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71%
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12:00 a.m.
The Chi Omega memorial fountain features plastic water bottles collected in less than a week by the staff at KU Recycling. The piece is by Matthew Farley, a senior in sculpture at The University of Kansas. The public art sculpture, Frozen Assets, will remain on display through January 2009. Chi Omega fountain’s Frozen Assets
December 18, 2008 in print edition on 3A
A Kansas University sculpture student has frozen the beauty of a popular campus landmark. For a project in a public art class, Wichita senior Matthew Farley has constructed a display of plastic water bottles on the Chi Omega Fountain to make it appear the water is suspended in the freezing Kansas air.
6:00 a.m.
David N. Hause Jr., 38, is charged in U.S. District Court with robbing Midwest Regional Credit Union, 1015 W. Sixth St. Suspect confessed to robberies, FBI agent says
December 19, 2008 in print edition on 1A
An FBI agent says the suspect in the robbery of a Lawrence credit union last Friday confessed to four bank robberies. David N. Hause Jr., 38, is charged in U.S. District Court with robbing Midwest Regional Credit Union, 1015 W. Sixth St. At the time of the robbery, Hause was free on bond, awaiting extradition to Nebraska for a 2007 bank robbery. This week, a federal magistrate denied him bond.
10:00 a.m.
Construction plans are in the future for portions of the Kansas Turnpike. Plans are in place to widen sections of the turnpike from North Lawrence to Kansas highway 7 to six lanes. Drivers, get ready for ramp change on turnpike
December 19, 2008 in print edition on 1A
While major reconstruction work on the Kansas Turnpike’s East Lawrence interchange won’t start for more than a year, drivers soon will get a head start on the inconvenience. By the end of the month, crews plan to close the interchange’s existing ramp for traffic coming into town from the east. Those drivers will exit earlier, using a new and longer exit ramp.
6:00 p.m.
Pastor Michael Tomson-DeGreeff, left, greets members of the Eudora United Methodist Church congregation after a Dec. 14 morning service at the Warren-McElwain Chapel in Eudora. Members of the church had worshipped in the mortuary for 18 months while their new church near Kansas Highway 10 was under construction. Weeks after the church opened, it suffered severe fire damage, and the congregation returned to worshipping in the mortuary, where they will celebrate Christmas together. Undefeated spirits: Eudora church members rally after new site damaged in fire
December 19, 2008 in print edition on 1D
Ten-year-old Corrine Yoder-Mulkey was pretty excited about the new building her church, Eudora United Methodist, had built and opened in February.

All stories

Hearing-impaired children sign their wishes to Santa
December 19, 2008
Some kids can’t go to the mall and tell Santa what they want for Christmas, so on Friday, Santa came to them.
Salvation Army needs last-minute holiday donations
December 19, 2008
Thanks to donations from Lawrence residents, the Salvation Army is getting closer to its fund-raising goal.
Kansas Medicaid audit finds suspicious claims
About $10M involved in payments to noneligible recipients
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
An audit of Medicaid expenditures in Kansas found nearly $13 million in “suspicious claims” in one year, including one for $941 for a Cesarean section on an 8-year-old boy.
Undefeated spirits: Eudora church members rally after new site damaged in fire
December 19, 2008 in print edition on D1
Ten-year-old Corrine Yoder-Mulkey was pretty excited about the new building her church, Eudora United Methodist, had built and opened in February.
KU athletic director’s new chief of staff will make $90,000
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B2
Nicole Corcoran, the longtime spokeswoman for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius who is leaving to be chief of staff for Kansas University Athletic Director Lew Perkins, will make $90,000 per year at her new job.
Miss Kansas titles on the line at Lied Center this weekend
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Miss Kansas USA and Miss Teen Kansas USA pageants return to Lawrence for a third year. The preliminary round will be 7 p.m. todaySaturday at the Lied Center, and the finals will be 6:45 p.m. Sunday there.
Tonganoxie man gets jail time for falsely reporting that an intruder shot him
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B3
A Tonganoxie man, who pleaded no contest to a charge of falsely reporting that an intruder shot him in July, will spend 48 hours in Leavenworth County Jail and must serve one year of probation.
Chamber of Commerce announces new board members, directors
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B4
Bonnie Lowe will serve as chairwoman of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce for the coming year.
Douglas County United Way close to goal
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B3
The fundraising campaign for United Way of Douglas County is “very close” to reaching its $1.72 million goal, but donations are still pending, a representative said.
