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Halloween expected to be cloudy, but dry
October 28, 2003
(Web Posted Tuesday at 12:28 p.m.) So far, the weather forecast doesn’t look too scary for trick or treaters headed out Friday night for Halloween, says a local forecaster. “Friday night, it will be dry,” said Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist.
Area briefs
October 28, 2003
¢ Rare sparrow species sighted at Baker Wetlands ¢ Attorney-client dispute causes delay in trial ¢ Uncle Sam asks Kansans to claim tax checks
Adults claim Halloween for own brand of mischief
October 28, 2003
Step into Frank’s bar, and you’ll get a glimpse of what’s happening to Halloween. The popular tavern in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood has been decked out for weeks in black and orange, and patrons can order drinks with such names as “Sex on a Tombstone.” On the night itself, manager Robby Ehlert expects to see a number of costumes that won’t be G-rated.
Physicist strings along PBS viewers
October 28, 2003
Author and physics professor Brian Greene is host of “The Elegant Universe” on “NOVA” (7 p.m., PBS). For those in the audience who aren’t up on their physics, string theory embraces the new and exciting notion that the entire universe is made up of infinitesimally tiny strings of energy. The strings are too tiny to be seen or measured, so belief in the theory borders on faith. But a growing number of scientists think that string theory may be a variation on the unified theory of, well, everything, that Albert Einstein was working on during his final decades.
Deadly California wildfires threaten 30,000 homes
October 28, 2003
Ash fell on the beach like snow and drivers turned on their headlights in the smoky daytime streets Monday as wildfires that have reduced entire neighborhoods to moonscapes skipped through the hills of Southern California and threatened 30,000 more homes.
Krehbiel services
October 28, 2003
FBI reports more women arrested in ‘02
October 28, 2003
When an arrest is made, it is becoming more common for the handcuffs to be on a woman, according to an FBI report Monday that also found the number of crimes reported to police was virtually un-changed last year.
Mangino won’t rush decision
Barmann’s status for A&M uncertain
October 28, 2003
Kansas University football fans eager to know who the Jayhawks’ starting quarterback will be Saturday at Texas A&M will have to wait.
Best of West just keep getting better
October 28, 2003
Whoever coined the phrase “the rich get richer” could have been talking about the NBA. Just look at what the top five teams in the West have done.
The Dance
Scary story contest entry
October 28, 2003
Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after the school dance, Mya, Lynn and Jai stopped short.
Sandy Willison
Scary story contest entry
October 28, 2003
Hi, my name is Sandy Willison. I was coming home from a Halloween dance. I was really late, I decided to take a short cut. The only short cut was through an old graveyard.
Briefly
October 28, 2003
¢ Mother, child believed to be victims of fire ¢ Police investigate double homicide ¢ Kansas boasts four Blue Ribbon Schools
Fort Riley soldier killed in Baghdad bombings
October 28, 2003
A 20-year-old soldier based at Fort Riley was killed Monday in downtown Baghdad after a bomb-laden vehicle blew up near him.
Followed by a ghost
Scary story contest entry
October 28, 2003
When the sixth-grade dance ended at 8 p.m. on Halloween night all the kids rushed out of the gym and hopped into a car. Not Christy though; to get to her house all you had to do was run through the old cemetery. Christy wasn’t scared, she would run as fast as she could and get home in no time.
Mummies
Scary story contest entry
October 28, 2003
Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, I was horrified that the bodies were unconfined in their caskets arson from the dead. It was like an army of hideous ragged creatures, humming in concert. In unison they started to drift toward me, in a mummified manner.
Ella M. Souders
October 28, 2003
Wrong solution
City commissioners should look again at policies on traffic-calming circles and roundabouts.
October 28, 2003
Tucked away in the consent agenda for tonight’s Lawrence City Commission meeting are two items related to the continued march of “traffic-calming devices” across the city.
Colo. perspective
October 28, 2003
Students create brown-bag costumes
October 28, 2003
The assignment: create a wearable piece from brown paper bags. Publix or Winn-Dixie would do. The tools: an adhesive — Elmer’s Glue and/or an acrylic paint medium. And make sure none of the sticky stuff shows.
