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6:00 a.m.
Sophia Minder, 7, left, Vicki Penner, center, and Joseph Minder, 7, read blessings before the lighting of the menorah at South Park. About 50 people attended the event, organized by the Chabad Jewish Center. Lighting up South Park
December 10, 2007 in print edition on 3A
The mercury might have dropped below freezing Sunday evening, but Lawrence’s Jewish community was warmed by a ceremonial menorah lighting at South Park. About 50 people gathered at the park, singing traditional songs and saying prayers as the 6-foot-tall menorah was lit in celebration of Hanukkah, which began Tuesday.
8:59 a.m.
Toys coated with lead paint have caused parental anxiety this holiday season. Dozens of toys have been recalled this year because of high levels of the toxic substance. Lead paint concerns chip away at parents’ sense of control
December 10, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Angie and Matt Viets thought they had taken all the right safety measures to protect their children. They secured dressers to walls, covered electrical sockets and searched for the perfect car seat. But this fall, the Lawrence couple, like many parents, were smacked with the unexpected.
12:00 p.m.
Maggie Brierly, 8, and her brother Andrew, 4, look at some of the donated gifts for Toys for Tots on Friday, December 7, 2007. Maggie, who celebrated her birthday Nov. 19, donated all her birthday gifts to the holiday program so other children will receive presents this holiday season. In the background are piles of food items donated to and gathered through the Lawrence Board of Realtors seventh annual Holiday Food Collection for Kids. Toy collection programs go into safety overdrive
December 10, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Toys for Tots has a list. And they are checking it twice. Maybe even three times. This year, as millions of toys have been pulled from the shelves for safety reasons, the question of naughty and nice has turned from children to toys.
4:31 p.m.
Jane Eisele of Victoria, Texas, loads up her car with ice melt, Monday afternoon December 10, 2007. Eisele is in town taking care of her parents and has decided to be prepared for the overnight ice storm. Lawrence and several area schools cancel Tuesday classes
11:18 a.m., December 10, 2007 Updated 11:46 p.m.
Icy winter weather is expected to cause closings and cancellations around northeast Kansas today.

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6Sports video: Ralston ends LHS’s tourney run
December 10, 2007
After wins over Pembroke Hill and Sumner Academy in last weekend’s Blue Valley Shoot-out, Nebraska’s own Ralston Rams derailed the Lawrence High Basketball teams tournament run.
6Sports video: ‘Super’ Mario Chalmers puts up the stats
December 10, 2007
His Saturday stat line reads like this - 12 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and a career high 7 steals. It’s the complete game from the Jayhawks complete combo guard Mario Chalmers.
6Sports video: Collins suits up for DePaul game
December 10, 2007
72 hours before suiting up to play DePaul, Bill Self didn’t think Sherron Collins would be able to go. Luckily for coach, he was wrong.
6News video: Lawrence suffered through severe ice storm in 2002
December 10, 2007
It’s been nearly 6 years since an ice storm of this magnitude rolled through Lawrence.
6News video: Cause of death for KU student still not known
December 10, 2007
The cause of death of a KU freshman found in his dorm room over the weekend will not be known for several weeks.
6News video: Holiday lights not ruled out in fire
December 10, 2007
The fire early Sunday morning that heavily damaged a Lawrence triplex started in a sofa on the front porch. Fire investigators say the specific cause wasn’t determined, but it is believed to have been caused by either smoking materials or holiday lights.
6News video: Group trying to bring recognition to area
December 10, 2007
Organizers of an effort to recognize this area’s role in the Civil War era are about half-way to meeting a $300,000 fundraising goal.
6News video: Commissioners say incentives deal was discussed in public
December 10, 2007
Formal Lawrence City Commission decisions about incentives for Deciphera Pharmaceuticals came only during public, open meetings according to commissioners.
6Sports video: KU football squad worries about long layoff
December 10, 2007
The Kansas men’s and women’s basketball teams will play a combined 17 games between November 24th and January 3rd. In that same 40-day period, the KU football team will worry about only one opponent - Virginia Tech.
6News video: Threat of icy weather causes supermarket rush
December 10, 2007
The clouds hanging over Lawrence all day Monday started spitting freezing rain just a few minutes before predicted. But residents rushed to the stores before the roads became slick.
