Archive for Sunday, November 25, 2007

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KU vs. Arizona Smart Phones Past Gingerbread Festival entries Forever Plaid
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Polls
What most accurately describes your state of mind about KU football?

Poll results

Response Percent
A little bit of both
 
60%
Happiness at the 11-1 regular season
 
26%
Disappointment at losing to Mizzou
 
13%
Total 410
With KU's loss to Missouri ending its regular season, which bowl do you think the 11-1 Jayhawks will wind up in?

Poll results

Response Percent
Fiesta Bowl
 
54%
Cotton Bowl
 
21%
Orange Bowl
 
10%
Holiday Bowl
 
5%
Elsewhere
 
3%
Sugar Bowl
 
3%
Gator Bowl
 
1%
Total 6104
A man eating Thanksgiving dinner with his extended family insults his wife for telling jokes. She's obviously hurt and embarrassed. Which response from her husband would experts say most closely resembles a good apology?

Poll results

Response Percent
C: “I’m sorry I criticized you for telling jokes at dinner. I was out of line to act like it was my job to monitor your behavior. I’ll be conscious of that tendency and do my best to avoid it in the future.”
 
67%
A: “I’m sorry you were so upset by my comment at dinner.”
 
14%
D: “I’m sorry I criticized you for telling jokes at dinner. It’s just that my mom didn’t understand them and I didn’t want her to feel stupid.”
 
14%
B. “Geez. Sorry.” (delivered in a sarcastic tone with an eye roll)
 
3%
Total 128
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Kansas University sophomore Emily Carlson, of Minneapolis, Minn., center, holds her head in disbelief as KU falls behind in the Border War on Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Freshman Jon Nehring, of LeRoy, left, and other KU fans shared Carlson's pain as the 11-1 Jayhawks lost their first game of the season to Missouri, 36-28. Keegan: Arrowhead aside, MU simply better
November 25, 2007 in print edition on 1C
We’ll never know which team would have won the 116th rendition of the Border War had it been played in Memorial Stadium, home field of Kansas University, 36-28 loser Saturday night to Missouri at sold-out Arrowhead Stadium. This much we do know: The more deserving team advanced to the Big 12 title game and kept its national-title hopes alive.
1:00 p.m.
Are flowers an easy out when it's time to say you're sorry? Steve Ilardi, associate professor of psychology at Kansas University, says the best apologies very often come with more than words. The S word
November 25, 2007 in print edition on 1D
The holidays can be stressful. Relatives get together, expectations of gaiety run high, and - almost invariably - words are spoken or events transpire that hurt someone. An apology is in order, but issuing one that’s meaningful can be tricky.
6:50 p.m.
Brandon Rush and the Jayhawks take on Eastern Washington tonight in Allen Fieldhouse. Rush and Arthur key Jayhawks in overtime thriller as KU escapes Arizona, 76-72
November 25, 2007
Jawan McClellan missed a three on the other end, and then Arizona was relegated to simply fouling KU. Russell Robinson headed to the line after a foul at midcourt. Robinson hit both to end it. Chase Budinger led all scorers with 27 points, but they were rendered meaningless with KU pulling it out in overtime, 76-72. Darrell Arthur scored four huge points for KU in overtime and led the Jayhawks with 20. Brandon Rush, who played a season-high 36 minutes, scored 17, including a pair of huge game-clinching dunks in the extra stanza. KU was outrebounded 38-29, but Arizona turned the ball over 25 times, giving KU multiple chances to win it in heart attack fashion. KU will play Wednesday against a Rex Walters-coached Florida Atlantic team before hitting the road for the first time to play at Southern Cal next Sunday.
10:00 p.m.
Kansas University sophomore Felix Zacharias, a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, was stationed in Fallujah, Iraq, last spring when he had to maneuver around a 15-foot crater caused by a suicide bombing the day before. Vets suffer with mental aftershocks of war
November 26, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Potholes that dot Lawrence streets are just one of many reminders of combat in Iraq, said Felix Zacharias, a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. The Kansas University sophomore from Wichita is used to swerving from potholes to save his life. He recalled maneuvering his vehicle around a 15-foot-crater one day last spring in Fallujah, Iraq. The hole was created by a suicide truck that exploded the day before.

