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Autopsy confirms savagery of slaying
October 8, 2004
(Updated Sunday at 12:45 p.m.) The brutality that a slain Douglas County woman suffered became more clear Friday with the release of an autopsy report showing she died with about 28 stab wounds and slashes about her head, neck and chest.
Chat today with Boyda at 1 p.m., Moore at 3 p.m.
October 8, 2004
(Updated Monday at 9:55 a.m.) Readers of the Journal-World’s Web site will be able to chat online Monday with two Democrats running for local congressional seats.
Drier conditions moving in
October 8, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 8:17 a.m.) Patchy fog was blanketing some outlying areas around Lawrence this morning. But sunshine is ahead for the afternoon and clearer skies for this evening, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Pats’ only question: How huge a win?
October 8, 2004
The New England Patriots probably will claim their 19th consecutive victory (including playoffs) when the downtrodden Miami Dolphins come Sunday to Foxboro.
Bottom of lineup keys Cards’ win over Dodgers
October 8, 2004
Mike Matheny, Edgar Renteria and the St. Louis Cardinals can win with singles, doubles and triples, too. After tying a postseason record with five home runs in the opener, the Cardinals stayed in the ballpark for Game 2 Thursday night.
Tired Twins ready to bounce back
October 8, 2004
Too tired to take batting practice, the bleary-eyed Minnesota Twins milled around the Metrodome just hours after another postseason rally by the New York Yankees evened their first-round AL playoff series at one game each.
Boston to bank on Arroyo in Game 3
October 8, 2004
Curt Schilling is a meticulous note-taker, charting pitches and studying batters in search of something he might be able to use later. Pedro Martinez is more of a clowning-around-in-the-dugout kind of guy.
Tenth-ranked Virginia clobbers Clemson, 30-10
October 8, 2004
Facing the first real test to its dominance this season, Virginia showed Clemson — and the nation — that its numbers haven’t just been built against inferior competition.
Swing voters still have power
October 8, 2004
For months, pundits and the press have been peddling an obviously misguided theory of the American electorate: that all the voters have chosen one side or the other and thus there are almost no swing voters left. But a funny thing has happened.
Lawrence residents gear up for 2nd debate
Town-hall event to include first questions about domestic policy
October 8, 2004
A handful of Lawrence residents are hitting the road to participate in events surrounding today’s presidential debate.
Busch reaping benefits of Junior’s temporary potty mouth
October 8, 2004
Kurt Busch hardly is the fans’ choice to win NASCAR’s Nextel Cup championship. He sometimes is booed in Victory Lane.
KU soccer heads to MU — with Rasmussen
October 8, 2004
Welcome back, Michelle Rasmussen. A year after breaking a leg in a soccer match with Missouri, Kansas University’s Rasmussen will be back on the field again tonight against the Tigers.
FSHS volleyball rallies for 2 wins
October 8, 2004
Free State High’s volleyball team bounced back from a loss to host Shawnee Mission Northwest to thump Kansas City (Mo.) Metro Academy and Olathe Northwest in a volleyball quadrangular on Thursday.
Furcal’s blast boosts Braves in 11th
Atlanta heads to Houston with series tied
October 8, 2004
More than anyone, Rafael Furcal wants the season to last as long as possible. He made sure the Atlanta Braves played at least two more games.
Horoscopes
October 8, 2004
Calendar
October 8, 2004
Rodney Dangerfield deserves respect
October 8, 2004
So Rodney Dangerfield’s movies weren’t exactly going to give Brando a run for his money. There was that unforgettably dark turn as a sitcom dad from hell in Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers.” And “Caddyshack” and “Back to School” had their share of laughs. But most of the time, he was doing roles like, well, Lucifer in Adam Sandler’s “Little Nicky.”
The fight for voter rights
October 8, 2004
In Iraq, it’s just about time to start registering voters. If the national elections scheduled for January are to be held, registration of the nation’s 12 million eligible voters must begin in early November.
DA: Victim brutally stabbed
Judge sets bond at $750,000 for professor accused of killing ex-wife
October 8, 2004
Police and family members have said all along that the death of Carmin D. Ross was brutal and violent. On Thursday, it became clear what they meant.
Race still tight in trend-setting Missouri
October 8, 2004
This sprawling farm and factory state known as the Gateway to the West also might be called a gateway to the White House.
