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Polls
If a third Chief, besides Tony Gonzalez and Jared Allen, was to make the Pro Bowl, who should it be?

Poll results

Response Percent
Dwayne Bowe
 
43%
Derrick Johnson
 
19%
Brian Waters
 
17%
Jarrad Page
 
9%
Someone else
 
9%
Total 41
New Jersey this week banned executions. Capital punishment was re-established in Kansas in 1994, but no one has been executed in the state since 1965. What should the future of the Kansas law be?

Poll results

Response Percent
Maintain capital punishment.
 
52%
Eliminate the law.
 
44%
Don’t know.
 
3%
Total 343
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
An anonymous donor gave Kansas University Medical Center $4 million to benefit spinal cord research. Hospital, KUMC reach affiliation deal
December 19, 2007 in print edition on 1A
When it was all said and done Tuesday, there were no champagne corks popping in celebration. Instead, those involved with approving one of Kansas’ largest-ever hospital affiliation agreements retreated to lunch or to their cars and on to other things. The Kansas University Hospital Authority board approved its affiliation with KU Medical Center and Kansas University Physicians Inc. Just like that, 18 months of bitter negotiations - with grievances sometimes aired in the media or in front of legislative committees - came to an end.
9:00 a.m.
City commissioners broke the state's open meetings law by holding a closed-door meeting to discuss granting more than $1 million in incentives to a local company, the Kansas attorney general has found. But Attorney General Paul Morrison is willing to forgo prosecution if city commissioners agree to admit their wrongdoing and personally pay for two hours of professional training on the open meetings law. Mayor, county commissioner face more Deciphera allegations
December 19, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Grassroots Action, a local political activism group, has asked the Douglas County District Attorney to investigate Mayor Sue Hack and Douglas County Commissioner Bob Johnson’s role in an approximately $1 million package of economic development incentives given to Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, a start-up company that was considering moving outside of Lawrence.
1:00 p.m.
Bob Nelson, 85, considered by some Kansas University coaches and players one of the best-ever KU fans, is finally getting his degree from the university. Today he will celebrate with friends, coaches and players. Old-school KU fan gets degree
December 19, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Bob Nelson’s 85-year-old body may be slowing, but his handshake is as strong as a vise. It is a grip that reveals the passion of a man widely considered to be one of the greatest sports fans in Kansas University history. “Arguably, there’s never been a better Jayhawk fan,” men’s basketball coach Bill Self said.
4:00 p.m.
Kansas coach Mark Mangino congratulates running back Jake Sharp after a touchdown run against Nebraska. Mangino prides himself on never having told a player an untruth. Mangino named AP National Coach of the Year
December 19, 2007
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino brought in another lunker of an award. The Associated Press today named Mangino the national coach of the year, after the Jayhawks shocked college football by going 11-1 and earning an invitation to the Orange Bowl.
10:00 p.m.
Meredith Kane, a former Lawrence High School teacher, walks to court in July with her attorney, James Rumsey in this Journal-World file photo.  Ex-teacher gets 59 months for sex with student
December 19, 2007 in print edition on 1A
A mother rejoiced Wednesday evening as a judge sentenced a former Lawrence teacher to serve almost five years in prison for having a sexual relationship with her underage son. “I’ve lost my son for a short period of time. I’m seeing glimpses of him back, but a 15-year-old can’t live like a 20-year-old,” the victim’s mother, Teresa Chapin, said. She spoke after Douglas County District Court Judge Stephen Six sentenced Meredith L. Kane, 24, to serve 59 months and register as a sex offender.

All stories

KU women start road trip with sixth straight win, 59-52 over San Jose State
December 19, 2007
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Playing their second straight game without leading scorer/rebounder Danielle McCray, the Kansas women’s basketball team won its sixth straight Wednesday night, knocking off San Jose State 59-52 in the front end of a two-game California road swing. Both of McCray’s roles on the stat sheet were filled by freshman forward Krysten Boogaard, who had a career night with 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting and 10 rebounds. McCray, who is listed as day-to-day still, was out due to a stress reaction in her lower left leg.
6Sports video: Mangino named AP Coach of the Year
December 19, 2007
KU head football coach Mark Mangino has been named the Associated Press’ Coach of the Year!
