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6:00 a.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.”
9:00 a.m.
A northward view of Kasold Drive from 22nd Street shows the flow of evening traffic recently. The city is using only every other street light within the median on Kasold between Clinton Parkway and Bob Billings Parkway. Bright lights of Kasold Drive turning off many residents
December 14, 2007 in print edition on 1A
George Catt and several of his neighbors have seen the light. Now they want it dimmed - considerably. Catt lives along the rebuilt portion of Kasold Drive between 22nd Street and Bob Billings Parkway. He said the neighborhood has quickly learned the $6 million project included a lot more than new pavement and wider sidewalks. He said it also included a bevy of new street lights.
3:44 p.m.
Kansas attorney general Paul Morrison returns to his office after addressing the media Friday to announce his plans to resign effective Jan. 31, 2008. "After careful thought and deliberation, I have concluded that my resignation is in the best long-term interests of the people of Kansas," Morrison said. Morrison resigns
December 14, 2007
Kansas Atty. Gen. Paul Morrison is resigning in the wake of a sex scandal, he announced at a press conference this afternoon. “Many people feel betrayed by my personal actions, and they have every right to feel that way,” he said. He said he had made personal mistakes, but had upheld the law while in office.

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Snowfall could be lower than expected
December 14, 2007
We are now expecting snowfall totals to be slightly lower for the overnight. In the evening we did have snow in the area, but with dry air near the surface, the snow evaporated before it made it to the ground.
6News video: Accident victim flown to KU Med Center
December 14, 2007
Three cars collided this evening at a South Lawrence intersection, and one person was flown from the scene to KU Med Center.
6Sports video: Firebirds face O-South tonight
December 14, 2007
In Olathe this evening the Free State boys’ basketball team takes on the Sunflower League preseason favorite. The Firebirds kick off against Olathe South at 7 p.m.
6Sports video: Collins weighs NFL, education
December 14, 2007
For the Kansas football team, the immediate future holds an Orange Bowl date with Virginia Tech. But for a select group of Jayhawks, life beyond the BCS means having to choose between the NFL and staying in school.
6Sports video: KU to make Sprint Center debut
December 14, 2007
For many of us, including the Kansas men’s basketball team, Saturday will be our first look at Kansas City’s new Sprint Center.
6News video: Boundary committee defers decision
December 14, 2007
Committee members say it’s too much change too fast. A group studying Lawrence school boundaries defers making a change on lines between Central and West Junior High Schools.
6Sports video: Lombardino leads Bobcats to victory
December 14, 2007
Tonight the Basehor girls were looking to take their best shot against Mill Valley.
6News video: Bundle up for another round
December 14, 2007
With much of northeast Kansas still dealing with the remnants of this week’s ice storm, Mother Nature delivers another round of nasty winter weather.
6Sports video: Lady Chieftains on a roll
December 14, 2007
There is no rest for the Tonganoxie girls’ basketball team. Last night the lady Chieftains disposed of Lansing in T-Town, and this afternoon the squad made the short trip to Avila University to play in the Hy-Vee Shootout.
6News video: City, KU seek joint bus contract
December 14, 2007
The City of Lawrence and KU are joining forces to shop for a provider that buses residents and students alike. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more on the efforts to keep the city moving.
6Sports video: Mangino expects this season to set foundation
December 14, 2007
If you take Anthony Collins and group him with his fellow All-American teammates Aqib Talib and James McClinton, the trio has combined to earn 55 different individual honors or awards this season.
6News video: Pageant contestants arrive in Lawrence
December 14, 2007
Here she is, Miss Kansas: actually, all 60 contestants are in Lawrence this weekend for the annual Miss Kansas Teen and Miss Kansas pageants.
6News video: Sex scandal leads to Morrison’s resignation
December 14, 2007
Embattled Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison will leave office at the end of January. Today’s announcement comes less than a week after Morrison became involved in a sex scandal.
6Sports video: Bobcats claw way to win
December 14, 2007
It was a busy night for the prepsters as the Basehor-Linwood boys’ basketball team played host to Mill Valley.
6News video: Light Up Lawrence
December 14, 2007
We continue our annual Light Up Lawrence contest tonight with a home in the 2700 block of W 30th St.