Kooky is in style for Halloween
October 28, 2003
Want a peek at the nation’s psyche? Open your door on Halloween. You’ll see adults dolled up as Chicago flappers, toting rhinestone-studded machine guns. You’ll hear an “Argh!” Pirates are hot. Miniature Batmen, Spider-Men and Disney Princesses will peer up and chime, “Trick or treat?”
Diversions
October 28, 2003
¢ Join the J-W teen board ¢ Review: You’ll enjoy ‘The Wolves in the Walls’ ¢ ‘Mommy doll’ aims to make absence fonder ¢ Broken arms become more common for kids
A Dark Figure
Scary story contest entry
October 28, 2003
Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, I thought I saw a dark figure scurry across the path I was walking on. I thought it was hiding behind an old, chipped gravestone covered with moss a few yards away. I heard some weird clicking noises in that direction, so I walked on thinking it was a squirrel or something.
Veterans arrange to bring Vietnam memorial to Ottawa
October 28, 2003
Tribute will be paid to Americans who died in the Vietnam War when a replica of the Memorial Wall is displayed later this week in Ottawa.
In the halls
October 28, 2003
What are you going to be for Halloween?
Chiefs not worried about winning streak
Kansas City to enjoy week off after 8-0 start
October 28, 2003
The Kansas City Chiefs have only two opponents left on the schedule with winning records. Could this eight-game unbeaten streak carry all the way through the regular season? Maybe. But the mere mention of the possibility is almost enough to get someone kicked out of an otherwise upbeat locker room.
Shortcut results in haunting trip for teen
Scary story contest winner: High school division
October 28, 2003
Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, I felt the cold wind blow, sending goosebumps down my spine. I heard tree branches creek like an ancient door being pulled open, making me wish that I couldn’t hear. I saw dark, eerie shadows in the bright glow from the full moon, and I hoped it was just my hyperactive imagination.
U.S. must set health priorities
October 28, 2003
Americans are very competitive, always have been. We are obsessed with winning, being number one, coming out on top. And in many ways, we are number one.
Farmers eye cotton profit potential
Kansas harvest under way
October 28, 2003
Despite a wet start to the season, most Kansas cotton fields fared well this year in the heat and drought that decimated the state’s more traditional row crops.
Briefly
October 28, 2003
¢ Schiavo’s husband says money motivating in-laws ¢ Kansans meet resistance during anti-gay protest ¢ New York Times names ombudsman after Blair fiasco
Sales tax vote sought
Lawrence board wants countywide referendum
October 28, 2003
Undaunted by skepticism about chances of voters approving a sales tax for education, the Lawrence school board Monday agreed to help seek a half-cent increase to benefit public schools serving all Douglas County students. The decision came after a two-hour study session that brought together three dozen people with either a political or economic stake in the issue.
Correction
October 28, 2003
A story about the mystery of Jesse James that appeared in Friday’s Scene section had an incorrect byline. It was written by Kadi Kerr.
Dozens die in Iraq explosions
October 28, 2003
Striking in rapid succession, suicide car bombers bent on death for “collaborators” devastated the Red Cross headquarters and three police stations Monday, killing about three dozen people and wounding more than 200 in the bloodiest day in Baghdad since the start of the U.S. occupation.
Stubblefield subpoenaed in drug case
K.C.’s Morton also among players called to testify before grand jury
October 28, 2003
Two Oakland players confirmed Monday they were among several Raiders subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury investigating a lab that supplies elite athletes with nutritional supplements.
The Dream
Scary story contest entry
October 28, 2003
Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, my friend tried to scare me with a stupid costume. It didn’t work. I just kept walking and so he caught up to me to say he was sorry. We were walking home together when all of a sudden something grabbed us! We screamed and kicked and tried to get away but nothing worked.
Daily ticker
October 28, 2003
Out after curfew
Scary story contest entry
October 28, 2003
Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after the school dance was not my usual route home. I was thinking of the fun I had at the dance. My date, Andrew, had offered me a ride to my house, but I rejected the offer just to be polite. It wasn’t a far walk to my house, and anyway, it wasn’t too late.
The dance partner
Scary story contest entry
October 28, 2003
Cutting through the graveyard on the way home fro the school dance, my friends Maggie and Leah were talking to me. Maggie, who was boy crazy, was telling us about a boy she was dancing with.
