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Date set for Eldridge Hotel auction
September 16, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 1:43 p.m.) An auction to find a new owner for downtown Lawrence’s historic Eldridge Hotel will be conducted on Oct. 12, a bankruptcy judge ruled here today.
Police investigating stabbing
September 16, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 4:33 p.m.) Police continue to investigate a stabbing discovered Wednesday night and have identified the victim as a 26-year-old Lawrence man.
Heaggans arrested on drunk driving charge
September 16, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 11:39 a.m.) Gregory W. Heaggans was booked into the Douglas County Jail at 3:50 a.m. today after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving by a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper.
Warmer weather expected for weekend
September 16, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 8:54 a.m.) If you have outdoor activities in the next few days, you’ll like the upcoming weather forecast. “We’ll have plenty of sunshine to enjoy,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. The next few days will bring warm, pleasant weather — with a slight chance of rain late Friday night and early Saturday morning — and afternoon temperatures climbing into the 90s, Schack said.
Afghan court sentences American vigilantes
September 16, 2004
An Afghan court sentenced bounty hunter Jonathan Keith Idema to 10 years in prison Wednesday after finding him and two other Americans guilty of kidnapping, torture and false imprisonment.
For a day, prayers outside school
Students across Lawrence, around globe, observe ‘See You at the Pole’
September 16, 2004
Zach Colwell watched Wednesday morning before class as about 20 of his schoolmates gathered around the flagpole at Lawrence High School, heads bowed in prayer.
Alcohol vaporizer generates only negative buzz
September 16, 2004
These are not good days for the people who are trying to sell New York on a machine that lets you inhale a martini instead of drinking it.
Martha Stewart ready to begin prison term
Millionaire wants to ‘reclaim good life’
September 16, 2004
Even at a wrenching moment of surrender, Martha Stewart was — as always — under impeccable control.
Briefly
September 16, 2004
¢ FAA assesses blame for air-traffic shutdown ¢ 5 Los Alamos workers fired for security lapses ¢ Great Sand Dunes becomes national park ¢ Parents of four welcome six more
Briefly
September 16, 2004
¢ Brown University gets $100 million gift ¢ Judge rejects election to replace governor ¢ School finance system ruled unconstitutional ¢ Deal reached to improve juvenile prison system
Thank you
With all the letters about world-shattering issues, one tender missive about the merits of simple kindness stands out.
September 16, 2004
Among the constant stream of letters about world-shaking issues to the Journal-World’s Public Forum, a gentle piece recently appeared to remind us that life for everyone would be better if we regularly practiced and recognized civility, respect and kindness.
Sister cities share in celebration
September 16, 2004
Wrapping one’s mouth around the word “sesquicentennial” is difficult enough. But there may not even be a comparable term for the age of Lawrence’s sister city of Eutin, Germany.
Our town sports
September 16, 2004
U.S. should help Lebanon
September 16, 2004
President Bush’s grand ambition to halt terrorism in the Middle East and inspire democracy there is under challenge in Iraq, Iran and the Palestinian territories. It may not seem the opportune moment for the administration to take on an urgent new task in the region. But it is.
Mayfield’s win completes inaugural Chase field
September 16, 2004
The moment that defined Saturday’s Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway came on Lap 331.
Jayhawks take 13th place
September 16, 2004
Kansas University’s women’s golf team placed 13th Wednesday out of 17 teams at the McGuire Invitational.
LMH approves deal to offer angioplasty procedures
Lawrence hospital agrees to five-year contract with Kansas City-based Cardiovascular Consultants
September 16, 2004
Lawrence Memorial Hospital officials agreed to a deal Wednesday that would significantly increase the hospital’s ability to provide care to patients with heart problems by early next year.
Ida Norine Solsbery
September 16, 2004
Residents share stories for future
September 16, 2004
Whether it was racial tensions that tore through Lawrence in the late 1960s, a national basketball championship two decades later or a time when Massachusetts Street was still a muddy road in a young, turbulent river town, the memories all are part of history.
John A. Larigan
September 16, 2004
Sosa finds his old form
Cubs slugger belts two homers in win over Bucs
September 16, 2004
Sammy Sosa appears to have found his swing, and the timing couldn’t be better for the Chicago Cubs.
