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Firebirds ready to hang with Vikings
November 3, 2005
The Free State High football team hopes to survive a state playoff game Saturday against Shawnee Mission West. Although Free State has never won a state contest, the Firebirds say they’re ready to play.
LHS students compete in triathlon
November 3, 2005
A Lawrence High aerobics class competed Thursday for the first time in a triathlon to try to get multiple sport criteria implemented in schools all across the nation.
Lawrence High to defend gymnastics title at state
November 3, 2005
The Lawrence High and Free State High gymnastics teams will compete in the state meet Saturday at Free State High School. Lawrence High’s Meredith West says her team has been stepping up their routines so they can win the title again.
KU vs. K-State “Survivor” update: Wildcat sent packing
November 3, 2005
The four Yaxha members merged with the larger Nakum tribe as day 19 commenced. Whereas before Jayhawk Danni Boatwright and Wildcat Brandon Bellinger always held a majority alliance at their camp, on the new team — christened Xhakum by Danni — they were immediately outnumbered and targeted.
Chat with Rod Bremby, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment
November 3, 2005
The secretary of the KDHE discusses the avian flu, food inspections, and mental health care.
Temperatures to breeze into the 80s
November 3, 2005
Shut off the furnace and open the windows. “We have a warm and windy day in the forecast,” says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
November 3, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.12 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Berry bounty keeps colors vibrant into winter
November 3, 2005
In autumn, we tend to look upward for color on the boughs of trees. But there’s a kaleidoscope of color bursting forth right at eye level.
Fiscal forecast changing because tax revenues up
November 3, 2005
With the state collecting more taxes than expected, officials are preparing to revise the fiscal forecast that legislators and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will use in budgeting.
Horoscopes
November 3, 2005
For Thursday, Nov. 3
Alito nomination will be hard to reject
November 3, 2005
The same blogs that registered extreme opposition to the nomination of Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court are overjoyed by President Bush’s selection of Samuel A. Alito Jr. to replace Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Bush paranoia upped ante in leak case
November 3, 2005
Dear Mr. President, Wouldn’t a letter to the editor have sufficed?
China ties
Rather than going it alone, Douglas County might be better off partnering with others who share an interest in China.
November 3, 2005
Before Douglas County jumps into a sibling relationship with a location in China, it should explore ways to pool its efforts with other entities that share the county’s interest in developing economic ties in China.
Birthday surprise
Ballyhooed prep Aldrich presents himself
November 3, 2005
Cole Aldrich, who decided weeks ago he wanted to play college basketball at Kansas University, waited until Monday to make it official.
Camera operator’s cell phone irks Packers
November 3, 2005
the Green Bay Packers are fed up with interruptions caused by those annoying cell phones going off at the most inopportune time.
Sweeney tapped K.C. player of year
MacDougal named Royals’ top pitcher for 2005
November 3, 2005
Kansas City Royals first baseman Mike Sweeney, who led his team in hitting, doubles and home runs this season despite missing 40 games due to injury, has been named the Royals’ player of the year for the third time.
Repairs don’t always add up to savings
November 3, 2005
Chances are you have a broken household appliance collecting dust in your garage or basement. And chances are you’re never going to take the time to find a repair shop to fix that appliance.
Pesticides have parents turning to organic food
November 3, 2005
Erin O’Neal has two daughters and a fridge stocked with organic cheese, milk, fruits and vegetables in her Annapolis, Md., home. She is among the increasing number of parents who buy organic to keep their children’s diets free of food grown with pesticides, hormones, antibiotics or genetic engineering.
Rosa Parks honored by thousands
November 3, 2005
A church packed with 4,000 mourners celebrated the life of Rosa Parks on Wednesday in an impassioned, song-filled funeral, with a crowd of notables giving thanks for the humble woman whose dignity and defiance helped transform a nation.
White House holds little extravagance for royals
November 3, 2005
Prince Charles dryly pronounced himself “still here” and “alive” Wednesday on his arrival at the White House for a visit showing off his new bride, Camilla. The Duchess of Cornwall, hoping to impress American Diana-philes on her first overseas trip as a British royal, was decidedly more enthusiastic.
Woman gets 25 years for hiding body
November 3, 2005
A woman who admitted hiding the body of a 7-year-old relative in a basement storage bin was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison, and her son, who admitted killing him in a wrestling move, was sentenced to three.
Home field
November 3, 2005
To the editor: There is no home field at Arrowhead.
