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Authorities want to reinterview residents about fire
October 8, 2005
Residents who live at the Boardwalk Apartments that burned down Friday morning in the 500 block of Fireside Drive should contact the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical department.
Frosty this morning, temperatures to warm up
October 8, 2005
Lawrence is under a frost advisory until 9 a.m. today. But it won’t stay cold all day.
Sisters find comfortable fit in ‘In Her Shoes’
October 8, 2005
There’s a scene in “In Her Shoes” in which Cameron Diaz and Shirley MacLaine sit around a TV set with some neighbors at a Florida retirement community, watching “Sex and the City” and sipping that show’s signature cocktail, the cosmopolitan.
Quake hits Pakistan, Afghanistan, India
October 8, 2005
A 7-6.-magnitude earthquake rocked parts of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan today, and part of a 19-story building collapsed in Islamabad.
Complex the site of shooting incident
District attorney considers two events unrelated
October 8, 2005
The blaze at Boardwalk Apartments came on the eve of trial for a Lawrence man charged with opening fire on a group of the complex’s residents after a December noise dispute.
Ed chief wants to pay consultant to help him learn job
Adviser is friend of board chairman; Sebelius ‘worried’
October 8, 2005
Bob Corkins - newly hired as Kansas education commissioner for $140,000 despite having no experience in the field - wants his first act on the job to be the hiring of a conservative consultant for up to $15,000 to “coordinate the transitional team.”
Witnesses recount terror, loss
October 8, 2005
Friday morning’s blaze at Boardwalk Apartments sent dozens of residents into the streets and drew hundreds of onlookers from nearby apartments and houses. Some of their accounts:
Fire levels apartments
3 people unaccounted for; more than 80 residents lose homes
October 8, 2005
Dave Klebek knew there was trouble outside his door early Friday morning at Boardwalk Apartments. “I thought it might have been a fight or some other commotion,” Klebek said of the disturbance that got his attention shortly after 1 a.m.
Lawyer: Offender’s supervision inadequate
Prosecutors seek to revoke probation in 2003 sex assault
October 8, 2005
A defense attorney said “someone dropped the ball” in supervising a mentally disabled man who was ordered to probation for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in a high-profile 2003 case.
Reservists come home
Battalion provided supplies to troops
October 8, 2005
A white school bus rolled into the U.S. Army Reserve Center on Iowa Street on Friday afternoon, and the 16 Lawrence-based reservists inside waved to about 50 friends and family members awaiting them.
Pump patrol
October 8, 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.
History museum gets $25,000 for exhibit
October 8, 2005
A Lawrence history museum has received $25,000 from the Kansas State Historical Society to provide oral history accounts of Douglas County World War II veterans and their families.
Back on his feet, victim now homeless again
Fire takes everything
October 8, 2005
Christopher Collins stood in the parking lot of Boardwalk Apartments early Friday morning, dressed in borrowed clothes and wrapped in a blanket, realizing that the fire consuming his apartment was about to leave him homeless.
Birdie on 18 vital
Emerson, Serrano win title by one stroke
October 8, 2005
His buddies - the competition - kidded Andrew Emerson after he and partner Antonio Serrano earned a one-stroke victory Friday at the Kansas Golf Assn.’s Mid-Amateur Team Championship.
Tonganoxie 24, Basehor-Linwood 3
October 8, 2005
