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Archive for Friday, December 21, 2007

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Births
Blog entries
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
City Showdown
Podcasts
Polls
How much are you spending on Christmas presents this year?

Poll results

Response Percent
Less than last year.
 
53%
More than last year.
 
25%
About the same.
 
20%
Total 289
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Shoppers Peggy Taylor, Lawrence, center, and Karen Riveland, Topeka, right, have a laugh with Becky Snyder, employee of The Bay Leaf, 725 Mass., as the two look for gifts over the lunch hour Thursday. Recent harsh weather has pushed back holiday shopping for many. After slow start, holiday shoppers pick up momentum
December 21, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Christmas may not have come early this year, but it certainly did sneak up on a lot of shoppers. Local retail stores and shoppers both say that heavy shopping didn’t get started until this week. Some blame it on the weather, others blame it on a busy schedule, but not too many blame it on a bad economy.
9:00 a.m.
A photograph of tornado-ravaged Greensburg by Cort Anderson inspired the state's official Christmas ornament, right, which will be placed on a Christmas tree in President's Park, between the White House and the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. Greensburg represents state in D.C.
December 21, 2007 in print edition on 1A
When photographer Cort Anderson first saw Greensburg, four days after a tornado flattened the town in May, he said the destruction was overwhelming. “One of the things I noticed when I was there the first day was the lack of leaves and street signs,” Anderson said. “They actually spray painted the names on the streets so people from out of town would know where they were.”
1:00 p.m.
Josh Longbottom, left, and Kim Manz, both of the Plymouth Congregational Church of Lawrence, sing carols and play the piano Thursday during a Christmas party at the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen, 221 W. 10th St. About 170 people attended the annual event. Music, meals and mirth unite in annual Christmas party
December 21, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Ben Allen, 47, of Lawrence, used his musical talent Thursday to give back to people who helped him through a difficult time in his life. Allen played the piano in the basement of First Christian Church, 1000 Ky., during the annual Christmas Party at Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen.
4:00 p.m.
Jonathan Krasick, of Lawrence, places a can of food in a box on one of the T buses Thursday morning for his ride. The fare was part of a drive to collect canned goods for food banks. Food drive lets T riders pay by cans
December 21, 2007 in print edition on 5A
While on the T’s Route 6 on Thursday, Lawrence bus driver Tony Duran hoped his passengers wouldn’t pay their fare in change. Instead, he was hoping for a can of food to contribute to a food drive he organized.

All stories

6News video: Lt. Gov. would not have recruited Morrison
December 21, 2007
A state leader who helped recruit outgoing Attorney General Paul Morrison to the Democratic Party says he wouldn’t have done so had he known about the extramarital affair that led to Morrison’s downfall.
6Sports video: Hawks back home
December 21, 2007
Tomorrow for the first time in two weeks the Kansas men’s basketball team will play a game in Allen Fieldhouse.
6Sports video: Sans McCray, KU women stumble
December 21, 2007
Tonight the Jayhawks had the opportunity to add a huge road win to their resume. KU was in Berkeley to face the 12th-ranked California Golden Bears.
6Sports video: Lady Lions take over in second quarter
December 21, 2007
For 16 minutes, it was Free State’s pace. Then, for 16 minutes, it was Lawrence High’s pace. The Lions, however, took advantage in the final two quarters.
6News video: Gunshots heard in north Lawrence
December 21, 2007
Shots rang out overnight in a northern Lawrence neighborhood. Police say they received multiple calls about shots being fired just after 2:00 this morning.
6News video: Light Up Lawrence winner announced
December 21, 2007
Tonight we announce the winner of this year’s Light Up Lawrence competition.
6News video: Pincnkey students help ER patients
December 21, 2007
In the emergency room, students at Pinckney Elementary School helped patients their own age feel more at home.
6News video: Power back, but problems remain
December 21, 2007
Another round of nasty weather is zeroing in on northern Kansas, but plenty of reminders of last week’s ice storm remain.