Red Sox avoid rare 3-game slide
Boston back on winning track with 8-6 triumph over Tampa Bay
September 16, 2004
The Boston Red Sox just want to keep winning.
City pride, scratchy beards mark past anniversaries
September 16, 2004
Dorothy Green doesn’t remember all the details, but she was wearing a pink crepe-paper dress, surrounded by fruits and vegetables.
Iraq vets, wife share policy concerns
September 16, 2004
Over many years of covering campaigns in New Hampshire, I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve attended political events in the basement meeting room of the Manchester Public Library, which makes itself available to all candidates and parties. Never have I been to a quieter rally than the one I happened upon Monday afternoon.
Schools need longer days, later start
September 16, 2004
Lawrence public schools opened on Aug. 11 this year. I think this date is simply too early for several reasons.
Crashing the party
Scenarios that could affect race for Cup title
September 16, 2004
Although the lineup for the inaugural Chase for the Nextel Cup has been set, there remains a nagging question.
June S. Henry
September 16, 2004
Police briefs
September 16, 2004
¢ Sexual assault report under investigation ¢ Police chase follows route through store ¢ Accident closes lanes on Kansas Turnpike ¢ Lawrence resident injured in stabbing
U.S. puts Saudis on list of freedom violators
September 16, 2004
The United States bowed to domestic pressure Wednesday and named Saudi Arabia as one of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom.
Horoscopes
September 16, 2004
People
September 16, 2004
¢ Johnny Ramone dies at 55 ¢ ‘Survivor’ gives back to children ¢ N.Y. rolls out Earnhardt plates ¢ A street called ‘Law & Order’
Differing opinions
September 16, 2004
Political vandals
September 16, 2004
Facts lacking
September 16, 2004
Differing views
September 16, 2004
Connecticut moves into first place
September 16, 2004
Behind Nykesha Sales’ 28 points, the Connecticut Sun beat the Charlotte Sting, 81-67, Wednesday night to take sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference.
NHL to lock out players
Decision approved unanimously by owners
September 16, 2004
The National Hockey League will lock out its players today, threatening to keep the sport off the ice for the entire 2004-05 season.
American team focusing on individual efforts
Worry about yourself’
September 16, 2004
Hal Sutton doesn’t want anyone to read anything into his pairings during the practice rounds at the Ryder Cup, and that’s a good thing.
KU’s Keith growing into role on defense
End putting on pounds after move from quarterback
September 16, 2004
Charlton Keith is trying his best to pack on the pounds. “I’m eating four to five meals a day,” said Keith, Kansas University’s 6-foot-5, 224-pound junior football defensive end from Akron, Ohio. “I’m doing my best to gain, to put on some muscle.”
Mangino: Coker might play
September 16, 2004
Tony Coker was on the practice field Wednesday, and Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino liked what he saw.
Coordinated attacks sign of sophisticated insurgency
September 16, 2004
The scale and sophistication of militant attacks in Iraq are steadily increasing, with coordinated strikes and complicated ambushes that increasingly hit their targets, officials and analysts said Wednesday.
Attacks on Iraqis escalate
3 beheaded bodies found Wednesday; car bomb kills 2
September 16, 2004
Villagers found three decapitated bodies north of Baghdad on Wednesday and a car bomb killed two people at an Iraqi military checkpoint south of the capital in attacks that appear to be increasingly targeting Iraqis rather than the United States and its multinational force allies.
United Way’s Pacesetters kick off drive with $370,000
Goal in county is to raise more than $1.5 million to help area agencies
September 16, 2004
For 47 years, Hank Booth has been involved with United Way of Douglas County. So when he took to the podium Wednesday evening for festivities marking the kickoff of the 2004 fund drive, he spoke from experience.
Ivan aims for U.S. today
Tornadoes, floods expected in Alabama
September 16, 2004
Hurricane Ivan and its 135 mph winds churned toward this historic port city with frightening intensity Wednesday as the storm began its assault on the Gulf Coast, lashing the region with heavy rain and ferocious wind, spawning monster waves that toppled beach houses and spinning off deadly tornadoes.
