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6News video: Santa downtown, waiting for your wishes
December 16, 2007
With Christmas less than ten days away, downtown Lawrence is bustling with holiday cheer. The man behind the magic is stationed inside a Mass St. landmark waiting to hear your wishes.
6News video: Maupin mansion catches fire
December 16, 2007
A historic central Lawrence home, commonly known as the Maupin mansion, caught fire on Saturday afternoon.
6News video: Brokaw weighs in on Swinging Sixties
December 16, 2007
He’s a legendary news anchor and a bestselling author with a new book on the 1960s. managing editor Cathy Hamilton caught up with Tom Brokaw this week to get his thoughts on those turbulent times.
6News video: When the holidays hold no cheer
December 16, 2007
The holiday season is often thought of as a happy time of year, spent with loved ones. But for some, the holidays are a time of sadness. 6News reporter Christine Metz talks to one grief expert about how to celebrate during the difficult days.
6Sports video: Hawks to tough it out in cold weather
December 16, 2007
It was a balmy 75 degrees this afternoon in Miami, Florida, the site of this year’s Orange Bowl. Here in Lawrence, 75 would seem like a fantasy for the Kansas football team as they continue their preparation for Virginia Tech.
6Sports video: KU women sweep past Riverside to 8-1
December 16, 2007
Today the Kansas women had their own business to take care of as they looked to improve to 8-1 against UC Riverside.
6Sports video: Sprint Center new home away from home
December 16, 2007
Well, it wasn’t Allen Fieldhouse, but consider it a new home away from home for the Kansas men’s basketball team. Yesterday the Hawks played host to the visiting Ohio Bobcats at Kansas City’s brand new Sprint Center.
6News video: Light Up Lawrence
December 16, 2007
We continue our annual Light Up Lawrence contest tonight with a look at the home of Ralph Gelvin.
6News video: Snow storms for the birds
December 16, 2007
Winter snow storms are for the birds: that’s what area bird lovers found out as they braved the flurries for the 64th annual Christmas bird count.
6News video: Pageant winners crowned tonight
December 16, 2007
All the glitz and glamour comes to a close tonight, and two lucky ladies are crowned Miss Kansas and Miss Kansas Teen.
Coping with holiday grief
December can be a hard month for those mourning losses
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A1
John Blythe was devastated when his wife of 53 years died. Three months into his mourning, Blythe was faced with December. Not only were there the holidays, but the couple shared the same birthday - Dec. 11.
Sans McCray, KU women win fifth straight, defeating UC-Riverside 62-49
December 16, 2007
Behind a career-high 20 points from sophomore guard Sade Morris, the Kansas University women’s basketball team capped finals week by winning its fifth straight game, knocking off UC-Riverside 62-49 Sunday night in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks were forced to do so without leading scorer and rebounder Danielle McCray. The sophomore standout stayed in warmups on the KU bench with a stress reaction in her leg. She is day-to-day, as the injury is short of a stress fracture.
Turf war developing over CIA tapes
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
The controversy over destroyed CIA interrogation tapes is shaping up as a turf battle involving the courts, Congress and the White House, with the Bush administration telling its constitutional coequals to stay out of the investigation.
Too young to save?
Workers should start early when planning for retirement
December 16, 2007 in print edition on E1
As Kansas University students fan out across the country for the winter holidays, and as other students and otherwise young workers make their way back to Lawrence to visit family, some festering financial concerns just may be lingering beneath the surface of their otherwise festive gatherings.
December 16, 2007 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
Huskers slam door on No. 16 Ducks
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C4
After so much had gone so wrong for No. 16 Oregon, coach Ernie Kent figured his Ducks would win when Tajuan Porter went to the free-throw line for a chance at a rare four-point play in the final seconds of regulation. Porter’s seventh three-pointer tied it, but he missed his only free throw of the game Saturday, and Nebraska dominated the overtime, winning 88-79.
KU’s Aldrich on rise
Freshman ‘getting better every day’
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C6
He was behind the play, and then he was the play. Kansas University reserve freshman center Cole Aldrich slammed home a missed shot with two hands to trigger a huge ovation from the crowd and the KU bench late in Saturday’s 88-51 victory against Ohio University in the Sprint Center.
France honors Garden City man for service
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B2
Martin Huschka was in his early 20s when he found himself in France, caught up in what would become the Battle of the Bulge. “You’re right in the front lines and you don’t have anybody but the enemy in front of you,” Huschka, 88, said.
