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State lays off employees from Labor Department
October 14, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 5:29 p.m.) The state on Thursday laid off 43 employees from the department that handles unemployment benefits.
Governor to create homelessness council
October 14, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 11:43 a.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will create an interagency council on homelessness next month to coordinate Kansas government efforts on the issue.
More cool weather ahead
October 14, 2004
(Web Posted Thursday at 8:25 a.m.) If you’re headed out to watch an area high school soccer game this afternoon, take a coat — chilly temperatures and brisk winds are expected.
Bright future
The Eldridge Hotel is an important part of Lawrence’s history, but its sale on Tuesday also opens the door for a bright future.
October 14, 2004
Tuesday’s sale of the historical Eldridge Hotel is good news for Lawrence in a number of ways.
Judicial ethics
October 14, 2004
Troop support
October 14, 2004
Jaywalking ticket
October 14, 2004
Service impact
October 14, 2004
Security checks rile traveler
October 14, 2004
Ted Kennedy and I have something in common. We are both on airline lists as potential terror suspects.
Daily ticker
October 14, 2004
First Management converting former school into headquarters
Renovation project tops lackluster building activity in September
October 14, 2004
Work has begun at the former Riverside School to convert classrooms into office space for one of the city’s largest development companies.
Attorney general halts sale of 9-11 coins
October 14, 2004
New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer on Wednesday obtained a court order to temporarily suspend the sale of commemorative Sept. 11 coins heavily advertised as being minted from silver recovered at ground zero.
Patriot merchants?
October 14, 2004
Commodities
October 14, 2004
Schilling’s right ankle will require surgery
Red Sox making plans in case their ace won’t be able to pitch in Game 5
October 14, 2004
Boston ace Curt Schilling might not be able to pitch Game 5 of the AL championship series Sunday and needs surgery on his injured right ankle.
Season ends early for Carpenter
October 14, 2004
The end of the season came early for Chris Carpenter.
KU’s Self to speak at lunch fund-raiser
October 14, 2004
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self will be a guest speaker at a luncheon benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Coaches Vs. Cancer program at noon Nov. 11 at Lawrence’s Holidome.
QB Whittemore signs with Nashville Kats
October 14, 2004
Former Kansas University football quarterback Bill Whittemore once again has landed a professional gig.
KU on brink of championship?
Self says Jayhawks could ‘do something special’ on eve of 2004-05 season
October 14, 2004
This could be the year Kansas University’s men’s basketball players clip the nets on the final day of the 2004-05 season.
QBs not worried about ‘controversy’
October 14, 2004
Controversy? What controversy? The quarterback situation seems to be the hot topic surrounding the Kansas University football team this week, but it’s not anything that’s actually bothering those ON the team.
Kansas snaps losing streak
October 14, 2004
Kansas University’s volleyball team halted a five-match skid with a five-game victory over Iowa State on Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum.
Our town sports
October 14, 2004
Cardinals cruise, 10-7
St. Louis capitalizes on six-run sixth inning to win Game 1
October 14, 2004
Make no mistake about it, this is a sluggers’ series. Albert Pujols homered early, Larry Walker delivered three key hits and St. Louis withstood four Houston shots to outlast the Astros, 10-7, Wednesday night in Game 1 of the NL championship series.
Florida coach apologizes
Zook’s flap with fraternity draws ire of AD
October 14, 2004
Florida coach Ron Zook acknowledged Wednesday that he confronted several fraternity members after a fight between them and three of his players last month, and athletic director Jeremy Foley called Zook’s behavior “unacceptable.”
Gooden, coach pride of Bay area
Cavaliers’ Silas looking forward to getting best out of former Kansas University forward
October 14, 2004
Drew Gooden’s tattoo proclaims, “Bay Area’s Finest.”
QB Marshall keys Mountaineers’ win
October 14, 2004
Rasheed Marshall almost did it all for West Virginia.
Plummer to remove sticker; NFL will honor Tillman
October 14, 2004
Pat Tillman always stood up for what he believed. His friend Jake Plummer wanted to that as well, but officials from the NFL weren’t so keen on letting him.
Bengals’ Johnson has message for Browns
October 14, 2004
Chad Johnson played his idea of a sick joke on the Cleveland Browns.