6News video: Former LHS teacher sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison
December 19, 2007
She lost her job, she’s been convicted of a felony - now a former Lawrence High School English teacher is on her way to prison.
6Sports video: LHS girls hoping for high-scoring affair
December 19, 2007
The Lawrence High girls basketball team squares off in the city showdown versus the Free State Firebirds Thursday night.
6News video: LMH will not pursue new mental health unit
December 19, 2007
A new mental health unit is not in the future for Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
6News video: Splitting the fine line between Lions and Firebirds
December 19, 2007
Fifteenth Street splits Lawrence teenagers into two groups - Lions and Firebirds. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more on how the school district is looking at the divide.
6News video: ‘Bucky’s‘ now a thing of the past
December 19, 2007
‘Bucky’s Drive In’ is closed, ending an evolving run of ‘Buckaroo’ burgers, fries and soft-serve ice cream popular for decades at the edge of Centennial Park.
6Sports video: KU’s ‘Sharp’ dressed man?
December 19, 2007
KU running back Jake Sharp hopes to meet legendary rockers ‘ZZ Top’ during the Orange Bowl festivities in Miami.
6News video: Woman accused of hit-and-run seeks reduced charges
December 19, 2007
A woman charged in Osage County with fleeing and attempting to elude police asks a judge to reduce the case to one charge of speeding.
6News video: 10 Nights of Lights: 1305 Vantuyl
December 19, 2007
Tonight, we head out to the home of Vincent Garcia for our 8th house in our 10 Nights of Lights - Light Up Lawrence competition.
6Sports video: Two weeks left until Orange Bowl battle
December 19, 2007
With about two weeks left until the Kansas battles Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl, preparation for a KU victory is officially underway.
6News video: Man accused of killing student in custody
December 19, 2007
The man accused of killing Butler County Community College student Emily Sanders is now in custody - but not in the United States.
6Sports video: FSHS girls hoping to top LHS once again
December 19, 2007
For the past two seasons, the Free State girls basketball team has pretty much owned the city showdown with LHS. The Firebirds have won their last six matchups with the Lions.
Ex-teacher gets 59 months for sex with student
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A1
A mother rejoiced Wednesday evening as a judge sentenced a former Lawrence teacher to serve almost five years in prison for having a sexual relationship with her underage son. “I’ve lost my son for a short period of time. I’m seeing glimpses of him back, but a 15-year-old can’t live like a 20-year-old,” the victim’s mother, Teresa Chapin, said. She spoke after Douglas County District Court Judge Stephen Six sentenced Meredith L. Kane, 24, to serve 59 months and register as a sex offender.
Mangino to West Virginia rumors a hoax
08:34 p.m., December 19, 2007 Updated 09:07 p.m.
A back-and-forth conversation between the Journal-World and a man claiming to be Neil Cornrich, the agent for KU football coach Mark Mangino, was a hoax. The Journal-World had several conversations with a man claiming to be Cornrich, the final of which was a statement the agent said he wanted to release to the Kansas media. The Journal-World posted it on its Web site while continuing the pursue the story. A KU football spokesperson said the statement was not true. The Journal-World apologizes for misleading any readers.
6News Now: Mangino receives more honors
December 19, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, more national recognition today for KU football coach Mark Mangino as he is named the Associated Press National Coach of the Year, and more on the sentencing of the Lawrence High School teacher convicted of having sex with one of her students.
Mangino named AP National Coach of the Year
December 19, 2007
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino brought in another lunker of an award. The Associated Press today named Mangino the national coach of the year, after the Jayhawks shocked college football by going 11-1 and earning an invitation to the Orange Bowl.
Kansas attorney general claims Nebraska is violating water pact
December 19, 2007
Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison and state water officials accused the state of Nebraska this morning of using too much water and violating the Republican River compact.
What will follow drug report?
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A15
Why should Major League Baseball (MLB) be immune to the cultural depravity that has touched every area of public life - from politics to religion, from corporate life to personal relationships? In a report for MLB by former Sen. George Mitchell, America’s “pastime” has been revealed to contain its share of cheaters like most other professions.
