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Police seek help in rape investigation
October 11, 2004
(Updated Monday at 1:26 p.m.) Lawrence Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a man who attacked and sexually assaulted a 22-year-old Kansas University student early Sunday in the 1100 block of Tennessee Street as she walked home from a downtown bar.
KU First’ event moved indoors
October 11, 2004
(Updated Monday at 9:54 a.m.) The recognition event for faculty and staff who contributed to the KU First capital campaign has been moved indoors.
Showers expected through evening
October 11, 2004
(Updated Monday at 8:03 a.m.) Grab an umbrella. Sprinkles and scattered showers are expected through the evening.
Briefly
October 11, 2004
¢ Festival balloon collides with radio tower ¢ FBI: Washington ferries likely terrorism target ¢ FEMA approves hurricane aid
A model student
KU teaching assistant sped through undergrad years
October 11, 2004
She walks with a subtle confidence, and, at a glance, it might be hard for Kansas University students to believe the woman standing at the classroom’s fore has two undergraduate degrees, is studying for her master’s and is about to show them why Western civilization is one of the most dreaded courses at the university. Why? Because she just turned 20.
Retailers brace for uncertain holiday sales
October 11, 2004
With a weak back-to-school season behind them, the nation’s retailers are focused on the holidays and what steps they need to take to get consumers excited about shopping again. That could mean some quick merchandise changes and more aggressive discounting than originally planned.
KU to expand research facilities
West Campus center’s triangular design will encourage interaction
October 11, 2004
Kansas University officials are about to take a major step toward making the area near 19th and Iowa streets the research center of campus.
Yankees’ Rivera headed to Panama after family tragedy
October 11, 2004
New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was headed Sunday to Panama, a day after two of his wife’s relatives were electrocuted while cleaning the pool at his home.
Superman’ Christopher Reeve dies
Actor, spinal-cord research advocate suffered heart failure
October 11, 2004
Christopher Reeve, the star of the “Superman” movies whose near-fatal riding accident nine years ago turned him into a worldwide advocate for spinal cord research, died Sunday of heart failure, his publicist said. He was 52.
Horoscopes
October 11, 2004
Kansas ranks 29th in federal funding
Report shows state only slightly below U.S. average
October 11, 2004
The federal government spent roughly $6,685 in Kansas last year for every woman, man and child, the U.S. Census Bureau reported last week.
Briefly
October 11, 2004
¢ Four dead in blast at Shiite mosque ¢ U.N. peacekeepers shot during mission ¢ Israeli missile strikes kill two, wound eight ¢ Former army officer elected president
KU order
October 11, 2004
First lady pushes compassion
October 11, 2004
How could I have forgotten that George W. was a compassionate conservative? He chose the moniker of a kinder, gentler Republican four years ago to distinguish himself from Newt Gingrich’s crowd. Newt’s idea of compassion was building a chain of orphanages.
To-do list
October 11, 2004
¢ New York art-rock band headlines Granada show ¢ Presidential candidates face off Wednesday ¢ Last chance to see Marine Band concert ¢ Photo retrospective opens at Spencer Museum
City briefs
October 11, 2004
¢ Forum to include debate, lecture ¢ Southwest teacher receives award ¢ Federal offices closed for Columbus Day ¢ Walking tour to tap state’s liquor history
Drew, Atlanta pounce after Clemens exits
October 11, 2004
John Smoltz, Adam LaRoche and J.D. Drew saved the Atlanta Braves from another quick playoff exit.
Red Sox relaxed, ready for Yankees
October 11, 2004
These Boston Red Sox aren’t worried about what happened in New York last year because they think they’re better than the team that lost to the Yankees in the 2003 AL championship series.
Private space travel takes off
October 11, 2004
It somehow seemed appropriate that SpaceShipOne took off from an airstrip in the Mojave Desert just a few miles from Edwards Air Force Base. For it was at Edwards that a postwar generation of test pilots with ice water in their veins — members of what Tom Wolfe called the “Brotherhood of the Right Stuff” — took up one experimental rocket plane after another to push the envelope.
