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Iraq reservists welcomed home
October 7, 2005
About 50 friends and family members welcomed home 16 Lawrence-based army reservists Friday afternoon at the US Army Reserve Center. The troops served with a unit of about 60 reservists in Kuwait.
Jayhawks to face Wildcats
October 7, 2005
The Governor’s Cup will be back up for grabs Saturday as Kansas takes on Kansas State in Manhattan. KU holds a 62-35 advantage over K-State. However, the Wildcats have dominated the series since 1991, winning 11 times and losing only one game.
Ravens escape Firebirds
October 7, 2005
Missing an extra point cost Free State High the game Friday against Olathe Northwest. The Ravens beat the Firebirds, 36-35.
Cardinals still undefeated
October 7, 2005
The Eudora Cardinals remained undefeated Friday after beating the De Soto Wildcats, 39-24, Friday at Laws Field. The Cardinals are 6-0 in the season.
Kaws shut out Pirates
October 7, 2005
Perry-Lecompton stomped Piper, 38-0, Friday in Perry.
Tonganoxie continues to roll
October 7, 2005
The Chieftains took out the Bobcats, 24-3, Friday at Basehor-Linwood. Tonganoxie is 5-1 in the season.
18 injured in overnight apartment blaze
Witness says ‘it was raining pinecones of fire’
10:44 a.m., October 7, 2005 Updated 03:37 p.m.
At least 15 people and perhaps as many as 25 were seen at Lawrence Memorial Hospital as a result of the early morning fire at Boardwalk Apartments in the 500 block of Fireside Drive.
Cool weekend for football
07:50 a.m., October 7, 2005 Updated 04:21 p.m.
If you’re headed out to a high school football game this evening, dress warmly. Temperatures will start falling into the 40s overnight, with the low bottoming out at 33 degrees by early Saturday morning.
Fire destroys apartment building
17 people injured in blaze; two helicoptered to K.C. hospitals
01:35 a.m., October 7, 2005 Updated 05:13 a.m.
A massive fire “totally destroyed” a 76-unit Lawrence apartment building early Friday morning, injuring 17 people - including two who were taken by helicopter to Kansas City hospitals.
Preschool programs get boost
Grant slated for reading
October 7, 2005
A big new federal grant will help local agencies better teach young children to read.
Homolka bucks upbringing
October 7, 2005
Cullen Homolka played football at Claflin High, where the school colors are purple and white and the official emblem is the Powercat. Just like at Kansas State.
Barmann will start Saturday
October 7, 2005
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino announced during his weekly radio show Thursday that Adam Barmann would start at quarterback against Kansas State on Saturday.
Kansas high school cross country scores for Oct. 6
October 7, 2005
 
Company settles suits with 19 popcorn plant workers
October 7, 2005
A butter flavoring manufacturer ordered to pay more than $53 million in damages to employees of a southwest Missouri popcorn plant who blamed the product for lung disease has settled with 19 other plaintiffs.
Lawrence Datebook
October 7, 2005
 
New justice won’t face retention vote next year
Timing of swearing-in bothers some legislators
October 7, 2005
The Kansas Supreme Court’s newest justice won’t be sworn in until Nov. 18, guaranteeing he won’t face voters next year amid ongoing criticism that the court is out of touch.
Dozens of bodies recovered from Central American landslide
October 7, 2005
Rescue workers in Guatemala pulled at least 40 bodies from a massive mudslide and found 20 more dead in a swollen river Thursday, officials said, raising to at least 236 the number of people killed from five days of pounding rains in Central America and Mexico.
Brilliant strategy?
October 7, 2005
To the editor: After a long, gut-wrenching confirmation process, the nomination of Harriet Miers is defeated by a bipartisan vote in the Senate.
Economic integration is key
October 7, 2005
For the last five years, officials of the sprawling Wake County school district in central North Carolina did what Americans generally don’t like to do: recognize the influential role that class plays in educational achievement.
