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In NBA, coaches are slammed and dunked
December 27, 2008 in print edition on C4
Every year, at least a handful of NBA coaches wind up unemployed through some combination of bad play and bad luck. This season, there has to be another reason.
Rickey likes Rickey for Hall of Fame
December 27, 2008 in print edition on C2
As legend has it, Rickey Henderson used to stand naked in front of a mirror for 20 minutes before each game he played, repeating the same words over and over again.
Johnson seeks fresh start
December 27, 2008
With two recent back surgeries behind him, Randy Johnson is refreshed and focused on being a baseball player again this winter — rather than a pitcher limited to rigorous rehabilitation work, his case the past two offseasons.
Weather wreaks havoc on I-70
December 27, 2008
Snow and icy roads resulted in more than 30 accidents Saturday night on the stretch of Interstate 70 between Topeka and Kansas City.
Severe weather passes
04:12 a.m., December 27, 2008 Updated 07:11 a.m.
Thunderstorms brought hail overnight, but no major damage was reported early Saturday.
Fire destroys barn in Kanwaka Township
December 27, 2008
Firefighters from six local departments battled a fire that destroyed a barn in Kanwaka Township early Saturday.
Weird weather rare, but not impossible
December 27, 2008
It’s almost January, and you know what that means. Sixty-seven degrees, and a chance of tornadoes.
December 27, 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: • Phillip Morris Merritt II and Jamie Renee Merritt, also known as Jamie Renee Trzcinski, 1312 N. 1750 Road, Lawrence.• Lisa Lynn Lathrom, 2406 Ala., Apt. 8A, Lawrence.• Anita Joyce O’Keefe, 501 Perry St., Lawrence.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 27, 1908: “There is continuing controversy about the Kaw River and the fill area around the bridge. Experts say removal of the dam would not help and that there is no complete protection from flooding under some circumstances. … The Christmas rush is not yet over at the local post office. Packages are still coming in and are being delivered.”
On the record
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B2
Emergency callsLawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical reported no calls Friday.
Champs Bowl: mash vs. dash
December 27, 2008
Florida State is trying to characterize the Champs Sports Bowl as a meeting of FSU’s “thoroughbreds” against Wisconsin’s “Clydesdales.”
Vendors look to boost coffers at inauguration
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A5
President-elect Barack Obama’s swearing-in could be a boon for Said Rangbar, among hundreds of people hoping to cash in on Inauguration Day.
Lions’ owner deserves 0-16 stigma
December 27, 2008
One more loss, and William Clay Ford Sr. gets the scarlet letter he so rightfully deserves.
Most clicked on stories of 2008 run gamut of time, topic
December 27, 2008
The top 10 stories of the year on covered the gamut of time and topic, but proved there’s really no rhyme or reason to what you, our audience, like to read about.
Santa gunman was in bitter divorce
Police say escape plan foiled when house fire severely burned him
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A3
A man who carried out a Christmas Eve massacre and arson dressed as Santa at the home of his former in-laws apparently intended to flee the U.S., but his plans were dashed after the inferno he created severely burned his arms and melted his red costume onto his body, police said Friday.
Pakistan’s troop movements bad news for terror fight
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A2
Pakistan began moving thousands of troops from the Afghan border toward India, officials and witnesses said Friday, raising tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors and possibly undermining the U.S.-backed campaign against al-Qaida and the Taliban.
Diggin’ new digs
Jayhawks relish Anderson Complex
12:00 a.m., December 27, 2008 Updated 09:27 a.m.
Kansas University’s football players see the Anderson Family Football Complex as a reminder of what they’ve accomplished.
Chinese warships going after pirates
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A7
Chinese warships headed toward Somali waters Friday to combat piracy, the first time the communist country has sent ships on a mission that could involve fighting so far beyond its territorial waters.
Self says Jayhawks not tough enough
Coach expects team to learn to be gritty
December 27, 2008
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team has met coach Bill Self’s definition of “tough” erratically this season.
Economy sheds light on old habits
December 27, 2008 in print edition on D5
Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house. You remember. And perhaps you also remember the house. Plastic slipcovers on the furniture. Mothballs in the closet. And in the cupboard: a little ball of string, scrap tinfoil or balled-up rubber bands.
Brain workout
No more exercise excuses. Even your brain needs a good physical workout.