NATO considering joint peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan
October 14, 2004
NATO defense ministers discussed a U.S.-backed proposal Wednesday to merge Afghan peacekeeping and anti-terrorism operations under a joint command, despite criticism of the plan from Germany and France.
Voting test fails in Florida
Technical difficulties bode poorly for Election Day
October 14, 2004
A computer crash that forced a pre-election test of electronic voting machines to be postponed was trumpeted by critics as proof of the balloting technology’s unreliability.
Body types at infancy, youth linked to breast cancer
October 14, 2004
The way a girl grows during adolescence and even in the womb may play an important, if murky, role in her risk of breast cancer later in life, a study suggests.
Homicide defendant must keep attorneys
October 14, 2004
A judge again has refused to provide new attorneys to a man charged in the shooting deaths of five people, or allow him to represent himself.
Settlement OK’d in 4 Wichita slayings
October 14, 2004
The State Finance Council on Wednesday approved paying $1.575 million to the relatives of four murder victims killed during a 2000 crime spree.
Wittig trial judge limits mention of harm done to Westar ratepayers
October 14, 2004
Jury selection continued Wednesday in the federal fraud trial of former Westar Energy Inc. chief executive David Wittig after prosecutors were directed not to mention any alleged harm suffered by customers during his tenure.
Lindsley services
October 14, 2004
Lauren Richard ‘Dick’ Johnson
October 14, 2004
Ralph Lyle Rees
October 14, 2004
Yankees take charge of ALCS
New York secures commanding 2-0 lead in series with Boston after 3-1 victory
October 14, 2004
Pedro Martinez has a new “Daddy.” His name is Jon Lieber.
Donald E. Imel
October 14, 2004
Services for Donald E. Imel, 79, Garden City, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church in Garden City. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery in Garden City with graveside rites by Fort Riley Honor Guard.
Rewards proposed for supporting sports
October 14, 2004
Nick Sterner figures the Kansas University women’s tennis team deserves the same rabid support students give the men’s basketball program.
Area briefs
October 14, 2004
¢ Officials accuse breeder of beating dogs to death ¢ D.A. reviewing possible arson case against teen ¢ Advocates to gather for homeless summit ¢ Pedestrian struck by car ¢ Kansas LIFE Project honors 2 from Lawrence
On the record
October 14, 2004
Probe spurs murder rumors
Officials tight-lipped on excavations; tales of mass graves take on life of their own
October 14, 2004
In the remote, far southwest Kansas town of Richfield, rumors of cult killings or mass murder have been flying since Friday.
KU’s ‘big magnet’ expected to attract top researchers
Biology center takes basic science to new level
October 14, 2004
They call it “the big magnet.” Technically, it’s a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, a new addition to Kansas University. It has 60 miles of electrical wiring and creates a magnetic force 200,000 times stronger than earth’s gravitational pull.
Domestic issues hammered home
Jobs, health care, taxes highlight final debate
October 14, 2004
President Bush and Sen. John Kerry attacked each other in their third and final debate Wednesday, accusing each other of misleading the country about their domestic records as they clawed for advantage heading into the final weeks of a campaign that polls show to be neck-and-neck.
Israel to restrict access to holy site
October 14, 2004
Israel said Wednesday it would severely limit the access of Muslim worshippers to Jerusalem’s most volatile holy site during the holy month of Ramadan, claiming it could collapse. Violence flared overnight as a series of Israeli airstrikes left five Palestinians dead in Gaza.
HINU’s Murphy honored
October 14, 2004
For the second straight week, Cory Murphy of Haskell Indian Nations University has been named Central States Football League defensive player of the week.
Europe must deal with Islam
October 14, 2004
The world’s finance ministers and central bankers are paid to be careful souls. Even in the inner sanctum of the International Monetary Fund’s annual meetings, many of them read their statements to each other from carefully prepared notes to say next to nothing in 10 different ways.
Chiefs re-sign punter
October 14, 2004
The Kansas City Chiefs signed punter Steve Cheek from the practice squad Wednesday, giving him another chance to keep the job he won in the preseason.
Fox Sports dismisses complaints by Torre
October 14, 2004
Despite harsh criticism from Yankees manager Joe Torre, Fox Sports will not alter its promos for the Red Sox-Yankees series that include replays of the fight between Alex Rodriguez and Jason Varitek that escalated into a brawl July 24 and of Pedro Martinez shoving coach Don Zimmer to the ground in a free-for-all in last year’s ALCS.
