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Free State High volleyball wants to improve current team
August 25, 2005
Five seniors and four starters are gone from a team that qualified for last year’s state volleyball tournament. But that doesn’t mean the Free State High volleyball team needs rebuilding. Head coach Nancy Hopkins says she doesn’t want a duplicate team from last year; she wants to improve her current team.
Former Free State basketball star transfers to UNT
August 25, 2005
Former Free State High basketball player Keith Wooden has a new home. Wooden will head to Denton, Texas where he will join the University of North Texas basketball team.
Parman to resign from Chamber
August 25, 2005
Lynn Parman, vice president for economic development at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, announced her resignation today.
Rush gets KU student ID
August 25, 2005
No, there’s been no announcement yet about whether basketball standout Brandon Rush has decided to play for Kansas University. Rush hasn’t decided whether or not to put on a Jayhawk uniform — but he does have a KU student ID number, KU officials confirmed today.
Chat transcript with Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin
August 25, 2005
Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin responded to questions about several issues, including a proposed marijuana ordinance for the city, a citizens’ review board for the police department, the livability of downtown and underage drinking.
Flood watch continues through noon
Strong storms could erupt in afternoon
August 25, 2005
If you’re out driving this morning, watch out for sudden pools of water on area roads and highways. “Today’s main threat is heavy rain,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “We do have a flood watch in effect.”
Keegan: Green quietly reliable
August 25, 2005
You want to make headlines, you run in a way that makes you forever seem on the verge of breakaway, light up notebooks with lively quotes and ultimately get kicked off the team for multiple arrests.
Mayor suggests citizen review board for police
Law enforcement cautious pending details
August 25, 2005
Lawrence residents need a better way to communicate ideas and concerns to the Lawrence Police Department, Mayor Boog Highberger said Wednesday.
Lawrence datebook
August 25, 2005
Eagles’ Buckhalter out for season
August 25, 2005
The Philadelphia Eagles keep losing players even before the season begins.
Royals rock Sox in 11
K.C. captures 4-3 victory over Boston
August 25, 2005
Chip Ambres took advantage of his second opportunity to drive in the winning run with one out and the bases loaded.
Artest says he’s changed
Pacers’ forward ready to behave after 73-game suspension
August 25, 2005
Ron Artest, the notorious Pacers forward and former city and St. John’s standout, is trying to grow up.
Security measures encroach on island
August 25, 2005
The outside world, I’m sorry to say, keeps intruding on this pastoral paradise, where once again this summer, several of our grandchildren enjoyed the legacy left by their great-great-grandfather, Uriah Hoffman, when he built his family cabin here 91 years ago.
Bush reaffirms commitment to war
August 25, 2005
President Bush vowed anew that there would be no retreat from the war in Iraq as he addressed a rocking crowd of military families Wednesday, a supportive contrast to the anti-war demonstrators who have been shadowing him wherever he goes.
At least 58 people survived plane crash
August 25, 2005
Trudging through knee-deep mud in a hail storm, at least 58 people managed to escape a flaming Peruvian airliner that splintered as it crash-landed in the Amazon jungle, killing 37. One aviation expert called it a “miracle” that so many walked away.
Synagogue offering members low-interest loans
August 25, 2005
For most of the week, Congregation Beth Israel is nearly vacant.
Playing in the dirt
Child gardeners grow as much as the plants they tend
August 25, 2005
In this hectic world where family schedules are crammed with a million activities, gardening can be a wonderful way for you and your children to spend time together.
Free land, down-payment incentives bring new residents to Ellsworth
August 25, 2005
Here in the heartland, the prairie homesteading tradition lives again.
Moving pot cases would alter little
August 25, 2005
If city commissioners decide to take a new approach to handling marijuana crimes, the impact - in terms of sheer numbers of cases - wouldn’t be huge.
Carpenter first to reach 18 victories
Cardinals hurler turns back Pirates; La Russa ties for third place on managerial wins list
August 25, 2005
Even with a five-run lead in the first inning against the last-place Pittsburgh Pirates, Chris Carpenter took nothing for granted.
Colon claims 17th victory
Angels ace one out short of complete game
August 25, 2005
Bartolo Colon stood on the mound, one out away from pitching a complete game. He wanted to finish what he started, but was too tired to mount a convincing argument.
