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Lions place second in gymnastics meet
October 20, 2005
The Lions finished second as a team Thursday at the Sunflower League gymnastics meet at Lawrence High School.
Lions to face Firebirds in city showdown
October 20, 2005
The fight for bragging rights continue as Lawrence High and Free State High throw down Friday at Memorial Stadium. Both head into Friday’s match 1-0 in district play but before you head out to the game, 6Sports reporter DJ Whetter has highlights of previous showdowns.
Survivor: Nakum rolls over Yaxha in reward challenge
Both tribes go to tribal council
October 20, 2005
Day 15 of the 39-day competition began with a reward challenge that pitted Jayhawk Danni Boatwright and Wildcat Brandon Bellinger’s Yaxha tribe against their rivals in a two-on-two game involving a giant ball.
Chat transcript with Bill Wagnon, Kansas State Board of Education member
October 20, 2005
Wagnon discusses the new education commissioner, the teaching of intelligent design, and teachers’ pay.
Chat transcript with Lawrence High football coach Dirk Wedd and Free State coach Bob Lisher
October 20, 2005
City high school football coaches discuss their seasons.
Cool, damp and cloudy today
October 20, 2005
Grab a jacket and take along an umbrella this morning — temperatures in the 50s, cool winds and possibly even more rain are in Lawrence’s forecast. “We do have a chance for a spotty shower, especially during the midday,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “If you think it feels cool on your way out this morning, it’s going to feel the same on your way home.”
Brace for cold, pricey season
October 20, 2005
As a proud and often loud penny pincher, I’m always asked if there is anything I will splurge on.
Tittrington: Eudora inspired by losses
October 20, 2005
It wasn’t so much a wake-up call. More like a wake-up sledgehammer to the head.
Autumn’s changing leaves signal time to get your home and yard ready for winter
October 20, 2005
Victim says she’s due a just reward
Woman turns in her boyfriend but can’t collect from Crime Stoppers
October 20, 2005
The response was swift. Five of the 10 people identified by the sheriff’s office as Douglas County’s “Most Wanted” fugitives were arrested within two days of the article appearing in Monday’s Journal-World.
Defiant Saddam pleads innocent in stormy hearing
October 20, 2005
Gone were the Homburg hat and the cigar. So were a few pounds after nearly two years in an American military prison. Still, the swagger and the smirk remained, the bearing of a man accustomed to 23 years of unchallenged power.
Employee benefits sinking U.S. companies
October 20, 2005
General Motors took an interesting turn on Monday. It is going back into the automobile business.
Commentary: Keep instant replay out of baseball
October 20, 2005
The way things are going, umpires are in danger of becoming figureheads, stuck behind the plate to lend an air of authority more imagined than real, like the Queen of England at events of state, minus the tiara and jewelry.
Kansas women make rare road trip
Jayhawks thrilled to have long season-opening homestand
October 20, 2005
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson and two of her seniors traveled to Texas for Big 12 Media Day on Wednesday.
CU expects ‘someone else’ at QB
October 20, 2005
It might just be a hunch, or Colorado University football coach Gary Barnett might have consulted with a Ouija Board, Magic 8-ball or Miss Cleo.
Few come to collect donations for fire relief
October 20, 2005
There have been many givers. Now Donna Watson needs some takers.
Defense: Former head was dreamer
October 20, 2005
The former head of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center who is facing charges of stealing and selling space artifacts is a dreamer who turned the center into a nationally recognized museum, not the schemer portrayed by the prosecution, a defense attorney said Wednesday.
LMH strategy is to be regional player
October 20, 2005
Lawrence Memorial Hospital needs to be about more than just Lawrence.
Woman throws three children into Bay
October 20, 2005
A woman with her three children - ages 1, 3 and 6 - pushed a stroller down the promenade of Pier 7 along the waterfront Wednesday evening, apparently stripped them of their clothes and threw them into the chilly bay water, police said.
Frozen body believed to be WWII airman
October 20, 2005
An ice-encased body discovered by two climbers on a Sierra Nevada glacier is believed to be that of an airman whose plane crashed in 1942.
Horoscopes
October 20, 2005
For Thursday, Oct. 20
Lions can’t shake last year’s loss
October 20, 2005
Brett Sims needed only five words to describe in a nutshell how Lawrence High’s football players reacted to last year’s loss to Free State.
Daily ticker
October 20, 2005
Put your garden to bed with some organic TLC
October 20, 2005
Our gardening stage is empty. The last curtain call has come and gone, and only an echo of the colorful aster remains. There is stillness except for the rustle of leaves kicked up by passing breezes and pedestrians.
