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Archive for Monday, December 31, 2007

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6:00 a.m.
The Kansas University football team flocks to its fans after a 43-28 victory against Oklahoma State. The Jayhawks beat the Cowboys Nov. 10 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. The KU football team's dramatic success in 2007 has been named the top local story of 2007 by the Journal-World and 6News staff. Top local stories of 2007
December 31, 2007 in print edition on 1A
The Kansas Jayhawks’ stellar football season tops this list of top stories from 2007, as voted on by the Journal-World and 6News staff.
1:00 p.m.
Thirty-two engraved Hokie Stones sit in front of Burruss Hall on the campus of Virginia Tech - one stone for each of the victims in Seung-Hui Cho's April 16th school shooting. Football helps Hokies heal
December 31, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Reminders of April 16 are everywhere. Especially at football practice. A black flag with an orange and maroon ribbon flies from a camera stand above the Virginia Tech practice fields. A similar patch is stitched to each jersey.
4:00 p.m.
Nora Steinle, here with her mother, Dee, was the first baby in Lawrence born in 2007. Nora's introduction to the world wasn't easy; she was rushed to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., because of oxygen deprivation. But now, Nora is a thriving toddler. 2007 baby healthy after initial scare
December 31, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Dee and Michael Steinle stayed optimistic and calm in the hours after their daughter, Nora, was born shortly after midnight Jan. 1, 2007. But it wasn’t easy.
10:00 p.m.
Kansas fans, from left, Laura Boddington, Topeka, KU freshman Chance Riley, junior Tim Burgess and sophomore Stewart Bell, all of Lawrence, check an atlas before leaving Sunday to watch the Jayhawks in the Orange Bowl in Miami. KU fans hit the road
December 31, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Kansas University junior Tim Burgess hasn’t missed a football game this season and he isn’t about to let 1,503 miles keep him from attending the last one - Thursday’s game in Miami.

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6News video: Kane misdemeanor charge dismissed
December 31, 2007
A judge agreed to dismiss a misdemeanor charge against a former Lawrence teacher convicted of having sex with a student. The dismissal will not affect the five-year prison sentence 24-year-old Meredith Kane received.
6Sports video: What is a Hokie?
December 31, 2007
The Kansas football team is set to play Va Tech Thursday in the Orange Bowl. With the Miami showdown just three days away, it’s time to make sure you know the foe.
6News video: KidCast
December 31, 2007
Tonight’s KidCast is brought to you by Samantha Dunham.
6News video: Former players hope third time’s a charm
December 31, 2007
For KU and the Orange Bowl, the trend has been close, but no cigar. The football team has gone to Miami twice, in 1948 and 1969. Both times, they left without a victory. Members of those teams hope the third time’s a charm in 2008.
6Sports video: Darnell wows with ‘The Play’
December 31, 2007
The who? Kansas senior forward Darnell Jackson. The what? The beginning of the second half on Saturday night against Yale. There where? Allen Fieldhouse. The why? Simply because he can.
6Sports video: McCray is back
December 31, 2007
After missing her last three games to a stress reaction in her left leg, last night the Jayhawks’ Danielle McCray returned to the floor.
6News video: Top 10 local stories of 2007
December 31, 2007
On the eve of 2008 we want to take a look back at some of the key events in the Lawrence area that made headlines in 2007. 6News director Cody Howard leads us on a stroll down memory lane with the top 10 stories of the year.
6Sports video: Hawks to work on free throws for new year
December 31, 2007
When you’re undefeated, have won 27 of your last 28 games and have almost concluded your non-conference schedule, there are very few things worth changing when it comes to your New Year’s resolution. But if you want to get picky, how about the Jayhawks’ free throw shooting?
6News video: ‘Tipsy Taxi’ in service for holiday
December 31, 2007
Lawrence residents can celebrate the New Year with a free and safe ride home tonight.
6News video: Police investigating armed robberies
December 31, 2007
Lawrence police are investigating armed robberies at two Lawrence liquor stores tonight. The first happened just before eight at Hird Liquor near 6th and Kasold. The second occurred less than an hour later at Glass House Liquor near 23rd and Wakarusa.
KU fans hit the road
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
Kansas University junior Tim Burgess hasn’t missed a football game this season and he isn’t about to let 1,503 miles keep him from attending the last one - Thursday’s game in Miami.
6News Now: Tipsy Taxi available to ensure safe trip home
December 31, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Journal-World, if you are planning to go out and toast the new year in Lawrence, there’s a way you can make sure you get home safely. Plus, we’ll recap the top 10 stories of 2007.
