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Lions advance to state semifinals
November 11, 2005
Revenge was sweet for the Lions on Friday after Lawrence High defeated Olathe South, 21-10, in a rematch from earlier this season.
Planning director to step down
November 11, 2005
Linda Finger will step down as director of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning office effective Dec. 31, City Manager Mike Wildgen announced late this afternoon.
Windy Veterans Day ahead
Strong storms possible on Saturday
November 11, 2005
Thanks to bright but breezy conditions, patriotic flags will be flapping proudly today throughout Lawrence, says Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist. “Old Red, White and Blue will certainly be whipping in the wind,” Reith said. “As long as you can stand the wind, it looks like any activities for Veteran’s Day are going to be just fine.”
Lawrence Datebook
November 11, 2005
 
Schwarzenegger takes blame for failure of his initiatives
November 11, 2005
Two days after voters rejected each of his four initiatives, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took responsibility for the stinging failures and said he learned that he needs more patience in seeking government reform.
Teen battling Hodgkin’s disease with vitamins
Father, daughter in Wichita after custody battle over treatment
November 11, 2005
Through a port in her chest that once delivered powerful chemotherapy medication, vitamin C now flows into Katie Wernecke’s body.
Evolution debate may tarnish state’s image
New science standards draw praise, criticism from around the world
November 11, 2005
Blame it on science sages, snobby outsiders, Kansans themselves or even “The Wizard of Oz,” but some residents are worrying about how a debate over evolution will affect the Sunflower State’s image.
Celebrity birthdays
November 11, 2005
Author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is 83. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is 65. Actor Stanley Tucci is 45. Actress Demi Moore is 43. Actress Calista Flockhart is 41. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is 31.
U.S., Europe agree on plan for Iran
Compromise allows expanded nuclear activities
November 11, 2005
The United States and Europe have agreed on a compromise plan to accept expanded nuclear activities by Iran, but only if the enrichment process - a possible pathway to nuclear arms - is moved to Russia, senior officials and diplomats said Thursday.
State boosts forecasts for soybeans, milo
November 11, 2005
Soybean harvest in Kansas may be better than expected, Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service said Thursday.
Fresno ends Broncos’ run
Bulldogs snap Boise State’s 31-game WAC winning streak, 27-7
November 11, 2005
Pat Hill seemed to be in a happy daze, fidgeting with his hat and mumbling to his jubilant players. Tears welled in Garrett McIntyre’s eyes, and Paul Williams couldn’t hold still or stop smiling.
Breezedale pursues historic designation
November 11, 2005
Owners of nine homes in the 2300 block on the west side of Massachusetts Street in the Breezedale Neighborhood are pursuing places on the Kansas and National historic registers.
Horoscopes
November 11, 2005
 
Lawrence sculptor to create statue for veterans’ memorial
November 11, 2005
Sculptor Jim Brothers has been called on to create a 7 1/2-foot bronze statue of a soldier lost in thought, mourning the loss of a fallen comrade.
Elastic Band’ to debut tonight
Bizarre occurrences bring together three lifelong musicians
November 11, 2005
A free concert tonight in Lawrence will feature a wandering Australian minstrel, a harried street saxophonist and a Hurricane Katrina refugee who plays a mean congo drum.
Currents run deep at Ravi Shankar concert
November 11, 2005
In classical Indian music, rhythm and melody are the driving forces of creation, and as a result, listening to it can feel a lot like being in a river. The percussion bounces off the other flowing instrumental sounds, much like sunlight glimmers off rushing water.
Caught in a ‘Funk’
E.M.U. Theatre play searches for meaning, community in disconnected modern world
November 11, 2005
A play that gives social commentary on the ills of modern living may not sound particularly captivating. But one by John Patrick Shanley, writer of “Joe Versus the Volcano” and “Moonstruck,” stands a good chance of being entertaining.
Arlo Guthrie reopens ‘Restaurant’
November 11, 2005
Arlo Guthrie wishes people would move on. Move on? “Yeah, want to move on,” he says, “because there’s a big future out there, and I would love to see a little more of it.”
Zathura’ game for adventure
November 11, 2005
With all the recent movies being made out of video games, it’s refreshingly retro to see one based on a board game. Admittedly, the source is not a “real” game - it’s no Battleship or Clue - but a fictitious one originating from the mind of Chris Van Allsburg.
