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Lions to feature new offense
August 17, 2005
The Lawrence High football team advanced to the second round of the state playoffs last year, and looks to go deeper into the postseason with a new style of offense this season.
North vs. South’
Yanks and Rebs encamp in Lawrence, this time for music
August 17, 2005
Starting today, Lawrence will provide the setting for the second annual North vs. South Music Festival. Nearly 30 acts hailing from either Minneapolis, Minn., or Austin, Texas, are preparing to encamp for three days on one of three downtown stages. The resulting concerts will offer a rock music equivalent of the blue vs. gray.
Taff indicted for misuse of campaign contributions
August 17, 2005
Adam Taff, a two-time Republican candidate for Congress, has been indicted in federal court on charges of converting political campaign contributions for personal use and wire fraud.
Sebelius seeks tighter restrictions on sex offenders
August 17, 2005
One day after Atty. Gen. Phill Kline proposed toughening laws against sex offenders, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius held a news conference to say she also wants to protect Kansans from sex offenders.
Don’t expect much sunshine today
August 17, 2005
On the first day of school for Lawrence Public Schools, students can expect overcast skies.
Laptop sale turns into ‘total chaos’
August 17, 2005
Witnesses likened it to the running of the bulls.
Mud fort construction kicks off Quantrill’s Raid commemoration
August 17, 2005
The forts are back. “We dug one new one and we rehabilitated the one we built last year,” Lawrence historian Katie Armitage said Tuesday, shortly after wrapping up this year’s “Kids, Let’s Build a Mud Fort!” session.
Shops come, go in West Lawrence retail area
Pizza place, upscale pet store moving into marketplace; Tanner’s closes
August 17, 2005
Pizza Shoppe is coming back to town.
Study: Hospitals make heart patients wait longer on nights, weekends
August 17, 2005
A new study finds that heart attack sufferers who go to hospitals on nights and weekends wait longer for an artery-clearing angioplasty than patients during regular hours, increasing their risk of dying.
Keegan: Meier’s time is now
August 17, 2005
Do yourself a favor. If you’re reading this in the newspaper, look to your right. If you’re on KUsports.com, look at the two stories stacked below this one.
Royals’ woeful ways continue
August 17, 2005
Kansas City’s losing streak reached 17 games Tuesday night when the Royals lost, 4-3, to the Seattle Mariners on Yuniesky Betancourt’s go-ahead infield single in the eighth inning.
College food can be easy and nutritious
August 17, 2005
Last week’s column on the food that grocery stores market to college-age consumers drew several comments, including this one from John Poertner. He believes the supermarket that featured the enormous ramen display missed an opportunity to educate young customers about nutrition.
Poll shows America’s love-hate relationship with math
August 17, 2005
People in this country have a love-hate relationship with math, a favorite school subject for some but just a bad memory for many others, especially women.
Family gets gift from America
National vote leads to free vacation for Ottawa clan
August 17, 2005
The Paine family of Ottawa will be going on a free, overseas vacation sometime in the next year.
Commissioners agree to help Freenet
Nonprofit Web provider gets go-ahead to use city property
August 17, 2005
City commissioners are willing to help a Lawrence-based not-for-profit wireless Internet company get started.
Charted flight filled with tourists crashes, killing all 160 on board
August 17, 2005
A chartered jet filled with tourists returning home to the French Caribbean island of Martinique crashed Tuesday in western Venezuela, killing all 160 people on board. The plane plunged to the ground after the pilot reported both engines had failed, officials said.
Maddux pitches Cubs past Astros
Chicago hurler outduels Houston’s Pettitte for 4-1 triumph
August 17, 2005
Facing Greg Maddux, another reliable outing wasn’t good enough for Andy Pettitte.
Environmental groups lose appeal
Conservationists had supported plan for Missouri River that would imitate natural ebb and flow of water levels
August 17, 2005
Environmental groups lost their appeal Tuesday of a ruling allowing the Missouri River to be controlled without changes they say will save endangered fish and birds.
Iraqi leaders still optimistic about completing constitution
August 17, 2005
The failure of Iraqi leaders to reach a deal on their new constitution by Monday’s deadline has underscored a hard reality about the state of affairs in Iraq: The country is even more divided than many of its citizens had realized.
Alleged death threat may jeopardize ex-Klansman’s bail
August 17, 2005
Mississippi’s attorney general has asked that Edgar Ray Killen’s bail be revoked because one of his relatives threatened to kill the judge before the former Ku Klux Klan leader’s trial in the 1964 slayings of three civil-rights workers.