6Sports video: KU women to challenge #12
December 21, 2007
The Kansas women’s basketball team is 9-1 on the season and is receiving votes in the AP top 25. The biggest challenge of the year, however, comes tonight.
6Sports video: Free State outside shooting key to win
December 21, 2007
A standing-room-only crowd watched last night as the two city high schools split their Thursday night basketball double-header. In the boys game, the outside shooting touch of the Firebirds led the way.
6News video: Sheriff officer’s truck stolen from driveway
December 21, 2007
Instead of investigating a crime, he found himself the victim of one. Someone stole a Douglas County sheriff ‘s officer’s unmarked vehicle right out of the officer’s driveway.
6News video: Rehab? Try Wii-hab
December 21, 2007
Patients in one of Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s rehabilitation centers trade in the usual treadmills and bikes for a little Wii-hab.
6News video: Convicted sex offender arrested in Lawrence
December 21, 2007
A 47-year-old man faces criminal charges after attempting to lure a 13-year-old West Junior High student to his car.
6Sports video: All-star squad
December 21, 2007
A national champion, two All-Americans and three conference champions return to the Kansas men’s track and field squad this season.
6News video: Mangino signs autographs to fund local charity
December 21, 2007
Jayhawks football coach Mark Mangino has won the Home Depot and Associated Press Coach of the Year awards. Now he’s giving back to the community.
6News video: KU rec center named after Ambler
December 21, 2007
A man former KU students say had a huge impact on the quality of life for students will receive some very special recognition.
6News video: Oread Inn still under debate
December 21, 2007
Plans for a new seven-story hotel on the edge of the Kansas University campus will head back to the Lawrence City Commission early next month.
6News video: Last Call still open as BYOB
December 21, 2007
The party is not over at Last Call. The downtown night club that lost its state drinking license is still in business, operating as a BYOB.
Man arrested on child-solicitation charge
13-year-old approached near West Junior High on Thursday
December 21, 2007
Lawrence police arrested a 47-year-old Arkansas man Thursday evening on charges of aggravated indecent solicitation of a 13-year-old girl near West Junior High School, 2700 Harvard Road.
Stolen sheriff’s department truck found in KCMO
Theft occurred after officer left vehicle warming up
09:30 a.m., December 21, 2007 Updated 11:34 a.m.
An unmarked Douglas County Sheriff’s pickup truck that was stolen this morning from an officer’s home has been found in Kansas City, Mo.
University housing rates set to rise
Board of Regents approves increase of 4 to 6 percent
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
Housing rates on regents university campuses are going up again. At its meeting Thursday, the Kansas Board of Regents approved an average increase of between 4 and 6 percent for all six state universities. Kansas University’s rate increase varied from as little as 2.5 percent in the Sunflower Apartments to as much as 8 percent in certain scholarship halls.
Pump patrol
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.75 at several locations.
Brace doesn’t irk Rush
Student attendance noticeably declines
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B3
Brandon Rush is in no hurry to abandon his trusty black knee brace. “I like it,” Rush, Kansas University’s junior guard/forward, said of the medical instrument that provides support to his surgically repaired right knee.
Three charged in attack
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B2
Authorities have charged two women and a man with a weekend attack on three North Carolina football players, which police said was motivated by robbery.
Bombings mar peaceful holiday
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A11
A suicide bombing northeast of the capital and a car bombing in Baghdad on Thursday shattered the calm of an otherwise unusually peaceful holiday period in Iraq. Authorities said 19 people were killed in the two attacks, including a U.S. soldier.
After slow start, holiday shoppers pick up momentum
Gift buying getting into high gear
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A1
Christmas may not have come early this year, but it certainly did sneak up on a lot of shoppers. Local retail stores and shoppers both say that heavy shopping didn’t get started until this week. Some blame it on the weather, others blame it on a busy schedule, but not too many blame it on a bad economy.