Cow on the loose gets away from Douglas County sheriff’s deputies
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
Two Douglas County sheriff’s deputies spent a portion of their Friday shift unsuccessfully trying to catch a loose cow.
Sunflower Broadband to replay KU-MU game
December 19, 2008
Sunflower Broadband’s Channel 6 will replay this year’s clash between Kansas and Missouri on two Sundays later this month.
Tae kwon do instructor offering free self-defense clinic in wake of sexual assaults
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence tae kwon do instructor is offering a free self-defense clinic in response to a series of rapes in the city.
Delaware Street shooter sentenced to more than 14 years for June murder
Mother of one victim tells court: ‘The whole world lost something’
10:08 a.m., December 19, 2008 Updated 05:30 p.m. in print edition on A1
A Lawrence teenager was sentenced Friday morning to more than 14 years in prison for his role in a June 7 double homicide.
State’s unemployment rate makes a jump
December 19, 2008
The state unemployment rate for November increased to 4.8 percent, up from 4.4 percent the previous month and 3.8 percent last November, the Kansas Department of Labor reported Friday.
What’s your reaction to the federal bailout of the automakers?
08:21 a.m., December 19, 2008 Updated 09:27 a.m. in print edition on A1
Weigh in on reports that U.S. automakers will get $17.4 billion to stave off collapse.
Workers’ comp system failing many
Disability pay hasn’t increased with inflation
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A1
Every day thousands of Kansans, such as Delbert Young of Wichita, go to work and perform tasks that require physical labor. For Young, it was riding a bicycle from building to building at the vast Boeing facility to stock parts. One day in 2006, Young, who was 57 years old at the time, fell off the bicycle, hitting his head and shoulder on the ground.
‘Despereaux’ fails to capture magic of book
December 19, 2008 in print edition on C1
Flat-footed when it should be fleet, scary when it means to be exciting, and only intermittently emotionally effective, “The Tale of Despereaux” does a disservice to Kate DiCamillo’s well-regarded children’s book.
City gets record Dec. snowfall, 3.6 inches
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
Flights resumed in and out of Las Vegas, but schools and highways were closed Thursday after a record-setting snowfall coated marquees on the Strip, weighed down palm trees and blanketed surrounding mountain areas.The city awoke to clear weather after a storm that left 3.6 inches at McCarran International Airport.
Bailout watchdog: What’s the plan?
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
The top congressional watchdog overseeing the nation’s financial bailout said Thursday she’s frustrated by the Treasury Department’s refusal to explain how it is doling out billions in taxpayer money.Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, the chairwoman of a congressional oversight panel, traveled to Washington to get answers on how Treasury is managing the unprecedented bailout.
Wakarusa Township board changes meeting time
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A4
Wakarusa Township Board changed the time for its Tuesday meeting. The meeting has been moved up to 4 p.m. instead of the regular 7 p.m. time. The meeting will be at the Wakarusa fire station, 300 W. 31st St.
Nursing home industry worries about new five-star ratings
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A7
About 22 percent of the nation’s nearly 16,000 nursing homes received the federal government’s lowest rating in a new five-star system unveiled Thursday, while 12 percent received the highest ranking possible.A home could obtain up to five stars based on criteria such as staffing and how well they fared in state inspections.
Teen sensations: Hot until they’re not
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B10
No Hollywood star burns brighter than the teenage sensation. No fans are more intense or more fickle than the legions of screaming teens, tweens and children who adore and outgrow their crushes and idols on their way to adulthood. “True Hollywood Story” (8 p.m., E!) spends two solid hours on “Young Hollywood: From A to Zac,” a gushing group profile of Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Miley Cyrus and the Jonas brothers.
Hansbrough sets mark
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
Phil Ford stood at midcourt, waiting for Tyler Hansbrough to take the microphone and address the home crowd. As the reigning national player of the year walked up, Ford playfully bowed in reverence before giving him a hug.
Caroline Kennedy looking to future
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A10
In 1962, a young Massachusetts man who had barely passed the constitutional age barrier decided to run for the Senate. At the time, one of his brothers was president of the United States; the other brother was attorney general.
People in the news
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B10
• Widow of ’Star Trek’ creator dies at 76• Johansson puts snotty tissue on eBay• Tom Cruise’s son makes debut in movie• McMahon staying in house, publicist says• Pianist Brendel gives final concert in Austria
Pump patrol
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.47 at several locations.
