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Human-waste spill from tanker accident to be tested for contamination
October 8, 2003
(Web Posted Wednesday at 1:26 p.m.) State health officials are expected to test for contamination today at the site of a human-waste spill in Leavenworth County that happened when a tanker truck overturned.
Briefly
October 8, 2003
¢ Senator’s wife reports abduction, robbery ¢ Bear attack kills 2 ¢ Government to appeal ruling on Moussaoui ¢ ‘Inadvertent’ comment made on Britney Spears ¢ Nearly 11 million visit Air and Space museum ¢ Claims to 9-11 fund likely to pass estimates
Task force seeks way to help homeless
October 8, 2003
A plan for dealing with Lawrence’s homeless population will need to be broad enough to encompass a variety of people with varying problems, members of a city task force are finding out.
Calif. voters oust Davis
Schwarzenegger wins campaign for governor
October 8, 2003
Californians banished Gov. Gray Davis just 11 months into his second term and overwhelmingly elected action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace him Tuesday — a Hollywood ending to one of the most extraordinary political melodramas in the nation’s history.
Gruden puzzled by Bucs’ collapse
Tampa Bay coach refuses to blame injuries or penalty in overtime for 38-35 loss to Indianapolis
October 8, 2003
Jon Gruden is still trying to figure out what went wrong. When you are the coach of the defending Super Bowl champions and have one of the NFL’s best defenses, you just don’t expect to blow a three-touchdown lead in the last four minutes of regulation and let an opponent drive 76 yards to kick the winning field goal in overtime.
Firebirds third, Lions eighth
Free State doubles duo of Ott-Spurgeon sets pace
October 8, 2003
Long after most of the participating schools in the Sunflower League girls tennis meet packed up and went home Tuesday, Free State’s No. 2 doubles team of Ellie Ott and Brenna Spurgeon still were in a heated battle against Shawnee Mission South.
Lions suffer loss against O-Northwest
October 8, 2003
Lawrence High’s boys soccer squad failed to win its first game of the season, falling to 0-8-1 after a 3-0 loss Tuesday to Olathe Northwest at the Olathe District Activities Center.
Marlins one-up Cubs’ late heroics
October 8, 2003
Mike Lowell sure wrecked this Wrigley Field party in a hurry. With the old ballpark still shaking after Sammy Sosa’s tremendous tying homer with two outs in the ninth inning, Lowell led off the 11th with a pinch-hit home run that sent the Florida Marlins over the Chicago Cubs, 9-8, Tuesday night in the NL championship series opener.
Russian roulette’ game simply television stunt
October 8, 2003
More than 3 million people in Britain watched on live television as Derren Brown held a gun to his head and fired three times, then turned the weapon away and appeared to blow a hole in a sandbag with the next round.
Briefly
October 8, 2003
¢ Bugging device found in mayor’s office ¢ Court tosses law on testing motorists ¢ Gunman arrested after fire in church
California must repair broken system
October 8, 2003
Now that the miserable recall experience is over, California can finally get serious about repairing the damaged structure of its government.
Nuts about chestnuts
Crop’s versatility attracts couple to business
October 8, 2003
When you mention chestnuts to most people, they probably think of Bing Crosby’s 1946 hit, “The Christmas Song.” Everyone knows the words: “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire/Jack Frost nipping at your nose …”
Growing garlic is fairly easy
October 8, 2003
One of my goals in writing this column has been to convince people who think they have a brown thumb that they really can grow their own food. I’ve never tried to put grocery stores out of business but to share my passion for vegetable gardening.
Becker’ defies expectations with longevity
October 8, 2003
“Becker” (8:30 p.m., CBS) returns after a near-death experience for Chris (Nancy Travis), and for the show itself. “Becker” was originally dropped from the network’s schedule, but now returns for a sixth season. Chris is delighted to hear about Becker’s (Ted Danson) compassionate bedside vigil during her illness. But her effusive praise for his soft side inspires the crusty doctor to new heights of crankiness. Has this forgettable series really been around for five years?
