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6Weather Morning Forecast, December 12, 2008
December 11, 2008
Friday’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, with a high of 46 and a low 24.
Eudora girls fall
December 11, 2008
Two late Paola three-pointers effectively ended the Eudora girls basketball team’s quest to win its home tournament Thursday night.
Collins showing leadership for Jayhawks
December 11, 2008
Sherron Collins is making the transition from role player to leader just fine.
Boogaard glad to be back on court
December 11, 2008
KU women’s basketball player Krysten Boogaard played for the first time all year in Wednesday’s win over Western Illinois.
Jim Rome named December Teacher of the Month
December 11, 2008
New York Elementary teacher Jim Rome wins December’s Teacher of the Month award. He is credited with helping a child overcome homelessness.
Looking for Electrician An? Lawrence business gets mislisted in Yellow Pages
December 11, 2008
One Lawrence business owner took AT&T to court over an erroneous Yellow Pages listing.
Emergency crews investigate possible gas leak west of Iowa at 26th Street
05:58 p.m., December 11, 2008 Updated 07:15 p.m.
Crews from Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical investigated a possible gas leak early Thursday at an apartment complex just west of 26th and Iowa.
Lawrence Humane Society takes in dogs from breeder
December 11, 2008
The Lawrence Humane Society has nearly a dozen adult dogs that the state rescued last week from a southeast Kansas breeder.
Salvation Army Toy Store helps families have merry Christmas
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A1
Luis and Paula Valdez, of Lawrence, have five children, and because of The Salvation Army Toy Store they predict a very merry Christmas.
New vice provost for finance named at KU
December 11, 2008
Diane Hoose Goddard has been named as Kansas University’s new vice provost for finance.
Kansas governor’s office reopened after investigation of suspicious powder
01:31 p.m., December 11, 2008 Updated 02:17 p.m. in print edition on A3
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ ceremonial office and people inside it were quarantined for about two hours after a letter was opened that contained a suspicious powder, officials said Thursday.
Three months after a hurricane, a former Kansan is struck by how much was forgotten
Former KU student describes devastation in city still reeling from hurricane
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A3
It’s only been three months since Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston, Texas. Yet national news coverage of the city’s recovery efforts is minute, and that bothers former Kansan Kevin Boulware. To him, it’s as if the rest of the country has forgotten what happened there.
KU sends alert to students and their parents regarding sexual assaults
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A5
Kansas University delivered an e-mail alert to students and their parents Thursday morning, informing them of a series of sexual assaults in Lawrence that involved KU students.
State leaders to meet, address school funding, cash flow problems
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A3
Facing a severe revenue shortfall, Kansas leaders will meet next week to consider borrowing funds to fulfill the state’s December payment to public schools.
Study: Few eighth-graders on track for college success
December 11, 2008 in print edition on C8
Fewer than 2 in 10 of the nation’s eighth-graders are on track to be academically prepared for college, and high school may be too late to bring them up to speed, according to a study released Wednesday.
McLouth girls beat Doniphan West
December 11, 2008
The Bulldogs picked up their first victory of the season at the Delaware Valley League Tournament on Thursday night with a 57-35 victory over Doniphan West.
Heisman finalists set
It’s down to Bradford, McCoy, Tebow
December 11, 2008 in print edition on B6
Tebow’s Gators will play Bradford and the Sooners in the BCS national championship game Jan. 8 in Miami.
Pump patrol
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.37 at several locations.
Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook
December 11, 2008 in print edition on B6
The Kansas University football team’s current season might still be three weeks from completion, but that hasn’t stopped coaches from looking ahead to 2009.
Briscoe credits Madden
December 11, 2008
Dezmon Briscoe credits the video game Madden NFL 09 for his increased production.
Yankees, Sabathia agree
December 11, 2008
CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees agreed Wednesday on the framework for a $161 million, seven-year contract, the richest for a pitcher in baseball history.
Gonzaga ends losing streak versus WSU
December 11, 2008 in print edition on B5
A recap of Top 25 men’s basketball action.
KU Jazz Vespers set to swing tonight
December 11, 2008 in print edition on C1
The swingin’ sounds of the season will be featured tonight as Kansas University faculty and students perform the seventh annual KU Jazz Vespers.
U.N. says cholera death toll reaches 775
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A8
The death toll from Zimbabwe’s cholera outbreak has risen sharply, the United Nations said Wednesday, reporting 775 deaths and 16,141 cases of the waterborne disease in the southern African nation.
Fishburne joins ‘CSI
December 11, 2008 in print edition on B8
Laurence Fishburne joins the cast of “CSI” (8 p.m., CBS) as a professor and renowned criminal pathologist Dr. Raymond Langston. He gets the attention of Gil Grissom (William Petersen) when he invites his class to participate in a “conversation” with serial killer Nathan Haskell (Bill Irwin) via a two-way camera feed between prison and the university. Grissom “audits” the class to gain insight into a current case that may be linked to Haskell’s work.