Douglas County property values increasing only slightly
December 31, 2007
Local real estate market mirroring the nation’s, county appraiser says.
Doctors urged to discuss death
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A4
An Omaha researcher suggests more doctors need to talk to patients about plans for end-of-life care, although his recent study shows little direct evidence that planning ahead helps to prolong life.
Rain saves Atlanta from arid record
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A10
Rain fell in the city for a fourth consecutive day Sunday, assuring that 2007 would not go down as the driest year on record for the drought-stricken Atlanta area.
Horoscopes
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B10
You might hit a roadblock or two, but don’t worry: You will stay ahead of the game this year. Your sense of responsibility tosses you into the limelight. If you are single, you’ll discover that someone very important has entered your life. If you are attached, a newfound optimism infuses your relationship, making it even happier.
Professional surveillance
More firms using analysts to gather data on rivals
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B11
Kurt Neubauer doesn’t wear disguises or sift through a company’s trash hunting for secret information. But he is involved in corporate espionage. Rather than calling himself a spy, however, Neubauer’s job title is competitive intelligence analyst.
Thompson hoping Iowa will come to rescue
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A11
Presidential hopeful Fred Thompson has been a huge disappointment. Conservative South Carolina Republicans had hoped the former U.S. senator from Tennessee would snatch the nomination away from the more progressive wing of the GOP.
Filmmaker joins mission for release of rebel-held hostages
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A10
With its fearsome record of kidnapping and violence, Colombia’s largest guerrilla army might seem a nightmare group to encounter. But not to Oliver Stone. The American filmmaker is jumping at a chance to meet with a group the U.S. classifies as a terrorist organization.
Ryan Wood’s Orange Bowl notebook
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kansas University linebacker Joe Mortensen said his right knee is feeling better than it did last month, when he played through pain to close out the Jayhawks’ regular season.
Virginia Tech massacre tops news stories from nation, world in 2007
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A2
The massacre of 32 people at Virginia Tech by a mentally disturbed student gunman was chosen the top story of 2007 by U.S. editors and news directors in The Associated Press’ annual vote.
Readers pick their top stories
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A6
The Jayhawks’ record-breaking football season topped the list of Journal-World readers’ 2007 top stories, while former Lawrence High teacher Meredith Kane’s guilty plea was the most viewed story of the year.
Morrison and Kline big names of year
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A1
Political enemies Paul Morrison and Phill Kline top the Journal-World’s list of Kansas newsmakers for 2007. Morrison, a Republican turned Democrat, defeated Kline, an anti-abortion Republican, for the attorney general’s job in a bitter campaign in 2006. But Kline was picked by Republican officials to fill out Morrison’s term as Johnson County district attorney.
A look ahead at the playoffs
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B4
A look at the AFC and NFC playoffs
The small-steps plan: how to lose weight without the gym
December 31, 2007 in print edition on C2
Go ahead, join an expensive gym. Set the alarm clock an hour early and pledge to spring gleefully out of bed and into your running shoes six days a week. Resolve to lose 3 pounds a week until you can count your ribs.
Declaration of president ignites further violence
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A10
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki won a second term Sunday amid allegations that the government stole the vote, sparking deadly riots that lit up the night sky as enraged youths torched homes and shouted “Kibaki must go!”
Top online content for 2007
December 31, 2007
The year’s top podcasts, blog entries, videos, photos and stories
Top local stories of 2007
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A1
The Kansas Jayhawks’ stellar football season tops this list of top stories from 2007, as voted on by the Journal-World and 6News staff.
Giving birth becomes latest job outsourced to India
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A12
Every night in this quiet western Indian city, 15 pregnant women prepare for sleep in the spacious house they share, ascending the stairs in a procession of ballooned bellies, to bedrooms that become a landscape of soft hills.
2007 offerings more dull than dynamic
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B10
Let us not drain the dirty bathwater of 2007 without a glance back at the year’s worst and best television. This being television, the worst outnumber the best by a 3-1 margin. But even this unholy trinity of programming stinkers has some interesting qualities. Each reflects the biggest mystery of network television: What do men want? What do guys talk about? And how do they think? And they are: “Big Shots,” “Cavemen” and “Viva Laughlin.”
Discover what makes you unique
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B11
J.T. and Dale Talk Jobs
New Year’s Eve ball goes green on 100th anniversary
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B10
The Times Square New Year’s Eve ball is celebrating its centennial by going green. The star of the world-famous holiday extravaganza was revamped this year with 9,576 energy-efficient bulbs that use about the same amount of electricity as 10 toasters.