Blood’ work
Capote’ director searches for deeper truth to story chronicling the state’s most infamous murders
November 11, 2005
Truman Capote often bragged that while investigating the events that inspired the true crime novel “In Cold Blood,” he possessed a “94 percent recall of all conversation.”
Trespasser runs up taxpayer tab by ruining track
Resurfacing will cost thousands of dollars
November 11, 2005
Somebody’s not-to-be-denied exercise routine is expected to cost Lawrence-area taxpayers about $13,000.
Conservative faces challenger
November 11, 2005
Another Kansan upset with the 6-4 majority on the State Board of Education has announced he will run for a seat on the board.
Musician: Vets deserve real brass at funerals
November 11, 2005
A member of the military honor guard placed it upon a folding chair and used it to play a recording of “Taps,” the ceremonial song long played to lay soldiers to rest.
Kansas decision upsets teachers
Evolution defended as foundation of biology
November 11, 2005
The hottest topic of hallway conversation among science teachers gathering for their annual Midwestern conference in Chicago on Thursday could not be found on the agenda of any seminar or panel: how the theory of evolution and the theory of intelligent design should be handled in a science class.
Lawrence, environs not attractive to drillers
November 11, 2005
Not even oil prices near $60 per barrel have been enough to stop the decline of Douglas County’s oil industry.
Oil prices ignite state boom
As industry revs up again, workers harder to come by
November 11, 2005
Mike Town drills oil for a living, but he doesn’t live the life of a dang cartoon character. When his family’s business, Paola-based Town Oil Co., drills a successful well, crude doesn’t gush 30 feet in the air like it does in the cartoons.
Grant to help fund Tree of Life
KU professors to help research evolutionary relationships
November 11, 2005
It’s one of the toughest tasks in biology - more difficult than sequencing the human genome.
Fanfare to greet returning National Guard unit
Organizers will have 12 hours’ notice before troops arrive to arrange homecoming party
November 11, 2005
A year ago they left for Iraq without fanfare, but when they return sometime this month, members of a Kansas Army National Guard unit will be greeted with a special celebration at Forbes Field in Topeka.
Marines celebrate 230 years
Event attracts current, former troops
November 11, 2005
Old leathernecks and young jarheads celebrated the Marine Corps’ 230th birthday Thursday, cutting cake but solemnly remembering their brethren fighting abroad.
Seventh player signs with women’s hoops
November 11, 2005
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team signed Rebecca Feickert, a 6-foot-2 forward-center from Goodrich, N.D., to a national letter of intent, coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Thursday.
UT’s home haven for bars, ‘joints’
Hit the road: Austin, Texas
November 11, 2005
Austin is by far the biggest of the Big 12 Conference cities. There are entire books written about Austin and even they have to be selective. So, given that there is no possible way to ‘cover’ Austin in a mere article, I will focus on one slice of this extraordinary Texas pie … bars and clubs.
Hitter Caten honored
November 11, 2005
Kansas University senior outside hitter Paula Caten has been named 2005 ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic First-Team All-District.
LHS eager for Falcons
We’re not going to let them end our season’
November 11, 2005
The third time wasn’t the charm. Will the fourth be? Lawrence High’s football players sure hope so when they meet Olathe South tonight in the Class 6A state playoffs.
Tittrington: Penny grew up as Lion
November 11, 2005
When the state playoffs arrive each fall, Lawrence High football coach Dirk Wedd promotes a handful of sophomores to his varsity roster, giving the youngsters a taste of life in the big leagues and a bit of motivation for the future.
Kaun must improve free throws, Self says
November 11, 2005
As part of the American Cancer Society’s Coaches Vs. Cancer Three-point Attack, individuals, businesses and organizations yearly pledge money for each three-pointer made by Kansas University’s basketball teams.
The threat of Vince Young
KU knows — QB burned Jayhawks last season
November 11, 2005
Kansas University linebacker Nick Reid has a myth to debunk: Texas quarterback Vince Young talked no trash to Reid after beating him for a 22-yard run on fourth down during last year’s KU-UT football game.
Raiders hammer Spartans
November 11, 2005
Jarious Jackson scored 19 points Thursday night as Texas Tech defeated San Jose State, 88-54, in the first round of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic.
New-look Deacons struggle, but win
Wake Forest uneven in 78-64 victory over Mississippi Valley State
November 11, 2005
Eric Williams figures it’s going to take time for No. 18 Wake Forest to adjust to new roles and changed faces this season.
