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Teachers, school board reach tentative agreement
Average teacher raise to be 8.1 percent in next paycheck
October 12, 2005
Lawrence teachers will receive an 8.1 percent pay raise, on average, under a tentative agreement reached this afternoon between Lawrence’s school board and the local teachers’ union.
Rose charged with murder, arson in Boardwalk fire
10:53 a.m., October 12, 2005 Updated 04:31 p.m.
The Douglas County District Attorney’s office today filed murder and arson charges against Jason Allen Rose, the 20-year-old man accused of starting Friday’s deadly fire at Boardwalk Apartments.
Temperatures surge into the 70s
October 12, 2005
Temperatures will climb into the 70s today, with increasing clouds moving in this afternoon, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “We’ll be in and out of some sun today,” Schack said.
Kansas students make gains in all subjects
October 12, 2005
Sam Cooke would have to sing a different tune in Kansas.
Official suggests opting out of ‘No Child’ law
October 12, 2005
State Board of Education Chairman Steve Abrams said Tuesday that Kansas should consider whether it should leave behind the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Compost giveaway set for this week
October 12, 2005
Area gardeners will have the chance to pick up free compost at a city event this week.
Injured Angels ace Colon left off ALCS roster
October 12, 2005
Injured ace Bartolo Colon was left off the Los Angeles Angels’ roster for the AL championship series Tuesday and will not pitch against the Chicago White Sox.
Strong second half propels Firebirds
October 12, 2005
It might not have started out well for the Free State High boys soccer team Tuesday, but it ended well.
Sooners slumping in South
Stoops, OU not used to experiencing hard times
October 12, 2005
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops admits he didn’t see it coming. After back-to-back runs to the BCS title game, the Sooners have as many losses in their past five games as they did in the previous two seasons combined.
Board of Education officially hires Bob Corkins
October 12, 2005
Conservatives on the State Board of Education made it official Tuesday.
Bulldogs blank Twisters on gridiron
October 12, 2005
Looking to rebound after a heart-breaking loss last week, the Bulldogs tried to get back on track against the Twisters Sunday at Youth Sports Inc. But the Bulldogs continued their aerial assault offense, gaining large chunks of yards and wearing out the Twisters secondary. Plus the Bulldog defense played to perfection and defeated the Twisters 26-0.
Heating costs to surge
Experts expect bills to rise 70 percent for winter in Midwest
October 12, 2005
Heating bills are headed through the roof, expected to average 50 percent higher this winter for homes that use natural gas. People in parts of the Midwest are likely to pay even more - as much as $1,600 for the winter months if the weather is especially bad.
Apartment residents find places to stay
October 12, 2005
The Boardwalk Apartments tenants who survived last week’s deadly fire have found places to stay.
Deal reached on Iraqi constitution
Sunni party drops opposition to referendum
October 12, 2005
Iraqi negotiators reached a breakthrough deal on the constitution Tuesday, and at least one Sunni Arab party said it would now urge its followers to approve the charter in this weekend’s referendum. Suicide bombings and other attacks killed more than 50 people in the insurgent campaign aimed at intimidating voters.
First lady praises program that connects fathers, children
October 12, 2005
First lady Laura Bush stopped in the heartland Tuesday to visit with and praise a program that helps fathers be more involved in their children’s lives.
Horoscopes
October 12, 2005
For Wednesday, Oct. 12
N. Lawrence may get relief from train whistles at night
October 12, 2005
A good night’s sleep may soon come a little easier in North Lawrence.
Comedian Louis Nye dies of lung cancer at 92
October 12, 2005
Comedian Louis Nye, who created a national catchphrase belting out “Hi, ho, Steverino!” as one of the players on Steve Allen’s groundbreaking 1950s TV show, has died. He was 92.
Steelers’ QB OK after knee scare
October 12, 2005
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger not only doesn’t have a serious knee injury, as the team initially feared Monday night in San Diego, he could play again as early as Sunday.
Seabury sends off seniors in solid fashion
October 12, 2005
It was a special night for more than one reason Tuesday evening at Seabury Academy.
Keegan: Luke, may the coach be with you
October 12, 2005
The Oklahoma game will be played at the wrong stadium with the right quarterback. Oh well, given the recent fortunes of the Kansas University football program, .500 isn’t such a horrible batting average.