Brandon Willis rushed for two touchdowns, and the Tonganoxie defense held Basehor-Linwood to just a field goal as the Chieftains (5-1) secured the victory on the road.
Oskaloosa 35, Wathena 13
October 8, 2005
Josh Weis ran for three scores as Oskaloosa scored 28 unanswered points bridging the second and third quarters to earn the victory.
Santa Fe Trail 34, Mill Valley 23
October 8, 2005
Santa Fe Trail’s Chris Sadler racked up 140 rushing yards and a touchdown in the second half as the Chargers (2-4) rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Mill Valley (2-4).
Perry-Lecompton 38, K.C. Piper 0
October 8, 2005
Sean Blosser scored on runs of 20, four, three and two yards as Perry-Lecompton blanked Kansas City Piper.
McLouth keeps clicking
October 8, 2005
Kevin Stewart ran for 197 yards and three touchdowns as McLouth improved to 6-0 for the first time since 1994 with a 26-6 victory over Troy.
Motivational ploy pays off for Seahawks
October 8, 2005
In an attempt to motivate his struggling team, Seabury Academy boys soccer coach Gunar Harmon shaved his head last week.
Veritas returns to action after bye
October 8, 2005
The Chiefs will have one Sunday. The Jayhawks had one two weeks ago. And Veritas Christian had one last week.
Abel carries load in Eudora victory
October 8, 2005
His shoulder has been dislocated “four or five times.” He has a tender hamstring. And he has been plagued by sprained ankles. But Luke Abel was ready, willing and able Friday night, rushing for 195 yards and three touchdowns to fuel Eudora High to a 39-24 victory over De Soto in Frontier League football.
Truex hoping to pad points lead
Irritable Busch Series driver wins pole for today’s United Way 300
October 8, 2005
Martin Truex Jr. tried to enter the interview room without interrupting any questions. Unfortunately for the NASCAR Busch Series points leader, it didn’t work.
Volunteers, Bulldogs ready for Top-10 clash
October 8, 2005
Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer likes to teach his players a little history about rivalries while he plots game plans.
Cowboys searching for ways to score
October 8, 2005
After his first loss as Oklahoma State’s coach, Mike Gundy is getting plenty of input on how to make the Cowboys’ no-huddle offense more effective.
Huskers swear last season’s rout history
October 8, 2005
Nebraska insists revenge is not motivation for its game against 15th-ranked Texas Tech.
Notebook
October 8, 2005
Today’s Sunflower Showdown game, which kicks off at 11 a.m., will be shown live on Fox Sports Net (Sunflower Broadband channel 36).
Struggling Baker faces mighty Vikes
October 8, 2005
Prospects for Baker University posting its first football victory of the season today appear slim.
Padres back home, but on brink of elimination against Cardinals
October 8, 2005
Dave Roberts knew desperation last October in Boston. Here he is again, facing the possible end to his postseason.
Astros’ Oswalt starts third, but he’s no No. 3
October 8, 2005
Roy Oswalt likes his position in the Houston Astros’ playoff rotation.
L.A. makes quick work of Big Unit
Figgins, Anderson propel Angels to victory against Yankees for 2-1 advantage in opening-round series
October 8, 2005
The Big Unit was a big bust when the Yankees needed him most, and Chone Figgins’ clutch plays pushed the Los Angeles Angels within one win of the AL championship series.
Chiefs lineman hospitalized
Sampson improving after suffering seizure
October 8, 2005
Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Kevin Sampson, who was hospitalized Thursday in New Jersey after reportedly suffering a seizure, was improving Friday, coach Dick Vermeil said.
Douglas County treasurer to retire Monday
October 8, 2005
After eight years of service, Douglas County Treasurer Pat Wells will retire Monday.
On the record
October 8, 2005
 
