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6News video: Jingle Bell Run heading for downtown Lawrence
December 11, 2007
The song might say ‘Deck the Halls’, but on Thursday runners and walkers will be decking - and trekking - the streets of downtown Lawrence.
6News video: Icy weather causes cancelations
December 11, 2007
This morning Lawrence residents woke up to cars coated in ice and tree limbs on the ground - and it’s not over yet. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more on the efforts to defrost the city before another round of winter weather comes through.
6Sports video: KU baseball inks nine players
December 11, 2007
Mother Nature could not stop KU’s boys of summer from having an excellent winter day. Head baseball coach Ritch Price announced the signing of nine players for the 2009 season.
6Sports video: Kaun breaks loose after bad start
December 11, 2007
Sasha Kaun sauntered to the bench after missing a layup and committing a turnover in the opening minutes of Saturday’s Kansas University-DePaul matinee at Allen Fieldhouse. Instead of chewing on the 6-foot-11, 250-pound native of Tomsk, Russia, coach Self consoled him.
6News video: Local nurse receives national honor
December 11, 2007
A local nurse receives a national honor for his heroic actions more than two years ago.
6News video: KU players head to LMH to visit patients
December 11, 2007
The KU women’s basketball team broke away from the practice court on Tuesday to visit with patients at Lawrence Memorial Hospital - all 85 of them.
6News video: 10 nights of lights: Bob and Barb Bryant
December 11, 2007
It’s time to spread some holiday cheer with an annual tradition - Light Up Lawrence returns tonight for it’s 15th year.
6Sports video: KU trio tapped as AP All-Americans
December 11, 2007
Kansas University juniors Anthony Collins and Aqib Talib were named to the All-America first team by the Associated Press on Tuesday. In addition, KU senior James McClinton was named to the second team.
6Sports video: ‘Hawks preparing for Orange Bowl despite weather woes
December 11, 2007
As freezing rain and icy temperatures continue to assault Lawrence, the Kansas football team moves forward with its preparations for a January trip to Florida.
6News video: Tips to avoid ice injuries
December 11, 2007
As temperatures fall tonight, there’s the chance a slick surface will soon start to cover your walkway - if it hasn’t already.
6Sports video: Reesing rooting for former HS team
December 11, 2007
Todd Reesing’s former high school football team is still alive in postseason play.
6Sports video: KU women’s hoops squad receiving votes in AP Top 25
December 11, 2007
The Kansas women’s basketball team is receiving votes in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 College Basketball Poll.
6Sports video: Finals week halts KU games
December 11, 2007
Finals week on the hill means no KU basketball games to look forward to until Saturday.
6News Now: Icy weather keeps Lawrence residents alert
December 11, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, whether it’s water on the roadways or ice on the trees, or some mixture of slipperiness in between, Lawrence residents are keeping an eye on the weather.
KU trio tapped as AP All-Americans
December 11, 2007
Kansas University juniors Anthony Collins and Aqib Talib were named to the All-America first team by the Associated Press on Tuesday. In addition, KU senior James McClinton was named to the second team.
Several area schools cancel today’s classes; hundreds left without power
12:01 a.m., December 11, 2007 Updated 05:16 p.m.
Icy winter weather has caused closings and cancellations around northeast Kansas Tuesday.
Updated weather forecast calls for less ice
December 11, 2007
With temperatures remaining around 30 to 31 degrees this evening and warmer air aloft than originally expected evening rain droplets had difficulty freezing on contact. As of 10 PM Lawrence had 0.36” of rain but only 0.10” to 0.20” of ice on trees and power lines.
Police: Gunman in religious attacks trained at mission
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A2
The gunman believed to have killed four people at a megachurch and a missionary training school had been thrown out of the school a few years ago and had been sending it hate mail, police said in court papers Monday.
Gore accepts Nobel, calls for end of ‘war on the Earth’
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A8
Saying it’s “time to make peace with the planet,” Al Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Monday with a call for humanity to rise up against a looming climate crisis and stop waging war on the environment.
