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Archive for Wednesday, November 16, 2005

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Births
Blog entries
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Homegrown gobblers Game: Nov. 16th Issue
Polls
How do you think changing Kansas public school science standards to criticize evolution will affect the state?

Poll results

Response Percent
All of the above.
 
66%
It will make sure Kansas children are open to new ideas.
 
13%
It will have very little effect.
 
11%
It will put Kansas children behind their peers in other states.
 
4%
It will hurt efforts to build a biosciences industry in the state.
 
2%
It will lead to biology teachers leaving Kansas.
 
1%
Total 1612
Is drafting a fair way to create teams?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
53%
No
 
46%
Maybe
 
0%
Undecided
 
0%
Total 13

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Officials ponder transit system to link area college campuses
November 16, 2005
Lawrence and Johnson County officials are pondering a cross-county transit system that would carry commuters between Kansas University, Johnson County Community College and KU’s Edwards Campus.
Cold start to a bright but blustery day
November 16, 2005
Sub-freezing temperatures and cold breezes were creating wind chills in the teens this morning for Lawrence. And it won’t get much better today — temperatures will stay in the 30s until late afternoon, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “If you’re going out, grab a coat,” Schack said. “The cold air is diving into the Midwest.”
Jackson punished for gift violations
November 16, 2005
A violation of an NCAA extra-benefits rule — Darnell Jackson receiving $5,000 worth of transportation, meals, lodging, gifts and a personal loan from an Oklahoma City booster — will cost the Kansas University sophomore nine games of his sophomore season.
Victory Worth it for KU
November 16, 2005
Eight football games are guaranteed for the Big 12 Conference during bowl season. Seven teams currently are qualified.
Sewer pump station work expedited
November 16, 2005
Lawrence City Commissioners have accelerated a $1.6 million sewer improvement project to ensure the city’s wastewater system can support the fast-growing population in northwest Lawrence.
On the record
November 16, 2005
Father of OKC victims renews call for compensation
November 16, 2005
The father of two children who were seriously injured in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building renewed his call on Tuesday for compensation from the federal government for victims’ families.
Extreme measures will be used to fight bird flu
November 16, 2005
Two of the countries hardest hit by bird flu announced extreme measures to fight the disease Tuesday, with China promising to vaccinate its entire poultry stock of 14 billion birds and Vietnam launching a campaign to purge its two largest cities of poultry.
U.N. reverses firing in oil-for-food case
November 16, 2005
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan reversed his decision to fire a key official in the Iraq oil-for-food probe, the United Nations said Tuesday, an embarrassing move as the world body recovers from one of the worst scandals in its history.
Ethnic rebels claim bombing outside KFC
November 16, 2005
An ethnic rebel group claimed responsibility for a car bombing Tuesday in downtown Karachi that hit a KFC restaurant and rattled the offices of a state-run petroleum company, killing at least three people.
Lower house extends state of emergency
November 16, 2005
France’s lower house of parliament voted Tuesday to extend a state of emergency for three months, after the government said the extra powers are still needed to end the country’s worst civil unrest in four decades.
Israelis, Palestinians reach Gaza border agreement
November 16, 2005
Israel and the Palestinians, under strong U.S. pressure, reached an agreement Tuesday to open Gaza’s borders starting Nov. 25, a step vital to turning the economically crippled territory into a success in the wake of Israel’s withdrawal.
Top Jordanian officials resign in wake of attacks
November 16, 2005
Eleven top Jordanian officials, including the kingdom’s national security adviser, resigned Tuesday in the wake of last week’s triple hotel bombings, state-run TV announced.
Mom sentenced to 30 years for sex parties
November 16, 2005
A woman who authorities said had sex with high school boys during alcohol- and drug-fueled parties has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, officials said.
Columbine materials to remain secret - for now
November 16, 2005