Woodling: Resilient senior Luke deserves right to start
And the nod goes to :
August 17, 2005
Brian Luke is no fluke. Luke, who engineered Kansas University’s stunning 31-14 football triumph over Missouri in last season’s finale, has arrived.
Winners share more recipes from Douglas County Fair
August 17, 2005
Thanks for sharing the champion 4-H foods recipes last week from the Douglas County Fair. It’s always great to get some tried and true recipes for baked goods. Would you also share the reserve champions?
Horoscopes
August 17, 2005
For Wednesday, Aug. 17
If Bush told protesting mother the truth:
August 17, 2005
Cindy Sheehan is right to be furious.
Parliament approves new government
August 17, 2005
Bulgaria’s Parliament overwhelmingly approved the leader of the Socialist Party as the country’s new prime minister on Tuesday, bringing to power his socialist-liberal coalition government.
Roman Catholic Church’s World Youth Day begins
August 17, 2005
Thousands of cheering and singing young people from dozens of nations gathered in Cologne Tuesday, inaugurating World Youth Day with a jubilant Mass led by the city’s archbishop.
More fowl slaughtered amid fears of bird flu
August 17, 2005
Russia slaughtered hundreds of fowl on Tuesday as fears grew that a bird flu outbreak in Siberia was threatening to spread to the more densely populated western part of the country.
Report disputes police on shooting of Brazilian
August 17, 2005
A Brazilian man mistakenly shot by British police last month did not vault over a subway turnstile or run away and was being restrained by one officer when another shot him eight times, ITV News reported Tuesday, citing leaked police documents, witness statements and photographs.
Japan sees only minor earthquake damage
August 17, 2005
The earthquake was powerful enough to sway skyscrapers 185 miles away in Tokyo. And with an estimated magnitude of 7.2, it had the potential to cause catastrophic damage.
Peacekeepers killed in Afghanistan
August 17, 2005
A helicopter carrying NATO peacekeepers crashed in a western Afghan desert Tuesday and another flying with it made an emergency landing, killing 17 Spanish troops and injuring five others providing security ahead of landmark legislative elections.
Coretta Scott King in fair condition at hospital
August 17, 2005
Civil rights matriarch Coretta Scott King was in fair condition Tuesday after being hospitalized for an unspecified condition, a hospital official said.
Testimony: Detainee was severely beaten
August 17, 2005
An Afghan detainee who died in military custody was injured so severely that his leg muscles were split apart, an Air Force medical examiner testified Tuesday in the trial of a soldier accused in the beating.
Terrorism probe yields third arrest
August 17, 2005
A Pakistani national has been arrested in a terrorism investigation into a possible plot to attack the Israeli Consulate, California National Guard facilities and other targets, officials said Tuesday.
Worker charged with making anthrax threat
August 17, 2005
An employee of the National Institutes of Health was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Miami on charges that she threatened to put anthrax in the Broward County (Fla.) Property Appraiser’s Office, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Prison tapes of detainees withheld, official says
August 17, 2005
The Justice Department’s inspector general said a federal prison center in Brooklyn, New York, failed to turn over hundreds of videotapes to investigators probing the treatment of detainees taken into custody after 9-11.
Worm hits Windows 2000 systems
August 17, 2005
A computer worm unleashed over the weekend infected more computers on Tuesday running Microsoft operating systems, with Windows 2000 users most seriously affected.
Oldest baseball manager tossed
Bragan, 87, directs Fort Worth team for one game - actually a couple of innings - to pass Connie Mack
August 17, 2005
Bobby Bragan hinted weeks before his history-making appearance as manager of the Fort Worth Cats that he might get tossed out of the game.
NIT, NCAA settle their differences
Jury sent home after deal reached to end dispute
August 17, 2005
The NCAA and the National Invitation Tournaments settled their differences in federal court Tuesday, likely ending a civil trial in which the NIT had claimed that the NCAA was trying to put it out of business.
Ortiz powers Red Sox late
Seven-run 10th inning gives Boston 10-7 victory
August 17, 2005
David Ortiz didn’t do much for the first eight innings. He made up for it in the last two.
Mets’ Beltran skips surgery
August 17, 2005
Carlos Beltran decided Tuesday he would not have surgery to repair a minimally displaced facial fracture he received last week in a violent outfield collision with New York Mets teammate Mike Cameron.
Soldier’s murder sentence reduced
Fort Riley sergeant had pleaded guilty to ‘mercy killing’ of Iraqi teen
August 17, 2005
An Army general has reduced the prison sentence of a Fort Riley soldier convicted in the alleged mercy-killing of a severely injured Iraqi teenager in 2004.
