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Archive for Wednesday, December 26, 2007

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Births
Blog entries
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Community Christmas Dinner Smoky Hills Wind Farm
Podcasts
Polls
Did Santa bring you what you wanted for Christmas?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
54%
No
 
23%
Humbug!
 
18%
Undecided
 
3%
Total 213
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Ranchers John Kueser, Ellsworth, front, and Bill Donley, Lincoln, head north on Kansas Highway 14, trailing their herd as they pass several turbines of the Smoky Hills Wind Farm. The project, which consists of 56 wind turbines, began in June and is likely to be completed by early 2008. Kueser and Donley are pictured Dec. 19 by the site, which is near the Lincoln/Ellsworth county line. New fortunes in the wind
December 26, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Every day, thousands of motorists on Interstate 70 drive by a new sight in the Smoky Hills. Dozens of white poles, standing more than 250 feet tall, with giant propeller-like blades at the top, appear on the horizon about 25 miles west of Salina. Soon those three-bladed turbines will be rotating in the Kansas wind, sending electricity into Kansas homes and businesses.
3:30 p.m.
Southwest Junior High School seventh-grader John Meissoach talks on his cell phone after school Dec. 19. John said students are allowed to keep their cell phones in their pockets, but they aren't allowed to use them during school hours. "You can sneak it," he said, "but you're not supposed to." Schools adapt to increased text messaging, cell phone use
December 26, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Ashley Miles is like most teenagers - she can’t live without her cell phone. The Perry-Lecompton High School freshman has had a cell phone since seventh grade and mostly uses it to text message her friends. Recently, such a message during school hours landed her in the principal’s office, where her phone was taken away until she served 30 minutes of detention. Ashley admits that she disobeyed the school’s policy of not using cell phones during school hours and thought the punishment fit the crime. But she questions the means in which she was caught.
10:00 p.m.
Elizabeth and Johnny Kim, along with their 2-year-old daughter, Bridget, will be featured on NBC's "Today" show this morning. The Kims have installed compact fluorescent light bulbs, an insulator for their water heater and a programmable thermostat to make their home more energy efficient. Lawrence family conducts session on ‘Today’ show
December 26, 2007 in print edition on 1A
A Lawrence couple are at the center of this morning’s NBC “Today” feature about low-cost methods of improving a home’s energy efficiency. Johnny and Elizabeth Kim talk about their interest in saving money and conserving energy with NBC News environmental correspondent Simran Sethi, who is based in Lawrence. Also appearing will be Dave Baldwin, a Lawrence carpenter and handyman.

All stories

6News video: Cause of Christmas night fire still unknown
December 26, 2007
The investigation continues into a fire that sparked late Christmas night at a central Lawrence home.
6Sports video: Jayhawks leave for Miami Thursday morning
December 26, 2007
The day the Kansas football team plays in a BCS bowl game for the first time ever is fast approaching - in fact, Thursday morning the Jayhawks leave for Miami.
6Sports video: LHS girls enter break undefeated
December 26, 2007
After defeating cross-town rival Free State High earlier this month, the Lawrence High girls’ basketball team entered into their holiday break at a perfect 5-0.
6News video: 2008 Legislative session right around the corner
December 26, 2007
It’s less than three weeks until state lawmakers return to Topeka for the 2008 Legislative session. The future of power, education funding and illegal immigration figure to be among the hot topics this year.
6News video: Holiday shopping not over yet for many
December 26, 2007
Christmas might be over, but the buying isn’t. National figures show the week after Christmas is one of the busiest of the retail year. 6news reporter Christine Metz checked out stores today to find those not quite ready to park their shopping carts.
6News video: Douglas County D.A. asks for special prosecutor
December 26, 2007
Douglas County’s district attorney asks for a special prosecutor in a Lawrence indecent solicitation of a child case.
6News video: Lawrence couple featured on ‘Today’ show
December 26, 2007
A local home is rooted in the green movement and planting new ideas to conserve energy. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more on the eco-friendly habitat that’s drawing national attention.
6News video: Clerk at local motel suffers minor injuries in robbery
December 26, 2007
Lawrence police were called to the Econo Lodge in the 2200 block of West 6th Street around 10 p.m. Tuesday night.
6Sports video: KU gearing up for Miami
December 26, 2007
The Kansas offense has been fantastic all season long, but the Jayhawks’ stiffest test of the year comes in just over a week against Virginia Tech.