Patti Blagojevich also in spotlight
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A7
Gov. Rod Blagojevich has some close company in his misery. His arrest this week on corruption charges also shone a spotlight on Patti Blagojevich, his wife and a mother of two. The first lady may have been introduced to the public by profanity-laced tirades as outlined by federal prosecutors, but she already was being investigated for her real-estate dealings.
House OKs $14B auto bill
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A2
A $14 billion rescue package for the nation’s imperiled auto industry sped to approval in the House Wednesday night, but the emergency bailout was still in jeopardy from Republicans who were setting out roadblocks in the Senate.
Federal budget deficit at record high, may hit $1 trillion
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A1
The federal government registered a record budget deficit for the month of November, reflecting the impact of a recession on tax receipts and the mounting costs of the $700 billion financial rescue program.
Few willing to ‘call in gay’
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A2
A daylong work stoppage during which employees were encouraged to “call in gay” to express support for same-sex marriage drew spotty participation nationwide Wednesday, with some gay rights activists praising the concept but questioning its effect.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A9
Figures released by Mike Fisher, academic counselor for Kansas University’s athletic department, showed that KU football and basketball players who reached their senior years were graduating at high rates. Fisher claimed that the grad rates were “as good as or better than” the nonathlete student. However, it appeared that there were a number of glitches in the paths of many athletes who never reached senior status and the rates for them were not so good.
Powerball to move from Iowa to Florida
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A5
After 16 years in Iowa, Powerball is moving south.
GPS, hidden cameras watching over Baby Jesus
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A1
When Baby Jesus disappeared last year from a Nativity scene on the lawn of the Wellington, Fla., community center, village officials didn’t follow a star to locate him.
Wizards acquire guard in three-team trade
December 11, 2008 in print edition on B4
The New Orleans Hornets sent veteran guard Mike James to Washington on Wednesday in exchange for Antonio Daniels as part of a three-team trade that returned a future first-round draft pick from the Wizards to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Agencies still seeking holiday help for families
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A3
There is still a big need in Lawrence to help some families have a merry Christmas.
Workers vote to end sit-in at factory
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A2
Jubilant workers, cheering and chanting “Yes We Can,” celebrated outside a Chicago factory after approving a $1.75 million agreement to end their six-day sit-in, a dispute that became a symbol of the plight of labor nationwide.
Sooners maul Maine, 78-52
December 11, 2008 in print edition on B5
A recap of Big 12 men’s basketball action.
Kids with obesity-linked gene pick fatty foods
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A2
Scientists may have figured out one reason some people reach for the french fries instead of an apple.
Generic drug prices falling in U.S.
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A2
Finally, a little good health care news for consumers: U.S. prices for generic prescription drugs, which already cost as little as one-third what their brand-name cousins do, have been getting cheaper and likely will keep doing so.
U.S. executions, death sentences on decline
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A2
New death sentences in the United States were at or near a three-decade low this year and the number of people executed will be the lowest since 1994, according to a new report.
Democratic Party has new state director
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A5
The Kansas Democratic Party has a new executive director.
Salvation Army’s Toy Shop to open today
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A4
The Salvation Army’s Toy Shop to support low-income families will be open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today and Friday at Building 21 of the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.
Fall commencement scheduled for Baker
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A3
More than 600 students will graduate as part of Baker University’s fall commencement ceremonies this weekend in Baldwin City.
Kline faces subpoena in case
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A5
An abortion clinic’s attorney said Wednesday that he’s subpoenaed Phill Kline to prevent the Johnson County district attorney from taking copies of patients’ medical records and other materials with him when he leaves office.
Seabury boys roll, 64-38
December 11, 2008
Reed Grabil scored 15 points, and Seabury defeated Flint Hills Christian, 64-38, on Thursday night in high school boys basketball. Seabury (2-0) is off until Jan. 6, when the Seahawks will entertain Leavenworth Immaculata.
Funds to aid residents with disabilities
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A5
Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority have received a $100,000 award that will help provide rental assistance for county residents with disabilities.
December graduates to be honored at KU
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A4
Kansas University will recognize December graduates with several upcoming ceremonies.
Better regulation of financial planners urged
December 11, 2008 in print edition on B9
There are many good things that can come out of a recession, especially one largely brought on by greed, corruption and corporate mismanagement.
Tonganoxie girls top Piper
December 11, 2008
Tonganoxie senior Roni Grizzle scored 10 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter against Piper in the third-place game of the Cardinal Invitational to lead the Chieftains to a 45-38 victory over Piper.
Newspaper war erupts in SW Kansas
December 11, 2008 in print edition on B10
The 121-year-old newspaper in the southwest Kansas town of Liberal is suing its upstart competition — a daily publication in the same town that’s published by its former employees.
KU seniors reflect on humble start
December 11, 2008
The seniors on Kansas University’s football team have been a part of the most successful four-year run in school history, but their careers started in lean times.
December 11, 2008 in print edition on B8
You’ll go far this year if you learn to channel your energy and, sometimes, dissatisfaction in a positive manner. You need to know when to regroup.
