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KU student recovering from July house fire
December 10, 2008
A KU student who jumped out of a burning home in July is on the road to recovery.
Vegas says KU will win Insight Bowl
December 10, 2008
The Jayhawks continue to prepare for the Insight Bowl, which they are favored to win by 10 and a half points.
6Weather Morning Forecast, December 10, 2008
December 10, 2008
Thursday’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 39 and a low of 14.
KU’s Little returns to practice
December 10, 2008
Mario Little returns to practice after suffering a stress fracture in his leg.
U.S. 69 to I-435 ramp opens Thursday
December 10, 2008
Drivers heading south on U.S. Highway 69 and looking to turn east onto Interstate 435 can expect to be riding high beginning Thursday evening in Johnson County.
Some Republicans float Sebelius as possible next KU chancellor
Governor’s office refuses to go along with speculation
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A5
State Republican Party officials Wednesday speculated that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, may want to become chancellor of Kansas University.
Money missing after break-in at South Junior High
December 10, 2008
Money is missing from South Junior High after a break-in early Wednesday morning.
Driver in fatality on Ousdahl Road was speeding
December 10, 2008
The driver who was killed when his car struck a tree on Nov. 29 was driving faster than the 30 mph speed limit and too fast for conditions, a Lawrence police report said.
Scam goes retro to get after local couple
December 10, 2008
Lawrence residents John and Karen Armstrong recently received a letter they knew was too good to be true.
Defendant pleads guilty to planting pipe bomb under truck at Lawrence’s East Hills Business Park
Spurned boyfriend planted device under rival’s truck in May 2007
December 10, 2008
An Hays man accused of planting a pipe bomb under a man’s truck in Lawrence’s East Hills Business Park, has accepted responsibility for the May 16, 2007, crime, the United States Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.
Markieff Morris accepts diversion agreement
December 10, 2008
Kansas University freshman forward Markieff Morris has accepted a diversion agreement which will require him to perform 20 hours of community service for the Airsoft rifle incident last August at Jayhawker Towers, coach Bill Self announced at his weekly press conference Wednesday.
Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival leaving Lawrence for Arkansas
Camping and music event attracted thousands every year to Clinton Lake
12:40 p.m., December 10, 2008 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on A1
The Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival is leaving Lawrence for a new home in northwest Arkansas, organizers for the festival announced Wednesday.
Tonganoxie school bus collides with van on U.S. Highway 24-40
10:07 a.m., December 10, 2008 Updated 05:23 p.m.
Three Tonganoxie Elementary School children were taken to area hospitals for further examination of minor injures that resulted from a school bus collision this morning.
Basketball roundup: Abrams leads Texas
December 10, 2008 in print edition on B7
A recap of college basketball scores from around the country
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A11
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 10, 1908: “Prof. Erasmus Haworth of the university was elected president of the American Association of Mining Schools in Pittsburgh, Pa. It is considered a major office and represents quite an honor. … The Salvation Army has started a campaign for funds and provisions for their annual Christmas dinner for the poor of the community. More than 225 are expected to attend the annual dinner.”
WHO’s diagnosis: Cancer to be world’s top killer by 2010
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A8
Cancer will overtake heart disease as the world’s top killer by 2010, part of a trend that should more than double global cancer cases and deaths by 2030, international health experts said in a report released Tuesday.
‘Letters to God’ delivered to Western Wall
December 10, 2008 in print edition on C10
Israeli postal authorities have delivered hundreds of “letters to God” from across the world to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Clashes, looting still rock Greek cities
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A7
Masked youths and looters marauded through Greek cities for a fourth night Tuesday, in an explosion of rage triggered by the police shooting of a teenager that has unleashed the most violent riots in a quarter century.
Senate president pushes for transportation plan
December 10, 2008 in print edition on B12
Senate leaders want to push a comprehensive transportation plan next year, even though the state faces financial problems that some say are worse than anything since the Great Depression.
Early retirements to save county money
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A6
A lot of experience will be leaving the Douglas County government by the end of the year with the departure of 16 employees who took advantage of an early retirement incentive.
Roundup: Veritas falls
December 10, 2008
Veritas Christian’s boys basketball team fell to Burton High School, 62-43, on Tuesday at the Goessel Invitational Tournament.
