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Counterterrorism official says failed effort to blow up Northwest Airlines flight may have been terrorist attack
Explosive device failed to detonate
06:00 p.m., December 25, 2009 Updated 02:33 a.m. in print edition on A1
A Nigerian man who said he was an agent for al-Qaida tried to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane Friday as it was preparing to land in Detroit, but travelers who smelled smoke and heard what sounded like firecrackers rushed to subdue him, the passengers and federal officials said.
Journal-World delivery routes limited by inclement weather
Both papers to be delivered Saturday to those without today’s paper
03:20 a.m., December 25, 2009 Updated 01:29 p.m.
Due to blizzard conditions and deep snow on city and area roads, the Lawrence Journal-World is able to deliver a limited number of newspapers to subscribers Friday morning.
Blizzard Blog: Winter weather advisory lifted; roads remain snowpacked
City transit system won’t operate Saturday, citing poor road conditions
12:00 a.m., December 25, 2009 Updated 05:09 a.m.
Challenging driving conditions have persisted through Christmas Day after blizzard-level conditions and heavy snowfall the previous night.
Encore recalls Hughes’ influence
December 25, 2009 in print edition on B6
Few directors have been as closely associated with a particular generation as the late John Hughes.
School districts urged not to sue over funding
Education leaders shouldn’t be ‘greedy and selfish,’ state board member writes
December 25, 2009 in print edition on A3
State Board of Education member Walt Chappell has written school districts, urging them not to sue the state over funding cuts to Kansas public schools.
Family ‘blessed’ by soldier’s holiday presence
December 25, 2009 in print edition on A1
It was the best Christmas present Lawrence residents Doris and Loyce Bell ever could have received.
Winter storm forcing cancellations of some Christmas church services
12:00 a.m., December 25, 2009 Updated 01:18 a.m.
Cancellations of activities because of winter storm.
Christmas Kitsch: Readers share their collections of garish items ‘appreciated in an ironic or knowing way’
December 25, 2009 in print edition on C1
Never do lowbrow tastes and high sentiment clash more dangerously than at Christmas. Maybe that’s why kitsch is most likely to take a place of honor in the home over the holidays…
No zeros on All-’00s team
Check out our picks, submit your own via E-mail
December 25, 2009 in print edition on B1
Here, after hours and hours of deliberation, are the Journal-World sports staff members’ picks for KU’s all-decade men’s basketball team. Feel free to send your own picks to gbedore@ljworld.com and jnewell@ljworld.com.
Ex-KU football coach Yost proves to be craftier
December 25, 2009 in print edition on B1
Turns out football icon Fielding H. Yost was even craftier than I gave him credit for last week. One of the unwitting contributors to Yost’s game-winning shenanigans here in 1899 was Dr. James Naismith, whom you may have heard of.
Pope knocked down at Christmas Eve Mass
December 25, 2009 in print edition on A6
Pope Benedict XVI’s Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica got off to a tumultuous start Thursday after an apparently deranged woman jumped the barriers and knocked him down on his way to the altar.
Al-Qaida chiefs targeted in U.S.-backed assault
December 25, 2009 in print edition on A2
Yemen’s military hit suspected al-Qaida hideouts Thursday and targeted a gathering of top militant leaders, possibly killing a radical cleric linked to the U.S. Army major accused of the Fort Hood mass shooting, in strikes carried out with U.S. intelligence help, officials said.
Tug runs aground in Prince William Sound
December 25, 2009 in print edition on A2
A tugboat put in service to help prevent another oil spill disaster in Prince William Sound ran aground on the same reef as the Exxon Valdez 20 years ago in what remains the nation’s worst oil spill.
Search of car turns up gift-wrapped marijuana
December 25, 2009 in print edition on A2
Some people won’t be getting the Christmas presents they were expecting.
Feds: Virginia standoff suspect was angry at government
December 25, 2009 in print edition on A2
Warren “Gator” Taylor was tired of driving, so he pulled off the interstate in this Blue Ridge Mountain town to buy gas and food.
Senate OKs health care bill in political victory for Obama
December 25, 2009 in print edition on A2
Months ago, a delegation of Republican senators went to the White House with a request for President Barack Obama to take a more gradual approach to health care.
