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Archive for Thursday, December 13, 2007

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Births
Obituaries
On the street
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Deer Hunting
Podcasts
Polls
What do you think of baseball's steroid report?

Poll results

Response Percent
Who cares about baseball?
 
40%
It’s time to start over with a clean slate
 
23%
All the named players should be punished
 
20%
All baseball records set in the last 20 years should be removed
 
11%
Undecided
 
4%
Total 479
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.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.
9:00 a.m.
In a stunning development this week in Kansas politics, Morrison admitted to having a two-year extramarital affair with Linda Carter, who had been director of administration of the Johnson County district attorney's office when Morrison was district attorney. Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison answers questions during news conference following inauguration ceremonies in Topeka, Kan., in this Jan. 8, 2007, file photo. Republicans say legal review of Morrison not enough
December 13, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison may face more than a review by his peers of allegations of lawyer misconduct. State Republican Party Chairman Kris Kobach said Wednesday that Morrison also could be subject to investigations by an independent prosecutor and the Legislature. “There are many possible paths,” Kobach said.
1:00 p.m.
Mary Garzillo, 15, center, Charlie Garzillo, bottom, and Sam Hird, 16, peek out of their blind while scanning the valley for deer during a hunt southwest of Lawrence in the Wakarusa River valley. The trio were out hunting on Saturday. Charlie Garzillo started taking his daughter, Mary, and their neighbor Sam deer hunting about three years ago. The two young hunters both killed their first bucks earlier this season. Hunters find strength in traditions
December 13, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Mary Garzillo, 15, has patience running through her veins. The Lawrence High School sophomore learned it from her father, Charlie, and the time they’ve spent in their tree stand southwest of Lawrence just waiting to take a perfect shot at a deer.
4:00 p.m.
Attorney General Paul Morrison has admitted having an extramarital affair with a former staffer who  accuses him of sexual harassment and attempting to influence a federal lawsuit involving a political opponent. Kline hires special prosecutor to target Morrison
December 13, 2007
On Thursday, Johnson County Commissioners gave permission to Kline to select a special prosecutor to investigate what he called blackmail and telephone harassment.
10:00 p.m.
Mike George of the Jefferson County Water District 7 thaws an antenna which transmits information about a rural water tower south of Oskaloosa on Highway 59.  On Thursday many Jefferson County residents still did not have electricity after an ice storm on Tuesday.  Power slowly is being restored in some areas. Jefferson County begins recovery
December 13, 2007 in print edition on 3A
The sun was out, the ice was melting, but on Thursday many Jefferson County residents still did not have electricity. The good news was that power slowly was being restored in some areas. “We have power here in Oskaloosa in most of the town,” Jefferson County Clerk Linda Buttron said Thursday afternoon. “The power company came in late last night (Wednesday) with quite a few crews and they were able to get most of the town up and running today.”

All stories

6Sports video: Chieftain boys fall while ladies roll
December 13, 2007
In Tonganoxie this evening the Chieftain boys hosted Lansing, ultimately falling 60-27. The Chieftain ladies took down Lansing in the early game tonight, however, 52-42.
6Sports video: More players could mean less playing time
December 13, 2007
For the first time this season the Kansas men’s basketball team is playing with a full squad. Brandon Rush, Sherron Collins and Tyrel Reed will all return after injuries when KU plays Ohio this weekend.
6Sports video: Pirates domiate in border rivalry
December 13, 2007
The Piper High boys’ basketball team returned to the Hy-Vee Shootout this evening to take on one of its border rivals. For the second straight season the Pirates traveled to Avila University for the event that slates 16 Kansas squads against 16 teams from Missouri.
6Sports video: Numbers don’t lie
December 13, 2007
The numbers say it’s the most impressive football season in school history: a program-record 11 wins, two first-team All Americans and the Division I coach of the year.
6Sports video: Weston Wiebe leads way
December 13, 2007
The Free State High boys’ basketball team is off to a 3-1 start following Wednesday’s 17-point win over Lansing in the fifth-place game of the Bonner Springs tournament. Weston Weibe lead the Firebirds with 25 points.
6News video: Light Up Lawrence contest features local homes
December 13, 2007
Here’s a look at the third entry in this year’s Light Up Lawrence contest. It’s the home of Bev and Scott Henderson in the 4800 block of West 25th St.
