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LHS the underdogs against Olathe East
November 17, 2005
The Lions get a home field advantage when they take on Olathe East during the state semi-finals. Lawrence High may be tagged as underdogs in this contest, but they have a perfect 5-0 record at Haskell Stadium.
KU “Survivor” update: Rival gets ‘blindsided’
November 17, 2005
Four men and four women comprised the Xhakum tribe as day 25 began. As such, the reward challenge was divided evenly among the sexes, with teams of two racing through an obstacle course in a mud pit.
Pledges file lawsuit for hazing
November 17, 2005
Four former pledges of an expelled Kansas University fraternity say they were subjected to extended hazing — including sleep deprivation, being forced to eat live goldfish, and being made to roll in a pit of urine and feces.
Chat with J-W’s Jon Niccum about new ‘Harry Potter’
November 17, 2005
“Goblet of Fire” proves there is plenty of spark left in the series. See you next year.
Alaska-like wind chills wake up Lawrence
November 17, 2005
Temperatures and wind chills plunged in Lawrence early this morning — making the city feel as frigid as central Alaska. While Fairbanks was reporting a brisk 13 degrees this morning, Lawrence’s wind chill about 7:45 a.m. was 12 degrees. “It’s the coldest morning so far this season,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Ford ordered to pay $61M in SUV crash
November 17, 2005
A jury has ordered the Ford Motor Co. to pay more than $61 million to the family of a 17-year-old boy killed in a rollover accident when his friend feel asleep while driving an Explorer.
Search continues for escaped prisoners
November 17, 2005
Authorities searched on Tuesday for two convicted murderers who escaped from the Iowa State Penitentiary by using a homemade grappling hook to scale an unguarded section of the prison’s limestone walls.
DeLay prosecutors deny misconduct
November 17, 2005
Prosecutors in Rep. Tom DeLay’s conspiracy and money laundering case on Wednesday denied allegations that they coerced a grand jury to indict the former House majority leader.
Peace mom’ trials to enter second day
November 17, 2005
War protester Cindy Sheehan and several others return to court today for the second day of trials on misdemeanor charges of demonstrating without a permit outside the White House.
Create your own holiday greeting cards
November 17, 2005
Want to make your own holiday cards? Come to Roll-Your-Own on Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center and create your letterpress holiday cards through historic Gordon and Vandercook presses.
Divac says he’s surprised he’s sought for evading draft
November 17, 2005
Former NBA center Vlade Divac said Wednesday he was surprised to learn that his home country was accusing him of avoiding its military draft.
Sixers stretch streak to six
Iverson scores 42, Iguodala 26 against Raptors
November 17, 2005
Andre Iguodala thought he was going to be drafted by Toronto. On Wednesday, he helped keep the Raptors winless this season.
K-State’s stadium named for Snyder
November 17, 2005
When coach Bill Snyder ends his 17-year career at Kansas State University with his last game on Saturday, it will be in a stadium bearing his name.
OU’s Long, Venables could replace Snyder
Sooner aides have ties to retiring KSU coach
November 17, 2005
Bill Snyder gave Chuck Long a chance to play college football and Brent Venables his first coaching gig.
Rivalries abundant as big weekend approaches
November 17, 2005
Bowl Championship Series bids and conference titles will be on the line Saturday. As will bronze pigs, wooden buckets, various trophy cups and, of course, braggin’ rights on rivalry weekend.
Sooners advance in WNIT
November 17, 2005
Freshman Courtney Paris scored 26 points and had 18 rebounds for her third straight double-double, and No. 25 Oklahoma pulled away in the second half for a 74-63 victory over New Mexico in the semifinals of the Preseason WNIT on Wednesday.
Duke gets defensive in rout of Seton Hall
November 17, 2005
Stan Gaines knocked down an open jumper on Seton Hall’s first possession for a quick lead on top-ranked Duke.
Band Spectacular! coming to KU
November 17, 2005
A benefit for Kansas University’s band program will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lied Center.
K.C. lands Super Bowl, but there’s a big catch
November 17, 2005
NFL owners voted Wednesday tentatively to award Kansas City a Super Bowl, largely as a tribute to owner Lamar Hunt, who gave the game its name.
Linebackers key for LHS football
November 17, 2005
Ask Dirk Wedd to name the leading tackler on Lawrence High’s 10-1 football team, and Wedd, the Lions’ head coach, won’t tell you, because he can’t tell you.
