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Chilly night expected for football fans
November 7, 2003
(Web Posted Friday at 4:22 p.m.) If you’re headed out to one of tonight’s area high school football games, you’d better bundle up. “It’s going to be pretty chilly,” said Ross Janssen, 6News meteorologist. When Lawrence High meets Olathe North at 7:30 p.m. at Haskell Stadium, the temperature will be in the upper 30s, Janssen said. (Free State meets Olathe East at 7 p.m. at the Olathe District Activities Center.)
Former Baby Jay establishes mascot fund
November 7, 2003
(Web Posted Friday at 11:58 a.m.) Thanks to the creators of Kansas University’s Baby Jay, a fund has been established to make sure KU’s mascots look well-groomed. Amy Hurst Rachman, who came up with the idea for Baby Jay in 1971, has given $5,000 to the KU Endowment Assn. to establish the Original Baby Jay Mascot Fund, KU announced Friday.
Injured Chiefs might play Sunday
November 7, 2003
The Chiefs received good news Thursday when doctors said cornerback Eric Warfield did not injure his Achilles tendon as previously thought.
Chiefs, Browns remember Rudd
November 7, 2003
If the ending to Sunday’s Browns-Chiefs game is even half as weird as last year’s, the NFL might consider not scheduling these two again.
Briefly
November 7, 2003
¢ Ferry captain refuses to answer questions ¢ Pentagon compromises on Boeing tanker deal ¢ Ex-employee arrested after fatal shooting ¢ Shooting suspect pleads not guilty
Wrong priority
November 7, 2003
Partial-birth’ abortion ban faces challenges
November 7, 2003
The legal attack against a new ban on certain late-term abortions rapidly escalated Thursday as federal judges in New York and California blocked the law, delivering a major setback to President Bush only a day after he signed the measure. The ruling by the San Francisco judge affects doctors who work at 900 Planned Parenthood clinics nationwide. The decision and the ruling in New York hours earlier together cover a majority of the abortion providers in the United States.
First James-Anthony matchup fizzles
November 7, 2003
Some games have highlights, some lowlights.
People
November 7, 2003
¢ Royal engagement rivets Spain ¢ Rosie takes witness stand ¢ Morgan, Kershaw in disharmony
Briefly
November 7, 2003
¢ KU women’s conference scheduled for Sunday ¢ Brownback says U.S. must renew space goals ¢ Land purchase approved for training center ¢ Baker dinner to honor Kansas City leaders
Area CDs reveal diverse mix
November 7, 2003
Animated ‘Star Wars’ revives the franchise
November 7, 2003
Subcultures collide tonight as the world of animation enthusiasts and George Lucas aficionados rejoice at the premiere of the self-described Epic Micro Series “Star Wars: Clone Wars” (7 p.m., Cartoon Network).
Friends and neighbors
November 7, 2003
Baldwin artist Parks tells graphic crime tale
November 7, 2003
What’s the worst thing that can happen to your dirty little secret?
Story examines ‘look’ of discrimination
November 7, 2003
Turning a novel of ideas into a movie risks disapproval, even when, as with Philip Roth’s “The Human Stain,” the novel is somewhat cinematic in that its subject is the social ramifications of how things look. And many reviews of the movie “The Human Stain” have been tepid or chilly.
KU professor worries as land-mine focus fades
November 7, 2003
Land mines were an everyday part of Hang Le’s childhood in the mid-1970s. The poor people living in her village in northwest Vietnam would go to sandbagged trenches formerly used by American soldiers and cut the burlap from the bags to make clothes.
Unusual weather causes retail sales to wither
Halloween boosts profits at discounters
November 7, 2003
After several months of robust spending, consumers took a break in October, giving U.S. retailers only a modest uptick in business. Warm weather curtailed sales at clothing retailers, but some analysts said the industry’s overall improved sales trend was still in place. As the largest merchants reported their results Thursday, it was clear that discounters and wholesale clubs fared the best, benefiting from strong sales of Halloween candy and costumes. Department stores and mall-based apparel stores struggled, unable to sell consumers cold weather wear amid higher than normal temperatures in the Northeast and Midwest.
Saving Jessica Lynch’ reveals Arab hero
November 7, 2003
A pretty U.S. soldier captured while serving her country in the Iraq war. A daring rescue. One happy ending in a conflict that is far from resolved.
