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12:00 a.m.
Pinckney science teacher Chris Anderson works with sixth-grader Maria McKee during an exercise on genetics. The state of Kansas will have over 400 openings for math and science teachers in the next school year. Kansas University has created a new program that allows math and science majors to earn teaching certification along with their degrees. Program takes aim at teacher shortage
November 30, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Next year, Kansas schools will have openings for more than 400 math and science teachers. But there won’t be enough qualified Kansas graduates to fill those slots. So those jobs could go to graduates of universities overseas who are in the United States on short-term visas. Or inadequately qualified teachers could be hired. But a new program at Kansas University hopes to chip away at that shortage and, therefore, improve the quality of education in the state.
9:00 a.m.
Pulse Podcast
"It's a Wonderful Life" comes alive at LHS
Posted November 30, 2007
It's a stage production of a radio drama that was originally a book but is famous for being a movie. Tonight, "It's a Wonderful Life" comes to the stage at Lawrence High School, for an old-time, radio-show-style performance. The performance is the subject of this week's Pulse Podcast. Director Charlie Goolsby and cast members talk about the benefits and challenges of the radio reincarnation of the holiday classic. After that, hear about some of the other events going on in Lawrence this weekend.
1:00 p.m.
Aaron Abeita, 13, Hiawatha, KS, holds up a sign telling others about coach Mangino and his talents of keeping the Jayhawks alive in the BCS standings and going 11-0 for the first time in history of KU football. Mayer: Mangino best of letterless
November 30, 2007 in print edition on 1B
Success-wise, it’s been a 3-2 season for head coaches who never played football as collegians. Three are Big 12 people. At the start of the ‘07 campaign, there were five non-gridder coaches in the major college ranks: Mark Mangino of Kansas, Paul Johnson of Navy, Mike Leach of Texas Tech, Charlie Weis of Notre Dame and Dennis Franchione of Texas A&M. Mangino (11-1), Johnson (7-4 to date) and Leach (8-4) have had good to excellent seasons; Weis suffered through a devastating 3-9 at Notre Dame; Franchione (7-5) was fired at A&M.
4:00 p.m.
Brewer Kevin Prescott makes his way through Free State Brewing Co. as he prepares a batch of beer for fermentation Thursday. The popular brewery at 636 Mass. is expanding its beer production capability by leasing a building at 1927 Moodie Road. The goal is to make the company's beer products available for regional distribution. Free State to start bottling beer
November 30, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Free State Brewing Co. is expanding its beer-making prowess into east Lawrence, part of a strategy to bolster the company’s specialty beers and boost sales into regional markets. Free State will continue to own and operate its popular brewpub at 636 Mass., the first legal microbrewery in Kansas since Prohibition, but that operation soon will get some relief.

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6Sports video: HINU narrowly defeats William Woods
November 30, 2007
Haskell Indian Nations University pulled out a tough victory over the William Woods Owls. The final score was 75-72.
6News video: Renowned journalist and Kansas native talks beef in Lawrence
November 30, 2007
Bill Kurtis held a book signing earlier today at Local Burger to promote his new book titled ‘The Prairie Table Cookbook.’
6News video: Lawrence’s largest real estate agency is getting bigger
November 30, 2007
Coldwell Banker McGrew Real Estate is merging with Lawrence Realty Associates.
6News video: White House Christmas Card once again made in Lawrence
November 30, 2007
When the world’s most powerful couple plans to send the very best, it turns to workers right here in Lawrence.
6Sports video: Tonganoxie girls also no match for Bobcats
November 30, 2007
The Tonganoxie girls basketball team lost against the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats by a final score of 67-43.
6Sports video: Lady Lions defeat Washburn Rural
November 30, 2007
The Lawrence High girls basketball team defeated the Washburn Rural Junior Blues by a final score of 38-29.
6Sports video: LHS boys squad pulls out tough victory over Washburn Rural
November 30, 2007
The Lawrence High boys basketball team defeated the Washburn Rural Junior Blues by a final score of 44-39.
