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Polls
Do you think Mark Jakubauskas' photo shows a mountain lion?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes. Absolutely. I believe.
 
36%
It looks like one, but I can’t be sure.
 
29%
I can’t tell one way or the other.
 
15%
No, it’s some other animal — a housecat or a fox.
 
12%
I’ve seen it too.
 
6%
Total 1979
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Governor to speak Thursday night in Lawrence
October 9, 2003
(Updated Thursday at 2:39 p.m.) Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will speak Thursday night at Kansas University for the annual Women’s Leadership Lecture.
6Sports video: KU defense will not slack off on CU
October 9, 2003
The Buffaloes have been having trouble with their running game, but the Jayhawks defensive line are not going going to take them lightly.
6Sports video: KU took advantage of its time off
October 9, 2003
The weekend off meant no game or practice for the team, and they enjoyed the break.
6Sports video: KU volleyball faces Nebraska
October 9, 2003
The Jayhawks played close games, but ultimately fell to the Cornhuskers.
Bus route beef
October 9, 2003
Spare us
October 9, 2003
Here they go again: Another television show that pictures Kansans as hicks and rubes. Those without Midwest roots or at least cursory knowledge of the region just don’t get it, and probably never will. Far too many outsiders still consider places such as Kansas outhouse-dotted territories whose residents do little more than sit around waiting for tornadoes or dust storms.
Police alert high school students’ parents to apparent suicide pact
October 9, 2003
Parents of nine high school students were awakened before dawn by police officers sent to warn them of a suspected suicide pact involving their children, a week after a classmate hanged himself.
Vietnam, U.S. close to deal to resume flights
October 9, 2003
Vietnam and the United States tentatively agreed on Wednesday to allow the first commercial flights between the two countries since the end of the Vietnam War, an official said.
Fierce fighting reported between rival Afghan militias
October 9, 2003
Fighting erupted Wednesday between rival warlords who both claim allegiance to the government of President Hamid Karzai, and an official of one of the warring groups said as many as 60 people were killed and scores more wounded.
Pakistan cracks down on tribes reportedly sheltering al-Qaida
October 9, 2003
Pakistani security forces cracked down Wednesday on two tribes accused of sheltering al-Qaida suspects near the border with Afghanistan, arresting members, destroying homes and seizing vehicles, a government official said.
Do-not call registry to reopen
Consumers file 2,000 complaints
October 9, 2003
The national do-not-call list will resume accepting phone numbers today from people who do not want to be bothered by telemarketers.
Lawrence manufacturers, distributors up for awards
October 9, 2003
This month, the first Excellence in Commerce Awards will be presented to area businesses by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
SEC aims to give shareholders more voice on boards
Chief executives fear federal regulators’ proposal goes too far but large investors call plan too weak
October 9, 2003
Federal regulators moved Wednesday to make it easier for major shareholders to install directors on company boards over opposition from corporate CEOs — an effort to make companies more accountable.
Farmland creditors object to deal for refinery
October 9, 2003
Creditors are objecting to bankrupt Farmland Industries’ proposal to sell its Coffeyville, Kan., oil refinery and connected fertilizer plant.
Briefcase
October 9, 2003
¢ Lawrence plant escapes closures by Astaris ¢ Statistical research nets Nobel Prize in economics ¢ Cerner wins deal to help create computer system
Effort to plug salt wells nears end
October 9, 2003
Efforts to find and plug the abandoned salt brine wells that allowed natural gas to escape into the city and cause explosions are nearing an end as federal and state funding dwindles.
6News video: Experts want more evidence of mountain lion
October 9, 2003
The photos taken October 1 are not conclusive proof, say the experts. They’d like more evidence, such as clear tracks, clearer photos, or plaster casts.
College starts Global Studies Institute
Leavenworth’s University of St. Mary broadens educational focus
October 9, 2003
A new institute headed by a man who spent 30 years in foreign service with the State Department is part of a small university’s strategy for giving it a higher profile.
6News video: Hancock Neighborhood residents pay for historic designation
October 9, 2003
The city does not have the funds to file the historic district applications, so the neighbors took up a collection to expedite the process themselves.
Two Americans win Nobel chemistry prize
October 9, 2003
Two Americans won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for discoveries about how crucial substances get in and out of cells — work that could lead to improved drugs for such disorders as epilepsy and high blood pressure.
FDA to reconsider silicone breast implants
October 9, 2003
Eleven years after most use of silicone-gel breast implants was banned amid fears they were dangerous, the Food and Drug Administration is considering letting them back on the U.S. market.
Supreme Court weighs workplace rights
October 9, 2003
The Supreme Court on Wednesday wrestled with the workplace rights of recovering drug addicts and alcoholics in a case with implications for thousands of employers and more than 5 million workers with substance abuse problems.
