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Lawrence High School boys vs. Free State Lawrence High School girls vs. Free State
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Polls
What movie opening Christmas Day are you most looking forward to seeing?

Poll results

Response Percent
“Marley & Me”
 
28%
None
 
27%
“Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons”
 
20%
“Valkyrie”
 
12%
“The Spirit”
 
4%
“Bedtime Stories”
 
4%
“Waltz With Bashir”
 
0%
Total 791
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Delbert Young and his wife, Shirley, sit on a sofa in their northeast Wichita home. Delbert was injured on the job at Boeing and now receives workers’ compensation. The Youngs are now fighting a state law that caps workers’ compensation benefits at $125,000, a limit set in 1987. Workers’ comp system failing many
December 19, 2008 in print edition on 1A
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.
4:00 p.m.
Sisters, from left, Morgan, 7, Addison, 3, and Kyleigh Leslie, 9, try to keep their composure while visiting with Santa. Larry Freeman, who has portrayed Santa Claus in the Lawrence Christmas Parade for several decades, has conducted picture sessions at Weaver’s, 901 Mass., every year for at least the past 10 years. Santa Claus reveals secrets of his trade
December 21, 2008 in print edition on 1B
Who’s naughty and who’s nice? We caught up Saturday afternoon with Lawrence’s beloved Santa Claus, also known as Larry Freeman, at Weaver’s to ask him. Between visits from children, Santa answered some of the season’s most pressing questions. For those who haven’t quite finished their list, Santa will be at Weaver’s, 901 Mass., from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. today and in the afternoon on Christmas Eve.
6:00 p.m.
The Tempe Insight Bowl Block Party on New Year’s Eve draws thousands to the Mill Avenue District in Tempe, Ariz. This year’s event will feature three fireworks shows and a concert by Styx. See page 2D for a list of Jayhawk watch parties and other get-togethers. Party in Tempe: What to do if you go to the Insight Bowl
December 21, 2008 in print edition on 1D
Traveling to the Insight Bowl? It should be warm, for starters — but the recreation and nightlife are pretty hot, too. Here are some tips on where to go.