6News video: New laws go into effect January 1st
December 26, 2007
The new year means new laws go into effect - and new fines for those who don’t follow them.
6Sports video: FSHS girls enjoying long break from the hardwood
December 26, 2007
The Free State girls basketball team will have a total of 15 days off before returning to the floor January 4th at Olathe North.
Lawrence family conducts session on ‘Today’ show
Couple, handyman tackle topic of increasing energy efficiency in homes
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A1
A Lawrence couple are at the center of this morning’s NBC “Today” feature about low-cost methods of improving a home’s energy efficiency. Johnny and Elizabeth Kim talk about their interest in saving money and conserving energy with NBC News environmental correspondent Simran Sethi, who is based in Lawrence. Also appearing will be Dave Baldwin, a Lawrence carpenter and handyman.
6News now: Motel clerk injured in armed robbery
December 26, 2007
Ahead tonight on 6News and in tomorrow’s Journal-World, a clerk at a Lawrence motel suffers minor injuries in a late-night robbery. Plus, bargain hunters in Lawrence are hoping for many happy returns today on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
Local motel robbed; clerk injured
Man wore mask, black clothing
December 26, 2007
An armed, masked man dressed in black robbed Econo Lodge, 2222 W. Sixth St. Tuesday night, according to Lawrence Police.
Turkey claims over 200 Kurdish rebel targets hit in Iraq
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A11
Two Turkish airstrikes this month destroyed more than 200 Kurdish rebel targets in the mountains of northern Iraq, killing hundreds of insurgents, the military said Tuesday.
Colleges concern security experts
Stadium officials may not be taking needed precautions
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B2
After more than a decade in counterterrorism, Jim McGee can no longer relax and enjoy watching a sports event. The fans look like potential victims of terrorism to the former FBI agent turned college instructor. The players are possible targets and the security gaps are easy to detect.
Horoscopes
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B13
You have the unusual capacity to draw out the best in others. Often people want to be with you, and just you. Making time for all the many people in your life might be an issue this year! If you are single, you are likely to meet someone who fits the job description! If you are attached, again, make your marriage a top priority, and then you and your sweetie will be happy.
U.S. commander: Sunnis who fight al-Qaida must be legitimized
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A10
A top U.S. commander warned Tuesday that Sunnis who fight al-Qaida in Iraq must be rewarded and recognized as legitimate members of Iraqi society - or else the hard-fought security gains of the past six months could be lost.
Global warming spurs fundamentalist fervor
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A12
You don’t have to be religious to qualify as a fundamentalist. You can be Al Gore, the messiah figure for the global warming cult, whose followers truly believe their gospel of imminent extermination in a Noah-like flood, if we don’t immediately change our carbon polluting ways.
Political, religious leaders call for peace across the world
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
As the faithful marked Christmas Day, political and religious leaders called for peace and reconciliation amid flickers of hope in places long plagued by conflict. In Iraq, Christians made their way past checkpoints on Tuesday to fill Baghdad churches in numbers unthinkable a year ago.
Ring in New Year’s on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
December 26, 2007 in print edition on C3
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for a New Year’s celebration menu. Host Jayni Carey will prepare the following recipes: Pan-Seared Sea Scallops with Spinach, Sweet Potato and Mango Chutney, Vinaigrette Duck Breasts with Orange Sauce, Brown Basmati Rice, and Eggnog Ice Cream with Rum Drizzle.
New fortunes in the wind
Economics advance state’s new energy resource
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A1
Every day, thousands of motorists on Interstate 70 drive by a new sight in the Smoky Hills. Dozens of white poles, standing more than 250 feet tall, with giant propeller-like blades at the top, appear on the horizon about 25 miles west of Salina. Soon those three-bladed turbines will be rotating in the Kansas wind, sending electricity into Kansas homes and businesses.
Sheriff’s office evacuated after gas leak
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A4
For more than eight hours Tuesday, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office had to be evacuated after a gas leak was found in the basement.
City Commission Agenda: Oread Inn feasibility contract needs OK
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A4
Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. on Thursday to take care of bill paying and a few other routine items. Of note on the agenda is approval of a contract with a consulting company to review the feasibility of the proposed Oread Inn project, and approval for staff members to send out letters starting the annexation process of Bauer Brook Estates, an upscale residential area near Sixth and Folks Road. The commission had given preliminary approval to both items at previous meetings.
