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Archive for Sunday, December 30, 2007

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6:00 a.m.
Gordon Alloway, right, performed with the KU band during the 1969 Orange Bowl in Miami. On Jan. 3, 2008, his son, Stewart Alloway, left, will follow in his footsteps. Orange Bowl links generations
December 30, 2007 in print edition on 1A
The Kansas University football team may want to invest in keeping Gordon Alloway in school as long as it can. Alloway was an undergraduate at KU the last time the Jayhawks went to the Orange Bowl. He returned recently to pursue a master’s degree in journalism. In 1969, Alloway was part of the Marching Jayhawks and made the trek to Miami to play at the game. And now, 39 years later, not only is Gordon Alloway back at KU, but his son, Stewart, also is an enrolled Jayhawk.
2:00 p.m.
Joanne and Jim Cravens of Lawrence feel it's unfair to be charged extra by certain businesses and credit card companies that hold funds until transactions are complete. Their concern arose in mid-December when they were charged a $20 "hold" for buying $40 in gasoline. Holds sideswipe card users
December 30, 2007 in print edition on 1B
A few days before Christmas, Joanne Cravens got a holiday surprise that she’s not likely to soon forget. When her husband, James, pre-paid for $40 worth of gas at a local filling station, the Cravenses soon discovered that $60 had been charged to their account. “You go in there, you pay for your gas : you’ve got what you want,” she said. “They charge you more. I don’t get it.”
10:00 p.m.
No cure-all for New Year’s hangover
December 30, 2007 in print edition on 1B
If you’re not keen on starting 2008 with the throbbing headache and nausea that tend to accompany ringing in the new year, armchair physicians are aflutter with surefire remedies. “I’ve heard of mixing clam chowder and Tabasco sauce,” said Dominique Harris, 22, a bartender at Henry T’s Bar and Grill, 3520 W. Sixth St., as she described one stomach-churning solution.

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6Sports video: KU women wallop Terriers
December 30, 2007
This afternoon the Kansas women returned home after soaking up the sun for their last two match-ups in California. The Jayhawks welcomed the 7-5 Boston Lady Terriers to Allen Fieldhouse.
6Sports video: KU climbs past Yale, 86-53
December 30, 2007
It was time to get back to work for the Kansas men’s basketball team. Saturday the Hawks returned to the floor after their holiday layoff to square off against Ivy League opponent Yale.
6Sports video: Hawks sun selves, visit vets
December 30, 2007
It’s pretty good to be a member of the Kansas football team right now. Outside of preparation for Thursday’s Orange Bowl, the Jayhawks found time for a little fun in the sun and even paid a visit to a local veterans’ hospital.
6News video: Orange Bowl links KU, Va Tech tragedy
December 30, 2007
Thursday’s Orange Bowl forever links the University of Kansas with a difficult year at Virginia Tech. More than eight months after a shooter killed 32 people on the Blackburg, Va. campus, it’s the football team that is still working to heal Hokie Nation. 6Sports reporter DJ Whetter joins us from Blacksburg.
6News video: ‘Tipsy Taxi’ to ferry home New Year’s revelers
December 30, 2007
If you’re planning to go out and toast the New Year, there’s a way to make sure you get home safely.
6News video: Like father, like son for two Marching Jayhawks
December 30, 2007
Thirty-nine years ago, Gordon Alloway joined the Marching Jayhawks as they played in the Orange Bowl. Now as the Jayhawks football team prepares to play Virginia Tech on Thursday, his son carries the same tune as dad. 6News reporter Jonathan Kealing has more.
6News video: 2007 baby doing just fine
December 30, 2007
She was Lawrence’s first baby born in 2007. 6News reporter George Diepenbrock catches up with the Steinle family this holiday season as they prepare for Nora’s first birthday.
6Sports video: Talib to return punts
December 30, 2007
Yesterday afternoon head coach Mark Mangino confirmed that cornerback Aqib Talib will now have the responsibility of returning punts during the Orange Bowl.