Jayhawks in Marine Band won’t have Lied Center homecoming
October 11, 2004
When the U.S. Marine Band fills the Lied Center with patriotic tunes this week, the two Jayhawks in the band won’t be there. They have important duties back in Washington.
Clara F. Clark
October 11, 2004
Oil casts long shadow as bull market enters third year
October 11, 2004
The bull market is entering its third year this week, but it may not be a happy birthday for investors.
Briefly
October 11, 2004
¢ Famed NASA engineer dies at age 83 ¢ Government employees to begin protest ¢ Study: Few Americans buy prescriptions online
People
October 11, 2004
¢ ‘Shark Tale’ nets second No. 1 ¢ Elway’s doggone fines ¢ Merchant, Ivory plan new film ¢ Royal designs
Recompense
We need to do far better for those who are improperly convicted and imprisoned.
October 11, 2004
Just this week prosecutors dropped murder charges against a Texas man who spent 17 years on death row for a crime he may not have committed. Evidence was the man did not get a fair trial and it appears a two-fatality fire the man supposedly set had been an accident.
Killers
John Lennon’s killer has served 20 years and should be forced to serve 20 more.
October 11, 2004
The killer of musician-entertainer John Lennon will stay in prison for at least two more years. He has been denied parole because of the “extreme malicious intent” he showed in shooting to death the former Beatle in 1980.
Numerical fallacy
October 11, 2004
The week ahead
October 11, 2004
Briefcase
October 11, 2004
¢ Gasoline prices jump with cost of crude oil ¢ Toshiba developing new flat-panel TV
Bush education ad posed as TV ‘news’ again
October 11, 2004
The Bush administration has promoted its education law with a video that comes across as a news story but fails to make clear the reporter involved was paid with taxpayer money.
Marijuana proposals on ballots in 3 states
Alaska vote could make drug legal
October 11, 2004
The Bush administration’s war on drugs stretches deep into Asia and Latin America, yet one of its most crucial campaigns, in the eyes of drug czar John Walters, is being waged this fall among voters in Oregon, Alaska and Montana.
Kerry courts black voter turnout
October 11, 2004
With just three Sundays left before Election Day, Sen. John Kerry is asking for all the help he can get from black voters and the Almighty.
Harvard researchers examine extent of problem gambling in Missouri
October 11, 2004
A study by Harvard researchers found that about 39,000 Missourians experienced a serious gambling problem in the past year, and Kansas City and St. Louis are epicenters for the state’s problem gamblers.
Run for Success draws 200 participants
October 11, 2004
Roadways around Overlook Park near Clinton Lake Sunday afternoon swarmed with runners and walkers, but they weren’t out just for their own health.
Patricia Josephine Harkins
October 11, 2004
Earl Vernon Kelly Jr.
October 11, 2004
Michael Wayne Sutton
October 11, 2004
Americans reject left-wing government
October 11, 2004
If by the dawn’s early light of Nov. 3 George W. Bush stands victorious, seven of the last 10 presidential elections will have been won by Southern Californians and Texans, all Republicans. The other three were won by Democrats — a Georgian and an Arkansan.
Naomi Virginia Tisdale
October 11, 2004
Etta Imogene Smith
October 11, 2004
Easy-Bake cookoff features 2 Kansans
October 11, 2004
Using tiny cake pans and a toy oven powered with a 100-watt light bulb, two Kansas youngsters will compete this week in New York City for the title of Easy-Bake Chef of the Year.
Officials seek permission to travel to emergency management training
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 11, 2004
The Lawrence City Commission will receive a request to allow local officials to participate in the Integrated Emergency Management Course in Emitsburg, Md.
Political artists awakening in unprecedented numbers
October 11, 2004
President Bush has unwittingly become a muse for a growing number of artists inspired by the war in Iraq and the upcoming presidential election to make political statements through their craft.
Video documents primary trail
October 11, 2004
The process of running for president is deadly serious business. Except when it’s completely ridiculous. That’s the lesson of “Diary of a Political Tourist” (7 p.m., HBO) the second in a series of campaign trail “home movies” by filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi.