Woodling; Crowd records arguable
November 17, 2005
Overshadowed by the euphoria of Kansas University’s stunning 40-15 football victory over Nebraska a fortnight ago was the fact KU had set a single-game attendance record.
No. 2 Texas puts clamps on Samford
November 17, 2005
Two games, two easy victories. Throw in a smothering defensive performance, and the No. 2 Texas Longhorns are pretty pleased with the start of the new men’s basketball season.
Keegan holds own, but still doesn’t win
November 17, 2005
Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan avoided getting kreamed by just about every competitor who entered his weekly pick-em contest for the third straight week.
A&M ends Kansas’ volleyball streak
November 17, 2005
Kansas University’s Emily Brown and Josi Lima established career highs for kills, but it wasn’t enough for the Jayhawks to extend their volleyball winning streak.
Rumors link Edwards to Chiefs job
Jets coach mentioned as candidate for Kansas City post if Vermeil retires after season
November 17, 2005
Herman Edwards wants to hang around the New York Jets until he can lead them to a Super Bowl championship.
Topeka ballpark proposed
Minor-league stadium would anchor district
November 17, 2005
A developer making a pitch for an entertainment district in downtown Topeka is talking about a minor-league baseball stadium featuring a retractable roof as the focus of the plan.
Magical Thinking’ wins national book prize
November 17, 2005
Joan Didion was honored Wednesday night with a National Book Award for nonfiction for “The Year of Magical Thinking,” a highly intimate memoir of her sudden loss of her late husband, John Gregory Dunne, that has become regarded as a universal portrait of grief.
Woodward claim on CIA leak contradicts prosecutor charge
November 17, 2005
Bob Woodward’s version of when and where he learned the identity of a CIA operative contradicts a special prosecutor’s contention that Vice President Dick Cheney’s top aide was the first to make the disclosure to reporters.
Senate approves pension overhaul
November 17, 2005
Hoping to reverse the deterioration of pension plans covering 44 million Americans, the Senate voted Wednesday to force companies to make up underfunding estimated at $450 billion and live up to promises made to employees.
Democrats sound warning on Alito
November 17, 2005
Democrats said on Wednesday that Samuel Alito’s confirmation was not guaranteed as senators kept the focus on a 20-year-old document in which the Supreme Court nominee asserted that the Constitution “does not protect a right to an abortion.”
Video has threat against U.S., allies
November 17, 2005
A video found in the hideout of one of Asia’s most wanted militants shows a masked man threatening attacks against the United States, Britain and Australia.
Bus-tanker crash kills at least 38
November 17, 2005
A tanker truck hauling toxic ammonium chloride slammed into a passenger bus in northwest Mexico, killing 38 people as both vehicles plunged down an embankment, police said Wednesday.
Arson attacks continue to fall
November 17, 2005
Parliament gave final approval Wednesday to extending France’s state of emergency for three months after the government said the powers are still needed to end the country’s worst civil unrest in four decades.
Ship to deploy buoys for tsunami warnings
November 17, 2005
It’s job is to prevent potential future tragedy.
Canary Islands seeks answers on CIA planes
November 17, 2005
Reports of alleged CIA use of Spain as a stopover point for transporting suspected Islamic terrorists spread Wednesday to the Canary Islands, where the regional government said it had asked Madrid to explain if airports there were also used for covert missions.
Bush, South Korean leader take stand against North
November 17, 2005
In a show of unity, President Bush and South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun declared today that a nuclear-armed North Korea “will not be tolerated” and agreed the problem should be resolved through peaceful diplomacy.
Afghan minister says al-Qaida behind suicide attacks
November 17, 2005
Al-Qaida and other militants have smuggled explosives, weapons and millions of dollars in cash into Afghanistan for a resurgent terror campaign, the country’s defense minister warned on Wednesday.
People in the news
November 17, 2005
¢ Sexiest man alive named ¢ Jackson’s bathroom slip ¢ Diana dress for sale ¢ TV pioneer dies at age 92 ¢ There she goes, to Vegas
Pakistan appeals for more quake aid
November 17, 2005
Pakistan’s president appealed Wednesday for more than $5 billion in aid to rebuild the earthquake-ravaged north, but said his country will fend for itself if the world doesn’t deliver.
France needs to address immigrant issues, panel says
November 17, 2005
A variety of complex political, social and cultural problems have led to nearly three weeks of nightly rioting in Paris and elsewhere in France, according to a panel of professors and students at Kansas University.