6News video: Decorative birdhouses available as gifts
December 10, 2007
KU’s Fraser Hall is up for sale! The current price? Thirty-five dollars! Of course it’s not the REAL Fraser Hall - it’s a bird house designed by Hilltop Child Development teacher Mike Pisani.
6News video: Cottonwood calls off work today
December 10, 2007
The threat of the ice storm was enough to call off work for many employees at Lawrence-based Cottonwood Incorporated.
More than 400 without power in Douglas County
December 10, 2007
Power failures reported in North Lawrence.
6News Now: Ice storm warning for Lawrence
December 10, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, icy winter weather rolls into the Lawrence area, leading to the prospect of treacherous travel and school closings.
Change in the State Board of Education meeting
December 10, 2007
Because of the possibility for treacherous weather, the Kansas State Board of Education has cancelled its plans to have its December meeting in Olathe. Currently there are plans for 2 scenario
Sebelius: Morrison should resign if charges proven true
December 10, 2007
Sebelius, who had welcomed Morrison when he switched to the Democratic Party, said she didn’t want to pre-judge Morrison, and noted that while he admitted to having the affair, he denied trying to use Carter to get information about Kline.
County agrees to loan money for national heritage area
December 10, 2007
Commissioners Bob Johnson, Jere McElhaney and Charles Jones, however, agreed during their meeting Monday that the county would loan the remainder of the funding to the heritage board, if that becomes necessary.
Lawrence and several area schools cancel Tuesday classes
11:18 a.m., December 10, 2007 Updated 11:46 p.m.
Icy winter weather is expected to cause closings and cancellations around northeast Kansas today.
Religion shouldn’t be a campaign issue
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A7
Forty-two years ago, when he was preparing to run for president, George Romney, the Republican governor of Michigan, told reporter Wallace Turner of The New York Times, “I am completely the product of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
Delayed exposure
Kansas University develops long-awaited photomedia major
December 10, 2007 in print edition on C1
Pok Chi Lau has heard the question hundreds of times: Does Kansas University offer a major in photography? Starting next semester, he can give a new answer. That’s because KU is rolling out its new photomedia major in the spring, with a full-blown start in the fall.
Layoff concern for KU football
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s football team will have 39 consecutive days without playing a game before meeting Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. And it’s important - so important - that the Jayhawks are as crisp as ever when they take the Dolphin Stadium field to battle the fifth-ranked Hokies. Unfortunately, things might not necessarily add up in that regard.
McGrew Realtor named residential specialist
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B11
Carl Cline, an associate broker and Realtor for McGrew Real Estate, Lawrence, has received designation as a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.
Sewer slowdown
Lawrence still will need a new sewer treatment plant south of the Wakarusa River, but maybe not as soon as some thought.
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A7
Although they continue to protest U.S. Census reports that Lawrence’s growth is slowing or even grinding to a halt, city officials are showing some caution when it comes to planning public facilities to serve a growing community.
Unbeaten Pats crush Pitt
Packers, Cowboys, Seahawks clinch division titles
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B4
The bizarre play seemed guaranteed to fail. Guarantees, though, had a rough day Sunday when the New England Patriots stayed unbeaten with a 34-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Walker’s career game lifts Wildcats over Cal
Beasley earns 9th straight double-double
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B6
The formula for beating Kansas State has been simple: Collapse on Michael Beasley and force the rest of the Wildcats to make shots. Bill Walker is out to make teams rethink that philosophy.
Tinsley shot at, but not hurt
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B7
More late night trouble for Jamaal Tinsley could present more problems for the Indiana Pacers. Tinsley will meet today with team president Larry Bird and coach Jim O’Brien following a shooting incident in which the player was shot at early Sunday morning. It was Tinsley’s third late-night episode in about 14 months, and the latest in a three-year string of incidents that have engulfed the franchise.
CU stuns Vandy
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B6
Bianca Smith scored 22 points, and Colorado held off No. 20 Vanderbilt for a 62-51 victory Sunday. The Buffaloes led 52-32 with 7:07 to play before the Commodores went on a 17-0 run to cut the lead to 52-49 with 3:01 remaining. But Colorado (6-2) made 10 consecutive free throws in the final 1:47 to secure the victory.
Washington State survives scare
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B6
Washington State hit 65 percent of its shots from the floor, 72 percent in the first half, yet barely hung on to beat unheralded Portland State on Sunday night. That fact had coach Tony Bennett shaking his head after Portland State stayed close virtually the entire game. WSU pulled away in the final minutes for a 72-60 victory.
