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U.S. 59 project moving ahead
October 22, 2003
(Updated Wednesday at 1:11 p.m.) Kansas Department of Transportation officials met Wednesday morning with county lawmakers and planners to discuss the future of U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence. At least 18 properties will be acquired in Douglas County for the expansion.
Warm weather to end by Friday evening
October 22, 2003
(Updated Wednesday at 12:13 p.m.) Enjoy it while it lasts. The unseasonably warm weather will continue for the next two days. But a storm system that arrives late Friday will bring cooler temperatures — and a chance for rain, says Ross Janssen, 6News meteorologist. But partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 50s are expected for the Kansas-Kansas State football game Saturday afternoon in Manhattan.
Sweeter deal
October 22, 2003
Briefly
October 22, 2003
¢ City begins campaign to remove sacred cows ¢ Coercion reported in constitution vote ¢ U.S. encourages end to Sudan war ¢ Patriarch of movement for U.S. statehood dies ¢
Briefly
October 22, 2003
¢ State senator recalled ¢ Anti-war protests planned ¢ Lawmakers sympathetic to box-cutter smuggler ¢ Israeli barrier condemned
Jayni cooks up wild fowl
October 22, 2003
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Wild Things: Cooking Wild Fowl with Dave Billings.”
John Allen Crum
October 22, 2003
U.S. drafting plans to call more reservists
October 22, 2003
After failing to attract large numbers of foreign peacekeepers to Iraq, the Pentagon is drawing up plans to rotate in as many as 30,000 more reservists early next year, despite growing worries in Congress about strains on the force, defense officials said Tuesday.
Barracks bombing still haunts America
20 years have passed since 241 soldiers killed in Lebanon
October 22, 2003
It was America’s first encounter with the suicide bomb — initially its embassy, then its Marine barracks, blasted to shreds by a truckload of explosives that killed 241 servicemen and launched a new era in the Middle East. The reverberations are still being felt.
From bad to worse
QB controversy latest saga for Raiders
October 22, 2003
It’s difficult to choose the most surprising aspect of Oakland’s predicament just seven games after losing in the Super Bowl. Perhaps it’s the five-game deficit in the AFC West, a division won by the Raiders the last three years. Maybe it’s the improbable quarterback controversy pitting a league MVP against a backup with 69 yards passing in his career before Monday night.
Horoscopes
October 22, 2003
Jayhawks determined to end skid with Wildcats
October 22, 2003
As any Sunflower Broadband subscriber knows, Kansas University has, in fact, beaten Kansas State in a football game. KUJH (Sunflower Broadband Channel 32) has been broadcasting KU’s 1992 victory against the Wildcats repeatedly for months along with about six other games from the Glen Mason era.
Woodling: KU needs attitude overhaul to beat KSU
October 22, 2003
A few people — not a lot, but a few — called the Journal-World sports department this week to ask if Saturday’s Kansas-Kansas State football game would be televised. It won’t be, not even on pay-per-view, but the mere fact a few Kansas fans want to watch the Jayhawks play the Wildcats on TV is at least a sign some believe K-State’s decade-long dominance of the Sunflower State series might be on the wane.
On the record
October 22, 2003
Open records exceptions up for review
Adoptive placement secrecy of interest after child’s death
October 22, 2003
Last month, a jury convicted the adoptive father of 9-year-old Brian Edgar of murdering the boy, a week after his adoptive mother pleaded guilty to the same crime.
Short & sweet
October 22, 2003
¢ J-W hungry for readers’ Thanksgiving favorites ¢ Researchers say apples can help in weight loss
Bush maintains he’s in control
October 22, 2003
You could almost hear the dam breaking two weeks ago. President Bush gave a “major” speech about Iraq, as did Secretary of State Colin Powell. Vice President Richard Cheney weighed in on the subject, along with national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, in separate addresses. Meanwhile, at a conference in Colorado, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld complained publicly that he had not been advised that Miss Rice was to be put in charge of a new task force to push the reconstruction and democratization of postwar Iraq.