6Sports video: Tonganoxie boys fall to Bobcats
November 30, 2007
The Tonganoxie boys basketball team lost against the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats by a final score of 47-31.
6News video: Local pooch hopes to be named ‘Top Dog’
November 30, 2007
While Jayhawks are taking center stage - another athlete is quietly competing for a national championship of a different kind. 6News reporter Janet Reid has the story of a fierce four-legged competitor vying for the title of ‘Top Dog.’
6News video: Another bridge over I-70 in Lawrence nearing major facelift
November 30, 2007
The North Iowa Street Bridge over the Turnpike will close early next month for reconstruction.
6News video: ‘Share the Warmth’ giveaway kicked off today
November 30, 2007
Hundreds of coats keep Douglas County residents warm as cold temperatures move into the area.
6News video: Kansas AG rules against City Commission
November 30, 2007
Lawrence City Commissioners violated the state’s open meetings act - but can avoid prosecution if they agree to admit their errors and pay for two hours of professional training on the open meetings law.
6News video: State officials refuse to renew Last Call’s liquor license
November 30, 2007
It could be ‘last call’ for a downtown Lawrence nightclub with a history of violence.
6News video: Old-fashioned Christmas Parade to hit the streets of downtown
November 30, 2007
If the weather holds out, a winter tradition will return Saturday morning for a 15th year. The Old-fashioned Christmas Parade is set for 11 am Saturday morning - stepping off from 7th and Massachusetts Street - and heading to South Park.
6Sports video: ‘Hawks hope to win first challenge on the road
November 30, 2007
The Kansas basketball team is perfect through 6 games - but none of the wins have come on the road. If the ‘Hawks want to improve to 7-0, that will have to change.
6News video: Cosby to be retried
November 30, 2007
A new trial date is now set for a man accused in a 2004 Lawrence murder case.
6News Now: Last Call’s liquor license renewal denied
November 30, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, it could be the last call for the Last Call nightclub, and more on the Attorney General’s finding on an open meetings violation investigation against the Lawrence city commission.
Winter storm predicted for area
Motorists urged to exercise caution
November 30, 2007
Kansans are urged to prepare for bitter winter weather tonight and to be cautious on major roads.
Investigation centers on mailbox explosion
No one hurt in early-morning incident
November 30, 2007
An explosion early this morning brought Lawrence police and firefighters to the 3400 block of West 24th Street.
State will not renew Last Call’s liquor license; appeal expected
November 30, 2007
A ruling released this morning by the Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division found that Last Call’s management “fostered an environment” where “illegal drug activities frequently occur.”
Attorney general believes Lawrence City Commission violated open meetings law
09:10 a.m., November 30, 2007 Updated 11:43 a.m.
The Kansas Attorney General has found that the Lawrence City Commission violated the state’s open meetings law by holding a closed-door meeting to discuss granting economic development incentives to a start-up pharmaceuticals company.
Pakistani president vows to end emergency rule by Dec. 16
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
President Pervez Musharraf promised Thursday to lift his emergency decree by Dec. 16, but opponents expressed skepticism that he would fully roll back the repressive measures he imposed nearly a month ago.
Judiciary committee chairman: Bush not involved in firings
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A9
A Senate chairman said Thursday that President Bush was not involved in the firings of U.S. attorneys last winter, and he therefore ruled illegal the president’s executive privilege claims protecting his chief of staff, Josh Bolten, and former adviser Karl Rove.
Cowboys paste Packers
Favre knocked out of game
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B7
Standing on the sideline, scowling at the pain of a banged-up right elbow and a separated left shoulder, all Brett Favre could do was watch Tony Romo impersonate him. The kid was good. Too good for Favre and the Green Bay Packers.
Real estate agents warn homeowners to be vigilant
Women arrested after allegedly stealing items worth more than $73K during open houses
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A9
Real estate agents have standard advice for homeowners planning their first open house: Hire a cleaning service. Drop the pets off with a neighbor. And lock up your valuables because you never know who may be stopping by.
Campaigner: Rival bribed older voters with Viagra
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A11
Vote-buying is an old practice in Thai politics, but one candidate for December’s Thai election has reportedly come up with a new tactic - handing out Viagra instead of cash.
