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Tonganoxie honors fallen soldier
October 21, 2005
The town of Tonganoxie gathered Friday before the start of the Tonganoxie-De Soto game to honor Lucas Frantz, a soldier who died earlier this week while fighting in Iraq, by retiring his jersey.
Cardinals victorious over Broncos but lose running back
October 21, 2005
The Eudora Cardinals stomped the Broncos, 46-20, Friday at Laws Field. Although Eudora is still undefeated, Cardinals’ running back Luke Abel is done for the season. Abel suffered a broken collarbone before halftime.
Free State basketball coach suspended with pay
October 21, 2005
Free State High boys basketball coach Jack Schreiner has been suspended with pay from his teaching and coaching duties pending an investigation of allegations of inappropriate behavior.
Lions survive Firebirds in city showdown
October 21, 2005
Lawrence High defeated Free State High, 33-28, Friday at Memorial Stadium.
Tonganoxie routs De Soto
October 21, 2005
The Chieftains took out the Wildcats, 30-22, Friday in Tonganoxie.
Lions too much for Pirates
October 21, 2005
Lansing beat Piper, 32-20, Friday in Piper.
Supreme Court rejects harsher treatment of illegal gay sex
11:06 a.m., October 21, 2005 Updated 03:02 p.m.
Attorney General Phill Kline doesn’t plan to appeal a unanimous ruling made today by the Kansas Supreme Court that the state cannot punish illegal underage sex more harshly if it involves homosexual acts.
Brisk fall day ahead
October 21, 2005
Grab a jacket and something warm to drink on your way out the door today — temperatures in the upper 50s and mostly cloudy skies are making for a cool, brisk day.
Local daylong concert to drum up relief
October 21, 2005
What began as one Lawrence woman’s idea to hold a small benefit concert to help raise money for hurricane relief has turned into a full-blown, daylong concert with a carnival atmosphere.
Dreamer’ a successful ‘Seabiscuit’ for tweens
October 21, 2005
“Dreamer” is a girl-and-her-horse tale that gets by on the crumbs of “Seabiscuit.” It’s a well-acted if unsurprising family drama that wears its “uplifting” label with pride. Of course this is kid-friendly. It’s for kids.
A family affair
Witch of Lok Island’ pairs fathers, daughters, brothers, sisters on Lawrence Arts Center stage
October 21, 2005
The time of year for spooks and ghouls is just around the corner, and the Lawrence Family Theatre has a treat planned especially for the occasion. The Seem-To-Be Players are presenting “The Witch of Lok Island,” a play based on a Celtic fairy tale full of magic, nymphs, a hobgoblin, and of course, the witch herself.
Doom’ unleashes carnage and cliches
October 21, 2005
The 1993 video game “Doom” was among the forerunners of the “first-person shooter” styles that have since flooded the industry. Now the big-screen adaptation of “Doom” can be dubbed the original “first-person shooter movie.”
Mel Gibson donates $1M for Mexican hurricane relief
October 21, 2005
Mel Gibson, sporting a long beard and no socks, met with Mexican President Vicente Fox and donated $1 million to help Mexico recover from Hurricane Stan.
Tonight Show’ bandleader shows thanks to firefighters
October 21, 2005
“Tonight Show” bandleader Kevin Eubanks led a 30-minute jam session for about three dozen representatives from fire departments that helped save his home during a recent wildfire.
Actor says he’s OK with playing a jerk
October 21, 2005
Jeff Daniels may be reaping critical acclaim for his turn as the pompous Bernard in “The Squid and the Whale,” but the actor says his career has been “peppered with jerks.”
Michael Jackson expected to be excused from jury duty
October 21, 2005
Authorities want Michael Jackson back in court - this time as a juror.
Photographer captures Aniston, Vaughn kissing
October 21, 2005
Does Vinnifer have the same ring to it as Brangelina?
Celebrity birthdays
October 21, 2005
TV’s Judge Judy Sheindlin is 63. Actor Everett McGill is 60. Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is 56. Actress-author Carrie Fisher is 49. Actor Jeremy Miller is 29. Actor Will Estes is 27.
