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Authorities responding to report of gunshot victim
November 9, 2005
Authorities were responding to a report of a possible gunshot victim shortly before 5 p.m. today in a rural area in northwest Douglas County.
A.G. sues Lawrence towing company
November 9, 2005
Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline has filed a lawsuit against a North Lawrence towing company, accusing it of violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.
Pennsylvania voters oust school board that backed intelligent design
November 9, 2005
Dover’s school board adopted a policy in October 2004 that requires ninth-graders to hear a prepared statement about intelligent design before learning about evolution in biology class.
Fall weather breezes in
November 9, 2005
Hold on tight to your basketball tickets — strong northerly breezes and cool temperatures are bringing blustery conditions to Kansas University’s campus today.
Bush’s staff lectured on ethics
November 9, 2005
Ethics class is in session at the White House.
Lou Reed more stiff than rocker on live DVD
November 9, 2005
There’s no question that Lou Reed is a rock icon with enduring appeal, from the ‘60s allure of his leading man status in the Velvet Underground to the solo punk edge of 1972’s “Transformer” to 2000’s “Ecstasy,” hailed as a breakthrough hit by critics and fans alike.
Rear-projection televisions becoming more affordable
November 9, 2005
With larger LCD and plasma TVs available, and front projectors coming down in price, you have more big-screen TV options than ever.
Marijuana possession fine still not defined
Commissioners can’t agree on minimum penalty
November 9, 2005
Getting caught with marijuana in Lawrence should have consequences, but city commissioners Tuesday night weren’t able to lift the haze about how steep they should be.
New dress code no problem for most players
November 9, 2005
There have been no reports of players thumbing their noses at the league with throwbacks.
Bryant too hot for Hawks
Lakers standout scores 37 in 103-97 victory
November 9, 2005
The Atlanta Hawks’ new star couldn’t slow Kobe Bryant.
Classic to have liberal eligibility rules
Piazza could play for Italian team during tournament scheduled for March 3-20
November 9, 2005
Mike Piazza could find himself on a new team next year - Italy.
Keegan: KU has Brown in a tizzy
November 9, 2005
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino is so adept at biting his tongue when talking football, it’s amazing he still has one. Except when it comes to talking about Texas, mighty Texas.
Jayhawks not interested in mudslinging
Young, Longhorns still miffed about Mangino’s comments last year after 27-23 Texas victory
November 9, 2005
Cue the tape recorders. Looks like another media mudslinging party.
French riots reflect worldwide failure
November 9, 2005
“We are victims of our architecture,” says Guillaume Parmentier, the visiting head of a French institute, as he struggles to explain two weeks of rioting in the sterile high-rise ghettoes populated by France’s Muslim immigrants. True. But architecture is not the whole story.
Price of plastic skyrockets
Hurricane takes toll on industry
November 9, 2005
Decades ago, before the invention of plastic, Italian pasta makers wrapped their hand-stuffed ravioli in paper tied with a coarse string.
Lawrence datebook
November 9, 2005
Ticket prices bank on rankings
November 9, 2005
Bill Self isn’t the only one waiting to see how his young and unheralded Jayhawks perform under the bright lights of Allen Fieldhouse.
Lions determined to avenge shutout
November 9, 2005
You can’t win if you don’t score. Thus, point production is Lawrence High’s point of emphasis in football practice this week.
1 killed, 2 wounded in school shooting
November 9, 2005
A teenager shot and killed an assistant principal and seriously wounded two other administrators at a high school on Tuesday, officials said. The student was arrested.
Black Republican draws jabs
November 9, 2005
What would you call a man born into poverty who became a success in spite of many obstacles? You’d probably call him an inspiration and invite him to speak at your next business convention.
Detonators display passing skills in victory
Hawks keep game close, but Detonators’ perimeter play seals win
November 9, 2005
Early forms of the Harlem Globetrotters were on display Saturday morning at the East Lawrence Center as the first-grade Hawks and Detonators matched up in the rec divisions’s first game of the season. The Detonators appeared to mirror Globetrotter passing with their cross-court and high-low passing. They were able to spread the court and capitalize on open looks as they went on to defeat the Hawks 16-10.