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B6
If you’re looking for some incentive to make good on a New Year’s resolution to exercise more, some new Kansas University research may fill the bill.
Blagojevich says he’s fighting for people of Illinois
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A3
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Friday that if what he’s done as Illinois governor is an impeachable offense, he’s living on the “wrong planet” and is in the “wrong place.”
Club news
December 27, 2008 in print edition on D5
Over the Rainbow Doll Club met Dec. 13 for a Christmas tea at Madame Hatter’s in Eudora. Afterward, the club went to the home of Jan Dyer, where members collected money for Warm Hearts and exchanged Christmas gifts. Two new members, Val Fittell and Roxanne Hall, joined the club. Next month’s meeting will be Jan. 8 at the home of Doris Ottinger, 1613 Powers, Lawrence.
Lawmakers want probe of beauty pageants
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A2
Mexican congressmen called for a federal investigation of potential drug cartel ties to the nation’s beauty pageants Friday after a 23-year-old beauty queen was arrested on suspicion of drug and weapons violations.
Man sentenced for trying to rob boy
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B3
A Leavenworth man has begun a prison sentence of more than two years for trying to rob a 12-year-old boy riding a skateboard.
No letdown for UConn
December 27, 2008 in print edition on C5
No. 2 Connecticut 75, Fairfield 55
Bhutto’s death anniversary marked by tens of thousands
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A3
Tens of thousands of Pakistanis gathered Friday at the mausoleum of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on the eve of the first anniversary of her assassination, some of them walking hundreds of miles to get there.
Kansas football arrives in Tempe for Insight
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s football team arrived in Tempe, Ariz., and held its first Phoenix-area practice.
Gaza border opened for humanitarian aid
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A3
Israel reopened its border with Gaza on Friday to allow deliveries of humanitarian aid, despite continued rocket and mortar fire from the coastal strip and growing expectations of a large-scale Israeli military campaign against Palestinian militants.
Giants, Johnson agree
December 27, 2008
The Big Unit is heading home to the Bay Area.
Woman pulled popcorn scam, police say
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B8
Police say a woman scammed Leavenworth residents out of more than $600 by pretending to sell popcorn for the Boy Scouts.
Former governor backs antibiotic limits
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B6
For two years my colleagues at the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production and I poured over volumes of data on what the Food and Drug Administration calls on its Web site “a growing threat,” and what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has termed “among its top concerns” — the phenomenon of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Former longtime fire chief dies
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A1
The man who spent 27 years protecting the city of Lawrence died Thursday. Former Lawrence Fire Chief Jim McSwain, 65, died of natural causes at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Another standout up north
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A1
George McGowan, a standout wide receiver, was another Kansas University product who found success in Canadian football.
Tips for driving on black ice
December 27, 2008 in print edition on D1
What makes black ice so dangerous is that it’s much harder to detect in advance than thicker, milky-looking ice sheets; black ice is moisture that has frozen clear.
State audit questions at-risk spending
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B3
A legislative audit has raised questions about how Kansas school districts are spending money for at-risk programs and whether those programs are well-administered.
Brother: Madoff suicide investor lost own money
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A7
The French financier who killed himself after losing more than $1 billion of his clients’ investments to Bernard Madoff’s alleged fraud also saw his own family’s money disappear, his older brother told The Associated Press on Friday.
Military news
December 27, 2008 in print edition on D3
News about local service members, Dec. 27, 2008.
Census to hire about 1,000 in state
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B8
The nation’s economy may be soft, but the U.S. Census Bureau will be hiring in Kansas soon.
Gardener: Cops used lion to threatened me
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A2
A gardener detained along with more than a dozen members of an alleged drug trafficking ring testified that police threatened him to feed him to lions and tigers during a raid at a Mexico City mansion, a newspaper reported Friday.
FAU wins second bowl
December 27, 2008
Florida Atlantic won its second straight postseason game, 24-21 over Central Michigan in the Motor City Bowl.
Chamber’s 2009 annual meeting set
December 27, 2008 in print edition on E1
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s 2009 annual meeting on Jan. 16 will begin at 6 p.m. with a social, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive. An awards program and entertainment will be provided by Right Between the Ears.
Aging stallion rescued from slaughter
Horse lovers across online community save Clever
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B4
Through his one good eye, Clever Allemont sees a second life.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B6
The state again was considering plans for a prison honor camp at Clinton Lake State Park, but public opinion in the area was expected to be quite hostile to the notion, officials said. Correctional officials said they would pursue the notion but would listen to public concerns.