Suspect confessed to robberies, FBI agent says
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A1
An FBI agent says the suspect in the robbery of a Lawrence credit union last Friday confessed to four bank robberies. David N. Hause Jr., 38, is charged in U.S. District Court with robbing Midwest Regional Credit Union, 1015 W. Sixth St. At the time of the robbery, Hause was free on bond, awaiting extradition to Nebraska for a 2007 bank robbery. This week, a federal magistrate denied him bond.
Mark Felt, Watergate’s ‘Deep Throat,’ dies at 95
December 19, 2008
W. Mark Felt, the former FBI second-in-command who revealed himself as “Deep Throat” 30 years after he tipped off reporters to the Watergate scandal that toppled a president, has died. He was 95. Felt died Thursday of congestive heart failure in Santa Rosa after several months of failing health, said family friend John D. O’Connor, who wrote the 2005 Vanity Fair article uncovering Felt’s secret.
Changes at top coming
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
It’s usually the other way around for schools such as Kansas and Kansas State. The status of the football and basketball coaches might look iffy while the chancellor-president and athletic directors are firmly entrenched.
A step up
Increasing the number of Kansans with associate’s degrees is a worthwhile goal for the state.
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A10
Even if Kansas can’t achieve the lofty goal suggested by the Kansas Board of Regents CEO Thursday, trying to increase the number of Kansans with associate’s degrees or higher is a worthy effort for the state. At the board’s Thursday meeting, Regents President and CEO Reggie Robinson outlined some proposed higher education goals for the state.
Lessons in action
Guard teaching others what she has learned
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
Lexi Smith was there, back in 2006, when the Free State High girls basketball program made its memorable run to a third-place finish at the Class 6A state tournament.Kind of.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A10
Lawrence merchants had seldom been more enthusiastic about a record-setting shopping season than they were just a week before Christmas in 1968. A number of them said the great December rush might propel their profits to record highs for the entire year.
Child development screenings available
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A5
Parents who are concerned about the development of their young children have several opportunities to monitor their health. Lawrence Early Childhood Special Services is screening 3- to 5-year-olds to ensure the development of their walking, talking, hearing, seeing and thinking skills are progressing normally.
Horoscopes
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B10
This year, choose to funnel your energy where you will have an impact. Work on attentiveness to what is being said and shared in difficult and easy situations. If you are single, you easily might meet quite a few people who could be instrumental to your well-being. If you are attached, focus on achieving key mutual goals, and you will find your sweetie joins in.
Mississippi coach arrested
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
Police arrested Mississippi men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy early Thursday after a cab driver said the coach punched him while calling him “bin Laden” and other racial insults.
Property tax payment deadline extended
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A3
Douglas County Treasurer’s office has extended until Monday the due date for payment of real estate and personal property taxes in the county. Officials made the switch because the normal due date, Dec. 20, falls on Saturday.
Drive to impeach Illinois governor slows
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A8
Illinois lawmakers could be forced to build their impeachment case against Gov. Rod Blagojevich on a raft of relatively small grievances, rather than the blockbuster Senate-seat-for-sale allegations, for fear of undermining federal prosecutors’ criminal investigation.
Iraqi who threw shoes asks for pardon
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at President George W. Bush is begging for a pardon for what he described as “an ugly act,” the prime minister’s spokesman said Thursday. Muntadhar al-Zeidi, a correspondent for an Iraqi-owned television station based in Cairo, Egypt, could face two years imprisonment for insulting a foreign leader. He remained in custody Thursday night.
BCA searching for lawsuit
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B7
Black Coaches and Administrators executive director Floyd Keith hopes to make a federal case out of the lack of black major-college football coaches.
Airliner toilet warning spurs nightmarish thought
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A11
It is rather haunting, the notice above the Flush button in the toilet on the airliner, “Do Not Flush While Seated On Toilet.” One imagines the engineers of the toilet running tests with flush dummies with big flat butts and the suction ripping the stuffing right out of them, and the engineers thinking, “Oh criminy, you mean we wasted three years on this sucker?”
Massage program graduates first class
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B11
MTTI-Wellspring’s Lawrence campus conducted its first graduation for the massage therapy program on Nov. 30. “This first graduation was really special,” says Rachael Gehringer, director of operations at the MTTI-Wellspring Lawrence campus. “We couldn’t be more proud of these students for their impressive accomplishments.”
