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Whooping cough on rise in county
October 18, 2005
Whooping cough, or pertussis, appears to be on the rise in Douglas County. Since Sept. 1, there have been 15 confirmed cases and another 13 unconfirmed, mostly among teenagers.
Firefighters responding to blaze
October 18, 2005
Lawrence firefighters responded to a report of a garage fire this afternoon at 828 Broadview Drive.
Man injured when asphalt truck rolls
October 18, 2005
Authorities were responding to a report late this morning of a man being injured in an accident southeast of Lawrence on Douglas County Road 458 near Sibleyville.
Summer-like temperatures heating up Lawrence
Storms moving in Wednesday night, Thursday
October 18, 2005
Take advantage of today’s sunny skies and warm temperatures while they last — cooler and wetter weather is on the way, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “Make sure you enjoy it because there’s a big change on the horizon,” Schack said. “This could be one of the last days we have in the mid-80s.”
Two overnight fires damage house, mobile home
October 18, 2005
A two-alarm fire broke out in a home converted to apartments in the 1200 block of Tennessee at 1:35 a.m., Tuesday. Interim Lawrence Fire Chief Mark Bradford says the residents who live at the house at 1216 Tennessee St. got out safely.
No designs on the prize
An LHS grad who creates award-winning Web sites isn’t in it for the recognition. But he’s getting plenty of notice anyway.
October 18, 2005
JD Hooge is getting major recognition in the world of Web site design. It’s sort of odd, considering his goal as a designer is to not be noticed at all.
Lawrence Chamber Orchestra season kicks off
October 18, 2005
The Lawrence Chamber Orchestra opened its season Sunday afternoon with a program described as “dance-inspired and dance-like chamber music” from the 19th through 21st centuries.
Apartment shooting results in conviction
October 18, 2005
Jurors deliberated about three hours Monday before convicting a Lawrence man of attempted murder in connection with a shooting last December at the Boardwalk Apartments.
Buddhist scholar set to lecture tonight
October 18, 2005
Palden Gyatso, a Tibetan Buddhist scholar who spent three decades as a political prisoner, will give a public lecture tonight at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.
Woman barges into city manager’s home
October 18, 2005
An intoxicated woman barged into City Manager Mike Wildgen’s Old West Lawrence home early Sunday morning.
Pump patrol
October 18, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.42 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
KU Football Notebook
October 18, 2005
 
Wilson’s state dreams derailed
LHS senior shoots 16-over-par 87, places 14th; Lions’ Shmalberg rallies for 106
October 18, 2005
Give Sydney Wilson credit for her candor. The Lawrence High senior decided long before she stepped on the course Monday for the Class 6-5A Girls State Golf Tournament that there only was one acceptable outcome.
Commentary: UT-Tech matchup new game of the year
October 18, 2005
By now, we’re accustomed to the Big 12 Conference “Game of the Year” happening in October. We’re just not used to it involving Texas and a different team that wears red: Texas Tech.
Prep Collins commits to KU
October 18, 2005
Chicago Crane High basketball coach Anthony Longstreet had a gut feeling his prize point guard was Kansas University-bound after watching the high school senior sign autographs for, and take pictures with, children after Friday’s Late Night in the Phog.
Mangino hasn’t named Swanson — or anyone else
October 18, 2005
Amid rumors Jason Swanson already had been selected, early Monday evening Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino said he had made no decision on a starting quarterback for Saturday’s game against Colorado.
Beetle donated to help raise funds
Driving toward a cure for breast cancer
October 18, 2005
David Bach has had quite a few friends and customers affected by breast cancer. He also has a wife and four daughters.
Commentary: Don’t write off Patriots
October 18, 2005
Yes, New England is only 3-3, the three losses more than it has had in each of the last two seasons. Still, the Patriots live, although their chances for an unprecedented third straight Super Bowl are chancy.
Colts rely on … defense?
Manning, James solid, but forced turnovers lead Indy past St. Louis
October 18, 2005
When the Indianapolis Colts score 45 points, it’s usually because of Peyton Manning and the offense. Not Monday night.
Roaf still getting into game shape
Hamstring OK, but K.C. left tackle must shake rust after layoff
October 18, 2005
The limp? Pay no mind. It wasn’t a recurrence of the hamstring injury that caused him to miss three games, Willie Roaf said, but a natural consequence of the years he’s spent crashing his 6-foot-5, 320-pound - and, let’s not forget, 35-year-old - body into opposing defenders.