Cayman dream trip turns into nightmare
September 16, 2004
It was to be a paradise vacation in the Cayman Islands. But thanks to Hurricane Ivan, a Lawrence woman found herself in a living hell last weekend as the powerful storm whipped Grand Cayman Island.
Survey seals deal for KU, Moses
New logo being designed to help university communicate its marketing message
September 16, 2004
Moses and the burning bush may take a back seat when it comes to marketing at Kansas University.
Haskell to mark 120 years
September 16, 2004
In keeping with Lawrence’s sesquicentennial celebration, Haskell Indian Nations University will commemorate its 120th anniversary with several events this weekend.
Report finds Kansas lags in pre-kindergarten spending
September 16, 2004
Despite budget problems across the nation, 15 states increased funding for pre-kindergarten education, according to a report released Wednesday. Kansas was not one of them.
City briefs
September 16, 2004
¢ Teen clerical worker reports lewd behavior ¢ Wreck near county line injures 21-year-old ¢ Kansas winter surprises city’s earliest residents
Kansas winter surprises city’s earliest residents
September 16, 2004
The first Lawrence residents got an early taste of what winter would be like in Kansas.
Daily ticker
September 16, 2004
Eldridge Hotel auction set
Opening price for landmark expected to be $1.9M
September 16, 2004
An auction for downtown Lawrence’s historic Eldridge Hotel will be Oct. 12, a bankruptcy judge ruled Wednesday.
Senate committee votes against overtime rules
September 16, 2004
A Senate committee defied President Bush and voted Wednesday to derail new federal overtime rules that critics say would prevent 6 million American workers from getting the bonus pay.
Briefcase
September 16, 2004
¢ Energizer hopes users beam about flashlight ¢ Coca-Cola braces investors for decline ¢ J.P. Morgan to scrap IBM outsourcing deal
Lawrence music festival canceled
Organizer: Western Music Assn.’s financial woes lead to decision
September 16, 2004
The Western Music Assn. has struck a sour financial note, forcing members of the group to cancel its plans for a Lawrence music festival that was expected to boost the city’s hotel business for four days in November.
Industrial activity slightly up in August
Fed report causes decline in stocks
September 16, 2004
Industrial activity edged up by 0.1 percent in August as declines in utility and mining output tempered a gain in factory production.
OPEC to increase production
September 16, 2004
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will raise its oil production target by 1 million barrels a day later this year in a move widely viewed as more symbolic than significant, given that the cartel has been exceeding the new output limit since the beginning of the year.
Commoditites
September 16, 2004
Russian children return to school
September 16, 2004
School opened again on Wednesday. The boys of Beslan wore dark suits, the girls — as they do in Russia — had lacy white bows in their hair. Their day began with a minute of silence to remember the 338 people who died after they were taken hostage by heavily armed militants on the first day of school two weeks ago.
Lawrence L. Kennedy
September 16, 2004
Henry Vernon Morrison Sr.
September 16, 2004
Ruby May Taylor
September 16, 2004
Myrtle Ellen Allen
September 16, 2004
Senators sound alarm on Iraq spending
September 16, 2004
Two senior Republican senators on Wednesday rebuked the Bush administration over its handling of Iraq, saying its proposal to divert $3.46 billion in reconstruction funds to mostly beef up security showed that U.S. policy is in disarray.
Kerry takes gloves off
Democrat assails Bush on economy, Iraq
September 16, 2004
Democrat John Kerry on Wednesday delivered a stinging indictment of President Bush’s economic record, charging the president has offered “more excuses than jobs” and presided over record employment losses and a swollen deficit.
Judge again takes Nader off Florida ballot
September 16, 2004
Ralph Nader is again off Florida’s presidential ballot, at least for now.
Poll finds swing voters not turning Bush’s way
September 16, 2004
President Bush has been gaining ground among overall voters as a leader and the man to fight terrorism, but swing voters have been less impressed, a poll suggests.
Bush criticizes Putin’s moves
September 16, 2004
In an unusual rebuke of an ally, President Bush said Wednesday he was concerned that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s moves to centralize power could undermine democracy.
National Institutes of Health director to visit KU
September 16, 2004
Kansas University researchers are hoping to make a pitch for federal funds Friday and Saturday when the director of the National Institutes of Health will be in Kansas.