Prison program seeks volunteer art teachers
August 17, 2005
An arts program for inmates at the state prison in Lansing is looking for volunteer instructors.
Restaurant to host March of Dimes benefit
August 17, 2005
Montana Mike’s Steakhouse will become a jail Thursday.
Vandals target frat house again
August 17, 2005
A fraternity house that recently changed hands has again been the target of vandalism.
Correction
August 17, 2005
Due to discrepancies in publicity information distributed for Civil War on the Western Frontier, a schedule printed in Sunday’s Journal-World gave the incorrect time and location of a concert and film screening. The Free Staters will play a concert at 8 p.m. Friday at the gazebo in South Park, which will be followed by a screening of the film “Touched by Fire, Bleeding Kansas.” Dance lessons will precede the concert, at approximately 7:30 p.m.
On the record
August 17, 2005
Lawrence datebook
August 17, 2005
Review: 10-minute plays tread in bizarre but witty territory
August 17, 2005
E.M.U. Theatre opened its 10-Minute Play Festival, “Don’t Fear the Rooster,” last weekend at the Lawrence Arts Center with a mix of musical and dramatic performances by local talent. It featured plays by Ron Willis, Jeff Sorrels, Leo Nightingale, Joel Reavis, Adri Pendergrass and Andrew Stowers as well as musical compositions and performances by Lonnie Fisher, Joe Griffin and Howard Callahan.
Preschool graduation is stepping stone to kindergarten
August 17, 2005
Pomp and Circumstance played on the tape deck. Parents snapped pictures. There were giggles as a slide show displayed happy times gone by.
Notes on summer camp
August 17, 2005
Taking its cue from primetime’s campy past, “Battle of the Network Reality Stars” (8:30 p.m., Bravo) echoes the “Battle of the Network Stars” spectacles that ran in the late 1970s, back in the days before cable, VCRs and DVDs.
Ballet academy upholds its classic standards
August 17, 2005
In February 1972, as the Washington Post’s Moscow correspondent, I visited the Vaganova Ballet Academy, principal training ground for the renowned Kirov/Maryinski Ballet, in its historic home in Leningrad - then the name of this exotic city on the Neva River. That visit provided something close to revelation.
People in the news
August 17, 2005
¢ Madonna suffers broken bones in horseback riding accident ¢ Tommy Lee discovers love of botany at UNL ¢ Kathie Lee joins ‘The Insider’ ¢ Former Drifter celebrates 80th birthday ¢ Keillor gets ‘Almanac’ back
The Da Vinci Code’ sparks church debate
August 17, 2005
Westminster Abbey said no, but Lincoln Cathedral was happy to oblige as was a small Scottish chapel.
Commodities
August 17, 2005
Director departing Leadership Lawrence
August 17, 2005
The leader of Leadership Lawrence is leaving her post at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
Appraisal inflation a rising concern
August 17, 2005
A high appraisal can at first seem to be a homeowner’s best friend. After all, the higher the property’s apparent value, the more one can get on a cash-out mortgage refinancing or a home-equity loan.
Consumer prices rise; factory output slows
August 17, 2005
Consumer prices shot up in July, reflecting higher prices for gasoline and other energy products while output at the nations’ factories, mines and utilities slowed sharply, according to reports released Tuesday.
Daily ticker
August 17, 2005
Gang members say guards gave them weapons
August 17, 2005
Members of a violent Central American gang on Tuesday claimed they routinely pay prison guards to provide them with weapons, and they blamed a rival group for starting the riots that left 31 inmates dead.
Vandalism prompts protesters to move
August 17, 2005
Anti-war protesters holding an around-the-clock vigil near President Bush’s ranch agreed to move their roadside camp Tuesday to more a secure area that could better handle the ebb and flow of crowds and the parking problems that come with them.
Rumsfeld: Political delay may hinder ongoing fight against insurgent groups
August 17, 2005
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday that Iraq’s decision to put off completion of its constitution does not help the fight against insurgents, but he expressed confidence the delay would be short.
Firefighters take on heat, terrain to battle blaze
August 17, 2005
Fire crews are contending with summer heat and rough terrain as they fight to encircle a 49,000-acre wildfire, the largest in the Lower 48 states.
Drivers squeeze more miles out of gallon of gas
Motorists, experts share tips on how to save on gasoline
August 17, 2005
As gasoline prices continue to accelerate this week, each customer at the USA Gasoline station on Peck Road in El Monte, Calif., seemed to have his own strategy for dealing with the rising costs.