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Extra Minutes: Kansas 76, Arizona 72 (OT)
November 25, 2007
Tying up loose ends from KU’s overtime thriller against Arizona, in which Brandon Rush sparked KU with 17 points and eight rebounds while playing an unexpected 36 minutes.
6News video: Broken dreams
November 25, 2007
The dream of a perfect season and BCS championship was scratched out by the border rival Missouri Tigers. 6Sports reporter Andrew Baker joins us live from the Newscenter with more from the Border Showdown.
6News video: Holiday shopping a huge temptation
November 25, 2007
The holiday shopping season is officially underway. As BoomerGirl.com managing editor Cathy Hamilton reports, that means some boomer-aged women could be tempted to spend more than they can afford.
6Sports video: Pack the House to help LHS coach
November 25, 2007
Lawrence High School will host its 14th annual Pack the House event tomorrow night. Money raised will be donated to Coach Devon and his family to help alleviate his medical expenses.
6Sports video: Hawks survive OT scare, 76-72
November 25, 2007
Amidst all the Border Showdown hype, the Kansas basketball team was at home tonight with the always dangerous Arizona Wildcats.
6Sports video: Beaten but still in top 5
November 25, 2007
The new BCS standings were released, and the Jayhawks are still in BCS bowl contention, but first: how the unbeaten season slipped away last night at Arrowhead.
6News video: Police investigate armed robbery
November 25, 2007
Lawrence police say a man entered Hird Retail Liquor near 6th St. and Kasold around 5:40 Saturday night.
6News video: Humane Society raises money with Santa Paws
November 25, 2007
Lawrence residents brought their furry friends to the Lawrence Humane Society for the annual Santa Paws event.
6News video: Festival of Trees helps county children
November 25, 2007
Crews are setting up for The Shelter Inc.’s 21st annual Festival of Trees. The event opens to the public tomorrow and will be on display throughout the week.
6News video: Fans cheer on Hawks from Lawrence
November 25, 2007
KU fans flocked to various locations around Lawrence to grab a seat for the most anticipated game of the season. 6News reporter Crispin Lopez has more.
6News video: Crowds brave cold for ESPN’s Gameday
November 25, 2007
Hours before kickoff Saturday, ESPN made Arrowhead Stadium the perfect scene for the perfect big game preview.
6News video: 1 in 5 young people uninsured
November 25, 2007
A state agency believes it has found a way to cover the largest uninsured segment of the population: the 19- to 25-year-old crowd.
Rush and Arthur key Jayhawks in overtime thriller as KU escapes Arizona, 76-72
November 25, 2007
Jawan McClellan missed a three on the other end, and then Arizona was relegated to simply fouling KU. Russell Robinson headed to the line after a foul at midcourt. Robinson hit both to end it. Chase Budinger led all scorers with 27 points, but they were rendered meaningless with KU pulling it out in overtime, 76-72. Darrell Arthur scored four huge points for KU in overtime and led the Jayhawks with 20. Brandon Rush, who played a season-high 36 minutes, scored 17, including a pair of huge game-clinching dunks in the extra stanza. KU was outrebounded 38-29, but Arizona turned the ball over 25 times, giving KU multiple chances to win it in heart attack fashion. KU will play Wednesday against a Rex Walters-coached Florida Atlantic team before hitting the road for the first time to play at Southern Cal next Sunday.
The Fifth Quarter: Missouri 36, Kansas 28
November 25, 2007
Tying up loose ends from KU’s first loss of the 2007 season, a game which boosted Missouri into the Big 12 title game for the first time in program history. KU now must wait until next Sunday to find out where it’ll go in terms of a bowl game.
15 and going strong
Downtown parade a stately sight
November 25, 2007
It won’t be long before the sounds of hoofbeats and sleigh bells fill the air in downtown Lawrence. The beloved Lawrence Old Fashioned Christmas Parade - with its long line of stately horses and spirited riders - is set for its 15th run, at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Dialing up ‘smart’ phones
A look at the best bets - and a few to avoid - this season
November 25, 2007 in print edition on E1
Apple Inc.’s iPhone has shaken up the “smart phone” business and set other manufacturers scrambling to add features and make it easier to get e-mail, surf the Web and enjoy music and movies on a cell phone.
Popularity of Web auctions helps fuel industry growth
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A7
His chanting is rhythmic and rapid, a staccato string of numbers that quickly grows hypnotic as auctioneer Kevin Teets scans the audience, eyes darting between buyers on opposite sides of the room. Perched in the front row is Dave Kauffman, who has come 220 miles from Marysville, Ohio, in search of vintage, remote-control model airplanes and accessories.
KU’s perfect season spoiled by Tigers
November 25, 2007 in print edition on C1
Well, that’s that. Just as the pretty girl was really showing some interest, the nemesis grabbed Kansas University’s football team by the collar and threw it out the door. Oh well. The Jayhawks crashed the party anyway.
Hottest toys heavy on technology
November 25, 2007
The most popular toys this holiday season will include high-tech updates of such classics as Barbie, Nerf and Rubik’s Cube, as well as a giant magnifying eyeball and a singing Hannah Montana doll, according to Toy Wishes magazine’s “Hot Dozen” list, released in early October. Each holiday season, the magazine tests thousands of toys and predicts which will be the most popular during the crucial holiday season.
Signs of Life announces holiday events
November 25, 2007
Signs of Life has planned several events to celebrate the holiday season. They are free and open to the public:
It’s in the mail
November 25, 2007
The U.S. Postal Service reports 20 billion letters, packages and cards were delivered between Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2006. The busiest mailing day last year was Dec. 18, with more than twice as many cards and letters being processed as the average on any given day.
Best-sellers
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D3
Fiction 1. “Stone Cold,” by David Baldacci (Grand Central, $26.99).Nonfiction 1. “I Am America (And So Can You),” by Stephen Colbert, Richard Dahm, Paul Dinello and Allison Silverman (Grand Central, $26.99).
Game balls & gassers
November 25, 2007 in print edition on C6
¢ Dezmon Briscoe for a leaping catch that set up KU’s first score.¢ Kicker Scott Webb missed field goal attempts of 33 and 45 yards.
Collegium Musicum to give holiday concert
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D6
Kansas University’s Collegium Musicum, directed by Paul Laird, will join with the Shawnee Mission East High School Chamber Singers, conducted by Tracy Resseguie, for a joint concert of seasonal music.The free performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at First Presbyterian Church, 2415 Clinton Parkway.
Rockin’ redux celebrates season
November 25, 2007
Decked out in red cardigans, black slacks, fleece scarves and Santa hats, the all-male 1960s quartet of the classic “Forever Plaid” is preparing to take the stage. It’s been 10 years since the Lawrence Community Theatre featured the revue “Forever Plaid.” This year, it’s playing host to the holiday follow-up, “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings.”
Gifts for a foodie: No, not a blender
November 25, 2007