6News video: ‘Tree-cycling’ available through mid-January
December 30, 2007
The city offers to recycle your Christmas tree — you just have to leave it on the curb.
Holmes brothers struggle in return
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C6
The cheer received by Nick and Caleb Holmes during the introduction of the starting lineup was the only real bright spot for the twins from Olathe, when their Yale basketball team faced Kansas University on Saturday.
Top 25 Roundup: Dayton smothers No. 6 Pitt
Memphis waxes Arizona; Winthrop knocks Miami from unbeaten ranks
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C4
It was a battle of streaks. Pittsburgh’s ended. Dayton’s didn’t. Brian Roberts scored 31 points, and Dayton upset No. 6 Pittsburgh, 80-55, on Saturday night, extending the Flyers’ winning streak to 10 and handing the Panthers their first loss of the season.
Commentary: Falcons’ trust in coach misplaced
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C2
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Keith Brooking and his son Logan watched television from the couch a few weeks ago when a news flash broke in. The news: Bobby Petrino, 13 games into his first season as head coach of the Falcons, had quit his job to take over the program at the University of Arkansas.
Burglary suspect robbed at gunpoint
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
A burglary suspect who gave a false home address to police after his arrest didn’t count on one thing - getting robbed himself.
Best-sellers
December 30, 2007 in print edition on D3
Fiction 1. “T is for Trespass,” by Sue Grafton (Putnam, $26.95).Nonfiction 1. “I Am America (And So Can You),” by Stephen Colbert, Richard Dahm, Paul Dinello and Allison Silverman (Grand Central, $26.99).
Holds sideswipe card users
Practice means more money is initially charged from accounts
December 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
A few days before Christmas, Joanne Cravens got a holiday surprise that she’s not likely to soon forget. When her husband, James, pre-paid for $40 worth of gas at a local filling station, the Cravenses soon discovered that $60 had been charged to their account. “You go in there, you pay for your gas : you’ve got what you want,” she said. “They charge you more. I don’t get it.”
KU women hope to avoid holiday hangover
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C3
Today’s Kansas University women’s basketball game against the Boston Terriers at Allen Fieldhouse features a pair of teams with different ideas about holiday time off. The last time the Jayhawks (9-2) took the court was Dec. 21, a loss at California, leaving a nine-day layoff between games.
Next U.S. president will face dangerous global situations
December 30, 2007 in print edition on B7
Once again, the cold, cruel outside world has intruded on the quiet of a holiday season. The assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto two days after Christmas brought a shocking end to a time of peaceful celebration and shattered any sense of easy optimism for the new year.
Warner Music caves to copy protection trend
December 30, 2007 in print edition on D6
Warner Music Group, a major holdout on selling music online without copy protection, caved in to the growing trend Thursday and agreed to sell its tunes on Amazon.com Inc.’s digital music store.
Kansas basketball notebook
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C7
Mario sets mark: Mario Chalmers, who scored 11 points, hit a three-pointer at the 8:32 mark of the first half to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career. He became KU’s 50th 1,000-point scorer and joined Brandon Rush as active Jayhawks in the 1,000-point club.
Longhorns drop 2nd straight
OU stuns No. 23 WVU; K-State explodes for 101
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C4
Wisconsin’s Michael Flowers had two options with time running out: pass to tie, shoot to win. Easy choice, really. With a Texas defender leaving him room to shoot, Flowers swished a long three-pointer with two seconds left to give the Badgers a one-point lead.
Patriots perfect
New England rallies past Giants, 38-35
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C8
With one mighty heave, Tom Brady and Randy Moss took care of the record books. Now it’s down to business for the unbeaten New England Patriots: stamping themselves as the greatest team in NFL history.