Mill Valley wins debut
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B9
Sophomore Whitney Hartman scored 20 points, while four other Mill Valley players were in double figures in a 79-29 season-opening rout of Kansas City Wyandotte on Thursday. Nicole Garrettson scored 13 points.
Knight’s accuser’s story differs slightly from police report
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B3
Police reports of an alleged shooting incident involving Bob Knight differ slightly from the account given by the Lubbock man who said the Texas Tech coach or his hunting buddy fired birdshot his way.
Royals introduce Japanese reliever Yabuta
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B9
The acquisition of Japanese relief pitcher Yasuhiko Yabuta could be just the start of an effort by the Kansas City Royals to attract more international talent, team officials said Thursday.
K.C. may turn to Huard again
Starting QB Croyle misses practice for second day
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B9
A sore back kept quarterback Brodie Croyle out of practice a second straight day Thursday, and Kansas City might have to go with Damon Huard for Sunday’s game against San Diego.
Tigers dominate All-Big 12 team
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B9
In a year full of surprises, here’s one predictable result: The Missouri Tigers dominated the Associated Press All-Big 12 team. Top-ranked Mizzou placed eight players on the first team, including a pair of unanimous picks in quarterback Chase Daniel and do-it-all freshman Jeremy Maclin in the all-purpose spot.
Rams’ Bulger ruled out for game against Atlanta
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B7
A concussion will keep St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger out of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. It’s just the latest in a series of setbacks for the injury-riddled team.
Man faces charges in miscarriage case
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
Authorities charged a married man Thursday with slipping his girlfriend an abortion drug that caused her to miscarry twice. Manishkumar M. Patel, 34, of Appleton, Wis., was charged with seven felonies and two misdemeanors, including attempted first-degree murder of an unborn child, stalking, burglary and two counts of violating a restraining order.
Attorney: Suspect frustrated over arrest
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
An attorney for a Dutch suspect in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway said Thursday his client is frustrated about his return to jail, where he has complained about a lack of reading material and family visitation rights.
Rodney King wounded, not seriously, in shooting
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
Rodney King, whose videotaped police beating in 1991 led to deadly rioting when the officers involved were acquitted, was shot on a street corner in San Bernardino, but his wounds were not life-threatening, police said.
Plane crashes; no survivors expected
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
An Atlasjet plane crashed shortly before it was to land in central Turkey early today, killing all 56 people on board, the airline’s chief executive officer said.
Have a cell phone? Service promises to find a toilet
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
A new service promises Londoners they’ll never have to spend much time looking for the loo. Westminster City Council, which covers London’s bustling Oxford Street, the West End, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, on Thursday launched “SatLav” - a toilet-finding service for cell phone users.
Check options on seller-paid closing costs
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B13
The cooling housing market has prompted many sellers to pay for a buyer’s closing expenses to make a deal, but some lenders are now skittish about financing such transactions.
Commodities
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B13
Agriculture futures gave a mixed performance Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery rose 10 cents to $8.69; December corn dropped 3.37 cents to $3.8350; March oats fell 1 cent to $2.84; January soybeans rose 1.50 cents to $10.9800.
Free State to start bottling beer
New production center in east Lawrence to enable regional distribution of beverages
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
Free State Brewing Co. is expanding its beer-making prowess into east Lawrence, part of a strategy to bolster the company’s specialty beers and boost sales into regional markets. Free State will continue to own and operate its popular brewpub at 636 Mass., the first legal microbrewery in Kansas since Prohibition, but that operation soon will get some relief.
Ex-officers sentenced to prison in off-duty beating
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
Three white former police officers were sentenced to long prison terms Thursday for the off-duty beating of a biracial man, an attack that outraged the city and sent protesters into the streets.
Study: Tainted food killed more than 300 pets
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
More than 300 dogs and cats may have died earlier this year as a result of eating contaminated pet food, a survey released Thursday shows.