Moss gathering steam
Jets receiver leads team in receptions, yards, TDs
November 7, 2003
Curtis Martin decided it was time. He and Santana Moss needed to chat about how the speedy receiver would help the Jets.
Lakers outlast San Antonio
L.A. claims 120-117 victory in double overtime
November 7, 2003
The Lakers are still undefeated, though it took massive efforts from Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal to get them past the injury-ravaged San Antonio Spurs, 120-117, in double overtime Thursday night.
4-Hand FCE news
November 7, 2003
The October meeting of the Jayhawk 4-H Club was called to order by Bridget Falley, president. Members answered roll call by naming their favorite costume. The Jayhawk 4-H Club will celebrate its 75th anniversary with an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Grant Township Community Center. Community members and former members are welcome to join the festivities.
Kerry begins new attacks against Dean
November 7, 2003
Democrat John Kerry accused presidential rival Howard Dean of lacking principles and flip-flopping on key issues Thursday, hoping to convert the front-runner’s fumble over the Confederate flag into a sweeping indictment of Dean’s policies and personality.
School nurtures spirit of cooperation
Annual crafts celebration, fund-raiser to remind residents of nursery school’s unique heritage
November 7, 2003
Leslie VonHolten and her son, Atticus, were searching Lawrence for a fun weekend activity a couple of years ago.
E and E Display Group eliminates 50 jobs
Manufacturer blames retailers’ fears in slow economy
November 7, 2003
E and E Display Group on Thursday laid off about 20 percent of the work force at its Lawrence plant after enduring a yearlong slowdown. Daryl Morgison, president and chief executive, confirmed the manufacturer of store fixtures and displays cut 50 positions at the plant and headquarters at 910 E. 29th St. He said the layoffs included a mix of production and management positions, but he did not provide a breakdown or say which positions were eliminated.
Briefly
November 7, 2003
¢ KDOT: I-435 ramp reopens for weekend ¢ Federal education law topic of forum tonight ¢ College fund to benefit children of cancer victim
Matter of perspective
November 7, 2003
State officials should respond to the request of American Indian groups to revise some of the state’s historical markers. History doesn’t change, but sometimes they way we look at it does. Wednesday, following a ceremony at the state capitol to proclaim November Native American Heritage Month, American Indian representatives asked state officials to re-examine some of the language in historical markers across Kansas. Their concern was the portrayal of Indian people as violent savages who wreaked havoc on innocent white settlers. There are two sides to every story, and some of the historical markers currently take a pretty one-sided view of history.
City loses bid for ‘04 debate
Nearest presidential face-off is planned for St. Louis
November 7, 2003
Lawrence has fallen short in its bid to play host to a presidential or vice presidential debate in 2004.
Bush calls on Mideast nations to move toward democracy
November 7, 2003
Repudiating decades of U.S. policy, President Bush said Thursday the United States and its allies had been wrong in “excusing and accommodating” a lack of freedom in the Middle East. He prodded Saudi Arabia and Egypt to lead Arab nations toward democracy. Mindful of widespread anger and mistrust in the Muslim world toward the United States, Bush also said that as democratic governments emerge in the Middle East, they should reflect their own cultures and “will not and should not look like us.”
Charging Earnhardt working toward next season
November 7, 2003
Dale Earnhardt Jr. gained instant fame for his name. Then came the hard part — proving he could race.
De Soto schools excelling in boys’ soccer
De Soto, Mill Valley squads each playing in state tourney semifinals
November 7, 2003
If there’s such thing as a magic soccer potion, it’s possible the De Soto school district is serving it for lunch.
Langford’s knee ‘still sore’
But KU guard looks sharp at practice
November 7, 2003
Keith Langford slashed into the lane, put up a shot and crashed into Bryant Nash during practice Thursday at Allen Fieldhouse. Langford, Kansas University’s 6-foot-4 junior guard from Fort Worth, Texas, looked like his old self while playing extremely hard during a three-hour workout.