Minnesota adds power running for bowl
Gophers tweaking approach after two years of being a pure spread team
December 27, 2008
Known as a spread offense, Minnesota has spent much of its pre-Insight Bowl practices adding a power-running component.
Heat’s Riley throws party for military families
December 27, 2008
Chance Evans has a story like many others these days.
Thrifty bargain-hunters sink gift card sales
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A1
Gift cards, the convenient catchall of holiday giving, lost their luster this year.
Ice glazes Midwest; snow blankets West
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A4
Yet another snowstorm closed highways in parts of the West on Friday, the latest in a tiring week of bad weather, and a dangerous sheet of ice in parts of the Midwest contributed to a looming flood problem.
Obama, Clinton top nation’s most admired lists
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A2
Another big win for President-elect Barack Obama: He dethroned President George W. Bush as the nation’s most-admired man this year in spectacular fashion.
‘Marley’ stirs it up with record $14.75M Xmas
December 27, 2008 in print edition on D7
Twentieth Century Fox says “Marley & Me” has set a Christmas Day record with $14.75 million at the box office.
Winning tradition?
Two consecutive bowl appearances give the Kansas Jayhawks something to build on.
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B6
A victory at the Insight Bowl would be a wonderful late Christmas present for the Kansas University football team and its fans.
West Virginia hopes to continue ‘good run’
December 27, 2008
West Virginia has rebounded nicely from a 1-2 start and will carry an 8-4 record into its Meineke Bowl matchup with North Carolina.
Gift-giver, adopted troops boost each other’s spirits
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A1
When Vicki Brown started shipping care packages to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, she never expected to get so much in return. Five years and countless postmarked boxes later, Brown has piles of thank-you notes, Christmas cards, photos, shawls, an American flag and even a sonogram.
Authorities search for missing inmate
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B1
Area law enforcement personnel are searching for a missing Douglas County Jail inmate, a spokesman said Friday.
KU Hospital sues over patient bill
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B1
When Alfredo Contreras Gonzalez leapt out of a fourth-floor courthouse window in the spring of 2006, he probably had no idea he would spark a legal battle to determine who would pay for his medical care.
Faith Forum: What can people of faith learn from the events of 2008?
December 27, 2008 in print edition on D1
A lot has happened in 2008 throughout the world. It has been an exciting year with important events like the Olympics in Beijing and Barack Obama being elected president. It also has been a difficult year with violent riots, wars, terrorist attacks, shootings, bombings, tornadoes, storms, floods, plane and train crashes, wildfires and earthquakes, with many lives lost.
What safety net? Many jobless don’t get benefits
December 27, 2008 in print edition on E1
On Dec. 19, when the Chrysler plant in Newark, Del., shut its doors, more than 1,000 autoworkers there suddenly joined the ranks of the unemployed.
Services held to remember tsunami tragedy 4 years ago
Study: Coral reefs recovering with surprising speed
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A8
Southeast Asia’s tsunami-ravaged coral reefs have bounced back with surprising speed, according to a study released Friday, four years after the deadly waves hit.
Research: Bees can get hooked on cocaine
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A2
Cocaine repels many insects — which is why the coca plant makes the chemical in the first place.
NBC returns to Birds Nest Arena
December 27, 2008 in print edition on D7
At a time when many are mulling 2008 and its best and worst moments, NBC recalls the highlight of its broadcast year, repeating The Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony (7 p.m., today, NBC). Directed by Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, the remarkable spectacle held in the Birds Nest Arena was watched by an estimated 2 billion viewers worldwide.
Kennedy says she’ll have to work hardest
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A2
Caroline Kennedy emerged from weeks of near-silence Friday about her bid for a Senate seat by saying that after a lifetime of closely guarded privacy, she felt compelled to answer the call to service issued by her father a generation ago.
December 27, 2008 in print edition on D7
This year, decide to do what is important and make what you want a possibility. You might be extremely thrilled by the end results. If you are single, your magnetism peaks this year, drawing many admirers. If you are attached, let your sweetie have center stage more often. Capricorn could be a soul mate.
Stocks post small but steady gains
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B5
Wall Street put together a moderate advance in light post-Christmas trading Friday, but gains were limited by dreary holiday shopping readings that dimmed the chance of a big year-end rally.