Defaults rise for pay-option adjustable-rate mortgages
December 30, 2007 in print edition on E1
Thought the mortgage meltdown was just a subprime affair? Think again. There’s another time bomb waiting to explode, experts say: risky loans made to people with good credit.
Horoscopes
December 30, 2007 in print edition on D5
You break barriers this year. Your strength and leadership capacities toss you into the limelight. You are in a position to make your dreams realities. You start a new luck cycle in 2008. Be ready to greet a brand-new world, situation or relationship. You choose, and you are likely to have that wish become a reality.
People in the news
December 30, 2007 in print edition on D5
¢ Manson, Von Teese back on the singles market¢ Brandy won’t be charged in deadly crash¢ Robin Wright Penn files for divorce from Sean
Studios say writers’ losses now exceed amount sought
December 30, 2007 in print edition on D5
Hollywood studios said Friday that striking writers have now lost more in salary and benefits than they had hoped to gain by walking off the job. In the message posted on its Web site and YouTube, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers claimed losses by writers in the eight-week strike have exceeded $151 million.
Hong Kong told to wait 10 years to elect leader
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A9
Hong Kong must wait another 10 years to directly elect its own leader, China said Saturday, drawing protests from hundreds in the former British colony who said they were being cheated of the right to vote.
Fukuda given warm reception in China
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A9
Beijing gave Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda the red-carpet treatment for his first visit to China as the head of government, though Japan and China left for discussion next year practical tasks such as gas field development and cooperation at the Group of Eight summit meeting in July.
Bankruptcies
December 30, 2007 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection for the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
Alleged bin Laden tape issues warning on Iraq, Israel
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A9
Osama bin Laden warned Iraq’s Sunni Arabs against fighting al-Qaida and vowed to expand the terror group’s holy war to Israel in a new audiotape Saturday, threatening “blood for blood, destruction for destruction.”
MSU wakes up just in time
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C10
Wesley Carroll, Mississippi State’s freshman quarterback, had endured a miserable evening throwing the football. But he still had the savvy to make a critical suggestion on the sideline, in the fourth quarter of the 49th annual Liberty Bowl on Saturday evening.
Haskell hoops drops a pair
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kortney Smith had 21 points, and Whitney Warrior and Justina George scored 16 apiece, but Haskell Indian Nations University fell to Briar Cliff, 91-84, on Saturday.
Wake weak no more
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C10
Put to rest those derogatory nicknames for Wake Forest. There’s nothing weak about the Demon Deacons under coach Jim Grobe.
Penn St. takes Alamo
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C10
Joe Paterno’s 500th game as Penn State coach ended the way most have: with JoePa on top.
Tulsa viewers can watch OSU
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C2
Tulsa-area television viewers without access to the NFL Network will be able to watch the Insight Bowl after all.
No. 24 Cowgirls end nonleague slate on high note
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C5
Andrea Riley scored 20 points, and No. 24 Oklahoma State wrapped up its nonconference schedule with an 85-39 victory against Texas Southern Saturday night.
Edwards unsure of reception when Chiefs visit Jets today
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C8
Herm Edwards is unsure whether to expect cheers or boos in his return to Giants Stadium.
McFadden expects to play
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C2
Arkansas star Darren McFadden said Saturday he fully expects to play in the Cotton Bowl after a television report raised questions about his eligibility. Arkansas television station KARK has since backed off the report, apologizing to McFadden and his family.
Proposal deadline for casino passes
December 30, 2007 in print edition on B3
The future of a Sumner County casino will now begin to take shape. The deadline for companies wanting to build a casino in the county passed Friday with the Kansas Lottery receiving no new proposals.
Missing’ woman sorry for expensive search
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
Anu Solanki wanted out of her marriage, so the 24-year-old met a male friend at a forest preserve on Christmas Eve, jumped into his car and fled for what she hoped would be a new life in Southern California.
UCLA names Neuheisel
Bruins give ex-Colorado coach five-year deal
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C2
Rick Neuheisel is returning to college coaching at the school where he first found fame and success.