Hot Properties’ will leave you cold
October 7, 2005
Whenever I’m faced with a sitcom misfire like “Hot Properties” (8:30 p.m., ABC), I’m forced to wonder about the process that created it.
Free State focused on stopping run
October 7, 2005
It will not be an easy task for the Free State High football team tonight as it visits Olathe Northwest at the Olathe District Activities Center.
Bars rule game day
Dining runs gamut in Little Apple
October 7, 2005
Dining in Manhattan ranges from upscale and classy to down-home and funky.
Tough trip awaits Patriots
October 7, 2005
Nothing is easy for the New England Patriots this season. Fresh off their 41-17 loss to San Diego, their first home defeat in 22 games, they go to Atlanta to face yet another elite team. In fact, counting a trip to Denver next week, that will be four straight games against playoff teams from last season.
Dress code draws mixed reviews
NBA commissioner Stern supports policy that would require players to wear suits or sports coats
October 7, 2005
If NBA players are “dressed to the nines” this season, there will be a good reason for it. Commissioner David Stern has given solid backing to a league-wide dress code that is expected to be issued before the start of the season next month.
Police: Body may be abandoned girl’s mom
October 7, 2005
Police said they believe a body recovered at a Pennsylvania landfill Thursday is the mother of a 4-year-old girl found abandoned and barefoot on a city street after dark.
Bruce Springsteen plays Katrina benefit concert
October 7, 2005
Bruce Springsteen chipped in for hurricane relief efforts, playing a benefit concert in the Jersey shore city famously associated with him.
Celebrity birthdays
October 7, 2005
TV personality Simon Cowell (“American Idol”) is 46. Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is 74. Singer John Mellencamp is 54. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is 50. Gospel singer Michael W. Smith is 48.
Tribe to consider other venues for Wichita casino
Referendum still on hold
October 7, 2005
An Indian tribe that wanted to build a casino in suburban Wichita is looking for other locations as Sedgwick County commissioners continue to put off a referendum on the project.
Lax enforcement
October 7, 2005
To the editor: It has come to my attention in recent months that there seems to be a relaxed standard between some city-county officials and contractors.
Rookie McCann lifts Atlanta
Smoltz wins battle with Clemens to even series
October 7, 2005
The Rocket got rocked by the rookie. Then, while Roger Clemens shuffled uncomfortably on the mound, Brian McCann emerged from the Atlanta Braves dugout for a most unexpected curtain call.
Killer who claimed rap music influence executed
October 7, 2005
A man was executed Thursday for killing a Texas state trooper in 1992, a slaying his trial attorneys had argued was prompted by anti-police rap music.
Starting salary
October 7, 2005
To the editor: Since Bob Corkins has no experience for the job to which he has been selected - education commissioner - he should be offered, at most, a beginning educator’s salary.
Bush facing a second-term slump
October 7, 2005
Troubled second terms are a fact of presidential life. No modern chief executive has escaped.
Horoscopes
October 7, 2005
 
Kream Keegan: Former player has Joe Pa’s back
October 7, 2005
Co-hosting a radio show in New York a year ago, I told our guest, former Penn State linebacker Greg Buttle, that I thought Joe Paterno ought to be fired.
Arts & Entertainment Calendar
October 7, 2005
 
This Weekend’s Highlights
October 7, 2005
 
Family album
Former rocker Dan Zanes turns to music the entire household can enjoy
October 7, 2005
If you don’t know who Dan Zanes is, chances are your kids do. The former Del Fuegos frontman has undergone a career rebirth by immersing himself in “age-desegregated folk music.” In layman’s terms, that means songs that children love but adults can equally enjoy.
Two for the Money’ makes bet it can’t cover
October 7, 2005
“Two for the Money” offers up the perverse pleasure in watching that growling old cat Al Pacino toy with poor, overmatched mouse Matt McConaughey for two hours.
Tough act to follow
KU student to share stage with American theater giant
October 7, 2005
Among theater aficionados, Edward Albee is a hero. He’s the rare contemporary American playwright who supports himself writing exclusively for the stage. And he sticks to his guns, creating surreal, avant-garde works in spite of sometimes skeptical critics.
