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Tonganoxie to tackle Hayden
November 4, 2005
The Chieftains will take on the Wildcats at 7 p.m., Saturday in Tonganoxie.
Firebirds to take on Vikings
November 4, 2005
Free State High will take on Shawnee Mission Northwest at noon, Saturday at Shawnee Mission South District Stadium.
Lions advance to state quarterfinals
November 4, 2005
The Lawrence High football team advanced to the state quarterfinals after beating Blue Valley Northwest, 40-6, Friday at Haskell Stadium.
Eudora officials announce drug-related arrest
November 4, 2005
Eudora - Police here have siezed an AK-47 assault rifle, a sawed-off shotgun and methamphetamine and marijuana from a home in the city and have arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of drug dealing and criminal possession of a firearm.
Not quite as warm today
November 4, 2005
Say goodbye to the 70s — temperatures return to more fall-like conditions today in Lawrence. “We almost reach the 70-degree mark, but I don’t think we’ll hit it,” said Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist. “I think today we’ll be climbing into the upper 60s.”
This Weekend’s Highlights
November 4, 2005
 
Revenge on mind of Lions’ opponent
November 4, 2005
Lawrence High can be sure of one thing when playing against Blue Valley Northwest in the first round of the Class 6A football playoffs tonight. The Huskies certainly haven’t forgotten.
Back to ‘68
Yes, it has been a long time since Kansas University beat Nebraska in college football. Since 1968, the Huskers have beaten the Jayhawks every year.
November 4, 2005
Considering every player on the Kansas University football roster was born in the 1980s, picking any of their brains about 1968 is just as beneficial as asking them about their memories of the Middle Ages.
Philanthropist honored for service
November 4, 2005
About 350 people listened Thursday evening to many light-hearted stories and kind words about a well-known Lawrence philanthropist as her closest friends gathered to pay tribut
Servitude case in hands of jury
Deliberations continue today
November 4, 2005
Prosecutors said Thursday that a Newton couple operated a “house of horrors kept financially afloat by fraud” in which they enslaved mentally ill residents and forced them to work naked and engage in sexual acts, while billing the government and their families for the therapy.
Correction
November 4, 2005
A headline on page 1A Thursday may have implied that the U.S. Senate stopped working Tuesday. The Senate did not shut down operations; rather, it went into closed session.
Golf director leaving Alvamar for PGA section
Former KU golfer, coach to lead Midwest area
November 4, 2005
Brad Demo is leaving the zoysia fairways of Alvamar to pound the pavement for the PGA of America.
Merck wins ruling
Vioxx user loses court battle
November 4, 2005
Merck & Co. won its first court battle over its Vioxx painkiller Thursday when a New Jersey state jury found that the drugmaker properly warned consumers about the risks of the medication. The verdict absolved Merck of liability for a heart attack suffered by a Vioxx user.
Development group discusses funding
ECO2 seeks ways to raise money for open space, industrial land
November 4, 2005
A county committee looking for ways to purchase open space and industrial land is looking for methods other than a new sales tax to fund its program.
Alito’s confirmation hearings to take place in January
November 4, 2005
The Republican-controlled Senate will begin hearings Jan. 9 on Judge Samuel Alito’s appointment to the Supreme Court, leaders of the Judiciary Committee announced Thursday, a bipartisan repudiation of President Bush’s call for a final confirmation vote before year’s end.
Paris-area riots spread to 20 towns
November 4, 2005
A week of riots in poor neighborhoods outside Paris gained dangerous new momentum Thursday, with youths shooting at police and firefighters and attacking trains and symbols of the French state.
Recruit hopes to top out as 7-footer
November 4, 2005
A final growth spurt is not out of the question for future Kansas University basketball center Cole Aldrich, a 6-foot-11, 250-pound high school junior from Bloomington, Minn.
In the end, Corkins gets his consultant
Conservative to play role on transition team
November 4, 2005
New Education Commissioner Bob Corkins got to hire a conservative consultant after all.
Al-Qaida in Iraq claims it downed U.S. helicopter
November 4, 2005
Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed Thursday it shot down a U.S. attack helicopter that crashed, killing two Marines, and a U.S. general said witnesses saw the aircraft take ground fire and break up in the air.
Giving triathlon a try
LHS students tackle team event as part of physical-education curriculum
November 4, 2005
On Thursday, a group of Lawrence High students participated in a not-so-familiar sporting event that is an Olympic sport and also determines the World Ironman.
