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Archive for Sunday, December 7, 2008

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12:00 a.m.
Christy Miller plays the harpsichord during rehearsal with Kansas University’s Collegium Musicum. The ensemble is an early-music group that plays instruments from previous generations. It has a concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Bales Organ Recital Hall on KU’s West Campus. Musical reincarnation: KU’s Collegium Musicum recreates pieces from Baroque, Renaissance eras
December 6, 2008 in print edition on 1D
Lilting music is creeping from behind the door of a fifth-floor rehearsal room at Murphy Hall.
6:00 a.m.
This photo of Baldwin Woods looks east from East 1600 Road south of County Route 460. The woods encompass a swath of more than 2,000 acres of hardwood forest. Kansas Land Trust, along with the ECO2 Commission, want the city and the county to help preserve the Baldwin Woods, a unique piece of forest land between Lawrence and Eudora. ECO2 pegs hardwood forest for conservation
December 7, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Kelly Kindscher and Rex Buchanan lean over a creek, examining — touching — a vein of crumbling coal, wondering whether it would burn in a woodstove. What’s remarkable is not that there’s coal in this creek — it’s named Coal Creek, after all — but rather that Buchanan and Kindscher can see it to begin with.
10:00 a.m.
Lt. Kari Wempe, pictured Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008 outside the Law Enforcement Center, will soon be retiring after 33 years of service with the Sheriff's Office. Sheriff’s deputy to wrap up 33-year career
December 7, 2008 in print edition on 1B
Douglas County’s longest-serving female sheriff’s deputy will turn in her badge and call it a career this Friday. It wasn’t without struggles that Lt. Kari Wempe survived 33 years on the force. “It’s been quite a path,” said Wempe, 54, who climbed the ranks to become a top administrator for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s been rewarding and challenging.”
2:00 p.m.
Gail Thomas, Oskaloosa, makes a turn Saturday in front of the crowd at Seventh and Massachusetts streets with her road cart during the 16th annual Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade. Parade trots out finery for viewers
December 7, 2008 in print edition on 1B
Come Saturday morning, Carol Supancic was prepared for the Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade. She parked her truck along Massachusetts Street the night before. Her sister brought a large yellow jug of hot chocolate, her mother made chocolate chip cookies and she rose early to bake caramel-pecan rolls.

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Jayhawks keep streak going against JSU
December 7, 2008
The Jayhawks soundly beat Jackson State on Saturday.
Sunday, December 7 weather at 10 p.m.
10:30 p.m., December 7, 2008 Updated 10:30 p.m.
The forecast for Monday, December 8 calls for a high of 51 and a low of 34.
Mark’s on the Move: Flying a Cessna
December 7, 2008
The fall season finale of Mark’s on the Move takes us above and beyond anything previously experienced, quite literally. Mark shows us how one goes about learning to fly an airplane.
KU women fall to Marquette, 67-57
December 7, 2008
Shades of last year for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team. The Jayhawks, who led the Big 12 Conference in turnovers last season, lapsed into their old ways Sunday afternoon by coughing up the ball 28 times.
KU to face Minnesota in Insight Bowl
December 7, 2008
Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi announced Sunday that the Golden Gophers (7-5, 3-5 in the Big Ten) have accepted a bid to play in the Dec. 31 bowl in Tempe, Ariz., against Kansas University.
Driver attacked, robbed during delivery
02:27 a.m., December 7, 2008 Updated 04:10 a.m.
Lawrence police are looking for two suspects who assaulted a pizza delivery driver early Sunday morning. At about 1:30 a.m., a 28-year-old Pizza Shuttle employee delivered a pizza to an house on the 1800 block of East 29th Street. When he approached the front of the residence, he was assaulted by two teenage men, described as either Hispanic or Native American.
Youthfulness an obsession for some baby boomers
December 7, 2008 in print edition on A9
It’s one of those photos that make you do a double-take. Dr. Jeffry Life stands in jeans, his shirt off. His face is that of a distinguished-looking grandpa; his head is balding, and what hair there is is white. But his 69-year-old body looks like it belongs to a muscle-bound 30-year-old.
Despite promise, Obama getting help from donors, lobbyists
December 7, 2008 in print edition on A4
Faced with hiring a new administration, President-elect Barack Obama is learning how hard it is to keep his promise to avoid aides who have been entangled with the capital’s lobbying scene. An Associated Press review of more than 400 members of Obama’s transition team identified at least 34 who have registered in recent years to lobby government officials on behalf of clients or employers — some as recently as this summer.