Festive foods
Famous holiday foods have rich traditions
December 19, 2007 in print edition on C1
Chestnuts may roast on an open fire, and visions of sugarplums may dance in your head. But do you really know what that means, at least culinarily speaking? Here’s a look at some foods that are commonly thought of around Christmastime, though you might be less familiar with their background or, in some cases, just what they really are.
Pump patrol
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.82 at several locations.
Immigration also key in nonborder states
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A14
It has become conventional wisdom that illegal immigration may be the type of political issue that can rile voters, but perhaps not enough to change votes. And besides, the thinking goes, people far from the border really don’t care.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A14
U.S. Sen. Frank Carlson, R-Kan., announced he would not seek re-election in 1968 after 40 years of public service.
Boosters blame WVU for coach’s departure
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B7
West Virginia defended itself Tuesday against complaints from wealthy football boosters who are furious about the administration’s failure to offer coach Rich Rodriguez a deal to remain with the Mountaineers.
Fed endorses plan to curb shady home lending practices
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A2
The Federal Reserve moved Tuesday to protect home buyers from dubious lending practices, its most sweeping response to a mortgage meltdown that has forced record numbers of people from their homes.
Surge in wheat prices good for economy but will increase bills at grocery store
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A3
In the nation’s breadbasket, record wheat prices hovering in the $10-per-bushel range are a welcome sight. “This is healthy for the farm economy, and that will be good for the state,” Mike Woolverton, a grain market economist at Kansas State University, said Tuesday. But like most news related to agriculture, there is a downside.
Man gets 7 years for school bomb threats
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A1
Minutes before he was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday, a Lawrence man stood before a federal judge and said he never threatened to bomb a school. “I still say that wasn’t me,” Michael Parker said about the voice recorded on Douglas County 911 tapes on the morning of April 19. “I feel pain and rage as I stand here and proclaim my innocence.”
Old-school KU fan gets degree
There’s never been a better Jayhawk fan’
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A1
Bob Nelson’s 85-year-old body may be slowing, but his handshake is as strong as a vise. It is a grip that reveals the passion of a man widely considered to be one of the greatest sports fans in Kansas University history. “Arguably, there’s never been a better Jayhawk fan,” men’s basketball coach Bill Self said.
Beware of new return rules
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B10
Don’t feel guilty about returning that singing mounted fish your cousin bought you. He might be returning your gift, too. Consumer Reports recently reported that about 40 percent of Americans take back at least one gift after the holidays.
Attorney files to withdraw from case
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A3
The attorney representing a woman charged in a fatal hit-and-run incident on U.S. Highway 59 has filed a motion to withdraw from the case.
Christmas lonely for some
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A15
Every year that I write this column I try to do something special for the Christmas holidays. Over the years, I’ve tried serious columns and comic columns, columns with poetry and columns about law cases. But this year, I want to write this column about something I found in a box of old letters and papers I purchased recently at a local estate auction.
Coaches reflect on showdowns past
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B1
From the start, the annual Lawrence High-Free State basketball showdowns have stirred emotions. Though each showdown has had its own unique story line, none has lacked energy.
There’s still time to mail Christmas packages
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A3
If you think that scarf you’re mailing to Auntie Fran in St. Louis won’t make it before Christmas Day, think again. “The true deadline because of the way Christmas falls this year is probably going to be Saturday,” said Lawrence Postmaster Judy Raney.
Man awarded custody of child after undergoing weight-loss surgery
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B16
A man who underwent gastric bypass surgery after saying he was not allowed to adopt a child because of his weight has been awarded temporary custody of the baby boy.
Commodities
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B10
Agricultural futures finished lower Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery fell 14 cents to close at $9.52; March corn dropped 6.75 cents to $4.32; March oats fell 2.25 cents to $2.97; January soybeans lost 7 cents to $11.4975. Beef futures rose and pork futures ended mixed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Plenty of pets
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A14
To the editor: In response to the “Best breeders” letter (Public Forum, Dec. 17), why breed at all? There are thousands of unwanted pets in shelters across the country. According to the Humane Society of the United States, 8 million animals enter U.S. shelters each year, and less than half are adopted.