Next chancellor should have KU ties
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A9
The announcement of Chancellor Hemenway’s retirement in June 2009 came as a surprise and a shock to most of those who spend their days on Mount Oread. He has led Kansas University since 1995 and has, during that period, changed the university in profound ways. When he leaves office, he will leave behind a campus that has been physically transformed by the addition of numerous new buildings, expanded research and new teaching facilities.
3 students injured in school bus accident
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A3
Three Tonganoxie Elementary School children were taken to area hospitals to be treated for minor injures after a school bus collision Wednesday morning.
Study: U.S. arms sales contradict Bush aims
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A2
The U.S. arms trade is booming — sales reached $32 billion last year — and more than half of the purchasers in the developing world are either undemocratic governments or regimes that engaged in human rights abuses, a private think tank reported Wednesday.
Suns trade Bell, Diaw for Bobcats’ Richardson
December 11, 2008 in print edition on B4
The Phoenix Suns jettisoned two familiar players to Charlotte and got the Bobcats’ leading scorer in exchange.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A9
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 11, 1908: “Secretary Coburn of the Kansas Board of Agriculture, today issued his final crop report for the year on farming in the state. Agriculturally, this has been Kansas’ greatest year and never before have the financial returns from farms been so high. This year’s farm products and livestock reached the unprecedented value of more than $175 million, $11 million better than 1907, which had been the previous record year. Higher prices for goods did much to boost the financial picture.”
Holiday help
A slumping economy presents a special challenge this year to help local people in need.
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A9
The pleas for help this holiday season seem a little more urgent than usual. Lists of those who need help seem to be longer and, with Christmas only about two weeks away, local agencies say they need more donors.
KU Hospital earns national award
December 11, 2008 in print edition on B9
Kansas University Hospital announced Wednesday that it has been recognized as one of the nation’s best when it comes to being customer-friendly.
Blagojevich scandal is no surprise
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A9
Rod Blagojevich was a scandal waiting to happen. When he was running for governor of Illinois for the first time in 2002, he had two impressive opponents in the Democratic primary. One was Paul Vallas, a reform-minded intellectual who had been Mayor Richard Daley’s choice to take over the troubled Chicago school system. The
Nobel Peace winner urges Obama to focus on Mideast
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A8
Finnish mediator Martti Ahtisaari accepted this year’s Nobel Peace Prize with a plea to President-elect Barack Obama: Start pressing for Middle East peace as soon as you can.
Lieutenant gov. poised to step in
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A7
Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn doesn’t like Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and the feeling is mutual. The two haven’t spoken in more than a year. Quinn has called Blagojevich “petty and vindictive” for slashing money to the offices of state officials who’ve disagreed with him. He’s pushed for an amendment to allow the recall of constitutional officers, aimed at the governor.
Governor ignores calls to resign
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A7
His career in shreds, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich clung defiantly to power Wednesday, ignoring a call to step down from President-elect Barack Obama and a warning that Senate Democrats will not let him appoint a new senator from the state.
Unusual gifts best for savvy gardener
December 11, 2008
Some people are just harder to shop for than others. Nongardeners may put the rest of us atop the difficult list, but don’t let us fool you. We gardeners are easy to please if you are sensitive to our interests.
Oversight ties up plans for quarry expansion
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A3
With a roomful of people Wednesday evening ready to comment on a proposed expansion of the Big Springs Quarry in western Douglas County, county commissioners said they could not take action because of a legal issue.
Survey finds kids using alternative medicine
December 11, 2008 in print edition on C8
More than one in nine children and teens use herbal supplements or some other form of alternative medicine, the government said Wednesday, citing a new national survey.
Blown away
Coach not satisfied with KU women’s basketball victory over Western Illinois
December 11, 2008
Kansas University beat Western Illinois, 66-43, but coach Bonnie Henrickson wasn’t happy.
Postal procrastination doesn’t pay
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A1
If you want to send a package to a loved one in time for Christmas and haven’t mailed it yet, you had better get a move on.
Can you play me now?
Releford rings up Self about playing time
December 11, 2008
Travis Releford recently called up coach Bill Self to talk about playing time.
Shoppers are cutting back for the holidays
December 11, 2008 in print edition on C8
If it makes you feel any better, you’re not the only one keeping tight reins on holiday shopping.
Icelanders face frugal Christmas as economy chills
December 11, 2008 in print edition on C8
Here are a few things selling briskly in Iceland’s capital as Christmas approaches: horse meat, secondhand clothing and used DVDs of “The Sound of Music.”
Water bearers: Lawrence couple develop device to put roof rain water to good use
December 11, 2008
The soaking rain clouds might not be hovering over our homes right now. But if you live in Kansas long enough, you know they’re coming.
Holly’s Christmas symbolism goes back centuries
December 11, 2008
English holly (Ilex aquifolium) has been a symbol of Christmas for centuries in Europe.
On the record
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A4
• Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a burglary in the extreme southeastern portion of Douglas County, a spokesman for the agency said Wednesday.• Money is missing from South Junior High after a break-in early Wednesday morning. A Lawrence Police Department report said an undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the cafeteria.
December 11, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor:Kudos to Greg Rogers, whose inspiring story I read with interest in the Dec. 1 edition of your paper.