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Archive for Saturday, December 5, 2009

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12:00 a.m.
Elizabeth Elliott (left) playing Mama, and Kirby Anderson playing Dr. Zvavala, discuss Mama's son and his possible ADD.
Mass distraction: University Theatre stages contemporary play scrutinizing how an over-stimulated society treats ADD
December 4, 2009 in print edition on 1C
Cell phones, video games, Facebook. E-mail, TiVo, Twitter. Laptops, podcasts, earbuds. SpongeBob … Talk about distractions. It’s a wonder anybody can think straight these days…
6:00 a.m.
Kansas University history professor Bill Tuttle was at reggae superstar Bob Marley’s concert at KU’s Hoch Auditorium in 1979. He remembers the event as a “spiritual experience.” Tuttle is pictured next to a photograph of Marley that was taken by Journal-World photographer Richard Gwin, who was also at the concert. ’79 Marley show lives on in local memory
December 5, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Bill Tuttle remembers being in a rotten mood on Dec. 6, 1979.
10:00 a.m.
Attorney Gregory Robinson, left, and defendant Arthur Davis III discuss case details during a break Tuesday morning in Douglas County District Court. Davis is on trial, accused of trying to kill his ex-wife. Defense witness testifies in case against Lawrence man accused in attack on ex-wife
2:01 p.m., December 4, 2009 Updated 5:09 p.m. in print edition on 1B
A defense attorney began presenting his case Friday in the attempted murder case against Arthur Davis III, who is accused of trying to kill his ex-wife.
2:00 p.m.
Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins talks with media members outside the Anderson Family Football Complex on Thursday as he answers questions regarding the resignation of head coach Mark Mangino. KU declines to release details of Mangino’s settlement agreement for now, says deal is not finalized
12:47 p.m., December 4, 2009 Updated 5:54 p.m. in print edition on 1A
The Lawrence Journal-World, 6News and LJWorld.com have filed a Kansas Open Records Act request with Kansas Athletics Inc. to obtain a settlement agreement with football coach Mark Mangino.
6:00 p.m.
The Wilders are (from left) Phil Wade, Ike Sheldon, Betse Ellis and Nate Gawron. Ho-Ho-Hoedown: Lawrence old-time and bluegrass bands throw holiday party for the whole family
December 4, 2009
“In a lot of country and honky tonk music, you get a lot of drinkin’ and cheatin’ and partyin’ and that kind of stuff, so it’s nice to take a night off of that and just sing Christmas songs,” says The Wilders’ Ike Sheldon …

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Statehouse Live: Otto defends “OPOSSUM” video to NAACP
12:26 p.m., December 5, 2009 Updated 12:59 p.m.
Meeting set up by NAACP to discuss Otto’s video
Man arrested on drug, weapons possession charges
06:02 a.m., December 5, 2009 Updated 09:13 p.m.
A 20-year-old Lawrence man was arrested early Saturday on charges of drug possession, criminal possession of a firearm, obstruction of legal procedure and having an out-of-county warrant.
Osteoporosis growing concern nationwide, locally
December 5, 2009
Osteoporosis affects 8 million women and 2 million men in the United States. Each year, an estimated 1.5 million people experience a fracture from a fall because of osteoporosis.
Woods’ apology changes nothing
December 5, 2009 in print edition on C2
The billion dollars didn’t help one cent.
Ballock boosts Eudora
December 5, 2009 in print edition on C6
Eudora senior Justin Ballock scored 41 points to help lead the Cardinals past Anderson County on Friday night.
Company installs unique wind turbine
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B8
Looking like paddle wheels from an old-time riverboat atop an 83-foot steel pole, the aluminum contraption hovering near Interstate 435 and Roe Avenue in Overland Park could be modern sculpture.
’79 Marley show lives on in local memory
Reggae legend filled KU venue with ‘gorgeous’ sound and color
December 5, 2009 in print edition on A1
Bill Tuttle remembers being in a rotten mood on Dec. 6, 1979.
