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Local Red Cross fielding calls to aid hurricane victims
August 29, 2005
As Hurricane Katrina roars through Louisiana and Mississippi today — local residents are looking for ways to assist.
Soak up the sun
Lawrence to escape remnants of Hurricane Katrina
August 29, 2005
Mostly sunny skies and temperatures headed up to 90 are in store today for the Lawrence area, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
French Quarter quiet as storm prepares to make landfall
August 29, 2005
Tip Andrews knew it was time to leave when he saw the green shutters on the mustard-colored Cafe Lafitte, one of the French Quarter’s most legendary bars.
West Oahu claims Hawaii’s first crown
First walk-off homer in LLWS championship game stuns defending champion from Curacao, 7-6
August 29, 2005
With the game tied in extra innings, a tiring reliever on the mound and the Little League World Series championship on the line, Michael Memea had a simple plan: make contact.
Donation will expand access to horse therapy
August 29, 2005
The Kansas State Troopers Assn. recently donated $500 to help a group complete construction of a ramp to teach horseback riding to wheelchair users.
Jesse Jackson lends support to Venezuelan president
August 29, 2005
The Rev. Jesse Jackson offered support for President Hugo Chavez on Sunday, saying a call for his assassination by a U.S. religious broadcaster was a criminal act and that Washington and Venezuela should work out their differences through diplomacy.
Bomber wounds two in first suicide attack since pullout
August 29, 2005
A Palestinian suicide bomber struck outside an Israeli bus station during morning rush hour Sunday, critically wounding two guards and raising tensions following Israel’s eviction of settlers from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank.
O-line worries Cyclones
Skill positions, defense solid for Iowa State
August 29, 2005
Iowa State is looking for a few good blockers. It would help if they were big, strong, smart and coachable.
KU gives one away
Own-goal in OT ends 3-2 setback
August 29, 2005
After 97 minutes of play Sunday afternoon, what was most frustrating for Kansas University’s soccer team was not that it lost, but instead how it lost.
Keegan: Jayhawks need curfew
August 29, 2005
He hasn’t bounced a basketball in a Kansas University uniform yet and already Rodrick Stewart has found himself on the wrong side of a headline, not to mention a “blunt instrument.”
National Assembly finishes constitution without Sunni approval
August 29, 2005
Iraqi negotiators finished the new constitution Sunday and referred it to the voters but without the endorsement of Sunni Arabs, a major setback for the U.S. strategy to lure Sunnis away from the insurgency and hasten the day U.S. troops can go home.
Lawrence datebook
August 29, 2005
Horoscopes
August 29, 2005
For Monday, Aug. 29, 2005
Almanac predicts ‘polar’ roller coaster this winter
August 29, 2005
Get your sweaters, mittens and hats ready.
Elephant fitted with temporary prosthesis
August 29, 2005
A Thai elephant that attracted worldwide attention when its foot was amputated after it stepped on a land mine has been fitted with a temporary prosthesis, a wildlife conservation worker said Sunday.
Two U.S. senators held at airport for hours
August 29, 2005
A plane carrying two U.S. senators was detained for several hours Sunday while trying to leave Russia, before being permitted to leave the country for Ukraine, according to spokesmen for the lawmakers.
Report: Official warned policy was fueling anger
August 29, 2005
A top British government official warned Prime Minister Tony Blair more than a year before the London transit bombings last month that Britain’s policy in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East was fueling extremism among British Muslims, a London newspaper reported Sunday.
Relations warming between U.S., France
August 29, 2005
As the going gets tougher for the U.S. military in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the region, one ally has stepped up despite a recent straining of ties: France.
On the record
August 29, 2005
Small World helpers can expand horizons
August 29, 2005
Small World is a nonprofit, cooperative program whose mission is to help international women and their children adjust to the Lawrence community by improving their English skills, meeting new people and forming friendships that span cultures and languages. The program seeks women to serve as volunteer English tutors for adults and as classroom assistants in the preschool program.
House fire blamed on candle in bedroom
August 29, 2005
A burning candle caused a fire that heavily damaged a house Saturday night in eastern Lawrence.
Report: North Korea to postpone talks
August 29, 2005
Thailand’s foreign minister said the North Korean government told him nuclear talks scheduled for this week will be postponed to mid- to late September, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported today.
Police say ferry bomb intended to start fire
August 29, 2005
A bomb that injured 30 people on a passenger ferry appears to have been designed to start a fire rather than cause a large explosion, a Philippine police spokesman said Monday. A military official said the investigation was focusing on Abu Sayyaf, an al-Qaida-linked group active in the region.
Pamplona-style bull run leaves 63 people injured
August 29, 2005
A Pamplona-style running of the bulls in a Spanish town outside the capital Sunday left 63 people injured, two of them seriously, officials said.
President expects peaceful elections despite fighting
August 29, 2005
Afghanistan’s president said Sunday he is optimistic that next month’s legislative elections will be peaceful, but ongoing pre-vote violence left one candidate dead and three American troops wounded.
