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Governor reaches pact with tribes that could lead to KC casino
October 15, 2004
(Updated Friday at 4:10 p.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ office and two American Indian tribes have apparently reached an agreement on a gaming compact that could lead to a large casino in Kansas City, Kan.
Free State to play football tonight at Haskell Stadium
October 15, 2004
(Updated Friday at 10:44 a.m.)Free State High School officials announced today that because Kansas University had not received new goal posts by this morning, tonight’s Free State football game would be moved to Haskell Stadium.
Coldest weather of season expected overnight
October 15, 2004
(Updated Friday at 11:50 a.m.) Dress warmly if you’re heading out to a football game tonight. It’s going to get cold overnight — the coldest it’s been so far this fall, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Health concerns
October 15, 2004
Super Size Me’ star grills fast-food industry
October 15, 2004
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock really put his money where his mouth was on his fledgling documentary project, “Super Size Me.”
Kaleidoscope of styles offered at FilmFest Kansas City
October 15, 2004
Jay McShann didn’t just play Kansas City jazz. He helped invent its foot-tapping rhythms and boogie-woogie beats. And tonight, he’ll be on hand at FilmFest Kansas City to watch himself and other big names of the big band era in a 25th anniversary screening of “Last of the Blue Devils.”
Midday Ramblers confirm ‘Bluegrass Music is Fun!’
October 15, 2004
If Split Lip Rayfield is the red-headed stepchild of local bluegrass bands, then The Midday Ramblers are likely the valedictorians.
Best bets
October 15, 2004
Still time to vote for the Best of Lawrence
October 15, 2004
With 11 days left to vote, the title of best smoking area remains up for grabs in the Best of Lawrence 2004 reader’s poll.
Duran Duran launches ‘Astronaut
October 15, 2004
Praise the Killers, the Faint, and VH1’s nostalgia-driven programming bent over the last several years: They’ve made the world safe again for Duran Duran.
Sen. Wagle won’t seek leadership, citing son
October 15, 2004
Sen. Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican whose own cancer is in remission, won’t seek a leadership post if re-elected because her son’s leukemia has recurred.
Corps asked to keep Missouri water upstream
October 15, 2004
More than 100 residents, business owners and political representatives have asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to hold more Missouri River water upstream to keep Montana businesses afloat.
U.S. trade gap with China hits record high
October 15, 2004
The trade deficit jumped to the second-highest level in history as surging demand for foreign oil swamped a small gain in U.S. exports, the government reported Thursday. America’s trade gap with China hit an all-time high as retailers stocked up on cell phones, toys and televisions in preparation for Christmas sales.
Google offers software to search hard drive
October 15, 2004
Online search-engine leader Google is targeting the computer hard drive with software that promises to scour the clutter of documents, e-mails, instant messages and other stored files.
Commodities
October 15, 2004
Briefcase
October 15, 2004
¢ Westar leader to speak at KU lecture series ¢ Cardinal sells division ¢ General Motors cuts jobs, earnings estimate
Bush may show domestic policy creativity
October 15, 2004
“It would be an irony of fate,” said the governor as he left home and headed to Washington for his presidential Inauguration, “if my administration had to deal chiefly with foreign affairs, for all my preparation has been in domestic matters.” George W. Bush leaving Austin in January 2001? No, Woodrow Wilson leaving Princeton in March 1913.
Fun rivalry?
October 15, 2004
Smoking litter
October 15, 2004
Hunt continues for militant leader as Pakistani standoff ends
October 15, 2004
Pakistani special forces attacked kidnappers holding two Chinese engineers near the Afghan border on Thursday, killing all five of the al-Qaida-linked militants, who were followers of a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner.
Labor Department lays off 43 workers
October 15, 2004
Forty-three people were laid off Thursday from the state agency that handles unemployment benefits.
Breeder faces cruelty charges in dog deaths
October 15, 2004
A dog breeder accused of killing four of his dogs and injuring three others before a sheriff’s deputy could stop him, was charged with cruelty to animals and obstruction of justice after Tuesday’s incident.