Black clergy outraged at ‘Ghettopoly’
October 9, 2003
Cheap Trick Avenue instead of Boardwalk? Hernando’s Chop Shop instead of Reading Railroad? Black leaders are outraged over a new board game called “Ghettopoly” that has “playas” acting like pimps and game cards reading, “You got yo whole neighborhood addicted to crack. Collect $50.”
Conservatives lay plans for Episcopal Church split
October 9, 2003
Angry Episcopalians urged fellow church members Wednesday to stop funding the denomination, along with the dioceses and congregations that back its liberal policies, while an insurgent bishop outlined how a split in the church might shape up.
International enrollment falls in state
Universities report 6% decline, attribute drop to 9-11 factors
October 9, 2003
Salman Mohal’s latest run-in with the Immigration and Naturalization Service resembled a quiz show. On his way back to Kansas University this summer from his home in Pakistan, Mohal was pulled into a room at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport by immigration officials.
English losing ground in U.S. homes, census finds
October 9, 2003
Nearly one in five Americans speaks a language other than English at home, the Census Bureau says, after a surge of nearly 50 percent during the past decade. Most speak Spanish, followed by Chinese, with Russian rising fast.
World actors warn of political pitfalls
Elected entertainers say there could be tough times ahead for Schwarzenegger
October 9, 2003
From Bollywood stars to a deposed Philippine president, actors-turned-politicians warned Arnold Schwarzenegger Wednesday if he doesn’t get his lines right as governor of California, he may be booed out by a fickle public.
County ready to push for schools tax
October 9, 2003
Douglas County commissioners remain willing to help push for increasing sales taxes to bolster budgets for public schools. And if the Lawrence, Baldwin and Eudora school districts want the county’s help, they’d better speak up soon.
County Commission briefs
October 9, 2003
¢ Kasold Drive bridge replacement OK’d ¢ Study ordered for aging bridge
Death Cab for Cutie revitalizes its indie-rock reputation
October 9, 2003
Two years removed from its last album, it’s clear Death Cab for Cutie was poised for a return to the indie music scene Tuesday at The Granada.
Program showcases after-school activities
October 9, 2003
Lawrence school students will celebrate the value of after-school programs tonight with a talent show at Haskell Indian Nations University.
Smith services
October 9, 2003
Bryant to return to Colorado for hearing today
October 9, 2003
When last seen in this small mountain town, Kobe Bryant spent seven minutes in court and uttered just two words. He returns today for an appearance that could be just as brief — but the two words he says might be a lot more significant.
Damon could return to lineup Saturday
October 9, 2003
Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon could return to the lineup by Saturday when the AL championship series moves to Boston for Game 3.
Cubs filet Marlins, 12-3
Sosa sparks slugfest; Prior helps even series 1-all
October 9, 2003
Sammy Sosa called it a stroke of luck. More like the stroke of a slugger primed to lead his team deep into the postseason.
Florida settles for split
Despite ‘bad night,’ Fish return home with 1 win in series
October 9, 2003
There were a few successes worth savoring Wednesday night for the Florida Marlins.
CU football endangers department
October 9, 2003
Fallout from the Colorado football team’s loss at Baylor could stretch much farther than simply the humiliation of losing to one of the nation’s worst programs.
Rookie Schneider shines for Free State
October 9, 2003
Free State High cross country runner Danny Schneider won Wednesday during the Haskell Fliers meet at Haskell Indian Nations University.
KSU’s Montgomery thriving on D-line
October 9, 2003
Five years ago, Justin Montgomery didn’t know how to set up in the three-point stance of a defensive lineman. Apparently, he figured it out.
Sehorn’s return to Rams still questionable
October 9, 2003
It might be another week before Jason Sehorn makes his debut with the St. Louis Rams.
NFL briefs
October 9, 2003
Flood insurance costs may recede
Floodplain development rules credited for reduction of about 15 percent
October 9, 2003
Property owners in Lawrence may see a big cut in their flood insurance premiums next year, thanks in large part, city officials say, to new floodplain development regulations.
KU plays starring role in search for lighter, cheaper telescope
October 9, 2003
Bruce Twarog wants to help design the telescope of the future. It would be made of composite materials such as graphite, not the cumbersome glass and steel that makes traditional telescopes heavy and expensive.
Corrections
October 9, 2003
Rams’ RB Gordon finding his comfort zone
Second-year back becoming solid replacement for his idol — injured Marshall Faulk — in St. Louis backfield
October 9, 2003
Lamar Gordon grew up idolizing Marshall Faulk, wearing his number in high school and at North Dakota State.
Kansas’ Ansel punting less frequently but effectively
October 9, 2003
Not that he’s in the same category with the bored Maytag repairman, but Kansas University punter Curtis Ansel’s time-in-waiting definitely has increased. “You never know going into a game how many times you’ll punt,” Ansel said. “You just have to be ready.”
