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Warm and breezy this afternoon
November 7, 2005
You might want to grab a jacket this morning. But you won’t need it this afternoon. “Temperatures will be soaring into the 70s,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “It’s going to be a warm start to the work week.”
Use of Patriot Act concerns lawmakers
Requests for private records see hundredfold increase under legislation
November 7, 2005
Lawmakers expressed concern Sunday that the FBI was aggressively pushing the powers of the anti-terrorist USA Patriot Act to access private phone and financial records of ordinary people.
Democrats defend call for release of report on prewar intelligence
November 7, 2005
A government document raises doubts about claims al-Qaida members received training for biological and chemical weapons in Iraq, as Senate Democrats on Sunday defended their push for a report on how the Bush administration handled prewar intelligence.
Civilians flee as troops battle insurgents house-to-house
November 7, 2005
Scores of terrified Iraqis fled a besieged town Sunday, waving white flags and hauling their belongings to escape a second day of fighting between U.S. Marines and al-Qaida-led militants along the Syrian border. U.S. and Iraqi troops battled insurgents house-to-house, the U.S. military said.
Attack underlines boldness of pirates
November 7, 2005
The violent attack on a cruise liner off Somalia’s coast shows pirates from the anarchic country on the Horn of Africa are becoming bolder and more ambitious in their efforts to hijack ships for ransom and loot, a maritime official warned Sunday.
Ford, Mazda minivans don’t fare well in side impact tests
Official says safety equipment shouldn’t be optional
November 7, 2005
The insurance industry’s first tests of how well minivans hold up in side impact crashes gave poor marks Sunday to the 2006 Ford Freestar and Mazda MPV models without side air bags.
Kasold Drive design issues spotlighted
Lawrence City Commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets
November 7, 2005
City commissioners again will discuss design issues related to the rebuilding of Kasold Drive between Bob Billings Parkway and Clinton Parkway.
Knicks coach makes statement to veteran guard
November 7, 2005
Larry Brown claims he doesn’t have a clue about this Knicks roster, which must be some sort of a joke. For the tidy sum of $10 million per season, he should at least pretend he has an idea of the way he wants to go with his new team.
Kings heat up late vs. Suns
Stojakovic, Abdur-Rahim key 118-117 victory
November 7, 2005
Shareef Abdur-Rahim stayed humble in victory.
Revelers rough up Jayhawks
November 7, 2005
A few Kansas University football players learned the hard way just how sore a celebration can make somebody.
Commissioners to focus on zoning
November 7, 2005
Douglas County commissioners have light agendas scheduled for their two meetings this week.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
November 7, 2005
Nine landowners had filed suit to prevent a Jefferson County rock quarry from becoming a landfill but it appeared the N.R. Hamm Quarry Co. would get full approval because the legal action had come too late. The neighbors said the landfill would be an environmental disaster and an odoriferous nuisance. Despite the opposition, the landfill eventually was approved.
Vienna opera celebrates 50th anniversary
November 7, 2005
Where to begin about a magical evening of opera, featuring some of the world’s finest singers and conductors performing excerpts from six storied works from Richard Strauss, Mozart, Wagner, Verdi and Beethoven?
Evolution debate timeline
November 7, 2005
What follows is a timeline of major events in the evolution debate in Kansas.
Archaeologists unveil site of ancient church
November 7, 2005
Israeli prisoner Ramil Razilo was removing rubble from the planned site of a new prison ward when his shovel uncovered the edge of an elaborate mosaic, unveiling what Israeli archaeologists said Sunday may be the Holy Land’s oldest church.
Woodling: Change ends jinx for KU
November 7, 2005
Maybe it was me. Maybe I was the reason Nebraska reeled off 36 consecutive football victories over Kansas University.
Niang can’t stay away from KU basketball
November 7, 2005
Every once in a while, Moulaye Niang dons his familiar No. 55 jersey and runs the court with Kansas University’s basketball players during preseason practice sessions.
Town pushes on two years after devastating tornado
November 7, 2005
When the tornado ripped through this rural community that quiet Sunday afternoon two years ago, it destroyed just about everything in sight. Most figured the town would never recover.