6News video: Train derailment clean-up continues
December 14, 2007
Repairs continue at the site of a train derailment in East Lawrence. Crews from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway continue work at the scene just east of 11th and Haskell.
Woman flown by helicopter from accident scene
Crash involved three vehicles west of 31st and Iowa streets
December 14, 2007
Officials flew a woman by air ambulance Friday to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries she received in a three-vehicle accident at 31st and Neider streets.
LHS wrestling postponed
December 14, 2007
Lawrence High wrestling at St. Mary’s on Friday, Dec. 14, has been postponed.
6News Now: A.G. Morrison’s resignation will be effective Jan. 31 of next year
December 14, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison will step down at the end of the next month.
Morrison resigns
December 14, 2007
Kansas Atty. Gen. Paul Morrison is resigning in the wake of a sex scandal, he announced at a press conference this afternoon. “Many people feel betrayed by my personal actions, and they have every right to feel that way,” he said. He said he had made personal mistakes, but had upheld the law while in office.
Morrison to make announcement at 3 p.m. today
December 14, 2007
Embattled Atty. Gen. Paul Morrison will make an announcement at 3 p.m. today.
School committee reviews junior high boundaries
No recommendations made yet
December 14, 2007
A committee studying Lawrence school boundaries has decided it is too early to make a decision on shifting the lines between Central and West junior high schools.
Big names named
Clemens leads unenviable list
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B1
Seven MVPs and 31 All-Stars - one for every position - and that still wasn’t the worst of it for the long-awaited Mitchell Report. That infamy belonged to Roger Clemens, the greatest pitcher of his era. The Steroids Era.
Extra housing payments can trim taxes
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B13
Q: I received a good-size bonus from my employer, but now I’m worried that I’m going to get stuck with a big income-tax bill next April. If I pay the second installment of my home’s property tax now instead of waiting until it’s due next spring, would I be able to deduct the amount on my 2007 return, or would I have to wait until I file my 2008 return about a year from now?
Senate approves fuel economy increase, more ethanol use
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A7
The Senate passed a trimmed-back energy bill Thursday that would bring higher-gas mileage cars and sport utility vehicles into showrooms in the coming decade and fill their tanks with ethanol.
FDA panel rejects over-the-counter cholesterol drug
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A9
Government advisers on Thursday rejected Merck & Co.’s bid for over-the-counter sales of Mevacor, the granddaddy of the famed cholesterol-lowering drugs. Too many of the wrong people would use the drug if it no longer required a prescription, advisers to the Food and Drug Administration concluded in a 10-2 vote against nonprescription sales of the medication.
Vigil to honor student
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A5
Friends of Skyler Price will hold a vigil outside of Oliver Hall at 8 p.m. tonight.. Price, a KU freshman and Free State High School graduate, was found dead in his Oliver Hall dorm room over the weekend.
Authorities arrest 5 in last month’s wildfire
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A2
Authorities arrested five men Thursday on allegations they caused a fire that destroyed more than 50 homes and caused more than $100 million in losses in Malibu.
Trust lost
Restoring Kansans’ faith in his fitness to represent them in state office is a tall order for Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison.
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A12
Kansans need to be able to trust their top law enforcement officer. Their trust in Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison has been seriously damaged this week by his acknowledged extramarital affair and allegations of sexual harassment and professional misconduct. It’s now up to Morrison to either restore the trust of his constituents or relinquish his position.
High school testing faces obstacles
Local coaches: Steroids not a problem
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B9
The biggest concern about steroid testing at the high school level in Lawrence is the cost. That’s not to say area administrators and coaches aren’t interested, it’s just that they question whether the potential benefits would justify the exorbitant costs.
Advice offered on foreclosure
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A4
The rate of foreclosures and the fallout from subprime lending aren’t getting any better, not even in Lawrence. Housing and Credit Counseling Inc. had a seminar Thursday afternoon in Lawrence to discuss the effects of foreclosures and steps homeowners should take to avoid it.
EU threatens to boycott Bush climate talks; Gore blames US
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A2
European nations threatened Thursday to boycott U.S.-sponsored climate talks next month unless the Bush administration compromises and agrees to a “road map” for reducing greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.