Democracy in action
Jayhawks vote to defend - then actually do it
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University basketball is not a dictatorship. “We talked about it. I asked the guys what they wanted to do. They said, ‘Coach let’s defend ‘em,” KU coach Bill Self said of strategy devised during a timeout with 8.2 seconds left in the Jayhawks’ nail-biting 71-66 victory over Georgia Tech on Tuesday at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
Pro Bowl vote honors Taylor’s memory
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B5
Pro Bowl voters honored the memory of Sean Taylor. They also used a lot of votes on Dallas Cowboys and none on the NFC South, which didn’t get a player into the league’s all-star game.
Reaching out
Sharing with others is the most important message of the Christmas season.
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A14
There is no better way to feel the warmth of the holiday season than to reach out to those less fortunate. Many local residents already have stepped up to make Christmas a little brighter for struggling families in Douglas County, but, according to local social service agencies, many families still are in need of help.
Light complaint
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A14
To the editor: Now I’ve heard it all. People whining about too much light on Kasold. Have they ever heard of darkening shades? Too bad, poor babies. Some people work at night and have to sleep in the daylight hours.
Business queries
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A14
To the editor: The discussion about Deciphera will continue way into 2008, but the question I have, as do others, is: Did the Chamber of Commerce and this DCDI (still unidentified as to how it is not for profit and who the players are) offer the spec building to anyone in the United States for a half-million dollars less than valuation with a 100 percent rebate on property taxes?
Oh goody: KU to get bowl gifts
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B1
College athletes generally aren’t allowed to accept gifts just for being good at sports. That’s one of the NCAA’s ultimate no-nos. So when it’s permitted on one of those rare occasions, it’s a pretty big deal to any young, broke student-athlete.
Back to Kansas
Kansas needs to be more than a great place to be from.
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A14
In a letter published in Tuesday’s Public Forum, a Lawrence resident praised Kansas and Kansas University for the wonderful springboard they had provided for his children. His daughter, a physician, now lives in North Carolina. His son is pursuing a career in New York. Both are avid Jayhawk fans, and the father was impressed by how well KU prepared them for “life in a complicated world.”
Turley makes case for helping former players
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B5
Kyle Turley rose from his seat, paused briefly, almost imperceptibly as his chest heaved in a deep breath.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A14
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 19, 1907: “Volatile eruptions in eastern money markets have had little effect on Kansas. In fact, reports from the middle states like ours indicate that we are in better shape than most other regions due to good management, prosperous farming and good banking practices.
2nd District campaigns bringing in big money
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A4
With nearly a year until the November 2008 general election, candidates for Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District already are raising huge sums of money.
Fringe candidate?
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A14
To the editor: How can the front-runner in the straw polls be a fringe candidate? How can the lead fundraiser of both parties be a dark horse candidate? The argument from intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.
Senate approves $70B in war funds
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A2
The Senate gave President Bush a big win on Iraq on Tuesday night as it passed a massive $555 billion spending bill combining funding for 14 Cabinet departments with $70 billion for U.S. military operations there and in Afghanistan.
Tait: Tourneys a preview of success
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B12
All eyes of local high school hoops fans are on Thursday’s Lawrence High-Free State showdowns at the Jungle - mine included. However, regardless of the outcome of those contests, it seems the games that have been played before them have provided us with a sneak peek at exactly what we’re dealing with regarding all four city teams.
Tourists return to Israel, Bethlehem
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A12
Israeli tourism workers are handing out candy and welcome cards to foreign visitors this Christmas as their numbers swell to levels seen before fighting with the Palestinians broke out seven years ago, officials said Tuesday.
Resolution seeks end to death penalty
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A2
The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday called for a moratorium on the death penalty with a view to abolishing executions, approving a resolution opposed by the U.S., China and Iran.
Sunflower offers Lifeline Internet
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B10
Low-income residents in Lawrence and other areas served by Sunflower Broadband now may qualify for free Internet service, the company announced Tuesday. Lawrence-based Sunflower - which provides cable TV, telephone and high-speed Internet service - is offering Lifeline High-Speed Internet, a service available to people who also qualify under state and federal regulations for Lifeline Telephone service.
Energy bill covers lightbulbs to light trucks
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A9
Soon, you won’t find those old-fashioned 100-watt incandescent lightbulbs in stores. You will be able to buy more energy-efficient appliances. And you will see labels on TVs and computers that tell you how much energy they consume.