Death penalty sought in killing of pregnant woman, kidnap of baby
November 17, 2005
A Kansas woman accused of cutting an unborn baby from her victim’s womb could face the death penalty if convicted of the crimes, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.
On the record
November 17, 2005
Group forms to oppose conservative members of State Board of Education
November 17, 2005
A new political action committee is open for business and aiming to get rid of the six-member majority on the State Board of Education.
County to upgrade software
November 17, 2005
Douglas County commissioners Wednesday night approved the purchase of nearly $50,000 in software to upgrade the computer system in the Register of Deeds office.
Republicans show Shallenburger support
November 17, 2005
Various Republican elected officials in Kansas on Wednesday expressed support for Tim Shallenburger, the state party chairman who has been under fire from some Wichita conservatives for “welcoming” candidates lax on abortion into the fold.
Jury consultant sues Martha Stewart
November 17, 2005
Looks like it’s back to the courthouse for Martha Stewart.
Governor takes shot at education, France
November 17, 2005
Gov. Mitt Romney urged a nationwide focus on improving education, or else “we’ll end up being the France of the 21st century.”
5-year-old boy caught with 8 bags of heroin
November 17, 2005
A 5-year-old has been removed from his school and placed in foster care after his teacher found eight bags of heroin in the kindergartner’s pocket.
Georgia examines loophole allowing children to marry
November 17, 2005
Ever since her 13-year-old niece wed a 14-year-old boy last year, Sharon Cline has sent lawmakers a slew of letters begging them to change a Georgia law that allows children of any age to marry - without parental consent - as long as the bride-to-be is pregnant.
Film critic to chat about new ‘Potter’
November 17, 2005
Have questions about “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”?
KU students organize Libertarian group
November 17, 2005
Libertarians are organizing at Kansas University.
K-State stadium to be renamed for Snyder
November 17, 2005
The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday agreed to rename Kansas State University’s football stadium Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Snyder, who has spent 17 years with KSU football, announced this week he will retire.
Acting SRS secretary to fill spot permanently
November 17, 2005
Gary Daniels, who has been acting secretary of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services since 2004, was named secretary by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Officers arrest robbery suspects
Olathe man being held on suspicion of attempted murder
November 17, 2005
A man and a woman were in custody Wednesday on suspicion of robbing a Wellsville convenience store, leading police on a car chase and allegedly shooting at them late Tuesday.
19 whooping cough cases confirmed in county
Officials can’t explain increase
November 17, 2005
Whooping cough cases have soared more than tenfold in Kansas so far this year compared with 2003, killing one young child and infecting people in 54 Kansas counties, health officials said Wednesday.
Van to help speed up DUI tests
$90,000 vehicle to be used at saturation patrols, DUI checklanes, major accidents
November 17, 2005
Lawrence Police have a new tool to fight drunken driving.
China reports human cases of avian flu
November 17, 2005
China reported its first human cases of bird flu on the mainland Wednesday, including at least one fatality, as health workers armed with vaccine and disinfectant raced to inoculate billions of chickens and other poultry in a massive campaign to contain the virus.
County told to prepare for flu
Pandemic could kill 500, hospitalize 11,000 in area, expert says
November 17, 2005
It’s not if, but when, according to a national biosecurity expert who Wednesday told officials here that a pandemic flu will sweep the U.S., killing hundreds in Douglas County and hospitalizing thousands.
Wayward daughter turns corner after unusual punishment
November 17, 2005
Tasha Henderson got tired of her 14-year-old daughter’s poor grades, her chronic lateness to class and her talking back to her teachers, so she decided to teach the girl a lesson.
Concern from colleges brings W.Va. grain alcohol ban
November 17, 2005
West Virginia is doing away with high-proof grain alcohol, citing safety concerns raised by college officials and others.
Mulching part of winterizing garden
November 17, 2005
The near-record temperatures last week and gusty breezes that continue to blow many of the fallen leaves around this weekend, followed by icy rain with the chance of snow, remind us that the only thing predictable about November weather is that it is unpredictable. And with many fall gardening chores needing to be completed before Old Man Winter arrives, avid gardeners are hurrying to prepare for the oncoming cold weather. Here are a few suggestions and tips to help you put your flower beds and vegetable gardens to bed for a long winter’s nap:
Embracing bats in the garden
November 17, 2005
Bats. They conjure up images of moonless nights and howling coyotes, with the unknown waiting to swoop down and peck out your eyes as you turn into the alley.
