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Chat transcript with Sheriff Ken McGovern
October 13, 2005
McGovern discusses working with city officers, the Boardwalk fire, and Highway 59.
Aid hotline available for Boardwalk fire victims
October 13, 2005
A hotline has been set up to help people displaced by Boardwalk Apartments fire.
Sunny and warm afternoons through weekend
October 13, 2005
If you’re headed out to an area pumpkin patch in the next few days, take your sunglasses — mostly clear skies and warm weather have settled in. “There’s a lot of sunshine and a lot of 70s all throughout our weekend,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “It’s a splendid extended forecast.”
Say goodbye:
Rod Stewart prepares to leave the ‘Great American Songbook’ behind
October 13, 2005
Three years ago, when Rod Stewart decided to reinterpret pop standards with “It Had To Be You … The Great American Songbook,” it didn’t seem like a blockbuster career move.
Once a reverend, always a reverend - even on TV
October 13, 2005
Even when he’s standing in a supermarket or drug store, forced to wait by an indifferent clerk, “7th Heaven” actor Stephen Collins never forgets that he’s also the Rev. Eric Camden.
MTV’s ‘Run’ keeps it real dull
October 13, 2005
In the tradition of “The Osbournes,” “Run’s House” (9:30 p.m., MTV) follows the domestic shenanigans of Rev Run (born Joey Simmons) of the legendary rap band Run DMC as he prepares to record and release his first solo album while raising five kids with his wife Justine. Run’s spirited brood ranges in age from 9 to 22. Should he need help or a cup of sugar, he can always turn to his brother and sister-in-law, Russell and Kimora Simmons, who dwell only a few doors down.
Guild panel to feature international artists
October 13, 2005
The Lawrence Art Guild’s Monday meeting will feature Canadian and Lawrence artists as part of the “Convergence” show in Lawrence. Canadians Yvonne Wiegers and Roberta Huebener will combine their ideas in a panel format.
Czech Opera Prague coming to Lied Center
October 13, 2005
The Czech Opera Prague will visit Kansas University’s Lied Center in a performance of Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus.”
KU to feature award-winning soloist
October 13, 2005
Kansas University’s School of Fine Arts has announced a performance by horn player Andrew Pelletier, a Grammy award-winning soloist and chamber musician.
Lawrence scholar to discuss Japanese art
October 13, 2005
Internationally acclaimed Japanese art scholar Patricia Graham will speak at an Oct. 20 event at Charlecote in Kansas City, Mo.
Topeka Civic Theatre plans radio show
October 13, 2005
Listeners can enjoy a presentation of two original Halloween-themed dramatic pieces at 6 p.m. Saturday on WIBW, 580 AM.
Actresses sought for holiday productions
October 13, 2005
Casting opportunities for actresses are available for roles in two upcoming shows for the Leavenworth Players Group: “Beefing with the Wellingtons” and “Murder at the Hollywood Premiere, or Lights, Camera, Action, AAAAAHHHHH!”
Recycled heirlooms treasured
October 13, 2005
Recycling is nothing new. Fabrics - usually hand-woven - were valuable in the 18th and early 19th centuries, and every little piece was saved and reused. Homemade and manufactured cloth was recycled in several ways. Strips of cloth were used for both woven and braided rugs and carpets. Later, strips were shirred for early pictorial rugs.
Hurricane to cause increase in cost of building materials
October 13, 2005
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were a twin blow to consumers and builders heading into fall projects. Numerous reports forecast steep price hikes for building materials as a result.
Costumes you can make at home
October 13, 2005
Children have wonderful, wild imaginations. They can envision Halloween costumes that are complicated and fanciful - and beyond the sewing capabilities of most parents. Or maybe not.
Insects prey on branches
October 13, 2005
Trees are a major part of any landscape. But when tips of branches come falling from the sky, gardeners can become alarmed.
Cyclones confirm special-teamer out
October 13, 2005
Ryan Baum, one of Iowa State’s most valuable special-teams players, will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury, the school confirmed Wednesday.
Baylor happy to be home
Confident Bears hope to ‘Fill Floyd’
October 13, 2005
Off to their best start in a decade and with a 37-game road losing streak in conference finally behind them, Baylor coach Guy Morriss and the Bears are interested to see what kind of reaction they get back home.
Vikings’ party probed
October 13, 2005
Investigators are looking into a party attended by several Minnesota Vikings players that allegedly involved drunkenness, nudity and visible sexual activity on a pair of charter cruises last week.