Former teacher gives $1.8 million to Pitt State
October 15, 2004
A former high school teacher who earned a master’s degree from Kansas State Teachers College in 1936 has given the largest scholarship gift in school history to the college, now known as Pittsburg State University.
Former Baker dean promotes peace
October 15, 2004
A former dean of Baker University urged students, faculty and staff to promote harmony and embrace diversity in what he described as a “time of great danger.”
Lawrence Datebook
October 15, 2004
Lawrence briefs
October 15, 2004
¢ Westar leader to speak at KU lecture series ¢ Republican headquarters finally finds location ¢ U.S. Marine Band show included security sweep ¢ Rural Kids Voting sites need more volunteers ¢ Seminar to teach genealogy for novices
State sizes up tax cheats
Businesses owe $195 million, new report says
October 15, 2004
Kansas officials say it is time to drop the hammer on deadbeat businesses that are costing the public treasury millions in unpaid or late taxes and unfairly shifting the burden to more upstanding taxpayers.
Cell phones linked to rare brain tumors
October 15, 2004
People who have used cell phones for at least 10 years may have an increased risk of developing a rare brain tumor, according to a study published Wednesday in the international journal Epidemiology.
Bombings shatter Baghdad ‘safe zone’
Three Americans killed in pair of suicide attacks
October 15, 2004
Insurgents carrying homemade bombs pierced Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone on Thursday, unleashing a pair of lunchtime explosions that killed at least three American civilians and shattered what was left of the perception that the Green Zone is a safe place to live and work.
New state council to help cities deal with homeless
October 15, 2004
The task of sheltering, feeding and otherwise helping as many as 12,000 homeless residents in Kansas falls largely on the shoulders of local communities. Now they’re about to get a little more help.
Firm denies flu shot price-gouging
October 15, 2004
A Florida company has disputed accusations that it tried to sell flu vaccine in Kansas at highly inflated prices.
On the record
October 15, 2004
U.S. deficit hits record $413 billion
Shortfall less than expected; Democrats call for budget controls
October 15, 2004
The federal deficit surged to a record $413 billion in 2004, the Treasury Department announced Thursday, injecting the figure into a presidential campaign in which the two parties have clashed over President Bush’s management of the economy and the budget.
Debate continues on campaign trail
Experts predict presidential race as dead heat in final weeks
October 15, 2004
In a city used to hosting championship boxing matches, President Bush and John Kerry began their final round Thursday.
Soldiers implicated in prison deaths
October 15, 2004
An Army criminal investigation has implicated 28 U.S. soldiers in the beating deaths of two Afghan prisoners found dangling from chains in their cells in December 2002, Pentagon officials said Thursday.
Sharon: Settlers will leave in summer
As Israeli troops leave Gaza refugee camp, prime minister outlines pullout plan
October 15, 2004
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon late Thursday ordered a troop pullout from a refugee camp, defense officials said, signaling that a two-week offensive in northern Gaza that has left more than 100 Palestinians dead could be easing.
Jayhawks ready to roll
Langford ‘very healthy’ as start of season looms
October 15, 2004
For the first time in a long time, Keith Langford is pain-free on the basketball court.
District sees savings from program
October 15, 2004
John Geist, an energy specialist for the Lawrence school district, means business when he turns off a light.
Woodling: KU idle; contest lives on
October 15, 2004
Some of you grizzled, long-in-the-toothers may remember a syndicated newspaper feature called the Bottom Ten. A sarcastic weekly take-off on Top Ten rankings, it rated the worst college football teams in the country.
Lawrence High, Washburn Rural expect to run
October 15, 2004
Don’t expect to see the football in air too often tonight at Washburn Rural. Lawrence High ranks 11th in the 12-team Sunflower League in passing yards (457) and pass attempts (49).
Firebirds stress second-season approach to Topeka
October 15, 2004
The first two-thirds of the high school football season meant nothing. The last one-third means everything. That’s the second-season approach Free State, with a paltry 1-5 record, is taking into Class 6A district play.
NBA talk bothers Giddens
October 15, 2004
Kansas University’s J.R. Giddens doesn’t know who started the speculation about his going to the NBA last season, but said he wished that “big mouth” would have kept his mouth shut until Giddens was ready to talk about playing pro ball.