Simpson defense says trial full of errors
December 7, 2008 in print edition on A5
In the harsh light of the morning after his sentencing, O.J. Simpson’s future was clear Saturday. His new home will be a prison cell in the Nevada desert with his door to freedom hinging on an appeal of a trial that his lawyers say was filled with errors.
Sebelius drops out of Cabinet consideration; cites state’s fiscal crisis
December 7, 2008 in print edition on A1
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius takes herself out of consideration for a spot in President-elect Barack Obama’s Cabinet.
Facing painful past may alter future
December 7, 2008 in print edition on B7
She says the only Jew she knew was Jesus. There were no Jews around her in Bad Toetz, the West German village where she was born. No one talked about them. No one spoke about where they had gone or the war in which they disappeared, the war in which, she was told, her father died.
Shula would have picked Toronto
December 7, 2008 in print edition on C2
Warm dome better than chilly Buffalo.
Tinsel tunes: Think you’ve got your list of holiday favorites? Check it twice
December 7, 2008 in print edition on D1
If you’re burned out from hearing the same old overplayed holiday tunes on the supermarket intercom, this story’s for you.
Judge: Man has right to assisted suicide
December 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
A Montana judge has ruled that doctor-assisted suicides are legal in the state, a decision likely to be appealed as the state argues that the Legislature, not the court, should decide whether terminally ill patients have the right to take their own life.
Obama adviser has ties to city
Gen. Jones a cousin of Lawrence resident
December 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
Carol Hatton has special incentive for following President-elect Barack Obama and his administration when they take office next month. The Lawrence woman’s cousin — retired Marine Corps Gen. James Jones — will be one of Obama’s closest advisers. The former Marine commandant, NATO commander and special envoy for Middle East security was Obama’s choice for national security adviser.
Haskell women fall
December 7, 2008 in print edition on C5
William Woods edged Haskell’s women’s basketball team, 66-61.
Marketing money takes hold of university decisions
December 7, 2008 in print edition on B7
Staging the annual showdown between the Kansas University and Missouri University football teams in Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium is a cause of legitimate concern, to fans as well as commercial interests in Columbia and Lawrence, the two slighted university towns. It ought to be self-evident that the games belong where the respective universities are located.
Airport provides karaoke for travelers
December 7, 2008 in print edition on E1
Leaving on a jet plane? Is the waiting the hardest part? Try airport karaoke! Houston’s Bush International Airport is setting up karaoke booths for travelers, just in time for the holidays. One was to be up and running on Thursday afternoon, airport officials said.
Kansas basketball notebook
December 7, 2008 in print edition on C7
Kansas University junior guard Sherron Collins bemoaned KU’s “lack of toughness” Saturday against Jackson State. “We’re not tough right now. Call it like it is. We outrebounded them by one (39-38). Think what it’ll be like when we play Texas. We need to get better, quick,” Collins said.
Bankruptcies
December 7, 2008 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Nobel winner predicts HIV vaccine in 5 years
December 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
One of the scientists sharing the Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering HIV said Saturday he believes there will be a therapeutic vaccine to treat the virus within five years. Luc Montagnier told reporters in Sweden that he believed it was ”a matter of 4 to 5 years” before a therapeutic vaccine to treat HIV infection is developed. He did not elaborate as to why he believed scientists were close.
Homes tour planned in Ottawa
December 7, 2008 in print edition on D2
Ransom Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will present its 2008 Christmas Homes Tour from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 14.
Coroner matches pair of mysterious feet
December 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
A coroner has matched a pair of dismembered female feet that mysteriously washed up on the shores of British Columbia. The British Columbia coroner said Friday it had matched a female right foot discovered on Canada’s West coast in November with a left foot discovered in May.
On the record
December 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Police Department reported Saturday that $970 in valuables were taken from a vehicle. The car belonged to a 24-year-old man who lives at 5000 Clinton Parkway. A carry-on bag, make-up kit, sunglasses and digital camera were taken from the vehicle. Also, $200 worth of damage was found on the driver’s side door handle.
Voters oust indicted Rep. William Jefferson
December 7, 2008 in print edition on A8
Voters in Louisiana sent two Republicans to Congress on Saturday, ousting indicted Democratic U.S. Rep. William Jefferson in one race and narrowly keeping a seat vacated by a retiring incumbent in the other.