Angry customer opens fire, kills 1 at Hooters
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
A customer who was upset over his tab fired several shots into a Hooters restaurant Saturday, killing one person and seriously wounding a manager, police said.
Fake essay wins girl Hannah Montana tickets
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
An essay that won a 6-year-old girl four tickets to a Hannah Montana concert began with the powerful line: “My daddy died this year in Iraq.”
Thai House to reopen Friday on 23rd Street
December 30, 2007 in print edition on E1
More than two months after closing its downtown restaurant, Thai House is set to reopen Friday on 23rd Street, with an updated menu and lower prices.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 30, 1907: Ed Anderson bought out Elmer Myers’ restaurant Saturday. This is the third time he has purchased the business and twice he has made it a success. It is probable that Ed Anderson has made more money out of the restaurant business than any other man who has ever been in that field in Lawrence.”
Poet’s showcase
Deer Season’ by Denise Low
December 30, 2007 in print edition on D3
‘Deer Season’ by Denise Low
Landscape architect earns accreditation
December 30, 2007 in print edition on E1
Wendy VanDuyne, an associate landscape architect with Bartlett & West, Lawrence, recently was accredited through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.
NBA Roundup
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C8
Scores from around the league.
Dave Barry’s year in review
Astronauts, Alberto Gonzales, American politics part of 2008’s perfect storm
December 30, 2007 in print edition on D1
It was a year that strode boldly into the stall of human events and took a wide stance astride the porcelain bowl of history. It was year in which roughly 17,000 leading presidential contenders, plus, of course, Dennis Kucinich, held roughly 63,000 debates, during which they spewed out roughly 153 trillion words; and yet the only truly memorable phrase emitted in any political context was “Don’t tase me, bro!”
Orange Bowl links generations
Father, son march in KU’s band 39 years apart
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
The Kansas University football team may want to invest in keeping Gordon Alloway in school as long as it can. Alloway was an undergraduate at KU the last time the Jayhawks went to the Orange Bowl. He returned recently to pursue a master’s degree in journalism. In 1969, Alloway was part of the Marching Jayhawks and made the trek to Miami to play at the game. And now, 39 years later, not only is Gordon Alloway back at KU, but his son, Stewart, also is an enrolled Jayhawk.
Police say stolen GPS led them to arrest
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Police arrested a man on suspicion of stealing a GPS receiver after the device apparently gave him away.
Corrupt construction cited in building collapse
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
Shoddy materials, illegal construction and a culture of corruption were blamed Saturday for the deaths of more than three dozen people buried when a 12-story apartment building crumbled to the ground.
Rosies’ still riveting at national park
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A7
Fog drifts over the old shipyard, casting a veil over the shoulders of empty factories where thousands of women once thronged, welding and hammering and typing and filing as they put a lipsticked smile on the face of the war at home.
4 killed, 2 hurt in ‘mud-bogging’ SUV
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
A sport utility vehicle speeding down a muddy road slammed into trees and exploded, killing four people, including two children, and injuring two others, authorities said.
Baby mammoth carcass arrives in Japan for study
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
The frozen carcass of a 37,000-year-old baby mammoth unearthed this summer in Siberia arrived in Japan on Saturday for tests that researchers hope will shed new light on the internal structure of the ancient beasts, an official said.
Missouri turns around troubled teens with homelike settings
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A5
At age 9, Korey Davis came home from school with gang writing on his arm. At 10, he jacked his first car. At 13, he and some buddies got guns, used them to relieve a man of his Jeep, and later, while trying to outrun a police helicopter, smacked their hot wheels into a fire hydrant.
700 Christians flee to avoid attacks
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A9
Hundreds of Christians, fearing more clashes with Hindu nationalists, fled to government-run relief camps where authorities on Saturday were providing them with food, medicine and security.
