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Judge approves protection-from-stalking order against Schreiner
October 25, 2005
A judge today approved a Lawrence woman’s request for a protection-from-stalking order against Free State High School teacher and boys’ basketball coach Jack L. Schreiner.
Johnson County DA running for attorney general
Morrison to switch parties to run against GOP incumbent Phill Kline
October 25, 2005
Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison announced today that he will switch parties and seek the Democratic nomination for Kansas attorney general next year.Johnson County Dist. Atty. Paul Morrison shook up Kansas politics today, announcing that he was joining the Democratic Party and will challenge state Atty. Gen. Phill Kline, a Republican, next year.
Judge orders landlord to pay damages for refusal to rent
October 25, 2005
A judge has ordered a Lawrence landlord to pay more than $110,000 for refusing to rent to an interracial couple.
Frosty temperature scrapes away old record low
October 25, 2005
Lawrence had the coldest temperature in Kansas this morning, with the low dropping to below 30 — creating frosty conditions for the first time this fall. Temperatures will climb into the upper 50s by this afternoon.
The Witch of Lok Island’ offers fun performance for kids, adults
October 25, 2005
The Seem-To-Be Players’ weekend production of “The Witch of Lok Island” was a very nice family show. It is the story of a young girl named Bella (Amelia Weil) who is treated unfairly by her village.
Show’s humor a pleasant surprise
October 25, 2005
Opera is an old art form, dating back more than 500 years - older even than the printing press - but it doesn’t have to show its age. It has endured the test of time and still entertains audiences in new ways.
On the record
October 25, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
October 25, 2005
 
Alpha leaves at least 10 dead before weakening
October 25, 2005
Alpha, the Atlantic season’s record-breaking 22nd named storm, left at least 10 people dead in Haiti and the Dominican Republic before moving north into the Atlantic Ocean and weakening into a tropical depression, authorities said Monday.
Priest found cuffed, shot to death in border city
October 25, 2005
A Roman Catholic priest was found shot to death in his car with his hands cuffed in the rough border city of Tijuana on Monday, in what police said appeared to be an organized-crime killing.
U.N. report prompts mass protest in streets
October 25, 2005
Civil servants and students massed in the streets Monday to protest a U.N. report implicating Syria in the killing of a Lebanese leader, joining in a government-orchestrated campaign to drum up support before a U.N. Security Council meeting.
U.S. asked to help investigate crash
October 25, 2005
Nigeria said Monday it had requested help from the United States to determine what caused an airliner to slam into the bush, killing all 117 people aboard and carving a pit deep into the earth.
Kindergartner gets left in pumpkin patch
Principal picks up child, who was forgotten during field trip
October 25, 2005
Getting left behind at a pumpkin patch sounds like a plot line from a Charlie Brown cartoon.
KU officials want to step up effort toward four-year plan
Briskly paced graduation
October 25, 2005
Philip Denton is in his sixth year of college. “I took the grand tour,” he said. After changing his major several times and a short stint out of school working in Kansas City theater, he’s close to finishing his college career at Kansas University. It took him awhile, he said, but it was worth it.
Hearing scheduled for Rose
Arson suspect is due in court on Feb. 22
October 25, 2005
It will be at least four months before prosecutors begin publicly making their case against a man charged with setting a deadly apartment fire.
Group is sponsoring women’s scholarship
October 25, 2005
Lawrence Soroptimist Club is sponsoring a Women’s Opportunity scholarship for a Douglas County woman enrolled in an undergraduate educational program or who plans to attend college in the near future.
D.A. expected to run for attorney general
October 25, 2005
Longtime Johnson County Dist. Atty. Paul Morrison is expected to announce today that he is running for attorney general.
Lawrence students star in chess tourney
October 25, 2005
Three Lawrence chess players dominated the K-6 Division of the Washburn Rural High School Scholastic Chess Tournament on Oct. 15.
Owner’s talk of moving Saints infuriates fans
October 25, 2005
A taped-up refrigerator with rotting contents was left on a sidewalk. On it was a message scribbled in spray paint: “Do not open. Benson inside.”
Vick sloppy, but Vinny worse for Jets
October 25, 2005
The Atlanta Falcons made Vinny Testaverde look every bit like a 41-year-old quarterback. Michael Vick didn’t look much better.