Briefly
October 8, 2003
¢ Wesley Clark loses campaign manager ¢ Manned orbit set for Oct. 15 ¢ Schools to get tools to handle bomb threats
Vermeil’s Chiefs starting to mirror Vermeil’s Rams
October 8, 2003
It’s Dick Vermeil’s third year as head coach of a Missouri-based NFL team that’s taken off like a rocket and won its first five games. One of his players has emerged from obscurity to become the most electrifying player in the land. Dante Hall and the 2003 Kansas City Chiefs? Yes. And also Kurt Warner and the 1999 St. Louis Rams.
Horoscopes
October 8, 2003
For Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003
Scooter safety
October 8, 2003
Captured tiger’s owner wants cat returned
October 8, 2003
Tiger lover Antoine Yates is brokenhearted at losing the big cat he called his “only friend” — even as prosecutors said Tuesday he also may have kept a lion in his Harlem apartment.
State tourism industry seeks ‘recognizable’ logo
October 8, 2003
State tourism leaders plan to spend the next year figuring out how best to market Kansas to potential visitors.
State confirms West Nile death
Kansas Atty. Gen. Kline reports being stricken by virus last month
October 8, 2003
Health officials on Tuesday confirmed the state’s second death from West Nile virus, that of a 91-year-old Sedgwick County resident.
Alaskans share state’s oil wealth
October 8, 2003
Robert Lague fingered the price tags on the guitars in the pawn shop as he fantasized about what he will do with his check for $1,107.56 in free money.
Mangino striving to improve kicking
October 8, 2003
After Kansas University missed an extra point and botched a field-goal attempt in a 35-14 victory over Missouri Sept. 27 at Memorial Stadium, coach Mark Mangino vowed to remedy the Jayhawks’ kicking woes. “I should be careful about promises if I can’t keep them, but I’m going to do my very best on this one,” Mangino said Tuesday during his weekly news conference.
Woodling: Goal posts not worth protecting
October 8, 2003
Cruising Big 12 Conference football for commentary while wondering how much longer the Oklahoma-Texas game will be played in Dallas now that both Texas and Oklahoma have more on-campus stadium seats than the Cotton Bowl. … As far as I’m concerned, the issue of whether to allow students to tear down goal posts after a football game is similar to standard rules when police are involved in a car chase.
6News video: Unhappy homeowners speak out
October 8, 2003
The living-wage issue was not the hot topic for more than a dozen homeowners who attended the commission meeting.
Briefly
October 8, 2003
¢ Southeast Asian leaders form economic union ¢ Jimmy Carter unveils plan to help build homes ¢ Japan barred from nuclear talks ¢ Prosecution ends in Biko murder case ¢ Heath official held for sharing AIDS secret
OU expects to see Young at QB
October 8, 2003
After hours of film study, Bob Stoops has made up his mind. The Oklahoma coach has seen enough to know which Texas quarterback could cause the most problems for his top-ranked Sooners: Vince Young.
Leadership issue
If the state is to focus more resources on public education, the governor must set the vision and lead the charge.
October 8, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius can’t single-handedly pass legislation to increase public school funding, but her support and leadership will be an essential ingredient in any effort to accomplish that goal.
Mothers question recent deaths of jail’s inmates
Sons’ suicides prompt request for grand jury investigation
October 8, 2003
The mothers of two Shawnee County Jail inmates who committed suicide want a federal grand jury investigation into recent deaths at the jail.
U.S. shippers seek to diversify
Companies delivering mixed signals to industry leaders UPS, FedEx
October 8, 2003
To cut costs when the economy wilted, Pine Hall Brick Co. turned to its shipping budget. By keeping extra spare parts on hand, the Madison, N.C., brick maker has reduced the number of pricey next-day shipments it needs.
City delays decision on living wage
Commissioners iron out details; county official criticizes lack of communication
October 8, 2003
Lawrence city commissioners put off final action on a living-wage requirement Tuesday as they continued to hash out details — and as criticism emerged from a county official. Douglas County Commission Chairman Bob Johnson told the Journal-World he was frustrated city officials had not consulted with their county counterparts as they moved closer to approving the requirement.
Turkey to send troops to Iraq
October 8, 2003
Parliament voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to give the government permission to send Turkish peacekeepers to Iraq, but members of Iraq’s interim council opposed the move, a sign of the problems Washington faces as it tries to assemble a peacekeeping force.