Review: Symphony marks centennial with superbly mature sound
October 14, 2004
The Kansas University Symphony Orchestra celebrated 100 years of fine music making with a rousing gala concert Tuesday night.
Purdue, Virginia looking to validate lofty status
October 14, 2004
Fifth-ranked Purdue and No. 6 Virginia have reached lofty status without facing elite competition.
Poole: Nemechek has spent career looking ahead
October 14, 2004
Joe Nemechek nearly let Ricky Rudd slip up on him Sunday in the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Briefcase
October 14, 2004
¢ Harley’s profits rev up ¢ Canadian regulators OK Coors, Molson merger ¢ PayPal service suffers ¢ Commerce earnings rise
Gun owners wield hefty election clout
October 14, 2004
Billboards now seen in at least 10 key states show a prancing French poodle, its fur fancily clipped for show, wearing a pink ribbon and a blue Kerry-for-president sweater. The text says: “That dog don’t hunt.” And: “For 20 years John Kerry has voted against sportsmen’s rights.” As Election Day approaches, the National Rifle Assn. is clearing its throat, ready to roar.
7-Elevens check out wireless gadgets
Convenience-store chain hopes technology improves sales
October 14, 2004
Sherry Neal walked over to the refrigerated shelves of her 7-Eleven store, consulted a small hand-held computer and instantly got everything she wanted to know about her store’s supply of turkey sandwiches.
6Sports video: Free State working to build on momentum
October 14, 2004
The Firebirds know that the final three games of the season are the most important, and following their first win of the season last week, they’re looking to start a streak.
6News video: Election enters home stretch with third debate
October 14, 2004
Wednesday night’s presidential debate was expected to center mostly on domestic issues, but foreign policy still was a prevalent subject. Locally, a group of around 40 Lawrence High School student participated in C-Span’s Debate Watch 2004.
6Sports video: LHS ‘all in’ for district play
October 14, 2004
The Lawrence High football team is borrowing a play from the poker table to symbolize team unity going into district.
Cemetery fails to meet maintenance requirement
October 14, 2004
Lawrence Memorial Park Cemetery is underfunding its maintenance operations and could face state action if finances aren’t in shape by mid-December.
Briefly
October 14, 2004
¢ Lava climbing in Mount St. Helens ¢ One dead, one missing in ammo plant blast ¢ School board bans senior yearbook photo
Local briefs
October 14, 2004
¢ Robbery suspect gets 26 months in prison ¢ MOMS Club event a walk in the park ¢ Mensa offers application tests
Both candidates stretch facts during final debate
October 14, 2004
In their third and final debate before the Nov. 2 election, President Bush and Sen. John Kerry engaged in the same fact-stretching on key issues that they have throughout the campaign.
Harvard weighs cloning for research
Ethics board to consider request in work to cure diseases
October 14, 2004
Harvard researchers said Wednesday they had asked the university’s ethics boards for permission to create cloned human embryos for medical research, marking the first push to conduct such experiments at a U.S. academic institution.
Attacks kill six Americans
Iraqi insurgents battle troops ahead of Ramadan
October 14, 2004
A suicide attack and roadside bombs killed six American soldiers Wednesday, and Iraq’s prime minister warned residents of the insurgent bastion of Fallujah to hand over terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi or face attack.
Bill O’Reilly denies allegations of sexual harassment
Fox, associate producer countersue in case
October 14, 2004
Fox News Channel traded accusations Wednesday with one of the producers of Bill O’Reilly’s show, with the woman alleging that the commentator had phone sex with her against her wishes three times. Fox in a claim of its own dismissed the sexual harassment complaint as a politically motivated extortion attempt.
New Drew Carey show not so funny this time
October 14, 2004
Now in its second week, “Drew Carey’s Green Screen Show” (7:30 p.m., WB) is based on a confusing concept. Carey and his pals, including his “Whose Line is It Anyway?” partners Colin Mochrie and Greg Proops, act out scenes and recite lines suggested by the live studio audience, who watch the comedians perform on a bare stage with a green screen behind them.
N. Lawrence’s future hinging on continuing floodplain study
October 14, 2004
Engineers are midway through a study of North Lawrence flooding problems that could determine the future of development in the area, officials said Wednesday.