National Treasure’ keeps getting richer
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B10
Fortune-seeker Nicolas Cage, lonely guy Will Smith and a pack of talking chipmunks ended Hollywood’s year on a happy note.
Helicopter crashes on search for hunter
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A10
A helicopter conducting an aerial search for a missing hunter crashed in thick woods early Sunday, killing all three people on board moments after they had found the man.
Hours and closings announced for holiday
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A4
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.
Author argues that Bell stole phone idea
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B11
A new book claims to have definitive evidence of a long-suspected technological crime - that Alexander Graham Bell stole ideas for the telephone from a rival, Elisha Gray.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B3
Future KU power forward Quintrell Thomas of St. Patrick High in Elizabeth, N.J., scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Celtics’ 66-60 loss to Houston Yates on Saturday. The game, played in Houston, was shown on ESPNU.
OU’s Paris keeps streak alive
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B7
Courtney Paris kept her double-double streak alive to help No. 9 Oklahoma rout South Carolina, 95-63, on Sunday.
Trucker, VWs plunge into San Diego Bay
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A10
A trucker hauling a load of Volkswagen cars drove his cab and several cars into San Diego Bay after blacking out at a marine terminal, authorities said.
Bhutto’s son and husband chosen to lead party into elections
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A1
Benazir Bhutto’s 19-year-old son - a student with no political experience - was named symbolic leader of her party Sunday, while her husband took effective control, extending Pakistan’s most enduring political dynasty.
Volunteers sought for variety of tasks
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A4
Meals on Wheels is in need of drivers to deliver meals to elderly and home-bound community members.
As Iowa caucuses near, McCain, Huckabee criticize Romney
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A2
Mike Huckabee says John McCain is a hero. McCain says Huckabee is a good man. And they both seem to agree on this: Mitt Romney is neither.
Russia launches navigation satellites
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B11
Russia has launched three satellites to extend its version of the U.S. Global Positioning System to the entire Russian territory.
China ties
Kansas University is making significant new connections in China.
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A11
The world is becoming ever smaller, which is why it is welcome news that Kansas University is forging important new relationships with higher education in China.
Emotions run high as OSU, Indiana gear for Insight
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B6
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has a theory about bowls. He’s noticed the team that wants to be there the most often wins the game.
Bama holds off Colorado in Independence
Crimson Tide snaps four-game skid with 30-24 victory over Buffaloes
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B6
Alabama found enough offense Sunday night to win the Independence Bowl, but stumbled so much that even its star quarterback acknowledges the Crimson Tide isn’t rolling just yet.
Commentary: Luck, savvy combined perfectly for Pats
But do they measure up to ‘85 Bears and the 49ers’ dynasty? Not just yet
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B2
As the New England Patriots blew out teams by scores like 52-7 and 56-10, the feeling was Bill Belichick was running it up because of the folks who suggested New England won three Super Bowls because it cheated.
2007’s Best of music
Topping the charts no simple matter
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A1
With the hundreds of albums released this year, finding 10 that rose to the top was surprisingly difficult - few were special enough to merit repeat listens, let alone remain in your brain long after the CD stops playing. Here are the rare records that deserve a permanent place on your playlists in 2007:
KU women tweak plans to watch Orange Bowl
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B7
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team will leave for its Jan. 4 game with Xavier in Cincinnati a day early. The departure gives the team a night at its hotel to watch the Jayhawk football team take on Virginia Tech Jan 3. in the Orange Bowl.
Orangutan believed world’s oldest dies
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A10
A 55-year-old Sumatran orangutan, believed to be the world’s oldest, has died at the Miami zoo.
UCLA coach busy already
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B2
Rick Neuheisel, still enjoying that new-car smell as UCLA’s football coach, wasted little time in taking the job for a test drive.
Football helps Hokies heal
April’s tragedy leaves indelible mark
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
Reminders of April 16 are everywhere. Especially at football practice. A black flag with an orange and maroon ribbon flies from a camera stand above the Virginia Tech practice fields. A similar patch is stitched to each jersey.
Sharing the love
Virginia Tech making two-QB system work
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
Sean Glennon was the Virginia Tech football team’s quarterback for all 13 games in 2006 and figured heading into ‘07 that it once again would be his job. Not his job to lose. His job, period.
Self’s wish: better free-throw shooting for KU
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
Bill Self has one wish for his Kansas University Jayhawks as they enter 2008. “My new year’s resolution for the team would be, ‘Stay hungry,”’ Self, KU’s fifth-year basketball coach, said after an 86-53 rout of Yale on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Research: Information overload proves costly
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B11
Think twice before you copy someone on an e-mail or hit “reply all.” Such practices have made today’s workers less productive, a research firm concludes.
