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Ex-husband makes first court appearance in murder case
October 4, 2004
(Updated Monday at 7:19 p.m.) Kansas State University English professor Thomas E. Murray walked into a Douglas County courtroom in shackles this afternoon to face charges that he murdered his ex-wife last November at her home north of Lawrence.
State labor employees to have hours reduced
October 4, 2004
(Updated Monday at 11:42 a.m.) State employees who handle unemployment compensation claims over the telephone were told Monday that their hours will be reduced.
Ex-husband arrested for murder
October 4, 2004
(Updated Monday at 10:08 a.m.) The ex-husband of Carmin D. Ross, whose body was found in her rural Douglas County home nearly a year ago, was arrested this morning in Manhattan on a first-degree murder warrant.
Chance for frost Tuesday morning
October 4, 2004
(Updated Monday at 8:39 a.m.) Clear blue skies greeted Lawrence-area residents this morning, with light winds and cool temperatures in the 50s. “It’s just a great way to start off the week,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. However, frost is predicted early Tuesday morning for Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties.
Wood: Problems offset positives
October 4, 2004
Sights, sounds, gossip and guessing after Saturday’s Kansas University-Nebraska football game in Lincoln, Neb.
Dreadful K.C. season finally ends
October 4, 2004
Jose Contreras didn’t even know he had a no-hitter going until just about the time it ended.
Correction
October 4, 2004
Kansas University red-shirt freshman kicker Scott Webb is 2-for-4 on field-goal attempts this year. His made and missed attempts were incorrect in a story in Sunday’s Journal-World.
Astros complete turnaround
Houston edges Rockies, 5-3, to clinch wild card
October 4, 2004
Phil Garner savored the taste of champagne, the smell of his cigar and the wild celebration going on in the Houston Astros’ clubhouse.
Twins tumble
Loss sends Minnesota to Bronx
October 4, 2004
The Minnesota Twins startled the New York Yankees in last year’s playoffs by going to the Bronx and taking the first game of their first-round series — before losing the final three.
Pope beatifies controversial figures
Nun who inspired ‘Passion of the Christ’ among choices
October 4, 2004
Pope John Paul II on Sunday honored two figures linked to controversy, beatifying a German mystic whose violent visions of Christ’s suffering helped inspire Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” and an Austrian emperor whose troops used poison gas.
Samarra battle boosts morale, but casualties are heavy
October 4, 2004
Bloodied by weeks of suicide bombings and assassinations, Iraqi security forces emerged Sunday to patrol Samarra after a morale-boosting victory in this Sunni Triangle city, and U.S. commanders praised their performance.
On the record
October 4, 2004
Analysis: Use of bin Laden image in ad raises questions about Ryun
Critics say tactic was overkill not suited to incumbent
October 4, 2004
When Republican Rep. Jim Ryun used an image of Osama bin Laden in a television ad questioning whether Democratic challenger Nancy Boyda supports American troops abroad, he also sparked questions about his own campaign.
American Eagle gets back on track
Retailer’s profits improve after reconnecting with teen fashion trends
October 4, 2004
Teen clothing retailer American Eagle Outfitters Inc., which stumbled last year trying to be too cool, is winning back its fickle customers.
Kansas earthquakes rarely leave residents shaken
October 4, 2004
Californians are cleaning up after a series of earthquakes struck the state last week, but deep below the surface in Kansas, the earth may also be rumbling.
County to consider instigating own audits
October 4, 2004
Some of the most basic services in Douglas County government soon could face the scrutiny of self-imposed audits.
Success By 6 plans festival
October 4, 2004
The Success By 6 Coalition needs volunteers for the Run for Success and Family Fun Festival. This event will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Clinton Lake Overlook Park. Volunteers will staff the running course and water stations, feed runners and help with cleanup. Proceeds will benefit the Success By 6 Coalition, which aims to improve education by providing services to help parents with preschoolers.
Horoscope
October 4, 2004
Patriots’ streak hits 18
Brady, Seymour spark New England to 31-17 win
October 4, 2004
Tom Brady’s arm and Richard Seymour’s legs. You can’t accuse the New England Patriots of running out of winning combinations.
Erma L. Steffey
October 4, 2004
Area briefs
October 4, 2004
¢ Group touts importance of walk-to-school safety ¢ Topeka nonprofit cuts 100 jobs ¢ County to consider Stull Road repaving
Advertising firm to make pitch
Agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at www.lawrenceks.org
October 4, 2004
Lawrence city commissioners will consider a proposal from GleeVision Inc. to install and operate projecting advertisements on private structures in the city.
Physics professor gets kick from applying laws to football
October 4, 2004
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln physics professor has published a book that explains how the laws of nature interact with the game of football.
4-H extends its offerings to after-school program
October 4, 2004
Most people associate 4-H with farm children raising hogs, baking pies and entering exhibits at the county fair.
Ravens to key on old friend Holmes
October 4, 2004
During his five years with the Baltimore Ravens, right tackle Orlando Brown has opened holes for Priest Holmes and Jamal Lewis.