Chiefs’ line shaping up
Welbourn, Warfield shore up offensive front
October 13, 2005
In his first full practice since the end of training camp, Kansas City’s John Welbourn lined up at right tackle, left tackle, right guard and left guard.
Buehrle goes distance
White Sox hurler spins five-hitter
October 13, 2005
Mark Buehrle raced to the third-base line and caught the popup himself, the final out in the top of the ninth. Then, he flipped the ball into the stands - what turned out to be the last throw of a stellar performance.
This year’s postseason memories will be Busch’s last
October 13, 2005
Three giant cranes loom over the distinctive arched roof of Busch Stadium. Artwork, jerseys and other items are scattered throughout the home clubhouse, waiting to be autographed. A couple of old green seats, once located behind home plate, have been left near Reggie Sanders’ locker.
Another Reggie packs punch
St. Louis’ Sanders stays hot, launches home run as Cardinals take 1-0 series lead
October 13, 2005
Remember this chant from postseasons long ago? “Reggie! Reggie! Reggie!”
Wild finish gives Chicago victory
White Sox make most of second chance, even AL series at 1-all
October 13, 2005
The ninth inning was over. And then it wasn’t.
Kansas soccer forward Smith honored
October 13, 2005
Kansas University senior forward Jessica Smith added another individual honor this week when she was named Wednesday to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week.
Our town sports
October 13, 2005
Hoopla: Kansas newcomer Mosley hopes to overcome hype of being juco player of year
October 13, 2005
Let’s make one thing perfectly clear. The tattoo on Shaquina Mosley’s right shoulder makes no reference to her status as reigning junior-college women’s basketball player of the year.
Self at ease as season looms
October 13, 2005
Bill Self grabs a putter resting against a wall in his plush Kansas University men’s basketball office, plops a golf ball onto the carpet and strokes the sphere past a black leather couch into an adjacent bathroom.
Freshmen Holt, Brorsen adjust to college
October 13, 2005
In a town one-fourth the size of Lawrence, word spreads furiously when a homegrown son enjoys even minimal success.
Kansas Alpha chapter shines at convention
October 13, 2005
The Kansas Alpha chapter of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at Kansas University won six awards at the international Phi Delta Theta convention held July 30 through Aug. 2 in Oxford, Ohio.
KU student receives $2,000 SIPES award
October 13, 2005
Steven D. Sloan, Kansas University doctoral student in geophysics, has received a $2,000 scholarship award from the SIPES Foundation, which administers the scientific, educational and charitable programs for the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists.
Lawrence High Class of 1955 to reunite
October 13, 2005
The Lawrence High School Class of 1955 will hold its 50th reunion this weekend.
Sheriff to speak today on Web site
October 13, 2005
Douglas County Sheriff Ken McGovern will take part in an online chat with the public this afternoon on the Journal-World’s Web site.
Two-car accident claims one life
October 13, 2005
A Lawrence man died Wednesday afternoon after a two-car accident in Leavenworth County about five miles east of Lawrence.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
October 13, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.52 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
KU professor makes life’s work of translating classics
Great interpretations
October 13, 2005
He interpreted the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey,” two of the great classic poems of all time. Now Kansas University professor Stanley Lombardo has translated Virgil’s “Aeneid,” completing a quest that began when he was a teenager.
As demand drops, pump prices fall
October 13, 2005
What? Gasoline prices are dropping? They are. And nobody knows that better than Gary and Jill Schwulst, who are traveling cross-country in a Winnebago. They stopped at the Citgo station at Ninth and Iowa streets Wednesday, fueling up on their way back to Tucson, Ariz.
Cabinet minister found dead in office
October 13, 2005
Syria’s interior minister, who effectively controlled Lebanon for two decades, was found dead in his office Wednesday, days before the release of a U.N. report that could implicate high-ranking officials in the murder of Lebanon’s former prime minister.
Agents in disguise capture Hamas militant
October 13, 2005
Israeli forces disguised as vegetable vendors captured a senior Hamas operative who had been on the run for eight years, the army said Wednesday.
Results inconclusive on Arafat’s death
October 13, 2005
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia said Wednesday that the official investigation into Yasser Arafat’s death failed to determine what killed the longtime Palestinian leader.
Militia leader calls for Islamic rule
October 13, 2005
An influential religious leader and alleged al-Qaida collaborator vowed in an interview Wednesday to establish an Islamic state in Somalia, a lawless Horn of Africa nation the United States fears could grow into a major base for Islamic terrorists.
Students to rally against mascots
October 13, 2005
A committee that includes students from Kansas and Haskell universities plans to have a peaceful rally against the mascots of the Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.
