Archive for Saturday, December 20, 2008

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Audio clips
On the street
Photo galleries
KU vs. Temple Free State boys vs. Olathe South LHS girls vs. SMNW LHS boys vs. SMNW
How will KU fare in its first road game against Arizona?

Poll results

Response Percent
Win by 1-5 points
Win by 6-9 points
Lose by 6-9 points
Win by 10+ points
Lose by 1-5 points
Lose by 10+ points
Total 759
Who was KU's first-half MVP against Temple?

Poll results

Response Percent
Sherron Collins
Brady Morningstar
Matt Kleinmann
Marcus Morris
Total 212
KU is favored by 10 points against Temple. Will the Jayhawks beat the Owls by more than 10 points?

Poll results

Response Percent
KU will win by 10 exactly
Total 123

Lead stories

12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Defendant Kellam Jones turns to listen as Heather Hein reads a prepared speech about her son Roland Klundt in Judge Michael Malone's Division IV courtroom on Friday. Jones, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of Baker University student Roland Klundt, 20, on June 7, was sentenced to fourteen years and two months. Delaware Street shooter sentenced to more than 14 years for June murder
10:08 a.m., December 19, 2008 Updated 5:30 p.m. in print edition on 1A
A Lawrence teenager was sentenced Friday morning to more than 14 years in prison for his role in a June 7 double homicide.
1:30 p.m.
Kansas guard Sherron Collins lines up a three-pointer during warmups Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. FINAL: Collins scores 19 as KU holds off Temple, 71-59
12:16 p.m., December 20, 2008 Updated 5:41 p.m.
Dionte Christmas scores 18 of his 21 points in 2nd half, but Jayhawks hang on for win
6:00 p.m.
Contestants for the Miss Kansas USA and Miss Kansas Teen USA went through orientation Friday at the Lawrence Holidome. Miss Kansas titles on the line at Lied Center this weekend
December 19, 2008 in print edition on 1B
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.