Hancock neighborhood eager for historic district designation
October 9, 2003
The Hancock neighborhood is hard to find. The cul-de-sac on West 12th Street overlooks Memorial Stadium and confounds drivers with its narrow lanes and rock garden median. Its narrow entrance can be mistaken for a parking lot or a private driveway, cutting down on visitors.
Area briefs
October 9, 2003
¢ Third suspect arrested in garage burglaries ¢ Police kill suspect after confrontation with knife ¢ Attorney general to speak today at KU ¢ Guilty plea entered in child porn case
Analysts say incumbents should take lesson
October 9, 2003
California’s stunning recall of Gov. Gray Davis and election of Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger could be a leading indicator of voter anger over the economy, sentiments that could substantially shape elections in 2004 and make for nervous times for incumbents.
Palestinian officials deny Arafat suffered heart attack
October 9, 2003
Advisers to Yasser Arafat denied claims Wednesday that the Palestinian leader was recovering from a mild heart attack, saying instead that he was suffering from a severe case of stomach flu.
FBI admits bugging mayor’s office
October 9, 2003
Federal law enforcement officials on Wednesday confirmed that listening devices found in the offices of Mayor John F. Street were planted by the FBI — a discovery that touched off a political furor just weeks before Election Day.
Exemplary care
October 9, 2003
Looking on the light side of California vote
October 9, 2003
Feeling embarrassed that an actor and body builder with no experience is going to govern the Golden State? Appalled at a recall campaign built on steroids, stardust and a platform that added up to three little words, Hasta La Vista?
Merger creates media giant
Vivendi Universal entertainment deal to give NBC more clout, profits
October 9, 2003
After months of negotiations, NBC is getting its prize: membership in the Big Media Club.
House auctions rise in popularity
Type of sale can benefit buyers, sellers
October 9, 2003
Stakes are getting higher at Lawrence-area auctions. No longer is a “good-running” lawn mower or “grandma’s barely-used” Buick the top draw on an auction bill. Auctioneers and real estate agents say area houses and land more frequently are being sold at auction.
Search on for funds for after-school programs in district
October 9, 2003
Morgan Rego is a firm believer in Lawrence’s after-school programs. The fifth-grader at Kennedy School likes the post-school snack and the recess for outdoor games. But he also appreciates time set aside each day for homework assignments and computer exercises.
U.S. keeps thousands of Iraqis in custody
Civil rights questions raised about detainment
October 9, 2003
The U.S. military is detaining more than 5,000 Iraqi men and women accused of common crimes or of being security threats — people whose legal rights are in dispute and whose living conditions are hidden from public view.
Lemuel L. ‘Rocky’ Rothberger
October 9, 2003
California recall election: Transition plans sketchy
October 9, 2003
On his first full day as governor-elect, Arnold Schwarzenegger expressed confidence Wednesday that he would make a seamless transition to the governor’s office, but provided no new specifics on how he plans to cure California’s ills.
Topeka mayor’s suspension sought
D.A. argues Felker violated campaign laws
October 9, 2003
Hoping to convince a district judge to suspend Topeka Mayor Butch Felker from office, a prosecutor presented evidence Wednesday to suggest that Felker violated Kansas campaign finance laws.
Experts skeptical about mountain lion photo
October 9, 2003
They won’t say it’s a mountain lion. And they won’t say it isn’t. Three Kansas experts who have studied mountain lions have been examining a photo taken Oct.1 on Kansas University’s west campus by a KU faculty member with an automatic motion-detector camera.
Randel services
October 9, 2003
6News video: Parents walk to school with their kids
October 9, 2003
The day helps parents see potential dangers for their children on the way.
6News video: KU professors will create next generation of telescopes
October 9, 2003
The professors received a grant from the National Science Foundation to make telescopes that are lighter and cheaper than current models.
6Sports video: Tonganoxie is 5-0
October 9, 2003
The Chieftans have not won their first five games of the season since 1962.
Briefly
October 9, 2003
¢ New program to help domestic violence victims ¢ Stamp raises funds for anti-violence programs ¢ Appeals court upholds ban on same-sex marriage ¢ Former Contras to ask U.S. for compensation
Briefly
October 9, 2003
¢ Concorde establishes London-to-U.S. record ¢ Scientists say sonar may give whales ‘bends’ ¢ Education Department promotes school reform ¢ Gala featuring Bush raises $14 million
Cause for pride
October 9, 2003
PBS sheds light on run-up to Iraq war
October 9, 2003
Did the Bush administration adequately plan for a postwar Iraq? That is the question posed by the documentary “Truth, War and Consequences” on “Frontline” (8 p.m., PBS). The answers that emerge are yes, no and not quite.