After mudslides, focus turns to reconstruction
October 13, 2005
Guatemalan authorities turned to reconstruction Wednesday - including relocating entire villages - after a week of rains left more than 1,000 dead or missing and destroyed or damaged 200,000 homes.
U.N. report calls for gender equality
October 13, 2005
The world must confront widespread social and economic discrimination against women before it can hope to make a significant reduction in poverty, the United Nations said Wednesday.
China lets public watch latest space launch
October 13, 2005
Chinese exulted at their country’s second manned space flight Wednesday after the government eased its secrecy and showed the launch of two astronauts on live television, scoring a success in a costly program that communist leaders hope will win them respect abroad and public support at home.
International aid pours into Pakistan
October 13, 2005
Rescue efforts gave way to aid relief, as hopes faded Wednesday of finding more survivors in Pakistan’s devastated quake zone. Still, miracles emerged amid the misery: A Russian team rescued a 5-year-old girl trapped for nearly 100 hours under the rubble of her family home.
U.S. links North Korea to counterfeiting plan
October 13, 2005
A leader of an Irish Republican Army splinter group has been indicted in the United States on charges he conspired with North Korea to circulate millions of dollars in phony U.S. currency, prosecutors said.
Medical marijuana user taken from Canada
October 13, 2005
An Army veteran who fled to Canada to avoid prosecution for growing marijuana to treat his chronic pain was yanked from a hospital by Canadian authorities, driven to the border with a catheter still attached, and turned over to U.S. officials, his attorney says.
Mom delivers 16th child
October 13, 2005
Michelle Duggar just delivered her 16th child, and she’s already thinking about doing it again.
Texas No. 1, KU No. 3 in Big 12 coaches poll
October 13, 2005
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team has been tapped third in the Big 12 Conference in a vote of the league’s coaches.
2005 set to become hottest year on record
October 13, 2005
New international climate data show that 2005 is on track to be the hottest year on record, continuing a 25-year trend of rising global temperatures.
Experts downplay flu epidemic estimates
October 13, 2005
Government projections that as many as 1.9 million Americans could die in a global flu epidemic amount to a guess that could prove to be highly inaccurate, several public health experts say.
New panda getting his teeth
October 13, 2005
The National Zoo’s giant panda cub had another medical examination Wednesday morning, which showed that he now has teeth.
Northeast U.S. evaluates flood damage
October 13, 2005
A sixth straight day of rain from a storm that has parked itself over New Jersey snarled traffic Wednesday, delaying flights and causing flooding that was only expected to worsen.
Bush points to Miers’ religion in trying to stem GOP concerns
October 13, 2005
The White House tried Wednesday to patch a growing fissure in the Republican Party over Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers by pointing to her conservative religious beliefs. “Part of Harriet Miers’ life is her religion,” President Bush said.
Charities worry about ‘relief fatigue’
Response to S. Asia earthquake lagging
October 13, 2005
American donors, overwhelmingly generous following the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, are responding much more slowly to the devastating earthquake in Pakistan.
Commentary: Collison to garner major minutes
Ex-Jayhawk, who had pair of surgeries two seasons ago, figures to come off bench again in Seattle
October 13, 2005
For a full season, Nick Collison reported to the Furtado Center one hour early, every day, whether the schedule said home or away. He stretched. He swam. He did whatever his shoulders allowed.
Orioles name Perlozzo
Interim skipper lands three-year contract
October 13, 2005
As a reward for guiding the Baltimore Orioles through the most tumultuous two-month stretch in franchise history, Sam Perlozzo had the “interim” label removed from his job title Wednesday and signed a three-contract as manager.
On the record
October 13, 2005
County’s proposed changes could cause inconvenience
October 13, 2005
It could take 40 acres of land in Douglas County’s urban growth area and 80 acres in the county’s rural areas in order to create new city-style housing developments in the county.
Hemenway avoids conflict with board on evolution
October 13, 2005
Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway avoided the “E” word when talking with the State Board of Education on Wednesday.
Services scheduled for Boardwalk victims
October 13, 2005
A memorial service for Nicole Bingham, a Kansas University student killed in the fire at Boardwalk Apartments, has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lawrence Free Methodist Church, 3001 Lawrence Ave.
Volunteers sought for relief effort
October 13, 2005
Volunteers are needed to help collect and distribute household items for Boardwalk Apartments tenants who lost their belongings in last week’s fire.