Several state fishing regulations tweaked
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B8
Copies of the state’s new fishing booklet won’t be available until early January, but anglers should be aware of several new regulations that will take effect Jan. 1.
Music, meals and mirth unite in annual Christmas party
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
Ben Allen, 47, of Lawrence, used his musical talent Thursday to give back to people who helped him through a difficult time in his life. Allen played the piano in the basement of First Christian Church, 1000 Ky., during the annual Christmas Party at Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen.
Schnellenberger going bowling again tonight
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B4
Howard Schnellenberger’s career in football has spanned generations, touching the lives of numerous successful coaches and players.
New position at City Hall to scrutinize development
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A1
Tax abatements, tax rebates and other emerging economic development incentives soon will be under more scrutiny at City Hall. City Manager David Corliss has begun advertising for a new position that will provide city commissioners recommendations on a variety of economic development issues.
Astronomers: Asteroid could collide with Mars
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
Mars could be in for an asteroid hit. A newly discovered hunk of space rock has a 1 in 75 chance of slamming into the Red Planet on Jan. 30, scientists said Thursday.
Controller error causes 2 planes to fly too close
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
Another error by controllers at an air traffic center put planes too close to each other over central Illinois, but they were never in danger of colliding, the Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday.
Iraqi town’s transformation inspires hope
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A12
The helicopter flies low over flat farmland dotted with palm trees, just south of Baghdad. This is an area that looks bucolic but used to be called the Triangle of Death. Until recently this region was known for the most brutal al-Qaida atrocities, including the beheading of corpses in Shiite funeral convoys. Al-Qaida in Iraq controlled the rural, Sunni areas while Shiite extremists infiltrated the mostly Shiite town and drove out Sunni families.
Big band relishes tradition
December 21, 2007 in print edition on C1
Rick McNeely isn’t quite sure why there are so many big band versions of Christmas songs. Maybe it’s just the nostalgia factor. Whatever the reason, McNeely and The Jazzhaus Big Band he co-directs have been capitalizing on the connection for 26 years. That’s how long the band’s Christmas Formal has been going on.
KU basketball team shops for charity
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
Instead of huddling around a Jayhawk on James Naismith Court Thursday night, members of the Kansas University men’s basketball team huddled around a shopping cart at Wal-Mart as they prepared to give back to the community by purchasing presents for needy area families.
Priest accused of jogging naked pleads not guilty
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A6
A Catholic priest charged with indecent exposure after being accused of jogging naked in the pre-dawn darkness has pleaded not guilty and asked for a jury trial.
Strong quake collapses older buildings
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
A strong earthquake struck New Zealand on Thursday night, collapsing at least three older buildings in one coastal city on North Island, sparking small fires and forcing authorities to declare a state of emergency there.
Man, 60, sues boy, 8, over ski-slope collision
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A6
A 60-year-old man is taking an 8-year-old boy and his dad to court, claiming the boy caused a ski-slope collision that left the older man with a shoulder injury.
Forward’s return lifts LHS girls
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
The talk all week was about the Lawrence High guards and Free State post players, but one aspect of the matchup seemed to go overlooked. Her name was Tania Jackson. Despite missing most of Wednesday’s practice due to a sore left ankle - and nearly missing the game altogether - the LHS forward started and was effective all night in leading the Lions to a 44-30 victory over the Firebirds (2-2) Thursday night at LHS.
Doctor accused of illegal drug scheme
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
A Kansas physician who allegedly operated a “pill mill” out of his Haysville clinic was charged Thursday with illegally prescribing drugs in a scheme that caused the deaths of at least four patients, federal prosecutors said.
Rec calendar
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B8
Sports and recreation in Lawrence
Thieves saw off more than 500 parking meters
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
Thieves have sawed off more than 500 downtown parking meters from their posts this year and walked away with them, city officials said.
