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Hard frost headed to Lawrence
November 11, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 11:16 a.m.) A cold blast from the north will keep Lawrence shivering today, setting the stage for Friday morning’s first act of winter — a hard frost. “We do keep it chilly for the next two days,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. Shack said this morning’s northerly blustery winds were making the 43 degree temperature feel more like 34.
Westerners evacuate Ivory Coast
November 11, 2004
Western nations launched one of the largest evacuations of Africa’s post-independence era Wednesday as angry crowds chanted “all the whites out.” French soldiers in boats plucked trapped countrymen from the banks of lagoons.
Peace Train’ writer wins peace prize
U.S. officials suspected ties to terrorism
November 11, 2004
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev honored the singer once known as Cat Stevens with a peace prize on Wednesday, praising him for charity work and for standing by his convictions despite personal hardships.
HBO features final letters of soldiers in Iraq
November 11, 2004
When Ken Burns’ “Civil War” documentary aired in the fall of 1990, viewers were most taken with its readings of letters from fallen soldiers. These simple missives often spoke more about love, family and home than battlefield conditions. Times and wars may change, but the poignancy of letters from the front remain uniquely powerful.
People
November 11, 2004
¢ 50 Cent pleads not guilty ¢ Fox hunter deemed a fox ¢ Spacey in line for Bono prize ¢ Love pleads not guilty in assault
Marines celebration bittersweet as troops fight overseas
November 11, 2004
John McCoin, 73, retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve Corps. But the Lawrence resident began his military career with the Marines in 1940.
Board of Education cool to religion standards
Motion for academic study dies in meeting
November 11, 2004
Despite a suggestion that intelligent design could be taught in religion classes, most state Board of Education members Wednesday indicated they weren’t interested in creating standards for teaching religion.
Witness: Corporate jet perks saved Westar execs millions
November 11, 2004
Former Westar Energy Inc. executives David Wittig and Douglas T. Lake took more than $1.8 million worth of personal flights on the company’s jets between 1998 and 2002, a prosecution witness said Wednesday.
Photo: Jupiter aligns with Venus
November 11, 2004
Commentary: Only Sprewell could be insulted by $10-million offer
November 11, 2004
I’m worried about Latrell Jr. Daddy is facing a pay cut, and things could get rough.
VFW hopes book raises awareness of Cold War vets
November 11, 2004
They died at muddy checkpoints along the Iron Curtain, in reconnaissance planes shot down off the coast of China, on islands in the Caribbean.
Values’ change starts at home
November 11, 2004
The “values voters” supposedly made the difference in the re-election of George W. Bush and now want to see the administration deliver on their agenda. These same voters, known by different names when they contributed to Ronald Reagan’s victory in 1980, also expected their political patron saint to deliver for them. On their premier issue — abortion — Reagan failed, handing the country Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony Kennedy, who have voted with their liberal colleagues to uphold Roe v. Wade.
Golf, grandkids help Reeves get over football
November 11, 2004
Dan Reeves’ cholesterol count never has been better. He’s getting compliments on losing a few pounds. And he doesn’t miss football all that much.
Cargo backup angers retailers
Holiday toys may be in short supply because of gridlock at ports
November 11, 2004
With the start of holiday shopping just weeks away, toy companies and other purveyors of seasonal merchandise are living through a nightmare: merchandise that’s stranded aboard cargo ships amid the gridlock at two West Coast ports.
Soccer seniors thriving with KU
November 11, 2004
Mark Francis remembers 2001 when Kansas University soccer earned its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Area briefs
November 11, 2004
¢ County road variance request denied ¢ Martin Luther King Jr. author visiting KU ¢ Pioneer Ridge to stage Veterans Day service ¢ KU alumni group to honor volunteer ¢ School burglarized before fund-raiser
Our town sports
November 11, 2004
Jury foreman out in Peterson trial
Judge summons second alternate in as many days
November 11, 2004
The Scott Peterson murder trial took yet another strange twist Wednesday when the judge removed the jury’s foreman amid a week of pressure-packed deliberations — the second straight day that a juror was sent home.
Horoscopes
November 11, 2004
Hispanic named to replace Ashcroft
Alberto Gonzales not expected to be as polarizing a figure
November 11, 2004
President Bush nominated White House counsel Alberto Gonzales as attorney general Wednesday, choosing his top lawyer and longtime friend to guide the war on terrorism and lead the federal government’s largest law enforcement agency.
Briefly
November 11, 2004
¢ Terror threat lowered for financial institutions ¢ Patient has human form of mad cow disease
Briefly
November 11, 2004
¢ Spokane diocese to file for bankruptcy ¢ Big Dig project full of leaks ¢ Little Rock ‘meanest’ city toward homeless ¢ Troopers suspended for helicopter shuttle ¢ Smoking declines, but just barely ¢ Mayor turns to Europe for more flu vaccine
Distracting divisions
Philosophical differences too often seem to sidetrack members of the state school board.