KDHE taking flu precautions
November 4, 2005
Kansas health officials don’t know whether the avian, or bird, flu will strike the state. “But we are taking no chance,” Rod Bremby, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Thursday during an online chat on the Journal-World’s Web site.
Exploding ‘Firecracker’
Kansas director earns critical acclaim and national audience
November 4, 2005
During the last few weeks, Kansas filmmaker Steve Balderson has screened his movie “Firecracker” at Landmark Theatres in Boston, Atlanta and Minneapolis. But a major snag transpired when the film was preparing to play Detroit.
Arts & Entertainment Calendar
November 4, 2005
 
Alito record chips away at women’s rights
November 4, 2005
There was a moment in Samuel Alito Jr.’s introduction when he tipped his hat to the justice he hopes to succeed. As a rookie arguing his first case before the Supreme Court, Alito remembered, Sandra Day O’Connor’s first question was a gentle one.
K.C. cooperation
Kansas should be willing to work with Missouri to advance Kansas City but that shouldn’t include any action that would endanger the continued success west of the state line.
November 4, 2005
It is good to see several Kansas City leaders calling for cooperation between government officials of Kansas and Missouri in promoting future development and growth in greater Kansas City.
Jarhead’ takes shots at military life
November 4, 2005
“Are we ever going to get to kill anyone?” the hero of “Jarhead” pleads. While most modern war movies stress the horror and insanity of combat, this latest drama focuses on the boredom of soldiers waiting around for combat.
Giddens eager to move ahead
November 4, 2005
J.R. Giddens wants people to know he is a better man than the one portrayed by prosecutors and newspaper accounts describing his role in a fight May 19 outside a Lawrence bar.
Former players gather to pay tribute to Mather
November 4, 2005
If ever there were a game for the Kansas University football team to “win for the Gipper,” Saturday’s matchup with Nebraska would be it.
Santee part of 2005 Hall of Fame class
November 4, 2005
Former Kansas University track standout Wes Santee will be inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame on Dec. 1.
Keegan: Local Husker unhappy
November 4, 2005
It’s Nebraska week in Lawrence, and that’s supposed to mean the Weinmaster family dresses in red and heads to Memorial Stadium to watch the Cornhuskers add to a winning streak over Kansas University that stands at 36.
Libby pleads not guilty in CIA leak
Ex-Cheney aide may be in for long court battle
November 4, 2005
Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff pleaded not guilty to a five-count felony indictment Thursday in the CIA leak case, signaling a protracted court battle that is sure to prolong debate about the White House’s prewar use of intelligence on Iraq.
Sewer update eases worries
Report says city prepared for future development
November 4, 2005
Top managers at Lawrence City Hall on Thursday sought to reassure the community that questions surrounding the city’s sewer system aren’t fatal to future growth.
Civilian teaches troops close-quarters combat
Instilling ‘the Warrior Spirit’
November 4, 2005
When the U.S. Army decided it could use some help teaching its soldiers hand-to-hand combat, it turned to a Lawrence man - a civilian.
Senate reworks financial aid
Overhaul of federal programs may cost students thousands more
November 4, 2005
A major overhaul of federal student loan programs could force students and families to pay thousands of more dollars for their education in the future.
Judge dismisses serial rape case
Court rules warrant was too vague, statute of limitations expired
November 4, 2005
A Reno County judge has dismissed a rape case against a death-row inmate who was not connected to sexual assaults in several counties for more than a decade because investigators mislabeled a blood sample.
One of state’s largest Veterans Day parades set for Ottawa
November 4, 2005
The sacrifices of America’s military veterans will be remembered Saturday in Ottawa with a downtown parade followed by military demonstrations, battle re-enactments, exhibits and USO-style shows.
After half a century, turtles rediscovered at Lone Star
November 4, 2005
As soon as Joe Collins heard that a turtle last spotted in the area 50 years ago might live in Lone Star Lake, he wanted traps set. On Wednesday, Richard Sanders and Bruce Wolhuter of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks caught 11 common musk turtles for Collins, an expert on Kansas snakes, lizards, frogs and turtles.
Man in teen sex case freed
November 4, 2005
Prosecutors were weighing an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday after a ruling by the state’s high court led to the release of a man jailed for performing a sex act on an underage boy.