Rolen, Pujols power Cards to 2-0 lead
October 15, 2004
Scott Rolen and the St. Louis Cardinals sure stormed back in a hurry. Rolen hit two home runs, combining with Albert Pujols for back-to-back shots in the eighth inning that sent the Cardinals past the Houston Astros, 6-4, on a miserable Thursday night for a 2-0 lead in the NL championship series.
Goosen rolls in Match Play
Maggert endures record 12 and 11 loss
October 15, 2004
Virginia Water, England — U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen was the only winner on a rainy opening day of the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth on Thursday, beating Jeff Maggert by a record 12 and 11.
Baseball playoff scheduling misguided
October 15, 2004
There are 30 baseball teams. Each plays 162 games. That means there are thousands of games per season. I could not care less if I get to see most of these games on TV.
Free State soccer falls to Olathe East
October 15, 2004
Free State High hadn’t given up more than two goals in a single match all season and had yet to lose to a Sunflower League foe. The Firebirds soccer team did both in a 4-1 loss to Olathe East on Thursday at Free State.
Tanglin’ with Texas
KU opens ‘fun’ weekend with lopsided loss to UT
October 15, 2004
A fun weekend. That’s what Kansas University swimming coach Clark Campbell called this weekend’s action, sandwiching the Big 12 Conference Relays with meets against national powers Texas and Texas A&M.
Kansas soccer heads to Oklahoma to face OSUOU
October 15, 2004
Kansas University’s No. 9-ranked soccer team will try to add the two Oklahoma schools to its list of Big 12 Conference victims this weekend.
Seabury soccer rolls to 2-0 win
October 15, 2004
Seabury Academy goalkeeper Paul Berita posted his second shutout of the season Thursday afternoon, and the Seahawks rolled to a 2-0 high school soccer victory over Heritage Christian.
LHS soccer falls to SM East, 2-0
October 15, 2004
Lawrence High’s boys soccer team played Shawnee Mission East to a scoreless tie for a half before falling to the Lancers, 2-0, Thursday night at Shawnee Mission Sports Complex.
Veritas football ailing for WOL
October 15, 2004
Paul Kempf and Jesse Schultz have scored 33 touchdowns between them for Lawrence Veritas Christian’s eight-man football team this season.
Ottawa at Gardner-Edgerton
October 15, 2004
Tonganoxie at Bonner Springs
October 15, 2004
Wellsville at Burlington
October 15, 2004
Athletes of the week
October 15, 2004
Walker adds home run
Slugger completes cycle a day late
October 15, 2004
Larry Walker needed three extra at-bats to get his postseason cycle. The newest addition to St. Louis’ power-packed lineup hit a two-run homer off Pete Munro in the fifth inning of the Cardinals’ 6-4 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the NL championship series Thursday night.
Red Sox return home hoping to rebound
After dropping first two, Boston to face Brown tonight, Hernandez in Game 4
October 15, 2004
The infield at Fenway Park was covered with a dirty white tarp on a dreary day. Unless the Boston Red Sox start winning soon, the gloom will last all winter.
KU adds defensive player
October 15, 2004
Kansas University’s football team has landed an oral commitment from Jake Schermer, a 6-foot-2, 199-pound linebacker/safety from Ozark (Mo.) High School. Schermer chose KU over Arkansas, Kansas State and Iowa.
Hurst joins Arena league
October 15, 2004
The Austin Wranglers of the Arena Football League signed former Kansas University standout David Hurst for the upcoming season. Hurst, a lineman, played for KU in 1999-2002. Last year, he played for the Wichita Stealth of afl2, the AFL’s developmental league.
Defensive-minded De Soto off to Perry
Wildcats coach Scott says tonight’s opponent similar to his own team
October 15, 2004
De Soto High football coach Brad Scott found inspiration from an unlikely source recently. Scott was driving one day when he heard Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel on the radio.
