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Archive for Thursday, December 27, 2007

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Births
Obituaries
On the street
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Jayhawks head to Miami
Podcasts
Polls
Who do you consider to be the more dominant undefeated team?

Poll results

Response Percent
New England Patriots (16-0)
 
60%
Kansas men’s basketbal (13-0)
 
39%
Total 1145
What door-opening mechanism do you prefer?

Poll results

Response Percent
Door lever
 
56%
Doorknob
 
30%
Other
 
13%
Total 217
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.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.
9:00 a.m.
Target employee Judy Grammer, left, scans an item while returning and exchanging products for guests at the store, 3201 Iowa. As gift card use increases, the number of returns has been dropping over the past few years. Holiday shopping: Round 2 begins
December 27, 2007 in print edition on 1A
There seems to be no more than a pause between the time that the wrapping paper comes off the presents and shoppers go back out to hunt for bargains. On Wednesday, Lawrence stores were bustling as customers returned unwanted items, took advantage of slashed prices and cashed in on gift cards. The week after Christmas is one of the busiest of the shopping year, according to the National Retail Federation.
2:00 p.m.
Kansas University freshman Chase Buford calls timeout as he falls out of bounds late in the game against Louisiana-Monroe. Back in the saddle
December 27, 2007 in print edition on 1B
There was a time not long ago when Chase Buford doubted whether he ever would play basketball competitively again. It was just last year when Buford was preparing for his senior season at Alamo Heights High in San Antonio, Texas. But the week before practice started, he came down with a strange affliction. “I got really sick, and I couldn’t even move,” Buford said. “So, I went to the doctor, and they found out I had mono.”
5:00 p.m.
One of HGTV's "Fun Shui" episodes features a bedroom makeover for Rick Brightly, of South Brunswick, N.J. Feng shui is the ancient Chinese art of creating a good energy flow, or chi, in the home. Getting grounded
December 27, 2007 in print edition on 1C
The holidays are almost over, and it’s time to put away all those shiny baubles. But if the thought of undecked halls gets you down, it’s time to rethink the de-decorating process. Taking down the tinsel can mean de-cluttering and freshening for the New Year if you incorporate some principles of feng shui (pronounced “fung shway”), the ancient Chinese art of creating a good energy flow, or chi, in the home.
10:00 p.m.
Kansas University Head Football Coach Mark Mangino slaps hands with Jayhawk fans as he boards a bus outside Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks took the bus to Forbes Field in Topeka, then flew to Florida, where they will take on Virginia Tech on Jan. 3 in the Orange Bowl. Hundreds of fans braved frigid morning temperatures to send the team off Thursday. Jayhawks hit the road to Orange Bowl
December 27, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Bragging rights and friendly bets are on across the state as the Jayhawks prepare to take on Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Thursday. Folks aren’t betting oranges. Nope, the wagers involve steaks, crimson-and-blue hats and sunflower seeds. Thursday morning, Lawrence Mayor Sue Hack challenged Blacksburg, Va., Mayor Ron Rordam and the town council to wear KU hats to their Jan. 8 meeting if the Jayhawks win. The Lawrence City Commission would don Hokie hats if KU loses.

