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Archive for Tuesday, December 16, 2008

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Audio clips
Births
Blog entries
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Dec. 16 Winter Storm Weather-caused accident on Kansas Turnpike
Podcasts
Polls
Where do you like to go sledding?

Poll results

Response Percent
Campanile hill
 
63%
Other
 
12%
Centennial Park
 
10%
Dad Perry Park
 
7%
McCollum Hall hill
 
5%
Total 287
Have you had a cold or the flu this season?

Poll results

Response Percent
No.
 
50%
Yes.
 
49%
Total 243
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Keith Loneker, a former Kansas University football standout, helps Sebastian Lovell, 16, with his schoolwork at Free State High School. When Loneker isn’t auditioning for movie roles, he is a substitute teacher at Free State. Man of all trades: Lawrence film standout — and former KU football player — takes act to classroom
December 15, 2008
George Clooney, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Free State High special education students have at least one thing in common: They’ve all worked with Keith Loneker. Loneker, 37, has made security rounds at Lawrence High, played librarian for a day at an elementary school and now is a substitute at Free State.
10:00 a.m.
Despite plunging temperatures, swimmers still make a splash
December 16, 2008 in print edition on 3A
While single-digit temperatures have settled in Lawrence, the heat is still on inside the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.
10:00 a.m.
A downtown merchant works to clear the sidewalk along Seventh Street as snow continues to fall in this 2008 photo. 3.5” of snow reported in downtown Lawrence; turnpike accident leaves one person in ‘serious’ condition
9:10 a.m., December 16, 2008 Updated 5:28 p.m.
Tuesday morning’s snow was causing the usual havoc with rush hour traffic in Lawrence but there have been no serious accidents in the city, Douglas County emergency dispatchers said.