TherapyWorks names marketing director
December 25, 2009 in print edition on B7
TherapyWorks, 1311 Wakarusa Drive, has named Kim McMinnville its communication and marketing director.
Chamber of Commerce elects leadership
December 25, 2009 in print edition on B7
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce recently elected its 2010 officers and Board of Directors.
Treasury removes cap for Fannie, Freddie aid
December 25, 2009 in print edition on B7
The government has handed its ATM card to beleaguered mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Commodities
December 25, 2009 in print edition on B7
Agriculture futures were mixed Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Madoff had dizziness, high blood pressure
December 25, 2009 in print edition on A2
The federal Bureau of Prisons says dizziness and hypertension were responsible for the hospitalization of Bernard Madoff.
Shoppers give stores last-minute surge
December 25, 2009 in print edition on B7
Shoppers appear to have given the nation’s stores a needed last-minute sales surge.
3 North Poles, but only 1 is for tourists
December 25, 2009 in print edition on B7
Q: Is there a real city called “North Pole,” or is it just a bunch of icebergs floating around at the top of the Earth?
Muslims join Jews for Christmas Day Mitzvah
December 25, 2009 in print edition on C8
Many Jews consider Christmas Day an opportunity to serve their community while Christian neighbors celebrate their holiday. This year, what’s also known as Mitzvah Day in southeast Michigan is getting an added boost from Muslims.
Threats, Ashoura make holiday blue
December 25, 2009 in print edition on C8
Christmas is bumping into Shiite Islam’s most mournful ceremony this year, forcing Iraqi Christians to keep their celebrations under tighter wraps than usual.
People in the news
December 25, 2009 in print edition on B6
Brittany Murphy’s family and friends celebrated her life at a private Christmas Eve funeral.
Suspect arrested in shooting death
December 25, 2009 in print edition on B8
A 32-year-old Emporia man is facing murder charges in the shooting death Sunday of Jose Leyva Arroyo, also of Emporia.
Parents respond to possibility of school closures
Group from Cordley, New York schools meets to discuss options
December 25, 2009 in print edition on A3
Facing millions of dollars worth of state revenue shortfalls, Lawrence school board members are considering everything when it comes to making up the deficit. That includes the possibility of closing some elementary schools.
Local home sales post increase in November
Tax credit brings more buyers to market, with 110 homes sold last month
December 25, 2009 in print edition on A3
The end of 2009 brought holiday cheer for Lawrence-area real estate agents as they look to 2010.
170 Guard soldiers going to Afghanistan
December 25, 2009 in print edition on A4
About 170 Kansas Army National Guard soldiers will head to Afghanistan next year for construction-related duties.
Family gives hearty thanks at Christmas
Father, son both receive transplants
December 25, 2009 in print edition on A4
As the Cox family gathers for Christmas, they have more to celebrate than the season, and have received more than traditional gifts.
Downey’s no Sherlock Holmes, but it still works
December 25, 2009 in print edition on C1
Take it from a lifelong fan of Arthur Conan Doyle: Robert Downey Jr. is so NOT Sherlock Holmes…
Grimes expected to coach KU O-line
December 25, 2009 in print edition on B3
Former Mississippi State assistant J.B. Grimes is expected to join new Kansas University football coach Turner Gill’s staff, according to Rivals.com.
Helpful angels
December 25, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: On Nov. 19, as I was driving on 25th Street and Louisiana at 5:30 p.m., I swerved to avoid hitting a large pothole on the west side of the street.
Bus stop needs
December 25, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: On Dec. 16, I went to the service station used as a Greyhound bus stop to pick up a friend.
Nebraskan is Christmas angel in N.Y.
December 25, 2009 in print edition on A7
My little girl was born within a week of Christmas and, believe you me, conceiving one to hatch on target like that is no simple task.
Obama must renew bipartisan efforts
December 25, 2009 in print edition on A7
The health care reform bill coming out of the Senate presents a real dilemma for spectators: How do you applaud while holding your nose?
Holiday stress
December 25, 2009 in print edition on A7
It’s been a stressful season for many, but we hope everyone enjoys a little Christmas cheer today.
Obamas arrive in Hawaii for vacation
December 25, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama arrived in Hawaii on Thursday for a holiday vacation in the state where he was born and lived as a child.