All stories

6Sports video: ‘Hawks host holiday clinic
December 27, 2007
This morning coach Bill Self traded in his roster of less than 20 college kids for nearly 500 third- through eighth-graders for his annual holiday skills camp.
6News video: Holidays produce Christmas debt
December 27, 2007
The Christmas cards went out, and now credit card bills are rolling in. 6News’ Gena Terlizzi breaks down the high cost of paying for Christmas on credit, and what you can do to save money now.
6News video: Strip club gun charges dismissed
December 27, 2007
Charges were dropped today against a man accused of threatening someone with a gun outside of a Lawrence strip club.
6Sports video: Jayhawks depart for Orange Bowl
December 27, 2007
Seven days and counting until the Kansas Jayhawks kick off their first Orange Bowl in nearly 40 years. Mark Mangino’s team began that journey Thursday morning.
6Sports video: Craft named Scholar Athlete of the Month
December 27, 2007
This month’s Hy-Vee High School Scholar Athlete of the Month goes to Free State’s Sarah Craft.
6News video: Westar wind energy proposal approved
December 27, 2007
State utility regulators approved Westar Energy’s proposal to produce almost 300 megawatts of wind power.
6News video: City stocks up on snow supplies
December 27, 2007
With another snow fall coming this way, Lawrence residents are stocking up on supplies to beat the winter weather.
6News video: Lawrence officials put Jayhawk pride on line
December 27, 2007
As the Jayhawks get closer to the Orange Bowl, the stakes keep getting higher. A cordial phone call this morning put the pride of the Lawrence City Commission on the line.
6Sports video: Sutton to coach again
December 27, 2007
Former Oklahoma State head basketball coach and Bill Self’s mentor, Eddie Sutton, is coming out of retirement to coach San Francisco University.
6News video: ‘Naughty but Nice’ kicked to curb
December 27, 2007
Richard Osburn, owner of adult novelty store Naughty But Nice, said he will comply with a court’s eviction order.
6News video: Deciphera complaint again forwarded to Kansas Attorney General
December 27, 2007
For the second time in two months, Douglas County’s District Attorney is forwarding a complaint about the controversial Deciphera pharmaceuticals deal to the Kansas Attorney General’s office.
Jayhawks hit the road to Orange Bowl
Contest heats up with boasts, bets
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A1
Bragging rights and friendly bets are on across the state as the Jayhawks prepare to take on Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Thursday. Folks aren’t betting oranges. Nope, the wagers involve steaks, crimson-and-blue hats and sunflower seeds. Thursday morning, Lawrence Mayor Sue Hack challenged Blacksburg, Va., Mayor Ron Rordam and the town council to wear KU hats to their Jan. 8 meeting if the Jayhawks win. The Lawrence City Commission would don Hokie hats if KU loses.
KCC approves Westar wind plan, nixes bonus
December 27, 2007
State utility regulators declared prudent Westar Energy Inc.’s proposal to produce nearly 300 megawatts of wind power.
Branson forwards second Deciphera complaint to AG
Political advocacy group’s questions center on Johnson, Hack
December 27, 2007
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson is forwarding a new round of complaints about the controversial Deciphera Pharmaceuticals deal to the Kansas Attorney General’s office.
6News now: Hawks head to Miami
December 27, 2007
The journey to the Orange Bowl is now underway for Mark Mangino and the Jayhawks. Hundreds of fans, cheerleaders and the band gathered this morning to see the Hawks off on their first ever trip to the Orange Bowl. Plus, another round of winter weather is headed to northeast Kansas.
More snow on the way
Light freezing rain, drizzle likely to start about midnight
02:04 p.m., December 27, 2007 Updated 05:07 p.m.
Another winter storm is developing in central Kansas and will move into northeast Kansas tonight, according to Jennifer Schack, 6news meteorologist.
Charges dropped in Allstars altercation
Testimony by witness doesn’t match statements he gave police
December 27, 2007
An assault charge was dismissed today against a man who had been accused of threatening someone with a gun outside a North Lawrence strip club.
Democrats accuse GOP of vote ‘caging’
Republicans deny making list of voters to challenge
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A3
Kansas Democrats are accusing the state Republican Party of trying to put together a list of voters to challenge on Election Day. Republican officials deny the accusation. In an e-mail message sent to state Republicans, Kansas Republican Party Chairman Kris Kobach reviewed the party’s accomplishments this year. In the message, he states: “To date, the Kansas GOP has identified and caged more voters in the last 11 months than the previous two years.”
Iraqi hairdressers forced to work in secret salons
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A7
Umm Doha cuts hair and waxes eyebrows in secret from her living room because making women look pretty can get a person killed in her Sunni-dominated Baghdad neighborhood.
Referendum on fate of Kirkuk delayed
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A7
Kurdish lawmakers agreed Wednesday to a six-month delay in a referendum on whether the oil-rich city of Kirkuk should join the semiautonomous region of Kurdistan or remain under Iraqi central government control.
NBA Roundup
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B4
Scores from around the league.
Rocks can add harmony to garden
December 27, 2007 in print edition on C2
Oftentimes when we start a landscaping project, one of our first inclinations is to rid the earth of all the rock that impedes our way to fertile flower beds and plentiful patios. But in doing so, avid gardeners miss an opportunity to build a gorgeous textural landscape in the dormant days of winter.
Study seeks answers on correlation of sex, drinking
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A12
Young adults who drink heavily are more likely than non-heavy drinkers to have multiple sex partners, studies have shown. Does the number of partners increase with the intensity of drinking? Does having a diagnosed conduct disorder affect that number?