Because cooking can be viewed as either a pleasant diversion or domestic drudgery, giving kitchen appliances as holiday gifts can brand you as either a hero or a heel. Selecting a kitchen gift that won’t offend the recipient requires keen political instincts, but a small appliance also may be exactly the gift solution you’re looking for.
Pets do not make good gifts
November 25, 2007
Hanukkah. Kwanzaa. Christmas. Whatever you’re celebrating this month, no doubt it involves opening your hearts and taking part in the spirit of giving. A lot of my companion animal friends know about the “giving” part, and they like to take part in it.
Indiana suffers first setback
November 25, 2007 in print edition on C5
Eric Gordon’s soaring act never got off the ground, and Indiana stayed down with him. C.J. Anderson and B.J. Raymond scored 19 points apiece, and Xavier handed the eighth-ranked Hoosiers their first loss, beating them, 80-65, in the final of the Chicago Invitational Challenge on Saturday night. Gordon had a rough night, and the Hoosiers could not get going without him.
Coal plant rejection expected to dominate session
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lawrence lawmakers expect the Legislature will spend a lot of time fighting about two rejected coal-fired electric plants in western Kansas. “I think we will deal with it the entire session,” said state Rep. Barbara Ballard.
Concert a break from holiday frenzy
November 25, 2007
For people looking to wind down from the holiday bustle or take a shopping break, Steven McDonald, conductor of the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, suggests attending the Home for the Holidays concert. The third annual performance and fundraiser will be 2 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.
Tigers make case for No. 1
November 25, 2007 in print edition on C6
Chase Daniel stood on the Arrowhead Stadium field late Saturday night, pointing his index finger toward a throng of Missouri fans who were wildly celebrating their Tigers’ 36-28 victory over rival Kansas University. “If we’re not the No. 1 team in the nation tomorrow, something’s wrong,” Daniel told a pair of TV reporters before exiting to a happy Tiger locker room.
Dark Wonderland
Hollywood producer sires literary franchise after reimagining works of Lewis Carroll
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D3
Frank Beddor - a successful Hollywood producer with an oddball book idea he was burning to write - thought he knew how this game was played. “I was really excited because my agent said, ‘I can put you in the room,’” Beddor recalled. “And I took the Hollywood approach: I would get into the room and pitch them. I thought it was gonna be great.”
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B8
Officers and 14 directors for the new University State Bank were elected at an organizational stockholders meeting. Ben Barteldes was chosen chairman of the board, and Kenn Ragland was named president.
Bring nature’s wonders indoors
November 25, 2007
With a society obsessed in trimming the house from the eaves to the floorboards with good tidings, it’s easy to let our enthusiasm for the holidays make us overzealous in purchasing every little plastic, inflatable or glittery item. Pull in the reins, back away from the artificial, and embrace the natural beauty that Mother Nature has so aptly provided. It is right there, often outside your door and free for the taking, plus native gardening is on the upswing.
Benefit showcase for local art talent
Festival of Trees
November 25, 2007
Christmas trees have become unique pieces of art around Lawrence thanks to The Shelter Inc.’s annual Festival of Trees.
Saudi Islamic school renews fight to blot out ‘Terror High’ label
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A12
Its most virulent critics have dubbed it “Terror High,” and 12 U.S. senators and a federal commission want to shut it down. The teachers, administrators and 900 students at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Fairfax County have heard the allegations for years - after the Sept. 11 attacks and later, when a class valedictorian admitted he had joined al-Qaida.
Lawrence Datebook
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B2
Events around Lawrence
On the record
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Police Sgt. Dave Hubbel said Hird Retail Liquor, 601 Kasold Drive, was robbed at 5:40 p.m. Saturday. Hubbel said a man entered the store with a gun, demanded money and left with an undetermined amount of money. No one was harmed, he said. The robbery is under investigation.
Town sells for $3.8M during auction on eBay
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A4
Someone in Italy placed the winning bid of $3.8 million on Friday for an unpopulated, one-house Texas town auctioned online. No one lives permanently in the 13-acre town of Albert, about 60 miles north of San Antonio, but the tavern created from the frame of the old general store is open on weekends.
Mom’s dilemma
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D10
For many new moms, having a baby and heading back to the office doesn’t always work.
Train with hazardous materials derails
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
A freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed Saturday morning near the center of this city, but there was no sign of a leak or spillage, the fire department said.
Orphan hears dad’s voice for first time
Daughter uncovers old wire recordings in shoebox
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B4
Julianne Hare had forgotten about the shoe box tucked away in a hidden space in her grandmother’s pantry until she stumbled upon it while cleaning a shelf in preparation for painting. The shoe box, she would learn, contained voices from the past - and a mystery.
Special Olympics founder hospitalized
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the 86-year-old sister of President John F. Kennedy, who founded the Special Olympics and championed the rights of the mentally retarded, has been hospitalized.
Musharraf faces fresh challenges with new attacks, exiled leader
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A10
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf faces a potent challenge today with the return from exile of the religiously conservative elected leader he overthrew eight years ago. Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to arrive in the eastern city of Lahore with the country still reeling from a set of brazen suicide attacks.
Third-degree burns prevent firefighter from saving student
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B4
A 23-year-old woman died and a volunteer firefighter suffered second- and third-degree burns on his legs while trying to save her from a burning home, authorities said.
Keegan: Arrowhead aside, MU simply better
November 25, 2007 in print edition on C1
We’ll never know which team would have won the 116th rendition of the Border War had it been played in Memorial Stadium, home field of Kansas University, 36-28 loser Saturday night to Missouri at sold-out Arrowhead Stadium. This much we do know: The more deserving team advanced to the Big 12 title game and kept its national-title hopes alive.
Close encounters with an ex
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D10
Breaking up is hard to do, but seeing your former one-and-only in public can be even more excruciating. The November issue of Self has this advice for the recently single who are terrified of running into their ex in public.
LMH nurse earns OB certification
November 25, 2007 in print edition on E1
