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Wall Street stock tumbling.
 
51%
Gas prices declining.
 
48%
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6:00 a.m.
Danielle Lefever, a second-year Kansas University law student, from Overland Park, waits for the K-10 Connector bus Wednesday at the KU Park and Ride lot off or Clinton Parkway. Lefever uses the bus regularly and could benefit when the bus system boosts service on the route. Johnson County funds to help improve K-10 Connector service between Lawrence and Overland Park
November 20, 2008
Earlier this month, Johnson County commissioners approved Johnson County Transit’s emergency funding request for $2.5 million. The funding includes $1.4 million to purchase of as many as seven buses and a $1 million transfer from the general fund to add 50 more operating hours a week, aiding the K-10 Connector route between Lawrence and Overland Park.
10:00 a.m.
Danielle Lefever, a second-year Kansas University law student, from Overland Park, waits for the K-10 Connector bus Wednesday at the KU Park and Ride lot off or Clinton Parkway. Lefever uses the bus regularly and could benefit when the bus system boosts service on the route. Bargain hunters bid farewell as Arensberg shoe store prepares to shut its doors after 50 years
November 20, 2008
Shoppers said goodbye to a longtime Lawrence business and took advantage of slashed prices during a going out of business sale Thursday at Arensberg Shoes.
1:25 p.m.
Moviegoers take their seats in preparation to view "The Day After," 25 years after the television movie aired on ABC the night of Nov. 20, 1983. The movie was mostly shot and set in Lawrence. A panel discussion was conducted after Thursday's screening. The glow from ‘The Day After’ hasn’t dimmed
November 21, 2008 in print edition on 3A
They celebrated the 25th anniversary of Lawrence being the center of the television universe.
6:00 p.m.
Governor Kathleen Sebelius, shown in this 2008 file photo, Gov. has ordered state agencies to cut spending by 3 percent, which could hurt Kansans with disabilities. Kansans with disabilities fear budget cuts
November 20, 2008
In her wheelchair, Kim Vermillion of Olathe makes a point by slapping the back of one hand to the palm of the other. Her mother, Vickie, translates: More money is needed for Kansans like Kim who have disabilities but face waiting lists for services and possible cuts because of the state budget crunch.
10:35 p.m.
The Firebirds swamp head coach Bob Lisher as he raises the sub-state championship plaque on Friday. On to the championship! Firebirds take down Blue Valley, 14-7, advance to State title game
5:58 p.m., November 21, 2008 Updated 12:45 a.m.
Final, Free State wins 14-7 Taylor Stuart comes up with a sack on Blue Valley’s first pass, moving Blue Valley back. After a spike to stop the clock and an incompletion, Cameron Schmidt knocked away a pass on fourth down. Torneden took a knee, and Free State is advancing to its first state championship.

All stories

Sorenstam bows out
November 21, 2008
Annika Sorenstam’s storied LPGA Tour career is over.
Honesty in golf hits home for Hayes
November 21, 2008
The moment J.P. Hayes looked down at the golf ball on the floor in his hotel room, he knew there were only two options. Keep his mouth shut and his chances of playing full-time on the PGA Tour next season alive. Or pick up the phone and disqualify himself.
Many homeowners see decrease in home value
November 21, 2008
Your house may be home sweet home, but it likely isn’t worth as much as it used to be.
Kansas regroups, preps for Missouri
November 21, 2008
A much-needed week off arrives for the Kansas football team on Saturday. Mark Mangino’s squad will wrap up the regular season a week from Saturday against Missouri.
Kansas women’s basketball to play St. Louis
November 21, 2008
The Kansas women’s basketball team is hoping that the momentum from last Tuesday’s win carries over to this Sunday at St. Louis.
KU basketball faces challenge on Monday
November 21, 2008
Three days and counting until the Jayhawks’ first true test of the 2008-2009 season. On Monday, the team will take on Washington.
Perry-Lecompton beats Holton in 4A state semifinals
08:18 p.m., November 21, 2008 Updated 09:15 p.m.
Perry-Lecompton’s Kaws defeated Holton in Friday’s state football semifinals.