Commentary: Thomas no longer viewed as winner
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C10
Talk about your falls from grace. And to think Isiah Thomas’ middle name is Lord. It’s one thing to be the coach and general manager of a bad basketball team, which the New York Knicks are with a 7-16 record. We’ve seen bad basketball before, and so far the Bulls are only a little better than bad. But how did Thomas join the legion of super sports villains headed by Barry Bonds, O.J. Simpson and Michael Vick?
Pinkel says he’s staying at Missouri
Tigers’ coach had been linked to Michigan post
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C2
You can scratch Gary Pinkel’s name off any other school’s wish list. Missouri’s coach has become a bit of a hot commodity in his seventh season, leading the Tigers to No. 1 before losing in the Big 12 championship game. But Saturday, as the team returned to practice for the Cotton Bowl, Pinkel said he was staying put.
Family slideshow gets modern update
December 16, 2007 in print edition on D10
You’ve gone on a great trip, taken tons of digital photos. Now, how to share them with family and friends? For growing numbers of travelers, the answer is an online photo album.
Lawmakers to school officials: Consider paying teachers more
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B10
Kansas lacks enough teachers in general, but that shortage is particularly noticeable in math, science and special education. Several state lawmakers who met with north-central Kansas school officials Friday said districts should be considering higher pay for those teachers. Districts generally pay teachers based on their education and years of experience regardless of grade level or subject.
Kansas notebook
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C7
Mario Chalmers, who hit three of four threes and scored 17 points, played well after getting chewed out by coach Bill Self in the opening minutes.
Threatening weather forecast boomer’s barometer for drama
December 16, 2007 in print edition on D1
I adore a good winter storm. I get excited - I mean, REALLY excited - at the remotest possibility of massive amounts of snow and ice. For hours, if not days before a storm, I’ll be glued to the Weather Channel watching the low-pressure front gather steam and head in our direction.
Christmas, by any name, is wondrously special
December 16, 2007 in print edition on D5
Next to discovering what Santa left under the tree on Christmas morning, is any holiday activity more eagerly anticipated than a children’s Christmas program? During my childhood, parents, teachers and principals - operating as their forebears had done for generations - apparently didn’t fully understand what separation of church and state required.
Inmates give their cells a pink makeover
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A8
Jail administrator Dee Sandy thought the sheriff was joking when he mentioned painting cellblocks pink. He wasn’t. Inmates at the Miami County Jail are putting color on the jail’s once cream-colored walls after Sheriff Charles Cox entered the academic debate over the color pink’s calming abilities.
Surprise! Twins picked Jayhawks independently
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C1
Both Micah Brown and his younger sister, Ashley, insisted they didn’t know where the other was headed for college, even in the minutes leading up to signing their letters of intent for track scholarships. The two sat down at a table inside their Kearney, Neb., high school on national signing day during their senior years, only to find out both had selected the same school.
Jews, Muslims set up big interfaith effort
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
Two major Jewish and Muslim organizations unveiled an interfaith dialogue curriculum Saturday and are urging their hundreds of thousands of members to use it. Both sides say it is the broadest Jewish-Muslim interfaith effort in the continent’s history.
Pitt puts career on hold to help resurrect N.O.
December 16, 2007 in print edition on D7
Forget about the movies, Brad Pitt is all about resurrecting New Orleans. The actor says he’s put his Hollywood career on hold, with no film projects under way, while doing all he can to help the city recover from Hurricane Katrina.
Focus on child
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B8
To the editor: I’ve realized those opposing gay adoption have little evidence concerning the negative effects it may have on a child, and I believe that much of the debate is political rather than focusing on what it should. Research caused me to look further into my own beliefs and make room for new ideas for the sake of morality, while surfacing the need I saw to refocus the attention on the children.
Striking writers try talks with individual studios
December 16, 2007 in print edition on D7
Faced with the indefinite suspension of negotiations, the union representing striking Hollywood writers told its members Saturday it would try to deal directly with Hollywood studios and production companies, bypassing the umbrella organization that has been representing them.
Traditional head scarf more common on court
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A10
Dewnya Bakri loves her faith - and the feeling of sinking a three-pointer. For much of her life, the 20-year-old Muslim has found a way to balance practicing Islam and playing basketball, including wearing a head scarf and long pants on the hardcourt, even if it’s meant taunts as she blazed trails on her middle school, high school and college teams.