Keegan: Good sports plentiful
December 21, 2007 in print edition on C1
Examples of poor sportsmanship exhibited by basketball players are as accessible as the clicker. As long as the remote’s isn’t misplaced underneath the couch cushions, the examples are minutes, even seconds away.
Iowa shouldn’t matter so much
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A12
It isn’t until his seventh stop, almost two hours into his work on an icy Sunday afternoon, that James Ahn hits pay dirt, in the form of Jennie and Arvin Van Waardhuizen.
Father gets 4 years in online sexual assault
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
A Canadian man who sexually abused his 4-year-old daughter live on the Internet so another man could watch was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison.
Big test awaits KU women
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B3
Here comes the litmus test for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team. Unranked despite a 9-1 record, the Jayhawks will find out just how good they are tonight when they tangle with No. 12-ranked California.
Adoption special celebrates 9 years
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B12
A television tradition for nine holiday seasons, “A Home for the Holidays” (7 p.m., CBS) combines performances from a diverse assembly of musical guests, including Sheryl Crow, James Blunt, Fergie, Karmina, Carole King, John Legend and Reba McEntire and anecdotes about adoption from celebrities David Krumholtz, George Lopez, Rene Russo and others.
City showdown notebook
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B7
Blackout: The Lawrence High student section brought a new twist to the rivalry Thursday night, as most in attendance wore black T-Shirts in response to the school’s request for a “Blackout” for the city showdown.
Clinton’s saxophone given to jazz museum
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
Former President Clinton has donated the saxophone he played at his inauguration to the American Jazz Museum. The attraction is part of the historic 18th and Vine district, where musicians often play into the early morning hours at an old union hall called the Mutual Musicians Foundation.
Obscenity charge dropped against store
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
Johnson County prosecutors have dismissed a grand jury indictment charging an Olathe convenience store with promoting obscenity. District Attorney Phill Kline dropped the charge after Gringo Loco agreed to remove a DVD titled “Babysitter No. 18” from its shelves.
Ice, snow delay wind farm debut
Facility in Lincoln County should be running in January
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B14
A winter storm earlier this month has delayed completion of a wind farm that had been scheduled to begin production this week. Now, the company says the 250-megawatt facility in Lincoln County should be up and running in January.
Kansas Board of Regents signs off on KU Hospital affiliation
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A1
Every time someone new approves the Kansas University Medial Center-KU Hospital affiliation, smiles fill the room. This time, it was the Kansas Board of Regents’ turn to sign off on the proposed affiliation, and board chairwoman Christine Downey-Schmidt said they did it with “peace and good cheer.” The vote in favor of the agreement was unanimous.
Airport screeners become unpopular face of government
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
Hand sanitizer makes it through security in one airport, then it’s confiscated at another. Screening lines back up because only two of six lanes are open. And then there’s the occasional all-too-intimate patdown. Those complaints and other frustrations make the nation’s airport security agency about as popular as the IRS.
Dolphins give Parcells 4-year VP contract
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B4
A week ago, Wayne Huizenga seemed poised to sell his beloved Miami Dolphins and abandon his long quest for a Super Bowl title. Scratch those plans. Huizenga brought in Bill Parcells instead, giving him the task of restoring Miami’s lost luster.
Simple ways add holiday color around home
December 21, 2007 in print edition on C1
Here are some easy holiday decorating ideas from interior designer Libby Langdon of HGTV’s “Small Space, Big Style.”
Who rides the T?
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A12
To the editor: I read about the proposed cuts to the city bus system. Before I moved to Lawrence, I lived in Jamaica Plain, Mass. I didn’t have a car and rode the bus to work every day. Halfway there our governor, Mike Dukakis, got on the bus to go to his office.
Affidavit: Grimsley talked
Pitcher reportedly implicated players
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B2
Jose Canseco, Lenny Dykstra, Glenallen Hill and Geronimo Berroa were accused of using steroids by former major-league pitcher Jason Grimsley in a federal agent’s affidavit unsealed Thursday.
