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Speaker wants Legislature to vote on gaming compact
November 15, 2004
(Updated Monday at 2:46 p.m.) TOPEKA — A compact permitting two Indian tribes to open a casino in Wyandotte County won’t be reviewed by legislative leaders this week, House Speaker Doug Mays said today.
Law aimed at car-tax cheaters under review
November 15, 2004
(Updated Monday at 11:46 a.m.) A move is afoot to repeal a recent law that was designed to catch car-tax cheaters. State Rep. Harold Lane, D-Topeka, said the measure, which went into effect July 1, has become better known as “the most despised law of the 2004 legislative session.”
Governor’s Christmas tree from Lawrence
November 15, 2004
(Updated Monday at 11:20 a.m.) The official Christmas tree for the governor’s mansion has its roots in Lawrence. The eight-foot tall Scotch Pine that will arrive at Cedar Crest on Tuesday was grown at Prairie Elf Christmas Trees, 765 E. 750 Road.
KU names Brill journalism dean
November 15, 2004
(Updated Monday at 11:03 a.m.) Ann Brill has been named permanent dean of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas University.
Sprinkles expected in afternoon
November 15, 2004
(Updated Monday at 9:15 a.m.) You can put away the scarves and gloves. But you might need the umbrella — warmer, but wetter weather is in store for Lawrence this week. “We did wet the pavement this morning and we have another chance this afternoon,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “It looks overcast and gray out there.”
Quest to lead judicial panel to top new Senate session
November 15, 2004
Sen. Arlen Specter’s move up to chairman of the committee that handles the president’s judicial nominees is on the line this week when lawmakers return to the Capitol to clean up the unfinished work of this Congress and prepare for the next one.
City briefs
November 15, 2004
¢ Agencies offer help with heating bills ¢ County residents finish basic training ¢ Fire departments receive federal grants ¢ Toys for Tots program kicks off in Lawrence ¢ Senior Center requests inactive cell phones ¢ Special ed professors receive national awards
Where does God fit in Lawrence?
Survey suggests city less religious than rest of state
November 15, 2004
When Andrew Stangl was a senior at Andover High School near Wichita, he started a “freethinkers’ club” for nonreligious students. It was not a big hit.
Saints rally past Chiefs, win, 27-20
November 15, 2004
The New Orleans Saints have fallen behind early and often this season. And they seldom have come back.
His baby days are over
November 15, 2004
Let me share with you the daydream that gets me through to Friday.
The politics of flu shots
November 15, 2004
Toward the end of the campaign, President Bush offered his small variation on JFK’s famous line: Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can not do for your country.
K.C. residents make ends meet with pet-sitting
November 15, 2004
When Jim Amen retired two years ago from his career as a claims supervisor for State Farm Insurance, he wanted to find a way to stay busy.
K.C. to vote on smoke-free law
Measure is part of initiative across metro
November 15, 2004
Anti-smoking advocates are pushing an ambitious proposal that would ban smoking in public places on both sides of the state line in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
People
November 15, 2004
¢ Star’s wedding star-studded ¢ A prince’s simple life ¢ U2 to start tour in Florida ¢ ‘Incredibles’ derails ‘Express’
On the record
November 15, 2004
Jimmie Johnson keeps Chase close
Hendrick driver puts pressure on Busch heading into finale
November 15, 2004
Jimmie Johnson has fought through mistakes, mechanical failures and the despair of losing friends in a plane crash to charge back into NASCAR’s closest championship battle ever.
Notebook
November 15, 2004
Woodard among Women’s Hall of Fame inductees
November 15, 2004
Former Harlem Globetrotter, Olympian and Kansas University standout Lynette Woodard and retired Auburn coach Joe Ciampi are among six chosen for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Mangino regrets remarks
KU coach awaiting word on punishment
November 15, 2004
It took Mark Mangino awhile to cool down Saturday. But once he did, the Kansas University football coach was ready to take back comments he made after KU’s 27-23 loss to No. 6 Texas.
Ichabods show their grit
November 15, 2004
Washburn University guard Jerad Head might have been the grittiest of all the Ichabods on Sunday night, but every WU player seemed determined to show everyone in Allen Fieldhouse that the Division Two Ichabods were for real Sunday night.
Late field goal propels Packers, 34-31
Green Bay earns fourth straight win to pull even in NFC North
November 15, 2004
Shootouts usually come down to who has the ball at the end. This one came down to who had it at the bottom.
