Archive for Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Also from December 12

Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Oskaloosa ice storm
Podcasts
Polls
Should Attorney General Paul Morrison resign over sexual harassment allegations?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
46%
Yes
 
45%
Undecided
 
7%
Total 327
Who do you consider to be KU's best dunker?

Poll results

Response Percent
Darnell Jackson
 
29%
Rodrick Stewart
 
25%
Darrell Arthur
 
19%
Brandon Rush
 
18%
Sasha Kaun
 
4%
Someone else
 
2%
Total 2051
What's the worst thing about winter?

Poll results

Response Percent
The ice
 
39%
All the above
 
24%
The cold
 
13%
Nothing, I love winter
 
12%
Flu season
 
9%
The snow
 
0%
Total 469
Videos

Lead stories

6:01 a.m.
Framed between ice-laden branches of an evergreen tree, Leslie Campbell clears her driveway of other fallen limbs. A steady rain and freezing temperatures Monday and Tuesday caused an accumulation of ice on trees and power lines. Storm ices Midwest
December 12, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence got lucky. The storm that knocked out power for thousands of Kansans and spurred Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday to declare a state of emergency for all counties passed through the city without the mayhem that many had braced for. “I think it was a minimal storm compared to what it could have been,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. The nearby school districts of Baldwin City, Eudora, Tonganoxie, McLouth, Oskaloosa, Basehor-Linwood and Perry-Lecompton canceled classes today, the second day in a row.
12:00 p.m.
Ninth-grader Emily Johnson, a member of the South Singers at South Junior High School, is pictured with her father, Jody Johnson, on Tuesday in their home. Jody wrote the song "Winter's Promise," which the South Singers will perform during concerts this week. Winter’s Promise’ gives junior high kids a voice
December 12, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Lawrence resident Jody Johnson wrote a song, “Winter’s Promise,” about his daughter, Emily, and other junior high school students. “I feel like, a lot of times, junior high kids aren’t listened to. We always think they are in transition when actually, I think, they provide quite a bit of hope, and so the song talks about that and uses the image of winter to talk about that,” Johnson said.
4:00 p.m.
High School Spodcasters
Winter sports take center stage
Posted December 12, 2007
The weather outside has cooled off but inside Lawrence's high school gymnasiums the action is just heating up. Lawrence High and Free State High's boys and girls basketball teams are in full swing, with season-openers and tournament action already behind them. In this week's High School Spodcasters segment join Matt Tait, Benton Smith and Jesse Temple for an early look at all four teams.
10:00 p.m.
Julie Smith, Oskaloosa, said she was surveying damage Wednesday morning when a tree behind her started to crack. Seconds later, half of the tree crashed down. Her boyfriend, Wade Olson, Lawrence, helped cut the tree into sections. Ice devastates nearby county
December 12, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Jefferson County is reeling from Tuesday’s ice storm, and it could be several days before full power is restored, emergency officials said. “We’ve lost major transmission lines and transfer stations,” Emergency Management director Doug Schmitt said. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a situation this bad.” At noon Wednesday, 75 percent of the county remained without power, he said.