Curbing the nuclear threat
November 3, 2005
As I listened to a group of specialists on weapons of mass destruction at a recent public forum, I could not avoid a pessimistic shiver. To a person, they sounded less than optimistic about the future.
Lawrence datebook
November 3, 2005
LHS grad sparks Baker
Watkins leads BU past Haskell, 88-75
November 3, 2005
Former Lawrence High basketball standout D.J. Watkins loves coming back to Lawrence to play in front of his family and friends. The rest of his Baker teammates love watching him come back, too.
Roberts blasts Senate closed session
November 3, 2005
At the center of a political firestorm, Sen. Pat Roberts said Wednesday he has seen no proof the Bush administration exaggerated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Republican lawmaker appointed as judge
November 3, 2005
Jeff Jack, a Republican state legislator from Parsons, has been appointed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to serve as a state district judge.
One-man show to focus on cultural issues
November 3, 2005
Actor Jade Esteban Estrada, best-known for his appearances on Comedy Central’s “The Graham Norton Effect,” will portray seven characters in a one-man show, “Tortilla Heaven,” at 7 p.m. Monday at Washburn University.
Jayhawk sports notebook
November 3, 2005
¢ Cross country 12th ¢ Swimmer honored
Women’s basketball tickets on sale now
November 3, 2005
Kansas University women’s basketball season tickets are on sale. The Jayhawks will play 21 games in Allen Fieldhouse, including two exhibition games, 11 nonconference games and eight Big 12 Conference matchups.
Becker leaves Nebraska to join Kansas AD staff
November 3, 2005
Theresa Becker, assistant director of compliance at the University of Nebraska since 1997, has been named associate director of athletics for compliance at Kansas University.
Soccer team falls, 3-1, in tournament opener
November 3, 2005
Nebraska ended Kansas University’s stay in first round of the Big 12 Conference soccer championship with a 3-1 victory over the Jayhawks on Wednesday.
Haskell women rally, but fall in opener, 74-72
November 3, 2005
Haskell Indian Nations University overcame a 13-point first-half deficit, but failed to convert on a three-point attempt with two seconds left Wednesday in a 74-72 loss to Kansas Wesleyan in its women’s basketball season opener.
KU volleyball freefall continues
Rare delay penalty proves costly as Jayhawks drop eighth straight
November 3, 2005
So many things have held Kansas University back in its current eight-match volleyball losing streak.
Punter for KU makes short list
Tucker semifinalist for Ray Guy Award
November 3, 2005
Kansas University sophomore Kyle Tucker gives a lot of credit for his booming punts to a camp he attended in New Orleans run by former NFL punter Ray Guy.
Tittrington: McLouth relishes success
November 3, 2005
The beauty of McLouth High’s best football season in more than two decades is the many side effects that have resulted from the Bulldogs’ newfound habit of winning ballgames.
Health secretary to chat online today
November 3, 2005
Have questions about health or environmental issues in Kansas?
Coupons available for free bike lights
November 3, 2005
Kansas University Police and the city of Lawrence are teaming with two local bike shops to give away coupons on campus for 250 free bicycle lights.
Gov. Sebelius hints at re-election bid
November 3, 2005
One year from the 2006 gubernatorial election, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday stopped just short of a formal announcement that she would be running for re-election.
Input sought on pricey sewer project
Residents encouraged to attend meeting on $80 million plan
November 3, 2005
Area residents can take their pick of reasons why they should be interested in plans to build a new sewage treatment plant on the Wakarusa River: the environment, the city’s future growth, or perhaps, because at nearly $80 million it will be the largest city project in memory.
Killer admits to 12 more slayings; trail began in Kansas
Death penalty sought for Oklahoman in Alabama
November 3, 2005
Jeremy Bryan Jones, a suspected serial killer convicted in the rape and murder of an Alabama woman, has admitted at least 12 more slayings in four other states, including Kansas, since 1992, authorities said Wednesday.
Police seek clues after truck injures pedestrian, drives off
November 3, 2005
A Lawrence man was flown to a Kansas City area hospital Wednesday after he was dragged and run over by a truck, a witness said.
Vote may be death knell for taxpayer bill
TABOR suspended in Colorado
November 3, 2005
TABOR’s tumble in Colorado may have knocked out the proposal in Kansas.
