Archive for Sunday, November 23, 2008

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The Great 8
Polls
What's the best part of a Thanksgiving meal?

Poll results

Response Percent
Stuffing
 
25%
Mashed potatoes and gravy
 
24%
Turkey
 
22%
Pumpkin pie
 
16%
Sweet potatoes
 
7%
Cranberry sauce
 
3%
Total 845
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Kevin Tomkins, 16, rocks through the first elimination round of the Guitar Hero competition held Friday night at Liberty Hall. The event, sponsored by the United Way and the Boys and Girls Club, raised about $450 for the United Way, according to event organizers. United Way a winner in battle of the axes
November 22, 2008 in print edition on 1A
It was a chance to become a rock star — at least among Lawrence junior high school students. “Me and my friends decided to see who was better in the group, so we’re just here to have fun and hang out,” Alfonso Reeves said Friday evening at Liberty Hall in-between turns in a tournament for the video game “Guitar Hero.”
6:00 a.m.
Cheryl Wetherington, owner of Ricetta Artisan Chocolates, 3115 W. Sixth St., prepares a gift basket for a client Thursday at her store. As a business owner and with the economy in poor shape, Wetherington says she is unsure of what to expect for the upcoming holiday season. Economy making spirits not so bright
November 23, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Chances are most of us will feel the pinch from the collective squeeze the economy has put on Santa’s belt. During a time of year that revels in excess, more are scaling back, whether it’s the company Christmas party or items on a gift wish list. Old-fashioned standbys, such as the potluck dinner and the layaway plan, are expected to see a resurgence.
10:00 a.m.
One of the Lawrence Transit System buses departs from the bus stop at Ninth and New Hampshire Streets. Transportation taxes gain favor nationwide
November 23, 2008 in print edition on 1B
Turns out Lawrence voters aren’t alone in supporting increased spending for transit and other transportation-related initiatives. In communities from Hawaii to Virginia, nearly three out of four ballot efforts to boost taxes for transportation-related projects or services won approval this month. That’s more than $71 billion in spending endorsed by the very people who will be paying the bills.
2:00 p.m.
Grover Sanders, Lawrence, records a message for troops overseas Saturday at Crown Automotive, 3400 Iowa. Sunflower Broadband’s Channel 6 camera crews were on hand to videotape messages to send to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. People were also invited to drop off items to be sent to troops. Veteran salutes those now serving overseas
12:00 a.m., November 23, 2008 Updated 9:57 a.m. in print edition on 1B
When 88-year-old Grover Sanders heard that Sunflower Broadband’s Channel 6 was going to videotape holiday greetings for overseas troops, he wavered on whether he wanted to take part. “First I was going to do nothing, then I was going to do something, then I was going to do nothing,” he said.

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Mark’s on the Move: Rec volleyball
November 23, 2008
Health experts say adults should get at least two hours of physical exercise every week. This week, “Mark’s on the Move” shows us how area residents can take charge of their lives and get in shape.
Tennis Is Fun Day caters to all players
November 23, 2008
The First Serve Tennis Complex featured participants of all ages to help bring more attention and focus to the sport.
Needleless facelift gains popularity
November 23, 2008
It’s a machine that promises to take years off your face without Botox or surgery. Boomergirl.com’s Cathy Hamilton traveled to Ottawa to experience the needleless facelift.
Sources: Snyder to return as K-State football coach
09:25 p.m., November 23, 2008 Updated 10:01 p.m. in print edition on B2
Kansas State has called a news conference for Monday morning amid multiple reports that Bill Snyder, who retired as Wildcats coach three years ago, has been rehired.
KU women knock off St. Louis, 75-56
06:11 p.m., November 23, 2008 Updated 08:16 p.m. in print edition on B3
Kansas University juniors Danielle McCray and Sade Morris scored 27 and 14 points respectively in the Jayhawks’ 75-56 victory over Saint Louis on Sunday at Chaifetz Arena.
Police recover items from Woodlawn School break-in
November 23, 2008
Theft from music trailer reported early Sunday.