Database helped crack BTK case
Similar system may be used to track other offenders
August 25, 2005
Technology that helped crack the BTK case could be put into wider use after impressing authorities involved in the intense manhunt for the serial killer.
Bankruptcy filings surge ahead of new law
August 25, 2005
The number of bankruptcies in the United States surged to an all-time high in the second quarter of this year as financially troubled consumers scrambled to file before a rewrite of bankruptcy laws takes full effect.
Doctor’s obesity advice brings state complaint
August 25, 2005
As doctors warn more patients that they should lose weight, the advice has backfired on one doctor with a woman filing a complaint with the state saying he was hurtful, not helpful.
Tropical storm nearing Florida
August 25, 2005
Tropical Storm Katrina threatened to dump more than a foot of rain on parts of water-logged Florida as it approached the state Wednesday, with forecasters expecting it to strengthen to a weak hurricane before hitting the coast.
Public can vote on panda cub’s name
August 25, 2005
The name of the National Zoo’s new giant panda cub has come down to a choice of five - and the general public gets to make the final decision from among those possibilities.
Evangelist offers apology for remark
August 25, 2005
Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson apologized Wednesday for calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, after earlier saying his remarks had been misinterpreted.
Peace mom’ returns to Texas
August 25, 2005
A woman whose son was killed in Iraq returned to Texas on Wednesday to resume her anti-war protest near President Bush’s ranch after a weeklong absence to care for her ailing mother.
Diver missing after shark attack
August 25, 2005
A marine researcher was missing and presumed dead Wednesday after he was attacked by a shark off a popular beach near the southern Australian city of Adelaide, police said.
War games with Russia conducted
August 25, 2005
Thousands of Chinese and Russian troops launched a mock amphibious landing on a Chinese beach Wednesday as Moscow’s defense minister said the joint war games underscored a growing strategic partnership between the former Cold War adversaries.
President promises new nuclear energy plans
August 25, 2005
Iran will soon offer new proposals for negotiations with Europe over its controversial nuclear program, the country’s ultraconservative president said Wednesday. The Bush administration responded by saying the European diplomatic process “still has legs.”
New deportation criteria announced
August 25, 2005
Britain will deport any non-citizen who foments, justifies or glorifies terrorist violence, Home Secretary Charles Clarke said Wednesday, unveiling toughened criteria for remaining in the country in response to the July attacks on the transit system.
In Portugal, lack of rain the problem
August 25, 2005
Wildfires flared again around Portugal’s third-largest city Wednesday, just hours after firefighters brought them under control after fighting a dozen blazes this week.
Violence breaks out after settlement evacuations
August 25, 2005
An Israeli military raid on a West Bank refugee camp left four militants dead Wednesday and an Orthodox Jewish man was stabbed to death in Jerusalem - an eruption of violence a day after Israel completed its evacuation of 25 settlements.
European flood damage assessed
Cleanup, evacuations continue; death toll expected to climb
August 25, 2005
Flood victims waded into their homes Wednesday to shovel out mud and cleanup crews cleared the debris from streets after heavy rains deluged central and southern Europe.
Does winning matter?
Consistency, not victories, still rewarded in Chase format
August 25, 2005
Has NASCAR’s new championship format for the Nextel Cup Series made winning any more of a priority than the old one?
Early American’ look back in style for home
August 25, 2005
In the 1950s, the “early American” look was popular for small homes across the country. New houses were built with a kitchen with a breakfast nook or a pass-through to a breakfast room. The long walk to a formal dining room was saved for special occasions. Knotty pine cabinets and Hitchcock-type chairs were used with a plain, wooden rectangular table. Or, if there was room, the choice was a round Lazy Susan table.
Lawrence High proves it can pass
August 25, 2005
The rain held off long enough for Lawrence High to get in its fall sports jamboree Wednesday at Haskell Stadium.
Free State shows little at jamboree
August 25, 2005
Here’s today’s riddle for Free State High football fans: What’s green and white and vanilla all over?
Texas eyes return to Rose Bowl
August 25, 2005
Within minutes of beating Michigan in the Rose Bowl, the Texas Longhorns started dreaming of winning there again Jan. 4, 2006.
Sunflower to televise 9 games
August 25, 2005
Sunflower Broadband Channel 6 will telecast nine city and area regular-season high school football games on a delayed basis this fall. All contests will be shown at 10:30 p.m. on Friday game nights and again at 11 a.m. the following Saturday.