Eudora family adds members through overseas adoptions
December 7, 2008 in print edition on B3
“The more the merrier” may be the most fitting expression for the Walrod family. “We have always wanted a big family,” said Paul Walrod, father of six. “They keep us so busy we don’t have time to think about anybody else,” Cherri Walrod said, as she sat back laughing. “There is a joy in watching them.”
Professor wins music competition
December 7, 2008 in print edition on D2
Forrest Pierce, Kansas University assistant professor of music composition, recently won first place in a music commissioning competition with the Boston Choral Ensemble.
Amsterdam to close many brothels, marijuana cafes
December 7, 2008 in print edition on A10
Amsterdam unveiled plans Saturday to close brothels, sex shops and marijuana cafes in its ancient city center as part of a major effort to drive organized crime out of the tourist haven. The city is targeting businesses that “generate criminality,” including gambling parlors, and the so-called “coffee shops” where marijuana is sold openly.
ECO2 pegs hardwood forest for conservation
‘Poster child for open-space preservation work’
December 7, 2008 in print edition on A1
Kelly Kindscher and Rex Buchanan lean over a creek, examining — touching — a vein of crumbling coal, wondering whether it would burn in a woodstove. What’s remarkable is not that there’s coal in this creek — it’s named Coal Creek, after all — but rather that Buchanan and Kindscher can see it to begin with.
Shinseki to be named VA secretary
December 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
President-elect Barack Obama has chosen retired Gen. Eric K. Shinseki to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary, turning to a former Army chief of staff once vilified by the Bush administration for questioning its Iraq war strategy.
Kick back for New Year’s with ’60s-themed party
December 7, 2008 in print edition on C1
It wasn’t such a great year for many Americans. Foreclosures, job loss, credit problems. No wonder many people felt nostalgic. The show “Mad Men” developed a cult following, while talk show hosts cast the Obamas as the new Kennedys.
Court allows diaper evidence at ex-astronaut’s trial
December 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Diapers, latex gloves and other items found in an ex-astronaut’s car can be used as evidence when the woman accused of driving 1,000-miles to confront a romantic rival goes to trial, an appeals court ruled.
Obama proposes public works project
December 7, 2008 in print edition on A1
President-elect Barack Obama said Saturday that he wants to revive the economy and create jobs by upgrading roads, schools and energy efficiency in a public-works program whose scale has been unseen since construction of the interstate highway system in the 1950s.
Family Day planned at Spencer Museum
December 7, 2008 in print edition on D2
Children of all ages can experience the magic of toys at the Spencer Museum of Art Family Day, scheduled for Dec. 14. The program, which includes hands-on activities and a screening of the 1995 computer-animated hit film “Toy Story,” will run from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Resident takes reins at agency
December 7, 2008 in print edition on B4
Keith Wood has volunteered for more than 25 years leading a Lawrence-area Boy Scout troop. Earlier this year, he saw the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County — another organization that provides mentors to young people — needed a new executive director. The position caught his eye.
Sunny von Bulow dead after 28 years in coma
December 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Martha “Sunny” von Bulow, an heiress who spent the last 28 years of her life in oblivion after what prosecutors alleged in a pair of sensational trials were two murder attempts by her husband, died Saturday at age 76.
Boeing pauses talks with Kansas engineers union
December 7, 2008 in print edition on A8
Boeing Co. has called a recess to contract negotiations with a union representing more than 700 engineers in Wichita. Boeing spokesman Jarrod Bartlett said Friday that the pause will give the aircraft manufacturer a chance to look at a counteroffer from the Wichita unit of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace.
Time short, Congress tries to seal $15B auto bailout deal
December 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Racing to seal a deal with the White House, Democratic congressional leaders dispatched aides Saturday to draft an emergency $15 billion aid package to pull Detroit’s Big Three automakers from the brink of collapse.
Importance of wind power on minds of event speakers, guests
December 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
As part of Greenpeace’s international day of action, a Lawrence-based event focused on a very local issue: Kansas’s potential for wind energy and its heavy reliance on burning fossil fuels. In conjunction with the United Nation’s climate talks in Poznan, Poland, this month, Greenpeace groups across the country and world gathered to urge leaders to take immediate action to stop global warming.
Travel pinch: Global financial crisis leaves big dent in tourism industry
Hotel occupancy, air travel way down
December 7, 2008 in print edition on E1
The tourists chatting in multiple languages in the piazzas, bars and shops of Rome belie a more somber mood at the ancient city’s hotels. Luigi Rinaldi, concierge of the Hotel de la Minerve next to the Pantheon, said American tourists have disappeared, although demand among German, Spanish and Russian tourists is solid.