Osborne names himself NU’s interim coach
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
Few Nebraska football fans are going to argue with Tom Osborne’s decision on an interim head coach. Already the interim athletic director, Osborne declared himself the coach until he hires a successor to Bill Callahan, allowing Nebraska’s beloved former coach to visit prospective recruits and try to prevent the program from slipping during the recruiting contact period.
School district’s main phone lines cut
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Telephone service was cut Thursday morning to the main lines of all Lawrence schools and district headquarters. Service was restored about 3:30 p.m., said AT&T spokeswoman Chelsey Ilten.
Supreme Court takes Sunflower appeal
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A5
The Kansas Supreme Court is taking over two appeals filed in lower courts contesting the state’s denial of an air-quality permit for two proposed coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.
U.S. 56 in Johnson County to reopen
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A5
A section of U.S. Highway 56 in Johnson County will reopen later today when a bridge reconstruction project is completed.
Lawmaker apologizes for e-mail on blacks
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A11
An Arkansas legislator apologized Thursday for an e-mail in which he wrote that “we are being outpopulated by the blacks” and “we are being overrun” by illegal immigrants. But state Sen. Denny Altes insisted the comments in the e-mail he sent this month to former Fort Smith Mayor Bill Vines were not racist.
Bob Schneider appears at The Bottleneck
November 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
Texas troubadour Bob Schneider returns to Lawrence on his upcoming fan-titled tour “Songs Sung & Played on the Guitar With People in the Room Tour.”
Lawrence senator may face challenger
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A5
State Rep. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, might challenge state Sen. Roger Pine, R-Lawrence, in next year’s election.
Iowa Street bridge to close in December
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Iowa Street bridge over the Kansas Turnpike will close in early December for reconstruction. The bridge will be closed for about six to eight months while a new bridge is built. The reconstruction is part of the Kansas River bridges and interchange plaza improvement project.
Mentally ill database growing
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A11
A federal list of mentally ill people barred from buying guns has doubled in size since the Virginia Tech shootings, and U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey encouraged more states Thursday to add information to the database.
U.S. Sens. Brownback, Kennedy collaborate on Down syndrome bill
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A7
Denise Sawyer didn’t find out her second child had Down syndrome until after Ana was born. Still, the Mulvane, Kan., special education teacher says she never would have considered terminating her pregnancy, even if a prenatal test had revealed Ana’s condition.
Paterno’s salary finally revealed
Penn State coach to earn more than $500,000 this year
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
Joe Paterno’s salary is no longer one of the most closely guarded secrets in college sports - the Penn State coach will earn more than $500,000 this year.
U.S. refugee program excludes thousands of Iraqis who backed war
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
Thousands of Iraqis whose support for the U.S. war effort in Iraq has put them and their families in grave danger at home are being excluded from a new fast-track system aimed at speeding up refugee resettlement in the United States for American allies, officials said Thursday.
Pump patrol
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.85 at Presto, 602 W. Ninth St.
Bernanke hints at interest rate cut
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A6
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Thursday hinted that another interest rate cut may be needed to bolster the economy. The worsening credit crunch, a deepening housing slump and rising energy prices probably will create some “headwinds for the consumer in the months ahead,” he said.
Wonderful Life’ gets radio retool
November 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
It’s a stage production of a radio drama that was originally a book but is famous for being a movie. Tonight, “It’s a Wonderful Life” comes to the stage at Lawrence High School, for an old-time, radio-show-style performance.
Graveyard shift soon to be listed as ‘probable’ cause of cancer
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
Like UV rays and diesel exhaust fumes, working the graveyard shift will soon be listed as a “probable” cause of cancer. It is a surprising step validating a concept once considered wacky. And it is based on research that finds higher rates of breast and prostate cancer among women and men whose work day starts after dark.
Recreation centers to trim back hours
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A4
You’ll have a little less time next month to work off the holiday turkey and yams at the three city-operated recreation centers. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department announced Thursday that it is cutting the hours of operation at recreation centers from Sunday to Jan. 5.
Body may be missing student
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Her fans knew her only as an Internet porn star named Zoey Zane. But in this hamlet, Emily Sander’s friends saw her as a vivacious teenager who worked hard days as a secretary at an electric company and went to night school to study business management. She dreamed one day of opening a piercing studio and becoming a movie director.