Kansas hoops coaches get raises
August 25, 2005
Kansas University men’s basketball coaches Bill Self and women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson each received increases in their base rate for annual salaries this year, while football coach Mark Mangino’s stayed the same.
No Rush: Delay stems from NCAA holdup
August 25, 2005
Brandon Rush’s recruiting saga figures to last a little longer.
Quarterback Club strikes nondisclosure clause
August 25, 2005
Generating yet more attention for the revived KU Quarterback Club, former Jayhawks player and assistant coach Pat Henderson decided Wednesday to do away with the paranoid language in the application.
Scrimmage mixed bag for Jayhawks
Intensity high, but QBs struggle
August 25, 2005
Kansas University’s last snippet of practice time open to the public this preseason actually was an all-out scrimmage - with mixed results.
Backup fullback arrested
August 25, 2005
Kansas University football player Bruce Ringwood was arrested Sunday night in Kansas City, Mo., and charged with two counts of assault after allegedly scuffling with a husband and wife at a country-music concert.
Sunflowers make for great learning aids
August 25, 2005
Back when I was growing up, kids would measure the length of their summer vacations against what was happening in the family garden.
Steps help control leaf-feeding caterpillars
August 25, 2005
For the past several months, trees and shrubs have endured some of the most extreme environmental conditions. A late freeze, oppressive heat and drenching rains are just a few to mention. To add insult to injury, many trees are now under attack by leaf-feeding caterpillars. Walnut caterpillars are actively stripping the leaves, leaving bare twigs and little shade behind. Here is what you need to know about how to identify and control these gregarious feeders.
Homes are at the heart of auction for Habitat
Lawrence couple donate stay at French abode to help build affordable housing
August 25, 2005
Jean Grant and Bob Fraga don’t pretend their house is up to Mr. Clean’s tidiness standards.
New crisis of violence breaks out ahead of vote
August 25, 2005
Clashes erupted between rival Shiite groups across the Shiite-dominated south Wednesday, threatening Iraq with yet another crisis at a time when politicians are struggling to end a constitutional stalemate with Sunni Arabs.
1,500 new troops ordered to Iraq
August 25, 2005
The Pentagon has ordered 1,500 paratroopers to Iraq to provide security in advance of two upcoming national votes, the military announced Wednesday.
Bush’s rides guzzle tax dollars
August 25, 2005
Getting President Bush from here to there consumes an enormous amount of fuel, whether he’s aboard Air Force One, riding in a helicopter or on the ground in a heavily armored limousine. The bill gets steeper every day as the White House is rocked by the same energy prices as regular drivers.
Governor appoints two to commission
August 25, 2005
A high-ranking state education official from Lawrence and a former Topeka school superintendent have been named by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to the Education Commission of the States.
Baker University enrollment increases
August 25, 2005
Baker University’s preliminary enrollment increased by nearly 10 percent this fall, fueled by a large increase in students at the School of Professional and Graduate Studies in Overland Park.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
August 25, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.55 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Sunday sales in Baldwin imminent
August 25, 2005
When this town legalized liquor-by-the-drink in 1999, Ralph Tanner quit the Baldwin Planning Commission that made the recommendation.
Physician resigns amid controversy
August 25, 2005
A physician at the center of a controversy since his license problems were reported resigned under pressure Wednesday from the Kansas board that regulates doctors.
On the record
August 25, 2005
High fuel prices hurting some more than others
August 25, 2005
So you think you drive a gas guzzler? Try getting behind the wheel of a garbage truck, a stretch limo, a postal service truck, a school bus or a fire truck.
Big Red One’s return will swell schools
August 25, 2005
Supt. Ronald Walker likens the expected influx of at least several hundred - and potentially thousands - of new students into the Geary County school district to children in a large family inviting friends for dinner.
Latest report doesn’t clear up mental health issue
Task force still not certain if Lawrence has pressing need for full-scale inpatient unit
August 25, 2005
A new crisis stabilization unit at Lawrence Memorial Hospital has treated 25 people since it opened Aug. 4, a task force studying mental health care in the city was told Wednesday.
LEA serves up $2.9 million offer
Teacher contract negotiations press on as district ponders its next move
August 25, 2005
In the tennis match that is Lawrence public schools’ teacher salary negotiations, the ball bounced back into the district’s court Wednesday as the Lawrence Education Assn. proposed a plan to pump $2.9 million more into teachers’ salaries.
