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Jefferson, Leavenworth county residents urged to boil water
October 4, 2005
A “boil water” advisory was issued today by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for some residents in Jefferson and Leavenworth counties living near Stranger Creek.
Lawrence conservative picked to head education department
04:33 p.m., October 4, 2005 Updated 05:01 p.m.
A divided State Board of Education today selected conservative activist Bob Corkins to become education commissioner, the top position in the Kansas public school system.
Westar decries proposed rate decreases
October 4, 2005
TOPEKA - Westar Energy officials said proposals to decrease its rates would force the state’s largest electric provider to “struggle for mere survival.”
Temperatures heading into high 80s
October 4, 2005
If you love warm, summery weather, you can get outside and soak it up today. “I don’t think we’re going to make it into the 90s today, but definitely heading back into the 80s,” says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “It’s kind of sticky out there.”
Mythical strings
Daedalus charms Lied Center audience
October 4, 2005
A young and spirited Daedalus Quartet opened the Swarthout Chamber Music Series at the Lied Center Sunday afternoon. Making its only stop between the East and West coasts, this ensemble, formed five years ago, showed why Carnegie Hall chose it for the “Rising Stars” program of the European Concert Hall Organization.
Landlord’s penalty for discrimination still up in the air
October 4, 2005
A judge still hasn’t decided how much a landlord should pay for refusing to rent to an unmarried interracial couple in 2002, but attorneys for the couple said they thought it should be between $50,000 and $100,000.
Health Dept. to get whooping cough shot
October 4, 2005
A new whooping cough vaccine should be available at the Lawrence-Douglas Health Department in the next two weeks.
On the record
October 4, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
October 4, 2005
 
Landslides, floods strike Central America
October 4, 2005
Heavy rains triggered landslides that killed at least 31 people in El Salvador on Monday, while rising rivers forced the evacuation of dozens of people there and in neighboring Guatemala.
Illness at nursing home kills six, infects 79
October 4, 2005
An unknown respiratory illness has struck an Ontario nursing home, killing six elderly patients - including two announced Monday - and infecting at least 79 residents, employees and visitors.
Police storm parliament in protest
Officers complain they lack bullets in battle against Hamas
October 4, 2005
Dozens of disgruntled Palestinian police officers stormed the parliament building Monday, complaining they do not have enough firepower to confront Hamas, and legislators upset over the growing chaos demanded that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas reshuffle the Cabinet and fire his security chief.
Tour boat may have lacked required staff
October 4, 2005
A tour boat that capsized on a New York lake, killing 20 people, did not have the required number of crew members aboard, leading regulators to suspend licenses for all five vessels belonging to the company that operated the tour, officials said Monday.
Search for bodies in Louisiana concludes with death toll of 964
October 4, 2005
The search for Hurricane Katrina victims has ended in Louisiana with a death toll at 964, but more searches will be conducted only if someone reports seeing a body, a state official said Monday.
Grand jury re-indicts Tom DeLay
October 4, 2005
A Texas grand jury on Monday re-indicted Rep. Tom DeLay on charges of conspiring to launder money and money laundering after the former majority leader attacked last week’s indictment on technical grounds.
Plan to show rebel flag at memorial draws heat
October 4, 2005
An organizer of a planned memorial to honor Confederate soldiers who died at an Illinois prison camp says the rebel flag will be displayed at the memorial’s dedication, despite opposition.
Report: 59 soldiers washed away in typhoon
October 4, 2005
China said 59 of its soldiers were washed away by raging floodwaters sparked by Typhoon Longwang, and the country’s president has called for an all-out search, state media have reported.
Judge: Priest probably killed two people in 2002
October 4, 2005
A judge ruled Monday that a Roman Catholic priest who hanged himself in December almost certainly killed two people at a funeral home more than three years ago.
FBI criminal cases down by nearly half since 9-11
October 4, 2005
The FBI is investigating only about half the criminal cases it did before 9-11 because of its focus on stopping terrorist attacks.
Jayhawks return to Allen
October 4, 2005
Kansas University’s men’s basketball players worked out in Allen Fieldhouse on Monday for the first time since late last spring.