Crews search for four missing in floods
October 12, 2005
Where Sally and Tim Canfield’s home once stood, there is only open land. Their home was washed away by floodwaters, and two days after the rains subsided, their family found no trace of them.
Digital cameras range in price, resolution
October 12, 2005
Choosing a digital camera isn’t just about getting the most megapixels for your money. Even basic cameras - those costing about $200 - now offer all the resolution many photographers need.
Plan to lower K.C.’s homicide rate outlined
October 12, 2005
With Kansas City homicides nearing 100 and running far ahead of last year’s pace, Jackson County prosecutor Mike Sanders has announced a five-point program that includes “warrant wolf packs” to seek out and arrest violent fugitives.
Oklahoma initiates lottery today
October 12, 2005
Oklahoma will become the 41st state in the country to offer a lottery when 1,200 businesses start selling instant tickets at 5 a.m. today.
Miers may not be up to task
October 12, 2005
Like most Americans, I don’t know much about Harriet Miers, President Bush’s choice to fill the seat on the U.S. Supreme Court to be vacated by Justice O’Connor when she retires. From what I do know about her, I’m not particularly surprised that she is the president’s choice, though I question both its wisdom and political dimensions. President Bush has shown a strong loyalty to his close and longtime associates. Miers certainly qualifies on both counts. What I find puzzling in the President’s nomination of Miers to the Supreme Court is why she was willing to be nominated.
Bush needs to fire up new initiatives
October 12, 2005
What should President Bush do about his declining poll numbers and when should he do it?
Local fire department to get $73,696 grant
October 12, 2005
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical is to receive one of 145 grants being issued to fire departments by the Department of Homeland Security.
Jury trial under way in shooting case
October 12, 2005
A jury trial is under way this week in District Court for a Lawrence man charged with shooting at a group of people in December 2004 at Boardwalk Apartments, 524 Frontier Road.
Sebelius to lead education group
October 12, 2005
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has been chosen to head the Education Commission of the States, the nonprofit group that advises governors, legislators and state education officials about education policy.
Tonganoxie fire claims 67-year-old victim
October 12, 2005
A 67-year-old Tonganoxie man was killed Tuesday afternoon in an apparent accidental fire in his home shop, the Tonganoxie Mirror reported.
Powerball is up to $240 million
October 12, 2005
So you think you could use $240 million?
Groundbreaking ceremony to mark new era for former ammunition site
New community set to rise east of Lawrence
October 12, 2005
Get ready to watch a new community spring up just east of the Douglas County line.
Subdivision plans cause some division
October 12, 2005
Parts of rural Douglas County will someday look a lot more like the city. But the locations for new subdivisions remained up for debate Tuesday, following a discussion of development regulations by the County Commission.
Panel weighs restrictions on forced property sales
October 12, 2005
John Todd doesn’t think cities, counties and state agencies should be allowed to force someone to sell property so that it can be turned over to someone else for economic development.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
October 12, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.56 at Citgo and Zarco 66 at Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Toy makers’ holiday outlook not too festive
October 12, 2005
Francie Todd’s two boys may not notice it, but there’ll be fewer toys under the tree this Christmas.
Tests show four schools not making the grade
Principals say results don’t show complete picture
October 12, 2005
Four Lawrence schools fell short of standards required by the federal No Child Left Behind law, according to reports released Tuesday by the state.
Arrest made in deadly fire
Word that blaze was intentional creates new anguish for survivors
October 12, 2005
A fast-food employee who recently moved out on his own after living in foster care is accused of setting a massive apartment-building fire that killed three people.
U.S. issues apology in WWII Gold Train case
October 12, 2005
The U.S. government issued a statement of regret Tuesday for the actions of soldiers who took valuables belonging to Hungarian Jews that had been seized on a Nazi “Gold Train” during the chaotic end of World War II.
DeLay lawyers subpoena Texas district attorney
October 12, 2005
Lawyers for indicted Rep. Tom DeLay on Tuesday subpoenaed the prosecuting Texas district attorney in an effort to show he acted improperly with grand jurors.
Frist accumulated stock outside Senate trusts
October 12, 2005
Outside the blind trusts he created to avoid a conflict of interest, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist earned tens of thousands of dollars from stock in a family-founded hospital chain largely controlled by his brother, documents show.
Scientists uncover bone of ancient ‘hobbit’
October 12, 2005
Scientists say they have found more bones in an Indonesian cave that offer additional evidence of a second human species - short and hobbit-like - that roamed the Earth the same time as modern man.