Jackson provides post pointers
October 20, 2005
There is one thing I know for sure when trying out Sunday: I will be at a height disadvantage.
Rice: U.S. may still be in Iraq in 10 years
October 20, 2005
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice declined on Wednesday to rule out American forces still being needed in Iraq a decade from now. Senators warned that the Bush administration must play it straight with the public or risk losing public support for the war.
New figures put death toll from quake above 79,000
October 20, 2005
The death toll soared to 79,000 Wednesday from South Asia’s mammoth earthquake, following a survey of one of the two hardest-hit Pakistani regions - making it one of the deadliest quakes in modern times.
Companies getting tax abatements will soon have to make their case
October 20, 2005
Lawrence companies receiving tax abatements need to get ready to justify the tax breaks they’re receiving.
People in the news
October 20, 2005
¢ Parents Television Council finds little to like this season ¢ Albright visits ‘Gilmore Girls’ ¢ Banderas gets his star ¢ Bush, Bono do lunch
Lawrence datebook
October 20, 2005
Houston headed to Series
Astros close out Cardinals for first pennant in franchise history
October 20, 2005
No wonder the celebration was so sweet. They never had one before.
Reception scheduled for ‘Convergence’ show
October 20, 2005
As part of the international art event “Convergence: Work by Canadian and U.S. Women Artists,” a grand opening reception will be from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Kansas University’s Art and Design Gallery.
Hollywood & Politics’ slated for November
October 20, 2005
Former Kansas congressman Dan Glickman, now president of the Motion Picture Association of America, and Hollywood producer Alex Graves will highlight the Dole Institute of Politics’ “Hollywood & Politics” lecture series at the institute on Kansas University’s campus.
Day of the Dead events continue
October 20, 2005
A Day of the Dead celebration kicked off Tuesday with a ceremony at Watkins Community Museum of History.
Chiefs, Dolphins watching Wilma
Hurricane could cause switch to Sunday night or Monday
October 20, 2005
With Hurricane Wilma threatening to affect the Miami Dolphins’ home game Sunday against Kansas City, Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil jokingly lobbied for a change in the schedule.
Bruschi back eight months after suffering stroke
Patriots linebacker practices with team, hopes to be ready for Oct. 30 game
October 20, 2005
Tedy Bruschi lifted both legs far over his head as he lay on his back and stretched. He chased teammate Mike Vrabel and blocked him playfully in the back. He ran to the next drill.
Girardi to manage Marlins
Florida taps Yankees bench coach
October 20, 2005
The crowds will be smaller, the budget tighter, the odds of winning longer. Still, the chance to manage lured Joe Girardi from the New York Yankees to the Florida Marlins.
KU volleyball falls to ISU
October 20, 2005
Despite a school-record 22 team blocks and 16 kills from senior middle blocker Josi Lima, Kansas University dropped a four-game match to visiting Iowa State Wednesday night at the Horejsi Center.
Our town sports
October 20, 2005
KU-CU available locally on PPV
October 20, 2005
Kansas University’s football game at Colorado, slated for a 6 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, will be available to Sunflower Broadband subscribers via pay-per-view on channel 356.
Big 12 briefs
October 20, 2005
Missouri coach Quin Snyder has a great relationship with Kansas University coach Bill Self.
Animated Snyder talks about job security
October 20, 2005
A relaxed Quin Snyder was chit-chatting with a handful of reporters Wednesday in a Harvey Hotel interview room when a Big 12 Conference Media Day official requested the meeting be moved into an adjacent hallway.
Wal-Mart turns to corn for plastic packaging
October 20, 2005
Wal-Mart is going green.
DST Systems calling for more employees
October 20, 2005
DST Systems Inc., which owns and operates a center for processing financial accounts in Lawrence, is shopping around for additional employees.
Hurricane Katrina’s big contracts go to companies in political loop
October 20, 2005
When Hurricane Katrina struck, Ashbritt Inc. was well positioned to take advantage of the torrent of government dollars that followed.
Commerce names top Billings in tourism
October 20, 2005
After a quarter-century working to fill the city’s hotels, restaurants and other businesses with money-spending visitors, Judy Billings is being recognized for her work that stretches well beyond the city’s boundaries.
Toplikar: Energy costs spur savings search
Changing thermostats can help cool heating bills this winter, experts advise
October 20, 2005
“They were saying we all ought to get used to 60 degrees this winter,” my wife said. “Sixty? That’s pretty low, mom,” Katy said. My wife and our daughter were sitting on the couch Sunday night, watching “Desperate Housewives.”
