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I-70 to reopen at 11 p.m.
December 22, 2007
The Kansas Department of Transportation has announced that Interstate 70 will re-open at approximately 11 p.m., following a large, multi-vehicle accident this afternoon. Eastbound and westbound traffic on I-70 has been closed from milepost 313/K-177 to milepost 353/Auburn Road to K/30 at Maple Hill for most of the day.
Travelers be wary; roads are snow-packed and icy
December 22, 2007
Heavy snowfall continues to hamper travelers, as the Kansas Department of Transportation said all roads are snow packed or icy, and that a multi-vehicle accident will keep I-70 closed until late evening.
Extra Minutes: Kansas 78, Miami (Ohio) 54
December 22, 2007
Tying up loose ends from Kansas’ 12th straight win to start the 2007-08 season, in which the Jayhawks snapped what had been an impressive streak by Miami’s defense stretching 44 games.
Weather-related closings
02:43 p.m., December 22, 2007 Updated 07:32 p.m.
If you have a weather-related cancellation, call 832-6303, or e-mail editor@ljworld.com
Massive accident closes 40-mile stretch of I-70 west of Topeka
Highway closed in both directions
01:44 p.m., December 22, 2007 Updated 07:39 p.m.
A 40-mile stretch of Interstate 70 is closed in both directions between just west of Topeka to the Manhattan exit.
KU snaps Miami’s 44-game defensive streak, rolls RedHawks 78-54
11:35 a.m., December 22, 2007 Updated 01:48 p.m.
KU made snapping Miami’s 44-game streak of holding opponents under 70 points look easy at times, cruising to a 78-54 win. Darnell Jackson and Darrell Arthur led the way for KU, as each scored 14 points. Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush each tallied 10, including Rush’s late layup which clinched the 70-point barrier being reached. The Jayhawks now get a few days off for the holidays, and will return to action next Saturday at 7 p.m. to welcome Yale into Allen Fieldhouse.
Japan halts plan to kill whales
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A10
Humpback whales are safe - at least for now. Giving in to U.S. pressure and worldwide criticism, Japan’s government on Friday announced a whaling fleet now in the Southern Ocean for its annual hunt will not kill the threatened species as originally planned. The fleet will, however, kill some 935 minke whales, a smaller, more plentiful species, and 50 fin whales.
Some OnStar users will be stranded after network dies
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A9
When Adele Rothman bought her 16-year-old son a car in 2003, she made sure to pick one that had OnStar, the onboard communications and safety system. What the Scarsdale, N.Y., resident didn’t know was that the OnStar system in the car was already doomed to die.
Shiite leader: Sunni help key in battles, but controls needed
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A11
Former Sunni insurgents - wearing masks and wailing in grief - joined a funeral procession Friday for a leader killed for turning his guns on Islamic extremists instead of America in a contested city that al-Qaida in Iraq once considered its capital.
Faith forum: What is your favorite Christmas memory?
December 22, 2007 in print edition on D1
Dorothy Harvey, member, St. Luke AME Church: Living Nativity; joyous ChristmasSharon Rohlmeier, member, Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church: Jesus paid it all; all to him I owe
Star of wonder
Astrophysicist has theories on Christian symbol
December 22, 2007 in print edition on D1
It’s long been a puzzle for Christian astronomers, and now a professor from the University of Notre Dame thinks he has it figured out - almost, anyway. His quest: discovering just what “the star in the East” was that led wise men to travel to Bethlehem 2,000 years ago.
Missouri man gets 170 more years for taking pictures of kidnapped boy
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A4
Michael Devlin received one final sentence Friday - 170 years - for making pornography of a boy he kidnapped and sexually assaulted over four years. Devlin is already serving multiple life terms for kidnapping and assaulting Shawn Hornbeck and another Missouri boy, Ben Ownby.
Your doctor told you to drink 8 cups of water a day? Not so fast
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A2
Just because your doctor tells you to drink eight glasses of water daily doesn’t mean you should, according to researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Rec center will be named for Ambler
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Kansas Board of Regents voted this week to name Kansas University’s student recreation center after longtime Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs David Ambler.
