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KU graduate student injured in Iraq
October 29, 2003
(Updated Wednesday at 5:10 p.m.) Kansas University officials expressed their concern Wednesday afternoon about the critical injuries suffered Oct. 23 in Iraq by reservist Chuck Bartles, a KU graduate student.
Cost of city’s legal fight with Wal-Mart surpasses $35,000
October 29, 2003
(Updated Wednesday at 3:49 p.m.) The city has spent more than $35,000 in legal fees in its attempt to prevent Wal-Mart from building at Sixth and Wakarusa, City Hall disclosed Wednesday.
KU researchers to participate in $8.5 million study on child neglect
October 29, 2003
(Web Posted Wednesday at 10:40 a.m.) Kansas University researchers have been selected to participate in an $8.5 million project designed to prevent child neglect.
U.S., Iran plan to resume talks
October 29, 2003
Six months after halting talks with Iran, the Bush administration said Tuesday it was prepared to resume discreet discussions with the Islamic republic about Iraq, Afghanistan and other issues.
Opposition party leader may face vote on ouster
October 29, 2003
The future of Britain’s embattled opposition leader was in doubt Tuesday after Conservative Party rebels cleared the way for a vote of confidence that could lead to the removal of Iain Duncan Smith.
Daily ticker
October 29, 2003
Hospital wins Kansas Excellence Award
October 29, 2003
Lawrence Memorial Hospital is one of four businesses in the state to win a 2003 Kansas Excellence Award.
TV makers lose battle over tuner requirement
October 29, 2003
A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a government rule requiring all but the smallest new televisions to have tuners that can receive digital TV signals by July 2007.
Briefcase
October 29, 2003
¢ Big-ticket items increase ¢ Farmland sale receives federal judge’s approval ¢ Verizon profits drop
Spooktacular ideas for Halloween treats, fun
October 29, 2003
The pumpkins have been carved into Halloween jack-o’-lanterns, perhaps more than you need. One or two to stand on the porch, another to light up with a candle set inside. Then?
Pasta recipes
October 29, 2003
These recipes are from “Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen” by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich.
Author offers suggestions for satisfying, solo suppers
October 29, 2003
Eating alone at home can be lonely, lazy or indulgent — or so absent-minded that the meal is forgotten as soon as swallowed.
Freaky fun for Halloween
October 29, 2003
Ghost-shaped bread rolls would go tastily with a holiday meal, to dip into hot soup or a warming bowl of chili.
Short & sweet
October 29, 2003
¢ J-W seeks readers’ Thanksgiving recipes ¢ Web site offers lessons for young, budding chefs
Costly delays
Major construction that tears up city streets and impedes traffic for extended periods can be inconvenient for homeowners and costly for businesses along the route.
October 29, 2003
One has to wonder whether some of the recent Lawrence street improvement projects might have been completed more quickly if a city official owned a business or home along the affected route.
Spending binge
October 29, 2003
First ‘Looney Tunes’ DVD out
Fans ask Warner Bros.: Where’s that singing frog?
October 29, 2003
What’s the rush, doc? That was Warner Bros. response to the backlash from some “Looney Tunes” fans who complain that a handful of their favorite cartoons are missing from the collection of 56 shorts released Tuesday.
Norm MacDonald tries hand at new sitcom
October 29, 2003
If it’s Wednesday, it must be Wisconsin. “That ‘70s Show” takes place in the Badger State, and so does the new sitcom “A Minute with Stan Hooper” (7:30 p.m., Fox). Norm Macdonald, whose only claim to fame was his stint on “Saturday Night Live” as a “Weekend Update” anchor, returns to form as network news personality Stan Hooper, who decides to forsake New York for small-town America.
Prince, Diana’s butler plan talk
Royal family upset with tell-all book
October 29, 2003
Prince William will meet his mother’s former butler, Paul Burrell, to discuss the royal family’s anger about revelations Burrell’s new book makes about Princess Diana and her in-laws, William’s office said Tuesday.
Wildfires destroy nearly 1,600 homes
This is a total disaster,’ California’s governor says
October 29, 2003
Tens of thousands of people fled mountain communities in San Diego and San Bernardino counties Tuesday and caused a traffic jam on a narrow mountain highway as frantic residents raced to avoid California’s deadliest wildfires in more than a decade.
On the record
October 29, 2003
County to explore enhanced 911
October 29, 2003
Douglas County should consider turning to a Kansas City-area cooperative for help enhancing dispatch services for users of wireless phones, a committee has decided.
Campaign efforts differ in Iowa
Dean uses Internet; Gephardt traditional
October 29, 2003
One presidential hopeful relies on the Internet to attract crowds and get followers to practices for the Iowa caucuses. The other prefers the traditional approach, letting rank-and-file labor spread the word from one union hall to the next.
CIA contractors killed in Afghanistan while tracking terrorists
October 29, 2003
Two contractors working for the CIA were killed in an ambush in Afghanistan, the agency said Tuesday.
Souders services
October 29, 2003
Hahn services
October 29, 2003
Marvin Herman Kahle
October 29, 2003
Sharon Ann Gross
October 29, 2003
District works out system’s kinks
Schools’ computer woes appear fixed
October 29, 2003
Users of 3,000 computers in the Lawrence school district are getting a reprieve from crashes that have plagued the network since August, officials said Tuesday.
Prioritized funds for Iraq worries U.N. AIDS official
October 29, 2003
Donors were generous last week in pledging billions to rebuild Iraq — disproportionately generous compared with their donations to fight poverty and AIDS in the world’s poorest countries, development and AIDS officials said.
Langford still rehabbing right knee after surgery
October 29, 2003
Keith Langford practiced hard for close to three hours Monday afternoon. Tuesday, Kansas University’s junior guard spent most of a two-hour practice receiving cold compression treatment on the sidelines.
Herzog interested in Red Sox opening
Former Royals manager intrigued by job
October 29, 2003
If Jack McKeon could do it, why not Whitey Herzog?
Leskanic happy with Royals
October 29, 2003
Relief pitcher Curtis Leskanic, who came to the Kansas City Royals in a midseason trade, says he hopes to remain with the team next year.
Duquette becomes Mets GM
October 29, 2003
Jim Duquette formally was installed Tuesday as general manager of the New York Mets and said his first task was to surround himself with a pair of experienced talent evaluators.
Program hurting ag-reliant businesses
October 29, 2003
A popular government farm program designed to take sensitive land out of production also could be putting some people out of business if the economy doesn’t turn around soon.
Rains services
October 29, 2003
Commodities
October 29, 2003
6News video: Two cases of viral meningitis confirmed
October 29, 2003
With two students at Kennedy Elementary School confirmed to have viral meningitis, officials are reminding parents of symptoms of the disease and precautions they can take to prevent its spread.
6News video: Wal-Mart developer asks city to end battle
October 29, 2003
Growing expenses in the fight over the corner of Sixth and Wakarusa streets — including street improvement costs — are called “an enormous black hole for the taxpayers of Lawrence” by developer Bill Newsome.
6News video: Food Network gets a taste of Lawrence
October 29, 2003
Food Network’s “The Best Of” came to town Tuesday to film segments on Wheatfields Bakery and the Hereford House that will air four to six months from now.
6Sports video: Smith racks up another conference honor
October 29, 2003
Kansas University sophomore Caroline Smith has been named Big 12 Conference offensive player of the week for the third time this season.
Big 12 honors KU’s Smith
October 29, 2003
Kansas University sophomore Caroline Smith has been named Big 12 Conference offensive player of the week for the third time this season.
6Sports video: Washington touts Aqua’s experience
October 29, 2003
Marian Washington is counting on the dynamic play of Aquanita Burras to lead the Jayhawks this year.
6Sports video: Correa listed as doubtful for KSU match
October 29, 2003
Janaina Correa has missed five matches for the Jayhawks following a warm-up injury, and it looks as if the Kansas State match will be the sixth.
6Sports video: Concentration key for ‘Hawk victory
October 29, 2003
Kansas is working on closing in for the kill after dropping to Big 12 opponents by one or two crucial points.
Downtown merchants sponsor trick or treating Friday night
October 29, 2003
Don’t be surprised if you see hordes of ghouls, witches, elves and werewolves prowling through Lawrence’s downtown early Friday evening. Downtown Lawrence Inc. is sponsoring a trick or treat night from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday through the downtown.
Keeping Halloween safe more difficult
October 29, 2003
Keeping Halloween safe for children has become more difficult over the years, according to a consumer product advocate. “Trick-or-treat is a cherished tradition; yet, in recent years a few people have taken some of the innocence out of it by poisoning and putting needles and other objects in the candy,” said Nancy Harvey Steorts, former chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Attacks persist throughout Iraq
October 29, 2003
A car bomb exploded Tuesday near a police station on a major street in the tense city of Fallujah, killing at least four people, police said. The attack came a day after a series of suicide bombings in Baghdad left about three dozen dead.
U.S. troops’ families grow angry
October 29, 2003
They are angry and disillusioned, frustrated and full of doubt. This war is not going the way they hoped it would.
WSU tapped first in league
Turgeon’s team tops in Valley media poll
October 29, 2003
After 21 years, it may be Wichita State’s time to be back on top. The Shockers were picked to win the Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball championship for the first time since 1982-83 Tuesday in balloting by league media and sports information directors. Mark Turgeon is seeking to become the first coach in school history to improve in victories for four straight seasons and has four starters back.
Mangino: Whittemore healing expeditiously
October 29, 2003
Iowa State football coaches should keep their game film of Bill Whittemore. Kansas University coach Mark Mangino — who had said it would “be a real stretch” for his injured quarterback to be ready for the Nov. 22 season finale against ISU — was more optimistic Tuesday about his senior captain’s chances of facing the Cyclones.
City faces lawsuit for fired officer’s illegal search
Former drug suspect seeks $75,000 in damages
October 29, 2003
A lawyer for a Lawrence man whose home was illegally searched by police two years ago has notified city officials his client intends to file a lawsuit seeking $75,000 in damages.
Bush failure?
October 29, 2003
Fraternity members share supernatural tales
Legendary ghost story lives on in former governor’s mansion
October 29, 2003
Some just don’t want to talk about her. Others mention her in hushed tones, not wanting to seem foolish. And some, like Mike Folkmann, are matter-of-fact about Virginia, the ghost of Sigma Nu. The Kansas University sophomore and some of his friends have had a few unexplained experiences — flickering lights, slamming doors and troubled dreams — that make them think there’s something to the ghost story.
Science guides FDA decision
October 29, 2003
A decade ago, the Food and Drug Administration issued a ban on silicone breast implants. Last week, after two days of public testimony, a special advisory panel of the FDA voted to lift the ban and restore silicone implants to the market. The FDA is expected to endorse the panel’s decision. What happened?
Jeff’s summit
KU senior has come a long way: from high school second fiddle to NCAA Final Four standout
October 29, 2003
There’s a mom-and-pop sporting goods store just off Third Street in the ancient downtown district of Lee’s Summit. It’s a throwback business, owned by Craig and Jackie Soltys, complete with a homey atmosphere and an old cat that roams around and sleeps by the front door. It’s the popular choice for local kids who, among other things, wish to purchase their high school letter jackets. One of its most popular past customers, Kansas University men’s basketball forward Jeff Graves, had a claim to fame at Summit Sports long before finding notability as a key contributor to KU’s Final Four run last spring.
Bryant fined for comments about Shaq
Lakers meet for 20 minutes to discuss controversy, then coast past Dallas in opener
October 29, 2003
Just a few hours before the start of the regular season Tuesday, all was not well in Lakerland. Coach Phil Jackson fined Kobe Bryant an undisclosed amount for his highly critical comments of teammate Shaquille O’Neal, and the team met for 20 minutes to discuss a rift between two superstars that has escalated into a full-blown feud.
Beyond Trick-or-Treat: Four Halloween Alternatives for Older Kids
October 29, 2003
As enticing as a harvest of Halloween candy can be, some kids may feel too old to trick-or-treat. Instead of missing out on the fun, try some alternative activities with your kids.
Sony to cut 20,000 jobs
Firm plans to integrate businesses to improve profits
October 29, 2003
Sony Corp. is slashing 20,000 jobs, or about 13 percent of its global work force, in the next three years to cut costs as part of a turnaround strategy aimed at reviving the huge electronics and entertainment company’s lagging profits.
Marlins celebrate, look ahead
Florida fans gather to honor World Series champions with party, parade
October 29, 2003
The loudest cheers from the tens of thousands of Marlins fans lined up to celebrate their World Series championship came when team owner Jeffrey Loria made a simple promise: The team won’t be broken up.
U.S. official urges China to comply with trade laws
October 29, 2003
U.S. Commerce Secretary Don Evans said he warned China’s premier Tuesday that Washington would “vigorously enforce” its trade laws if Beijing failed to move faster on meeting commitments to open its markets.
Head Start flap in K.C. prompts Senate review
Education committee to consider pay cap for program’s employees
October 29, 2003
Midwestern senators hope to prevent major changes to Head Start amid controversy over excessive pay for directors of local agencies running the preschool program.
Communications trouble expected from solar blast
October 29, 2003
Scientists again warned that communications on Earth could be disrupted this week by another spectacular eruption on the surface of the Sun and that it might even hamper firefighting efforts in California.
Stormont, LMH centers to close
Doctors plan to relocate in Lawrence
October 29, 2003
A Topeka-based hospital has decided to stop trying to lure patients away from Lawrence Memorial Hospital through a medical clinic in western Lawrence. But in the coming months, LMH will close its Lawrence Family Care clinic and lose its five doctors, who will go into business on their own.
Briefly
October 29, 2003
¢ Defendant in murder trial to undergo evaluation ¢ City collects fines in amnesty program
Drivers warned to watch for deer
October 29, 2003
Even when it looks like all the deer have crossed the street, Robb McCleskey knows another might be lurking along the roadside.
Maranatha drills Seabury soccer
October 29, 2003
Seabury Academy’s soccer season came to a crashing halt Tuesday with a 13-0 first-round regional loss against Maranatha Academy. The Seahawks finished the season 1-9-0. Seabury’s lone senior this season was Andy Park.
Longhorns seek identity
Texas coach Brown still trying to figure out personality of team
October 29, 2003
Meet Mack Brown, Texas football coach and team psychologist. It’s two months into the season and Brown says he’s still searching for the personality of the 2003 Longhorns, a team that began the season ranked in the top five but stumbled badly after getting bloodied by Arkansas and Oklahoma.
6Sports video: Whittemore not out of it yet
October 29, 2003
Coach Mark Mangino says Bill Whittemore’s injury is improving enough that there’s a possibilty the quarterback may be back to the practice field by the end of the week.
Witnesses recall 16 hours of terror
Sniper suspect’s defense objects to 911 tapes as evidence
October 29, 2003
An explosion rang out and a woman on a bench slumped over, blood pouring from her head, a witness testified Tuesday in the trial of sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad. And an officer testified that a horrified colleague informed her the shooting was “the third one this morning.”
Briefly
October 29, 2003
¢ Former fighters free journalists, hostages ¢ Arafat asks PM to remain as leader
Briefly
October 29, 2003
¢ Tyco trial jurors see video of $2M party ¢ Headmaster arrested in Internet porn probe
Briefly
October 29, 2003
¢ Columbia astronauts honored with memorial ¢ Utah Gov. Leavitt confirmed as EPA chief
Web site celebrates joy of growing beard
October 29, 2003
A bearded Jerry Jackson and his wife were tickled by some of the hairy faces they observed at a North Carolina folk festival last year.
Westlake services
October 29, 2003
Light therapy helps ease depression
October 29, 2003
Every fall when the clocks were set back and the hours of daylight became shorter, Beth Ankerholz didn’t feel like herself.
Fed leaves interest rate intact
Analysts expect policy-makers to keep steady course into 2004
October 29, 2003
The Federal Reserve kept a main short-term interest rate at a 45-year low Tuesday, an effort to keep the economic resurgence moving forward.
About 60% of adoption agencies accept gay applicants
Survey finds attitudes more open to homosexual parents
October 29, 2003
About 60 percent of the nation’s adoption agencies now accept applications from gays and lesbians, though resistance remains strong among many church-affiliated agencies, a new survey by a leading adoption institute said.
Air-powered cannon chucks pumpkins
October 29, 2003
Pumpkins are good for plenty of things: Baking, carving or decorating. They’re also great for throwing, as in catapulting from whatever contraption might be devised for just that task.
Officials put off negotiations for family services contracts
October 29, 2003
Welfare officials have delayed contract negotiations with the state’s foster care, adoption and family preservation contractors.
Free State falls flat as Emporia rallies
Firebirds collapse late; Spartans prevail, 2-1, in OT
October 29, 2003
Free State High’s Joel Angelone had to think his goal with 1:22 remaining in Tuesday’s regional soccer game against Emporia had secured the Firebirds a victory. “I really thought we’d won,” said Angelone, a senior forward. So, too, did Free State coach Jason Pendleton/
Better times ahead for ACC hoops
League’s annual Operation Basketball becomes ‘All Roy all the time’ for media
October 29, 2003
Mike Krzyzewski barely could speak. Post-nasal drip, he explained, blaming the condition on his sizable schnoz. West Point grad that he is, Krzyzewski soldiered on, meeting with reporters at the ACC’s annual Operation Basketball. Curious thing was, the first three questions asked had nothing to do with Krzyzewski’s Duke team.
Griese impressive in debut
Dolphins QB bucking for permanent promotion
October 29, 2003
Brian Griese’s first pass went for a touchdown. His first six passes were complete. His only incomplete pass in the first half was dropped. With a fast start in his first start for the Miami Dolphins, Griese made it clear he wants to stay in the lineup.
Holiday sparks safety reminders for trick-or-treaters
Partygoers should use caution with food; costumes should properly fit children
October 29, 2003
I’m throwing a Halloween party for everyone in the neighborhood. How can I keep food safe to eat?
Pumpkins take plenty of water, patience to grow
October 29, 2003
One of the trickiest vegetables for home gardeners to grow consistently and in large quantity is the pumpkin. You wouldn’t know this from looking at the mountain of pumpkins piled in front of your local supermarket, but it’s true. Only masochists and martyrs plant pumpkins.
Lawrence cuisine in national spotlight
Food Network tapes two ‘Best Of’ segments in city
October 29, 2003
Whoever said there’s no place to eat in Lawrence forgot to tell the Food Network. A crew from the cable television network taped Tuesday at two restaurants — Wheatfields Bakery, 904 Vt., and Hereford House, 4931 W. Sixth St. — for segments that will be included in the Food Network’s “The Best Of” show.
Lawrence & state briefs
October 29, 2003
¢ Dead birds at bank apparently electrocuted ¢ Supreme Court OKs water settlement ¢&*&char114&*& Elected officials to meet with KU students ¢ Shell executive is first to speak in KU series
Statehouse project taps original limestone vein
October 29, 2003
Limestone lying beneath Geary County’s sod provided the first big blocks for the Statehouse, more than 135 years ago.
KU pumped for KSU rematch
October 29, 2003
Kansas University’s volleyball team was swept eight times last season. This year, the Jayhawks can point to five five-game setbacks, but they have fallen 3-0 only once.
McKeon to return to manage Marlins
October 29, 2003
Jack McKeon will return to manage the Florida Marlins next season, owner Jeffrey Loria announced Tuesday during the team’s World Series celebration.
6News video: KU Info settles in to new surroundings
October 29, 2003
Students needing an answer on just about anything have a new way to call on KU Info for help this semester as the information service now offers walk-in service at Anschutz Library.
Area briefs
October 29, 2003
¢ State council settles suit with whistleblower ¢ Signed KU basketballs taken during rural theft ¢ Drug investigation leads to plea in cocaine deal ¢ KU students compete for prestigious honors
Wal-Mart developer vows fight to the end
6Wak official urges city to end dispute, cites cost
October 29, 2003
An owner of the land where Wal-Mart wants to build a new store on Tuesday challenged the Lawrence City Commission to end the impasse on the issue — or else force taxpayers to shoulder a giant legal price tag.
A taste of Italy
Lidia Bastianich credits upbringing for success
October 29, 2003
There are few things better in life than sitting outdoors on a warm afternoon in late fall, dining on three kinds of freshly made pasta with Lidia Bastianich. Especially when Bastianich is doing the cooking.
Vision of institute’s future should guide director search
October 29, 2003
The departure of Richard Norton Smith from the Dole Institute later this year means that a search will be undertaken for a permanent successor. Smith did a remarkable job during his short tenure. He built a building for the Institute, organized a marvelous inaugural program last summer and initiated and oversaw visiting lectures that enriched both the university and the community. But now, as he moves on to Illinois and the Lincoln library, we must find someone to carry on the work.
Champion Spurs win opener
San Antonio rallies for 83-82 victory over Phoenix
October 29, 2003
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich insisted that after the championship rings were handed out, his players would wipe last season from their memories and think only of the games ahead.
Briefly
October 29, 2003
¢ Eleven of 13 trapped miners found alive in rescue ¢ Defendant gets 14 years in biological weapons case ¢ Police investigate death of teen prankster ¢ Millionaire recounts cutting up neighbor
Kansas lands $32 million in Microsoft settlement
October 29, 2003
Microsoft Corp. has agreed to settle class-action antitrust and unfair competition lawsuits brought by customers in five states and the District of Columbia for vouchers worth $200 million.
Iowa, New Hampshire help narrow fields
October 29, 2003
Anyone who covers politics for any substantial period comes to love the voters of Iowa and New Hampshire. The states that host the first delegate-selection caucuses and the first delegate-picking presidential primary are home to some of the nicest, most hospitable people in the world. They endure endless questioning by reporters and pollsters without complaint. They ply you with food and drink. And most important, they take their responsibilities as the nation’s screeners of White House talent very seriously, so they listen closely to the candidates and subject them to rigorous scrutiny.
Cola donations have subtle effects
October 29, 2003
Heyyyy there, kiddies! Denty the Tooth here to remind you to brush your teeth and drink your Coke! I’m kidding, of course. That’s not the motto of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Yet.
ABCs taking back seat to TV, new survey finds
October 29, 2003
Children who live in homes where the television is on most of the time may have more trouble learning to read than other children, a study says.
KPERS bailout worries abound
State may ask workers to ante up
October 29, 2003
State employees — including those at Kansas University — may have to pay more toward retirement to help dig their pension fund out of a deepening hole, a key lawmaker said Tuesday.
Tax abatement policy faces more revisions
October 29, 2003
The city’s tax abatement policy faces more revisions in the near future, but not before officials decide the future of a Lawrence manufacturer’s proposal.
LHS fighting mad after regional loss
Frustrated Lions scuffle with Rural after 3-0 defeat
October 29, 2003
It took 17 games of frustration for the Lawrence High boys soccer team to finally erupt. Following the Lions’ 3-0 regional loss Tuesday to Washburn Rural — one that ended Lawrence’s season at 1-13-3 — the Junior Blues and Lions were involved in a mild altercation when they were supposed to be shaking hands. The physical conflict didn’t get out of hand, but verbal jabs went back and forth for several minutes.
Singh winning, but only on the course
October 29, 2003
Vijay Singh has never had a better year on the golf course. Or a tougher time off it.
Task force targets elder abuse
October 29, 2003
Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline on Tuesday announced beefed-up enforcement of crimes against people who are elderly or disabled, who he said have become increasing targets of fraud and abuse. “We need to step up to protect the most vulnerable in our community,” Kline said at a senior center in Topeka.
People
October 29, 2003
¢ It’s a boy ¢ Singer reports missing jewels after Radio Music Awards ¢ ‘Price is Right’s‘ Rod Roddy dies ¢ Elvis richest dead celebrity
Briefly
October 29, 2003
¢ Peterson hearings to start today ¢ Box cutters found on US Airways flights ¢ Trade center death toll to be reduced ¢ Rapper’s clothing line tied to sweatshop
Horoscopes
October 29, 2003