All stories

Passenger rail expansion discussed
December 21, 2008
Supporters of passenger rails are climbing aboard a new study that could help establish service into Texas.
County residents worried about stray bullets
December 21, 2008
After five-year-old Katherine Cook was hit with a stray bullet almost a year ago in Linwood, some rural Douglas County residents are worried about their own safety.
Water line break damages Hashinger Hall rooms
05:40 a.m., December 21, 2008 Updated 10:00 p.m. in print edition on A1
A water line break at Hashinger Hall flooded much of the building early Sunday morning. Sgt. Troy Mailen of KU’s Public Safety Office said that the flood originated from the sixth floor of the building. He said that the gush caused “extensive” damage to the structure.
On the record
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B2
• Motor vehicle accident with injuries, 6:19 a.m. Saturday, 1 U.S. Highway 40, Lecompton.• Motor vehicle accident with injuries, 2:49 p.m. Friday, Kasold and Winterbrook drives.• Motor vehicle accident with the patient refusing treatment, 12:30 p.m. Friday, 1400 23rd St.
Hawaii: Teachers taking money, not drug tests
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A2
Hawaii public school teachers signed off on first-in-the-nation statewide random drug testing in exchange for pay raises, but now the state claims the educators are trying to take the money and run.Since the teachers’ union approved the pact nearly two years ago, they’ve accepted the 11 percent boost in pay while fighting the random tests as an illegal violation of their privacy rights. No teacher has been tested.
Passenger jet goes off runway, catches fire
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A2
A Continental Airlines jet taking off from Denver veered off the runway into a ravine and caught fire Saturday night, forcing passengers to evacuate on emergency slides and injuring nearly 40 people, officials said.No deaths were reported, but 38 people were taken to hospitals, said Kim Day, Denver International Airport manager of aviation. No one was reported in critical condition.
Winter conditions causing problems from coast to coast
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A3
Successive waves of wintry weather gripped much of the country Saturday, frustrating holiday travelers from coast to coast and keeping the lights off for thousands of people who lost power after ice storms just days ago.Iowa public safety officials urged motorists not to travel as heavy snow began to fall in the morning.
Important policy
It’s good that city commissioners are looking at revisions to the city’s business incentives policy, but their timing may be a little off.
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B6
Lawrence city staff and commissioners are working on a policy that could have a significant impact on the community’s economic development efforts. At the request of commissioners, staff members are looking at possible revisions to the policy under which the city grants tax abatements and other incentives to companies that want to locate in Lawrence.
Pump patrol
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.47 at several locations.
Beloved pets merit remembrance on holidays, too
December 21, 2008 in print edition on D2
There’s a legend that animals are endowed with the gift of speech at midnight on Christmas Eve.
Party in Tempe: What to do if you go to the Insight Bowl
December 21, 2008 in print edition on D1
Traveling to the Insight Bowl? It should be warm, for starters — but the recreation and nightlife are pretty hot, too. Here are some tips on where to go.
KU women to face UCLA
December 21, 2008 in print edition on C5
UCLA wasn’t very nice to Rice the other night. The Bruins’ women’s basketball team went to Houston and scored the first 20 points on the way to an 82-64 romp over the Owls. “I watched it,” Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “Whew … it was turnover, layup, turnover, layup.” Thus Henrickson will be doing her best to try to prevent a similar early blitz when the Jayhawks tangle with the Bruins today.
Christmas denied by KU
Temple star struggles early
December 21, 2008 in print edition on C7
Doing their best Grinch impression, Kansas University’s men’s basketball team stopped Christmas on Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who entered Saturday’s matchup coming off a 35-point performance in an upset of then-No. 8 Tennessee, struggled early and often in the Owls’ 71-59 loss to Kansas, going scoreless until the 1:51 mark in the first half and finishing just 6-for-14 from the field.
Frustrated early, Lawrence girls ‘win ugly,’ 39-37
December 21, 2008 in print edition on C1
Lawrence High’s girls struggled early, but rallied for a 39-37 victory over city rival Free State.
Helpful spirit
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: In these hard economic times, it is very noticeable that Midwestern spirit and hospitality are alive and well. As a retail associate at the main post office, I would like to extend a special “thank you” to our customers, especially the ones on the very busy Monday of Dec. 15.
Man strikes plea deal in what he says was accidental death
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B8
A Wichita man with a criminal history says he accidentally strangled a woman two years ago during sex, then dismembered her body and hid the parts at various places around town because he was afraid nobody would believe the death was an accident.
Former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A10
An Australian former Guantanamo Bay inmate today became a completely free man for the first time in seven years when the final restrictions stemming from terrorism allegations ended. David Hicks, a 33-year-old ex-kangaroo skinner and Outback cowboy, spent more than five years in U.S. custody at the military detention center in Cuba before striking a plea deal that returned him home to Australia to serve a nine-month sentence.
Executive grab marginalizes Congress