Driver in deadly wreck goes back to jail
November 4, 2005
A man convicted of causing a deadly head-on wreck was sent back to jail Thursday, nearly three years after the wreck happened.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
November 4, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 4, 1905: “It will be remembered that the state board of agriculture gave the population of Douglas County as 24,996.
Diversion probable for ex-Free State coach
November 4, 2005
Former Free State High School basketball coach Jack Schreiner likely will be offered diversion for a window-peeping charge in Municipal Court.
Kansas Cosmosphere to restore Gemini XII
November 4, 2005
Thirty-nine years after its only trip to space, the Gemini XII will be restored over the next three months at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.
Pump patrol
November 4, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.10 at Quick Stop, 1000 W. 23rd St. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Prairie Home Companion’ on the lookout for a new home
November 4, 2005
Here’s the news from Lake Wobegon: Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” is looking for a new home.
Stevie Wonder looking to win more Grammys
November 4, 2005
Stevie Wonder wants to add more Grammys to his trophy case.
Spike Lee stresses the importance of education
November 4, 2005
Spike Lee says the value of education is being overshadowed by the images that gangsta rap glorifies.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
November 4, 2005
The Douglas County Commission approved an agreement with N.R. Hamm Quarry Inc. for operation of a sanitary landfill at a Jefferson County quarry site north and west of Lawrence.
Wal-Mart taps celebrities for holiday TV, print ads
November 4, 2005
In a first for Wal-Mart, the retailer has recruited celebrities such as Garth Brooks and Destiny’s Child to appear in holiday television and print ads.
Federline’s hip-hop career taking off with first album
November 4, 2005
The dawn of Kevin Federline’s hip-hop career has begun, though it remains to be seen whether it will last past breakfast.
Celebrity birthdays
November 4, 2005
Actor Matthew McConaughey is 36. Former CBS news anchorman Walter Cronkite is 89. Pianist Yanni is 51. Rapper-producer Sean “Puffy” Combs is 36. R&B/gospel singer George Huff is 25.
MIT maps wireless users as they move about
November 4, 2005
The newly upgraded wireless network at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - extended this month to cover the entire school - doesn’t merely get you online in study halls, stairwells or any other spot on the 9.4 million square foot campus.
Saturday concert to benefit Toys for Tots
November 4, 2005
A concert this weekend at Liberty Hall will benefit Douglas County Toys for Tots.
KU Hillel to celebrate Shabbat today
November 4, 2005
KU Hillel will celebrate Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest, this evening in the ballroom of the Kansas Union with Shabbat 350.
Rockettes kick to canned music
November 4, 2005
For the first time ever, the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall performed the Christmas show Thursday without the accompaniment of live musicians. Instead, they high-kicked to recorded music.
Man sues store after using glue-covered toilet
November 4, 2005
Home Depot was sued by a shopper who claims he got stuck to a restroom toilet seat because a prankster had smeared it with glue.
Pakistan rape victim gets Glamour award
November 4, 2005
A Pakistani activist who was gang-raped at the orders of a tribal council was honored by Glamour Magazine as Woman of the Year for her fight against oppression in her homeland.
Reservist stands trial in prisoner abuse case
November 4, 2005
An Army reservist at an Afghanistan detention center struck and taunted a detainee who may have been mentally disabled, a former soldier testified as a military trial began Thursday.
New judge selected to preside over DeLay case
November 4, 2005
A new judge was selected to preside over Rep. Tom DeLay’s conspiracy and money laundering trial Thursday, after another judge became the second to step away from involvement in the case because of political contributions he has made.
Felons captured after prison escape
November 4, 2005
Two violent felons who escaped from a maximum-security prison by hiding on a trash truck were captured early Thursday afternoon, a State Law Enforcement Division official said.
Red Cross investigates secret prison reports
November 4, 2005
The European Union and the continent’s top human rights group said Thursday they will investigate allegations the CIA set up secret jails in eastern Europe and elsewhere to interrogate terror suspects, and the Red Cross demanded access to any prisoners.
Bush arrives for summit
November 4, 2005
Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, emboldened by thousands of anti-American protesters, is getting a rare chance to stand up to his adversary, George Bush, with promises to keep the president from reviving talks on a free trade area stretching from Alaska to Argentina.
Official: Faithful should listen to modern science
November 4, 2005
A Vatican cardinal said Thursday the faithful should listen to what secular modern science has to offer, warning that religion risks turning into “fundamentalism” if it ignores scientific reason.