Woodling: RBs tied to city get tube time
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B1
Few knew that two talented college running backs with ties to Lawrence would be performing Saturday on national television. I was actually looking forward to watching Xavier Omon, but had lost track of John Randle.You may recall that Randle was one of the most promising football players to enroll at Kansas University when he showed up out of Wichita Southeast in 2003. But you’re probably more familiar with his off-the-field peccadilloes.
A federal issue
Federal inaction on illegal immigration is encouraging states to strike out in various directions to try to address this problem on their own.
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A7
There appears to be pretty broad consensus in the United States that additional steps are needed to regulate immigration, particularly illegal immigration by our neighbors to the south.
Employers mull storm effects
Potentially icy roads could wreak havoc on workday
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B9
Whether workers in Douglas County awaken this morning to grapple with the effects of a fierce ice storm or simply a case of mildly frustrating frigid temperatures, the folks at Cottonwood Inc. already know their workday fate. They’re off. Unless they’re not.
Justices rule judges have leeway to reduce disparity in crack, powder cocaine sentences
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A1
The Supreme Court, weighing in on an issue with racial undertones, ruled Monday that federal judges have broad leeway to impose shorter prison terms for crack cocaine in a case that bolsters the argument for reducing the difference in sentences for crack and powder cocaine.
Fire that destroyed house started in sofa
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A3
A Sunday morning fire that heavily damaged a Lawrence house started in a sofa on the front porch, fire investigators said Monday. A specific cause for the fire at 1129 Vt. wasn’t determined, but it was believed to have been caused by either smoking materials or holiday lights, according to a statement issued by Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical on Monday.
Carrying on
Indians’ Ben Carrywater glad he returned
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B1
At the time of a summer telephone conversation between one man on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana and another in Lawrence, Haskell Indian Nations University didn’t have a men’s basketball coach, much less a star player. That conversation planted the seed for the school having both.
Rural counties struggle to pay for bridge repairs
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A5
A lack of money and concerns about convenience for farmers have officials in rural Kansas counties struggling to maintain and keep open scores of bridges.
Thomas settles harassment case
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B4
Madison Square Garden and New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas have settled the sexual harassment case brought by a former team executive who was awarded $11.6 million in punitive damages. Terms of the settlement were not immediately disclosed.
Knock their socks off
Teen board members suggest cool gift ideas
December 11, 2007 in print edition on C1
Uggs, not Crocs. Hannah Montana, not Cheetah Girls. With teens’ tastes changing dramatically from year to year, it can be hard for parents to know what presents are “in.” And if you pick something that’s “out,” you won’t hear the end of it until next Christmas.
On the record
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A4
Two people were transported with non-life threatening injuries to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Saturday following an accident on U.S. Highway 40. Chrystal Hunter, 29, of Iola was driving a 2004 Honda Odyssey west on U.S. 40 near East 400 Road when she lost control on the ice and hit the culvert, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Female bonding can be ‘twisted’
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B8
The niche is the thing on cable television - and the smaller the niche the better. How better to explain “Twister Sisters” (9 p.m., WE), the first documentary-style series to explore the female-bonding aspects of tornado chasing?
Heritage plan charges ahead
Contract for Civil War area management plan is close
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A3
A contract to initiate a management plan for a national heritage area that includes Douglas County and 40 other Kansas and Missouri counties could be signed later this week. Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area Board of Trustees is raising $300,000 to pay for that plan, which will be developed in conjunction with a management team of national experts with ties to the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations.
Saints steamroll free-falling Falcons
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B6
The Falcons awoke to news of their disgraced quarterback being sentenced to nearly two years in prison for dogfighting. The day never got any better.
People in the news
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B8
¢ 2-time ‘Dancing’ champ Hough signs country record deal
Sumner County weighs factors in casino pick
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A4
Residents and officials here have sent Sumner County Commissioners cards, letters, petitions and other notes to show their support for a state-owned casino in their town.