Love perfect as UCLA rolls
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B6
Kevin Love made all of his shots in a 16-point performance, and No. 8 UCLA rolled past Western Illinois, 77-52, on Tuesday night.
Lawsuit cites pollution from Pa. power plant
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A2
New Jersey has filed suit against a coal-fired power plant in neighboring Pennsylvania, claiming the plant’s pollutants blow across the Delaware River and harm New Jersey residents.
Area Roundup: Baldwin boys surge past Heights
BHS girls cruise to 52-34 victory
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B3
Baldwin overcame a five-point deficit in the final minute and edged Central Heights, 34-33, in high school boys basketball on Tuesday.
Judge orders hearing on CIA destruction of tapes
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A9
A federal judge in Washington on Tuesday ordered a court hearing Friday to examine whether the CIA violated a judicial order by destroying videotapes showing harsh interrogation methods, rebuffing pleas from the Bush administration that he stay out of the matter while the executive branch’s own probe is underway.
Senate rejects House approach on AMT
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A2
The congressional struggle over how to protect millions of middle-class people from getting soaked by the alternative minimum tax this year entered its final stage Tuesday as the Senate rejected a House demand that the $50 billion in tax relief be paid for.
On the record
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A4
A 43-year-old woman reported to Lawrence police she was walking in the east alley along the 800 block of Indiana street at 7:25 p.m. Thursday when three suspects pushed her to the ground and took $180 from her. Police interviewed the suspects and the victim, and the case was forwarded to the district attorney for review.
World Trade Center memorial again delayed
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A2
Some relatives of Sept. 11 victims are wondering whether they’ll live to see the World Trade Center memorial after learning Tuesday that the tribute won’t open until a decade after the attack.
Veritas girls roll, boys fall
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kristie Tiegreen had 30 points, 12 rebounds and four steals, and Veritas Christian defeated Kansas School for the Deaf, 58-12, Tuesday night in high school girls basketball.
Bucky’s Drive In closes after long run
Building’s owner hasn’t determined future use of site near Centennial Park
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B10
Decades after opening as a restaurant serving burgers to walk-up customers, Bucky’s Drive In is closed. Duane Buck - who turned a Sandy’s restaurant into his own Bucky’s, then sold the place nearly four years ago after 40 years behind the counter - didn’t quite believe it until he saw the stark “CLOSED” sign for himself on the message board at 2120 W. Ninth St.
Unprecedented NYC hotel boom could help ease room shortage
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A11
While planning her vacation to New York, Lisa Werness was so horrified by the prices in Manhattan that she opted for cheaper lodging in Brooklyn - where she scored a room rate of just $400 a night.
Lawyers, clients collaborate on kinder, gentler divorces
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A11
Collaborative divorce. The term sounds like an oxymoron in a culture steeped in high-cost, high-conflict breakups. Yet many couples are embracing the approach, recently endorsed by the American Bar Association, as part of a broader quest to find more civilized, efficient ways to end a marriage. Do-it-yourself divorces and mediation also are popular options.
Haskell men upended
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kyle Landry and Ryan McCurdy combined for 37 points and 13 rebounds to lift Northern Arizona to a 105-72 men’s basketball triumph over Haskell Indian Nations University on Monday night.
Japanese whaling to be monitored
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A12
Australia will send planes and a ship to conduct surveillance of Japanese whaling ships off Antarctica, the government announced today.
Abortion opponents nervous about Sebelius picking AG
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A5
Abortion opponents are watching the appointment of a new attorney general closely and don’t trust Gov. Kathleen Sebelius because of her support for abortion rights.
Hospital, KUMC reach affiliation deal
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A1
When it was all said and done Tuesday, there were no champagne corks popping in celebration. Instead, those involved with approving one of Kansas’ largest-ever hospital affiliation agreements retreated to lunch or to their cars and on to other things. The Kansas University Hospital Authority board approved its affiliation with KU Medical Center and Kansas University Physicians Inc. Just like that, 18 months of bitter negotiations - with grievances sometimes aired in the media or in front of legislative committees - came to an end.
Writers strike may change TV program, business picture
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A16
With “American Idol” and Jay Leno back on the air in January, it may seem that all is right with television. But the industry is facing its worst labor crisis in two decades, a crippling writers strike that’s reshaping the business of TV and threatening to permanently shift the viewing habits of millions of Americans.