The Colorado Supreme Court said Tuesday a sheriff can refuse to release videotapes and writings made by the Columbine gunmen before the high school massacre.
Kids who died on rides had heart conditions
November 16, 2005
Two children who died in separate incidents this summer at Walt Disney World were both victims of irregular heartbeats linked to natural causes, the medical examiner’s office said Tuesday.
Report: Broadcasting chairman violated law
November 16, 2005
The former chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting broke federal law by interfering with PBS programming and appearing to use political tests in recruiting the corporation’s new president, internal investigators said Tuesday.
Congress may take back 9-11 funding
November 16, 2005
Congressional budget negotiators have decided to take back $125 million in 9-11 aid from New York, which had fought to keep the money to treat sick and injured ground zero workers, lawmakers said Tuesday.
Riley laughs at talk of Owens joining Heat
November 16, 2005
This time, Pat Riley laughed before issuing a denial, which made the process far more lighthearted than last week’s denunciation of rumored interest in free-agent guard Latrell Sprewell.
Cavs’ James won’t sit down
Cleveland standout nets 37 in win over Washington
November 16, 2005
Every time Luke Jackson got up off the bench, LeBron James knocked down another shot. “If LeBron is hitting three-pointers, you’ve got to let him keep rolling,” Jackson said. “Nobody has a problem with leaving him in when he’s like that.”
Other Giants co-owner - Tisch - dies, at 79
November 16, 2005
Robert Tisch, co-owner of the New York Giants and a civic leader in New York City for several decades, died Tuesday of brain cancer. He was 79.
Odds don’t favor Colts
Indianapolis on a roll, but don’t bet on 16 straight victories
November 16, 2005
At some point during the next few weeks, Dick Anderson will grab a bottle of champagne, call up a few old teammates from the 1972 Miami Dolphins and propose a toast.
Tagliabue asks for patience, compassion for Saints
November 16, 2005
NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue urged league owners to be patient and understanding with the “unprecedented” situation facing the hurricane-displaced New Orleans Saints.
Chiefs make Super Bowl bid
Presentation includes rolling roof Royals would use
November 16, 2005
Could a Super Bowl be in the future for Kansas City? Not the team - the town?
Bookman tests positive
November 16, 2005
Former Kansas University sprinter Leo Bookman, who’s currently a professional track athlete, tested positive for a banned substance and was given a public warning for his first doping offense by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
Mangino praises Snyder
November 16, 2005
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino, who served as an assistant under Kansas State coach Bill Snyder from 1991 to 1998, released a statement Tuesday upon hearing Snyder’s announcement that he was retiring after Saturday’s season finale.
Cardinals’ Pujols NL MVP
Braves’ Jones finishes second in close vote
November 16, 2005
Albert Pujols won his first National League MVP award, beating Andruw Jones in a close vote Tuesday.
Fans laud coach’s impact
November 16, 2005
From the campus bookstore to the governor’s officer in Topeka, word spread quickly Tuesday of coach Bill Snyder’s retirement from a 17-year career that reinvented Kansas State football.
Snyder’s coaching influence broad
November 16, 2005
While creating his “Miracle in Manhattan” and taking Kansas State from the depths to the heights, Bill Snyder sowed coaching seeds that have taken root all over the United States.
Wildcat era ends
Family cited as reason for resignation
November 16, 2005
Saying he wanted to spend more time with his family, Bill Snyder retired Tuesday from the Kansas State program he coached from college football’s depths to a spot among the nation’s elite.
1 dead in suspected meth lab explosion
Pipe bomb found at scene hampers rescue efforts, forces evacuations
November 16, 2005
At least one man was killed Tuesday in a fire and explosion at a residence that authorities said housed a methamphetamine laboratory.
Tax breaks granted for K.C projects
Incentives approved for performing arts center, basketball Hall of Fame
November 16, 2005
Kansas City’s downtown redevelopment efforts received another boost Tuesday as a state board revised the tax breaks available for a basketball Hall of Fame and performing arts center.
KU Hospital plans to move cancer center
November 16, 2005
The University of Kansas Hospital will move its outpatient Cancer Center to its Westwood Campus in the former Sprint headquarters on Shawnee Mission Parkway.