Wisconsin seeks revenge against Purdue
October 15, 2004
Tenth-ranked Wisconsin goes into Saturday’s game at No. 5 Purdue with a score to settle. Last year, then-No. 13 Purdue went into Camp Randall and earned a 26-23 victory over then-No. 14 Wisconsin, sending the Badgers into a tailspin.
High School football scores from Oct. 14
October 15, 2004
Freshmen battle-tested
Newcomers have exhibition experience
October 15, 2004
Kansas University’s freshmen men’s basketball players won’t be frozen in fear at tonight’s “Late Night in the Phog” at Allen Fieldhouse.
Bonnie Ball’ to debut at KU
October 15, 2004
“Bonnie Ball” — that is, basketball Bonnie Henrickson style — is coming to Allen Fieldhouse this season.
Leavenworth Immaculata at McLouth
October 15, 2004
Mill Valley at Olathe Northwest
October 15, 2004
Oskaloosa at Osage City
October 15, 2004
Cheneys object to Kerry mention of gay daughter
October 15, 2004
Dick Cheney and his wife say they are angry at John Kerry for invoking their lesbian daughter during the final presidential debate. Kerry says he was just trying to say something nice about how the Cheneys have dealt with the issue and meant no offense.
Canes escape Cards
QB Berlin helps erase 17-point deficit
October 15, 2004
The Louisville Cardinals drew a flag for excessive celebration in the second quarter, and another in the third. Against Miami, the displays of jubilation were premature.
High School scores from Oct. 14
October 15, 2004
Case, Vinson won’t scrimmage tonight
October 15, 2004
Kansas University sophomore Jeremy Case and junior Stephen Vinson will not play in tonight’s Late Night in the Phog scrimmage because of groin injuries.
People
October 15, 2004
¢ Next Oscars show will Rock ¢ Clapton gets up to speed ¢ Kidman prefers brunette ¢ Beatles, Cirque to hit Vegas
6News video: 4th District candidates debate evolution in schools
October 15, 2004
Incumbent Bill Wagnon and Robert Meissner debated the issue of intelligent design at a public forum Thursday at Lawrence High School.
6Sports video: Eudora prepares for match
October 15, 2004
Eudora Coach Greg Webb says he hopes that the offense will get better before Friday’s game against Santa Fe Trail.
6News video: Residents take advantage of early voting
October 15, 2004
Yesterday was the first day residents could vote early and officials say voters are on track to cast a record number of early ballots.
Race hits science divide
October 15, 2004
While candidates for the 4th District Kansas State Board of Education seat shared common ground Thursday, they diverged on at least one issue: the role of “intelligent design” in public education.
Madcap ‘Team America’ pulls the right strings
October 15, 2004
With all the political puppeteering going on during this election year, it seems only fitting that the most savage cinematic satire of American culture is delivered via puppets.
Building democracy can be tricky
October 15, 2004
One of the most enticing rationales for invading Iraq was that it could be turned into a model Mideast democracy. Yet, right now, prospects for anything resembling real democracy in Iraq look bleak, even should Iraqi elections be held in January.
What if a draft is needed?
October 15, 2004
In recent weeks, the ongoing military strain of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan combined with Internet-based gossip has led to growing concern that the next president — whoever he might be — may reinstate the military draft for the first time since the Vietnam War.
Area briefs
October 15, 2004
¢ State office building named after Eisenhower ¢ Nothing found at dig site ¢ Friends of the Kaw present ‘a repast’
Injured ankle will force Schilling to miss first start for first time this season
October 15, 2004
Curt Schilling will miss a start for the first time all season — and just when the Red Sox need him most.
USA thriller good enough to spawn series
October 15, 2004
The stylish TV movie “Thoughtcrimes” (8 p.m., USA) may be the first thriller about terrorism and national security to begin with a very bad date.
LMH to open $400K Breast Center
October 15, 2004
Lawrence Memorial Hospital officials will build a $400,000 center to make it easier for area women to receive mammograms and other tests to detect breast cancer.
Why the hate?
October 15, 2004
Challenge
How about a 2004 voter turnout here that breaks the glistening 1964 mark?
October 15, 2004
Lawrence citizens 40 years ago set a notable record and, in effect, registered a stiff challenge for all those who follow. This November, local voters have the chance to meet that test and exceed the 1964 mark. Certainly the current contentious political climate provides the incentive.