Late Lakers rally pushes them past the Baby Jayhawks, 21-18
November 9, 2005
The Lakers may have sputtered their way through their first three quarters of the game, but they piled on points during the fourth quarter against the Baby Jayhawks. The fifth- and sixth-grade Lakers rallied late in the game to beat the Baby Jayhawks, 21-18, Saturday at Langston Hughes Elementary.
Bruins, Gators battle ‘til final seconds
Bruins beat Gators, 28-25, to move on in the pre-season tourney
November 9, 2005
The Bruins’ 2005 season kicked off with a dramatic come from behind win in the first round of the Hoopster preseason tournament. The second and third grade Bruins beat the Gators, 28-25, Wednesday night at the East Lawrence Rec Center. After the game, Bruins head coach Greg Capps said he was happy with the win, but he was realistic about the work ahead of him.
PBS special honors Steve Martin
November 9, 2005
Comic, writer, actor and producer Steve Martin receives praise from his peers as well as the 2005 Mark Twain Prize on a two-hour special “Kennedy Center Presents” (8 p.m., PBS).
Horoscopes
November 9, 2005
For Wednesday, Nov. 9
Hollywood & politics
Alex Graves ascends from KU to ‘West Wing’
November 9, 2005
“From the Midwest to the West Wing” was a phrase that once described Harry Truman.
Canada doesn’t want Gitmo teen executed
November 9, 2005
A day after the Supreme Court agreed to review the constitutionality of President Bush’s war crimes court, Canadian diplomats sought a promise from the Pentagon Tuesday that it would not seek to execute a teenager being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Man receives life for killing deer hunters
November 9, 2005
A Hmong immigrant convicted of murdering six deer hunters and attempting to kill two others after a trespassing dispute was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday with no chance for parole.
Two couples claim $340M lottery jackpot
November 9, 2005
A family that parlayed $40 worth of tickets into the second-biggest jackpot in U.S. lottery history came forward Tuesday to claim their $340 million prize.
Senators say Alito respects Roe v. Wade decision
November 9, 2005
Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito expressed “great respect” for the precedent established by the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision but didn’t commit to upholding it, senators said Tuesday as Alito began a second week courting their support.
Oil execs called to Congress to explain energy prices, profits
November 9, 2005
After presenting shareholders with double-digit profit increases last month, leaders of major oil companies will face a tougher crowd today.
Underground pastor sentenced to prison
November 9, 2005
A prominent pastor in Beijing’s underground Protestant church was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday for illegally printing and distributing Bibles and other religious books, in a case that has attracted attention from Christian groups in the United States and elsewhere.
Japan to double usual whale kill in new hunt
November 9, 2005
A fleet of Japanese whaling ships left for the seas of Antarctica amid protests Tuesday, aiming to kill 850 minke whales - almost double last year’s catch - and expand the hunt to fin whales for the first time.
S. Korea urges confidence before more nuclear talks
November 9, 2005
South Korea on Tuesday urged delegates to six-nation talks on North Korea’s nuclear disarmament to create an atmosphere of trust as participants geared up for another round of negotiations in Beijing.
Chavez claims ‘knockout’ over Bush
November 9, 2005
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez proclaimed a “knockout” victory in the Summit of the Americas after helping thwart a U.S.-backed free trade zone, strengthening his position as Latin America’s most vocal rival of President Bush and as a maverick unafraid of irritating his neighbors.
Experts divided over ability to eradicate bird flu worldwide
November 9, 2005
Experts were divided Tuesday over whether the deadly bird flu strain ravaging farms in parts of Asia can be wiped out in poultry.
France declares emergency
November 9, 2005
The French government declared a state of emergency Tuesday after nearly two weeks of rioting, and the prime minister said the nation faced a “moment of truth.”
People in the news
November 9, 2005
¢ Cruise hires new publicist to replace his sister ¢ Hudson sues over photos implying eating disorder ¢ Kate Moss back on the job ¢ Holmes’ ex: Cruise not the reason for breakup ¢ Chesney: No regrets marrying Zellweger
Desperate Housewives’ actor Kennedy fired
Character being held captive in basement to be recast with a different actor
November 9, 2005
Page Kennedy, who plays a fugitive from the law on “Desperate Housewives,” was fired from the hit ABC drama for improper conduct, a series spokeswoman said Tuesday.
CEOs favor blogs, but few write them
November 9, 2005
A majority of American chief executives consider Web logs to be useful for communicating with employees, but only 5 percent are writing one themselves, according to a new survey.