On the record
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A4
A 38-year-old Lawrence man made a missing person report for a 27-year-old Lawrence woman who is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. The woman, Jessica M. Hill, has brown hair and hazel eyes.
Work, play on Jayhawks’ minds
Team to meet today in Miami, where fun and practice await
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s football team will trickle into Miami today, ready for some fun and sun. Oh yeah : and a lot of tedious work with the Orange Bowl just a week away.
Hotel’s design spurs comment
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A11
The current Oread Hotel design represents a huge loss of opportunity for the community, the university, the neighborhood and, ultimately, the developer and the architect. It does not measure up to Lawrence’s signature buildings: The Eldridge Hotel, Liberty Hall, Watkins National Bank, the Douglas County Courthouse, or the English Lutheran Church.
Special prosecutor requested in sex case
District attorney represented suspect on charges in 2000
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A3
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson has asked that a special prosecutor take over a Lawrence child-solicitation case. That’s because Branson represented the defendant, Stephen R. Stout, in 2000, four years before Branson was elected the county’s top prosecutor. During a brief court appearance Wednesday, an assistant in Branson’s office told the judge that the district attorney had asked Jefferson County Attorney Mike Hayes to take the case.
Christmas house fire under investigation
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A3
A house fire Tuesday night will make this year’s Christmas memorable for two families in central Lawrence. Rosie Hull, a 17-year-old Free State High School student, said she was watching a Christmas movie with her family in the basement of their home in the 1600 block of Oxford Road when her mother noticed a flashing light outside their windows.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A10
Regional and state environmental officials said chances were slim that federal sanctions would be imposed against Douglas County, one of 472 U.S. counties cited for violations of the Clean Air Act in a report newly released in Washington.
Motel robbery on Christmas reported
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A3
An armed, masked man dressed in black robbed Econo Lodge, 2222 W. Sixth St., on Tuesday night, according to Lawrence police.
District, NAACP aim to bridge gap
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A1
It’s an effort to create a Lawrence solution to a national problem. School district leaders have partnered with the NAACP to study what is known as “the achievement gap” - the lower overall academic performance by students of certain races or whose families are economically disadvantaged.
Pump patrol
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.73 at several locations.
Biodegradable coffins part of trend toward eco-friendly burials
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A1
Cynthia Beal wants to be an Oregon cherry tree after she dies. She has everything to make it happen - a body, a burial site and a biodegradable coffin.
Dog owner takes on Web censors
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A12
Outraged that his Internet posting about dogs had been banned, Chen Yuhua wrote to the mayor of Beijing. No answer. He wrote to the city council. Still no answer. When all else failed, he consulted a lawyer, studied China’s civil code and marched into court with a lawsuit.
Back in the saddle
Walk-on keeping up after beating mono
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B1
There was a time not long ago when Chase Buford doubted whether he ever would play basketball competitively again. It was just last year when Buford was preparing for his senior season at Alamo Heights High in San Antonio, Texas. But the week before practice started, he came down with a strange affliction. “I got really sick, and I couldn’t even move,” Buford said. “So, I went to the doctor, and they found out I had mono.”
11th Street west of Mass. to close
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A3
The city of Lawrence is temporarily closing a portion of 11th Street for construction.
Croyle’s fragility growing concern
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B3
A bruised right hand may stop Brodie Croyle from playing against the New York Jets on Sunday, and concern is growing that Kansas City’s strong-armed young quarterback may be too frail for the NFL.
Woman dies of bird flu
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A2
A 25-year-old woman has died of bird flu in Egypt, the country’s health ministry spokesman said on Wednesday.
Safer alternative to roadside memorials sought in Nebraska
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A4
To families of people killed in car accidents, they are tender, spontaneous memorials to loved ones whose lives were cut short.
Our town sports
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B3
Local sports briefs.
Holiday shopping: Round 2 begins
Post-Christmas bargains, gift cards fuel the frenzy
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A1
There seems to be no more than a pause between the time that the wrapping paper comes off the presents and shoppers go back out to hunt for bargains. On Wednesday, Lawrence stores were bustling as customers returned unwanted items, took advantage of slashed prices and cashed in on gift cards. The week after Christmas is one of the busiest of the shopping year, according to the National Retail Federation.
Turnover at the top distracts Aggies
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B6
First, there was the sting and shock of Dennis Franchione’s resignation. Then, there has been the uncomfortable acceptance of Mike Sherman as his replacement. Somewhere in between, the Texas A&M Aggies had to start mentally preparing for a bowl game.
Commentary: Bulls’ woes cost Skiles