Former Kentucky player Beard dies at age 79
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B3
Ralph Beard left the University of Kentucky’s basketball program having won national championships in 1948 and ‘49 and with a reputation as one of the all-time greats on the hardwood.
Some wonder if officer was shielded by department
Police were called 18 times in two years in previous marriage
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A8
Eighteen times in two years, Bolingbrook police were called to fellow officer Drew Peterson’s home because of trouble between husband and wife. But Peterson’s wife could never get authorities to arrest him. In fact, she was the only one ever charged.
MU can drop ‘Columbia’ - sometimes
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B14
The University of Missouri-Columbia campus is keeping the hyphen and everything after it for official purposes. But the Board of Curators for the four-campus system agreed Thursday to let the state’s flagship school go by the University of Missouri for recruitment, fundraising, marketing and intercollegiate athletics. The campus also can drop the regional designation or go by MU or Mizzou on second reference in official correspondence.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A12
More than 70 percent of Lawrence’s 12,543 registered voters turned out and gave resounding approval to two new fire stations and a modest OK to a public swimming pool, the first such facility in the city’s history.
Program takes aim at teacher shortage
Grant will help attract science, math educators
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
Next year, Kansas schools will have openings for more than 400 math and science teachers. But there won’t be enough qualified Kansas graduates to fill those slots. So those jobs could go to graduates of universities overseas who are in the United States on short-term visas. Or inadequately qualified teachers could be hired. But a new program at Kansas University hopes to chip away at that shortage and, therefore, improve the quality of education in the state.
Court: Tiller grand jury can proceed
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A5
The state’s highest court says a Sedgwick County grand jury created by a citizen petition drive led by abortion foes can proceed with its investigation of Dr. George Tiller, one of the few physicians in the nation who performs late-term abortions.
Boat capsizes off coast, killing three
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A11
A boat capsized about five miles from shore, killing the three fishermen on board, authorities said Thursday.
10,000 workers strike at Nike shoe plant
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A11
More than 10,000 workers walked off the job at a plant that makes shoes for Nike, demanding higher pay to keep pace with rising prices in Vietnam, officials said Thursday.
Commissioners stay on Westar rate case
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A4
Two members of the Kansas Corporation Commission on Thursday refused to disqualify themselves from Westar Energy’s rate increase case. Commissioners Thomas Wright and Michael Moffet said they had not been influenced by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in the rate request.
Dukakis reflects on loss, current election process
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
At 74, Michael Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee and former governor of Massachusetts, has gleaned countless political and life lessons. Dukakis shared some of those insights with a crowd of about 400 people Thursday at the Dole Institute of Politics.
People in the news
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B12
¢ Broadway comes back to life after strike¢ Jodie Foster to receive leadership award¢ Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ross McCall engaged¢ Brooke Shields: Women shouldn’t apologize¢ Goran Visnjic to pay child support for girl¢ Alicia Keys kicks off holiday season in Tokyo
Mayer: Mangino best of letterless
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
Success-wise, it’s been a 3-2 season for head coaches who never played football as collegians. Three are Big 12 people. At the start of the ‘07 campaign, there were five non-gridder coaches in the major college ranks: Mark Mangino of Kansas, Paul Johnson of Navy, Mike Leach of Texas Tech, Charlie Weis of Notre Dame and Dennis Franchione of Texas A&M. Mangino (11-1), Johnson (7-4 to date) and Leach (8-4) have had good to excellent seasons; Weis suffered through a devastating 3-9 at Notre Dame; Franchione (7-5) was fired at A&M.
Bin Laden: Europe must stop war in Afghanistan
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A11
Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden called on Europeans to stop helping the United States in the war in Afghanistan, according to excerpts of a new audiotape broadcast Thursday on Al-Jazeera television.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A12
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 30, 1907: “The Kansas City field owner who forced Kansas and Missouri to play their Thanksgiving Day football game in St. Joseph, Mo., lost a lot of money when he overcharged and forced the shift.”
