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Judge reviewing autopsy before deciding bond
October 7, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 3:41 p.m.) A Douglas County judge was going over an autopsy report on the death of Carmin D. Ross this afternoon before deciding whether to reduce the $1 million bond for Tom Murray, who is charged with first-degree murder in his ex-wife’s death.
Kansans urged to vote
October 7, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 12:04 p.m.) Kansas’ top election official Thursday urged Kansans to vote.
Kansas Supreme Court arguments to be broadcast over Internet
October 7, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 11:39 a.m.) Arguments before the Kansas Supreme Court will be available live on the Internet starting Tuesday.
Tonight’s KU homecoming events moved indoors
October 7, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 11:09 a.m.) Thursday night’s Kansas University homecoming block party and pep rally has been forced indoors because of rain.
DeLay rebuked for golf outing with Westar executives
October 7, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 11:01 a.m.) The House ethics committee rebuked Majority Leader Tom DeLay for the second time in a week for questionable conduct, sternly warning the Texas Republican to temper his behavior.
Chance for rain continues in afternoon
October 7, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 7:52 a.m.) Pick up your umbrella on the way out the door. “The morning commute looks like its going to be wet,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. Downtown Lawrence was getting steady showers about 7:40 a.m.
6Sports video: Free State looking for momentum
October 7, 2004
The Firebirds are looking for consistency — and their first win of the season — as they play host to Olate Northwest a week before the start of district play.
6Sports video: Lawrence High ready for district
October 7, 2004
The Lions at week six of the season are looking good as they prepare to face Olathe South.
Fannie Mae’s CEO defends accounting
October 7, 2004
The chairman of Fannie Mae, the government-backed mortgage lender, on Wednesday described accusations of accounting misdeeds at his company as without merit.
Bush on warpath against Kerry policy
October 7, 2004
President Bush leveled his toughest and most comprehensive attack on Democratic challenger John Kerry on Wednesday, warning that Kerry “would weaken America and make the world more dangerous” while defending his decision to go to war against Iraq as an unavoidable step to defeat global terrorism.
Court rules Limbaugh’s privacy not violated
October 7, 2004
A Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday that prosecutors did not violate Rush Limbaugh’s privacy rights when they paid a surprise visit to his doctors and seized his medical records for an investigation into his use of painkillers.
Nobel Prize in chemistry may lead to cancer drugs
October 7, 2004
Two Israelis and an American won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for showing how cells can give a “kiss of death” to destroy unwanted proteins, a finding that could help scientists find new medicines for cancer and other diseases. The award marks the first time an Israeli has won a Nobel science prize.
Cheney memory lapse on Edwards exposed
Vice president had met Democrat in 2001, 2003
October 7, 2004
At first, it seemed like it might go down in history as one of those killer debate moments: Vice President Dick Cheney, who presides over the Senate, said he’d never met Sen. John Edwards until their encounter Tuesday night in Cleveland.
Commentary: NASCAR blushing over Junior’s curse
October 7, 2004
Much of America still needs an interpreter to wade through the interviews at NASCAR races. They’re so packed with technical talk, car numbers, jargon, good ol’ boyisms and corporate plugs that by the end, the casual fan’s head is spinning faster than those sacrificial bozos who get knocked out midway through the races.
KU has busy TV slate
October 7, 2004
Four national cable games highlight an 18-game live television schedule for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team.
Tennessee must choose how to limit license plates
October 7, 2004
License plates proclaiming “Choose Life” are causing Tennessee and a dozen other states to rethink very popular — and very profitable — programs that let drivers promote just about anything from the Girl Scouts to the preservation of wild turkeys.
Howard Stern makes leap from FM to satellite radio
October 7, 2004
Howard Stern has long had two words for the Federal Communications Commission — and in 15 months, he can finally utter them on the air.
Cheney sends viewers to critic’s Web site
October 7, 2004
Vice President Dick Cheney dropped a dot-bomb Tuesday night when he inadvertently directed millions of viewers of the vice presidential debate to an Internet site critical of the Bush administration.
Narrower streets suggested for safety
Commissioners debate neighborhood effects
October 7, 2004
Narrower, tree-lined streets might be what’s needed to slow down Lawrence drivers and make neighborhoods safer for pedestrians, city officials said Wednesday.
MCAC volleyball meet scheduled for Haskell
October 7, 2004
Haskell Indian Nations University will play host to the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Mid-Season Volleyball Classic on Friday and Saturday at Coffin Complex.
Corrections
October 7, 2004
Ester Bahnmaier Matney
October 7, 2004
International enrollment continues decline at KU
Students say cost, U.S. policies affecting choices
October 7, 2004
Abdullah Alhassan can understand why some of his fellow Saudis have stopped studying in the United States.
