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Firebirds mimicking Utah’s style
August 18, 2005
The Free State High’s football team is working on new spread formations, which mimics the styles of the University of Utah’s football team.
Rain, frisbee team wreck soccer fields
August 18, 2005
Work began Thursday to repair thousands of dollars in damage to the soccer fields at Holcom Park. The fields were wrecked when an independent Ultimate Frisbee league played a tournament there after heavy weekend rains.
Chat transcript with Sam Rabiola
August 18, 2005
Sam Rabiola, president of the Lawrence Education Assn., took questions from the public about teacher negotiations with the school board and explained how some teachers are leaving the district because they can’t afford to live in Lawrence.
Kline seeks court order prohibiting state-funded abortions
August 18, 2005
Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Kathleen Sebelius seeking a court order to prohibit state-funded abortions.
Sunny and steamy day ahead
August 18, 2005
Get ready for a hot and sticky day.
Losing streak becoming embarrassing for K.C.
August 18, 2005
One of the Kansas City Royals has had to change his evening plans.
Steelers welcome Ward
August 18, 2005
The Pro Bowl wide receiver finally showed up at training camp, an apology to his teammates in hand, no longer a distraction or a source of concern to a team that went deep into the playoffs last season and expects to do so again.
July sets record for tropical storms
August 18, 2005
The five named tropical storms recorded in July were the most on record for that month, and worldwide it was the second warmest July on record, the National Climatic Data Center reported.
Candlelight vigils across U.S. held to protest war in Iraq
August 18, 2005
Hundreds of candlelight vigils calling for an end to the war in Iraq lit up the night Wednesday, part of a national effort spurred by one mother’s anti-war demonstration near President Bush’s ranch.
People in the news
August 18, 2005
¢ Needed: new kidney ¢ ‘Bond’ goes out with whimper ¢ Britain plans walk of fame ¢ Jolie to record ‘Diary’
Michael Jackson fined for missing hearing
Order to appear in New Orleans arrived on day of acquittal in molestation case
August 18, 2005
An irate judge, miffed by Michael Jackson’s failure to have his lawyer show up for a hearing in a civil case, fined the singer $10,000 on Wednesday.
Plan would move African game to Great Plains
August 18, 2005
Lions stalking deer in the stubble of a Nebraska corn field. Elephants trumpeting across Colorado’s high plains. Cheetah slouching through the West Texas scrub.
Breast cancer study finds link to french fry consumption
August 18, 2005
A study examining the role childhood diet plays in breast cancer has found an association between eating french fries regularly during the preschool years and developing breast cancer as an adult.
Lawrence datebook
August 18, 2005
New KU professors settle in
Nerves, excitement for first day
August 18, 2005
Professor Alison Gabriele is new to Lawrence and the Kansas University campus.
Criticism of No Child Left Behind on rise
Less vocal than other states, Kansas still concerned about unfunded mandates
August 18, 2005
A nationwide grassroots rebellion is rising against the federal No Child Left Behind law, said a report released Wednesday.
Sophomores ease into high school
Program targets first-day jitters
August 18, 2005
It was the first day of school, but there were no bells ringing, lockers slamming or harried students searching for classes in Lawrence’s public high schools Wednesday.
On the record
August 18, 2005
Ex-candidate Taff indicted over home loan
August 18, 2005
A two-time Kansas congressional candidate has been charged with illegally using donated campaign money to help set up a fraudulent home mortgage.
Minor leaguers chase dream
August 18, 2005
Realism is overrated. Putting it aside makes possible some sweet things, such as the idea of Santa Claus. And the fact of minor league baseball.
Discourse too often detached from reality
August 18, 2005
As metaphor, Cindy Sheehan’s peaceful siege of George W. Bush’s Texas ranch is pitch perfect. Like Iraq, the ranch was easy to go into. But the president pays a price either for staying or exiting while Sheehan and television cameras perch on the road outside.
Horoscopes
August 18, 2005
For Thursday, Aug. 18
As KU classes resume, officials on prowl for underage drinkers
August 18, 2005
It’s that time of year at the Red Lyon Tavern. With college students flooding back into town, bartender Chris Neverve knows he’ll probably see more than a few fake driver’s licenses - some of them comically incorrect - from youngsters trying to buy a beer before they turn 21.
Whimsical garden ornaments can fetch top dollar
August 18, 2005
Dancing frogs might be an unusual idea for a garden ornament, but it was just one of many eye-catching garden pieces made by the Weller Pottery in the 1930s. The Ohio art pottery made all sorts of vases, mugs, figurines and jardinieres. Garden figures included ducks, gnomes, a banjo-playing frog, children, squirrels, turtles and even fish fountains. Many, like the dancing frogs, were covered with a blotchy green glaze called Coppertone. Collectors like both the large ornaments and the Coppertone pieces that featured frogs, waterlilies or turtles. There is even a Coppertone frog sprinkler. Prices for the smaller pieces can be $200 or more. Large pieces sell for more than $1,000.