Chiefs relish time off after victory
Squad shows improvement in rescheduled game Friday at Miami
October 25, 2005
Moving up the Kansas City Chiefs game at Miami at first seemed to give the Dolphins an advantage, but it wound up giving the Chiefs a fabulous fall weekend.
Jenks faces other side of closer’s life
October 25, 2005
Bobby Jenks was as relaxed as a rookie could be, playing cards in the clubhouse Monday, his thoughts far removed from his first blown save in the World Series.
Seahawks’ season ends with 5-1 loss to Piper
October 25, 2005
The Seabury Academy boys soccer team ended its season with a first-round loss Monday in the Class 4-3-2-1A regionals, falling, 5-1, to host Kansas City Piper.
KU to use digital tickets
October 25, 2005
This season, when it comes to Kansas University basketball tickets, a word of caution: Counterfeit tickets won’t get you in, because the school is moving to digital ticketing.
Pump patrol
October 25, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.26 at Citgo at Ninth and Iowa streets and Presto 66 on Ninth Street. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Wilma damages projected at up to $9B
Six killed, 6 million without power after hurricane rips across Florida
October 25, 2005
Hurricane Wilma knifed through Florida with winds up to 125 mph Monday, shattering windows in skyscrapers, peeling away roofs and knocking out power to 6 million people, with still a month left to go in the busiest Atlantic storm season on record.
Commentary: Astros must wonder about Lidge
After surrendering two clutch home runs, Lidge’s confidence might be a factor in Houston’s strategy
October 25, 2005
There’s no doubting Brad Lidge’s character. Minutes after giving up a gut-punch, game-losing home run to Chicago’s Scott Podsednik on Sunday night, the Houston Astros closer stood in front of his locker and faced waves of reporters.
Resolution set to be introduced for Negro Leagues Museum
October 25, 2005
Sen. Jim Talent announced a resolution Monday to make the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum the country’s official home to the history of the all-black teams of the sport’s past.
Crime pays
Next addition to ‘Law’ empire revealed
October 25, 2005
It goes without saying that TV mogul Dick Wolf is big. The “Law & Order” empire he built (including “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” which airs Sundays; “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Tuesdays; and their progenitor, in its 16th season, on Wednesdays) is also big.
Self making sure practice sinks in
October 25, 2005
Kansas University’s preseason men’s basketball practices have been running two hours, 15 minutes per session — about the same length of time as a year ago.
Perkins voices support for Mangino as coach
October 25, 2005
Pundits and fans alike have offered their share of criticism toward Kansas University’s football coaching staff after a four-game losing streak in Big 12 Conference play.
KU makes initial walk-on cuts
October 25, 2005
KU cut its list of walk-on hopefuls from 27 to 13 on Monday, with a second practice slated for today.
Don’t let high heating costs give you chills
Time spent on improving energy efficiency is money
October 25, 2005
When Nils Gore heard about skyrocketing heating prices forecast for this winter, it didn’t give him a warm, fuzzy feeling.
Next Fed chief tapped
Bush adviser Ben Bernanke nominated to succeed Greenspan
October 25, 2005
President Bush named top White House economic adviser Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board on Monday in place of near-legendary Alan Greenspan as the official in closest control of interest rates.
Plan cuts 23rd St. entrances
October 25, 2005
In just a two-year stint as manager of Lawrence’s Hobby Lobby, Don Bushell already has seen what has made 23rd Street infamous with many city residents.
Flabby road
Sumo wrestlers in NYC hoping to gain following for centuries-old sport
October 25, 2005
They waddled across Manhattan’s streets, men of vast tonnage wearing nothing more across their alarming girth than mawashis - diapers to those ignorant of the ancient traditions.
KU hopes to become Confucius Institute site
Officials traveling in China hope to land deal to operate third program in U.S.
October 25, 2005
Area residents and students could take Chinese language classes and participate in Chinese cultural programs if Kansas University is successful in opening the third Confucius Institute in the United States.
New education commission begins work
October 25, 2005
The increased use of statewide and national tests to gauge student achievement has paved the way for court intervention in school funding cases, the attorney who defends the State Board of Education said Monday.
Retired NASA official testifies in former Cosmosphere director’s trial
October 25, 2005
A retired NASA official testified Monday that the agency never loaned any artifacts to the former head of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center who is accused of stealing and selling space items.
City, KU to discuss bus system cooperation
October 25, 2005
The door to merge the city’s public transit system with the Kansas University bus system has opened again.