Famed author takes on Kansas
Rushdie bemoans role of religion in public life
October 7, 2005
Citizens of the world should be concerned about religious extremism whether it’s in Iran or America, says author Salman Rushdie, who was once marked for death by Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini.
Museum director: Public confused about science
October 7, 2005
Kansas educators have done a bad job explaining science and its benefit to the public, the director of Kansas University’s Natural History Museum said Thursday.
Township residents eager for roads
Property taxes to pay for improvements
October 7, 2005
Douglas County resident Elsie Hunsinger said she knew her taxes would increase because of Wakarusa Township’s goal to pave as many gravel roads as possible.
KU’s dean of libraries to retire
October 7, 2005
Now might be the time to move if you want to be in the top brass of Kansas University. The announcement Thursday that Stella Bentley, dean of libraries, will retire raised the total number of high-profile administrative vacancies to six.
Elevator in compliance with air quality laws
October 7, 2005
An East Lawrence grain elevator might be showering corn dust on its neighbors, but state officials said Thursday the facility complied with state air quality laws.
Ceremony to honor 20 returning reservists
October 7, 2005
A ceremony at 4 p.m. today will honor 20 reservists who served in Kuwait in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pump patrol
October 7, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.67 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Lions finally enjoy some icing
October 7, 2005
After watching the Lawrence High girls volleyball team celebrate Thursday night following a sweep of its home triangular, one would have thought the Lions just won the state title.
Inconsistent play hampers Firebirds
October 7, 2005
Free State High won just one of its three matches Thursday night in a quadrangular that featured the Firebirds, Shawnee Mission East, Pembroke Hill and Olathe Northwest.
Falcons go deep
Big plays difference as Lions suffer first loss
October 7, 2005
Scott Penny couldn’t know it at the time, but the Lawrence High senior linebacker was prescient. “We came in at halftime,” Penny recalled, “and I said it’ll be decided by big plays. Then they made two big plays, and that’s the game.”
Keegan: Reading between the lines
October 7, 2005
Football coaches guard secrets as somberly as those joyless mannequins watching over Buckingham Palace, so educated guesses are required to determine what’s really going on.
Area football capsules
October 7, 2005
Kickoff for all games is 7 p.m.
Coaching gaffes don’t hurt Lions
October 7, 2005
Lawrence High football coach Dirk Wedd conceded he made two sideline mistakes in the Lions’ 14-0 loss to Olathe South on Thursday night.
De Soto, Eudora ready for rumble
October 7, 2005
De Soto High football coach Brad Scott has done an impressive job this week of positioning his team as the underdog heading into tonight’s rivalry showdown with Eudora.
Kansas soccer to play host to OSU, Oklahoma
October 7, 2005
Kansas University’s soccer team will play host to the resurgent Oklahoma schools this weekend.
GCCC coach Sabath joins KU baseball staff
October 7, 2005
Kansas University’s baseball team has hired as an assistant coach Rick Sabath, head coach at Garden City Community College the past three seasons.
Late stop helps N.C. State spring upset
October 7, 2005
Jay Davis and Brian Clark connected on touchdown passes of 80 and 40 yards, but North Carolina State’s biggest catch in the end zone was made by a defensive player in the final minute.
Eudora girls win invite
October 7, 2005
Eudora High’s Brittney Graff and Megan Ballock placed 1-2 individually, pacing the Cardinals to a team victory at the Eudora Cross Country Invitational on Thursday.
Seabury, EHS battle to tie in soccer, 1-all
October 7, 2005
Seabury Academy spent most of its high school soccer game Thursday playing catch-up against Eudora High.
LHS soccer routed, 7-1
October 7, 2005
Lawrence High’s soccer game Thursday against Shawnee Mission North was summed up late in the second half by an LHS fan: “I want to leave, but I’ve got a kid playing.”