5 held at Guantanamo Bay return home
November 4, 2005
Five Kuwaitis who had been held in U.S. custody at Guantanamo Bay prison camp, including one who had been on a three-month hunger strike, returned home early today.
China says nuclear talks will resume next week
November 4, 2005
China on Thursday called for progress in international efforts to get North Korea to scrap nuclear weapons development in exchange for aid as it announced that the slow-moving talks will resume next week in Beijing.
Huskers expect ‘challenge’ from KU
November 4, 2005
The Nebraska football team is looking forward to its game against Kansas University this weekend, coach Bill Callahan said after the team’s two-hour practice Thursday inside Memorial Stadium.
Lack of donations may force cut in quake aid
November 4, 2005
A U.S. general stressed Thursday that American helicopters and troops will help victims of South Asia’s earthquake for months to come, but the World Food Program warned that its own relief flights might have to be scaled back within days.
Missing teen’s family: Officials ignored leads
November 4, 2005
The family of a U.S. teenager who vanished on a school trip to Aruba urged Thursday that three law enforcement officials be removed from the case, saying they ignored promising leads and did not take the investigation seriously in the crucial early stages.
160,000 troops likely to stay through election
November 4, 2005
The U.S. military is likely to keep an expanded force of about 160,000 troops in Iraq through the Dec. 15 election of a new government and then make a “fairly rapid” reduction to what has been the standard troop level of about 138,000, a senior Pentagon official said Thursday.
O’Neal powers Pacers past Heat
Shaq suffers sprained ankle in Miami’s loss
November 4, 2005
Jermaine O’Neal was celebrating. Shaquille O’Neal was on crutches. A look at either O’Neal told the story Thursday night.
Louisville wins wild one
After crazy start, Cardinals grind out lopsided victory over Pitt
November 4, 2005
Few games have gotten off to a wilder start than Louisville-Pittsburgh on Thursday night — two touchdowns in the first 25 seconds, both on kickoffs.
Big 12 reprimands Nebraska coach
Callahan disciplined for throat-slashing gesture toward official
November 4, 2005
Nebraska coach Bill Callahan was reprimanded publicly by the Big 12 Conference on Thursday for making an apparent throat-slashing gesture after an argument with an official during the Cornhuskers’ game against Oklahoma.
Keegan: Despite defense, Kansas will fall
November 4, 2005
Young hotshot assistant coaches will get head-coaching jobs this coming winter, and they’ll be looking for experienced coordinators to help them ease their transitions.
Roethlisberger out after knee surgery
November 4, 2005
Ben Roethlisberger is out for the second time in a month because of an injured knee. The Pittsburgh Steelers only can hope they play better without the NFL’s top-rated passer than they did during his last absence.
Sacks back for Sapp
Defensive tackle rebounding from poor first season in Oakland
November 4, 2005
Football always came easy to Warren Sapp. Get in a three-point stance, burst through a gap and go after the ball. That all changed in his first year with Oakland. One of the game’s best defensive tackles was forced to play a new role, reading the offense before making his move.
This time, Pats too battered to beat Colts
November 4, 2005
It’s a measure of the New England Patriots’ decline that the Indianapolis Colts are three-point favorites Monday night in Foxborough, Mass., which has been a house of horrors for them recently.
Commentary: Martz says Rams settle for mediocrity
November 4, 2005
Of all the mundane Mike Martz chatter on the NFL pregame shows Sunday, only one item jumped out. It was this comment by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen:
Bryant’s 62 tops at Tour
Goosen trails by two, Woods by four
November 4, 2005
Bart Bryant is starting to believe he can compete with the best. If his victory at the Memorial wasn’t enough to convince him, the course-record 62 he shot Thursday at East Lake should do the trick.
Pakistani leader talks of country’s world role
November 4, 2005
Mohammedmian Soomro, chairman of the Pakistan Senate, spoke to more than 100 people Thursday at the Dole Institute of Politics.
On the record
November 4, 2005
 
Pacers to retire Miller’s No. 31 in March ceremony
November 4, 2005
The Indiana Pacers will retire Reggie Miller’s No. 31 in March.
Lawrence Datebook
November 4, 2005
 
KU joins drug consortium
November 4, 2005
Kansas University will aid in efforts to reduce drug prices as it joins several universities and the Food and Drug Administration in forming a new consortium focused on the issue.
