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KU on-campus housing costs lower than national average
October 23, 2003
(Web Posted Thursday at 2:07 p.m.) Think you’re paying too much for your dorm room at Kansas University? According to a new study by the College Board, KU students are getting a relatively good deal.
Briefly
October 23, 2003
¢ NAACP members elect new officers ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Democrats grill nominee to federal appellate court
October 23, 2003
Under fire from Democrats, federal appellate nominee Janice Rogers Brown on Wednesday defended speeches and decisions she made as a conservative California Supreme Court Justice and promised to rule fairly if promoted to one of the nation’s highest courts.
Home video released of Columbine gunmen
October 23, 2003
A videotape of the Columbine High School gunmen laughing and shooting at trees and bowling pins six weeks before they killed 12 classmates and a teacher was released to the public Wednesday.
Fishlike fossil found in Australia believed to be oldest vertebrate
October 23, 2003
A tadpole-shaped fossil, believed to be the oldest vertebrate ever found, has been uncovered by a farmer in a rugged range of hills in southern Australia, a museum paleontologist said Wednesday.
Historian hired by N.Y. Times calls for revoking ‘32 Pulitzer
October 23, 2003
A 1932 Pulitzer Prize awarded to The New York Times should be revoked, according to a historian hired by the newspaper to review the winning work, which has been questioned for years.
Equal attention
October 23, 2003
Voter plan
October 23, 2003
Asking God to take sides
October 23, 2003
At first, it sounded like satire. My God is bigger than yours? Did Gen. William Boykin actually taunt his Islamic enemy with that muscular divinity? Not my weapons are bigger than yours. Not my battalions are bigger than yours. My God is bigger. It sounded like some e-mail that got through the morning spam filter: Click here if you want your God to be three inches bigger.
Volunteers in Wilson track truckers’ stops at adult store
October 23, 2003
A committee whose main goal is to force an adult entertainment store out of business is taking aim at the truck drivers who pull their rigs off Interstate 70 to patronize the shop.
Briefcase
October 23, 2003
¢ Time Warner reports subscriber loss at AOL ¢ Game manufacturer seeks end of Ghettopoly ¢ Serologicals announces loss of $6.5 million ¢ McDonald’s profits up
Mortgage activity expected to plunge
Bankers predict closures, job losses
October 23, 2003
For mortgage lenders, a two-year party is ending, raising worries about the hangover to come.
Boeing workers aim to cut union ties
Wichita employees want to force vote
October 23, 2003
Workers at The Boeing Co.’s plant in Wichita are trying to force a vote to decertify its second-largest union.
Construction bogs Sixth Street traffic
Area best avoided, residents say
October 23, 2003
David Sehorn has seen some of his neighbors along Sixth Street lose business since road renovations began in August. He hasn’t had the same problem. Then again, he runs an auto-body repair shop.
Emergency room visits by insured patients rise
October 23, 2003
People with insurance are increasingly using emergency rooms, even for nonurgent care, a study found — perplexing experts who thought the uninsured were the chief reason for ER overcrowding.
State’s food inspection has ‘gaps,’ ‘tears’
Audit reports inefficiencies within system
October 23, 2003
Before you take another bite or sip, consider this: Kansas’ system of inspecting foods is inefficient, wasteful, and bureaucratic. Though auditors with the Legislative Division of Post Audit found no evidence Kansans were experiencing a high number of food-borne illnesses, they concluded taxpayers were financing a food inspection system that should be more efficient, cheaper and safer.
K.C. scientists advance stem cell research
October 23, 2003
Scientists at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have taken important steps toward identifying where blood-forming stem cells are nurtured in bone marrow, a discovery that has eluded researchers for a quarter-century. Their preliminary findings, and those of two other research centers, could help lead to ways to grow large numbers of these cells in the laboratory and alter them genetically to improve the odds of patients with sickle cell anemia and other diseases.
Niagara Falls survivor feels ‘life is worth living’ now
October 23, 2003
The man who walked away virtually unharmed from a plunge over Niagara Falls said he had been suicidal, but the experience made him want to live.
India makes proposals to improve Pakistan relations
October 23, 2003
India unveiled major proposals Wednesday to improve relations with Pakistan, expanding travel and reuniting families. Pakistan saw some positive elements but expressed disappointment the steps exclude negotiations on Kashmir.
Rumsfeld memo leak angers White House
October 23, 2003
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld angered the White House on Wednesday with a leaked memo questioning whether the U.S. was winning the war on terror.