Navy provides emergency surgery for cruise passenger
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A16
A teenager who suffered a ruptured appendix at sea, hundreds of miles from help, got an unusual rescue when the Navy airlifted her to an aircraft carrier for emergency surgery.
Vitale out until February
Analyst undergoes vocal cord surgery
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B2
Dick Vitale, the voice of college basketball for almost three decades, had vocal-cord surgery Tuesday and is expected to be off the air until at least February.
Winter high school sports notebook
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B12
A senior swimming captain for Free State High, Mitch Moore said he enjoys competing at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center - located in the middle of the FSHS campus - not just because of its proximity, but also because it provides the team with a slight advantage.
Broncos cut punter Sauerbrun
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B5
The Denver Broncos released beleaguered punter Todd Sauerbrun on Tuesday, bringing in his training camp rival Paul Ernster to replace him.
NFL inquiries don’t worry Mizzou
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B7
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel doesn’t mind his underclassmen seeking information about their NFL potential. In fact, he encourages it.
Police arrest another man in online sex sting
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A6
A 45-year-old Missouri man was charged Monday in Douglas County District Court with enticement of a child, following an investigation by Baldwin City police. Baldwin City Police Chief Mike McKenna said Tuesday that his officers, with help from Johnson County Sheriff’s officers, arrested the man last Thursday in the parking lot of Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe.
UN tracks more than 6 million letters to Santa
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A12
Santa Claus’ elves are dealing with so much mail they hardly have time to make the toys. The bearded gentleman - also known as St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Pere Noel and dozens of other names worldwide - will receive more than 6 million letters in the mail this year, the U.N. agency that connects national post offices said Tuesday.
Minor perceptions yield caloric catastrophes
December 19, 2007 in print edition on C3
We make more than 200 food-related decisions daily and aren’t aware of 90 percent of them, according to Brian Wansink, director of Cornell University Food and Brand Lab. Perhaps you think you just make three food decisions daily: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Well, think again.
McCray questionable for Kansas women
Jayhawks might not need top scorer/rebounder tonight against SJSU
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B3
Danielle McCray remains day-to-day, meaning she may or may not play today. McCray is the leading scorer (16.6) and rebounder (8.0) on Kansas University’s women’s basketball team, but she missed Sunday’s 62-49 victory over Cal-Riverside with an ankle injury, and her status for tonight’s game is questionable.
Have baby, will travel
December 19, 2007 in print edition on C1
For the holiday travel season, Babies “R” Us is offering tips to parents hoping for a silent night in the air or on the road.
Commentary: No shortage of excuses for steroids
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B2
Everyone in baseball wants to “turn the page” now that George Mitchell has told all of its dirty secrets, outing its glamorous superstars, shamed its faceless role players and confirmed that its conveniently blind owners and consistently obstructionist labor leaders have their fingerprints all over the crime scene.
Scandal could obliterate Florida State bowl roster
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B7
An academic cheating scandal could leave Florida State without as many as 25 players for its Music City Bowl game against Kentucky on New Year’s Eve, coach Bobby Bowden said Tuesday.
Capital postmark returns after 6 years
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A12
The District of Columbia postmark is making a big comeback in time for its use on holiday mail, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton announced Tuesday.
Mayor, county commissioner face more Deciphera allegations
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A1
Grassroots Action, a local political activism group, has asked the Douglas County District Attorney to investigate Mayor Sue Hack and Douglas County Commissioner Bob Johnson’s role in an approximately $1 million package of economic development incentives given to Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, a start-up company that was considering moving outside of Lawrence.
Student apartment complex approved
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A3
A major apartment complex for university students cleared its largest hurdle at City Hall on Tuesday. On a 4-1 vote, commissioners approved rezoning requests for The Exchange, an apartment complex that would put up to 750 units on the southern side of 31st Street, near Ousdahl Road. “I think this will be an incredibly high-quality project,” Mayor Sue Hack said.
Man who torched house pleads guilty
Deal includes reduced bond, in-patient mental health treatment
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A3
It was an agreement to take responsibility and seek help. Darrel Maley, 57, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Douglas County District Court to an arson charge for setting fire to his family’s home and property Nov. 9 near Pleasant Grove during a 10-hour standoff with law enforcement.
