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Winter sports underway for local high schools
November 14, 2005
On Monday, local high schools were officially able to take part in winter sports practice for the first time. Darrell Andrew, Free State High wrestling coach, says the kids just need to get their routines established.
Cloudy today, with the chance for some sprinkles
Arctic air moving in overnight
November 14, 2005
Cloudy skies and temperatures in the 50s are in store for Lawrence today. But overnight a blast of arctic air arrives, bringing colder temperatures, blustery winds, rain — and even a snowflake or two.
Pastor in war controversy cites widespread support
November 14, 2005
Rector J. Edwin Bacon told parishioners Sunday that All Saints Episcopal Church has received “a surprising outpouring of solidarity and support” since he revealed that the liberal church may lose its tax-exempt status because of an IRS probe.
Pickup crashes through house, killing young girl
November 14, 2005
A pickup truck crashed through a house where six people were sleeping early Sunday, killing an 8-year-old girl and critically injuring her parents, authorities said.
Wizards find a star
November 14, 2005
Gilbert Arenas is showing signs early this could be his big breakout year. As much as Arenas and Washington coach Eddie Jordan played down the significance of Saturday night’s 110-95 victory over the Spurs, in which Arenas scored an NBA season-high 43 points, it’s likely others around the league took note.
Eagles facing must-win against Dallas tonight
November 14, 2005
Even before Terrell Owens took his big plays and bigger mouth home to Atlanta, the Philadelphia Eagles were a desperate team.
Tigers salvage season with sixth victory
November 14, 2005
It might have been make-or-break time for Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, with one newspaper speculating on game day about his possible replacement.
Augustus powers LSU past Texas Tech, 76-68
November 14, 2005
Seimone Augustus had 32 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. 3 LSU to a 76-68 victory over No. 13 Texas Tech in the Tip-Off Classic on Sunday.
Gamecocks join AP Top 25
November 14, 2005
Steve Spurrier has South Carolina in the Top 25.
The week ahead
November 14, 2005
Narrow focus can broaden job search
November 14, 2005
Ever since I left high school, I’ve had extreme difficulty securing work.
Crossing over from SUVs
Consumers increasingly drawn to CUVs
November 14, 2005
In the 1990s, sales of hot new sport utility vehicles propelled metro Detroit into a sort of economic paradise - a Golden Era when workers took home thousands of dollars in bonuses and drove around in big Ford Explorers, Jeep Grand Cherokees and Chevy Suburbans to load up on the spoils of their success.
Eudora house fire under investigation
November 14, 2005
The cause of a Sunday night fire that damaged a Eudora house and an attached garage is under investigation.
Officials to consider fire station uses
Lawrence City Commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at
November 14, 2005
Commissioners will receive a draft request for proposals for reuse of two fire stations that will be vacated next summer. The city will accept proposals for the long-term public and/or private use of the buildings.
Georgia-Pacific going private in $13.2B acquisition by Koch
Deal signals Wichita company’s entry into consumer products
November 14, 2005
Paper products giant Georgia-Pacific Corp., the maker of Brawny paper towels and Angel Soft tissue, has agreed to be acquired for more than $13 billion by Koch Industries Inc., the nation’s second-biggest private company.
On the record
November 14, 2005
Lawrence datebook
November 14, 2005
Research finds heart attack patients can use their own stem cells to heal
November 14, 2005
Heart attack patients who were treated with their own stem cells a few days after being hospitalized had significantly improved heart pumping ability, according to the largest, most rigorous clinical trial to date of the controversial therapy.
Former U.N. official to speak at KU
November 14, 2005
A former United Nations assistant secretary general will speak Nov. 29 at Kansas University about “The United Nations and the United States: Controversy and Opportunity.”
Officials identify man killed in tree accident
November 14, 2005
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday released the identity of a man killed Saturday in a tree-chopping incident.
Kyle Busch wins, defends brother
Kurt Busch suspended Sunday afer run-in with police
November 14, 2005
Rookie Kyle Busch outdrove NASCAR’s top contenders to win Sunday.