Briefly
November 7, 2003
¢ Report shows increase in foreign-born people ¢ Human airline cargo suspect pleads guilty ¢ Anthrax scare closes federal mail facilities ¢ Education board OKs new biology books
Lawrence layover
November 7, 2003
Sci-fi series self-destructs in ‘The Matrix Revolutions’
November 7, 2003
Because mathematical perfection is crucial to the whole foundation of the “Matrix” franchise, here are a few equations to consider: As much of a drop-off in quality as last May’s release of “The Matrix Reloaded” was in comparison to the original film, that is how much the new “The Matrix Revolutions” pales next to “Reloaded.”
Greener grass
Million-selling trio Nickel Creek gives bluegrass a facelift
November 7, 2003
The scorching bluegrass licks and smoldering songwriting of San Diego trio Nickel Creek didn’t quite prepare the members for exposure to some genuine heat. “We were flying back home last week from Nashville and they shut down all the airports in Southern California, so we had to stop in Phoenix,” recalls Sean Watkins, guitarist/vocalist for Nickel Creek.
Fitting tribute
November 7, 2003
Sacred cows
November 7, 2003
Tax message
November 7, 2003
U.S. must stand firm in Iraq
November 7, 2003
I spoke recently with a woman named Mayada al-Askari, whose life history has been written by author Jean Sasson (“Mayada, Daughter of Iraq: One Woman’s Survival Under Saddam Hussein”) and just published by Dutton. It is, by any measure, a compelling story. Mayada al-Askari is an Iraqi aristocrat. Her ancestors prospered under Ottoman rule, her uncle was prime minister of Iraq for 40 years, her paternal grandfather fought alongside Lawrence of Arabia. Her maternal grandfather was a founding father of Arab nationalism.
Two large labor unions set to announce Dean support
November 7, 2003
In a major boost for the presidential candidacy of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean and a body blow to one of his closest rivals, Dick Gephardt, two of the country’s biggest labor unions signaled Thursday they’re ready to jump on Dean’s bandwagon.
Expert: Rifle in suspect’s car used in sniper shootings
November 7, 2003
The rifle found in sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad’s car was the weapon used to kill eight people and wound three during last year’s sniper attacks, a ballistics expert testified Thursday.
SRS accused of threatening party in suit against state
November 7, 2003
Kansas welfare officials were accused Thursday of threatening a party to a lawsuit that had been filed against the state on behalf of the mentally retarded. “This is outrageous,” said Topeka attorney Jim Kaup.
New-found celebrity status big surprise to Sebelius
Being governor a ‘different gig’ from previous jobs
November 7, 2003
Kathleen Sebelius was walking recently in her northwest Topeka neighborhood when, she says, a car pulled up beside her. The mother and four girls inside rolled the windows down.
Space museum artifacts missing
November 7, 2003
A “significant” number of artifacts, some of which had been in space, were taken from the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson and sold, officials said Thursday.
Daily ticker
November 7, 2003
Eldridge owner considers filing Chapter 11
November 7, 2003
The day after state officials conducted their second tax raid in five months, the general manager of the embattled Eldridge Hotel said Thursday he was considering filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Rob Phillips, general manager of the historic hotel at 701 Mass. said a raid Wednesday night by Kansas Department of Revenue officials — which resulted in tax agents taking an estimated $1,200 from the hotel’s cash registers — had him thinking about seeking bankruptcy protection.
John Allen Crum
November 7, 2003
Briefcase
November 7, 2003
¢ Greenspan says economy poised for job creation ¢ Bertelsmann, Sony Corp. report plans to merge ¢ Aquila reports loss
Richard C. ‘Pops’ Schaumburg Sr.
November 7, 2003
Mary M. Powell
November 7, 2003
Olga Carl House
November 7, 2003
6Sports video: Firebirds gymnastics team makes good showing
November 7, 2003
Free State’s team took second at Regionals and hope to do as well or better at State.
6Sports video: Langford, Simien on preseason list of Naismith Award candidates
November 7, 2003
The Jayhawks’ players are among many of the nation’s elite being considered for the award.
6Sports video: Gabe Toomey wants to improve defense
November 7, 2003
Toomey is one of the best linebackers in the country, and he hopes to inspire great play in the entire defensive line.
6News video: KU hopes to keep energy costs down this winter
November 7, 2003
The university’s students and staff are being asked to practice better energy conservation.
6News video: E&E Display Group lays off employees
November 7, 2003
The round of layoffs cuts nearly 20% of the company’s workforce.