People in the news
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B12
¢ Late-night shows to return without writers¢ Report: Policy violated in Mel Gibson arrest¢ Judge admonishes R. Kelly for lateness
Rookie QB Troy Smith to start for Ravens
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B4
Rookie quarterback Troy Smith will make his first start Sunday when the Baltimore Ravens visit the Seattle Seahawks.
It’s the spirit of the season
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A13
It was Christmas in the New York subways last week, musicians heading off to play Christmas gigs, and in the Times Square station a wild-haired old man out of a George Price cartoon pounded out “Winter Wonderland” on an electric organ, a rhythm attachment going whompeta-whompeta-whompeta, and two crazed battery-powered Santas dancing the boogaloo, nearby a young trumpeter giving “O Holy Night” a good working over, and then the doors closed and we racketed uptown as an old codger came into the car and launched into “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” as he limped up the aisle, jingling his Styrofoam cup.
LINK seeks money for dishwasher
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
A commercial dishwasher is on the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen’s Christmas list. LINK coordinator Greg Moore said $2,000 was donated anonymously, but $3,000 more is needed. LINK serves four meals a week to more than 100 people in need.
Michigan assistants fired
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B2
Rich Rodriguez fired Michigan’s assistant coaches Thursday, his second day as an employee of the school. Rodriguez met with the coaches one by one at Schembechler Hall, as retiring coach Lloyd Carr packed up his belongings in boxes, clearing space for his successor.
Tancredo drops out of GOP presidential race
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
Rep. Tom Tancredo, who built his longshot presidential campaign on opposition to illegal immigration, dropped out Thursday and endorsed Republican rival Mitt Romney as the best man to carry on the fight.
Many breast cancer patients aren’t told reconstruction options
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A8
Most doctors don’t talk about breast reconstruction with women before cancer surgery, depriving them of key information that can sway their decision about whether to have the whole breast or just a lump removed, new research suggests.
Greensburg represents state in D.C.
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A1
When photographer Cort Anderson first saw Greensburg, four days after a tornado flattened the town in May, he said the destruction was overwhelming. “One of the things I noticed when I was there the first day was the lack of leaves and street signs,” Anderson said. “They actually spray painted the names on the streets so people from out of town would know where they were.”
It’s all about the right gift
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A13
Thanksgiving is supposed to be about gratitude and Christmas about : what? Getting more stuff we don’t really need, but sometimes selfishly want? It’s also the political season, which will outlast Christmas - along with every other holiday between now and Halloween next - and that means listening to claims by Democratic presidential candidates that the economy is bad and getting worse.
Thieves make off with paintings by Picasso, Portinari
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A9
Armed with nothing more than a crow bar and a car jack, it took thieves just three minutes to steal paintings by Pablo Picasso and Candido Portinari, worth millions of dollars, from Brazil’s premier modern art museum.
Givers can help ease returns
Before you wrap up shopping, consider these tips
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B13
Not everyone wants, or needs, a Santa Claus necktie, a prenatal yoga video or an all-in-one TV/VCR/stereo/pencil sharpener. Or, in Warner Lewis’ case, a shirt so bad that he not only couldn’t bear to wear it, but he also couldn’t figure out how to get rid of it.
Healthy choices
Lifestyle choices don’t totally determine good health, but they can’t hurt.
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A12
The state’s top health policy official makes an interesting point about good health being at least partially a matter of choice.
Commentary: Ex-UK coach Smith unfairly blamed
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B2
The Houston Cougars shot 36 percent on Tuesday night and still had no trouble defeating Kentucky, 83-69. This gave the Wildcats a four-game losing streak for the first time since the 1989-90 season. It also put them at 4-5 for the fourth time in 104 years of Kentucky basketball.
Berry Plastics buys MAC Closures Inc.
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B13
Berry Plastics Corp., an Indiana-based company that owns PackerWare Corp. in Lawrence, this week acquired MAC Closures Inc., a manufacturer of plastic caps and closures.