Briefly
October 4, 2004
¢ Goss choice quit CIA in 1982 under fire ¢ SpaceShipOne’s final launch planned for this morning ¢ More than 950 killed in political violence this year
Briefly
October 4, 2004
¢ Swamp tour accident kills two tourists ¢ California shows drop in birthrate ¢ Minister impeached in blow to reformists ¢ Gunfire reported amid fighting for Aristide
Area briefs
October 4, 2004
¢ Details sketchy on injury accident ¢ Accidents injure 3 in Jefferson County ¢ Black alumni group to hold fund-raiser ¢ Candidates invited to potluck dinner
Costly ‘honor’
Political people need to pay the bills that result when they “favor” a community with a campaign visit.
October 4, 2004
Time was when a community or state was thrilled and excited to get an event like a major political campaign stop, a presidential primary or a presidential debate. It once sounded so prestigious and, some thought, would go a long way toward “putting us on the map.”
Trip to polls lends importance to task
October 4, 2004
For many years I posted on my office wall pictures of the way Americans chose their leader on Nov. 5, 1996. There was a shot of people voting in a Laundromat in Chicago; in a metal utility shed in Smut Eye, Ala.; in a cultural center in Los Angeles; in the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Cloud, Minn.; and in a specially constructed polling place in the Parker Jewish Geriatric Institute in New Hyde Park, N.Y. To me, this was a portrait of America at its best, doing what we do best, in the best possible way.
Pocketbook voting
October 4, 2004
An SLT tunnel?
October 4, 2004
CBS holds story until election
Critics question delay of Iraq findings
October 4, 2004
A postponed “60 Minutes” report about whether Iraq had nuclear capabilities has quickly become CBS’s most famous shelved story since the 1995 tobacco piece made famous in the movie “The Insider.”
Dog issue
October 4, 2004
Former police captain recalls dealing with racial prejudice
Longtime resident tells about hardships in workforce
October 4, 2004
Inside the front door of Verner Newman’s home, a painting of three African women hangs next to his Lawrence Police Department plaques, badges and officer stripes.
To-do list
October 4, 2004
¢ Entertainers highlight KU’s Homecoming week ¢ Sunflower showdown set for Saturday at KU ¢ Arts center aims to raise awareness about cancer ¢ Rootsy songwriter to perform at Bottleneck
Indian inmate sues to gain religious rights
October 4, 2004
An American Indian inmate serving a life sentence for murder has sued the state, claiming Nebraska is violating federal law by not allowing Indians behind bars to practice their native religion.
Harvest raises shipping problems
October 4, 2004
Projected bumper crops of corn, soybeans and milo are good news for farmers, but the expected huge harvests pose some old problems producers haven’t had to deal with during several years of drought.
Court addresses speedy-trial issue
October 4, 2004
A new criminal department at Wyandotte County District Court aims to hasten the movement of criminal cases.
Briefcase
October 4, 2004
¢ Settlement reached in Yellow Pages lawsuit ¢ Union still undecided on US Airways deal
The week ahead
October 4, 2004
Global insecurity increasingly linked to U.S. aggression
October 4, 2004
International terrorism has given rise to new ground zeros. Much of Europe and the world feel insecure, but unlike the Cold War era, a growing number of nations no longer look to the United States for leadership and sanctuary.
New blasts kill 7, injure 43 in India
October 4, 2004
Militants bombed utilities, a tea plantation and a crowded marketplace in northeastern India on Sunday, intensifying violence that has killed 57 people in two days and snarling efforts to bring cease-fires in a region where dozens of ethnic rebel groups are fighting for separate homelands.
Kansan helps pull pilot from wreckage
October 4, 2004
A pilot was injured in a twin-engine plane crash near Beatrice on Sunday.
Saunders services
October 4, 2004
People
October 4, 2004
¢ Piano Man ties the knot ¢ Charlie Watts cancer-free ¢ Farrah Fawcett new reality star
Eminent domain power challenged
U.S. Supreme Court to consider government’s right to take private property
October 4, 2004
The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing a case that could rein in the powers of Kansas government to take private property.
Senior services agency draws criticism for employee turnover
October 4, 2004
Maria Russo has told her governing board that Nov. 30 will be her last day as executive director at Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging.
KU holds off Baylor
Jayhawks pull away late thanks to Smith’s two goals
October 4, 2004
The good news for Kansas University’s soccer team is All-America forward Caroline Smith appears to have found her goal-scoring groove.
First-down failures doomed Jayhawks
Mangino: Third-and-long situations, abundant against NU, could have been avoided with better execution
October 4, 2004
The statistic stuck out to Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino. Mangino noticed his Jayhawks were 3-of-19 converting third downs in Saturday’s 14-8 loss to Nebraska, a certain reason why the Jayhawks struggled to score.
Magazines predict title for Kansas
Slam, Street and Smith’s pick Jayhawks No. 1
October 4, 2004
Kansas University’s men’s basketball players will do a lot of net cutting during the 2004-05 season.
KU bowlers win in Milwaukee
October 4, 2004
Rhino Page had a 225 average to place second overall, and Kansas University’s bowling team opened defense of its national championship with a come-from-behind victory in the Midwest Collegiate Bowling Championships, which concluded Sunday.