All stories

6 Weather Morning Forecast for Dec. 17, 2008
December 16, 2008
Mostly cloudy, with a high of 23 and a low of just 9 degrees.
Red carpet treatment for Insight Bowl opponents
December 16, 2008
The Jayhawks and Gophers can expect star treatment from the organizers of the Insight Bowl.
Snowfall offers distraction from KU finals
December 16, 2008
Students took advantage of the snow, ditching studying to go sledding.
Growing pains for young Jayhawks
December 16, 2008
It’s a fact of life for young teams. Coach Bill Self talks about how KU’s young team is growing up.
KU soccer player Cressy named 2nd team All-American by magazine
December 16, 2008
Soccer America magazine names the Jayhawk a 2nd team freshman All American.
Nearly 1,000 skip school on wintry Tuesday
December 16, 2008
Nearly 1,000 Lawrence public schools students were absent on Tuesday.
Little breaks bone in left hand
December 16, 2008
Mario Little, who has yet to play in a game this season because of a stress fracture in his lower left leg, will not be coming back anytime soon.
State approves land sale
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A8
State leaders Tuesday approved the sale of more than 150 acres from the former Topeka State Hospital grounds to the Topeka school district.
Amidst bickering, state leaders authorize state to take on more debt
December 16, 2008
In a preview of what’s to come, Kansas leaders Tuesday wrestled over the budget deficit before agreeing to borrow funds to fulfill the state’s obligation to public schools.
KU Insight Bowl matchup to be aired on KC’s Fox 4
December 16, 2008
An agreement has been reached between the Insight Bowl and the NFL Network to allow Kansas City’s FOX 4 air the Kansas University football team’s Dec. 31 Insight Bowl matchup against Minnesota
Economy may be factor in fewer holiday light displays
December 16, 2008
Holiday lights are still brightening the nights around Lawrence, but there are a few more dark spots in some neighborhoods.
Commuter forecast: Between Topeka and Lawrence
December 16, 2008
Lisa Callahan, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Turnpike Authority, said that the entire stretch from Topeka to Lawrence to Kansas City is snowpacked.
Commuter forecast: Between Kansas City and Lawrence
December 16, 2008
Kim Qualls, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Transportation, said that road conditions between Lawrence and Topeka would vary somewhat, depending on the road.
Commuter forecast: In and around Douglas County
December 16, 2008
Mike Perkins, operations director for Douglas County, reports that all blacktop roads in rural parts of the county are treated, plowed and passable. All gravel roads are snowpacked.
Some residents find the bright side of snowy day
December 16, 2008
Wayne Mercer, 82, brought out his snow blower and started cleaning sidewalks at 7th and Ohio this morning.
Perry man fears son, 44, fell into Delaware River
02:15 p.m., December 16, 2008 Updated 04:52 p.m.
There are fears that a man missing from Perry for nearly a week may have fallen over a steep bank and into a river near his house, the man’s father said Tuesday.
KU, public schools stay in session
Weseman says road conditions didn’t warrant canceling school
01:25 p.m., December 16, 2008 Updated 03:37 a.m. in print edition on A7
The decision to hold school in Lawrence Tuesday may not have been a popular one for students, but public schools Superintendent Randy Weseman said it’s something that must be adapted to.
Oklahoma RB Murray to miss BCS Championship
December 16, 2008
Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray, third in the nation with 2,171 all-purpose yards, will miss the Jan. 8 BCS Championship game because of a left hamstring injury.
KU police investigating reported sexual battery from 2007
December 16, 2008
Police at Kansas University are investigating a sexual battery outside Jayhawker Towers, which was reported exactly one year after the alleged crime took place.
Snow opens season for sledders
December 16, 2008
Lawrence schools are in session today, but later this afternoon students will be free to hit the slopes — and college students don’t necessarily have to wait to take a sledding break from finals.
Hearing scheduled for Jan. 13 for Topeka woman accused of hitting police officer during car chase
10:46 a.m., December 16, 2008 Updated 02:32 p.m.
A preliminary hearing will be held Jan. 13 in the case of a Topeka woman accused of striking a Lawrence police officer during a high speed car chase earlier this month.
3.5” of snow reported in downtown Lawrence; turnpike accident leaves one person in ‘serious’ condition
Other accidents reported throughout area, causing only minor injuries
09:10 a.m., December 16, 2008 Updated 05:28 p.m.
Tuesday morning’s snow was causing the usual havoc with rush hour traffic in Lawrence but there have been no serious accidents in the city, Douglas County emergency dispatchers said.
List of events affected by weather
12:48 a.m., December 16, 2008 Updated 03:37 p.m.
Closings, cancellations, delays
Define ‘lenient’
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor:It is reasonable to require sidewalks to be cleared of snow in a timely fashion, but it is not reasonable to require owners of abutting property to clear snow pushed over a walk by street plows, whether or not the walk was cleared beforehand. I have often seen my freshly shoveled walk covered by the city plow, typically to several times the thickness of the original snowfall, and if that snow partially melts then freezes, clearing this ice is nearly impossible.
Roundabout lesson: Outbound
December 16, 2008
Kansas Turnpike Authority engineer Rex Fleming gives a lesson on how to approach the outbound roundabout.
Roundabout lesson: Inbound
December 16, 2008
Kansas Turnpike Authority engineer Rex Fleming gives a lesson on how to approach the inbound roundabout.
Gary Bedore’s KU Basketball Notebook
December 16, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas coach Bill Self said the Morris twins dropped a lot of weight earlier this semester.
Chicago schools executive to be education secretary
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A8
President-elect Barack Obama will nominate Chicago schools executive Arne Duncan as his education secretary at an event in the city today, transition aides said, and is expected to tap Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., to serve as secretary of the interior later this week, all but finalizing his selections for major Cabinet posts.
Teen-monitoring technology comes with some unhealthy attachments
December 16, 2008
It’s been too long since we visited the issue of high-tech teen monitoring in this column.
Holiday not list: Teens share what they’d rather not see under the tree
December 16, 2008
Let’s face it: Teens can be the toughest folks to shop for during the holiday season.
Alleged Ponzi scheme drew in high-profile clients