On the record
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A4
Building fire, 2:56 a.m. Sunday, 1129 Vt.
Mentor mothers needed
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A4
Mother to Mother seeks volunteers to help with child care from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every fourth Monday of the month, starting in January. Mother to Mother is also looking for volunteer moms to provide companionship and advice to mothers in need of such support.
Toy collection programs go into safety overdrive
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A1
Toys for Tots has a list. And they are checking it twice. Maybe even three times. This year, as millions of toys have been pulled from the shelves for safety reasons, the question of naughty and nice has turned from children to toys.
British PM makes surprise visit to Iraq
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A2
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown flew into southern Iraq Sunday to rally troops and confirm that Iraqi forces will take command of the last region under British control in mid-December.
Midwest ice storm blamed for 6 deaths
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A2
An ice storm slickened roads and sidewalks, grounded hundreds of flights, and cut power to tens of thousands Sunday in a swath from the Southern Plains to the Great Lakes as even colder weather threatened. The wintry weather was expected to continue through midweek, and ice storm warnings stretched from Texas to Pennsylvania.
QB Vick to learn fate today
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B5
How much, if any, will Michael Vick’s role as financier of a brutal dogfighting ring hurt him? What about his use of drugs while awaiting sentencing? Or will he benefit from his public apology? His cooperation? His voluntary early start on his prison term?
Horoscopes
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B10
You have a style and manner that others admire. Others can be highly reactive or difficult, especially bosses, parents and those you look up to. Consider more often which priorities are important for you, and only you. If you are single, someone might enter your life, but this person could be difficult. If you are attached, the two of you might often argue about details and money.
Santa to visit at restaurant
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B12
LongHorn Steakhouse will be host to the Littles’ Breakfast with Santa at 8 a.m. Saturday. The restaurant will provide breakfast, and Santa will give gifts to children enrolled in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County program.
Woman wounded during mall shooting improves
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A2
An Omaha woman wounded twice during a shooting rampage at an Omaha shopping mall continues to improve at a local hospital. A Creighton University Medical Center spokeswoman said Sunday that 65-year-old Micky Oldham was upgraded to serious condition.
Free State announces concert
December 10, 2007 in print edition on C1
The Free State Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Mozart, Holst and Liszt in a concert planned for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
ECU fans donate bowl tickets
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B2
East Carolina University football fans are buying tickets to their team’s bowl game in Hawaii and donating them to military personnel who expect to spend time there during the holidays.
Hail humanism
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Nothing makes sensible, articulate people spout nonsense more flowingly than does religious faith, as Leonard Pitts unwittingly demonstrates in his column of Dec. 6.
Agent receives buyer’s accreditation
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B11
Patricia McGrew, of McGrew Real Estate, has received the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) designation from the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council Inc. of the National Association of Realtors.
Hybrids responsible choice but still a stopgap in energy crisis
December 10, 2007 in print edition on C1
Coming back from Topeka one afternoon, I approached the West Lawrence exit tollbooth with no car either in front or behind me. The usually superefficient toll collector was looking down engrossed in something, counting money perhaps. She didn’t even notice me. This was highly unusual. My window was rolled down, my ticket in hand. Moments went by. She still didn’t notice me.
Assist record shattered
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B6
The points kept coming, and so did the assists. David N. Arseneault shattered the NCAA assists record when he had 34 in Grinnell College’s 151-112 victory over North Central University of Minnesota in a Division III game Saturday.
Meals on Wheels offers dining cards
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B11
Lawrence Meals On Wheels Inc. and Central National Bank are working together to sell Lawrence Dining Cards, with proceeds to help finance meal services for people who can’t afford them.
Money tip: Recycling children’s products
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B11
If you’re having trouble unloading your children’s gently used stuff and can’t stand the idea of throwing it away, consider recycling it on Zwaggle.com. Zwaggle was conceived by Andrew Hoag, a San Francisco-based engineer, and launched in the spring of 2007 to help minimize waste.
NIH looks at revision to help young researchers
As few as 10 percent of applicants get needed federal funding for their projects
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A3
Money from the federal National Institutes of Health is the lifeblood of health science research at universities like Kansas University. Getting that money, though, as a young researcher can be daunting, requiring hours and hours of time. And even then, success comes to perhaps as few as 10 percent of the applicants.