Analysis: Universities want state to deliver on promise
October 28, 2003
In recent years, Ed Hammond of Fort Hays State University has exuded confidence, almost a Pollyanna figure among his fellow university presidents, an apostle of adding students to solve his institution’s budget difficulties.
Arrest disrupts Russia’s stock market
October 28, 2003
Shares in Russia’s largest oil firm plunged and dragged the Moscow stock market down with them Monday, the first trading day after the weekend arrest and jailing of the chairman of Russia’s biggest oil producer.
Seabury soccer triumphs
October 28, 2003
Seabury Academy picked a good time to win its first soccer match of the season.
Scary story contest entries
October 28, 2003
See more entries from this year’s Lawrence Journal-World Halloween story-writing contest.
Haunted Kansas” author keeps legends alive in sequel
October 28, 2003
A strange phenomenon is haunting towns across the state of Kansas. The phenomenon is not a ghost, a creature or demon. It is legend. Lisa Hefner Heitz, Topeka-based author of “Haunted Kansas: Ghost Stories and Other Eerie Tales” and KU graduate, is keeping the legends, but not the ghosts, alive.
Dale Edsel Gibson
October 28, 2003
A confession
Scary story contest entry
October 28, 2003
About fifteen years ago, right about 8 o’clock at night that set the town of Lawrence on fire. A prized citizen of 15th and Iowa was murdered in a brutal fashion. His name was Charles McKenzie, originally from Kansas City, Missouri.
Iraqis await legitimate political process
October 28, 2003
This provincial capital 200 miles southwest of Baghdad is the quietest region in Iraq. There has yet to be an attack on coalition forces here. It is worth examining why.
People
October 28, 2003
¢ Anderson ruffles KFC’s feathers ¢ Overexposed ¢ Shop Jimmy Dean ¢ Teaming up with Tommy
Turnpike design ruled out as factor in flooding deaths
Extraordinary weather event’ caused deaths, report concludes
October 28, 2003
A review team concluded Monday that the deaths of six people in a Labor Day weekend flash flood south of Emporia were caused by a “truly extraordinary weather event” and not by any design deficiencies of the Kansas Turnpike.
Escaping steely claws
Scary story contest winner: Junior high school division
October 28, 2003
Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, I got more and more uneasy with every step. My eyes darted back and forth across the ground, wondering what could be beyond the shadows that lay in wait behind the tombstones.
Fla. case puts focus on living wills
Lawrence attorneys field increased calls about controlling end-of-life decisions
October 28, 2003
The life-or-death argument involving Terry Schiavo in Florida is creating a wave of reaction that reaches all the way to Lawrence as people contact attorneys and other legal experts to find out how to gain control over end-of-life decisions.
Self closing basketball practices to public
Detailed Internet reports posted by fans lead to quick termination of first-year coach’s goodwill gesture
October 28, 2003
Kansas University’s men’s basketball practices will be closed to the public this season. First-year Jayhawk coach Bill Self made that decision Monday after discovering details of last Friday’s practice posted on Internet message boards by some of the 100 fans who attended the team’s 2 1/2-hour workout at Allen Fieldhouse.
Dolphins dominate Chargers
Griese leads Miami to 26-10 victory in rare start
October 28, 2003
With its home stadium being used as an evacuation center and the nearby hills in flames, San Diego moved its long-awaited Monday night game 365 miles to the east — and fell flat.
6News video: Creative pumpkins sought
October 28, 2003
Entries are needed in the second annual Great Pumpkin Carving Contest.
Beware: Wild winter forthcoming
After seven wild games in ALCS, Red Sox and Yankees prepare to butt heads in offseason, too
October 28, 2003
Think baseball’s video of the just-ended World Series promises chills and spills? Just wait. Now that the games are out of the way, the important people in New York and Boston have already returned to the real business of baseball — meddling. Though this offseason is only two days’ old, it’s already promising to be one of baseball’s zaniest ever.
Florida State moves up to third in BCS standings
October 28, 2003
Florida State moved to the top of the one-loss crowd. The Seminoles were third in the Bowl Championship Series standings released Monday, trailing only undefeated Oklahoma and Miami in the race to play for the national title.