Statehouse renovation moves forward
October 22, 2003
The smell of sawdust hangs in the hallways. Polished marble is covered with protective foam. Ornate moldings and doors to the Senate chamber are covered by plywood framing and gray industrial doors. An eight-year, $135 million renovation and restoration has begun at the Statehouse.
Growing share of uninsured work at big companies
October 22, 2003
A third of the nation’s workers without health insurance are employed by large companies, a study says.
Area briefs
October 22, 2003
¢ Oskaloosa husker places second in national event ¢ State agency nixes 1,500-cow dairy farm ¢ Lawrence schools plan for Red Ribbon Week ¢ Lawrence leads challenge to collect aluminum cans ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
KU tuition boosts above average
10-year increase comes in at 114 percent
October 22, 2003
If Preethi Chandrasekharan had been a student at Kansas University in 1993, he would have paid $1,920 per year in tuition and fees. Instead, Chandrasekharan, a senior from Wichita, is paying $4,101 per year. KU’s tuition and fee rates have increased 114 percent in the past 10 years — well above the national average of 85 percent for public, four-year universities, according to a report released Tuesday by the College Board.
Melissa J. Antisdel
October 22, 2003
Allen Press wins J-W spelling bee
No. 1 team spells ‘hobbledehoy’
October 22, 2003
Thanks to “mettwurst” and “hobbledehoy,” Allen Press won this year’s Journal-World Corporate Spelling Bee. After going head to head for more than 40 words without a mistake, Douglas County Bank’s team of spellers slipped up on mettwurst. They spelled it with only one “t.”
Aryan Nations founder runs for mayor in Idaho
October 22, 2003
The people of Hayden can’t seem to rid themselves of neo-Nazi Richard Butler.
Task force to suggest full funding of state’s school finance formula
October 22, 2003
By the end of the month, a task force appointed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will recommend that she fully fund the state’s school finance formula, a proposal that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
People
October 22, 2003
¢ Anderson living with killer ¢ John announces Vegas deal ¢ Slim Shady beats the rap ¢ Musician Cliff honored
Daily ticker
October 22, 2003
Microsoft shifts strategy in Office launch
Company hopes change fends off competitors
October 22, 2003
Microsoft Corp. launched the newest version of its Office software Tuesday, kicking off a $150 million ad campaign in hopes of convincing customers that the upgrade is worth the cost despite a skittish economy.
States cope with insurance costs
Employees paying for rising expenses
October 22, 2003
Rhode Island state employee and single mother Sandra Miller makes $19 an hour. There is not going to be much money left over if she has to start paying for health insurance for herself and her teenage son.
Telemarketers ring up new ways to make profits
Companies alter strategies to obey no-call list
October 22, 2003
Now that telemarketers can’t call you anymore, will they be able to convince you to call them instead? Facing a future in which more than 50 million home phones on a national do-not-call list are off-limits, some telemarketers are hoping consumers will do just that.
Aquila to sell British utility to Powergen
October 22, 2003
Aquila Inc. and FirstEnergy Corp. have reached a new deal to sell a British utility — this time to Britain’s Powergen.
Briefcase
October 22, 2003
¢ Hotel announces date for Christmas parade ¢ SBC earnings drop ¢ Banks receive boost ¢ AT&T overstates profits due to employee coverup
Survivor faces charges, fine after Niagara Falls plunge
October 22, 2003
A man who went over Niagara Falls with only the clothes on his back and survived will be charged with illegally performing a stunt, Niagara Parks Police said Tuesday.
Rock Chalk myths benched
Jayhawk Boulevard engraving designed to dispel false stories
October 22, 2003
Carolyn Bailey Berneking was tired of people telling inaccurate stories about the origin of the Rock Chalk chant, which her grandfather developed in the 1880s. So Berneking, a librarian at Kansas University’s Spencer Research Library, bought KU a bench with an engraving of the chant’s story.