Chiefs’ Shields reports he’s ready
August 25, 2005
Will Shields, Kansas City’s 10-time Pro Bowl guard who has been slowed all summer by a nagging back problem, went through a full practice Wednesday and says he’s ready for his 13th season.
Commission OKs additions to Fort Riley
August 25, 2005
The federal base-closing commission voted Wednesday in favor of the Pentagon’s plan to return the Army’s 1st Infantry Division to Fort Riley, Kan., providing thousands of new jobs in Kansas.
Dolphins’ Williams addresses range of topics
August 25, 2005
Marijuana’s out, and so is military service, although President Bush is nice. Football is hard work but could become fun and leads to freedom. Shaving is vain, money’s not a problem, and that Mighty Mouse tattoo on the left arm stirs memories of walking Venice Beach with a girl at age 16.
Madden, Wright Hall finalists
Seniors selections to join 13 other candidates
August 25, 2005
John Madden, a legendary coach and one of the NFL’s best-known television personalities, was named a finalist Wednesday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with former Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Rayfield Wright.
Schilling ready to return to more familiar role
August 25, 2005
Curt Schilling will leave his jitters in the bullpen when he makes his first start since April 23.
Cincy’s Huggins offers resignation
Coach would have been fired had he not quit
August 25, 2005
Bob Huggins agreed Wednesday to step down as Cincinnati’s basketball coach, ousted by a school president determined to change the program’s image.
Our town sports
August 25, 2005
Miller children get fresh start
August 25, 2005
This time there were smiles and roses. That was in stark contrast to the last time Melodie Miller was in a courtroom, watching her father be sentenced to life in prison for murdering her mother.
Abuse suspect gives up appeal
Day-care provider suspected of shaking baby voluntarily relinquished license after testimony
August 25, 2005
A Lawrence woman suspected of abusing an 8-month-old baby in her home voluntarily gave up her day-care license Wednesday.
Suspected leak clears nuclear reservation
August 25, 2005
The U.S. Energy Department evacuated some workers at the Hanford nuclear reservation near Richland on Wednesday because of a suspected breach in a container, but initial surveys detected no radioactive contamination, officials said.
Mayor keeps blog as public service
August 25, 2005
It paraphrases a “Star Wars” character. It mentions a “prime directive,” evoking dozens of “Star Trek” episodes.
Bulletproof vests fail 58 percent of time
August 25, 2005
Bullets fired in government tests penetrated more than half the police body armor vests containing the synthetic fiber Zylon, already the subject of lawsuits over reliability.
Wal-Mart gunman had no apparent motive
August 25, 2005
A man accused of gunning down two Wal-Mart employees in a store parking lot - reloading and continuing to fire into the men after they fell - didn’t appear to know either victim and had no known vendetta against the company, authorities said.
Commissioners meet behind closed doors
August 25, 2005
Douglas County commissioners met behind closed doors Wednesday to discuss possible litigation.
Global warming lawsuit allowed to go forward
August 25, 2005
Environmental groups and four U.S. cities can sue federal development agencies on allegations the overseas projects they back financially contribute to global warming, a judge has ruled.
Education secretary blasts lawsuit against No Child Left Behind
August 25, 2005
Education Secretary Margaret Spellings on Wednesday called claims that the No Child Left Behind Act isn’t fully funded “a red herring,” and suggested states that are balking may simply fear seeing the test results.
AOL pays $1.25M fine
August 25, 2005
America Online Inc. agreed to pay a $1.25 million fine and change its practice of discouraging consumers from canceling service, after New York State Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer started an investigation into the company’s behavior.
Motorola calling for preteen product
August 25, 2005
Motorola Inc. has plans to make a wireless phone geared for children, the latest attempt to capture a potentially significant and mostly untapped market.
Cap Fed CFO retiring; controller promoted
August 25, 2005
Topeka-based Capitol Federal Financial said Wednesday that its chief financial officer would step down Sept. 1, then serve as an executive vice president for investments and corporate strategy until his official retirement March 31.
Cosmetics again eligible for label
August 25, 2005
The government is reversing its decision to yank “USDA Organic” seals from lotions and lip balms and will now allow cosmetics to carry the round, green label.
Commodities
August 25, 2005
College graduates tend to lack financial common sense
August 25, 2005
My grandmother, Big Mama, used to say you can have all the book learning in the world, but if you don’t have any common sense, you’ll still have trouble in life.