Lions’ West wins all-around crown
October 4, 2005
It was an all-around good night for Lawrence High gymnast Mallory West on Monday at Lawrence High. West finished in the top three in all four events - and won the floor exercise - en route to winning the all-around title with 36.15 points.
Poem tribute to ‘55 Series Game 7
Documentary to premier today based on McLouth resident’s ‘1955’
October 4, 2005
McLouth resident Jim Crawford doesn’t have any trouble remembering what he was doing 50 years ago today: collecting 50 cents from big sister Judie.
A special player
Despite offensive prowess, Cornish won’t be removed from kicking teams
October 4, 2005
Jon Cornish may be Kansas University’s best bet for an explosive playmaker on offense.
Kansas-Oklahoma to air live on TBS
October 4, 2005
Kansas University’s Oct. 15 football game with Oklahoma at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., will start at 6 p.m. and be televised on TBS (Sunflower Broadband channel 10).
Perry tourney scrapped
October 4, 2005
Saturday’s Crappie USA qualifying tournament and Kids Fishing Rodeo at Perry Lake have been canceled due to flooding.
KU women’s golf in second place
October 4, 2005
Kansas University’s women’s golf team was in second place after the first two rounds Monday of the ORU Shootout.
J-W’s Keegan ‘kreamed’ again
October 4, 2005
Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan was kreamed again in last week’s pick-em contest.
Doubles best bet for FSHS
October 4, 2005
Free State High girls tennis coach Jon Renberger is flying blind. The Sunflower League tournament starts today, and the Firebirds haven’t played four of the five Shawnee Mission schools.
Kansas high school gymnastics scores for Oct. 3
October 4, 2005
 
Rogers suspended
October 4, 2005
Detroit Lions receiver Charles Rogers will be suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
Chiefs assistant Verduzco maced
October 4, 2005
Police sprayed Mace on Kansas City Chiefs tight ends coach Jason Verduzco before Sunday’s loss to the Eagles after he became combative when he wasn’t allowed to turn into the stadium entrance he said he normally uses.
Carolina clips Packers, 32-29
Favre’s four TD passes not enough as Green Bay falls to 0-4 for first time since 1988
October 4, 2005
Brett Favre stood alone at midfield, watching in frustrated disbelief as the Carolina Panthers celebrated the end of his improbable rally. It was vintage Favre, but despite his best efforts, the Green Bay Packers are off to their worst start in 17 years.
Falcons’ QB suffers mild sprain
October 4, 2005
Michael Vick is expected to start against New England this week after an MRI confirmed Monday that he did not seriously injure his right knee Sunday in Atlanta’s victory over Minnesota.
K.C. left to ‘re-evaluate’ problems
Players, coaches wonder what went wrong versus Eagles
October 4, 2005
The day after, everybody was still blinking their eyes and wondering how in the world this happened. How could the Kansas City Chiefs, with what they believe is one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL, let an 18-point lead dissolve into a 37-31 loss?
Baseball’s postseason ready to roll
October 4, 2005
Trying to end an 88-year championship drought, the White Sox need only look across the field to find hope. After all, the Red Sox finally won it all. Why not Chicago?
No denying it: 2005 Royals were bad
Kansas City wraps up dismal season with 106 losses, worst in franchise history
October 4, 2005
Being a laughingstock, the Kansas City Royals naturally spawned plenty of jokes. Some of the best ones even made the late-night comedy shows and brought a chuckle to Allard Baird, who found laughs hard to come by as general manager of the worst team in the majors.
Trammell sent packing by Tigers
Leyland likely choice to take over in Detroit
October 4, 2005
Soon after Alan Trammell was fired Monday morning as manager of the Detroit Tigers, Jim Leyland was en route to the Motor City as the leading candidate to replace him.
Million-dollar Medicaid mistake turns into partisan battle
October 4, 2005
A $1 million Medicaid payment to a southeast Kansas pharmacist for a bottle of eardrops erupted Monday into a political fight.