Haskell students fight fee increase
Proposals raise questions about funding priorities
October 7, 2004
Students at Haskell Indian Nations University are protesting plans to raise their fees.
Briefly
October 7, 2004
¢ Karzai running mate escapes injury in bombing ¢ Adviser specifies delay on Palestinian state ¢ Quake rattles eastern Japan
Senate approves intelligence overhaul
Measure fulfills many recommendations of 9-11commission
October 7, 2004
The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation to make the most sweeping changes in the nation’s intelligence community since the creation of the Central Intelligence Agency in 1947.
Firebirds cruise at HINU
Free State wins girls, boys Haskell Flyers team titles
October 7, 2004
Aside from the first-place trophy — a tin bucket filled with Dum-Dum lollipops — the Free State High cross country team took away much more from its victory at Wednesday’s fourth annual Haskell Flyers meet.
Saddam showed obsession with Iran, not U.S.
October 7, 2004
Saddam Hussein was obsessed with his status in the Arab world, dreaming of weapons of mass destruction to pump up his prestige. And even as the United States fixated on him, he was fixated on his neighboring enemy, Iran.
Low-frequency cordless phones create privacy issues
October 7, 2004
I was watching a report on CNN about the presidential race when I heard someone calling for me. As I walked downstairs, Julie’s voice sounded upset. “Dad. This phone does not work.”
Red Sox win, head home up 2-0
October 7, 2004
Pedro Martinez did his part, the bullpen pitchers did theirs, and now the Red Sox are heading home with a big lead in the AL playoffs.
Edmonds happy to play in games that count
October 7, 2004
The last two weeks of the regular season were agonizing for Jim Edmonds, robbed of enthusiasm once the St. Louis Cardinals clinched the NL Central.
KU vigil puts face on deaths
October 7, 2004
Before this past week, the soldiers and civilians killed in Iraq were little more than numbers to Bridey Maidhof.
Volcano alert level lowered
October 7, 2004
Volcanic activity on Mount St. Helens died down significantly Tuesday night, with earthquakes subsiding to gentle rumbles, federal scientists said Wednesday.
Shotgun shrinks to credit-card size
Gun experts question value of BB-firing weapon
October 7, 2004
In a new twist on the idea of concealed carry, a local gun maker and gun shop are debuting a new type of weapon: one that could almost fit in your wallet.
Wichita city flag, locally unfamiliar, ranks high in poll
October 7, 2004
f you can find one, run it up the pole, and know that quite a few people who are interested in flags think Wichita’s is one of the best.
Court mulls limits on inmate subscriptions
October 7, 2004
A state policy restricting prison inmates’ newspaper, magazine and newsletter subscriptions violates their free speech rights and isolates them from the outside, an attorney told a federal appeals court Wednesday.
Rape suspect whose blood mislabeled to go on trial
October 7, 2004
A man who went unconnected to several rapes for more than a decade because investigators mislabeled a blood sample in one of them goes on trial next week in the attempted rape and decapitation murder of a Wichita woman.
Tommie J. Crispino
October 7, 2004
Finishing strong
Ricky Rudd uses final races to prepare for next year
October 7, 2004
Nextel Cup veteran Ricky Rudd knows what it’s like for a baseball team to be out of the pennant race in September.
Briefly
October 7, 2004
¢ Class-action lawsuit on concert tickets OK’d ¢ Convention protesters’ charges dropped ¢ Construction begins at inauguration site ¢ Scientists report libido stimulator
Horoscopes
October 7, 2004
No conflict
October 7, 2004
Democrats lose constituency
October 7, 2004
If 9-11 had never happened — if debate about domestic policy had not been drowned out by the roar of war — the potential domestic ramifications of this election would give it unusual nation-shaping power. To understand why is to understand some of the Democratic rage about the specter of a second term for George W. Bush.
Darfur demands more focus
October 7, 2004
The burgeoning humanitarian dilemma in the Darfur region of Sudan received scant attention in George W. Bush’s and John Kerry’s foreign-policy debate, which focused largely on terrorism and the war in Iraq.
Daily ticker
October 7, 2004
Downtown clothing shop to close
Easton’s owner cites economy, casual-style trend for sales slump
October 7, 2004
Easton’s Ltd., a clothing store that has tailored men’s suits for 15 years in downtown Lawrence, is going out of business.
Griffin Technologies touts security device
Lawrence firm expects boost in sales, work force
October 7, 2004
A Lawrence-based technology company is expected to increase its sales and work force with a new product designed to bite into the Apple computer market.