No pain, no gain’ not good advice for boomers
October 25, 2005
For David Kozlow, turning 40 was a major pain in the neck. And in the ankles, back, groin, shoulder and hamstrings.
Cancer drug may help improve memory
October 25, 2005
An experimental cancer drug seems to have a surprising effect: It may aid in learning and memory, according to new animal studies.
Commander promises to help make academy safe
October 25, 2005
A new superintendent took command of the Air Force Academy on Monday, saying his goal is to make the school a safe environment for cadets amid complaints of sexual assault and religious intolerance.
Officials: Taliban-linked heroin kingpin extradited
October 25, 2005
A Taliban-linked drug lord who allegedly sought to poison U.S. streets with millions of dollars of heroin in a deadly “American jihad” has become the first person extradited from Afghanistan to face federal charges, officials said Monday.
American wanted in fatal car wreck found in Ireland
October 25, 2005
A man charged in a traffic accident that killed three Washington State University students has been captured in Ireland, four years after he fled to avoid his trial.
Two plead guilty in sheriff’s death case
October 25, 2005
Two of six people facing drug charges in a case that led to the shooting death of Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels pleaded guilty Monday and agreed to testify against the man accused of Samuels’ murder, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Death warrant signed for Crips co-founder
October 25, 2005
A judge signed a death warrant Monday for Stanley “Tookie” Williams, a co-founder of the notorious Crips gang who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his children’s books.
Kansas high school soccer scores for Oct. 24
October 25, 2005
 
Mars rover Spirit begins climb down from summit
October 25, 2005
Spirit, the scientific instrument on wheels that reached the top of a Martian hill this summer after an epic climb, is heading back down toward its next target for exploration.
Newspaper: Cheney cited as aide’s source in leak
October 25, 2005
Documents in the CIA leak investigation indicate the chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney first heard of the covert CIA officer from Cheney himself, The New York Times reported in today’s editions.
Investors send stocks higher on appointment
October 25, 2005
Wall Street staged an impressive rally Monday after the nomination of top White House economist Ben Bernanke as the next Federal Reserve chief, with the Dow Jones industrial average soaring nearly 170 points.
Construction executives buy Emporia firm
Pair leave Lawrence-based Harris to become owners
October 25, 2005
Having spent years helping build a Lawrence-based construction company into a regional powerhouse, Art Kuehler and Bob Sarna are looking to do it again in Emporia.
Wal-Mart to cut health care costs
October 25, 2005
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced more affordable health care for some of its workers Monday in the latest shot in a battle with critics for the hearts of consumers.
Morgan Stanley buying AMLI for $2.1 billion
October 25, 2005
Morgan Stanley’s Prime Property Fund said Monday it would acquire real estate investment trust AMLI Residential Properties Trust, which owns and manages a number of high-end apartment communities, for $2.1 billion in cash and assumed debt.
Nextel Partners vote to force sale
October 25, 2005
Shareholders of wireless affiliate Nextel Partners Inc. voted overwhelmingly Monday to approve a provision requiring parent company Sprint Nextel Corp. to buy the company.
Commodities
October 25, 2005
 
Mideast envoy: Israel must speed up efforts
October 25, 2005
A top Mideast envoy criticized Israel in especially tough language for moving too slowly on negotiations to open Gaza’s borders, saying the country is behaving almost as if the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip never happened.
Pearson employee rounds up award
October 25, 2005
Wanda Dickey, a senior customer service representative for Pearson Government Solutions in Lawrence, is one of six Pearson employees worldwide to win a Pearson Community Award for work outside the company.
Three explosions rock Iraqi hotel
Passers-by killed, no journalists or U.S. soldiers seriously hurt
October 25, 2005
Suicide bombers, including one in a cement truck packed with explosives, launched a dramatic attack Monday against the Palestine Hotel, where many foreign journalists are based, sending up a giant cloud of smoke and debris over central Baghdad.
Pumpkin’ patch both ahead and behind times
October 25, 2005
Linus dominates the 1966 animated special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (7 p.m., ABC).
Best Bets
October 25, 2005
 
Casting bolsters performance by Czech Opera Prague
October 25, 2005
The Czech Opera Prague, directed by Martin Otava, gave new meaning to the term “light opera” as it presented a lighter-than-air performance of Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” Saturday evening at the Lied Center.