Pujols blasts St. Louis into NLCS
October 11, 2004
When it was over, after Jason Isringhausen struck out Alex Cora to put the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL championship series and eliminate the Los Angeles Dodgers, there was no immediate celebration by the winners, and the losers didn’t walk back to their clubhouse.
OU gains on USC in this week’s poll
October 11, 2004
The gap between No. 1 USC and No. 2 Oklahoma is smaller than it has been all season.
Alcohol misuse
October 11, 2004
One more visit slated for hoops prospect Miles
October 11, 2004
Senior high school basketball recruit C.J. Miles, who made an official campus visit this weekend to Georgia Tech, will pick a college early next week after visiting Texas.
Confused Stolz wins Michelin
Two-putt on final hole gives rookie victory, not tie, in Vegas
October 11, 2004
Andre Stolz wondered what his caddie was doing when he took the flag out of the 18th hole and began carrying it off the green.
Packrats, Good Samaritans recycle their clutter online
October 11, 2004
Bill Heeter admits he has a problem. He loves junk.
Scientist uses unusual combination to fight high cholesterol
October 11, 2004
University of Nebraska-Lincoln nutrition scientist Tim Carr is working on a food additive that would combat cholesterol by combining two unexpected sources — soybeans and beef tallow.
Chess 24/7 at 10th & Mass
Game helps former inmates
October 11, 2004
Sly and Willie will play you whenever you want. Seven in the morning? Fine. 2 a.m.? Good enough. Chess is the world to them. They’ve been on the corner of 10th and Massachusetts streets for three months, playing every day.
Senate poised to pass corporate tax bill
Vote today would engineer massive tax breaks
October 11, 2004
The Senate late Sunday resolved a dispute delaying passage of a sweeping corporate tax bill and two spending bills for disaster relief and homeland security, clearing the way for senators to adjourn today to hit the campaign trail.
Commission will investigate voting fraud claims in Afghanistan
October 11, 2004
Afghan election officials agreed Sunday to create an independent commission to probe opposition charges of fraud in this nation’s first-ever presidential poll, while ballot-boxes stuffed with the aspirations of the people of this war-ravaged land started to stack up in counting centers.
Russia, Iran finalizing nuclear deal
October 11, 2004
Iran and Russia said Sunday they were close to finalizing a long-delayed protocol on returning spent nuclear fuel to Russia, paving the way for the launch of a Russian-built nuclear power plant in southern Iran in 2006.
Report: U.S. to delay attacks until after election
Administration doesn’t want race affected by violence in Iraq
October 11, 2004
The Bush administration plans to delay major assaults on rebel-held cities in Iraq until after U.S. elections in November, say administration officials, mindful that large-scale military offensives could affect the U.S. presidential race.
Report shows insurgents pursuing chemical weapons
October 11, 2004
Insurgent networks across Iraq are increasingly trying to acquire and use toxic nerve gases, blister agents and germ weapons against U.S. and coalition forces, according to a CIA report, and investigators said one group recruited scientists and sought to prepare poisons over seven months before it was dismantled in June.
Cause unknown in deadly bus crash
Fourteen killed in tour bus accident
October 11, 2004
Investigators on Sunday combed through a patch of grass near an interstate highway, searching for clues to why a tour bus headed from Chicago to Mississippi drifted off the pavement and overturned, killing 14 people.
Experts say flu vaccine makers need incentives
October 11, 2004
If the United States wants to avoid future shortages of flu vaccine it must take steps to draw drug companies back into the business of making the inoculations, flu experts say.
Mount St. Helens blowing off steam
October 11, 2004
Mount St. Helens vented a new column of steam Sunday, a lazy plume that rose out of the crater of the snow-dusted volcano.
Wood: Trash talk backfired on KSU
October 11, 2004
If anything, Kansas State’s football players should have learned a valuable lesson Saturday: keep their mouths shut.
U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, 3rd Congressional District Democrat, chats online
October 11, 2004
Welcome to our online chat with U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, 3rd Congressional District Democrat. The chat took place at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, and is now closed, but you can read the full transcript on this page.
