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Extra Minutes: Kansas 88, Ohio 51
December 15, 2007
Tying up loose ends from Kansas’ 88-51 slugging of Ohio in the program’s first game down I-70 in the new Sprint Center. The Jayhawks held the Bobcats to just one two-point bucket in the first half, and pulled away thanks to a 32-4 first half run.
Chalmers’ 17 points, four steals help lead KU to 88-51 rout in Sprint Center
03:24 p.m., December 15, 2007 Updated 05:55 p.m.
Cole Aldrich put the finishing touches on the contest along with Jeremy Case. First, Aldrich finished off a missed layup with a two-handed slam. Then Case stroked a three to put KU up by 35 with just seconds to go. Mario Chalmers led four Jayhawks in double figures with 17 points, including a three-of-four showing from the three-point arc. Brandon Rush also hit a trio of threes, scoring 13. KU shot 56.7 percent from the floor, while Ohio struggled right from go, shooting just 28.3 percent on the afternoon, including under 20 percent in the first half. KU now has a quick turnaround, traveling to play Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga., Tuesday night at 6 p.m. on ESPN.
KU fans may experience delays on wreck-filled I-70
December 15, 2007
Troopers and medics are working two reported wrecks on Interstate 70 near Lawrence this afternoon, a Kansas Turnpike Authority dispatcher said. Kansas University basketball fans on their way to Kansas City, Mo., to the Sprint Center for the Jayhawks 4 p.m. tip with Ohio University may notice slow traffic in the eastbound lanes 2 miles east of the east Lawrence turnpike exit.
Snow advisory continues until 4 p.m.
Police report no major problems
December 15, 2007
Snow was still falling in Lawrence and Douglas County at 1:50 p.m., but forecasters expect it to let up later today.
Firefighters respond to call at Maupin Mansion
Fire under control; one injury reported
01:00 p.m., December 15, 2007 Updated 03:04 p.m.
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical units responded to a house fire at 1613 Tenn. St. about noon today. The large brick house, commonly known as the Maupin Mansion, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned by Terrance and Elaine Riordan.
KU graduate lands job at U.S. Supreme Court
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B1
Travis Lenkner, a 2005 graduate of Kansas University School of Law, has accepted a law clerk position for the 2008-2009 term with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. Lenkner is the fifth graduate in KU Law School history to have landed such a coveted position.
Statewide pageant comes to town
Miss Kansas USA contest at Holidome
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B1
The dress fits perfectly, she’s in great shape, she’s practiced walking in her heels and conducting interviews, but 18-year-old Samantha Foulk is still a bundle of nerves as she begins to compete today in the Miss Kansas USA Pageant.
Keeping religion out of politics, sort of
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B6
Good evening. Thank you for giving me the time to make clear my views on my very personal beliefs on religion, video of which is available on our Web site
Pump patrol
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.89 at several locations.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C10
Returning punts? KU junior cornerback Aqib Talib dropped back and returned a punt late in the Nov. 24 game against Missouri. It was the first punt return of his career, but it might not be his last.
People in the news
December 15, 2007 in print edition on D7
¢ Actress: Toughest critic is 6-year-old sister¢ Chris Cagle cited for misdemeanor assault¢ Johnny Depp rated best for celebrity autographs¢ Kidman wins damages from British newspaper¢ Lawyer seeks sanctions against Britney Spears
Death re-examined after widow charged in 2nd husband’s murder
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A3
Knoxville’s district attorney was found dead in his pasture in 1992, his breastbone and some of his ribs broken, a hoofprint on the chest of his overalls. Investigators concluded he had been knocked down and trampled to death by his cattle. Fifteen years later, they appear to have a new theory: It was no barnyard accident at all.
Baker senior thrives in spite of cancer
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B1
Jaci Kettler has had anything but a typical college experience. The soon-to-be Baker University graduate received a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma just after she completed her sophomore year. Though she spent nine days in a medically induced coma, she bounced back and didn’t miss a semester of class.
December 15, 2007 in print edition on D7
You might want to be more open and forthright this year. Deal with others directly and with a smile. Your ability to touch many people on a very deep level adds to the power of your relationships. If you are single, you meet people with ease. If you are attached, you could redefine your bond this year.