State GOP chairman not stepping down
November 16, 2005
Tim Shallenburger said Tuesday he will remain chairman of the Kansas Republican Party, despite widespread assertions he would step down this week.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
November 16, 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.
Development plan near Eudora raises controversy
November 16, 2005
A group of neighbors is challenging a developer’s plan to build 22 “estate-style” homes on 80 acres of farmland southeast of Lawrence.
Out of Africa, into the future
History of challenges facing continent, people highlighted at KU lecture
November 16, 2005
Despite the efforts of those who brought them to the Americas and enslaved them, blacks have always risen up with liberation in their hearts and striven for freedom, a highly respected scholar of African-American studies told an audience Tuesday night at Kansas University.
KU researchers hold first convocation
November 16, 2005
Kansas University must continue to increase its research volume, while also striving to win the prestigious awards often garnered by humanities faculty, KU’s research chief said Tuesday.
Tougher criminal justice system sought
November 16, 2005
More criminals should have their DNA collected. People convicted of sex crimes against children should be locked up for 25 years.
Senate prods Bush on Iraq war strategy
November 16, 2005
Expressing growing unease over the war in Iraq, a newly emboldened Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to instruct the Bush administration to explain its strategy for completing the U.S. mission in Iraq and bringing American troops home.
Web site has ‘guide’ for intelligent design
November 16, 2005
Step aside Dorothy and Toto. A new Web site - www.KansasMorons.com - has the potential for stirring up more ridicule than Ms. Gale and her pooch-in-a-basket ever thought possible.
Weather outside gets frightful
Temperature falls as cold front brings snow, wind
November 16, 2005
Lawrence got its first sampling of the approaching winter season Tuesday, thanks to a weather system that brought a mixture of snow, rain and wind gusts of more than 40 miles per hour.
Expanded DNA testing considered
November 16, 2005
The idea of expanding the Kansas Bureau of Investigation’s testing of DNA samples to include those arrested for certain serious crimes is being pushed by three lawmakers, and House Speaker Doug Mays says he could support the concept.
Personal property tax statements to be mailed
November 16, 2005
The Douglas County Treasurer’s Office will mail nearly 46,500 tax statements today.
Dinner to benefit young disaster victims
November 16, 2005
An international dinner benefiting the children affected by Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake that devastated Pakistan and India is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, 2415 Clinton Parkway.
Chinese officials tour Confucius site
Planned institute at KU Edwards Campus would be third in U.S.
November 16, 2005
Chinese officials planning an institute that would bring language classes and cultural programs to the region toured Kansas University’s Edwards Campus in Overland Park this week.
FEMA warns evacuees of deadline to find housing
November 16, 2005
The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday warned an estimated 150,000 Hurricane Katrina evacuees living in government-subsidized hotels that they have until Dec. 1 to find other housing before it stops paying for their rooms.
Senate action bans BTK from national cemeteries
November 16, 2005
The Senate passed a bill Tuesday to keep BTK serial killer Dennis Rader and other veterans convicted of murder from being buried in national cemeteries or given military funeral honors.
High coal prices spark mining revival
November 16, 2005
It might not be the heyday of a half-century ago when Big Brutus was digging up 150 tons of coal per shovel-load near West Mineral, but mining activity in southeast Kansas is starting to pick up, thanks in part to record prices being paid for coal.
Bodies in motion
N.Y. choreographer’s ‘Loop Dance’ has contemporary twist
November 16, 2005
Through 15 years of performing with the Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York, Patrick Corbin has noticed something about audiences: They’re getting older.
An all-star ring of fire for Cash and Carter
November 16, 2005
The Man in Black gets his primetime salute on “I Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash” (7 p.m., CBS). This musical showcase also serves as a promotion for the biographical film about the late Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.