Study: Phone diet appealing, effective way to lose weight
Dieters like convenience, anonymity
October 21, 2005
The phone could be the key to diet success. A study recently conducted at Kansas University found that a phone-based weight-loss program helped dieters shed the pounds.
Tourists flee Wilma
Florida braces for hurricane
October 21, 2005
Tourists packed Cancun’s airport and shuttled from luxury hotels to spartan emergency shelters Thursday, desperately trying to escape Hurricane Wilma as its outer bands battered the resort’s white-sand beaches. Cuba evacuated more than 200,000 people.
Recycling center to reopen later than planned
October 21, 2005
Bob Yoos doesn’t want to see what’s in the garages of Lawrence residents these days. Yoos, the man who oversees the city’s trash crews, suspects there’s a lot of people with large piles of glass bottles, newspapers, cardboard and other recyclable items since Wal-Mart’s heavily used recycling center was closed in July.
Lawmakers may limit school lawsuits
October 21, 2005
The fight over school funding is now over how to fight. A legislative proposal heard Thursday would change the rules of engagement in school finance litigation, making it more difficult to sue for inadequate funding.
Roger Hill to celebrate 15 years of service
October 21, 2005
The Roger Hill Volunteer Center will celebrate its 15th anniversary from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Student group to rally for reproductive rights
October 21, 2005
A Kansas University group, Students for Reproductive Rights, will stage a rally at 1 p.m. today on the lawn of Watson Library to voice support for the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision and to protest the nomination of Harriet Miers to the high court.
Church bell to toll for Iraq war dead
October 21, 2005
A Lawrence church bell will toll for an hour Saturday to commemorate those who have died in the Iraq war.
Pump patrol
October 21, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.36 at several stations around Lawrence. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Kream Keegan: Quarterbacks aside, KU won’t beat Buffs
October 21, 2005
Someone asked me recently: Are you better off now than you were in 1994? You tell me after considering these facts: The first time I saw a football game at Arrowhead Stadium, in 1994, the starting quarterbacks were Joe Montana and Steve Young. The second time was last week, and the starting quarterbacks were Brian Luke and Rhett Bomar.
Back at cornerback
Sporting new number and finally healthy, versatile Baines ready to help KU
October 21, 2005
When Theo Baines was healthy and shining last season on defense as one of Kansas University’s starting cornerbacks, everything should have been all good in his world.
Kansas high school sports scores for Oct. 20
October 21, 2005
 
Viking regimes clash
McCombs rips Wilf on sports radio
October 21, 2005
Former Vikings owner Red McCombs, in his usual flamboyant style, defended himself against criticism leveled by new team owner Zygi Wilf and NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
Hokies crush Terps’ hopes
Virginia Tech remains unbeaten; Quarterback Vick sets rushing high
October 21, 2005
Marcus Vick was too elusive, and the relentless defense of No. 3 Virginia Tech proved too tough to handle for a spirited Maryland team bent on revenge.
Steelers will earn crucial division victory
October 21, 2005
The Cincinnati Bengals don’t seem surprised they’re in position to control the AFC North if they beat Pittsburgh on Sunday at home. In other words, their dismal history means little to a team already 11â2 games ahead of the reigning division champions.
Security bubble’ planned at Cellular
October 21, 2005
Officials will establish a “security bubble” around U.S. Cellular Field for the World Series this weekend, dispatch thousands of police officers, search vehicles and crack down on everything from ticket scalping to illegal parking businesses.
Guillen to keep Sox starting staff intact
October 21, 2005
His starters threw four straight complete games to win the AL pennant, so it was no surprise and a no-brainer when White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Thursday he was sticking with the same rotation for the World Series.
Sour grapes?
October 21, 2005
Herald and Review reporter Mark Tupper says Chicago Crane High basketball coach Anthony Longstreet may have been instrumental in Crane point guard Sherron Collins choosing Kansas University over the University of Illinois.