Enameled pieces regain popularity
October 20, 2005
A favorite wedding gift in the 1950s was a one-of-a-kind, colorful enameled ashtray or bowl made by a craftsperson. Enamels were especially popular in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Ohio, Illinois and California because art schools there had teachers who were experimenting with enameling.
French composers featured in show
October 20, 2005
The Spencer Consort will present a Sunday performance titled “Treasures from the French Baroque” at the Countryside United Methodist Church in Topeka.
Nominations sought for Governor’s Arts Awards
October 20, 2005
The Kansas Arts Commission is accepting nominations through Nov. 1 for Governor’s Arts Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, and support or availability of the arts in Kansas.
Sketch show planned at Liberty Hall
October 20, 2005
The Victor Continental Show will be at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass., featuring original sketch comedy.
New set of seniors represents KU
October 20, 2005
Wayne Simien, Keith Langford and Aaron Miles, who currently are in NBA camps, and sixth-man deluxe Michael Lee represented Kansas University at Big 12 Conference Media Day last October in Kansas City, Mo.
Lions’ Stiles makes most of chances
October 20, 2005
To find out about what Matt Stiles is to the Lawrence High football team, you first have to start with what the senior is not.
State education board member to chat online
October 20, 2005
One of Douglas County’s representatives on the Kansas State Board of Education will take questions this afternoon in an online chat on the Journal-World’s Web site.
Corkins approves deal for media services
October 20, 2005
New Kansas Education Commissioner Bob Corkins has approved a $5,000 contract with an Overland Park woman for media services.
Lawrence man charged in alleged rape
October 20, 2005
A 63-year-old Lawrence man has been charged with raping a 39-year-old woman early Tuesday in northeast Lawrence.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
October 20, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.36 at Citgo, at Ninth and Iowa streets, and Presto, at 602 W. 9th. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Officials remind motorists to be on lookout for deer
Accidents increase as animals mate, store fat for winter
October 20, 2005
It’s the peak time of year for drivers to find deer in their headlights - or to hear the “thud” of one jumping into the side of their car as they speed down the highway.
KU: Allen Fieldhouse will be fire-ready
Games aren’t expected to be disrupted
October 20, 2005
Kansas University and fire officials met Wednesday morning to ensure the fire safety of Allen Fieldhouse during the upcoming college basketball season.
KU Med called on to boost research
Higher education report touts facility’s potential to lead region in life science studies
October 20, 2005
More money should be pumped into Kansas University Medical Center to build the region’s life sciences research capacity, according to a report released Wednesday by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.
Wilma’s strength erupts
Floridians take cover as powerful hurricane barrels their way
October 20, 2005
In what has become an all-too-familiar drill, Floridians boarded up windows, gassed up their cars and bought storm supplies Wednesday. But this time they were looking at one of the most intense hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic.
Marching festival slated for Saturday
October 20, 2005
The 14th Annual Heart of America Marching Festival is set for Saturday in Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium.
Public Enemy frontman speaks about hip-hop
October 20, 2005
The pioneering Public Enemy frontman and Air America radio commentator spoke Wednesday night at the Kansas Union, touching on a wide variety of topics, including the history of hip-hop, the “Pied Piperism” of corporate pop culture and the depictions of blacks in the media.
State education officials speak out against TABOR
Opponents say so-called Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights devastating in Colorado
October 20, 2005
State higher education officials Wednesday jumped into the fray over TABOR, saying the so-called Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights would devastate higher education in Kansas.
State scores remain above average
Only Massachusetts students fared better than Kansans on fourth-grade math test
October 20, 2005
While Kansas isn’t moving closer to the head of the class on some national math and reading tests, a top education official said Wednesday the state’s normally strong grades don’t show serious signs of slipping either.
Sebelius seeks to dismiss abortion suit
Governor says money spent on litigation filed by Kline could be used for health care
October 20, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Atty. Gen. Phill Kline against state-financed abortions for Medicaid recipients, saying money spent on the litigation could be better used for health care in Kansas.
Water used to battle fire damages home
Backed up sewer not covered by insurance
October 20, 2005
Facing $30,000 in damages and a big, fat N-O from his insurance company, Michael Clover can’t help wondering why he ever bothered to buy homeowner’s coverage.
