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Archive for Sunday, November 29, 2009

Also from November 29

Births
Couples
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
The day in photos, November 29, 2009
Polls
How many people do you think should be on the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department Board?

Poll results

Response Percent
Leave it at five.
 
50%
Seven.
 
15%
Don’t care.
 
10%
Less than five.
 
7%
Not sure.
 
7%
Nine.
 
5%
More than nine.
 
3%
Total 57
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
A field goal by Missouri kicker Grant Ressel clears the Jayhawks' defense to win the game for the Tigers, 41-39, as time expires, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium. FINAL: Ressel’s last-second field goal gives MU 41-39 victory over KU
12:50 p.m., November 28, 2009 Updated 7:25 p.m.
The Missouri kicker knocked through a 27-yard field goal with no time remaining, as Todd Reesing’s 498-yard passing day wasn’t enough to save the Jayhawks.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas head coach Mark Mangino looks up to the booth during the second quarter, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at Arrowhead Stadium. Mangino not living on his knees
November 29, 2009 in print edition on 1C
He didn’t win the thrilling football game Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium, and for that he felt genuinely bad for his players, especially a senior class that won 20 games in the middle two seasons of their careers.
10:00 a.m.
With their fall season over, the Kansas University men’s ultimate Frisbee club is going through its winter conditioning of drill and practice scrimmage. Brett Hidaka, left, tries to chase down Jack McFarland as he makes the catch. KU teams hone ultimate Frisbee skills
November 29, 2009 in print edition on 1B
More and more Kansas University students are taking part in ultimate Frisbee, a sport growing in popularity nationwide.
2:00 p.m.
Rose Foster, of Lawrence, cradles a portrait of her late husband, Gordon Foster, who committed suicide at age 40. He had attempted suicide several times before and had been dealing with depression for years. At the time of his death, Rose had cancer and the family had just filed for bankruptcy. Suicide numbers climbing
November 29, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Two years ago, Rikki Kite drove over to her ex-husband’s house, worried because he hadn’t responded to a barrage of phone calls.
6:00 p.m.
Lawrence designer Kitty Reese. Reese’s Pieces: Kitty Reese screen-prints designs with a darker ‘Holly Hobbie Country Rainbow Brite’ aesthetic
November 29, 2009 in print edition on 1D
Kitty Reese calls for her fluffy white pet rabbit that’s hopping around her in-house sewing studio. Candy-colored fabric sits in piles, with drawings of woodland creatures hung on the walls. It’s like some kind of Snow White scenario with Reese as the Disney damsel.