Guatemala relies on international aid following deadly landslides
October 12, 2005
Authorities abandoned efforts Tuesday to recover bodies from a deadly landslide and turned to international agencies to help feed, clothe and treat the tens of thousands of residents who lost everything in a week of deadly rains and floods.
Corps finishes draining floodwater
October 12, 2005
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday that it has finished pumping out the New Orleans metropolitan area, which was flooded by Hurricane Katrina six weeks ago and then swamped again by Hurricane Rita.
Al-Qaida letter: Get ready to fill Iraq void
October 12, 2005
In a letter to his top deputy in Iraq, al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader said the United States “ran and left their agents” in Vietnam and the jihadists must have a plan ready to fill the void if the Americans suddenly leave Iraq.
Lawrence datebook
October 12, 2005
On the record
October 12, 2005
Corrections
October 12, 2005
Strategist to speak at Dole Institute
October 12, 2005
Matthew Dowd, chief campaign strategist for Bush-Cheney 2004, will review that race and preview 2008 in a speech next month at Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics.
Astros-Cardinals rivalry far from bitter
NL playoff opponents profess respect - not hatred - for each other
October 12, 2005
They are members of the same division. They’re perennial playoff teams. And they’re meeting for the second year in a row with a trip to the World Series at stake.
Eagles rushing poorly
October 12, 2005
Even with a Pro Bowl running back and a mobile quarterback, the Philadelphia Eagles have the NFL’s worst rushing attack.
LHS soccer team blanked by Leavenworth
October 12, 2005
Lawrence High’s soccer squad lost, 1-0, Tuesday at Leavenworth.
Free State struggles at volleyball quad
October 12, 2005
Free State High’s volleyball squad was 1-2 at a quad Tuesday at Shawnee Heights.
KU women will see plenty of TV time
October 12, 2005
All but two of Kansas University’s women’s basketball games will be shown on TV this season, KU officials said Tuesday.
Back in the saddle
Luke reclaims starting QB job
October 12, 2005
He wants no more controversy. Perhaps sensing that the quarterback carousel was speeding around so chaotically it was making everybody nauseous, Kansas University coach Mark Mangino made what appeared to be a definitive decision Tuesday.
Collins, Arthur headline Late Night attendees
October 12, 2005
A break in the football schedule will give Chicago Crane High three-sport standout Sherron Collins the opportunity to attend Friday’s Late Night in the Phog at Allen Fieldhouse.
Fatigue not a factor as Angels win opener
October 12, 2005
The Los Angeles Angels will have plenty of time to rest. Right now, they’re too busy winning.
Boosters push for downtown stadium
Campaign launched to build $357 million ballpark for Royals, to be financed by sales tax
October 12, 2005
Downtown boosters launched a campaign Tuesday to build a new, $357 million baseball stadium for the Kansas City Royals downtown, funded by a three-eighths of a cent county sales tax.
Pirates tap Tracy new manager
Former Dodger skipper to take over consistent losers
October 12, 2005
Jim Tracy is moving from one of baseball’s biggest markets to one of its smallest, from a team that spends big and thinks big to one with more modest expectations following 13 consecutive losing seasons.
19 more state schools don’t meet standards
October 12, 2005
Nineteen more Kansas public schools have failed to meet federal education benchmarks that determine such things as whether students are allowed to transfer or receive tutoring, according to data released Tuesday by state education officials.
I-70 reopens after fatal snowstorm
October 12, 2005
Crews worked to restore power to thousands of customers and dozens of schools remained closed Tuesday, a day after a storm blasted Colorado with up to 30 inches of snow.
LHS wins gymnastics dual
October 12, 2005
Mallory West and Lindsey Fisher finished second and third in the all-around to lead the Lawrence High gymnastics team to victory over host Shawnee Mission South in a dual meet Tuesday.
Power outage hits parts of city
October 12, 2005
A blackout hit downtown government buildings, Chinatown and adjacent areas Tuesday, but backup power kept key parts of City Hall and police headquarters running. It was the third significant electrical failure in the city since mid-September.
Hurricanes and Cougars leave it all out on the field in tough contest
October 12, 2005
The fourth- and fifth-grade Hurricanes and Cougars played a tough game that wasn’t decided until late in the second half Sunday. But in the end, it was the Hurricanes who emerged victorious with an 18-6 victory at Youth Sports Inc.