Snow stopper
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Once again, our city leaders can’t see the quarter because the nickel is too close to their eyes. “Major service cuts to the T,” another headline form the Journal-World. Seems redundant : been there, done that.Same old story, large cuts or perhaps eliminating the service.
People in the news
December 22, 2007 in print edition on D7
¢ Very nice while it lasted: Cohen ends Borat, Ali G¢ Willie Nelson donates $40K to Wash. city¢ Van Halen-Bertinelli divorced finalized¢ Singer R. Kelly avoids having bond revoked¢ Don Vito gets probation for child sex-assault
Dollar General suspect tried as an adult
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B3
A judge ruled Thursday that a Kansas City, Kan., man will be tried as an adult in the brutal murder two years ago of the manager of a Bonner Springs Dollar General store.
Nation’s neediness more apparent this holiday season
Kansas shelter among those with long waiting list
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A9
A Salvation Army shelter in a well-to-do Kansas county has an unprecedented waiting list that includes families who’ve lost their homes to foreclosure.
Ranking the remainder
December 22, 2007 in print edition on C8
The following is an attempt to rank the 30 remaining bowl games in terms of entertainment value. That implies, of course, that one could reasonably predict what is going to happen. As Appalachian State, Stanford and Colorado have taught us, this may not be the right season to employ reason.
Club news
December 22, 2007 in print edition on D3
Club news from around Lawrence
On the record
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lawrence police reported no calls Friday night.
Rudy Giuliani attends fundraiser, feels ‘great’
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A2
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani showed up for a fundraiser in suburban Rochester on Friday night, two days after undergoing hospital tests for flu-like symptoms.
Planned Parenthood grand jury gets attorneys
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B2
Two attorneys will advise a grand jury created to consider allegations of wrongdoing against a Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park.
Political potshots
Trying to play the sad situation in the Kansas Attorney General’s office for political advantage isn’t in the state’s best interests.
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B6
The resignation of Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison admittedly presents a golden opportunity for his political opponents to cast a few stones. For the sake of the people of Kansas, however, it would be best to keep the political posturing on this matter to a minimum.
4-H News
December 22, 2007 in print edition on D3
4-H news from Lawrence
Judge calls smoking ban unconstitutional
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A3
As Churchill Downs goes, so goes Louisville, according to a circuit judge who struck down a citywide smoking ban citing an exemption for the famed horse track.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 22, 1907: “Santa Claus has begun to pay his visits to local stores and in several cases there were sleighs with ‘reindeer’ in use. Most merchants are expecting a great year for sales and downtown activity and the economy here, as it is throughout Kansas, seems to be doing very well.”
Teens sue school for suspending them
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A3
Three teenagers have sued school officials over lengthy suspensions they received for setting up a Facebook page that identifies a teacher as a pedophile.
Gates notes progress in wars, but also unfinished business
Defense secretary says Iraq troop levels could drop
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A2
In a year marked by progress in Iraq, Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Friday acknowledged two bits of unfinished business in his first 12 months on the job: He has yet to close the Guantanamo Bay prison or find Osama bin Laden.
Make science part of debate
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B7
Whether the issue is global warming, embryonic stem-cell research, ballistic missile defense or the future of the world’s oceans, the same bass line thumps in the background: Sound political decision-making relies, more than ever before, on accurate scientific information.
Ike Turner remembered with raucous service
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A2
Ike Turner’s funeral was part memorial service, part rock concert.
Yard waste collection ending for season
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B1
City collection of yard waste will end for the season Monday. The citywide curbside collection service has converted 14,100 tons of grass and leaves into compost that is used in city landscaping and by residents.
Rams’ coach downplays confrontation with Holt
December 22, 2007 in print edition on C10
St. Louis Rams coach Scott Linehan had job security for next season before Thursday night’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. A third season might not be such a certainty, though, after wide receiver Torry Holt uncharacteristically gave Linehan a piece of his mind near the end of the game.
Family adopts dead son’s military dog
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A3
A military working dog wounded in Iraq during a rocket attack that killed its Marine handler was adopted Friday by the slain Marine’s family. Cpl. Dustin Lee’s family planned to take home the bomb-sniffing dog - named Lex - today after the 8-year-old German shepherd was granted early retirement. It was the first time a working dog was granted retirement to live with the handler’s family, officials said.