All stories

Missouri man suspected in Kansas killing of wife, children
November 29, 2009
A former city official from Missouri who lost his job after he was charged with assaulting his wife was accused Sunday of fatally shooting her and their teenage daughters in Kansas.
Lawrence-Douglas County Health Board debates possible expansion
November 29, 2009 in print edition on B1
Three. Five. Nine. Fifteen. What size makes the best board of directors? That question was raised during the last meeting of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Board, which is considering resizing. The board has had five members since 1986 when a 10-member board was split into two. Before the split, the health department was responsible for mental health services; but that responsibility was transferred to Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, which now has a 13-member governing board and 12-member endowment board.
Two arrested after altercation at Henry’s
November 29, 2009
Two Lawrence men were arrested Sunday morning after an altercation at Henry’s on Eighth Street.
KU teams hone ultimate Frisbee skills
November 29, 2009 in print edition on B1
More and more Kansas University students are taking part in ultimate Frisbee, a sport growing in popularity nationwide.
Behind the Lens: Zoom lenses drop in price and shed some pounds
November 29, 2009 in print edition on D2
I’ve been amazed at some of the new digital point-and-shoot cameras hitting the market these days. The feature I’ve found to be the most impressive is the zoom lens capability on a few models.
Antique pieces designed with space in mind
November 29, 2009
The problem of making a table that takes up a small space but provides a large tabletop has been solved in many ways…
Mangino defends way he runs program
November 29, 2009 in print edition on C5
Asked Saturday whether he would consider changing his coaching style if asked to by school administrators, Kansas University coach Mark Mangino indicated he doesn’t feel there’s any problem with the manner in which he runs his program.
Fashionably festive: Read on for trendy ideas in party wear
November 29, 2009
One of the most anticipated aspects of the holiday season is attending parties: festive family gatherings, swanky soirees, after-hours office functions. Less enjoyable than the mistletoe and merriment is figuring out what to wear. What level of formality is appropriate for the occasion? Should you choose something trendy or timeless? What if you can’t afford to buy something new? Whether your event is black-tie or denim-friendly, whether you are ready to splurge or want to shop your own closet, this guide to holiday party attire will help you take cues from the latest trends without looking overdone.
Game balls and gassers
November 29, 2009 in print edition on C4
Game balls and gassers for KU vs. Missouri.
KU planned to run on final drive
November 29, 2009 in print edition on C5
Many Kansas University fans might have wondered why KU didn’t elect to run the ball on first down of its final offensive possession against Missouri.
Tiger wideout huge — again
November 29, 2009 in print edition on C5
The way Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel sees it, Batman must be on the voting panel for the national receiving awards.
Mangino not living on his knees
November 29, 2009 in print edition on C1
He didn’t win the thrilling football game Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium, and for that he felt genuinely bad for his players, especially a senior class that won 20 games in the middle two seasons of their careers.
Police: Woods, wife unavailable
November 29, 2009 in print edition on C2
The mystery over Tiger Woods’ car crash intensified Saturday when his agent called state troopers on their way to Woods’ house and asked them to wait another day before speaking to him.
Miserable ending
Reesing, Jayhawks go down slinging
12:00 a.m., November 29, 2009 Updated 09:51 a.m. in print edition on C1
Todd Reesing went out firing Saturday, which shouldn’t have come as too big a surprise to anyone who heard his midgame exchange with Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino on the sidelines.
KU swimmer excels
November 29, 2009 in print edition on C3
Kansas University freshman swimmer Monica Johannessen finished the third day of the Junior Norwegian Championships with two silver medals and one bronze medal on Saturday in Harstad, Norway.
KU volleyball team swept by Texas
November 29, 2009 in print edition on C3
Despite 11 kills from senior Brittany Williams, the No. 2 Texas Longhorns defeated the Kansas University volleyball team, 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-19), in KU’s final regular-season contest.
Chiefs’ Chambers to face ex-teammates
November 29, 2009 in print edition on C2