Panel delays decision on boundaries
Committee to work on running more scenarios
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B3
It’s too much change, too fast. A committee studying Lawrence school boundaries has decided not yet to make a recommendation on shifting the lines between Central and West junior high schools. “It’s just a set of decisions that I take very seriously,” said Mary Loveland, school board member. “I have not yet seen the light in terms of what has satisfied all of my guiding principles.”
Lighting the world
History, tradition behind use of candles as holiday illuminations
December 15, 2007 in print edition on D1
At many churches, usually on Christmas Eve, people will gather at the end of service in darkened sanctuaries, holding lit candles and singing “Silent Night.” The Rev. Nate Rovenstine says some people might not give much thought to why they do it.
Mayer: Revenge never certain
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C1
The legend of sweet revenge in athletics is often badly overrated. Current Missouri football fans may come to recognize that, except it may take a year to drive home such a realization. As it did for Kansas in 1960-61.
Morrison walking away
State’s top prosecutor resigns amid scandal
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A1
Facing multiple investigations linked to an extramarital affair, Attorney General Paul Morrison on Friday announced he will resign from office, adding another chapter to an unprecedented scandal in Kansas politics. “Because of my actions in my personal life, many people have stopped believing in me. That has been damaging to this office, my staff and the people of this state,” Morrison said, reading a statement in front of reporters.
Senate passes $286B farm bill; White House unimpressed
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A5
The Senate approved a $286 billion farm bill Friday that remains a work in progress. Following months of delay and a stop-and-start debate, the Senate approved the 1,360-page package, 79-14. Now, the Senate must reconcile its bill with the one the House passed in July.
Breast cancer gene affects men, too
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A4
Doctors are encouraging a new group of people to consider getting tested for genes that raise the risk of breast cancer: men. Male relatives of women with such genes often do not realize that they, too, may carry them, and face greater odds of developing male breast cancer, as well as prostate, pancreatic and skin cancer, new research suggests.
Around and About
December 15, 2007 in print edition on D3
Around and about Lawrence
Panel calls for new emergency force
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A3
A legislative panel Friday recommended the establishment of a voluntary emergency response force but declined to endorse a state militia. Members of the House-Senate Committee on Kansas Security said they would write legislation to set up the force for consideration of the Legislature, which starts its 2008 session in January.
Summit wavers over wind energy
Leaders weigh increased demand against low capacity
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B1
When state and federal energy leaders talked on Friday about building transmission lines to move more power, conversations turned to the shifting winds of energy resources. Literally.
UN: Money, time running out for Iraqis who fled violence
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A9
One-third of Iraqi refugees who fled to neighboring Syria expect their money to run out within three months, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday in a report highlighting what some believe is the main reason families are returning to their still-violent homeland.
Marine reservist gets bad-conduct discharge
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A2
A Marine reservist who killed an Iraqi soldier was sentenced Friday to a bad-conduct discharge but will serve no more time behind bars, a Camp Pendleton spokeswoman said. Lance Cpl. Delano Holmes, 22, of Indianapolis, also was reduced in rank to private.
2 Ph.D. students killed on LSU campus
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A2
Police searched for suspects Friday in the shooting deaths of two Louisiana State University students, and unlike other schools in the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre, the school decided against locking down the campus.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B6
Warm Hearts, the local fund drive to help the community’s elderly and needy pay winter heating bills, breezed past its goal of $25,000 in less than two weeks, and contributions were still coming in.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 15, 1907: “The recall of Viscount Aoki as ambassador to the United States and the sailing of the American fleet to the Pacific has produced warlike talk in the Tokyo press. But despite the talk by jingoes of the ‘yellow press,’ the attitude of the influential Japanese journals is one of conciliation, negotiation and peace.”
Church finances
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The other morning, I heard a story on KPR regarding Sen. Charles Grassley of the Senate Finance Committee conducting a review of the financial expenditures of several “mega-churches.” Apparently, there is concern that the pastors/leadership of these churches might be abusing their tax-exempt status by using funds for personal use.
S. Korean scientists create glowing cats
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A2
South Korean scientists have cloned cats that glow red when exposed to ultraviolet rays, an achievement that could help develop cures for human genetic diseases, the Science and Technology Ministry said.
Archbishop won’t alter decision on invitation
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A2
The archbishop of Canterbury said Friday he will not reverse his decision to exclude a gay U.S. bishop from joining other bishops at a global Anglican gathering next year. The Episcopal Church, the Anglican body in the U.S., caused an uproar in 2003 by consecrating the first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.