CyDex welcomes entry into Japan
August 17, 2005
A drug-delivery compound born at Kansas University is moving into a new market.
Ex-Firebird leaves Drake for Baker
August 17, 2005
Dain Dillingham, a former two-sport standout at Free State High, has transferred to Baker University to play basketball. Dillingham was a red-shirt freshman at Drake University last year.
Stuntz five shots back at KGA Senior Amateur
August 17, 2005
Dick Stuntz, golf course superintendent for Alvamar Inc., finished five strokes off the pace in the 36-hole KGA Senior Amateur Monday and Tuesday at Falcon Lakes GC.
City bowler advances
August 17, 2005
Lawrence bowler Bob Glass advanced to the match-play Round of 16 of the PBA Senior Jackson Open with a 3-1 victory Tuesday over Henry Gonzalez of Colorado Springs, Colo. Glass won, 279-171, 206-216, 214-210 and 234-222 to advance to today’s best-of-five match-play round. Today’s semifinals and finals will feature best-of-three match play, with the winner taking home the $8,000 top prize.
Crashed jet had decompression problems in past
August 17, 2005
Investigators trying to determine why a Cyprus airliner carrying 121 people crashed in the Greek mountains focused on reports of past technical problems, with a former mechanic for the airline saying Tuesday the jet lost cabin pressure during a flight last year.
Late free throws key as Liberty upend Mystics
August 17, 2005
Vickie Johnson, Cathrine Kraayeveld and Becky Hammon hit two free throws each in the final 25 seconds to lead the New York Liberty over the Washington Mystics, 72-66, Tuesday night for their season-high fourth straight victory.
Vermeil bothered by Chiefs’ injuries
August 17, 2005
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson sat out of practice Tuesday morning because of a sore foot, but worked out with other injured players on a separate field in the afternoon.
KU athletic corporation changes its name
August 17, 2005
Pending approval from the secretary of state, the Kansas University Athletic Corporation will be no more.
Rush narrows list to Kansas, Indiana - sort of
August 17, 2005
Brandon Rush completed his 48-hour visit to Kansas University on Tuesday, and the Jayhawks perhaps emerged as the leading candidate to land the 6-foot-6 basketball player.
Teens charged in delivery driver’s death
August 17, 2005
Four teenagers were charged Monday in juvenile court with the stabbing death of a delivery driver for a Chinese restaurant.
Guilty plea entered in patient abuse case
August 17, 2005
A former nursing home aide has been convicted of dropping a patient and failing to report what happened, Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline said Monday.
Airport director pleads to harassment, threats
August 17, 2005
The director of Garden City Regional Airport has pleaded no contest to threatening to kill one woman and making harassing phone calls to several other women.
Old VA buildings to find new uses
August 17, 2005
Preservationists have saved a ballroom that Bob Hope once graced, a bar that prohibitionist Carry Nation once visited and 36 other historic buildings on the sprawling veterans’ hospital campus.
Morris’ receipts show no wrongdoing
August 17, 2005
State Board of Education Chairman Steve Abrams said Tuesday he has found nothing wrong with board member Connie Morris’ travel expenses, which included $339 per night for six nights at a swanky resort hotel in Miami Beach.
Wood: Hogwash — Barmann gives KU best chance
And the nod goes to …
August 17, 2005
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino is searching and searching for that guy, an intelligent, gritty quarterback who can throw and run and make all the right decisions when an animal of a linebacker is ready to knock him silly.
Budget hearing set for tonight
August 17, 2005
Douglas County commissioners will hold a public budget hearing at 6:35 p.m. tonight at the Lecompton Community Building in Lecompton.
School daze
Expert offers time-saving tips for back-to-school mornings
August 17, 2005
It’s another frantic morning. Your daughter’s shoes are untied, your son’s wearing his underwear on the outside of his pants, you just realized you’re out of their favorite kind of bread, and the bus is waiting outside. Getting the kids out the door to school can be a burst of pandemonium and disorder each morning. But back-to-school doesn’t have to be as stressful as it sounds.
Democratic challengers meet in mayoral debate
August 17, 2005
The four Democrats hoping to unseat Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg met during their first debate Tuesday, using most of their time to criticize him rather than tussle with each other.
Firefighters’ union pulls out of memorial plan
August 17, 2005
The city firefighters union withdrew its support for a 9-11 memorial at Ground Zero on Tuesday, saying current plans give rescuers short shrift.
Nationwide playground network to serve disabled
August 17, 2005
Shallon Kovac loves her school’s new playground, which is designed so that children with disabilities and those without can play together.
Park-dwelling caiman to get new home at zoo
August 17, 2005
Carlito the caiman is making a big splash - and not just in the lake.