All stories

6Sports video: KU women’s team also busy with finals
December 12, 2007
The KU men aren’t the only ones taking those tests this week. The Kansas women’s basketball team is also off this entire week thanks to finals exams.
6Sports video: KU meeting with Virginia Tech first in school history
December 12, 2007
Kansas first fielded a football team in 1890 - but not once in 117 years have the Jayhawks played against Virginia Tech. At least not until January 3rd.
6News video: One teacher’s entrepreneurial spirit earns her a big payback
December 12, 2007
Sunflower Bank names Lisa Ryan, a teacher at Raintree Montessori School, the November Teacher of the Month.
6News video: The storm is gone - but icy aftermath remains
December 12, 2007
Ice may have melted on the roads but there’s still a thick coat of trees all over Lawrence. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more on the damage and what could happen next.
6News video: Icy weather ravages Manhattan
December 12, 2007
6News reporter Jesse Fray traveled to Manhattan today to show us the mess created by mother nature’s icy fury.
6News video: ‘Jo Shmo’s‘ heading for downtown Lawrence
December 12, 2007
A KU-trained opera singer is looking to make a major play in downtown Lawrence. His plan? Open ‘Jo Shmo’s‘ - a bar and grill featuring burgers, beer and bocce.
6News video: President Bush declares a state of emergency for Kansas
December 12, 2007
Statewide, about 124,000 customers are still without power. Westar Energy says it could take as much as 10 days before power is restored to nearly 70,000 of its customers left in the dark.
6Sports video: Free State boys basketball squad tops Lansing
December 12, 2007
The Free State high school boys basketball team defeated the Lansing Lions by a final score of 62-45.
6News video: 10 Nights of Lights: Kenny Brown
December 12, 2007
For the second house in this year’s ‘Light Up Lawrence’ contest, we head to East Lawrence to the home of Kenny Brown.
6Sports video: Collins to be tested on the court and in class
December 12, 2007
KU sophomore Sherron Collins not only has to worry about finals week on the hill, but also about the durability of his injured foot when he hits the court this Saturday against Ohio.
6Sports video: KU recruit Releford leads Bishop Meige in tourney
December 12, 2007
Future KU guard Travis Releford was in action at the Metro Prep Classic in Bonner Springs.
Ice devastates nearby county
Thousands still without power
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A1
Jefferson County is reeling from Tuesday’s ice storm, and it could be several days before full power is restored, emergency officials said. “We’ve lost major transmission lines and transfer stations,” Emergency Management director Doug Schmitt said. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a situation this bad.” At noon Wednesday, 75 percent of the county remained without power, he said.
6News Now: Ice weighs down trees
December 12, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, the storm may be over, but the ice remains, especially on trees in the Lawrence area.
Jefferson County waits for power; Oskaloosa district cancels classes Thursday
01:39 p.m., December 12, 2007 Updated 05:16 p.m.
As of noon 75 percent of the county was without power, Emergency Management Director Doug Schmitt said.<
Rush court hearing is delayed
December 12, 2007
A case in Lawrence Municipal Court against Kansas University basketball player Brandon Rush has been continued to April 11.
KU, Lawrence public schools in session today; power outage numbers dwindle
12:00 a.m., December 12, 2007 Updated 02:45 p.m.
Some schools have canceled classes on Wednesday, including Basehor-Linwood USD 458, Eudora USD 491, Baldwin USD 348, Tonganoxie USD 464, McLouth USD 342, Oskaloosa USD 341 and Perry Lecompton USD 343.
Pump patrol
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.76 at several locations.
GM: Rebuilding still on course
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B8
Facing what could be his worst season in 19 years as president and general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, Carl Peterson says neither he nor his head coach is in danger of losing his job.
CIA ex-agent says waterboarding OK’d at the top
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A10
CIA Director Michael Hayden, testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors Tuesday, failed to answer central questions about the destruction of secret videotapes showing harsh interrogation of terror suspects, the panel’s chairman said.
New guidelines set for seniors who exercise
December 12, 2007 in print edition on C3
Q: I am 70 years old. I was wondering how much exercise is recommended for older adults?
New NASA data: Arctic melting accelerated in summer
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A8
An already relentless melting of the Arctic greatly accelerated this summer, a warning sign that some scientists worry could mean global warming has passed an ominous tipping point. One even speculated that summer sea ice would be gone in five years.
People in the news
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B13
¢ iTunes releases top sellers of the year¢ Gwen Stefani sets up scholarship fund¢ Lock of John Lennon’s hair on auction block¢ NY Philharmonic to play Americana in N. Korea ¢ ‘Masterpiece Theatre’ gets revamped¢ ‘Citizen Kane’ script goes for $97K at auction
Crowned’ offers jaw-dropping laughs
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B13
The CW could sure use a hit. Can they turn the corner with “Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants” (8 p.m., CW)? This eight-part series treats a mother-daughter beauty pageant like a reality show, inviting 11 pairs of beauty queens to a gaudy mansion with a lot of pink rooms. At least one pair gets eliminated - or “de-sashed” - every episode.
Counterfeit goods a genuine danger
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B12
Whether it’s adulterated medicine that can kill, bogus batteries that can burn or wannabe Guccis that simply wear out fast (though they may look stylish for a while), counterfeit merchandise is almost impossible to avoid.