Document screenings may taint leak case
White House sorts papers given to FBI
October 9, 2003
The White House began shipping documents Wednesday to the FBI for its CIA leak investigation after screening the material, a concern for some constitutional experts who say that gives the Bush administration room to withhold information.
Lisa Rena LeFlore
October 9, 2003
Horoscopes
October 9, 2003
People
October 9, 2003
¢ Affleck charges dropped ¢ Baldwin has bone to pick ¢ F-word not indecent ¢ Ventura show struggles
Afghan women await justice
October 9, 2003
They were promised justice. They were told they would be free to get an education, free to marry for love, free to live without fear of being raped for simply walking down the street unaccompanied by a male family member.
Arson suspected in two fires at lumber yards
Dozens of investigators search sites
October 9, 2003
Dozens of investigators began searching Wednesday for the cause of two suspicious fires that resulted in about $2 million worth of damage at family-owned lumber yards in northwest Missouri.
Jayhawks’ bid falls short
Nebraska stops KU in four games
October 9, 2003
The Kansas University volleyball team came within inches of halting No. 7 Nebraska’s streak of 69 straight wins in the all-time series Wednesday night. Instead, the Huskers escaped Horejsi Center with their 70th in a row, a 3-1 victory (31-29, 25-30, 30-28, 30-24), because its blockers were a little bit taller and Kansas’ serves were just a hair off the mark.
Self shares coaching insights
October 9, 2003
Bill Self used an overhead projector to share some of the X’s and O’s of Kansas University basketball with 200 or so high school and college coaches Wednesday night at the Greater Kansas Basketball Coaches Assn. clinic at Miege High. KU’s first-year coach didn’t just discuss technicalities of offense, defense and rebounding in his 40-minute presentation. He had the audience’s undivided attention in revealing generalities, too.
Red Sox play long ball, belt Yankees
October 9, 2003
Tim Wakefield left the New York Yankees cursing his knuckleball, while David Ortiz, Todd Walker and Manny Ramirez left them marveling at their power.
Our town sports
October 9, 2003
TE Anderson still nursing injury
October 9, 2003
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino said tight end Lyonel Anderson was “day-to-day” because of an undisclosed injury after Wednesday night’s practice.
Holliday to meet ex-mates
K.C. end played for Green Bay 1998-2002
October 9, 2003
onnie Holliday and Brett Favre, together again at Lambeau Field.
Packers plotting ways to deal with Hall
October 9, 2003
How do you keep Dante Hall out of the end zone? The simple answer is not to kick or punt him the ball.
Wanted for bad behavior
Recent postrace incidents have NASCAR concerned
October 9, 2003
Take anger and frustration. Mix in passion and emotion. Add the competitive drive seasoned by 43 lifetimes worth of singular focus. Stuff into a cauldron, turn up the heat, apply intense pressure and stir at 170 mph.
It’s difficult to quantify RJR’s long NASCAR relationship
October 9, 2003
UAW-GM 500 race week activities at Lowe’s Motor Speedway began Tuesday afternoon with what was called an “Extreme Tribute” concert to honor R.J. Reynolds Tobacco for its years of sponsoring NASCAR’s top series through its Winston brand.
Briefly
October 9, 2003
¢ Exceptionally rare American coin found ¢ Police arrest four in aid worker’s killing ¢ Car bomb explosion kills 6 in capital
Californians get what they demanded
October 9, 2003
California’s recall — a riot of millionaires masquerading as a “revolt of the people” — began with a rich conservative Republican congressman, who could think of no other way he might become governor, financing the gathering of the necessary signatures.
Simple paint brush may be key tool for shuttle repairs
October 9, 2003
A simple foam paint brush that costs only pennies at hardware stores could be an essential tool in returning the space shuttle to orbit, NASA’s administrator said Wednesday.
Apartment pool tests positive for crypto
October 9, 2003
A swimming pool at a Lawrence apartment complex is undergoing hyperchlorination to kill the cryptosporidium parasite.
Walk to school teaches safety lessons
October 9, 2003
Sunset Hill School teacher Jenny Glas convened her second-grade class Wednesday on the porch of her apartment on Schwarz Road.
Two tied for Vegas lead
October 9, 2003
As underdog, Miami motivated to topple FSU
October 9, 2003
Miami is heading into unfamiliar territory this weekend.
Williams striving to direct Texas to title
October 9, 2003
Given the chance to get rich in the NFL, Roy Williams chose college over cash. Texas’ senior wide receiver stayed in school because he wanted to win a national championship.
Pauline Randolph Duvall
October 9, 2003
Briefly
October 9, 2003
¢ Police find alligator near West Sixth Street ¢ Dole Institute protester ready for trial’s start ¢ Tanker truck overturns, spills human waste