Jackson rips punishment for Owens
November 14, 2005
The Rev. Jesse Jackson called the Philadelphia Eagles’ punishment of Terrell Owens “much too severe.”
Injuries rare for KU
KU football ‘fortunate’ to avoid major ailments
November 14, 2005
The question was so scary, Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino excused himself, put down the phone and knocked on something wooden in the room.
Jayhawks on rise
Improved’ KU rolls in exhibition finale
November 14, 2005
That wasn’t last year’s Kansas University women’s basketball team Tegan Stuart saw out there. “I think they’ve improved a lot and have a great future,” Stuart said. “On the perimeter, they have a lot of good shooters and athletic girls.”
Unselfish Wright hopes to build on debut
November 14, 2005
The 2,000 or so fans who left Allen Fieldhouse with five minutes to play Wednesday night might consider staying for the entire Kansas University-Pittsburg State basketball exhibition game tonight.
Money to aid couple whose home flooded
November 14, 2005
Friends of Michael and Beth Clover have set up a fund to help repair the couple’s duplex at 3213 Trail.
Weekend’s high winds blow tree into house
November 14, 2005
Mary Brown thought she would relax Saturday afternoon and watch Kansas University play football on television.
Fair features 4-legged friends, benefits city’s Humane Society
November 14, 2005
An afternoon of shopping proved successful Sunday for a dog named Jen.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
November 14, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.03 at Citgo, at Ninth and Iowa streets, and Presto Phillips 66, 602 W. Ninth St. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Sebelius makes top 5 governors list
November 14, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has been named one of the five best governors in the nation by Time magazine.
Sewer concerns put pressure on city
November 14, 2005
Not often does the topic of sewer service get people buzzing. But ever since city utility leaders in September announced that they had concerns about the ability of the sewer system in northwest Lawrence to keep up with growth, the topic has been a hot one.
Official: North proposed five-step plan to disarm
November 14, 2005
North Korea proposed a five-step plan to abandon its nuclear weapons programs at the latest round of disarmament talks that ended inconclusively last week, South Korea’s top official on relations with the communist nation said today.
Police chief optimistic that rioting nearing end
November 14, 2005
France’s national police chief said Sunday that the country’s worst rioting since the 1960s seemed to be nearing an end, but violence persisted into the night, with at least two schools set on fire and dozens of cars torched.
Space agency loses contact with probe
November 14, 2005
Japan’s space agency has lost contact with a wayward probe that botched an attempted rehearsal landing in a mission to collect surface samples from an asteroid and return to Earth, an official said Monday.
Rice rebukes leader over Israel remarks
November 14, 2005
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gave her strongest rebuke yet on Sunday to the renewed hardline Islamic leadership of Iran, saying that “no civilized nation” can call for the annihilation of another.
Leader: Raids attempt to cow Sunnis
November 14, 2005
Sunni Arab politicians stepped up demands Sunday for an end to U.S. and Iraqi military operations, claiming they threaten Sunni participation in next month’s elections - a key U.S. goal. The U.S. command announced the deaths of three more American troops.
Police: Nuclear reactor targeted
November 14, 2005
Police believe a nuclear reactor in southern Sydney was a possible target for an Islamic terror cell there, according to details of an Australian counterterror investigation released today.
Would-be bomber describes attack
November 14, 2005
In a televised confession broadcast on state-run Jordanian television Sunday, Sajida Rishawi, 35, an Iraqi from the city of Fallujah, described how her husband pushed her out of a ballroom at the Radisson SAS hotel in the Jordanian capital when her contraption failed to explode. His vest detonated, and a ball of flames ripped through the crowded hall.