Paris Frank ‘Barney’ Spooner
October 23, 2003
Sniper suspect abandons plans to represent himself
October 23, 2003
After two days of occasional fumbling in the courtroom, sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad gave up trying to be his own lawyer Wednesday and put his fate back in the hands of his court-appointed attorneys.
Halloween themes play at Arts Center
October 23, 2003
The Seem-To-Be Players and the City Youth Theatre of the Lawrence Arts Center will combine to perform two Halloween-oriented productions beginning tonight.
Administrators, teachers suspended for alcohol use
October 23, 2003
Two administrators and two teachers at Hutchinson Middle School have been suspended without pay after admitting to consuming alcohol at a high school football game.
IRL driver Renna killed
Crash during testing at Indy proves fatal
October 23, 2003
IRL driver Tony Renna was killed in a wreck Wednesday during testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after he lost control at nearly 220 mph, went airborne and crashed into a fence.
John C. Inloes
October 23, 2003
LHS volleyball forced to forfeit
Lions used ineligible player Tuesday at quad
October 23, 2003
The Lawrence High volleyball team Wednesday was forced to forfeit its three victories from Tuesday’s quadrangular, the Lions’ final regular-season event.
Kansas women ninth in Big 12 coaches poll
October 23, 2003
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team has been picked to finish ninth in the Big 12 Conference in a preseason poll of league coaches.
Appeals court rules pork checkoff unconstitutional
October 23, 2003
A federal appeals court has upheld a judge’s decision declaring the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s pork-checkoff program unconstitutional.
Our town sports
October 23, 2003
Toy Bowl slated for Sunday at YSI
Lawrence Youth Football Inc. event to include three games
October 23, 2003
The annual Toy Bowl, sponsored by Lawrence Youth Football Inc., will be Sunday at the Youth Sports Inc. fields.
FSHS volleyball 2-1 at Tongie
October 23, 2003
Free State High’s volleyball team boosted its overall record to 19-18 by taking two of three matches in a quad Tuesday at Tonganoxie High. The Firebirds toppled Topeka High, 25-12 and 25-14. They also disposed of the host Chieftains, 25-15 and 25-23. However, Blue Valley West spilled Free State, 25-15 and 25-23.
Looper escapes jam for win
October 23, 2003
Ugueth Urbina blew the save. Then the teammate he supplanted last month as Florida’s closer came to the rescue.
Melvin Shorter
October 23, 2003
Kanell thrilled to start again
Starting-quarterback-turned-backup excited about opportunity
October 23, 2003
Danny Kanell went from being a starting quarterback in the NFL to having trouble getting teams to return his calls. He played minor league baseball for a year, spent a season in the Arena League and even coached at his high school.
6Sports video: Travis Watkins healing slowly
October 23, 2003
The Jayhawks’ rushing defense is slowly improving, but Watkins probably has a week before he can help bolster the line.
6Sports video: Jayhawks volleyball manage to take down Texas
October 23, 2003
The ‘Hawks overcome the Longhorns in the last game.
6News video: Planning commission consider development of SLT
October 23, 2003
The commission has already delayed a final decision about the intersection of 6th street and the South Lawrence Trafficway earlier this year.
6Sports video: Tonganoxie volleyball are overacheivers
October 23, 2003
The Chieftans attribute their great record to hard work.
6Sports video: Aaron Miles seeks shooting improvement
October 23, 2003
Miles will be relied on heavily by Coach Self. Also, KU is third in the Big 12’s Preseason Coaches Poll.
6Sports video: Coach Mangino wants to win on the road
October 23, 2003
The Jayhawks have lost seven Big 12 Conference road games in a row.
6News video: KU begins fall break
October 23, 2003
Most Kansas University offices will remain open today and Friday despite the university’s fall break. Students won’t be heading to classes during the two-day break, which began in 2001.
6News video: Highway 59 plans get underway
October 23, 2003
Kansas Department of Transportation officials are selecting property for the highway’s expansion.
6News video: Church break-ins come as a disappointment
October 23, 2003
Almost $11,000 dollars in donations have been stolen from two local churches.
Chiefs’ Vermeil under fire
Kansas City coach being blasted despite 7-0 start
October 23, 2003
The head coach was getting quite a grilling.
Anti-sniper devices rushed to Iraq
October 23, 2003
The Pentagon is rushing to Iraq a new device that creates a “virtual microphone” in the air to help detect the origin of sniper gunfire.