Regents approve new housing and dining rates for universities
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A6
Members of the Kansas Board of Regents approved Thursday new housing and dining rates for its universities. Some members of the board objected to the rates, saying they were outpacing the inflation rate. Regent Gary Sherrer said the rate increases would be passed directly to students and their families in tough economic times.
Richmond in first FCS title game tonight
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B7
Richmond meets Montana in the Football Championship Subdivision title game.
Obama to make final Cabinet choices
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A12
President-elect Barack Obama will announce the final selections for his Cabinet on Friday, naming Rep. Hilda Solis, D-Calif., as labor secretary and former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk as U.S. trade representative. The two will be in Chicago to be formally announced, along with Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill., Obama’s choice for transportation secretary.
It’s curtains for mayor’s night job
December 19, 2008 in print edition on C8
Curfews usually target gang members and delinquents — not a city mayor. But council members in South El Monte, a suburb of Los Angeles, got fed up that Mayor Blanca Figueroa worked so late, often into the wee hours of the morning, that they ordered her out of City Hall at 11 p.m. “I’ve been doing this for years,” Figueroa fumed this week. “No one cared, no one knew. Why now?”
U.S. won’t condemn anti-gay regulations
December 19, 2008 in print edition on C8
Alone among major Western nations, the United States has refused to sign a declaration presented Thursday at the United Nations calling for worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality. In all, 66 of the U.N.’s 192 member countries signed the nonbinding declaration — which backers called a historic step to push the General Assembly to deal more forthrightly with any-gay discrimination.
Drivers, get ready for ramp change on turnpike
Interchange updates could upset traffic
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A1
While major reconstruction work on the Kansas Turnpike’s East Lawrence interchange won’t start for more than a year, drivers soon will get a head start on the inconvenience. By the end of the month, crews plan to close the interchange’s existing ramp for traffic coming into town from the east. Those drivers will exit earlier, using a new and longer exit ramp.
Leawood man picked as Union Station CEO
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A4
A Leawood man who was recently a finalist to be president and CEO of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce has been tapped to lead Union Station Kansas City Inc. The board of directors on Thursday evening announced George M. Guastello II as its new president and CEO following the resignation of former CEO Andi Udris, who will now pursue other business opportunities in economic development.
Obama defends invocation selection
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A12
President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday defended his selection of megachurch pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration, saying that he disagrees with the minister’s opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage but that there should be room for “dialogue” on such difficult social issues.
Power firms urged to compromise
Agreement would set up high-voltage transmission line
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B11
The state’s top electric utility regulator Thursday gave a stern warning to two companies competing to build a high-dollar, high-voltage transmission line: Reach a compromise, or else. Kansas Corporation Commission Chairman Thomas Wright read aloud a warning to Prairie Wind Transmission, which is a partnership including Westar Energy, and ITC Great Plains.
Report: TV networks lagging in diversity
December 19, 2008 in print edition on C8
Nearly a decade after the NAACP condemned a “virtual whiteout” in broadcast TV, the civil rights group said major networks have stalled in their efforts to further ethnic diversity on-screen and off. Television shows of the future could be even less inclusive because of a failure to cultivate young minority stars and to bring minorities into decision-making positions, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said.
Tarvaris Jackson to start Sunday for Vikings
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B6
Tarvaris Jackson will start for Minnesota Sunday in place of Gus Frerotte.
Officers: Pierced kittens offered for sale
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
Humane officers say a Pennsylvania woman marketed “gothic kittens” with ear, neck and tail piercings over the Internet. Officers with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals removed three kittens and a cat Wednesday from a home outside Wilkes-Barre, about 20 miles southwest of Scranton.
New abortion rule stirs objections
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A8
The Bush administration, in its final days, issued a federal rule Thursday reinforcing protections for doctors and other health care workers who refuse to participate in abortions and other procedures because of religious or moral objections.
Icy conditions lead to school cancellations
12:00 a.m., December 19, 2008 Updated 02:25 p.m. in print edition on A3
Tonganoxie Superintendent Richard Erickson of the said that all Friday classes for the district would be canceled because of poor road conditions. Basehor-Linwood canceled all Friday classes because of icy conditions. A building and grounds supervisor said Thursday night that district leaders elected to cancel all Friday classes at Basehor-Linwood schools because of the area road conditions.