Rob Thomas hits the road for national tour
August 18, 2005
Rob Thomas is going it alone, taking his best-selling solo act on the road.
Hidden Howie’ has no ‘Curb’ appeal
August 18, 2005
Further proof that Larry David is the most influential man in television comedy arrives in the form of “Hidden Howie: The Private Life of a Public Nuisance” (10 p.m., Bravo), a show so brazenly patterned on David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” that it almost amounts to a case of intellectual property theft.
Brinkley returns as CoverGirl’s cover girl
August 18, 2005
Christie Brinkley is back where she should be: in front of the camera as the face of CoverGirl.
Don’t let vines get you twisted
August 18, 2005
If the survey question was “what is your least favorite gardening chore?,” I am confident that nine out of 10 gardeners would reply with “weeding.” And of those nine, most would probably agree that pulling vines is the worst. They wrap around plants and trail far into the distance, only to return from the roots once the tops have been removed. There are four vines that are commonly found infesting flower beds, vegetable gardens and lawns. Here are some suggestions to help control field bindweed, climbing milkweed, poison ivy and Virginia creeper:
Shower your yard with water wisdom
Soaker hoses, drought-tolerant plants help conserve precious natural resource
August 18, 2005
One of my pet peeves is people who don’t conserve natural resources. I cringe when I see someone throw away an aluminum can. I get hot under the collar when I see a lone person driving around in a Hummer. I’ve been known to stalk people who litter and then confront them.
Glass falls in semis at Jackson Open
August 18, 2005
Lawrence’s Bob Glass lost to Vince Mazzanti Jr., 2-0, in the semifinals at the PGA Senior Jackson Open. Glass, the three-time PBA Senior Player of the Year, couldn’t prevail against Mazzanti, falling 246-223 and 253-223.
Kicker Tynes arrested
K.C. player charged after bar fracas
August 18, 2005
Kansas City Chiefs kicker Lawrence Tynes was charged Wednesday with breaking a bouncer’s nose in a bar fight, a felony with a maximum penalty of 31â2 years in prison.
Stewart on all-star team
August 18, 2005
Rodrick Stewart was the only member of Kansas University’s men’s basketball team to miss the Jayhawks’ first team meeting of the school year Wednesday.
Practice looks perfect
Jayhawks earn high praise from Mangino
August 18, 2005
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino racked his brain Wednesday during the last session of two-a-days, then concluded to reporters that not one of KU’s practices had been poor.
Rush could wait for NCAA’s OK
August 18, 2005
First-semester classes begin today at Kansas University with or without Brandon Rush, who did not reveal his college plans Wednesday.
Keegan: Gordon will join KU elite
August 18, 2005
There was Charles Gordon again, cutting into the perfect spot at precisely the right instant to intercept a pass for the fourth time during Wednesday’s morning practice.
Owens returns to Eagles’ camp
Receiver makes first appearance after dispute with coach
August 18, 2005
Terrell Owens returned to practice with the Eagles on Wednesday, one week after he was dismissed from camp following a heated dispute with coach Andy Reid.
Willis fires fifth shutout of season
Marlins ace tosses five-hitter, delivers two-run double in 6-0 victory over Padres
August 18, 2005
Dontrelle Willis needed only one hour, 55 minutes to pitch his fifth shutout of the season, which made it a long night for San Diego. With a five-hitter and a two-run double, Willis helped the Florida Marlins beat the Padres, 6-0, Wednesday night.
Rodney redeems himself
This time, Detroit reliever retires Boston’s Ortiz
August 18, 2005
Fernando Rodney found himself in a familiar situation, facing David Ortiz in the ninth inning with the game on the line.
Racking up the points
To succeed in the Chase for the Cup, drivers realizing every point counts
August 18, 2005
The season’s second Nextel Cup race at Michigan International Speedway completes a nine-week spin cycle that has tumbled the series standings dramatically.
KU print work up for grabs
Lawrence company hopes new press will help garner more jobs
August 18, 2005
A Lawrence-based printing company is hoping to double its sales of $2.5 million a year by sinking $500,000 into a new press that requires the addition of five employees.
Foundation Awards to recognize growth
August 18, 2005
Attention, growing companies in Lawrence: Officials at City Hall and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce are looking for you.
Chrysler’s COO promoted to CEO
August 18, 2005
Chrysler Group is getting a new boss.