Stocks decline on earnings letdown
October 23, 2003
Investors sent stocks tumbling Wednesday, showing their dissatisfaction with third-quarter earnings after several pharmaceutical companies failed to meet Wall Street’s expectations. The Dow Jones industrials dropped nearly 150 points, their biggest decline in nearly a month.
State targets land for U.S. 59
KDOT to start negotiating commercial, residential purchases
October 23, 2003
The state is preparing to buy land for a new freeway connecting Lawrence and Ottawa. The $210 million freeway, to be designated U.S. Highway 59, is still on track for opening in 2009, state officials said Wednesday.
Kansas City election posts same results
October 23, 2003
The Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO again elected Bridgette Williams as its president in the second election in less than three months.
KDHE computers at ‘high risk’
Audit finds vulnerability to hacking, viruses in state health department
October 23, 2003
The state agency in charge of protecting the public’s health and safety is having trouble protecting its own computers and information system, according to an audit released Wednesday. Operations of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment “were at an extremely high risk of fraud, misuse or disruption,” auditors with the Legislative Division of Post Audit concluded. “Computer data — much of it confidential — was at an equally high risk of loss or inappropriate disclosure.”
Politicians get behind national database of medical treatments
Proposed network would give patients access to research others’ experiences
October 23, 2003
Prodded by a 79-year-old Miami philanthropist, political and medical leaders are pushing for a national electronic network of data to let patients and doctors make better choices on treatment.
Scandal may put sports at crossroads
Investigation into designer steroids raises questions about integrity of games
October 23, 2003
The smoking gun was a dripping syringe, and sports as we know them may never be the same.
Coaches pick KU third in Big 12
October 23, 2003
For the first time in five years, Kansas University’s men’s basketball team is not the preseason pick to win the Big 12 Conference. The Big 12 coaches Wednesday tapped Missouri as the favorite to win the league title, followed by Texas, two-time defending champion Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Colorado, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Iowa State, Nebraska and Baylor.
Marlins strike in 12th - Florida 4, New York 3
Gonzalez home run decisive; Florida evens Series at 2
October 23, 2003
Roger Clemens walked off the mound a hero. Alex Gonzalez and the Florida Marlins danced off the field as winners. Gonzalez led off the bottom of the 12th inning with a home run and the Marlins survived yet another late Yankees jolt, beating New York, 4-3, Wednesday night to even the World Series at two games each.
Finishing touches
October 23, 2003
Friends and neighbors
October 23, 2003
NFL briefs
October 23, 2003
¢ Rams’ Turley hoping to play this week ¢ Browns’ coach Davis mum on starting QB ¢ Arrington lashes out at teammates’ attitudes
Florida fans not fair-weather … unless it rains
October 23, 2003
It was a fine night for baseball Wednesday at Pro Player Stadium, with weather so perfect that several fans chose to remain for almost the entire game. This was in stark contrast to Tuesday night’s game, during which it rained, forcing thousands of people — faced with the very real prospect of having water land on them — to flee the World Series.
Senate votes to impose tough limits on spam
October 23, 2003
The Senate agreed Wednesday to impose tough new limits on the irritating but lucrative business of e-mailing unwanted sales pitches to millions of people in the United States.
Daily ticker
October 23, 2003
Taxpayer money’
October 23, 2003
The state’s declining investment in higher education gives some legislators’ efforts to micromanage state universities in the name of protecting taxpayer money a hollow ring. It’s a little irritating for those of us who value higher education to notice how state legislators selectively choose to claim fiscal responsibility for state universities.
U.S. crafting strategy on North Korea
October 23, 2003
North Korea’s Kim Jong Il can claim no more than a temporary and tactical success by having drawn President Bush into talking publicly about possible U.S. security guarantees for North Korea. That’s fine by Kim. He’ll take temporary and tactical any day.
Jamaica feels domino effect
World’s best players compete for championship
October 23, 2003
Brian Baylie, a mild-mannered exterminator by day, becomes a cutthroat domino player by night, clacking pieces together on bar room tables and intimidating opponents.
Going, going, nearly gone
October 23, 2003
John Michael Adams, 10, from Kansas City, Kan., tries his best to hold on to a pumpkin he selected at Schaake Pumpkin Patch east of Lawrence. Customers like Adams, shown Tuesday, had the convenience of fine weather all week to search for the perfect would-be jack-o’-lantern.
