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Archive for Saturday, December 26, 2009

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12:00 a.m.
Blizzard Blog: Winter weather advisory lifted; roads remain snowpacked
12:00 a.m., December 25, 2009 Updated 5:09 a.m.
Challenging driving conditions have persisted through Christmas Day after blizzard-level conditions and heavy snowfall the previous night.
6:00 a.m.
Despite shovels, pushing and patience, the 6 inches of snow that fell on Lawrence overnight made Christmas Day 2009 a white one. For motorists, though, such as these stacked up at Ousdahl and 23rd streets, the whiteness wasn't exactly a dream come true. Snowbound: Rare white Christmas brings frustrations, fun
December 26, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Ryan Schneider spent more than four hours in the car with his family Friday morning. They weren’t traveling anywhere, though. They were stuck.
10:00 a.m.
Volunteers Joleen Bechtel, left, and Jane Garvin help box up meals Friday at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt. More than 600 such meals were to be delivered to area residents for Christmas.  Storm complicates holiday meal
December 26, 2009 in print edition on 3A
More than six inches of snow from Thursday night’s winter storm couldn’t keep the holiday spirit from coming out Friday.
2:00 p.m.
Seven years reappear: Former Lawrencian Freedy Johnston resurfaces with ‘Rain on the City’
December 26, 2009 in print edition on 1C
In the song that made his career, Freedy Johnston sings the lyric “seven years disappear.” Nearly two decades later, Johnston knows that feeling all over again.
6:00 p.m.
Kansas guard Sherron Collins pumps up the crowd after a dunk by teammate Cole Aldrich during the second half Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse. No zeros on All-’00s team
December 25, 2009 in print edition on 1B
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.

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Lawrence roads still treacherous
December 26, 2009
Police continue to urge caution on roadways
Winter Weather Blog: Some churches canceling Sunday services
02:13 p.m., December 26, 2009 Updated 05:45 p.m.
Snow to head southeast after 3 p.m.
J-W carriers still trying to deliver newspapers
December 26, 2009
As the snow continues to fall, many Lawrence Journal-World newspaper subscribers are still without Friday and Saturday newspaper.
Van Gundy’s request: no games on Christmas
December 26, 2009
Stan Van Gundy has a request for the NBA: no more Christmas games. “I actually feel sorry for people who have nothing to do on Christmas Day other than watch an NBA game,” the Orlando Magic coach said.
Health bill offers significant benefits
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A9
When legislation is as long and complex as the health-care reform bill passed by the Senate, critics from both the left and right can inevitably find some legitimate areas for criticism.
Johnson eager to face Chiefs
December 26, 2009
Larry Johnson’s gift has lost some of its luster.
Faith Forum: What are your faith wishes for the new year?
December 26, 2009 in print edition on C1
• Have the courage to live fully in our faith • Meet the needs of others rather than sports
Seven years reappear: Former Lawrencian Freedy Johnston resurfaces with ‘Rain on the City’
December 26, 2009 in print edition on C1
In the song that made his career, Freedy Johnston sings the lyric “seven years disappear.” Nearly two decades later, Johnston knows that feeling all over again.
Year in review: Cross your fingers after the ride of 2009
December 26, 2009 in print edition on D1
It was a year of hope — at first in the sense of, “I feel hopeful!” and later in the sense of “I hope this year ends soon!”
Fantastic freshmen: KU’s Henry, UT’s Bradley lead list of Big 12’s top rookies
December 26, 2009 in print edition on B1
KUSports.com Big 12 blogger Eric Sorrentino ranks the top 10 freshmen in the Big 12 this college hoops season.
Snowbound: Rare white Christmas brings frustrations, fun
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A1
Ryan Schneider spent more than four hours in the car with his family Friday morning. They weren’t traveling anywhere, though. They were stuck.
Retailers upbeat about season
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A1
Leslie Ahlert’s been ringing up holiday cheer — in the form of Vera Bradley handbags, Department 56 villages and countless hand-blown glass Santa ornaments — in downtown Lawrence for 26 years now, and the way she figures it, this latest holiday shopping season has proven more nice than naughty.
Case adjusting nicely
Former Kansas guard enjoying life as coach
December 26, 2009 in print edition on B1
There’s a poignant picture of former Kansas University basketball guard Jeremy Case included in the montage of highlights plastered on the wall outside the northwest tunnel of Allen Fieldhouse.
A few bold projections for the upcoming bowl games
December 26, 2009 in print edition on B1
Here’s something you can count on every Christmas, just as rich and filling as a nice hot meal at my son Ben’s virtual Facebook cafe: Bowl picks.
Christmas tree blamed in fatal Topeka fire
December 26, 2009 in print edition on B10
A house fire that killed a 4-year-old Topeka boy was ignited when a child playing with a candle set a Christmas tree ablaze, investigators said.
Proposal ends med school career
December 26, 2009 in print edition on B10
The recently fired president of a Kansas City osteopathic medical school had been promoting a change that some feared jeopardized the independence of the entire profession.
Wichita wants cap lifted on historic tax credits
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A5
Kansas legislators will be asked next year to lift a cap on the amount of historic tax credits the state can grant.
City commission agenda for Dec. 29
Final meeting of year to be brief
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A4
It will be a light agenda for the Lawrence City Commission, which will meet in a morning session on Tuesday.