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A12
The Kansas football team had finished its season with a 2-7-1 record in Don Fambrough’s second four-year stint as head coach and evidence was that a coaching change was in the wind.
Csonka forecasts better days for struggling Dolphins
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B7
A good place for a Miami Dolphins fan to seek refuge this season would be Alaska, where the NFL seems very far away. “Yep, it does,” Larry Csonka says. “Everything is very far away there.”
Church to file notice of appeal in lawsuit
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A5
The Westboro Baptist Church plans to file notice that it will appeal an $11 million judgment against it. A federal jury awarded that sum Oct. 31 to the father of a fallen soldier, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder. Members of the Topeka church picketed Snyder’s funeral, arguing that his death was part of God’s punishment for the nation’s tolerance of homosexuality.
British teacher gets 15 days in prison for teddy bear incident
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A11
A Sudanese court convicted a British teacher Thursday of insulting Islam for letting her students name a teddy bear Muhammad and sentenced her to 15 days in prison, avoiding a heavier punishment of 40 lashes. The teacher wept in court, insisting she never meant to offend.
Scathing site mocks band promo shots
November 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
Anyone who has ever played in a band can tell you the quickest way to destabilize a lineup is to take an official group photo. It’s like the Sports Illustrated cover curse. It virtually guarantees that a member will quit, get fired or suffer a gruesome death.
KU’s ranking not adding up in academics
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
It’s a good thing for some schools that the Bowl Championship Series, or BCS, rankings are computed based on athletic performance and not academics. While Kansas University is ranked No. 5 in the BCS standings, its theoretical “academic BCS” puts KU at No. 17.
Uncertainty under the hoop
LHS, FSHS replace keystone classes
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
Change can be a good thing. For Lawrence High’s boys basketball team, change really means only uncertainty. The Lions will open tonight having lost six seniors from last year’s 15-7 squad, and coach Chris Davis has a number of questions to answer.
Jackson to stay in L.A.
Lakers’ coach lands two-year extension
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lakers coach Phil Jackson said he has agreed to terms of a two-year contract extension believed to be worth about $24 million, putting him under contract through the 2009-10 season. The Hall of Fame coach announced his decision and discussed his contract situation before Thursday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets. When asked if this was his final contract with the Lakers, he hedged a bit and didn’t give a direct answer.
Horoscopes
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B12
Approach your life differently this year. You have many aspirations and goals; make them realities. How you deal with different people could change dramatically. If you are single, you could meet the person of your dreams. If you are attached, if you focus on a common bond, the two of you will grow and evolve.
U.S. facing future of decline
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A13
No one ever accused Patrick J. Buchanan of lacking conviction or of consulting a focus group before saying what he thinks. In his new book, “Day of Reckoning,” the former presidential candidate, columnist and TV pundit confronts readers with many irrefutable facts that if left unaddressed, he believes, will lead to America’s destruction.
Real estate agencies to merge
McGrew, Lawrence Realty agreement takes effect Saturday
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B13
The city’s largest real estate agency is gaining a partner just as it drops its national franchise affiliation. Coldwell Banker McGrew Real Estate - already set to end its 10-year relationship with Coldwell Banker, effective Saturday - is merging with Lawrence Realty Associates.
Leading Republicans pose strong contrast
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A12
Call them Mr. Rough and Mr. Smooth. Or maybe Mr. Nasty and Mr. Nice. The intense battle between Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney for supremacy in the Jan. 8 New Hampshire Republican presidential primary is more a contrast in personalities than a difference on issues.
A look at downfall of Grammy Awards
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B12
Tonight’s special “My Night At the Grammys” (7 p.m., CBS) is not an awards show, but it deserves some kind of recognition for confusing, ill-timed and misbegotten programming. As a salute to the 50th anniversary of the Grammy Awards, “My Night” might make some kind of sense if it aired in hot anticipation of that event, but the golden-anniversary Grammy awards are not scheduled to air until Feb. 10.
LHS welcomes visitor from past
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Lawrence High School history students on Thursday were taken back to the tense days of 1861 in Kansas. “These are difficult times, my friends, but let us have faith,” said author Diane Eickhoff, who portrayed Clarina Nichols, a 19th-century activist and pioneer who spent time in Douglas County.