Bill seeks drug discount authority
Medicare program should be able to negotiate prices, lawmaker says
August 25, 2005
U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore is taking on Big Pharma, saying that the folks who run Medicare should have the same discount-negotiating abilities on drugs that General Motors, Ford or any other large corporation enjoys.
Daily ticker
August 25, 2005
Toplikar: Freedom! New Mac laptop battles Kansas University’s antivirus program
August 25, 2005
“Dad! My new computer really sucks!” Julie’s voice over the phone sounded on edge. I tried to calm her down. “No, it’s not,” I said. “It’s one of the best computers on the market. What’s wrong?”
KBI gets abortion tissue under new law
Samples, collected from 3 girls age 13 or younger, may be used in child rape inquiries
August 25, 2005
Three tissue samples from abortions performed on girls age 13 or younger have been sent to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and could be used for inquiries into child rape, a legislative committee was told.
Wittig, Lake case with jury
August 25, 2005
Jurors began deliberating Wednesday in the federal fraud trial of two former Westar Energy Inc. executives charged with looting the Topeka-based utility.
A pair of Perrys on a ‘Scrubs’ repeat
August 25, 2005
Stars from sitcoms past reappear on tonight’s rerun-intensive lineup. “Friends” star Matthew Perry guest stars on “Scrubs” (8 p.m., NBC) as a young man donating a kidney to save the life of his estranged father, played quite convincingly by John Bennett Perry, who happens to be Perry’s real-life dad. Just don’t confuse him with Kathleen Turner, who played Chandler’s gender-bending papa on “Friends.”
HBO offers Roman history through ordinary men’s eyes
August 25, 2005
Back in 52 B.C., Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo were bit players in Julius Caesar’s sweeping account of the Gallic Wars.
Standing up to terrorists
August 25, 2005
The following lyrics should be sung to the tune of “Blowin’ in the Wind.”
Context matters
August 25, 2005
To the editor: Many of the plans and ideas of conservatives are so repugnant that to garner any kind of acceptance, their supporters have to distort and mislead.
Animal instinct
August 25, 2005
To the editor: In light of the tragic incident involving a tiger that killed Haley Hilderbrand at Lost Creek Animal Sanctuary in Mound Valley, I would like to thank our county commissioners for having the foresight to pass an amendment to the exotic animal ordinance that bans exotic animal acts from coming to Douglas County.
Not free speech
August 25, 2005
To the editor: Rev. Pat Robertson’s call for the U.S. to “take out” Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is not free speech.
Perception issue
August 25, 2005
To the editor: In response to Kelvin Schartz’s letter published Aug. 23, I will try to word my ideas in a manner everyone will understand (even my lowly educated conservative friends), rather than impress all the well-educated liberals with the words I could look up in the dictionary.
It just makes sense
State laws on seat-belt usage seem secondary to the obvious danger of allowing children to ride in a car without proper restraints.
August 25, 2005
When are Kansas drivers going to get the message?
Good move
A new, larger location for the Lawrence Farmers Market is a good step, but additional moves may be needed to keep the market downtown.
August 25, 2005
The move to a larger location next year should be a good one for the Lawrence Farmers Market and perhaps encourage the popular event to remain in downtown Lawrence.
Horoscopes
August 25, 2005
For Thursday, Aug. 25
Altering tradition
Reforms debated at arts institute with deep legacy
August 25, 2005
Donine Pettys listened raptly to hundreds of young musicians playing Lizst’s “Les Preludes” in an outdoor amphitheater as twilight cast shadows across a nearby lake and a gull soared overhead.
People in the news
August 25, 2005
¢ Team Martha announced ¢ Tabloid lawsuit settled ¢ ‘Best Regis’ nominees ¢ Pitt, Jolie take in exhibit ¢ Seeing less of Moore ¢ Teen actress missing
Rice faces internal challenges
August 25, 2005
Using a mixture of moxie and charm, Condoleezza Rice has improved relations with some of President Bush’s harshest critics overseas. The secretary of state will now try to work the same wonders with the battle-hardened policy warriors in her own bureaucracy.
U.S. before Starbucks now land before time
New college freshmen grew up with coffee chain, digital cameras
August 25, 2005
For this year’s crop of college freshmen, Starbucks has always been around the corner, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” has always been on the air, and men named George Bush have been president for more than half of their lives.