Kansas high school sports scores for Oct. 17
October 18, 2005
 
Sterling starters help White Sox relax for Series
After dominating ALCS, Chicago can kick back, await championship opponent
October 18, 2005
What a way to head to the World Series. Rested and tested. With a remarkable stretch of four straight complete games, the Chicago White Sox starters gave their bullpen a weekend off and paved the way for the team’s first World Series appearance in 46 years.
Houston closer Lidge makes rare mistake
October 18, 2005
The Houston Astros were one strike away from their first World Series with the home crowd worked into a frenzy and hard-throwing Brad Lidge - who else? - in control.
Not so fast: St. Louis forces Game 6
Pujols’ towering, two-run, ninth-inning homer dooms Houston
October 18, 2005
They were perched atop the dugout steps, ready to race onto the field for a wild celebration. Only one out to go for the Houston Astros to reach their first World Series. Only one problem - it was Albert Pujols.
Seahawks’ Hamlin injured in brawl
October 18, 2005
Seahawks safety Ken Hamlin was in serious but stable condition Monday because of a fractured skull and other head injuries following a fight outside a downtown Seattle nightclub.
Knicks’ Houston hangs ‘em up
Two-time All-Star unable to overcome knee ailments
October 18, 2005
New York Knicks guard Allan Houston retired Monday, unable to recover from knee injuries that kept him out much of the last two seasons.
Convicted Haskell accountant dead
Burd stole more than $100,000 from foundation; death ruled a suicide
October 18, 2005
Gerry Burd, a former accountant who admitted stealing more than $100,000 from the Haskell Foundation, is dead.
Syrian witness arrested in probe of Hariri killing
October 18, 2005
Police arrested a former Syrian intelligence officer who is considered an important witness in a U.N. investigation of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, officials said Monday.
Police: Former Somali militia leader arrested
October 18, 2005
A Somali suspected of being a militia leader during the 1993 “Black Hawk Down” battle that left 18 Americans dead was arrested Monday on suspicion of war crimes while attending a conference in Sweden, police and organizers said.
Study shows steep decline in violent conflict
October 18, 2005
After nearly five decades of steady increase, all forms of violent conflict except for terrorism have dropped rapidly since the end of the Cold War, according to a three-year study released Monday by a Canadian think tank.
100 Japanese lawmakers visit controversial shrine
October 18, 2005
About 100 Japanese lawmakers prayed at a shrine honoring the nation’s war dead today, a day after a visit by the country’s prime minister triggered protests from China and South Korea, which say the shrine glorifies Japan’s past militarism.
Israel imposes tough travel restrictions after shootings
October 18, 2005
Israel clamped long-term travel restrictions on West Bank Palestinians Monday, barring them from major roads amid fears that two drive-by shootings signaled the start of a new round of Palestinian attacks against Israelis in the territory.
Health officials confirm whooping cough cases
October 18, 2005
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department announced Monday there have been 15 confirmed cases of whooping cough and 13 likely cases of the highly contagious respiratory infection since Sept. 1.
On the record
October 18, 2005
 
A magic season on the big screen
October 18, 2005
There is lots of magic coming your way on the big screen this fall and winter. Here’s a guide to big hits of the season with the scheduled date of opening.
GM’s $3B loss drives union deal
Firm announces plan with workers to cut health costs
October 18, 2005
General Motors Corp., under pressure to turn around its business after losing nearly $3 billion in the first nine months of the year, announced a tentative agreement Monday with the United Auto Workers that will help lower its staggering health care costs.
Black Rob gets a good grade on his new album, ‘The Black Rob Report’
October 18, 2005
Bad Boy artist Black Rob has faced quite a few impediments since the success of his smash single “Whoa!” in 2000, including some very public legal issues and a rare kidney disorder.
Science’s economic role to be investigated
October 18, 2005
The Kansas Economic Policy Conference, set for Oct. 27, will focus on the role of science as an engine for economic growth.
Visiting Nurses Assn. staff commended
October 18, 2005
Douglas County commissioners on Monday commended the board and staff of the Visiting Nurses Assn. for their efforts to make the organization financially stable.
Wichita-area casino plan pitched
October 18, 2005
Former Mayor Bob Knight is presenting plans for a casino originally planned for Sedgwick County to surrounding counties, including to officials in Harvey County who have agreed to let residents vote on the matter.
Ala. Insurance Department takes over 15 cemeteries
Operator is same company that ran Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence
October 18, 2005
The state Insurance Department has taken over operation of 15 funeral homes and cemeteries from Mike Graham and Associates, contending the businesses failed to put $2 million of customers’ payments into a trust.
