Archive for Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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On the street
Which type of Christmas tree do you prefer?

Poll results

Response Percent
No tree at all.
No preference.
Bah, humbug.
Total 15
Will Mario Little play in a game for KU this season?

Poll results

Response Percent
Total 244
Did you shovel your sidewalk Tuesday?

Poll results

Response Percent
I don’t have a sidewalk.
Total 662

All stories

Students find fun in Greek history
December 17, 2008
Local elementary students travel back in time to learn about the world’s first democracy.
Busy weekend for Lions
December 17, 2008
The Lawrence High boys’ basketball team takes on Shawnee Mission Northwest and Free State this weekend.
6 Weather Morning Forecast for Dec. 18, 2008
December 17, 2008
Thursday’s forecast calls for ice and showers with a high of 38 and a low of 14.
KU women preparing for West Coast swing
December 17, 2008
The Lady Jayhawks return to action this weekend, starting with a match-up against UCLA.
Special delivery: Mail carriers excited and busy for holiday season
December 17, 2008
Mail carriers are being run ragged this week. But that’s OK by them.
Suspect arrested in Lawrence credit union robbery
04:56 p.m., December 17, 2008 Updated 11:38 p.m. in print edition on A3
Federal charges have been filed against a 38-year-old man accused of robbing a Lawrence credit union last Friday morning, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Wednesday.
LMH lauded for experience it provides patients
December 17, 2008 in print edition on B9
Lawrence Memorial Hospital announced Wednesday that it was one of seven Kansas hospitals to receive a national award for patient satisfaction.
KU’s Briscoe an honorable mention all-American selection
December 17, 2008
Kansas receiver Dezmon Briscoe was named an honorable mention all-American selection by (Sports Illustrated), the school announced Wednesday.
Longtime chief homicide detective to retire at week’s end
December 17, 2008
Every time his phone rang in the middle of the night, his stomach filled with knots. Every time his phone rang in the middle of the night, he knew something wasn’t right. Every time his phone rang in the middle of the night, he was sure someone had been killed in Lawrence.
Outgoing House Speaker Neufeld appoints himself to Kansas Bioscience Authority board of directors
02:48 p.m., December 17, 2008 Updated 04:33 p.m. in print edition on B9
Just weeks before he will no longer be House speaker, Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls, has appointed himself to the Kansas Bioscience Authority board of directors.
Lawrence man won’t face charges in relation to sodomy accusation
December 17, 2008
Johnson County prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against a nurse’s aide accused of sexually assaulting a brain-damaged patient, saying she may have met the state’s criteria for sexual consent.
Sunflower Electric continues court fight over right to build coal plants
01:52 p.m., December 17, 2008 Updated 05:02 p.m.
Sunflower Electric Power Corp. has asked a federal judge to allow oral arguments as it seeks to keep alive its $1.5 billion lawsuit against the state over a decision not to allow two coal-fired plants in western Kansas.
No charges will be filed against Morrison over affair
nvestigation clears Morrison of harassment
01:28 p.m., December 17, 2008 Updated 05:01 p.m. in print edition on A3
Former Attorney General Paul Morrison won’t face criminal charges for his actions during an extramarital affair that forced him out of office.
Employers challenged by employees who think they’re being healthy — but aren’t
December 17, 2008
One of the biggest challenges facing employers is that employees believe they are already engaging in healthy behaviors and may not see the need for change, according to Hewitt Associate’s 2008 annual health care survey.
Companies find benefits in spending a little money on employee health
December 17, 2008
Wellness programs are becoming a popular way for companies to cope with the increasing price of health care.
Governor’s press secretary to work for KU athletic director
10:38 a.m., December 17, 2008 Updated 04:15 p.m.
Nicole Corcoran, who has served as Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ communications director and press secretary, has accepted the position of chief of staff for Lew Perkins, the athletic director at Kansas University.
Fire engulfs Baldwin City home
02:59 a.m., December 17, 2008 Updated 04:17 p.m.
Crews from at least four area fire departments responded to a house fire in Baldwin City late Tuesday night.
Top five area stories of 2008
December 17, 2008
Progress was made in communities throughout the region.
New complaint filed against K.C. mayor
December 17, 2008 in print edition on B12
A former mayoral aide suing the city for discrimination filed a new claim Tuesday, accusing Mayor Mark Funkhouser of attempting to destroy her reputation with statements and news releases calling her motives into question.
Court OKs using Facebook for serving lien
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A10
The repo man wants to “poke” you on Facebook. The bill collector is writing on your wall. What are you doing right now?
Detainees freed from Guantanamo prison
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A9
Three Guantanamo prisoners were flown to Bosnia on Tuesday and released to their families in the first detainee transfer ordered by a U.S. federal judge, according to local police and an attorney for the men.