Hundreds whack Woodling
October 11, 2004
A week after going 6-0 in KUsports.com’s Wanna Whack Woodling? contest, Journal-World sports editor Chuck Woodling fell to 3-3 this week.
Balance lacking in Big 12
South division dominant; North squads dormant
October 11, 2004
The Big 12 Conference is out of whack. The imbalance between the South and North divisions seems so pronounced right now that the North looks like a Division I-AA conference by comparison.
Wedel’s funky inventions help Lions shine
October 11, 2004
When Lawrence High tennis coach Dick Wedel asks senior Laura Wilson what she thinks of his homemade bungee training device, she reluctantly lets out a sigh and a giggle.
Political expression fits democracy to a T
Local memorabilia favors Kerry by a landslide
October 11, 2004
Forget about wearing your emotions on your sleeve. This time of year people with strong feelings about political candidates and issues are turning themselves into walking billboards by wearing T-shirts emblazoned with political slogans.
Defense chief visits troops
Violence persists during Rumsfeld tour; car bombs kill 11
October 11, 2004
Two car bombs in Baghdad killed at least 11 people Sunday, including one American soldier, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld visited U.S. troops and diplomats in the capital and at a remote desert air base.
Backup ballot concerns loom
October 11, 2004
Call it the law of unintended consequences. A new national backup system meant to ensure that millions of eligible voters are not mistakenly turned away from the polls this year, as happened in 2000, could wind up causing Election Day problems as infamous as Florida’s hanging chads.
Nancy Boyda, Democratic candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, chats online
October 11, 2004
Welcome to our online chat with Nancy Boyda, Democratic candidate for the 2nd Congressional District. The chat took place at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, and is now closed, but you can read the full transcript on this page.
Woods in no hurry to resurface
Golfer ‘having so much fun on honeymoon’ he doesn’t know when he will return to competition
October 11, 2004
Tiger Woods always said he had to win a major for it to be considered a great year, but he might have found an exception last week when he was married in Barbados.
On the record
October 11, 2004
Elect to help with Kids Voting
October 11, 2004
Election Day, Nov. 2, is less than a month away and the Kids Voting Coalition is working to offer students in grades kindergarten through 12 an authentic voting experience at the polls. More individual volunteers are needed to help at Kids Voting tables before and after school at polling sites throughout Douglas County, including rural voting locations. Shifts last approximately two hours and may be scheduled at a voting location convenient to the volunteer.
Area briefs
October 11, 2004
¢ Baldwin Junction wreck sends one to hospital ¢ Humanities council receives grant ¢ ‘Super Size Me’ director to speak next week
Mangino, KU basking in victory’s glow
October 11, 2004
Somewhere, Mark Mangino has to have a phone charger. Kansas University’s football coach better hurry up and find it. He’s in dire need of one right now, and he’s probably missing a lot of calls.
Common questions about flu season
October 11, 2004
Preparations for this year’s influenza season were upended Tuesday when federal officials announced that the country’s supply of flu vaccine would be half of what had been expected. Clinics offering the flu shot were canceled; the few that continued to operate were mobbed.
Way to go, Joe
Nemechek holds off Rudd to complete weekend sweep
October 11, 2004
Joe Nemechek probably only packed a small suitcase for his stay this weekend at the Kansas Speedway. He might consider moving his North Carolina estate to the 1.5-mile tri-oval track.
Seattle forces Game 3, 67-65
Sales scores 32 for Sun, but Storm even series
October 11, 2004
Betty Lennox and the Seattle Storm withstood a record-setting performance by Connecticut’s Nykesha Sales and forced a decisive third game in the WNBA Finals.
Patriots win 19th straight
New England’s win over Miami sets NFL record
October 11, 2004
Bill Belichick let a rare smile crease his face before reminding his New England Patriots what their record winning streak meant.
National education group notes funding disparities in Kansas
October 11, 2004
Kansas school districts with the most minority students have less to spend per student than districts with fewer minority students, a national report says.