On to the championship! Firebirds take down Blue Valley, 14-7, advance to State title game
05:58 p.m., November 21, 2008 Updated 12:45 a.m.
Final, Free State wins 14-7 Taylor Stuart comes up with a sack on Blue Valley’s first pass, moving Blue Valley back. After a spike to stop the clock and an incompletion, Cameron Schmidt knocked away a pass on fourth down. Torneden took a knee, and Free State is advancing to its first state championship.
Tonganoxie man pleads no-contest to false report charge
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B3
A 24-year-old Tonganoxie man pleaded no contest Friday to a charge of falsely reporting that an intruder shot him last July.
Reflections on the 25th anniversary of “The Day After”
November 21, 2008
“The Day After” has lessons we can still learn 25 years later, author says.
Two banks in Lawrence call off merger talks
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B4
CornerBank and Emprise Bank have abandoned merger talks by mutual agreement, the banks’ top executives said Friday afternoon in a joint statement.
Turnpike ramps to reopen Monday at West Lawrence interchange
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A1
Drivers already energized by falling fuel prices and favorable weather conditions now have something else to look forward to: free-flowing traffic at the Kansas Turnpike’s West Lawrence interchange.
City, county offices to close for Thanksgiving holiday
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B5
Government offices and public services in Lawrence and Douglas County will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving.
KU suing National Institutes of Health over drug patent
02:46 p.m., November 21, 2008 Updated 04:41 p.m. in print edition on A1
The Kansas University Center for Research has sued the National Institutes of Health, claiming that KU researchers should be listed on patents for a cancer drug.
“Cool” new Web site puts fun twist on shopping
November 21, 2008
Coolproducts.com allows you to make money while shopping.
Author to discuss grief and the holidays
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B1
The holidays often are difficult for people who have lost a loved one.
Sebelius considered to be a top contender for three cabinet positions
November 21, 2008
It’s Washington’s favorite parlor game during a presidential transition: trying to figure out who’ll land a top spot in the new administration. President-elect Barack Obama is weighing an array of Washington insiders and outsiders, including some Republicans, for Cabinet and other top positions, according to Democratic officials.
Paul Davis and two others in running for Kansas House minority leadership
November 21, 2008
Three Democrats are in the running for House minority leader to replace Dennis McKinney, who has been named state treasurer.
October jobless rate relatively low; worsening economy expected to be reflected soon
07:30 a.m., November 21, 2008 Updated 02:56 p.m. in print edition on B4
The state recorded a relatively low unemployment rate of 4.5 percent for October, but the worsening economy is expected to depress future job growth, the Kansas Department of Labor reported Friday.
Around the NFL
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B6
The Denver Broncos placed tight end Nate Jackson on injured reserve Thursday, bringing back Chad Mustard to take his place on the roster.
Xavier rallies to top Mizzou
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B4
Roundup of men’s Big 12 action.
Free State - Blue Valley breakdown
November 21, 2008
With the Free State High football team set to play one of the biggest games in school history — 7 p.m. today at Blue Valley High — here’s a quick look at how the game breaks down.
CBE Classic crowded with coaching greats
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B1
Next week’s O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic championship round figures to have a Final Four flavor to it.
Rec calendar
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B8
Lawrence Bicycle ClubVarious rides Tuesday through Sunday. Call Paul Corcoran at 842-5273 or e-mail pcorcoran@sunflower.com.
The brink of history
Free State, Blue Valley clash with title berth at stake
November 21, 2008
Judging by the attitudes on display earlier this week, it was clear that having the weekend to enjoy its 10-6 victory against Olathe North last Friday was more than enough time for the Free State High football team.
’Whisperer’ even more unbelievable
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B10
“The Ghost Whisperer” (7 p.m., CBS) offers more questions than answers.
Landslide kills 5, some missing
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A9
A mudslide triggered by days of heavy rain buried houses in a southern Philippine gold mining town, killing at least five people including children and leaving several others missing, officials said today.