All stories

Wind chill of 15 to 20 below zero expected tonight
December 20, 2008
The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory for northeast and central Kansas from midnight on Saturday until noon on Sunday. Northerly winds of 10 to 15 mph combined with cold temperatures will produce a wind chill of 15 to 20 below zero tonight. The weather service expects the temperature to dip to 4 degrees overnight.
Lawrence High boys hold off Free State in OT
08:00 p.m., December 20, 2008 Updated 09:58 p.m.
Lawrence High outscored Free State, 11-1, in overtime and held on for a road victory at Free State High on Saturday night.
FINAL: Lawrence High girls defeat Free State, 39-37
06:43 p.m., December 20, 2008 Updated 07:17 p.m.
Taylor Bird had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead Lawrence High.
Lions vs. Firebirds: Tipoff nearing for Round 1 of city hoops showdown
Free State boys and girls play host to Lawrence High tonight
December 20, 2008
The Lawrence High and Free State High boys and girls basketball teams will unwrap the latest version of their rivalry tonight at FSHS.
FINAL: Collins scores 19 as KU holds off Temple, 71-59
12:16 p.m., December 20, 2008 Updated 05:41 p.m.
Dionte Christmas scores 18 of his 21 points in 2nd half, but Jayhawks hang on for win
Shots fired outside Cross Town Tavern; police looking for suspect
Two rounds strike car; no one injured
01:48 a.m., December 20, 2008 Updated 05:05 a.m. in print edition on B2
About ten shots were fired outside of Cross Town Tavern, 1910 Haskell Ave., early Saturday morning. Emergency dispatchers received the call at 1:26 a.m. when witnesses reported hearing 10 shots fired from a Pontiac Grand Am outside the bar.
Can’t touch this
Green, Lions find stroke in 64-56 victory
December 20, 2008 in print edition on C1
The line did not move at halftime. It did not creep closer, widen out or even scooch back an inch or two. Lawrence High just became a little more comfortable behind it
Veritas drops two to Wichita
Defenders’ boys win in OT; girls hammer Eagles
December 20, 2008 in print edition on C3
Veritas Christian’s boys lost, 61-56, in overtime to the Wichita Defenders, while the Eagles’ girls fell, 56-20.
Military news
December 20, 2008 in print edition on D5
Army Pvt. Michelle D. Danley has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.She is a 1995 graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School and the daughter of Emmett Tuckel, Lecompton.
Lawmakers upset over power line delay
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B4
Legislators involved in energy policy are upset that state regulators plan to take another year to decide which of two competing companies will build the region’s highest-voltage power lines.The Republican chairmen and ranking Democrats on the House and Senate utilities committees said Friday that they’re worried such a delay will prevent the development of wind farms.
Auto bailout winners and losers
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A8
Automakers are breathing a sigh of relief. Thanks to the $17.4 billion bailout loan approved by the Bush administration, they’ll suddenly have the cash to pay their bills and avert a bankruptcy — at least for a little while.The companies spent weeks lobbying hard for an emergency bailout, and their suppliers, the United Auto Workers and car dealers were chiming in, too.
Club news
December 20, 2008 in print edition on D3
University Bridge Club annual Christmas party was Dec. 10 at Alvamar Country Club, with 12 tables playing after a dinner meeting. Hosts were Richard Quinn, club president, and JoAnne Kready.Blue winners were Paul Jordan, first; Ray Ikenberry, second; George Bocquin, third; Dale Kring, fourth; Willie Stoltenberg, fifth; Dave Gaumer, sixth; Darlene Schneider, seventh; Sadie Deaton, eighth.
On the record
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B2
• Carbon monoxide incident, 5:54 a.m. Friday, 1113 Parkside Circle.• System malfunction, 9:38 p.m. Thursday, 1425 Jayhawk Blvd.• Smoke detector activation, 7:20 p.m. Thursday, 1800 Naismith Drive.• Electrical incident, 7:12 p.m. Thursday, 1015 Iowa.
Illinois governor: ‘I’m not going to quit’
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A1
A combative Gov. Rod Blagojevich served notice Friday that he has no intention of quitting over his corruption arrest, declaring: “I will fight. I will fight. I will fight until I take my last breath. I have done nothing wrong.”The forceful three-minute speech marked the first time the former amateur boxer directly addressed the allegations since his arrest 10 days earlier.
December 20, 2008 in print edition on D7
This year you break new ground and succeed beyond your expectations. Your focus and intuitive reactions seem to be right-on. With your intellectual insights, seasoned with some spontaneity, it will be hard to say anything but yes to your energy, thoughts and requests. If you are single, you discover many admirers in your life.
4-H and FCE news
December 20, 2008 in print edition on D3
Don and Margaret Fuston were hosts for the Kanwaka FCE Christmas luncheon on Dec. 9 at their home. Beverly Borque, president, installed officers for 2009. New officers are Margaret Fuston, president, Mary Ann Strong, vice president, Charlene Winter, secretary, Reba Bennett, treasurer, Aliene Bieber, council representative, and Muriel Maness, public relations.
Stars return for holiday movies
December 20, 2008 in print edition on D7
The last weekend before Christmas brings an onslaught of holiday movies featuring stars of films and sitcoms past, from “Dirty Dancing” to “Designing Women.” Patrick Swayze stars in “Christmas in Wonderland” (7 p.m. today, Family) as Wayne Saunders, the down-on-his-luck father of a recently uprooted family.
London’s iconic double-decker buses making comeback
December 20, 2008 in print edition on E6