K.C. will not vest options on Randa, Gonzalez
October 4, 2004
The Royals will not pick up the 2005 options for third baseman Joe Randa and outfielder Juan Gonzalez.
Wilson, LHS could win titles
October 4, 2004
Lawrence High golfer Sydney Wilson should have a “pretty good” shot at the Sunflower League’s individual golf title today, and LHS coach Mike Lewis also said his Lions could contend for the team title at Meadowbrook Country Club.
Smoking ban kicks habit out into public space
Litter from cigarettes is the new pollution problem downtown
October 4, 2004
Lawrence’s 3-month-old smoking ban has cleared the air inside the city’s bars and restaurants, but is filling downtown sidewalks with litter and profanity, Lawrence residents and business owners say.
School mergers painful subject
Funding issues may force more consolidations
October 4, 2004
The prospect of consolidating school districts is so politically unpopular in the Kansas Legislature that lawmakers often refuse to even say the word aloud, referring to the concept as “the C-word.”
Unification puts football on the line
October 4, 2004
High school football and school consolidation. While one of these things evokes the thought of a cool autumn evening and community pride, the other often causes bitterness and divides communities.
Rice defends prewar claims on Iraq
N.Y. Times says staff told in 2001 of doubts on nuclear capabilities
October 4, 2004
National security adviser Condoleezza Rice on Sunday defended her characterization of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear capabilities in the months before the Iraq invasion, even as a published report said government experts had cast doubt at the time.
Vice presidential debate gains new importance
October 4, 2004
Tuesday’s vice presidential debate, which both campaigns once presumed would be a sideshow to the presidential race, has assumed critical importance, with Republicans depending on Vice President Dick Cheney to halt the ticket’s slide in momentum.
Mount St. Helens teases crowd but remains all smoke, no fire
October 4, 2004
Mount St. Helens stewed in volcanic gases and low-level earthquakes Sunday, with crowds of eager tourists hoping to glimpse an eruption that scientists said could happen immediately or take a few weeks.
Democratic headquarters vandalized in Lawrence
October 4, 2004
Vandals armed with spray paint struck at the Douglas County Democratic Headquarters over the weekend.
Sharon: Israeli troops won’t leave Gaza yet
Retaliation continues after preschoolers killed
October 4, 2004
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pledged Sunday to escalate a broad Israeli offensive in northern Gaza, saying troops would remain until Palestinian rocket attacks are halted. Israeli officials said the offensive, in which 58 Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed, will help clear the way for an Israeli withdrawal.
Sun advance to Finals
Storm trip Monarchs to tie series at 1
October 4, 2004
Taj McWilliams-Franklin burst into tears at the buzzer, her emotions finally getting the best of her.
Arizona State staves off Oregon
October 4, 2004
Andrew Walter overcame a shaky start to throw three touchdown passes, and third-string tailback Hakim Hill ran for 134 yards and a touchdown to help No. 21 Arizona State beat Oregon, 28-13, on Saturday night.
U.S. fears terror activity in Paraguay
October 4, 2004
In this gritty border town known as a haven for drug smugglers, arms dealers and counterfeiters, stacks of money change hands in the open on every corner, and thousands of people each day stream across Friendship Bridge into Ciudad del Este.
Kerry takes momentum, pushes domestic issues
Newsweek poll gives Democrat lead
October 4, 2004
Sen. John Kerry commiserated with locked-out steelworkers protesting outside the gates of the RMI Titanium plant here Sunday, telling them he feels their pain as he continued to shift his campaign rhetoric from missteps in Iraq to economic issues.
Chicago mayor second-guesses marijuana laws
October 4, 2004
Mayor Richard Daley, a former prosecutor, runs the nation’s third-largest city with a pragmatic, law-and-order style. He wears his hair short, and you’ll never catch him in a Grateful Dead T-shirt.
Ohio voters get sidetracked
October 4, 2004
Jess Goode is a casually dressed, laconic young political professional toiling to deny George W. Bush Ohio’s 20 electoral votes. Goode is getting help from Ohio Republicans, who disapprove of Democrats but seriously dislike each other.
Heroes deserve our thanks
October 4, 2004
Heroes pass through our lives and provide glimpses of the grace and power in giving to others. I would like to talk about thanking three such heroes who “visited” my life.
Els remains major force in golf
Victory in Ireland makes up for summer disappointments
October 4, 2004
Emotionally spent from a Grand Slam season of heartache, Ernie Els reasserted himself as a major force Sunday by outlasting Thomas Bjorn in a brilliantly played duel in the cold rain at Mount Juliet.
Earnhardt storms to Nextel victory
Winning driver might be penalized points for cursing during postrace interview with NBC
October 4, 2004
Dale Earnhardt nearly was perfect on the racetrack. His only real slipup Sunday came in Victory Lane during a postrace television interview.
Shark Tale’ takes bite of box office
New animated film makes $49.1 million
October 4, 2004
The animated fish story “Shark Tale” swamped the competition, opening as the top weekend movie with $49.1 million and potentially breaking the record for best October debut.