Put history aside; let Obama be Obama
December 7, 2008 in print edition on B7
There is history everywhere you look here. On these streets you can feel the hoofbeats of Paul Revere. In Faneuil Hall you can hear the echoes of Samuel Adams’ pleas for American independence — and of John F. Kerry’s concession to George W. Bush.
2 arrested in Mumbai investigation
Suspect accused of aiding gunmen may have been undercover officer
December 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
One of the two Indian men arrested for illegally buying mobile phone cards used by the gunmen in the Mumbai attacks was a counterinsurgency police officer who may have been on an undercover mission, security officials said Saturday, demanding his release.
Scarcity doesn’t justify broadcast controls
December 7, 2008 in print edition on B6
Reactionary liberalism, the ideology of many Democrats, holds that inconvenient rights, such as secret ballots in unionization elections, should be repealed; that existing failures, such as GM, should be preserved; and, with special perversity, that repealed mistakes, such as the “fairness doctrine,” should be repeated.
Jayhawks impress JSU
Coach: KU at least top 15
December 7, 2008 in print edition on C7
Jackson State University’s men’s basketball team proved Saturday afternoon it just might be the best one-win squad in the country. Following the team’s 86-62 defeat at No. 25 Kansas, however, the Tigers were convinced they’d just lost to one of the top one-loss schools in the nation.
Wheel Genius: Road work this week
December 7, 2008 in print edition on B3
See below for some projects and detours that could delay your travel during the coming week near the Kansas University campus in Lawrence, or to or from the Kansas City metro area, according to government and agency officials.
Ho-ho-hokum: 10 worst holiday albums
December 7, 2008 in print edition on D6
Were Charles Dickens searching for a new threat to haunt Scrooge more than his three Yuletide ghosts, he might start by strolling the CD aisles at Wal-Mart and grabbing a handful of discs that purport to contain “Christmas music.”
KU swim team wins
December 7, 2008 in print edition on C3
KU’s swimming and diving team won the Kenyon Invitational.
Oklahoma-Florida likely scenario for title
December 7, 2008 in print edition on C5
One loss each. No questions asked. Florida and Oklahoma each won conference title games Saturday virtually to assure themselves a showdown for the national championship on Jan. 8 — a matchup hardly anyone outside of Texas can argue with
Millions of Muslims gather for pilgrimage
December 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
Nearly 3 million pilgrims chanting prayers converged Saturday in a valley just outside the holy city of Mecca at the beginning of the 5-day hajj pilgrimage, a lifelong dream for many Muslims. The pilgrims from about 100 countries left Mecca after completing the first ritual of the hajj by circling the sacred Kaaba stone structure seven times inside the Grand Mosque, which Muslims all over the world face during their five daily prayers.
Angry, laid-off workers occupy factory
December 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
Workers who got three days’ notice that their factory was shutting its doors have occupied the building and say they won’t go home without assurances they’ll get severance and vacation pay. About 250 union workers occupied the Republic Windows and Doors plant in shifts Saturday while union leaders outside criticized a Wall Street bailout they say is leaving laborers behind.
Broncos inconsistent
Chiefs seeking sweep of Denver
December 7, 2008 in print edition on C10
The Chiefs will try to complete a season sweep of the hot-and-cold Broncos.
Former KU golfer tied for 33rd
December 7, 2008 in print edition on C3
Ex-Jayhawk Gary Woodland shot a 71 in the fourth round of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.
Horoscopes
December 7, 2008 in print edition on D5
How you evolve and what you do could change during the year. You will tend to take risks; one or two could backfire. Can you afford this type of behavior? If you are single, romance could cause quite an earthquake in your life, as there could be quite a few suitors. The issue will be whom to choose next. If you are attached, the two of you will stoke the fires of romance if you allow more private time together.
KU’s Taylor gets mixed review
Freshman’s performance panned despite double-double
December 7, 2008 in print edition on C6
Though Tyshawn Taylor had 10 points, 11 assists and two steals against Jackson State on Saturday, he still had a head coach wishing for a bit more. “I think this is the best stat line that Ty maybe has had and probably the worst that he’s played,” Kansas University coach Bill Self said after KU’s 86-62 victory over the Tigers.