Snipes cleared in paternity suit
October 8, 2005
A paternity lawsuit against Wesley Snipes was dismissed after a DNA test determined that another man was the father.
Robbie Williams defends Moss
October 8, 2005
British pop star Robbie Williams said Friday that supermodel Kate Moss is being attacked unfairly for allegedly using cocaine.
Jessica Biel named ‘sexiest woman alive’
October 8, 2005
Jessica Biel has been proclaimed “the sexiest woman alive” by Esquire magazine.
Daily Show’ putting on Stripes
October 8, 2005
The blue vs. red political quips of “The Daily Show” are getting a peppermint infusion.
Celebrity birthdays
October 8, 2005
Rev. Jesse Jackson is 64. Comedian Chevy Chase is 62. Author R.L. Stine is 62. Actress Sigourney Weaver is 56. Actress Stephanie Zimbalist is 49.Actor-screenwriter Matt Damon is 35. Actor Nick Cannon is 25.
ABC announces Koppel’s last ‘Nightline’
Network planning new format after anchor steps down Nov. 22
October 8, 2005
Ted Koppel will anchor his last edition of “Nightline” on Nov. 22, with the first post-Koppel edition of the ABC newscast airing Nov. 28, the network said Thursday.
Support grows for faith-based recidivism programs
October 8, 2005
James Settles helped start a faith-based halfway house called Aphesis - meaning “to let go” in Greek - to keep former inmates from returning to prison.
Time is ripe to buy used vehicles
October 8, 2005
Used-car values have fallen 8 percent since May because of robust new-vehicle sales in the summer fueled by employee discount programs and other incentives.
Cold sufferers gaining choices in medicine
Today’s drugs come in all sorts of flavors, forms
October 8, 2005
Pocket-size throat sprays. Thin strips that melt in your mouth. Freezer pops. Like Mary Poppins with her spoonful of sugar, the makers of cold remedies are offering creative ways to help the medicine go down.
No burnout here
High-flying thrills power follow-up in racer series
October 8, 2005
When I was 8 years old, I loved Hot Wheels cars. I loved crashing them into each other. I loved making them drive off ramps made of open notebooks resting on pencil jars, careening into my pretend oblivion. If I had those toys now, I’d instinctively do the same.
Ministry of words
Local church libraries’ literature not limited to scripture
October 8, 2005
When Carolyn Graham wants to curl up with a good book about the Good Book, she looks no further than her own church library. At Trinity Episcopal Church, Graham has access to what is, by most accounts, the most complete church library in Lawrence.
Russia test-launches mini-spacecraft
October 8, 2005
Russia on Friday test-launched a collapsible mini-spacecraft, which is designed to carry cargo and even passengers from the international space station to Earth, a Russian space design bureau said.
Hamas leaders abducted by Palestinian security
October 8, 2005
The Palestinian security services were behind the abductions of four local Hamas leaders from their West Bank homes, the Islamic militant group and a security official said Friday, reflecting rising tension between the group and the Palestinian Authority.
Rescuers race to reach areas flooded by rains
October 8, 2005
With food and water running out, governments in Central America and Mexico scrambled Friday to reach isolated areas devastated by a week of intense rain, with residents saying panic was starting to grow among survivors.
Landslide kills 26
October 8, 2005
An intense rainstorm triggered a landslide that buried part of a shantytown on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Medellin, killing at least 26 people, many of them children, officials said Friday.
Leading lawyer seeks to represent Kansan
October 8, 2005
One of the nation’s leading death penalty lawyers is seeking to represent the Kansas woman accused of cutting a Missouri woman’s baby from her womb and claiming the infant as her own.
Schwarzenegger signs supplement ban
October 8, 2005
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday signed a bill barring high school athletes from using certain nutritional supplements, a year after he vetoed similar legislation.
Three dead in shootings at shopping centers
October 8, 2005
A man fatally shot his ex-wife inside his car at a strip mall, then drove with the body to another shopping center parking lot where he shot and killed one of her friends before killing himself, police said.
Officers kill armed man, hostage at motel
October 8, 2005
Police officers shot and killed a man and the woman he was holding hostage early Friday after he fired a sawed-off shotgun at them, police said.
Poll: Bush’s base worried
Key groups in president’s coalition uneasy on direction country is headed
October 8, 2005
Evangelicals, Republican women, Southerners and other critical groups in President Bush’s political coalition are increasingly worried about the direction the nation is headed and disappointed with his performance, an AP-Ipsos poll found.
3rd man arrested in terror plot
October 8, 2005
The investigation into an alleged plot to bomb the city’s subway moved forward on several fronts Friday as a third suspect was arrested in Iraq and authorities looked into whether a fourth person had traveled to New York as part of the scheme, officials said.
Sides spar over videos in Newton servitude trial
October 8, 2005
Attorneys for the defense and prosecution sparred Friday over how many photos of nude residents of a home for the mentally ill should be shown during the federal trial of the home’s owners.
Judge allows statement to police in case of 3-year-old’s death
October 8, 2005
A judge on Friday denied a motion to suppress a statement given to police by a man accused of murdering his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.
Westar sues former executives
Company may get stuck with legal bill
October 8, 2005
Westar Energy Inc. says it shouldn’t have to pay millions of dollars in legal fees for two former executives convicted last month of looting the company.
Bush rejects calls to withdraw Miers nomination
October 8, 2005
President Bush on Friday rejected conservative calls to withdraw his nomination of White House counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court and prepared to reassure skeptical Republicans and persuade the Senate to confirm her for the seat of retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
State revenues higher than expected
October 8, 2005
The state collected $52.8 million more in general revenues than anticipated in September, the Legislative Research Department reported Friday.
Wife of former KU track and field coach dies at 93
October 8, 2005
Adamarie Easton, 93, the wife of a legendary Kansas University track and field coach, died Thursday morning, her son, Richard Easton, said.
Sign marks school’s 50th anniversary
October 8, 2005
As the principal of a school that aims to connect its students with the community, Chris Bay said he learned this week that some things don’t change much.
People and places
October 8, 2005
 