Governor following trends in search of health care fix
November 15, 2004
Kansas has joined the list of states where officials are attacking rising health care and insurance, deciding not to wait for the federal government to provide relief.
Commission agenda
Agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at www.lawrenceks.org
November 15, 2004
City commissioners will discuss a rezoning request and preliminary development plan for Parnell Park Affordable Single-Family Homes at 1503 Haskell Ave.
Tough times for universities don’t threaten presidents’ pay
Seventeen leaders at public schools earn more than half-million
November 15, 2004
Tuition is rising sharply and many schools are still fighting through budget cuts. But the salaries of the highest-paid college presidents are also increasing, according to a survey out Monday.
Horoscopes
November 15, 2004
Shots miss Palestinian leader
Gunfire kills two of Mahmoud Abbas’ bodyguards
November 15, 2004
Gunmen stormed into a mourning tent for Yasser Arafat on Sunday night shortly after the arrival of the new leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization, firing weapons and setting off a chaotic clash with Palestinian police in which at least two officers were killed, according to witnesses and medical officials.
Heat edge Bucks in double overtime
November 15, 2004
Keyon Dooling played only seven seconds during the final 18 minutes of the Miami Heat’s double overtime victory against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The week ahead
November 15, 2004
Fox just fine
November 15, 2004
Vet Day attack
November 15, 2004
Budget killers
November 15, 2004
Perkins praise
November 15, 2004
It shouldn’t be about me’
Retired minister spreading the word about Africa
November 15, 2004
Don Conrad just wants to help other people. Conrad, a retired minister, and his wife, Jan, made their first trip to Peru and Bolivia with the Lutheran World Relief organization in 1999. After seeing efforts made by the organization to improve conditions in South America, they returned to the United States prepared to spread the word.
To-do list
November 15, 2004
¢ Dance theater to perform at Lied ¢ KU Ceramic Club sale in its gallery ¢ Men’s basketball opens regular season ¢ Political humor celebrated at KU
KU sees increase in international graduate student enrollment
November 15, 2004
Nadine Billgen noticed the difference made by five years and a set of terrorist attacks. In 1999, when she came to the United States from Germany to be a high school exchange student in Indiana, she got a student visa by filling out an application form and mailing it to U.S. officials.
A.G. clarifies foster care records policy
Opinion says public has right to know about deaths involving abuse, neglect
November 15, 2004
When abuse or neglect results in the death of a child in the state’s foster care system, the public has a right to know what happened, according to the Kansas attorney general’s opinion.
Area families feel effects of Iraq war deployments
November 15, 2004
The closest most Americans will get to the war in Iraq is their television sets, but military personnel and their families are realizing the war is going to be a personal factor in their lives for a long time to come.
Analysis: Sebelius made ‘shrewd’ decision
Tobacco taxes may be best option for funding
November 15, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is facing criticism for proposing a cigarette tax increase, but other alternatives for financing her health care proposals appear even less attractive.
Numbers fuel debate on smoking ban effect
Liquor tax is latest evidence in dispute
November 15, 2004
Lawrence’s smoking ban is becoming a numbers game. As the smoke cleared from indoor public places after the ban was passed in July, opponents and proponents began looking at numbers — of customers, drinking establishments and businesses blaming the ban for failure — to determine the real impact.
Fallujah raid a U.S. success 2nd time around
November 15, 2004
In April, 2,000 Marines fought for three weeks and failed to take Fallujah from its insurgent defenders. This time, war planners sent six times the troops, who fought their way across the rebel city in just six days — far more quickly than expected, the Marine general who designed the ground attack said Sunday.
Farmers reap record income in 2004
Earnings up nearly 25 percent from previous high in 2003
November 15, 2004
Derby farmer Greg Rau could not help but check out the bright yellow truck with four-wheel drive at a recent farm trade show in Wichita. His teenage grandson grinned widely as he sat inside.
Boeing to announce plans for 777 freighter
November 15, 2004
Nearly 15 years after launching its 777 jetliner, the Boeing Co. is gearing up to announce it has won its board’s approval to begin offering a cargo version of the popular twin-engine, long-haul plane, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Saturday.
Briefcase
November 15, 2004
¢ Corporate contributions to charities increase ¢ Quarter of workers use sick days like vacation ¢ College students deserve some credit
Area briefs
November 15, 2004
¢ KU Asian teaching program receives gift ¢ Future teachers invited to Ottawa University ¢ Fund drive to benefit disabled children ¢ Murderer sentenced for killing teen
Usher cleans up on awards
November 15, 2004
R&B sensation Usher won all his show-leading four nominations at the American Music Awards on Sunday, and rap funksters OutKast went three-for-three during a performance-studded, occasionally censored broadcast ceremony.