U.S. worried about need for warrants
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A2
U.S. soldiers preparing for raids study maps, examine photos of wanted men and check their weapons. Starting next month, they’ll have to go see a judge.
Baldwin City resident joins Tastefully Simple
December 17, 2008 in print edition on B10
Deania Mishler, Baldwin City, has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct-sales company featuring easy-to-prepare gourmet products.
Best Buy offers nearly 4,000 buyouts
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A2
Best Buy Co. Inc. offered voluntary severance packages to virtually all its 4,000 corporate employees Tuesday as the nation’s largest consumer electronics chain announced its third-quarter profit skidded 77 percent.
Obama’s Cabinet picks got game
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A2
President-elect Barack Obama had just one disclaimer when he announced former pro-basketball player Arne Duncan as his education secretary: “I did not select Arne because he’s one of the best basketball players I know.”
More food needed for holiday dinner
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A5
More turkeys and hams are needed for this year’s Lawrence Community Christmas Dinner, which will be Dec. 25.
U.N. OKs land, air attacks on pirates
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A2
On the same day Somali gunmen seized two more ships, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize nations to conduct land and air attacks on pirate bases on the coast of the Horn of Africa country.
White Christmas?
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A7
So, will all these fallen flakes stick around long enough — or will more fall in the days ahead — to give the Lawrence area a white Christmas? Depends on Old Man Winter.
State must make tough higher-ed choices
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A11
It is now virtually certain that state government is in for massive budget cuts over the next three years. While there may be those who favor radical reductions in the size of state government, no one can deny that these reductions will cost jobs, reduce services and cause pain for those who work for the state and those who depend upon the state for services and benefits.
Carjacker pleads to federal gun charges
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A3
A 24-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man who led officers on a destructive high-speed chase in January that ended in downtown Lawrence has pleaded guilty to two gun charges in federal court.
Forklift allegedly used to steal ATM
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A9
Talk about picking up some extra cash in time for the holidays.
Clinic has new staff, board member
December 17, 2008 in print edition on B10
Health Care Access has announced the addition of Karen Peters, family nurse practitioner, and Patricia Webb, medication coordinator.
Lawrence doctor receives award
December 17, 2008 in print edition on B10
Dr. Dee Ann DeRoin, Lawrence, was one of nine women who received the “2008 Women Who Make A Difference” award at the International Women’s Forum World Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh.
Christmas goes coast to coast
December 17, 2008 in print edition on B11
President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush will attend their final “Christmas in Washington” (7 p.m., TNT). Dr. Phil McGraw and his wife, Robin, are scheduled to host the festivities for the fifth consecutive year. The concert, benefiting the National Children’s Medical Center, features performances by the Christian music group Casting Crowns, Tony-winning performer Kristin Chenoweth, country star Julianne Hough, Grammy winner Darius Rucker and the a cappella group Straight No Chaser.
Doctor convicted in failed attacks
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A9
A British-Iraqi doctor was convicted of conspiracy to murder Tuesday for failed car bomb attacks upon young nightclubbers and rescue workers in London and airport travelers in Scotland. Prosecutors said he plotted to kill hundreds in revenge for the deaths of loved ones in Iraq.
Court upholds bomb threat conviction
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A5
A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction and the seven-year prison sentence of a Lawrence man who was found guilty for making bomb threats against schools in Douglas County in April 2007.
Grandmother held captive 26 hours
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A9
A suburban San Diego grandmother who was bound and held captive in her own car for 26 hours said she prayed to God and her dead husband to either save her or let her die.
Gun rules tightened after court ruling
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A2
The District of Columbia Council passed more regulations for gun owners Tuesday, months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the city’s 32-year-old handgun ban.
Old TNT discovered at department store
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A2
Alerted by a cryptic warning of attacks unless France pulls its troops from Afghanistan, police found an old pack of dynamite sticks Tuesday in the restroom of a top Parisian department store.
Rebels claim to kill 130 troops
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A2