Powerball may create many millionaires
October 18, 2005
If someone wins the estimated $340 million Powerball jackpot Wednesday, he or she won’t be the only one who will benefit from the record prize.
Autopsy reveals lawyer’s wife was beaten to death
October 18, 2005
On a scenic hillside near San Francisco, criminal defense attorney Daniel Horowitz and his wife were building their dream home on a site swarming with contractors.
Agency: Truck driver had suspended license
October 18, 2005
A 22-year-old semitrailer driver had a suspended license when his rig jackknifed and was struck by a bus carrying a high school band, killing five people and injuring 29, authorities said Monday.
Boston bomb hoax suspect nabbed
October 18, 2005
Mexican authorities have arrested Jose Ernesto Beltran Quinonez, who’s accused of making a phony threat of a nuclear attack on Boston earlier this year.
One of every $5 in 9-11 direct loans in default
October 18, 2005
Roughly $1 of every $5 in loans the Small Business Administration directly made to companies hurt by the 9-11 attacks has fallen into default, leaving the government with an uphill effort to recover millions of dollars in taxpayer money.
Former ‘SNL’ comedian’s death ruled a suicide
October 18, 2005
Actor and comedian Charles Rocket, who had roles in a variety of movies and TV series and briefly gained notoriety for uttering an obscenity on “Saturday Night Live,” committed suicide, the state medical examiner ruled.
Diane Sawyer to become fixture in downtown Louisville
October 18, 2005
Diane Sawyer has joined Muhammad Ali, jockey Pat Day and KFC founder Col. Harlan Sanders as a fixture in downtown Louisville.
Director goes topless to promote Iraq film
October 18, 2005
Roberto Benigni delivered four minutes of slapstick comedy antics during a live appearance on state television to promote his latest comic film, set against the backdrop of the Iraq war.
Today’ anchor’s penthouse doesn’t sit well with neighbors
October 18, 2005
City officials have ordered Ann Curry to shorten the penthouse she had built atop her Upper West Side home or face a public hearing.
Paris Hilton says she’s not letting go of her ‘Simple Life’
October 18, 2005
Paris Hilton says she isn’t giving up “The Simple Life” just yet. “We’re shooting Nov. 1,” said the 24-year-old hotel heiress, who had a front-row seat at the Louis Verdad fashion show Sunday. “All the networks are fighting over it.”
Invasive search
October 18, 2005
To the editor: In late August, we attended the funeral of our aunt, Mrs. Ed Henke, in Beloit. Many relatives came including my uncle, Mike Auer, and several rooms were rented at the local Super 8 Motel.
Aid workers fear relief may not arrive in time to save survivors
October 18, 2005
Aid workers warned Monday that exposure and infection could trigger a second wave of deaths if thousands of injured and hungry quake victims across the stricken Himalayas are not reached soon.
Financial sway
October 18, 2005
To the editor: I see only 54,000 attended the Kansas University/Oklahoma University game. What a disappointment. I hope this sends a message to KU that moving games off campus is not a good idea.
Bush assurances don’t satisfy Republicans
October 18, 2005
In a way, you can’t blame the Bush Administration for turning the conversation to Harriet Miers’ religion. What else are they going to talk about? Her qualifications?
Water woes
The problems in two Kansas towns serve as a good reminder of the importance of protecting water resources.
October 18, 2005
Clean, drinkable water is something we too often take for granted.
Poor welcome
Kansas University should reconsider its non-resident tuition bill for a Kansas student who recently left the military.
October 18, 2005
It just doesn’t seem right that someone who has lived in Kansas all of his life except when he was taken away by military service shouldn’t qualify for resident tuition at Kansas University.
Attorney: DeLay declined plea deal
October 18, 2005
A Texas prosecutor offered Rep. Tom DeLay a deal to plead guilty to a misdemeanor and save his job as majority leader, but DeLay chose to fight felony charges instead, the congressman’s attorney said Monday.
Giving up nicotine may help fractures heal faster
October 18, 2005
Smokers’ broken bones take a lot longer to heal. But scientists now are studying whether giving up cigarettes for even a week or two after a fracture might make the difference between a speedy recovery and months of easy-to-reinjure, mushy bones.
Spellings launches review of college costs, quality
October 18, 2005
Education Secretary Margaret Spellings launched a major review of the nation’s colleges Monday, citing slipping U.S. performance and scattershot decision-making.
Fog’ obscures rivals at weekend box office
October 18, 2005
Despite competition as thick as pea soup, the critically panned remake of “The Fog” came on little cat feet to steal away the box office title.