6News video: Jingle Bell run benefits community
December 13, 2007
Holiday decor was on the move tonight downtown during the fifth annual Jingle Bell Run and Walk. 115 people, six dogs and even a Santa Claus participated to raise money for the Ballard Community Center and the Boys and Girls Club.
6News video: New lights too bright for Kasold-area residents
December 13, 2007
Several west Lawrence residents have seen the light, and now they want it dimmed. When the city rebuilt Kasold Drive between 22nd Street and Bob Billings Parkway, they installed 40 new street lights on the one-mile stretch.
6News video: New show puts LHS students on the air
December 13, 2007
It’s called Room 125 — where they film the show — and it’s the first year the students have been able to put together a news show. They do it all, from camera work and reporting to anchoring and editing.
6News video: Train derails in east Lawrence
December 13, 2007
Six train cars derailed early this morning in east Lawrence. Crews from Burlington Northern Santa Fe were on the scene today east of 11th and Haskell trying to determine what caused the accident.
6News video: Baseball steroid use report released
December 13, 2007
A much-anticipated report on steroid use in major league baseball was released this afternoon. Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell spent the last 20 months heading up the investigation.
6News video: Toy Shop helps local families
December 13, 2007
Some are single parents who just need a little help for the holidays. Others are families who are down on their luck. Whatever their story, no one went away empty handed from the Salvation Army’s Christmas Toy Shop today.
6News video: Power still out in much of Jefferson County
December 13, 2007
After three days of clouds, rain and ice, the sun came out. The melting began today, but much of the region remains packed with ice. 6News reporter Laura McHugh explains how thousands in nearby counties started their third day in a row without power or heat.
6Sports video: Shawnee Mission South sweeps Free State, LHS at Invitational
December 13, 2007
Both the Free State High and Lawrence High boys’ swimming and diving teams were looking to make a splash this afternoon in the Free State High Invitational.
6Sports video: KU up against worthy foe
December 13, 2007
The Kansas men’s basketball team returns to the hardwood this Saturday against Ohio. The Jayhawks enter the contest with a perfect 9-0 record after rolling DePaul last weekend. The Bobcats are pretty good, too.
6News video: City leaders to reconsider I-70 K-10 business park
December 13, 2007
A controversial rezoning plan for a new business park at the northwestern edge of Lawrence is making the rounds once again at City Hall.
6News video: City opening temporary brush drop-off site
December 13, 2007
The City of Lawrence is opening a brush drop-off site to help with clean-up after the storm. The site opens tomorrow morning and will stay open through Monday.
Winter weather closings announced for Friday
December 13, 2007
McLouth USD 342 will be closed Friday due to winter weather.
Jefferson County begins recovery
Power slowly being restored to parts of the hard-hit area
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
The sun was out, the ice was melting, but on Thursday many Jefferson County residents still did not have electricity. The good news was that power slowly was being restored in some areas. “We have power here in Oskaloosa in most of the town,” Jefferson County Clerk Linda Buttron said Thursday afternoon. “The power company came in late last night (Wednesday) with quite a few crews and they were able to get most of the town up and running today.”
6News Now: Investigation underway in train derailment
December 13, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, six train cars derailed early this morning in East Lawrence, and the thaw begins but areas nearby remain in the dark.
Kline hires special prosecutor to target Morrison
December 13, 2007
On Thursday, Johnson County Commissioners gave permission to Kline to select a special prosecutor to investigate what he called blackmail and telephone harassment.
Train derails in East Lawrence
09:31 a.m., December 13, 2007 Updated 11:19 a.m.
There were no injuries and no collisions.
Horoscopes
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B8
The potential of this year could dissolve if you don’t take action soon enough to milk all the rewards. Intellectualizing is great, but acting is better. Romance knocks on your door if you are single. If you are attached, you will have an opportunity to increase your closeness if you schedule special times just for the two of you. Aquarius is naturally intuitive about you.
Poll finds distrust among minority groups in US
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A6
The nation’s three largest minority groups - blacks, Hispanics and Asians - view one another with deep suspicion, though there’s evidence that the divide could be breached, a new poll finds.