Big Unit’s assignment is to get Yankees ‘over the top’
October 7, 2005
Randy Johnson knows his mission: Win and nothing else.
Down 2-0, Red Sox have history on their side
October 7, 2005
For once, the Boston Red Sox have history on their side.
Montgomerie fires 64
Scot stays hot, leads American Express
October 7, 2005
Coming off his first victory in 19 months, Colin Montgomerie appears hungry for more.
Firefighters gain ground, brace for possible winds
October 7, 2005
A wildfire that swept across more than 6,400 acres in a rural area east of Los Angeles was expected to be contained by the weekend, officials said Thursday.
Body of missing student positively identified
October 7, 2005
Investigators said Thursday they identified the body of a Virginia Commonwealth University freshman who had been missing for a month.
Official: Hurricane tab will be less than $150B
October 7, 2005
The federal government’s tab for hurricane relief and rebuilding efforts is likely to come to less than $150 billion, Congress’ top budget analyst said Thursday, an amount significantly less than original guesstimates tossed about in the immediate aftermath of the disaster.
Merck: Cervical cancer vaccine 100 percent effective
October 7, 2005
An experimental vaccine to prevent the most common forms of cervical cancer proved 100 percent effective in a two-year test on more than 10,000 girls and women, drug maker Merck & Co. says.
Rove to give more testimony in CIA leak case
October 7, 2005
Presidential confidant Karl Rove will testify for a fourth time before the federal grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA officer’s identity even though prosecutors have warned they can no longer guarantee he will escape indictment, lawyers said Thursday.
Officials reveal plot to attack subway system
October 7, 2005
A terrorist plot to attack the subways with bomb-laden baby carriages and briefcases - the most specific threat ever made against the city - triggered a massive security crackdown Thursday.
Bush presses vaccine makers to prepare for flu
October 7, 2005
President Bush summoned vaccine manufacturers to a White House meeting Friday, hoping to personally boost the rickety industry amid increasing fears of an outbreak of bird flu.
Tropical Storm Tammy brings flooding to Georgia
October 7, 2005
Tropical Storm Tammy turned subdivisions into lagoons and soaked this port city with more than 4 inches of rain before weakening to a tropical depression Thursday.
Salt Creek tiger beetle goes on endangered list
October 7, 2005
The rarest insect in Nebraska is now on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s endangered species list.
Synthetic blood meeting to be held Monday
October 7, 2005
A public meeting to discuss the proposed clinical trial for PolyHeme, a synthetic blood product designed for use in trauma patients, has been set for 7 p.m. Monday in Kansas University’s Memorial Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd.
Balloonist describes crash
Kansas downdraft caused team to become entangled in power lines
October 7, 2005
Balloonist Richard Abruzzo says the flight that ended with a crash that shattered his forearm and broke his pelvis was going well until he and his co-pilot were caught in a downdraft in Kansas.
On the record
October 7, 2005
 
Citizens receive first copies of proposed constitution
October 7, 2005
Residents of one of Baghdad’s most insurgent-hit neighborhoods received copies of Iraq’s draft constitution Thursday, though some refused to take it and some shopkeepers balked at passing it out, fearing reprisals by militants determined to wreck the crucial Oct. 15 referendum.
Firefighters go to aid hurricane recovery
October 7, 2005
Fifteen firefighters from the Topeka and the Kansas City areas left Wednesday for Mississippi to assist with Hurricane Katrina recovery, according to the Kansas Adjutant General’s Department.
Wallace & Gromit’ molded from uncommon clay
October 7, 2005
Forget Lassie or Benji or Toto. Gromit is the most reliable canine sidekick of all time. He can cook, do construction work, drive cars, pilot planes. And he’s particularly good at rescuing his owner, Wallace, from tricky, possibly life-threatening jams.
Controversial ‘CSA’ film snags theatrical release
October 7, 2005
Lawrence filmmaker Kevin Willmott has spent the last month barnstorming Southern states to promote - and occasionally defend - the upcoming release of “CSA: The Confederate States of America.”