Hunting for gifts? Look here
A last-minute holiday gift guide for the outdoors enthusiast on your list
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B8
Ready or not, the holiday shopping season is winding down. Here are some ideas for the outdoors enthusiast on your gift list.
Primetime player
Lawrence filmmaker takes shot at CBS drama ‘The Unit’
December 14, 2007 in print edition on C1
Film is a director’s medium, so the saying goes. But what about television? Filmmaker Seth Wiley, a Lawrence native and 1994 Kansas University grad, earned his first opportunity last month to delve into the world of primetime TV directing. His episode of “The Unit” airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday on CBS.
Lawrence residents aid areas in need
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A3
With area communities still struggling through the effects of this week’s ice storm, Lawrence agencies and companies are lending a hand. “The biggest need right now is just taking people in who are too cold and just tired of being in their homes without power,” said Jane Blocher, executive director of the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross.
Cigarette tax would cover health care reform, but fate uncertain
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A1
A proposed 50-cent per pack increase in the state cigarette tax easily would cover the cost of health care reforms before the Legislature, budget experts said Thursday. But whether lawmakers returning to session in January can muster the will to increase taxes in an election year remains to be seen.
Kline hiring a special prosecutor in AG case
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A1
In a startling turn of events, Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline was given permission Thursday to hire a special prosecutor. It is widely believed the target of the investigation will be Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison.
Test might spare chemo treatment in some women
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A1
A gene test can help doctors determine which breast cancer patients are likely to benefit from chemotherapy, even for those whose tumors are relatively more advanced, researchers reported Thursday.
Crews clean up after train derails
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A3
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway is trying to determine what caused six train cars to derail early Thursday on a side track in east Lawrence. The cars, which were carrying wheat, did not overturn, BNSF spokesman Steve Forsberg said.
Senate committee finds Rove, Bolten in contempt
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A7
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted for a contempt citation against presidential confidants Karl Rove and Josh Bolten on Thursday, the latest move in an inquiry into possibly politically motivated firings of federal prosecutors.
International officers receive honors
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B14
One by one, 27 international officers made their way across the stage to be presented with a badge that Fort Leavenworth’s commanding general said represents honor, respect and, above all, responsibility.
House passes bill banning waterboarding
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A7
The House approved an intelligence bill Thursday that would prohibit the CIA from using waterboarding, mock executions and other harsh interrogation methods. The 222-199 vote sent the measure to the Senate, which still must act before it can go to President Bush. The White House has threatened a veto.
Ex-president’s courtroom outburst now a ringtone
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A2
Former President Alberto Fujimori’s recent courtroom cries are now a free, downloadable ringtone, the latest political outburst from Latin America to pierce pop culture. “Soy inocente!” - “I’m innocent!” - the famously stoic Fujimori shouted Monday as he waved his arms in outrage at the start of his kidnapping and murder trial.
OU aide linked to Houston
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B2
Oklahoma assistant coach Kevin Sumlin will be named head football coach at the University of Houston, a newspaper reported Thursday.
KDWP permits on sale Monday
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B8
All Wildlife and Parks 2008 licenses and permits will go on sale Monday and will be valid immediately, adding more than two weeks to their value.
KU prof crafts ‘Grace’ notes
December 14, 2007 in print edition on C1
When it came to writing music for the documentary “Fall from Grace,” which chronicles the beliefs of Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church, Kip Haaheim wanted the tunes to stay out of the way. “It’s a supporting player in the scope of the film,” Haaheim says.
Few Royals in report
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B9
Catcher Gregg Zaun allegedly had performance-enhancing drugs delivered to the Kansas City clubhouse, but the Royals came out relatively unscathed in the Mitchell Report.
Horoscopes
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B12
You have far more impact than you are aware of this year. Sometimes a simple statement uttered by you encourages others to go off and act. If you are single, you could meet “that person” by simply walking across the street or dropping in on a friend. If you are attached, the two of you enjoy a powerful exchange of ideas as well as caring.
Confucius Institute receives top honor
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A4
Kansas University’s Confucius Institute was honored this week as one of this year’s top institutes in the world. China this year recognized 20 institutes - four in the United States - for the quality of their programming.