Kansas basketball notebook
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B9
NBA scouts from 30 of the 32 teams in the league attended. There were a total of 31 scouts in all. San Antonio Spurs’ general manager R.C. Buford, whose son Chase plays for the Jayhawks, attended.
Self: Great win, but :
Jayhawks have plenty to ‘tighten up’
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B9
Bill Self spoke so matter-of-factly it wasn’t apparent in a 10-minute postgame news conference whether he was happy or displeased with the Jayhawks’ 71-66 basketball victory over Georgia Tech on Tuesday at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
Leading Lions
LHS juniors wrestle with new roles
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B12
Whether they like it or not, Lawrence High wrestlers are finding a pair of juniors leading them this season. Brian Cain and Blake Greenfield aren’t the oldest LHS grapplers, but they have never backed down from an opponent and they won’t back down from their leadership roles either. Cain said he sometimes feels odd calling out an LHS elder statesman, but it comes with the territory.
Iverson learns new role
Ex-Sixer finds Denver to his liking
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B4
Allen Iverson is no longer The Man he was in Philadelphia. Carmelo Anthony holds that title in Denver. So Iverson, the former MVP and four-time scoring champion, is content being The Wingman.
Shaq warns his critics: Don’t count him out
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B4
Shaquille O’Neal sees this as just another test. His 14.3 points-per-game average is, by far, the lowest of his career. His Miami Heat are 7-17, one of the worst records in the NBA, and look nothing like the team that won a championship 18 months ago. His leg hurts, his pride aches and he knows that, at 35 years old, many believe he’s finished.
Two players rose above a disappointing season and can punch their tickets to Hawaii and the Pro Bowl
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B13
It’s the ninth time in his 11-year career that Tony Gonzalez has been voted to the Pro Bowl team. Despite playing on an offense that ranks near the bottom of the league in most statistical categories, the hardworking veteran has 82 catches, second among all NFL tight ends, and is tied for second with 971 yards receiving.
Cowgirls routed
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B6
Lori Butler-Rayford had 30 points and 15 rebounds to lead TCU to a 97-63 victory over No. 20 Oklahoma State on Tuesday, the Cowgirls’ first loss of the season.
Toffee tribute to great-aunt’s strength
December 19, 2007 in print edition on C1
Among comments I received about last week’s column was a request for a recipe I mentioned in passing. In writing about a relative and her holiday toffee, I noted that family members still made that candy as well as a peanut brittle that had been handed down. So here is the peanut brittle recipe - but it comes with a story.
English Christmas feast prepared on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
December 19, 2007 in print edition on C2
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “English Christmas Traditions, Old and New.” Host Jayni Carey and her guest, Mo Godman, will prepare the following recipes: English Christmas Cake, Sausage Rolls, Mince Pies and Turkey Curry.
Christmas of the network stars
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B15
Washington luminaries join network stars for “A Holiday Celebration at Ford’s Theatre” (9 p.m., ABC). The president and first lady will be in the audience, as well as congressional leaders from both parties.
Horoscopes
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B15
This year, add in a sprinkle of caution. A good idea can often backfire on you, especially professionally. Frequently stop and re-evaluate your priorities, especially your reaction to money, the materialistic world in general and your attitude toward a key loved one. If you are single, you might opt to date awhile before hooking up, if you don’t meet that special person in the next few months.
Bush plans visit to Middle East
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A2
President Bush will make his first trip to Jerusalem and the West Bank next month to push Israel and the Palestinians toward peace and try to write his own chapter in the annals of Mideast diplomacy.
Bert Nash center hires therapist
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B10
Susan K. Anderson, a licensed specialist clinical social worker, has joined the treatment staff of Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center as a senior adult outpatient therapist.
N.Y. bill would ban carriage horses
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A11
The carriage horses at Central Park are one of this city’s most iconic sights, along with the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the street-side artists and the hot dog vendors. But now one city council member from Queens is trying to send the horses the way of the once-ubiquitous squeegee men, forever banished from the city’s thoroughfares.
Public pool inspection fee approved
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A5
City commissioners unanimously approved new regulations that will require businesses such as hotels and apartment complexes that have a public pool to pay for an annual license.