Ex-files: British military ends its UFO hot line
December 5, 2009 in print edition on E6
The truth — and the UFOs — may be out there, but nobody in the British military is listening anymore.
Store takes model approach with living lingerie displays
December 5, 2009 in print edition on E6
It’s what all young women do in their spare time: lounge in frilly underwear, fiddle with their rhinestone belly button rings and prance on the sofa, oblivious to passers-by peeping through un-covered windows.
Iran cracks down on universities’ dissent
December 5, 2009 in print edition on E6
As they gear up for a major anti-government protest Monday, Iranian students are besieged by a clamp-down in the universities, with a wave of arrests and expulsions.
Kristin Chenoweth illuminates ‘12 Men’
December 5, 2009 in print edition on D7
Endowed with an inner light and a frenetic chirpiness that borders on the tragic, singer and Emmy-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth is seriously miscast as diehard New Yorker E.J. Baxter in “12 Men of Christmas” (8 p.m., today, Lifetime), a Hallmark movie disguised as a Lifetime movie.
Faith Forum: How do you prepare for the upcoming religious holidays?
December 5, 2009 in print edition on D1
• Why wait until the holidays to prepare? • Acknowledge God’s blessings year-round
LHS grad leads team back to promised land
Magnuson’s Lions make second straight state tournament appearance
December 5, 2009 in print edition on C5
In 2008, Lawrence High volleyball coach Stephanie Magnuson left the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka with mixed emotions.
Manginos have left positive impressions on community
December 5, 2009 in print edition on A4
While not always as visible in doing charitable work as coaches like Roy Williams or Bill Self, Mark Mangino and his wife, Mary Jane, have left their mark in different ways.
Ex-players respond to Mangino news
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B4
Twenty-four hours after Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino’s resignation, former players are still trying to come to grips with the fact that the man considered widely responsible for transforming the program from doormat to Big 12 North contender is officially gone.
U.S. soccer to open with England
December 5, 2009 in print edition on C2
The United States will face England at the World Cup for the first time since a famous upset 60 years ago, then play Slovenia and Algeria in the first round of next year’s tournament.
2009 Lawrence Journal-World All-Area First Team Volleyball Bios
December 5, 2009 in print edition on C5
2009 Lawrence Journal-World all-area first team Volleyball bios.
Caron solid at other sport
Div.-I hoops signee excels on volleyball court
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B5
Last month, at the Greater Kansas City Volleyball Coaches Association’s MO-KAN All-Star Match in Kansas City, Mo., Free State High senior Chantay Caron received some confused looks from her teammates when she informed them that she was headed to Kansas State University for a reason other than volleyball.
KU swimmers in 2nd
December 5, 2009 in print edition on C3
The Kansas University swimming and diving team finished the second day of the University of Virginia Cavalier Invitational in second place on Friday.
NU could help TCU get to BCS title game
December 5, 2009
Nebraska can finally thank TCU in a big way for helping the Cornhuskers get into a BCS national championship game — by returning the favor eight years later.
One hurdle left for UT
December 5, 2009
This is it for the Texas Longhorns, the chance they’ve been waiting for since last December. There are no tiebreakers or computer formulas in their way.
Suspect in massacre probe arrested
December 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
Philippine troops took the patriarch of a powerful clan — a former governor — and three other members of his family into custody today after the president put his southern province under martial law to hunt down suspects in the country’s worst political violence.
Massacre at mosque shows Taliban strength
December 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
A Taliban suicide squad targeted Pakistani military officers and their families praying at a mosque Friday close to army headquarters in a gruesome display of the militants’ ability to strike at the center of power in this U.S.-allied, nuclear-armed nation.
Cocaine-stuffed chicken is recipe for arrest
December 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
Customs inspectors at Dulles International Airport say a man from Guatemala was detained after he tried to carry a cooked chicken stuffed with more than $4,000 worth of cocaine.