People in the news
November 7, 2005
¢ Harry Potter fans flock to ‘Goblet of Fire’ premiere ¢ Jennifer Aniston says she’s been wrongly labeled as crier ¢ International film festival honors Samuel L. Jackson ¢ Actress suffers injury while performing ‘Accident’ ¢ Italian director grateful to U.S. for ‘art of cinema’ ¢ Beverly Hills valet files lawsuit against Omar Sharif
Intelligent design good politics for some on Board of Education
Evolution showdown expected on Tuesday
November 7, 2005
Teaching intelligent design is bad science, according to critics of science standards that are expected to be approved this week by the State Board of Education.
Astronauts push for strategies to prevent cosmic collisions
November 7, 2005
Imagine last year’s tsunami, last month’s earthquake in Pakistan, and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma all rolled into one - and then some. If nations can’t handle those calamities, what’s going to happen when an asteroid collides with Earth?
Horoscopes
November 7, 2005
For Monday, Nov. 7, 2005.
Three cases of bird flu in people suspected
November 7, 2005
China said Sunday it had asked for outside help to test three possible cases of bird flu in people, while scientists and government representatives prepared for a strategy session in Geneva amid fears of a possible worldwide flu pandemic among humans.
Country votes as world watches for fair elections
November 7, 2005
Azerbaijan’s ruling party took an early lead in Sunday’s parliamentary elections in this oil-rich, strategically located former Soviet republic that has been led by the same family for years, but the opposition charged widespread fraud.
Opening of frontier to civilians delayed
November 7, 2005
Red tape and security concerns will delay the long-awaited opening of the Kashmir frontier to civilians, officials said Sunday, another setback after nuclear rivals Pakistan and India had agreed to cooperate to allow earthquake victims to cross the border to seek aid.
Chirac: Restoring order is ‘absolute priority’
November 7, 2005
French President Jacques Chirac on Sunday promised arrests, trials and punishment for those sowing “violence or fear” across France - as the urban unrest that has triggered attacks on vehicles, nursery schools and other targets reached central Paris.
Bush warns against authoritarian governments
November 7, 2005
In a clear jab at Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, President Bush called on Latin Americans on Sunday to boldly defend strong democratic institutions and reject any drift back to the days of authoritarian rule.
The week ahead
November 7, 2005
Career schools may only be short-term fix
November 7, 2005
My initial reaction was that colleges are “brand names” that reflect on their owners’ reputations, or at least our view of their self-image. I would have said that there are a handful of “Lexus schools,” then the “GM schools,” with various levels of quality, like state universities, and finally the career colleges, which would be the “Kia schools.”
Pair may be tried in impersonation case
November 7, 2005
A Douglas County judge ruled last week that there was enough evidence to try two men on charges that included robbery and attempted robbery while allegedly impersonating police officers.
On the record
November 7, 2005
Lawrence datebook
November 7, 2005
KU tennis goes 6-2 at WMU Challenge
November 7, 2005
Kansas University’s tennis team ended its fall season with a 6-2 record in singles Sunday on the final day of the Western Michigan University Super Challenge.
Women’s golf 16th of 17 at The Derby
November 7, 2005
Kansas University’s women’s golf team placed 16th of 17 teams at The Derby, which concluded Sunday at the par-72 Auburn University Club.
Big-league general managers to gather
Lots of new faces running teams as weeklong meetings begin today in California
November 7, 2005
With new faces at the table and a substandard free-agent class ready to start negotiating, major league general managers gather today in Indian Wells, Calif., for their annual weeklong meetings.
Edwards continues NASCAR sizz
Driver wins for second straight week, takes Dickies 500
November 7, 2005
Carl Edwards gambled on a late pit stop for tires, charged from sixth to first in 11 laps and won for the second straight week.
No KO for T.O.: Owens brawls with ex-teammate
November 7, 2005
Terrell Owens was involved in a locker-room fight with former teammate Hugh Douglas a few days before the All-Pro wideout was suspended indefinitely without pay by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Panthers roll over Bucs
Carolina cautious after fifth straight victory, 34-14
November 7, 2005
The Carolina Panthers don’t want to get ahead of themselves.
Rout of K-State signals Cyclones’ turn-around
November 7, 2005
In some ways, it was a typical Iowa State-Kansas State football game. The winner dominated, the loser looked out of sorts and helpless.
No question Texas among nation’s best
UT’s path to Rose Bowl clears up over the weekend, but ‘everybody’s trying to knock us off and USC off’
November 7, 2005
There won’t be any more questions this week about whether Texas is one of the top two teams in the country. Those have been answered emphatically.