De Soto-Eudora clash of stalwarts
Offense should dictate matchup of area’s top squads
October 8, 2004
As evenly matched as the De Soto-Eudora football showdown looks on paper, the only sure winners appear to be the fans.
Lions’ effort again falls short
Shawnee Mission North hands Lawrence yet another ‘frustrating’ defeat, 2-1
October 8, 2004
Come October, the teams typically associated with the word “cursed” are the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox. But after suffering its 10th defeat of the season Thursday night in a 2-1 loss to Shawnee Mission North, that’s about the only explanation left for the Lawrence High boys soccer team.
Faith forum
October 8, 2004
When people say, “I’m spiritual, but not religious,” what are they talking about?
Authorities say Argonia teen staged own death
Sheriff’s Office concludes valedictorian committed suicide
October 8, 2004
The death of an Argonia teenager hit by a train was a suicide “staged to give the appearance of a homicide,” the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.
The real need
Universal military training is a program that might serve the nation well in the mortal battle against terrorism
October 8, 2004
Presidential candidates of both major political parties are denying they are even considering a military draft, but their position ignores a process that the nation may need down the line.
DeLay’s resignation sought over Westar contributions
October 8, 2004
Westar Energy Inc. and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, were linked Thursday in an exploding political scandal revealed by an ethics committee report that provided a detailed view of money, power and politics.
Egypt blast kills at least 19
Car bombs blamed for explosion at tourist resort hotel
October 8, 2004
Blasts from a car bomb and a suicide bomber tore through a resort hotel in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula where Israelis were vacationing at the end of a Jewish holiday Thursday night, officials said. There were at least 19 dead and the toll was likely to rise.
Rockets hit Baghdad hotel; U.S. strikes terror hideout
October 8, 2004
Rockets struck a Baghdad hotel housing foreign contractors and journalists late Thursday, drawing return fire and underscoring the precarious security in the heart of the Iraqi capital. Outside Baghdad, roadside bombings killed two more American soldiers.
John P. Bailey
October 8, 2004
Staunch ‘D’ awaits LHS rushers
October 8, 2004
Lawrence High’s football team has defeated Olathe South in each of the last two years. Making it three in a row won’t be easy.
Jayhawks say they learned to deal with setbacks
October 8, 2004
One play pretty much decided last year’s Kansas University-Kansas State football game in Manhattan.
Collison impresses at Sonics’ camp
Former Kansas University power forward ‘attacks boards’ on both ends
October 8, 2004
Nick Collison won’t be complaining about carrying a veteran’s bags this season. It’s a rookie ritual, and Collison is a rookie, even if he was an NBA draft pick 16 months ago.
Ravens’ Lewis pleads guilty
Running back to receive four-month prison term
October 8, 2004
Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a federal drug conspiracy case Thursday and will be sentenced to four months in federal prison and two months in a halfway house, to be served after the regular season ends in January.
Receivers hope to limit drops
October 8, 2004
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino knows he has no wide receivers with hands made of stone. So despite the excessive amount of Adam Barmann passes last week that clunked off receivers’ hands, the third-year coach realizes that the problem is concentration, not talent.
Religion briefs
October 8, 2004
Oskaloosa at Wathena
October 8, 2004
The Bears, who were 1-8 a year ago, are 0-5. … Oskie has given up 49 or more points in four of five games. … Doniphan West defeated Oskie, 59-22, last week. … Wathena is 1-4.
People
October 8, 2004
¢ OutKast leads Europe award nods ¢ Tickets going fast for Moore ¢ ‘Idol’ gets warm Filipino welcome
Rock for democracy
A trio of politically motivated concerts take to the Granada’s stage
October 8, 2004
Politics and music will be mixing in a big way next week — starting tonight — in three separate shows at The Granada Theatre, 1020 Mass., designed to get out the vote among college-aged students of all political persuasions: Republicans, Democrats and independents.
KU grad central to comedy at ‘Daily Show’
October 8, 2004
During last year’s Emmy Awards ceremony, Stewart Bailey learned an important lesson when he rushed onstage to collect a statuette after “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” won in the variety/comedy series category.
Daffy pondering propels ‘What the Bleep’
October 8, 2004
After reviewing such formulaic productions as “First Daughter” and “Shark Tale” the past few weeks, it’s hard not to at least admire “What the Bleep Do We Know!?” for attempting something different.