NU focuses on run game
November 11, 2005
Nebraska coach Bill Callahan said he was stressing that his team would have to establish a running game against Kansas State on Saturday.
Four Virginia players suspended for Ga. Tech
November 11, 2005
Safety Tony Franklin was among four Virginia football players suspended Thursday for undisclosed violations of team policy.
Commentary: Buffs could boost Texas’ BCS stock
November 11, 2005
Colorado does not like Texas. We Texans invade their ski resorts, act like we own the state and can’t drive in snow and ice. And don’t even bring up Super Bowl XII.
Kream Keegan: Picking contests futile
November 11, 2005
View these picks as an anti-gambling public service. Watching me fall so far off the lead in the weekly picks standings that appear in Saturday’s GameDay section and watching me try to make up ground with wild upset picks should drive home a point everybody needs to take to heart.
Ex-Steeler lineman dies in accident
November 11, 2005
Steve Courson, the former offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers who developed a heart problem after becoming one of the first NFL players to acknowledge using steroids, was killed Thursday when a tree he was cutting fell on him.
Los Angeles, NFL reach agreement
November 11, 2005
The NFL and city officials have reached a preliminary agreement on terms to bring a team back to the Los Angeles Coliseum.
McNabb wants T.O. in past
Eagles quarterback bemoans ‘unfortunate’ turn of events
November 11, 2005
When a door to the auditorium of the Eagles practice facility suddenly flew open, a startled Donovan McNabb could have been excused for thinking it was some familiar hot air - not a brisk wind - that was the culprit.
Seahawks will block Rams’ shot at West with four-point win
November 11, 2005
The St. Louis Rams overcame a lot to win their last two games: injuries to Marc Bulger, Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, and the illness of coach Mike Martz.
Johnson must carry heavier load for Chiefs
With Holmes gone for season, K.C. will turn to L.J. to anchor ground attack
November 11, 2005
One thing hasn’t changed: The Kansas City Chiefs’ starting running back declined to speak to reporters after Thursday’s practice. What’s different is that Larry Johnson, once again stepping in for the media-shy Priest Holmes, finally is starting for a team with something to play for.
Former Illini guard building block of Utah’s next dynasty
November 11, 2005
You won’t get any arguments from Deron Williams. He loves this game. “The rookie experience has been good,” said the Utah Jazz guard, who comes to the United Center to face the Bulls on Saturday for the first time since the success he had with Illinois last season.
Wade takes Heat to victory
Simien adds fourth, fifth baskets of young career
November 11, 2005
They were tired from six games in nine nights, frustrated with their play and on the cusp of falling two games under .500. So Dwyane Wade decided to spark the Miami Heat.
Market for Ramirez may be limited
White Sox general manager says he not interested in acquiring Red Sox slugger
November 11, 2005
Kenny Williams was asked whether Manny Ramirez would be a good fit for the Chicago White Sox.
Carpenter nets Cy Young
Cardinals hurler tops Willis for NL award
November 11, 2005
Chris Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals won the NL Cy Young Award on Thursday, capping a satisfying comeback from shoulder surgery that jeopardized his career only two years ago.
Bombers strike at Iraqi security, kill 42
November 11, 2005
Bombers killed 42 people Thursday at a Baghdad restaurant favored by police and an army recruiting center to the north, while Iraqi troops along the Iranian border found 27 decomposing bodies, unidentified victims of the grisly violence plaguing the country.
Chirac confronts problem of troubled communities
November 11, 2005
President Jacques Chirac for the first time directly addressed the inequalities and discrimination that have fueled two weeks of rioting across France, saying Thursday that the country has “undeniable problems” in its poor neighborhoods.
Papa Keno’s paying off tax bill
Lawrence restaurant owner reassures customers ‘we’re in fine position’
November 11, 2005
Papa Keno’s Pizzeria is cleaning up after an internal embezzlement that occurred during the restaurant’s expansion into Colorado, the company’s owner said.
Retailers hoping promotion delivers
Stores cut shipping costs to lift holiday sales
November 11, 2005
Hoping to drum up more sales of handsewn slippers, flannel shirts, sweaters and Christmas wreaths, L.L. Bean has dusted off a promotion it hasn’t offered in three years: free shipping for holiday purchases.