$7,500 Hy-Vee donation delights student, school
November 4, 2005
Seventh-grader Claire Murphy-Beach was a little shocked Thursday when Hy-Vee store director John Olson burst into her English class and handed her a $7,500 check for her school, Central Junior High.
Winning Powerball ticket sold in Raytown, Mo.
November 4, 2005
A ticket sold at a grocery store in suburban Kansas City matched all six numbers in a Powerball drawing to win a $36 million jackpot, the Missouri Lottery said.
Play chronicles adventures of undercover soldier
November 4, 2005
More than 400 women fought in the Civil War disguised as men. One of those brave females was Emma Edmonds, and Ric Averill was so fascinated by her story that he turned it into an award-winning play that has been optioned for a film and will have its Lawrence premiere this weekend.
Sky falling on Disney animation
Chicken Little’ pretty, but pretty mediocre
November 4, 2005
“The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” From Wall Street to Mainstreet, U.S.A., you could hear the Disney stockholders’ cry. “Eisner ruined the partnership with Pixar!”
New forecast improves state’s financial outlook
November 4, 2005
The state’s budget picture improved dramatically Thursday when officials and economists added nearly $221 million in projected state revenue collections through next June.
Prosecutors won’t seek death penalty for defendant charged in pool killing
November 4, 2005
Johnson County prosecutors said they won’t seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing a suburban Kansas City woman at the community swimming pool where she worked.
Senate passes bill to cut spending
November 4, 2005
The Senate on Thursday narrowly approved the first cuts since 1997 to benefit programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and farm subsidies, giving Republicans a modest victory against ever-rising government spending.
Stern says he’s glad Artest is back
Commissioner meets with Pacers forward, who was suspended after brawl last season
November 4, 2005
Count NBA commissioner David Stern among those happy to see Ron Artest playing again. They met briefly Thursday night before the Indiana Pacers’ game in Miami, the second the forward has played in since completing his nearly yearlong suspension stemming from last season’s brawl with fans at Detroit.
Special examines Bush’s AIDS policies
November 4, 2005
Tonight’s hourlong “NOW” special, “Global Health: America’s Response” (8 p.m., PBS), takes a provocative look at America’s efforts to eradicate AIDS in Africa.
Best Bets
November 4, 2005
 
Aquila loss narrows
November 4, 2005
Aquila Inc. on Thursday said it cut its third-quarter losses, but results fell short of Wall Street expectations as the company reduced debt and continued to close its merchant business.
Amazon to offer books by the page
November 4, 2005
Book buyers, soon you’ll be able to pay by the page.
Commodities
November 4, 2005
 
Label limits
November 4, 2005
To the editor: Recently, we seem to be seeing our nation being divided into camps labeled “conservative” and “liberal.”
Truth will out
November 4, 2005
To the editor: An open letter to Sen. Pat Roberts: Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that I applaud the Democratic stand in the Senate on Tuesday. Your handling of the “investigation” into the pretext for the Iraq war has been a travesty.
Kronos Quartet to play Lied Center concert
November 4, 2005
Founded in 1973, the Kronos Quartet recently celebrated 30 years of exploring and breaking the boundaries previously set for string quartets.
Reid is right
November 4, 2005
To the editor: I want to thank Sen. Harry Reid for bravely calling the Senate into a closed-door session to insist that senators discover and report the truth about the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Bush fails to broaden base
November 4, 2005
In one fell swoop, President Bush repaired a rift with his conservative base by picking Judge Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court. His confirmation, after a bitter partisan battle, seems more likely than not.
Dissenting opinions offer insight on nominee
November 4, 2005
As an appeals court judge, Samuel Alito has compiled a massive record that includes more than 240 opinions. Of these, the most illuminating may well be his 41 dissents - opinions that he has written by himself, rejecting the views of his colleagues.
Horoscopes
November 4, 2005
 
Homeowners trading places
Growing number of consumers swapping houses as vacation costs increase
November 4, 2005
I have heard that some people “swap” their homes with others for a week or two at a time in order to save on hotel expenses and other vacation costs. What do you think of this idea? How can I get information about what types of properties are available for swapping, and where?
Punk maverick Henry Rollins continues to spread the word
November 4, 2005
It’s been a quarter of a century since Henry Rollins began touring the world, and he’s amassed quite a few stories. What initially began as tales from his days fronting the seminal punk act Black Flag have grown in scope as the diversity of Rollins’ career has expanded.