Miami hurdles Alabama
November 7, 2005
Miami jumped over unbeaten Alabama, though just barely, and into the No. 3 spot in the Associated Press Top 25.
Hunger banquet to focus on trade practices
November 7, 2005
Lawrence Fair Trade will be host to a special Hunger Banquet at 7 p.m. today at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave.
Police seek suspect in crime spree
November 7, 2005
A man suspected in a crime spree that involved several burglaries and vehicle thefts in Jefferson and Leavenworth counties was being sought late Sunday in northern Lawrence.
Arrest made following strong-armed robbery
November 7, 2005
Lawrence police arrested a man Sunday night in connection with a robbery outside the Zarco 66 gas station, 1415 W. Sixth St.
Museum has plenty of treasures, but not enough space
November 7, 2005
A washing machine from before electricity; a wicker casket carrier; military uniforms from St. Joseph Military Academy.
Nutrition Kitchen looking for Thanksgiving volunteers
November 7, 2005
Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen needs volunteers for its Community Thanksgiving Dinner, which will be served Nov. 25 at First Christian Church. Volunteer drivers to deliver meals to the homebound are needed. LINK also needs volunteers to prepare food, serve and clean up. For more information or to sign up, call Terry Connolly from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 865-3985.
Can plan leads to cactus art
November 7, 2005
In the dry deserts of the Southwest, bees, birds and bats all do their part in pollinating the cactus. Seeds spread through the wind and bellies of animals, reptiles and birds.
Jury duty no-shows prompt Shawnee County to take action
November 7, 2005
Shawnee County has begun cracking down on people who don’t show up for jury duty.
Swingin’ Sixties remembered on ‘Las Vegas’
November 7, 2005
The glitzy drama “Las Vegas” (8 p.m., NBC) offers a fantasy flashback to the ring-a-ding-ding days when the Rat Pack and some of their more shadowy associates ruled the desert gambling city. A visit to an antiques fair sends Danny (Josh Duhamel) back in time to 1962, when casino management appeared to be more about family connections than corporate clout. And we’re not talking about the King Family.
New styles give the boot to ordinary shoes
November 7, 2005
Creating something that is equally stylish and practical is no easy feat. But boot designers this fall are giving women so many attractive choices that regular shoes are getting the shaft.
Attorney: Activist had received death threats
November 7, 2005
A Jewish Defense League activist who was killed in a federal prison had received death threats and needed more protection, his former attorney said.
Marshals: Death row inmate captured
November 7, 2005
A death row inmate who slipped out of a Texas jail wearing street clothes was captured Sunday in Shreveport, La., the U.S. Marshals Service said.
Trauma centers report inability to handle disasters
November 7, 2005
At this city’s main trauma hospital, lines of waiting patients clog the hallways - even on slow days.
Vicious dog ordinance keeping county busy
Frequent enforcement raises questions about criminal activity
November 7, 2005
A total of 23 dangerous and vicious dogs have been euthanized since the beginning of 2004 under a county ordinance designed to protect people and other animals from aggressive canines.
Tornado kills nearly two dozen throughout Midwest
November 7, 2005
A tornado with winds exceeding 158 mph tore a path of devastation through western Kentucky and southern Indiana as residents slept early Sunday, reducing dozens of mobile homes to splinters and turning entire blocks of buildings into piles of rubble. At least 22 people were killed and 200 others injured.
Slain Kansas soldiers set to be honored
November 7, 2005
A memorial to two soldiers who died in Iraq will be dedicated Tuesday in Atchison.
City Commission to consider marijuana possession fines
November 7, 2005
City commissioners are set to decide Tuesday how heavy the hand of the law should be in handing out fines related to a proposed city ordinance banning marijuana possession.
Preparing for the worst
Rural family determined to be ready if disaster strikes, but few actually are
November 7, 2005
If disaster strikes, Denise Sawyer will be ready.
Three escaped pit bulls attack six people
November 7, 2005
A 10-year-old boy was in critical condition Sunday after three pit bulls escaped from a home and went on a rampage, attacking six people before police shot and killed the dogs, authorities said.
Small plane hits power lines, crashes into car
November 7, 2005
A small plane struck power lines and crashed into two cars as it tried to land Sunday, killing two aboard the aircraft and injuring one person in a car, authorities said.
Survey: Gas prices drop an average of 23 cents
November 7, 2005
Retail gas prices plunged an average of 23 cents nationwide in the past two weeks, marking a return to pre-Hurricane Katrina levels, according to a survey.