The guy who could be a difference-maker for Kansas City against the streaking San Diego Chargers was wearing lightning bolts on his helmet four weeks ago.
Timeout snafu costs KU women in Bahamas
November 29, 2009 in print edition on C1
Kansas University senior All-America candidate Danielle McCray’s untimely call for a timeout cost the Jayhawks dearly in the Junkanoo Jam.
10,000 E. African albinos driven into hiding after killings
November 29, 2009 in print edition on E8
The mistaken belief that albino body parts have magical powers has driven thousands of Africa’s albinos into hiding, fearful of losing their lives and limbs to unscrupulous dealers who can make up to $75,000 selling a complete dismembered set.
Programs allow tipsters to text police
November 29, 2009 in print edition on E8
A mother in Boston tells police her 8-year-old boy was shot to death in their apartment by gunmen in hooded sweat shirts during a home invasion.
Food stamps estimate raises debate
November 29, 2009 in print edition on E8
The estimate was startling, and made headlines around the country: Almost half of all U.S. kids will be on food stamps at some time during childhood.
Saddam told truth about missing pilot
Remains found 18 years after being shot down
November 29, 2009 in print edition on E8
Saddam Hussein was telling the truth, this time. The United States just didn’t believe him.
Screenwriter Avary taken off jail furlough
November 29, 2009 in print edition on D5
Authorities say “Pulp Fiction” co-screenwriter Roger Avary has been removed from a prison work furlough program and locked up.
Horoscope for November 29, 2009
November 29, 2009 in print edition on D5
Keep a steady pace this year, and you will succeed beyond your wildest dreams. Your actions count, and others respond to your steadiness. This behavior is beneficial professionally, as you can be counted on. If you are single, you easily could become someone’s anchor in the storm of life. If you are attached, your significant other might need more nurturing than in the past. Make it your pleasure. You can count on Taurus.
Director wanted Clooney to bring foxy life to film
November 29, 2009 in print edition on D5
Like a gifted child at playtime, filmmaker Wes Anderson is one to marvel over his cinematic toys — a fertile imagination giddy with trains, hydroplanes and foreign automobiles.
Mo. man restoring 1902 log cabin
November 29, 2009 in print edition on B8
A Jackson resident fighting Alzheimer’s may be losing control of his memory, but he’s holding on tight to what he knows and loves.
Administration plans new foreclosures effort
November 29, 2009 in print edition on A6
The Obama administration, battling a foreclosure crisis that shows no signs of relenting, will step up pressure on mortgage companies to do more to help people remain in their homes, officials said Saturday.
Recession sends older Americans to food pantries
November 29, 2009 in print edition on A6
Older Americans who were raised on stories of the Great Depression and acquired lifelong habits of thrift now find themselves crowding soup kitchens and food pantries in greater numbers for the first time after seeing retirement funds, second jobs and nest eggs wiped out by recession.
Health overhaul compromise spurs questions about pros, cons
November 29, 2009 in print edition on A5
Maybe you’ve been reading the health care bill in your spare time.
Economy sidelines ‘Sidewalk Santas’
November 29, 2009 in print edition on A4
The economy has taken a toll on a New York tradition: the “Sidewalk Santas” who collected money for the poor on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.
Rat pack: Scientists warm to seemingly invincible rodents
November 29, 2009 in print edition on A4
Naked mole rats don’t get cancer.
Dubai looks to oil-rich neighbor for possible aid
November 29, 2009 in print edition on A2
As world markets absorbed the shock of Dubai’s debt crisis, the ruler of the once-booming city-state left town for an important meeting in a desert palace.
Senate report: Bin Laden was within grasp of U.S. troops
November 29, 2009 in print edition on A2
Osama bin Laden was unquestionably within reach of U.S. troops in the mountains of Tora Bora when American military leaders made the crucial and costly decision not to pursue the terrorist leader with massive force, a Senate report says.
Bernanke makes case for strong role on banks
November 29, 2009 in print edition on A2
The chairman of the Federal Reserve is concerned that congressional efforts at financial reform could weaken the central bank’s ability to handle future crises and may politicize monetary policy.
Murderous moose a suspect in death
November 29, 2009 in print edition on A2
Swedish police say they’ve cleared a man who was arrested for allegedly murdering his wife after deciding the culprit was most likely a moose.
State dinner crashers shopping TV interview
November 29, 2009 in print edition on A2