No suspects emerging in rapper Suge Knight’s shooting
August 29, 2005
Police had no suspects Sunday in the shooting of rap mogul Suge Knight at an MTV awards party - a typical development in the street-justice world of rap.
Rockers, fashion icons cash in on white carpet
Green Day grabs seven moonmen at MTV Video Music Awards ceremony
August 29, 2005
Rock was resplendent at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, as veteran rockers Green Day took home seven moonmen and newcomers The Killers and Fall Out Boy won one each.
Hudson goes the distance again
Atlanta hurler allows two runs in complete-game gem; Jones homers twice
August 29, 2005
Andruw Jones gave Tim Hudson all the support he needed Sunday.
Red Sox have bats booming
Boston racks up 28 runs, 38 hits in last three games
August 29, 2005
The Boston Red Sox kept pounding the ball, and, with David Wells on the mound, the Tigers couldn’t keep up.
Clarett expecting to be released
August 29, 2005
Maurice Clarett’s first stab at the NFL will end the same way his last two seasons on the sideline did: no carries, no yards, one big disappointment.
Faxon first at Buick Championship
South Africa’s van der Walt wilts on first playoff hole
August 29, 2005
Brad Faxon’s persistence at the Buick Championship finally paid off.
Redheads’ skin may be more vulnerable to sun
August 29, 2005
Redheads sunburn easily, but that may not be the only reason they are at high risk of skin cancer. New research suggests the pigment that colors their skin may set them up for cancer-spurring sun damage even if they do not burn.
Marijuana seizures up over last season
August 29, 2005
Agents have seized more than $2.6 billion worth of marijuana plants this year, already surpassing last year’s season total by 20 percent, authorities said.
Teen fights to get suit to Grissom’s museum
August 29, 2005
A 15-year-old girl with a Web site, a summer of free time and an astronaut for a hero is trying to solve a 3-year-old dispute over one of NASA’s earliest space suits.
Running wild: Anderson re-emerges as force
Denver running back beaming after solid performance in preseason contest
August 29, 2005
Those who wondered if Mike Anderson ever would be the same after he endured a season-ending groin injury this time last year can stop wondering.
Floridians wait for food after storm hits
August 29, 2005
Hungry, thirsty and sweaty South Floridians waited for hours in lines that sometimes stretched for miles to get food, ice and water Saturday, two days after Hurricane Katrina knocked out power and flooded hundreds of streets and homes.
Wildfires destroy buildings, force hundreds to evacuate
August 29, 2005
A wildfire believed to have been started by hikers spread to 4,980 acres Sunday, forcing a temporary evacuation of 100 homes in the forest west of Palm Springs
Research finds coffee to be top source of antioxidants
August 29, 2005
When the Ink Spots sang “I love the java jive and it loves me” in 1940, they could not have known how right they were.
Process may help detect mad cow disease
Study finds blood test that could be used to find infected animals, humans
August 29, 2005
One of the biggest hurdles in fighting ailments such as mad cow disease and its human version has been the lack of a way to diagnose the illness. A new process may point the way to a useful blood test.
Giambi dooms Royals
August 29, 2005
Jason Giambi was the American League Player of the Month when he batted .355 with 24 RBIs in July.
QB Quinn good story, but Chiefs floundering
August 29, 2005
One weekend, Jonathan Quinn was couch-bound and channel-surfing, wishing he could be out on the football field.
Ex-KU tight end sliced by Bengals
August 29, 2005
Former Kansas University tight end Lyonel Anderson was among the players waived Sunday by the Cincinnati Bengals. Anderson was not drafted and was signed as a free agent.
Kansas’ Self, Stewart shrug off latest blow
August 29, 2005
The early morning bar scene has struck Kansas University’s men’s basketball team again.
Iraqi Fulbright Scholar here to learn, teach
August 29, 2005
America was something Muhammod Murad knew only from television until the United States toppled Saddam Hussein’s regime.
KU basketball player hurt at bar
Stewart hit as fight breaks out around him
August 29, 2005
Kansas University sophomore basketball player Rodrick Stewart suffered a minor injury in a disturbance early Sunday morning at Abe and Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St.
Few people are now conditioned to stand the heat
August 29, 2005
Ryan Helmer can’t imagine what it would be like to live without air conditioning.
Million residents face loss of homes
Monstrous storm expected to bring doomsday scenario
August 29, 2005
With a Category 5 hurricane bearing down on his below-sea-level city, Mayor C. Ray Nagin made what pleas he could to his fellow residents to flee and then left it in the hands of a higher power.
TV soundman killed, cameraman wounded
August 29, 2005
A Reuters television sound technician was killed and a cameraman was injured Sunday while trying to cover a Baghdad gunbattle involving insurgents and U.S. troops. Police said the men were fired on by American forces.
Bush says Iraqis have made major step toward democracy
August 29, 2005
President Bush lauded Iraq’s proposed constitution Sunday as a major step forward, while war protesters about a mile away questioned whether it would stop the killing.