Copy of Emancipation Proclamation draws $688,000 at auction
November 16, 2005
A souvenir copy of the Emancipation Proclamation autographed by Abraham Lincoln sold for $688,000 on Tuesday at an auction of American artifacts collected by the late publishing magnate Malcolm Forbes.
Teen charged with attempted murder after bus shooting
November 16, 2005
A high school junior is facing an attempted murder charge after shooting her classmate in the shoulder Tuesday morning on a crowded school bus, police said.
Defense lawyer flees, seeks asylum in Qatar
November 16, 2005
In another setback to the Saddam Hussein case, a defense lawyer who was wounded in an ambush that killed one of his colleagues said Tuesday he had fled Iraq and was seeking asylum in the Gulf state of Qatar.
Iraqis claim soldiers pushed them into lion cage
November 16, 2005
The claim by two former Iraqi detainees that they were thrust into a cage of lions in a Baghdad palace in 2003 as part of a terrifying interrogation “seems quite farfetched,” Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday.
Cheeseburger bill’ seeks to hold lawsuits
November 16, 2005
Fears that overweight Americans will develop an appetite for litigation drove the House to pass a bill that would bar lawsuits by restaurant customers claiming burgers and french fries made them fat.
Commodities
November 16, 2005
Pension agency posts $22.8B debt
Executive director calls for action from Congress before money runs out
November 16, 2005
The federal agency that insures the private pensions of 44 million workers said Tuesday that its deficit was $22.8 billion in 2005, as big airlines in bankruptcy dumped their pension liabilities.
Daily ticker
November 16, 2005
In France, old problems feed threat
November 16, 2005
The explosions that rocked the capitals of Jordan and Iraq last week - inspired by terrorist ideology and delivered by suicide bombers - may appear far from the riots that have disrupted cities and towns in France of late. Without the proper attention from French authorities, though, the dotted line between those events could fill in and portend even more trouble.
Shiite critical to Iraq’s future
November 16, 2005
In a week when Iraqi terrorists blew up hotels in Amman, Jordan, and the president denounced his Iraq critics, the real Iraq news was elsewhere.
School values
November 16, 2005
To the editor: I am surprised and saddened by some statements made by private school administrators concerning their lack of resources to meet the needs of students with disabilities.
Troop support
November 16, 2005
To the editor: I am the wife of Spc. Dye who is returning home from Iraq/Kuwait in the 778th.
Growth woes
November 16, 2005
To the editor: Expensive problems with northwest city growth? What a shock!
Snyder era ends
Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder’s sportsmanship and character will be hard to replace.
November 16, 2005
The decision by Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder to step aside after 17 years as the Wildcats’ coach will be viewed with varied reactions, based largely on whether a person is a longtime Kansas State Wildcat fan or a loyal Kansas University Jayhawk.
173 detainees show signs of torture at Shiite-run jail
November 16, 2005
Iraq’s prime minister said Tuesday that 173 Iraqi detainees - malnourished and showing signs of torture - were found at an Interior Ministry basement lockup seized by U.S. forces in Baghdad. The discovery appeared to validate Sunni complaints of abuse by the Shiite-controlled ministry.
Lawrence Aquahawks host first-ever Sprint Eliminator with success
November 16, 2005
The first-ever Sprint Eliminator held by the Lawrence Aquahawks went off with out a splash. Saturday’s Sprint Eliminator at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center featured 50-yard preliminaries, semifinals, and finals in both the butterfly and freestyle races.
Terrapins rough up on Bruins, win 41-9
November 16, 2005
The second- and third-grade Terrapins played nothing like turtles on Wednesday night as they continuously sprinted up and down the court to score 41 points. Those 41 points were good enough to knock off the Bruins 41-9 in the second round of the Hoopster preseason tournament at the East Lawrence Recreation Center.
Razorbacks speed wears down Blue Devils to advance in tourney
November 16, 2005
What was supposed to have been a basketball game turned into a track meet as the fourth- and fifth-grade Razorbacks and Blue Devils of the Hoopsters clashed Tuesday at Langston Hughes Elementary. After a back-and-forth first half, the Razorbacks’ speed wore down the Blue Devils for the 29-11 victory.
Ducks’ up-tempo play leads to 25-12 victory