U.S. developing bug-sized spies
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A7
If only we could be a fly on the wall when our enemies are plotting to attack us. Better yet, what if that fly could record voices, transmit video and even fire tiny weapons? That kind of James Bond-style fantasy is actually on the drawing board. U.S. military engineers are trying to design flying robots disguised as insects that could one day spy on enemies and conduct dangerous missions without risking lives.
Historical society maps out its future
Long-term plans outlined for Watkins Community Museum
November 23, 2008 in print edition on B1
It might have been 75 years to the day that the state of Kansas officially chartered the Douglas County Historical Society, but when members met Saturday, their focus was very much on the future, not the past. And members of the historical society — which oversees the Watkins Community Museum of History — had a lot to consider at the annual meeting where officers were elected, yearly updates given and a silent auction conducted during a dinner at the museum.
Topekans recall Nov. 1988 tornado
November 23, 2008 in print edition on B5
A strange feel was in the air that Tuesday morning 20 years ago, a heaviness and mugginess not typical of mid-November. It felt like tornado weather. But that couldn’t be. Tornadoes only hit Kansas in the spring and early summer, not the fall. As Topekans found out in the early afternoon of Nov. 15, 1988, tornadoes can strike anytime, anyplace and in any month.
Investment in birth rate pays off
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A8
Stephanie Guiraud-Chaumeil was still in law school when her son Paul was born 14 years ago. Later came Valentine, a daughter now 10. Then Mathieu, 9, and finally little Louise, 7. With four children to raise, and a doctor for a husband and provider, Guiraud-Chaumeil, 37, might have become a stay-at-home mother.
Dedications to Danny Manning
November 23, 2008 in print edition on C12
The following is a list of quotes made about Danny Manning.
Segway inventor touts island as model for green energy
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A6
Energy independence is still only a hypothetical goal for the U.S., but the owner of a tiny island off the coast of Connecticut says he has already achieved that feat and is offering his work as a model. Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and numerous medical devices, jokingly refers to his North Dumpling Island as an independent nation and himself as Lord Dumpling.
Lawmakers to vote on U.S. security pact this week
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A11
The Iraqi parliament will vote Wednesday on a pact that would allow American troops to stay in Iraq for three more years, but the government’s hopes of winning a wide margin of approval to ensure the deal’s legitimacy appeared to be fading.
Ad Astra: Johnson explores untamed West
November 23, 2008 in print edition on D6
Michael L. Johnson, a longtime poet, also lectures and writes about the American West. His new prose book, one of the best on the subject, is “Hunger for the Wild: America’s Obsession with the Untamed West” (2007 Kansas Notable Book). In addition, Johnson has written about the cultural history of this region in verse form.
The great 8: Phoenix Awards honor visionaries in Lawrence arts scene
November 23, 2008 in print edition on D1
They make films, take photos, create quilts and design giant teapots. They publish poetry, sculpt bronze, star in plays and paint on canvas. And now, these eight Lawrence residents can also call themselves Phoenix Award winners. The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission will bestow the awards during a ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 23 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
Bankruptcies
November 23, 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.
Contestant wins 2 cars in less than 2 weeks
November 23, 2008 in print edition on B5
A Topeka man has had a lucky couple of weeks. In a span of 10 days, Michel Horton learned he had won two automobiles in separate contests. He picked up his newest ride Friday. It’s a 2008 “Bon Jovi Special Edition” Saturn Outlook. The presentation took place at the Ed Bozarth Saturn dealership in Topeka. The entry also netted him a guitar and gold-plated Bon Jovi records.
Recent area cases show examples of trend
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A9
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson pointed to several recent crimes as examples of a trend that has him concerned — robbers targeting casual drug dealers. Here are some recent cases.
Hollywood actors guild to seek strike after talks fail
November 23, 2008 in print edition on D5
The Screen Actors Guild said Saturday it will ask its members to authorize a strike after its first contract talks in four months with Hollywood studios failed despite the help of a federal mediator. Federal mediator Juan Carlos Gonzalez adjourned the talks between SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers shortly before 1 a.m. after two marathon sessions failed to produce an agreement.