Teachers agree to 8.1 percent salary increase
Settlement still needs to be ratified; $29,550 would be beginning pay
October 13, 2005
Lawrence teachers and school officials on Wednesday agreed to a salary package that’s expected to boost teacher wages by 8.1 percent.
Compromise on constitution OK’d
October 13, 2005
Iraqi lawmakers approved a set of last-minute amendments to the constitution without a vote on Wednesday, sealing a compromise designed to win Sunni support and boost chances for the charter’s approval in a referendum just three days away.
Seized letter outlines al-Qaida objectives
October 13, 2005
Al-Qaida’s top deputy urged the leader of his Iraq branch in July to prepare for the inevitable U.S. withdrawal by carrying out political as well as military actions, and he lectured him that he risked being shunned by an Islamic world angered over his gruesome and not “palatable” killings of fellow Muslims, according to an intercepted letter released Tuesday by the U.S. government.
New Orleans residents visit hardest-hit area
October 13, 2005
Six weeks after Hurricane Katrina scattered them far and wide, the weary residents of New Orleans’ worst-hit neighborhood got a chance to glimpse their storm-ravaged homes for the first time on Wednesday.
Suspicions abound over blacks’ future in city
October 13, 2005
Clarence Rodriguez has ripped up the water-buckled floor tiles and is hard at work scraping mold off the walls of his home in the mostly black and impoverished Ninth Ward. But as for his neighbors, many have gathered up their belongings and left, with no intention of returning.
Bridgestone Firestone to pay Ford $240M
October 13, 2005
Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire has agreed to pay $240 million to Ford Motor Co. to settle claims related to the tiremaker’s 2000 recall of defective tires, Bridgestone Firestone said Wednesday.
States rush to protect the poor from high heating bills
October 13, 2005
With fuel bills expected to rise sharply this winter, states are setting aside extra money for the poor, dispensing energy-conservation tips and pleading for federal aid to help Americans keep the heat on when the weather turns cold.
State school officials consider loosening head lice restrictions
KDHE epidemiologist says once parasites die, eggs are no longer contagious
October 13, 2005
State education officials were scratching their heads Wednesday over a Kansas law that bars children with head lice from attending school until they are nit-free.
Superintendents quiz education commissioner
October 13, 2005
New Education Commissioner Bob Corkins on Wednesday tried to ease fears among Kansas school superintendents about his conservative activism and lack of experience.
Phone-a-thon’ looks to dial up donations
October 13, 2005
United Way volunteers will be conducting a “phone-a-thon” today to raise money from local small businesses for local social service agencies.
Suspect may have history with fire
Defendant charged with murders, arson
October 13, 2005
The man accused of setting a deadly apartment fire may have a history of setting fires while in foster care, prosecutors said Wednesday in court.
Apple launches iPod for video content
October 13, 2005
Apple Computer Inc. introduced an iPod capable of playing videos on Wednesday, evolving the portable music player of choice into a multimedia platform for everything from TV shows to music videos.
Martha Stewart adds homebuilding skills
October 13, 2005
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. and KB Home, one of the country’s largest home builders, announced Wednesday that they would team up to build a line of new houses.
U.S. banks slow to show interest in high-tech ATMs
Fingerprinting, eye scans available but not used
October 13, 2005
They walk up to an ATM and press their thumbs on the screen. Out spits the cash.
Honda Insight most fuel-efficient vehicle
October 13, 2005
Ford Motor Co., with its hybrid SUVs, is the only American carmaker to crack the top-10 fuel economy list for 2006 vehicles.
Before buying life insurance, check needs
October 13, 2005
Without a doubt, life insurance should be an important part of many people’s financial plan. Having said that, don’t be scared into buying insurance you don’t need.
Board picks sites for business parks
Former Farmland fertilizer plant, land near airport emerge as top spots
October 13, 2005
Economic development officials know where they want the community’s next major business parks to be.
People in the news
October 13, 2005
¢ Clapton to publish memoirs ¢ Humanitarian award ¢ Miller, Law have split ¢ Wedding photos released ¢ Channing pleads no contest to drunken driving charge ¢ American Wookiee
Commodities
October 13, 2005
Nudity ban fails to win approval
October 13, 2005
A proposed ban on public nudity, drafted after a local nudist colony staged plays promoting a clothing-free lifestyle, failed to win approval from the Topeka City Council.
Frito-Lay cooking up healthier snacks
October 13, 2005
Seeking to boost its appeal to health-conscious consumers, Frito-Lay Inc. plans to introduce “veggie” chips and fruit chips as early as next year, the company’s top executive said Wednesday.