Military News
October 8, 2005
 
FCE News
October 8, 2005
 
Club News
October 8, 2005
 
Around and about
October 8, 2005
 
Best Bets
October 8, 2005
 
Dora’ gets own CD
October 8, 2005
Dora the Explorer rocks out on her new CD with the animated Latina doing duets with Carlos Santana and Los Lonely Boys.
Suffering brings wisdom, but so does fun
October 8, 2005
And now it is fall. The Northern Hemisphere tilts away from the sun, and the oaks turn maroon, the maples yellow. The air is like Armagnac brandy. There is firewood for sale, and pumpkins, and pontoon boats with For Sale signs taped to the sides parked at the ends of driveways, waiting for somebody in a maritime mood to plunk down the cash. That would not be me.
Photography exhibit opening at Baker
October 8, 2005
Former Kansas University faculty member Lee Mann will have her collection of photographs of drawings on rocks featured in “Rock Art of the Southwest: Ancient Petroglyphs and Pictogrpahs,” a monthlong exhibition at Holt/Russell Gallery at Baker University’s Parmenter Hall.
Theater workshop opening for children
October 8, 2005
Lawrence Community Theatre’s fall offerings for children and families will focus on themes from “Beauty and the Beast.”
Chamber Orchestra announces season
October 8, 2005
The Lawrence Chamber Orchestra’s new season opens Oct. 16 with a concert titled “Dances Around the World,” featuring dance-inspired music from Bela Bartük, Edvard Grieg and Edward Elgar, plus the premiere of a new and intriguing modern dance-like work, “Concert Piece for Strings,” by Lawrence area composer William Funk.
Faith briefs
October 8, 2005
 
BG Consultants wins first Foundation Award
October 8, 2005
A Lawrence operation that maps out, designs and engineers construction projects throughout the region is about to pick up an award for its fast-growing efforts.
New Orleans mayor seeks gambling growth
October 8, 2005
New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin on Friday said he wants to allow Las Vegas-style gambling in the city’s larger hotels as a way to jump-start the economy after Hurricane Katrina.
Stocks rise Friday
October 8, 2005
Wall Street made a muted advance Friday but still finished the week lower after a better-than-expected employment report raised hopes about the economy’s strength despite recent hurricanes.
Commodities
October 8, 2005
 