A television executive says the couple who crashed President Barack Obama’s first state dinner is offering to talk to broadcast networks about it for a payment of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Briscoe undecided
KU wideout mulls NFL future
November 29, 2009 in print edition on C4
Dezmon Briscoe hasn’t decided yet if he’ll return to Kansas University next year or if he’ll forgo his senior season to enter the 2010 NFL Draft.
President turns over nuclear authority
November 29, 2009 in print edition on A2
Pakistan’s president relinquished command of its nuclear arsenal to the prime minister, a political ally, and signaled he was ready to shed more power as he faces growing pressure to resign.
Injunction issued against tax preparer
November 29, 2009 in print edition on B5
A Kansas City-area tax preparer accused of falsifying returns has been barred from doing business.
Victim ID’d in fatal car-cycle crash
Friends, family pay tribute to resident
November 29, 2009 in print edition on B2
Friends and family gathered Saturday night at Helen’s Hilltop Bar in Tonganoxie for a candlelight vigil in honor of Lawrence woman Susan Fuller.
Haskell women top Midland
November 29, 2009 in print edition on C3
Justina George had 25 points, and Maria Parker scored 24 to lead Haskell Indian Nations University to a 77-62 women’s basketball victory over Midland Lutheran on Saturday.
Inmates escape from Kansas prison
November 29, 2009 in print edition on B5
Authorities continue searching for two inmates who escaped Thanksgiving Day from the Winfield Correctional Facility.
Wheel Genius: Road work this week
November 29, 2009 in print edition on B5
Road work planned for this week.
Suspects fly friendly skies
November 29, 2009 in print edition on B8
Steve Saffell keeps a Taser tucked by his seat in the cockpit and a handgun holstered underneath his right arm.
KU walk-on Juenemann enjoys career game
November 29, 2009 in print edition on C3
Jordan Juenemann was counting his points — six of ’em — and his blessings on Friday night.
Suicide numbers climbing
Douglas County rate may outstrip national average again this year
November 29, 2009 in print edition on A1
Two years ago, Rikki Kite drove over to her ex-husband’s house, worried because he hadn’t responded to a barrage of phone calls.
Suicide survivors mourn together
Support group helps families relieve burdens
November 29, 2009 in print edition on A3
Addressing a room of parents, grandparents, siblings and spouses who had lost loved ones to suicide, pastor Gary Teske advised them to treat themselves as they would anyone else.
Family Promise going strong after 1 year
November 29, 2009 in print edition on A1
The holidays were a lot different for Lawrence resident Roxanne Hutchinson last year.
Pro-life plan
November 29, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: A government-run health insurance option is pro-life.
Personal choice
November 29, 2009 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I was most touched by Eva Edmands’ emotional, and impressed with her rational, conclusions regarding her own response to the possible managing of life-threatening women’s health issues currently in the news.
Jobless recovery will haunt Democrats
November 29, 2009 in print edition on B7
For a political horror show, fast forward to the summer of 2010: The unemployment rate is stubbornly high, hovering in a range between 9.3 percent and 9.7 percent.
Obama is a unique president for a unique time
November 29, 2009 in print edition on B7
For someone who looks and sounds far different from any previous American president, Barack Obama sure invites a lot of comparisons with his predecessors.
Black Friday buying goes up
November 29, 2009 in print edition on A1
Shoppers who endured long lines and sometimes-frigid temperatures spent only slightly more during their Black Friday shopping sprees than they did last year, according to data released Saturday by a research firm.
40 years ago: Local efforts target veterans during holidays
November 29, 2009 in print edition on B6
Local efforts again were under way to make sure all area service personnel in Vietnam received gifts as well as cards and letters from home for the holidays. The Journal-World was regularly running an updated list of those serving in that area.
100 years ago: Bank robber denied temporary housing
November 29, 2009 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 29, 1909: “A local family has offered to take a young former bank robber in Eudora into their home since he apparently was duped by Ross Bullock, who was in two robberies, killed a lawman and then killed himself after the second robbery attempt recently.
Viewpoint is all a matter of perspective
November 29, 2009 in print edition on B6
Please indulge me as I answer an e-mail from a guy named Dunbar. It says in part:
‘Build’ phase key to Pakistan stability
November 29, 2009 in print edition on B6
The road to the legendary Swat Valley twists through the Malakand Pass and beneath the Malakand Fort, from which young Winston Churchill sent newspaper dispatches about a “mad mullah” trying to drive the British army out.
Gambling problem
November 29, 2009 in print edition on B6
A Kansas casino has dropped a monitoring measure that may have been a last resort for hundreds of problem gamblers.
GPS cell phone apps challenge standalone devices
November 29, 2009 in print edition on B1
The growth of cell phones with global-positioning technology is making life uncertain for the makers of personal navigational devices that help drivers figure out where they are and where to go.
Moore’s departure leaves seat up for grabs by GOP
Additional candidates eye running in 3rd District
November 29, 2009 in print edition on B1
It could be considered the equivalent of a political “free-for-all.”
Reese’s Pieces: Kitty Reese screen-prints designs with a darker ‘Holly Hobbie Country Rainbow Brite’ aesthetic
November 29, 2009 in print edition on D1
Kitty Reese calls for her fluffy white pet rabbit that’s hopping around her in-house sewing studio. Candy-colored fabric sits in piles, with drawings of woodland creatures hung on the walls. It’s like some kind of Snow White scenario with Reese as the Disney damsel.
Lawmaker: Iran could leave nuclear treaty after censure
November 29, 2009 in print edition on A7
A conservative Iranian legislator warned Saturday that his country may pull out of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty after a U.N. resolution censuring Tehran — a move that could seriously undermine world attempts to prevent Iran from developing atomic weapons.
When the end is here, stick to the script
November 29, 2009 in print edition on D6
When the world ends, there will be cannibals. There will be sepia tones. The Statue of Liberty’s mammoth head will go thundering through the streets, after being dislodged from her body by a big tidal wave, or perhaps a fiery rain of asteroids.
Mortgages
November 29, 2009 in print edition on E1
The Douglas County register of deeds recorded 82 mortgages in the weekly period ended Thursday.
Bankruptcy filings surge in Kansas
November 29, 2009 in print edition on E1
The number of Kansans filing for personal or business bankruptcy surged almost 23 percent from the previous federal fiscal year in a reflection of the struggling economy.
Bankruptcies
November 29, 2009 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.
Boomer Girl Diary: Some holiday traditions remain sacred birds
November 29, 2009 in print edition on D1
She looked as if I just murdered her new puppy. “You mean, you’re not going to make your famous stuffing this year?” my daughter asked, lower lip quivering. “But, nobody makes it like you!”
Science as a Contact Sport’ probes global warming battle
November 29, 2009 in print edition on D3
Stephen H. Schneider, winner of one of those $500,000 genius grants, has written a witty, informative and impassioned account of perils he sees in global warming and what to do about them…
Poet’s Showcase
November 29, 2009
‘Tall and Proud of It,’ by Lori Wagner
The art of maintaining trees: Hiring professional long-term investment for care
November 29, 2009
In an industry where there are a lot of fly-by-nights (especially after storms), I like to know that I am hiring a professional to take care of my trees…
Distant shadow: Daughter’s memoir scrutinizes Orson Welles
November 29, 2009 in print edition on D3
No posters or photographs of Orson Welles hang in the living room of his eldest daughter, Chris Welles Feder. His memory is preserved, imperfectly, through a shelf of books that Feder says have yet to capture her father’s many-sided life.
Bomb caused deadly train crash
November 29, 2009 in print edition on A7
A powerful homemade bomb sent a high-speed Moscow-to-St. Petersburg train careening off its tracks, Russian officials said Saturday, killing at least 26 people in what officials consider an act of terrorism.
‘Nutcracker’ Christmas: Lawrence Arts Center reimagines holiday dance classic
November 29, 2009
A ballet classic meets Kansas history as “A Kansas Nutcracker” comes to the stage again this year at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Tea for two or three and other children’s activities
November 29, 2009
If your kids are at home during the winter break and grumbling about nothing to do, here are some suggestions for activities geared specifically for them.
Something special for furry friends
November 29, 2009
Sometimes I think it would be fun to be a postal carrier during December. That way, I could see some of the several hundred holiday postcards that are sent through the mail, each depicting a happy — or more often a confused or annoyed — companion animal in a stocking cap or felt antlers, perched next to a bedraggled St. Nick and theoretically wishing the rest of us a good holiday season.