Crop subsidies’ harvest of misery
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A9
Congress can still act decisively this year to right a wrong that is hurting both small American farmers and the poorest people on the planet. A long-overdue debate is taking place on reform of the 1933 farm bill, passed during the Great Depression to alleviate the suffering of America’s family farmers. I was a farm boy then, and the primary cash crops on my father’s farm were peanuts and cotton.
Appellate court rules in favor of Jordan
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B4
A state appellate court ruled Wednesday in favor of Michael Jordan in his dispute with an ex-lover who claims the retired superstar owes her $5 million.
Mr. Electric
Safety known for vibrant personality
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University football safety Darrell Stuckey’s persona best can be summed up by a story told by teammate James McClinton. “I remember one time we were doing a Relay For Life,” McClinton said of the event held annually at Memorial Stadium that raises money for the American Cancer Society. “You spend the whole night out there walking around the track, and he was on my team. He came in being Darrell Stuckey, all energetic.
Storm harms trees
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A1
This week’s ice storm took a toll on trees. Just how much of a toll often depends on the tree, said Jennifer Smith, horticulture agent with the Douglas County Extension Service.
KU prof: Global warming not sole culprit
Hot spots could be causing ice sheets to melt from below
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A1
A Kansas University researcher in a presentation to the American Geophysical Union today will show evidence that global warming may not be the only - and perhaps not even be the largest - cause of declining ice sheets on Greenland.
Care for kids
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
To the editor: There have been lots of stories about people adopting a local family or contributing to the Salvation Army during this holiday season, and I applaud that, but instead of toys and sweaters and ham dinners, we should be telling our legislators to give our children universal health care coverage and to mandate a living wage for their parents so that children can have what they need all year long.
Ike Turner, rock pioneer, dies at 76
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B8
Ike Turner, whose role as one of rock’s critical architects was overshadowed by his ogrelike image as the man who brutally abused former wife Tina Turner, died Wednesday at his home in suburban San Diego. He was 76.
Too much salt will damage plants
December 13, 2007 in print edition on C1
Horticulturists usually wait until symptoms appear in the spring to talk about salt damage in the landscape. So why am I bringing it up now? Because we can prevent the injury: The de-icing salts that we apply to our sidewalks and driveways are the source of much of the damage.
Colorado stumbles
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B4
Shaun Reynolds hit a driving layup and free throw with 4.3 seconds left, and Bo McCalebb scored 24 points to lead New Orleans to a 67-65 victory over Colorado on Wednesday night.
Warming may lessen hurricane intensity
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A7
Everyone from atmospheric experts to Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore warn that global warming eventually will spawn super-strong storms. The warmer the oceans, the more powerful the hurricanes, they say.
Add low-maintenance houseplants to your decor
December 13, 2007 in print edition on C2
They sit on grocery or home-improvement store shelves, waiting for someone to nurture them. But a worse fate could lie ahead - too small pots, too little sunlight or the worst of all, overwatering.
On the record
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A4
A laptop computer and black case valued at $2,550 were reported stolen from Learned Hall at Kansas University on Monday. According to a KU Public Safety Office report, the incident occurred between 11 a.m. Dec. 6 and 3 p.m. Sunday.
How to say ‘no’ in the workplace
December 13, 2007 in print edition on C1
Jill Geisler, group leader of Poynter Institute’s Leadership and Management Programs, offers these tips for those who are uncomfortable saying “no” in various workplace scenarios:
Kansas puppy mills linked to L.A. pet shop
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A5
A Bel-Air pet boutique that has catered to the likes of Britney Spears and Denise Richards was shut down after the Humane Society accused it of selling dogs from puppy mills.
Defense seeks acquittal or new trial in slaying of pregnant woman
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A5
Attorneys for a woman facing the death penalty for killing a pregnant woman and cutting the baby from her womb have filed what promises to be the first of many appeals.
Couple indicted on capital murder counts
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
A couple accused of beating their toddler to death, tucking her body in a plastic box and dumping it in Galveston Bay were indicted Wednesday on charges of capital murder.
Power outages may last more than week in parts of Kansas
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A5
Westar Energy Inc. officials said Wednesday that it could be up to 10 days before power is restored to 70,000 customers left in the dark by this week’s ice storms. Chief Executive Officer Bill Moore said the storms affected 120 to 140 communities and was larger than the 2005 ice storm that caused close to $30 million in damage. Westar serves about 670,000 customers in Kansas.