Commodities
October 7, 2004
Briefcase
October 7, 2004
¢ Aquila taps Peculiar, Mo., for its new power plant ¢ United to cut flights ¢ MGP Ingredients to miss quarterly earnings mark ¢ Oil prices top $52 mark
U.S. files WTO complaint about Airbus subsidies
October 7, 2004
The U.S. trade representative initiated a World Trade Organization complaint Wednesday against the European Union, claiming that European governments provide unfair subsidies to France-based plane maker Airbus.
Woodling: Curses! Little E received raw deal
October 7, 2004
Poor Dale Earnhardt Jr. The Nextel Cup driver said the S-word on live television the other day, and NASCAR threw the book at him.
Free State still seeking elusive first victory
October 7, 2004
Free State High’s football team has faced its share of tough opponents on its way to an 0-5 start. The Firebirds (0-4 Sunflower League) might have their best chance to snap their season-long drought at 7 tonight when the they play host to Olathe Northwest (1-4, 1-3) at Memorial Stadium.
Prep players flocking for Late Night in Phog
October 7, 2004
One of the top young shooting guards from Lithuania will be making an official campus visit to Kansas University on Oct. 15-16.
Seahawks hire coaches
October 7, 2004
Seabury Academy has hired Gunar Harmon to coach its boys and girls soccer teams, athletic director Brian Clyne said Wednesday.
Williams wants trade
Dolphins’ reactions mixed regarding return
October 7, 2004
With running back Ricky Williams ready to reverse directions and come out of retirement, his former Miami Dolphins teammates were mixed in their reaction Wednesday.
House ethics panel again rebukes House majority leader
October 7, 2004
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, was unanimously rebuked by the House ethics committee Wednesday for involving a federal agency in a Texas partisan matter and staging a fund-raising event in a way that appeared to link access to the congressman with political donations.
Our town sports
October 7, 2004
Insurgents continue to wreak havoc despite crackdown
October 7, 2004
A suicide car bomber plowed into an Iraqi military checkpoint northwest of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 16 Iraqis and wounding about 30, as U.S. and Iraqi forces sealed off roads south of the capital in a campaign to curb the insurgency before January’s elections.
Q&A with championship contender Jimmie Johnson
October 7, 2004
Many in the media and elsewhere made Jimmie Johnson their preseason pick to win this year’s Nextel Cup championship.
Texas should snap skid
UT-Oklahoma just one big game on Saturday
October 7, 2004
From the Coliseum to Athens, the national championship race will take shape and Heisman Trophy contenders will emerge Saturday.
UT back eyes Heisman
Oklahoma, trophy talk swirl around Longhorns’ Benson
October 7, 2004
Cedric Benson knew he was in trouble even as the words tumbled out of his mouth.
Hunt is on for flu shots
Officials hope to vaccinate most at-risk
October 7, 2004
A national shortage of flu vaccine has pulled the plug on several Lawrence-area clinics and a mass immunization drill across Kansas, and left healthy Kansans hoping they can avoid the flu despite not getting a shot this year.
U.S. was ‘almost all wrong’ on Iraq threat, report says
October 7, 2004
Contradicting the main argument for a war that has cost more than 1,000 American lives, the top U.S. arms inspector said Wednesday he found no evidence that Iraq produced weapons of mass destruction after 1991. He also concluded that Saddam Hussein’s ability to develop such weapons had dimmed — not grown — during a dozen years of sanctions before last year’s U.S. invasion.
Safety questions raised about Celebrex, other pain-relieving drugs
October 7, 2004
The safety of Celebrex and other pain relievers was questioned Wednesday as scientists in the United States and regulatory agencies in Europe said they feared such drugs might raise the same risk of heart problems as those blamed on the arthritis medicine Vioxx.
EU plans talks on Turkey membership
October 7, 2004
In a historic move that could extend Europe’s borders to the edge of the volatile Middle East, the European Union recommended Wednesday setting mostly Muslim Turkey on a course for full membership in the prosperous 25-nation bloc.
Iran admits nuclear enrichment
October 7, 2004
Iran said Wednesday it had processed several tons of raw “yellowcake” uranium to prepare it for enrichment — a key step in developing atomic weapons — in defiance of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency.
Poll: Iraqis’ interest in elections waning
October 7, 2004
Iraqi voters are losing interest in elections scheduled for January, and not because they’re worried about security.
Ex-NFL kicker sought in Siegfried & Roy drive-by
Police think former Raider shot at Las Vegas home
October 7, 2004
A former place-kicker for the Oakland Raiders is being sought in a drive-by shooting at the home of entertainers Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn, police said Wednesday.
Missouri River level expected to drop
October 7, 2004
Barring tremendous rainfall, water levels will start dropping soon on the Missouri River as the Army Corps of Engineers tries to store more water in upstream lakes.
Graham prepares for last K.C. crusade
October 7, 2004
Making his first public appearance since a series of medical problems sidelined him this spring, evangelist Billy Graham on Wednesday toured preparations for his weekend crusade in Kansas City.
