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Dakota Zinn, 11, is working to get an ice arena built in Lawrence. He's started a letter writing campaign and enlisting local businesses in his quest. Does Lawrence need an ice rink?

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6Sports video: Lions lagging
December 24, 2007
The Lawrence High men’s basketball team will be asking Santa for a better second half to the year after three consecutive losses.
6Sports video: Miami trumps 70-point limit
December 24, 2007
Christmas is the season of giving, and on Saturday the Kansas men’s basketball team gave Miami the gift of being their first opponent in 45 games to score more than 70 points.
6News story: Christmas wish list big and chilly
December 24, 2007
We all know the expression, “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.” But one local 11-year-old is thinking bigger. 6News reporter Laura McHugh learned that all he wants is an ice hockey rink.
6News story: KidCast
December 24, 2007
Jonathan Novorr gives tonight’s KidCast.
6News story: Snow no match for sand and salt
December 24, 2007
Despite an unusually busy December in the weather department, officials say their sand and salt reserves are just fine.
6Sports video: Firebirds flying high
December 24, 2007
Is there any better feeling in the world than heading into the holiday break with back-to-back road wins over Olathe South and Lawrence High? For the Firebird boys, the answer is no.
6News story: Holiday family cooks community dinner
December 24, 2007
One Lawrence family is helping to feed 900 residents for their Christmas Eve tradition: cooking.
6News story: Gift cards more flexible than you’d think
December 24, 2007
If you’re considering purchasing a gift card as a last-minute gift this year, 6News reporter Jesse Fray explains why you no longer have to worry about buying the perfect one.
6News story: Christmas good time to check on parents
December 24, 2007
As families head home for Christmas, senior-focused agencies say the visit is a great time to check on an aging parent.
6Sports video: Hawks thinking big
December 24, 2007
The Kansas men’s basketball team heads into the holiday break with a perfect 12-0 record, thanks in a large part to its large players.
6News story: Last-minute shoppers searching for bargains
December 24, 2007
St. Nick is just hours from bringing his sleigh through Lawrence to deliver this year’s stocking stuffers, but in the meantime Lawrence shoppers hit the streets this afternoon, looking for that last-minute bargain.
6Sports video: Hokies know bowl game drill
December 24, 2007
All-time, the Kansas football team has been to 10 bowl games, but the Virginia Tech Hokies are no stranger to bowl games. In fact, they’ve been to 15 straight.
Cancer survivors adopted for holiday
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
For some, it means presents under the Christmas tree. For others, it means being able to get a life-saving prescription. “The cost of survivorship - not meaning to sound ungrateful, but they are extremely high,” said Julie Cowdin, a breast cancer survivor.
Grind’ awaits Jayhawks
After short break, KU will live, breathe ball
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s basketball players better rest up physically and mentally during their short-but-sweet holiday break, which officially started at the final horn of Saturday’s game against Miami of Ohio. They’ll be facing quite a grind upon their return to campus for practice Wednesday night, coach Bill Self said.
Lions not as bad as Chiefs, 25-20
Duckett runs for 102 yards as lowly Detroit snaps six-game skid, sends K.C. to eighth straight loss
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
It was an ugly game, perhaps fittingly for two teams that combined for a 13-game losing streak.The Detroit Lions, though, are not in the position to get picky.
AG scandal makes Parkinson a GOP target
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A5
A sex scandal surrounding Attorney General Paul Morrison is making another Democrat, Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson, a target for the state Republican Party. Parkinson and Morrison have been friends for more than 20 years. That has GOP leaders asking whether Parkinson knew about an extramarital affair Morrison had with a former subordinate.
Bama upends Iowa St.
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
Audio-Reader, KPR add new employees
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B11
Nicole Banman and Brenda Bryant have joined the staff of The Audio-Reader Network of Kansas and Kansas Public Radio, Lawrence.
Snow leaves mark on roads, stores
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
The heavy snowfall that blanketed the Lawrence area on Saturday had lingering effects, as disabled vehicles littered the shoulders of Kansas Highway 10 and snow and ice remained on some patches of the roadway on Sunday.
It’s the money
Finding the money to raise teacher salaries is an important component to solving the state’s teacher shortage.
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A7
The headline on a recent Associated Press story about the shortage of teachers in Kansas probably made some school officials laugh. “Lawmakers to school officials: Consider paying teachers more,” it said. To which school officials might respond with a sarcastic “duh.”
Clemens makes video denying use
Rocket plans to face steroids questions on ‘60 Minutes’
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B2
Roger Clemens posted a video Sunday repeating his denials of the steroids use alleged against him in the Mitchell Report and plans to be interviewed for a future episode of “60 Minutes.” The seven-time Cy Young Award winner was accused in the report of using steroids, an allegation made by his former trainer.