Belief system
October 8, 2005
To the editor: A while back (in the 17th century) a fellow named Galileo Galilei publicized a crazy theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun. Up to then, even the learned and educated people actually believed that the Sun revolved around the Earth.
Entertaining call
October 8, 2005
To the editor: Few cell phone conversations are so important they cannot be delayed until parked. None are so important as to cause an accident.
Holiday Art Fair applicants sought
October 8, 2005
The Lawrence Art Guild invites the public to apply to exhibit in the annual Holiday Art Fair, which will be Dec. 3 at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Playback or payback?
Sure, KU and K-State fans always resented each other, but last year’s Jayhawk win shot the acrimony into orbit
October 8, 2005
Here’s how much of a Kansas State University fan Nick Ewing is: He refuses to own anything with the word “Kansas” on it unless “State” follows.
Osawatomie 14, Wellsville 6
October 8, 2005
A 61-yard scoring pass with just two seconds remaining proved to be the difference as Osawatomie topped Wellsville (3-3).
Chicago clamps defending champs
White Sox complete sweep of Red Sox, advance to AL championship series
October 8, 2005
Say it IS so, Chicago: The White Sox swept away the champion Red Sox, and now they’ll try to purge the memory of the notorious Black Sox.
Commentary: Change baseball’s judging process
October 8, 2005
Sometime this month, the Baseball Writers Association of America will hold a meeting and vote on the wrong question.
Stars to show off voices
October 8, 2005
Joe Pantoliano, Morgan Fairchild, Kim Alexis and Carmine Gotti are among the celebrities who will compete in the new VH1 series “But Can They Sing?”
Supreme Court removes judge for viewing porn on court computer
October 8, 2005
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ousted Saline County District Judge George R. Robertson for viewing Internet pornography on his office computer. He is the third judge removed in the past 30 years since the court began using its present disciplinary system.
Unmarried elderly couple seek fair division of assets, home
October 8, 2005
I am 59. My male friend is 62. Both of us have been divorced, and neither wants to remarry, but we want to sell our homes and purchase a home together. Each of us has income and is willing to contribute to the down payment and pay the monthly payments.
Federal financing sought for labs
Lawrence officials ask for funds at Capitol
October 8, 2005
Leaders of an effort to build Lawrence into a bioscience powerhouse are looking to Washington for financial help.
Music history lost forever
October 8, 2005
An irreplaceable stockpile of the state’s musical history went up in flames with Friday’s apartment fire.
Rush thrilled to see Boot Camp end
October 8, 2005
A visibly fatigued Brandon Rush trudged Friday morning toward an Allen Fieldhouse exit after surviving the final session of Bill Self’s two-week basketball Boot Camp.
OU: We must outrun UT
Rush attack critical if Sooners want No. 6
October 8, 2005
Heading into a game against No. 2 Texas and the most prolific rushing offense in the nation, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops knows his Sooners have to be extra stingy to keep up with Vince Young and the Longhorns.
K-State plates victory over KU
Wildcat tags outnumber Jayhawk licenses 1,020-738 statewide
October 8, 2005
Kansas State University 1,020, Kansas University 738. That score is impossible for a football game, but not when it comes to tallying sales of special university alumni vehicle license plates.
Kansas high school sports scores for Oct. 7
October 8, 2005
 
Rushdie denounces creationism
October 8, 2005
Author Salman Rushdie returned Friday to Kansas University’s campus, where he expounded on writing and reiterated his disdain for creationism and intelligent design.
Correction
October 8, 2005
A box appearing on page 3B Friday that listed the members of a Kansas University provost search committee incorrectly stated the education background of Deanell Reece Tacha. Tacha received a bachelor’s degree from KU and a law degree from the University of Michigan.
Official: Document does not ban gay priests
October 8, 2005
A Vatican document expected to be made public soon stops short of a sweeping ban on homosexuals entering the priesthood, allowing those who have lived chastely for three years to be candidates for the clergy, a senior Vatican official said Friday.
U.S. ends offensive in Iraq
Six Marines killed by bomb blast
October 8, 2005
Bomb blasts killed six Marines as the U.S. military announced Friday it had completed a major sweep in western Iraq aimed at suppressing al-Qaida militants before next week’s vote on Iraq’s constitution.
House OKs bill paving way for new refineries
GOP measure, passed by two votes, criticized as a sop to rich oil companies
October 8, 2005
On the wall of the House chamber, the electronic vote tally box told of the dilemma facing Republican leaders. They were on the verge of an embarrassing defeat, two votes shy of getting a contentious energy bill approved and over to the Senate.
Society Calendar
October 8, 2005
 
Scouting News
October 8, 2005
 
Finally, a sitcom to savor
October 8, 2005
NBC celebrates the one bright light of its new season by offering viewers three consecutive episodes of the funny, offbeat comedy “My Name is Earl” (7:30 p.m. through 9 p.m. today, NBC).
Faith forum
October 8, 2005
Can a person pray for troops without supporting war?
Conflation of race, crime hard to accept
October 8, 2005
My youngest son was arrested last year. Police came to my house looking for an armed robbery suspect, 5-feet-8-inches with long hair.
Distracted drivers
Inattentive drivers are a danger to themselves and others, but an ordinance aimed specifically at cell phone use is unnecessary.
October 8, 2005
Admittedly, the idea of banning cell phone conversations by people operating a motor vehicle has a lot of appeal.
Horoscopes
October 8, 2005
 