November 11, 2004
It’s discouraging to realize that the already contentious division within the Kansas State Board of Education will only continue — or even get worse — after new board members take their seats in January.
Arafat leaves trail of lost opportunities
November 11, 2004
When Yasser Arafat finally passes from the scene, the headline on his obituary should read: “He just couldn’t close the deal.”
Classy campaign
November 11, 2004
Sad surprise
November 11, 2004
Loyal support
November 11, 2004
Values issue
November 11, 2004
Fox is no friend
November 11, 2004
A chocolate tax?
November 11, 2004
U.S. fighting for Iraqi minds
November 11, 2004
President Bush unleashed the U.S. Marines in Fallujah and Don Rumsfeld at the Pentagon within days of securing a second term. A campaign season of playing it safe on Iraq makes way now for a concerted effort to find a new political order and a different military direction in the war there.
Park City seeks Indian casino near Wichita
November 11, 2004
Park City officials voted Tuesday to pursue a large Indian casino they said would create between 1,300 and 1,500 permanent new jobs in the community of slightly more than 5,400 a few miles northeast of Wichita.
Exclusive focus key in investigating slaying
November 11, 2004
In the 2 1/2 years since his teenage daughter was found slain at her poolside job, Ali Kemp’s father never considered giving up his hunt for the killer.
Broncos alter defensive staff
November 11, 2004
The Denver Broncos fired David Gibbs as defensive-backs coach Wednesday and replaced him with assistant Jimmy Spencer, a former Broncos safety.
Pierce hits winner at buzzer
Celtics standout overcomes shot to mouth
November 11, 2004
Paul Pierce left the Portland Trail Blazers feeling the pain of a last-second loss.
Pacers’ Artest asks for time off
November 11, 2004
Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest said Wednesday that he asked coach Rick Carlisle for time off because of a busy schedule that included promoting a soon-to-be released rap album, which led to his two-game benching.
Cox, Showalter honored
Braves’, Rangers’ skippers earn manager awards
November 11, 2004
Bobby Cox was voted NL manager of the year on Wednesday for leading the rebuilt Atlanta Braves to a record 13th straight division title, and Buck Showalter won the AL honor after his Texas Rangers went from also-ran to contender.
Spurrier eyes return to college
November 11, 2004
Steve Spurrier wants to return to college coaching.
Bumpin’ & grindin’: Raceway officials predict close Chase at Darlington
November 11, 2004
This is what Darlington Raceway officials envisioned when NASCAR moved the Southern 500 from its traditional Labor Day weekend date to the upcoming weekend.
Support growing for instant replay
November 11, 2004
Brian Cashman wanted to make this perfectly clear: The umpires were correct when they called Alex Rodriguez out for interference on that crazy play during the AL championship series.
Commenary: You can ask ‘what if,’ but it won’t change reality
November 11, 2004
If last year’s points system were in place this season, Jamie McMurray would be seventh in the points standings.
Daily ticker
November 11, 2004
Study predicts bioscience growth
Lawrence chamber survey forecasts as many as 6,000 new jobs for area
November 11, 2004
Douglas County’s biosciences industry accounts for 2,200 jobs, $68 million in payroll and another $38 million in indirect spending, according to a new study.
Twentysomethings becoming own bosses
College graduates take entrepreneurial risks in tough job market
November 11, 2004
Sarah Levy loved being a restaurant pastry chef, but not the long hours, the relatively low pay or the constant yelling that goes on in high-stress kitchens.
Federal Reserve pushes rates up another quarter point
Private economists expect increases to continue
November 11, 2004
The Federal Reserve nudged interest rates up another quarter-point on Wednesday, the fourth moderate rate increase in the past five months, as Fed officials pointed to encouraging signs that the economy was finally rebounding from its summer slowdown.
British firm won’t buy Boeing’s Wichita plant
November 11, 2004
A British firm long believed to be the most likely buyer of Boeing Co.’s commercial airplane operations in Kansas and Oklahoma said Wednesday it had pulled out of the negotiations.
Briefcase
November 11, 2004
¢ Blue Chip Cookies bites into Lawrence market ¢ Martha Stewart wants legal bills reimbursed ¢ American Italian Pasta eats loss for quarter ¢ Trade gap narrows
Commodities
November 11, 2004
Israel beefs up security measures
November 11, 2004
After a meeting of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s security Cabinet, Israel on Wednesday gave formal approval for Arafat’s burial in Ramallah.
LHS, Eudora only local football teams left
November 11, 2004
Only two local teams remain alive in the high school football state playoffs, and Lawrence High and Eudora face daunting tasks Friday night.
Baker soccer prevails, 4-1
November 11, 2004
Baker University advanced to the finals of the NAIA Region Five tournament Wednesday with a 4-1 victory over McKendree College.
HINU women fall to Avila
November 11, 2004
Avila College pulled away from a halftime tie to upend Haskell Indian Nations University, 54-49, in college women’s basketball Wednesday.