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B7
A new Capitol Visitor Center recently opened, just in time for the transformation of the Capitol building into a tomb for the antiquated idea that the legislative branch matters. The center is supposed to enhance the experience of visitors to Congress, although why there are visitors is a mystery.
Civil rights leader James Bevel dies
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Rev. James L. Bevel, a prominent figure in the civil rights movement whose legacy was clouded by an incest conviction, has died, a relative said. He was 72. Bevel died Friday in Virginia after a fight with pancreatic cancer, said a daughter, Chevara Orrin, who lives in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was recently released on bond while appealing a 15-year prison sentence.
Israel strikes Gaza day after truce expires
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A2
An Israeli airstrike against a Palestinian rocket squad killed a militant Saturday, the first death in Gaza since Hamas formally declared an end to a six-month truce. Palestinians fired 10 rockets and at least 23 mortar shells from Gaza into Israel, causing some property damage but no casualties, the Israeli military said. An Israeli airstrike at one of the rocket squads in northern Gaza killed a militant, said the army and Palestinian medics.
Obama names 4 top science team members
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A2
President-elect Barack Obama’s selection Saturday of a Harvard physicist and a marine biologist for science posts is a sign he plans a more aggressive response to global warming than did the Bush administration. John Holdren and Jane Lubchenco are leading experts on climate change who have advocated forceful government action. Holdren will become Obama’s science adviser as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Carmakers grab loans, look to Obama White House
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A8
President George W. Bush gave the U.S. automakers $17.4 billion in emergency rescue loans, but the fate of the industry is in the hands of President-elect Barack Obama. Simply letting the carmakers collapse was not an option amid a recession, housing slump and financial credit crunch, Bush said in announcing the short-term loans and demanding tough concessions from the automakers and their employees.
South Florida, Grothe trounce Memphis, 41-14
December 21, 2008 in print edition on C12
For anyone who thought it might be difficult for Matt Grothe and South Florida to get excited about playing what amounted to an extra home game, the Bulls and their dual-threat quarterback answered with a dominating performance in the first St. Petersburg Bowl.
Burger King markets ‘beef’ body spray
December 21, 2008 in print edition on E1
Looking to beef up your mojo this holiday season? Burger King Corp. may have just the thing. The home of the Whopper has launched a new men’s body spray called “Flame.” The company describes the spray as “the scent of seduction with a hint of flame-broiled meat.” The fragrance is on sale at New York City retailer Ricky’s NYC in stores and online for a limited time for $3.99.
KU glad education supporter doling out funding
Former Jayhawk heads state House Appropriations Committee
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A1
When officials from Kansas University seek funding from the Legislature this session, they’ll be facing a former KU student body president who is now chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Kevin Yoder, a Republican from Overland Park, recently was appointed by House Speaker-elect Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, to lead the committee that will produce a state budget plan.
Exhibit unveils women’s lives in ancient Greece
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A3
A woman’s place has never been just in the home — not even in ancient Greece. The proof is in an exhibit titled “Worshiping Women: Ritual and Reality in Classical Athens” — a collection of artifacts that correct the cliched idea of Athenian women as passive, homebound nurturers of men and children.
Hamiltons dealing a full house for 2009
December 21, 2008 in print edition on D1
Dear family, friends and people I haven’t seen for so long I hardly remember what you look like:
Couple tries lifestyle of avoiding new purchases for a year
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A8
Andrea Tringo is running errands on a crisp Colorado day, employing her favorite form of transportation — her own feet. “It feels good to be walking,” she says, ambling past turn-of-the-century storefronts. “Lafayette is great for this. I can walk anywhere.” Lafayette, a quaint community of 26,000 just east of Boulder, boasts striking views of the Continental Divide and an easy bus commute to Denver — which is how Ms. Tringo’s husband, Steven Posusta, gets to work these days.
Italy’s poor to feast on caviar this Christmas
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A2
Some homeless people in Italy will be savoring beluga caviar this Christmas, thanks to officials who seized 88 pounds of the contraband delicacy from smugglers. The caviar has been given to Italian charities to be served alongside the traditional foods they feed the poor on Christmas — like lentils, pasta and cake — officials said Saturday.
Impeachment anniversary no cause to celebrate
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B7
A low-comedy tryst in a White House anteroom. Finger-pointing denials of what was patently true. Hook-ups, hush-ups and cover-ups. A comic-opera federal investigation. A historic House vote on a Saturday in December. A show trial on the floor of the Senate.
Oil pollution may cost Chevron billions
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A9
When the sun beats particularly hot on this land in the middle of the jungle, the roads sweat petroleum. A Rhode Island-sized expanse of what was once pristine Amazon rainforest is crisscrossed with oil wells and pipeline grids built by Texaco Inc. a generation ago.