Commentary: Roughing it at the game
Allen Fieldhouse isn’t comfortable - that’s what makes it great
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B3
No pain, no gain. You do not come to Allen Fieldhouse for comfort. To grumble that you’re going to be stuck on a flat bleacher seat for two or three hours watching the Kansas Jayhawks play basketball would be like complaining about having to hang upside down to kiss the Blarney Stone. Some things are worth not only the cost but also the price you must pay.
Baker sophomore top duck caller
Olathe teen becomes first Kansan to win world title
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B8
Jody Niccum might not be the most popular man on the Baker University campus. But his popularity did take a huge jump recently. Funny what winning a world championship will do for a guy.
Federal scientists: 2007 among warmest years on record
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A6
A vast swath of the United States was warmer than usual this year, leading to severe drought conditions and wildfires in the West and Southeast. Texas, the Lone Star state, stood alone, the only one to record below average temperatures.
LHS girls roll
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B6
Lawrence High’s girls basketball team shattered Shawnee Mission Northwest’s zone defense early, then pulled away with an overwhelming third quarter. The Lions prevailed, 64-24 on Thursday.
Kasparov: Kremlin forcing him from race
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A10
The Kremlin appears to have checkmated chess genius Garry Kasparov, eliminating the internationally known figure from the presidential race. Kasparov said Thursday his bid collapsed because supporters were blocked from renting a meeting hall to nominate him - part of President Vladimir Putin’s campaign, he said, to snuff out any viable opposition and turn Russia’s March 2 ballot into a virtual one-man contest.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A12
A 26-year-old Lawrence man was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 2-year-old boy. The charge called the killing unintentional as the result of excessive force in an emotional incident.
Woods shows little rust
Tiger trails leader Furyk by one at Target
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B2
Tiger Woods went 10 weeks and four days without hitting a golf shot that mattered, and it hardly showed Thursday in the Target World Challenge when he struck just about everything where he was aiming. Until he got to the final hole.
Huckabee? GOP should keep looking
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A12
Aren’t you beginning to feel just a little sympathy for Republicans? It’s less than a month to the first vote. The Democrats are suffering from an embarrassment of riches. The Republicans are suffering an embarrassment.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A12
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 14, 1907: “More than 1,500 teachers, many from Lawrence, will attend the 45th annual state convention Dec. 25, 26 and 27 in Topeka. Topeka is making elaborate preparations for the event.”
Caring effort
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A12
To the editor: Thank you for a job well done, Lawrence and Douglas County area citizens. First Christian Church was a relay center for Operation Christmas Child shoe box, a mission project of Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse.
Home builders elect new board members
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B13
Members of the Lawrence Home Builders Association elected members to its board of directors. New directors are Chris Huston, of Huston Homes; and John Harman, of Pella Windows. Kelly Drake, of Mallard Homes, was re-elected to serve a second term.
Swimmers stage rare tie
Lions’ Boyer, Firebirds’ Moore draw
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B6
Since when is a tie exciting? Not that often in most sports, but in swimming it certainly can be. Neither Lawrence High nor Free State won the boys swim meet Thursday afternoon at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center - Shawnee Mission South made sure of that by winning the event - but the Firebirds and Lions, who took second and third, respectively, at the five-team meet shared in the most entertaining moment of the afternoon.
Marine reservist guilty of killing Iraqi soldier
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A2
A Marine reservist was found guilty Thursday of killing an Iraqi soldier while they stood watch together at a guard post in Fallujah. Lance Cpl. Delano Holmes, 22, of Indianapolis, was convicted of negligent homicide, but acquitted of the greater charge of unpremeditated homicide. He was also convicted of making a false official statement.
Tribal group withdraws KCK casino proposal
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A5
The Kickapoo-Sac and Fox tribal partnership has withdrawn its proposal for construction of a $441 million casino. The unexpected move happened Wednesday, with tribal partnership attorney Ryan Denk telling the Unified Board of Commissioners in Wyandotte County that the tribes were no longer pursuing the casino.
N. Illinois hires SIU coach
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B2
Jerry Kill is the new football coach at Northern Illinois, less than a week after seeing Southern Illinois fall in a national semifinal game.
