Archive for Thursday, December 25, 2008

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Have you ever considered volunteering to help build a home through the Habitat for Humanity program?

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Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Paula Kyriakos, left, Lawrence, hands Nola Levings, 6, right, Lawrence, her Christmas gifts Tuesday at Weaver’s Department Store, 901 Mass. Levings’ gifts were for her grandfather and she was picking them up from Kyriakos, who was wrapping customers’ gifts with a couple of other employees at the downtown department store. In the background at top left are gift wrappers Megan Ballock, Eudora, and Samantha Otte, Lawrence. Last-minute shoppers hurry to wrap up holiday gift buying
December 24, 2008 in print edition on 3A
In 45 minutes, Leon Hiatt was hoping to check his mom, dad, grandparents, sister and nephew off his shopping list. Doing some last-minute shopping at its finest, Hiatt was shuttling from store to store along Iowa Street on Tuesday afternoon. He hit World Market, TJ Maxx and then Bed, Bath & Beyond looking for the quick stuff: KU clothing, snack foods and movies.
6:00 a.m.
A band entertains holiday guests Sunday night at the home of Serina Hearn and Tony Backus. A glowing gala: Lawrence family opens home to friends for annual Christmas celebration
December 25, 2008 in print edition on 11B
Serina Hearn and Tony Backus, along with their children, Zoey, Timmia, Simon, Alex and Cecelia, cherish this time of year.
10:00 a.m.
A new Habitat for Humanity home is under construction for the Mendoza family of Lawrence. Pictured at their Edgewood Homes apartment Tuesday, from left, are family members Haley Weeks, 15, Tayiah Mendoza, 6, her mother, Tammy Mendoza, Morgan Mendoza, 4, Domonic Mendoza, 15, and Luis Mendoza. Economy takes toll on Habitat for Humanity
December 25, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Luis Mendoza used to help an uncle work on houses. He’s also helped Lawrence Habitat for Humanity build some of its houses. Next year he and his wife, Tamara, hope to be building their own home with the help of Habitat. “It’s been awhile. I’m a little rusty,” Luis Mendoza said of his carpentry skills.
2:00 p.m.
A Lawrence resident clears the snow from his sidewalk in front of his home in this 2008 photo. City’s new shoveling ordinance in effect
December 25, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Hey neighbor, good buddy, good pal, my favorite guy on the block. Yeah, I’m going to be out of town this week. Could you let the dog out? Great. And oh, by the way, if it snows, could you shovel my sidewalk? Yeah, you might want to start practicing your delivery on that one. In fact, there may be many Lawrence residents who wish they would have had that conversation before they left for their holiday travels this week.
6:00 p.m.
North East Kansas Gold Star Mothers Chapter officers take their oath and receive instruction from Betty Pulliam, right, Vietnam War Gold Star Mother, during the chapter’s chartering ceremony Dec. 14, 2008, at Main Post Chapel at Fort Leavenworth. Mothers of slain service members help relieve grief by doing good
December 25, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Shirley Hemenway felt isolated. The Shawnee resident had just lost her son, Ronald Hemenway, to the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Her life was changed forever, and she wasn’t quite sure how to deal with that. “I felt so detached,” she said. “People start to avoid you. They don’t know what to say, so they avoid you.”

All stories

KU great Norm Cook dead at 53
Former Jayhawk forward started every game for 1974 Final Four team
December 25, 2008 in print edition on B2
Former Kansas University basketball player Norm Cook, a first-round draft pick of the Boston Celtics in 1976, died Monday at the age of 53.
Tough nuts: appreciating the virtues of hickories
December 25, 2008 in print edition on B12
With oil prices high, more and more people are turning to wood heat.