Scandal sheds light on hedge funds
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B7
For sheer toe-curling embarrassment, it may be a while before Wall Street does better than the Bernard Madoff scandal. Here was a rogue who practically telegraphed his unreliability by hiring a tiny, no-name audit firm, by reporting monthly investment results that never fluctuated and by claiming a trading strategy that could not possibly have been implemented given the billions of dollars he managed.
After Iraq, firefighter savors taste of home
Special welcome-back dinner draws crowd of family, friends at Buck Creek School
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B1
When Charlotte Rodecap asked what her son wanted to eat after spending a year working as a firefighter in Iraq, his request was a simple one: pinto beans. It was a meal John Rodecap Jr., Lecompton, enjoyed with more than 40 of his friends and family Saturday.
Former battalion chief was baptized by fire
Retired Fire & Medical veteran died this week
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B2
The rookie campaign of Dan Morrow’s more than 30-year career as a Lawrence firefighter put him in the middle of one of the city’s most notorious fires. As a 22-year-old who had just served 18 months in Vietnam, Morrow was called in while off duty the night of April 20, 1970, after a firebombing at the Kansas Union during student unrest.
Senate seat only part of case against Illinois governor
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A3
Corruption charges against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich focus on much more than the claim that he tried to sell or trade Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat. That charge could be just gravy to prosecutors. But the meat and potatoes are buried deep within a 76-page affidavit tacked onto the charges, and they have a familiar look.
Obama increases jobs goal
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A8
President-elect Barack Obama has increased his employment goal with the nation’s economic outlook worsening, seeking to create or save 3 million jobs in the next two years instead of the 2.5 million he proposed last month.
Somali pirates risk all for riches, women
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A10
There’s at least one job these days that’s recession-proof, if you can handle shark-infested seas, outrun some of the world’s most powerful navies and keep your cool when your hostages get antsy. A pirate’s life in Somalia isn’t for everyone.
Cyberbully law in Mo. leads to more cases
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A3
A 21-year-old woman accused of sending a vulgar text message to a 17-year-old girl is one of the first cases brought under a law against cyberbullying spurred by the suicide of a teenage girl following cruel messages on the Internet.
President taken by security forces
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A2
Security forces early today forcibly removed Mauritania’s recently deposed president from the village where he had been under house arrest, his daughter said. A police official confirmed that police were given orders to take ousted President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi into custody and drive him to his home in the African country’s capital, Nouakchott, where he will be freed.
How much should you tip for the holidays?
December 21, 2008 in print edition on E1
In private, workers who depend on holiday tips might be willing to say they’re getting hurt by the economic downturn. But fear that exposing that hard truth will lead to an even bigger falloff in their tips leaves most unwilling to discuss the situation publicly.
Throwing shoes better than tossing bombs
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B6
If you’re going to throw something, better a shoe than a grenade or a bomb. I’m not defending Muntather Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist who flung both his shoes at President George W. Bush during a Baghdad news conference. However tempting the target, journalists are supposed to fling barbed words at those they dislike, not heavy objects.
Sarkozy to sign arms deal during visit
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A10
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to sign an arms deal during his upcoming visit to Brazil that could help this country build Latin America’s first nuclear-propelled submarine, the government’s official news agency said Saturday.
Chiefs’ players want coach back
December 21, 2008 in print edition on C9
If owner Clark Hunt left it to a vote of the players, Herm Edwards would not only keep his job as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, he’d get a hefty raise.
Wheel Genius: Road work this week
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B3
A holiday week is no time to get caught in traffic on the way to work, to the mall or to grandmother’s house. Government and agency officials report projects and detours in the area that could affect your driving.
Green’s guarded three ties it in regulation; LHS boys go on to 74-64 overtime victory
December 21, 2008 in print edition on C1
Dorian Green scored 26 points and hit a guarded three-pointer to tie it near the end of regulation, and Lawrence High rolled in overtime to a 74-64 boys basketball victory over city rival Free State.
End to abuse
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: As the nation anticipates the Obama administration’s promise of Guantanamo’s closure, it is important not to underestimate the damage a lame duck president can still inflict on the nation’s human rights record. We must remain informed and vigilant, as the Bush administration’s past actions have taught us that no human or civil right is inviolable in their eyes.
Poet’s Showcase: Inside the Canvas
December 21, 2008 in print edition on D3
I stand here before seven dogs playing poker.
Cause of deadly bridge collapse unknown
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A3