Drivers needed to deliver holiday meal
November 15, 2004
Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen needs volunteers for its community Thanksgiving dinner, which will be served Nov. 25 at First Christian Church, 1000 Ky. Volunteer drivers to deliver meals to the homebound are needed. LINK also needs volunteers to prepare food, serve and clean up. For more information or to sign up, call Terry Connolly at 865-3985.
Plane crash kills five on return trip from Dodge City pheasant hunt
November 15, 2004
Five people were killed Sunday when a small airplane crashed in bad weather near an apartment complex for seniors, authorities said. There were no survivors aboard the plane.
Man bites dog, officer
November 15, 2004
Police say a man bit an officer and his dog Friday after trying to stiff a cab driver of his fare.
Helen M. Mangold
November 15, 2004
Rose Elizabeth Jones
November 15, 2004
Lawrence Schools Foundation to kick off fund-raising drive
November 15, 2004
Families of Lawrence Public Schools students will be asked starting this week to chip in to help pay for things like college scholarships, preschool and special teaching projects.
Eagles tying to bounce back after loss
November 15, 2004
When things were going well for Dallas early last season, Bill Parcells was asked about the great attitudes seen from several players who usually were not described that way. His response sounded more like a warning.
Too close for comfort
Ichabods throw scare into Jayhawks
November 15, 2004
Now Kansas University’s basketball players know how Purdue felt Monday night. Just like the unranked Boilermakers, the No. 1-ranked Jayhawks of NCAA Division One struggled to a nine-point exhibition victory — 79-70 — over the Division Two Ichabods on Sunday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Washburn’s Snyder living Kansas kid’s dream
November 15, 2004
The memories started swirling when Washburn University’s Kyle Snyder ran through the southwest tunnel of Allen Fieldhouse for the first time Sunday night.
Huskers end Kansas’ NCAA run
November 15, 2004
Sometimes it just isn’t meant to be. “We weren’t supposed to win,” Kansas University goalkeeper Meghan Miller said. “If we were supposed to win, we would have made a shot.”
Beloved Moody starts, shines
November 15, 2004
Here’s why Kansas University basketball fans love Christian Moody: Allen Fieldhouse still makes the KU forward tingle.
Texas women pummel Purdue, 84-69
November 15, 2004
Tiffany Jackson scored 15 points after sitting out most of the first half, and No. 2 Texas got a career game from Mercedes Williams in an 84-69 victory over No. 21 Penn State in the Tip-Off Classic on Sunday. Williams gave the Longhorns a lift with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Death sentences hit 30-year low
November 15, 2004
The number of people sentenced to death reached a 30-year low in 2003, when the death row population fell for the third year in a row, the government reported Sunday.
Iran pledges to stop uranium enrichment
November 15, 2004
Iran agreed to freeze its uranium enrichment program fully on Sunday in a breakthrough deal with the European Union to avoid U.N. Security Council sanctions.
Woodling fights back with 5-1 record
November 15, 2004
Continuing his pinballing from average to great, Journal-World sports editor Chuck Woodling bounced back to a 5-1 record in this week’s Wanna Whack Woodling? contest on KUsports.com.
Briefly
November 15, 2004
¢ New governor begins transition ¢ Bison to be moved to South Dakota ¢ Cuban performers to seek asylum ¢ Car seats not built to prevent whiplash
Briefly
November 15, 2004
¢ African leaders support embargo, sanctions ¢ U.S. shifts on Sudan, seeks aid-for-peace deal ¢ Currency exchange heats up before deadline
Documentary reveals the sad truth of a female serial killer
November 15, 2004
The worlds of criminal justice and filmmaking entertainment overlap repeatedly in the disturbing documentary “Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer” (9 p.m., HBO), from controversial director Nick Broomfield (“Kurt & Courtney”).
Too far afield?
Lawrence schools must balance the need for new sports facilities against many other spending priorities.
November 15, 2004
Lawrence wants the best facilities it can afford for its young people, but this may not be the right time to consider a major investment in a school district sports facility.
Battling post-election gloom and doom
November 15, 2004
Some of my colleagues in the pundit business have become unhinged by the election results. The always diverting Maureen Dowd of The New York Times wrote the other day that “the forces of darkness” are taking over the country.