Briefly
October 15, 2004
¢ Harvard grad student guilty of manslaughter ¢ Chemical may protect women from HIV ¢ Osteoporosis risk grows ¢ Study: Amphibians threatened worldwide ¢ New malaria vaccine shows promise ¢ 1 million Palestinians register for election ¢ King’s son tapped as next monarch ¢ Incumbent Karzai leads early ballot count ¢ FCC won’t block airing of anti-Kerry film ¢ Republicans criticize Democratic voting guide ¢ Final debate attracts second-largest audience ¢ Kerry ads outnumber Bush’s, for now ¢ Genesis problem focuses on gravity-switch device ¢ Strong earthquake shakes Taiwan’s capital at midday ¢ Report: Young driver deaths dropped in 2003 ¢ Officer who oversaw Abu Ghraib may be promoted
Hundreds raise money for after-school programs
First ‘Lights On’ student walk fetches $3,000
October 15, 2004
Taylor Schmid seemed slightly worn out from jumping rope and running around as she sat on a curb eating her hamburger.
Barbara Kirkman
October 15, 2004
Spring Hill at Baldwin
October 15, 2004
Santa Fe Trail at Eudora
October 15, 2004
Jayhawks at a glance
October 15, 2004
Here are profiles on Kansas University’s 17 men’s basketball players, who will be introduced to 16,300 fans at tonight’s Late Night in the Phog at Allen Fieldhouse.
Advance voting catches on in ‘04
October 15, 2004
Kansas University student Brian Thomas opted to make his voice heard early. He voted Thursday at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass.
Debate to go on, with or without Sen. Brownback
October 15, 2004
Busy with votes in Washington and considered a certain winner in his re-election bid, Sen. Sam Brownback has yet to accept a public TV station’s invitation to debate his three challengers.
Solar scooters, cob cottages on exhibit at energy fair
October 15, 2004
Reid Nelson gets around Lawrence on a sunbeam. The attorney powers his mo-ped with batteries charged by solar panels. The result, he says, is no-cost and pollution-free transportation.
Critics knock system in which mentally ill end up in shelters
October 15, 2004
About five times a year, the Salvation Army’s homeless shelter in Lawrence is asked to take in someone who’s ready to leave Osawatomie State Hospital for the mentally ill.
Program links diabetic children with doctors
Project establishes electronic health records for patients
October 15, 2004
Nine-year-old Gabe Mathews felt a little funny before taking a test last week. So he went to the school nurse, who discovered the diabetic boy’s blood sugar was very low.
Fox’s O’Reilly vows to ‘take a stand’
Producer who filed harassment suit feels threatened by TV host
October 15, 2004
Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly made a TV talk show appearance on what he said was “the worst day of my life” Thursday, vowing to fight sexual harassment charges by one of his producers.
Eight top preps visit for Late Night
October 15, 2004
A horde of blue-chip high school boys basketball players from all over the globe will be in Lawrence on recruiting visits for tonight’s Late Night in the Phog at Allen Fieldhouse.
Baldwin sweeps league crowns
October 15, 2004
Baldwin High’s boys claimed five of the top seven places in their race, and freshman Heather Garcia led the Bulldog girls to victory and a sweep of the team titles by winning her first Frontier League cross-country race Thursday at Rim Rock Farm.
Jayhawks’ season opened early
Trip to Canada ‘good for team’
October 15, 2004
Tonight’s Late Night in the Phog men’s basketball scrimmage figures to be crisper than midnight workouts of the past.
Acting the fool’ awaits Jayhawks
Late Night extravaganza features scrimmage, but skits central
October 15, 2004
Kansas University’s basketball players will not turn into pumpkins at midnight tonight.
Ramble On
Midday Ramblers cherish offbeat nature of bluegrass scene
October 15, 2004
According to Lawrence’s Midday Ramblers, “Bluegrass Music is Fun!” It is both the title of the band’s new album and a homey philosophy that the four members share.
Horoscopes
October 15, 2004
Calendar
October 15, 2004