Monica Gutierrez, a staff nurse at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, recently passed the OB certification exam, earning her the Registered Nurse Certified credential in inpatient obstetrics.
Courthouses rocked by bombs, killing lawyers
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
A series of near-simultaneous explosions ripped through courthouse complexes Friday in three north Indian cities, killing at least 16 lawyers and injuring dozens of other people, officials said.
4-H Fairgrounds committee reveals possible improvements
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
Imagine going to the Douglas County Fair and watching a musical performance in an outdoor amphitheater. Or sitting in an enlarged outdoor arena to watch a tractor- or truck-pulling contest. Those are just some of a number of potential improvements outlined for the 4-H Fairgrounds in a preliminary capital improvements plan prepared by a special committee made up of fairgrounds users and fair board members.
Hutchinson snags fourth straight title
November 25, 2007 in print edition on C3
Romero Cotton rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns and Deveon Dinwiddie added 191 yards and three scores, leading Hutchinson to a win over Olathe South on Saturday in the Class 6A state championship game at Yager Stadium.
Oral Roberts scandal prompts examination of honor, faith
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
Back in 1963, when evangelist Oral Roberts built a university on Tulsa’s southern outskirts and put his name on it, he believed he was taking orders from God. At the center of campus he built a 200-foot steel and glass prayer tower that looks like a spaceship and is topped with a flickering gas flame representing the Holy Spirit. Roberts’ vision was to educate “the whole man” in mind, body and spirit.
Niccum: New films geared for holiday crowds
November 25, 2007
Bands quit touring. Live theater goes into hibernation. Nothing new crops up at galleries. Face it: The arts and entertainment scene in Lawrence practically shuts down around the holidays … except at the movie theaters. That’s when some of Hollywood’s biggest projects are unveiled in hopes of attracting audiences and year-end awards in equal measure.
Texas trounces Vols
November 25, 2007 in print edition on C5
Texas is finding there is life and a lot of good basketball even with Kevin Durant playing in the NBA. D.J. Augustin scored 23 points, A.J. Abrams had 21 and the 15th-ranked Longhorns shot 64 percent from the field in routing No. 7 Tennessee, 97-78, in the championship game of the StubHub! Legends Classic on Saturday night.
Giant lecture classes pose challenges for professors
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A6
On weekday mornings, the Cristol Chemistry Building at the University of Colorado is a hive of activity. Every hour, hundreds of laptop-toting students file in and out of its theater-style lecture halls, where classes are scheduled back to back.
Judging the judges
Appointees work on evaluations for those on the bench
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
Who are those guys? That is often the reaction when voters look at their ballots on election day and see they have to decide whether to “retain” a judge. A new process for evaluating Kansas judges and justices has been created to help make voters more knowledgeable about their effectiveness. It also is designed to help judges improve their own performances.
For this family, the schoolhouse feels like home
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B6
John Tinker has a well-stocked library in his home. Tinker’s library is full of the kind of books a gentleman should have, from treatises on international affairs and military history to the paperback adventures of James Bond and Perry Mason and maybe a couple of things he shouldn’t. Sitting on a shelf looking perfectly at ease among the volumes of military history are two shiny tins of Kroger brand survival crackers circa 1962.
People in the news
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D7
¢ Linda Hogan files for divorce from Hulk¢ ‘Bachelor’ contestant arrested for hitting man¢ U2’s surprise delights charity concertgoers¢ Willie Nelson pushes for state dogfighting bill
Analysts fear mortgage failures could topple economy
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A12
When Domenico Colombo saw his monthly mortgage payment was about to balloon by 30 percent, he knew how bad it could get. His payment was scheduled to surge by an extra $1,500 in December.
Battling terror with powerful numbers
We don’t fight with a weapon. We fight with spreadsheets and databases’
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
The military journey of Lt. Col. Brad Pippin has come full circle. From being in the Pentagon when it was struck by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001, to volunteering for a six-month duty during the War on Terror, Pippin has been there from the beginning.
Road construction updates
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B3
Road construction updates in and around Lawrence
Man dies after being pepper sprayed, Tasered
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
A Canadian man died Saturday, four days after police used a Taser stun-gun on him because he reportedly was acting erratically in a store, police said. He was the third person to die in recent weeks in Canada after being shocked by the hand-held weapon.
Fresno ends KSU’s year
November 25, 2007 in print edition on C9
Tom Brandstater passed for a career-high 313 yards and two touchdowns to Marlon Moore, and Fresno State knocked Kansas State from bowl contention with 45-29 victory Saturday.
Led Zeppelin’s ‘Song’ remains a rock classic
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D9
It’s part of the canon of classic-rock movies, with the likes of “The Wall,” “Woodstock” and “Tommy.” Yet Led Zeppelin made “The Song Remains the Same” into a unique hybrid, mixing concert footage from a trio of nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 1973 with fantasy sequences imagined by each of the musicians.
Stray Cat launches Color Decoder
November 25, 2007 in print edition on E1
Stray Cat Technology LLC, a new software development company in Lawrence, this month launched its first program: Color Decoder, designed for use primarily for people with color blindness.
Howard Stern can finally listen to himself
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D8
Howard Stern finds himself listening to something different these days: “The Howard Stern Show,” on satellite radio. Unlike his last years on terrestrial radio, where Stern felt his voice was neutered and his program sterilized, the still undisputed king of the shock jocks loves what he’s hearing now. “I know the show is funnier,” Stern says over lunch. “I tune in and it’s funny. It’s a good show. I’m proud of it.”
2007 Holiday events
November 25, 2007
Events around Lawrence during the holidays.
Plan would dispense contraceptives in some Colorado high schools
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
At least once a day, a teenage girl walks into North High School’s health clinic, wanting to find out if she’s pregnant. Frequently, it turns out she is. With the city’s teen birth rate more than double the statewide rate of 24.3 births per 1,000 girls between the ages of 15-17, Denver school officials are considering a proposal to dispense contraceptives in six school-based health clinics that serve the district’s most impoverished students.
The S word
Saying sorry can be healing, but also scary
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D1
