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Firefighters battle East Lawrence blaze
September 29, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 7:13 p.m.) Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical personnel were continuing to battle a vacant house fire early this evening in east Lawrence.
SLT completion not expected for at least eight years
September 29, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 8:41 a.m.) Completion of the South Lawrence Trafficway can’t be expected until 2012 — if, in fact, it’s ever built. That estimate came during a meeting this morning of Lawrence and Douglas County officials with planners from the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Cool this morning, but warming up
September 29, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 8:41 a.m.) Lawrence hasn’t seen weather this cool since May — this morning’s low temperature had dropped to 41 by 8 a.m., according to Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
People
September 29, 2004
¢ Research: ‘Daily Show’ viewers better-educated than O’Reilly’s ¢ Favorite neighbor on DVD ¢ Divorce is the word
Briefly
September 29, 2004
¢ Chechens arrested in American’s slaying ¢ American Taliban wants sentence commuted ¢ Hikers set record on West Coast trail
Just answer the question
Ducking questionnaires may be a good political tactic, but it is a disservice to voters.
September 29, 2004
As everyone knows, informed voters are the best kind. That’s why it’s disappointing to see so many candidates ducking questions posed by an organization like Project Vote Smart.
Voters deserve firm answers on terrorism
September 29, 2004
Five weeks before Election Day, it angers me that President George W. Bush and Democratic contender John Kerry continue to focus more energy on taking potshots at each other than on informing Americans about their strategies to deal with critical global issues such as terrorism.
More information needed
September 29, 2004
Normally, I write this column on Sunday evening. It is now 4:30 a.m. Monday. It has been a long night. I have spent the past few hours and the past few days trying to figure out what I want to say about the current furor over Judge Paula Martin’s decision in a controversial case this year involving the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl by a group of men. The case is controversial for several reasons.
Draft issues
September 29, 2004
Dentist stirs up ‘Taste of Louisiana’
September 29, 2004
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “A Taste of Louisiana Cooking.”
Delta CEO forgoes pay
Company pilots approve retirement agreement
September 29, 2004
Delta Air Lines’ chief executive said Tuesday he was declining his six-figure salary for the rest of the year as he announced a 10 percent pay cut for executives, ticket and gate agents and other staff.
Airbus chief signals plans to develop Boeing 7E7 rival
September 29, 2004
The head of Airbus SAS accused rival Boeing Co. of leading a “campaign of untruths” against the European aircraft maker, and gave the clearest sign yet that Airbus plans to develop a new competitor to the Boeing 7E7.
Commodities
September 29, 2004
Liberty slip past Shock
September 29, 2004
Bethany Donaphin didn’t have time to think when she got the ball with the score tied and clock winding down in regulation.
Washington lands Expos
Baseball’s announcement to come today
September 29, 2004
Major league baseball will announce today that Washington will be the new home of the Montreal Expos, bringing the national pastime back to the nation’s capital for the first time in 33 years, the Associated Press has learned.
Luna valuable for Cardinals
September 29, 2004
Every December, major league baseball has a lightly publicized redistribution of developing players to prevent teams from hoarding talent in their minor-league system.
Mercantile milestone
Lawrence cooperative has grown, become nationally recognized
September 29, 2004
Two weeks ago, Hal Sears was coming out of the back door of the Community Mercantile Co-op when he ran into Karl Scheidt, a Bonner Springs farmer. Almost 20 years ago, when Sears was the co-op’s produce buyer on Saturdays, the pair would drag 13 or 14 bushels of apples — more than 600 pounds — into the store. Now, Scheidt makes a special trip with a box of Arkansas Blacks just for Sears.
Slinkey sets tone for Indians
Peru State dominates HINU, 3-0
September 29, 2004
Don’t dare call Haskell Indian Nations University volleyball player Terri Slinkey short.
Seahawks slip against Sumner
September 29, 2004
Seabury Academy’s soccer team fell to Kansas City Sumner, 4-3, on Tuesday at Sumner’s field.
KU eager to make statement against Nebraska
September 29, 2004
An angry group of Kansas University volleyball players will take the Horejsi Center court at 7 tonight against No. 7 Nebraska.
Tucson tournament to kick off softball season
September 29, 2004
Six early season tournaments and at least 12 games at Arrocha Ballpark highlight next season’s Kansas University softball scheudle.
Kickoff set for Kansas homecoming game
September 29, 2004
Kickoff for Kansas University’s Oct. 9 homecoming football game with Kansas State at Memorial Stadium will be 6:20 p.m.