Wintry blast grips nation’s midsection
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A4
Residents across the Midwest and the Plains who made it home for Christmas were digging out on Friday after a fierce snowstorm while those who spent the night in airports and shelters tried to resume their journeys. Meteorologists warned that roads across the region remained dangerous.
Taxes are on the agenda, but nobody’s talking about them
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
In the back of every Washington politician’s mind is this sobering fact: Unless Congress acts, the temporary tax cuts it passed when George W. Bush was president will expire at the end of next year.
Family pleads for captive U.S. soldier’s release from Taliban
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Taliban released a video Friday of an American soldier captured in Afghanistan, showing him apparently healthy but spouting criticism about the U.S. military operation.
2 more Irish bishops quit over abuse report
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
Two Roman Catholic bishops in Ireland resigned on Christmas Day in the wake of a damning investigation into decades of church cover-up of child abuse in the Dublin archdiocese.
Body of missing girl found in woods
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
The body of a Maryland girl who authorities say was abducted by a registered sex offender was found Friday in a wooded area near the Delaware state line after thousands of volunteers spent Christmas searching for her.
9 killed, 5 injured in fire on cargo ship
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
A Greek-owned freighter caught fire in the Caribbean off Venezuela’s coast on Christmas Day, killing nine crew members and injuring five others, Venezuelan authorities said.
Abducted girl rescued by police
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A2
Authorities say a 5-year-old girl who was abducted Friday while playing her sisters at a Phoenix apartment complex has been found.
Storm complicates holiday meal
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
More than six inches of snow from Thursday night’s winter storm couldn’t keep the holiday spirit from coming out Friday.
Humane society voted best in state
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
Online voters have chosen the Lawrence Humane Society as the best in Kansas, earning the shelter a $1,000 grant.
Legislative forum set at Dole Institute
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
State legislators in the Douglas County delegation are scheduled to speak at a forum organized by the Lawrence branch of the American Association of University Women.
Pump patrol
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.36 at several stations.
Obama ‘change’ erodes Americans’ freedom
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
Where is the country going to be a year from now? Based on what has happened during the past 12 months — greater government intervention and involvement in all our lives, the huge national debt, a Congress that doesn’t seem to pay attention to the wishes of its constituents, unemployment, dirty pressure politics in Congress and a Congress where members pass legislation without knowing what it calls for — what can we expect for the next 12 months?
KU busy replying to audit
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
Kansas University has spent more than 1,000 hours of work to respond to a legislative audit on how regents universities can save money.
Chargers earn first-round playoff bye
December 26, 2009
The San Diego Chargers earned the first-round bye they wanted, and Philip Rivers remained perfect in December.
Kentucky should be ready for rips
December 26, 2009 in print edition on B2
Before he left for CBS Sportsline, Gary Parrish worked for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, where he spent four years covering John Calipari.
Overtures to Anglicans may be a mistake
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A8
Late in life, the mother of the Rev. Thomas Reese, S.J., began attending Mass at a Southern California church, the congregation of which soon became Spanish-speaking.
A powerful gift
In any season, organ donations are a precious gift for thousands of people.
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A8
The story in Wednesday’s Journal-World about a local family’s experience with organ donations is a powerful reminder of the life-giving and life-affirming impact of such gifts.
Workshop covers genealogy research
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence Public Library and the Douglas County Genealogy Society will be offering a workshop on online genealogy searching techniques from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the library, 707 Vt.
Points refuted
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: I have been urged to reply to the op-ed of Lee Gerhard, a petroleum geologist. Most of the arguments he presented are partial truths. Space limits me to responding to his first two points:
Holiday weekend heavy on repeats
December 26, 2009 in print edition on C5
The second-to-last “Doctor Who” starring David Tennant “The End of Time, Part One” (8 p.m. Saturday, BBC America) shows the Doctor realizing that his tenure is at an end, obsessed with an ancient trap closing around the planet and the words of a prophecy ringing in his ears: “He will knock four times.”
Obamas spend quiet Christmas in Hawaii
December 26, 2009 in print edition on C5
President Barack Obama began his Christmas Day with a trip to the gym and gifts for his family, starting a low-key holiday in his childhood home and a respite from the gridlock of Washington.
Horoscope for December 26, 2009
December 26, 2009 in print edition on C5
For Saturday, Dec. 26: This year, family matters take precedence. Nevertheless, if you’re attached, you might suddenly find that you have a new addition to your family. If you are single, you could meet someone very sensuous and alluring. Please note that you are going through an intense personal transformation, and the person you choose this year might not be right for you later.
Around and about
December 26, 2009 in print edition on C3
Rose Lawson, Baldwin City, will celebrate her 90th birthday with a potluck dinner with family at The Lodge in Baldwin City on Sunday. Rose Nichols was born Dec. 28, 1919, near Vinland.
Club news
December 26, 2009 in print edition on C3
University Bridge Club met Dec. 19, with Steven Bogler and Janet Dunn as hosts.
Get the most use from your gift cards
December 26, 2009 in print edition on C1
Expecting a stash of gift cards for the holidays? Better use them wisely.
Extreme views
December 26, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: These are facts: 1. The 228,000 Kansans now without health insurance would gain it by 2019 under the Senate health care reform bill; if it is defeated, 59,000 would lose coverage in 10 years and the total uninsured would increase to 327,000.