Musician trying to muster support for fife and drum corps
Fifer hoping to lure new followers
November 3, 2005
Lawrence has long been noted for its music scene, but one thing it doesn’t have is the sound of a fife and drum corps.
IRS letters find targets, checks don’t
November 3, 2005
Kent Carter has the Internal Revenue Service a little befuddled.
Senate’s ‘Gang of 14’ fractures over Alito
Stronger GOP hand against filibuster may smooth nominee’s road to confirmation
November 3, 2005
The 14 centrists who averted a Senate breakdown over judicial nominees last spring are showing signs of splintering on President Bush’s latest nominee for the Supreme Court.
Details of flu pandemic strategy released
November 3, 2005
Front-line health care providers, vaccine plant workers, pregnant women, government leaders and people with high-risk medical conditions would be among those given first priority for vaccination if a deadly influenza pandemic breaks out.
Stern says he’s amused by reaction to dress code
November 3, 2005
His two-piece navy blue suit was accented nicely by a white dress shirt and diagonally striped silk tie.
Boston spoils Brown’s debut
Knicks fall in OT; Celtics’ Pierce scores 30
November 3, 2005
Delonte West watched the ball bouncing off the court, confident that it would remain in the Celtics’ possession. When he saw Stephon Marbury coming off his man and toward the ball, though, West changed his plans.
Our town sports
November 3, 2005
West Virginia hammers UConn
November 3, 2005
West Virginia didn’t slow down in Pat White’s first start at quarterback.
Power conferences should fill all BCS slots
November 3, 2005
Because there will be no BCS buster rising out of the mid-major conferences this season the way Utah did in 2004, the power leagues have a chance to fill the two at-large bids to the four big-money bowls.
Seahawk end takes oath
Fisher goes through Air National Guard induction as captain
November 3, 2005
Bryce Fisher strode confidently into the room, wearing his blue uniform.
Raider returner hopes to outdo K.C. counterpart
November 3, 2005
Chris Carr knows he probably won’t see much of Kansas City return specialist Dante Hall on Sunday, unless he’s needed to play in Oakland’s injury-depleted secondary.
Chiefs back Johnson miffed over backup role
November 3, 2005
Larry Johnson, still seething in his role as backup to Priest Holmes, said he had decided not to rock the boat and would wait until he might get a chance with some team other than Kansas City.
PGA Tour plans to redefine its season
Season-long points race could feature NASCAR-style finish in 2007 FedEx Cup
November 3, 2005
The PGA Tour might look like NASCAR in two years, with a season-long points race culminating with four blockbuster tournaments and a massive payoff to the winner.
They’re hot
Toplikar: Energy costs boost demand for wood burning stoves
November 3, 2005
As I backed out my garage, a guy with an orange hard hat came walking up. “I want to talk to you about your trees,” he said. “Do you have a minute?” Uh-oh.
Wal-Mart taking stock of itself
November 3, 2005
Under a barrage of criticism that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is bad for the overall economy, the world’s largest company is taking a public look at itself.
New bank to open as existing bank sold
November 3, 2005
A new bank is opening in De Soto and a familiar one is changing names and owners.
Time Warner posts profit, boosts buyback
November 3, 2005
Time Warner Inc., the world’s largest media company, reported an 80 percent increase in third-quarter earnings Wednesday and raised its stock repurchase program to $12.5 billion from $5 billion in an effort to meet shareholder demands to lift its slumping stock price.
Commodites
November 3, 2005
Cable providers, Sprint Nextel team up
Cell phones to provide ‘quadruple play’
November 3, 2005
New York - Four of the nation’s top cable TV providers announced a long-awaited deal to deliver Four of the nation’s top cable TV providers announced a long-awaited deal to deliver their own cell phone services through Sprint Nextel Corp., creating a “quadruple play” of voice, video, Internet and wireless products for a new battle against telephone companies that are adding TV to their arsenals.
2 al-Qaida suspects arrested in Pakistan
November 3, 2005
Pakistani security agencies have arrested two al-Qaida suspects and are investigating whether one is a Syrian believed to be a key figure in Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network in Europe, two intelligence officials and a senior government official said today.
Hearing set in sodomy case
Defendant to be resentenced after first term struck down by high court
November 3, 2005
Matthew Limon was scheduled to be in Miami County District Court less than a week after the Kansas Supreme Court ruled in his case that the state can’t punish underage sex more harshly if it involves homosexual acts.