The mayor unveiled plans Friday to bring back the beloved red double-decker Routemaster to London’s streets, but his opponents say the appeal to nostalgia throws pragmatism under the bus. Three years after the buses were all but banished from the city, Mayor Boris Johnson hopes the new versions — whose open back allows passengers to hop on or off — will be up and running by the 2012 Olympics.
FSHS boys tumble, 70-59, to Olathe South
December 20, 2008 in print edition on C1
They’ve won only one of their four games. No starter stands taller than 6-foot-2. And two regulars are sophomores.
CDC says Tamiflu may not be much help
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A2
The medical arsenal against the flu just got weaker. Government health officials said Friday that a leading flu medicine, Tamiflu, might not work against all cases of the flu this year. The most common flu bug right now is overwhelmingly resistant to Tamiflu, they said.
Christmas to close offices, services
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B3
Government offices and public services in Lawrence will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Christmas Day. All city, county and state offices will be closed both days. Federal offices in the General Services Administration and the federal courts will be closed Thursday.
Dole lecture series to focus on Lincoln
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B1
This year’s Presidential Lecture Series at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics may have a familiar feel to it for longtime attendees of Dole Center events. The institute is returning to a theme in the 2004 installment of the annual lecture series — President Abraham Lincoln.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 20, 1908: “Although school at the university did not officially let out until this afternoon, the customary rush of students to get home for Christmas began last night and grew worse and worse all day today. Many instructors gave quizzes today so students couldn’t cut early, but many braved the risk and trains were loaded with students yesterday and today.”
Troublesome monkeys being hunted, killed
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A9
The easy life is over for hundreds of monkeys — some harboring herpes and hepatitis — that have run wild through southwestern Puerto Rico for more than 30 years. Authorities launched a plan this month to capture and kill the monkeys before they spread across the entire island, threatening agriculture, native wildlife and possibly people.
Rescue gladdens Lawrence car dealers
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A1
Lawrence car dealers were happy and relieved Friday upon hearing about the Bush administration’s financial rescue plan for the U.S. auto industry. “It’s a good day for the auto industry and a good day for America in general,” said Tony Sanders, general manager at Jim Clark Motors, 2121 W. 29th Terrace, which sells Chrysler vehicles.
Program cultivates trees along streets
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B5
City-hired crews have begun to plant trees in town areas. Workers with Arbor Master Tree and Landscape of Shawnee will be planting trees through March as part of the city’s Master Street Tree Program. The program requires that the city plant a new tree for every 40 feet of new street constructed.
Husband pleads guilty to killing seriously ill wife
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B2
A man accused of throwing his seriously ill wife four stories to her death last year has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Stanley Reimer entered the plea Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court and was sentenced to life in prison. Reimer will have to serve a little more than 25 years before he is eligible for parole.
Myths debunked: Poinsettias not poison, no cure for hangover
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A2
Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias are not toxic to people or animals, suicides do not increase over the Christmas holidays and sugar does not make kids hyperactive. Those are some of the conclusions of reports in the British Medical Journal’s annual Christmas issue, a compilation of the weird and light-hearted papers its editors accumulate over the year.
Judge: Shoe-throwing reporter was beaten
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A2
A judge announced a probe Friday into the beating and bruising of an Iraqi journalist’s face moments after he hurled his shoes at President George W. Bush, and said investigators destroyed the shoes in their search for explosives.
Crash leaves bus dangling over freeway
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A3
Two chartered buses slid down an icy, snow-covered cobblestone street and crashed through a guardrail Friday, stopping just before they would have plummeted onto the freeway 20 feet below. The front end of the first bus dangled above Interstate 5 for hours before a tow-truck managed to pull it from the edge.
Eudora, Baldwin sweep
December 20, 2008 in print edition on C3
Eudora took two from Prairie View, while Baldwin won a pair with Central Heights.
Hard times hit church pageants
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A10
To get to heaven, Steve Erickson must climb a narrow ladder, clamber onto a catwalk and duck under a black curtain. The clouds in heaven are rolled cotton, and the stars are white Christmas lights poking out of the wall, which are supposed to look like the night sky over Bethlehem.
Big Jay picked for nationals
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B1
Apparently it’s not just Jayhawk fans who really love Big Jay. The Kansas University mascot has earned the right to participate in a national competition in Orlando, Fla., for the first time. To earn a trip to the Universal Cheer and Dance competition, Jan. 16-18, the mascots had to submit a video that would be judged against other entries. The top 10 entries earn bids to nationals.
