. Malcolm Grant converted a four-point play and scored 13 points over the final three minutes, and Dante Cunningham scored the game-winner with 5.9 seconds left as the 25th-ranked Wildcats rallied from a 21-point deficit to stun LSU, 68-67, on Thursday night in the Big East/SEC Invitational.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A12
Grants and contracts for research and associated graduate training projects totaling more than $8.5 million had been received by Kansas University and its Center for Research during the most recent fiscal year.
Up to the Challenge
Racers brave elements to compete in Clinton run
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B8
Lori Lange had a hard time making herself get out of bed for her morning run Sunday. It wasn’t so much the temperature - just above freezing - or the five-mile distance. It wasn’t so much the howling wind, either, the thought of the steep elevation changes or even the thought of splashing through a stream a couple of times in the blustery cold.
Lions stand tall
LHS frontcourt dominates in win
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
When he sneaked a peak across the gym during pregame layup lines on Thursday, Lawrence High center John Schneider noticed something about the Pembroke Hill boys basketball team. “We went out in warmups and their tallest guy was only about 6-3,” Schneider said. Actually, there was a 6-foot-4 player out there for the Raiders, but when you’re 6-7 like Schneider, everyone must seem shorter.
Attorney: Couple will pursue plea deal
December 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
A young couple accused of stealing their neighbors’ identities to pay for their lavish lifestyle are hoping to negotiate a plea deal and turn their lives around, a defense attorney said Thursday.
Kansas guard Rush arrested
Junior failed to appear at court date for traffic violations
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University junior basketball guard Brandon Rush was arrested on Thursday afternoon on two outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court for traffic violations. The 6-foot-6 Rush was handcuffed and transported from Lawrence Municipal Court to Douglas County Jail where he was released after posting $500 bond.
LHS into semis at Aquinas
Lions hold off Blue Jays in first round of tourney
December 7, 2007 in print edition on B7
Lawrence High’s girls basketball team downed Junction City, 50-40, on Thursday night in the first-round of the St. Thomas Aquinas Lady Saints basketball tournament. Tania Jackson and Danielle Bird scored 12 points apiece, and Taylor Bird added 10 for the Lions (2-0).