Putin grabs spotlight, vows Russia will thrive
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A9
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin used a meeting of his powerful political party to take center stage Thursday, casting himself as an indispensable leader even as the global financial meltdown threatens the achievements of his boom-time presidency.
Scientists: Copernicus’ remains found
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A9
Researchers said Thursday they have identified the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus by comparing DNA from a skeleton and hair retrieved from one of the 16th-century astronomer’s books.
Congress rushes to extend jobless benefits
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A7
Jarred by new jobless alarms, Congress raced to approve legislation Thursday to keep unemployment checks flowing through the December holidays and into the new year for a million or more laid-off Americans whose benefits are running out.
Pump Patrol
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.63 at Presto, 602 W. Ninth St.
Black Friday may disappoint stores
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B11
By Anne D’InnocenzioAssociated Press Writer
SOFA action would benefit Obama
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A10
Iraq’s prime minister just did Barack Obama a huge favor.
Tech’s defense gaining respect
November 21, 2008
Texas Tech coach Mike Leach knew something had to change when the Red Raiders rolled up 718 yards last year against Oklahoma State — and lost.
You think?
The 2008 elections spotlighted a broadening “power to the people” and there could be a backlash affecting the field of sports.
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A10
The 2008 elections spotlighted a broadening “power to the people” and there could be a backlash affecting the field of sports.
Michigan stuns No. 4 UCLA
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B4
Roundup of Top 25 men’s basketball.
Net Worth: Reviled ‘Star Wars’ special forced upon Web generation
November 21, 2008
This week marks the 30-year anniversary of one of the most horrific events in American history.No, not the Jonestown cult tragedy — which was admittedly quite horrific. For the purpose of this column, I’m referring to the TV debut of “The Star Wars Holiday Special.”
Horoscopes
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B10
When you hit a bind this year, relax and let your ingenuity take over. Ideas and solutions will pop up out of the blue, when listening to music or when taking a walk. If you are single, be careful, because your openness might result in finding someone flaky. If you are attached, travel and rekindling the old-fashioned date does wonders. Virgo can be challenging and difficult. Understand why this person is in your life.
Winter forecast mixed across the country
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A8
Winter looks likely to be mild in the Midwest and dry in the Southeast, the government said Thursday.
Buyers should consider 2 title-insurance policies
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B11
About Real Estate
Children victims of Haiti food crisis
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A12
The 5-year-old teetered on broomstick legs — he weighed less than 20 pounds, even after days of drinking enriched milk. Nearby, a 4-year-old girl hung from a strap attached to a scale, her wide eyes lifeless, her emaciated arms dangling weakly.
Safety issue
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A10
To the editor: We SO need to get over that “most people want to do the right thing” fairy tale! My observation is that some people clear their sidewalks every time it snows and some don’t lift a finger (not once!) all winter.
Research lauded
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A10
To the editor: I am baffled and disappointed that the editorial staff would criticize a grant award given to Kansas University Medical Center from the most prestigious government health research institution, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to combat one of the most pressing and dire health risks facing our country: smoking.
The glow from ‘The Day After’ hasn’t dimmed
Viewers gather at Liberty Hall 25 years after movie on nuclear war aired on ABC
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A3
They celebrated the 25th anniversary of Lawrence being the center of the television universe.
AT&T ordered to pay $17M
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B12
A federal jury has ordered AT&T Inc. to pay almost $17 million for overcharging customers in California when passing along a federally mandated phone fee.
No. 12 Texas A&M holds off Michigan
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B4
A roundup of women’s Big 12 action.
Students show they aren’t tied down by tobacco
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A3
Schwegler School added its own twist Thursday to the Great American Smokeout with the theme “Tie Down Tobacco,” where students wore ties to school.
19,000 students died in May earthquake
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A2
More than 19,000 schoolchildren died in a massive earthquake that struck Sichuan province in May, China acknowledged today for the first time.