November 16, 2005
t was do or die for the fourth- and fifth-grade Ducks and Yellow Jackets in the hoopster fall classic. After battling neck-and-neck in the first half, the up-tempo play of the Ducks led them to a 25-12 victory Tuesday at Langston Hughes Elementary.
First-quarter lead helps Yellow Jackets roll to victory over Tiggeroos
November 16, 2005
The Yellow Jackets took advantage of early game defensive miscues by the Tiggeroos to score 14 points during the first quarter of their game Saturday. The Yellow Jackets’ 14 first-quarter points were a stepping stone for a 31-10 victory at Langston Hughes Elementary School.
Practice makes perfect for Twisters
November 16, 2005
The saying that practice makes perfect became a reality for the third- and fourth-grade Twisters on Saturday at Holcom Park Center. A week’s worth of practice devoted to passing and running the fast break paid off for the Twisters as they defeated the Jayhawks 30-14.
Lewis leads Gladiators to win over Tigers
November 16, 2005
Darion Lewis played like a Gladiator wearing a blue tank top on a basketball court instead of a gladiator wearing armor in an ancient arena. Lewis, Gladiators guard, led his second-grade team to a 36-18 victory over the Tigers Saturday at the East Lawrence Recreation Center.
Netburners come alive in the second half
Bobcats keep it close until Netburners’ fast pase leads them to win
November 16, 2005
After trading the lead throughout the first half, the fourth grade Netburners’ offense came alive in the second half, defeating the Bobcats 32-20 Saturday at Holcom Park Center. The Netburners used their lockdown defense and up-tempo offense to distance themselves from the Bobcats. “I wanted them to work on fundamentals and staying in front of their men,” Netburner head coach Joe Rodriquez said. “We’re still getting used to playing with one another.”
Deerfield uses speed to defeat Aces
November 16, 2005
They may not be the biggest team, but don’t let that deceive you. The third-grade Deerfield basketball team used their speed to swarm the Aces. Deerfield found its stroke and wore down the Aces, winning 30-15 Saturday at Holcom Park Center.
Patients get blood vessels grown from own skin
November 16, 2005
Two kidney dialysis patients from Argentina have received the world’s first blood vessels grown in a lab dish from snippets of their own skin, a promising step toward helping people with a variety of diseases.
Court won’t extend VoIP E911 deadline
November 16, 2005
A federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to delay new Federal Communications Commission guidelines requiring Internet telephone companies to provide reliable 911 emergency call service.
People in the news
November 16, 2005
¢ 50 Cent to produce new line of hip-hop novellas, novels ¢ Scotty’s ashes to head into orbit as part of last wishes
Bush urges China to grant more political freedom
November 16, 2005
President Bush prodded China today to grant more political freedom to its 1.3 billion people and held up archrival Taiwan as a society that successfully moved from repression to democracy as it opened its economy.
Lawrence datebook
November 16, 2005
Witnesses report massive explosion
November 16, 2005
A massive explosion rocked the main business district of Srinagar, the summer capital of India’s Jammu-Kashmir state today, witnesses said.
Twister, severe storms cause damage across Midwest
November 16, 2005
Just eight days after a deadly tornado struck southwestern Indiana, another strong storm system rolled across the nation’s midsection Tuesday, producing funnel clouds in at least three states.
Alito backs away from abortion memo
November 16, 2005
The Samuel Alito who argued against abortion rights in 1985 was “an advocate seeking a job” with the conservative Reagan administration, the Alito who is now a Supreme Court nominee told Democrats Tuesday.
CMAs keep it country, even in New York City
November 16, 2005
The CMA Awards held its first shindig in New York with its country twang intact Tuesday night, as Madison Square Garden was transformed into the Grand Ole Opry with rootsy performances from Lee Ann Womack, Gretchen Wilson, Sara Evans and Rascal Flatts.
Four Jayhawks honored
November 16, 2005
Four Kansas University volleyball players were named to the 2005 Academic All-Big 12 Volleyball Team by the league office Tuesday. Senior Paula Caten, juniors Jana Correa and Jamie Mathewson and sophomore Emily Brown were honored for achieving a 3.2 or better grade-point average.
Owners, players reach steroids deal
First offense will bring 50-game suspension; third failed test calls for lifetime ban
November 16, 2005