People
October 14, 2004
¢ All-star Nobel peace presenters ¢ New friend for ‘Scrubs’ ¢ Moore rebuffed by university
Pujols’ home run puts Cards on right path
Two-run shot in first inning erases Houston’s 2-0 advantage
October 14, 2004
Albert Pujols made sure the St. Louis Cardinals got off to another fast start.
Chiefs’ Hall a ‘marked man’
After amazing success during 2003 season, Pro Bowl returner being held in check
October 14, 2004
Dante Hall is too good for his own good sometimes.
Supreme Court hears death penalty case
Justices divided on executing juveniles
October 14, 2004
The Supreme Court on Wednesday struggled to assess the morality and propriety of states’ executing murderers who killed at age 16 or 17 — the ultimate punishment carried out in few places outside the United States.
9-11 report named finalist for National Book Award
October 14, 2004
What could have been a dry, impenetrable government document — the final report of the 9-11 Commission — has been honored as a finalist for a National Book Award.
Comic to feature HIV-positive sidekick
October 14, 2004
Along with fighting alien menaces and criminal masterminds, the “Green Arrow” comic book now will feature a sidekick engaged in a more personal struggle — this one against HIV.
Victim recalls campus stickup
Suspect in armed robbery in KU dorm parking lot to stand trial
October 14, 2004
A Kansas University freshman choked up in court Wednesday as she described being robbed at gunpoint last month in a campus parking garage.
Fort Riley soldiers charged in killings
October 14, 2004
Army prosecutors have charged two Fort Riley soldiers with two counts of premeditated murder in the deaths of two soldiers in September at a rural Clay County home.
Briefly
October 14, 2004
¢ Workers threaten to close oil industry ¢ Report: Taiwan worked with plutonium in ‘80s ¢ Former soldiers pledge to end violence ¢ Arrested militants investigated for attack ¢ Blair won’t apologize for Iraq statements
Briefly
October 14, 2004
¢ Court keeps Nader off presidential ballot ¢ Fox taking issue with indecency fines ¢ Report: Bus shouldn’t have been driven ¢ Ex-governor wants public AIDS registry ¢ School turns down lottery donation
Briefly
October 14, 2004
¢ Russian-U.S. crew sets off for space station ¢ Architect Frank Gehry to create ground zero center ¢ Japan confirms new case of mad cow disease ¢ Survey: America finally holds line on weight
County OKs land use near Baldwin
Lender plans to locate near U.S. 59/56 intersection
October 14, 2004
An agricultural lender is staking its claim to fertile ground adjacent to Baldwin Junction for a new regional office.
Oil prices trump positive earnings
Stocks drop on concerns about crude production
October 14, 2004
Soaring oil prices topped positive earnings news Wednesday, sending stocks skidding as investors rushed to take profits on new fears that the market is in the midst of a commodities bubble.
Olerud paying big dividends
October 14, 2004
The New York Yankees found quite a bargain in John Olerud.
KU hasn’t added player from Nebraska … yet
October 14, 2004
Chatter heated up Wednesday night that Nebraska linebacker Michael Keenan had decided to transfer to Kansas University.
Changing the Chase
Drivers share what tracks they’d like in final 10
October 14, 2004
One of the first things the 10 drivers who qualified for the new Chase for the Nextel Cup Championship format did seemed simple enough.
Students exercise right to criticize president
October 14, 2004
The presidential debates are over, but some in Lawrence who watched John Kerry and George W. Bush go face to face for the last time Wednesday night still expect a close finish on Election Day.
Group starts ‘marathon’ higher ed funding drive
State business leaders on lobbying tour of Kansas
October 14, 2004
Bill Hall has been crisscrossing the state, telling of the funding woes Kansas colleges and universities face and what should be done about it.
Implantable chip raises privacy concerns
October 14, 2004
Medical milestone or privacy invasion? A tiny computer chip approved Wednesday for implantation in a patient’s arm can speed vital information about a patient’s medical history to doctors and hospitals. But critics warn that it could open new ways to imperil the confidentiality of medical records.
Court orders new sentence in child rape case
October 14, 2004
A Shawnee County judge under fire for his sentencing in some rape cases has been ordered to give a longer sentence to a man convicted of raping a child.
Horoscopes
October 14, 2004