Winter storms tax city and state road budgets
December 30, 2007 in print edition on B8
If this month’s almost constant stream of winter weather has been tough to drive through, it has been just as hard for transportation officials in urban areas trying to keep the icy roads safe.
On the record
December 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
A Leesburg, Fla., police officer reported the criminal use of a financial card to Lawrence police Thursday. That same day Lawrence police recovered 35 paint guns, valued at $3,500 from the 400 block of Perry Street.
Rich chocolate: Man finds ring in fudge
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
A woman whose diamond ring vanished while she was making fudge for a bake sale was despondent after scouring her home and finding no sign of it.
119 prisoners, including journalists, pardoned
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A9
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has pardoned 119 prisoners, including five journalists, his press service said on Saturday.
Tipsy Taxi ready to keep revelers safe
December 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
For people looking to wet their whistles in celebration on New Year’s Eve, Lawrence businesses are banding together to make sure 2008 starts off right. An alcohol counseling service, DCCCA Inc., is leading the charge with a program called Tipsy Taxi, which provides free and safe transportation for revelers who do not want to risk driving home.
Real-world politics enter virtual World of Warcraft
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
A New Year’s Day rally is brewing in Irvine by way of Azeroth. A group of Ron Paul supporters are using forums and a simple Web site to organize a march in the World of Warcraft computer game in support of the Republican presidential hopeful.
Keegan: Jackson most improved
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
Yale University’s basketball players all know how to spell the word dribble. And they know how to define it, including the meaning as it pertains to the sport of basketball. As for demonstrating that definition, well, doing so against a backcourt as talented and determined as Kansas University’s was way over their heads Saturday night inside Allen Fieldhouse.
Congresswoman: US should redeploy troops from Iraq
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
The United States should redeploy troops from Iraq, allowing the military to focus on terrorist threats in Pakistan and Afghanistan, New York Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand said Saturday.
3 dogs living sweet life on $800K inheritance
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Three Maryland canines are plenty rich enough to live high on the dog.
No cure-all for New Year’s hangover
December 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
If you’re not keen on starting 2008 with the throbbing headache and nausea that tend to accompany ringing in the new year, armchair physicians are aflutter with surefire remedies. “I’ve heard of mixing clam chowder and Tabasco sauce,” said Dominique Harris, 22, a bartender at Henry T’s Bar and Grill, 3520 W. Sixth St., as she described one stomach-churning solution.
Bush signs extension of health program
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
President Bush on Saturday signed legislation that extends a popular children’s health insurance program after twice beating back attempts to expand it.
Spears’ pregnancy offers mother a teachable moment
December 30, 2007 in print edition on B7
I didn’t have to figure out how to break the news of Jamie Lynn Spears’ pregnancy to my kids. Disconcertingly attuned to all celebrity news at ages 10 and 12, the girls broke it to me at the dinner table - along with an explanation of who, exactly, Jamie Lynn Spears is.
KU gets steal-happy
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C7
Legal stealing generally isn’t as easy as Kansas University made it look Saturday night in an 86-53 domination of Yale in Allen Fieldhouse. KU had 18 steals, including 11 from the starting backcourt of Russell Robinson and Mario Chalmers. On the season the guards average a combined 5.8 steals a game.
Petraeus: Al-Qaida fearful of Sunni tribal councils
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A9
The top U.S. commander in Iraq said Saturday al-Qaida was becoming increasingly fearful over losing the support of Sunni Arabs and had begun targeting the leaders of tribal councils who have switched allegiances in favor of America.
Violence erupts in frustration over wait for election results
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A9
Thousands of Kenyans enraged over delays in announcing the country’s next president burned down homes and attacked political rivals with sticks and machetes on Saturday, tainting a vote that initially was seen as a beacon of hope for democracy in Africa.
Hours and closings announced for holiday
December 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
Government offices and public services in Lawrence will be closed Tuesday in observance of New Year’s Day. They also will be closed in most area towns.