New coach plans to strengthen Michigan
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B7
New Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez didn’t spend too much time in Michigan last week. A Monday news conference, followed by meetings Wednesday and Thursday in Schembechler Hall and throughout campus, and then he was back to West Virginia to clean up his life there.
Smoking out a Christmas tradition
The Holiday family and Biggs BBQ prepare meat for a local Christmas feast
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
On Christmas Eve, when many families are cozied up reading “The Night Before Christmas,” Doug Holiday and his family will be gathered around a pile of turkeys and ham.
NFL Roundup
Patriots first to 15: Victory over Miami sets NFL regular-season record for victories
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B4
The Patriots set an NFL record with their 15th victory. Tom Brady and Randy Moss edged closer to two more marks.
Late field goal leads ECU past Broncos
Boise State the squad victimized by last-second heroics this time around
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B7
Ben Hartman kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired to give East Carolina a 41-38 victory over No. 24 Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl on Sunday night.
Missouri looks to rebound before Big 12 season arrives
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
There’s no disputing Mike Anderson’s post-game assessment that the annual Missouri-Illinois game is not the biggest game on the Tigers’ schedule. The Big 12 conference schedule hasn’t begun yet, and no game is bigger than their other border state rivalry with Kansas. Both good points.
Ho, Ho Heart Attack?
December 24, 2007 in print edition on C1
The good side of holiday hoopla - increased camaraderie, generosity of spirit - can help ease depression for some. But what is balm for the mind can be bad news for the ticker.
Less legislation produces more satisfaction
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A7
Hell bent on driving its approval rating into single digits, Congress adjourned after passing an omnibus spending bill larded with at least 8,993 earmarks costing at least $7.4 billion - the precise number and amount will be unclear until implications of some obscure provisions are deciphered. The gusher of earmarks was a triumph of bipartisanship, which often is a synonym for kleptocracy.
RAW’ honors troops in war zone special
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B10
Gone are the days of the Bob Hope Christmas specials, the annual showcase of comedy, music and cheesecake in war theaters from Vietnam to the Persian Gulf.
Allure predicts ‘08 will mean bright colors
December 24, 2007 in print edition on C1
There will be three Cs the face of 2008 will need to know: color, cream and caffeine. Linda Wells, editor in chief of Allure magazine, predicts those will be the beauty trends in the new year. They all lend themselves to a move away from the very ladylike style that dominated in 2007.
Traveling trumpets
December 24, 2007 in print edition on C1
Peixiang Li was so enamored with Steve Leisring’s trumpet playing that he decided to follow him around the globe to study under him. Li was a student in China in 2005 when Leisring toured the country as a soloist with the Kansas University Wind Ensemble.
Report: Child soldiers recruited at record pace
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
Boys and girls are being recruited in record numbers to act as soldiers, spies and sex slaves in Congo and children have been spotted marching in formation in the war-wracked east of the country over the past week, international charity Save the Children said Monday.
Chiefs kickoff switched
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B2
Sunday’s season finale between the Titans and Colts at Indianapolis has been moved to prime time with Tennessee in position to secure an AFC wild-card berth.
Strange situation won’t faze Pelini, LSU
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B2
Before new Nebraska coach Bo Pelini could return to LSU’s sideline for one last game as defensive coordinator, he and Tigers head coach Les Miles had to set a few ground rules.
Marine Christmas dinner originates in Tulsa
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A4
More than 70 Marines at Camp Pendleton in California will have an Oklahoma barbecue spread for their Christmas dinner, paid for by a couple from Tulsa. George and Rachel Gibbs, whose son is a Marine, said the reason they spent about $4,500 on food and shipping costs for the meal is that they wanted to do something special for Marines at Camp Pendleton who did not go home for Christmas.
Missouri gives Pinkel raise
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B2
Gary Pinkel helped lead long-suffering Missouri into college football’s elite ranks this year. Now he has the contract to match that lofty perch.
Second rushing title in reach for L.T.
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B4
The No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs isn’t the only thing the San Diego Chargers are playing for in their final two games. For one, LaDainian Tomlinson is within reach of his second straight NFL rushing title.
On the record
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported no calls Sunday night.
New rules make cards easier to use
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B11
Gift cards are more popular this year and are easier to use, thanks to key rulings by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and efforts by a number of states to regulate them, several retail experts said. “As recently as three years ago, nobody paid any attention to them,” said Ellen Cannon, managing editor of “I guess there was enough of an outcry that states started putting in laws.”
On the money: tips for renting a car
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B11
Whether traveling by car for business or pleasure, many people rely on rental cars to get to their destination. And, as anyone knows who has rented a car at one time or another, understanding the rental terms and finding the deal with the best rate can prove challenging.