Make-up dates set
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence High girls basketball team will get its crack at the Lady Saints Tournament crown against host Overland Park Aquinas on Jan. 22 at STA.
Muscular dystrophy symptoms eased in mice
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
Scientists eased symptoms of muscular dystrophy in mice by injecting modified stem cells from human patients, a preliminary result that raises hopes for treating patients with tissue from their own bodies.
Frank Sinatra gets stamp of approval
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
Coming to a mailbox near you: Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. As Frank Sinatra’s three children looked on, Postal Service officials unveiled an oversized replica of a stamp commemorating the iconic crooner in Beverly Hills on Wednesday.
UN chief vows to keep staff in Algeria
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
The U.N. chief vowed Wednesday to keep United Nations staff in Algeria, saying the bombing of its offices in the north African nation will not deter the world body from helping people in need.
Commodities
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B9
Agricultural futures advanced sharply Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery rose 30 cents, to settle at $9.405; March corn added 9 cents to $4.33; March oats rose 3.25 cents to $2.9475; January soybeans gained 14.5 cents to $11.50.
Common childhood vaccine recalled
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
More than a million doses of a common vaccine given to babies as young as 2 months were being recalled Wednesday because of contamination risks, but the top U.S. health official said it was not a health threat. A shortage of the widely used vaccine appeared possible, though.
Lawrence woman guilty in shooting
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
A Franklin County jury earlier this week found a Lawrence woman guilty for her role in the shooting of a man in Ottawa a year ago.
Police search for gunmen who shot 6
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
Police searched for two gunmen Wednesday who wounded six young people at a bus stop, an attack that officials believe stemmed from a fight about a girl. Tight security met students entering high schools.
K-10 Association to meet Friday
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B9
The K-10 Association Inc. will conduct a membership meeting from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday in Hudson Auditorium of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park.
Human resources leader earns two certifications
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B9
Karen J. Anderson, business and human resources coordinator for Independence Inc., Lawrence, has earned two certifications from the Human Resource Certification Institute: Professional in Human Resources (PHR), and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
Interest in downtown picks up
Sites gain tenants while Blue Heron seeks buyer in district with open spaces
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B9
The vacancy rate for downtown properties may be up a bit from recent years, but the number doesn’t tell the whole story of interest and activity in the central business district’s real estate, a commercial Realtor said.The vacancy rate is running about 8.1 percent for retail space in the district, said Allison Vance Moore, of Grubb & Ellis | The Winbury Group. But that doesn’t account for properties that recently became vacant and just as quickly secured new tenants.
Pump patrol
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.74 at several locations.
The old, the new and ‘The Office’
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B8
Original episodes of network offerings are dwindling down to a precious few. Two feature “ripped-from-the-headlines” stories, at least two meditate on the notion of Santas gone very bad, and another demonstrates how even the best-written shows can get addicted to guest-star cameos. But don’t worry, there’s a brand new episode of “Big Shots,” as if anybody really cares about “Big Shots.”
With YouTube in mind, clerk clobbers thief
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A6
When a thief started taking cash from his register over the weekend, Dunkin’ Donuts employee Dustin Hoffmann fought back by clobbering the man with a ceramic mug.
Tightwad bank may reopen with Kansas-based owner
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B10
A small-town bank that drew $2.2 million in deposits from across the country because of its funny name may be coming back. A small east-central Kansas bank has asked regulatory approval to open a branch in Tightwad, Mo., a small community on Missouri 7 between Clinton and Warsaw.
Wellington sites endorsed for casinos
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A4
Sumner County commissioners on Wednesday unanimously endorsed two proposals to build a casino near the Wellington exit of the Kansas Turnpike, spurning two other more controversial proposals that would have put a casino to the north near the county line.
Fertilizer can speed natural gas production
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A10
A vast new energy supply in hard-to-tap older oil fields may be generated simply by feeding fertilizer to some deep-dwelling, gas-making microbes, new research suggests.
Report urges end to stigma of incontinence
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A6
One in four U.S. adults will experience incontinence at some point, a surprisingly high toll, and the condition is so embarrassing that many suffer silently, a government panel said Wednesday.
Van Go participants invited to reunion
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
Van Go Mobile Arts is hosting its first alumni reunion Friday.