KU sex course to stay under watch
October 22, 2003
State higher education leaders have begun writing a policy for teaching sexually explicit topics, but that might not keep sex education from becoming an issue in the Legislature next year. State Sen. Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican who introduced the policy requirement earlier this year after controversy about a sexuality class taught by Kansas University professor Dennis Dailey, said she expected lawmakers to revisit the issue no matter what the policies say.
Legislators assess bioterror threat
Single case of foot-and-mouth disease would devastate Kansas, expert says
October 22, 2003
If a terrorist were to infect a Kansas cow with foot-and-mouth disease it would devastate the cattle industry, wreck the state’s economy and probably overwhelm those in charge of dealing with the crisis, lawmakers were told Tuesday. And the possibility of that calamity, according to some officials, is too real.
Brownback shepherds partial-birth abortion ban
October 22, 2003
The Senate on Tuesday voted to ban the practice that critics call partial-birth abortion, sending President Bush a measure that supporters and foes alike said could alter the future of U.S. abortion rights. A court challenge is certain.
Gas shutoff disrupts lunch hour
October 22, 2003
Natural gas was shut off Tuesday morning to 150 Lawrence customers after a construction crew damaged a pipeline at Sixth and Arizona streets.
Cookies can double as decoration
October 22, 2003
Variations help liven party
Squash, sweet potatoes add twist to lasagna
October 22, 2003
Whether for a simple family meal or a festive dinner party with friends, it’s always nice to shake things up a bit. Serve something familiar, with a not-so-familiar twist.
Treat children to healthier holiday
Cereal bars, stickers, crayons among nontraditional choices
October 22, 2003
For Halloween this year, I would like to give the trick-or-treaters something besides candy. Any suggestions?
Ginger-apple chutney flavors quick entrees
October 22, 2003
Even more timesaving than one quick recipe is a master plan that lines up a series of streamlined main dishes.
Seafood book answers oceans of questions
October 22, 2003
Any questions about cooking seafood? Chances are you’ll find an answer in “The New York Times Seafood Cookbook.”
How to help?
There doesn’t seem to be a one-size-fits-all solution for the problems facing Lawrence’s homeless residents.
October 22, 2003
How best to help the homeless people who have landed in Lawrence is a perplexing problem. It’s unfortunate, but understandable, that well-meaning people who want to offer a helping hand find themselves at odds about what approach to take.
All Saints Day
October 22, 2003
Points clarified
October 22, 2003
Vaccine risks
October 22, 2003
Politics attracts ‘outsiders’
October 22, 2003
What happened here last weekend when some 300 Arab-Americans from all parts of the country gathered in this Detroit suburb was another chapter in one of the unnoticed glories of American life — the entry of yet another immigrant group into the mainstream of the nation’s politics.
Are we slaves to homework?
October 22, 2003
A new report on students and homework fails the grade. On Oct. 1, the Brookings Institution suggested that most American students spend very little time on homework. Based on questions asked of high school-bound seniors, self-reports on K-8 students and parents, and surveys before a national standardized test, Brookings concluded that students average less than one hour per night. The study implied this lack of homework is a major reason for the poor performance of U.S. schools in international competition.
Minnelli’s estranged husband files lawsuit claiming abuse
October 22, 2003
That’s Liza with a Z as in ZAP! BAM! POW! The estranged husband of Liza Minnelli has accused the superstar performer of giving him the beating of his life — then doing it again.
PBS goes inside Mecca
October 22, 2003
“Inside Mecca” on “National Geographic Specials” (7 p.m., PBS) affords viewers a peek at a city and an annual event forbidden to non-Muslims. Filmed by an all-Muslim crew, “Inside Mecca” follows three of the faithful as they make the pilgrimage, or “Hajj,” to the sacred city.
District to study overcrowding
Committee concerned with Deerfield overflow
October 22, 2003
The Lawrence school district’s boundary committee Tuesday decided its first task would be to study student crowding at Deerfield School.