County to consider halting road-building
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A5
A moratorium on the creation of new roads or extending old ones will be considered at tonight’s Douglas County Commission meeting.
Commissioners seek bus contract paying living wage to drivers
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A5
It is the city’s rule. Companies that receive a public tax break - a tax abatement - must pay their employees a “living wage” of at least $10.73 per hour, plus health benefits. But when it comes to how the city pays its own employees or the employees of city contractors, the living wage requirement doesn’t apply.
Huckabee defends Christmas commercial
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A16
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Tuesday defended his Christmas ad amid suggestions that the ordained Baptist minister had gone too far mixing religion and politics.
Mayor announces Orange Bowl bet
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A5
The stakes just got a little higher for Kansas University’s upcoming appearance in the Orange Bowl.
UN extends US-led force for ‘final’ time
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A8
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the U.S.-led multinational force in Iraq for one year, a move that Iraq’s prime minister said would be his nation’s “final request” for help.
Texas outslugs ORU
Bout with No. 9 Michigan State looms
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B6
Texas slugged its way through a tough battle on its home court. Now comes a Top 10 test for the unbeaten Longhorns. D.J. Augustin scored 24 points, and the fourth-ranked Longhorns beat Oral Roberts 66-56 on Tuesday night, a close game in a season full of blowouts.
10 husbands bring 9 bigamy charges
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A2
If all the members of 26-year-old Eunice Lopez’s immediate family show up for her scheduled arraignment on bigamy charges next month, the courtroom could be crowded. She has at least 10 husbands, investigators say.
NBA Roundup
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B4
Scores around the league.
Missing teen case closed
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A12
Prosecutors closed their investigation into the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway, saying Tuesday they still believe three young men were involved in her death but can’t prove it after 932 days of searching failed to turn up a body.
UK drops 4th straight
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B6
Billy Gillispie has accomplished something Rick Pitino also did in his first year at Kentucky. He’s lost four games in a row.
Rural district boil-water advisory dropped
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A5
A boil-water advisory for Rural Water District 10 in Jefferson County was rescinded Tuesday by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
NASA troubleshoots both on ground, at space station
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A12
NASA on Tuesday traced fuel gauge failures in shuttle Atlantis’ tank to a bad connector, and a top manager said he did not know how long it would take to replace the part or when the spaceship might fly.
Keegan: Poised? Kansas? Really?
December 19, 2007
Football is so complicated that even the coaches don’t know what happened in the game until they watch the film. Maybe basketball has gotten that way, too, because after Kansas University survived itself and Georgia Tech, 71-66, Tuesday in its second road game of the season, the coach and a couple of Tech players talked about how Kansas played with such poise. Huh?
Turkish incursions raise tensions
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A8
Several hundred Turkish troops crossed into northern Iraq on Tuesday and engaged in clashes with Kurdish guerrillas, Turkish military officials said, as U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made an unannounced visit to Iraq to tout security gains.
Confidential programs let addicted doctors practice while in rehab
December 19, 2007 in print edition on A10
Troubling cases in which doctors were accused of botching operations while undergoing treatment for drugs or alcohol have led to criticism of rehab programs that allow thousands of U.S. physicians to keep their addictions hidden from their patients.
We did it to ourselves’
Coach laments Jackets’ mistakes
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B8
The Alexander Memorial Coliseum scoreboard Tuesday night showed that it was Kansas University that defeated Georgia Tech, 71-66, but that wasn’t the way Yellow Jackets coach Paul Hewitt saw it.
Edwards apologizes for ‘get over it’ remark
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B13
Coach Herm Edwards apologized to Kansas City Chiefs fans Tuesday for telling them to “get over it,” and said he should have chosen his words more carefully in talking about their reaction to his team’s long losing streak.
AP honors UF’s Tebow
Soph adds Player of the Year to accolades
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B7
At Southeastern Conference media days in July, Florida coach Urban Meyer joked about all the questions surrounding quarterback Tim Tebow.
People in the news
December 19, 2007 in print edition on B15
¢ Amy Winehouse reportedly arrested¢ Hulk Hogan to lead Mardi Gras parade¢ Custody battle continues for Spears¢ Jamie Lynn Spears pregnant at age 16¢ Rachael Ray adds vacation series