Faith forum: What is your favorite detail of the Christmas story?
December 15, 2007 in print edition on D1
Steadfast faith and love born in a stable: Judy Bauer, member, Plymouth Congregational ChurchGod’s gift, humility in which it was given: Dwayne Dunn, member, Lawrence Heights Christian Church
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B6
A serious outbreak of influenza in local schools was keeping large numbers of youngsters out of class for extended periods as teachers and administrators strived frantically to get things in good order for the Christmas break.
Rapist gets 438 years in prison for assaults
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A5
A man suspected of being the Phoenix Baseline Killer was sentenced to 438 years in prison Friday for a brutal attack in which he raped a woman while pointing a pistol at her pregnant sister’s belly.
Chinese parents willing to pay more for foreign-brand toys
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A10
When freelance writer Wang Jian shops for toys for her 5-year-old son, she’s happy to pay extra for Legos blocks and Japanese-brand train sets. The reason, she and other parents say: Foreign brands enjoy a reputation for higher quality - a perception reinforced by the product scares of recent months.
Ex-convicts plead guilty in plots
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A3
Two men accused of plotting behind prison walls to launch attacks on military sites, synagogues and other targets in 2005 pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to levy war against the U.S. Kevin James, 31, and Levar Haley Washington, 28, pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy charges. Washington also pleaded guilty to using a firearm to further that conspiracy.
Demolition of public housing postponed
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A3
Demolition of three public housing complexes, slated to start this weekend, was halted Friday amid complaints about the scarcity of housing for the poor after Hurricane Katrina.
Family watches over homes powerless for days
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A1
Doing daily chores has taken on new meaning for one Jefferson County family, thanks to an ice storm this week that left thousands of residences and businesses without electricity. When their relatives took refuge in a Lawrence hotel Tuesday, Malcon Orji and his wife, Mandolin Veerkamp, remained at the family homestead watching over three houses.
Have some wine with that cheese
December 15, 2007 in print edition on D1
Planning a party or a happy hour platter for two? Here are some general pairing guidelines from the Washington Post for wine and cheese.
Classmates Collins, Talib considering NFL Draft
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C1
Way back in January of 2004, two under-the-radar recruits named Aqib Talib and Anthony Collins met each other while on an official visit at Kansas University. Four years later, they might just be leaving together, too. Though the two are just juniors, Collins and Talib could get a nice payday if they skip their senior seasons and enter the NFL Draft. It’s a major decision both are pondering. Together.
Lawmakers scuffle in parliament over bills
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A2
South Korean lawmakers came to blows in parliament Friday, and at least one was carried from the building on a stretcher, as two political parties fought over control of the speaker’s podium.
Mukasey rejects Congress’ demands for info on destroyed tapes
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A3
Attorney General Michael Mukasey refused Friday to give Congress details of the government’s investigation into interrogations of terror suspects that were videotaped and destroyed by the CIA. He said doing so could raise questions about whether the inquiry is vulnerable to political pressure.
Stocks finish lower after economic news
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B4
Stocks finished a bruising week on the downside Friday after a jump in consumer inflation raised concerns about how much freedom the Federal Reserve has to continue cutting interest rates.
4-H News
December 15, 2007 in print edition on D5
4-H news around Lawrence
Sopranos’ taking over holiday hits
December 15, 2007 in print edition on D7
It’s beginning to look a lot like a “Sopranos” Christmas. Former stars from the hit mob drama are all over the dial. Last Sunday, Christopher (Michael Imperioli) starred as a suicidal former NY Met in the adaptation of Mitch Albom’s mawkish drama “For One More Day.”
Senior Fatah official kidnapped by Hamas
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A2
Hamas gunmen on Friday burst into the home of a top Fatah official in Gaza and arrested him, relatives said. He was the most senior Fatah politician to be detained since Hamas forces overtook the territory in June.
Gasoline prices fuel increase in inflation
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B4
Led by higher gasoline prices, consumer inflation shot up in November by the largest amount in more than two years. In a troubling juxtaposition, the rise in inflation is coming at a time when economic growth is slowing sharply under the weight of a steep slump in housing and a severe credit crunch.