Blockbuster working to avoid bankruptcy
November 9, 2005
Blockbuster Inc., the nation’s largest movie-rental chain, posted a $491.4 million third-quarter loss as the elimination of most late fees continued to chip away at revenue and the growth of the company’s online service stalled.
Boeing to lay off 250 in Wichita
November 9, 2005
Boeing Co. said Tuesday it would lay off about 250 workers at its Wichita operations, partly because of program delays caused by a recent machinists strike.
Papa Keno’s faces $147,000 tax warrant
November 9, 2005
A long-standing downtown pizza shop owes nearly $150,000 in unpaid taxes, according to court records.
Commodities
November 9, 2005
Television networks to offer replays
CBS, NBC announce on-demand deals
November 9, 2005
Two television networks announced deals Monday that will allow pay TV subscribers to watch some of their most popular prime-time shows shortly after they air, carrying the promise that many more viewers may no longer be at the mercy of broadcast schedules.
Daily ticker
November 9, 2005
Stowers donates out of state to avoid stem cell debate
Couple send $6M in research funds to Harvard
November 9, 2005
In response to the continuing debate in Missouri over early stem cell research, the Stowers Institute for Medical Research has created a new organization to fund such research in other states.
Brownback praises nominee Alito
November 9, 2005
Sen. Sam Brownback praised Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito as a champion of judicial restraint after the two met for an hour Tuesday.
On the record
November 9, 2005
Judge gets warning for having personal relationship with defendant
November 9, 2005
A Reno County District Court judge has been cited by the state judicial commission for handling cases involving a woman with whom he had a personal relationship.
Third conservative member draws foe in 2006 election
November 9, 2005
A veteran education professor says he will challenge a conservative incumbent on the State Board of Education in next year’s election.
Judge: Deputy right to enter Phillips’ home
November 9, 2005
A judge ruled Tuesday that a sheriff’s deputy didn’t break the law when he entered the home of well-known Lawrence businessman Rob Phillips earlier this year - an incident that led to Phillips’ arrest on accusations he threatened and battered the deputy.
Corkins, Morris to visit western Kansas
November 9, 2005
Education Commissioner Bob Corkins and State Board of Education member Connie Morris, a Republican from St. Francis, will take a two-day tour of western Kansas next week.
Teen shot in hand while chasing thieves
November 9, 2005
A 19-year-old Lawrence man was shot in the hand trying to stop two people from stealing his money.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
November 9, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.09 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Bradford succeeds McSwain as fire chief
November 9, 2005
Mark Bradford, second-in-command of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical for the past five years, was named the city’s new fire chief Tuesday.
School districts struggle to fit funding fight into budget
November 9, 2005
As long as the milk is free, few Kansas school districts appear willing to buy the proverbial cow.
Warm, dry weather lingers thanks to west winds
November 9, 2005
Normally this time of year Ray Brown cuts back on his workload and prepares to enjoy some winter relaxation.
Eisenhower memorial may join National Mall
November 9, 2005
It’s a rare president who is so loved by his fellow citizens that he gets his own memorial in Washington D.C. - Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln are among the few so honored.
Voucher, charter school proposals vex moderates
November 9, 2005
Public school advocates voiced alarm Tuesday over voucher and charter school proposals that will be discussed today by the State Board of Education.
Lawrence officials: School board vote won’t change biology classes
November 9, 2005
By Sophia Maines smaines@ljworld.com Lawrence public school officials will stand their ground.
Criticism of evolution added to science standards
Conservatives claim 6-4 victory
November 9, 2005
A sharply divided State Board of Education on Tuesday approved science standards that critics say will promote religion in school, hurt the state’s economy and make Kansas a joke.
With Patriots beaten, Colts turn focus to future
November 9, 2005
Peyton Manning stood at his postgame news conference with a rare smile and an unusual twinkle in his eyes. He finally had won at New England, and, for once, Manning wanted to savor the moment.
Dismissal makes T.O. sorry
Suspended receiver apologizes to McNabb, Eagles
November 9, 2005
For once, Terrell Owens put aside his pride, admitted he was wrong and pleaded for a second chance with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Chenowith joins CBA squad in Idaho
November 9, 2005
Former Kansas University center Eric Chenowith has signed to play for the Idaho Stampede of the Continental Basketball Association.