Budget cuts hit Bert Nash
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A6
A state cut in social services will mean less money for the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, officials said Tuesday.
Parents help in search for next superintendent
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A3
Lawrence parents Tuesday night rattled off a wish list for the district’s next superintendent to be a strong manager and skillful communicator who can draw upon outside resources in the area.
Officials collect public input for improving transit systems
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A1
Officials from KU and the city of Lawrence are working together to gather public input for improving — and perhaps combining — KU on Wheels with the city’s service, known as the T.
Lawmakers hope to set Senate seat vote
December 10, 2008
Top Illinois lawmakers said Tuesday that they are preparing to call the Legislature into session as early as next week to set a special election, hoping to avert the possibility of their embattled governor picking the state’s next U.S. senator.
U.S. criticized at U.N. session on terrorism
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A2
Croatia’s president took a swipe at the Bush administration Tuesday, telling the U.N. Security Council that the global fight against terrorism has been “compromised” by Washington’s pre-emptive approach.
KU Hospital opens neurological units
December 10, 2008 in print edition on B11
Kansas University Hospital has completed a $12 million project dedicated to caring for patients with an array of neurological disorders.
Return to playoffs step in right direction
December 10, 2008 in print edition on B6
Back-to-back losing seasons have Lawrence High football fans hoping for better days ahead. How far ahead is the question
‘Mayor’ remembered for wit, generosity
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A5
He was known as the “mayor of North Lawrence.” For decades, Charles R. “Bob” Snow, of 876 Oak St., was known for his visits in the community.
Fewer turnovers crucial for Jayhawk women
December 10, 2008 in print edition on B1
Off to a 5-1 start, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team is forcing opponents into an average of about 20 turnovers a game.
Month off welcomed by KU
December 10, 2008
With just two weeks off leading up to its Border War matchup with Missouri, the Kansas University football team was able to nurse itself to health enough to upset the Tigers, 40-37, in Kansas City, Mo. on Nov. 29.
Vets fix feline’s face after ‘cat’-astrophe
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A2
Me-ouch! Veterinarians on Tuesday performed an unusual surgery to reattach the face of a cat they believe was injured by a car’s fan belt, probably because she tried to stay warm under the hood.
Shoppers can check CR’s last-minute gift list
December 10, 2008 in print edition on B11
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, stores are jam-packed with the latest and greatest electronic products, ranging from HDTVs to digital cameras to laptops. CR recently rated the best last-minute electronics gifts to help shoppers during this hectic time.
Romo still Cowboys’ best chance
December 10, 2008
Tony Romo played an awful game against Pittsburgh. No one disputes that.
Angry Ford dealer’s ad blasts imports
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A2
A Ford dealer angered over the proposed bailout of U.S. automakers blames the nation’s sour economy on Congress and criticized buyers of Japanese cars, calling the vehicles “rice ready … not road ready” in a radio ad.
Former mortgage execs blasted
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A7
Three months after the government seized control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, lawmakers on Tuesday blamed former top executives at the mortgage giants for fueling the financial market turmoil that has dragged the country into a recession.
J-W staff’s Big 12 bowl picks
December 10, 2008 in print edition on B4
The Journal-World sports staff predicts scores for the Big 12 bowl games.
Cook and freeze pies ahead of holiday events
December 10, 2008
What’s the best way to freeze pies for the holidays?
Fearless freshman
Taylor’s prep coach marvels at guard’s steady maturation
December 10, 2008 in print edition on B1
Basketball coaching legend Bob Hurley, Sr., who has won 23 state championships, three mythical national titles and more than 900 games the past 31⁄2 decades at tradition-rich St. Anthony High, remains a hoops junkie at the age of 61. When he’s not tutoring his own players at the Jersey City, N.J., prep powerhouse, he’s watching games — lots of Kansas University games — at home on satellite TV.“The KU package has been very good. I’ve been very excited getting to watch him play,” Hurley said of his prized pupil — St. Anthony grad Tyshawn Taylor — who is off to a spectacular start his freshman season at KU.