People
October 23, 2003
¢ Minnelli files for divorce ¢ New court for Billie Jean King ¢ Songwriter Smith found dead after apparent suicide ¢ Actor Fred ‘Rerun’ Berry dies
HBO offers intimate look at terrorism
October 23, 2003
Last October, Chechen rebels seized a Moscow theater during the performance of a musical and took more than 700 audience members hostage. Their bold raid, the hostage drama and the Russian military’s efforts to end the siege unfold in the documentary “Terror in Moscow” (6 p.m., HBO).
Auction to clear way for Farmland plant sale
October 23, 2003
An equipment auction that begins today at a shuttered fertilizer plant east of Lawrence will bring bankrupt Farmland Industries Inc. one step closer to selling the 467-acre facility. Kevan Vick, Farmland’s general manager of nitrogen manufacturing, said company officials had been negotiating with several parties interested in acquiring the plant, which is located on Kansas Highway 10 just east of the city. He declined to identify them.
Anne H. Showalter
October 23, 2003
Betty Lou Corel
October 23, 2003
Trains strikes combine, kills 63-year-old
October 23, 2003
A 63-year-old man died after the combine he was driving was hit by a train in eastern Kansas.
Eyes on the prize
Gaughan proves worthy of Dodge’s money
October 23, 2003
Dodge drivers lead both the Winston Cup and the NASCAR Truck series with the most victories this season.
Wins should carry more weight in NASCAR points race
October 23, 2003
If you went back through every football game played this season and gave 20 points for touchdowns and only three for field goals, you’d have some very different final scores and team records.
Rocket’s last glare from pitching mound
Clemens makes final scheduled appearance
October 23, 2003
A 94 mph fastball for a strikeout.
Athletes and women can be a dangerous mix
October 23, 2003
A group of attractive women, dressed to be noticed, stake out a hotel lobby in search of NBA rookies. It happens most every year.
World Online seeks scary Halloween recipes
October 23, 2003
Do you have an eerie — but edible — recipe to tingle the taste buds at Halloween parties? We’re asking readers to submit their favorite recipes for ghoulish delights to our Reader Reaction message board online at www.ljworld.com.
Mount Vernon distillery working to recreate Washington’s recipe
October 23, 2003
George Washington’s estate on the Potomac River hasn’t been home to a working distillery for about two centuries, but that changed Tuesday as whiskey makers toiled on the founding father’s popular recipe.
Briefly
October 23, 2003
¢ Scientists identify puberty gene ¢ Democrats block effort on class action lawsuits ¢ Sandbags hold floodwaters at bay ¢ Breast cancer vaccine shows promise in trial
More males
October 23, 2003
On the record
October 23, 2003
Red flags raised in audit of services for disabled
Report brings quick rebuke from community organizations for ‘fact-poor’ ‘foregone conclusions’
October 23, 2003
Auditors on Wednesday reported there was an “inherent conflict of interest” in the way the state dispensed $254 million in aid for people with developmental disabilities.
Lions’ Wilson finds time for volleyball
October 23, 2003
One day later, Sydney Wilson was back at it. Just 24 hours after her longest, most grueling, most draining, yet most rewarding round of golf in her young life, Wilson put on another Lawrence High uniform. A black volleyball jersey with a red numeral. The number one. A number that almost preceded her name just one day earlier.
West Virginia stuns Va. Tech
No. 3 Hokies’ offense sputters mightily in first loss
October 23, 2003
Virginia Tech looked practically unbeatable in six blowout wins during the first half of the season.
Missouri view
October 23, 2003
KU’s Lewis keeps eye on QB
Protecting Whittemore lineman’s calling
October 23, 2003
When Danny Lewis talks about “our boy Bill,” you don’t need a Kansas University football program to find who he’s talking about. Lewis is a KU offensive tackle and his primary job Saturday afternoons, along with the rest of the offensive line, is to protect quarterback Bill Whittemore from the clutches of preying defenders.
Vegetative patient’s feeding tube reinserted
October 23, 2003
A brain-damaged woman was receiving nourishment through a new feeding tube Wednesday, a week after her husband had tried to have such treatment ended but was blocked by the Florida Legislature. Terri Schiavo, 39, was being fed through a tube inserted into her abdomen when family members, fighting an epic battle to keep her alive, visited late Wednesday, said their attorney, Pat Anderson.
Suspect in killings ordered to undergo psychiatric tests
Defendant argues to represent self
October 23, 2003
Over the defendant’s own objections, a judge has ordered additional psychiatric evaluation of a man facing the death penalty if convicted on charges that he murdered five people last year.