Hidden rooms reveal torture by extremists, silence in village
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A11
Blood splotches on walls, chains hanging from a ceiling and swords on the killing floor - the artifacts left a disturbing tale of brutalities inside a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq torture chamber. But there was yet another chilling fact outside the dirt-floor dungeon.
Slow housing market should get better
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B13
Q: Home sales in my neighborhood are really slow, and prices are down a little bit from where they were several months ago. When do you think that the market will get better?
Commodities
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B13
Wheat futures fell while corn and soybean prices advanced Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery fell 19.5 cents to $9.54; March corn rose 2.75 cents to $4.375; March oats increased 2.25 cents to $3.0325; January soybeans rose 1.75 cents to $11.6075.
Food drive lets T riders pay by cans
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A5
While on the T’s Route 6 on Thursday, Lawrence bus driver Tony Duran hoped his passengers wouldn’t pay their fare in change. Instead, he was hoping for a can of food to contribute to a food drive he organized.
Steelers lose one, win one, 41-24
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B4
Willie Parker’s season ended after his first carry, and the Pittsburgh Steelers will miss the NFL’s leading rusher if they get to the playoffs. But they don’t miss him yet.
Ribbon-cutting events set for January
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B13
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce has scheduled ribbon-cuttings for January as follows.
Queen Elizabeth II becomes Britain’s oldest monarch
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A14
Queen Elizabeth II became Britain’s oldest-ever monarch Thursday, reaching a new milestone in a job she has held for more than a half century - one that comes with luxurious accommodation, long hours and little chance of retirement.
T.O. clears the air about Romo, Simpson
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B4
Terrell Owens talked about Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo again Thursday - this time, to clear the air. Just in case anyone thought he was serious Wednesday when he proclaimed his quarterback’s latest girlfriend “not a fan favorite,” Owens explained he was merely having fun with a subject that has been tossed about by others for days.
Jayhawks a little ‘rusty’
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s football players took to the practice field on Tuesday and immediately noticed that this wasn’t quite the same KU team that went 11-1 during the regular season. Not yet, anyway.
Bartender to court: Princess Diana’s driver was drunk, ‘walking like a clown’
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A14
Princess Diana’s driver was drunk the night she and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, died in a car crash in Paris, a bartender told the court investigating the princess’ death.
NFL rejects appeal for ‘Pacman’ suspension
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B4
The NFL rejected an appeal by the players’ union Thursday on behalf of suspended Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones.
ORU wins Sutton battle
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B9
Robert Jarvis scored 21 points to help Oral Roberts beat Oklahoma State, 74-59, Thursday night and give Scott Sutton a victory against older brother Sean in the first meeting between the two as head coaches.
The good & the bad of catch & release
Practice helps sustain populations, but at what cost?
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B8
On frosty fall mornings and brilliant spring days, millions of Californians splash into the state’s waterways seeking fish that they can hook, fight to possess and then set free. In their drive to preserve fish for future generations, “catch-and-release” anglers may also be changing species in uncharted ways.
Nickelodeon considering teen pregnancy special in wake of news
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B12
Nickelodeon is considering a special for its young audience about sex and love following the news that 16-year-old “Zoey 101” star Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant.
Pittsburgh decks Duke in OT
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B9
Levance Fields had about as much on his mind as a player can. His team was down two points with 16 seconds left in overtime. He had turned the ball over on Pittsburgh’s last two possessions. He was playing in front of a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden, the arena the junior guard used to take the subway to from his home in Brooklyn. His best friend on the team, Mike Cook, had been helped from the court with what looked like a severe knee injury just minutes earlier.
Terror supporter faces restrictions after release
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A10
Former Guantanamo terror prisoner David Hicks remains a threat and will have to regularly report to police and stay indoors from midnight to dawn when he is released from prison next week, a magistrate ruled today.
Free State boys deny Lions’ rally
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
Conner Monarez was the X-factor. Then again, considering the last letter in his last name, maybe he was the Z-factor. “Z-factor : sounds good to me,” Monarez said with a smile.