Golfer donates $25,000 to KU Hospital
September 16, 2004
Chris Riley usually draws attention for his drives down the fairway, but it’s a fund-raising drive that’s bringing him praise at University of Kansas Hospital.
County to rezone rural acreage for ‘upscale’ housing
September 16, 2004
Plans for a dozen new homes on wooded terrain three miles southwest of town won approval from Douglas County commissioners Wednesday night.
Lone Star development rejected
September 16, 2004
A developer’s hopes for building a new neighborhood near Lone Star Lake evaporated Wednesday night at the Douglas County Courthouse.
Slain soldier was back from second Iraq tour
Two fellow soldiers charged with first-degree murder in shooting
September 16, 2004
Two soldiers were charged with first-degree murder Wednesday for the shooting death of a fellow Fort Riley soldier who recently had returned from his second tour of duty in Iraq.
Wichita closer to new airport terminal
September 16, 2004
With its first vote on a proposal to replace the terminal at Mid-Continent Airport just a month away, Wichita City Council members were generally impressed by plans they saw for the $147.5 million project.
Girl found safe after mother killed
September 16, 2004
A 5-year-old girl was found safe Wednesday night in Albany County, Wyo., after her mother was killed earlier that day in Topeka.
On the record
September 16, 2004
National Merit Semifinalists named
September 16, 2004
Eleven high school seniors from three Lawrence schools have been named National Merit Semifinalists.
Woodling: Wildcats’ Weiser faces music
September 16, 2004
You have to credit Kansas State athletic director Tim Weiser for being a stand-up guy. During halftime of Saturday’s Notre Dame-Michigan football game, NBC-TV aired a feature trumpeting how 13 of the schools in college football’s Top 25 gave course credit for participation in football.
S.I. honors Lawrence girl
September 16, 2004
Alexa Harmon-Thomas, a Lawrence 8-year-old, appears in the “Faces in the Crowd” section of this week’s Sports Illustrated magazine.
J.Lo appearances spell ‘Will & Grace’ demise
September 16, 2004
A sure sign that a sitcom is fading is the continual presence of unusual guest stars with little or nothing to do with the original premise of the series. “Will & Grace” (7:30 p.m., NBC) limps into its seventh season with an exceptionally weak episode starring Jennifer Lopez as herself. For those who still follow the show, Jack insinuated himself into the pop star’s inner circle at the end of last season, and now they are inseparable. It’s about as funny as it is plausible.
Park cruises past Haskell, 3-0
September 16, 2004
The sky fell inside Coffin Sports Complex on Wednesday night — literally. So too did the Haskell Indian Nations University volleyball team in its home opener against Park University.
Investigations of CBS’ story on Bush’s Guard service sought
September 16, 2004
Top Republicans on Wednesday tried to tie the Kerry campaign to disputed documents used by CBS News for a story examining President Bush’s Vietnam-era service in the Texas National Guard and called for a congressional investigation.
Walters says special goodbye to ‘20/20’
September 16, 2004
Mind you, Barbara Walters isn’t retiring.
Former police officer suspected in attack
September 16, 2004
Russian police investigating the deadly Beslan school siege are looking inside their own squad house: One of the attack organizers was allegedly a former cop who disappeared six years ago.
Release of Iraq prison records ordered
September 16, 2004
Suggesting the government was acting as if it had something to hide, a federal judge Wednesday gave Washington one month to release records related to the treatment of prisoners in Iraq.
Beisel frustrated by ongoing alterations at middle linebacker
September 16, 2004
At least one man engaged in a lively competition at middle linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs was not very happy about it.
Yankees extend Royals’ woes
K.C. scoreless drought reaches 19 innings
September 16, 2004
The New York Yankees’ struggling starters are beginning to put it together — just in time for a big series against Boston.
Briefly
September 16, 2004
¢ Sharon lets road map fall by wayside ¢ Musharraf to keep post as army chief ¢ Security breach second this week ¢ Peace negotiations for Darfur collapse
Briefly
September 16, 2004
¢ Number of Patriot Act complaints disclosed ¢ Surgery resumes on conjoined twins ¢ Smithsonian plans to build Ocean Hall ¢ Gay couples challenge new adoption law