The holidays can be stressful. Relatives get together, expectations of gaiety run high, and - almost invariably - words are spoken or events transpire that hurt someone. An apology is in order, but issuing one that’s meaningful can be tricky.
Mountaineers one win away from title shot
November 25, 2007 in print edition on C10
Pat White has No. 4 West Virginia on the brink of playing for a national championship. White rushed for 186 yards and accounted for three touchdowns to lead the Mountaineers to a 66-21 victory over No. 20 Connecticut on Saturday night, clinching the Big East championship and a spot in the Bowl Championship Series.
Church displays reason for season
November 25, 2007
It’s one of Lawrence’s best-kept holiday secrets - though the organizers don’t intend it to be that way. The Festival of Nativities enters its 13th year as a local Christmastime tradition. The display of more than 300 Nativity sets and related art will be open to the public most weekends in December, and co-organizer Nancy Atchley would like more people to see the reason behind the season.
Hot lines help farmers cope with drought
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B7
American farmers no longer have to stoically face all that nature and the economy can dish out. At least eight states, including Kansas, offer free mental health hot lines to assist farmers and producers through difficult patches.
Upcoming events support Toys for Tots
November 25, 2007
Douglas County’s Toys for Tots program kicks off the season with collections intended to go to needy children at Christmastime.
Jayhawk Notebook
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A5
Nico Roesler came into Saturday’s game with a pretty good idea about the opposition. After all, he’d been doing his best Chase Coffman impersonation all week - and his Kansas University teammates had managed to successfully stuff Roesler and his fellow scout team players more often than not.
Eudora church announces Germanfest
November 25, 2007
Clearfield United Methodist Church invites the public to its upcoming Germanfest, which will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 8.
U.S.: Iran-backed Shiites behind recent violence
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
Four members of an Iranian-backed Shiite cell confessed to bombing a public market in central Baghdad, a U.S. spokesman said Saturday. He also blamed Shiites for recent attacks on U.S. bases, raising fears that a three-month truce by the most feared Shiite militia may be at an end.
Cruise turned into adventure for passengers of sunken ship
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A9
Nearly 40 hours after abandoning a sinking cruise ship in icy waters near Antarctica, the passengers of the M/S Explorer were flown to Chile on Saturday night to begin their journeys home. Poor wind conditions had delayed their flights aboard military aircraft, but a plane carrying 80 of the passengers arrived in the southern Chilean city of Punta Arenas at 7:30 p.m.
6Sports video: KU struggles, falls
November 25, 2007
The Kansas football team drops 21 points on the Missouri defense in the fourth quarter, but it’s still not enough tonight at Arrowhead Stadium. Posted Nov. 25, 2007.
A lot has changed since ‘05
Jayhawks don’t dwell on last meeting with Wildcats
November 25, 2007 in print edition on C4
In large part because of Arizona, Kansas University’s last trip to Maui was no day at the beach. “We played them with our young pups over there. We weren’t ready for that to start the season. They got us real good,” KU coach Bill Self said, reflecting on the Jayhawks’ 61-49 loss to Arizona in a first-round 2005 Maui Invitational contest.
Creative forces behind child’s aid
November 25, 2007
The Holiday Art Fair will feature a new booth this year to raise money for a 4-year-old Lawrence boy with cancer. Ann Andersson will be selling handmade steel necklaces with a pearl in the center and the word “hope” around it, because that’s just what family friend Caden White needs. White, son of Shannon and Darren White, has neuroblastoma, a form of cancer that occurs in the immature cells of the sympathetic nervous system.
Steps make soiree treat for guests
November 25, 2007
Sure as Santa’s gray beard, your dance card soon will be full of holiday parties. But if you find yourself on the giving - and not receiving - end of a soiree, success is far from automatic.
KC blues: KU’s undefeated dream season ends at Arrowhead with 36-28 loss to MU
Still: ‘We’re going to go to a great bowl’
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A1
Scott Harrington is taking the half-full approach. Even if losing to his arch rival - and missing out on a Big 12 Championship and a chance at a national football title - is virtually impossible to swallow. “I hate losing to Missouri,” the Lawrence resident said Saturday, filing out of Arrowhead Stadium after his Jayhawks lost 36-28, in the annual Border War clash. “But still: We’re 11-1. We’re going to go to a great bowl.”
Falkenstien to give book-signing
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D6
Max Falkenstien, Kansas University sports broadcasting legend and author of the recent book “A Good Place to Stop: 60 Seasons with Max and the Jayhawks,” will meet fans and sign books at the KU Bookstore in the Jayhawk Central Student Union at Edwards Campus, Overland Park.
Sweet treats make great gifts
November 25, 2007
In the spirit of community and holiday indulgence, two Lawrence Farmers Market vendors are combining their specialties to offer a treat at this year’s Dec. 8 holiday sale: wine-infused chocolate, the consistency of frosting, in a jar. Spoon included.
Trust test
Providing a judge or district attorney a tape recording of a disputed executive session would build public confidence in officials’ compliance with the Kansas Open Meetings Act.
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B8
When it comes to monitoring the activities of our elected officials, it seems appropriate to follow former President Ronald Reagan’s advice on dealing with the Soviet Union: “Trust but verify.”
Foes of neuter bill mobilize
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
It all came together in a Capitol cafeteria, where opponents of a bill to require mandatory sterilization of puppies and kittens gathered to lick their wounds after a contentious hearing. They were upset at what they believed to be misrepresentations made by supporters of the bill, said Diane Amble, one of the participants. But they also were heartened to see that the bill had mobilized pet owners.
Beef recalled for E. coli contamination concerns
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
A company voluntarily recalled nearly 96,000 pounds of ground beef products after two people were sickened, possibly by the E. coli bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Saturday.
Disappointed but proud in Lawrence
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A1
Massachusetts Street was quiet Saturday night as Kansas University football fans reeled from a loss to the Missouri Tigers. “We’re thoroughly disappointed,” said George Brahler, a 21-year-old KU senior and Lawrence native. Brahler might not have seen the victory he wanted, but like many other fans, he said he is proud of the team’s success this season and looking forward to a bowl game.
Horoscopes
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D7