Blue Christmas allows friends, family to remember, honor loved ones
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B5
Standing inside the chapel of the McLouth United Methodist Church, Matt Powell picked up the church’s long brass candle lighter. He approached a row of candles and small angel figurines and held the lighter over a candle he chose to honor his father, Floyd Powell, who died four years ago.
Giuliani heads home after hospital visit
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A10
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani was released from the hospital Thursday after spending the night to undergo tests for flu-like symptoms. “I feel great. Take care. Merry Christmas, I’m feeling fine thanks to the hospital. They did a great job,” a smiling and waving Giuliani said as he left Barnes-Jewish Hospital en route to New York.
Protests erupt over public housing in New Orleans
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A10
Police used chemical spray and stun guns Thursday on protesters who tried to force their way into a City Council meeting, the latest strife over plans to demolish some 4,500 public housing units in a redevelopment project that council members ended up unanimously supporting.
Hoax calls traced to Chicago
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B5
An employee from a Chicago-based executive search firm is the registered owner of a cell phone used Wednesday night to make hoax calls to the Lawrence Journal-World. The phone was used to report inaccurately that KU football coach Mark Mangino was a candidate for the West Virginia football coach job.
Subpoena issued in CIA tapes case
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A10
The House Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena Thursday for Jose Rodriguez, the former CIA official who directed that secret interrogation videotapes of two suspected terrorists be destroyed.
Ottawa girls rip SFT
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B5
Kara McFarland scored 16 points, and Nichole Gentry added 12 as Ottawa routed Santa Fe Trail, 61-41, in high school girls basketball on Thursday.
Prosecutor: Suspect said in Internet chat that teen was dead
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A10
A main suspect in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway wrote in a chat session that she was dead - a key clue for investigators, but one that fell short of assuring a conviction in court, Aruba’s chief prosecutor said Thursday.
Ohio doctor arrested in 1982 slaying
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A8
A doctor living in Ohio was arrested on a charge that he beat his boss to death when he was a chef in New Jersey 25 years ago. George Carty, now 49, appeared in court here Thursday on a charge of aggravated manslaughter. He then quickly exited court with prosecutors and his public defender, who didn’t immediately return calls for comment.
On the record
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A4
A 51-year-old woman was the victim of a purse snatching Thursday in the parking lot of Kohl’s Department Store, 3240 Iowa. A 30-year-old Eudora man was arrested. According to Lawrence police, at 1:56 p.m. he drove by and ripped her purse from her shoulder without getting out of the vehicle. The purse was recovered.
Lines form outside banks for new denominations
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A10
Zimbabwe’s central bank unveiled new currency notes Thursday with denominations as high as 750,000 dollars as the government tries to ease chronic shortages of cash in a hyperinflationary economy.
Veritas boys thumped by Englewood
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B5
Michael Kay scored 13 points in Veritas Christian School’s 51-35 boys basketball loss to Englewood Christian on Thursday night.
Utah turns back Navy at Poinsettia Bowl
Interception kills comeback after Midshipmen recover onside kick
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B4
Invite the Utah Utes to a bowl game and the odds are pretty good they’re going to win. Brian Johnson threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and Utah opened the bowl season with a wild 35-32 victory over the Navy Midshipmen in the Poinsettia Bowl on Thursday night. It was Utah’s seventh straight bowl victory dating to 1999.
Adopted man discovers birth mother is co-worker
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
Steve Flaig’s long search for his birth mother ended at an incredible place: the checkout line of the home-improvement store where he works. Flaig had met Christine Tallady after she started working at Lowe’s several months ago, but it was only recently that the 22-year-old delivery driver figured out she was the woman who had given him up for adoption. It took him a few weeks, and some help from the adoption agency, to give her the news.