Details of city’s closed-door discussions on Deciphera released
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A1
Mayor Sue Hack and her fellow Lawrence city commissioners say they didn’t object to proposed incentives for Deciphera Pharmaceuticals when the package was discussed during a closed-door meeting in September, according to documents released Monday.
Weather-related problems don’t end with storm
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A5
You went to the grocery store for extra milk. You packed a survival kit for your car. You stocked up on extra batteries for your flashlight. But maybe you’re not done yet. After many winter storms pass, the cleanup remains.
Holiday Home Tour postponed a week
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A5
A Holiday Home Tour scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 9, in Baldwin City has been postponed to Sunday, Dec. 16.
KU faces rare possibility of cancellation
If final exams can’t be given, some could be put off till January
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A5
Kansas University will announce by 6 a.m. today whether final exams will be held. It’s possible the exams could be given on Jan. 17 - the first day of spring classes. If that happens, spring semester classes would start a day later.
Morrison’s fate as AG uncertain
Lawmakers say resignation may be in order if allegations by former lover are true
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A1
Attorney General Paul Morrison’s job is on the line. A year ago, Morrison was applauded by Democrats and moderate Republicans for defeating then-Attorney General Phill Kline.
Rams coach likely won’t lose his job
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B6
Coach Scott Linehan won’t lose his job because of the St. Louis Rams’ 3-10 record. Team president John Shaw told Linehan on Monday it would be unfair to judge his performance this season, given the team’s lengthy injury list. Later in the day, Linehan said he was looking forward to an end-of-season meeting in early January.
KC’s next foe struggling
Titans face must-win situation from here on out
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B6
The Tennessee Titans now know how the New York Giants felt last season. Tennessee stunned the NFL by rallying from 21-0 inside the final 10 minutes to beat the Giants, an improbable victory that nearly pushed them into a playoff berth. On Sunday, the Titans led 17-3 midway through the fourth quarter before collapsing and losing 23-17 to San Diego in overtime.
Saint Mary’s makes poll appearance
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B5
Gonzaga has company in the Top 25. After being the West Coast Conference’s lone representative in the Associated Press’ college basketball poll for the past decade, Gonzaga has another league member in the rankings as Saint Mary’s, Calif., moved in at No. 24 on Monday.
Cauzillo among honorees at KU soccer banquet
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B3
Nicole Cauzillo earned two awards - offensive MVP, and the “Speedy Gonzalez” Heart and Soul award - at the Kansas University soccer team’s banquet and awards reception Monday.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 11, 1907: “U.S. government engineers commenced yesterday the survey of the northern and last of three proposed routes for the military road expected to connect Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley.
Tinsley happy to be alive
Former Iowa State guard shaken after shooting
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B4
Jamaal Tinsley knows he has to make lifestyle changes, and he feels blessed to have the chance. That was the Indiana Pacers guard’s mind-set 36 hours after being shot at with an assault weapon in front of a downtown Indianapolis hotel. He was not injured.
Ice puts city in deep freeze
Know what to keep around in case power goes out, car gets stuck
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A1
Ice scrapers and gloves are obvious winter necessities. But some local pros say kitty litter and peanut butter and jelly can be helpful additions to any cold-weather arsenal. Kitty litter? It’s a quick fix for getting traction on icy sidewalks, said Linda Cottin, owner of Cottin’s Hardware and Rental, 1832 Mass. “If you’re going to throw down something for traction, you should throw down sand or kitty litter,” Cottin said.
Grievance for Guillen filed
Royals OF wants suspension overturned
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B2
The players’ association filed a grievance Monday to overturn the 15-day suspension given to Kansas City Royals outfielder Jose Guillen for violating baseball’s drug program.
College admission essays: What works, what’s risky
December 11, 2007 in print edition on C1
If they made a movie about nailing the perfect admissions essay, the title might be: “The Good, The Bad and The Risky.”
Kansas University Student who died in dorm identified
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A3
Kansas University announced Monday that the student found dead in his Oliver Hall room on Saturday was Skyler Price, a 19-year-old graduate of Free State High School.