People in the news
November 14, 2005
¢ ‘Jarhead’ actor shared room to prepare for military role ¢ Actress back on stage weeks after breast cancer surgery ¢ Former Beatle sends wake-up call into space ¢ ‘Kung Fu Hustle’ wins big at Golden Horse Awards ¢ Dolly Parton, Opry members attend theater groundbreaking
Adviser: Bush didn’t mislead public on Iraq
November 14, 2005
While admitting “we were wrong” about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, President Bush’s national security adviser on Sunday rejected assertions that the president manipulated intelligence and misled the American people.
McCain: Torture will ruin America’s image abroad
November 14, 2005
Sen. John McCain said Sunday that America’s image abroad could be ruined if Congress doesn’t ban the torture of prisoners in U.S. custody.
Angioplasty becoming outpatient procedure
November 14, 2005
It’s not as routine as having your teeth cleaned, but a growing number of people are going to hospitals to get their heart arteries unclogged and going home the same day.
Boyfriend allegedly takes teen after killing her parents
November 14, 2005
A 14-year-old girl was missing after her parents were shot to death in their home Sunday morning, and authorities were searching for her 18-year-old boyfriend, who reportedly abducted her at gunpoint.
Report: Executions, death sentences declined in 2004
November 14, 2005
The ranks of people sentenced to death and the number executed declined in 2004 as the nation’s death row population kept shrinking, the government reported Sunday.
Crack outpacing meth in Kansas
November 14, 2005
As communities focused time and money on fighting the surging use of methamphetamine, crack dealers sensed an opportunity and moved in, according to law enforcement officials in south-central Kansas.
500,000th free meal served at diner
November 14, 2005
The Lord’s Diner, which serves a free meal every night to anyone who wants one, dished up its 500,000th meal last Sunday.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
November 14, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 14, 1905: “The Union Pacific will offer low rates of one fare and one-third for the round trip to many points in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania for those wishing to spend Thanksgiving with friends in the East. Tickets will go on sale Nov. 27… . Stranger Valley people have deposited $1,000 in cash to move along toward an electric line and there is evidence they will have some success in their quest.”
McCain vs. Feingold contest may be lurking
November 14, 2005
After winning, at the relatively tender age of 51, a third Senate term in 2004 with 55 percent of Wisconsin’s vote, five points better than John Kerry’s winning percentage, and carrying 27 of the 45 Wisconsin counties that President Bush carried, Russ Feingold went to play golf - on a public course, this fastidious populist stresses - in Greenville, Ala. That town might hereafter be known as the birthplace of Feingold’s epiphany.
Step up
The family whose home was damaged by a sewer backup triggered by efforts to fight a recent apartment fire deserves some help.
November 14, 2005
The city may not be legally liable for the damage to Beth and Michael Clover’s duplex, but it seems officials should step up and do the right thing to help this couple.
Artistic ambassador
The reputation of a noted Lawrence sculptor continues to grow.
November 14, 2005
Congratulations to local sculptor Jim Brothers on yet another major commission to commemorate U.S. soldiers.
Healthy LaFrentz lifts Celtics
Former KU All-American scores 27 in first half to bury Rockets
November 14, 2005
Raef LaFrentz feels healthy, and it showed.
Record runback lifts Bears
Chicago’s Vasher goes 108 yards for TD
November 14, 2005
What the heck? Nathan Vasher caught the missed field goal deep in the end zone on the final play of the first half and decided to bring it out.
Volunteers sought for holiday meal
November 14, 2005
Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen needs volunteers for its Community Thanksgiving Dinner, which will be served Thursday, Nov. 24, at First Christian Church, 10th and Kentucky streets. 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. and 6 p.m. at 865-3985.
Commentary: Simien faring well as Heat rookie
November 14, 2005
Calmly sinking open jumpers, wrestling with Jermaine O’Neal and Yao Ming, and collecting rebounds, Heat forward Wayne Simien looks like the typical NBA veteran playing his role.
KU resumes flu shots
November 14, 2005
Kansas University’s Student Health Services resumed providing flu vaccinations Thursday.
Proposal would send more students abroad
Overseas program could enhance U.S. image
November 14, 2005
A bipartisan federal commission is pushing for a dramatic increase in the number of U.S. college and university students taking classes in other countries.