California A.G. urges court to void gay marriage ban
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A3
The California attorney general has changed his position on the state’s new same-sex marriage ban and is now urging the state Supreme Court to void Proposition 8. In a dramatic reversal, Attorney General Jerry Brown filed a legal brief saying the measure that amended the California Constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman is itself unconstitutional because it deprives a minority group of a fundamental right.
Deep Throat: Beyond the man, the icon will live on
December 20, 2008 in print edition on E6
He was many things — inspiration to a generation of investigative journalists, Judas Iscariot of the Nixon cabal, a shadowy figure whose very vagueness encapsulated an unsettling, confusing era. In the end, though, “Deep Throat” remained a walking cipher, an icon with uncertain motivations who represented the most complicated parts of a time when nothing — not even the state of the American union — was exactly what it seemed.
Lawrence girls beat SM Northwest, 51-36
December 20, 2008 in print edition on C7
Even with two of last year’s full-time starters on the bench in street clothes, the Lawrence High girls basketball team proved Friday that, with three all-state-caliber guards, things still can be pretty easy.
Ponzi artists share charm, respectability
Wall Street trader accused of biggest such scam, $50 billion, in history
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A5
They’re smart and charming. They have an aura of success about them and exude respectability. Above all, they instill confidence. Which is, after all, why they are called con men. Bernard Madoff, the Wall Street trader accused of running the biggest Ponzi scheme in history — $50 billion — dealt in more astounding numbers than others but shares many of the basic qualities of Ponzi swindlers through history, according to law enforcement authorities and others who have studied such scams.
Scouting news
December 20, 2008 in print edition on D3
Eudora Boy Scout Troop 64, chartered to Eudora Lions Club, participated in the Pelathe District’s 4th Annual Mountain Ball Lock-in and Varmit Cookoff on Dec. 5-6 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Scouts attending were Connor Bradley, Nathan Bradley, Steven Wimmer, Nathan Gentleman, Matt Jones, Patrick Bradley, Trinton Wilkins, and Chance Hamm. Troop leaders attending were Jerry Criqui, Ann Wimmer, and Damon Bradley.
DNA tests confirm Fla. girl’s remains
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A4
Skeletal remains found in the woods are the Florida 3-year-old who has been missing since June, but they don’t reveal any clues about how she was killed, a county medical examiner said Friday. A utility worker stumbled upon the remains last week, less than a half-mile from where the girl lived. DNA tests confirm that the remains match Caylee Anthony’s genetic profile, said the medical examiner, Dr. Jan Garavaglia.
Train fan grows model collection
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B3
Art Kristofik’s fascination with trains started with a gift from his grandfather almost 46 years ago. “I was 8 years old when my grandfather gave me my first train as a Christmas present,” Kristofik said. “That’s when it all started. Every Christmas and birthday since then, I would get more trains and the collection just keeps growing.”
U.S. exit may tip tenuous Iraqi security
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B6
As soon as I arrived here, I went to visit the neighborhood of Hay Salaam, my bellwether as to the city’s condition and prospects. What I saw was tremendously heartening. But my visit also revealed the question marks that dog Iraq’s future as U.S. combat troops prepare to pull back from cities no later than June 30.
Impressive help
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I wanted to commend a couple of special people in the Lawrence community that I met this past October while visiting the area. I work for a nonprofit organization based out of San Diego called Invisible Children, and a student and teacher at Lawrence Free State High School that I met, Meaghan Travis and Andrew Nussbaum, have worked their tails off to help our organization’s efforts to rebuild schools in the northern portion of the East African country of Uganda.
Experts ponder gender of Santa’s reindeer
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A2
There may be a perfectly good reason why Santa doesn’t get lost on his annual Christmas globetrot: His flying reindeer just might be female and don’t mind stopping for directions. The gender of Rudolph and his or her sleigh-hauling friends — the subject of goofy Internet chatter every year around this time — is now being pondered by renowned wildlife experts at Texas A&M University.
Governor: No bonuses cost state millions
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A3
Underscoring how closely the fates of Wall Street and New York are intertwined, Gov. David Paterson said Friday that a single moment in the financial crisis — the decision by Goldman Sachs executives to forgo bonuses — cost the state millions of dollars.
Officials in Baath party plot freed
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A9
Iraqi authorities released without charge the nearly two dozen security officials who had been accused this week of conspiring to revive Saddam Hussein’s banned political party, the interior minister said. Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani told The Associated Press that an investigating judge ordered the officials released “because they are innocent” and that there was no evidence that they attempted to restore the Baath party, whose exiled leaders staunchly oppose the current government.
Family adjusts to Down syndrome
Special-needs child brings surprises, joys