On the record
November 3, 2005
Denver voters want marijuana legalized
November 3, 2005
Residents of the Mile High City have voted to legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults. Authorities, though, said state possession laws will be applied instead.
As many as 23 killed in rioting across capital
November 3, 2005
Riot police deployed across the Ethiopian capital firing guns and lobbing grenades Wednesday to quell a second day of protests over disputed parliamentary elections. At least 23 people were killed and 150 wounded, including children, doctors and hospital workers said.
Jailed ex-president pleads not guilty
November 3, 2005
Former President Lucio Gutierrez, who was arrested last month upon his return from exile in an attempt to reclaim power, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of threatening national security and asked to be freed.
Crazy as it sounds, team limits might help NASCAR
November 3, 2005
The idea of limiting the number of teams a Nextel Cup car owner can have sounds, at first, like a song being played on a poorly tuned piano.
Blessing in disguise
Out of the Chase, Jeff Gordon preparing for ‘06 title run
November 3, 2005
A season that started as the Drive for Five in 2005 for Jeff Gordon made a U-turn toward 2000 some time during the late spring.
Scandal-prone Cabinet minister resigns again
November 3, 2005
British Cabinet minister David Blunkett, who overcame blindness and humble beginnings to reach high office, was forced to resign Wednesday for the second time in less than a year - a major embarrassment for Prime Minister Tony Blair who had strongly backed his scandal-prone friend.
Army frees officials, kills 40 militiamen
November 3, 2005
Congolese troops rescued four electoral workers from their militia captors in a raid that set off a battle that killed dozens of militiamen and one soldier, officials said Wednesday.
Police make arrests in major bank heist
November 3, 2005
Police made their first arrests in last year’s $47 million bank robbery, one of Europe’s largest ever, officials said Wednesday. The theft as been blamed on the Irish Republican Army and tarnished its image, despite repeated denials.
Seventh day of violence erupts in Paris suburbs
November 3, 2005
Menacing youths smoked cigarettes in doorways Wednesday and hulks of burned cars littered the tough streets of Paris’ northeastern suburbs scarred by a week of riots that left residents on edge and sent the government into crisis mode.
Iran to fire 40 reformist diplomats
November 3, 2005
Iran’s government announced Wednesday that 40 ambassadors and senior diplomats, including supporters of warmer ties with the West, will be fired, continuing a purge of reformers as the regime takes an increasingly tough stance at home and abroad.
Security heightened at U.S. base
November 3, 2005
Prison doors and cells have been fortified at the U.S. military jail in Afghanistan, a U.S. official said Wednesday as details emerged of an unprecedented breakout by a suspected al-Qaida leader and three others who picked locks and evaded a mine field.
People in the news
November 3, 2005
¢ Tyra Banks goes undercover as 350-pound woman ¢ Report: Ledger, Williams new parents of baby girl ¢ 50 Cent, Kanye West feud over remarks about Bush ¢ Crow to perform for Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign ¢ Kid Rock to make appearance on Anderson’s ‘Stacked’ ¢ Lohan, Duff, Crow added to Music awards lineup
Missing teen’s mother returns to Aruba
November 3, 2005
The mother of an Alabama teenager who vanished in Aruba more than five months ago has returned to the Dutch Caribbean island to press authorities to solve her daughter’s disappearance.
Official earthquake toll jumps to 73,000 dead
November 3, 2005
Pakistan’s official earthquake death toll jumped by 16,000, and officials warned Wednesday that it is likely to rise further as relief supplies fail to reach thousands of victims stranded in remote parts of the Himalayas.
Networks hope sweeps stunts will impress
November 3, 2005
The November sweeps are upon us. Prepare to be entertained! Or maybe not. Over the next month, the networks will pull out the stops to increase ratings share, an all-important measure in determining the money they can charge to air commercials.
Music is the Hanson brothers’ curriculum
November 3, 2005
The spunky trio that turned the non-word “MMMBop” into a 1997 smash hit is making a post-pubescent return.
The past swept aside: Historical records among victims of Katrina
November 3, 2005
As Hurricane Katrina approached, local historians were confident a vault filled with precious pre-Civil War pictures, maps and documents cataloguing the history of this Gulf Coast community would be safe.
Daschle calls for withdrawal of troops
November 3, 2005
Adding his voice to the newly aggressive chorus of Democrats calling for changes in the U.S. conduct of the war in Iraq, former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle urged withdrawal of 80,000 of the 150,000 American troops next year.