Family to sue insurer over transplant decision
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A12
The family of a 17-year-old girl who died hours after her health insurer reversed a decision and said it would pay for a liver transplant plans to sue the company, their attorney said Friday.
Judge seems wary of opening inquiry into destruction of interrogation tapes
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A3
A federal judge appeared reluctant Friday to press for details about the CIA’s destruction of interrogation videotapes while the Justice Department is conducting its own inquiry. U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy is considering whether to schedule a hearing to delve into the matter and, if so, how deeply to probe the spy agency. The Bush administration is urging him to back off while it investigates.
Husband convicted in brutal killing
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A3
A man who tearfully stood before TV cameras and repeatedly denied any involvement in his wife’s disappearance was convicted Friday of killing her. Stephen Grant, 37, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Tara Grant, 34, at the home they shared in the Detroit suburb of Washington Township.
NASA delays Mars launch, will cost $40 M
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A9
NASA will wait two years longer than planned and spend another $40 million to launch a half-billion-dollar probe to Mars because of an unspecified conflict of interest in the purchasing process, officials said Friday.
Nuns in Alzheimer’s study donating brains to science
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A12
When Sister Kathleen Treanor’s soul ascends to heaven, her brain will go to a less ethereal realm: a medical lab in Kentucky. Two decades ago, Sister Treanor and 677 other members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame granted a young researcher’s request to test them each year in order to track the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related brain disorders.
Scouting news
December 22, 2007 in print edition on D5
Boy Scouts from Troop 64, chartered to the Eudora Lions Club, conducted its annual Christmas Court of Honor and Party on Dec. 17 at the Eudora Learning Center, 10th and Main streets.
States pressing convicts harder to pay restitution to victims
Kansas gives victims access to financial information
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A5
A young burglar accused of burning down the St. Paul United Methodist Church 13 years ago was ordered to make $2.4 million in restitution. It was, at best, wishful thinking on the part of the court. A new church was built, but no thanks to him. He coughed up a paltry $374.
Suicide attack kills 50 at former interior minister’s home
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A11
Pakistani police raided an Islamic school and arrested seven students Friday, hours after a suicide bomber killed at least 50 people inside a mosque packed with holiday worshippers at the home of the former interior minister.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B6
The City Commission put the machinery in motion to downzone about 600 lots in East Lawrence to a single-family designation. The vote was 3-2 despite the fact the City-County Planning Commission had twice voted down the proposal.
Over 1,000 Starbucks patrons pay it forward
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A3
One woman’s kindness to a fellow Starbucks patron resulted in more than a thousand others spreading the holiday-season generosity in Marysville, Wash.
Authorities: Football caused death of baby
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A3
A 15-year-old boy threw a football against a pregnant teen’s stomach twice, causing the baby to be born prematurely and die hours later, authorities said. State prosecutors are reviewing the case to determine whether to file charges. Neither the boy nor the baby’s mother, also 15, was identified.
Sebelius wants extensive look at energy policy
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday said she supports increasing the cigarette tax, wants to start a comprehensive discussion on energy and is alarmed by the harsh tone of the debate on illegal immigration. Sebelius’ comments were made during an interview with the Lawrence Journal-World as she prepared for the Jan. 14 startup of the 2008 legislative session.
Pump patrol
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.75 at several locations.
City Showdown: Coaches relieved a day later
December 22, 2007 in print edition on C9
It’s been a few years since Free State boys coach Chuck Law and Lawrence High girls coach Kristin Mallory had the same feeling the day after the city showdown. That feeling? “As much as we try to downplay that game, it’s impossible to do,” Law said. “Not only from the kids’ perspective but also mine. It’s a grueling week. And it is a relief to have it over with and be able to kind of scale it back.”
F-A-who? no more
December 22, 2007 in print edition on C8
Howard Schnellenberger’s reaction to having a bucket of icy sports drink dumped on him showed precisely why Florida Atlantic chose him to build their fledgling football program.