Baker University to host blood drive
October 7, 2005
Lawrence Community Blood Center will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Baker University in Baldwin. The drive will be in Mabee Gym, 524 Sixth St.
Professor won’t attend holiday protest
October 7, 2005
Embattled professor Ward Churchill said he would not participate in this year’s protest of the Columbus Day parade, saying his presence might be distracting.
Sides of Newton couple revealed to jury
Defense says nude therapy sessions were intended to remove shock value, body shame
October 7, 2005
When deputies showed up in November 1999 at a farm near Potwin to investigate suspicious activity, they saw two men wearing only sneakers pulling nails out of a pile of lumber, the deputies testified Thursday.
ViaGen hopes to beef up profits with cloned foods
Company’s plan on FDA’s menu
October 7, 2005
About 80 miles east of Austin, out where the fire ants bite and men still doff their baseball hats when greeting women, 20 cows pregnant with calves cloned by ViaGen Inc. have just arrived.
Creatures featured in October film series
October 7, 2005
Monsters will hiss, howl and roar Friday evenings in October at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., as four classic Universal Studios monster movies are screened.
Sentencing delayed for woman who killed husband, pending testimony
October 7, 2005
A woman found guilty earlier this year of beating her husband to death is expected to testify against another defendant in the 23-year-old killing.
Reputed IRA chief target of anti-racketeering raids
October 7, 2005
Detectives raided businesses and homes in England and Ireland on Thursday in hopes of discovering a paper trail that could lead to the reputed chief of the Irish Republican Army.
Leaders meet to discuss battle for chancellery
October 7, 2005
The nearly three-week battle of wills came down to a face-to-face meeting: Gerhard Schroeder and reform-minded challenger Angela Merkel sat down Thursday to negotiate who should be Germany’s next chancellor, amid signs their parties will join in a “grand coalition.”
Blair: Iranian involvement suspected in Iraq attacks
October 7, 2005
Prime Minister Tony Blair warned Iran on Thursday not to meddle in Iraq after declaring that explosive devices that have killed U.S.-led troops were similar to those used by the Iranian-linked militant group Hezbollah.
Police: Restaurants were warned of possible attack
October 7, 2005
Restaurants on a Bali beach hit by terrorists were warned a month ago that they could be targets after the discovery of a partially made bomb at a nearby hotel, but village leaders delayed plans to bolster security, an official said Thursday.
Nursing home illness identified
Legionnaires’ disease likely cause of 16 deaths, officials say
October 7, 2005
Toronto health officials on Thursday said Legionnaires’ disease was likely the cause of 16 deaths at a Toronto nursing home and, while relieved they had found the culprit, warned more deaths were possible before the bacteria was fully contained.
Women’s rights worker among first Afghan election winners
October 7, 2005
A 27-year-old woman who is a defiant critic of Afghanistan’s powerful warlords won one of the first seats declared Thursday in provisional results from landmark parliamentary elections, a key step in the nation’s transition to democracy.
Few social-issue anthems make it to the airwaves
October 7, 2005
Where have all the anthems gone? In times of war, tragedy and turmoil, many hit songs have eloquently expressed a collective angst.
Bush: At least 10 terror plots foiled
October 7, 2005
President Bush said Thursday that the United States and its allies have thwarted at least 10 serious terrorist plots by al-Qaida - three of them on American soil - and have blocked five attempts to case targets or infiltrate the country since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Latin Grammy performers, presenters announced
October 7, 2005
Bebe, Intocable, La Ley and Laura Pausini will perform at the Latin Grammy Awards in Los Angeles next month.
Tea Leoni visits Vietnam as goodwill ambassador
October 7, 2005
Tea Leoni visited young Vietnamese at a support center for people who are HIV-positive, promoting AIDS awareness in a country where infection rates are rising.
Melissa Etheridge shares cancer battle with students
October 7, 2005
The 300 UCLA cancer biology students shifted in their seats as they waited for class to begin. Then came a loud knock on the door and in walked a surprise guest professor: Melissa Etheridge.