December 16, 2008 in print edition on C8
The list of investors who say they were duped in one of Wall Street’s biggest Ponzi schemes is growing, and includes some of the world’s biggest banking institutions and hedge funds, the super rich and the famous, pensioners and charities.
Much of the nation shivers in cold snap
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
Temperatures crashed to record lows well below zero Monday as a huge mass of arctic air blustered southward across the Midwest and West, keeping people indoors and leading some cities to open shelters.
City to approve bus deal
New contract doesn’t include cost of fuel
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A1
Voters during the last election allowed the city’s public transit system to keep going. Now city commissioners are ready to sign the contract that will actually keep the buses on the road.
Bailout debate
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A7
Politics is playing a large role in decisions about financial bailouts.
Holiday letters can miss mark
December 16, 2008
Pretty paper. Well-told stories. One-page max. And space for a personalized note.
More doctors pushing to go with paperless prescriptions
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A1
The push for paperless prescriptions is about to get a boost: Starting in January, doctors who e-prescribe can get bonus pay from Medicare.
Transferring colleges: Sometimes, it’s for the best
December 16, 2008
What happens when you and your teen determine that the college he or she thought would be perfect just isn’t so?
More snow, cold on way
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A4
Snow is expected to accompany freezing temperatures today.
Obama is off to positive start
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A7
Our financial system has been in a meltdown, the war in Afghanistan is not going well, the tension between two nuclear-armed states, Pakistan and India, has dangerously escalated and the U.S. attorney has uncovered a shocking, blatant scandal involving the governor of Illinois.
Kansas gets $200K in toy maker settlement
December 16, 2008 in print edition on B6
Kansas will receive $200,000 as its share of a settlement agreement with Mattel Inc. and its Fisher-Price Inc. subsidiary.
Roof collapses in midst of storm; 7 injured
December 16, 2008 in print edition on C8
A powerful storm plowed through California on Monday, producing heavy rain that collapsed a school roof and forced hundreds to flee homes in an area devastated by recent wildfires.
Project benefits birds and Lawrence families
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A5
Next spring, birds flocking north to Lawrence will have a few more colorful places to hang out in the area.
Japanese carmakers face auto woes, too
December 16, 2008 in print edition on B7
Japan’s automakers aren’t celebrating the troubles of their U.S. rivals, believing that what’s bad for the industry in America is bad for carmakers in Japan, too.
NCAA official confirms home streak intact
December 16, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s home winning streak is apparently alive and well at 29 games and counting.
Orange sunk by 60-footer
December 16, 2008 in print edition on B4
A recap of Top 25 men’s basketball action.
Mangino, Perkins ring NASDAQ bell
December 16, 2008 in print edition on B3
Earning a bid to the Insight Bowl meant a trip to the Big Apple for Mark Mangino and Lew Perkins.
It’s official: Obama elected 44th president
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
As 13 electors cast ballots Monday for the nation’s first black president in the Confederacy’s old Capitol, Henry Marsh emotionally recalled the smartest man he ever knew — a waiter, who couldn’t get a better job because of his race.
Despite plunging temperatures, swimmers still make a splash
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A3
While single-digit temperatures have settled in Lawrence, the heat is still on inside the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.
On the record
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A4
The driver of a semitrailer lost control of his vehicle Monday morning on County Road 1055 south of Lawrence, forcing officers to reroute traffic for about an hour.
Family: Shoe thrower hates roles of U.S. and Iran
December 16, 2008 in print edition on C8
The Iraqi TV reporter who hurled his shoes at George W. Bush was kidnapped once by militants and, separately, detained briefly by the U.S. military.
ISU AD: Cyclones deserve better
December 16, 2008 in print edition on B1
Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said that twice last week, Gene Chizik assured him he wouldn’t dump the Cyclones for Auburn.
U. of Iowa takes over study abroad program
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A4
The University of Iowa has taken over administration of a study abroad program to Italy previously overseen by Kansas University.
Cowboys’ circus great fun to watch
December 16, 2008
The Cowboys are fascinating — when they’re playing well and when they’re sniping at each other off the field.
Jingle Bell Run to ring up donations
Event downtown a benefit for social service agencies
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A4
Don’t be alarmed if you see moving Christmas lights downtown Thursday night. The sixth annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence and Ballard Community Services. The more than 1-mile jaunt throughout downtown Lawrence is a festive affair.
Higher ed leaders seek stimulus funds
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A8
More than 40 higher-education leaders from across the country asked Congress today to commit 5 percent of any economic stimulus program to the nation’s colleges and universities.
Court clears way for cigarette lawsuits
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A8
The Supreme Court cleared the way for a new era of tobacco litigation Monday, ruling that cigarette makers can be sued for deceiving smokers about the dangers of their highly popular “light” cigarettes.
Caroline Kennedy seeks N.Y. Senate seat
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy, will seek appointment to the Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, according a spokesman for her campaign.
Heart-disease deaths drop, but risks remain
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A6
The death rates for heart disease and stroke each dropped by about 30 percent between 1999 and 2006, allowing the American Heart Association to reach its 2010 goal of a 25 percent reduction in deaths four years early, researchers said Monday.
Extension Council elects new officers
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A5
The Douglas County Extension Council announced Monday its new officers for 2009.
Lye, boric acid banned as food additives
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