Boeheim bugged by injuries
Syracuse coach suffering through frustrating stretch
December 22, 2007 in print edition on C7
Jim Boeheim hasn’t seen anything like it in his more than three decades of coaching at Syracuse. Injuries are turning up everywhere, and this may be the first time he’s lost a key starter to an injury so early in a season.
Dolphins trying to avoid distractions
December 22, 2007 in print edition on C10
When deciding who’ll coach the Miami Dolphins, Bill Parcells will want someone able to keep teams focused. Cam Cameron sure is trying.
Government seeks detention against indicted doctor, wife
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B2
Ruling them a flight risk, a federal magistrate ordered Friday that a Kansas doctor and his nurse wife remain in jail pending trial on a 34-count indictment charging them with operating a “pill mill” in a scheme that allegedly caused the overdose deaths of at least four patients.
Baylor turns back Southern
December 22, 2007 in print edition on C6
Kevin Rogers scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Baylor used strong scoring in the paint to beat Southern University, 71-60, on Friday in a nonconference matchup.
RedHawks renowned for ‘D’
Miami hasn’t allowed 70 points since March 2006
December 22, 2007 in print edition on C4
Miami of Ohio basketball coach Charlie Coles, who has won 199 games at his alma mater, is known as a defensive wizard. “That probably means that I can’t coach offense very well,” the personable 11th-year RedHawks coach said jokingly to Blue Ribbon Yearbook. “Really it’s all about players having a commitment to a plan and being responsible on the court.”
Around and about
December 22, 2007 in print edition on D5
Around and about Lawrence
Chavez presides over petroleum summit
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A2
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez presided Friday at a regional petroleum summit in Cuba, pressing his efforts to counter U.S. influence in Latin America and the Caribbean by suggesting more of his neighbors could pay for cheap oil with goods or services in lieu of cash.
Rice says US has ‘no permanent enemies’
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A2
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday held out the prospect of improved relations with the remaining two members of President Bush’s “axis of evil,” Iran and North Korea, as long as they meet international demands over their nuclear programs.
Confidence vote
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I am writing to voice my unwavering support for commissioners Sue Hack and Bob Johnson. I have known these individuals for more than 30 years through business and social acquaintances, and I can’t think of two better people that I would want representing me and my community. These are honest, forthright, hard-working individuals that I have always held in the highest regard.
Holiday travelers have multiple worries
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B1
With the holiday travel season gearing up, law enforcement and one local plumber suggest break-ins and burst pipes should be on the minds of people going on extended vacations.
Last Call enters gray area as BYOB club
Law unclear on legality
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A1
The party is not over at Last Call. The downtown nightclub that lost its state drinking license over allegations of illegal drug activity occurring inside the club is still in business. And it is operating with a policy that has long ruled the day at college parties: BYOB - Bring Your Own Booze.
Staying the course
Big year doesn’t change recruiting strategy
December 22, 2007 in print edition on C3
Aqib Talib and Anthony Collins gave their best pitch earlier this month. Kansas University’s two All-American football players, each lightly recruited coming out of high school, were interviewed on national television during the ESPN College Football Awards Show on Dec. 6. Given the opportunity, Talib spoke eagerly into the camera about what Kansas can provide recruits that the tradition-rich programs can’t - namely, early playing time.
Clemson claws past DePaul
Marquette, BYU cruise to convincing victories
December 22, 2007 in print edition on C6
The size of No. 15 Clemson proved too much for DePaul. Trevor Booker scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Tigers beat the Blue Demons, 90-74, Friday in the San Juan Shootout.
Arkansas man charged in child solicitation
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B1
Using safety measures she learned at a young age, a Lawrence junior high school student on Thursday avoided a man who allegedly was trying to lure her into a vehicle after school.
Horoscopes
December 22, 2007 in print edition on D7
Much happens quickly this year. Often, others are volatile. You don’t want to sever a tie because the two of you were in a bad mood. This type of event could happen easily, especially in the next few months. You begin a new luck cycle this year. If you are single, you don’t need to continue to be alone, as you have your share of admirers. If you are attached, understand what ails your sweetie.