Players: Future promising for KU
Red-shirt freshman quarterback Herford already turning heads
November 11, 2004
His talents are hidden, buried on the scout team and concealed by a shroud of secrecy because of Kansas University’s closed practices.
A sweet sweep
Jayhawks build momentum against Bears
November 11, 2004
After Kansas University’s volleyball team was upended Oct. 2 at Baylor, each Jayhawk had specific memories of the nightmarish trip to Texas.
KU women’s basketball, volleyball gain two commitments
November 11, 2004
With 10 players on this year’s roster, the Kansas University women’s basketball team will need some help next year.
Recounts fail to alter Senate race outcomes
November 11, 2004
Democrats remained the winners in two close Senate races after local election officials recounted votes Wednesday.
Mother, 56, celebrates birth of twins
November 11, 2004
A day-old brother and sister were welcomed as celebrities Wednesday as their beaming mother, believed to be the oldest woman in American to give birth to twins, showed them off.
Vitamins play role in two heart studies
November 11, 2004
Taking a prescription niacin supplement to boost “good” cholesterol and another drug to lower its evil twin can slow the progression of heart disease more effectively than one medicine alone, the first study to test this dual approach has found.
Jayhawks’ Self high on signees
Coach says commitments mean ‘great day for future of Kansas basketball’
November 11, 2004
Kansas University coach Bill Self’s 12th college basketball recruiting class looks like it might be his finest.
Game warden shoots suspect in police hunt
November 11, 2004
Two men are hospitalized in Denver after one of them was shot by a game warden this week, Kansas Bureau of Investigation officials said.
Convicted murderer drops appeal
November 11, 2004
A man convicted in a 1998 killing in Wichita has dropped his appeal to the Kansas Supreme Court in exchange for prosecutors’ agreement to stop seeking a death sentence.
Palestinian president Arafat dies
Revered by some, reviled by others, leader failed in dream of creating independent state
November 11, 2004
Yasser Arafat, who triumphantly forced his people’s plight into the world spotlight but failed to achieve his lifelong quest for Palestinian statehood, died Thursday at age 75.
Ghosts of WWII
Tale of Lakota warrior passed on
November 11, 2004
His Lakota Sioux name was Lone Ghost. But to family and friends, Homer Claymore was known as Smokey, because of his dancing gray eyes and dark skin.
Veteran photos still welcome
November 11, 2004
The Dole Institute of Politics is using Veterans Day to renew its call for photographs of Kansas veterans who served during World War II.
Hostage slaughterhouses’ discovered in Fallujah
Prime minister’s kin abducted Wednesday
November 11, 2004
U.S. troops, on the verge of gaining control of the city, fought pockets of resistance in this former militant stronghold Wednesday and uncovered what the Iraqi commander said were “hostage slaughterhouses” in which foreign captives had been killed.
Supreme Court considers when police can use canines
Drug dogs complete training in Lawrence
November 11, 2004
With about 20 drug-sniffing dogs gathered in Lawrence for training, the U.S. Supreme Court was considering whether to yank on their leashes.
KU briefs
November 11, 2004
¢ Teenager reports rape in residence hall ¢ Professor receives cancer research grant ¢ Event to explore hatred, oppression ¢ Final exam announced
On the record
November 11, 2004
Red Cross makes plea for blood
November 11, 2004
Lawrence resident Chuck McPheeters has given up 136 pints — or 17 gallons — of blood since about 1960.
Review: Sousa show star-spangled
November 11, 2004
George M. Cohan’s patriotic plea may not have been on the bill of “A Star-Spangled Spectacular” Sunday afternoon at the Lied Center, but the sentiment was. Dressed in turn-of-the-century style band uniforms, the Sousa Band filled the Lied Center with Yankee-Doodle tunes as well as some classical favorites.
KU alumni group wants Williams lawsuit dropped
November 11, 2004
The Kansas University Alumni Association on Wednesday asked a judge to dismiss a $2.2 million breach-of-contract lawsuit filed by fired former director Fred Williams.
City briefs
November 11, 2004
¢ Faculty honor planned at Saturday’s game ¢ Suspect in murder case expected to take stand ¢ Two charged in attack on drug case witness
B.C. should ruin Mountaineers’ plans
November 11, 2004
West Virginia could be the first team to secure a spot in the Bowl Championship Series.
Louisville slugs Texas Christian
November 11, 2004
Louisville needed less than seven minutes to shake off nemesis TCU and roll to another big victory.
Eagle Bend again calls for tax dollars
Commissioner: Golf course may never be self-supporting
November 11, 2004
A triple bogey may not be the worst pain Eagle Bend Golf Course creates for Lawrence residents.
D.A. employees given chance to apply for jobs
November 11, 2004
Dist. Atty.-elect Charles Branson has sent a letter to attorneys and staff members in outgoing Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney’s office giving them a Dec. 1 deadline to apply to keep their jobs.