Big 12 notebook
October 21, 2005
 
Getting his shot
KU’s Hallman gives J-W writer tips on top form
October 21, 2005
There was no doubt whom I would ask to help me with my shooting. I have seen more three-pointers made by this Jayhawk than any other in my three years here. This player is the best returning long-range shooter at Kansas University.
Oklahoma big man Bookout nearly chose KU
October 21, 2005
Kevin Bookout, who grew up a University of Oklahoma football fan, nearly spurned the Sooners four years ago in recruiting.
Hoops hall plans unveiled
K.C. shrine to feature interactive exhibits
October 21, 2005
With CBS announcer Billy Packer tossing out trivia questions about basketball founder James Naismith, and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski suggesting that one interactive attraction might be instructive for sports writers, organizers of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame unveiled details of the $20 million project Thursday.
Lions blanked in regular-season finale
October 21, 2005
Lawrence High’s boys soccer game against Shawnee Mission South on Thursday night epitomized the Lions’ entire season. Despite playing hard for two 40-minute halves, the Lions lost, 2-0, and fell to 1-15 on the season.
LHS can’t vault to league title
Poor showing on apparatus leaves Lions one point shy of Olathe East
October 21, 2005
The Lawrence High gymnastics squad was not able to utilize the top all-around performance by sophomore Mallory West to walk out of its home gym as the Sunflower League champs.
Hurricane forces Chiefs under Friday night lights
October 21, 2005
The Kansas City Chiefs cut practice short Thursday and began frantically packing up everything from video equipment to a fresh change of underwear, hurrying to Miami ahead of Hurricane Wilma.
Murphys’ law
Firebirds’ talented twins overcome family tragedy to thrive on gridiron
October 21, 2005
Free State High’s two best football players look exactly alike, except that one is taller, and they talk exactly alike, except that one is more talkative.
Sport 2 Sport set for tennis
Recreation center for kids under contract for sale
October 21, 2005
A private recreation center built for the youths of Lawrence is set for conversion into a tennis complex designed for retirees, working adults, college athletes and anyone else looking for indoor tennis courts.
Mother told family she would ‘feed children to the sharks’
October 21, 2005
The mother accused of drowning her three young boys in the San Francisco Bay told relatives the day of the killings that she would “feed them to the sharks,” but family members did not take the threat seriously, a sister said Thursday.
KU outlines efficiency plan
October 21, 2005
For every dollar invested in Kansas University, Chancellor Robert Hemenway said Thursday, the state receives $4 in return.
One of two prisoners arrested; other at large
October 21, 2005
One of two men who abducted a woman as they fled a Lexington prison remained at large Thursday after the other inmate was arrested outside a grocery store here.
On the record
October 21, 2005
 
City seeks input on proposed sewer plant
October 21, 2005
Area residents soon will have a chance to tell city leaders what they think about a proposed $80 million sewer treatment plant to be built somewhere along the Wakarusa River.
Race to benefit hurricane victims
October 21, 2005
A 5-kilometer race Saturday will benefit families and staff of Desire Street Ministries and Academy in New Orleans who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
Area food pantries seek donations
October 21, 2005
Area food pantries are running low on supplies.
Environmental lobbyist urges students to act
October 21, 2005
Even if you’re from Kansas, you can still help stop global warming. That was the message Thursday afternoon from a Washington environmental lobbyist at the Dole Institute of Politics.
Government, rebels end latest round talks
October 21, 2005
Sudan’s government and rebels ended a sixth round of talks on the crisis in the country’s western Darfur region Thursday, announcing no agreements but pledging to reconvene in a month to push forward the slow-moving peace process.
U.S. troop presence to fall below 30,000
October 21, 2005
By the end of this year the number of U.S. troops in South Korea will drop below 30,000, a milestone in a shift of responsibility for defending the country from communist North Korea, the top U.S. commander here said Thursday.
Inmates kill legislator, injure prison official
October 21, 2005
Inmates took control of prison outside the Kyrgyz capital on Thursday and killed a lawmaker who arrived to look into prisoners’ conditions, the government said.