National list of problem teachers made public
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A4
A confidential, nationwide list of 24,500 teachers who have been punished for a wide array of offenses was made available to the public Friday by a Florida newspaper.
City to consider 7-story hotel soon
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B1
Plans for a seven-story hotel on the edge of the Kansas University campus are heading next month to the Lawrence City Commission.
Jefferson County residents happy to return home after storm
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A1
Home sweet home. One Jefferson County family recently returned home after spending six days in a hotel because a large ice storm knocked out their power.
Police seek equipment stolen after officer’s truck left running, unattended
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A1
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers are looking for a loaded gun, two bulletproof vests and several other pieces of police equipment taken from an unmarked pickup truck stolen Friday morning and abandoned in Kansas City, Mo.
Living goddess struggles amid politics, modernity
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A10
The living goddess likes bubble gum. On a cold autumn evening, during a festival giving thanks for the monsoon rains, dozens of chanting worshippers pulled her enormous wooden chariot through the narrow streets of Katmandu’s old city. Thousands of cheering people pressed forward, hoping for a blessing. Drunken young men danced around her, pounding drums and shouting.
Reid breaks silence about sons’ troubles
December 22, 2007 in print edition on C10
Andy Reid and his wife know well the problems facing parents of children with addictions. The Philadelphia Eagles coach even spent six weeks in counseling with his oldest son, and now the usually guarded Reids are sharing their story.
Dow ends volatile week with 200-point increase
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B4
Stocks jumped Friday following a better-than-expected rise in profits at Research in Motion Ltd. and on word that Merrill Lynch may have lined up a big cash infusion from a Singapore fund.
Berry Plastics to buy N.J.-based company
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B4
Days after acquiring a manufacturer of plastic caps and closures, Berry Plastics Corp. on Friday agreed to buy another company - Captive Plastics Inc. Berry is an Indiana-based company that owns PackerWare Corp. in Lawrence.
Lieutenant governor says he didn’t know of Morrison’s affair
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B5
Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson, a longtime friend of Attorney General Paul Morrison, said Friday that he didn’t know about the sex scandal that is forcing Morrison from office until shortly before it became public.
Investigation leads to ‘curbstoning’ charge
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B5
A state investigation into an illegal car sales scheme resulted in charges this month against a Lawrence man. Shaktivir Manohar, 23, is charged in Douglas County District Court with one count of making a false writing and failing to show a complete chain of title for a vehicle.
Muslim pilgrims sadly say farewell as hajj winds down in Saudi Arabia
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A11
After five days of exhaustion and hardships, Muslim pilgrims were saddened to see the annual hajj come to a close Friday, ending what for many is a spiritual high point of their lives.
Commodities
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B4
Corn and soybean prices advanced Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Hotel opposed
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Emeritus member of the Lawrence Preservation Alliance State Sen. Marci Francisco has opposed before the Planning Commission the height variance to 95 feet for the top two floors of the proposed Oread Hotel and the additional 14 condominium units on top.
Town gets help rebuilding flood-damaged homes
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B2
In the spirit of the popular TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” businesses, churches and residents are pitching in to rebuild this eastern Kansas town damaged from flooding this summer.
Personal spending rises
Increase is highest monthly gain in 2 years
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B4
The housing market is tanking, the credit markets are in crisis and economists fear a recession could be on the way - but in November at least, that wasn’t enough to slow down the American consumer.
Product safety overhaul faces uncertain future
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B4
After a year in which American parents discovered Elmo was tainted with lead and one of this season’s most sought-after toys was laced with a coma-inducing chemical, Congress is going home this week without reforming the nation’s consumer product safety system.
Scrutiny of candidate still looks two-faced
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B6
And so we gather to praise the old feminazi hunter himself. Rush Limbaugh has single-handedly brushed aside the blinding snow on the windshield and let us have another clear view of the double standard running down this campaign highway.
Opportunities lost
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: The energy bill was passed by Congress last week after many revisions and cuts. Some of these cuts mean that economic opportunities for Kansans were lost. When the original bill was proposed, it extended the time frame for renewable energy production tax credits. It also required energy producers to produce some renewable energy. Reps. Tiahrt and Moran voted against the legislation. Reps. Moore and Boyda supported the bill.