Lawrence briefs
October 28, 2003
¢ High school student reports armed robbery ¢ Power outage strikes in North Lawrence ¢ Downtown crosswalks undergoing repairs ¢ Food Network to film at Lawrence eateries
Briefly
October 28, 2003
¢ State fires workers in starving children case ¢ Opposition dropped to Leavitt as EPA chief ¢ NIH questions grants on sex, AIDS research
Lawrence touts Civil War ties for heritage area designation
October 28, 2003
Congress may receive a proposal early next year to create a Lawrence-centered National Heritage Area featuring the region’s “Bleeding Kansas” history, officials said Monday. “I would very much like to get this in the hopper in early 2004,” said Judge Deanell Tacha, leader of a committee organizing efforts to create the heritage area.
Briefly
October 28, 2003
¢ School cooks, janitor win Powerball ¢ China deports American serving jail time ¢ Study: Taking aspirin often could pose risks ¢ Cousin: Sniper suspect behaved oddly
Ryan Wood’s Weekly Football Report
October 28, 2003
NBA preseason capsules
October 28, 2003
The Story of the Graveyard Devil
Scary story contest entry
October 28, 2003
Cutting through the graveyard, on the way home after a school dance, with my friends. We were on the way to a sleep over at Sarah’s house. I had brought one beer for everyone. It was only one beer so I know no one was drunk. After we had goofed off a little bit we started to walk.
Horoscopes
October 28, 2003
Lions, Firebirds face must-win
Class 6A regionals next for slumping squads
October 28, 2003
For two slumping programs, today could be the start of redemption. The Lawrence High and Free State boys soccer teams each hit the road to begin Class 6A regional action today. The Firebirds travel to Emporia to play the Spartans at 5 p.m., while the Lions will play at 6 p.m. at Washburn Rural.
Dear Sylvia
Scary story contest entry
October 28, 2003
Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, I was still singing song that I had heard at the dance when I came upon an empty grave. I was always cutting through the graveyard so this wouldn’t have bothered me, but something peculiar caught my eye.
The Thing
Scary story contest entry
October 28, 2003
Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after the school dance, I noted, with a shiver a thick mist rising from the ground and a stagnant breeze pressing down on me, causing my skin to crawl. As I reached the bottom of the hill rising from the edge of the cemetery, I heard the snap of a rope. I could hear it twist and moan against a branch of a tree as if something heavy were swaying, like a pendulum, from it.
60 years
Scary story contest entry
October 28, 2003
Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, a girl named Elena tripped over a headstone. It said R.I.P. Julia Smith.
A rubber stamp?
October 28, 2003
Merger to create banking giant
Bank of America to buy FleetBoston Financial for about $43 billion
October 28, 2003
Bank of America Corp. announced an agreement Monday to buy FleetBoston Financial Corp., a deal initially valued at $47 billion that would swallow up the last of the big Boston banks that made the city a financial center.
Drought causes estimated $275 million in crop damage
Sebelius seeks federal assistance for 73 counties
October 28, 2003
Crop losses to drought this summer are estimated to reach $275 million, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Monday in a bid for a federal drought designation for Kansas farmers.
Commodities
October 28, 2003
Briefcase
October 28, 2003
¢ Tobacco giants to merge ¢ Mary Kay executives sued for looting millions ¢ Existing home sales reach monthly record ¢ Anthem to purchase rival
Fisherman’s spooky return
Scary story contest winners: Elementary school division
October 28, 2003
Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, I got hopelessly lost in the three miles of creepy headstones. I started to think about crawling about on my knees, trying to find my footprints in the humid ground when I heard a quiet sloshing, squelching sound.
A trip in the graveyard
Scary story contest entry
October 28, 2003
Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, Alex McKee apprehensively hustled down the rows of stones. He walked quickly, for he was frigid and very frightened. No one had danced with him and he wanted to get home as soon as possible to turn the evening’s events over in his mind. Alex stopped, panting with his hands on his knees. He had to rest.
Black cats are bad luck
Scary story contest entry
October 28, 2003
Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, I heard a strange noise coming from one of the gravestones. I started walking suspiciously toward the cracked piece of stone and stood there hunched over with my ear toward the gravestone.