Wildcats prevail in Prince’s finale
November 23, 2008 in print edition on C5
Ron Prince says coaching Kansas State’s last three games after he’d already been fired provided some important lessons in human nature.
City Commission agenda: Retail development spurs road plans
November 23, 2008 in print edition on B5
City commissioners are set to approve plans for road improvements on Sixth Street to accommodate the proposed Bauer Farm retail development at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. The road improvements include a new right turn lane along westbound Sixth Street and a turn lane and median improvements along northbound Wakarusa Drive.
Judge admonished for testimony
November 23, 2008 in print edition on B8
A Shawnee County District Court judge has been admonished for testifying on behalf of a friend convicted of accidentally killing a hunter in Lyon County. In a two-page order filed Friday, the Kansas Commission on Judicial Qualification instructed District Judge Daniel Mitchell to “cease and desist from voluntarily testifying as a character witness.”
Jetliner plot suspect may be killed
British citizen may be among 5 killed in U.S. missile strike
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A10
A British citizen linked to a plot to blow up jetliners flying across the Atlantic was believed killed Saturday by an apparent U.S. missile attack on an al-Qaida redoubt near the Afghan border, Pakistani officials said. If confirmed, the death of Rashid Rauf would bolster U.S. claims that missile strikes on extremist strongholds in northwestern Pakistan are protecting the West against another Sept. 11-style terrorist attack.
Point guard leads Haskell to victory
November 23, 2008 in print edition on C3
Nothing changes a basketball team’s fortunes the way a steadying influence at the point guard position does. Haskell Indian Nations University’s men’s team quickly is learning what such leadership brings.
First road test awaits Kansas women’s hoops
November 23, 2008 in print edition on C10
Score more than 100 points. Check. Did that in the opener against Sacred Heart. Knock off a quality team. Check. Did that last Tuesday against Iowa. Win one on the road. Not yet.
Chain reaction
Political dominoes are falling as President-elect Barack Obama builds his administration.
November 23, 2008 in print edition on B6
When a new president is elected, and especially when there is a change of parties in the White House, the building of the new administration usually triggers a certain domino effect across the country. This year, one of those dominoes is likely to cause a significant political chain reaction in Kansas.
Britain considers ban on ‘happy hour’
Young people showing ill effects of alcohol abuse
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A1
Britain is considering a ban on “happy hour” discounts at bars and restaurants to curb drinking, a spokesman said Saturday, as health advocates warned that a rise in liver-related deaths among young people may signal a future epidemic.
Some sources of inspiration after a job loss
November 23, 2008 in print edition on E1
Several readers have asked me to recommend books for people who are struggling with losing a job and finding new work. I consulted Laura Kasper, a Washington psychologist who works with clients on career and life-management issues. Below are her top recommendations
Venezuelan vote seen as key test for Chavez
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A9
President Hugo Chavez knows just how important today’s state and municipal elections are to his own grip on power. The balloting — held one year after the president suffered his first defeat at the polls — could decide “the future of the revolution, the future of socialism and also the future of Hugo Chavez,” he remarked recently.
OKC fires Carlesimo
November 23, 2008 in print edition on C9
The losses kept piling up for P.J. Carlesimo, and it didn’t matter which city his team called home. With the relocated Oklahoma City Thunder off to an NBA-worst 1-12 start, Carlesimo was fired as coach Saturday and replaced on an interim basis by assistant Scott Brooks.
Man hopes jet pack takes him across gorge
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
A daredevil hopes to propel himself across a southern Colorado canyon using a jet pack powered by hydrogen peroxide. Eric Scott tells the Rocky Mountain News for a story Saturday that he’s never traveled as far as he wants to on Monday: 1,500 feet.
Dalai Lama warns exiles against failure
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Dalai Lama is warning Tibetan exiles of possible failure within the next two decades if leaders are not prudent in their plans. The Tibetan spiritual leader says, “the next twenty years, if we are not careful, if we are not prudent in our plans there is a great danger. It could lead to the danger of failure.”