Double Take: Stepparent wishes biological mom would tune into teenager’s life
December 11, 2007 in print edition on C1
Dear Dr. Wes and Julia: My 13-year-old stepson has a few issues for which he is getting help. My problem is that his biological mother doesn’t pay attention to him. She only has him come over to her house if we ask, and she never calls him to check on him when he is here. I can see that this is hurting his feelings, and despite my suggestion that she call more often, it doesn’t happen. How do I help my son deal with this consistent rejection?
Vick sentenced to 23 months
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B1
A federal judge sentenced Michael Vick on Monday morning to 23 months in prison, delivering the climactic punishment in a dogfighting case that infuriated animal rights supporters and angered others who felt the suspended NFL star was treated too harshly for his crime.
Weather shortens school board meeting
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A3
Lawrence school board members cut their meeting short Monday night because of inclement weather.
NBA Roundup
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B4
Scores around the league.
Mitchell’s report predictable
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B2
It’s easy to predict much of what George Mitchell will say: Baseball ignored performance-enhancing drugs for more than a decade, and his investigation repeatedly was slowed by the players’ union. The names Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi are sure to be included in the report, which could be released Thursday, from Mitchell’s 20-month probe of steroid use in baseball. To what extent, that’s harder to guess.
Shelters for the birds also support families
Birdhouse auction raises funds for Hilltop holiday assistance
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A3
Kansas University’s Fraser Hall will be sold during a silent auction this week. As of Monday afternoon, the bid was $35. That would be a bargain for the iconic building that rests atop campus. But we are talking about a miniature version of the building - a birdhouse.
Researchers say humans evolving at faster pace
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A2
Science fiction writers have suggested a future Earth populated by a blend of all races into a common human form. In real life, the reverse seems to be happening. People are evolving more rapidly than in the distant past, with residents of various continents becoming increasingly different from one another, researchers say.
Costs of wars
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A7
To the editor: On Dec. 7, 1941, the United States was attacked. We suffered several thousand casualties, mostly military. The majority of us recognized this attack as a threat to our way of life and responded accordingly. Three years later we stood in the burned ruins of the capitals of those who attacked us.
Universal care
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I believe that one of our country’s key initiatives should be providing universal health care for all U.S. citizens. Health should be a fundamental right for our citizens, including myself. In my current line of work, I am employed on a freelance basis. Since I am not employed solely by one company, I do not qualify for corporate health care.
Tips sought in KU robbery, vandalism
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A5
A Kansas University student was attacked and robbed early Saturday when he caught four men vandalizing his car near Douthart Scholarship Hall, 1345 La.
KU’s Mangino, Talib pick up more honors
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino and cornerback Aqib Talib were honored by the Touchdown Club of Columbus.
Cavs’ James eyes date for return
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B4
LeBron James’ injured finger passed the required practice test. It’s game time.
Pump patrol
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.76 at several locations.
Mortgage relief program inadequate
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B9
How timely that just as President Bush was announcing a deal to help homeowners struggling with their mortgage payments, new data were released showing that foreclosure starts set a new record.
Presents of mind for teachers
December 11, 2007 in print edition on C2
Parents should step away from those fancy packages of tea or coffee and just say “no” to the Santa mugs when holiday shopping for gifts for teachers.
Reesing troubled to miss ZZ Top
Kansas QB to be busy when ‘Little ol’ band from Texas’ plays Miami
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University football quarterback Todd Reesing likely will have a few people from his home state of Texas in attendance at the Jan. 3 Orange Bowl in Miami. But one group of Texans will be the center of attention while the Jayhawks and Virginia Tech aren’t on the field.
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B9
Agricultural futures rose Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery rose 8 cents to $9.295; March corn added 0.5 cent to $4.1775; March oats gained 3.75 cents to $2.84; January soybeans picked up 6 cents to $11.2575.