Special session opens on hurricane recovery
November 7, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Blanco warned lawmakers Sunday that the tremendous amount of work needed to help Louisiana recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina will require tough choices as they start their 17-day special session.
Study: 2 million adolescents suffer from pre-diabetes
November 7, 2005
Roughly 2 million U.S. youths ages 12 to 19 have a pre-diabetic condition linked to obesity and inactivity that puts them at risk for full-blown diabetes and cardiovascular problems, government data suggest.
Failed policy
November 7, 2005
To the editor: It’s time our Sen. Roberts stops defending Bush and Cheney.
Calming chuckle
November 7, 2005
To the editor: The hideous blocky traffic-calming things popping up on some streets are objectionable on aesthetic, not functional grounds.
DCAP stand
November 7, 2005
To the editor: I am writing in response to Mr. Murray’s letter criticizing the Douglas County AIDS Project’s involvement in a student-organized rally Oct. 21 at Kansas University.
Shared ideals
November 7, 2005
To the editor: Based on the usual criteria for good science (support by evidence, testability, productivity, etc.), evolution matches up well against the other great scientific theories of our time.
Family rescued during river outing
November 7, 2005
A family enjoying itself on a sandbar in the Kansas River suddenly became stranded and in need of a rescue Sunday afternoon.
Out of MUCK
November 7, 2005
To the editor: I am a Kansas University football fan!
Not the money?
November 7, 2005
To the editor: The experiment of playing a “home” game at Arrowhead was, from a spectator’s point of view, a miserable failure. It was dull.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
November 7, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 7, 1905: “The city council is still trying to decide the best way to provide lighting for important parts of town that now lack them.”
Patrol seeks fuel deals
November 7, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.10 at Quick Stop Phillips 66 at 1000 W. 23rd St. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
November 7, 2005
U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk said the American struggle against communism in Vietnam “has been progressing well” but that “severe fighting” was still ahead. The American death toll had topped 1,000 in the latest reports from battle fronts. The injury figure was about five times that number.
Ethical issues color N.J. politics
November 7, 2005
Sen. Jon Corzine, the New Jersey Democrat, brings his characteristic grandiosity even to his buyer’s remorse. In 2000, the former chairman of Goldman Sachs pulled $60.2 million from his wallet to buy a U.S. Senate seat. But just four years after the most expensive Senate campaign in American history, he decided to escape from that seat - for which he paid $27,489.03 a day, prorated over six years - and try to become governor.
Job search tough for former FEMA chief
November 7, 2005
As Hurricane Katrina raised a watery fist almost 30 feet high and shook it at Biloxi, as a nightmare of wind and ocean took shape off New Orleans, as millions of people fled for their lives, huddled in fear or made peace with God, Brownie sought fashion advice.
Do it!
More power to the national park system in its bid to control cell phone intrusions.
November 7, 2005
It’s a pretty good bet that the ACLU or other groups involved with individual rights and privileges already are gearing up to fight a proposal to ban cell phones from many of the major public areas of national parks. Such a ban would be sure to trigger a rush of complaints about alleged infringement of human rights. We can be sure some convoluted interpretations of the First Amendment will be projected forthwith.
Clickers’ keeping students tuned in
Technology emphasizes classroom interaction
November 7, 2005
It’s getting harder to doze in Kansas University’s large classes.
Branson has more wins, fewer trials during term
November 7, 2005
There are fewer trials - but more wins for prosecutors - in the local halls of justice these days.
All champions
November 7, 2005
To the editor: I would like to congratulate the other champions of the Lawrence Youth Football League.
Longhorns’ defense sends message
Sparked by showing against Cowboys, Texas blanks Baylor
November 7, 2005
The Texas University defense proved its point by not giving up any.
K.C.’s Green grieving
QB plays 4 days after father’s funeral
November 7, 2005
There was an empty seat Sunday near the 30-yard line amid the sellout in Arrowhead Stadium. Security men promised Trent Green it would stay empty, too.
Gamble pays off for K.C.
Last-second TD gives Chiefs 27-23 victory
November 7, 2005
Dick Vermeil was going to be the biggest fool or the shrewdest gambler in the NFL.
KU exhibits depth
Senior Kemp leads rout of Gorillas
November 7, 2005
The first exhibition game against Pittsburg State was supposed to be a coming out party for six Kansas University women’s basketball newcomers.