Judge orders gambling devices returned
October 7, 2004
A federal judge has ordered the state to return gambling equipment seized from the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma when officials shut down a casino in downtown Kansas City, Kan., but barred the tribe from resuming gambling there.
A-Rod delivers for Yankees in 12th
New York rallies past Twins, 7-6, to even series at one game apiece
October 7, 2004
The Yankees needed someone to save Mariano Rivera. Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter sparked a championship-caliber rally just in time.
City briefs
October 7, 2004
¢ Parents walk to school with children for a day ¢ 19-year-old arrested in March hit-and-run ¢ Preliminary hearing set for father who killed son
Apprentice’ advises taking high road to find success
Trump show winner speaks at KU for Homecoming
October 7, 2004
Last spring Bill Rancic won over Donald Trump before a national television audience and became “The Apprentice,” but don’t expect him to become a 20-year employee of The Donald.
Anna M. Patterson
October 7, 2004
Ruby Wright
October 7, 2004
Gifford Wayne Grover
October 7, 2004
Rolin D. Walbridge
October 7, 2004
Alice A. Degenhardt
October 7, 2004
Bradley, reporter clash
October 7, 2004
Major-league officials plan to review a confrontation in which Dodger outfielder Milton Bradley called a Los Angeles Times reporter an “Uncle Tom” in the middle of a tense interview Wednesday, provoking an angry response by the writer, who then was escorted out of the clubhouse by other players.
On the record
October 7, 2004
Water officials working on reservoirs’ long-term plan
October 7, 2004
Kansans soon may be hearing much more about the state’s reservoirs, water officials say.
Lawrence briefs
October 7, 2004
¢ Geriatrician encourages new thinking on aging ¢ Weekend dog show free to public ¢ Shuttle buses offered for KU-KSU game
Fact checkers find many statements debatable
October 7, 2004
Vice President Dick Cheney and his Democratic opponent, Sen. John Edwards, clashed over Saddam Hussein’s ties to al-Qaida, the human and financial costs of the war in Iraq, the economy and the company Cheney headed as a private businessman.
Youth advocates insist House trying to dodge draft issue
October 7, 2004
Youth advocates on Wednesday criticized a House vote on the military draft as a political ploy to stifle debate on a topic important to young voters.
People
October 7, 2004
¢ A home away from home for Hef ¢ Rapper to face Canadian charge ¢ Wayne’s birthplace to pay tribute ¢ Reba turns talents to fashion
Good investment
The state has a responsibility to protect the investment of taxpayers and donors by maintaining buildings on its university campuses.
October 7, 2004
Adequately maintaining the buildings on Kansas university campuses is simply the responsible thing to do. Neglecting that responsibility is a misuse of taxpayer money.
Baseball’s return to D.C. spurs dilemma
October 7, 2004
A reader of this column in St. Louis left me a voice mail message this week that set my head spinning. “I suppose,” he said, “now that Washington has a baseball team again, you will keep your promise and endorse President Bush’s re-election.”
Business recruiter: City very ‘selective’
Economic board discusses tactics
October 7, 2004
The Lawrence-Douglas County Economic Development Board will look at whether the community needs to become more aggressive in offering incentives to lure companies to locate or expand in the city.
Heartbreak in Horejsi
K-State extends Sunflower sizz with 3-2 win
October 7, 2004
Kansas University’s volleyball team didn’t snap its losing skid or end its streak of defeats against in-state rival Kansas State on Wednesday night at Horejsi Center, but the Jayhawks might have rediscovered their soul.
Late-bloomer Ochoa flourishing with KU
October 7, 2004
David Ochoa didn’t begin playing football until he was in the seventh grade. That’s hardly unusual if you’re from any of 49 states, but Ochoa, a Kansas University offensive lineman, happens to be from the Lone Star State.
Area inventor creeps toward record book
October 7, 2004
From fast-food to computers, it seems faster is better. But one man is intent on taking things at a more relaxed pace with an invention he hopes will set a new standard in slow.
Dylan’s lyrics legendary, but are they Nobel-worthy?
October 7, 2004
How many roads must a man walk down, before you call him a … Nobel Prize-winning songwriter?
Teenagers should rebel against ‘Life’
October 7, 2004
What would you get if you combined the libidinous idiocy of an “American Pie” comedy with the smug seriousness of “My So Called Life”? It would have to look something like the pilot for “Life as We Know It” (8 p.m., ABC), a drama-comedy that manages to be vulgar and pretentious at the same time.
Bush, Kerry see nuclear threat
October 7, 2004
The presidential debate on foreign policy was dominated by one issue — the war in Iraq. Yet when the candidates were asked to name the single most serious threat to the national security of the United States, neither mentioned Iraq.