Chops comeback to get first win of season over Cardinals, 14-12
October 12, 2005
Not only was it the first win of the year for the Chops, but it was also the first game in which they scored points. The second-and-third grade Chops won their first game of the year with a 14-12 victory over the Cardinals Sunday at Youth Sports Inc.
Panthers, Tigers end game in 5-all tie
October 12, 2005
The allotted 40 minutes was not enough to determine a winner Saturday when the Tigers squared off against the White Panthers at Youth Sports Inc. The Tigers were able to score two late goals playing the White Panthers to a 5-5 tie.
Late Kiwi goal prevents Purple Panthers from recording shutout
October 12, 2005
The Purple Panthers came up just minutes short from earning a complete game shutout. The Panthers ended up winning their soccer game 4-1 over the 10U Division 2 Club Kiwi Force Saturday at Youth Sports Inc.
Howling Coyotes beat Green Dragons, 3-0
October 12, 2005
The undefeated Howling Coyotes continued their winning streak Saturday with their fifth win of the season. The U10 Division 2 Club Howling Coyotes defeated the Green Dragons 3-0 at Youth Sports Inc.
Fire Dragons remain undefeated with four-goal win over Wolves
October 12, 2005
A few too many oranges at the half attracted some unwanted friends for the 8U Wolves. Not only did the Wolves have a formidable challenge playing the Fire Dragons, but they also had to put up with pesky bees wanting a taste of orange juice. In the end it was the Dragons, not the bees, who got the best of the Wolves.
McDermott’s foot seals Steel Flames win
October 12, 2005
A battle of the defenses broke out Saturday afternoon when the Soccer Hawks matched up with the Steel Flames at Youth Sports Inc. Despite facing a plethora of shots, both teams capitalized on exceptional play between the pipes leading to the low-scoring affair.
Last-second shot lifts Soccer Stars to 7-6 victory over Firehawks
October 12, 2005
Despite cold fingers and feet, the Soccer Stars and Firehawks of the 6U soccer division played an excellent, even-matched game that came down to the last second. After battling back and forth all game, the Soccer Stars capitalized on a break away, scoring the game-winning goal as time expired. The Soccer Stars defeated the Firehawks 7-6 on Saturday at Youth Sport Inc.
Cheetahs’ speed key to win over Tigers
October 12, 2005
The Cheetahs used their cat-like quick speed to come out firing early Saturday and never looked back. The 6U Cheetahs beat the Tigers 7-4 on Saturday at Youth Sports Inc.
Dragons, Soccerhawks have some fun
October 12, 2005
Having fun was the name of the game Saturday when the 6U Dragons and Soccer Hawks matched up at Youth Sports Inc. Working with an early start and chilly weather, coaches for the Dragons and Soccer Hawks told their players to run around, have fun and try to stay warm.
Silver Strikers one-up Devils in rematch
October 12, 2005
The 10U Silver Strikers and the Blue Devils squared off for the second time this season on Saturday at Youth Sports Inc. The game went similarly to the first meeting, but ended with a different outcome.
Pumpkins not just for decoration
October 12, 2005
This time of year it’s almost impossible to enter a supermarket without having to navigate a pumpkin display. Pumpkins are piled high into pyramids, mounded in open bins or scattered atop bales of hay.
Sukkot celebrates bounty of harvest
October 12, 2005
If recently you’ve noticed a Jewish neighbor nailing boards together and gathering branches for a funny-looking shack in his backyard, don’t worry - he isn’t in the doghouse. He’s just preparing a “sukkah,” or transient shack, to celebrate Sukkot, the weeklong Jewish harvest holiday, falling just four days after Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.
Americans changing food habits
October 12, 2005
Compared to 1985, Americans are eating more takeout, skipping more main meals and using our microwave ovens more. And when we step on the scale, more of us wish we could lose 20 pounds.
A study diet
Club offers students the chance to hone their cooking skills, enjoy healthier living
October 12, 2005
Megan Novellano did her share to support the mozzarella and tomato sauce industries during her first three years of college. She could have built a cottage out of the pizza boxes that were delivered to her door.
Earthquake death toll climbs to 35,000
October 12, 2005
Heavy rain and hail grounded helicopters and stopped trucks loaded with relief supplies Tuesday, imposing more misery on hungry, shivering earthquake survivors as the United Nations warned of potentially lethal outbreaks of measles, cholera and diarrhea.