Nintendo nostalgia pushes buttons of Lawrence gamers
October 8, 2004
Jenny Reardon picked up “Super Tecmo Bowl” and blew into the flat, gray cartridge. She then picked up a Q-tip and dipped it into a bottle of rubbing alcohol. Despite the warning printed on the game to not clean with alcohol, she rubbed the Q-tip along the exposed computer chip portion of the game.
Haskell students see fee increase as burden
University seeks more money for programs
October 8, 2004
Tino Tadena said it made no sense. Why, the senior at Haskell Indian Nations University asked, should he have to pay higher fees to live in Roe Cloud Hall when he gets so little for what he pays now?
Coalition to unify candidate forums
Lawrence groups hope to streamline events
October 8, 2004
Being a candidate for public office in Lawrence can be hard work. Many nights during campaign season, candidates are invited to forums organized by neighborhood associations, business groups and other civic organizations across town.
Library rallies young voters
October 8, 2004
A “Rock the Vote” youth registration rally Thursday at the Lawrence Public Library resulted in fewer than a dozen registrations, but the evening’s message struck a chord with at least one potential voter in 2009.
KU proposal would trim twice-a-week class lengths
Tuesday-Thursday courses could lose five minutes
October 8, 2004
Good news for Kansas University students: You’ll probably be spending less time in class beginning in fall 2006.
Lawrence briefs
October 8, 2004
¢ Former university official to lead Hispanic council ¢ Faculty to honor famed Kansas photographer ¢ Hospital dedicates new cardiac center ¢ State Supreme Court to air arguments online ¢ Enron investigator to speak at KU
Ford makes inroads on fuel-efficiency list
Japanese vehicles, led by Honda Insight, at 66 miles per gallon on highway, top EPA rankings
October 8, 2004
Japanese vehicles dominate the government’s annual list of vehicles with the best fuel economy, but Ford Motor Co. can claim the most fuel-efficient pickup and sport utility vehicle.
Legislation adds prison time for ‘spyware’ installation
October 8, 2004
The House on Thursday passed the second bill in three days that would outlaw “spyware,” irritating software that quietly monitors the activities of Internet users.
Commodities
October 8, 2004
Exhibit organizer files for bankruptcy
Topekan was behind two public displays of czars’ treasures
October 8, 2004
A woman who helped bring two displays of Russian cultural treasures to Topeka has filed for bankruptcy.
Area briefs
October 8, 2004
¢ Washburn forum takes look at Cuba ¢ Storm precedes shutdown of Wolf Creek
New direction
October 8, 2004
Birthday thanks
October 8, 2004
Changing party
October 8, 2004
Dole Institute creates 3 positions to fill vacancy left by Konzem
October 8, 2004
The Dole Institute of Politics is looking to expand its staff, its director said Thursday.
Lawrence Datebook
October 8, 2004
On the record
October 8, 2004
Disc found in Iraq had plans of U.S. schools
October 8, 2004
Federal law enforcement authorities notified school districts in six states last month that a computer disc found in Iraq contained photos, floor plans and other information about their schools, two U.S. officials said Thursday.
Anglican archbishop says U.S. church created ‘new religion’
October 8, 2004
The most influential Anglican leader in Africa — home to nearly half the world’s Anglicans — said Thursday that the U.S. Episcopal Church has created a “new religion” by confirming a gay bishop in New Hampshire, breaking the bonds between the denominations with roots in the Church of England.
FDA accused of silencing Vioxx concerns
October 8, 2004
The Food and Drug Administration silenced one of its drug experts who raised safety concerns weeks before Merck & Co. yanked the blockbuster drug Vioxx because of increased risks for heart attack and strokes, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said Thursday.
Poll: Kerry takes lead over Bush
October 8, 2004
Sen. John Kerry has taken a slim lead over President Bush, according to an Associated Press poll that shows the president’s support tumbling on personal qualities, the war in Iraq and the commander in chief’s bedrock campaign issue: national security.
Norman O. Walrafen
October 8, 2004
Iraq made billions on illicit deals
October 8, 2004
Suitcases full of cash, secret bank accounts, covert operatives, corrupt politicians on the take. A report detailing alleged illicit U.N. oil-for-food deals with the former Iraq government paints a portrait of Saddam Hussein as an international gangster — not a nuclear terrorist.
Democrats seek gain from DeLay scandal
October 8, 2004
Democrats sought election-year gain Thursday from Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s latest brush with the House ethics committee, while the powerful Texas lawmaker drew widespread expressions of support from fellow Republicans.