Early exit expensive on phone contracts
August 18, 2005
Would you switch your cell phone provider if you didn’t have to pay that nasty early termination fee the companies charge customers to get out of their contracts?
Sprint-Nextel seeks appraisal of affiliates’ ‘put options’
August 18, 2005
Sprint-Nextel Corp. on Wednesday said it wanted appraisers to determine the value of shares of Nextel Partners Inc. in the event the affiliated company’s shareholders push for Sprint-Nextel to buy the company.
High energy bills forecast for winter
August 18, 2005
After a summer of soaring gasoline costs, people should not expect cooler weather in autumn to end their energy woes. Prices at the gasoline pump probably will stay high and record heating bills in the winter are almost certain to follow.
Daily ticker
August 18, 2005
Commodities
August 18, 2005
Dozens of small bombs kill 2, injure dozens
August 18, 2005
More than 100 homemade bombs planted by suspected Islamic militants exploded nearly simultaneously across Bangladesh on Wednesday, killing two people, including a young boy, and wounding at least 125.
More than 100 feared dead as boat sinks
August 18, 2005
A small boat overloaded with more than 100 illegal immigrants capsized and sank in rough waters in the Pacific Ocean, and only nine survivors were found, clinging to a wooden box and buoys, officials said Wednesday.
Vaccine brings sharp drop in chickenpox
August 18, 2005
The start of infant chickenpox vaccinations a decade ago has led to an 88 percent decline in hospitalizations and a 59 percent drop in doctor’s visits associated with the disease, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
Windows worms wreak havoc on companies
August 18, 2005
Several new variants of a computer worm emerged Wednesday to attack corporate networks running the Windows 2000 operating system, just a week after Microsoft Corp. warned of the security flaw.
Governor charged with ethics violations
August 18, 2005
Gov. Bob Taft was charged with four ethics violations Wednesday for failing to report dozens of gifts that included dinners, golf games and professional hockey tickets, deepening a scandal that has rocked Ohio’s Republican Party.
AOL spam case brings 15 months in prison
August 18, 2005
A 25-year-old former America Online employee who admitted he became a cyberspace “outlaw” when he sold all 92 million screen names and e-mail addresses to spammers was sentenced Wednesday to a year and three months in prison.
FBI joins four other countries in gang battle
MS-13 leaves trail of violence from U.S. to Central America
August 18, 2005
Law enforcement officials from five countries said Wednesday they are struggling to deal with the street gang called MS-13 that is plaguing communities from the United States to Central America.
Researchers rescued from polar bears
August 18, 2005
Three unarmed Polish researchers stranded on a remote Arctic island were rescued by helicopter as polar bears were closing in on them, officials said Wednesday.
Marine’s mother supports war effort
August 18, 2005
The mother of a Marine killed in Iraq urged mourners Wednesday not to let their anger and sadness turn them against the U.S. fight in Iraq.
Psychologists call for reduction of violence in video games
August 18, 2005
Violence in video games is bad for children’s health. So says the American Psychological Assn., which is calling on the industry to cut it back.
Airline’s new rule: no checked pets
August 18, 2005
Taking your big dog home for the holidays? Not on US Airways.
Oil price spike not expected to bring repeat of past troubles
August 18, 2005
Ouch. Oil is hovering above $66 a barrel and the price of filling up your car is approaching $3 a gallon.
Coretta Scott King reportedly suffers stroke
August 18, 2005
Coretta Scott King was hospitalized in fair condition Wednesday and a family friend said the 78-year-old widow of Martin Luther King Jr. had suffered a stroke.
Bush legacy may rest on Iraqi constitution
August 18, 2005
No one has more at stake than President Bush as Iraq tries to draft a constitution.
Coordinated terror attacks shake Baghdad; dozens dead
Violence hits as Sunni group denounces work on constitution
August 18, 2005
Three car bombs exploded Wednesday near a crowded bus station and a nearby hospital where survivors were being taken, killing up to 43 people in the deadliest suicide attack in Baghdad in weeks. Rescuers used bolt cutters to free some victims hurled into barbed wire fences by the blast.
Human impact on Africa mapped
Exploitation of resources takes toll on both land, people
August 18, 2005
One hundred thousand images, 70,000 miles and 21 countries later, conservationist J. Michael Fay thinks Bono, Live 8 and the G-8 have been misguided.
Thousands celebrate World Youth Day
Catholic pilgrims stream into Germany to await pope
August 18, 2005
Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims streamed into the west German city of Cologne on Wednesday for the Roman Catholic Church’s 20th World Youth Day, visiting the city’s historic cathedral and awaiting a visit from the pope.
Kline files argument with Supreme Court in death penalty case
August 18, 2005
The state Supreme Court erred when it rejected Kansas’ death penalty law as unconstitutional, Atty. Gen. Phill Kline argued in a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court.