Group announces plan to limit pop in schools
August 17, 2005
The American Beverage Assn. on Tuesday recommended limiting the availability of soft drinks in schools across the country, saying the industry needs to help fight the increasing rate of childhood obesity.
Sex offender registry lapses exposed
State loses track of 14 percent of convicts
August 17, 2005
Law authorities have lost track of nearly 14 percent of sex offenders in Kansas, according to an audit released Tuesday by Atty. Gen. Phill Kline.
Militants make their presence known
August 17, 2005
If the Palestinian Authority needed a reminder about homegrown security threats - including outright lawlessness that threatens Gaza’s economic recovery after the Israeli withdrawal - a small army of gun-toting, masked men brought the message to its doorstep Tuesday.
Forces move in to evict resisters
August 17, 2005
Thousands of Jewish settlers and supporters defied the Tuesday deadline to leave Gaza, pelting Israeli troops with eggs and stones and dancing around the Torah in celebration of their resistance to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s historic plan to disengage from the Palestinians.
Caiman corralled near day care
August 17, 2005
Shelly Davis noticed the crows in the Russian olive tree outside her west Lawrence house were acting especially rowdy Tuesday afternoon.
Prison, deportation not enough to satisfy father
Sentencing guidelines call for 5 1/2 years, then immigrant will be returned to Mexico
August 17, 2005
An illegal immigrant from Mexico was sentenced Tuesday to five and a half years in prison for killing a young nurse with his car while driving drunk.
New generation gives ballroom dancing a spin
August 17, 2005
As the sounds of Sheryl Crow’s “Soak Up the Sun” floated whimsically through the air, dancers young and old waltzed and fox-trotted - with the sounds of laughter almost drowning out the swishing of shoes against the tile floor.
Season success
August 17, 2005
To the editor: Congratulations to the 2005 Lawrence Raiders American Legion baseball team on the completion of the most successful season in Lawrence American Legion baseball history.
Fringe feminists
August 17, 2005
To the editor: In regard to the law of reporting abortions on girls younger than 14, the head of an abortion rights lobby group is continuing the disinformation campaign put out by fringe feminists.
Documentary set for Friday screening
August 17, 2005
A new documentary, “Touched by Fire, Bleeding Kansas,” will have its Lawrence debut Friday night in South Park, 11th and Massachusetts streets.
Caring home
August 17, 2005
To the editor: I work for the Eudora Nursing Center and have for almost 17 years.
Lawrence couple visit mother’s protest
August 17, 2005
A Lawrence couple joined the anti-war protest at President Bush’s Texas ranch over the weekend.
Three-vehicle wreck leaves one dead
August 17, 2005
A Tonganoxie woman was killed and two people injured Tuesday morning in a collision involving three vehicles on U.S. Highway 24 in Leavenworth County.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
August 17, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.55 at two stations: Presto Phillips 66 at Ninth and Louisiana streets, and Citgo, at Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Sentencing awaits BTK killer
Murderer will learn his fate today
August 17, 2005
The sentencing of the BTK serial killer this week will allow the families of his victims to confront him in court for the first time. But they also will hear in graphic terms the depravity of the crimes that terrorized this Midwestern community for more than three decades.
Journal-World lays claim to top award
Newspaper of Year’ designation given by Suburban Newspapers
August 17, 2005
The Lawrence Journal-World has been named a “Newspaper of the Year” by the Suburban Newspapers of America.
Dogs are special friends
August 17, 2005
Two weeks ago one of my best friends died. His name was Barney. He had golden hair, big brown eyes, and was nine. His mother was a Golden Retriever and his father was a Labrador. We’d known each other since he was a baby.
Bush should meet with Sheehan
August 17, 2005
There are many valid reasons why President Bush should not meet again with Cindy Sheehan, the mother of Casey Sheehan, who was killed in Iraq. There is one reason he should and that reason trumps the others.
Some students return to changed environment
Class back in session, new twists abound
August 17, 2005
New school boundary lines. Expansion of Lawrence Virtual School. New technology.
Impossible goal
Is the No Child Left Behind law headed for a collision with reality?
August 17, 2005
State Sen. John Vratil, R-Leawood, made an interesting prediction last week when he and Atty. Gen. Phill Kline were talking to the Kansas State Board of Education about education standards.
Rockin’ ramen
Use your noodle! Staple of collegiate cuisine doesn’t have to be boring
August 17, 2005
Kansas University classes haven’t even started yet, but Joseph Hermens already is counting on ramen noodles to be a staple for him during his college years.