Woman finds birth family
December 7, 2008 in print edition on B5
While she was growing up, Debra Newman never felt as if anything was missing. She had two loving, adoptive parents and three siblings who all formed a close family. But now, at age 50 and with all but one brother dead, the Bonner Springs resident is feeling an intense void in her life that she’s starting to realize was there all along.
Sooners lower boom on Missouri, 62-21
Bradford solidifies Heisman cred; Oklahoma proves it belongs in BCS championship game with rout
December 7, 2008 in print edition on C1
Oklahoma routed Missouri in the Big 12 championship football game, clearing the way for a likely BCS championship game berth.
Kansas lacking on glass
December 7, 2008 in print edition on C1
Sherron Collins took his eye off of a pass coming his way and fumbled it out of bounds. A long rebound fell right into Brady Morningstar’s hands in front of the home team’s bench. He couldn’t hold onto it. Tyshawn Taylor tried to feed the post with a line drive when a looping pass was in order.
Sheriff’s deputy to wrap up 33-year career
December 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
Douglas County’s longest-serving female sheriff’s deputy will turn in her badge and call it a career this Friday. It wasn’t without struggles that Lt. Kari Wempe survived 33 years on the force. “It’s been quite a path,” said Wempe, 54, who climbed the ranks to become a top administrator for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s been rewarding and challenging.”
Big-picture budget
In difficult financial times, lawmakers need to keep their eye on the long-range impacts of various cuts.
December 7, 2008 in print edition on B6
Despite the dire financial situation that the 2009 Kansas Legislature will face, it’s important for lawmakers to take an approach that is both thoughtful and has the best long-range interests of the state in mind.
Parade trots out finery for viewers
Show cart accident results in visit to LMH
December 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
Come Saturday morning, Carol Supancic was prepared for the Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade. She parked her truck along Massachusetts Street the night before. Her sister brought a large yellow jug of hot chocolate, her mother made chocolate chip cookies and she rose early to bake caramel-pecan rolls.
McCray ready for rematch with Marquette
December 7, 2008 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s Danielle McCray heads to Marquette a marked woman.
High-flying days also over for online travel sites
December 7, 2008 in print edition on E1
Not only are Americans flying less as the economy tanks, they’re spending less time scouting the Internet for travel deals, creating an unprecedented drop in traffic for online travel agencies like Chicago-based Orbitz Worldwide Inc.
Mann of the hour
Walk-on’s first start message to big men
December 7, 2008 in print edition on C1
Matt Kleinmann took a deep breath as he finished signing autographs outside Kansas University’s locker room, readying himself for a long, uphill trek from Allen Fieldhouse to Marvin Hall, high atop Jayhawk Blvd.
Wie poised to earn LPGA Tour card
December 7, 2008 in print edition on C2
Michelle Wie was nine shots clear of the cutoff for the top 20 players at the LPGA Qualifying tournament.
College affordability on Obama agenda
December 7, 2008 in print edition on B6
Of all the promises Barack Obama made during his campaign, none received more cheers and applause than his vow to make college more affordable and accessible for America’s young people. This was obviously appealing to youths themselves, many of whom now find themselves, such as Barack and Michelle Obama did, burdened with debt when they finish their educations.
Birthday registry could cause ripple in still water
December 7, 2008
It’s my birthday in a couple of days. I don’t mention it because it’s a big milestone or anything. It’s 53, who cares? Fifty-three is like 19 or 26 or 44. Ho freakin’ hum.
Crafts brighten up home holiday decor
December 7, 2008 in print edition on C1
Sure, the stores are filled with beautiful pre-made decorations this time of year. But do you really want your home to look like everyone else’s?
Motion asks judge for Stevens’ acquittal
December 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
Defense lawyers said that U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens’ month-long trial was unfair, flawed and prejudiced against him in dozens of ways and asked that he be tried anew, this time in Alaska.The motion for a new trial, filed Friday in Washington, D.C., was accompanied by a separate motion asking the judge in the case to overrule the jury and direct an acquittal.
John McCain says Pakistan will act
December 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Pakistan understands it must take quick action against any terrorists connected to the Mumbai attacks that are living in the country, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday after meeting its leaders.Indian authorities say the attackers were members of a banned Pakistani militant group that was set up by the country’s intelligence agencies to battle Indian rule in the disputed Kashmir region.
How to reduce holiday stress
December 7, 2008 in print edition on D7
The thought of trekking from store to store to buy gifts can raise anyone’s blood pressure.