City briefs
October 22, 2003
¢ Nominations sought for master teacher ¢ KU pharmacy dean appointed to FDA panel ¢ Plasma donations needed for fund-raiser
Feeding tube reinserted into comatose patient
Florida lawmakers give governor power to intervene
October 22, 2003
Acting on orders from Gov. Jeb Bush, a hospital began giving fluids to a brain-damaged woman Tuesday, six days after her feeding tube was removed in one of the nation’s longest and most bitter right-to-die battles.
Iran agrees to nuclear cooperation
October 22, 2003
Bowing to international pressure, Iran said Tuesday that it would suspend uranium enrichment and sign an agreement permitting international inspectors to make wide-ranging checks of its nuclear program.
Bailey services
October 22, 2003
Hill services
October 22, 2003
Ernest J. Johanning
October 22, 2003
Johnson County planning input sought
City task force wants suggestions for regulating future growth
October 22, 2003
A city task force charged with developing new regulations to guide development in Lawrence looked east for inspiration Tuesday.
Dean must bridge educational divide
October 22, 2003
Can Howard Dean escape the Starbucks ghetto? New polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, the critical first two states in the Democratic presidential race, show the former Vermont governor dominating among voters with a college degree — the sort of people more likely to stop at Starbucks than a doughnut shop in the morning. But in both states he is showing much less strength among voters who did not graduate from college.
District lists school for sale on eBay
October 22, 2003
A western Kansas school district has put a former schoolhouse on sale on the Internet auction site eBay in hopes of attracting a business to the area.
Lawsuit against Wal-Mart rejected
Judge says Salina store right to notify police of nude child photos
October 22, 2003
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a woman who was questioned by police after she had photographs of her naked 3-year-old daughter developed at a Wal-Mart store.
Commodities
October 22, 2003
Sebelius says Kansas sales tax law likely faces repeal by Legislature
October 22, 2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who has granted Kansas merchants an indefinite grace period on the state’s new sales tax law, said the unpopular measure stood a good chance of being repealed in 2004.
Researchers isolate gene for age-related blindness
October 22, 2003
In what may be an important step toward preventing blindness in old age, scientists have identified a gene believed to be responsible for a degenerative eye disease that could strike millions of baby boomers as they grow older.
Automakers plan upgrades on 15-passenger vans
October 22, 2003
General Motors Corp. will begin selling 15-passenger vans next month with standard stabilizing equipment, which the automaker says will increase the safety of a vehicle that the federal government contends has a significant rollover risk.
Iraqi forces launch crackdown on militants
October 22, 2003
Iraqi police backed by U.S. coalition troops raided a mosque before dawn Tuesday in the holy city of Karbala, arresting dozens in a clampdown on Shiite Muslim militants. Outside the Sunni Muslim city of Fallujah, meanwhile, insurgents struck U.S. forces for a third straight day.
N. Ireland peace deal derails
October 22, 2003
A day billed as a breakthrough for Northern Ireland peacemaking hit a diplomatic impasse Tuesday as Protestant leaders rejected the Irish Republican Army’s biggest-ever disarmament move as too secretive.
Al-Qaida figure linked to reporter’s death
October 22, 2003
American authorities investigating the killing last year in Pakistan of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl now believe his throat was slit by Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Giants’ Bonds to testify
Grand jury investigating laboratory
October 22, 2003
Barry Bonds will testify in December before a federal grand jury probing a laboratory that supplies some of the nation’s top athletes with nutritional supplements.
Oakland awaits results of MRI
Status of QB Gannon’s injured shoulder still not known
October 22, 2003
Rich Gannon was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Tuesday on his ailing shoulder, and Oakland coach Bill Callahan would not guarantee the quarterback’s starting job until the results were known.
Firebirds lose another squeaker
October 22, 2003
Free State High’s soccer team suffered another one-goal setback Tuesday, losing 2-1 to Olathe North at FSHS.
New York fans plentiful at Pro Player Stadium
October 22, 2003
South Florida’s favorite team is in the World Series. It’s just not clear whether that team is the Marlins or the New York Yankees.