Horoscopes
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B13
You might try something very different or offbeat this year. As a result, as you are the one behind this action or idea, you will also have to carry it to the finish line. Count on heavy responsibilities this year. If you are single, you will meet a very charming person but will he or she be free? If you are attached, take off for special times alone as a couple.
State fair, university won’t share land
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B14
High-tech research facilities and animal barns won’t share space at State Fair Park anytime soon.
Fewer teens report using illicit drugs
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A6
Though fewer eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders across the country report illicit drug use, those who do are increasingly turning to prescription drugs, according to a University of Michigan study released Tuesday at the White House.
Competence needed, not ideology
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A13
Atheists are the only people who appear to have been offended by Mitt Romney’s speech about his Mormon faith. Judging by the reaction contained in some newspaper columns, editorials and letters to the editor, atheists are said to have felt “excluded” by Romney’s failure to acknowledge that tolerance of the anti-religious is part of America’s tradition.
Bali meeting will shift ballots
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A13
American presidential campaigns often are changed by events in remote locales such as Davenport, Iowa, or Laconia, N.H. But Bali?
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A12
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 12, 1907: “The annual meeting of the Sons and Daughters of New England will be at the Fairfax, 708 Mass., on Dec. 20. Emphasis will be on the local heritage and talks on the history and customs of New England.
Healthy decision
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A12
To the editor: The American College of Physicians on Dec. 3 in the “Annals of Internal Medicine” declared its support for universal health care. Your doctors know that it is right. Help us all do what is right.
Mail addressed to ‘any soldier’ will be trashed or returned
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A14
Hundreds of thousands of holiday cards and letters thanking wounded American troops for their sacrifice and wishing them well never reach their destination. They are returned to sender or thrown away unopened.
Manning has Colts’ offense back on track
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B9
Peyton Manning is making the touchdowns look easy, and the Indianapolis offense is again scoring points by the dozens. Yes, the Colts are finally playing like their old selves.
Morrison asks judicial agency to investigate allegations
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A1
Hoping to keep his job, Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison said Tuesday he wants an independent investigation into allegations made against him by a former subordinate with whom he had an extramarital affair.
Winter’s Promise’ gives junior high kids a voice
Eighth- and ninth-grade singers to perform song written by student’s dad
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A3
Lawrence resident Jody Johnson wrote a song, “Winter’s Promise,” about his daughter, Emily, and other junior high school students. “I feel like, a lot of times, junior high kids aren’t listened to. We always think they are in transition when actually, I think, they provide quite a bit of hope, and so the song talks about that and uses the image of winter to talk about that,” Johnson said.
Storm ices Midwest
Accidents, damages are relatively light
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lawrence got lucky. The storm that knocked out power for thousands of Kansans and spurred Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday to declare a state of emergency for all counties passed through the city without the mayhem that many had braced for. “I think it was a minimal storm compared to what it could have been,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. The nearby school districts of Baldwin City, Eudora, Tonganoxie, McLouth, Oskaloosa, Basehor-Linwood and Perry-Lecompton canceled classes today, the second day in a row.
Ex-Patriots miss out on chance to make history
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B9
Daniel Graham left the Patriots after last season. Now with the mediocre Broncos, the former captain doesn’t regret missing a chance to go undefeated.
Ditka to dissolve assistance fund
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B9
Mike Ditka said Tuesday he would dissolve his Hall of Fame Assistance Trust Fund in the wake of a report that the charity had given only a small amount of money to needy former NFL players.
KU baseball inks nine; Price says class KU’s best
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B6
Ritch Price is banging the drum loudly for the nine 2009 recruits he announced on Tuesday. “This recruiting class may be the finest in Kansas baseball history,” said Price, who has been head of KU’s diamond program since 2003.
Arkansas hires Petrino
Falcons’ coach resigns for Razorbacks’ post
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B2
Bobby Petrino was hired Tuesday as the football coach at Arkansas, capping a whirlwind day in which he stunningly resigned from the Atlanta Falcons after just 13 games.
Pirates release Japan tanker, crew off Somalia
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A2
Pirates freed a Japanese chemical tanker loaded with highly explosive benzene off the coast of Somalia today, six weeks after seizing the vessel and its crew, a U.S. Navy spokesman said.
NBA Roundup
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B3
Scores around the league.
White’s mother seeks meeting with Huckabee