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B5
Grace Martinez — soon to be 7 on Dec. 30 — likes to tell her parents about her friends at school and displays her sense of humor and compassion when it’s most needed. “When I’ve had a rough, hard day, Grace gives me a hug when I get home and it always goes away,” her father, Richard Martinez, said.
Broken pipe floods Kansas Cosmosphere
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B8
A broken water pipe has flooded a third of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson. No artifacts are damaged, but some exhibits have been closed. The pipe broke early Friday and dumped water as deep as 8 to 12 inches in some spots. Cosmosphere President Chris Orwoll says the pipe broke at a Hutchinson Community College construction site that is connected to the Cosmosphere.
Great Bend Zoo cuts development costs
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B5
Improvements to the Great Bend Zoo and the development of the Central Kansas Raptor Center aren’t going to be cheap, but it was reported this week that the city staff have worked to save thousands of dollars from the original plans.
KU aims to spoil Temple’s Christmas
Owls’ guard proud of festive last name
December 20, 2008 in print edition on C1
Temple University’s best basketball player has a favorite holiday. “Christmas, most definitely,” said Owls’ All-America candidate Dionte Christmas, mighty proud of his last name — and not at all burned out — in fielding questions about his festive moniker.
City Commission meeting canceled
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B2
Lawrence city commissioners have canceled their weekly meeting scheduled for Tuesday. Commissioners canceled the meeting because of the Christmas holidays. The commission will next meet at 9 a.m. on Dec. 30 for a meeting that primarily will be to pay bills before the end of the year.
Franken takes lead in Senate recount
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A3
Democrat Al Franken edged ahead of Republican incumbent Norm Coleman on Friday for the first time in Minnesota’s long-running U.S. Senate recount. Franken opened up a slight lead by the end of the fourth day of a state Canvassing Board meeting to decide the fate of hundreds of disputed ballots.
Chief of Staff wanted
December 20, 2008 in print edition on C1
Chief of Staff. Where can I get one of those? I sure could use one. Barack Obama has Rahm Emanuel. Lew Perkins has Nicole Corcoran. Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford had Alexander Haig. What’s that you say, sports editors don’t get to have a Chief of Staff? The world is changing. If an athletic director can have one, so can I.
Russia demands nuanced policy
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B6
President-elect Barack Obama has so many different and immediate crises on his plate that it’s easy to ignore one of the most important foreign policy issues he has to address. It’s one that can affect many of the others, including Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons: how to deal with Russia.
Woods hopes to inflict pain in ‘09
December 20, 2008 in print edition on C2
We cringed. We gasped. We shook our heads. We did everything but quit watching. But Tiger Woods won’t watch himself win the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines on a shattered leg.
NBA coaches changing fast
December 20, 2008 in print edition on C4
The Great NBA Coaching Purge has gotten so bad that six teams made changes the first seven weeks of the season; 14 have had a switch since the end of last season; Erik Spoelstra took over in Miami in the summer and already is tied for 17th in tenure; and Mike Woodson, in his fifth season in Atlanta, has the longest active run in the Southeast Division by four seasons.
Post Office resuming Operation Santa
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A3
Operation Santa is resuming at the post office. The program in which volunteers reply to children’s letters to Santa was suspended after what the Postal Service said was a “privacy breach” in New York on Tuesday. In that incident a postal worker recognized one of the volunteers as a registered sex offender. A postal inspector retrieved the child’s letter before the individual could answer it.
Pump patrol
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.47 at several locations.
Schuerholz blasts agents
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B2
Braves president John Schuerholz has vowed never again to do business with Rafael Furcal’s agents, whom Schuerholz accused in a newspaper interview of conducting “despicable” dealings with the team.
Caroline qualified enough
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B7
I first met Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. Returning from a visit to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, I stopped in the press center and found her talking with New York Times columnist Frank Rich, who introduced us. I told her I had just been to the library and saw her doll collection. We had a brief conversation during which I noticed something missing: pretentiousness.
Faith Forum: What can people of all faiths learn from Christmas and Hanukkah?
December 20, 2008 in print edition on D1
What can people of all faiths learn from Christmas and Hanukkah?
Sauer-Danfoss slows production of pumps
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B4
Sauer-Danfoss Inc. is reducing shifts for about a third of its employees in the East Hills Business Park, as one of the plant’s customers is shutting down temporarily for the month of January. Jamie Bryant, plant manager at Sauer-Danfoss, said that the reduced shifts would affect about 50 of the plant’s 150 employees. The workers make hydraulic pumps for heavy-duty equipment.
Lisher leads Firebirds to dream season
December 20, 2008 in print edition on C5