Iraqis’ reactions to draft varied across country
August 29, 2005
There were street bands in Basra and fireworks in Baghdad. In Kirkuk, some sneered at it. And in Samawa, some saw relief in it.
Union Station museums hire both finalists for director’s job
August 29, 2005
Union Station liked the finalists for its museum director’s position so much that it hired both of them.
K-State professor engineers explosives-detection systems
Technology could help save troops in Iraq
August 29, 2005
Hardly a day passes without news of U.S. troops being killed or wounded in Iraq, often from car bombs, roadside explosives and similar methods.
Music festival draws a crowd
Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships held in South Park
August 29, 2005
Gary Keller sat near a shade tree in South Park listening to the sounds of fiddles, guitars and other acoustic musical instruments Sunday afternoon. And when the mood suited him, he started playing his own mandolin.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
August 29, 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.
14-year-old wife gives birth to girl
August 29, 2005
A 14-year-old girl whose 22-year-old husband is charged with sexually assaulting a minor has given birth to their daughter, and the man said he plans to plead not guilty in the case.
Two prison inmates captured after escape
August 29, 2005
Two inmates who escaped from Lansing Correctional Facility were caught early Sunday.
Farm groups turning to courts
Justice system used to make voices heard
August 29, 2005
As population shifts weaken the rural vote in Congress and in state legislatures across the nation, farm groups have been quietly hiring more lawyers than lobbyists - turning the courts into their new advocacy battleground.
Plans for planner debated
Some want economic development role taken out of chamber’s hands
August 29, 2005
When City Commissioner David Schauner reads an article - like he did this week - suggesting tax abatements are costing cities and states $50 million, he would like to know whether it’s true.
The week ahead
August 29, 2005
Businesses need to see what they’re missing
August 29, 2005
It’s difficult for any business to convince prospective customers that they have a need, far more difficult than fulfilling a need they already know they have.
Iraqi company to take charge of oil wells after Western firms balk over liability
August 29, 2005
An Iraqi state-owned company has been given the job of repairing oil wells that sit on large, lucrative oil reserves in the country’s south - a decision likely to mean additional months of pumping delays for an industry already suffering from sabotage and lost revenues.
Round & round
August 29, 2005
To the editor: The new “left turn in front of a traffic circle” ordinance seems to validate the thought of some that the city commissioners, engineers and anyone else connected with the proliferation of roundabouts, traffic circles and other traffic-calming devices, have grown dizzy from driving in circles.
Clear message
August 29, 2005
To the editor: John T. Whitehead has been found guilty of aggravated indecent solicitation of a child.
Rights issue
August 29, 2005
To the editor: Sven Erik Alstrom, of Lawrence, asserts that the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights goes beyond the U.S. Bill of Rights in protecting “the range of civil liberties.”
Quality of life
Sometimes a fresh set of eyes can provide a new perspective on our home state.
August 29, 2005
Kansans often forget that one of our state’s greatest assets is the quality of life it provides its residents.
Outside opinion to influence school finances
New York duo hired to help Kansas get handle on its education budget
August 29, 2005
The future of school finance in Kansas may depend, in part, on a pair of New Yorkers.
Is ‘best buy’ the best KU can do?
August 29, 2005
Bad news. KU’s U.S. News & World Report ranking as a top 50 public university, and top 100 major university, has fallen further. We’re still in, but just barely, tied for 45th and 97th, respectively. Missouri, Colorado, Iowa State, Texas, and Texas A&M, all rank ahead, and we’ve been caught by Nebraska. Oklahoma is in the rear-view mirror, but not too far behind. Of state universities in the Big 12 Conference, we’re only appreciably ahead of Kansas State, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech. But there is good news; the Fiske Guide to Colleges rates us a “best buy.”
U.S. input on Iraq constitution is ill-timed
August 29, 2005
While President Bush and his aides lobbied key figures working on a new constitution in Baghdad last week, Iraq’s terrorist forces were busy targeting electric power lines in the countryside. Their priorities of destruction reveal how the terrorists intend to win the war they wage - and how they can be countered.
American education must think bigger
August 29, 2005
The debate over President Bush’s landmark education program, No Child Left Behind, that has been raging across the country for more than a year has ended up where so many policy fights land these days - in court.
A thread of modernism
Quilt exhibit links traditional art form with contemporary sensibilities
August 29, 2005
During the past 30 years, quilts have come off the bed and onto gallery walls, blending function with decoration. It’s easy to see why contemporaries would view the traditional American folk art as fine art: The flat planes, bright colors and abstracted forms play to our modernist sensibilities.
New Fox series not exactly escapist fare
August 29, 2005
Labor Day is still a week away, but I can happily say that our TV summer is over. And what a horrible summer it has been. The networks loaded up their schedules with a contemptuous combination of stale reality and imitative fare like “Princes of Malibu,” “The Cut” and “The Law Firm.”