Good bacteria increasingly popular in foods
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A2
Bugs in baby food? Microbes in your milkshake? Relax, this is not the latest tainted food scare - it’s a growing trend in foods designed to boost health, not make you sick. These products contain probiotics, or “friendly” bacteria similar to those found in the human digestive system.
Perception, trust
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Remember the words “perception” and “trust.” With all the comments being made about the tax incentive for Deciphera, I don’t see a lot of comments about the real problem. If the City Commission would have had all the meetings open to the public, they would have come up with the same decision. When you go behind closed doors, there is a perception of mistrust.
Golden Compass’ opens modestly
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B10
“The Golden Compass” proved a mild fantasy at the box office, pulling in $26.1 million, a modest opening weekend compared with such recent December heavyweights as “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” flicks.
AG acknowledges affair with former assistant
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B12
Attorney General Paul Morrison acknowledged Sunday having an extramarital affair with a former staffer who now accuses him of sexual harassment and attempting to influence a federal case involving a political opponent.
Snow kidding: Broncos 41, Chiefs 7
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Denver Broncos looked like kids playing in the snow, and Brandon Marshall even got flagged for it. The second-year receiver caught two of Jay Cutler’s career-high four touchdown passes as the Broncos manhandled the Kansas City Chiefs, 41-7, Sunday, finally playing like the contender they fancied themselves after an offseason spending spree produced a roster that looked like a fantasy owner’s dream.
Seize opportunity to ask for letter of reference
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B11
Q: When is it appropriate to ask for a letter of reference? I’ve been trying for nine years to land a job at a local college. Recently, I met up with an elderly gentleman who has some clout with the college administrators. He and I are working on a project together, but I’ve met him only once and talked to him on the phone another time.
Triple bogey on 18 dooms Els
John Bickerton swoops in to win Dunhill Championship
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B2
Ernie Els blew a two-stroke lead on the final hole of the Alfred Dunhill Championship, handing John Bickerton a one-shot victory by hitting two balls into the water. Els had a 1-over 73 after his triple bogey on the par-5 18th. Bickerton shot a 68 to finish at 13-under 275.
As Iraq improves, pressure mounts to shorten Army tours
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A2
As security improves in Iraq, pressure is building to reverse one of the most onerous decisions Defense Secretary Robert Gates made to enable President Bush’s troop buildup to go forward this year: extending the tours of active-duty soldiers from 12 months to 15 months.
Ameriprise adviser tapped for panel
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B11
Evelyn Senecal, a senior financial adviser for Ameriprise Financial, Lawrence, has been chosen to serve on a national-input panel reporting to Brian Heath, president of Ameriprise’s U.S. Advisor Group.
NASA delays Atlantis launch until January
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A2
NASA on Sunday delayed the launch of space shuttle Atlantis until January after a gauge in the fuel tank failed for the second time in four days.
Backups step up
Leaders struggle, but KU wins
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B1
Sophomore guards Danielle McCray and Sade Morris walked into Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday afternoon for their game with Indiana as the go-to scorers for the Kansas University women’s basketball team. But when the game started and both struggled to fill their usual roles against the Hoosiers, their teammates didn’t panic. They stepped their games up. And KU fought for a 69-61 victory.
Fed seems poised to lower interest rates
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A2
What a difference in economic conditions since the Federal Reserve last met in October. Credit has become harder to obtain, Wall Street has convulsed again and the housing slump has intensified. And policymakers at the central bank now appear to have changed their minds about the need to drop interest rates again.
Top polluters ‘not ready’ to commit to caps
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A2
The world’s top two polluters, the U.S. and China, say they are not ready to commit to mandatory caps on greenhouse gases. But that’s not a worry to the organizers of this month’s U.N. climate conference, who say they only want to jump-start the world’s talks toward a new climate accord.
Keegan: Football awards plentiful
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B1
What college football really needs, besides more bowl games, is an injection of additional postseason awards. There simply aren’t enough of them. Sure there is the Heisman Trophy for college football’s outstanding player, which went to Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. The top player also is honored with the Maxwell Award (Tebow) and the Walter Camp Award (Darren McFadden of Arkansas).
Texas DE gives pledge to Kansas
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s football team received an oral commitment this weekend from D.J. Marshall, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end out of Mesquite, Texas.
Idled Hollywood workers rally
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B10
The Hollywood strike is rewriting the holidays for idled workers. With her income pinched, script supervisor Petra Jorgensen canceled an annual trip to Europe to see relatives. Set decorator Laura Richarz is bypassing pricey malls and fashioning gifts at home - framing photos, sewing a shirt for her niece.