Physicians’ view
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A13
To the editor: The American College of Physicians (ACP), whose members are physicians practicing internal medicine and its subspecialties, has developed a new policy on universal access to medical care. The policies of the ACP are open to public view at acponline.org.
Hot chocolate recipe will knock your boots off
December 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
Pastry chef Elizabeth Falkner developed this recipe for hot chocolate to be a cross between that favorite winter drink and chocolate sauce. She says it also has enough body to take on a shot of brandy or whiskey for an adult take on this drink.
Firefighters respond to Christmas Day blaze
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical responded to a structure fire in the 1600 block of Oxford Road on Tuesday night.
Property tax forms to be mailed Monday
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A4
The 2008 personal property assessment forms will be mailed Monday by the Douglas County Appraiser’s office.
All-area football
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B5
Miscommunication kept the following members of the Oskaloosa High football program from receiving mention on this year’s Journal-World All-Area football team.
Jokester ‘sends’ holiday greetings from afterlife
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
Even in death, Chet Fitch is a card. Fitch, known for his sense of humor, died in October at age 88 but gave his friends and family a start recently: Christmas cards, 34 of them, began arriving - written in his hand with a return address of “Heaven.”
Comments sought on fashion blog
December 26, 2007 in print edition on C2
So you think you know something about fashion?
Gun defense
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A13
To the editor: This is in response to Pat Kirk’s Dec. 13 letter, “Who needs guns?” We, the innocent Americans, can’t count on the police to be in our home at the split second someone breaks in. Do you actually think you’re going to have time to call the police, and if you do, how much can happen between the call and the time they arrive?
Commentary: Patriots’ attitude is simply perfect
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B2
They’re ruthless. That’s all you can say. Because here, in the best locker room in sports, after showing how many light years the Dolphins are away from mattering, the New England Patriots didn’t want to talk about it.
Losing season caught Broncos by surprise
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B6
The last time the Denver Broncos finished below .500 was 1999, when John Elway was learning what it was like to sleep late on Sundays and Terrell Davis blew out a knee.
City athletes of the week
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B5
Weston Wiebe and Tania Jackson
Bridge collapse kills at least 15
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A11
A steel footbridge collapsed Tuesday in western Nepal under the weight of hundreds of people on their way to a fair, plunging scores about 100 feet into icy Himalayan waters. At least 15 were killed and more than 100 were missing and feared dead, officials said.
Police slogan: Cause post-traumatic stress
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A11
A state police academy leader has disavowed the slogan of the most recent graduating class urging one another to “go out and cause” post-traumatic stress disorder.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A13
Rick Trapp, Lawrence ambulance attendant, was credited with saving the life of a 19-year-old Olathan with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The youth was considered dead when Trapp, a former Lawrence High football star, arrived and aided him following an auto accident.
LMH leaves gap in mental health services
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A12
I watch the numerous TV ads extolling the improvements and virtues of Lawrence Memorial Hospital and its claim of serving all of our citizens. Sometimes I get mad, but most of the time I just feel sad, like tears are washing over my very soul. I, too, am a Lawrence citizen. I just happen to be one of those that has no room at the inn because I have a serious and persistent mental illness.
Shrimp festive part of New Year’s menu
December 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
No sooner have we finished the Christmas holiday than the celebrators among us start planning for New Year’s. The older I get, the less interested I am in a late night out on the Eve, but a couple of the best New Year’s experiences I can recall involved a pleasant dinner with friends on the 31st and an afternoon feast on New Year’s Day. In both cases, shrimp was the main course.
Schools adapt to increased text messaging, cell phone use
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
Ashley Miles is like most teenagers - she can’t live without her cell phone. The Perry-Lecompton High School freshman has had a cell phone since seventh grade and mostly uses it to text message her friends. Recently, such a message during school hours landed her in the principal’s office, where her phone was taken away until she served 30 minutes of detention. Ashley admits that she disobeyed the school’s policy of not using cell phones during school hours and thought the punishment fit the crime. But she questions the means in which she was caught.
Favre tops the charts in yet another category
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B8
Sports stars, like fads, come and go. And then there’s Brett Favre. For 16 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Favre has endured and succeeded at football’s most demanding position.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A13
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 26, 1907: “Ornithological experts in the east warn that many breeds of American game birds are threatened with extinction. Game wardens, including some in our area, have noted alarming decreases of grouse, quail, woodcock, ducks and various shore birds.