This year stars as memorable in many ways. You find that often you are affected by others, needing to respond to their energy and desires. Though you are a self-starter and highly motivated, you might feel like you need to postpone one or two prime objectives. Your smile and optimism take you far. Trust in your ability and timing. Avoid fighting city hall.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 25, 1907: “Capt John G. Haskell died at age 75 last night. He had been ill for several weeks. He had been one of the stalwart political, religious and business leaders in Lawrence for more than 50 years and his architectural marvels will forever stand as testimonies to his imagination and talent.”
Arizona forward a humble star
November 25, 2007 in print edition on C4
One of the top college players in the country, Arizona sophomore Chase Budinger says he’s paying no attention to analysts who have him pegged as a certain top-10 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. “There’s always those players that get hyped up in things. … When people tell me that stuff, I let it go in one ear and out the other,” the 6-foot-7, 203-pound Budinger told the Arizona Daily Star.
Reesing takes blame
November 25, 2007 in print edition on C7
Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing shouldered a share of the blame for Saturday night’s 36-28 loss to Missouri for throwing two interceptions, but he wasn’t about to blame the glove. To combat the cold, Reesing decided to wear a glove for the first time this season.
Students meet schools’ higher expectations
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B8
“Who you is?” That’s how a student greeted me years ago in a Miami classroom. I waited to see how the teacher would respond to this insult against grammar, but she did the last thing I expected: She answered the question, as if it had been posed in English.
Kansas football notebook
November 25, 2007 in print edition on C7
Officials from the Orange, Sugar, Fiesta, Cotton and Holiday bowls were credentialed for Saturday’s game. With the loss, Kansas may be headed to a non-BCS bowl like the Cotton or Holiday, but a BCS at-large bid is a possibility. Kansas needs to remain in the top 18 of the BCS standings through Dec. 2 to be eligible for selection.
OU’s Patrick runs for 202 in win
November 25, 2007 in print edition on C9
Allen Patrick made the most of his chance at redemption. The tailback who turned heads while filling in for Adrian Peterson last season ran for a career-best 202 yards as No. 10 Oklahoma wrapped up a spot in the Big 12 championship game with a 49-17 win Saturday against Oklahoma State.
6News video: Showdown Special
November 25, 2007
30 minutes of postgame analysis, highlights, interviews and more from 6News
Staunch ally of President Bush defeated in Australian election
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A10
Conservative Prime Minister John Howard, one of the Bush administration’s staunchest allies, suffered a humiliating election defeat Saturday at the hands of an opposition leader who has vowed to pull troops out of Iraq. Labor leader Kevin Rudd, a Chinese-speaking former diplomat, has also promised to sign the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, leaving the U.S. as the only industrialized country not to have joined it.
A&M names interim coach
November 25, 2007 in print edition on C2
Texas A&M defensive coordinator Gary Darnell was named interim head coach Saturday, a day after Dennis Franchione resigned.
Growing one for the little one
When a baby is on the way, Tonganoxie’s Andy Gilner puts down the razor
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
Beard’s the word in the Gilner and Grigsby families. Each time Tonganoxie resident Andy Gilner and his wife, Margie, have found out they were going to have a child, Andy Gilner has decided to give his razor a rest and grow a beard to signify a baby was on the way. Three times he went through the routine - for Amanda, now 29; Michael, 26; and Thomas, 24.
HINU women win
November 25, 2007 in print edition on C3
Sticking with what’s familiar is often a good plan. The Haskell Indian Nations University women’s basketball team opened its game against Central Methodist University on Saturday with an aggressive approach on offense and defense that led to a 10-point halftime lead. But after a brief lull that saw the lead shrink to seven points with less than five minutes to go, the Indians returned to what worked and held on for a 67-57 victory at Coffin Sports Complex.
Monkey meat spotlighted in immigrant criminal case
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
From her baptism in Liberia to Christmas years later in her adopted New York City, Mamie Manneh never lost the longing to celebrate religious rituals by eating monkey meat. Now, the tribal customs of Manneh and other West African immigrants have become the focus of an unusual criminal case charging her with meat smuggling, and touching on issues of religious freedom, infectious diseases and wildlife preservation.
Spacewalk enables astronauts to wire station’s newest room
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A12
A pair of spacewalking astronauts wired the international space station’s newest room on Saturday, crossing the last major task off their to-do list before the next shuttle mission next month. Commander Peggy Whitson and Daniel Tani hooked up more electrical and fluid connections linking the space station and the Harmony compartment that was delivered by the shuttle Discovery last month.
High price of failure raises urgency of peace conference
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A8
Next week’s Mideast peace conference is unlike any previous U.S. attempt to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict because the price of failure has risen dramatically: radical Islamists could gain the upper hand in Palestinian areas and in an increasingly polarized Middle East.
Set the table
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D10
According to the November issue of Men’s Health, children who eat dinner with their family four to five times a week are less likely to abuse drugs, suffer from depression and commit suicide. Here are some tips the magazine has for busy moms and dads guilty of substituting their family dinner with a TV dinner.
Wind-driven wildfires strike Malibu, destroy wealthy homes
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
A fast-moving wildfire pushed by Santa Ana winds raced through the canyons and over the mountains of this wealthy enclave for the second time in little more than a month Saturday, destroying dozens of homes and forcing as many as 14,000 residents to flee.
Don’t be taken in by holiday scams
November 25, 2007
As we approach the holiday season, you may find yourself fielding a barrage of requests for charitable contributions. Why? “Because it’s the season of giving - whether it’s the giving of gifts or the giving of one’s self,” says Paulette Maehara, president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Utility assistance fundraiser returns
November 25, 2007
Buoyed by last year’s promising start, the Lawrence Community Interfaith Initiative will return with Mayors and Players Turn It On, a utility assistance fundraiser. Current and former Lawrence mayors and local celebrities are expected as featured guests for the second annual event, which will be Nov. 30.
A&M rolls past Indiana
November 25, 2007 in print edition on C5
Takia Starks scored 17 points to lead Texas A&M to a 60-48 victory over Indiana on Saturday in the Paradise Jam. Starks, 3-for-9 from 3-point range, scored 12 of her points in the second half when the Aggies pulled away by shooting 48 percent from the floor and outrebounding the Hoosiers 25-16. Danielle Gant added 12 points and six rebounds for Texas A&M (4-1).