Sri Lankan rebels said today they had repelled a coordinated government offensive into rebel-held territory, killing 130 government soldiers and wounding hundreds of other troops. The government denied the claims.
U.S.: 3 militants killed in raid
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A2
U.S. troops and Afghan police killed three militants in an overnight raid on a compound housing people with al-Qaida links in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said today.
Fewer businesses flipping the switch on Christmas lights
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A3
Holiday lights are still brightening the nights around Lawrence, but there are a few more dark spots in some neighborhoods.
Accident reported at turnpike roundabout
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A5
Well, that didn’t last long. On the same day that the Journal-World reported that no accidents had occurred on the new turnpike roundabout, the circular roadway’s first incident happened on a day when more than 3 inches of snow fell.
Shoveling ordinance gets final approval
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A6
Come Saturday, Lawrence residents will have new snow shoveling rules to follow.
Detroit newspapers trim home delivery
December 17, 2008 in print edition on B10
Fighting to stay in business, Detroit’s two daily newspapers will radically change their relationship with readers by slashing home delivery to three days a week, printing small editions on other days and encouraging people to get information online.
Shoe tosser expected in court today
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A9
The Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at President George W. Bush was expected to appear before a judge today in a first step of a complex legal process that could end in a criminal trial, a government official and the reporter’s brother said.
On the record
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A4
Police at Kansas University are investigating a sexual battery outside Jayhawker Towers, which was reported exactly one year after the alleged crime took place.
Gifts for wine lovers don’t necessarily come in a bottle
December 17, 2008
Wine lovers love wine, of course, but you shouldn’t think your gift giving has to be limited to bottles (or boxes, for that matter).
New 5-year bus contract approved
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A5
City commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a five-year contract with the company that operates the city’s public transit system.
City may rethink living wage requirement
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A3
A new discussion about tax abatements and other economic development incentives may open up an old discussion about the wisdom of requiring companies to pay a living wage.
Snowplows working overtime
City copes with hazards of season
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A1
Lawrence residents who don’t live on major roads may have to play the waiting game when it comes to snow removal. City street division manager Tom Orzulak said crews started plowing around 10 a.m. Tuesday and were hitting main streets first — Kasold Drive, Sixth Street, Iowa Street and 23d Street. Collector streets, such as North Iowa Street and Peterson Road, would be next in line. wants your winter photos
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A3
Do you have a picture of the perfect snowflake? How about the best holiday lights on the block?
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A11
Contractors now said the long-awaited move into the new South Junior High building could not be done for at least six more weeks. There had been hope of making the shift from old McAllaster School no later than early January.
Seeking a responsible exit from Iraq
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A11
I’m on my way to a country that no one wants to hear about anymore.
Fighting for respect
Haskell graduate wins silver medal at world boxing championships
December 17, 2008
Mioshia Wagoner has been shuffling her feet and swinging her arms in a makeshift boxing ring for 45 minutes, and she’s tired. Punching people in the head is hard work.
Free speech varies in golf, hockey
December 17, 2008
Sean Avery is out of a job, at least for the time being, as he ponders the wisdom of saying nasty things about fellow players who had the nerve to date his ex-girlfriends.
After 27 years, Fla. police close Adam Walsh case
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A10
n the end, there was no smoking gun, no new evidence, not even anyone police could charge. All they had was what was right in front of them the whole time.
A variety of shoveling techniques
December 17, 2008
6News reporter Lindsey Slater takes a look at how Lawrence residents and city workers are clearing the snow.
Vitale’s got the right idea
December 17, 2008
When Dick Vitale recently handed me a signed copy of the book he wrote with Dick “Hoops” Weiss of the New York Daily News, I thanked him and told myself I only would read it if he listed former Bradley University great Hersey Hawkins among college basketball’s top 50 players since Vitale started screaming into a microphone during college basketball games in 1979.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
December 17, 2008
Jeff Withey’s high school coach says there’s a good chance the 7-foot University of Arizona freshman will be playing basketball at KU second semester.
‘Tried and true’ pumpkin bread boasts Grand Champion status