US Airways restores bonus flier miles
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B11
Following an outcry from frequent fliers, US Airways has brought back mileage-award perks for regular customers — a rare reversal in this era of more fees and fewer benefits for travelers.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A10
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 21, 1908: “The senior class of the high school today presented the school with a bronze tablet commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg speech. … John Collins, the university student who in 1899 was convicted of killing his father, is due to get a pardon from Gov. Hoch before he leaves office. Collins’ sister has worked tirelessly to get her brother freed due to the circumstances that led to the death.”
Kansas D-line looking to ease defensive woes
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B1
It’s no secret that the Kansas University football team’s pass defense has struggled mightily this season.
Mexican emigration drops sharply
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A2
Mexican emigration has dropped 42 percent over the last two years, a government study released Thursday showed, confirming that America has become less appealing amid an economic downturn and stepped-up raids against illegal migrants.
Witness: Defendant spoke of shooting
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A3
A former jailmate of a murder defendant took the stand Thursday and said that Allen Dale Smith confessed to shooting a man during a 2005 Lecompton burglary.
More players admit not knowing rule
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B6
Count Cleveland Browns receiver Braylon Edwards and linebacker Willie McGinest among the growing number of players admitting they didn’t know an NFL game could end in a tie.
Georgia Tech tops No. 23 Miami
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B7
Hold off on Miami’s return to national prominence. The Hurricanes ran into a huge roadblock: Georgia Tech’s triple-option offense.
Pill as good as chemo on lung cancer, but costlier
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A8
Some advanced lung cancer patients already treated with chemotherapy might be able to skip some of the bad side effects of another series of chemo by taking a pill instead, a study suggests.
Come January, look out
November 21, 2008
One of the most delightful moments during Kansas’ Tuesday basketball victory over Florida Gulf Coast could be an indication of why the Jayhawks will surprise a lot of observers this season. They get along and they eagerly back each other for success.
When it comes to being messy, it’s monkey see, monkey do
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A1
Does a messy neighborhood make a difference on how people act? It sure does!
Hearing on Tiller abortion probe finished for now
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A4
Dr. George Tiller’s pretrial hearing regarding alleged prosecutorial misconduct abruptly was continued Thursday until next year, winding up four days of tedious testimony without much, if any, word from the major players.
Arenas: Last may be best
November 21, 2008
Gilbert Arenas already is thinking about the possibility of a last-place finish for his Washington Wizards — and finding the silver lining.
Mukasey collapses during speech
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A2
Attorney General Michael Mukasey, the no-nonsense former federal judge who took over the Justice Department after Alberto Gonzales resigned in disgrace, collapsed during a speech Thursday night and was rushed to a hospital after losing consciousness.
Adviser: Thompson plans return to acting
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A9
Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson is going back to the small screen after his foray into Republican presidential politics over the last year.
Public split over federal auto rescue
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A2
The congressional stalemate over whether to toss the country’s big automakers a $25 billion life preserver reflects a divided public, which a poll shows is evenly split over whether to come to Detroit’s rescue.
Northerners relish winter
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A11
I don’t know why flight attendants put a skinny plastic swizzle stick in your cup of coffee, but there it is, and the other day, I brought the coffee to my lips and stuck the stick way up into my nostril, which gives an odd sensation, pain and also shame, of course, and slight nausea like when a doctor snaked a probe with a tiny video camera into my nostril and down into my gullet and on the video monitor I saw red inflamed tissue all wet and twitching and some droopy things that might have been adenoids or the rudiments of gills, the creaturely innards of me that I do my best to ignore. I prefer the white shirt and herringbone jacket aspect of myself.
Brown countdown begins
November 21, 2008
Texas coach Mack Brown insists Will Muschamp’s elevation to head-coach-in-waiting doesn’t start the tick-tock on the countdown to his retirement.
Aide: Obama on track to nominate Clinton
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A7
President-elect Barack Obama plans to nominate Hillary Clinton as secretary of state after Thanksgiving, an aide to his transition said Thursday.
Automaker aid effort collapses
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A2
Show us the plan and we’ll show you the money. That’s the message the Democratic-led Congress gave Detroit’s Big Three automakers Thursday.