Faith briefs
December 15, 2007 in print edition on D8
Faith-related events around Lawrence
Some Christians consider Christmas secular holiday
December 15, 2007 in print edition on D8
As Christmas draws near, Pastor John Foster won’t be decorating a tree, shopping for last-minute gifts or working on a holiday sermon for his flock. After all, it’s been 50 years since Christmas was anything more than a day of the week to him. He’s one of very few American Christians who follow what used to be the norm in many Protestant denominations - rejecting the celebration of Christmas on religious grounds.
Tribal forces key to Iraq security gains
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B6
Eight bodyguards with machine guns guard the entrance to his three-story stone Baghdad office. Six months ago, Sheikh Ali Hatem Ali Suleiman al-Dulaimi predicted that tribal leaders would defeat al-Qaida in Anbar province, the Sunni tribal heartland. Now the young prince of the Dulaim, one of Iraq’s largest tribes, exults that al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI) has been driven out of Anbar by tribal fighters aided by American troops.
Christianity core
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I feel I must reply to the Dec. 10 letter of Bruce S. Springsteen. He issues a blanket condemnation of all religion. Any fair-minded person with knowledge of the subject will recognize that religions are not all alike.
Sad exit
A resignation was the best choice for Paul Morrison and the people of Kansas.
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B6
It’s unfortunate, but the resignation of Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison may ultimately be viewed as the most important accomplishment of his brief tenure. Less than a week after he acknowledged an extramarital affair with a former employee of his in the Johnson County District Attorney’s office, Morrison announced Friday that he would step down and allow Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to name his replacement.
On the record
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B2
The Kansas University Public Safety Office reported a theft from Watson Library. According to the report, an unknown person entered a locked room and removed a Dell Latitude Laptop from a filing cabinet. The estimated loss is $1,800. The crime occurred between 5:05 a.m. Wednesday and 6:37 a.m. Thursday.
Club news
December 15, 2007 in print edition on D3
Club news around Lawrence
Pregnant attorney charged for false story
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A3
A pregnant attorney who police said made up a story about being kidnapped was charged Friday with making false alarms. Karyn McConnell Hancock, 35, a former city councilwoman, never was abducted last week outside a the city’s juvenile court building, police said.
Series of mistakes led to 3 wrong-side brain surgeries
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A4
One operation went awry after an experienced brain surgeon insisted to a nurse he knew what side of the head to operate on - but got it wrong. Another time, a doctor-in-training cut into the wrong side of a patient’s head after skipping a pre-op checklist. In a third case, the chief resident started brain surgery in the wrong place, and the nurse didn’t stop him.
Global warming blamed for walruses’ deaths
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A5
In what some scientists see as another alarming consequence of global warming, thousands of Pacific walruses above the Arctic Circle were killed in stampedes earlier this year after the disappearance of sea ice caused them to crowd onto the shoreline in extraordinary numbers.
Bill aims to ease mortgage crisis
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B4
The Senate moved against the worsening mortgage crisis Friday, voting to make it easier for thousands of homeowners with ballooning interest rates to refinance into federally insured loans. The legislation, approved 93-1, would allow the Federal Housing Administration to back refinanced loans for borrowers who are delinquent on payments because their mortgages are resetting to sharply higher rates from low initial “teaser” levels.
Fort Leavenworth graduates honored
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B3
The new challenges and complexities of being a soldier was the message of a speech Friday to the graduating class of the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.
Gunman may have written about suicide
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A3
A teenager who lived with the suicidal gunman who fatally shot eight people in a mall told police afterward that he had seen writings in which the suspect described killing himself in public, according to a court document filed Friday.
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B4
Agricultural futures advanced broadly Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery rose 26 cents to $9.795; March corn added 3.25 cents to $4.3825; March oats gained 3.25 cents to $2.9775; January soybeans jumped 11 cents to $11.57.
Wooden a big draw
Coaches thrilled to spend time with tourney’s namesake
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C5
Spending time with John Wooden is a big lure for coaches whose teams play in the 97-year-old legend’s doubleheader in Anaheim, Calif. Saint Mary’s coach Randy Bennett was a Pepperdine assistant under Lorenzo Romar when he spent two hours visiting Wooden’s home.