December 17, 2008 in print edition on C1
Q: Do you have a recipe for a “tried and true” pumpkin bread?
Early report card: Big 12 separates itself from Pac-10
December 17, 2008 in print edition on B8
If the Big 12 were to claim a signature victory roughly one month into the college basketball season, it’d likely be Texas 68, UCLA 64, on Dec. 4.
Poll finds widespread concern about bailout plan
December 17, 2008 in print edition on B10
The federal government has given Wall Street a taxpayer-financed cash infusion of up to $700 billion in an attempt to avert a steep economic downslide. But people on Main Street are also hurting, and a majority of Americans think the government hasn’t done enough for them, according to a recent poll by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.
December 17, 2008 in print edition on B11
Often this year you feel impelled to take a stand or try something out. Stop, and don’t let this behavior become second nature. Judge each situation individually. If you are single, you’ll meet someone through your work and your ability to help others be comfortable. If you are attached, the two of you might want to work more on your relationship through a mutual commitment to a key cause. Virgo can be fussy and picky.
Key interest rate cut to near zero; Wall Street rallies
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Federal Reserve has slashed its target interest rate to nearly zero and is taking a number of other unprecedented moves in an effort to battle a severe financial crisis and worsening recession. Consumers trying to buy a house or finance a car loan could be the big winners, but analysts caution that any upturn in the economy is still months away.
State borrows funds to pay schools
GOP lawmaker calls for across-the-board Kansas budget cut
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A1
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.
MU hoops should finish no lower than No. 2 in North
Sorrentino’s lightning round
December 17, 2008 in print edition on B8
Not much was made of Missouri before the college basketball season this winter. The Tigers weren’t ranked anywhere. In fact, they’re still not ranked after an 8-1 start.
Father fears son may have fallen in river
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A5
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.
Top area sports stories of 2008
December 17, 2008 in print edition on B7
Top area sports stories of 2008
Waste or necessity?
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A11
When it comes to cutting the state budget, it’s sometimes hard to find the “waste.”
Unusual ingredients spice up wrap
December 17, 2008
If you can boil water you can get this ridiculously simple, yet impressively flavorful, wrap on the table in under 30 minutes.
Pale veggies pack plenty of nutrition
December 17, 2008
Vibrantly colored vegetables often overshadow the paler varieties, which many people view as nutritional lightweights.
Hot drinks with cool new tastes
December 17, 2008
Everybody loves a makeover, even, apparently, coffee, tea and cocoa. Here are three flavorful hot beverages with a new look and a new taste.
First Kan. flu case of season reported
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A5
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Tuesday that the state’s first flu case of the 2008-2009 season has been identified in south-central Kansas.
LHS girls’ state title run tops list
December 17, 2008 in print edition on B7
Most memorable sports stories of 2008
Input sought on year’s top stories
December 17, 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.
People in the news
December 17, 2008 in print edition on B11
Hollywood PI has no regrets for spying; Lynne Cheney to write James Madison bio; actor Peter Falk has Alzheimer’s; HBO buys up Oprah’s studio; Ebert gets lifetime membership to Directors Guild; rapper Lil Wayne is in court.
Drinks for winter
December 17, 2008 in print edition on C1
Winter has few comforts as satisfying as a traditional beverage on a frosty evening.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A11
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 17, 1908: “Elaborate plans are being made for the inauguration of W.R. Stubbs of Lawrence as governor. Many ex-governors will take part. There will be a big reception rather than an inaugural ball due to Stubbs’ religious views. … Another mad dog was killed here yesterday and some still are concerned about new cases of hydrophobia. … The annual Christmas concert of the university fine arts people was given last night in Fraser Hall.”
Tennessee trumps Marquette, 80-68
December 17, 2008 in print edition on B6
A recap of Top 25 men’s basketball action.
Wilson leads BU past Texas-Pan American
December 17, 2008 in print edition on B6
A recap of Big 12 women’s basketball action.
Nation’s first face transplant performed in Cleveland
December 17, 2008 in print edition on A1
A woman so horribly disfigured she was willing to risk her life to do something about it has undergone the nation’s first near-total face transplant, the Cleveland Clinic announced Tuesday.
Eudora, Baldwin win
December 17, 2008
Justin Ballock scored 19 points to lead the Eudora boys basketball team past Silver Lake on Tuesday night.
Pro Bowl taps Mannings
December 17, 2008
Peyton and Eli Manning were voted to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday, the first time quarterback-playing brothers have been chosen for the same all-star game.