Kansas women rip Terriers
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
After the first eight minutes of the second half, Kansas University’s Taylor McIntosh had seen enough. In that span, Boston University’s leading scorer and Kansas City, Mo., native, Jesyka Burks-Wiley, ripped off 14 points.
Hooligans’ banned from G-8 summit
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A2
The Justice Ministry has begun preparations to put into force a hooligan provision of the immigration law to prevent anti-globalization activists from entering the country to protest the Group of Eight summit meeting to be held in Hokkaido in July.
Browns out despite 10th win
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B4
As their turnaround season ended inside a dome hundreds of miles away, the Cleveland Browns could only watch - and wonder.
Chiefs close with OT loss
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B3
Mike Nugent was already hugging Ben Graham, thinking he had just won the game for the New York Jets. He didn’t see the yellow penalty flag sitting on the wet turf a few yards away.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A11
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 31, 1907: “We swing into the new year hoping for all the best for all of our citizens and hoping that 1908 will be as good a year for business as was 1907. Many local merchants term ‘07 the best year they have had.
Carolina clubs Valpo
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B7
Danny Green has made coming off the bench something of a show for top-ranked North Carolina this season.
Year has passed since Saddam’s execution
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A2
Hundreds of people, including many children, chanted slogans praising Saddam Hussein on Sunday as they tossed flowers onto his tomb one year after he was executed.
Money Tip: Car-rental insurance
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B11
If you’re confused about the level of insurance coverage you need when renting a car, take the time to review these tips from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners:
Kansas on track for lowest traffic fatality rate since 1950s
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B12
Kansas in 2007 is on pace to record less than a traffic fatality a day for the first time since the 1950s, the state Department of Transportation said.
How to head off a New Year’s hangover
December 31, 2007 in print edition on C1
Partying this New Year’s Eve? Here are some tips on how to reduce your chances of getting a hangover, or to ease the symptoms after you get one:
Peace with Israel called possibility
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A2
Syria’s president is ready for peace with Israel, Sen. Arlen Specter said Sunday after talks with the leader.
Resolving not to resolve at all
Has Lawrence given up on the practice of New Year’s resolutions?
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
How hard could it be? Go into a crowded grocery store and ask four people a simple question: “Do you take your New Year’s resolutions seriously?”
On the record
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A4
Marriage Licenses issued
Most e-mailed stories of 2007
December 31, 2007
Here is the Journal-World’s list of the year’s top 30 most e-mailed stories.
It’s a good time for new political approach
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A11
It’s only hours until 2008. For months now, that date has symbolized choice and change. National elections come only once every four years, and elections like this one, with no presidential incumbent nor presumptive nominee, are very rare. We’ve had only three in the past century.
Elements await NHL teams
Frigid conditions expected at Winter Classic
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B2
Playing outdoor hockey is becoming old hat for Ryan Miller. Maybe this time it’ll be “new tuque.” Pulling a page from the Jose Theodore playbook, the Buffalo Sabres goalie is considering wearing a tuque - a knitted ski cap - on top of his mask during the Winter Classic on Tuesday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Keegan: Ex-KU catcher on rise
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
Rob Thomson, a catcher in the early ‘80s for Kansas University and a member of the New York Yankees’ organization for 19 years now, recently was promoted to serve as new manager Joe Girardi’s bench coach.
Tigers not sleeping in this year
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B6
Last Jan. 1, Missouri players were on their couches gorging on the action and recovering from a last-second Sun Bowl loss a few days earlier. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon recalls spending the day channel-surfing at a friend’s house in Jasper, Texas. He also recalls oversleeping the early-starting Cotton Bowl, set for 10:40 a.m.
Perfect Pats: We’re 0-0 now
December 31, 2007 in print edition on B5
Now what? What’s next for the Patriots now that the preliminaries, as perfect as they were, are over?
2007 baby healthy after initial scare
December 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
Dee and Michael Steinle stayed optimistic and calm in the hours after their daughter, Nora, was born shortly after midnight Jan. 1, 2007. But it wasn’t easy.
Make wellness your own cup of tea
December 31, 2007 in print edition on C1
Overindulgence during the holiday season results in many people resolving to take better care of their health in the New Year. Diet books will be pulled from shelves and dusted off as folks resolve to expel excess body fat and toxins, and gyms all over the country will see a big increase in memberships. It’s also an opportunity to consider adding tea to your chosen regime.