Vick writes letter, requests leniency
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B4
Michael Vick declared “I am not the bad person or beast I’ve been made out to be” and asked for leniency in a letter to the federal judge who sentenced him to 23 months in prison for a dogfighting conspiracy.
Two wrongs
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A12
To the editor: Before last week’s meeting, the city commissioners could at least claim that giving Deciphera an unprecedented tax break on Oct. 23 was an innocent error. Yes, they gave a multimillion-dollar gift to a private firm without public input. Yes, they discussed Deciphera only behind closed doors. But they could at least have argued that this was just a thoughtless misdeed, not a conscious violation of public trust.
Democrats call for more taxes on wealthy
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A9
Democratic presidential hopefuls called for higher taxes on the highest-paid Americans and on big corporations Thursday and agreed in an unusually cordial debate that any thought of balancing the federal budget would have to wait.
Illinois firm suspected in local ad deception
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B13
An Illinois-based marketing company that has contacted several Lawrence businesses about advertising is being sued for deceptive business practices by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. The company, Loyalty Publishing Inc. of Peoria, Ill., is accused of deceptively soliciting small businesses nationwide to purchase advertising on posters featuring game schedules of high school sports teams.
On the record
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A4
A 19-year-old Lawrence man reported a burglary and theft to Lawrence Police Tuesday. A Sony Playstation 3 with controllers, games and DVDs were reported stolen. The estimated loss is valued at $1,030. The incident occurred in the 1800 block of Naismith Drive between noon Dec. 7 and 11 p.m. Saturday.
Commodities
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B13
Agricultural futures were mixed Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery rose 13 cents to settle at $9.535; March corn added 1.75 cents to $4.35; March oats fell 1 cent to $2.9450; January soybeans fell 5.5 cents to $11.46.
Life-saving act
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A12
To the editor: I am the parent of one of the girls living at the house which burned on Vermont Street. It was her 21st birthday, so we had come down to celebrate the event. What your article didn’t mention was that there was a person riding his bike home from work that night who saw the fire burning on the girls’ front porch.
Do we all live in Pottersville now?
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B12
You know the big day is hot on your heels when NBC begins its heavy rotation of “It’s A Wonderful Life” (7 p.m., NBC). Jimmy Stewart stars in the 1946 Frank Capra-directed favorite as George Bailey, the small-town banker who learns just how much he means to his neighbors and loved ones when he’s given a vision of what their lives would be like without him.
Last-man-on-Earth saga carried by magnetic Smith
December 14, 2007 in print edition on C2
So if we must watch someone wandering about aimlessly as the last man on Earth, it may as well be someone who can hold our attention like the charismatic Will Smith, star of “I Am Legend.”
Gift appreciated
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A12
To the editor: This is to just to let you know that there are still some random acts of kindness today. When my wife, son and I were at Target this past Saturday morning at 10:30, a complete stranger offered us two tickets along with a parking pass to the 1 p.m. Kansas University vs. DePaul men’s basketball game.
Japanese scientists create ‘fearless’ mouse
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A2
Cat and mouse may never be the same. Japanese scientists say they’ve used genetic engineering to create mice that show no fear of felines, a development that may shed new light on mammal behavior and the nature of fear itself.
Pacman appeal scheduled for today
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B4
The NFL will hear the appeal by the players’ union on behalf of suspended Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones by telephone this afternoon. A person familiar with details of Jones’ appeal told The Associated Press of the hearing, but requested anonymity because the scheduling has not been officially announced.
FSHS makeup date set
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B6
The Free State High girls basketball program will play for fifth place in the Bonner Springs Metro Prep Classic basketball tournament Jan. 30.
Shelling, gunbattles kill at least 17 people
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A2
A radical Islamic group that was driven from power a year ago by a Western-supported offensive is making a significant comeback in Somalia, and the government can do little to stop it, officials said Thursday, as shelling and gunbattles in the capital killed at least 17 people.
U.S. raising visa fees to help fund security
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A10
America’s admission price is going up. Even though the dollar is weak overseas, beginning in January most people will have to shell out more money for U.S. visas. The higher charges will help pay for increased costs caused by new security measures imposed after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Keegan: Sports on path to eventual ruin
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B1
The idea that a man would walk on the moon seemed as preposterous a century ago as envisioning a world without sports seems today. Just watch, though - sports will end before the world does.