Astronauts step outside for long spacewalk
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
Spacewalking astronauts completed almost all of the greasy repairs on a gummed-up joint at the international space station on Saturday, leaving just a few chores behind for another day. As spacewalk No. 3 was getting under way 225 miles up, a new recycling system for converting urine into drinking water broke down again.
On the record
November 23, 2008 in print edition on B2
• Carbon monoxide incident, 5:08 p.m. Friday, 2557 Cedarwood Ave.• Motor vehicle accident, patient refused treatment, 10:58 p.m. Friday, N. 1851 Diagonal Road, Lecompton.• Motor vehicle accident with injuries, patient was flown by air to the hospital, 12:27 a.m. Saturday, 1708 W Fifth St.• Trash or rubbish fire, 7:14 a.m. Saturday, 509 Minn.
Military team melds farming, business savvy for Afghanistan
November 23, 2008 in print edition on B1
A team of Kansas National Guard troops will go to Afghanistan next year to combine its military and civilian skills and help to improve the country’s agricultural capabilities. “We’re looking at agricultural-type tasks, while at the same time we have to provide security for when we go out to villages and interact with the populace,” said Capt. Trent Miller, of Eudora. “We’ve got two ongoing missions rolled into one.”
Making over the White House
November 23, 2008 in print edition on E1
Michelle Obama says she wants the White House to feel full of energy. And while hanging new drapes isn’t high on the Obamas’ list of priorities as they prepare to move into the White House, design experts wonder if the first family will use the nation’s most famous house as a way to back a serious agenda: going green.
Behind the Lens: Photo demonstrates visual technique technique
November 23, 2008 in print edition on D8
For this week’s column, I invited readers to submit photos that originated from three assignments. The assignments were called ’Tis the Season, A Sporting Time and Election 2008.
Transportation taxes gain favor nationwide
November 23, 2008 in print edition on B1
Turns out Lawrence voters aren’t alone in supporting increased spending for transit and other transportation-related initiatives. In communities from Hawaii to Virginia, nearly three out of four ballot efforts to boost taxes for transportation-related projects or services won approval this month. That’s more than $71 billion in spending endorsed by the very people who will be paying the bills.
Father of teen who committed suicide on Web appalled by virtual audience
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
The father of a college student whose suicide was broadcast live over a webcam said Saturday he was appalled by the virtual audience that egged on his son and called for tougher regulation of Internet sites. Abraham Biggs Sr. said those who watched and the Web site operators share some blame in his 19-year-old son’s death.
Morningside routs Baker, 65-27
November 23, 2008 in print edition on C3
A solid offensive performance by Baker University wasn’t enough for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ top scoring team on Saturday.
Shots in mall after argument prove fatal
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
Shots erupted in a packed Seattle-area shopping mall Saturday after an apparent argument between a gunman and two other young men, killing one of the men, creating panic among shoppers and sending police on a store-to-store search for the shooter, authorities said.
Carter, Annan rejected in Zimbabwe visit
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
Zimbabwe has refused to let Kofi Annan, Jimmy Carter and a South African human rights advocate visit the impoverished country for a humanitarian mission, the three said Saturday. The former U.N. secretary general, the ex-U.S. president and rights advocate Graca Machel had planned to assess the southern African country’s needs.
Parker leads Haskell women past Waldorf
November 23, 2008 in print edition on C3
Maria Parker had 21 points and six rebounds, and Haskell Indian Nations University defeated Waldorf, 77-63, on Saturday in women’s college basketball.
Ninth-grader thrums his way to ‘Hero’ prize
November 23, 2008 in print edition on B5
Brian Loux was focused in the championship round. From the Liberty Hall stage Friday night, he was strumming the plastic guitar as fast as he could simulate notes of the Anthrax song “Madhouse” on the popular video game “Guitar Hero.” The Southwest Junior High School ninth-grader ending up winning the competition that benefited the United Way of Douglas County.
Getting his respect
Hall of Fame to induct Manning today in K.C.
November 23, 2008 in print edition on C1
Larry Brown, who witnessed the greatness of Danny Manning first-hand, watched with interest as ESPN last March embarked on a countdown of the 25 best college basketball players of all time.