In the Halls
October 25, 2005
What will you dress as for Halloween?
Solo tuba recital planned
October 25, 2005
John Stevens, a notable tubist and composer, will share his talents with Kansas University’s music and dance department during an October visit.
Cello quartet to perform
October 25, 2005
CelloRondo, an international quartet of professional cellists, will present a master class at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Swarthout Recital Hall and will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the same location.
Creation account
October 25, 2005
To the editor: Just a point concerning Jerry Lyons’ letter in Sunday’s Public Forum (“Many possibilities”): I applaud his belief in God and his willingness to read the Bible. However, he mentions a common misunderstanding of the creation account in Genesis chapters 1 and 2, that of assuming they are strictly chronological and thus contradictory.
U.N. on the march
October 25, 2005
To the editor: Undoubtedly, there are some in the United States who do not know what the United Nations is up to today.
Rotating Earth
October 25, 2005
To the editor: Regarding the Oct. 17 letter in the Public Forum, “Bible, science,” I always thought that sunrise and sunset were a result of the Earth’s rotational movement around its axis.
Helping the poor
October 25, 2005
To the editor: In response to Jon Maas’ call to ban panhandling (Public Forum, Oct. 22), I would only say that I’m glad he was able to endure the inconvenience and terror of being asked for pocket change on his way into Home Depot.
Part of solution
October 25, 2005
To the editor: This is in response to Mr. Jon Maas’ comments on the issue of panhandling in the Oct. 22 Public Forum of the Journal-World.
Action plan
Haskell officials should be congratulated for seeking new ways to financially support the American Indian school.
October 25, 2005
It’s great to see regents for Haskell Indian Nations University rising to the aid of their school. Members of the Haskell board of regents decided Friday to call a national summit of tribal leaders in May to discuss alternative funding sources for Indian colleges and universities.
Double Take: When it comes to sex, discuss expectations with your children
October 25, 2005
My husband and I get your point (in a recent column) about having to deal with our kids having sex whether we want to or not. But neither of us knows how to just sit at home and be OK with the situation. On one hand, we don’t want to know.
Lawrence youths concoct tricky treats
October 25, 2005
Members of the Journal-World Teen Board put tricks into their treats just in time for the holiday. They brewed up some spooky concoctions to offer at Halloween parties, and they say the treats are frightfully good. Here are their recommendations:
Tricky Halloween dishes to dress up your table
October 25, 2005
Set your sights on giving Halloween food its own dress-up fun, while you set your table with treats that won’t trick the hungry, just delight their taste.
Get nominee views on table
October 25, 2005
The ink was barely dry on the Constitution when the U.S. Senate voted in 1795 on whether to appoint John Rutledge as the next chief justice of the United States.
Corrections
October 25, 2005
 
What pressure?
Houston relaxed despite finding itself in 0-2 hole
October 25, 2005
Their supposedly good-luck beards reduced to goatees, their mood lightened by a typically fun-loving flight home, the Houston Astros didn’t have to put on a brave face Monday.
Lidge puts another bad outing behind him
October 25, 2005
Brad Lidge got over his second bad outing of the postseason much easier than the first one.
Sports correction
October 25, 2005
Verner Newman’s name was misspelled in a Journal-World story about his grandchildren, Free State High junior football players Ryan and Brian Murphy.
KSU title hopes fading
October 25, 2005
Kansas State hasn’t been over .500 at the midpoint of its Big 12 Conference season since 2000 — but during that four-year span, the Wildcats have been to three bowl games, won one of their three North Division titles and earned their only conference championship in 2003.
School board approves teacher pay package
October 25, 2005
The Lawrence school board on Monday night approved a pay and compensation package for teachers of nearly $3 million.
Six-year-old could use an energetic Big Brother
October 25, 2005
Quinton, 6, is seeking a big brother through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Douglas County program. Quinton, who attends Woodlawn School, lives with his mom and baby brother.
Greenspan’s Fed fed dynamic economy
October 25, 2005
Frequently the fate - gratifying, yet melancholy - of consequential public persons is this: They so transform an ominous social landscape that, by the time they leave the public stage, the public no longer remembers the banished dangers, and hence cannot properly value the banisher.
Big 12 notebook
October 25, 2005
Oklahoma, which travels Saturday to Nebraska, and Iowa State both expect their featured running backs to return from injury this week.