Dwane C. Schaake
October 8, 2004
Bush presidency has shifted worldview
October 8, 2004
For all these weeks and months, we have looked at George W. Bush through the lens of a microscope, which shows us a president’s scar tissues, exaggerates his flaws and attributes, enlarges the small characteristics that otherwise escape the eye. It might be healthy, about four weeks from the election, to look at the president through a telescope, which tells us what stands out about a political figure from afar.
Anna M. Patterson
October 8, 2004
Brown’s practice popular
October 8, 2004
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self and his staff members weren’t the only coaches to watch Larry Brown’s Detroit Pistons practice Wednesday.
Pocius cancels UA trip
October 8, 2004
Lithuanian guard Martynas Pocius, of the Holderness School in Plymouth, N.H., who will visit Kansas for Late Night in the Phog on Oct. 15 and Duke the following weekend, will not visit Arizona because Thursday the Wildcats received an oral commitment from guard J.P. Prince of Memphis, Tenn., rivals.com reports.
Frazar tied for top spot
Rest proves profitable for golfer in Vegas
October 8, 2004
Harrison Frazar took some time off to rest and find a way to make golf fun again. For the second week in a row, it paid off with a share of the first-round lead, though he had to share it with six others in the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas.
Athletes of the week
October 8, 2004
Seabury volleyball 2-1 at quad
October 8, 2004
Seabury Academy senior Elise Stella dropped to the floor, put her hands on her head and gasped for air moments after the Seahawks finished their final volleyball match of the night Thursday at the Seabury quadrangular.
Lawrence volleyball can’t quite complete sweep
October 8, 2004
It would have been tough for someone who didn’t know that Lawrence High was playing host to a volleyball quadrangular Thursday night to walk into the LHS gym and ascertain the home team.
Charles Lee Beeson
October 8, 2004
High school football scores from Oct. 7
October 8, 2004
Santa Fe Trail at Mill Valley
October 8, 2004
Mill Valley (4-1) has won four straight since losing its season opener to Kansas City Turner. … The Jaguars have outscored their opponents 126-33 during their four-game winning streak. … SFT (1-4) has lost three in a row. … The Chargers have scored only 28 points, an average of 5.6 per game. … Mill Valley is coming off a 28-0 victory over Bonner Springs, while SFT is trying to rebound from a 42-8 loss to Tonganoxie.
Chanute at Ottawa
October 8, 2004
Ottawa (3-2) has lost two of three after a 2-0 start. … The Cyclones gave up 14 fourth-quarter points last week in a 27-7 loss to Baldwin. …. Ottawa lost standout lineman Caleb Blakesley — a Kansas University recruit — to a knee injury in the second game of the season.
Tribes, state near accord on K.C.K. casino
October 8, 2004
Negotiations between the state and two Kansas tribes hoping to open a large casino close to Kansas Speedway have neared completion. Meanwhile, an Oklahoma-based tribe is continuing its efforts to reopen a smaller casino in the same county.
Basehor-Linwood at Tonganoxie
October 8, 2004
Tonganoxie quarterback Ross Starcher rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns, and Sam Mitchell added two TDs for Tongie (4-1) last week in a 42-8 victory over Santa Fe Trail. … Tongie opened the season with three straight victories before suffering a 21-14 loss to Mill Valley in week four. … Basehor-Linwood is 3-2.
Firebirds finally fantastic
FSHS defense stifles Ravens to cap first win
October 8, 2004
When the Sunflower League’s worst football defense met one of the league’s top quarterbacks Thursday night at Memorial Stadium, it appeared to be a mismatch.
Osawatomie at Wellsville
October 8, 2004
Wellsville (2-3) snapped a two-game skid last week with a victory at Prairie View. … Wellsville has been shut out in all three of its losses. … Osawatomie is 4-1.
Woodling: Huskers will fold at Tech
October 8, 2004
While the eyes of Kansas — if you bought a ticket — and the ears of the Sunflower State — if you listen on the radio — will be trained Saturday on Memorial Stadium, I also will be wondering what’s happening in Lubbock, Texas.
Baseball won’t take action on Bradley incident
October 8, 2004
Milton Bradley was back in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ lineup Thursday, going 2-for-3 with a home run, double and walk in an 8-3 loss to St. Louis that came one day after a clubhouse confrontation between the outfielder and a reporter he called an “Uncle Tom.”