Iraq tried for last-minute deal
Would-be go-between says Baghdad offered oil contracts to avoid war
November 7, 2003
Negotiators for Saddam Hussein tried to strike a last-minute deal with the Bush administration to avoid an invasion after realizing “the threat was real,” a Lebanese-American businessman who tried to serve as a go-between said Thursday. “These people feared for their life,” Imad Hage said in an interview with The Associated Press.
Selective Service notice spurs worry about draft
November 7, 2003
Federal officials are trying to fill selective service boards across the country, but they denied Thursday that the effort was a prelude to reviving the draft. But with the nation at war and American forces spread thin, questions about the possibility of re-establishing the draft are increasing.
U.N. committee delays vote on human cloning ban
November 7, 2003
In a setback for Washington, the United Nations narrowly blocked moves by the United States and other countries Thursday to approve a global ban on human cloning because the proposal also would have constrained stem cell research.
U.S. soldiers memorialize comrades killed in attack
November 7, 2003
They hailed from small towns and cities from New Jersey to Oklahoma to California, but fellow soldiers bid them farewell Thursday at a barren desert encampment in western Iraq that once served as an airbase for the forces of Saddam Hussein.
6News video: Haskell honors veterans
November 7, 2003
The ceremony recognized Native American veterans and one of its own.
Pentagon prepares troop rotation
November 7, 2003
The Pentagon announced plans Thursday to send 85,000 Army and Marine combat forces to Iraq early next year to relieve troops completing one-year tours — a rotation that when combined with another switchout of troops in Afghanistan will be the Army’s largest sequence of troop movements since World War II.
Eudora seeks new access to K-10
November 7, 2003
Eudora officials pressed their case Thursday for a new interchange on Kansas Highway 10 from the city’s west side.
Veterans Day events planned
November 7, 2003
America’s military veterans will be saluted Tuesday in two ceremonies planned in Lawrence.
Arrest made in player’s death
Second suspect sought in Stenson case
November 7, 2003
A man was arrested on a homicide charge Thursday night in the death of Cincinnati Reds outfielder Dernell Stenson, and police said they were seeking a second suspect.
Pitt’s Fitzgerald could have field day
Virginia Tech vulnerable without Hall
November 7, 2003
If he had his choice, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer probably wouldn’t bench cornerback DeAngelo Hall for a single play against Pittsburgh receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Gators’ Zook turning tide
Formerly embattled coach’s team in SEC title chase
November 7, 2003
When they booed him, doubted him, presumably wanted him gone, Florida coach Ron Zook called the fans-turned-naysayers the “noise in the system.”
Heisman dinner tickets available
November 7, 2003
In the event you’re still sore about John Lattner winning the 1953 Heisman Trophy over Paul Giel, you might have the chance to politely tell the Downtown Athletic Club in person.
Rockingham good to Jarrett
Driver has found success at North Carolina track
November 7, 2003
The months since Dale Jarrett’s win at North Carolina Speedway have been filled with disappointment.
Muldowney, Rahal make Hall of Fame
November 7, 2003
Oh, what a class.
O-North down, but LHS not cocky
Lions will try to overcome Eagles’ size, experience
November 7, 2003
Dirk Wedd hasn’t been wandering around Lawrence in search of a slingshot, yet Lawrence High’s football coach definitely has been painting a David-versus-Goliath scenario. The Lions open the state playoffs tonight against perennial Class 6A state champion Olathe North.
Woodling: KU-NU rivalry constant
Jayhawks always play, and Huskers usually win
November 7, 2003
On the broad scale of coincidences, it’s hardly an earth-shaker that Navy will meet Notre Dame and Kansas University will collide with Nebraska in college football Saturday. Notably, though, Notre Dame owns 39 consecutive wins over Navy, and Nebraska has defeated KU for 34 years running. Why notable? Because those are the two longest current streaks in NCAA Division I-A.
Kilpatrick’s goal lifts Jayhawks past Sooners in Big 12 tourney
November 7, 2003
Kansas University’s Jessica Kilpatrick scored the only goal of the contest as No. 3-seeded Kansas University defeated No. 6 seed Oklahoma, 1-0, in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference soccer tournament Thursday at Blossom Soccer Stadium.
6Sports video: Free State ends season in state playoffs
November 7, 2003
Olathe East blew away the Firebirds, 55 - 16.