Jayhawks excited for Sprint debut
Self hopes new arena as kind as Kemper
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C1
Bill Self, who directed Kansas University’s basketball team to five victories in six games in run-down Kemper Arena, definitely is looking forward to his coaching debut in shiny new Sprint Center. “It (Kansas City’s downtown arena) has more atmosphere than Kemper had last year. I think it has running water,” Self cracked, taking a lighthearted pot-shot at the old arena known for potholes in its parking lots.
Nothing goes Lions’ way in blowout
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C1
Maybe it was when Shawnee Mission Northwest’s boys basketball team scored the first seven points of the game against Lawrence High. Or perhaps it was when the Cougars’ Ryan Arel buried a contested three-pointer from the corner at the first-quarter buzzer to push the lead to 17. Even still, it could have been when LHS made just three field goals in the entire first half.
Supporting cast takes its cue
Coach gets wish; role players step up
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C1
Free State High boys basketball coach Chuck Law had been telling his team for the better part of the last week that he needed some role players to step up and help out leading scorers Kris Wilson and Weston Wiebe. On cue, those role players took the spotlight at times Friday night at Olathe South in a 67-57 Firebirds victory.
Commentary: Mitchell Report holds few surprises
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C2
Baseball, drugged up on pills and potions, has never been healthier than it got by going through the pharmacy. Steroids, it turns out, gave the game strength in more ways than one. Attendance, revenue, salaries and interest were like those baseballs bloated humans kept hitting. They kept going up, up, up and into unprecedented places. Never has something this allegedly poisoned and contaminated felt quite so good.
Woods in midseason form
Tiger fires 62, leads by four at Target
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C2
Tiger Woods is a gracious tournament host, at least until the tournament gets started. Woods continued to show midseason form at the end of the year with a 10-under 62 on Friday, setting the course record at Sherwood Country Club and building a four-shot lead over Jim Furyk in the Target World Challenge.
Prep events snowed out
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C3
The threat of snow forced postponement of a handful of Friday night high school sports events.
Bobcats have talent to reach tourney
Senior forward Williams aims to lead Ohio U. back to NCAAs
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C4
Ohio University senior Leon Williams, who played in the NCAA Tournament as a freshman, sorely wants to return as a older, wiser senior. “I’m trying to bring it full circle - leave how I came in - by getting back to the tournament,” said Williams, third-leading scorer on a 21-11 Mid-America Conference champion Bobcat team that scared Florida before falling, 67-62, in a first-round 2005 NCAA Tourney game in Nashville, Tenn.
Nova hangs 103 on Hartford
Cats top century mark
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C5
Villanova’s high-scoring offense made up for its struggling defense. Scottie Reynolds scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half, and No. 23 Villanova pulled away to a 103-75 victory over Hartford on Friday night.
Veritas girls win, boys fall
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C6
For most of the night, it was the Kristie Tiegreen show. Veritas Christian’s senior forward scored a game-high 33 points, all of which helped the Eagles’ girl’s basketball team keep pace with rival Topeka Cair Paravel throughout Friday’s game.
Players’ union appeals Pacman’s suspension
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C8
The NFL players’ union Friday appealed the seasonlong suspension of Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, calling the punishment excessive.
Huizenga discusses selling Dolphins
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C8
Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga is discussing the sale of his struggling franchise to two real estate developers, the Associated Press has learned. “Wayne loves the team and he loves the community, but he’s very frustrated,” the person close to Huizenga, who didn’t want to be identified because of the private nature of the negotiations, said Friday night.
Appalachian takes title
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C2
Appalachian State kicked off this crazy football season with the stunning upset of Michigan. Now the Mountaineers have the perfect bookend: History as Division I-AA’s first three-peat national champions.
Duke hires Tennessee aide
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C2
Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe was hired by Duke as its football coach Friday, the Associated Press has learned.
Final Vick co-defendant gets 2 months
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C8
If federal prosecutors had their way, the man who gave them most of the gruesome details about Michael Vick’s dogfighting enterprise wouldn’t go to prison for killing dogs and helping create “Bad Newz Kennels.” U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson disagreed, saying it wouldn’t be right to let Tony Taylor walk after sentencing Vick to 23 months in prison and two other co-defendants to 18 and 21 months.
Steelers’ Roethlisberger practices after hiatus
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C8
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger practiced Friday after sitting out two days because of a sore right shoulder, a sign he expects to play Sunday against Jacksonville.