SMU stifles Kansas
November 25, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University sophomore Danielle McCray turned in a season-high 21 points, but it was not enough as the Jayhawks dropped their first game of the season, 68-56, to tournament host SMU on Saturday.
Dog from animal shelter saves life of new owner
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
Sometimes rescuers need to be rescued, too. Candace Jennings was sleeping on the couch when she was nudged awake by her dog, Anna, to find her mobile home engulfed in flames early Thanksgiving Day.
More questions
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B9
To the editor: I am curious about the closed-door meeting Sue Hack attended regarding the Deciphera tax rebate. If Attorney General Morrison asked city staff and commissioners about Mayor Hack’s role in this meeting, who did he speak to and what did they say? Are there records of these interviews? It seems to me that the AG owes the citizens of Lawrence a better explanation of what occurred at that meeting.
Government seeks to cut gray wolves from endangered list
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A12
For rancher Randy Petrich, the removal of gray wolves from the endangered species list - a move that would open up the animals to hunting in the Northern Rockies for the first time in decades - couldn’t come soon enough.
Holiday fare easy to make at home
November 25, 2007
Our stomachs somehow know it - the holidays are approaching. There’s nothing quite like that perfect seasonal food to get you in the celebratory spirit. Here are some recipes to enliven your holiday party, holiday get-together or your fun night in the kitchen just to get away from all the holiday hubbub.
Kansas’ dental needs go unfilled
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B10
Poor and rural areas of Kansas are suffering from a shortage of dentists. The state has 1,367 dentists - or about one dentist for every 2,557 residents, according to a report released this month from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Only 17 other states have fewer dentists per capita.
Voters seek to balance ideology, practicality
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B9
Take a tramp in the snowy hills of New Hampshire and you will see that the winter season is here, even if technically the winter solstice is still weeks away. The little wayside inns of Bethlehem, N.H., are blanketed in bright white trim, the early skin of ice is on the streams of Crawford Notch and, just the other day, atop Mount Willard, the breeze was chilly, the air was frosty, the boughs sagging under the weight of their new wintry burdens.
Campaign finance provision demands action
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B9
Congress is less divided by partisanship than it is united by devotion to the practice of protecting incumbents. Doing this with, for example, the bipartisan embrace of spending “earmarks” is routinely unseemly. But occasionally, incumbent protection is also unconstitutional.
Former chess champ sentenced to jail
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A8
Former chess champion Garry Kasparov was convicted of leading an opposition protest and sentenced to five days in jail by a Moscow court Saturday. Kasparov and dozens of other demonstrators were detained hours earlier after riot police clashed with Kremlin opponents following a protest rally that drew several thousand people.
Service turns online recipe files into books
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D2
If you’ve ever wished your online recipe collection wasn’t chained to your computer, there’s a new service that might help. The recently launched TasteBook Web site turns digital recipe boxes into ring-bound custom cookbooks.
Vows to drop decor fall on knowing ears
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D1
“I don’t want to do the whole big decoration thing this year,” I declared last week to my husband. “Let’s just put up the tree and call it good. I mean it this time. This season, we’re using the KISS method: Keep it simple, stupid : and, by that, I don’t mean you, honey.”
Author calls on public to unite against media and telecom Goliaths
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D3
Even though the media and telecom industries are unscrupulous Goliaths, their schemes can be thwarted if enough citizens raise an outcry. So argues Robert McChesney, a renowned academic in the field of communications and a research professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Keep lips moist in cool, dry weather
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D1
In addition to bundling up with plenty of clothing, many people throw on a scarf to cover part of the face before heading out into cold weather. But wearing a thick scarf around the neck and lower face still may not prevent a person’s lips from becoming chapped.
Homes tour reveals family’s heritage
November 25, 2007
Touring the interior of Evelyn and Bob Senecal’s European-style villa home at 21st and Louisiana streets is a little like traveling through the seven continents. The rambling structure, which includes an office, children’s playroom, poolroom, bar, sauna and wine cellar, is decorated throughout with treasures they’ve collected while traveling worldwide.
Tip-filled style guide is small but mighty
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D1
“Getting Gorgeous - How to Look and Feel Fabulous,” by Jacqui Ripley (Ryland, Peters & Small, 64 pages, $9.95) covers skin, makeup, hair, body and style tips, and it includes an appendix of useful addresses.
Pundits debate role of race in Obama bid
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B8
Barack Obama’s rise in the top tier of the Democratic presidential race has been fueled by the voters’ belief that he is a candid, forthright politician. “‘Hard truths’ could be the slogan for the restarted Obama campaign,” says the current New Yorker magazine, in a laudatory article.
Careful raking can prevent back injuries
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D5
Raking leaves may be a pain, but it shouldn’t be one literally. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has these pointers for safe raking.
Gift-filled shoeboxes sent around world
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B2
Working at her sewing machine, Patsy Magelssen imagines the thrill a child must feel when she opens a shoebox and watches love pour out from halfway around the world. “I can’t see the faces, but I can imagine the joy it will create,” she said.
Workshops to cover fundraising in the arts
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D6
The Kansas Arts Commission is offering two workshops focusing on fundraising to arts nonprofit organization staff, volunteers and board members. The workshops are part of the Commission’s 2007-2008 workshop series, “The Fundamentals of Arts Management.”
Winter wonder part of family show
November 25, 2007
With a “dazzling whiteness” and cloak and cap made of snow, the Snow Queen returns to the Lawrence Arts Center for the second consecutive year. Based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, “The Snow Queen” features original music, choreography and a charm made to captivate an array of viewers.
Commentary: Franchione fell short of expectations
November 25, 2007 in print edition on C2
The e-mails started soon after Dennis Franchione bolted Alabama for Texas A&M. The Aggies will regret it, they read. Coach Fran is a fraud. Good riddance. Frankly, they seemed like the wounded laments of a jilted lover, meaning no rational person should read too much into them. Coach Fran lacked grace in executing the proper exit from Alabama, but he was a good hire for A&M. Maybe even a great one.