Snowstorm blamed for 11 deaths
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
Highways were hazardous for holiday travelers Sunday and thousands of homes and businesses had no electricity in the Midwest as a storm blustered through the region with heavy snow and howling wind.At least 11 deaths had been blamed on the storm.
Roger Hill center gets new manager
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B11
Tracie M. Massey has joined the staff of the United Way of Douglas County as manager for the Roger Hill Volunteer Center.
Bomb threat forces landing in Omaha
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A4
A Southwest Airlines flight headed to Connecticut made an emergency landing Saturday in Omaha after a person who missed the flight made a bomb threat, an airline spokeswoman said Sunday.
New, improved gift cards
Added features aim to build on popularity
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B11
If you receive a gift card this holiday season, don’t be surprised if it lights up, sings to you, has a familiar face on it or smells like gingerbread when you scratch it. Those are some of the new features on gift cards this year offered by retailers including Target, Borders and American Eagle Outfitters.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A7
Five Kansas University fraternities and sororities paid their first-half 1967 personal property taxes to the county treasurer’s office under protest. They declared that the taxes were not representative of the services they got from the county.
Carpet cleaner elected to national board
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B11
Mike Brummett, Lawrence, owner of Basic Carpet Care, recently was elected as a board member for the Society of Cleaning and Restoration Technicians.
Olmert rejects truce with Hamas
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
Israel’s prime minister pledged Sunday to continue attacking Gaza militants, ruling out truce negotiations with Hamas amid widespread skepticism about the Islamic group’s ability to halt rocket attacks. An Israeli Cabinet minister, meanwhile, angered moderate Palestinians with another plan for new Jewish housing in a disputed part of Jerusalem, complicating renewed peace talks.
Hundreds mourn astronaut’s mother
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
As NASA astronaut Daniel Tani orbited Earth, hundreds of mourners filled a suburban Chicago church Sunday to remember his 90-year-old mother as someone who endured hardship to raise five children and worked until age 70.
NBA Roundup
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B8
Scores around the league
Oregon residents get present from state government
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
Just in time for Christmas, Oregon taxpayers have gotten some extra spending money from an unlikely Santa Claus: their state government.
Moving to a smaller company
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B11
J.T. and Dale Talk Jobs
Queen Elizabeth launches YouTube site
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
Just call her Queen e-Lizabeth. The 81-year-old British monarch launched her own video site on YouTube Sunday, featuring old news reels and film snippets of daily royal life. Buckingham Palace said Queen Elizabeth II keeps up with new ways of communicating with people and was hoping to reach a wider, and younger, audience through the popular video-sharing Web site.
No. 22 Miami flushes North Carolina A&T
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
Jack McClinton scored 17 points, and No. 22 Miami defeated North Carolina A&T, 95-64, Sunday to stretch its season-opening winning streak to 12 games.
FSU’s Fisher is staying
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B2
Amid speculation that he might become the head football coach at West Virginia, Florida State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher - who two weeks ago was named by FSU the successor to coach Bobby Bowden - announced Sunday that he is remaining at Florida State.
Seventh-ranked Washington State coasts to easy victory over Idaho State
No. 7 Washington State 75, Idaho State 45
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
Derrick Low scored 20 points, and Kyle Weaver had 18 to lead Washington State to a victory at Idaho State. The Cougars (11-0) took control in the early going and coasted the rest of the way, leading by more than 20 points most of the second half.
Tape shows details of drug-dilution scheme
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B12
Imprisoned pharmacist Robert Courtney showed emotion just once as he described his scheme to dilute tens of thousands of prescriptions to boost profits. When he recalled that he diluted a prescription used to treat a patient for metastatic renal cancer, Courtney put his hands to his face and wept, according to tapes of his interviews obtained by The Kansas City Star.
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B10
You have a way about you that attracts many this year. You might not have the control you would like regarding who surrounds you. Others often run with the ball before you can grab it. If you do take the lead, there often are ramifications that you would prefer not to deal with. Listen to your inner voice and satisfy your personal needs.
KU’s Chi Omega helps Lawrence boy
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
Kansas University’s Chi Omega sorority fulfilled the dreams of a 4-year-old Lawrence boy when it raised $5,000 in a Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser, said Brandi Lane, special events and communications manager for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Kansas.
Strike-filler programming doesn’t include news
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B10
To prepare for a prolonged writers strike, television networks have stockpiled a gladiator battle, a lie-detector game, a remade “Password,” a celebrity “Apprentice” and a competition for aspiring Pussycat Dolls. Among the new shows to roll out in prime time this winter, what’s the one programming genre the broadcasters are virtually ignoring? The news.