Dictator coaches - at least those without titles - don’t last in NBA
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B4
Let this be a lesson for the next wave of coaches out there. Dictators without championship rings on their fingers don’t last in the NBA. Scott Skiles became the umpteenth example that the coach-is-god style of leadership doesn’t work.
K.C.’s Law, N.Y.’s Revis share respect, hometown
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B7
Ty Law was impressed by the aggressiveness and athletic ability of Darrelle Revis right away. And he hadn’t yet seen him on a football field.
Horoscopes
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B10
You are a power unto yourself this year. Once you make a decision, you might be close to unstoppable. When necessary, you will team up with a partner with ease. Both professionally and personally, teaming up often enhances your power, endurance and ideas. If you are single and would like to change your status, you will. If you are attached, you’ll see a difference in how you relate.
Investors not sure season salvageable
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A6
Investors are pessimistic about this holiday season and the financial well-being of consumers in a challenging economic environment. Shares of most retailers fell Wednesday.
League loosens hold on Patriots’ finale
NFL allows CBS, NBC to broadcast potentially historic game
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B7
Fans won’t need NFL Network after all to see the New England Patriots try to become the first NFL team to finish with a 16-0 regular-season record. In an unprecedented move, the league announced Wednesday that CBS and NBC will simulcast NFL Network’s telecast of the game Saturday between the Patriots and New York Giants, which begins at 7:15 p.m. It will be the first time an NFL game has appeared on three networks.
QB downplays yapping; Broncos not amused
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B7
San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers tried Wednesday to downplay his animated exchange with Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler on Monday night, which was caught by ESPN’s cameras.
Divers search river for woman who vanished
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A2
Fire department divers searched a river Wednesday for a woman who authorities say may have fallen in while placing a Hindu religious statue in the water to ward off bad luck.
Rescuers pull victims from landslides
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A2
Rescuers recovered dozens of bodies from a village devastated by landslides Wednesday on Indonesia’s Java island as authorities struggled to get heavy lifting equipment to the affected areas. Officials said at least 78 people were killed or feared dead.
American girl rescued from plane crash
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A2
The sole survivor of a plane crash was reunited with her family Wednesday after rescue workers trekked for five hours to carry the 12-year-old American girl out of a remote mountain area, then airlifted her to a hospital.
Japan reveals plans for longest magnetic railway
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A2
The Central Japan Railway Co. has unveiled plans to build the world’s longest magnetic railway system, or maglev, by 2025, Japanese media said on Wednesday.
Officer helps deliver special present
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A12
Transit officer Steven Rocher got up before dawn on Christmas to deliver a few more presents to his mother’s house. He ended up delivering a very special gift indeed.
Mall gunman had suicide attempt
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A6
The teen gunman who fatally shot eight people in a mall earlier this month tried to kill himself by swallowing about 30 pills nearly two years earlier, according to court records released Wednesday.
George Bush, Hillary Clinton named most admired
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A2
They’re the odd couple again: George Bush and Hillary Clinton, the most admired man and woman in America.
McDonald’s thrives in fast-food nation
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A10
To gauge this pell-mell nation’s velocity, visit here with Jim Skinner, CEO of a company on pace to have a net income for 2007 of $3.46 billion, up 12.7 percent, on revenues of almost $23 billion. The evolution of McDonald’s mirrors that of the nation in which it serves 27 million customers a day.
Official: Russia to supply new air defense system
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A2
Russia is preparing to equip Iran with a powerful new air defense system that would dramatically increase its ability to repel an attack, Iran’s defense minister said Wednesday.
Louisiana population rebounds while Florida growth slows
Census bureau releases annual estimates
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A2
The population of Louisiana fell by a quarter-million people after Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans in August 2005. The damage was so bad, some worried whether anyone would ever come back. Some did.
Iraqi Cabinet approves general amnesty draft
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A7
Iraq’s Cabinet on Wednesday approved the draft of a general amnesty bill for detainees being held in Iraqi prisons, a measure that could go a long way toward reconciling Iraq’s warring sects and factions.
Favre: Weather hurt unseasoned Packers
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B7
Brett Favre said he and his teammates can’t brush off the Green Bay Packers’ 35-7 loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday simply because it was played in extreme conditions.
Annetta Washington dies
Singer was Kansas City blues icon
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A5
Kansas City blues icon Annetta “Cotton Candy” Washington died on Christmas from complications from a stroke. She was 76.
Earthquake shakes region around capital
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A2