Former KU receiver Rideau called up
November 23, 2008 in print edition on C8
The Chicago Bears placed veteran offensive tackle Fred Miller on injured reserve and elevated receiver Brandon Rideau from the practice squad on Saturday.
JFK anniversary marked at shooting site
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
About 500 people crowded Saturday into the plaza where John F. Kennedy was shot 45 years ago, all agreeing it was right to remember a pivotal moment in American history, even if they didn’t all believe the official line. People stood shoulder to shoulder and bowed their heads during a moment of silence at 12:30 p.m. Some hawked JFK memorabilia or pitched conspiracy theories to visitors.
Prospects high for health care reform
November 23, 2008 in print edition on B6
Things are looking up for substantive reform of America’s troubled health care system. No one who knows the history of such efforts, from Harry Truman’s administration through Bill Clinton’s, needs to be reminded of the difficulties that inevitably confront any plan to overhaul one-seventh of the U.S. economy and bring quality medicine to millions of the uninsured.
ABC TV crews leave Chapman
November 23, 2008 in print edition on B3
The crews for ABC television’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” have left Chapman, but the home makeover work continues. The reality show was in Chapman for 10 days recently to work with hundreds of volunteers to build a new home for the Patrick Tutwiler family. Volunteers had also intended to work on the home of Justin and Crystal Baer and several others but ran out of time before completing it.
Truth is greatest victim of Bush presidency
November 23, 2008 in print edition on B6
We should be ashamed of how poorly we have treated President Bush. That, believe it or not, is the thesis of a bizarre opinion published the day after the election in the Wall Street Journal by one Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, described as an investigative reporter, a lawyer and a former intern for, of all people, John Kerry.
Democrats plan fast start on bills
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A5
Eager for a quick start, Democratic congressional leaders intend to begin work in early January on priority legislation so it can be ready for President-elect Barack Obama’s signature shortly after he takes office, according to officials familiar with the plans.
We seek snitches, police want ad says
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A5
The Albuquerque Police Department has turned to the want ads for snitches. An ad this week in the alternative newspaper The Alibi asks “people who hang out with crooks” to do part-time work for the police. It reads in part: “Make some extra cash! Drug use and criminal record OK.”
Chiefs, Bills searching desperately for wins
November 23, 2008 in print edition on C8
The lessons of history are not lost on Brian Waters, Kansas City’s battle-scarred, nine-year veteran left guard.
Student looking for bear hug gets bit by panda in China zoo
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
A college student in southern China was bitten by a panda after he broke into the bear’s enclosure hoping to get a hug, state media and a park employee said Saturday. The student was visiting Qixing Park with classmates on Friday when he jumped the 6.5-foot-high fence around the panda’s habitat, said the park employee, who refused to give his name.
Some ‘modern’ furniture quite old
November 23, 2008 in print edition on D8
Modern-style furniture was first designed in the 1920s but did not become “mainstream” until the 1950s. Paul Frankl, one of the famous modern designers, was born in Vienna in 1886, moved to New York in 1914 and later to Los Angeles. He was an architect, painter and designer of furniture and other household goods. One of his first “modern” pieces made in 1925 was the “Puzzle” desk.
Investor fear remains despite 1-day rally
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
Since the Nov. 4 election, investors have been abandoning stocks in a kind of slow-motion crash that experts say underlines just how anxious they are about what is likely to be a long and deep recession. Even after a late-day rally on Friday, the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 index has plunged 20 percent since the election.
KU, MU working to remedy traffic problems
November 23, 2008 in print edition on C1
It didn’t take long for officials from Kansas and Missouri universities to respond to the horrendous traffic situation of last year’s Border Showdown at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium.
Obama economic plan aims for 2.5M jobs mark by 2011
Treasury, economic council leaders to be named Monday
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
President-elect Barack Obama, who is set to announce his economic team, promoted an economic plan Saturday he said would create or save 2.5 million jobs by spending billions of dollars to rebuild roads and bridges and modernize schools while developing alternative energy sources and more efficient cars.