Taping a topic at Dolphins’ reunion
Some of the boys of ‘72 say Spygate would ‘taint’ Pats’ mark
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C8
Topics of conversation Friday at a golf outing for the 1972 Miami Dolphins included club selection, hip replacements, Garo Yepremian’s throwing arm and spying. The unbeaten New England Patriots have a chance to eclipse the ‘72 Dolphins, who went 17-0 for the only perfect season in NFL history. Former Miami coach Don Shula caused a stir last month when he said the Patriots’ success is diminished by their spying scandal that prompted punishment from the league in September.
Officer won’t be charged in shooting of Charger
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C8
A police officer won’t face criminal charges for shooting and wounding former San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley during a late-night confrontation in September 2006. San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said Friday that Officer Aaron Mansker acted in self-defense.
Houston taps OU aide
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C2
Oklahoma assistant Kevin Sumlin was introduced as Houston’s new coach Friday after agreeing to a five-year deal.
Junior thriving for Duke
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C5
Duke’s Chante Black is flourishing in the system new coach Joanne P. McCallie has installed. After scoring in double figures in only 13 games as a sophomore and missing all of last season due to a knee injury, Black is averaging 12.9 points. She seems to touch the ball on almost every possession.
Several injured in 3-vehicle accident
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B2
Officials flew a woman by air ambulance Friday to Kansas University Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries she received in a three-vehicle accident at 31st Street and Neider Road. Lawrence police arrived at the scene about 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Christmas card arrives 93 years late
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B8
A Christmas card mailed in 1914 finally made it to northwest Kansas - 93 years later. Little is known about the post card, which features a color drawing of Santa Claus and a young girl and is still in excellent condition. It’s dated Dec. 23, but it’s a mystery where it spent most of the last century, said Oberlin Postmaster Steve Schultz.
Judge declares mistrial for ex-Harvard student
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A2
A judge declared a mistrial Friday in the case of a former Harvard graduate student accused of stabbing a teenager to death during a fight. After 10 days of deliberations, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on the manslaughter charges against Alexander Pring-Wilson, 29, who was being tried for a second time.
State to require flu shots for preschoolers
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A2
New Jersey on Friday became the first state to require flu shots for preschoolers, saying their developing immune systems and likelihood of spreading germs make them as vulnerable to complications as the elderly.
Brownback hopeful state can land new prison
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback said Friday he believes Leavenworth, Kan., is a strong contender to land a new federal prison that officials want to build in the Midwest. Brownback, a Republican, said officials at the federal Bureau of Prisons have expressed “an interest” in locating a maximum security facility at Leavenworth, though he stressed that no official decision has been made.
Roads remain closed for track repairs
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B1
Work continues at the site of Thursday’s train derailment in eastern Lawrence. Lawrence city officials said they have been told by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway that the track repair work might not be completed until Monday. The city has closed 11th Street east of Haskell Avenue, and it will remain closed until the work is done.
Senior citizens advised to practice safe sex
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B5
Jane Fowler thinks it’s about time college students had “the talk” with their grandparents. She doesn’t mean grandmothers and grandfathers explaining the facts of life. She wants kids to explain safe sex to their elders.
Central Junior High to perform free show
December 15, 2007 in print edition on B1
Area residents can see a free production of “Beauty and the Beast” this week. Actors in the city’s Special Populations Division’s award-winning Acting 101 class will perform the show at 7 p.m. Monday at Central Junior High School, 1400 Mass. The division is under the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department.
Budig: Don’t judge Selig too harshly
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C6
Asked to predict what will be the enduring legacy of Bud Selig’s tenure as commissioner of Major League Baseball, most baseball fans likely would say the cancellation of the 1994 World Series and the explosion of steroid use. Not so fast, urges former Kansas University Chancellor Gene Budig, who served as Major League Baseball’s last American League president, from 1994 to 1999.
Cowboys reward NT
December 15, 2007 in print edition on C8
Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff, a former seventh-round pick who made the most of his unexpected chance to be a starter this season, got a $20.5 million, five-year contract extension Friday.
UN chief disappointed by climate talks, urges compromise plan
December 15, 2007 in print edition on A2
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was disappointed by the level of progress at a climate conference today and urged delegates to quickly approve a compromise plan to launch negotiations for a new global warming pact.