Clarifications
October 23, 2003
A story in the Oct. 13 Journal-World on the small percentage of male elementary teachers in the United States, as well as the Lawrence public school district, requires clarification. Percentages mentioned in the story related to male classroom teachers, which excluded men teaching art, music and gym.
Democratic candidate unveils budget plan
October 23, 2003
Democrat Wesley Clark, looking to fill in the domestic policy blanks on his resume, said Wednesday he would repeal President Bush’s tax cuts for wealthier Americans if he wins next November.
Crystal Dawn Torneden
October 23, 2003
Thieves prey on city churches
$11,000 reported taken in two break-ins
October 23, 2003
Police are investigating burglaries at two Lawrence churches that netted thieves an estimated $11,000 in offerings. “You don’t expect these things to happen,” said the Rev. Don Miller, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2104 W. 15th St.
Thousands protest Bush visit
President wraps up trip with visit to Australia
October 23, 2003
As thousands of anti-war demonstrators protested outside Parliament, President Bush today thanked Australia for sending troops to Iraq and Afghanistan to stand and fight alongside the United States “instead of wishing and waiting while tragedy drew closer.”
Small stadium, big-time game
Bowling Green-Northern Illinois matchup in MAC attracting national attention
October 23, 2003
Don’t look to college football’s traditional cathedrals for this weekend’s biggest games.
Horoscopes
October 23, 2003
Field trip a blast for students
October 23, 2003
Topics ranged from the history of Kansas rock formations to the importance of safety at the workplace.
Area briefs
October 23, 2003
¢ Police brutality protest conducted downtown ¢ Central to kick off annual fund-raiser ¢ Police receive report of beating, rape ¢ Illegal alien case has tie to Lawrence
Pledge won’t ensure patriotism
October 23, 2003
Blessed be the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, for it hath delivered the Lord from false patriotism.
Poll: College-student vote up for grabs in 2004
October 23, 2003
Nine million strong, the highly volatile college-student population is up for grabs in the race for the presidency in 2004. According to a poll released Wednesday by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, college students are generally supportive of President Bush, and they lean slightly Republican in political persuasion — a contrast to the common stereotype of radical campus liberals.
Right-to-life victories celebrated
October 23, 2003
On Capitol Hill, in the Florida statehouse, at the Supreme Court, even in the boardroom of the YWCA, the self-proclaimed right-to-life movement and its conservative allies are on a winning streak that is deeply troubling to abortion-rights advocates.
6th, SLT design guidelines forwarded
Unique architectural theme’ recommended for buildings at intersection
October 23, 2003
Someday there may be a McDonald’s restaurant located at the intersection of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway.
Switching sides fine for Running
KU aide played receiver for Kansas State
October 23, 2003
In 1995, Mitch Running caught a 22-yard touchdown pass that helped No. 14 Kansas State pull off a 41-7 victory over No. 6 Kansas University in Manhattan.
Briefly
October 23, 2003
¢ FBI probes ricin discovery ¢ Schwarzenegger announces plans for special session ¢ Commercial nuclear reactor begins making bomb material ¢ FAA to allow planes to fly closer together
Briefly
October 23, 2003
¢ FBI apologizes for find of bug before election ¢ Ferry captain refuses to meet investigators ¢ VA’s outpatient care found medically sound ¢ Residents evacuated as wildfires spread
Jayhawks volleyball turn back Texas
KU thwarts Longhorns’ comeback attempt for five-game victory
October 23, 2003
Staying late at Horejsi Center and missing the chance to cheer on the Yankees in the World Series didn’t seem to bother Kansas University sophomore setter Andi Rozum Wednesday night. “I’m not paying attention to it anymore now that the Rockies are out of it,” joked the Loveland, Colo., native.
Long-awaited Disney Hall opens today
October 23, 2003
What costs $274 million, and looks like either a steel cactus or a billowy sailing ship?
American Airlines to keep K.C. base
Wide-body plane work to continue at K.C.I.
October 23, 2003
American Airlines Inc. will keep open its maintenance base in Kansas City, Mo., after state and local leaders agreed to provide more than $80 million in bonds and tax credits to upgrade the facility, the company and local officials announced Wednesday. American had considered closing one of its three maintenance operations because it had reduced the size of its fleet. The airline had previously said it would add jobs at the Tulsa, Okla., base, and said Wednesday it would maintain the size of its operation at the Fort Worth, Tex., airport.