Top 25 Roundup: Vandy rallies past DePaul
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B4
Shan Foster and A.J. Ogilvy came through after struggling most of the night, and No. 20 Vanderbilt rallied for a 91-85 victory over DePaul on Wednesday night to remain undefeated.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
The local Warm Hearts drive to raise $25,000 to help people in need pay heating bills during winter emergencies had topped $15,000 after only about 10 days of campaigning.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 13, 1907: “Recent government warnings as to the exhaustion of the forests of the country cause little concern in Oregon, which has 300 million feet of standing timber, more than any other state in the union. Oregon estimates that its supply alone will last for more than 150 years. Oregon says the warnings are overly cautious.
Literacy group partners with Lawrence schools
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B9
Jan Kuyper Erland, executive director of Innovative Learning Systems Inc., a nonprofit, Lawrence-based national literacy organization, announces a partnership with Lawrence public schools through the Lawrence Education Achievement Partners program.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
Even though Douglas County had one of the highest deer populations in Kansas, success of hunters had been only modest at best during the fall season here. More deer actually had been killed in the county by motor vehicles than by hunters, officials said.
Energy choices
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
To the editor: In her recent column “Hybrids responsible choice but : ” (Dec. 10), Elizabeth Black shows considerable confusion about energy sources. This is forgivable since the media and our own government have subscribed to the same confusion.
Oprah-Obama show hits prime time
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
On Sunday, Mitch Stewart was a happy man. In a back room of the Barack Obama for President headquarters here, he was pawing through a mountain of blue, white and green cards that were left with campaign volunteers Saturday by the throngs of spectators who turned out to see Oprah Winfrey endorse the Illinois senator’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Chavez, the comeback kid in ‘08
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A9
While Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez suffered a huge defeat in the Dec. 2 referendum - independent election monitors say he lost by a wider margin than officially announced and only accepted his loss under pressure - he may still make a significant comeback in 2008.
Who needs guns?
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
To the editor: The United States recently had two mall shootings followed by two shootings in Christian offices, and I’m sure it is just the beginning. I usually vote Republican because of their stand against abortion. But they are a big part of this problem. They pound the desk for the macho “right to bear arms’” and sign bills making that easier. We don’t live in the Old West. Why does anyone need guns?
Keegan: LHS grad takes to sidelines
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
A doctor’s office can be a place where a patient can hear either good news or bad news. Sometimes, it’s how the patient looks at the latter that can determine just how bad it is. It wasn’t the news Darian Dulin wanted to hear when he was 14, but it wasn’t fatal to his football career, either.
Baylor remains unbeaten
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B4
Angela Tisdale scored a career-high 24 points, and No. 10 Baylor beat Oregon, 80-45, on Wednesday night in women’s basketball. Jhasmin Player scored 15 points and Jessica Morrow 14 for the Bears (7-0).
Commentary: Baseball’s top officials owe apology
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B2
No matter what else is embedded in the Mitchell Report on performance-enhancing drug use that finally slapped down on baseball commissioner Bud Selig’s desk on Tuesday for a 48-hour sneak peek, the 21-month-old investigation better - at minimum - prompt some apologies in high places by the time the public gets its first look at the findings today.
NBA Roundup
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B4
Scores around the league.
Our town sports
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B6
Coffeyville Taps Dulin: Lawrence native Darian Dulin has been named head football coach at Coffeyville Community College. Dulin, who was assistant head coach at Tarleton (Texas) State, was a Lawrence High defensive back in the early 1990s who later played at Southwestern College.
Study: Evolutionary ‘tinkering’ keeps pregnant women upright
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A1
Scientists think they have figured out why pregnant women don’t lose their balance and topple over despite ever-growing weight up front. Evolution provided them with slight differences from men in their lower backs and hip joints, allowing them to adjust their center of gravity, new research shows.
Report to name MVPs
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B2
The Mitchell Report exposes a “serious drug culture within baseball, from top to bottom,” fingers MVPs and All-Stars and calls for beefed-up testing by an outside agency to clean up the game, the Associated Press learned Wednesday.
Jayhawks land juco commitment
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B3
Rivals.com reported Wednesday that Kansas University’s football team received a commitment from Nathan D’Cunha, a 6-foot-7, 305-pound offensive lineman out of Santa Barbara (Calif.) Community College.