University group to use puppies to chase finals stress away
December 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
A Chapman University student group wanted to find a way to relieve stress during finals week, so they came up with an innovative approach: puppies.
Obama says his jobs plan will ‘jump-start’ hiring
December 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
Even as he heralded the first unemployment drop in months, President Barack Obama began putting the finishing touches Friday on a fresh job creation proposal he’s planning to send to Congress next week.
Beloved panda born in U.S. headed to China
December 5, 2009 in print edition on A3
A young giant panda who became a major attraction after his birth at Washington’s National Zoo will leave for China early next year for breeding.
Uighurs use missionary railway to flee China
December 5, 2009 in print edition on A3
An underground network of Christian missionaries that usually works with North Korean refugees says it has helped smuggle nearly two dozen Muslim Uighurs out of China following last summer’s deadly ethnic violence and the subsequent government crackdown.
Baucus gave girlfriend nod for attorney post
December 5, 2009 in print edition on A2
A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Max Baucus says the Montana Democrat was in a relationship with his current girlfriend when he recommended her for U.S. attorney.
Obama shifts visit to boost climate deal
December 5, 2009 in print edition on A3
President Barack Obama on Friday abruptly altered the timing of his upcoming appearance at an international climate summit in Copenhagen, hoping to capitalize on steps by India and China and build a more meaningful political accord, the White House said.
American student convicted of murdering roommate
December 5, 2009 in print edition on A3
American college student Amanda Knox was found guilty of murdering her British roommate and sentenced to 26 years in prison early today after a year-long trial that gripped Italy and drew intense media attention.
Nightclub blast kills over 100
Explosion caused by pyrotechnics, reports say
December 5, 2009 in print edition on A3
An explosion and fire apparently caused by pyrotechnics tore through a nightclub in the Russian city of Perm early today, killing 101 people, according to news reports.
Unexpected drop in jobless rate sparks optimism
December 5, 2009 in print edition on A3
Two years of steep job cuts all but ended last month, unexpectedly pulling down the unemployment rate and raising hopes for a lasting economic recovery.
Business reports felony theft
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Landscape, 600 Lincoln St., reported Tuesday burglary and the theft of miscellaneous products.
Three vehicles sustain criminal damage Tuesday night
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Police received three reports of criminal damage to vehicles occurring Tuesday night.
Woman arrested after high-speed chase
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B2
A 64-year-old Lawrence woman was arrested Friday on charges of aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery, and attempting to flee and elude.
State GOP town hall scheduled in Lansing
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B2
The Leavenworth County Republican Party Central Committee will be host to a town hall meeting Monday night.
Church celebrates with open house
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B2
“Walk With Christ” a Christmas celebration and open house featuring a living nativity scene at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.
Donor drops 4-leaf clovers in kettles
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B2
The Salvation Army of Lawrence often finds unusual things like buttons and arcade tokens in its red kettles. But four-leaf clovers?
Stepmother sentenced in 2-year-old’s death
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B8
A Wichita woman has received the maximum sentence for voluntary manslaughter in the death of her 2-year-old stepdaughter.
K.C. resident from Sudan helps country
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B8
A refugee from Sudan who has settled in Kansas City says he wants to do what he can to help his war-torn country.
Pump patrol
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.47 at several locations.
How KU uses endowment funds could influence giving
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B1
Money, money, money. As the lyrics to a song in the popular Broadway show “Cabaret” said, “money makes the world go ’round.” If there is any question about the validity of this statement, ask the folks at Kansas University.
U.S. Marines launch offensive
Operation first since surge announcement
December 5, 2009 in print edition on A7
U.S. Marines swooped down behind Taliban lines in helicopters and Osprey aircraft Friday in the first offensive since President Barack Obama announced an American troop surge.
Wounded president flown to Morocco
December 5, 2009 in print edition on A7
The wounded president of Guinea was airlifted to a hospital in Morocco on Friday, opening a dangerous power vacuum in this mineral-rich country one year after he took over in a military coup.