Lead paint concerns chip away at parents’ sense of control
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A1
Angie and Matt Viets thought they had taken all the right safety measures to protect their children. They secured dressers to walls, covered electrical sockets and searched for the perfect car seat. But this fall, the Lawrence couple, like many parents, were smacked with the unexpected.
School district examines its lines
Redistricting concerns again studied by board
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A1
A pocket in the junior high boundaries of Lawrence public schools is again causing a flap. Students who live north of Peterson Road and east of Kasold Drive attend Central Junior High, although the rest of their Deerfield School classmates head to West Junior High.
Teaching children to care
Early lessons can help kids learn to value philanthropy
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B11
The message of giving is all around us now. That makes the holiday season a good time to develop philanthropic habits in children. Children are empathetic by nature, but charitable impulses need nurturing in a climate in which kids are bombarded with messages to look out for No. 1, philanthropy experts say.
Apartment plans up for approval
Lawrence City Commission
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A4
Agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at www.lawrenceks.org
This Timmy isn’t looking for Lassie
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B10
What if the gang from “Ghostbusters” opened their own grad school? The new documentary series “Paranormal State” (9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., A&E) follows the case files of the Paranormal Research Society (PRS), a dedicated group of Penn State University college students as they explore accounts of unwelcome intrusions from the other side.
Churches in Colorado become latest target of gun violence
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A1
A gunman shot four staff members at a missionary training center near Denver early Sunday, killing two, after being told he couldn’t spend the night. About 12 hours later and 65 miles away in Colorado Springs, a gunman fatally shot a parishioner at a megachurch and wounded four other people before a guard killed him, police said.
Commentary: BCS apologists just don’t get it
Coaches’ ludicrous lobbying reason enough to scrap dollar-driven system
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B2
It was non-appointment television, sponsored by the BCS. No, not the bowl matchups it produced or even the half-hour, product-pushing roundtable announcing them on Fox, where edgewise didn’t have a chance to get a word in, but what took place less than 24 hours earlier on another network.
Chalmers says triple possible
Junior came close to program-first against DePaul
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B1
Mario Chalmers believes he can achieve what no Kansas University basketball player “officially” has accomplished before: a triple-double. “I think I could. I was close tonight. I got a little taste of it. I’ll see if I can try to get one next game,” Chalmers said after scoring 12 points with nine rebounds, seven assists and seven steals in the Jayhawks’ 84-66 rout of DePaul on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Driving home the value of giving
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A3
Pam Madaus hopes her 6-year-old daughter, Rebecca, grows up with a charitable heart. That’s why she brought her Sunday to Kansas University’s Dole Institute for Politics for the annual Drive for 500, a gift drive run by the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program.
Frustrated Falcons face Saints tonight
December 10, 2007 in print edition on B4
Lawyer Milloy didn’t sign up for this. Having already won a Super Bowl ring in New England, Milloy came south eager to pick up another championship before his career was done. He chose the Atlanta Falcons because they were only a year removed from the NFC championship game and had the league’s most exciting player at quarterback.
Blaze displaces KU students
No one is injured in early morning fire that destroys house
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A5
A fire destroyed a three-story home in the 1100 block of Vermont Street early Sunday morning. Flames ravaged the home at 1129 Vt., caving in part of the roof and displacing the residents and neighbors. No injuries were reported.
Spice up the holidays with a sushi party
December 10, 2007 in print edition on C2
Tired of the same old holiday fare? Liven up this year’s celebrations with a Japanese-themed party that stars do-it-yourself sushi, sake and steaming miso soup. Your guests might secretly thank you for a refreshing alternative.
Lighting up South Park
About 50 people brave frigid weather for a public celebration of Hanukkah
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A3
The mercury might have dropped below freezing Sunday evening, but Lawrence’s Jewish community was warmed by a ceremonial menorah lighting at South Park. About 50 people gathered at the park, singing traditional songs and saying prayers as the 6-foot-tall menorah was lit in celebration of Hanukkah, which began Tuesday.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 10, 1907: “Physicians say drinking sufficient water is vital to good health and yet the local water system is being found suspect because of pollution. Many changes need to be made, doctors say.”
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 10, 2007 in print edition on A7
City and fire officials announced with pride that Lawrence’s fire protection had been newly ranked among the best systems in the the state.