Zombie attack
Scary story contest entry
October 28, 2003
Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, I thought I felt something grab my leg. Suddenly another hand poked out. Then a leg and another!
Silver eyes
Scary story contest entry
October 28, 2003
Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after the school dance is very scary at midnight! I was walking home one night; I had an eerie feeling that something bad was going to happen. I thought that the fog was a little strange. It was freaky because it was 2 feet from the ground.
Circus officials offer tips to prepare decorative clown face
October 28, 2003
Clown costumes are a favorite of little trick-or-treaters, and circus clowns are among the coolest. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus offers this “recipe” to create a clown face at home using only a handful of ingredients, including white, red and black theatrical grease paint, eyeliner, powder, a cosmetic brush, and a headband or shower cap.
Strange creatures
Scary story contest entry
October 28, 2003
Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance in Nashville, Tenn., it was after 10 p.m., and Jake Peeler, a high school student, was heading home after a dance. Jake just moved here a couple of months ago, so he had never been in this graveyard before; also, he has a family of five, a mother, a father and a brother and sister.
The old lady
Scary story contest entry
October 28, 2003
Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, I saw something move in front of me. It looked like a person. I turned and ran. I heard, “Jessie, wait it’s just me! I looked back and saw Jason; the boy I hoped would ask me to dance earlier. “Why did you leave? I wanted to dance with you,” he said.
New enemy could require new tactics for U.S. in Iraq
Foreign elements thought to be behind deadly, coordinated attacks
October 28, 2003
Having focused its combat operations for months on a stubborn Baathist resistance, the U.S. military said Monday it could be up against a new and more elusive foreign adversary after a wave of suicide car bombings rocked Baghdad.
Couple pledge $6.5M more to KU
October 28, 2003
A former oil company executive and his wife have pledged $6.5 million to the Kansas University school of engineering, the KU Endowment Association announced Monday.
District considers high-tech training
Task force to study ideas for vocational education
October 28, 2003
The Lawrence school board Monday enthusiastically endorsed creation of a task force that would study alternatives for starting a high-tech vocational training center. Committee members would determine how best to establish a center that met local demand for workers with advanced technical skills.
On the record
October 28, 2003
Suspect in burglaries, assaults sees two charges dismissed
Police stakeout led to defendant’s arrest in May 2002
October 28, 2003
A Lawrence man was ordered to stand trial for sexual assault and burglary for incidents reported in May 2002, but a Douglas County District Court judge on Monday dismissed two other charges against the suspect.
Timberlake tops at Radio Music Awards
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers presented Legend Award
October 28, 2003
Justin Timberlake bagged the Artist of the Year/Top 40 Radio Award at the 2003 Radio Music Awards. “I thought I was just coming here to present an award,” he said. “I get to take one home.”
Sharon says Israel has no plans to kill Yasser Arafat
October 28, 2003
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said for the first time Monday that Israel had no plans to kill Yasser Arafat, even as he accused the Palestinian leader of continuing to orchestrate attacks on civilians.
Space capsule lands safely
American aboard Russia’s Soyuz craft
October 28, 2003
A Soyuz space capsule carrying an American, a Russian and a Spaniard from the international space station landed safely early today in the wide open steppes of Kazakhstan, Russian Mission Control said.
Archaeologists hired to dig up past at bridge site
October 28, 2003
Archaeologists are searching for signs of the more distant past in the clumps of soil taken from an area that is destined to be the site of a new bridge.
Climate expert slated to speak
KU geology department sponsors professor’s talk
October 28, 2003
About 2.8 million years ago, the climate in Africa started getting drier. About the same time — geologically speaking — humankind’s first ancestors appeared on the continent and started developing stone tools.
Alfred H. Tebben III
October 28, 2003
Cecil E. Berry
October 28, 2003
Mercedes Maria Sofia Eskitch
October 28, 2003
Harlow D. Walker
October 28, 2003
Kenneth E. Visser
October 28, 2003
Cell phone rules to take effect later in Lawrence
October 28, 2003
When new rules take effect next month allowing cell phone users to keep their number when switching carriers, many Kansas residents will have to wait to take advantage of the change.
Campaign takes on paint job for mining monument
October 28, 2003
An unusual southeast Kansas tourist attraction is in need of a fresh coat of paint.