Retirement announcement shakes up Senate recruitment efforts
October 8, 2003
The Senate’s recruiting wars took an uncertain turn Tuesday, with Sen. Don Nickles’ retirement sending Republicans in search of an Oklahoma replacement while Democrats urged Sen. Bob Graham to run in Florida after folding his presidential bid.
Analysis: Revolt fueled by Davis’ shortcomings
October 8, 2003
California voters’ decision to oust Gov. Gray Davis and replace him with Arnold Schwarzenegger reflected a deep sense of anger and a craving for leadership in troubled times that more than trumped concerns about the actor’s lack of experience or allegations about his personal behavior.
The life of Wedel
Venerable Lawrence High tennis coach’s best story might be his own
October 8, 2003
Go ahead. Ask Dick Wedel how long he has been coach of the Lawrence High tennis teams. Expect a blank stare in return. How in the world is he supposed to answer that question, when he just isn’t exactly sure of the answer?
People
October 8, 2003
¢ Destined to design ¢ Hawkeye hospitality ¢ No conspiracy here ¢ Blue grass special
Colleen P. Randel
October 8, 2003
Notice not timely
October 8, 2003
Winds of change
October 8, 2003
Chestnut Charlie’s provides guide on using nuts
October 8, 2003
The following how-to tips for chestnuts were provided by Chestnut Charlie’s.
Extension to offer course ‘Dining With Diabetes’
October 8, 2003
How can I manage my diabetes and still enjoy food?
Jayni’s Kitchen’ goes beyond PB&J
October 8, 2003
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Beyond PB&J: Making Sandwiches with Christina DiGiacomo.”
State briefs
October 8, 2003
¢ Homecoming delayed after student’s death ¢ State Fair to increase price of admission by $1 ¢ Board delays vote on technical college
Tigers lack solid receivers
Mizzou still struggling to replace departed Gage
October 8, 2003
So far, Missouri quarterback Brad Smith is having a tough time finding a go-to receiver. Last year, Smith had Justin Gage. But since Gage graduated, no one has stepped forward to fill the void as the Tigers (4-1, 0-1 Big 12 Conference) play host to No. 10 Nebraska (5-0, 0-0) Saturday at Faurot Field.
Buffaloes livid after losses
CU’s Jackson calls team ‘a disgrace’
October 8, 2003
Fifth-year cornerback Phil Jackson doesn’t mince words when he talks about Colorado, losers of three straight games.
New Palestinian Cabinet sworn in
October 8, 2003
The new Palestinian Cabinet ran into its first hitch Tuesday while being sworn in, when the man slated to oversee security refused to take the oath in what officials called a turf struggle with Yasser Arafat.
N.Y. Philharmonic’s merger with Carnegie Hall called off
October 8, 2003
The New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall abandoned plans Tuesday to merge two of the nation’s most storied cultural organizations.
Americans, Russian share physics Nobel
October 8, 2003
Two American citizens and a Russian won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for helping explain some of the strange occurrences that can happen when matter is chilled to extremely low temperatures.
Hartford services
October 8, 2003
K.C.K. crack ring member convicted
October 8, 2003
A third member of a Kansas City, Kan., family has been convicted in connection with a multimillion dollar cocaine ring.
Lawmakers study formula Kansas uses to finance schools
October 8, 2003
Twenty-one legislators began a School Finance 101 lesson Tuesday in hopes of learning more about how Kansas distributes $2.6 billion to public schools.
Daily ticker
October 8, 2003
Appeals court OKs do-not-call list
October 8, 2003
A federal appeals court on Tuesday cleared away a hurdle that has kept the government from fully cracking down on telemarketers who contact people on the national do-not-call list.
Lawrence company to expand space, jobs
Taikan hopes to add product offerings
October 8, 2003
A manufacturer of components for cable television systems is tripling the size of its Lawrence headquarters and may add up to 10 employees next year.
Growing number of counties seek disaster aid
October 8, 2003
With more crops now in the bin, Kansas farmers are getting a better idea of the damage caused by the summer drought.