Pursue violation
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A12
To the editor: The attorney general’s opinion concerning Mayor Hack’s involvement with Deciphera - a company in which she has over $5,000 invested - leaves a lot to be desired. Stopping with an “appearance of impropriety” determination leaves the answer to a very important question up for grabs: Did or did not Sue Hack improperly and illegally influence a community decision involving millions of dollars?
Spoiled?
When Kansas basketball fans have been so vocal for so long, why is one less-than-full house cause for criticism?
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A12
The past weekend raised the question of whether the Kansas University basketball program suffers from a sort of embarrassment of riches where fan support is concerned. The unbeaten Jayhawks were playing a strong Arizona team on a Sunday night and the anticipation of most was that Allen Fieldhouse would be packed to the rafters for the contest, which turned out to be a true thriller.
Unhappy fans
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A12
To the editor: My wife and I were extremely disappointed in the “Border Showdown” on Saturday. The whole situation was poorly handled by the Chiefs organization, starting with the hourlong wait getting into the stadium (two hours for some) and not having security or stadium personnel in our section to deal with the many problems we observed.
Votes are key
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A12
To the editor: I have read that many people are upset with the City Commission and the County Commission. The complaints range from a Wal-Mart being let loose in west Lawrence, the destruction of prime farm land in North Lawrence, a South Lawrence Trafficway through wetlands ignoring our Indian neighbors’ concerns, giving away tax dollars to a company that the mayor has a stake in and then a new tax that is supposed to be for existing infrastructure but will be used to pay for pet projects for special interest groups.
Americans embrace change
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A13
The sudden rise of Mike Huckabee in the Republican jousts is a cool plot turn, one that makes you lean forward and turn up the sound. An amiable, well-spoken Southern conservative with a Gomer Pyle face challenging the teeth-baring Giuliani and the sleek Romney. You watch him field questions for a few minutes and the man’s appeal is pretty clear. He comes off as a real person, not a caricature: he sounds like a guy talking to you, not a stiff with a set of applause lines.
KTKA 49 ABC News hires anchor from KC
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B13
Sophia Spencer has joined KTKA 49 ABC News in Topeka as an anchor, having worked previously as morning reporter and anchor in the Kansas City market for KCTV 5.
Coach finds plenty of flaws
Jayhawks must develop confidence to pass to post, Self says
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s men’s basketball record is perfect. The team, of course, is not. “I told the guys the other day, ‘We are further along than we were last year no question, but we are not together like we need to be.’ We’ve got to get to the point we value every possession,” KU coach Bill Self said of his squad, which improved to 6-0 (compared to last year’s 5-1 mark) following an 87-49 pasting of Florida Atlantic on Wednesday in Allen Fieldhouse.
Commentary: Missouri’s Pinkel changes for better
Coach improves relationship with players, media, comes long way since start of tenure at MU
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
No doubt, there’s been enough Mizzou-mania swirling around Gary Pinkel this week. So one less phone call to him wasn’t a bad thing. “I talked to him the week they played Oklahoma earlier,” said Don James, former Washington coach. “So I decided I wasn’t going to call him this week.”
Cross Nats draw close
Cyclocross’ big event coming to Kansas City
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B8
Bill Anderson had a revelation the other day. At a local grocery store, Anderson strolled over to the magazine aisle and picked up a copy of Bike magazine. Inside was a feature on Jonathan Page, a three-time United States national champion in the sport of cyclocross who moved to Belgium to compete in the more-competitive races there.
Starks powers Aggies
Baylor, Texas rout meager competition
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B5
Takia Starks scored 23 points and No. 13 Texas A&M beat Michigan 69-41 on Thursday night.
Last weekend to view Aaron Douglas exhibit
November 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
This weekend marks the final opportunity to view the exhibit Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist at the Spencer Museum of Art. The show represents the first nationally touring retrospective of the work of Aaron Douglas (1899-1979), the foremost visual artist of the Harlem Renaissance.