Scantily dressed Santa arrested on DUI
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A8
Some gifts from Kris Kringle are better kept wrapped. A man in a Santa hat was arrested Sunday night for investigation of drunken driving after he was spotted outside Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood wearing a wig, a red lace camisole and a purple G-string, police said.
Volatile market has farmers choosing between corn, soybeans
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A4
On his central Illinois farm, Kyle Winklemann has a quandary - for farmers, certainly an enviable one. Corn took up about two-thirds of the 27-year-old grower’s 1,800 acres last year, with soybeans taking up much of the rest. Winklemann made out well with both. Corn fetched lofty prices, driven at least in part by ethanol production reliant on it, while soybeans are commanding prices not seen in decades.
Martin, Scorsese honored by Kennedy
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B13
One of the small miracles of AM radio during the golden age of Top 40 was the fact that you could hear a surf song and a Motown tune on the same station and even during the same 10-minute block. Tonight, Beach Boy Brian Wilson and Supreme Diana Ross share the same stage at the 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (8 p.m., CBS).
Optometrist attends annual meeting
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B12
Elizabeth Crandon, an optometrist at Crandon and Crandon in Lawrence, attended the 37th annual meeting of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development this fall in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Ex-Lion thrilled to be a Jayhawk
Junior guard Brennan Bechard more comfortable the second time around
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
Ask Brady Morningstar about his biggest rival - besides Kansas State and Missouri - and he’ll tell you all about Brennan Bechard. “Oh, man, I go at him when he’s guarding me,” Morningstar, a Free State High graduate, said of Bechard, a Lawrence High alumnus. “He’s a spot-up shooter, man, but if he catches the ball and I’m guarding him, he can’t score.”
Dialing up the best cell deal
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B12
Cell phone service seems to stubbornly resist improvement. Consumer Reports’ National Research Center recently found that fewer than half the respondents questioned in its Annual Survey of Cell Phone Service were completely or very satisfied. That makes cell service one of the lower-rated services that CR surveys, as it has been for the past six years.
Money Tip: Maximizing tax savings
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B12
Here are five year-end strategies that can help you maximize your tax savings and make the most of your money, from Kiplinger’s Mary Beth Franklin:
Family of woman crushed in Big Dig gets $6 million
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A11
A company blamed in the deadly ceiling collapse of a Big Dig tunnel last year has agreed to give the family of the woman killed not only $6 million, but something they really want: answers.
Crushing debt
We hope your happy holiday won’t turn sour when the bills come due.
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A12
If you want to bask in the Christmas afterglow for another day, you probably should stop reading now. That would be particularly true if you pulled out your credit cards to pay for Christmas gifts and fear you may not be able to pay them off when the bills come due.
Russia successfully test-fires new ICBM
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
Russia’s military on Tuesday successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads - a weapon intended to replace aging Soviet-era missiles.
Washington’ kept from crossing Delaware
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A11
This George Washington could not make it across the Delaware River. Ronald Rinaldi III was prepared to play the role of the military leader whose daring Christmas crossing led to a rout of British-led forces and revived the downtrodden Continental forces.
Raul Castro says Fidel getting stronger
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A11
Fidel Castro remains on the mend, gaining weight, exercising twice a day and continuing to help make the Cuban government’s top decisions, his brother Raul Castro says. The island’s acting president gave the first clues about his brother’s health in weeks, saying during a Monday speech that he has a “healthier mentality, full use of his mental faculties with some small physical limitations.”
Did someone say ‘recall’?
Beef safety questioned after 20 such incidents in ‘07
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B12
For beef lovers, 2007 will go down as another year of eating dangerously. Since the spring, meat suppliers have recalled more than 30 million pounds of ground beef contaminated with the potentially lethal bacteria E. coli O157:H7, including the 21.7 million pounds recalled by New Jersey-based Topps Meat in September.
Tiger escapes cage at zoo, killing 1, injuring 2
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
A tiger that mauled a zookeeper last year escaped from its pen at the San Francisco Zoo on Tuesday, killing one man and injuring two others before police shot it dead, authorities said. The three men were in their 20s; they were together and were not zoo employees, San Francisco Police spokesman Steve Mannina said.
Hy-Vee gives $2,500 to another winner
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B12
For the second time this month, a Hy-Vee customer in Lawrence won $2,500 through the store’s Holiday Brands for Grands contest.