NATO to add 7,000 troops to Afghanistan
December 5, 2009 in print edition on A7
NATO allies will bolster the American troop surge in Afghanistan by sending at least 7,000 soldiers of their own, officials said Friday in pledges that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton described as crucial to turning the tide in the stalemated war.
Course to educate on mental illnesses
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B1
A program to provide free education for the families, friends and caregivers of those dealing with serious mental illness will start up again next month.
Settlement proposed on Westar rates
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B4
Westar Energy customers would see an increase of $1 per month on their electric bills under a proposed $17.1 million rate hike settlement before the Kansas Corporation Commission.
New extension board, officers announced
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B4
The Douglas County Extension Council conducted its annual meeting and election of officers and board members on Nov. 30.
Kmart center donates to Salvation Army
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B4
Kmart Distribution Center, 2400 Kresge Road, conducted a Thanksgiving food drive.
GM CEO shuffles managers, shakes up ‘business as usual’
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B4
When auto industry veteran Bob Lutz returned to General Motors in 2001 after 30 years with other companies, he quickly grew tired of GM’s numbers-oriented bureaucracy, printing up post-it notes that asked, “Says Who?”
Late-term abortion provider plans to expand operation in Nebraska
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B4
An abortion doctor said Friday that he will likely perform more late-term procedures at his Nebraska practice to meet the demand left when a Kansas physician was shot and killed earlier this year.
E. coli victim sues Cargill for tainted hamburger
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B4
A Minnesota woman who became severely ill from an E. coli infection after eating a tainted hamburger sued a division of agribusiness giant Cargill Inc. on Friday for $100 million.
Economist tells cattlemen 2010 will be tough year
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B4
A leading livestock market expert warned Kansas cattlemen Friday that the industry will continue to be tough and urged them to take advantage of any narrow profit margins they can find.
Senate preserves long-term health care program
Plan had been pushed by late Sen. Kennedy
December 5, 2009 in print edition on A5
The Senate on Friday turned back a Republican effort to eliminate a long-term care insurance program to help seniors and the disabled, saving the plan once championed by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in its health overhaul bill.
Report: Staff warned their families before campus
December 5, 2009 in print edition on A5
At least two Virginia Tech administrators told family members about a double shooting in a dorm — the prelude to the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history — well before the rest of the campus was notified a gunman was on the loose.
McLouth bull rider to appear on TV show
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B3
A McLouth professional bull rider will be featured on a Country Music Television show.
Special event
The Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade is a special holiday treat for Lawrence.
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B6
The local calendar is overflowing with holiday-related events this weekend. There are plenty of opportunities to support local charities, do a little Christmas shopping and just get into the holiday spirit.
Fascinating sight
A well-known butterfly researcher is watching a fascinating experiment unfold in outer space.
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B6
Chip Taylor knows just about everything about monarch butterflies, but he didn’t know whether they would be able to emerge from their chrysalises in a weightless environment.
Afghanistan poses a tough challenge
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B6
It is now as certain as anything can be in politics that 2010 will be a painful year for Democrats — a year of high unemployment, staggering deficits and a growing list of casualties from an unresolved war.
When reporters go, so do the facts
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B6
If you ever wondered why God invented the delete button, let me pass along the e-mail that arrived on the wings of various listservs directed at the Mainstream Media.
Out of choices
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Daily, we receive bad news about our state and local budgets. It’s time our “leaders” faced reality. Kansas has been in a budget deficit crisis for four years.
Enforce the code
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I’ve lived in the Oread Neighborhood for 20 years and have been active with the Oread Neighborhood Association on and off for those 20 years. Sidewalks have always been a big concern of the neighborhood.
Housing partners
December 5, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: We at Family Promise of Lawrence celebrate our first anniversary with joy!