Royal newlyweds schedule first date at White House
October 7, 2005
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will make their first visit to the White House since their marriage, officials announced Thursday.
Design dogma
October 7, 2005
To the editor: The editorial page of Sunday’s Journal-World posed an interesting point-counterpoint.
A disservice
October 7, 2005
To the editor: Saturday’s column critical of Kansas University Provost David Shulenburger was a disservice to honest journalism and a good man.
Top administrator
October 7, 2005
To the editor: Thank you, David Shulenburger! What an odd column about the position change of one of the top administrators in this country!
Enough waste
October 7, 2005
To the editor: And all this time I was concerned that the federal government was the big brother I needed to be on guard against.
Best Bets
October 7, 2005
 
Consumers shop at discounters, avoid malls
October 7, 2005
The outlook for the holiday shopping season grew murkier Thursday as September sales results from the nation’s big retailers suggested that consumer anxiety about the economy is growing.
Many FHA borrowers can qualify for refund
Paying loan off early results in money back
October 7, 2005
I heard a radio report that said most homeowners can cancel their mortgage insurance after their equity stake in the home reaches at least 20 percent. My home is worth about $200,000 and I only owe $100,000, so my equity level is an even-higher 50 percent. Nonetheless, the bank says I can’t cancel the mortgage insurance because the loan is insured by the FHA. What gives?
Eldridge Hotel under new management
Former chamber leader helps operate landmark
October 7, 2005
The Eldridge Hotel is changing its leadership approach. The hotel’s owners are handling day-to-day operations at the downtown landmark now that the general manager they hired to lead the hotel’s reopening in May no longer is on the payroll.
Groups oppose plan for H&R Block bank
October 7, 2005
A group of five consumer advocates are asking federal regulators to reject H&R Block Inc.’s attempt to open a savings bank, saying the company could use it to take advantage of low-income customers.
September sales slip at Payless ShoeSource
October 7, 2005
Discount footwear retailer Payless ShoeSource Inc. on Thursday said September same-store sales slipped 0.6 percent, missing Wall Street’s forecast for growth.
Mortgage rates hit five-month high
October 7, 2005
Rates on 30-year mortgages rose for a fourth consecutive week, climbing to the highest level since late March, as financial markets continued to worry about inflation.
Commodities
October 7, 2005
 
Kansas senator refuses to sign bill banning torture
October 7, 2005
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. says he doesn’t condone torture, but he believes that terror suspects have information that can save innocent American lives.
Columbus no cause for celebration, say American Indians
October 7, 2005
Haskell Indian Nations University is a federal school. That means Monday is a mandatory holiday to honor Christopher Columbus.
Regis Philbin, Donald Trump team up for ‘Rudolph’ duet
October 7, 2005
Here’s something you don’t hear every day: Regis Philbin and Donald Trump singing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
Education chief gets $115,000 pay raise
Commissioner criticized for having no experience will make more than governor
October 7, 2005
Bob Corkins’ fortunes improved dramatically after conservatives on the State Board of Education hired him to be education commissioner. Corkins, a conservative activist from Lawrence, will be paid $140,000 per year as the top administrator in the Kansas public school system.
Payment due
It seems far too easy to avoid paying court-ordered restitution in Douglas County.
October 7, 2005
Something needs to be done to tighten up what appears to be a far-too-lenient system for enforcing and collecting court-ordered restitution payments.
St. Louis’ Mulder baffles San Diego
Pitcher effective despite taking line shot to arm off bat of Padres’ Randa; Cardinals take 2-0 series lead
October 7, 2005
When Mark Mulder took a line drive off his arm in the second inning and doubled over in pain, the St. Louis Cardinals figured it would be a short outing for their 16-game winner.
Eminent domain restrictions proposed
October 7, 2005
Two Lawrence-area legislators have proposed legislation to restrict governments’ eminent domain powers to take private property.