Researcher says stem cell debate not over
Breakthrough adds new avenues, but won’t put an end to controversial methods
October 20, 2005
The stem cell controversy isn’t over. Yes, scientists announced this week they can create new stem cells without killing embryos, seemingly resolving ethical questions that have sparked fierce opposition to such research.
Watch out for yellow jackets, bees in the fall
October 20, 2005
The mild fall temperatures continue to be great for outdoor barbecues, but family and friends are not the only guests gathering at the picnic table. Also coming to dinner are yellow jacket wasps and honeybees. In search of a late-season meal, these invaders can be bothersome, to say the least. So take care to inspect your food and drink before every bite, or you may wind up with more than a mouthful.
House votes to block obesity lawsuits
October 20, 2005
The Republican-controlled House voted Wednesday to shield fast-food chains from lawsuits that blame them for making people fat.
State considering tighter restrictions on exotic animals
October 20, 2005
Two months after his daughter was killed by a captive Siberian tiger, Randy Hilderbrand has channeled his grief into efforts to make sure the same tragedy does not happen to another Kansas family.
Westar landfill plan gets approval
October 20, 2005
Douglas County Commissioners on Wednesday approved Westar Energy’s plan to create a new landfill at the Lawrence Energy Center, 1250 North 1800 Road.
Father of resident says son told him of nude therapy sessions
October 20, 2005
A former resident of a center whose owners are accused of mistreating mentally ill residents told his father of nude group therapy sessions, the father testified Wednesday.
Sounds of silence
Devil Music Ensemble breathes sonic life into horror classic
October 20, 2005
In its original language, the full title of Germany’s famed horror epic is “Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens.” This translates to “Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror.”
Wal-Mart heiress returns her degree
October 20, 2005
Elizabeth Paige Laurie’s name was on a sports arena at the University of Southern California when a former roommate alleged the Wal-Mart heiress paid her $20,000 to do her homework. Now it isn’t even on a USC diploma.
Commodities
October 20, 2005
Lawrence first
October 20, 2005
To the editor: It’s time we take the slogan “KU First” at face value, whether it’s moving home football games to Missouri or building scholarship halls in Oread.
Quality wetland
October 20, 2005
To the editor: As an ecologist with over 15 years of wetland experience, I would like to respond to the Sept. 4 Journal-World article, “Quality of new, restored wetlands center of debate,” which posed the question, “When it comes to creating new and restored wetlands, how good is good enough?”
U.N. recognition
October 20, 2005
To the editor: I would like to thank Doris Dort and John Bond for encouraging the Lawrence community to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations during the week of Oct. 24.
Troubling Plame subtext
October 20, 2005
When historians write about the Weimarization of Washington in the Bush years, they will highlight the tawdry and divisive case involving the publication of Valerie Plame’s CIA association and the incarceration of reporter Judith Miller.
Right and wrong
October 20, 2005
To the editor: In response to Glenn Hinkle’s letter, “No religion?”, I believe Mr. Hinkle’s taking it a little far with “We’ll all be reduced to animal survival of the strongest.”
Bad experience
October 20, 2005
To the editor: If Kansas University again schedules a “home” game at Arrowhead, I’ll either sell my tickets or, more likely, give up my season tickets and buy single-game tickets for the “real” home games.
Look at evidence
October 20, 2005
To the editor: Arguing with a creationist is like wrestling a pig in the mud.
A winning deal?
Kansas University officials should be open with the public about exactly what the university gained and lost by moving a home football game to Kansas City.
October 20, 2005
For many years, officials of the Kansas City Chiefs have been trying to get Kansas University officials to approve a Jayhawk football game in Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium. In past years, other schools invited to play KU in the proposed games said they would be agreeable if they did not have to give up one of their home games to play in Kansas City.
Human Trafficking’ dramatizes cause close to star
October 20, 2005
Mira Sorvino is the ambassador for Amnesty International’s Stop Violence Against Women program, so she deemed it “a perfect fit” to star in a miniseries about the problem of women forced into sex slavery.
Cast of a different variety
October 20, 2005
Comic actor John Leguizamo joins the cast of “ER” (9 p.m., NBC) as Dr. Ernesto Clemente, a supervising physician not afraid to use unorthodox means to shake things up. In fact, he will “introduce” himself to the staff, not as a physician, but as a patient, going undercover to see how his staff behaves when their guard is down.
Political reforms fall short of full democracy
October 20, 2005
Hong Kong’s government proposed political reforms Wednesday that fell far short of full democracy, but called for expanding the legislature and adding more people to a committee that picks the Chinese territory’s leader.