Microsoft settles with RealNetworks
October 12, 2005
Ending its last major private antitrust case, Microsoft will pay $761 million to settle a lawsuit with RealNetworks and created a multipronged partnership to collaborate in digital entertainment.
U.S. airlines keeping eyes on bird flu threat
October 12, 2005
The airline industry, which lost billions of dollars after the 2003 outbreak of the SARS virus, is monitoring the burgeoning bird flu threat but plans to wait before instituting any special precautions to guard against the spread of the disease.
Anheuser-Busch can’t sell Bud in Portugal
October 12, 2005
Anheuser-Busch Ltd. cannot sell beer under the brand name Budweiser in Portugal, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday in the latest round of a global legal battle between the U.S. beer company and Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar.
Rim Rock in race for big meet
Community is in lead for national event
October 12, 2005
Lawrence is the unchallenged front-runner for landing a national cross country competition that could bring 10,000 people to town in 2007.
Commodities
October 12, 2005
Daily ticker
October 12, 2005
Freddie’ is nice but stale
October 12, 2005
“Freddie” (7:30 p.m., ABC) has all of the makings of an interesting comedy, if not a successful sitcom. Unfortunately it squanders its promise with easy gags and tired situations.
Euphonium guest artist to play at KU next week
October 12, 2005
Neal Corwell, euphonium player and award-winning composer, will visit Kansas University next week.
Review: Dolly relives good old ‘Days’ on album
October 12, 2005
On her new CD, “Those Were the Days” (Sugar Hill), Dolly Parton offers renditions of 12 songs from the 1960s and thereabouts that originated with some of that era’s most prominent artists: Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Pete Seeger, among them.
Housewives’ hunk
Actor happy to live on Wisteria Lane; just don’t ask him what’s in the basement
October 12, 2005
Mehcad Brooks likes being Wisteria Lane’s latest hunk. Just don’t ask him what’s in the basement.
Officials question reports that threat was a hoax
October 12, 2005
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and police officials questioned reports on Tuesday that an alleged subway bomb plot that spread fear through the city was a hoax.
Suicides raise questions about stress
October 12, 2005
Chief Warrant Officer William Howell was a 15-year Army Special Forces veteran who had seen combat duty all over the world. Sgt. 1st Class Andre McDaniel was a military accountant. Spc. Jeremy Wilson repaired electronics.
No charges to be filed for killing intruder
Couple acted in self defense in home invasion
October 12, 2005
A couple who killed a masked intruder who burst into their home will not face criminal charges, prosecutors said Monday.
KU team assists climate study
Weather changes taking harsh toll on vegetation
October 12, 2005
High temperatures combined with the recent drought in the Southwest led to the widespread die-off of pinyon pines, and new research suggests global climate change may have a similar speedy impact on other ecosystems.
Celebrate U.N.
October 12, 2005
To the editor: Congratulations to Doris Dort for her excellent letter to the editor of Sept. 26 supporting the United Nations and urging readers to celebrate United Nations Day on Oct. 24.
A conspiracy?
October 12, 2005
To the editor: A recent Saturday Column states that Lawrence has planned poorly for growth, and City Hall bears some responsibility (Oct. 8 Saturday Column).
Trashed tradition
October 12, 2005
To the editor: Folks who know me know that I was raised in Oklahoma and am a lifelong Oklahoma Sooner football fan.
Miers must prove she’s ‘the best’ for job
October 12, 2005
President Bush called Harriet Miers “the best person I could find” when he nominated her for the U.S. Supreme Court. You think so? Looks like he’s got a lot of convincing to do.
Be prepared
State and local health officials are looking ahead at how to deal with a possible outbreak of deadly flu.
October 12, 2005
It’s always better to be prepared for the worst.
Grim reminder
There will be little sympathy for anyone found guilty of intentionally setting Friday’s deadly apartment fire.
October 12, 2005
Amid all of the floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters that have struck around the world in recent weeks, the arrest of a Lawrence man Tuesday in connection with a local fire that killed three people is a reminder of the deadly havoc humans also can wreak.
People in the news
October 12, 2005
¢ Pamela Anderson dials up phone cards for PETA ¢ Outkast honored in hometown ¢ Lopez, wife named kidney foundation spokespeople ¢ ‘Sex and the City’ star to join Fox medical drama ¢ ‘Survivor’ host gushes about former contestant