Angry Jordanians protest deadly hotel bombings
November 11, 2005
Sameeh Khreis has spent years demanding justice and more rights for jailed Islamic extremists. But on Thursday, he joined thousands who took to the streets across Jordan to condemn the militants behind Amman’s triple hotel bombings that killed 59 people.
Delta reports $1.1B loss
November 11, 2005
Delta Air Lines Inc., which is operating under bankruptcy court protection, blamed high fuel costs Thursday as it reported a wider third-quarter loss of $1.13 billion and said it is concerned it continues to use borrowed money to fund its red ink.
CDC: Flu shot deliveries should ease shortages
November 11, 2005
Scattered flu shot shortages around the country should be eased by 10 million new doses scheduled to be delivered this month, a top federal health official said Thursday.
Mom accused of starving her children pleads guilty
November 11, 2005
A woman accused of severely starving her four adopted sons pleaded guilty Thursday to child endangerment, admitting she did not provide the children with proper food or medical care.
Dover warned of God’s rebuke
Pat Robertson decries ousting of conservative school board
November 11, 2005
Televangelist Pat Robertson warned residents of a rural Pennsylvania town not to be surprised if disaster strikes there because “you just voted God out of your city” by ousting school board members who favored teaching “intelligent design.”
Son to stand trial in mother’s death
November 11, 2005
A man accused of killing his mother in Crawford County more than three years ago helped search the woman’s house and put up missing persons posters shortly after she disappeared.
Walnut harvest nearly triple last year’s
November 11, 2005
This year’s black walnut harvest was big, and it was valuable.
Reba named host for Family Television Awards
November 11, 2005
Country singer-turned-sitcom star Reba McEntire will host the seventh annual Family Television Awards.
Crow doesn’t like extra attention of celebrity romance
November 11, 2005
Dating Lance Armstrong has given Sheryl Crow a taste of what it feels like to be part of a celebrity couple - and she’s not too crazy about it.
Ashlee Simpson not looking for her own Nick
November 11, 2005
Ashlee Simpson may have followed sister Jessica’s lead by launching a singing career, but she’s not interested in mirroring her romantic life by linking up with a famous guy.
Man convicted of killing three people, conspiracy
November 11, 2005
A Leavenworth man already serving 35 years on kidnapping and firearms convictions was convicted Thursday in federal court in Kansas City of killing three people, including a man he once kidnapped, and conspiring to kill a fourth.
Fair to offer tips on disaster readiness
November 11, 2005
A “preparedness fair” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday will offer tips on disaster readiness. The event is at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3615 W. 10th St.
Praeger to answer health care questions
November 11, 2005
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger will speak and answer questions about health care and the uninsured at 7:15 p.m. Monday at the Lawrence Public Library’s auditorium at 707 Vt.
Evolution, governor’s race focus of TV show
November 11, 2005
The continuing saga of evolution in Kansas public schools and new developments in the race for Kansas governor will be discussed today on public television’s Kansas Week.
Morrison: Democrat simply a better fit
Johnson County prosecutor opposing Atty. Gen. Phill Kline
November 11, 2005
Johnson County Dist. Atty. Paul Morrison told an online audience Thursday that he became a Democrat recently to run for Kansas attorney general mainly for philosophical, rather than political, reasons.
On the record
November 11, 2005
 
New bird flu outbreaks found in China, Kuwait
November 11, 2005
China reported two new bird flu outbreaks in poultry and quarantined 116 people on Thursday, the same day Kuwait announced two cases of the disease were discovered there.
Tooth believed to have been Napoleon’s auctioned
November 11, 2005
A tooth believed to have been pulled from Napoleon’s mouth was sold Thursday at auction in London for about $22,600.
Missing exchange student found safe
November 11, 2005
A 17-year-old Oregon exchange student missing since the weekend was found safe Thursday in northeastern Brazil, ending an intense search by Brazilian authorities and the U.S. Embassy.
Ambassador to Japan withdrawn in protest
November 11, 2005
Peru said Thursday it was withdrawing its ambassador from Japan to protest Tokyo’s response to Peruvian attempts to extradite former President Alberto Fujimori, first from Tokyo and now from Chile.
Commodities
November 11, 2005
 
Repairs best left to buyer of home
November 11, 2005
We have agreed to purchase a home, but the inspector we hired found some problems with the plumbing. The sellers are very cooperative and have offered to either have the repairs made themselves or to give us a credit against our closing costs so we will have the money to pay for the work after we move in.