Area law experts applaud Supreme Court choice
October 4, 2005
A lot has been - and will be - made of the fact that President Bush’s latest U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Harriet Miers, has never been a judge. That doesn’t bother Steve McAllister, former dean at Kansas University’s School of Law.
Bush names loyal insider for high court
Harriet Miers untested on bench, unknown quantity on abortion
October 4, 2005
President Bush named White House counsel Harriet Miers to a Supreme Court in transition Monday, turning to a longtime loyalist with no experience as a judge and scant public record on abortion to succeed Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
High court considers Kansas fuel tax case
October 4, 2005
The Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments in a Kansas case involving the power of states to tax fuel sold on Indian reservations, a source of increasing conflict as more retailers thrive on tribal lands.
Roberts sworn in, hears arguments
October 4, 2005
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. raised his right hand Monday morning and pledged to “do equal right to the poor and to the rich” in a formal ceremony attended by President Bush, Cabinet members, senators and his family and friends.
KU collection to get new home
Massive mammal move afoot
October 4, 2005
One of the North America’s largest mammal collections is moving. The Kansas University Natural History Museum is transferring its mammalogy division out of Dyche Hall on Mount Oread and into the old Printing Services building on west campus.
Church’s request for expansion considered
October 4, 2005
Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday will consider a request from the Hesper Friends Church in the Eudora Township to expand its building.
Anti-recruiting group to rally on campus
October 4, 2005
A Lawrence group protesting military recruitment will hold a rally at Wescoe Beach on the Kansas University campus at 12:20 p.m. today to read a statement about abuse of Iraqi prisoners.
Foundation begins fundraising drive
October 4, 2005
Lawrence Schools Foundation’s annual fundraising drive is under way.
Pump patrol
October 4, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.79 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Survey: Consumers off mark when deciding who needs life insurance
October 4, 2005
Does Spider-Man need life insurance? What about Batman? Think I’m being silly? Perhaps, but clearly lots of folks aren’t so clear about who needs life insurance.
Construction spending climbs to record high
October 4, 2005
Construction spending climbed to a record high in August, helped by a renewed boom in housing. Even bigger gains are expected in coming months, spurred by the massive rebuilding required in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
4-H Forever
As organization turns 100, Douglas County club members tout the benefits of belonging
October 4, 2005
Membership in 4-H is not just about cows, crafts and cooking. It’s also about making friendships, helping the community and becoming a leader.
All Jacked Up’ knock-out follow-up for Wilson
October 4, 2005
Fans of Gretchen Wilson’s chart-topping 2004 debut album, “Here for the Party,” might have braced for a letdown with her latest, “All Jacked Up.”
Lionel Richie named headline act of Barbados Jazz Festival
October 4, 2005
Lionel Richie will be the headline act at next year’s Barbados Jazz Festival, organizer Gilbert Rowe said Sunday.
Mayor says it’s time to repay Little Richard’s generosity
October 4, 2005
Concertgoers won’t have to pay for a Little Richard concert in the singer’s hometown. But who will?
Hefner claims Puritan roots
October 4, 2005
Hugh Hefner, king of the Playboy empire, says he had to reinvent his identity to leave his Puritan roots behind.
Clooney takes on politics both on, off big screen
October 4, 2005
George Clooney is mad that “liberal” has become a dirty word.
Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage, wife welcome ‘super’ baby boy
October 4, 2005
Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage is a new father.
Pitt, Aniston estate for sale
October 4, 2005
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, whose marriage officially ended this weekend, have put their $28 million mansion up for sale.
Celebrity birthdays
October 4, 2005
Actor Charlton Heston is 82. Author Anne Rice is 64. Actress Susan Sarandon is 59. Producer Russell Simmons is 48. Singer Jon Secada is 44. Actor Liev Schreiber is 38. Actress Alicia Silverstone is 29.
Study: Hollywood may be too hot for your health
October 4, 2005
Hollywood might be bad for your health, according to a new study, which concludes that blockbuster movies paint a consequence-free view of sex and drugs.
Free housing lots boost population of small town
Land giveaway program leads to nearly 20 percent increase
October 4, 2005
This central Kansas community’s offer of free land for those willing to build houses is starting to pay off.