A tree that’s tops
Scotch pine? Fraser fir? Here are some tips on what to buy
December 13, 2007 in print edition on C1
With all the good cheer that comes wrapped up in this time of year, by far one of the more memorable adventures is choosing a live Christmas tree and bringing it home to decorate. In my great tree endeavors, I’ve gone to tree farms, groceries and hardware store parking lots. Once while a poor college student, my roommate and I scavenged the wilds with a hand saw and retrieved a classic Charlie Brown tree.
Ohio stuns Maryland
Bobcats tune up for KU with victory over Terrapins
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B5
Ohio University forward Leon Williams put on quite a show in the Bobcats’ 61-55 victory over Maryland on Wednesday night.
Firebirds salvage 5th
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
Playing in the loser’s bracket of the Bonner Springs Metro Prep Classic didn’t slow down Free State High’s boys basketball team. If anything, the Firebirds played with a little more pep after their first-round loss, as they won their second straight game Wednesday night against Lansing, 62-45, to take fifth place. The Firebirds (3-1) never trailed and set the tone from jump street when senior Craig Rosenstengle scored a layup in transition for the game’s first hoop.
Falcons turn to Thomas
Ex-Chief named Atlanta’s interim coach
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B2
Emmitt Thomas waited a long time to serve as head coach of an NFL team. He never could have imagined his opportunity would come this way.
Probe of student loan lender settled
University Financial Services previously had sponsorship deal with KU
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has settled his investigation into a Florida-based student lender with ties to Kansas University. Student Financial Services, also known as University Financial Services, had marketing and sponsorship deals with 63 colleges and universities. Some of those deals, Cuomo said, duped students into choosing loans that were not beneficial to them.
Rush’s court date moved
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B1
A case in Lawrence Municipal Court against Kansas University basketball player Brandon Rush has been continued to April 11 - after the season is over. Rush, a junior from Kansas City, Mo., was supposed to appear in court Wednesday morning on charges of failing to appear in court on two other occasions for traffic violations.
Reliable estimate?
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
To the editor: The latest National Intelligence Estimate has the George W. Bush haters and the Far Left again in a state of distraction. For them, it has, of course, morphed into a referendum on Bush’s credibility - not the United States and global security.
Royals part with Brown
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City Royals will not offer a 2008 contract to outfielder Emil Brown, who led the team in RBIs the last three seasons. The Royals announced on Wednesday their intention to non-tender Brown, who becomes a free agent.
U.S. cholesterol falls into ideal range
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A10
Americans may be too fat, but at least their cholesterol is low. For the first time in nearly 50 years, the average cholesterol level for U.S. adults is in the ideal range, the government reported Wednesday. Results from a national survey that included blood tests found the total average cholesterol level dropped to 199 last year. Experts consider 200 and lower to be ideal.
Hunters find strength in traditions
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
Mary Garzillo, 15, has patience running through her veins. The Lawrence High School sophomore learned it from her father, Charlie, and the time they’ve spent in their tree stand southwest of Lawrence just waiting to take a perfect shot at a deer.
Car bomb kills Lebanon senior army general, stoking tensions
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A2
The car bomb explosion ripped through a street filled with school buses and commuters outside Beirut, setting cars ablaze. Lebanese, stunned by a string of assassinations, braced for news of the latest victim.
Finding a tax foothold
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B9
Here are two words that can get people so riled up you would think you’d insulted their mama: tax time.
Surgery
The death of Donda West should send up a warning flag about the risks of cosmetic surgery.
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
Many doctors and other medical experts will, at least privately, tell you that there is no such thing as minor surgery. Whenever the body undergoes an invasive procedure, some risk exists, no matter how careful, capable and well-researched the patients and practitioners may be.
Rush to judgment
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A8
To the editor: Was it really necessary for the Lawrence police to handcuff and jail Brandon Rush on those traffic charges? Who was the officer in charge, Barney Fife?
Republicans say legal review of Morrison not enough
December 13, 2007 in print edition on A3
Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison may face more than a review by his peers of allegations of lawyer misconduct. State Republican Party Chairman Kris Kobach said Wednesday that Morrison also could be subject to investigations by an independent prosecutor and the Legislature. “There are many possible paths,” Kobach said.
People in the news
December 13, 2007 in print edition on B8
¢ Jessica Alba expecting first child¢ Paris Hilton trying to help environment