Veteran salutes those now serving overseas
Troop supporters tape holiday messages
12:00 a.m., November 23, 2008 Updated 09:57 a.m. in print edition on B1
When 88-year-old Grover Sanders heard that Sunflower Broadband’s Channel 6 was going to videotape holiday greetings for overseas troops, he wavered on whether he wanted to take part. “First I was going to do nothing, then I was going to do something, then I was going to do nothing,” he said.
Trend worries D.A.
Robbers target casual drug dealers
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A1
The criminals are betting their victims won’t call police. And that’s creating some dangerous situations, according to Douglas County’s top prosecutor. Recently, robbers have been targeting casual drug dealers in hopes of stealing drugs and money — all without much fear that the dealers will snitch.
Horoscopes
November 23, 2008 in print edition on D5
This year you are more inspired than in past years. Use your gifts well. At times, you simply “know” events and situations ahead of time. Communication with others proves mutually inspirational. Friends play a strong role in your life, whether it is meeting your next sweetie or networking to get a better job. You will enjoy a newfound connection with your friends. If you are attached, the two of you mobilize your energy and create a mutual goal. Happiness surrounds people and relationships.
Trip to Kansas City exciting for Orange
November 23, 2008 in print edition on C10
Syracuse has been flying under the radar while coach Jim Boeheim adapts to life without Donte Greene. After three straight wins to open the season, the Orange are ready to move into the spotlight. And it’s coming Monday night when they play No. 18 Florida (3-0) in the CBE Classic at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
KU volleyball falls at No. 4 Texas
November 23, 2008 in print edition on C3
The No. 4 Texas volleyball team swept Kansas University on Saturday, 25-18, 25-11 and 27-25.
Lawrence VP of Black Hills Energy brings global perspective
November 23, 2008 in print edition on E1
He was recently promoted to handle the Kansas and Colorado natural gas operations for Black Hills Energy. But other than just his duties leading a company’s operations in the middle of the United States, Black Hills Vice President Ivan Vancas says he has a global view on his work in the energy sector — sitting right here in his Lawrence office.
Widower to celebrate 100 years young
Retired psychologist escaped Russian Revolution
November 23, 2008 in print edition on B4
This Tuesday, Lawrence resident Henry Remple will reach a milestone. The retired Lawrence psychologist, who survived the Russian Revolution as a boy, will be 100 years old. His daughter Lucy McAllister said instead of a party, Remple is asking for a special birthday greeting or card.
Twilight’ zone: Meyer’s vampire series entices teen audience
November 23, 2008 in print edition on D7
Stephenie Meyer did what many professed to be impossible. She convinced millions of teens and tweens to read something other than a text message or a computer screen. She got them to read her book called “Twilight,” which is a novel about star-crossed lovers where one of the high school juniors happens to be a vampire.
Man tells police he stabbed bureaucrat to death
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A10
A man claiming to have fatally stabbed a former Japanese health official in a high-profile case that police believe is linked to the loss of millions of pension records turned himself in to authorities, police said Saturday.The 46-year-old man told police that he had killed the retired vice health minister, who was found dead along with his wife Tuesday at their home outside Tokyo.
Culinary snafus pop up throughout Thanksgiving Debacle of 1991
November 23, 2008 in print edition on D2
When it comes to Thanksgiving cooking, I’m a total turkey.It’s not for lack of trying. I’m a person who loves a challenge, and Thanksgiving is the ultimate test of home entertaining. On what other occasion must a hostess bring 12 dishes to the table simultaneously — all at the proper temperature — knowing her guests’ expectations will never be higher?
At forum, Bush finds support on N. Korea, economy plan
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A8
President George W. Bush snared fresh international support Saturday on the economy and North Korea, emerging from his final world gathering with modest wins and growing nostalgia about his turbulent tenure.Dogged by a collapsing economy late in his presidency, Bush came away with the commitment he wanted from Asia’s Pacific nations: a pledge to keep trade flowing and shun protectionism.
Creamer sets sights on money title
November 23, 2008 in print edition on C2
Paula Creamer will use a pink ball today, her custom for the final round. Odds are, she’ll play those 18 holes with a different color in mind: green.Lots and lots of green, provided she can coax 18 more holes from her ailing body.