Baldwin at Prairie View
October 8, 2004
Baldwin (4-1) bounced back from a one-point loss at Louisburg with a 27-7 victory last week against Ottawa. … Baldwin’s defense forced six Cyclone turnovers in the blowout. … Baldwin hasn’t allowed more than 14 points in a game and has held three of five opponents to seven points or less. … Prairie View fell to 0-5 last week with a loss to Wellsville.
McLouth at Troy
October 8, 2004
After being shut out in week four at Jefferson County North, McLouth (4-1) rebounded with a 29-18 victory last week against Valley Falls. … McLouth’s Kevin Stewart has rushed for 836 yards and six touchdowns. … McLouth quarterback Jimmy Steffey has completed 21 of 51 passes for 260 yards and five TDs. … The Bulldogs were 0-9 a year ago. … Troy is 4-1.
Efforts stepped up to unseat judge
Anger over rape sentences leads to political-action committee
October 8, 2004
They spread their message at last weekend’s Eudora Fest and Tuesday’s Bill Cosby performance on the Kansas University campus. They’ll be at Saturday’s KU-Kansas State football game, handing out fliers.
Bush, Cheney offer new war rationale after WMD report
October 8, 2004
President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney conceded Thursday in the clearest terms yet that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction, even as they tried to shift the Iraq war debate to a new issue — whether the invasion was justified because Saddam was abusing a United Nations oil-for-food program in Iraq.
Austrian novelist wins literature Nobel
October 8, 2004
Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek, a self-described advocate for “the weak” whose forceful defenses of social and political freedom have frequently clashed with conservatives in her native country, has won the Nobel Prize in literature.
Debbie Reynolds gets witchy for Disney
October 8, 2004
Debbie Reynolds returns for “Halloweentown High” (7 p.m., Disney), the third cable fantasy movie about the enchanted Cromwell family, who pass as “normal” in a human world but are really part of the enchanted realm of fairies, elves, leprechauns, dragons, you name it.
GM announces plans to build hybrid vehicle at K.C.K. plant
Production of Chevrolet sedan will begin in 2007
October 8, 2004
General Motors officials said Thursday that the company planned to begin building a hybrid vehicle at its Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan., in 2007.
Vote! Kansas Web site launched to answer polling questions
October 8, 2004
Along with recent efforts that have made it easier for Kansans to vote, boosting the number who cast a ballot will require a “cultural change,” Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh said Thursday.
Briefly
October 8, 2004
¢ N.Y. Times reporter held in contempt over source ¢ Maker warns of risk of cancer with Remicade ¢ Judge scolds lawyers in anthrax lawsuit case ¢ Stewart to turn herself in at W.Va. prison today ¢ CDC: Kidney failure cases doubled in 1990s ¢ Group sues over arrests of convention protesters ¢ Two Palestinian teens killed in Israeli strike ¢ Suspected sectarian bombing kills 39 ¢ More b eheaded corpses turn up in capital ¢ Rocket attack targets embassy before election ¢ Blair pushes for world aid for African crises ¢ President lauds founder of Soviet secret police
Retailers report sluggish September
October 8, 2004
Consumers spent frugally for a fourth straight month in September, giving major retailers modest gains during the critical back-to-school season and raising questions about upcoming holiday shopping.
Briefcase
October 8, 2004
¢ AT&T slashes jobs, company’s valuation ¢ Merger creates cuts at Bank of America ¢ Mexican regulators approve KC rail deal ¢ Mortgage rates rise
K.C. singer Rex Hobart moves into ‘Empty House’
October 8, 2004
“The Good Ain’t Gone” is the title of the leadoff track on Rex Hobart and Misery Boys’ fourth album, and it may as well be the mission statement for the band and the entire genre of honky-tonk balladeering.
6News video: Coalition to coordinate local election forums
October 8, 2004
The Voter Election Coalition is uniting 10 local organizations to offer public candidate forums during campaigns.
6Sports video: Eudora volleyball still holding strong
October 8, 2004
Despite the loss of a key player, the Cardinals is still one of the best volleyball teams in the state.
6Sports video: Tonganoxie prepares for game in cafeteria
October 8, 2004
Today’s rain forced the Tonganoxie football team to move their practice indoors into the cafeteria.
6Sports video: Firebirds finally prevail
October 8, 2004
Free State High won their first game of the season against Olathe Northwest Thursday at Memorial Stadium.