Court strips Pinochet of immunity for trial
October 20, 2005
Chile’s Supreme Court on Wednesday stripped former dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet of immunity from prosecution for corruption charges related to his multimillion dollar bank accounts overseas.
Magnitude 6.5 quake widely felt in country
October 20, 2005
A strong earthquake rocked northeastern Japan late Wednesday, shaking buildings in Tokyo and nearby areas and briefly shutting down train lines. Two people were reportedly injured.
Archbishop warns of food catastrophe
October 20, 2005
A Zimbabwean archbishop said Wednesday he feared 200,000 of his countrymen could die by early next year because of food shortages he blamed on his government, and called for President Robert Mugabe’s ouster.
Arrest warrants issued for three U.S. soldiers
October 20, 2005
A judge has issued an international arrest warrant for three U.S. soldiers whose tank fired on a Baghdad hotel during the Iraq war, killing a Spanish journalist and a Ukrainian cameraman, a court official in Madrid said Wednesday.
Rumsfeld voices concern on China’s missiles
October 20, 2005
The expanding reach of China’s nuclear missiles is worrisome to the United States, which would like Chinese officials to be more open about their intentions, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today.
Bird flu shows further spread
October 20, 2005
Russian authorities on Wednesday detected a deadly strain of bird flu south of Moscow and China reported a fresh outbreak in its northern grasslands - signs the deadly virus was spreading across Siberia to the Mediterranean along the pathways of migratory birds.
On the record
October 20, 2005
Titan rocket era comes to an end
October 20, 2005
For the 368th and last time, the United States launched a Titan rocket into space Wednesday.
Ex-funeral director faces corpse abuse charges
October 20, 2005
A former funeral director is facing charges of abusing the corpses of 19 babies whose remains were found in the garage of his old home.
Water receding behind battered dam
October 20, 2005
Residents of Taunton, a working-class city about 40 miles south of Boston, were breathing easier as water pressing against a battered wooden dam continued to recede Wednesday.
Oregon ticket wins Powerball
October 20, 2005
A ticket sold in Oregon matched all six numbers drawing in Wednesday’s Powerball game to win the $340 million jackpot.
Minorities closing gaps in math, reading
October 20, 2005
Black and Hispanic students are narrowing the achievement gap with whites in reading and math, but overall the nation’s progress is small or slipping.
Arrest warrant issued for DeLay
October 20, 2005
A state court issued an arrest warrant on Wednesday for Rep. Tom DeLay, requiring him to appear in Texas for booking on state conspiracy and money laundering charges.
Breast cancer breakthrough hailed
October 20, 2005
A drug that targets only diseased cells has proved astonishingly effective against an aggressive form of early breast cancer - a long-sought breakthrough that has doctors talking about curing thousands of women each year in this country alone.
Cafe du Monde’s reopening brings beignets back
October 20, 2005
In the predawn hours Wednesday, the glow from one cafe shone from blocks away like a beacon on the French Quarter.
Musicians trickle back into the Big Easy
October 20, 2005
Roland Guerin’s standup bass helps break the silence that enveloped this city for weeks, offering evidence of New Orleans’ renowned music scene coming back to life.
Never say never
Despite his Chase standing, Matt Kenseth believes there’s still time to mount a championship charge
October 20, 2005
Can Matt Kenseth work the comeback magic one more time?
White Sox, Astros end long droughts
Long-suffering franchises set to clash
October 20, 2005
Windy City vs. Bayou City. Deep dish pizza vs. Texas barbecue.
Oswalt delivers clincher
October 20, 2005
Call him Roy Wonder, the 20-game winner in the same rotation with Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte - and the one who finally pitched the Houston Astros into the World Series.
K.C.’s Allen garners AFC defensive honor
October 20, 2005
One big game got Jared Allen noticed. A few more like it, and he might just prove to be the dominating pass rusher the Kansas City Chiefs have been looking for.
Fortunes have changed for Vikings’ Culpepper
QB’s rating among lowest in league
October 20, 2005
It wasn’t long ago that Daunte Culpepper could do no wrong. He threw touchdowns at will, ran over defenders and directed one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL.
Alabama fans irked by Fulmer
October 20, 2005
Phillip Fulmer first beat Alabama as a Tennessee player in 1969.
Virtuoso violinist returns to honor teacher
October 20, 2005
Brian Lewis is about to give Eleanor Allen a birthday gift she’ll never forget. Lewis, a virtuoso violin player who grew up in Ottawa, is coming to Lawrence this weekend to play a concert in honor of Allen, his first violin teacher, who celebrated her 90th birthday in June.