Before joining a gym, check out more than cost
December 27, 2008 in print edition on D5
Drinking too much champagne must cause spontaneous exercise. How else do you explain the annual boom in elliptical usage on Jan. 2?
New year marks U.S. milestone in Iraq
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B6
America’s relationship with Iraq will undergo a sea change next week.
New prosecutor to look at Ramsey case
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A3
A new prosecutor in Colorado says he plans to take a fresh look at one of the country’s most high-profile cold cases — the slaying a dozen years ago of JonBenet Ramsey.
Widespread pain
This recession has more casualties than previous ones
December 27, 2008 in print edition on E1
Recessions can be notoriously uneven. They can wreak havoc with the livelihood of factory workers but not that of bank tellers or nurses. Whole industries can see jobs washed away forever, while others hum along and even grow.
’Tis Oscar season: Academy newbies wield new power
December 27, 2008 in print edition on D7
The holidays may be winding down, but for Oscar fans, the season of celebration has just begun.
Sun Devils’ Harden reluctantly in spotlight
December 27, 2008 in print edition on C5
James Harden can be a reluctant superstar.
Greensburg positioned to attract ’green’ jobs
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B5
The “green” in Greensburg continues to keep the community at the national forefront of sustainable building, living and thinking. And that position brings with it perks — such as the community finding itself smack dab in the middle of a genuine bright spot in the gloom and doom that is the U.S. economy.
Black Friday II: Savvy shoppers get deals
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A1
Lawrence resident Connie Woydziak is like everyone else — she’s been bombarded with advertisements and displays about Christmas since seemingly Labor Day. But she was willing to spend one more day in the Christmas spirit, especially if it meant a bargain.
VA hospital says it cut staph in half
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Veterans Affairs hospital in Wichita reports that it has cut contagious staph infections in half since 2007.
Pitino: Moody Cardinals need to snap out of it
December 27, 2008
Louisville coach Rick Pitino doesn’t need a whistle. He needs a couch, a clipboard and a sign that reads “the doctor is in.”
Cash-strapped states cut juvenile justice programs
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A5
State budget cuts are forcing some of the nation’s youngest criminals out of counseling programs and group homes and into juvenile prisons in what critics contend is a shortsighted move that will eventually lead to more crime and higher costs.
Pump patrol
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.42 at several locations.
Facebook inferiority complex
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B7
One day this fall, I spent the better part of an afternoon strapped to a chair, electrodes all over my body, with an 85-pound Indian woman superheating a metal plate, touching it to my skin and asking me to tell her (1) when I felt pain and (2) when I wanted her to stop.
City Commission agenda: Industrial park street may be rebuilt
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B4
Agenda highlights • 6:35 p.m. Tuesday • City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets • Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 • Meeting documents online at
Record high warms up winter
Cooler temperatures in next week’s forecast
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B1
The calendar shows it’s late December, but on Friday it felt more like early April as Lawrence set a new record high temperature for Dec. 26.
Workouts may help ward off dementia
KU research finds exercise can protect against Alzheimer’s
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B1
A Kansas University professor is encouraged by research showing that aerobic exercise could stave off the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
Around and about
December 27, 2008 in print edition on D5
Around and about for Dec. 27, 2008
Cal up against Miami mystique
December 27, 2008
Cal essentially will play host to Miami in the Emerald Bowl.
Loyalists mourn longtime dictator
December 27, 2008 in print edition on A8
Tens of thousands of loyalists on Friday mourned the dictator who ruled Guinea for nearly a quarter-century, lining the roads to the lavish palace grounds where he was buried and crowding around his grave.
Selection of new KU chancellor leads local goals for 2009
December 27, 2008 in print edition on B1
The year 2008 hasn’t been a lot of fun. In fact, most Americans probably look back on the past 12 months as a time of anxiety and stress. The nation’s economy has been a bummer, causing millions of workers to lose their jobs. Millions of Americans lost their homes. The just-completed national elections seemed to focus more on negative issues rather than the many positives citizens of this country enjoy. And there is concern about what is going to happen in the coming 12 months.
Living joy: Lawrence boasts four female, modern-day apostles from Catholic order
December 27, 2008
Apostles — those stern, bearded guys following Jesus of Nazareth? That’s so first century.