$2 gasoline on horizon as oil prices hit record
Factors conspire to force crude futures up
September 29, 2004
Duane Rothwell’s black monster couldn’t seem to quench its thirst. For minutes outside a gasoline station at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive, Rothwell, of Lawrence, held the pump nozzle to the tank of the monster, a clean black 1998 Lincoln Navigator.
Judge’s ouster would be rare
Only once previously have Kansans voted against retention
September 29, 2004
Organizers trying to oust Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin face almost overwhelming odds.
Pessimism growing on situation in Iraq
Optimistic appraisals offered by Bush administration countered by career intelligence community officials
September 29, 2004
A growing number of career professionals within national security agencies believe the situation in Iraq is much worse, and the path to success much more tenuous, than is being expressed in public by top Bush administration officials, according to former and current government officials and assessments made in the past year by intelligence officials at the CIA and departments of state and defense.
Registration drive targets student voters
September 29, 2004
Amir Abramof can’t wait to cast his ballot in the Nov. 2 election. It will be the first presidential election in which the 19-year-old has been eligible to vote — not only did he turn 18 since 2000, he became a United States citizen only a year ago.
Report spurs investigation of election suppression
September 29, 2004
Members of the Kansas University Young Democrats have been accused of threatening to exclude voter-registration forms submitted by Republicans.
Students uneasy after stickup
Police arrest suspect in armed robbery at GSP/Corbin parking garage
September 29, 2004
The uneasy feeling at Kansas University’s all-female residence halls might linger for a while.
Children get smARTS in dance program
September 29, 2004
Some third- and fourth-grade students in the Lawrence school district are getting a break from their desks this week to learn from dancers associated with a national troupe.
Poll shows Kansans back pre-kindergarten programs
September 29, 2004
Good policy and good politics are intersecting at the crossroads of pre-kindergarten education, child advocates said Tuesday.
Alan Ray Huston
September 29, 2004
Sylvia E. Thurber
September 29, 2004
Cecilia Ann Craig-Klemm
September 29, 2004
Eryll F. Hoff Jr.
September 29, 2004
John P. Wolf
September 29, 2004
Delivery-driver charges leave suspects baffled
Defendants make first court appearance
September 29, 2004
The suspects in a series of pizza delivery-driver robberies reacted with bewilderment Tuesday during their first court appearances.
State briefs
September 29, 2004
¢ Alumnus to lead college ¢ Former copy clerk tapped as publisher ¢ Children, 7 and 10, die in traffic wreck
Mail ballots deliver convenience countywide
September 29, 2004
Voting by mail isn’t just for absentees anymore. Hundreds of regular folks — far from being stationed overseas, called out of town for work or drawn to tropical locales on vacation — are lining up to cast ballots in November’s general election by mail.
New $50 bill debuts in U.S.
September 29, 2004
A new $50 bill with touches of red, blue and yellow will be showing up soon at banks, in cash registers and wallets. A new $10 bill also is in the works, the third greenback to get colorized to cut back on counterfeiting.
Baseball squad to play at CommunityAmerica
September 29, 2004
Three games in CommunityAmerica Ballpark, home of the Kansas City T-Bones, are included in Kansas University’s 2005 baseball schedule.
Six Flags planning fastest roller coaster
September 29, 2004
Six Flags Great Adventure is opening the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster this spring — a thrill ride that accelerates to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds and rises 456 feet off the ground.
Earthquake shakes large part of California
September 29, 2004
A strong earthquake shook the state Tuesday from Los Angeles to San Francisco, cracking pipes, breaking bottles of wine and knocking pictures from walls.
Captors free seven hostages in Iraq
September 29, 2004
Kidnappers released two female Italian aid workers and five other hostages Tuesday, raising hopes for foreigners still in captivity. But insurgents showed no sign of easing their blood-soaked campaign against the U.S. presence in Iraq, staging a show of defiance in Samarra and striking twice with deadly force in Basra.
On the record
September 29, 2004
Gay-issues Liberty Press celebrates its 10th year
September 29, 2004
Kristi Parker published the first issue of Liberty Press, the state’s only monthly publication covering gays and lesbians, 10 years ago this month.
Designer Geoffrey Beene dies
Godfather of sportswear won Coty awards
September 29, 2004
Geoffrey Beene, the award-winning designer whose simple, classic styles for men and women put him at the forefront of American fashion, died Tuesday at 77.