Economy making spirits not so bright
Grim outlook for holidays shared by retailers and consumers alike
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A1
Chances are most of us will feel the pinch from the collective squeeze the economy has put on Santa’s belt. During a time of year that revels in excess, more are scaling back, whether it’s the company Christmas party or items on a gift wish list. Old-fashioned standbys, such as the potluck dinner and the layaway plan, are expected to see a resurgence.
McDonald’s sued over nude pics on phone
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
Here’s some food for thought: If you have nude photos of your wife on your cell phone, hang onto it. Phillip Sherman of Arkansas learned that lesson after he left his phone behind at a McDonald’s restaurant and the photos ended up online. Now he and his wife, Tina, are suing the McDonald’s Corp., the franchise owner and the store manager.
Pirates free tanker, crew after ransom paid
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
Somali pirates have released a hijacked Greek-owned tanker with all 19 crew safe and the oil cargo intact after payment of a ransom, the ship’s management company said Saturday. It did not say how much was paid.
Buddha boy returns to jungle to meditate
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A10
A Nepalese teenager revered by many as a reincarnation of Buddha has returned to the jungle to meditate after emerging for less than two weeks, officials said Saturday. Ram Bahadur Bamjan, 18, reappeared Nov. 10 after several months of meditation to bless thousands of his followers, speaking to them on at least two occasions.
Some companies downsizing parties
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A7
For what is supposed to be a good-time-had-by-all, morale-boosting event, the decision on how to handle the company holiday party can be a challenge this year. Companies are having to balance not wanting to seem extravagant with the need to maintain tradition, said Catherine Schwoerer, an associate professor at Kansas University School of Business.
With no departure time, man living in Mexico airport
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A11
Hiroshi Nohara is on a layover at the Mexico City airport. It has lasted almost three months, and he has no plans to leave. For reasons he can’t explain, the Japanese man has been in Terminal 1 of the Benito Juarez International Airport since Sept. 2, surviving off donations from fast-food restaurants and passengers and sleeping in a chair.
Chicago, Clinton camps feed Obama’s incoming team
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A4
Two main quarries are supplying the building blocks for President-elect Barack Obama’s new administration. Longtime, deeply loyal associates will dominate the White House inner sanctum. And veterans of Bill Clinton’s presidency will hold vital jobs throughout the government, although a bit farther from the Oval Office.
State university efforts to draw minorities pay off in enrollments
November 23, 2008 in print edition on B4
When Kameron Mack was choosing a college, he considered two: predominantly black Clark Atlanta University and the predominantly white Kansas University. KU won out. After a recruiter visited a college fair at Mack’s church and he considered the education he would get as a journalism major, Mack set aside his trepidations about life as an African-American on a mostly white campus.
Quirky approach makes a case for philosopher’s sphere of influence
November 23, 2008 in print edition on D7
Most Americans probably have only a vague notion of Rene Descartes, the 17th-century French philosopher and mathematician, as the guy who declared, “Cogito ergo sum” (“I think, therefore I am”). It’s a statement that, in our ironic age, is probably more notable for spawning such comic takeoffs as “I stink, therefore I am” or George Carlin’s “I think I am; therefore, I am. I think.”
No. 5 Sooners slaughter No. 2 Tech, 65-21
November 23, 2008 in print edition on C1
Make way for a Sooners surge. Sam Bradford and Oklahoma are on their way up in the national championship race, and Texas Tech sure came down with a mighty fall.
The truth about ‘athlete-students’
November 23, 2008 in print edition on C2
We should call them athlete-students because that’s what they are in college football and basketball.
Witnesses: Big meteor streaks across sky
November 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
Scientists say they hope to find remnants of a meteor that brilliantly lit up the sky before falling to earth in western Canada. University of Calgary planetary scientist Alan Hildebrand called it one of the largest meteors visible in the country in the last decade.
Firebirds family special
November 23, 2008 in print edition on C1
A little more than 11 years ago, just days after Free State High opened its doors, Bob Lisher led the Firebirds football team onto the field for the first game in school history.