Syracuse rides ‘D’ to win
November 9, 2005
Terrence Roberts had 15 points, Demetris Nichols added 11, and No. 16 Syracuse defeated Bethune-Cookman 68-37 in the first round of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic on Tuesday night.
Baker soccer ousted from playoffs
November 9, 2005
The Baker University men’s soccer team closed out its 2005 season Tuesday with a 4-1 loss to Graceland (Iowa) University in the opening round of the NAIA Region V Tournament.
Former KU runner joins pro cycling ranks
November 9, 2005
His cross country and track eligibility exhausted at Kansas University, Brian Jensen still felt the need to work out and compete. His wife, Michelle, was into cycling, so he decided to give it a try.
Brown impressed by KU defense
November 9, 2005
Is it so? National power Texas, worried about bowl-chasing Kansas University’s defense?
Duke duo heads preseason All-America squad
November 9, 2005
Duke tops the preseason All-America team, too.
Colon claims AL Cy Young Award
Angels hurler easily outpolls Yankees reliever Rivera
November 9, 2005
Bartolo Colon won the American League Cy Young Award on Tuesday in a surprisingly one-sided vote, becoming the first Angels pitcher in 41 years to take home the honor.
Notebook
November 9, 2005
The teams are meeting for the fifth time overall and second time in exhibition action. KU won, 93-55, in 1994, 91-67 in 1998, 95-41 in 2001 (exhibition) and 80-40 in 2003. KU has won by an average of 39 points in the four-game set.
Collins, Morningstar will sign letters today
November 9, 2005
A pair of guards today will sign men’s basketball letters-of-intent with Kansas University on the first day of the week-long early signing period.
FHSU coach cites experience
Tigers can learn from playing Jayhawks at Fieldhouse
November 9, 2005
It’s obviously no disgrace for an NCAA Division II basketball team to lose to traditional Division I power Kansas University at Allen Fieldhouse.
The future is now
Freshmen ready to jump into Allen Fieldhouse fire
November 9, 2005
Russell Robinson, who had his own case of stage fright a year ago, can’t wait to see how Kansas University’s four freshmen respond under the bright lights of Allen Fieldhouse tonight.
Vermeil: Holmes still top K.C. running back
November 9, 2005
The Kansas City Chiefs still were waiting Tuesday to hear when - or whether - running back Priest Holmes could return.
Haskell forum focuses on sacred lands
Professors see similarities between wetlands, forest development
November 9, 2005
More than 100 Haskell Indian Nations University students, faculty and alumni took part in a Tuesday forum on protecting lands considered sacred.
Corkins blasted over spending, comments
November 9, 2005
New Education Commissioner Bob Corkins was blasted Tuesday by several State Board of Education members over his spending and comments made in favor of vouchers and charter school changes.
Democrats win N.J., Va. governor seats
Mayor Bloomberg wins in NYC; Texas bans gay marriage
November 9, 2005
Democrats swept both governors’ races Tuesday, with Sen. Jon Corzine easily winning New Jersey and Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine taking Virginia despite a last-minute campaign push for his opponent from President Bush.
In and out of her father’s footsteps
Molded by a sitar legend, Anoushka Shankar respects musical roots while carving new path
November 9, 2005
Growing up as the daughter of legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar, being the youngest artist ever nominated for a Grammy in World Music and sharing stages with the likes of Sting, Madonna and Elton John would make any musician’s career for a lifetime.
LMH to offer smoking cessation activities
November 9, 2005
Lawrence Memorial Hospital and other community agencies will mark the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 17 with a variety of activities.
Egg producer limiting public’s contact with chicken houses
Midwest operations wary of bird flu threat
November 9, 2005
An egg producer in central Kansas, taking precautions because of concerns about bird flu reaching the United States, has closed its environmentally controlled chicken houses to the public and will no longer allow visits to its plant.
Sweet potatoes more than a holiday staple
November 9, 2005
In the spring, local greenhouses sell sweet potato slips, the sprouts from which sweet potato tubers grow. You’ll probably have to ask a clerk to direct you to them, as they are frequently stashed off to the side.
Seasonal spirits
Cooler temperatures call for warmer beverages
November 9, 2005
As the weather cools, nothing warms up Ken Krause like a mug of warm cider. “It has a good flavor to it, has that apple taste to it,” says Krause, who owns Fieldstone Orchard near Overbrook. “I think it’s kind of nostalgic. Cider was a main product at one time, and when people homesteaded, part of it was they had to have an apple orchard.”