Tribunal grants bail to terror suspects
October 21, 2005
A British tribunal granted bail Thursday to four Algerian terrorist suspects facing extradition, a ruling that was condemned by a government official who said the men represent a threat to national security.
Official says massive airlift needed
October 21, 2005
The top U.N. relief coordinator warned Thursday that bold initiatives like the Berlin Airlift are needed to save as many as 3 million people left homeless by the South Asian earthquake as winter approaches in the Himalayas.
Muslims outraged over burning of bodies
October 21, 2005
Islamic clerics expressed outrage Thursday at television footage that purportedly shows U.S. soldiers burning the bodies of two dead Taliban fighters to taunt other militants and warned of a possible violent anti-American backlash.
U.N. probe: Syrian, Lebanese officials involved in assassination
October 21, 2005
A U.N. investigation concluded that high-ranking Syrian and Lebanese security officials were involved in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, according to a report released Thursday.
Eldridge gets more patriotic
October 21, 2005
The owners of The Eldridge Hotel put up a patriotic addition to the downtown Lawrence skyline Thursday.
Man sentenced for sexual assault
October 21, 2005
A Douglas County judge has ordered a Lawrence man to spend more than five years in prison for sexually assaulting his roommate’s 15-year-old sister.
Haskell recognizes student heroes
October 21, 2005
Haskell Indian Nations University has recognized four students for their actions during the Boardwalk Apartments fire.
Bush confident of Arab-Israeli peace
October 21, 2005
President Bush said Thursday he has never been more confident of peace between Israel and the Palestinians but “old feuds aren’t settled easily” and it may not happen before he leaves office in 2009.
Teen arrested in murder of attorney’s wife
October 21, 2005
A 16-year-old youth has been arrested in connection with the fatal bludgeoning of Pamela Vitale, the wife of defense attorney and television analyst Daniel Horowitz, in the entryway of the couple’s hilltop home, the sheriff’s office said Thursday.
Former space center head left paper trail detailing artifacts
October 21, 2005
The former leader of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center left an extensive paper trail when he sold space artifacts - documents prosecutors showed Thursday in an effort to convince jurors he illegally profited from their sale.
FDA approves first brain stem cell transplant
October 21, 2005
Federal regulators on Thursday approved what would be the first transplant of fetal stem cells into human brains, a procedure that if successful could open the door to treating a host of neural disorders.
Analysis: Diabetes pill has serious side effects
October 21, 2005
A new diabetes pill that was headed for government approval has been linked to deaths, heart attacks and strokes, a medical journal reported Thursday in an analysis it said was rushed online to head off a Vioxx-like fiasco.
FEMA official excoriates his agency on Katrina
October 21, 2005
In the midst of the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina, a Federal Emergency Management Agency official in New Orleans sent a dire e-mail to Director Michael Brown saying victims had no food and were dying.
Sex offender charged with raping disabled boy
October 21, 2005
Guards at a juvenile detention center allegedly assigned a teenage sex offender to bathe and change a severely mentally retarded boy, who was then raped by the offender, police said.
House passes ban on gun industry lawsuits
October 21, 2005
Congress voted Thursday to sweep away the ability of gun crime victims to sue firearms manufacturers and dealers for damages, answering complaints by President Bush and the gun industry that big jury awards could lead to bankruptcy.
Supernanny’ doesn’t need a secret identity
October 21, 2005
People can’t resist calling her the “modern Mary Poppins,” but Jo Frost doesn’t fly around with an umbrella or step into magical chalk drawings.
Die Fledermaus’ flies into Lied Center
October 21, 2005
“Die Fledermaus” (translated as “The Bat”) is the hilarious story of one man’s revenge against another who plays a practical joke on him.
Fire victim recovering from burns
Woman still months away from returning to a ‘sense of normalcy’
October 21, 2005
Leigh McHatton is headed down the long road toward recovery. The 24-year-old Lawrence woman suffered third-degree burns to her hands and feet when she ran through flames while escaping the Oct. 7 fire that destroyed her apartment building at Boardwalk Apartments in the 500 block of Fireside Drive.