Civic illiteracy is alarming
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A11
While Congress spends — and plans to spend — like the proverbial drunken sailor to “bail out” various industries for practices that are largely their fault and the fault of those in Congress who were supposed to provide oversight, another deficit looms which is at least as troubling as the economic one.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A10
The main fallout from the ABC-TV showing of its controversial “The Day After” was a general appeal for peace and nuclear disarmament by many individuals and groups here, where part of the film had been shot. Locally, virtually every household contacted by the Journal-World had watched the TV presentation.
D&D Tire supports youth soccer program
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B11
D&D Tire and Uniroyal Tire have raised more than $380 in funds and equipment for Kaw Valley Soccer Association.
A threat to all
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A10
To the editor: On Nov. 3, the Journal-World carried a pre-election Associated Press article on California’s Proposition 8 regarding the marriage rights of same-sex couples. The Republican former mayor of Folsom, Calif., was quoted as saying “as a gay man, I have a personal interest in Prop. 8. My civil rights are at stake.”
Shoppers bid Arensberg’s Shoes farewell
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B11
Customers line up to purchase shoes at Arensberg’s Shoes, 825 Mass., for the company’s going out of business sale. After 50 years in Lawrence, the shoe store is closing.
Wrong choice
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A10
To the editor: The attack on Congresswoman Nancy Boyda by the National Republican Congressional Committee following her defeat by Lynn Jenkins was bitterly partisan and contrary to the spirit of hope following this election.
Bengals shut down
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B6
The Steelers honored defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau with a pregame ceremony for his 50 years as an NFL coach and player. His league-best defense found the best possible way to pay tribute to him.
Shouting and pounding, Iraqis fight over US pact
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A2
Iraq’s parliament persevered Thursday in its debate on a proposed security agreement with the United States despite raucous attempts by opposition lawmakers to disrupt proceedings ahead of next week’s vote on the deal.
Perry playoff run put to test
November 21, 2008
So what if Perry-Lecompton High’s football magic carpet is flying under the radar. The Kaws love it.
Oil deliveries plummet 5 percent this year
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B11
Total U.S. petroleum deliveries fell from January through October at a rate not seen since the recession years of the early 1980s.
Holiday travelers thankful for lower gas prices
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A1
Gasoline prices are dropping nationwide, making travel by car a more attractive option during the Thanksgiving holiday.
‘Twilight’ adaptation merges teen angst, vampires
‘Twilight’ adaptation merges teen angst, vampires
November 21, 2008
There’s a playfulness that seems just so right in Catherine Hardwicke’s “Twilight.” The director of “thirteen” gives the hit Stephenie Meyer teen vampire novel a little edge, a little sexual heat. But she makes it fun, too.
Seabury basketball to stage scrimmage
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B2
Seabury Academy will conduct a boys basketball preseason scrimmage at 7 p.m. today.
Mo. Chihuahuas hit silver screen
Rocky and offspring featured in Disney film
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A4
When Rhoda Hewett bought her Chihuahua pup, Rocky, three years ago, she knew he had a championship bloodline. But she had no idea he was going to be a movie star.
Event offers chance to thank troops
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A3
Area residents wanting to send a message to troops fighting overseas this holiday season have an opportunity this weekend to do just that.
On the record
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A4
Law enforcement report
Turf wars: Cities consider lawn alternatives
November 21, 2008 in print edition on A12
Cookie Smith was surprised to learn the fake lawn that earned her a home-beautification award violated a city ban on artificial grass.
People in the News
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B10
• Julianne Hough taking break from ‘Dancing’• Madonna, Ritchie on divorce docket today• Ann Curry stops short of Kilimanjaro summit• Spears craves freedom amid career upswing• Walters on flak from ‘some people’: ‘I resent it’• Taco Bell lawyers get tough with 50 Cent
Center stage: New LAC director takes helm
November 21, 2008
David Leamon has spent much of this week looking at paperwork in his new file cabinet. He admits there are files that he doesn’t really understand yet. “I’m reading everything, and looking at everything — and asking questions almost endlessly,” he says.
NBA Roundup
November 21, 2008 in print edition on B5
• Celtics, 98, Pistons 80• Lakers 105, Suns 92