Jeter solves Marlins’ Beckett
October 22, 2003
Derek Jeter did what none of the other Yankees could: He got a hit off Josh Beckett.
KU has tough test tonight against Texas
October 22, 2003
Traditionally speaking, Kansas University’s volleyball team has had about as much success against Texas as it has had against Nebraska.
Booster Anderson hospitalized
October 22, 2003
Kansas University benefactor Dana Anderson was expected to be released today from St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., after undergoing a heart procedure Monday.
LHS sweet at senior send-off
Hayes, Hunter help Lawrence sweep home quad
October 22, 2003
It was the perfect ending for the two seniors on Lawrence High’s volleyball team — three wins, zero losses in the team’s final home quadrangular.
Dillingham still mulling college offers
October 22, 2003
The hectic pursuit by college coaches for Free State High senior Dain Dillingham continues.
Seabury soccer loses, but improving
October 22, 2003
Seabury Academy’s soccer squad didn’t earn its first victory of the season Tuesday, but the Seahawks nearly won without even having to play.
6News video: Rock Chalk legend set in concrete
October 22, 2003
The real story behind Kansas University’s traditional Rock Chalk chant is available for all to read on a bench provided by librarian Carolyn Bailey Berneking.
6News video: Agreement among aid agencies may be tough sell
October 22, 2003
The city’s Homeless Services Task Force favors an approach that links some services to requirements the homeless must meet. Unfortunately, that places it at odds with the philosophies and regulations of some aid providers.
6Sports video: Women’s team enjoying added depth
October 22, 2003
A full roster might just be what Marian Washington’s team needs to improve its conference showing.
6News video: JayWalk program offers option for concerned students
October 22, 2003
Kansas University students and staff apprehensive about walking on campus alone have a new volunteer program to ease their worries.
6News video: ‘Hobbledehoy’ key to bee victory
October 22, 2003
Allen Press came away with a win at this year’s Journal-World Corporate Spelling Bee.
6News video: Bagged salad growing in popularity
October 22, 2003
Bagged salad is the second fastest-growing grocery item behind bottled water. However, while consumers might be turning to healthier choices in salads, fat-filled dressings and toppings can subtract from their efforts.
6Sports video: Free State wins over Tonganoxie
October 22, 2003
Tonganoxie is looking to be a strong contender in the 4A sub-state, but the Firebirds proved too much for the Chieftans on Tuesday night.
6Sports video: Simien ‘healthy and ready’
October 22, 2003
Wayne Simien’s shoulder problems should be behind him.
6Sports video: Improved pass protection needed for KU win
October 22, 2003
Stopping the Wildcats will be difficult without shoring up the protection around Bill Whittemore.
6Sports video: Defense preparing for ‘Cat running attack
October 22, 2003
The Jayhawks have been focusing on efforts to slow Kansas State’s Darren Sproles and Ell Roberson.
Florence E. Watson
October 22, 2003
Seahawk volleyball ends season with 1-1 showing at Class 1A regional
October 22, 2003
Seabury Academy’s volleyball team went 1-1 Tuesday at the Class 1A regional tournament. Seabury beat Kansas School for the Deaf, 25-15, 25-11, then fell to top-seeded White City, 17-25, 19-25.
Rumsey services
October 22, 2003
Retired couple restores 1895 house in Lawrence
October 22, 2003
Twelve hours of physical labor, Monday through Saturday probably isn’t the retirement dream of all that many Americans. But it is the norm for Arthena and Matt Massoth, each of whom is 68 and eligible for some rocking chair time. At an age when many would rather be taking it easy, the Massoths devote their time and considerable energy to restoring old houses.
Super size: Industry catering to consumers’ hefty appetites
October 22, 2003
When Duane Buck got into the fast-food business in 1966, customers at Bucky’s Drive In had two choices when selecting drinks: a 12-ounce or a 16-ounce cup — and the smaller size was the best seller.