Nebraska legislator rips Aquila rate request
October 21, 2005
A Nebraska state lawmaker is criticizing a request for a rate increase by natural gas provider Aquila in light of millions of dollars in bonuses to be paid to the company’s top executives.
Kansas duo inspires American Eagle
October 21, 2005
American Eagle Outfitters Inc. is planning a new chain of stores to appeal to 25- to 40-year-olds.
Sprint closes purchase of wireless affiliate
October 21, 2005
Sprint Nextel Corp., the nation’s No. 3 wireless provider, said Thursday it had closed its deal to buy wireless affiliate IWO Holdings Inc. for $427 million.
Commodities
October 21, 2005
 
Reporter for British newspaper released
October 21, 2005
A journalist for a British newspaper who was kidnapped by gunmen was released unharmed Thursday after a day in captivity, the publication said.
Saddam’s nephew could help track money
October 21, 2005
The capture of a nephew of Saddam Hussein who is believed to be the top financier for Iraq’s insurgents could help track down the source of the funds from abroad, the interior minister said Thursday.
Witness, kidnapping offer unexpected twists in trial
October 21, 2005
The trial of Saddam Hussein took startling turns Thursday when prosecutors said the first witness would be a bedridden cancer patient who helped run Iraq’s feared intelligence agency. In the first setback, an attorney for one of the dictator’s co-defendants was kidnapped.
Teacher’s gift
October 21, 2005
To the editor: Jack Manahan, in a recent letter to this forum, spoke glowingly of his experiences while attending school in Lawrence 40 years ago. He shared his treasured memories of the late R. Wayne Nelson.
Game faces
October 21, 2005
To the editor: Since the Lawrence Journal-World seems to have unlimited access under the Freedom of Information Act, I would respectfully request that they obtain a copy of Mark Mangino’s halftime “inspirational speech” that brought the “fighting” Jayhawks out of the locker rooms to amass a total of zero points in the second half last Saturday.
Plenty of budget fat remains
October 21, 2005
A few weeks ago the Republican House leadership claimed the federal budget had been cut to the bone and there was no room for more spending reductions. Then, Majority Leader Tom DeLay was forced to step aside, producing a leadership shake-up. Suddenly the bones aren’t as bare as previously thought.
Logo laughs
October 21, 2005
To the editor: So the mighty University of Kansas feels it must challenge the upstart Pennsylvania university that seems to have taken its logo.
Student thanks
October 21, 2005
To the editor: Recently, I was part of a wonderful experience where I traveled to our sister city, Eutin, Germany, and forged friendships that have the potential to last a lifetime.
Faith, science
October 21, 2005
To the editor: I have enjoyed reading all the opinions regarding evolution and intelligent design. I believe in evolution but asked myself: What could be gained by intelligent design science?
Commentary: NBA’s new dress code goes too far
October 21, 2005
This week, David Stern banned Mahatma Gandhi (no sports coat), Gen. George Patton (too many silver medals) and Jesus Christ (sandals) from ever playing in his league.
$340M Powerball winner still unknown
October 21, 2005
Someone in this Gold Rush town struck it rich with a $340 million Powerball ticket.
D.A. alleges corruption in Topeka narcotics unit
Report: Top officials, including chief, knew of problems
October 21, 2005
Narcotics officers regularly tampered with drug evidence and falsified records, and Topeka’s police chief knew about the problems when he sought prosecution of flawed criminal cases, Shawnee County’s top prosecutor said Thursday.
Ongoing debate
October 21, 2005
To the editor: I find it ironic that the battle over the teaching of evolution in science classrooms is still being fought.
No distractions?
October 21, 2005
To the editor: I was thankful, as I drove along the southern part of Iowa Street the other day, that I no longer had to worry about the treacherous distractions from those conniving car dealers and their hazardous balloons.