Stem cells used to reconstruct breast
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
Women who get lumpectomies for breast cancer may one day have a simple option involving stem cells for reconstructing the affected breast, researchers reported Saturday.
Foot of snow buries central Kansas
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B7
A winter storm that moved into Kansas late Friday on the heels of a paralyzing ice storm, dumped up to a foot of snow in central Kansas, leaving highways snowpacked and stranding travelers.
Resolutions for pet owners
December 16, 2007 in print edition on D6
It’s December, and a new year is right at hand. (Again! Wasn’t it New Year’s just, like, two months ago?). As usual this time of year, I’ve been thinking about things that might make me and the world around me a little better … besides the annual diet.
Shorn locks benefit children in need
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B2
For years, Morgan and Renee Linder had long hair that would make even Goldilocks envious. This holiday season, the mother and daughter cut off their shining, honey-colored strands and donated them to Locks of Love.
Snow and cold expected to stick for the weekend
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A1
Tanya Longabach took Saturday’s snow in stride. The southwest Lawrence resident was able to take her children sledding in the morning. Although side streets were slick, main streets were OK, and she even made a trip to downtown Lawrence once the flakes stopped falling in the afternoon. She was also breathing a sigh of relief as Lawrence again escaped the worst of a winter storm system.
Woman accused of marrying 10 immigrants
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A8
The honeymoons are over for a 26-year-old woman who authorities say was married at least 10 times. Eunice Lopez has been charged with bigamy, accused of marrying 10 men between 2002 and 2006 without divorcing any of them, federal immigration authorities say.
Storm dumps snow on way to Northeast
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A6
As much as a foot of snow fell from the Plains across the Midwest on Saturday, snarling road and air travel, as the second big winter storm in a week barreled through on its way to New England. Tens of thousands of people still lacked electricity after the first storm slammed Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri earlier in the week. That storm was blamed for at least 38 deaths, mostly in traffic accidents.
Are abstinence programs just not doing it?
More states refusing federal funding amid claims that it’s ineffective
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A5
The number of states refusing federal money for “abstinence-only” sex education programs jumped sharply in the past year as evidence mounted that the approach is ineffective. At least 14 states have either notified the federal government that they will no longer be requesting the funds or are not expected to apply, forgoing more than $15 million of the $50 million available, officials said.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B9
Pepper Rodgers was making plans for the 1968 Kansas football season after finishing with a 5-5 record in his first season here. KU had salved some of its wounds regarding the .500 season of 1967 by whipping Missouri 17-6 before about 43,000 spectators in the season finale here.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B9
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 16, 1907: “Mrs. Lucy Spencer died last night at her home on Pennsylvania, and the cause of death was listed as ‘old age.’ She was 93 and had lived in Lawrence for the past 50 years, since 1857. She was born in New York.
Potent problem
Acknowledging the widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs in professional baseball is only a first step.
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B8
For all the splash it made in the national news media and sports circles, former Sen. George Mitchell’s report on the use of performance-enhancing drugs by major league baseball players barely scratches the surface of the problem.
Newspaper endorses McCain, Clinton
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Des Moines Register’s editorial board is endorsing Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton ahead of the state’s Jan. 3 presidential caucuses, contending they top the field in competence and readiness to lead in a time of dissension at home and distrust and peril abroad.
Use baseball steroid accusations to teach kids life lessons
December 16, 2007 in print edition on D2
If you’ve got young baseball fans at home, you might have some talking to do. With an All-Star roster of players linked to performance-enhancing drug use in a much-awaited Major League Baseball investigation, children are likely to have some questions and some concerns about what’s happening.
Niners show some life
Third-string QB prevails
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C8
From the third-string quarterback to the $80 million cornerback, the San Francisco 49ers finally came together as the team they imagined three months ago. And from Cincinnati’s awful opening drives to Chad Johnson’s final drop, the Bengals’ season fell apart in ways they couldn’t believe.
Bearcats drop 3rd straight D-II title game
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C8
Northwest Missouri State set the very Division II record it was trying to avoid, thanks to a late touchdown by Valdosta State. Michael Terry scored with 22 seconds left, and Valdosta State beat Northwest Missouri, 25-20, Saturday, making the Bearcats the first team to lose three consecutive D-II title games.