Bomb kills about 20 Iraqis; 6 U.S. servicemen die
November 3, 2005
A suicide bomber detonated a minibus Wednesday in an outdoor market packed with shoppers ahead of a Muslim festival, killing about 20 people and wounding more than 60 in a Shiite town south of Baghdad. Six U.S. troops were killed, two in a helicopter crash west of the capital.
Teen accused of trying to rob McDonald’s
November 3, 2005
A 19-year-old Lawrence man has been charged with trying to rob a McDonald’s restaurant with a pellet gun late Tuesday night.
Lawmakers call on seniors to get more politically active
November 3, 2005
Senior citizens will need to get loud during the next legislative session if they want their proposals to get funded, area lawmakers said during a forum on elderly issues Wednesday.
Sick daze
Clearing your head enough to decide whether to stay home sick or go to work
November 3, 2005
You know the feeling. It’s decision time. It’s early in the morning, and you’re lying in bed. Your nose might be a little drippy. You might have a twinge of a sore throat with that icky taste in your mouth. You might feel a little achy or have a cough.
Living beside oak trees a long-term responsibility
November 3, 2005
Statues commemorating the many contributions of the mighty oak might suddenly appear on every courthouse square if William Bryant Logan were to be named czar of national monument building.
Falling pine needles on the increase
November 3, 2005
The fall is a natural time for change. Green leaves turn to golden hues of yellow, orange and red. Flowers fade to dark green mounds of mush as the killing frost deals the final blow. But pine trees are supposed to be immune to this transition.
High-post beds from Victorian times always remain in vogue
November 3, 2005
A high-post bed with a frilly canopy is the dream of every little girl, according to storybooks and decorating magazines. This type of bed first appeared in the late 1700s and remained popular until the 1840s. The high posts were made to hold a top frame that could be covered in fabric or netting. Night air was thought to be unhealthy, so the beds had both a cover and side curtains to keep out diseases of the night.
Baker’s Symphonic Winds to perform
November 3, 2005
Baker University’s Symphonic Winds will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Rice Auditorium.
NASA, partners mark 5 years of space station
November 3, 2005
The international space station Wednesday marked five continuous years of people living and working aboard it.
Court: Parents not sole providers of kids’ sex ed
November 3, 2005
A federal appeals court Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by parents who were outraged that a school district had surveyed their elementary school-age children about sex.
Panda cub to go on limited display
November 3, 2005
Outsiders will get their first peek at the National Zoo’s baby giant panda starting next week.
Court hears case of polygamous judge
November 3, 2005
A small-town judge who has three wives should not be removed from the bench because his private behavior has not tarnished the office he holds, the judge’s attorney told the Utah Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Escort service’ mix-up settled
Funeral procession escort classified as companion-for-hire
November 3, 2005
An Ozarks man who provides motorcycle escorts for funeral processions has settled a lawsuit with a Kansas-based phone book company that published his business number under the heading “escort services,” leading to late-night calls from people wanting female company rather than a ride.
Court throws out death sentence in murder case
November 3, 2005
A federal appeals court Wednesday threw out a former insurance salesman’s death sentence for arranging his wife’s murder 22 years ago in a case that was the subject of a true-crime book and a TV miniseries.
Defendant in servitude case says sexual activities weren’t therapy
November 3, 2005
A former social worker accused of abusing mentally ill residents of a treatment center testified Wednesday the sexual activities residents participated in were not therapy.
Level the field
November 3, 2005
To the editor: The Hurricanes win another Lawrence Youth Football Toy Bowl.
Parks tribute
November 3, 2005
To the editor: I watched people pass by Rosa Parks’ coffin to pay their last respects.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
November 3, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 3, 1905: “No building on the university campus has ever been viewed with such nearly universal satisfaction as the new law building. Its location is admirable, there is a fine view of the valley from an ideal location and the impressive structure is 60 feet wide and 120 feet long with classic Greco-Roman architecture. It will be appropriate to have the name of James W. Green on the structure. The law school was established in October of 1878 while Dr. James Marvin was chancellor of the university:”
Old home town - 25 years ago today
November 3, 2005
In 1980: Kansas University officials said a number of countermeasures were in effect to deal with the so-called grade inflation that had altered the academic scene in many areas. The “inflation” was seen by some as a backlash of the Vietnam War days when teachers sometimes bolstered grades to prevent students with educational deferments from being called into the military.