A Christmas Carol’ revisited
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A13
And so Mr. Scrooge kept Christmas in his heart and became a friend and benefactor to all and also got his hair and eyebrows trimmed. He made Bob Cratchit a partner, and an orthopedic surgeon fixed Tiny Tim’s gimpy leg so he could jump and run, and Scrooge & Marley became ScratchitInc and got out of the countinghouse business and into venture capital.
Jury deadlocks on 6 of 7 defendants in Sears Tower plot
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A10
In a stinging defeat for the Bush administration, one of seven Miami men accused of plotting to join forces with al-Qaida to blow up Chicago’s Sears Tower was acquitted Thursday, and the case against the rest ended in a hung jury.
Pentagon chief seeks more help from European allies
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A11
Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday pushed European allies for more troops to re-energize efforts in southern Afghanistan, where the Taliban insurgency has increased its attacks in the 18 months since NATO took command of the war.
Historian to lead KU, Fort Leavenworth effort
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A4
Adrian Lewis, chairman of the department of history at the University of North Texas, will succeed David Lambertson as the director for the Kansas University collaboration with Fort Leavenworth. Lewis, a military historian and former Army officer, will take on the position this summer.
State legislators vote to abolish death penalty
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A10
New Jersey will become the first state in four decades to abolish the death penalty under a measure lawmakers approved Thursday and the governor intends to sign within days.
Sophia the new top 10 baby name for girls
December 14, 2007 in print edition on C1
Unlike the Social Security Administration’s annual rundown, which comes out in May, BabyCenter.com categorizes names by sound instead of spelling, and compiles its list from the 300,000 new births voluntarily registered on their site this year.
Police: Surrogate scam bilked $14K from couples
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A2
A South Carolina woman accused of promising couples she would be their surrogate mother has been charged with bilking at least six people out of $14,000, police said Thursday.
Bright lights of Kasold Drive turning off many residents
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A1
George Catt and several of his neighbors have seen the light. Now they want it dimmed - considerably. Catt lives along the rebuilt portion of Kasold Drive between 22nd Street and Bob Billings Parkway. He said the neighborhood has quickly learned the $6 million project included a lot more than new pavement and wider sidewalks. He said it also included a bevy of new street lights.
Top singles
December 14, 2007 in print edition on C2
1. “No One,” Alicia Keys.
Toy shop caters to families in need
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A5
Without The Salvation Army Christmas Toy Shop, many area families wouldn’t be able to celebrate Christmas. Lixel Barnhill, medical assistant at Health Care Access Clinic, loaded a cart with toys Thursday at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds for her sons, ages 17 and 9, who have cerebral palsy.
County vaccines not among recalls
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A5
Two children’s vaccines recalled by a manufacturer Wednesday are not part of the inventory at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, officials said.
Potential victim fights back
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A13
I have been waiting for this to happen. For years we have witnessed the carnage when innocents were mowed down at schools, colleges, shopping malls and post offices. The unarmed (disarmed?) were easy targets for crazed gunmen armed with grievances, weapons and ammunition.
Judge orders review of slur against Williams
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B5
The judge overseeing the retrial of former NBA player Jayson Williams ordered prosecutors Thursday to provide all details surrounding a racial slur made by an officer investigating the 2002 shotgun killing of a hired driver.
AP honors Omon, other small-college stars
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B3
Danny Woodhead ran for more yards than any player in the history of college football and was selected to the Associated Press Little All-America teams each season he played at Chadron State.
1976 Bucs set standard for NFL futility
The 2007 Miami Dolphins are closing in, but the last winless team in the NFL was 31 years ago in Tampa Bay
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B4
Pat Toomay chuckled over and over. It’s been more than 30 years since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, clad in ghastly creamsicle uniforms and helmets bearing a winking pirate logo, stumbled and bumbled their way to an 0-14 season that set the modern standard for futility in the NFL.
Kansas hunting seasons
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B8
Note: Check regulations for boundary, limits and permit requirements at www.kdwp.state.ks.us.