Substances commonly used as industrial dyes, insecticides and drain cleaners were included on a list of illegal food additives China released Monday as part of a monthslong government crackdown aimed at improving the country’s shoddy food safety record.
Transportation summit to help plan for future
December 16, 2008 in print edition on B7
Transportation leaders are gearing up for a brainstorming session next week that could help guide investments statewide in the coming years.
Protesters find haven at university campus
December 16, 2008 in print edition on C8
Inside the gates of Athens’ main university, bonfires rage and masked gangs stockpile petroleum bombs, broken paving stones and marble hacked from the neoclassical buildings. It’s their arsenal for more possible clashes with weary police.
A short-form application for bailout
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
Ever need a college loan? You’ve probably pored through the notorious eight-page FAFSA application. A likely home buyer? Try the five-page Uniform Residential Loan Application.
Bad economy hasn’t boosted lottery
December 16, 2008 in print edition on B8
The economic recession hasn’t meant increased lottery sales in Missouri and Kansas.
Activist acknowledges contact with KGB
December 16, 2008 in print edition on C8
A foreign activist lobbying in Washington to draw American attention to a war over a Russian-backed breakaway region has had frequent meetings and conversations with a high-level KGB agent there, she acknowledged to The Associated Press. Unknown to her, years of her phone calls were secretly recorded by spies.
Texas wins battle of A&M’s
December 16, 2008
Texas A&M beat Florida A&M, 67-57, behind Chinemelu Elonu’s 17 points.
Military challenge participants deserve a ‘hooah!’
December 16, 2008 in print edition on B7
When the Color of Money Military Challenge began earlier this year, George Colon was not happy. Not about the thousands of dollars in credit card debt he and his wife had accumulated, and not thrilled about exposing his financial mistakes to readers nationwide.
Self-defense course still has openings
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A5
Enrollment is still open for a Thursday women’s self-defense class at Kansas University.
Input sought on year’s top stories
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A3
As the end of the year nears, 6News and the Lawrence Journal-World are putting together a list of the top stories of the year on all of our news beats.
Report: Endangered species rulings tainted
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
A high-ranking Interior Department official tainted nearly every decision made on the protection of endangered species over five years, a new inspector general report finds, concluding she exerted improper political interference on many more rulings than previously thought.
For college graduate, job search in big city doesn’t come easy
December 16, 2008 in print edition on C8
The girl from Texas didn’t bring a warm coat with her. But to hear Kimberly Bratton tell it, winter in Chicago isn’t as bad as people say.
Eagles soar over Browns
December 16, 2008 in print edition on B3
Written off last month, the resurgent Philadelphia Eagles are making a strong playoff push.
Parents can trust teens on Internet, study says
December 16, 2008
The MacArthur Foundation has a message for parents worried about their children’s use of the Internet: Chill out.
U.S. economy far from down and out
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A7
For months now, the nation’s economic obituary has been splashed across the front pages of nearly every newspaper in the country. Journalists and pundits alike have warned that America’s long-running global dominance has come to a screeching halt, eclipsed by growing markets in such places as China and India and frittered away by our own mismanagement, excesses and myopic approach to the future. We’re long past due for a reality check. The United States and the incoming Obama administration face formidable challenges, but the country is by no means on its last legs. Here are a few key myths that need to be dispelled.
Ill. lawmakers take first step to oust Blagojevich
Obama says investigation clears his team
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A2
Illinois lawmakers took the first step Monday toward removing Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office as the disgraced Democrat hired a bulldog defense attorney known for taking cases to trial.
Horoscopes
December 16, 2008 in print edition on B6
This year you will continue to gain insight into new types of thinking. Be willing to break patterns and head in a new direction, which up till now you haven’t seen. If you are single, you could meet someone quite exotic and different. If you are attached, plan that long-talked-about special trip with your sweetie. Leo always will point the way if asked.
’Momma’s Boys’: Oedipus revisited
December 16, 2008 in print edition on B6
Take three bachelors and their meddling, smothering mothers and add 32 single women with low self-esteem and you have the ingredients for “Momma’s Boys” (9 p.m., NBC), a new relationship/reality series produced by Ryan Seacrest. The guys are out to find a love connection, but only one that Mom will approve.
Feeding ravenous teens requires planning
December 16, 2008
Check your watch or cell phone. If two hours have passed, it’s safe to assume 15-year-old Quinn Sterling is hungry.
People in the news
December 16, 2008 in print edition on B6
Madonna forks over $76 million to her ex-husband; groups criticize ‘SNL’ skit mocking N.Y. governor; a new report says Paul McCartney was more political than John Lennon; actor Dennis Quaid and his wife settle with an L.A. hospital; Tom Cruise regrets ‘Today Show’ outburst; actors Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have a son.
Peterson resigns after nearly 20 years
Future status of coach Edwards won’t hinge on Sunday’s collapse
December 16, 2008 in print edition on B1
Carl Peterson, who turned the Kansas City Chiefs into an NFL powerhouse in the 1990s, is out after nearly 20 years as president, CEO and general manager.
Tiger rebukes caddie for remark
Woods’ bagman says Mickelson’s a (expletive)
December 16, 2008
Caddie Steve Williams’ remark that Phil Mickelson is “a (expletive)” didn’t sit well with Tiger Woods.
Pump patrol
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.47 at several stations.
Search firm draws profile of superintendent qualifications
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A3
Integrity. Accessibility. Communication. Vision. Those are just some of the qualities an ideal superintendent would have to be the next leader of the Lawrence public schools.
Prairie dogs get reprieve
December 16, 2008 in print edition on A5
Prairie dogs in a northwestern Kansas county could be spared — at least for now.