Pulling the plug on 2007
What was cool, not so cool in tech world
December 30, 2007 in print edition on E1
With the New Year upon us, our thoughts turn to bubbles and the year that was. To many observers, 2007 was a cork-popper on par with the last tech bubble, which had its influential and enduring byproducts - Google, foremost among them - and many more flashes that quickly faded. Kozmo.com ring a bell?
Governor will announce Lott’s replacement
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Gov. Haley Barbour on Monday will announce his appointment to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Trent Lott.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
At the request of Mayor Marci Francisco, the City Commission was to consider a plan she said could reduce local natural gas bills by 1 percent. Involved was the application of a franchise fee.
Barber kept Basehor looking good for 40 years
Dwight Runnels, who opened Runnels Barber Shop in 1961, died Dec. 10 at age 85
December 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
“I made some changes over the years, but it’s stayed pretty much the same,” Paul Runnels said, looking around his quaint 320-square-foot barber shop that has been a staple in Basehor for more than 40 years.
Random predictions for a campaign year
December 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
The long-awaited 2008 election year is finally upon us. Here are some of the things that might happen: January: Mike Huckabee and Barack Obama win the Iowa caucuses, but John McCain and Hillary Clinton win the New Hampshire primary. Mitt Romney wins in Michigan, but the GOP race is muddled as Huckabee wins South Carolina, Ron Paul takes Nevada and Rudy Giuliani wins Florida.
Obama transcends many categories
December 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
America’s foremost black intellectual has published a slender book about the most interesting presidential candidacy since 1980. Shelby Steele’s characteristically subtle argument is ultimately unconvincing because he fundamentally misreads Barack Obama. Nevertheless, so fecund is Steele’s mind, he illuminates the racial landscape that Obama might transform.
In-state tuition fight may head to high court
Controversial state law allows lower rate for some illegal immigrants
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
The fight over in-state tuition in Kansas for the children of some illegal immigrants may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Kris Kobach, an attorney representing the Federation for American Immigration Reform, said the plaintiffs are planning to ask the Supreme Court to rule on the question of whether they have the legal standing to challenge the law.
Gray area
If Kansas laws allow Last Call to operate as a “bring your own bottle” establishment, state legislators need to get to work.
December 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
Almost since the state’s founding, Kansas has had a tricky relationship with alcohol consumption. If, however, gray areas in state law have left room for a drinking establishment that has lost its liquor license to then switch its operation to a “bring your own bottle” venue, the Kansas Legislature needs to tighten up the law.
Nothing to atone for
Novelist and screenwriter swap reactions to movie adaptation of popular ‘Atonement’
December 30, 2007 in print edition on D3
Ian McEwan’s “Atonement” is one of the more celebrated novels of the decade, and one that doesn’t clearly call out for an adaptation to the screen. Looked at one way, it’s a sumptuous period drama, a doomed romance or a harrowing war novel. But from another angle it’s a cerebral meditation on the nature of storytelling and complicity, which is hard to translate into a visual language.
Violent year in Iraq ends with hopes of growing calm
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
Two statistics sum up the last year in Iraq: 2007 will end as the deadliest for American troops since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, with more than 900 dead. At the same time, December - with just 16 hostile-fire deaths as of Friday - very likely will be the month with the second fewest American deaths of the war so far.
Anything for a Vote’ reveals presidential tactics
December 30, 2007 in print edition on D3
For students of political history, up-and-coming politicians or anyone watching the current election manipulations, “Anything For A Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns” (Quirk Books, $16.95) will strike a chord.
Transcripts reveal chaos of tiger attack
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Police radio transcripts from the night of a deadly tiger attack revealed a chaotic scene at the San Francisco Zoo as zookeepers struggled to sedate the animal and medics refused to enter until they knew they would be safe.