Adviser ranked in top 28 percent
December 16, 2007 in print edition on E1
Jim Hanna, a rural Perry resident who works as a financial adviser for Ameriprise Financial, ranked in the top 28 percent of 2,608 participating Ameriprise advisers who scored at least a 95 out of a possible 100 points in the company’s annual adviser-client satisfaction survey.
December 16, 2007 in print edition on D7
Your emotional and financial security keep coming to the forefront as main issues in 2008. How you deal with these issues could vary. If you are single, you will meet someone quite different, or while traveling you might encounter your “special” person. If you are attached, you mesh deeply with your partner, feeling closer than ever.
LMH nurse named National Nurse Hero
December 16, 2007 in print edition on E1
Paul David Meek, a registered nurse in the Emergency Department at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, was honored recently as a National Nurse Hero for his volunteer rescue work during flooding in northern Shawnee County.
Lost’ will return Jan. 31
December 16, 2007 in print edition on D7
“Lost” will return next month after an absence of eight months, but fans of the TV drama may still feel deprived because of the Hollywood writers strike. The series, like other dramas and comedies, faces the possibility of a season cut short by the strike, now in its sixth week. Eight episodes of “Lost” have been completed for the series’ return Jan. 31 - half the number originally planned, ABC said Friday.
Attacks on patrols, Iraqi police kill 7 as clashes erupt in Diyala
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A10
A series of attacks on Iraqi police and volunteer patrols killed at least seven people in Baghdad and neighboring provinces on Saturday, including Diyala, where clashes erupted in villages ringing the provincial capital, officials said.
Aggies withstand late rally
A&M hands Auburn first loss of season
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C4
Takia Starks scored 17 points, and No. 12 Texas A&M held off a second-half comeback by No. 14 Auburn to hand the Tigers their first loss, 62-60 Saturday night.
KU sprints to win
Rush digs new digs in K.C.
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C1
Thanks to shiny, new 18,500-seat Sprint Center, Kansas University’s annual basketball trip to Kansas City is not drudgery any more. “This is so much better than Kemper. There’s no birds (flying in rafters). It’s just beautiful,” Kansas City native Brandon Rush said Saturday after scoring 13 points with three assists and three rebounds in KU’s 88-51 victory over Ohio - the Jayhawks’ first game in the downtown arena that has replaced run-down Kemper Arena as “Allen Fieldhouse East.”
Iowa voters have much to sort out
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B8
In the space of 24 hours, the nine lecterns occupied by Republican presidential candidates in the auditorium of the Iowa Public Television studios were replaced by six assigned to their potential Democratic rivals. You could hardly believe the candidates were discussing the same country.
Review: Doss’ brisk ‘Three Sisters’ takes wild twists
December 16, 2007 in print edition on D3
James D. Doss’ novels about Charlie Moon, a Colorado rancher and Ute tribal investigator, feel as if the author is sitting around a campfire, spinning a tall tale that engulfs a circle of listeners.
Muscle cell therapy successfully repairs damaged heart
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A10
A medical team at Osaka University Hospital has succeeded in restoring function to the heart of a patient with severe cardiac disease using muscle cells taken from the patient’s legs, it has been learned. The male patient in his 50s, who had been waiting for a heart transplant, is now able to walk unaided, and will leave the hospital in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, on Thursday, according to the hospital.
Bethlehem hopes Christmas season brings more tourists
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A11
Palestinians lit a four-story Christmas tree in this biblical town Saturday, kicking off a holiday season free of fighting with Israel that officials say will bring the most pilgrims since hostilities broke out seven years ago.
Lawrence quilters’ works in governor’s office
December 16, 2007 in print edition on D1
Quilts from the Kansas Art Quilters organization have toured the state. But they never had been in the office of the state’s top executive - until now.
Out of the woods
Fundraising to transform lumberyard into arts site
December 16, 2007 in print edition on D1
Mostly, this old lumberyard still looks like a lumberyard. Aged wooden beams crisscross the large room where trucks used to drive through to load up with supplies. Handwritten signs still hang, advertising the price of lumber. Laura Dickinson has a vision for a day when paintings will line these walls, children will learn to dance and musicians will stand on stage in front of appreciative audiences. But that’s not the case. Not yet.