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A2
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s 15-year-old comments that AIDS patients should have been isolated have so alarmed the mother of Ryan White, an Indiana teenager whose life-ending battle with AIDS in the 1980s engrossed the nation, that she has asked for a meeting.
AP also honors McFadden, Tebow, KSU’s Nelson
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B4
When it comes to being an All-American, Darren McFadden doesn’t have to settle for second.
Recipe reminder of aunt’s legacy
December 12, 2007 in print edition on C1
Many of us complain of the stress associated with the holidays as we juggle cooking, shopping, decorating, work, travel, in-laws and so forth. At the same time, it’s almost impossible not to be intoxicated by the season, whose hallmarks are the eager anticipation and easy laughter of children and the spontaneous generosity that is in short supply at other times of the year.
Keegan: DT funny, friendly, fierce
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B1
To spend 14 minutes interviewing outgoing Kansas University senior defensive tackle James McClinton is to laugh a lot, to witness scripture quoted accurately, to hear the word “man” 15 times and “hecks no” three times, to discover his fear of sting rays, and to learn what it was like growing up in a house with five sisters and nary a brother.
Lawrence resident is promoted
New president had been senior VP of Topeka-based firm
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B12
A Lawrence resident is the new president and chief operating officer of Security Benefit Corp., a Topeka-based company that provides financial services and retirement planning for investors and employers. Tom Swank, who had been senior vice president and chief marketing officer, assumes the title of president from Kris Robbins, who will remain as Security Benefit’s chairman and chief executive officer.
Thomas remains vague on interaction with fans
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B3
Isiah Thomas insists fans can influence the way his team is playing. Whether the New York Knicks coach expressed that belief to anyone in the Madison Square Garden crowd Monday night remains a mystery.
Al-Qaida claims bombings on UN building in Algerian capital
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A2
Two bombs that killed at least 26 people, including five United Nations workers, in the Algerian capital Tuesday were orchestrated by a resurgent al-Qaida-linked group seeking to overthrow North African governments, according to Algerian authorities.
Tropical Storm Olga forces evacuations
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A2
Olga strengthened and became a tropical storm Tuesday, drenching the Dominican Republic and forcing the evacuation of low-lying communities ahead of the rare December cyclone.
Crews work to restore power to thousands
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A9
Utility crews worked Tuesday to restore power after a winter storm left more than 115,000 Kansas customers without power.
Attorney being treated after admitting she made up story about kidnapping
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A11
An attorney and former city councilwoman was getting treatment after admitting she fabricated her tale of being kidnapped at gunpoint last week, her husband said Tuesday. Police said she probably will be charged with filing a false report.
Vote allows retroactive easing of crack cocaine sentences
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A6
The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to allow some 19,500 federal prison inmates, most of them black, to seek reductions in their crack cocaine sentences.
Saint Mary’s Top 25 debut ruined
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B7
Bryan Mullins scored 24 points, and Southern Illinois spoiled Saint Mary’s first game as a ranked team in 18 years with a 71-56 victory over the 24th-ranked Gaels on Tuesday night.
Study: Doctors can miss cancer in mammograms
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A2
Doctors reading mammograms miss an average of 2 in every 10 cases of breast cancer, even for women with lumps and other symptoms, researchers reported Tuesday.
Eudora teachers ratify contract
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A4
Eudora school teachers have ratified a contract - for this school year. “We realized it was the best offer the board was going to give us, and the teachers voted to accept it,” said Bob Sailler, Eudora Middle School teacher and president of the Eudora National Education Association.
Gamers ‘w00t’ for word of the year
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A2
Expect cheers among hard-core online game enthusiasts when they learn Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year. Or, more accurately, expect them to “w00t.”
Candy creations
Use edible art to decorate your home for the holidays
December 12, 2007 in print edition on C1
It’s easy to be intimidated by all those lovely magazine spreads showing the perfect holiday table. But gorgeous holiday decorations can be more than just a checkout line-fantasy. Many ideas require little more than a trip to the grocer and a bit of experimenting.
Smarter housing
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A12
To the editor: Just wanted to share my views on the environment and our future survival - in particular, logging practices and the increased rate and style of housing development.
Israel thrusts into Gaza on eve of peace talks
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A10
Israeli tanks and bulldozers pushed into the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, killing five Islamic militants and trapping hundreds of people in their homes, while another extremist died from an airstrike elsewhere in the territory.
Bush damage
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A12
To the editor: Not long ago, I asked the question in print in this newspaper, “How comfortable should we be with George W. Bush continuing in the role as president of the United States and just how comfortable should Congress be with this fact?”