Horoscope for December 5, 2009
December 5, 2009 in print edition on D7
For Saturday, Dec. 5: This year, you break past former restrictions, knowing when enough is enough. Realize that at this point, you might want to establish a new type of attitude and open yourself up to many opportunities. If you are single, you make friends with ease. If you are attached, take a seminar together or plan that special vacation.
People in the news
December 5, 2009 in print edition on D7
A rare copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s first book has sold for $662,500, smashing the previous record price for American literature.
Polanski’s house arrest a splendid captivity
12:00 a.m., December 5, 2009 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on D7
Roman Polanski’s life took a dramatic turn for the better Friday as he traded a Swiss jail for house arrest surrounded by family in his luxury Alpine chalet.
Scouting news
December 5, 2009 in print edition on D3
The 58th Annual Bromelsick Christmas Program will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in Room 120 in Budig Hall at Kansas University.
FCE news
December 5, 2009 in print edition on D3
Kanwaka FCE will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the home of Don and Margaret Fuston, 802 N. 1800 Road, Lawrence.
Around and about
December 5, 2009 in print edition on D3
Bethany Enoch and Karl Metzger, both medical students at Kansas University School of Medicine, are two of five students selected as 2009 Pisacano Scholars by the Pisacano Leadership Foundation. Enoch and Metzger are the first Pisacano Scholars selected at KU since the start of the program in 1993.
Gifts to keep kids moving
December 5, 2009 in print edition on D1
40 years ago: Local soldiers coming home by Christmas
December 5, 2009
The 90 local men in the 69th Infantry Brigade called up for duty in Vietnam were due to be released Dec. 12 and were expected to be home by Christmas, local officials learned.
25 years ago: Snowfall hits drivers unaware
December 5, 2009
A number of fender-benders occurred as a surprise snowfall of about two inches hit during the night and left many drivers unaware of the slick spots beneath the cover. Melting came fast but not until there had been a number of minor wrecks. A cold snap was also at hand, with a daytime high only around 30 and anticipation of an overnight low of about 15 degrees.
100 years ago: Scarlet fever on rise
December 5, 2009
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 5, 1909: Dr. John C. Rudolph warns that scarlet fever is on the increase and that too many people are not observing quarantine regulations. He says there is no current fear about sending children to school but that every precaution should be taken and quarantines honored. He has gone after hotels in Baldwin for not properly observing quarantine rules. He also says some physicians have not reported cases and that this could lead to new problems. The state says it will prosecute errant doctors in this matter… The controversy continues about use of the Bell telephone system and the Missouri and Kansas Telephone Co. The systems do not interact and there is pressure for one system to serve everyone… . A new two-story and basement brick warehouse 74 by 50 feet will be built upon the lot just west of the Boener Brothers Cigar Factory. The Helm Commission Co. has made plans for the new building.
Night of firsts: Lions boys, girls fall in new coaches’ debuts
December 5, 2009 in print edition on C1
It was a night of firsts in more ways than one at Washburn Rural High on Friday night, as four high school basketball coaches made their varsity debuts in the Junior Blues’ gymnasium.
Transfer Withey just California dreamin’
December 5, 2009 in print edition on C1
Jeff Withey wishes he could join his Kansas University basketball teammates in his native California this weekend.
Mangino’s words just overkill
December 5, 2009 in print edition on C1
Mark Mangino’s persistent efforts to create an aura of martyrdom have included a number of dubious remarks. For me the ex-Kansas football coach sawed off a limb of verbal overkill when he fiercely cited one of his codes of conduct — better to die on your feet than exist on your knees.
Veritas girls stifle Northland, 40-12
Veritas boys fall to Northland
December 5, 2009 in print edition on C1
Veritas Christian’s Shereen Fattaahi has a rather simple formula for frustrating the heck out of her opponents. In fact, it’s her favorite part of the game.
Club news
December 5, 2009 in print edition on D3
Ann Weick and Jeanette Collier, both of Lawrence, were presented the Communication and Leadership award at the Toastmasters’ District 22 Fall Conference held Nov. 20 at the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka.