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KU games should be shown on Full Court
November 5, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 9:29 p.m.) Here’s some good news for out-of-state Kansas University men’s basketball fans who have been concerned that the Jayhawks’ games not shown on national TV wouldn’t be available on ESPN’s Full Court package this year.
Gov. Sebelius to review public school efficiency
November 5, 2004
(Updated Friday at 5:07 p.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday announced a proposal to review the efficiency of public schools.
KU receives $3 million pledge for football facility
November 5, 2004
(Updated Friday at 11:58 a.m.) Kansas University has received a $3 million pledge for a new football facility near Memorial Stadium, officials announced Friday.
Patchy frost hits city
But warmer weather expected through weekend
November 5, 2004
(Updated Friday at 11:22 a.m.) Some of us had to scrape frost from our windows early this morning, as plunging temperatures made Lawrence one of the coldest spots in the Midwest. But warmer weather is headed to the area this afternoon through the weekend, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Clout
Presidents too often have neglected to use one of the best tools in the political arsenal
November 5, 2004
The president of the United States has enormous clout and influence and it is said that too few people in the Oval Office have taken full advantage of that. Let’s hope our re-elected president, George W. Bush, recognizes this marvelous situation and uses it to the benefit of the nation and its people.
Conservatives celebrate Bush win
November 5, 2004
President George W. Bush beat Ronald Reagan, scoring higher in the popular vote than the 40th president. There will be no talk about a “minority” president this time, or of hanging chads, because this is the first election since 1988 when the winner of the presidential contest received a clear majority.
Fear trumped Kerry support
November 5, 2004
It’s 8 a.m., and a huge bulldozer sits in Copley Square waiting to demolish the stage for the victory party that wasn’t. A rain-soaked Kerry-Edwards poster is crumpled under the barricades near the elegant old public library, and one lingering sign reminding folks to vote is still chained to a lamppost as if someone might steal it.
More bias
November 5, 2004
Market closing
November 5, 2004
Facade is fine
November 5, 2004
Best Bets
November 5, 2004
Estate sale to help preserve castle on Mass. Street
Home to be restored, reopened
November 5, 2004
Area residents today and Saturday can help bring a Lawrence landmark back to life. Officials with the group seeking to preserve and reopen the Castle Tea Room, 1307 Mass., are conducting an estate sale of items used by its former owner, the late Libuse “Libby” Kriz-Fiorito.
Walk-through anatomy exhibit puts students on path to better health
November 5, 2004
Visions of sugarplums may dance a little more quietly in these children’s heads this holiday season. The children of Perry Elementary School — about 180 in all — received tags Thursday designating them as a piece of food, such as turkey or carrot, and crawled through plastic tents decorated to look like a mouth or small intestine.
Oil prices, Bush agenda spur market
Dow marks biggest gain of year
November 5, 2004
Wall Street bounded higher for the second straight day Thursday as investors reveled in sharply falling oil prices and the pro-business agenda of the second Bush administration.
State settles flu-shot gouging lawsuit
Florida company agrees to comply with laws
November 5, 2004
The Kansas attorney general’s office said Thursday that it had settled a consumer protection lawsuit alleging that a Florida company attempted to sell flu vaccine at inflated prices.
Commodities
November 5, 2004
Reader Review: Saw
November 5, 2004
If looking for a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat and begging for more but scared to death you’ll actually get your request, take a pass on “Saw” and make it a Blockbuster night.
K.C. judge who admitted gambling addiction resigns
November 5, 2004
A municipal judge who admitted she was addicted to gambling and had taken loans from lawyers resigned Wednesday.
Character counts!
Lesson-teachers needn’t be perfect
November 5, 2004
Editor’s note: This is one in a series of commentaries by Michael Josephson, founder and president of the Josephson Institute of Ethics and the Character Counts! coalition. He will speak Monday in Lawrence.
Area briefs
November 5, 2004
¢ Veterans memorial to be dedicated ¢ Driver injured in I-35 rollover
Ashcroft likely first to quit Cabinet
November 5, 2004
President Bush calls it a “great Washington sport,” the speculation about who will be in his second-term Cabinet, but even he says there will be new faces sitting around the polished mahogany table in the West Wing.
New Senate Democratic leader steady, not flashy
November 5, 2004
Sen. Harry Reid regulated gambling in Nevada when organized crime ran some casinos, and he lived to tell about it. His steely resolve in a sometimes dangerous job could come in handy as the new Democratic leader in a more conservative Senate.
Kansas high school football scores from Nov. 4
November 5, 2004
Single molecule may be nicotine addiction trigger
November 5, 2004
A single molecule may be partly to blame for nicotine’s addictive allure, a finding that researchers say could lead to potential therapies to help millions of smokers quit a life-threatening habit.
Husband sentenced for molestations at day-care
November 5, 2004
An Atchison man was sentenced to 18 years in prison for molesting two young children at his wife’s unlicensed home day-care center.
Ex-inmate charged in deaths of Christian bookstore owners
November 5, 2004
DNA evidence has led Jackson County prosecutors to charge a former prison inmate with killing the owners of a Christian bookstore.
KU picked first in Big 12
November 5, 2004
Members of the media who cover Big 12 Conference basketball have tapped Kansas University the favorite to win the league’s 2004-05 men’s title.
Jackson prosecutor to remain on case
November 5, 2004
A judge on Thursday rejected a defense effort to remove the district attorney in the Michael Jackson child molestation case on the grounds that the pop star had been the victim of an overzealous prosecution.
U.S. to buy new anthrax vaccine
November 5, 2004
The government said Thursday it was purchasing 75 million doses of a new generation anthrax vaccine under an $877.5 million contract — the first awarded through a federal program to develop and stockpile antidotes to biological and chemical weapons.
Spurrier withdraws from Florida coaching search
November 5, 2004
If Steve Spurrier decides to coach again, it won’t be at his alma mater. Spurrier withdrew his name from consideration Thursday to replace Ron Zook, saying his time at Florida had passed.
NU’s Dailey struggling as passer
Huskers QB has just seven completions in last two games
November 5, 2004
Nebraska’s Joe Dailey says being a football quarterback is akin to being a baseball pitcher. Lately he’s been throwing lots of balls and very few strikes.
Arafat reportedly clinging life in Paris
Some Palestinian powers shifted
November 5, 2004
Yasser Arafat was reportedly fighting for his life Thursday at a French military hospital after losing consciousness, as anxious Palestinian officials transferred some of their 75-year-old leader’s powers to Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia.
U.S. offers details of Cuba prison abuse cases
November 5, 2004
A female interrogator ran her fingers through a prisoner’s hair and sat in his lap, a barber gave reverse mohawks and a detainee was forced to kneel so many times he was bruised, the U.S. government says in the most detailed accounting of eight abuse cases at its Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects.
Marines prepare for heavy Fallujah casualties
November 5, 2004
The number of dead and wounded from the expected battle to retake insurgent-controlled Fallujah probably will reach levels not seen since Vietnam, a senior surgeon at the Marine camp outside Fallujah said Thursday.
Lawrence Datebook
November 5, 2004
On the record
November 5, 2004
Bernard William Berger
November 5, 2004
Ruth E. Barnes
November 5, 2004
Nellie I. Griffeth
November 5, 2004
Westar employee: Execs used plane for own benefit
November 5, 2004
Former Westar Energy Inc. executive Douglas T. Lake traveled so much that company airplanes were referred to as “The Florida Shuttle,” an employee testified Thursday.
Fort Riley gets $2 M for new child center
November 5, 2004
A baby boom at Fort Riley will bring a new addition to the fort.
FSHS familiar with foe
Firebirds seek redemption for 35-14 loss to SM West
November 5, 2004
Free State High football coach Bob Lisher doesn’t really want to remember the fourth week of the season. But if his team had not suffered a lopsided 35-14 loss to Shawnee Mission West on Sept. 24 or the four other setbacks that sandwiched that one to start the season, then maybe the Firebirds would not be playing tonight in the Class 6A football state playoffs.
LHS at home on road
Lions have 3-1 away mark heading into state playoffs
November 5, 2004
As a district runner-up, Lawrence High will have to start the Class 6A football state playoffs on the road. That’s just fine with the Lions, who are 1-4 at Haskell Stadium and 3-1 everywhere else.
Owens honored
KU’s Self, former players attend fund-raising event
November 5, 2004
Neither man could have known the significance of the event at the time, but Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self donned an Oklahoma State uniform during former KU coach Ted Owens’ last game as a Jayhawk in 1983.
Case likely will don red shirt
Kansas basketball player has been slowed this year by hairline fracture
November 5, 2004
No final decision has been announced, but it appears certain Kansas University sophomore Jeremy Case will take a red-shirt season this year.
Perkins addresses complaints about possible football facility
November 5, 2004
Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins responded Thursday to recent chatter around the university that questioned the new football facility currently in the process of being funded.
Three tied for Tour lead
Clarke, Kelly, Haas fire first-round 67s
November 5, 2004
Not everyone wants to see Vijay Singh wins his 10th tournament of the year. Three guys who shared the lead Thursday in the Tour Championship would be thrilled to win their first.
Randolph takes over hometown Mets
November 5, 2004
Willie Randolph hung up the phone and gave his wife a big hug. After falling short nearly a dozen times, he finally was a major-league manager.
Haskell hammered at home by McPherson
November 5, 2004
Not much changed for Haskell Indian Nations University’s basketball team from Tuesday to Thursday night other than the location. After suffering a 23-point defeat at Baker University in its season-opener Tuesday in Baldwin, HINU was hammered at home, 97-68, by visiting McPherson College on Thursday night.
Eudora volleyball players earn all-league honors
November 5, 2004
Eudora High’s Erin Kracl and Kelsey Epperson were named to the all Frontier League volleyball team, the Cardinals announced Thursday.
Wizards spoil Bobcats’ party
Charlotte drops first game in franchise history
November 5, 2004
Pondering whether a close loss in their NBA debut was a moral victory for the expansion Charlotte Bobcats, Emeka Okafor did his best cheerleader impersonation.
Nets extend Frank’s contract
November 5, 2004
A day after signing his first long-term contract as an NBA head coach, Lawrence Frank wasn’t in a mood to celebrate.
KU-UT soccer on tap
November 5, 2004
Only three teams have defeated Kansas University in soccer this season, all by 1-0 scores.
Chiefs impressing Bucs
Tampa preparing for ‘mind-boggling’ K.C. offense
November 5, 2004
The Kansas City Chiefs had the second-best record in the NFL last season, but that didn’t mean much when the team was dropping back-to-back-to-back games to open the 2004 campaign. Or did it?
Steelers have talent to shut down Eagles
Pittsburgh set to stop last unbeaten squad
November 5, 2004
A week ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers faced a daunting double, playing the NFL’s two unbeaten teams, albeit at home. They got through the first half by easily beating New England, ending the Patriots’ 21-game winning streak, and now get Philadelphia (7-0).
Director Brad Bird draws from his own experience
November 5, 2004
Poor Bob Parr. Not too long into the opening of the new animated film “The Incredibles,” the man formerly known as the superhero Mr. Incredible has become a faceless corporate drone — consigned to the quietly humiliating life of a powerless insurance adjuster.
Bush claims mandate for change
Citing election ‘capital,’ president outlines four-year agenda
November 5, 2004
Contending Americans have embraced his conservative agenda, President Bush pledged Thursday to aggressively pursue major changes in Social Security, the tax code and medical malpractice awards, working with Democrats if they are receptive and leaving them behind if they’re not.
Sudanese ‘Lost Boy’ finds new life in suburban Kansas
November 5, 2004
Peter Nyarol Dut has a mattress to sleep on, a cell phone, a car, a job and is continuing his education. If you ask the surviving members of his Dinka tribe in Sudan, he is living the American Dream.
Jury: Trucker not guilty of manslaughter
November 5, 2004
Family members of a Baker University student killed in a wreck on U.S. Highway 56 sobbed and shook their heads Thursday in court as jurors found a truck driver not guilty of manslaughter.
Election illustrates U.S. moral divide
November 5, 2004
President Bush’s victory, the approval of every anti-gay marriage amendment on statewide ballots and an emphasis on “moral values” among voters showed the power of churchgoing Americans in this election and threw the nation’s religious divide into stark relief.
Mourning: Even with Shaq on board, Heat can be beaten
Key to defeating Miami, New Jersey veteran says, is to force O’Neal into foul trouble
November 5, 2004
The greatest center in Miami history isn’t sure that adding Shaquille O’Neal to the Heat lineup makes them a sure thing for the NBA Finals. To be blunt, Alonzo Mourning thinks a good team can beat the Heat if they can get O’Neal in foul trouble.
Croom headed home
MSU coach plays down ‘Bama game
November 5, 2004
Sylvester Croom was ready to rescue Alabama. His beloved alma mater was scrambling after an abrupt, embarrassing coaching change last year, and Croom wanted the job. But the Crimson Tide spurned him for one of his proteges — Mike Shula — and broke his heart.
Muslim feels at home at Notre Dame
Offensive tackle Harris says Irish ‘morals’ drew him to South Bend, Ind.
November 5, 2004
Like many students at Notre Dame, offensive tackle Ryan Harris finds time every day to pray, thanking God for his many blessings. Unlike most other students at Notre Dame, though, Harris prays facing Mecca.
Oregon State once toppled USC
Beavers would love to become ‘Giant Killers’ again against top-ranked Trojans
November 5, 2004
Oregon State coach Mike Riley was a teenager growing up in Corvallis during the year of the storied Giant Killers. That’s when mighty Southern California, led by O.J. Simpson, came to the rural Oregon college town and unexpectedly lost, 3-0, to the Beavers.
Elizabeth Edwards diagnosed with breast cancer
November 5, 2004
Elizabeth Edwards faces likely surgery for breast cancer, an illness diagnosed just hours after her husband, Democratic vice-presidential candidate John Edwards, conceded defeat Wednesday.
Jayhawks have confidence in QB Swanson
KU players not worried about backup signal-caller starting against Colorado
November 5, 2004
Don’t be surprised if Kansas University’s starting quarterback has a lucky rabbit’s foot or a four-leaf clover taped under his pads at the beginning of the 2005 season.
Kansas Christians seek same-sex marriage vote
November 5, 2004
Invigorated by election victories from the White House to the Statehouse, fundamentalist Christian leaders in Kansas said Thursday they would push again to put on the ballot a prohibition against same-sex marriages.
Employees, clients say cemetery ownership lax
November 5, 2004
It was hard enough for 84-year-old Lena Overbaugh to lose her husband last year. The last thing she wanted was a hassle with Lawrence Memorial Park Cemetery about his gravesite.
6Sports video: Old passing trick helps FSHS stay on top
November 5, 2004
Firebirds say that if it weren’t for the half-back pass play, the team would not be where they are today. In two major football games this season, both games were won with a half-back pass play.
6Sports video: Lions take it one step at a time
November 5, 2004
Coach Dirk Wedd has his team taking it one step at a time, literally. Team members must step on a step to get to the practice field each day.
Parasite strikes children’s center
November 5, 2004
Preschoolers at a Lawrence public schools center won’t be sculpting Play-Doh or washing baby dolls for about a month. An employee at East Heights Early Childhood Family Center has tested positive for the parasite giardia, about a month after two children attending the center tested positive.
Lawrence briefs
November 5, 2004
¢ Police arrest 19-year-old on rape, drug charges ¢ KU to announce results of ‘family campaign’ ¢ Bondsman gets more time to find suspect ¢ KU, Haskell conference focuses on community
05 stamps depict Muppets, Marines
November 5, 2004
It isn’t easy being green. It isn’t easy getting on a U.S. postage stamp either, but Kermit the Frog will manage it next year, along with his Muppet friends.
BBC America still blasting shows from past
November 5, 2004
BBC America continues to recycle groovy shows from the bell-bottom era. The 1971 action series “The Persuaders” (9 p.m., BBC America) captured that split second in fashion history when he-men actually wore ascots and scarves instead of ties.
Not a mandate but a chance to do better
November 5, 2004
First: Congratulations to the American nation for a peaceful, overwhelming turnout by voters and election workers determined to conduct Tuesday’s elections by the rules. They seem to have come as close to this goal as is humanly possible.
Animated superhero film lives up to its name
November 5, 2004
To understand why Pixar Studios has moved so far beyond other animated production houses, one has to look no further than “The Incredibles.”
Topeka mayor won’t run in ‘05
November 5, 2004
Reacting to voter approval of a change in the form of city government, Mayor James McClinton said he wouldn’t seek election next year.
Woodling: Bowl game names abound
November 5, 2004
December bowl games are more than a month away, but it’s not too early to prepare for the onslaught of nomenclature you’ve never heard of.
Horoscopes
November 5, 2004
Box-office giant finds new life on DVD
November 5, 2004
“Titanic” and “Star Wars” are the two highest-grossing movies of all time. Astonishingly enough, “Shrek 2” is third on that list. That also makes this 2004 release the top-earning comedy, animated film and sequel on the American box-office charts.
Listeners weigh advantages of satellite radio
November 5, 2004
Steve Vukelich was tired of regular radio. Tired of commercials. Tired of flipping through the dial without finding anything he wanted to hear. Tired of getting bored during his three-minute car rides to work.
Bumper politics may stick around
November 5, 2004
Eugene Hunter voted Tuesday for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. He supported the Massachusetts senator throughout his campaign and let people know it by slapping a “John Kerry” bumper sticker on his truck.
Chiefs, Royals plan to stay in K.C. despite failure of sales tax initiative
November 5, 2004
Members of the Jackson County Sports Authority, which oversees the stadiums used by the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals, will have a lot to talk about when they meet today for the first time since voters shot down a ballot initiative that could have provided $600 million for stadium renovations.
Briefly
November 5, 2004
¢ Bush family adds a puppy to the fold ¢ Machine error causes 4,500 votes to be lost ¢ State Department sets up Islamic prayer room ¢ Strong aftershocks rattle northern Japan ¢ Note on director’s body threatens politician ¢ Latin American leaders discuss Haiti, Bush ¢ 18 arrested in alleged human trafficking ring ¢ U.N. envoy says Darfur descending into anarchy ¢ Firefighters contain fire at fireworks factory ¢ Girlfriend charged with cutting off man’s penis ¢ No cameras will film Peterson verdict ¢ Casino workers return to jobs after strike ¢ Fighter jet fires on school near firing range ¢ Man runs over daughter hiding in leaf pile ¢ Woman, 3 children die as car plunges into lake ¢ College student’s killer executed by injection ¢ U.S. unsure whether election terrorist plot was disrupted ¢ Obesity epidemic burdening airplanes, raising fuel costs ¢ Karzai pledges crackdown on warlords, drugs as president ¢ Warplanes bomb town held by rebels, breaking cease-fire
Suspect pleads guilty in editor’s slaying
Agreement calls for testimony against co-defendant in case
November 5, 2004
A Columbia man pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder in the 2001 slaying of a newspaper sports editor and agreed to testify against a co-defendant charged with fatally strangling the victim.
Lip-synching a pop standard
November 5, 2004
It seems Ashlee Simpson will forever bear the scarlet “L” — for lip-synching. The 20-year-old “singer” has been lampooned and shamed, held up as an example of today’s style-over-substance culture — all because of one lip-synch gone famously awry on “Saturday Night Live.”
Cardinals win shootout
November 5, 2004
Louisville and Memphis combined for 105 points, 1,202 yards of total offense and 15 plays of more than 20 yards.
Area capsule
November 5, 2004
Mill Valley travels tonight to Overland Park for a Class 5A first-round game against BVW.
Art of ‘Aja’ shows promise but needs a few tweaks
November 5, 2004
There’s a lot of sharp acting in “The Art of Conquering Aja.” A lot of good writing, too. And the set design is imaginative, given the resources (minimal) and location (the Ecumenical Christian Ministries basement) that director Tim Cormack has to work with.
Briefcase
November 5, 2004
¢ Retail outlook mixed ¢ Productivity gains slow ¢ Mortgage rates rise ¢ GM recalls nearly 1.5 million vehicles
People
November 5, 2004
¢ Roker reports on gastric bypass ¢ Mellencamp comes to halftime ¢ Freddie Prinze Jr. gets TV show ¢ Kristofferson in hall of fame
Calendar
November 5, 2004