One killed in blast at pork plant
October 13, 2005
One person was killed and 14 were injured Wednesday in an explosion at a pork processing plant in south St. Joseph.
Stagnant salaries
October 13, 2005
To the editor: Kennedy once said, “Education : is the mainspring of our progress; the highest expression in our society, ennobling and enriching human life.”
Minority view
October 13, 2005
To the editor: Does Sen. Pat Roberts really believe that terrorists would have an “unfair advantage” over the United States if the Senate passes a defense appropriations bill amendment banning cruel and inhumane treatment?
Poor headlines
October 13, 2005
To the editor: Salman Rushdie gave a remarkably personal, intelligent, perceptive, humorous and educated presentation at the Lied Center last week, but the Journal-World headlines concerning the talk are misleading enough to make a reader attribute them to bad journalism or even to think that they are an attack on Mr. Rushdie and his views.
Teacher’s gift
October 13, 2005
To the editor: With the passing of R. Wayne Nelson, Lawrence High School choral music teacher for many years, the Lawrence community has lost a man of character, grace and quality.
Set personal beliefs aside
October 13, 2005
The real cards are now on the table. Steve Abrams, chairman of the Kansas State Board of Education dealt his cards in the game of science education during a recent speech to a Christian group in Independence. As the Journal-World headlined the story: “Official: It’s evolution or the Bible, not both.”
Is U.N. agency protecting culture or commerce?
October 13, 2005
Louise Oliver never did anything to injure George W. Bush, yet in 2003 he named her ambassador to UNESCO in Paris. For that presidential cruelty we, although not she, should be thankful.
Lawrence datebook
October 13, 2005
Light conversation
Outdoor bulbs illuminate walks, homes
October 13, 2005
Autumn delivers a cruel twist. Just as the weather turns ideal for spending long, lingering evenings outside, shorter days mean the lights are going out early on the party.
State seeks restrictions, restitution in BTK case
Judge recommends sexual offender treatment
October 13, 2005
A judge recommended Wednesday that BTK killer Dennis Rader should receive treatment as a sexual offender while he serves the rest of his life in prison for 10 murders.
Halloween costumes return to dark side
October 13, 2005
Bunny Lavalliere’s recent Halloween costumes have been mostly “fluffy and fairy-like,” as she puts it - but not this year.
Horoscopes
October 13, 2005
For Thursday, Oct. 13
Irish won’t upend USC
October 13, 2005
In 1993, Florida State had that air of invincibility Southern California now possesses.
Going for 4
Jimmie Johnson hopes to become first driver to win four straight Nextel Cup races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway
October 13, 2005
If there’s one thing Jimmie Johnson doesn’t need these days, it’s another reason for everyone to make him and his No. 48 team a focus of attention.
Tittrington: Football playoffs start now
October 13, 2005
Ask the folks at the Kansas High School Activities Assn., and they’ll tell you the state high school football playoffs don’t begin until Nov. 1.
Maple Leaf Festival slated to begin this weekend
October 13, 2005
The third weekend in October is like Christmas for shop and restaurant owners in Baldwin.
Sewer concerns back up projects
October 13, 2005
Developers wanting to know whether they can proceed with new projects in Lawrence’s popular northwest growth corridor received a clear answer Wednesday. Wait.
Correction
October 13, 2005
Barry Speert of Overland Park was misquoted in Wednesday’s edition. Speert said that he viewed newly hired Kansas Education Commissioner Bob Corkins as a person of conscience and as such would expect that if he was going to pursue cuts in education funding, he would first forego a portion of his own salary.
Oklahomans take chances on lottery
October 13, 2005
Oklahoma’s first lottery players scratched off their tickets Wednesday, ushering in a statewide game intended to raise millions of dollars for public education.
National Book Award finalists announced
October 13, 2005
E.L. Doctorow’s “The March,” his novelization of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s bloody Civil War campaign, and Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking,” her memoir of grieving her late husband, were among the nominees announced Wednesday for the National Book Awards.
Study examines trend toward later marriage
October 13, 2005
Couples in the Northeast are hearing wedding bells later than men and women elsewhere in the country - especially Utah, where younger newlyweds are the norm.
Democrats must seek path down middle
October 13, 2005
In the welter of dissonant voices raised this year during the unending debates about the future of the Democratic Party, few have been as clear as those of Elaine Kamarck and Bill Galston.
Property rights
Kansas legislators are right to look at ways to prevent indiscriminate use of eminent domain powers.
October 13, 2005
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the use of eminent domain has raised new concerns that apparently will be the topic of discussion in the 2005 session of the Kansas Legislature.