KU continues aggressive testing
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B1
Three years ago, two former Kansas University baseball players told the Journal-World that they never had been tested for drugs or anabolic steroids during their college careers in Lawrence. Sensing that some athletes, like those two, seem to slip through the cracks occasionally, KU has evolved its drug-testing program to make sure every athlete is sampled at least twice during their playing days.
Musharraf amending charter to protect acts
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A10
President Pervez Musharraf will end emergency rule Saturday as promised, but first he will amend the constitution to protect his decisions from court review, Pakistan’s attorney general said Thursday.
Texas Tech stings ASU
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B5
Dominic Seals scored 16 of her career-high 20 points in the second half to help Texas Tech beat No. 18 Arizona State, 73-69, on Thursday night. The victory was Texas Tech’s first over a ranked opponent since the Raiders (10-1) beat Nebraska in February.
Texans shine in prime time
Defense sets tone in Houston’s 31-13 victory
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B4
Mario Williams had his best game at the perfect time. Last year’ No. 1 pick had a career-high 31â2 sacks to lead the Houston Texans to a 31-13 victory over the Denver Broncos on Thursday night in Houston’s first prime-time game in two years.
Next opponent coming off monster upset
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B3
It’s not often Ohio University has a better basketball team than rival Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State. That could be the case in the 2007-08 season, however.
Reserves persevere
Backups hold court in Indians’ romp
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B7
Sitting at the end of the bench on a college basketball team often involves counting down the clock, waiting for precious playing time at the end of a game. For the reserves of Haskell Indian Nations University’s men’s basketball team, playing time came 10 minutes into Thursday’s 116-51 victory over Calvary Bible College at Coffin Sports Complex.
Consumers find forum, ridicule on Web
December 14, 2007 in print edition on C1
Poor Ralph Nader. For years it seemed he was the lone voice of consumer rights in the nation. If someone had a complaint about a shoddy product or unscrupulous corporation, he would be there hammering away at the offender in print and TV. These days Nader’s stock has dropped considerably.
Commentary: Hinrich bricks helping bury Bulls
I’ve had bad games before, or even two games, but I can’t remember anything like this’
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B2
Kirk Hinrich is all alone in the corner. He shoots: clank. Again: clank. Once more: clank. This is during warmups when no one is keeping score and no one has a hand in his face. But the clanking continues when the shots count.
Officer says his wife accidentally fired gun
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A2
Former police officer Drew Peterson acknowledged that a gun did go off in his home a few months before his wife disappeared but says it was his wife who pulled the trigger.
Storm leaves Midwest, hits Northeast
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A10
A wintry storm responsible for deaths in the Midwest blasted the Northeast on Thursday, dumping snow and sleet and clogging some of the nation’s most heavily traveled highways.
Doctors fear shortage after recall of baby vaccine
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A9
Pediatricians rushed to stock up on a crucial baby shot Thursday, a day after one of the nation’s top vaccine manufacturers announced it was recalling 1.2 million doses and suspending production indefinitely.
Tongie girls rip Lansing
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B6
Elizabeth Baska scored 24 points and Shannon Carlin scored 10 as Tonganoxie HIgh’s girls basketball team improved to 4-1 with a 52-42 victory Thursday over Lansing. Chrissie Jeannin added eight points for the Chieftains.
Giving back with a jolly jaunt
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A3
Holiday decor was on the move downtown Thursday night in the most fashionably fit manner. The fifth annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk attracted a record number of people and the best winter weather to date, according to Laura Dahnert, the woman responsible for starting the themed event.
Bomb blast on train kills 5, injures 4
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A10
A bomb tore through a moving train in India’s remote northeast Thursday, killing five passengers and wounding four others, officials said. A little-known militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 14, 2007 in print edition on A12
The city was encouraged by the speedy progress on contracts to build two new fire stations and a public swimming pool following approval of both projects by the local voters.
Rec calendar
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B8
Sports and recreation around Lawrence
People in the news
December 14, 2007 in print edition on B12
¢ Union files complaint against studios¢ Prosecutors drop charge against Scott Stapp¢ ‘Spice One’ wins contest for jumbo jet’s name¢ John Legend concert to highlight new artists¢ ‘Jackass’ team has new movie, Web site¢ Rowling handwritten book sells for $4 million