Regulators OK new credit card rules
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
Federal regulators on Thursday adopted sweeping new rules for the credit card industry that will shield consumers from increases in interest rates on existing account balances among other changes. The rules, which take effect in July 2010, will allow credit card companies to raise interest rates only on new credit cards and future purchases or advances, rather than on current balances.
Ex-KSU coach tapped by Ball St.
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B7
Ball State named Stan Parrish as its next football coach.
Lawrence doctor attends convention
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B11
Dr. Carla Phipps attended the third annual Cosmetic Convention Nov. 19-23 in Las Vegas. The conference covered cosmetic fillers, Botox, awake liposuction and fat transfer. Phipps also attended a two-day training workshop in laser liposuction. At the convention, she purchased the new fractionated Dot Laser for skin resurfacing and instituted it in her practice.
Commerce department invites nominations
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B11
Kansas Department of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 21st Annual Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, which is presented to a single Kansas business for excellence in international trade and marketing. The nomination deadline is Jan. 25.
Bush seeks to make exit on positive note
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A10
The public seemingly can’t wait to see President George W. Bush disappear from headlines and TV screens. Even Bush says he’ll be happy to leave the spotlight. But before he does, his White House has been trying to set markers for the inevitable assessments of his presidency. It has pumped out a steady stream of “fact sheets” touting his record in areas from fighting AIDS to the Middle East.
Lawyers clash over abortion records
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A4
Prosecutors and attorneys for a Planned Parenthood clinic were still arguing in court Thursday over the custody of patients’ medical records that are key evidence in a criminal case against the abortion provider. The clinic hopes to force Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline to provide a detailed accounting for his evidence.
Cottonwood Industries has new manager
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B11
Cottonwood Industries has announced that Robert Bieberle has taken the position of business development manager. Cottonwood Industries, a division of Cottonwood Inc., manufactures a cargo tie-down strap for the Department of Defense and provides assembly, packaging, bulk mailing and fulfillment services for a variety of local and regional companies.
Paterno earns right to keep going
December 19, 2008
Anyone who saw Joe Paterno struggling to walk with a cane or working from the press box this season might think the people at Penn State were being awfully generous to give him a new year-to-year contract.
Bush considering ‘orderly’ bankruptcy for automakers
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Bush administration is looking at “orderly” bankruptcy as a possible way to deal with the desperately ailing U.S. auto industry, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Thursday as carmakers readied more plant closings and a half million new jobless claims underscored the deteriorating national economy.
Woman sentenced for aiding offender escape
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B12
A Great Bend woman has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for helping a convicted child molester escape from the Sexual Predator Treatment Program at Larned State Hospital. A Pawnee County judge ordered the sentence Thursday for Colean McKoy.
Journal-World All-Area First Team Soccer
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B5
Known by some as “Slash” for his ability to play all three areas of the field, Chance had a sensational junior season.
Archie Manning warns Saints
Winless Lions could sneak up on New Orleans now that playoffs out of picture
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B6
Archie Manning thinks the Saints should be worried about the winless Lions.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A10
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 19, 1908: “The artificial character of the stock market is no longer to be concealed, says a dispatch out of New York. Manipulation has now controlled the movement of prices for many weeks and it has never been more apparent than during the week just closed. Apparently the market has been bullied almost to a standstill by greedy, unprincipled people. Officials agree prompt action if vital.”
Incoming D.A. won’t reopen Morrison case
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A5
Johnson County’s incoming district attorney said Thursday that he doesn’t plan to reopen an investigation of former Attorney General Paul Morrison. Two special prosecutors have declined to file criminal charges over Morrison’s actions during an extramarital affair that forced him from office.
Walking away from a mortgage
As prices fall, more consider giving up
December 19, 2008 in print edition on C8
Diane Shackle found it gut-wrenching to walk away from a mortgage she took out in times that were better for both her and the U.S. economy. But the reality was undeniable: While she was keeping up with the monthly payments, she said she could no longer afford to buy food for herself or even kitty litter for her two cats.
Use these resources in nursing home search
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B11
Choosing a good nursing home for yourself or a loved one can take a lot of work. The federal government has resources that can help.