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig got the tougher drug policy that he wanted and Congress demanded. Now, a player who fails a steroid test will miss nearly a third of the season instead of a little more than a week.
Keegan: Snyder infused K-State
November 16, 2005
From his home in Vero Beach, Fla., a man born in 1910 in tiny Norcatur, Kan., sat down Tuesday night with pen in hand and paper on desk to accomplish one more thing before he went to sleep beside his wife of 73 years.
Federal assistance for flooding approved
November 16, 2005
Kansas counties recovering from October floods will get federal assistance for rebuilding infrastructure and covering the cost of responding to emergencies, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday.
Corkins, Morris not well-received in tour out west
November 16, 2005
Education Commissioner Bob Corkins and State Board of Education member Connie Morris promoted charter schools on a two-day tour of western Kansas that ended Tuesday.
Reading lists include porn, Abrams says
Ed board chairman blasts some schools’ literature curricula
November 16, 2005
A widely publicized assertion that pornography is on the reading lists of some Kansas public schools has sparked outrage among education groups and leaders.
Police investigate beating at party
November 16, 2005
Police are investigating a report that a Lawrence man was beaten last week at a party in east Lawrence after he allegedly touched another man inappropriately.
Homegrown gobblers
Turkey lovers pluck superior birds from local farms for holiday table
November 16, 2005
Robin Kofford says she has a sure-fire secret for pleasing her family’s Thanksgiving tummies.
Fed chair nominee pledges independence
November 16, 2005
Promising both continuity and independence, Ben Bernanke, President Bush’s pick to head the Federal Reserve, on Tuesday began defining what sort of helmsman he’d be for the world’s largest economy.
Lack of coverage
November 16, 2005
To the editor: Once again the high school kids in the fine arts programs have been forgotten.
Bush, Rove find offense matters
November 16, 2005
Last week, President Bush and Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove, in speeches one day apart, appeared to have rediscovered an ingredient the absence of which has contributed to the administration’s falling poll numbers: offense.
Horoscopes
November 16, 2005
For Wednesday, Nov. 16
Camby finds offensive touch
Nuggets’ veteran center elevates his game
November 16, 2005
When the coach started lecturing about lax defense, Marcus Camby took it personally.
Recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers
November 16, 2005
Chances are, you’ll soon be looking to unload a lot of turkey in a short period of time. Here are some recipes to help make use of those leftovers.
Thanksgiving meal may not change, but we like it that way
November 16, 2005
Thanksgiving dinner has always struck me as the most ritualistic of holiday meals, not counting the Passover seder and other religious observations that use food as symbols. Not only is the Thanksgiving menu its own set of customs, but it comes complete with its own mythology (i.e., cheerful pilgrims and their American Indian friends, acquiescent turkeys and brimming cornucopias) and a social significance that endures.
Keep meal prep healthy for holidays
November 16, 2005
Sometimes it may be easier to prepare your turkey the day before you plan to serve it.
Internet good tool for PC shopping
November 16, 2005
Through our tests of both budget computers and their faster, more versatile workhorse cousins, we’ve found that performance is generally high regardless of the manufacturer. Thus, when you’re shopping for a new machine - whether desktop or laptop - you can focus on getting the best price for the brand and the components you prefer.
Brownstone project boosts permits
Despite sewer concerns, October’s issues tallied year’s highest valuation
November 16, 2005
A $1.5 million project to add brownstone-style row homes in sewer-challenged northwest Lawrence helped lift the city’s construction industry to its busiest month of the year.
Late rally pushed Green Wave past Lakers
November 16, 2005
A 10-point rally during the last eight minutes of the game helped the fifth- and sixth-grade Green Wave overcome a four-point fourth-quarter deficit. Those 10 points gave the Green Wave a 26-23 victory over the Lakers on Saturday at Langston Hughes Elementary School. Green Wave head coach Randy Johnson said he was excited about the way his team played toward the end of the game.
Olathe East blazed to unbeaten record
November 16, 2005
Olathe East appears to be the Goliath of Class 6A state high school football this fall.