Gardening can help soothe mind, body
October 22, 2003
I was supposed to be grading papers on Sunday, but I didn’t have the concentration for it. Something devastating happened to a friend last week, and my sadness had registered as a headache that had entered its third day.
Difficult testimony looms for accuser
Some evidence appeared to have questionable value, according to judge’s ruling in preliminary hearing
October 22, 2003
With questions raised about the quality of evidence in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case, testimony from the NBA player and the woman accusing him of rape may play a crucial role at trial.
When it rains, it pours
Yankees’ offense erupts late
October 22, 2003
For the longest time, this had all the makings of another heartbreaker for Mike Mussina: Down early, hardly any run support and on a rainy, messy night. Yet, somehow, the ace who could never quite win these games won Game 3 of the World Series. Mussina outpitched young ace Josh Beckett and New York broke it open late, beating Florida, 6-1, Tuesday night for a 2-1 edge.
Fujita making name for himself
Little-known linebacker having career year for undefeated Kansas City
October 22, 2003
If Scott Fujita keeps playing the way he has been, word finally might get around that Kansas City’s emerging standout is not Japanese. In his fourth outstanding effort in four weeks, the linebacker had 12 tackles and a sack in a 17-10 victory Monday night over Oakland that kept the Chiefs unbeaten.
Woodling whacks back with 5-1 mark in contest
October 22, 2003
Journal-World sports editor Chuck Woodling bounced back with a 5-1 record in this week’s Wanna Whack Woodling contest after going 3-3 last week.
BCA sets criteria for football hiring
Black coaches group to evaluate process
October 22, 2003
The Black Coaches Assn. will use a five-part system next year to evaluate hiring practices in Division I-A football. “This will serve as a cornerstone for accountability,” executive director Floyd Keith said Tuesday. “We want to recruit, train and retain coaches of color.”
Woods thrives by playing fewer PGA events
October 22, 2003
Tiger Woods has a lot riding on the Funai Classic at Disney, although it was hard to tell judging by the guy handing him wedges and raking bunkers during a practice round Tuesday.
Rocket ready to fire for final time tonight
Clemens to start Game 4 in what’s expected to be last outing of his career
October 22, 2003
The end for Roger Clemens will come a few hundred miles from where it all began in the minor leagues 20 years ago, pitching against a team that didn’t exist, in a ballpark that wasn’t built.
Record rainfall brings northwest flooding
October 22, 2003
Volunteers stacked sandbags as the Skagit River rose toward an expected major flood crest Tuesday night, following the second torrential rainstorm in the Pacific Northwest in less than a week.
Bush heads to Bali after summit’s end
October 22, 2003
President Bush wrapped up a summit of Asian-Pacific leaders Tuesday and prepared for a brief, high-security visit today to the Indonesian island of Bali in a gesture of support for the nation’s efforts to combat terrorism.
Restaurant owner, at sniper trial, tells of being shot
October 22, 2003
In a dramatic encounter that will be echoed throughout his trial, John Allen Muhammad cross-examined a restaurant owner Tuesday who was wounded and robbed in a shooting linked to last year’s sniper spree.
City approves living wage
Expert: Policy won’t hinder economic development
October 22, 2003
After more than two years of sometimes-heated debate, the Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance requiring companies that receive tax breaks from the city to pay their employees a living wage.
Gertrude Anna Bednasek
October 22, 2003
New members diversify College of Cardinals
October 22, 2003
In a poignant ceremony, an ailing Pope John Paul II installed 31 new cardinals from 22 countries Tuesday, assuring significant worldwide representation in the body that will produce his successor.
Film from final game giving Lee nightmares
KU guard still stunned last-second three-pointer blocked in championship
October 22, 2003
Michael Lee is not haunted by ghosts and goblins and bumps in the night this Halloween season. Lee, Kansas University’s 6-foot-3 junior guard from Portland, Ore., is spooked by the worst horror film of all — the tape of last year’s 81-78 loss to Syracuse in the NCAA Finals at the Superdome in New Orleans.