Landowners try to revive business park plan
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
A group of property owners once again wants to open a new business park at the northwestern edge of town. And, once again, opponents are lining up to quash it. Steve and Duane Schwada are leading a group seeking permission to develop an industrial park on 155 acres near the Lecompton interchange along the Kansas Turnpike, at the northwestern edge of Lawrence.
Ice Storm
December 16, 2007 in print edition on D3
Poet’s Showcase: Ice Storm by Priscilla S. McKinney
Children’s health
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B8
To the editor: Health of our children under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to decline. The United States is ranked 41st in infant mortality. Who are the 40 countries that have lower rates of infant death?
Chiefs set for playoff-hopeful Titans
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C9
One wore No. 10, the other No. 11. One played offense, the other defense. They had lockers right next to each other as Texas Longhorns, playing together, growing together, becoming close friends as college stars. Now Vince Young and Derrick Johnson are about to collide - literally - in one of those friendly but forceful reunions known only to players in the National Football League.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C3
KU coach Mark Mangino expressed his pride that two of his players - cornerback Aqib Talib and offensive tackle Anthony Collins - were named first-team All-America by the Associated Press last week.
Cats find solace in Hawaii
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C7
Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes - but not very often - you go on to Hawaii. “The good thing,” Ohio U. coach Tim O’Shea said after the Bobcats’ 88-51 bashing by Kansas University on Saturday in the Sprint Center, “is I get to lick my wounds on Waikiki Beach.”
Red Cross reaches out to immigrants needing shelter from deadly storm
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B5
The head of central Oklahoma’s American Red Cross chapter sought Friday to dissipate any fear of arrest for illegal immigrants seeking help because of a deadly ice storm.
The World Company names management team
Director of Strategic Planning promoted to chief operating officer
December 16, 2007 in print edition on E1
Patrick Knorr will become the new chief operating officer of The World Company as part of a number of management changes confirmed at the company’s annual corporate meetings Friday. Albert Bonner becomes general manager of the Journal-World.
Kansas football won’t head south early
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s football team will call Lawrence home for about 10 more days - but only after some serious consideration to take the show somewhere else. KU coach Mark Mangino said he pondered taking the team south before Christmas to get some work in under more favorable weather conditions as his team prepares to face Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. But the Jayhawks instead will stay in town and try to make it work before heading to Miami.
Descent of a sci-fi guru
Experts weigh the shifting legacy of Heinlein
December 16, 2007 in print edition on D2
He was a onetime utopian socialist who became an assertive right-winger, a libertarian nudist with a military-hardware fetish, a cold warrior who penned an Age of Aquarius sensation with a hero who preached free love.
Young Devils pummel No. 17 Xavier
Twelfth-ranked Tennessee escapes close bout with Western Kentucky, 88-82
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C4
Unable to shake a cold, Ty Abbott barely slept Friday night and didn’t eat Saturday morning. He looked perfectly healthy Saturday afternoon, scoring 19 points to lead Arizona State to a 77-55 rout of No. 17 Xavier.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B9
A Topeka-based company met only minor opposition when it asked city officials for help in buying and restoring the Lawrence Opera House at 642 Mass.
Plenty to blame for interrogation tactics
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B9
Who done it? Sometime late in 2005, the CIA destroyed videotapes showing hundreds of hours of interrogations of two top al-Qaida suspects - while continuing to imply to the 9/11 commission and the courts that no such interrogation tapes ever existed.
Hillary Clinton presidency wouldn’t be Bill repeat
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B9
She has a steely sense of discipline. He is relaxed, unpretentious. She has no nicknames. He has several. She has an eye for the dry policy paper. He likes a good spy novel. She has a practiced smile. He has an easy one. She is unfailingly formal in public. He relishes the informal aside. She’s married to Bill Clinton. He’s married to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Commentary: Clemens treatment to test comparison
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C2
Barry Bonds and his supporters have not been shy about playing the race card in griping about his treatment by the press. Now, we will see if they are correct. As of Thursday afternoon, Bonds and squeaky clean Roger Clemens, who has risen to the stature of media icon, have become linked as co-steroid users, thanks to the Mitchell Report.
Ike Turner is both reviled and revered
December 16, 2007 in print edition on D9
Cultural icons can’t choose what they come to represent. Ike Turner was an icon; that was his burden and his punishment. Loving him was not a possibility for many who discovered his genius after his repellent secrets had been revealed. Appreciating him requires coming to terms with the double bind of rock and soul-era sexuality, a liberating force underpinned by racism, female objectification and machismo.