Gaza in economic lockdown
November 14, 2005
On the surface, this column is about tomatoes and peppers.
Documentary explores Nevada’s green felt jungle
November 14, 2005
The two-night, three-hour documentary “Las Vegas: An Unconventional Story” on “American Experience” (8 p.m., PBS) puts a thoughtful spin on the media’s unending fascination with the Gambling Mecca.
Wood: Kansas stinks on tube
November 14, 2005
Tales from Texas, where everything’s bigger (including margin of victory, apparently).
Discord reigns on Board of Education
Evolution decision ripples; commissioner at center of disputes
November 14, 2005
The State Board of Education last week finished its battle over evolution, but the war continues.
Longtime manager of Liberty Hall dies
November 14, 2005
Lawrence has lost a key figure in its downtown entertainment scene.
Tropical depression forms in Caribbean
November 14, 2005
A tropical depression formed late Sunday in the southeast Caribbean Sea and was expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Gamma today, the National Hurricane Center said.
Rescuers continue to search rubble for tornado victims
Storm claims one life, damages dozens of homes across Iowa
November 14, 2005
Jackie and Bill Seeman sorted through the wreckage of their home Sunday to see what was spared by a tornado that killed one person and damaged dozens of homes across central Iowa.
People we could do without
November 14, 2005
Country singer Anne Murray had a hit single in 1982 called “A Little Good News” in which she lamented how the news that gets reported to us almost always seems to be of the bad variety. The catch-phrase in the song was “we sure could use a little good news today.” How relevant that sentiment seems in 2005 as we are buried under an avalanche of reports of war, natural disasters and political corruption at the highest levels.
Abstinence trumps cancer protection
November 14, 2005
There was a time when only the loony left believed that the loony right favored death over sex. Not anymore.
November 14, 2005
For Monday, Nov. 14
Iba puts on a happy face
November 14, 2005
Slumped in his seat on the visitor’s bench at Allen Fieldhouse, Pittsburg State’s Gene Iba suffered as the final seconds ticked off the clock in one of the worst losses of his coaching career.
Young studs have branded Clippers with new image
November 14, 2005
Despite what you may read here and elsewhere, there are a lot of good guys playing in the NBA. But there’s only one whose walk from the locker room to the court every game is like a parade with greetings to every usher and ballboy and autographs and high fives for the fans. And who finally may be in the playoffs for the world to see.
KU cross country lands at-large bid
November 14, 2005
Kansas University’s men’s cross country team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships a week from today in Terre Haute, Ind. It will be KU’s first appearance in the championships since 1994.
Raging Bill: Losman dooms K.C.
Backup QB, stifling defense send Chiefs to fifth straight loss at Buffalo
November 14, 2005
J.P. Losman discovered something about himself while he spent the last month stewing on the sideline.
Kansas politicians take issue with religious guidelines
November 14, 2005
Three members of the Kansas congressional delegation are asking the Air Force to backtrack on new guidelines meant to protect servicemembers from religious harassment.
Hispanic immigration changing face of county
Trend affecting all aspects of society
November 14, 2005
They’ve come to fry fast food, scrub dishes, landscape yards and put roofs on homes. Some came straight from Mexico or other Latin American countries. Others have been living in the United States for years, but have only recently found their way to the Lawrence area. Some have visas, but many don’t
Mariah Carey big winner at calm Vibe Awards
November 14, 2005
Mariah Carey walked away with four honors at the Vibe Awards, a celebration of hip-hop and R&B that went smoothly after last year’s ceremony was marred by a brawl and stabbing.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
November 14, 2005
Del Shankel, acting Kansas University chancellor, said KU officials would have protected an Israeli speaker from pro-Arab protesters had he gone ahead with his speech here as scheduled. Shankel said the decision of consul Ahub Gol from Chicago not to talk on the campus because of concern about protests was regrettable and that there was no room for stifling of honest opinions by speakers.