Federal investigators were working through the weekend to start determining what caused a pedestrian bridge being built high above an Atlanta park to collapse, killing one man and leaving 11 other workers hospitalized, seven in intensive care.
Eight cozy nights: Celebrate Hanukkah with these solid reads
December 21, 2008 in print edition on D3
The holiday season, with its homework-free nights, is a great time to read together as a family.
Winter chill
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Can you imagine what it would be like to have to sleep outside with the wind chill being minus-16 degrees? That’s what it has been like for the city of Lawrence’s homeless community this week. People should donate money, coats, mittens and anything else that can keep the homeless warm. Many people have struggled to keep their homes in this current financial crisis.
New book lauds Wakarusa fest just a little too late
December 21, 2008 in print edition on D1
Michael Guerriero sent a copy of his new book, “Party Across America! 101 of the Greatest Festivals, Sporting Events and Celebrations in the U.S.,” to the Journal-World last week.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B6
John Myers, director of the Lawrence chamber of commerce’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, was named the chamber’s new economic development program director.Police hunting IRA guerrillas who bombed Harrods Department Store, killing five, arrested four people in London.
Bargain-hunters travel to shop in border town
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A9
Recession fears across Europe have consumers spending less and retailers fearful of the future. But one Northern Ireland border town is enjoying the biggest shopping spree in its history. A record-strong euro and deepening recession in the neighboring Republic of Ireland have turned Newry in recent months into the most intensively shopped spot in Ireland — if not the continent.
Don’t bring chairs, strollers to inauguration
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A7
No strollers near the Capitol. No tents on the National Mall. None of that Silly String on the parade route. That’s just a sample of the items forbidden from President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration for security reasons. And while many people say the inconvenience is a small price to pay to witness the swearing-in of the nation’s first black president, others are scratching their heads, trying to figure out how they will sit, snack, carry diapers or transport tired tots.
Pet insurance an expense you’ll appreciate later
December 21, 2008 in print edition on D2
Several months ago, my friend Barbara nearly floated into my office to announce that she had finally purchased her tickets for an overseas trip that she had been wanting to take for many years.
Lack of drugstores hurt communities
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B2
Residents in this Rush County community know they’re lucky. When their longtime pharmacy — the only one in the county — closed at the beginning of this year, they were left driving a good 30 minutes to fill their prescriptions. But in September, that drive was cut short when a local pharmacist gave up her commute to Hays to open Hoyt Health Mart Pharmacy in La Crosse.
Casino industry’s luck has run out
December 21, 2008 in print edition on E1
Juan Jimenez’s job at the casino wasn’t the most glamorous one in the place. But picking up cigarette butts, vacuuming dirt from carpets and shampooing stains from spilled drinks (and other, much worse substances) allowed him to bring his family from the Dominican Republic, buy a small house and claim a tiny slice of the American Dream.
Christmas decorations spread cheer through the centuries
December 21, 2008 in print edition on D4
Houses were decorated with special Christmas objects long before special dinner plates were made for the holiday.
Bankruptcies
December 21, 2008 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Iranian tradition celebrates longest night of the year
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A10
Iranians recited poetry, shared stories and ate fruits and nuts Saturday during all-night celebrations of the longest night of the year, a tradition going back thousands of years to when Zoroastrianism was the predominant religion of ancient Persia.
Castro grip on Cuba still firm as revolution turns 50
Despite limits, dissidents find blogging outlet
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A11
In the palace of a fallen dictator, the grade-school kids in their red Communist Pioneer bandanas are getting their mandatory introduction to the glories of the revolution. Clattering from one display case to the next, they gaze wide-eyed at an antique gun, a fighter’s bloodied shirt, the engine of a downed U.S. spy plane.
Kansas basketball notebook
December 21, 2008 in print edition on C7
Kansas University sophomore center Cole Aldrich scored 13 points off 6-of-8 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds despite being weakened by the stomach flu. “His stomach was cramping the whole game. It took a lot of courage to grab 11 rebounds and score 13 points. We need him. We all tipped our hat to him,” KU guard Sherron Collins said. Aldrich said he never considered skipping the game.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 21, 1908: Fear continues about mad dogs and hydrophobia here and Prof. H.B. Newton of the university has asked Mayor Barker to issue an order that all dogs be tied up. He says is keeping a rifle at his house for defense against possible infected dogs.
New ’do, new KU
Mohawk-less Jayhawks trim Temple
December 21, 2008 in print edition on C1
Sherron Collins still doesn’t know what all the fuss was about. “I bet you if that left-handed shot went in, nothing would have been said about it,” Collins, Kansas University’s junior guard, said. “It” was the Mohawk haircut — and star cut-out on the left side of his head — Collins sported for last week’s game against UMass, a game in which his running six-footer clanged in the closing seconds of a one-point defeat.