River water to be released to aid search
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A3
Army Corps of Engineers will release water from the Delaware River today so authorities can continue their search for a missing Perry man, police chief Ramon Gonzalez said. Shawn Fowler, 44, has been missing since 2 p.m. Dec. 10, and there are fears that he fell over a steep bank and into the river, which is near his home.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A10
A $2.5 million industrial revenue bond issue requested by E& E Specialties was to be used for an expansion to accommodate a new product line employing about 35 new people. Only 11,377 braved near-zero temperatures to attend the Kansas City Chiefs’ last game of the 1983 NFL season. Kansas City beat the Denver Broncos 48-17.
Jayhawks shop for area families
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
Roger Morningstar huddled Kansas University’s men’s basketball team at the front right entrance of Wal-Mart on Thursday night with two quick final messages for the shopping-cart-wielding players.
Manning passes Colts past Jags
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B6
Peyton Manning was 29-for-34 for 364 yards in the Colts’ 31-24 victory over Jacksonville.
The year’s top 10: A look back at local A&E stories of 2008
December 19, 2008 in print edition on C1
Alongside universities and sports, Lawrence is a city best-defined by its arts and entertainment scene.
Inaugural is date with history
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A11
One more day and I can seal the large cardboard box on my kitchen floor and send it for a short trip to the post office and a longer trip to New York state. Precious cargo is inside this box: a cache of Barack Obama memorabilia, from Election Day newspapers to T-shirts, pins and refrigerator magnets.
Free State’s Chance made most of his
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B5
A jack-of-all-trades, master of none? Daniel Chance is doing his best to debunk that notion on the soccer field.
Nursing homes mull residents’ sex needs
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B12
Sex doesn’t stop at the nursing home doors, but a new effort is under way to help senior living facilities that aren’t ready to handle their residents’ needs for physical and emotional intimacy. The subject is getting more attention at nursing homes, which usually try to ignore or discourage the sexuality of their residents.
Twins excited to face Temple
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
It would have been convenient for the Morris twins to attend Temple University.
Memo: Ex-Bush staffers misled on Iraq
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
Former White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales misled Congress when he claimed the CIA in 2002 approved information that ended up in the 2003 State of the Union speech about Iraq’s alleged effort to buy uranium for its nuclear weapons program, a House Democrat said Thursday.
Collection of yard trimmings ends Monday
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A5
Monday will be the final day Lawrence residents can separate yard trimmings from normal waste collection. Kathy Richardson, the city’s supervisor for waste reduction and recycling operations, said this year’s curbside collection has diverted more than 11,900 tons of grass and leaves from being put in the landfill this year.
Arrests show fears of Saddam followers
December 19, 2008 in print edition on C8
The arrests of more than 20 security officials for allegedly trying to revive Saddam Hussein’s banned political party show how the Shiite-led government believes that supporters of the old regime still pose a threat — perhaps as much as al-Qaida or Iranian-backed militias.
Obama appointees signal tighter market oversight
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A12
President-elect Barack Obama is turning to seasoned pros for the Herculean task of overhauling the way the U.S. regulates its financial system, an effort he says is one of his top priorities. His goal: to prevent crises like the one that has shattered Americans’ nest eggs, devastated Wall Street and left the country in a painful recession.
Former Rwandan army colonel guilty in 1994 massacre
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A9
A former Rwandan army colonel was convicted Thursday of genocide and crimes against humanity for masterminding the killings of more than half a million people in a 100-day slaughter in 1994. Survivors in Rwanda welcomed the watershed moment in a long search for justice.
Owner of massage parlors pleads guilty
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A5
A Chinese national has pleaded guilty to helping operate two Asian massage parlors that were fronts for prostitution. Wei Li Pang, 37, pleaded Thursday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City to one count of causing individuals to travel in interstate commerce for sexual purposes. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors agreed to drop three similar charges.
On the record
December 19, 2008 in print edition on A4
A noninjury accident involving a semitrailer shut down a portion of U.S. Highway 40 two miles west of Lawrence on Thursday afternoon, a Kansas Highway Patrol dispatcher said. By 3 p.m., the highway had been reopened.
De Soto leader more than just a coach
December 19, 2008 in print edition on B5
A sickening, sinking feeling of shock and disbelief accompanied De Soto High’s boys soccer players as they trudged off their field for the final time this season.
Beijing protesters take stance against using cats for food
December 19, 2008 in print edition on C8
While animal lovers in Beijing protested the killing of cats for food on Thursday, a butcher in Guangdong province — where felines are the main ingredient in a famous soup — just shrugged her shoulders and wielded her cleaver.