What could be next for FCS’s best?
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C8
After a 49-21 victory Friday against Delaware for the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision title, Appalachian State is on an unprecedented roll. No FCS program has won three straight championships, as the Mountaineers now have. Can Appalachian State make it four in a row next season? Here’s what the Mountaineers can look forward to.
W.Va. coach mum on Michigan
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C2
Rich Rodriguez discussed taking West Virginia to its second BCS game in three seasons and the challenge of facing Oklahoma’s offense. What the Mountaineers’ coach didn’t want to talk about Saturday was Michigan’s vacant head-coaching job.
Historic home catches fire
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B5
A historic home, commonly known as the Maupin mansion, caught fire Saturday afternoon. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical units responded to an emergency call for the house fire at 1613 Tenn. about noon.
McCain wants new Army interrogation specialty
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
Republican White House hopeful John McCain said he wants “a crash program” in civilian and military schools that emphasizes language and creates a “new specialty in strategic interrogation” so the nation never feels the need for torture.
Keegan: Robinson cuts off the head
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C1
Late great Marquette basketball coach and color commentator Al McGuire was noted for his descriptive quotes, delivered with a thick New York accent. Based on one of his most famous lines and on the defense-first philosophy he brought to the bench, McGuire would have loved Kansas University’s senior point guard Russell Robinson.
Fans can now visit new land of ‘Lost’
December 16, 2007 in print edition on D8
It’s hard out there for a hardcore “Lost” fan. As the Hollywood writers’ strike drags on with little immediate hope of a resolution, it’s unclear whether a full fourth season of “Lost” will air in February as originally planned. (Only eight episodes of the 16 have been written.)
Nebraska tallying ice toll
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B3
Early estimates showed nearly $1 million in damage after ice storms in southeast Nebraska, with a more accurate estimation anticipated Monday, state officials said. The preliminary estimate did not include damage in Falls City, which was hardest hit by the storm that began Monday night.
Effects of Morrison scandal on Democrats debated
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B6
Democrats in Kansas lost a high-profile convert, a proven money-raiser and someone with a bright political future when Attorney General Paul Morrison became embroiled in the sex scandal that prompted his resignation.
KU women sizzling
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C3
Cinderella-ish shooting can overcome ugly sister-ish turnovers. Case in point: Kansas University’s women’s basketball team.
Bodyguard who attacked Nancy Kerrigan dies
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A2
Brian Sean Griffith, a former bodyguard to figure skater Tonya Harding who admitted a role in the attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan during Olympics tryouts, has died. He was 40.
Pakistan lifts state of emergency; president says it saved country
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A2
President Pervez Musharraf lifted a six-week-old state of emergency Saturday, telling a skeptical nation the crackdown was to save Pakistan from a conspiracy rather than ensure his own political survival.
Suspect in terrorism jet plot escapes custody
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A2
A British suspect in an alleged plot to blow up trans-Atlantic jetliners escaped from police custody in Pakistan on Saturday, officials said. Rashid Rauf fled after appearing before a judge at a court in the capital, Islamabad, said Khalid Pervez, a city police official.
Hamas supporters flock to celebrate founding
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A2
Palestinians flooded the streets of the Gaza Strip by the tens of thousands Saturday in the biggest show of support for Hamas since the Islamic militants seized the territory in June.
New hope after cancer
Experimental procedure would help preserve women’s fertility
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A1
For a woman with cancer, one of the toughest side effects can be finding out that treatment could lead to infertility. Many treatments also lead to symptoms of menopause even though a patient may be just 30 or 40 years old. A Kansas University Hospital doctor, however, is hoping to change those grim prospects.
Confidence gained in pageant frenzy
Sixty young women vie to be finalists and participate in today’s competition
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
Sarah Jump used to be the “hard-core skater girl,” now she’s the “pageant girl.” The 25-year-old Basehor native said she’s addicted to competitions, and her enthusiasm and experience were obvious Saturday night at the Lied Center as she competed in the preliminary round of the Miss Kansas and Miss Kansas Teen USA pageants.
Elderly gamers take to Wii system’s physically active controls
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A2
Earl Davis is hoping there’s truth to a rumor he’s heard about an upcoming version of the game Dance Dance Revolution. He’s heard that it will feature the golden oldies he knows and loves, instead of all the latest pop hits.