Jeanne’s remnants spreading havoc up East Coast
September 29, 2004
As it churned north, Jeanne’s remnants dumped torrential rain and spawned tornadoes and high wind. Three deaths were blamed on the storms, and damage was widespread.
Sudan threatens tribal war if militia pursued
September 29, 2004
A top Sudanese official on Tuesday defended an accused ringleader of Arab militia attacks on African villagers as a legitimate tribal leader and warned any attempt to go after such men could ignite warfare that would tear the country apart.
Kauffman Foundation donations totaling $1M will go to K.C. initiatives
September 29, 2004
The Kauffman Foundation has announced two grants totaling $1 million from a new fund to support Kansas City initiatives.
Baked apple makes sweet side dish with meal
September 29, 2004
One of my favorite side dishes as a child was a baked apple. I particularly appreciated the fact that my mother served a baked apple with the meal, rather than trying to pawn it off as a dessert. In the childhood scheme of things, a baked apple was far too nutritious a food item to count as a dessert. If dessert was to be part of the meal, I reasoned, a tooth-rotting sweet should appear at the end. It was only fair.
Extension offering classes on ‘Dining with Diabetes’
Advice on how to store, bake apples
September 29, 2004
To help individuals who have diabetes or have a family or friend with the disease, K-State Research and Extension in Douglas County is offering a four-session cooking school on “Dining with Diabetes” again this year. Through this course, you will have the opportunity to learn how to reduce the effects of diabetes and still enjoy food.
Haitians attack aid convoys
Relief workers struggle to assist tropical storm victims
September 29, 2004
They mob aid convoys, break into homes to steal food and shoot anyone who gets in their way. Street gangsters have put aid workers squarely in their sights and are subjecting weary storm survivors to life-threatening delays in getting food and water.
Cornhuskers not dwelling on domination of Jayhawks
September 29, 2004
Nebraska’s players and coaches agree that the program’s 35-game win streak over Kansas is impressive, but it will mean nothing when the teams meet Saturday.
Increased voter registration reported throughout U.S.
September 29, 2004
New voters are flooding local election offices with paperwork, registering in significantly higher numbers than four years ago as attention to the presidential election runs high and an array of activist groups recruit would-be voters who could prove critical come Nov. 2.
Kaun glad to be safe in Kansas
Hurricanes ravaging freshman’s Florida town
September 29, 2004
Sasha Kaun feels the pain of his Florida friends who have been hammered by four hurricanes in the past six weeks.
City briefs
September 29, 2004
¢ Tickets still available for Cosby at KU ¢ ‘River City Weekly’ features bioscience ¢ Sixth-grader wins chess tournament
Mangino: New kids on to block
KU coach could ‘tweak’ offensive line after subpar rushing performances against Northwestern, Texas Tech
September 29, 2004
One thing is certain about Mark Mangino’s coaching style: He isn’t complacent.
Woodling: Oh yes, they call it The Streak
September 29, 2004
Every year Kansas University is scheduled to play Nebraska in football, the inevitable question arises. Where were you in 1968?
Tribe hands K.C. loss No. 100
September 29, 2004
In this last week of a horrible season, the erratic Kansas City Royals finally have found a little consistency.
Prices boost state’s oil production
Booming industry benefits landowners, Kansas’ coffers
September 29, 2004
Record high oil prices continue to pump new life into the Kansas economy, according to new estimates by the Lawrence-based Kansas Geological Survey.
6Sports video: Unanswered goals trip Lions
September 29, 2004
Lawrence High has struggled on the soccer field after winning its season opener, but faced a winnable opponent on Tuesday before falling behind late in the game.
6Sports video: Firebird goalkeeper keeps stats even
September 29, 2004
It’s not too often that you have a goaltender who has scored as many goals as he’s allowed, but Free State’s Aaron Williams has done just that. He earned another shut-out Tuesday against Topeka, and teammate Dustin Nye scored three goals of his own.
Briefly
September 29, 2004
¢ Poll: America’s middle opposes Iraq, leery of Kerry ¢ Blair acknowledges invading Iraq was mistake
Lawrence briefs
September 29, 2004
¢ Commissioners meet in closed-door session ¢ Police investigating report of rape
Shark Tale’ an all-star film
More celebs loaning voices to cartoons
September 29, 2004
Quick! Can you name who did the voice of Snow White? Or Cinderella? How about the Little Mermaid?