Kicker Wolfert has been Missouri’s Mr. Reliable
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
In the biggest game ever played by either school, Missouri led Kansas by six points before Lorenzo Williams’ clinching sack in the end zone for a safety with 12 seconds to go. The cushion was supplied by Jeff Wolfert’s extremely accurate right leg. He connected on a pair of 43-yard field goals in the 36-28 victory that vaulted the Tigers to No. 1 for the first time since 1960, to continue a perfect two-year run in Big 12 Conference play.
On the record
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A4
An 18-year-old Lawrence man reported a burglary and theft to Lawrence police on Tuesday. A 10-inch JL Audio subwoofer worth $1,200 was reported stolen and $1,000 in damage to the tailgate and latch of a Ford Explorer was also reported. The crime occurred between noon and 2 p.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of W. 21st Street.
Gonzaga works overtime
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B4
Gonzaga needed overtime to deny Saint Joseph’s its biggest win in four years. Matt Bouldin scored 16 points, including the go-ahead free throws in overtime, to help No. 19 Gonzaga hold off Saint Joseph’s, 70-65, on Thursday night.
Radio stations looking for new offices, studios
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B13
Great Plains Media - owner of KLWN, KLZR and KMXN radio stations serving Lawrence - is searching the market for space in Lawrence that could accommodate a combined center for the three stations’ studios and offices.
K-State falls to Oregon in OT
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B4
Oregon had never, in its 105-year history, been in this position: on the road, facing a ranked opponent outside its conference. Overwhelming? Maybe at first. Then the Ducks got over it.
Elementary need
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A12
To the editor: There are positive things to say about WRAP and not enough space here. What’s not being discussed publicly is the loss of WRAP at the elementary level. Secondary levels may provide easier attribution of the program’s worth regarding reduced crime/increased graduation rates. However, the public discussion isn’t including the concept of prevention at the elementary level.
Super freshman class making college basketball look easy
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B3
First time out, O.J. Mayo scores 32 points for the University of Southern California. In his first game for Indiana, Eric Gordon tops that with 33. After three games, Kansas State’s Michael Beasley is averaging 30.0 points and 16.6 rebounds. Looking at it from that lofty stratosphere, trying to make the case that it’s hard for freshmen to play Division I basketball is like suggesting someone needs to open a soup kitchen to feed those poor Kennedys.
Playboy prediction comes to fruition
AFCA taps KU’s Talib first-team All-America
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
Aqib Talib’s preseason All-America label by Playboy magazine came with a luxurious photo shoot in Arizona, some added publicity and perhaps some extra weight on his shoulders. But really, it was all hype. This time, Talib earned it. Kansas University’s junior cornerback was named to the All-America team Thursday by the American Football Coaches Association.
Double-double streak still rolling after all
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B5
Oklahoma center Courtney Paris’ double-doubles streak is still intact after all.
Scientists map which genes are switched on, off
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A8
Remember biology class where you learned that children inherit one copy of a gene from mom and a second from dad? There’s a twist: Some of those genes arrive switched off, so there is no backup if the other copy goes bad, making you more vulnerable to disorders from obesity to cancer.
Prime minister asks Bush to hand over ex-Saddam officials
November 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
Iraq’s prime minister has appealed to President Bush to hand over Saddam Hussein’s cousin, known as “Chemical Ali,” and two other former regime officials sentenced to hang for a 1980s crackdown against Kurds, two government officials said Thursday.
Sight & sound
Lawrence artist Hotvedt honors musical colleagues through portrait exhibition
November 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
Between his freshman and sophomore years at the University of Wisconsin, Paul Hotvedt decided to travel abroad. The fledgling artist and musician headed for his ancestral Norway, where he worked on a farm for a few months during the summer of 1975.
Man falls for a doll in comedic ‘Lars’
November 30, 2007 in print edition on C2
It may sound like a contradiction in terms to say that a movie about a guy in love with a sex doll is bursting with humanity, but that’s really the most apt way to describe the warm, wonderful “Lars and the Real Girl.”
Rec calendar
November 30, 2007 in print edition on B8
Sports and recreation around Lawrence