Miers criticism not without gender bias
October 21, 2005
Call me a cockeyed pessimist but I’m having trouble finding any good news in the trashing of Harriet Miers. Somehow Harriet has become proof that we have moved on to a great gender-free utopia, a post-feminist world in which we can now mercilessly tear down a woman without fear of being labeled a sexist piglet.
Still not even
Kansas electric customers need Westar, but how much responsibility should customers bear for helping the utility get back on its feet?
October 21, 2005
David Wittig, the crooked former chief executive of Westar Energy, is long gone. But that doesn’t mean there still aren’t questions surrounding the Topeka-based utility.
Astros’ aces lined up for three games
October 21, 2005
Now that the Houston Astros finally are in the World Series, they couldn’t be set up any better.
Astros, White Sox won against all odds
World Series opponents appeared unlikely foes when season began
October 21, 2005
Back in spring training, the Houston Astros were a 20-1 shot to win the World Series. The odds on the Chicago White Sox were 22-1.
State Board of Ed member speaks out on evolution’s behalf
October 21, 2005
Teaching Kansas students that a controversy exists among scientists about evolution would be “a fraud,” Kansas State Board of Education member Bill Wagnon said.
Losers go for broke on reality series
October 21, 2005
For the record, the new weekly series “Man vs. Vegas” (9 p.m., CMT) appears on a country music channel. But it has nothing to do with music and isn’t set in the country.
Arts & Entertainment Calendar
October 21, 2005
 
Marketing home as ‘fixer’ can be costly
October 21, 2005
When it comes to marketing a home, it’s usually best to get the place in top shape instead of advertising it as a “fixer-upper.”
Horoscopes
October 21, 2005
 
Country catches up with Green
October 21, 2005
For years, Pat Green was considered one of the best country singers nobody had heard of. Well, the word is out.
Lawrence Datebook
October 21, 2005
 
Dad accused of killing infant appears in court
October 21, 2005
Attorney Mark Manna was appointed to defend a Lawrence father accused of killing his 5-month-old daughter.
Kansas National Guard equipment being left in Iraq
Officials say they haven’t come up short yet
October 21, 2005
When the Kansas National Guard headed to the Gulf Coast this fall to aid in hurricane relief, it did so in an assortment of vehicles collected from bases around the state.
Care home workers charged with abuse
Two men accused of mistreating mentally challenged resident
October 21, 2005
Two Lawrence men have been charged with abusing a mentally challenged resident of a local care facility.
Afraid to look?
Check out the best horror movies in categories you might not expect
October 21, 2005
Everybody pretty much agrees that “The Exorcist” is the scariest movie ever made. Likewise, you don’t need an expert to explain why the shower murder in “Psycho” is considered the greatest scene from any horror flick.
DeLay all smiles in booking mugshot
October 21, 2005
Rep. Tom DeLay turned himself in Thursday at the sheriff’s office and was fingerprinted, photographed and released on $10,000 bail on conspiracy and money-laundering charges.
Best Bets
October 21, 2005
 
This Weekend’s Highlights
October 21, 2005
 
Ford reports quarterly loss of $284 million
Automaking giant announces plans for layoffs, restructuring in January
October 21, 2005
Ford Motor Co., its profits dragged down by poor performance in North America, will announce “significant” U.S. plant closings and layoffs in January - another heavy blow to the nation’s autoworkers.
Students allowed to go online for phys ed
October 21, 2005
Jacob Miller’s gym class isn’t about push-ups or running laps or dodgeball. It’s about computers and Frisbee.
Area football capsules
October 21, 2005
Kickoff for all games is 7 p.m.
Sanctions don’t break Baylor’s spirit
October 21, 2005
A preseason trip to Maui or Alaska? Forget about it. An outing in the Coaches Vs. Cancer or Guardians Classic, or a marquee nonconference clash against Kentucky or Duke? No way, baby.
Woodling: Defense may tip in Lions’ favor
October 21, 2005
Both teams boast explosive offenses, but only one has a proven defense. And defense, in essence, is the reason Lawrence High will be favored in tonight’s intracity football game against Free State.