Briefcase
October 8, 2003
¢ Former Tyco leaders begin fraud defense ¢ Energy Department sees rise in natural gas prices ¢ Kraft to introduce socially-friendly coffee ¢ Coke settles allegations
Commodities
October 8, 2003
Suspect in shooting was on probation
Judge suspended 34-month sentence for Topekan accused in bar incident
October 8, 2003
The man accused of shooting into a crowd outside a downtown bar this past weekend could have begun serving a 34-month prison sentence earlier this summer — but he didn’t.
A.G. Kline to defend mandate to report minors sex
Health care workers sue to protect privacy of sexually active teens
October 8, 2003
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline promised Tuesday to fight to require health care professionals to report underage sexual activity, saying a new federal lawsuit attacks the state’s ability to protect children from abuse.
County to get hand in replacement of bridge north of Kasold Drive
October 8, 2003
Douglas County officials are bracing for the loss of another bridge across the Kansas Turnpike. And they can’t wait. “We’re getting a problem bridge — and a liability for the county — fixed for a reasonable price,” said Keith Browning, county engineer and director of public works. “It won’t last very many more years.”
On the record
October 8, 2003
Israel vows to strike its enemies anywhere
October 8, 2003
Bolstered by U.S. support for Israel’s bombing raid in Syria, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Tuesday his nation wouldn’t hesitate to attack its enemies anywhere — heightening concerns it may widen the Palestinian conflict by again striking countries it accuses of harboring terrorists.
Cardiologist to answer questions from public
October 8, 2003
Members of the public will have a chance to visit with Dr. Loren Berenbom during an “Ask the Cardiologist” session Oct. 17 at the University of Kansas Hospital.
3 U.S. troops killed; clashes reported in Baghdad
October 8, 2003
Three U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter were killed in two attacks west and south of Baghdad, the military reported Tuesday.
Returns indicate initiatives will fail
October 8, 2003
Overshadowed by the gubernatorial recall campaign, two ballot initiatives in California apparently were defeated Tuesday, according to partial returns.
Bush doubts leaker will be found
White House reviewing documents before turning over to Justice Department
October 8, 2003
President Bush expressed doubt Tuesday that the leaker who exposed a covert spy’s identity would ever be found, saying the capital “is a town full of people who like to leak information” and few are ever caught.
Water Office wants state to seal deal with corps
October 8, 2003
State officials are quietly embarking on a mammoth effort to ensure northeast Kansas has enough water to grow. The Kansas Water Office has recommended the state buy 323,350 acre feet of water storage from federally constructed Perry and Milford lakes to meet future water needs for communities along the Kansas River, including Lawrence.
Bills’ McGahee close to returning
October 8, 2003
Bills rookie Willis McGahee passed a physical on his injured left knee Tuesday, one of the final steps that would allow the running back to begin practicing as early as next week.
Manning meeting big expectations
So far this season, Colts’ quarterback really has been ‘Perfect Peyton’
October 8, 2003
Perfect Peyton Manning is living up to his nickname. His last two games have been almost flawless. His Indianapolis Colts are undefeated, and Manning is playing the best football of his six-year NFL career.
Yankees-Red Sox rivalry usually bitter
Boston’s Walker: Opponents are baseball’s ‘two best teams’
October 8, 2003
When the Yankees play the Red Sox, it’s baseball’s version of the Hatfields versus the McCoys — and that’s when they meet during the regular season. Starting tonight, the AL pennant will be on the line.
Ratings for division series highest in eight years
October 8, 2003
Buoyed by the presence of the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox, baseball’s division series were the highest-rated on network television in eight years.
Lowell comes through with home run in 11th
October 8, 2003
Like an overlooked kid on the playground, All-Star third baseman Mike Lowell waited until the 11th inning for a chance to play in Game 1 of the NL championship series Tuesday night.
Eudora opens gym in style
Cardinals perfect in home debut
October 8, 2003
Lauren Kracl already was having a successful senior season, but the Eudora volleyball player might want to call it quits after Tuesday night. How do you top opening your brand-new gym with victories on a night dedicated to seniors?
Three-point line altered
Mark to be moved to 20 feet, 6 inches
October 8, 2003
The three-point line in college basketball is about to be moved nine inches farther from the basket beginning in the 2004-05 season.