KU pharmacy school may open Wichita branch
October 4, 2005
Kansas University’s School of Pharmacy is considering opening a satellite pharmacy program in Wichita.
2nd bill would keep BTK out of national cemetery
October 4, 2005
Kansas Sens. Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback introduced a bill in the Senate on Monday to keep anyone convicted of a capital offense - including BTK serial killer Dennis Rader - from being buried in a national cemetery.
Tree concern
October 4, 2005
To the editor: Kansas, not known for its vast numbers of trees, should consider protecting the few that are here. In fact, it is obvious that unnecessary annihilation of trees is commonly accepted.
Adoption kudos
October 4, 2005
To the editor: Cindy Barclay is very elegant in her expression of gratitude to her birth mother (Journal-World, Oct. 1).
Risk factors
October 4, 2005
To the editor: This letter is in response to a letter that appeared in the Friday, Sept. 23, edition titled “Vaccine hazard.” As parents, we would like to express our concern for the serious complications of the writer’s son’s illness.
Septembers carry important lessons
October 4, 2005
In September 2001, a band of Islamists hijacked four planes, rode the winds and changed America. In September 2005, natural forces of wind and rain flooded America. Which September disaster ultimately was more important?
Outstanding association
Kansas University Endowment Association has provided the university with many assets, including land.
October 4, 2005
The foresight and generosity of former Kansas University Endowment Association officers, trustees and contributors continue to pay off in so many positive ways for the university.
Disaster can’t penetrate human soul
October 4, 2005
One thing that poor whites and blacks shared in the segregated South of my childhood was a talent for romanticizing misery in music and in word. Maybe we got good at it because we had so many chances to practice.
Lawrence student wins poetry award
October 4, 2005
Eric Palmquist, a seventh-grader at Central Junior High School, has been named one of the top 10 winners in his age division for a national poetry contest.
In the Halls
October 4, 2005
What were your Homecoming plans?
KU symphony performing Friday
October 4, 2005
The Kansas University Symphony Orchestra begins its season Friday with a performance at the Lied Center.
KU Youth Chorus seeking participants
October 4, 2005
Kansas University’s music and dance department has organized a youth chorus and is seeking fourth- through seventh-graders to join.
Best Bets
October 4, 2005
 
Lawrence doctor relocates to LaCygne
October 4, 2005
After 15 years in Lawrence, Dr. Thomas Fulbright has closed his practice to accept a position with a medical clinic in LaCygne. Fulbright said his decision to leave Lawrence wasn’t easy.
Oil prices fall as refinery restarts
Analysts don’t expect sharp decline in costs as output still lags
October 4, 2005
Energy futures retreated Monday after power was restored to a large refinery in Texas and the Bush administration said it was, in principle, prepared to tap an emergency supply of heating oil in the Northeast.
NBA bumps golf association’s annual show
Hurricane Katrina, All-Star events send Lawrence-based group’s premier event to Atlanta
October 4, 2005
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America is taking its soft spikes, lawn mowers and $25 million in spending to Atlanta in February, after plans to relocate the organization’s annual conference to Houston fell through.
R.H. Donnelley buying more yellow pages
October 4, 2005
R.H. Donnelley Corp. said Monday it is buying its larger rival Dex Media Inc. for $4.2 billion, creating the country’s third-largest yellow pages company.
SUV sales slow
October 4, 2005
Sales of sport utility vehicles took a dive in September, dragging down U.S. automakers who already were expecting a consumer payback after a summer of employee-pricing discounts. Asian brands, which didn’t offer employee discounts, felt less pain.
Commodities
October 4, 2005
 
OU’s Peterson ailing
October 4, 2005
Tailback Adrian Peterson sat out of Oklahoma’s practice Monday because of a right ankle injury, but coach Bob Stoops hopes Peterson will be able to return in time for the Sooners’ game Saturday against No. 2 Texas.
An uneasy codependence
October 4, 2005
Having just returned from 10 days of travel through the booming eastern cities of China, one nagging question buzzes inside my head. Can we live with China as it moves to become a great power?