Utility workers treated to holiday feast
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B14
Utility crews are still working to restore power to some northeast Kansas residents who still don’t have electricity after a storm two weeks ago. But the workers got a break Monday, with a Christmas Eve feast.
KU investment
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A13
To the editor: Let’s connect some dots from Thursday’s paper. The proposal to cut back the T prompts a letter arguing public golf courses are less important; on the front page we see the Journal-World’s open records request for the truth about Arrowhead revenues from the KU-MU game.
Purebreds OK
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A13
To the editor: Yes, there are many unwanted pets in shelters. Yes, our society “throws away” dogs and cats by the thousands, but to not breed any dogs is going to extremes. What we need is an informed public that spays or neuters their pets and doesn’t reward irresponsible breeders or pet shops that sell dogs.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A13
In local legislative races the past November, the top spenders won three of four seats up for grabs. They were Democrat Jessie Branson, who defeated Bob Schulte, Democrat Robin Leach, who defeated Eugene Schafer, Republican David Miller, who defeated Larie Davis.
Unity prayer line celebrates 100 years of taking requests
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B14
One of the oldest prayer lines in the world is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Silent Unity began in 1907 with one man in a rocking chair using a “candlestick” phone. It has since grown to 13 centers worldwide, with associates answering more than 1.5 million prayer requests each year.
Purdue, Central Michigan to showcase offenses in Motor City Bowl
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B9
When Joe Tiller came to Purdue in 1997, he was told his high-octane offense would never work in the Big Ten. Not only would the spread attack be frowned upon in a conference that still believed in Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler and “three yards and a cloud of dust,” but a pass-based system would be grounded by the wind and cold of a Midwest autumn.
Company makes clothing with tourniquet included for warfare
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
As an Army surgeon in the Middle East, Dr. Keith Rose watched a colleague bleed to death when a truck in his convoy was hit with a rocket-propelled grenade. Rose could not get his comrade a tourniquet, which could have helped control the bleeding on his wounded leg, and sat along the mangled wreckage and talked with him as he took his last breath.
Kitten rescue
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A13
To the editor: I am writing to inform the person or persons that the kitten they abandoned in a shopping cart in the Wal-Mart parking lot on Saturday, Dec. 15 was taken in and has a great new home. We heard a faint meow and found a kitten sitting in the seat of the cart. It was snowing and the parking lot was crowded.
Thieves steal nutcracker statues, holiday spirit
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A8
Thieves ruined Christmas for one woman this year by stealing the pair of 6-foot-tall nutcracker statues from in front of her house.
3 bodies, 1 survivor found in plane crash
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
The bodies of a California businessman, his teenage daughter and the Panamanian pilot of a plane that crashed over the weekend were found Tuesday in Panama’s mountains, officials said. A 12-year-old American girl survived.
14 sailors, ship carrying toxic chemical missing
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
Coast guard boats and helicopters searched today for 14 sailors feared dead in chilly waters off South Korea after their cargo ship was thought to have sunk in high seas.
40 Iranian Jews arrive in Israel amid warnings against Ahmadinejad
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A14
Greeted by joyous relatives and a crowd of reporters, about 40 Iranian Jews landed in Israel on Tuesday, leaving behind their lives in the Islamic Republic for new homes in the Jewish state.
What you should know about knives
December 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
Old-school chefs never “graduate” apprentices to the stove until they have mastered knife skills. And the first step to proficiency, even if earning three stars isn’t on your radar, is having the right equipment.
The future of our food
Culinary trends for 2008
December 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
Americans are getting increasingly intimate with their food, and 2008 likely will see the relationship deepen. That’s because two forces - the proliferation of foodie culture and its obsessive desire for provenance, and growing worries over food safety - have combined to create a whirlwind of information about food and drink. And all signs indicate the storm is just starting.
Annual Christmas dinner brings community members together
Volunteers donate time on holiday to make event special for everyone
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A1
A lot goes into preparing Christmas dinner for 900 of your closest friends and strangers. There’s a dozen tables to set up, with folding chairs arranged around each. There’s the poinsettias, three to a table, to be displayed on top. There’s pie to cut, drinks to pour and coffee to brew.
Buckeye lineman going home
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B9
When the Ohio State Buckeyes arrive in New Orleans on Jan. 2 for the national championship game against LSU, defensive tackle Nader Abdallah will serve as unofficial tour guide.