Poet’s Showcase
Catalpa” by Jill Jevens
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D3
“Catalpa” by Jill Jevens
Setting budget reduces stress, January bills
November 25, 2007
Shay Rockhold would love to give her four children the Christmas of their dreams. But she knows she would regret busting her budget by overindulging. “I’d like to spend $500 on each kid absolutely - but I can’t do that,” said Rockhold, who lives outside of Charleston, S.C. “I’m not going to pull out the plastic for Christmas.” Instead, she sets a budget and sticks to it.
Gifts for pets
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D10
Selected pet gifts being offered by retailers for the holidays.
Spread the joy of the season
November 25, 2007
Is volunteering one of your New Year’s resolutions when this busy holiday season is over - or perhaps even before it’s passed? Here’s a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities from the Roger Hill Volunteer Center. Make a call today and feel some of that holiday warmth on the inside.
Black water will be tested
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B3
State environmental officials say they plan to step up water testing around the site where a Barton Solvents tank farm caught fire in July after explosions. They are responding to complaints from neighbors about conditions near the site.
Haskell collecting holiday gifts for children
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D6
Haskell Indian Nations University is looking to the Lawrence community to help make this holiday season brighter for children of on-campus and off-campus Haskell student parents.
Vespers highlights among upcoming music programs
November 25, 2007
Instead of watching sugarplum fairies prance in purple tutus at the “Nutcracker,” check out a different spin on Tchaikovsky’s claim to holiday fame.
Chiefs-Raiders takes second billing
November 25, 2007 in print edition on C3
Back in the days of Len Dawson and Ben Davidson, Ken Stabler and Willie Lanier, hardly anything was bigger than a Raiders-Chiefs game. My, how times change. Now it’s Brodie Croyle and Kolby Smith, and Daunte Culpepper and Justin Fargas. The Chiefs (4-6) are on a three-game losing skid, while Oakland (2-8) has lost six in a row overall and nine straight to Kansas City. A once-great NFL rivalry has been reduced to second billing to a college game, for this week at least.
Something fun for the little ones
Creativity for kids
November 25, 2007
This year, Santa Claus stole the Easter Bunny’s flair. The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department will make sure kids get their dose of Christmas cheer - and sugar - at its candy cane hunt. This is one way to get ready your little elves ready for the holidays.
Pope elevates new cardinals, expresses solidarity with Iraqis
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A11
Pope Benedict XVI elevated 23 clerics from around the world to the top ranks of the Catholic Church Saturday, including the Chaldean patriarch of Baghdad, whom he welcomed by saying he was praying for peace in Iraq. On a gilded papal throne set on an altar decorated with crimson roses, Benedict placed a red hat on the head of each cardinal as they knelt in turn during the solemn yet festive ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica.
Gift recipients love edible delights
November 25, 2007
Choosing holiday gifts for family is hard enough, never mind finding personal and affordable ways to wish co-workers, teachers and neighbors the best of the season. But with a little planning and time in the kitchen, holiday gift-giving need not be a nuisance. And it can be delicious.
Sisters team up for sweet tradition
November 25, 2007
The Eldridge Hotel’s 13th annual Gingerbread Festival & Auction is just around the corner, and the Burke girls have already decided what they will be creating, building and donating to benefit Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Douglas County.
Jewish center announces Hanukkah events
November 25, 2007
The Lawrence Jewish Community Center has announced upcoming Hanukkah events open to the community. Unless otherwise specified, events are at the community center, 917 Highland Drive.
Homemade wreaths make simple projects
November 25, 2007
The holiday season is full of life as festive decorations spread holiday cheer. And nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a homemade evergreen wreath. With a little time, a few supplies and some imagination, you can create a holiday centerpiece like no other.
Curtain goes up for ‘Grinch’
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D7
The Grinch - not to mention all those singing and dancing Whos - came back to Broadway on Friday, two weeks after the musical about Dr. Seuss’ celebrated green meanie was shut down because of the stagehands strike.
KU professor creates ‘Fall from Grace’ score
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D6
Bryan Kip Haaheim, KU associate professor of music composition/music theory, has composed the soundtrack for “Fall from Grace,” a documentary created by Ryan Jones, KU film student, about the Topeka-based Phelps family. The documentary will air on the Showtime network in December.
Insurer’s cameras watch young drivers
November 25, 2007 in print edition on B2
Greg Fox knows firsthand how sensitive the camera that monitors his son’s driving is. It has even ratted him out on occasion. Fox shares a car with his 16-year-old, and the camera that’s supposed to help his son learn how to drive better also catches Fox from time to time. So when the reports come in about what the camera saw, Fox sometimes reads about himself.
NU fires Callahan after 5-7 season
Gill, Pelini mentioned as possible replacements
November 25, 2007 in print edition on C2
Under coach Tom Osborne, Nebraska was one of the bullies of college football, a program to be feared. Under coach Bill Callahan, the Cornhuskers were too often the ones getting pushed around. After watching Callahan’s Huskers for five games, Osborne, in his new role as interim athletic director, decided it was time for change. He fired Callahan during a five-minute meeting Saturday.
India’s cheeky ‘chick lit’ heroines find an audience
November 25, 2007 in print edition on A11
Indian bookstores these days are stocking up on a new kind of English-language novel - the kind in which twentysomething urban women put their careers first, ridicule arranged marriages and wrestle with weight gain. The internationally trendy fiction genre known as “chick lit,” popularized by “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “Sex and the City,” now has an Indian avatar.
Beer sales collectibles have wide range in value
November 25, 2007 in print edition on D5
Is it better to buy an expensive old advertising piece or an inexpensive new one? It depends on why you want it. Beer bottles and beer advertising have been popular collectibles for years. Beer memorabilia is plentiful, colorful and often free. Huge bottles and cardboard stand-ups of bottles are given to restaurants and bars by beer companies. So are coasters, menus, large signs and even display figures.
Take precautions with toy purchases
November 25, 2007
This holiday season, after various large-scale recalls, parents may understandably be jittery about buying toys. But a little research and a large dose of common sense - rather than a boycott of toys from China - can help shoppers make wise decisions, experts say.