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 shook the Turkish capital early today, rattling furniture and rousing residents from their sleep, authorities said. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Without enthusiasm, Bush signs spending bill
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A9
President Bush on Wednesday signed a $555 billion spending bill that will pay for a large share of government operations in 2008, but complained that Congress did not do enough to restrict pork-barrel expenditures and was not providing enough money for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Police investigate deadly tiger escape
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A9
The big cat exhibit at the San Francisco Zoo was cordoned off as a crime scene Wednesday as investigators tried to determine whether a Siberian tiger that killed a visitor escaped from its high-walled pen on its own or got help from someone, inadvertent or otherwise.
Put Christmas trees to use after holidays
December 27, 2007 in print edition on C1
Whatever your feelings are about Christmas trees, if you bought a live one, consider recycling it. There are many alternatives to sending the tree to the landfill.
Congressman calls for Cheney’s impeachment
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A9
Rep. Robert Wexler is taking on the Bush administration - in cyberspace.
GOP senator: Wars cost $15B a month
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A6
The latest estimate of the growing costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the worldwide battle against terrorism - nearly $15 billion a month - came last week from one of the Senate’s leading proponents of a continued U.S. military presence in Iraq.
Commodities
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B11
Soybeans jumped Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery rose 6 cents to close at $9.4125; March corn added 8.25 cents to settle at $4.5225; March oats rose 3.5 cents to close at $3.09; March soybeans jumped 40.25 cents to close at $12.395.
City to recycle live Christmas trees
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A5
The city of Lawrence will begin collecting live-cut Christmas trees on Monday.
Wreckage believed to be missing ship located
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A9
The apparent wreckage of a cargo ship that disappeared along with 14 sailors has been found, but lay too deep in the water to raise immediately, South Korean officials said Wednesday. Meanwhile, the search continued for the missing.
Police: 2 arrested in deaths of 6, likely 3 generations of a family
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A9
Six people, likely three generations of a family, were found dead Wednesday at a rural property east of Seattle, and a law enforcement official said police arrested the property owner’s daughter and her boyfriend.
Leaders hold talks on fighting militants
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A9
The presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan pledged during an unusually friendly meeting Wednesday to share intelligence and tighten border controls to quash rising militant attacks.
FBI putting up digital ‘wanted’ billboards
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A8
The Wichita area soon will be among 20 major metro centers nationwide to have digital billboards showing fugitives, missing people and other high-priority security messages from the FBI, the agency said Wednesday.
People in the news
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B10
¢ Director didn’t worry about Depp’s singing¢ Rapper Yung Joc hours late to arraignment¢ Nicholson drew on own experience for new role¢ Jewish group welcomes Will Smith’s explanation¢ Josh Duhamel, Fergie engaged, publicist says¢ Hotelier to leave most of his fortune to charity
Family shows not ‘hot’ but popular
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B10
Phil Keoghan of “Amazing Race” hosts the “The 9th Annual Family Television Awards” (8 p.m., CW), honoring outstanding achievement in categories including favorite actor, actress, comedy, drama, new series and many more.
WIC grocery stores forced to close
Program provides vouchers to poor women and children
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B12
A change in federal rules has forced the closing of three Kansas groceries that served only participants in the Women, Infants and Children program.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A10
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 27, 1907: “There are some in Topeka who are trying to create a boomlet for T.A. McNeal, present state printer, in a bid as governor. Many think the idea is a good one because of McNeal’s spotless reputation as being ‘straight as a string.’
Man spends Christmas Eve in septic tank
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A8
It was a stinky holiday for Robert Schoff. The 77-year-old man spent part of Christmas Eve stuck upside down in the opening of his septic tank, with his head inside and his feet kicking in the air above.
Army extends leave for soldier with ill son
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A12
The Indiana soldier who fretted over extending his leave from Iraq for the birth and subsequent hospitalization of his son has had his leave extended again, this time to Jan. 3.
Atypical art theft: Bronze sculptures sold for scrap
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A8
Thirty stolen bronze sculptures are valued at $1 million - not by the scrap yards where most of them ended up. Police say three people arrested Monday in the thefts of the hefty artwork were after the raw materials rather than their artistic value. Bronze contains copper, which has skyrocketed in value from about 75 cents per pound in 2004 to more than $3 today.
NRA seeking owners of seized guns
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A6
The National Rifle Association has hired private investigators to find hundreds of people whose firearms were seized by city police in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, according to court papers filed this week.
Drop in home prices sets monthly record
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B11