Snyder: ‘I’m proud of my program’
Missouri coach says he plans to attend next week’s NABC meeting on ethical concerns
October 8, 2003
Despite the controversy swirling around his program, Missouri coach Quin Snyder said he had no qualms about attending a National Association of Basketball Coaches summit on ethical concerns next week.
Jayhawks, Huskers to clash
October 8, 2003
Kansas University’s volleyball team will try to notch its second win ever against Nebraska when the two squads meet tonight. Or will it?
6News video: Photo might have captured elusive cat
October 8, 2003
KU faculty member Mark Jakubauskas’ efforts to prove a mountain lion lives on the west campus has borne fruit.
6News video: Beef prices on the rise
October 8, 2003
Increased demand thanks in part to the high-protien Atkins diet has sent costs at the grocery store up.
6News video: Shooting suspect was on probation
October 8, 2003
Jason A. Tremble, accused of the shooting outside a downtown bar over the weekend, had been granted a suspended sentence and placed on probation earlier this summer.
6News video: Task force developing plan to aid homeless
October 8, 2003
A subcomittee of the city task force has recommended the city build a comprehensive, rehabilitation-based plan to help the homeless.
6Sports video: Eudora spikes competition
October 8, 2003
The Cardinals didn’t lose a game in their only home triangular of the year; Anderson County declined to compete against Eudora.
6Sports video: Correa off to hot start
October 8, 2003
The freshman volleyball player is on a record-breaking pace so far this year.
Hall services
October 8, 2003
6Sports video: ‘Hawks a work in progress
October 8, 2003
Despite the strides KU has made this season, Coach Mark Mangino is keeping the focus on the work the team has yet to do.
6Sports video: KU enjoying newfound respect
October 8, 2003
While the Jayhawks are proud of the national props, they’re trying to take the praise in stride.
U.N. should expand mission
October 8, 2003
The constructive give-and-take at the United Nations over a new U.S. draft resolution on Iraq should send a signal to anyone who is paying attention that the U.N. machinery is up and running — despite the best efforts of critics to relegate the organization to history’s ash heap of irrelevance.
Mister Rogers’ wisdom captured in book form
October 8, 2003
Mister Rogers may have left a void in millions of lives when he died but Mrs. Rogers hopes a new collection of his plainspoken wisdom will provide comfort to them as it did for her.
Instinct demands fair play
October 8, 2003
Two scientists at Emory University recently published a study of “fair play” in capuchin monkeys. The study was quite ingenious. The scientists wanted to discover whether the monkeys had an inherent sense of fairness and whether they instinctively understood what lawyers and economists refer to as distributive justice.
Seabury splits in home triangular
October 8, 2003
Elise Stella shook her head in frustration following her one-ace performance during Seabury Academy’s 25-19, 25-14 loss Tuesday evening against Cair Paravel at the Seabury Triangular.
Falcons fend off Firebirds, 2-1
Olathe South’s White tallies twice to overcome Free State’s Ozorkiewicz’s goal
October 8, 2003
Free State High senior soccer player Brian Ozorkiewicz and his teammates only could sit and talk about what went wrong Tuesday as the Firebirds fell, 2-1, to Olathe South at FSHS.
Big game on campus
Photo shows ‘proof’ of mountain lion
October 8, 2003
If you’re hiking on Kansas University’s west campus, don’t drag a deer carcass with you. And, for heaven’s sake, don’t make any noises resembling a wounded rabbit. A suspected mountain lion that has been seen skulking through the wooded terrain of west campus has apparently shown up again — and there’s photographic proof.
City briefs
October 8, 2003
¢ Superintendent to stay ¢ Former KU women’s dean inducted into hall of fame ¢ Habitat chapters to wage can-collecting contest ¢ Imagination conference previewed on ‘River City’
Lawrence briefs
October 8, 2003
¢ 18-year-old found guilty of raping 13-year-old ¢ Book discussions focus on state’s history ¢ Audio-Reader seeks donations for sale ¢ Congressman releases fund-raising figures ¢ Speaker to address ‘straight eye’ culture ¢ Herpetological society plans annual field trip
New vice provost at KU promotes two, shifts others
October 8, 2003
Kansas University’s new vice provost for student success has promoted two longtime KU officials to be her assistants.