Bargain travel secrets: Venice in March, Hawaii in May
December 12, 2007 in print edition on C1
Looking for a hotel bargain? Then heed the findings of CheapTickets.com’s “Cheapometer,” which offers month-by-month projections for when hotel rates will be cheapest in 2008 in popular destinations around the world.
Fed drops key rate for third time this year
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A2
The Federal Reserve gave borrowers a rate cut present for the holidays. Wall Street’s response: Bah humbug!
Alford, Knight cross paths again
Pupil and teacher will meet on Saturday
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B7
No matter where he coaches, New Mexico’s Steve Alford ends up with mentor Bob Knight on the schedule. He’s not doing it on purpose and, frankly, he doesn’t like it. Saturday’s fifth meeting between Texas Tech’s Knight and his former player will be about the same for Alford as the previous four - “not fun.”
Bush calls on Iran to explain weapons program
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A10
President Bush on Tuesday called on Iran to explain why it had a secretive nuclear weapons program, and warned that any such efforts must not be allowed to flourish “for the sake of world peace.”
Scarlet Orchid chef visits on ‘Jayni’
December 12, 2007 in print edition on C3
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Scarlet Orchid: Chef Ling’s Favorite Recipes.” Host Jayni Carey and her guest will prepare the following recipes: Chef Ling’s Chicken, Ginger Steamed Sea Bass and New York Steak Teriyaki.
Report: Cotton production drops
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B14
Cotton was once touted as a promising alternative crop for Kansas farmers and cotton gins were built to handle an increased acreage devoted to a crop far more familiar in southern states.
McGrew agent earns buyer’s designation
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B12
Sarah Dreiling, of McGrew Real Estate, recently received the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) designation from the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council Inc. of the National Association of Realtors.
Lawrence remodeler wins design award
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B12
Michael Nuffer Construction, Lawrence, won a Best of the Best Design Award In the New Construction on Existing Foundation category of Professional Remodeler magazine’s annual design competition.
Error makes taxes too high
Superintendent accidentally enters wrong mill levy
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A3
An error by the Tonganoxie school superintendent will cost district property owners nearly $370,000 in property taxes. The money will be reimbursed, but when and how that will take place is being debated.
Icy weather ruins Tuesday hoops
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B6
Postponement of Tuesday night’s scheduled Free State-Topeka High girls basketball game may have been a blessing for the Firebirds.
On the record
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A4
A Lawrence man on Monday reported the theft of a parking meter and the coins inside from the 900 block of Vermont Street. The incident occurred between 5 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Monday. The meter was valued at $1,000.
Scotch Industries shares the warmth
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B12
Scotch Fabric Care Services, Lawrence, collected and cleaned 2,106 coats in Lawrence for its annual Scotch Share the Warmth campaign.
Landslide covers highway; at least 4 homes hit
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A10
A landslide Tuesday in a region hit hard by last week’s storms slammed into at least four homes and covered a highway shortly after it was closed, officials said. No injuries were reported.
Sunflower forecast
City teams factor heavily into league race
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B5
A high school basketball conference’s success often is judged by how many teams qualify for the state tournament at season’s end. Based on that logic, boys basketball in the Sunflower League thrived last year as three teams - Leavenworth, Free State High and Shawnee Mission West - made the final eight in Class 6A. Even more telling for the league, however, was the quality of teams that did not make it to state.
Successor says Russia needs Putin
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A10
The soft-spoken bureaucrat just presented to the world as Russian President Vladimir V. Putin’s handpicked successor appeared on state television Tuesday with a deferential plea: The country must remain under Putin’s leadership.
6 shot getting off school bus
Police say attack stemmed from earlier fight over a girl
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A10
Assailants shot six young people Tuesday at a school bus stop, wounding two critically, in a midday attack that followed a fight over a high school girl, authorities said.
LipoDissolve company shuts offices
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A5
A suburban St. Louis-based chain that provided fat-reduction procedures has shut down, leaving more than 500 employees out of work.
Runners, walkers to brave cold for local charities
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A5
The Christmas carol might say deck the halls. But Thursday evening, runners and walkers will be decking and trekking the streets of downtown Lawrence. For the past five years, participants have donned Santa hats, bells and - most impressive - flashing Christmas lights for the annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk.
Marked man
Tattoos tell tale of Free State wrestler
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B1
Branded with tattoos from front to back, Free State senior Chris Thompson is a much nicer person than his opponents believe. “I kind of like it, though,” the Firebirds’ 135-pound wrestler says about his opponents’ ideas that he’s some kind of a rebel. “Before matches, guys will talk about my tattoos, and I guess they’re kind of a little intimidated. It’s cool.” So are the tattoos.