‘Earthrise’ details first experiences of seeing the planet
December 21, 2008 in print edition on D3
On Christmas Eve 1968, the crew of Apollo 8, on its fourth orbit around the moon, saw the Earth rise above the lunar horizon.
Freshmen numbers stay strong at KU
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B1
In an economic time when many universities across the nation saw accepted students opting not to enroll, Kansas University was able to hold its rate steady. According to a recent study conducted by the Chronicle of Higher Education, about 46 percent of universities surveyed saw dips in their enrollment yield rates this fall. That figure represents the number of accepted freshmen that actually chose to enroll at a given university.
Couple share love for the vine
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B5
Before Wichitans Dave and Natalie Sollo went to a land auction in March 2003, “Dave told me he just wanted some property in the country that he could mess around on,” Natalie said. Until they were driving away from the 160 acres they’d just bought, he didn’t mention that he’d also wanted to start a vineyard for 10 or 15 years.
Health official: Audit didn’t show fraud in state Medicaid program
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B5
A leading health official Saturday criticized a state audit of the Kansas Medicaid program, saying the report incorrectly insinuated widespread fraud. Marcia Nielsen, executive director of the Kansas Health Policy Authority, said the report by the Legislative Division of Post Audit, and media reports alleged fraudulent activity. She said that was “not supported by the facts.”
Gators not No. 1 in coach’s heart
December 21, 2008 in print edition on C2
The Florida Gators are a couple of weeks away from playing for their second national title in three years. They have the hottest coach in college football. They have a quarterback who is a rock star.
U.S. could send additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A2
The top U.S. military officer said Saturday that the Pentagon could double the number of American forces in Afghanistan by next summer to 60,000 — the largest estimate of potential reinforcements ever publicly suggested.Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that between 20,000 and 30,000 additional U.S. troops could be sent to Afghanistan to bolster the 31,000 already there.
Katy Perry fills music’s quirky girl void
December 21, 2008 in print edition on D3
Don’t get Katy Perry twisted: She absolutely loves being pop’s quirky poster girl, the wild child who doesn’t censor herself and causes raised eyebrows with songs like “Ur So Gay” and “I Kissed a Girl.”
Deduction options may surprise taxpayers
Tying the knot, children, donations can help boost refund
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B1
In a hurry to get married? Do it before Jan. 1. The baby is due any day now? Hope for delivery by Dec. 31. Those are just a couple of end-of-the-year events that are tax deductible and could boost your income tax refund next year, the Internal Revenue Service and tax preparers say.
Iowa State taps Auburn assistant
December 21, 2008 in print edition on C2
Iowa State had pinned all its hopes on Gene Chizik — which was why his jump to Auburn after just two seasons was such a kick in the gut for the cellar-dwelling Cyclones.
Kansas family highlights traditional Indian ways
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B4
As the elders of the tribe have died, Duane and Melinda Scates watched as the old traditions of their ancestors disappeared. It’s been their mission to teach those traditions to the younger generations. “It’s like a small crusade to bring some of it back,” Duane Scates said.
Brady answers challenge
December 21, 2008 in print edition on C1
We’ll never know if Tyshawn Taylor would have produced such a spectacular line in the box score Saturday (11 points, eight assists, four steals) if he had to chase Temple’s Dionte Christmas around all those screens.We’ll never know because Kansas coach Bill Self trusted Brady Morningstar with the assignment, and the sophomore was up to it.
KU bounces back
Jayhawks rally from UMass loss
December 21, 2008 in print edition on C6
The gray skies that Cole Aldrich and his Kansas University basketball teammates lived under the last week seemed to clear up a bit after the Jayhawks’ 71-59 victory over Temple on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. No doubt, things had been a bit gloomy since KU’s 61-60 loss to UMass on Dec. 13.
Santa Claus reveals secrets of his trade
December 21, 2008 in print edition on B1
Who’s naughty and who’s nice? We caught up Saturday afternoon with Lawrence’s beloved Santa Claus, also known as Larry Freeman, at Weaver’s to ask him. Between visits from children, Santa answered some of the season’s most pressing questions. For those who haven’t quite finished their list, Santa will be at Weaver’s, 901 Mass., from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. today and in the afternoon on Christmas Eve.
Mistletoe is just the beginning when it comes to seasonal revelry
December 21, 2008 in print edition on A1
’Tis the season for making whoopee. The Christmas-New Year’s period produces a year-high spike in sexual activity and conceptions in the United States, according to biorhythm researchers and makers of sex-related products. They attribute the increase to holiday leisure and New Year’s resolutions to have children. New Year’s irresolution fueled by alcohol and partying is another contributing factor.
Horoscopes
December 21, 2008 in print edition on D5
This year presents you with an unusual opportunity to move in a new direction. This offer might be a once-in-a-lifetime option and could happen quite quickly in the next year. If you are single, someone special might be knocking on your door any day. If you are attached, indulge your sweetie, who often doesn’t feel as upbeat as you. Help your partner see the glass as half-full, instead of half-empty.