Sky not the limit on in-flight Internet
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A1
Seat 17D is yapping endlessly on an Internet phone call. Seat 16F is flaming Seat 16D with expletive-laden chats. Seat 16E is too busy surfing porn sites to care. Seat 17C just wants to sleep. Welcome to the promise of the Internet at 33,000 feet - and the questions of etiquette, openness and free speech that airlines and service providers will have to grapple with as they bring Internet access to the skies in the coming months.
A Kansas country Christmas
December 24, 2007 in print edition on C1
It’s always easy to wax nostalgic around this time of year, longing for Christmases past. Moving back to Kansas has jogged my memories of a country Christmas. In our one-room country school, preparations for the school Christmas program would begin sometime in early December.
Benefactor bests highest donation
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A6
Less than two weeks after a man put 30 $100 bills into a Salvation Army kettle, someone decided to do one better.
(Almost) Everybody’s All-American
KU cornerback Aqib Talib doesn’t understand all the fuss about his award-winning 2007 season
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
Cornerbacks can’t be hard on themselves on the field. That’s how the mind gets cluttered and the performance gets bland. But in hindsight, KU standout Aqib Talib has been his own worst critic. Soon after getting named to every All-America team and being flown all over the place for awards banquets, Talib still is trying to see what the fuss is all about.
Treasure’ finds more box-office gold
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B10
Nicolas Cage followed his secret treasure map to another fortune at movie theaters. Cage’s “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” the Disney sequel to its 2004 hit, opened as the weekend’s No. 1 movie with $45.5 million as Hollywood continued a holiday spree at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Purse warning
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I would like to thank the Lawrence Police Department for the quick response and capture of the purse snatcher.
Drivers needed for Meals on Wheels
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A4
Meals on Wheels is in need of drivers to deliver meals to elderly and homebound community members. Volunteers pick up meals at Lawrence Memorial Hospital; delivery to clients takes about 45 minutes.
People in the news
December 24, 2007 in print edition on B10
¢ Katherine Heigl weds musician Josh Kelley
Doomed T?
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A7
To the editor: As I understand it, the original concept was built on a grant, poorly managed from the start. No further funds were pursued to maintain the T, and I’m sure no real route studies were done. It was also designed to fail from the start: The routes were poorly designed; there was no coordination with the KU bus system because of local politics; and the system was poorly promoted by the city.
Salvation Army falls short of goal
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
With today being the final day for collecting, the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is about $30,000 short of its fundraising goal of $102,000, the agency said. It cited the recent ice storm and this weekend’s snowstorm for keeping shoppers and volunteers away.
Americans’ debt woes expand as unpaid credit card bills rise
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
Americans are falling behind on their credit card payments at an alarming rate, sending delinquencies and defaults surging by double-digit percentages in the last year and prompting warnings of worse to come. An Associated Press analysis of financial data from the country’s largest card issuers also found that the greatest rise was among accounts more than 90 days in arrears.
Pentagon, Palau eye sky for space solar power
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A8
While great nations fretted over coal, oil and global warming, one of the smallest at the U.N. climate conference was looking toward the heavens for its energy. The annual meeting’s corridors can be a sounding board for unlikely “solutions” to climate change - from filling the skies with soot to block the sun, to cultivating oceans of seaweed to absorb the atmosphere’s heat-trapping carbon dioxide.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 24, 1907: “William Jennings Bryan will be the speaker at the regular Sunday meeting of the YMCA. The university has offered the big hall in Robinson Gymnasium for the meeting and it is possible that it will be used because of the eminence of the well-known Mr. Bryan, a Presbyterian and a devoted church man.
Crucial Crucial service
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I do not ride the T, despite being lucky enough to live on a bus line. But when I was a teenager I relied on the local public transit system, and today so do many young people, old people, people of limited means and people of strong environmental principles.
Regents proposal facing close scrutiny
Higher education’s requested funding increase is largest in state government
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A1
Key budget leaders weren’t enthusiastic, but they didn’t say “get lost,” either. That was the reaction during a meeting last week when Reginald Robinson, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Board of Regents, unveiled the regents’ higher education budget recommendation, which calls for a $150.5 million, or 18.1 percent funding increase.
Warplanes bomb Kurdish rebel positions
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
Turkey’s prime minister defended the recent bombing of Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq as military jets pummeled the area with fresh attacks on Sunday.
Gatherings afford chance to ensure Mom, Dad doing OK
Make the most of visiting parents’ home for holidays
December 24, 2007 in print edition on A1
For many, the holidays mean going home. And for those with aging parents, it’s as good as time as any to make sure mom and dad are still able to stay at home. Starting with Thanksgiving and going into the New Year, senior-focused agencies see a bump in calls as adult children check in with parents.