Three Jayhawks AP All-America
Collins, Talib KU’s first first-teamers since 1983; McClinton second-team
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B1
It had been 24 years - long even for Kansas University - since a Jayhawk was honored on the football All-America first team by the Associated Press. Just to make sure Kansas crashed the party hard, there’s two on the list this year - and one more knocking on the door.
City cancels meeting because of weather
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A3
Tuesday’s Lawrence City Commission meeting was canceled. Items on the agenda shifted to future commission meetings.
Minnesota grunt’ identifies wild Aldrich
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B1
Born on Halloween in 1988, perhaps Cole Aldrich was destined to be a little different, a little wild. The Kansas University freshman center from Bloomington, Minn., has been on campus only a few months, and though he has played just 86 minutes in nine games and averages a mere 3.6 points an outing, he’s establishing himself as a player who enjoys himself and makes his presence known.
Commodities
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B12
Agricultural futures finished in a mixed range Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery fell 19 cents to $9.105; March corn rose 6.25 cents to $4.24; March oats jumped 7.5 cents to $2.915; January soybeans gained 9.75 cents to $11.355.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A12
The transmission tower used by KANU radio toppled, and officials were at the scene investigating the possibility that a guy wire supporting the tower had been cut in an act of sabotage.
A tenuous sense of security in Baghdad
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A12
Teenage boys were playing soccer on the grassy parkland along Abu Nawas Street on Friday. A few parents were strolling the street gesturing to their young kids as they gazed out over the Tigris River.
Mangino exalted yet again
Coach-of-the-year awards keep coming for KU skipper
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B4
Kansas University coach Mark Mangino was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s 2007 Coach of the Year on Tuesday.
Woods player of year again
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B2
Tiger Woods was voted PGA Tour player of the year by his peers Tuesday, the third straight year he won the award and the ninth time in his 11 years as a pro.
KU women’s basketball team spreads holiday cheer at LMH
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A3
Only 24 hours after he was born at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Finn Nelson found himself surrounded by the Kansas University women’s basketball team. While he comes from a family of Wisconsin Badgers, his crib on Tuesday was full of Jayhawk mementos and a stuffed animal given to him by the team.
Commentary: NFL hasn’t seen last of Michael Vick
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B2
The issue with Michael Vick is when, not if. As in when he will play in the NFL again. There is little doubt in my mind we have not seen the last of Vick on an NFL field. Vick has too much talent not to resurface, and the position he plays is a black hole. Consider some of the quarterbacks on NFL rosters today - Gibran Hamdan, Jeff Rowe, Shaun Hill.
Warnings
The Uma Thurman situation is further evidence of mishandling of potential troublemakers.
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A12
Actress Uma Thurman has good reason to be uneasy these days. A former psychiatric patient has rejected a plea offer that would have put him into a mental health facility and settled the charges against him for stalking the 37-year-old actress for nearly two years. Jack Jordan refused to plead guilty in New York to attempted coercion. It is a felony the court would have reduced to a misdemeanor once he completed at least a year in a mental health program.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B4
Kansas University basketball signee Mario Little is averaging 15.9 points per game off 59.2 percent shooting for 14-0 Chipola (Fla.) Community College.
Christmas Toy Shop slated for this week
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Salvation Army Christmas Toy Shop runs Thursday through Saturday at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St., Building 21.
Lawrence escapes expected blow
City’s lucky streak in 2007 continues
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A1
Maybe it’s the Tonganoxie split. Perhaps it’s carbon dioxide being pumped out of the Westar Energy plant north of town. Or possibly it is just the right time to be living in Lawrence because somehow, in the past year, Lawrence has missed out on the nastiest of nasty weather that has ravaged Kansas.
Orange Bowl ticket sales limp toward finish
KU, Virginia Tech both have plenty left
December 12, 2007 in print edition on B4
After a furious sprint out of the gate, Orange Bowl ticket sales are limping toward the finish line with just more than three weeks to go. Both Kansas University and Virginia Tech have tickets remaining for the Jan. 3 Orange Bowl. Virginia Tech assistant athletic director Sandy Smith said Tuesday the Hokies had sold around 15,000.
Church gunman may have given warning
Autopsy determines that shooter killed himself during second attack
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A7
In between his two deadly shooting sprees, church gunman Matthew Murray apparently posted a furious threat on the Internet to kill Christians. But whether the warning reached police before he struck again was unclear Tuesday.
Bomb questions
December 12, 2007 in print edition on A12
To the editor: Inspired by the Dec. 7 letter from Brent Garner concerning Iran and its alleged nuclear weapons program, I have some questions for us. Which big country in the world has been developing bunker-buster bombs?