Fiber-packed meals good for weight management, health
November 9, 2005
A recent study, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Assn., examined the relationship between diet and BMI (body mass index). In men, the result showed an increased percent of dietary fat was most strongly associated with a greater BMI.
Another Saddam trial lawyer assassinated
November 9, 2005
Three masked gunmen in a speeding Opel assassinated a second lawyer in the Saddam Hussein trial Tuesday, casting doubt on Iraq’s ability to try the case and leading a prominent war crimes prosecutor to urge moving the proceedings to another Arab country.
U.N. votes to keep forces in Iraq
November 9, 2005
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the mandate of the nearly 180,000-strong multinational force in Iraq for a year, a move the United States called a significant signal of international commitment to Iraq’s political transition.
TV debate set high standard
November 9, 2005
I don’t tend to watch a great deal of television. It’s not that I think that there’s anything wrong with it, I just don’t like it very much. When I do watch it tends to be movies or shows about antiques. But this past Sunday I did watch a segment of a network series, one to which I have tuned on occasion over the past six years: “The West Wing.”
Old home town - 100 years ago today
November 9, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 9, 1905: “At a meeting held in Dr. Osborn’s office last Saturday, The People’s State Bank of Baldwin was organized. The plan is to start business no later than the coming Jan. 1. J.P. Bell has been chosen president with Harry Hays vice president. “
Old home town - 40 years ago today
November 9, 2005
Arkansas City banker Robert Docking returned to his hometown of Lawrence for a Democratic barbecue and rally. It was obvious to those who attended the event that he would be a candidate for governor in 1966. Docking served four two-year terms as governor, the only person ever to do so in the state.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
November 9, 2005
Rust-tinged tap water continued to be a source of concern for a number of local residents, many of them in the eastern sector of the city. City Hall was attempting to solve the problem.
Concise answer
November 9, 2005
To the editor: Sometimes I spend forever reading the Opinion Page wishing some writers would get to the point.
Peeved parent
November 9, 2005
To the editor: I am lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mother to my three young children.
Rude actions
November 9, 2005
To the editor: We are Nebraska University alumni and, despite the disappointing loss of the Huskers, we were enjoying Kansas University’s beautiful campus with our two kids on Saturday.
Never for profit
No murderer or associate should be allowed to gain financially from the BTK murders in Kansas.
November 9, 2005
One of the most disgusting aspects of any major crime, such as the serial-slaying spree by Wichita’s BTK murderer, is when anyone, particularly the perpetrator, is allowed to profit from the situation.
Good choice
His solid performance as acting fire chief was a strong recommendation for Mark Bradford’s promotion to chief.
November 9, 2005
It’s always good to look around, but sometimes the best person for the job is right under your nose.
Garcia leads Celtics to big, season-opening win
November 9, 2005
The Celtics started the game off fast, played hard as a team in the middle and finished the game with an increased tempo to cruise to an impressive season-opening win. The fifth- and sixth-grade Celtics beat the Ravens, 34-10, Saturday at Langston Hughes Elementary.
Scorpions hold off late Terrapin surge to win season-opener
November 9, 2005
As the third-grade Terrapins scratched their way back into the game, the Scorpions had just enough sting at the end to walk away a the season-opening 22-18 win Saturday at Holcom Park Center.
Gators handle Terrapins in first round
November 9, 2005
It was the battle of the backcourts and big men when the fourth- and fifth-grade Terrapins and Gators of the Hoopster league met up. However, it was the size of the Gators that were able to outmuscle the Terrapin 35-22 Tuesday at the East Lawrence Center.
Hoosiers defeat Yellow Jackets to advance
November 9, 2005
The Hoosiers used strong defensive skills to seal a victory in the opening round of the Hoopster preseason tournament. The second- and third-grade Hoosiers defeated the Yellow Jackets, 22-11, Wednesday night at the East Lawrence Rec Center.
Spartans take control late
November 9, 2005
Opening night for basketball found the fourth- and fifth-grade Spartans and Tigers of the Hoopster league looking to shake off the off-season rust and get back into basketball condition Tuesday at the East Lawrence Center. Early on both teams looked to push the ball, but fatigue began to set in. However, it was the Spartan big men who took control late and gave the Spartans a 35-14 victory.