Added endurance
Runners find new way to train
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B5
Following a fall season of demanding five-kilometer runs, what better way to spend your winter than swimming in a warm, indoor pool? For 12 of Lawrence High’s boys swimmers that idea sounded pretty good when coach Kent McDonald pitched it to them. You see, half of the Lions’ 24-man roster is filled with cross country runners, including the top two runners from the 2007 season - senior Dylan Hedges and sophomore Roy Wedge.
Early report shows sluggish holiday sales
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A1
Early holiday sales reports are weak, with Target Corp., the nation’s No. 2 retailer, warning that its sales may have fallen in December.
It’s been a season of streaks - good and bad
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B6
It’s time to blitz the notion of NFL parity. Look at all the long streaks, good and bad, that teams have put together this season, from the Patriots in the penthouse to the Dolphins in the basement. If anything, there’s been a distinct separation between the impressive and the depressing, with the winning and losing strings placing an exclamation point on that disparity.
Stories key to heritage area plan
Midwest site organizers offer advice for Freedom’s Frontier
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A1
Tell the stories, and people will come. That’s the advice leaders of two Midwest heritage areas have for the fledgling Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area as it takes shape in eastern Kansas and western Missouri. “Keep the story at the forefront. Make sure folks get it that the Border (War) story is a national story,” said Carroll Van West, director of the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area.
Town lets seniors work off taxes
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
Audrey Davison lives alone, gets a $620 Social Security check each month and worries about the sharply rising taxes on her four-bedroom house. Davison, 76, raised her family there and after 43 years, she really doesn’t want to leave Greenburgh.
Tiny-k staffers go to conference
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B12
Kristina Poracsky and Elaine McCullough, of tiny-k Early Intervention in Lawrence, attended the 11th annual International Conference on Optimal Outcomes for Children with Autism and Special Needs recently in Virginia.
Orange crushed
Jayhawks recall devastation after ‘69 Orange Bowl loss
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
Bobby Douglass wasn’t the first big, strapping quarterback to date the prettiest girl in the class. “We went together the whole year,” Douglass reflected on the 1968-69 Kansas University school year via phone from his home in suburban Chicago. “She went to Miami for the Orange Bowl and that made the trip a little more fun. Just a wonderful girl. She was great for me. She was a little more mature than I was.”
Commentary: Bulls failed, and Skiles paid
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B4
Merry Christmas, Scott Skiles. By the way, you’re fired. That was the stunningly mixed message the Bulls coach received just before 10 a.m. Monday as his team was about to begin a Christmas Eve practice.
Officers stepping up alcohol sales enforcement
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
Better ask for an ID. Lawrence police will spend the next few months driving that message home to anyone who might sell alcohol to minors.
Jet crash hero finally gets his due
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A7
An airboat speeding across the sawgrass and mud. A ringing in the ears when the engine was cut. Moaning. Screams for help. Desperate gasps at the water’s surface. Helicopters in the distance. Christmas carols.
Civil War buffs tout Missouri sites
December 26, 2007 in print edition on A5
Banking on the idea that Civil War tourists spend more time and money visiting historic sites than do pleasure tourists, organizations across Missouri are trying to find ways to promote the state’s sites in time for the war’s 150th anniversary.
NBA Roundup
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B4
Scores around the league.
People in the news
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B13
¢ Daly says NBC gave him ultimatum to return¢ Will Smith angry at Scottish newspaper¢ Toby Keith, family win wrongful death suit¢ Martha Stewart built nativity scene in prison¢ John Legend home for Christmas for concert
Vitamin D inadequacies on the rise again
December 26, 2007 in print edition on C3
Q: I’m starting to read more about the number of people who are low in vitamin D. Is it more important than we thought?
Attaining perfection a mental, physical test
They say nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.” - Winston Churchill
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B7
Hitting a hole-in-one on the putt-putt course, nailing the bull’s-eye with a dart at the bar or knocking down 10 bowling pins are as close to perfect sports performances as most ever will come.Much fewer still can say they have achieved true athletic perfection at the highest level of competition.
Tait: A banner season
December 26, 2007 in print edition on B5
As 2007 slips away, and questions about what’s in store for 2008 slide to the forefront of the mind, it’s hard not to look back on what was a very memorable year for the Free State High basketball programs.While both the boys and girls teams have tipped off the 2007-2008 season and are busy looking ahead, two mementos remain in place that will keep the 2006-2007 season fresh in the minds of everyone who enters the FSHS gym for years to come.