Suicide bomb kills dozens near home of ex-leader
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
A suicide attacker detonated a bomb early today at a mosque outside the home of Pakistan’s former interior minister as he received visitors on an Islamic holiday, killing at least 35 people and wounding dozens more, authorities said.
Protection One ending BellSouth alliance
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B13
Protection One Inc., a Lawrence-based provider of monitored-security services, announced Thursday that it was rebranding its operations in the southeastern United States by dropping its partner, BellSouth Telecommunications.
Horoscopes
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B12
You could be full of energy this year. Though dynamic, often your ideas fall on deaf ears, which sometimes frustrates you. Learn to let others take credit for your ideas, and suddenly you’ll get results. If you are single, many people might demonstrate more than a casual interest. Pick and choose with care. If you are attached, allow your sweetie to play a stronger role in your bond. Remember, it is a partnership!
Eagles coach Reid, wife interviewed about sons
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B4
Eagles coach Andy Reid and his wife vowed to stand by their sons in their struggles with drug and legal problems, and he told a magazine that he wants to remain with the team “as long as I can do my job to the best of my ability.”
Former telecom exec hired as MU president
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A4
The “worst-kept secret” around the University of Missouri is now out in the open: Former Sprint Nextel Corp. Chief Executive Officer Gary Forsee is the four-campus system’s new president.
Sweet defense
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A12
To the editor: Last year an edict was declared in the schools, disallowing sweets from parties to improve our children’s health and nutrition. The rule was loosely followed last year, but this year is supposed to be strictly adhered to. So for the “Winter Party,” my three sons will be munching on tasty treats like fruit and veggies. No candy or cookies for them!
Obama, Huckabee file for caucuses
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A5
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee have guaranteed themselves ballot spots for the state’s presidential caucuses in early February.
Research, roads among earmarked items for 2nd Dist.
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A4
Funds for cancer research at Kansas University, road improvements at Clinton Lake and barracks at Fort Leavenworth were among the numerous budget earmarks for the 2nd congressional district, U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, said Thursday.
The year’s top 10
A look back at local A&E stories of 2007
December 21, 2007 in print edition on C1
Arts and entertainment signifies more than just a cable TV channel in Lawrence. It’s the social lifeblood of the city, allowing artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers and “others” to flow from one project to another. Throughout the year the Journal-World covered many of the highs and lows that sprang from the vibrant A&E scene. Features staffers recently revisited these articles and voted on the top 10 A&E stories of 2007.
GOP official questions Morrison staying
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A4
It’s improper for Attorney General Paul Morrison to remain on the job until Jan. 31 because the Democrat, embroiled in a sex scandal, is damaging the office every day he stays, a top Republican Party official said Thursday.
Walk Hard’ nails cliches of music biopic
December 21, 2007 in print edition on C1
With “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” character actor John C. Reilly realizes a lifelong dream: to become Will Ferrell. Reilly, in a breakout performance, makes this often hilarious “Walk the Line” spoof an exclamation point on the Year of Apatow. Judd Apatow, the new cutting edge of comedy (“Knocked Up,” “The 40 Year Old Virgin”) co-wrote and produced this. His rep company of actor-pals, The Ap Pack, show up to make sure there’s plenty of juice to this mockery of the music and life of Johnny Cash.
Cousin: Slain migrants had just withdrawn cash
December 21, 2007 in print edition on A9
Four Mexican construction workers found stabbed to death in their Ohio apartment had just taken out large amounts of cash to bring back to Mexico for the holidays, a relative and a local parish priest said Thursday.
Miami of Ohio works OT to defeat Illinois, 61-58
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B9
Miami of Ohio’s basketball team started an ambitious two-game road trip successfully on Thursday night. Miami, which will play Kansas on Saturday, downed the University of Illinois, 61-58, in overtime.
Buckeyes CB suspended
December 21, 2007 in print edition on B2
Ohio State backup cornerback Eugene Clifford will not play in the BCS national championship game against LSU after being suspended Thursday for an undisclosed violation of team rules.