During his 27 years of coaching football, Free State head coach Bob Lisher has been a part of some pretty special teams. There were the Lawrence High teams that won state under his watchful eye as the Lions’ defensive coordinator. And then there were his three years at Blue Valley North, where he improved the Mustangs’ record each season before returning to Lawrence in 1997 to become the first head coach at Free State, where he has coached every game since.
People in the news
December 20, 2008 in print edition on D7
• First lady looks past life at White House• Actor won’t face battery charge• Guns N’ Roses drummer ordered to more rehab• Web site lets fans sing with the King• Third daughter born to Harmon, Sehorn
Bush hands car keys to Obama
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A8
President George W. Bush’s $17 billion lifeline to General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC means neither company will perish while he occupies the White House, yet leaves the ultimate fate of the once-proud auto industry up to the incoming Obama administration.
Scholarships awarded increase to $29.6M
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B5
Kansas University will have awarded $29.6 million in scholarships to more than 6,500 students this academic year. The figure represents a $1.9 million increase from the 2007-08 academic year. Nearly all scholarships are awarded using private funds from KU Endowment.
$700B bailout getting another makeover
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A3
In another about-face, the Bush administration says Congress needs to free up the second half of the $700 billion federal bailout. And now that automakers are getting a share, the floodgates are almost certain to open for other nonfinancial industries that want government help.
Former German terrorist released after 26 years
December 20, 2008 in print edition on E6
Throughout the 1970s, the Red Army Faction was the scourge of capitalist West Germany and Christian Klar one of its most notorious leaders — the force behind a murder spree that included the slayings of a federal prosecutor, an industrialist and the chief of a major bank.
Journal-World all-area first team football
December 20, 2008 in print edition on C5
The Free State tailback set a school record with 1,707 yards on the ground to lead the Firebirds. Hunter also added 154 yards on 14 catches and led the team with 16 touchdowns.
Youths attack French Institute in Greece
December 20, 2008 in print edition on E6
Masked youths attacked the French Institute in Athens with firebombs Friday, one of the sporadic acts of violence that still hit the capital almost daily since the police killing of a teenager nearly two weeks ago sparked the worst riots Greece has seen in decades.
Unreasonable increase
Has anyone told state university officials that many families are struggling to meet the costs of keeping their students in school?
December 20, 2008 in print edition on B6
Thanks to the two members of the Kansas Board of Regents who voted against increases in university student housing and dining rates, including a 5.1 percent increase at Kansas University. In justifying his vote against the increase, Regent Gary Sherrer said, “This is a proposal that’s sort of business as usual. I just don’t think it makes any acknowledgment whatsoever that these are unusual times.”
Colorado cruises past Prairie View
December 20, 2008 in print edition on C6
Cory Higgins scored 17 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds to lead Colorado. Dwight Thorne II finished with 12 points for the Buffaloes (5-3), while Levi Knutson came off the bench to add nine points. Colorado took control early as Higgins scored 15 of his points in the first half. The Buffs went into the break with a 43-18 lead.
Belgian government offers resignation
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A9
Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme offered the resignation of his entire government Friday over allegations it sought to interfere with a court case on the Fortis bank bailout. Justice Minister Jo Vandeurzen resigned earlier Friday after Belgium’s highest court said the government had tried last week to influence the case on the bailout and sale of the troubled bank.
Obama finishes Cabinet picks, says business will revive
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A2
Completing his Cabinet a month before taking office, President-elect Barack Obama named officials to oversee transportation, labor, trade and small business policy Friday but warned that economic recovery won’t be nearly as swift.
Gimzo guides Kaws to best year ever
December 20, 2008 in print edition on C5
Shane Gimzo is quiet and unassuming, the type of high school athlete with a refreshing ability to blend talent with hard work and humility. Gimzo, Perry-Lecompton High’s multi-dimensional football star this past season, scored touchdowns at will as the team’s starting quarterback. Ask him about his individual success, however, and he credits his offensive line, receivers and running backs.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
12:00 a.m., December 20, 2008 Updated 09:46 a.m. in print edition on C10
To Kansas University junior Sherron Collins, the most disappointing thing about last Saturday’s loss to UMass was the fact the Jayhawks weren’t totally into the game from the start.
Music industry drops song-swapping suits
December 20, 2008 in print edition on A2
The group representing the U.S. recording industry said Friday it has abandoned its policy of suing people for sharing songs protected by copyright and will work with Internet service providers to cut abusers’ access if they ignore repeated warnings.
Around and about
December 20, 2008 in print edition on D3
Edna Elder, Linwood, will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Linwood Community Building, Third and Main streets. She requests no gifts.