Flying high over British Columbia with Nickelback
October 25, 2005
What happens to those shrieking callers you hear on the radio after they’ve won the chance to accompany their favorite band on some rock-and-roll safari? The answer might surprise you.
Woodling: Playoffs tough to figure
October 25, 2005
Albert Einstein, as everyone in Physics 101 knows, devised the theory of relativity while attempting to reconcile the laws of mechanics with the laws of the electromagnetic field.
Fundraising for 9-11 memorials put on back burner during disasters
October 25, 2005
With the nation’s attention and charitable giving focused on Hurricane Katrina and other disasters, it could be more difficult for fundraisers to collect the half-billion dollars needed to build memorials at each 9-11 crash site.
Bush: No release of Miers conversations
Sen. Brownback among those asking for additional documents
October 25, 2005
Risking a possible clash with the Senate, President Bush insisted Monday he will not turn over documents detailing the private advice that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers has given him while serving in the White House.
Kline plans legal action against BTK
October 25, 2005
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline is preparing to take legal action against BTK killer Dennis Rader, but wasn’t disclosing his plans Monday.
Reflecting on Greenspan
Longtime Fed chair to leave legacy
October 25, 2005
Was Alan Greenspan just lucky? Was it just a matter of being in the right place at the right time? Or was there something about Greenspan’s abilities, judgments and hunches that set him apart as one of the most successful policymakers of his age?
The immorality of excess
October 25, 2005
My new hero is the principal who canceled his school’s senior prom, not just to prevent underage drinking and sex at post-event parties, but to make the kids and parents consider how they spend their money.
Couples failing to disclose finances
October 25, 2005
Would you ever lie to your spouse about your spending? Have you ever run up a large credit card bill and kept it hidden from your honey? Right now, are there new clothes stashed in the trunk of your car or in the back of a closet? Do you have an iPod your wife doesn’t know you bought?
Horoscopes
October 25, 2005
 
Civil Rights pioneer Rosa Parks dies at 92
October 25, 2005
Rosa Parks, the dignified black seamstress whose refusal to surrender a bus seat to a white man launched the modern civil rights movement and inspired generations of activists, died Monday night at her home in Detroit, the Wayne County medical examiner’s office said. She was 92.
Celebrity birthdays
October 25, 2005
Singer Ciara is 20. Singer Helen Reddy is 64. Actress Nancy Cartwright (“The Simpsons”) is 48. Actress Tracy Nelson is 42. Actor Adam Goldberg is 35. Country singer Chely Wright is 35.
Natrone means business as coach
October 25, 2005
Natrone Means made his living running straight at - and sometimes over - tacklers. Yet the big, bruising NFL back seemed to be doing his best to sidestep the next step in a life built on football.
Texas takes lead in BCS standings
October 25, 2005
Texas passed Southern California by a whisker and moved into first place in the Bowl Championship Series standings Monday, a swap that shouldn’t worry the Trojans too much.
Commentary: Chicago in a cocky place - and rightfully so
October 25, 2005
People in Chicago are speaking a strange, foreign, unintelligible language these days. People are saying things that sound suspiciously like, “So, do you think they’ll sweep?”
Missouri cracking down on rowdy fans
After another goalpost takedown, MU sets up task force
October 25, 2005
After another goalpost takedown, MU sets up task force
Starter: Swanny
Mangino: Swanson will ‘be the guy’ at QB against Missouri
October 25, 2005
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino confirmed Monday during the Big 12 coaches conference call what already was pretty clear: Jason Swanson would be the starting quarterback against Missouri.
Astros seeking rejuvenation in home ballpark
October 25, 2005
Back in their bizarre ballpark, the Astros are ready to raise the roof when the World Series resumes tonight - only major league baseball might not let them.
Members of Kansas Air Guard unit win $853,492 in lottery
October 25, 2005
The winners of one of the largest Powerball prizes ever won in Kansas have stepped forward to claim their winnings.
Rec Calendar
October 25, 2005
 
Open-space projects could cost millions
October 25, 2005
A request for millions of dollars to help buy or develop parks, preserves and a trail in Douglas County was put before the county commission Monday.
Sodomy ruling may spark call for court upheaval
October 25, 2005
A recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling invalidating a sex offender’s long sentence for sodomy could strengthen some legislators’ resolve to change how the justices are selected or rein in the judiciary’s power.