U.S. home prices fell in October for the 10th consecutive month, posting their largest drop since early 1991, according to a key index released Wednesday.
Thank-you note
Lawrence volunteers deserve a huge thank you for their efforts at the holidays and all year round.
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A10
A strictly volunteer effort that provided Christmas dinner to about 900 people should give everyone a warm feeling about Lawrence. The Community Christmas Dinner group that fed hundreds of people at the First United Methodist Church Tuesday and delivered meals to those who couldn’t get out truly understands the spirit of the holiday.
Commentary: Colts should play it straight - to a point
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B2
The Colts aren’t as scary with Jim Sorgi at quarterback. I believe the Tennessee Titans, the Cleveland Browns and Colts coach Tony Dungy can agree on that.
Judge orders Farrakhan to appear in court
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A8
A federal judge has ordered Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan to appear in court to explain why payments to his son are not considered income.
Money-avoiders’ should face problems
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B11
In a nationwide survey conducted for Money magazine, 36 percent of respondents said they go to great lengths to avoid facing up to financial reality.
Bus crossroads
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A11
To the editor: It’s unfortunate Lawrence is still home to a vocal minority opposed to public transportation. Advanced public transit systems are an integral step towards building a community that is inclusive of all citizens, environmentally responsible, and forward-thinking. Travel to any great city in the world and you will find a signature public transit system.
T adds much
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A11
To the editor: Folks who portray the T as a form of welfare either don’t understand the reality of the bus system or spread this portrayal to persuade others that the T should not be supported.
Magazine buys into myths about Putin
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A10
So Time magazine is the latest to swoon at Vladimir Putin’s “steely confidence and strength,” his “chiseled facial features and those penetrating eyes.” The Russian president is a man of “contained power,” Time finds, whose gaze says: “I’m in charge.”
UT’s Brown, Erickson to meet for first time
Longtime friends, veteran coaches to battle in tonight’s Holiday Bowl
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B6
Mack Brown and Dennis Erickson have combined for 346 victories and three national championships. They’ve been friends for more than two decades and usually spend time together in the offseason on coaching junkets and at clinics.
Box seats for tailgating
Trailers feature many game-day amenities
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B11
Tailgating isn’t just for tailgates anymore. What used to be a simple pregame picnic lunch served out of the back of a pickup truck or station wagon has become a multibillion-dollar business that, to some fans, is more important than the game itself.
Kansas Lottery receives second application for Dodge City casino
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A5
A group of Kansas investors applied Wednesday for permission to operate a casino in Dodge City.
Getting grounded
Clean up after the holidays utilizing principles of feng shui
December 27, 2007 in print edition on C1
The holidays are almost over, and it’s time to put away all those shiny baubles. But if the thought of undecked halls gets you down, it’s time to rethink the de-decorating process. Taking down the tinsel can mean de-cluttering and freshening for the New Year if you incorporate some principles of feng shui (pronounced “fung shway”), the ancient Chinese art of creating a good energy flow, or chi, in the home.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A10
The Vietnam War Christmas cease-fire was about to end, but it had proved only moderately successful due to sporadic outbreaks of hostilities. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hall and son, Tim, 3, faced a grim new year after their mobile home was destroyed by fire.
Positive change
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A11
To the editor: It seems that Scrooge is lurking in Lawrence. A local business owner has shown a dearth of spirit, Christmas or otherwise, by deciding to “let go” a previously valued employee without explanation or notice. I’ve been assured that no theft, dishonesty, or other egregious behavior occurred and said employee leaves with an excellent recommendation from management.
Field goal as time expires lifts Purdue, 51-48
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B6
Chris Summers kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired in the Motor City Bowl, lifting Purdue to a 51-48 victory over Central Michigan on Wednesday night.
Woodling: Miami unkind to KU
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B1
Yes, I know Virginia Tech is favored over Kansas in the Orange Bowl. The Gobblers aren’t turkeys, and the combined record of the 11 teams KU defeated was a lackluster 50-80.
Doorknob market slowly closing in favor of levers
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A12
The doorknob’s days are numbered. You know this. You find your hand clenching a doorknob and twisting it less often. More often, you just push down on a lever, whether it’s a simple 5-inch bar or a brass handle curved with the elan of a dog’s tail.
KU community mourns prominent AIDS researcher
Doctor dies months before vaccine trials
December 27, 2007 in print edition on A4
Dr. Opendra “Bill” Narayan died from a heart attack on Christmas Eve, just months before human clinical trials were set to begin for a HIV/AIDS vaccine that he helped create.
Sutton returns to coaching
Former Oklahoma State coach resumes chase for 800 victories
December 27, 2007 in print edition on B2
Eddie Sutton acknowledges he’s selfish: He really wants 800 wins. He also would prefer to end his career on a positive note rather than amid controversy as he did at Oklahoma State.