County shaves purchase costs through co-op
October 28, 2003
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department is saving nearly $1,500 on each of seven new vehicles by tapping into a regional bid cooperative.
Perry brings main water tank back online
October 28, 2003
A portable water tank “served its purpose” when it was used in relief to supply the city’s water last summer while the main city tank was down for maintenance.
Twenty nations meet on world’s economy
U.S. drums up aid for postwar Iraq
October 28, 2003
Finance officials from 20 rich and poor nations were wrapping up a two-day meeting Monday aimed at rejuvenating the global economy, avoiding financial disasters and halting funding for terrorists.
Bryant to skip Lakers’ opener
October 28, 2003
Kobe Bryant said he probably would miss the Los Angeles Lakers’ season opener tonight against Dallas, and again lashed out at Shaquille O’Neal.
QB left his mark
Whittemore made most of limited opportunity
October 28, 2003
Bill Whittemore’s role in Kansas University’s offense is uncertain. His place in KU’s record book is not. The senior quarterback would rank as one of the most prolific offensive weapons in KU history even if he misses the rest of the regular season, which he probably will. The transfer from Fort Scott Community College has played only 17 football games in a KU uniform, and that number seems unlikely to increase after he suffered an injury to his right shoulder during Saturday’s 42-6 loss at Kansas State.
Woodling: KU fans deserve details
Quarterback’s injury remains mystery
October 28, 2003
Wayne Simien suffered a shoulder injury. I know it, you know it and the people of Kansas know it. We probably know more about Simien’s shoulder injury than we know about the pledge of allegiance. We know Simien, a Kansas University basketball player, dislocated his right shoulder in a game against Missouri-Kansas City just after the turn of the year. We know about Simien’s aborted comeback, the options he faced, his eventual surgery and his rehab.
Red Sox to Little: So long
Manager won’t be invited back for 2004 campaign
October 28, 2003
The Boston Red Sox insist that Grady Little’s disastrous decision to stick with Pedro Martinez in the seventh game of the AL championship series isn’t the only reason they let him go.
City standings
October 28, 2003
KU soccer earns national ranking
October 28, 2003
Kansas University’s surging soccer team has received its first-ever national ranking from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Bulls’ Hinrich out because of infection
October 28, 2003
Chicago first-round pick Kirk Hinrich will start the season on the injured list because of a viral infection that has sidelined him for more than a week.
6News video: Lawrence teen gets star treatment
October 28, 2003
A Lawrence teenager whose mom is serving Iraq spent a day in the company of Sharon Osbourne after her story caught the eye of a producer of “The Sharon Osbourne Show.” Kristen Keckler was treated to many luxuries by Osbourne, but the highlight was a videotaped message from Keckler’s mother.
6News video: Sales tax advocates face difficulties
October 28, 2003
Officials at Monday night’s meeting called a county sales tax to fund schools near-impossible to pass the state Legislature, but left the door slightly open for a city sales tax.
Nebraska farmer gets OK to shoot mountain lions
October 28, 2003
A farmer who lost a filly and a calf in suspected mountain lion attacks in the past week has won permission to shoot the protected animal.
Family honored
October 28, 2003
Collision raises liability issue
October 28, 2003
The effect that a New York Giants football game had on Antonia Verni’s life on Oct. 24 four years ago could hardly be more heart-wrenching.
Stoops: Cowboys don’t respect Sooners
October 28, 2003
Even the top-ranked team in college football can sometimes feel it doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said so Monday.
Harvey Hahn
October 28, 2003
Nancy Viola Rains
October 28, 2003
City briefs
October 28, 2003
¢ Viral meningitis cases diagnosed at school ¢ Lawrence resident injured on Iowa highway ¢ School break-ins reported ¢ Blood centers report below-normal supply
Traditional costumes lose popularity
Trendy trick-or-treaters taking up werewolf, movie-themed outfits
October 28, 2003
The chances a ghoul, goblin or ghost will ring your doorbell this Halloween aren’t as good as in years past. This year, trick-or-treaters are moving away from traditional scary costumes and focusing on creatures from “The Lord of the Rings” and characters from “The Matrix,” Lawrence costume and game shop owners said.