County mulls whether to close Lecompton Bridge
August 18, 2005
Douglas County commissioners got an earful Wednesday night about the possibility of closing the Lecompton Bridge for repairs.
Kline, Sebelius urge tougher sex crime laws
August 18, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday urged the Legislature to increase punishment for sex crimes and announced steps to better track sex criminals once they leave prison.
Westar trial going into jurors’ hands
August 18, 2005
Testimony in the federal fraud retrial of two former Westar Energy Inc. executives ended Wednesday, and the case will go to jurors next week.
LMH program for heart treatments to begin Nov. 1
August 18, 2005
After a several-month delay, a program that will reduce the number of heart patients who must travel outside the city for treatment is on track to open this fall.
Husband of girl, 14, appears in court
August 18, 2005
The conflicting worlds of Matthew Koso collided Wednesday inside a tiny Richardson County courtroom.
Family’s $200,000 gift to benefit Beach Center
August 18, 2005
A $200,000 gift from the Borchardt family will create the first scholarship fund to assist graduate students affiliated with the Beach Center on Disability at Kansas University.
Nearly 4,000 lose power with damaged substation
August 18, 2005
Nearly 4,000 Westar Energy customers lost power Wednesday afternoon after an electrical substation in southwest Lawrence sustained extensive damage, according to a utility spokeswoman.
Judge denies Murray’s bank account request
August 18, 2005
A judge has turned down a convicted murderer’s request to unfreeze his bank accounts, something he’d requested in part so he could spend more money on his legal defense.
LEA president to chat on Web site
August 18, 2005
Sam Rabiola, president of the Lawrence Education Assn., will chat with readers this afternoon on the Journal-World’s Web site.
Haskell filmmaker headed to Hollywood
$50,000 Disney fellowship to help pay way
August 18, 2005
Less than a year after putting together the Haskell Film Festival, Thomas Yeahpau is headed for Hollywood.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
August 18, 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.
Founder of renowned ecumenical community slain at prayer service
August 18, 2005
A Romanian woman slipped into a choir of singing monks during an evening prayer service and fatally slit the throat of the 90-year-old founder of an ecumenical Christian community in the presence of 2,500 horrified pilgrims in Burgundy, authorities said Wednesday.
Settlers, soldiers both moved to tears by Gaza withdrawal
August 18, 2005
Israel’s troops were trained before the Gaza pullout. How to handle verbal abuse. How to be tough yet sensitive to the sadness and fury of Jewish settlers being yanked from their homes - from land they consider their biblical right.
Resident with rare brain disorder dies
August 18, 2005
Gale Armbrister, a Douglas County man with a rare brain disorder, died early Thursday. He was 60.
O’Connor to face ethics hearing
August 18, 2005
State Sen. Kay O’Connor, a leading conservative who has announced her bid for higher office, faces a hearing today for allegedly violating a state ethics law that prohibits fundraising before the end of the legislative session.
Graphic details emerge at BTK hearing
With eye on maximum sentence, prosecutors focus on crime specifics
August 18, 2005
BTK serial killer Dennis Rader strangled dogs and cats before he began killing people, and began exercising to build up strength in his hands when he found it harder to choke his victims, officers testified Wednesday.
Dealing with the hard times
August 18, 2005
I recently took my youngest son on a visit to two of the three places in the Washington, D.C., suburbs where I grew up. The first is down the same street on which I now live. It was an apartment among many apartments then inhabited mostly by wives and children of men in the service during World War II.
Economic woes
August 18, 2005
To the editor: New urbanism in Lawrence sustaining families that would live in one location forever!
Beautiful word
August 18, 2005
To the editor: Apologies and thanks to Surendra Bhana who provided a correction for the meaning of the word “namaste” as I used it in a caption with a photo in the Aug. 8 edition of the Journal-World.
Pet dangers
August 18, 2005
To the editor: To Mr. Stegall, I want to say that if your children in fact faced a violent mob returning to their car where they left their dog on a summer’s day, I am sorry to hear it (Public Forum, Aug. 16).
Traffic help
August 18, 2005
To the editor: I understand the reluctance to spend money on the intersection of 31st and Louisiana while the South Lawrence Trafficway plans are up in the air, but how long must we wait?
Excuses?
What were the alibis made for our attackers leading up to and into World War II?
August 18, 2005
Germany was raping, pillaging and killing thousands in Europe in the 1930s, and it was obvious that eventually Adolf Hitler and his heinous Nazi crew would have to be stopped. Did anyone ask then what people such as Americans, Britons, French and Scandinavians had done to make the Germans feel so hostile to everyone? How they had been so goaded into their behavior?