Antique furniture can pose modern mystery
December 30, 2007 in print edition on D8
Sometimes furniture from another era is a mystery. Would you know how to use a 4-foot-high rectangular wooden box with inlay and carvings and a door in the front that flips down? Not unless you are still using a coal stove for heat and keep the extra coal in the box. Would you realize that a small table with a chair attached at the side could be a telephone table, popular in the 1930s?
Robinson’s steals help KU whale on Yale
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
Bill Self motioned for his point guard to come over to the bench area with 6:13 to play in Kansas University’s 86-53 rout of Yale on Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse. No strategy was discussed between KU’s coach and coach-on-the-floor Russell Robinson this time - not with the Jayhawks leading by 34 points.
Homemade Maple-Sage Breakfast Sausage
December 30, 2007 in print edition on D1
This brunch recipe from the Chicago Tribune would make a cozy meal for guests on New Year’s Day.
Pakistan doesn’t want outside investigation into attack
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
Pakistan rejected an outside investigation into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto on Saturday, despite controversy over the circumstances of her death and three days of paralyzing turmoil.
Kind readers submit solutions for Boomer Girl’s unique afflictions
December 30, 2007 in print edition on D1
The year’s end is a time for many columnists to review and reflect on stories they told over the past 12 months. Not this chick. I have gift cards I’ve forgotten to use since 2004. How the heck am I supposed to recall what I wrote back in April?
Shoring up a weakness
All-American Talib to return punts, too
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s football team has been praised all season long for being across-the-board solid, one reason it’s 11-1 and playing in the Orange Bowl on Thursday. But pulling up the caboose has been punt returns, a facet of the Jayhawks’ game that has been scary at best and terrible at worst. For Thursday’s game against Virginia Tech, KU coach Mark Mangino is pulling out his best weapon in the team’s most important game yet: All-America cornerback Aqib Talib.
Bobcat recovering after being hit by a car
December 30, 2007 in print edition on B3
A 4-month-old bobcat rested inside a metal pen after eating her lunch. She got on all fours, but the head injury she sustained after being hit by a car in the early-morning hours of Dec. 19 near Lansing made her wobble around as she tried to balance herself.
Suspected anthrax in sick camel kills 8
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A9
Eight Afghans who ate an infected camel as part of a religious celebration died of what health experts suspect is a rare case of naturally occurring anthrax, officials said Saturday.
Shopper crying Wii, Wii, Wii all the way home
December 30, 2007 in print edition on D4
Ooops - I did it again! After vowing I would nevermore be held hostage by toy manufacturers advertising something they couldn’t deliver, I found myself searching for the elusive Wii to put under the tree for husband Ray. Had I decided to buy it before Thanksgiving, I might have had a chance to find it, but it wasn’t until Turkey Day at our home that grandson Gabe brought his Wii and we all had a great time pseudo-bowling.
Ryan Wood’s KU Football Notebook
December 30, 2007 in print edition on C3
It sounds strange in late December, but Kansas University’s football support staff is making sure that the 104 players practicing this week are staying hydrated in the muggy weather. “It’s hot,” cornerback Aqib Talib said after Saturday’s practice at Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla. “It’s like two-a-days.”
KCK priest dies after 63 years at the altar
Conservative monsignor had served under seven popes
December 30, 2007 in print edition on B5
A Catholic priest here died Christmas Day after leading his church for 63 years, ending what may have been the longest active tenure at a U.S. parish.
Climate changes expected to transform California
December 30, 2007 in print edition on A6
California is defined by its scenery, from the mountains that enchanted John Muir to the wine country and beaches that define its culture around the world.
Chaos threatens after Bhutto’s death
December 30, 2007 in print edition on B7
Benazir Bhutto’s assassination might mean prolonged turmoil for Pakistan - and an emboldened Islamic militancy that already has a strong foothold in the country. The only way to prevent chaos is if President Pervez Musharraf and Bhutto’s bitter rivals publicly join hands and form a strong coalition.