Jayhawks busy with finals
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B1
Like the rest of the student body, Kansas University’s basketball players are expected to hit the books hard this week - finals week. “Day One was a success. I certainly hope we have Day Two,” KU coach Bill Self said as freezing rain fell Monday night during the recording of his Hawk Talk radio show.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A7
A legal snag temporarily thwarted an effort by the Kansas Corporation Commission to ensure that all Kansas homes would be heated during the winter, paid bills or not, in what a frustrated KCC spokesman tersely described as “a bureaucratic roadblock.”
Jones ruling on hold
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B2
Marion Jones’ relay teammates will get a chance to argue their case for keeping their Olympic medals. Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou will have to wait a few more months to learn whether she gets Jones’ 100-meter gold.
Led Zeppelin ‘rambles on’ like old times at concert
Enthralled fans hear band perform first full set in three decades
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B8
After that performance, Led Zeppelin really must go on tour. The reunited rock ‘n’ roll legends were superb Monday in their first full concert in nearly three decades, mixing in classics like “Stairway to Heaven” and “Black Dog” with the thumping “Kashmir” and the hard-rocking “Dazed and Confused.”
Vladimir Putin rewards candidate with support
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A2
Dmitry Medvedev, the odds-on favorite to succeed President Vladimir Putin, has reaped the rewards of loyalty.
Top Democrat threatens to abandon budget talks
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A2
Efforts to pass a massive compromise federal spending bill stalled Monday as a top House Democrat threatened to abandon the measure, accusing the White House and congressional Republicans of failing to bargain in good faith.
Woman reports beating, robbery
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A5
A 25-year-old Lawrence woman was beaten and robbed while attending a party.
Mortar shells hit prison, killing at least 5 inmates
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A2
Mortar shells slammed into an Interior Ministry prison Monday, killing at least five inmates and wounding 25, the U.S. military and Iraqi officials said. Separately, a fire broke out at one of Iraq’s main refineries, but the U.S. said it was an industrial accident - not an attack, as Iraqi officials insisted.
Dispute could delay election funding
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A7
The Post, dismayed by the prospect, in effect asks: What if we had deregulated politics - including the sort of presidential campaigns that produced 33 presidents (including some pretty good ones - Lincoln, TR, the sainted Coolidge, FDR, Truman, Ike) before the Federal Election Commission was created in 1975? Most of the rules, the possible nonenforcement of which has the Post in a swivet, are constitutionally dubious abridgements of freedom of speech and association, so sensible citizens should rejoice about the current disarray of the FEC.
Encore: Depression
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A4
Depression is a debilitating illness that strikes almost one in five Americans at some point during their lives and a KU professor of psychology is developing a treatment plan to combat it.
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B8
An opportunity pops up in your life this year. Take the risk if that offer will achieve a goal you dearly covet. This year you learn that if you don’t risk, ultimately you will have nothing. If you are single, many people whirl around you and change your life. If you are attached, flow more with your sweetie.
Abortion investigation grand jury seated
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B10
A grand jury was seated Monday to investigate whether an Overland Park clinic has violated state abortion laws.
Nebraska QB arrested
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B2
A Nebraska quarterback faces five misdemeanor charges after his arrest following a disturbance at a university residence hall over the weekend.
Troops drive Taliban fighters from key town
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A2
Hundreds of Taliban fighters fled Monday as Afghan and international troops fought their way into the only important town controlled by the hard-line Islamic movement.
Scientists: Greenland ice melting at record rate
December 11, 2007 in print edition on A8
Rising temperatures caused ice to melt in Greenland at a record rate this year, climate scientists reported Monday. “The amount of ice lost by Greenland over the last year is the equivalent of two times all the ice in the Alps or a layer of water more than one-half-mile deep covering Washington, D.C.,” said Konrad Steffen, an Arctic expert at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Interest rate decision to reflect cash worries
December 11, 2007 in print edition on B9
With their interest rate decision today, Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues at the Federal Reserve will convey just how worried they are that banks and other financial institutions are putting the economy at risk by hoarding cash.