Best Bets
October 18, 2005
 
Double Take: If drinking’s inevitable, take responsible steps
October 18, 2005
As you know, teenage drinking at school dances and activities has been a problem for a long time and is getting worse. What advice would you give to kids and parents about this issue, regarding safety and good decision-making?
In the Classroom: Communication guides success of conferences with schoolteachers
October 18, 2005
The triangle of student, parent and teacher can be a positive force in education, creating a rapport and open trust that aid the complicated educational process. However, lack of communication and frustration between adults can be very damaging to the most fragile leg of the triangle, and schoolchildren of any age are vulnerable.
In the Halls
October 18, 2005
What makes a good Web site?
Westar recommends rate increase
October 18, 2005
The state’s largest electric company must increase its annual rates by at least $84 million to continue recovering from financial problems associated with former CEO David Wittig’s tenure, utility officials told Kansas regulators Monday.
American families using credit cards to make ends meet, survey finds
October 18, 2005
A young woman was asking me recently for tips on how to save. While we were talking, she admitted that she had a lot of credit card debt.
Mattel profits fall; Hasbro earnings up
October 18, 2005
Barbie lost out to Darth Vader as Mattel Inc. posted a double-digit decline in third-quarter earnings Monday, and rival Hasbro Inc. generated an increase in profit.
Lawrence leader joins KC development board
October 18, 2005
Mike Maddox, already a major player in economic-development initiatives for Lawrence, is extending his efforts into the Kansas City metro area.
Commodities
October 18, 2005
 
Testing error results in scholarships for students
October 18, 2005
A testing company that incorrectly scored online versions of Virginia’s high school exit exam has offered $5,000 scholarships to five students who were blocked from graduating.
Government loses $280B tobacco appeal
October 18, 2005
The Supreme Court refused Monday to let the government sue tobacco companies for $280 billion, a major victory for cigarette makers.
Unusually high’ number of yes votes prompts audit
October 18, 2005
Iraq’s election commission announced Monday that officials were investigating “unusually high” numbers of “yes” votes in about a dozen provinces during Iraq’s landmark referendum on a new constitution, raising questions about irregularities in the balloting.
Boardwalk fire survivor hasn’t let his dreams die
Picking up pieces of fractured life
October 18, 2005
As Eli Greenbaum jumped out of the third-floor bedroom window of his smoke-filled apartment, he knew the blanket two police officers were holding below wasn’t going to do much to break his fall.
Football facility game plan emerging
October 18, 2005
What remained exclusively in the heads of several Kansas University athletic visionaries for more than a year now is starting to be developed into a more tangible form — though it’s still early in the process.
Trashed lawns have some Oread residents up in arms
October 18, 2005
Picking up trash isn’t that tough. That’s why Oread Neighborhood resident Candice Davis said she thinks the city is being too lenient by giving people 15 days to pick up beer bottles, cups and other litter before being cited under the city’s trash ordinance.
WHO: Bird flu will spread to other countries
Asia still faces biggest threat of human virus
October 18, 2005
Bird flu can be expected to spread to other countries, but the biggest threat of it mutating into a human virus that could kill millions remains in Asia, the World Health Organization said Monday.
The Wright choice
Big 12 coaches tap Jayhawk preseason freshman of the year
October 18, 2005
Julian Wright is delighted the Big 12 Conference’s basketball coaches Monday tapped him preseason freshman of the year.
Correction
October 18, 2005
A story in Sunday’s Pulse section gave the incorrect date for the opening reception for “Convergence,” an international art exhibition featuring Lawrence and Canadian artists. The reception will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., with a free shuttle service running to a concurrent show at KU’s Art & Design Gallery.
Mayor warns storm may prompt evacuations
October 18, 2005
Mayor Ray Nagin warned residents Monday to prepare for another evacuation if Tropical Storm Wilma strengthened and moved toward the hurricane-weary city.
Wilma could strike U.S. Gulf Coast
October 18, 2005
Wilma, the record-tying 21st tropical storm of the season, formed in the Caribbean on Monday, and forecasters warned it could become a powerful hurricane and hit somewhere along the U.S. Gulf Coast as early as the weekend.
No comparison
October 18, 2005
To the editor: Comparing evolution and intelligent design is like comparing astronomers and astrologers, psychologists and psychics, or horses and unicorns.
Term limits for justices?
October 18, 2005
Nowhere in the oath of office taken by Supreme Court Justices does the phrase “until death do us part” appear. It just seems that way.
Iraq steps don’t mirror founding of U.S.