NCAA overtime system needs repair
November 7, 2003
ESPN got its money’s worth, and then some, from the Arkansas-Kentucky game last week at Commonwealth Stadium.
He can work it out
Boston guard Paul Pierce dealing with his latest issue: four new Celtic starters
November 7, 2003
All of his cell phones were turned off, Paul Pierce was snug asleep in his new home in Walden Pond country, and the clock was turning midnight when his land phone started to ring.
Buccaneers should win because … it’s their week
November 7, 2003
There’s a simple reason Tampa Bay is a three-point favorite at Carolina this Sunday: It’s the Bucs’ week to win.
Rams’ Holt closing on 1,000 yards
St. Louis wide receiver on pace to break receiving yardage record
November 7, 2003
At the halfway point of the season, St. Louis Rams wide receiver Torry Holt is on pace to break the NFL record for reception yardage.
KU’s Kane contributing as linebacker, long snapper
November 7, 2003
Most Kansas University football fans probably know about the Jayhawks’ trio of super sophomore linebackers — Gabe Toomey and Kansan-born players Banks Floodman and Nick Reid.
Florence A. Ford
November 7, 2003
Hershal ‘Bill’ Dean
November 7, 2003
Topeka mayor quits; suit over
November 7, 2003
Mayor Butch Felker resigned from office Thursday, ending a prosecutor’s efforts to remove him from the post for violating Kansas campaign finance laws. A statement released by Felker and Shawnee County Dist. Atty. Robert Hecht said the two had resolved all issues and no further action was expected. The trial of a lawsuit Hecht filed to remove Felker from office was scheduled to begin Nov. 17 in Shawnee County District Court.
Tiger sizzles to start round, then falters
Howell, Perry share lead; Woods three back after 70 at Champions Golf Club
November 7, 2003
Ten minutes after he watched his par putt spin out of the hole to end an aggravating day, Tiger Woods changed into shorts and a sleeveless shirt, then strapped on his fingerless gloves to go lift weights.
Misdirected funds
November 7, 2003
O-East unbeaten; Free State focused
Firebirds must keep Hawks from producing big plays
November 7, 2003
It wasn’t pretty the last time out, but the Free State High football team is taking a glass-half-full approach into the rematch. The Firebirds (5-4) take on Olathe East (9-0) at 7 tonight at the Olathe District Activities Center in the opening round of the Class 6A playoffs. The winner advances to the state quarterfinals next week.
Study indicates medicinal marijuana eases multiple sclerosis
November 7, 2003
A marijuana pill appeared to relieve some of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis in the first scientifically rigorous study of the strongly debated drug.
Lawrence N. Smith
November 7, 2003
Group’s petition seeks grand jury investigation of adult business
November 7, 2003
A Dickinson County grand jury could be called upon to decide whether an adult novelty and video store near Abilene is peddling obscenity.
National Guard honors Haskell manager
November 7, 2003
Haskell Indian Nations University was recognized Thursday by the Kansas Army National Guard for its support of an employee who is in the Guard. The award was accepted on behalf of the university by Virgil Allen, facilities manager at Haskell.
Reality TV finally gets real
November 7, 2003
So what can we learn from “Average Joe,” the new Monday-night show that gives one hot babe her choice of 16 fellows sporting extra chins, thinning hair and more corrective eyewear than Austin Powers’ nightstand?
Horoscopes
November 7, 2003
Briefly
November 7, 2003
¢ Candidate arrested on eve of election ¢ Fighting in Chechnya kills nine soldiers ¢ Fatal fire breaks out during clash over jobs ¢ France reveals program to improve health care
Briefly
November 7, 2003
¢ National Public Radio receives $200 million gift ¢ Prime minister arrives home amid political confrontation ¢ Judge, FDA rule against cheaper drugs from Canada ¢ Reactor project’s suspension infuriates North Korea
On the record
November 7, 2003
Ramadan celebration draws all faiths
Newly formed student group at KU organizes event for Muslim holy month
November 7, 2003
Muslims were far outnumbered Thursday by people who didn’t practice their Islamic faith, but it hardly mattered. More than 300 people — Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jews and pagans alike — squeezed Thursday night into the Ecumenical Christian Ministries main floor common room for a Ramadan celebration led by a liberal Muslim student organization, KU Crescent.