Deficit hits record
November 11, 2005
The trade deficit surged to a record in September as oil imports hit an all-time high, driven up by hurricane-related shutdowns of Gulf Coast production.
Commercial Federal approves merger
November 11, 2005
Shareholders of Commercial Federal Corp., the parent company of Omaha-based Commercial Federal Bank, have approved its $1.36 billion merger with Bank of the West.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
November 11, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 11, 1905: “The university won its big football game against previously unbeaten Washburn in Topeka by a score of 18-11.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
November 11, 2005
Nine Lawrence High seniors were named finalists for Summerfield and Watkins scholarships at Kansas University. They were Stuart Brune, Jeff Gardner, Tim Gilles, Chris Saricks, William Spray, Richard Whitley, Woody Wright, Kathryn Binns and Virginia Wulfkuhle.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
November 11, 2005
Fearing violent disruption of his speech by pro-Arab students, an Israeli diplomat and the Kansas University Jewish group sponsoring his talk decided not to hold the talk on the local campus.
Partisan spin
November 11, 2005
To the editor: I had to chuckle when I read the Saturday Column of Nov. 5. Its author decries the Democrats’ persistence in investigating the recent White House scandals and insists that it is all partisan politics.
Second thoughts
November 11, 2005
To the editor: In a few months, my employer is transferring me to Lawrence. I was raised in the Midwest so I couldn’t be happier about returning to my roots, especially after today when I read that the State Board of Education passed a resolution favorable to advocates of the science of intelligent design.
Don’t be silent
November 11, 2005
To the editor: Consider for a moment; somewhere out there, cut off from the rest of the world, there is one man, woman or child who is living a nightmare.
Will U.S. learn from France?
November 11, 2005
Observing the riots in the suburbs of Paris, an American is tempted to rejoice. Are not the French getting their just desserts for their arrogance, opposition and condescension toward the United States and for their observation that the predominantly poor victims of Hurricane Katrina revealed an ugly underside of America that they happily condemned?
Salutes to veterans real and imagined
November 11, 2005
Television commemorates Veterans Day in its usual manner, which is to say, not much at all. Look for a couple of specials on the History Channel, including “Ermey’s Vietnam” (7 p.m.), featuring the star of “Full Metal Jacket” and “Mail Call” in Vietnam interviewing veterans of that conflict.
Best Bets
November 11, 2005
 
This Weekend’s Highlights
November 11, 2005
 
Arts & Entertainment Calendar
November 11, 2005
 
Rural concern
November 11, 2005
To the editor: I’m responding to the article of Tuesday, Nov. 1, concerning sex offenders. As a rural resident I am wondering where these sex offenders are going to live?
M&I buying Gold Banc
November 11, 2005
Marshall & Ilsley Corp. said Thursday it agreed to acquire Leawood-based Gold Banc Corp. for $700 million, a move to tap into banking markets in Kansas, Missouri, Florida and Oklahoma.
DeLay mulled misdemeanor plea to save GOP post
Lawyers’ aims were to retain House leadership position
November 11, 2005
Attorneys for Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, tried unsuccessfully in late September to head off felony criminal indictments against the then-majority leader on charges of violating Texas campaign law by signaling that DeLay might plead guilty to a misdemeanor, according to four sources familiar with the events.
Utah fights for education independence
November 11, 2005
If you seek a window into conservatism’s current consternations, look into Utah. The nation’s reddest state - last year, and in six of the last eight presidential elections, Utah was the most Republican state - is rebelling against President Bush’s No Child Left Behind law.
Villains
In all the furor about the Valerie Plame case, attention-craving columnist Robert Novak should not be considered some kind of hero.
November 11, 2005
Whoever triggered the “outing” of a covert Central Intelligence Agency individual and perhaps endangered many other CIA operatives, committed a crime that could cause damage, injury and death to people working on the American public’s behalf.
Lost’ kills off another character - maybe
November 11, 2005
It would seem to be lights out for Shannon on “Lost.”
New York City’s yellow taxis going green
Ford pushing hybrid cabs
November 11, 2005
Hybrid taxis that get double the gas mileage of traditional cabs while generating far less pollution have begun rolling in small numbers on New York’s streets.
Higher ed aid cuts hurt U.S.
November 11, 2005
A quarter of a century ago, Pink Floyd declared “we don’t need no education.” But while most of us realize it’s just a song, Congress has decided to dust off the attitude, literally.