Edwards helps Twisters defeat the Chops for second win of season
October 4, 2005
Without running back Tony Edwards the fourth-and fifth-grade Twisters might not have scored any points against the Chops. Edwards scored two touchdowns to help his team defeat the Chops 15-6 Sunday at Youth Sports Inc.
Oil minister escapes assassination attempt
October 4, 2005
With snipers on rooftops and helicopters hovering overhead, U.S. forces clashed with insurgent fighters Monday while searching homes in a town near the Syrian border.
Lions seeking confidence boost
October 4, 2005
On paper, today’s second round of the Sunflower League girls golf tournament won’t dictate whether Lawrence High finds a spot in this year’s state field.
Receding water shows depths of destruction
Damage assessment not yet complete, but roads obviously in bad shape
October 4, 2005
As flood waters rapidly receded Monday throughout Northeast Kansas counties hit hard by heavy weekend rain, it was time to assess the damage.
Judge: Education amendment would stifle state courts
October 4, 2005
The state’s legal system is threatened by a proposed constitutional amendment to keep judges from ordering funding increases for education, a controversial judge said Monday.
Commentary: Baylor’s Bears no longer docile foes
Big 12 Conference’s football doormat bounces back, gives A&M scare in College Station
October 4, 2005
There was a time when taking Texas A&M to overtime would have been cause for celebration around Baylor. Just getting close to the Aggies would have been considered progress.
Kruse avoids prison time
Teachers union blamed for lack of oversight in embezzlement case
October 4, 2005
The former head of Lawrence’s teachers union won’t spend time behind bars for embezzling nearly $100,000 in union dues.
Hartford to cut rates for some with cancer
October 4, 2005
The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. is cutting life insurance rates for some women with breast cancer, citing improved treatment and research that is helping more women survive the disease.
Double Take: Date-rape drugs still pose threat
October 4, 2005
We have discussed the problem of date rape in this column before. Unfortunately, we are now seeing a significant increase in the incidence of this problem, both in the high school and area college populations.
Drama juggles work, family, cliches
October 4, 2005
During the first couple of minutes of “Close to Home” (9 p.m., CBS), we’re shown a good-looking mother with her adorable baby, then a slow-motion view of fire trucks racing past idyllic neighborhoods on their way to a horrific conflagration.
Cardinal reaffirms celibacy, divorce rules
October 4, 2005
A senior cardinal on Monday reaffirmed the celibacy rule for priests and played down the shortage that has left many churches without clergymen to celebrate Mass, saying at the start of a meeting of the world’s bishops that access to the Eucharist was a gift, not a right for Catholics.
EU opens membership talks with Turkey
October 4, 2005
The European Union opened membership talks with Turkey early Tuesday - a historic first step that would transform the bloc by taking in a predominantly Muslim nation and expanding its borders to Asia and the Middle East.
Woodling: LHS-OS best game in state
October 4, 2005
Anytime Kansas University and Kansas State clash in anything - even tiddlywinks - it’s a big deal in the Sunflower State. That includes, of course, Saturday’s football game in Manhattan.
Douglas County wants to test synthetic blood
October 4, 2005
Synthetic blood may be on its way to ambulances serving Douglas County. Officials with Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical have approved their participation in a clinical trial that would use the product to treat critically injured trauma victims.
Cell phone use may soon be curbed
October 4, 2005
Members of the city’s Traffic Safety Commission on Monday unanimously agreed to have the city’s legal department draft an ordinance to ban drivers from using cell phones in Lawrence.
Food pyramid game makes eating right a blast
Activity’s focus for children ages 6 to 11
October 4, 2005
The federal government is hoping to help kids blast off to better eating habits with an online game and a food pyramid created just for 6- to 11-year-olds.
Sumptuous recipes on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’ delicious for autumn meals
October 4, 2005
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Autumn Menu: Recipes to Fall For.” Host Jayni Carey will prepare the recipes that follow, along with a Sauteed Zucchini with Garlic and Thyme.
Artist to speak at KU
October 4, 2005
Kansas University’s Visiting Artist Series opens this year with Rockne Krebs, a light artist and sculptor, who will give a lecture Thursday.
Horoscopes
October 4, 2005