New info ties Mumbai gunmen to Pakistan
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A2
Police released names and photographs of suspected Islamic militants who staged the bloody three-day siege of Mumbai and said they uncovered new details about the gunmen — including hometowns in Pakistan.
Illinois gov. arrested, accused of selling Senate seat
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A1
Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, were arrested Tuesday for what U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald called a “political corruption crime spree” that allegedly included attempts to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.
Records sought on jet that killed 4 in crash
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A2
A high-ranking congressman called on the Marine Corps on Tuesday to release the maintenance records of all fighter jets of the type that lost power and crashed into a San Diego neighborhood, killing four members of a family.
People in the news
December 10, 2008 in print edition on B10
Oprah says she’s gained 40 pounds since 2006; actor Mark Ruffalo’s brother dies, a week after being shot in the head; Sen. Fran Drescher?; the Miami City Ballet will perform sans orchestra to save money; a Grey’s Anatomy star wants out; Coldplay responds to a lawsuit filed against the band.
Musicians protest use of songs as torture by jailers
December 10, 2008 in print edition on C10
Blaring from a speaker behind a metal grate in his tiny cell in Iraq, the blistering rock from Nine Inch Nails hit Prisoner No. 200343 like a sonic bludgeon.
December 10, 2008 in print edition on B10
Use your innate skills this year in handling a key personal or domestic matter. This issue could involve a move, new home or perhaps having a new roommate. Be honest with yourself as to how you will react at the beginning and finally when you are adjusted. If you are single, be open to people you meet in your day-to-day life. If you are attached, work on your communication and trust and be more open. Taurus can test your patience.
City nixes tougher panhandling regulations
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A3
City commissioners Tuesday balked at placing tougher regulations on downtown panhandlers after being told the new rules could land the city in a risky lawsuit.
Pump patrol
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.39 at several locations.
Firebirds leave rich legacy
December 10, 2008
It was one of those seasons they’ll be talking about forever on Lawrence’s west side. After losing eight starters from a 7-3 team in 2007, the 2008 Free State High football team rolled into the season with big expectations and even bigger question marks.
Illinois governor’s arrest stuns politicos
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A10
The words on the recording sound as if they were uttered by a mob boss. Instead, the feds say, it is the governor of Illinois speaking. “I’ve got this thing and it’s (expletive) golden, and I’m just not giving it up for (expletive) nothing. I’m not gonna do it,” Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich says in a conversation intercepted by the FBI.
6-1 in bowls realistic prediction for Big 12
Sorrentino’s lightning round
December 10, 2008 in print edition on B4
It’s about time the Big 12 gets over the hump of mediocrity in bowl games. It’s amazing to think that 5-3 is the best the conference has ever fared in bowl games.
Mets reach deal with K-Rod
Closer Rodriguez agrees to $37 million, 3-year contract
December 10, 2008
Desperate for a closer, the New York Mets landed the top one available: Francisco Rodriguez.
Woman prefers to shed family legacy
December 10, 2008 in print edition on B10
A powerful story about the intersection of history, family, tragedy and even Hollywood, the “P.O.V.” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) documentary “Inheritance” features a character beyond the imagination of any screenwriter. Born in 1945 and raised by a single mother she couldn’t stand, Monika Hertwig is now in her 60s, raising the grandchild her drug-addicted daughter can no longer nurture. Hertwig knows she cannot change the past, so she invests all of her energy in her grandson and his future.
Sony to cut 8,000 jobs
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A2
Sony Corp. is slashing 4 percent of its worldwide work force, reining in spending and shutting plants as it tries to ride out a looming worldwide recession that is battering Japan’s export-reliant manufacturers.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A11
Kansas University was to have its famed marching band at the Jan. 1 Orange Bowl football game with Penn State. However, there was to be no Kansas float in the bowl parade due to the expense and the lateness of KU’s notice of selection for the game.
Stars of the party: Inventive cookie recipes make holidays feel special
December 10, 2008
All holiday cookies bring loads of cheer with each sugary bite. But, truth be told, some recipes are more worn than a hand-me-down tree skirt.