Have a relatively stress-free holiday
Don’t let family dynamics bend you out of shape this season
November 17, 2005
The temperature’s dropping, and your blood pressure’s rising. The mere thought of planning meals, picking out gifts, dodging traffic and, most of all, dealing with relatives might be enough to make you want to hop a plane to the tropics and skip holidays with the family altogether.
Red & Blue’ trite, even for politics
November 17, 2005
The documentary series “Red & Blue” (7 p.m., Discovery) follows families from different states with different attitudes as they swap locales and situations. The title and theme of the show are inspired by the political map of the United States reflected in the 2000 and 2004 elections.
Black lawn jockey to be moved inside
November 17, 2005
A black lawn jockey statue on display outside the Galena Mining & Historical Museum for more than 20 years will be moved inside the building after a complaint from a biracial couple.
Delta asks judge to void contract
November 17, 2005
Delta Air Lines Inc. asked a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge Wednesday to void its contract with Delta’s pilots’ union so the beleaguered airline can impose deep wage and benefit cuts and avoid further financial erosion.
Lower energy prices curb inflation’s rise
November 17, 2005
Inflation pressures bombarding consumers moderated significantly last month as energy prices retreated after hitting record highs in September.
Ford recalling vehicles from 2005 model year
November 17, 2005
Ford Motor Co. recalled 220,000 vehicles from the 2005 model year Wednesday amid fire worries from a battery cable rubbing against the frame and concern that a fuel tank strap could separate after tens of thousands of miles.
Commodities
November 17, 2005
Senate panel approves Bernanke as Fed chair
November 17, 2005
The Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday approved the nomination of Ben Bernanke to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, a position seen by many as the second-most influential job in the country.
Daily ticker
November 17, 2005
Lack of respect
November 17, 2005
To the editor: On Nov. 13 at about 4:30 p.m., my husband and a family friend were done cutting a cornfield for another family who was down sick.
Bad decision
November 17, 2005
To the editor: I am deeply troubled by the Kansas Board of Education’s recent actions that autocratically reject the definition of science as “the human activity of seeking natural explanations for what we observe in the world around us.”
Board approval
November 17, 2005
To the editor: I applaud the courage of the six on the board to offer a challenge to evolution.
Democrats need tax plan
November 17, 2005
A friend who works for the Service Employees International Union called the other day to alert me to a Web site her union has launched with the intriguing name “SinceSlicedBread.com.” The union, which recently broke away from the AFL-CIO to pursue its own liberal agenda, has invited the public to submit ideas for innovations in policy that might fuel productive political debate.
Old home town - 100 years ago
November 17, 2005
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 17, 1905: There is a strong possibility that the Kansas-Haskell football game may be called off.
Old home town - 25 years ago
November 17, 2005
Gov. John Carlin complimented state agencies for holding the line on their budget requests for the next fiscal year but hedged on questions about whether Kansans faced possible tax increases. Carlin had stressed that budgetary belt-tightening was vital and that emphasis would be on lower spending and greater efficiency in the coming budget.
Governments set to OK customs port
SmartPort president says $3M center likely to be approved by year’s end
November 17, 2005
Shipping American cars and electronics to Mexico may become much cheaper and faster early next year when the first Mexican customs facility in the United States opens in the heart of the Midwest.
alterNatives’ hammers down traditional stereotypes
November 17, 2005
“Everyone expects a Native play to have feathers and buckskin, but this is a modern play,” says Thunderbird Theatre director Pat Melody.
Patio furniture offers classic, popular look
November 17, 2005
Since the days of Mount Vernon and other stately colonial housing, special furniture has been made to be used on the porch. George Washington had all-wooden Windsor chairs made for his porch.
Public outcry over animal-cruelty cases growing
November 17, 2005
BTK didn’t just kill people. Wichita serial killer Dennis Rader admitted to police that before he ever started strangling humans, he killed dogs and cats, according to court records. That aspect of Rader’s case - combined with the public outcry about the torture of a puppy found burned and bound with wires in Wichita - has lent new momentum this year to efforts to pass a felony animal-cruelty law in Kansas.
Social conservatives could cost GOP
November 17, 2005
The storm-tossed and rudderless Republican Party should particularly ponder the vote last week in Dover, Pa., where all eight members of the school board seeking re-election were defeated. This expressed the community’s wholesome exasperation with the board’s campaign to insinuate religion, in the guise of “intelligent design” theory, into high school biology classes, beginning with a required proclamation that evolution “is not a fact.”