Good Time Charlie’ in the spotlight
December 22, 2007 in print edition on D7
Is history a triumph of good over evil, or a messy affair where scoundrels are capable of noble deeds with far-reaching consequences? The “True Story of Charlie Wilson” (7 p.m., today, History), takes a warts-and-all view of a remarkable character and offers a documentary companion to the new Mike Nichols movie “Charlie Wilson’s War.”
Many government offices to close for Christmas holiday
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B8
Most government offices and public services in Douglas County will be closed Monday and Tuesday for the Christmas holiday.
Black Caucus members seek pardon for Jena 6
December 22, 2007 in print edition on A3
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus called on Gov. Kathleen Blanco to pardon Mychal Bell and five other teenagers known as the “Jena 6.”
Rocky - but speedy - transition for former Firebird
Christian Ballard helped Iowa as a true freshman; now the new D-lineman looks to refine his craft
December 22, 2007 in print edition on C1
When former Free State High uber athlete Christian Ballard packed up his football gear and headed to Iowa University this summer to begin his career as a Hawkeye, it didn’t take him long to realize he was neither in Kansas nor high school anymore.
Brady, Ochoa top athletes
Pats QB, LPGA standout earn AP awards
December 22, 2007 in print edition on C2
Tom Brady arrives at Gillette Stadium before the sun comes up. As always, there is work to be done, and no time to waste. Yes, he is the superstar quarterback with the golden arm and the sharp football mind. Yes, he is in position to break Peyton Manning’s single-season record of 49 touchdown passes. And yes, he is the main reason the New England Patriots are challenging the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ status as the only team to go undefeated for an entire Super Bowl season.
Commentary: A little scandal can go a long way
December 22, 2007 in print edition on C2
The other day, six masked robbers tied up Russian tennis star Anna Chakvetadze and stole more than $300,000 in cash, jewelry and other valuables from her home. Crime. Money. Bling. Tennis finally is starting to get it. This is how it’s done. This is how you get attention in the wide world of sports. But in the name of Michael Vick, what took so long?
Carolina 911 call released
December 22, 2007 in print edition on C2
A 911 dispatcher could barely hear a North Carolina football player as he quietly but desperately called for help during an apparent robbery last weekend, according to a recording released Friday by police.
Chaminade’s ‘miracle’ still shocking
December 22, 2007 in print edition on C7
It’s called the “biggest upset in college basketball history.” Merv Lopes believes his team’s shocking victory 25 years ago is more than that. “It’s more of a miracle than an upset,” the former Chaminade coach said. “Can it happen? No way.” But it did. Chaminade 77, No. 1 Virginia 72.
Taylor suspect’s lawyer seeks plea agreement
December 22, 2007 in print edition on C10
The attorney for one of the four suspects charged with killing Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor said Friday he was talking with prosecutors about a plea agreement that may include testifying against the others.
Cal hammers KU women
Kansas coach: ‘We weren’t ready from the tip’
December 22, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team, which week after week has been receiving votes for the Top 25, isn’t quite ready for prime time. No. 12 California (9-2) blistered the Jayhawks, 74-41, on Friday night at Haas Pavilion.
Mayer: KU tasted Orange in ‘47, ‘68
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B1
One of the most gracious things the Kansas athletic department has done in recent weeks is to offer free Orange Bowl tickets to the surviving members of KU’s 1948 and 1969 bowl squads, those stellar ‘47 and ‘68 football teams.
Homage to the ‘oop’
Lob play evolves from novelty to game-changer
December 22, 2007 in print edition on C1
Monte Towe and David Thompson may never fully get the credit they deserve for bringing the alley-oop play into the hoops limelight. In the early 1970s, there were no SportsCenter Top Ten plays in which to showcase the sweet lobs and finishes that have now become a nightly staple on the ESPN highlight hour.
Long process resulted in better deal for KU Hospital, Kansas
December 22, 2007 in print edition on B1
So what does it all mean? After months of arguments, tremendous legal bills, political posturing, egos on display, phony threats and blackmail, raw politics, self-serving efforts and valuable individuals being forced to leave their jobs, what’s the outcome?