Holidays perfect time to indulge your inner top chef
November 29, 2009
Quality, style and a scoop of TLC are the main ingredients for holiday snacks and appetizers. For at least a few local foodies, party-food ideas for the coming holiday season center around freshness and quality, a casual sophistication and the revival of the MIY ethic: make it yourself.
Stay fit for the holidays
November 29, 2009
Sometimes, the festivities and good cheer surrounding the holidays can make you look a little more like the big-bellied Santa.
Atchison author’s book touts fresh ideas for holiday decor
November 29, 2009
Mary Carol Garrity is making Christmas decorating simpler this year. Owner of three decorating retail stores — Nell Hill’s in Atchison and Kansas City, Mo., and Garrity’s Encore in Atchison — Garrity has published two Christmas books, including her most recent, “O Christmas Tree.”
Inexpensive, unique gifts sold at holiday art fair
November 29, 2009
Susan Buchanan is hoping the sound of horses hooves and bells will get people in the mood to do some holiday shopping.
Take a tour of Lawrence’s holiday homes on tour
November 29, 2009
Jane Blocher loves the holidays — every single one of them. At the end of every season, she pulls out several tubs jammed with decorations. She has tubs crammed with leprechauns. Tubs crammed with skeletons, crammed with Easter bunnies, crammed with Santas. You name it, she’s got it.
Pick up homemade gifts at the holiday market
November 29, 2009
Meats, foods and homemade products — all with a holiday flair — will fill the Knights of Columbus Hall Dec. 12 for the annual Lawrence Holiday Farmers’ Market.
How to Help: Donations for children
November 29, 2009
Two organizations are accepting donations for youth holiday gifts. Possibilities include clothing, toys, books, gift certificates for groceries, diapers and school supplies.
Lawrence women’s chorale announces holiday concert
November 29, 2009
The Lawrence Women’s Chorale has announced its upcoming show, “Christmastide (Music to Celebrate the Holiday Season),” directed by Sara Wentz.
Lawrence church continues offering joy of the nativity
November 29, 2009
A little church in North Lawrence offers a world of perspectives of the iconic nativity scene. The Centenary Methodist Church, 245 N. Fourth St., will display more than 100 unique nativity scenes for its 15th annual Festival of the Nativities. The nativity scenes come from all over the world and offer varying perspectives of the birth of Jesus.
Talk about gingerbread
November 29, 2009
Local artists once again will have a chance to show off their skill at making edible holiday edifices at the annual Eldridge Hotel Gingerbread Festival and Auction in early December.
These trees are tops: Festival raises funds for The Shelter Inc.
November 29, 2009
Christmas starts around July for the folks at Treanor Architects. That’s when they start working on their entry for the annual Festival of Trees, a benefit for The Shelter Inc. The tree display begins Monday, with an auction scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Leaving Las Vegas: Sin City on losing end of rough economy
November 29, 2009 in print edition on E1
After he scored a room at the Excalibur online for $24 a night, Mario Ellis hopped in his car and headed for Sin City.
Lecompton puts on musical heritage
November 29, 2009
The heritage of Lecompton meets the heritage of Christmas with the annual Lecompton Vespers Dec. 6.
Church plans Spanish carols, global message
November 29, 2009
The Plymouth Congregational Church Choir is getting ready for a show. Its 40 singers — all volunteers — have been spending the bulk of their Thursday nights practicing for the church’s next big choral work: “Carols and Lullabies, Christmas in the Southwest,” which it will perform during a service Dec. 6.
Lawrence Civic Choir plans eclectic concert
November 29, 2009
The sounds of the season are modern, classic, French and American for the Lawrence Civic Choir as the group prepares for its annual Holiday Concert.
Expanded vespers: KU holiday concert celebrates 85th year with special guest
November 29, 2009
Nicole Smith knows how important the Kansas University Holiday Vespers program is. “This whole production is for the audience,” says Smith, a senior from Las Vegas. “It’s for the people who love to come out and feel the holiday spirit. We put this on for them, and we make sure things are just right.”
Jest for Grins: Dear Santa, I want to report some naughty children
November 29, 2009 in print edition on D2
Dear Santa, I want to report some naughty children who stole our reflective green and white driveway sign. You might remember that I bought it for husband Ray several Christmases ago…