Boyer, Frank shine at Olathe swim meet
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C3
Lawrence High’s Alex Boyer won the 200-yard freestyle, and Free State’s Nolan Frank placed second in the 100-yard backstroke Saturday at the Olathe Invitational swim meet. Boyer’s 200 free time was 1:51.98, and Frank’s time in the 100 backstroke was 58.42.
On the record
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B2
Karen McMackin, 45, of Tonganoxie, is in stable condition after being flown by air ambulance to Kansas University Hospital Friday evening following a three-vehicle accident.
Four Bolivian provinces challenge president
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A2
With only scattered skirmishes reported, four provinces in this country’s eastern lowlands celebrated proposals Saturday that would give their regions more government autonomy in a direct challenge to President Evo Morales.
School district to pay in dress-code flap
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A8
Officials in a Northern California school district might not think Tiggers are such wonderful things after agreeing to pay $95,000 in lawyers’ fees to five families who sued the school over its dress code. The parents went to court after a student was disciplined for wearing socks with the “Winnie the Pooh” cartoon character Tigger to school last year.
Duke introduces coach
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C2
David Cutcliffe molded quarterback after quarterback into Heisman Trophy contenders and prized NFL draft picks. Now comes an even tougher construction project: transforming downtrodden Duke into a winner.
Britain’s handover of Basra more symbolic for future
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A10
Britain’s weekend handover of Basra province will have a limited effect on security in Iraq’s biggest oil region because rival Shiite warlords and local officials have been wielding the real power in the area. The British have never sought to maintain the same level of control as the Americans did over the provinces the U.S. oversaw after the 2003 invasion.
Buddhist monks try lookin’ good, hip-hop to lure young believers
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A9
Japanese monks and nuns hit the catwalk in Tokyo on Saturday in a bid to spread Buddhism among younger people in this rapidly aging society. The fashion show opened with a Buddhist prayer set to a hip-hop beat at the centuries-old Tsukiji Honganji temple, where nearly 40 monks and nuns from eight major Buddhist sects showed off elaborate robes in an effort to win back believers.
Rep. Julia Carson dies of lung cancer
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
Rep. Julia Carson, who rose from a childhood of poverty and segregation to become the first black and first woman to represent Indianapolis in Congress, died Saturday. She was 69.
UN conference agrees to negotiate new global warming pact
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A1
Two weeks of international climate talks marked by bitter disagreements and angry accusations culminated Saturday in a last-minute U.S. compromise and an agreement to adopt a blueprint for fighting global warming by 2009. Now comes the hard part.
Stem cell battle likely to rage on
Research breakthrough not expected to be the last word in Kansas
December 16, 2007 in print edition on A1
A recent breakthrough in stem cell research has been hailed by some as the end of a contentious debate over using embryos in research. But in Kansas, that fight is expected to continue. State Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, said he still thinks it is appropriate to push the Legislature to outlaw use of tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research “as a matter of principle.”
Haskell rocked by Grand Canyon
December 16, 2007 in print edition on C3
Haskell Indians Nations University was overmatched Saturday night, losing, 105-68, in an exhibition game at Grand Canyon College.
Oldest resident dies at 110 years old
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B4
Nebraska’s oldest resident has died at age 110, hours after learning that her 85-year-old daughter died across the hall. Julia Tharnish died Thursday at the Creighton Care Center. Her family says she had 14 children and helped her husband on the farm.
Milk glass undergoes periods of popularity
December 16, 2007 in print edition on D2
Milk glass, an opaque white glass, was of course named for its color. The thick white glass was first popular from 1870 to 1880. It regained popularity in the 1920s and ‘30s, then in the 1950s to ‘80s. Glass factories made thousands of covered dishes, pitchers, small trays and even figurines.
Road info
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B3
Construction and road closings around Lawrence
Study: Joint pain ebbs with vitamin D
KU doctor to report to symposium today
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
Sometimes, the side effects from chemotherapy are so bad that cancer patients wonder whether it’s even worth it. Hair loss, weak immune systems, lack of energy and debilitating joint pain are all common symptoms of cancer treatment. But a doctor at Kansas University Medical Center thinks he has found an answer at least to the debilitating joint pain.
Bird lovers cluster for annual count
December 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
Their dedication was evident. In freezing temperatures with snowflakes falling for much of Saturday, Lawrence-area bird lovers still set out with their binoculars for the annual Christmas bird count, a National Audubon Society program.