October 18, 2005
Eccentric language often is symptomatic of peculiar thinking, and when the history of America’s Iraq intervention is written, attention should be paid to the interveners’ frequent use of the locution “to stand up.”
Upgrade lifts Aquila
October 18, 2005
The stock of Aquila Inc. climbed Monday after Robert W. Baird & Co. raised the utility company’s investment ratings.
Horoscopes
October 18, 2005
 
Leaders look south for new parkland
October 18, 2005
Parks and Recreation leaders are looking in a new direction - south - for future parkland in Lawrence.
Rec Calendar
October 18, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
October 18, 2005
 
Official: Court took too long to prepare Saddam’s case
October 18, 2005
Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari complained Monday that the Iraqi court trying Saddam Hussein took an unjustifiably long time to prepare its case and brushed aside concerns that the court could be biased against the former dictator.
Bus driver faces homicide charges in deaths of 23 senior citizens
October 18, 2005
The driver of a bus that caught fire while carrying nursing-home patients fleeing Hurricane Rita was charged Monday with criminally negligent homicide in the deaths of 23 passengers.
Beanie tradition still alive at Benedictine
October 18, 2005
A 50-year tradition that few, if any, other colleges continue might not still be alive if not for a Kansas City, Kan., woman picking it up two decades ago as a favor to her son.
Court rules inmate may have abortion
October 18, 2005
Missouri officials must let a pregnant inmate have an abortion, the Supreme Court said Monday, rejecting an appeal by anti-abortion Gov. Matt Blunt.
Intelligent design advocate: Evolution alone can’t explain life
October 18, 2005
A biochemistry professor who is a leading advocate of “intelligent design” testified Monday that evolution alone can’t explain complex biological processes and he believes God is behind them.
Report: Relief efforts after Katrina lacked spending controls
October 18, 2005
The government spent nearly $300 million for a private contractor to hire buses, trucks and planes for hurricane relief efforts - apparently with little control or oversight, according to a Transportation Department memo released Monday.
Magazine group lists top covers of last 40 years
October 18, 2005
On what would be the last day of his life, John Lennon posed for photographs with Yoko Ono in a session with photographer Annie Liebovitz.
Art guild sponsoring blood drive
October 18, 2005
The Lawrence Art Guild has organized a blood drive Thursday at First Christian Church to replenish supplies weakened by recent disasters in the U.S.
Murder rate in U.S. hits 40-year low
October 18, 2005
The nation’s murder rate declined last year for the first time in four years, dropping to the lowest level in 40 years. Experts said local rather than national trends were mostly responsible.
Father pleads for mercy
Judge denies request to lower bail, allow attendance at funeral
October 18, 2005
A Lawrence man charged with murdering his 5-month-old daughter sobbed and clutched his midsection Monday while pleading with a judge to lower his bond so he could get out of jail.
Science series is a natural hit
October 18, 2005
More than 200 years after Benjamin Franklin went kite flying during a thunderstorm, scientists are still trying to call down lightning to understand its origins and awesome power.
Woodling: Offense will rule Friday
October 18, 2005
Figure filberts out there are welcome to delve into the record books, but I suspect a Kansas University first occurred over the weekend: The soccer team outscored the football team.
USC, Texas sit atop season’s first BCS poll
October 18, 2005
Southern California and Texas were Nos. 1 and 2 in the first Bowl Championship Series standings of the season Monday, just as they have been in the polls since the preseason.
Study addresses special needs during disaster evacuations
October 18, 2005
A woman who was quadriplegic couldn’t get to the upper floors of her home during a recent hurricane. She drowned on the first floor.
Chamber presents ‘Excellence’ awards
Lawrence firms receive recognition for accomplishments
October 18, 2005
Five Lawrence businesses are winners in the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Commerce awards program.
Blonds have all the fun
Sandy-haired Brit becomes new James Bond
October 18, 2005
Blond. James Blond. Daniel Craig, a 37-year-old, sandy-haired Englishman was introduced Friday as the new James Bond, ending months of speculation. He’ll star in “Casino Royale,” directed by Martin Campbell, due out next year.
Celebrity birthdays
October 18, 2005
Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis is 44. Rock n’ roll performer Chuck Berry is 79. Football coach Mike Ditka is 66. Gospel singer Vickie Winans is 52. Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme is 45.
Jayni’s Kitchen’ explores Italian recipes this week
October 18, 2005
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Mangia Italiano!” Sheryle D’Amico, director of the Oncology Center and Breast Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, shares her favorite Italian recipes. Jayni Carey is host.