White House, Congress on brink of making auto deal
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A2
Weary Democratic congressional leaders and White House officials agreed in principle Tuesday on a $15 billion bailout of U.S. automakers that would give the government extraordinary power to restructure the failing industry. But the rescue faced snags as Republicans raised deep concerns.
Thanks due
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A11
Dole Institute’s director and staff deserve community’s gratitude for programs
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
December 10, 2008
University of Arizona freshman Jeff Withey, who finally received his release to transfer without penalty on Monday, told ESPN he likely will transfer to either Kansas University or the University of Texas.
Snow, wind make traveling difficult
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A5
The blowing snow, slick spots on streets and crunching metal made for rude reminders that winter’s just around the corner.
Next KU leader may buck tradition
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A1
Recent searches for top academic administrators throughout the region reveal a willingness for some institutions to hire people outside the world of academia to lead universities.
Latin America’s ‘brand’ needs work
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A11
Here’s some good news for Latin America: A new worldwide survey reveals that Brazil, Argentina and Mexico have a better image abroad than India, China, South Africa and most Central European countries. The bad news for Latin America, however, is that while some of its countries have a relatively good image abroad, their products don’t. The 2008 Anholt-GFK Roper Nation Brand Index, a poll of 20,000 people around the world that measures the image of 50 nations, shows that Latin American products are still viewed with apprehension in the rest of the world.
Abortion truth
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor:I’m glad the Journal-World carries Leonard Pitts’ column. This Sunday, he and I agree that people are too likely to choose “the soft comfort of lies” over the hard, ugly truth.
Athletic outrage
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor:I am writing to express my outrage at USD 497’s plan to build competitive athletic facilities at Lawrence High School. The area around LHS will simply not support any more usage than it already has.
Shady deal
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor:The city’s planning staff made arbitrary, unreasonable and capricious quasi-judicial decisions regarding the school district’s two special use permits for five sports facilities at Lawrence High School and Lawrence Virtual School.
Tips will help you cruise past airport security
December 10, 2008
If you’re flying to a holiday get-together, here are some tips from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to help speed your way through airport security screening.
Create a cranberry clock
December 10, 2008 in print edition on C3
Here’s the last in a series of DIY crafts courtesy of HGTV. John Gidding, designer on “Designed to Sell” and expert on “Holiday Inspiration” series, came up with this cranberry and Christmas ball clock:
On the record
December 10, 2008 in print edition on A4
Law enforcement reportCondition Updates• Jasmine Garland, 17, Lawrence, and Lauren Myers, 16, were listed in critical condition Tuesday at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. They were injured in a Nov. 29 wreck in the 2500 block of Ousdahl Road.• Courtney Nez, 24, Lawrence has been treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a wreck Thursday near 15th and Iowa streets. A condition update on another patient in that wreck, Lindsey Williams, 26, Lawrence, was unavailable from KU Hospital, said spokesman Dennis Minich.• A condition update at KU Hospital was also unavailable for Ronnie Price, 58, Ottawa, who was injured in a rollover accident Monday east of Baldwin City on Kansas Highway 33, Minich said. A Highway Patrol report Monday incorrectly spelled Price’s last name.
Lawrence resident named SCCA president
December 10, 2008
The Sports Car Club of America’s Board of Directors selected Lawrence resident Jeff Dahnert as the club’s next president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1.
Coach enjoys thrill
December 10, 2008 in print edition on B1
Just back from his latest stay in the hospital, this time for a touch of pneumonia, former Kansas University football coach and forever the program’s No. 1 ambassador, Don Fambrough, said he was looking forward to serving as host of Traveller’s group trip to the Insight Bowl.
U.S. students score higher in math
December 10, 2008 in print edition on C10
American schoolchildren do better than people think in math and science, but Asian students still dominate in math and have gained ground in science, an international study found.
Silent assassins: Remember these little-known names in time for bowls
December 10, 2008 in print edition on B4
The Big 12 Conference and college football bowl games: not historically an unstoppable combination. The conference carries a mediocre 41-44 bowl record in 12 years. The Big 12’s best bowl record for an individual season is 5-3.
Big 12 football notebook
December 10, 2008 in print edition on B4
With 12 games down and one to go, Kansas University’s Todd Reesing has already thrown for more yardage than he did in 13 games last year.