Family traditions help build relationships
October 8, 2005
My family lives together under one roof and we share the same last name, but we don’t “feel” like a family. How can I begin to put a sense of togetherness into this harried household? How do you put meaningful activities into your family?
Simons: Lawrence must do a better job of planning for growth
October 8, 2005
Last week’s story about Lawrence city officials questioning whether the city’s sewer system has the capacity to accommodate proposed growth in certain areas of town focuses added attention on just how well city officials and their consultants have done in projecting future growth and the accompanying needs.
Red Cross ready to help victims
October 8, 2005
More than 70 Boardwalk Apartments residents sought help from the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross in the hours after Friday morning’s blaze.
KDHE lifts boil order after repairs, samples
October 8, 2005
Residents who live west of Stranger Creek in Jefferson and Leavenworth counties no longer need to boil their water.
Hat trick powers Jayhawks
October 8, 2005
Kansas University’s Jessica Smith busted a seasonlong scoring slump in a big way Friday afternoon at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Lawrence High blanked
October 8, 2005
Shawnee Heights scored two goals within a minute of each other midway through the first half, then held on for a 2-0 high school soccer victory over Lawrence High on Friday night at the Youth Sports Inc. fields.
Firebirds fall just short
Turnovers, missed extra point costly in loss to Ravens
October 8, 2005
The teary face of Ryan Murphy said it all after Free State High’s nail-biting 36-35 football loss Friday night against Olathe Northwest.
Know the foe: Wildcats rely on run game
October 8, 2005
It’s no way to enter an intense rivalry game - reeling over a bad loss to a team having a down year.
KSU laughs off blunder
October 8, 2005
Sometimes you think you’ve seen it all - and then one play in a Division I college football game shows you’re way off-base.
Lawrence Datebook
October 8, 2005
 
ElBaradei, IAEA share 2005 Nobel Peace Prize
October 8, 2005
Mohamed ElBaradei prides himself on remaining cool under pressure, but he showed unusual flashes of emotion on learning Friday that he and his International Atomic Energy Agency had won the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.
Kline files illegal dumping charges against landfill
October 8, 2005
A father and son operating a landfill have been charged with illegally dumping hazardous waste, including solvents and solid wastes containing lead at three rural Crawford County sites, the attorney general’s office said Friday.
Famed photographer Parks gives collection of photos to hometown
October 8, 2005
Gordon Parks, the Fort Scott native who gained international fame as a photographer, author and filmmaker, has donated 30 of his photographs to the center bearing his name at Fort Scott Community College.
Girl Scout troop to perform play
October 8, 2005
Members of Senior Girl Scout Troop 736 will perform a play, “The Fairest Flower of the South,” to earn a Gold Award Project.
Churches to meet about world hunger
October 8, 2005
A new Lawrence organization designed to shed light on the issue of world hunger will hold a kickoff banquet Oct. 16.
Much still unknown about Bush nominee
October 8, 2005
I once had a neighbor in Maine who operated a divining rod with a fine hand. If you were looking for water, he was the go-to guy with a better track record than the well-digger.
Fire may be one of worst in city’s history
October 8, 2005
The fire at the Boardwalk Apartments complex early Friday morning likely is one of the worst the city has ever experienced. About 25 people were injured as a result of the fire, which broke out in the 76-unit apartment building in the 500 block of Fireside Drive shortly after 1 a.m. on Friday. At last check, three residents were still unaccounted for.
Mayer: Rivalry sure fun to recall
October 8, 2005
“It ain’t no rivalry ‘til both folks in the fight figure they can beat the other guy.”
Healthy Haskell hits road
HINU quarterback Harris ‘fine,’ expected to play against Bacone
October 8, 2005
A week ago today, Haskell Indian Nations University football coach Eric Brock thought he had lost quarterback Kaleb Harris because of a knee injury, perhaps for the remainder of the season.