UPN’s new bachelor father Taye Diggs knows best
September 29, 2004
Proof that some ideas never die and some romantic conventions can be improved upon is found in the new series “Kevin Hill” (8 p.m., UPN). Taye Diggs stars in the title role as a brash and handsome young lawyer who changes female lovers as often as some of us change socks. Yes, he’s a player. But that all changes when his troubled cousin dies and leaves Kevin, his only relative, with a 10-month-old bundle of joy named Sarah.
Candidates seek debating points
September 29, 2004
After the seemingly endless preliminaries, now comes the main event Thursday night.
Soups provide way to use last of garden tomatoes
September 29, 2004
Before the last of the tomatoes fall off the vines, here are a couple of recipes for soups to warm up chilly evenings.
Purdue duo dynamite
QB Orton, WR Stubblefield thriving
September 29, 2004
When Kyle Orton arrived at Purdue, his future favorite receiver was already there. It just took awhile for the shy quarterback from Iowa to connect with a skinny, slow wideout named Taylor Stubblefield.
K-State’s Snyder rakes in at least $1.58 million
September 29, 2004
Coach Bill Snyder receives half the money Kansas State University collects because its football team uses shoes or clothing from Nike, boosting his annual compensation to at least $1.58 million, records show.
Lion woes continue
Loss of focus, late mistakes recurring LHS bane
September 29, 2004
Of all its soccer losses this season, Lawrence High’s 3-2 defeat Tuesday against Blue Valley stung the worst.
Hamas signaling political challenge to Arafat
September 29, 2004
Palestinians marked the fourth anniversary of their uprising Tuesday amid signs that the extremist Hamas group is preparing a political challenge to Yasser Arafat despite a series of Israeli military blows at the movement’s leadership.
Guerrero propels Angels
Anaheim catches Oakland atop West standings
September 29, 2004
Vladimir Guerrero is hitting the ball hard and proving himself as the MVP of the Anaheim Angels in his first real pennant chase.
Astros keep wild-card berth in sight
Beltran’s throw pivotal in Houston’s 2-1 triumph over Cardinals
September 29, 2004
Reggie Sanders slid into home plate, kicking up a cloud of dirt and chalk.
Vijay can’t match Tiger of 2000
September 29, 2004
Vijay Singh has one month to put the final touches on what already is a masterpiece.
Briefcase
September 29, 2004
¢ Coffee, sugar costs spur Starbucks price increase ¢ Unsteady labor market causes dip in confidence ¢ Denver company sells its mineral leases in Kansas ¢ Motorola to cut jobs
Nye the guy for FSHS
September 29, 2004
Dustin Nye scored three goals, leading Free State High to a 3-0 soccer victory over Topeka High on Tuesday at Topeka Soccer Complex.
Supreme Court to hear eminent domain case
September 29, 2004
The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide when local governments may seize people’s homes and businesses against their will to make way for projects like shopping malls and hotel complexes that produce more tax revenue.
School board decides to keep Centennial for district uses
September 29, 2004
The Lawrence school district will hold onto a closed elementary school for its purposes instead of leasing it or turning it over for other uses.
Horoscopes
September 29, 2004
Running away?
September 29, 2004
Grilled pizza creates unique tailgating fare
September 29, 2004
It’s tailgating time. And this season, rather than the usual wings and chili, think about treating fellow fans to pizzas on the grill.
Daily ticker
September 29, 2004
Friends rally around Kansas City coach
Former players encouraging Vermeil after Chiefs’ disappointing 0-3 start
September 29, 2004
Since Sunday afternoon, when his Kansas City Chiefs fell to 0-3, friends of Dick Vermeil have been calling, e-mailing and sending word through mutual pals.
Runner Chesang honored by Big 12
September 29, 2004
Kansas University cross country runner Benson Chesang was named the Big 12 Conference’s runner of the week last week for his performance in the Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul, Minn.
Evolution supporter urges involvement
September 29, 2004
Kansans will have a ringside seat in the next year to another verbal battle between creationists and those who support teaching evolution in Kansas public schools.
Briefly
September 29, 2004
¢ Asteroid to make close pass to Earth ¢ Harvard scholar admits plagiarism ¢ Dog-handler sentenced for planting evidence ¢ Washington’s distillery site of new whiskey trail
Bird’s status still unknown for Western Conference finals
September 29, 2004
Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird will need surgery on her broken nose, and her status is uncertain for Game 1 of the WNBA Western Conference finals that begin Friday.