Students to perform ‘Treasure Island’
November 17, 2005
South Junior High School will stage “Treasure Island” this weekend at the school, 2734 La.
20 Q with Tom
J-W sports editor Tom Keegan asks and answers those toughies burning in the minds of KU fans
November 17, 2005
This afternoon is the final dress rehearsal, and starting Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse, the Kansas University men’s basketball team, so young and inexperienced, so talented and explosive, will begin answering the looming questions. Just how good can KU be?
Bus may link JCCC with KU’s main, Edwards campuses
November 17, 2005
A proposed bus route between Lawrence and Johnson County could be a precursor to “light rail” between Topeka and Kansas City, transportation officials said Wednesday.
Kansas’ Jackson ‘stung’ by suspension
November 17, 2005
Darnell Jackson showed up for weights in the morning, practice in the late afternoon and classes on Kansas University’s campus the hours in between on Wednesday.
911 call came from arson suspect’s home
Phone registered to ‘Rose, J.’ on dispatch log
November 17, 2005
One of the first calls to report a fire that killed three people at the Boardwalk Apartments last month originated from the apartment of the man authorities accuse of starting the blaze.
College loan debt swelling
November 17, 2005
In a recent report, the nonprofit College Board says we need to keep the rising cost of college in perspective.
Review: Play examines war’s effect on many fronts
November 17, 2005
In a collaboration of English Alternative Theatre and University Theatre, “An Army of One” opened in the William Inge Memorial Theatre this week. Written by recent KU graduate Zacory Boatright and directed by Paul Hough, the play examines the effect of post traumatic stress disorder on Josh Harrison, who has returned from the Iraq War.
Lawrence datebook
November 17, 2005
Mangino supportive of Snyder
November 17, 2005
Spending eight seasons absorbing knowledge under Bill Snyder, Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino became well aware of one of Snyder’s strongest traits.
Number of terror detainees passes 83,000
November 17, 2005
The United States has detained more than 83,000 foreigners in the four years of the war on terror, enough to nearly fill the NFL’s largest stadium.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
November 17, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.03 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Latest in leaf blowers: New tools help fight fallen foliage
November 17, 2005
I closed the last paper bag of leaves. It was No. 19 for the day. It was last Saturday afternoon and my yard finally looked green after six hours of work. I could see the new fall grass again.
Poll tracks college students’ political concerns, activism
November 17, 2005
Nearly half of U.S. college students claim to be politically active, although they participate more via consumer choices, the Internet and politically charged fashion than by working in campaigns.
Missouri attorney general: Abortion waiting law in effect after court ruling
November 17, 2005
Atty. Gen. Jay Nixon said Wednesday that Missouri’s 24-hour waiting period for abortions is in effect - at least temporarily - as a result of a federal appeals court decision that a preliminary injunction was too broad.
Kline won’t appeal ruling in gay sex case
November 17, 2005
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline says he won’t appeal a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that the state can’t punish underage sex more harshly if it involves homosexuals.
Donor fatigue
American charity and largesse do not constitute a bottomless pit and we need to take care of our own first.
November 17, 2005
While America is constantly barraged by criticism about what it does not do in tragic occurrences, such as the Asian tsunami and the earthquakes in Pakistan and India, more often than not, our government and our citizenry respond in heroic fashion to aid victims in disasters. Our record in this category long ago grew unparalleled in world history and we should be proud of that.
Horoscopes
November 17, 2005
For Thursday, Nov. 17
Soldiers: Infantry officer wouldn’t have OK’d killings
November 17, 2005
A young infantry officer was too concerned about the rules of engagement in Iraq to make the mistake of telling his men to kill innocent civilians, soldiers testified Wednesday.
Last call
After more than two decades driving, Missouri native Wallace hanging it up
November 17, 2005
The screaming female fan finally got the attention of her beloved NASCAR driver during a commercial break of the live broadcast of SPEED Channel’s Trackside at Texas Motor Speedway.
U.S. toll in Iraq rises by 6
November 17, 2005
Five U.S. Marines were killed in fighting with al-Qaida-led insurgents near the Syrian border and an Army soldier died of wounds suffered in Baghdad, making Wednesday the second deadliest day for American forces in Iraq this month.
French leaders, country caught in language barrier
November 17, 2005
The French place language at the center of their culture and their politics. But words have failed them in the nearly three weeks of urban violence that has scarred the country’s self-image.