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Eudora unable to stay perfect
October 27, 2005
The 8-0 Eudora Cardinals lost their first game of the season, 35-20, Thursday against the Baldwin Bulldogs. Eudora will head to Louisburg on Tuesday for the first round of the state playoffs.
Bobcats shut out Pirates
October 27, 2005
Basehor-Linwood shut out Piper, 12-0, Thursday in its season finale. Both teams did not make the state playoffs.
Chieftains are district champions
October 27, 2005
Tonganoxie defeated Perry-Lecompton, 24-21, in overtime Thursday to win the district championship. The Chieftains will host a playoff game on Tuesday.
Scholar Athlete of the Month
October 27, 2005
Eudora High senior Kelsey Epperson is this month’s High School Scholar Athlete.
KU v. K-State ‘Survivor’ update: Tribes finally merge
Amy voted out of Yaxha tribe
October 27, 2005
“I have open, festering sores,” said Brandon Bellinger. “It sucks. But you go into these challenges and you just forget it.”
Chat transcript with Ann Gardner, Jo Bryant about United Way
October 27, 2005
The chairwoman and director of the United Way of Douglas County discuss the need for more donations and concerns about where funds are being used.
Missouri man arrested after machete attack in downtown Lawrence
October 27, 2005
Lawrence police have arrested an Independence, Mo., man accused of attacking a transient with a machete as the victim was sleeping late Wednesday night in downtown Lawrence.
KU ROTC troops plan night training on west campus
October 27, 2005
If you see camouflaged troops taking over Kansas University’s west campus in the dark early next week, don’t worry - it’s not an invasion.
Temperatures warming into the 60s
October 27, 2005
Frosty conditions greeted Lawrence residents again this morning. “You probably have to scrape that windshield again. And grab a coat,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. But the high will climb to 61.
Artistic expressions
Review: Merce Cunningham leaves too much to chance
October 27, 2005
At first glance, the Merce Cunningham performance Tuesday night at the Lied Center had all the elements of what could have been an inclusive art experience, an evening of dance with a little something for everyone. The program boasted music by British rock gods Radiohead and the experimental rock group Sigur Rós, a factor that promised a good turn-out from the indie rock crowd, particularly husbands and boyfriends who are normally reluctant to attend dance performances.
School board won’t rehire superintendent
October 27, 2005
The Kansas City School District will be looking for its 21st superintendent in three decades after the school board on Wednesday night declined to renew Bernard Taylor’s contract.
Pilot Club sponsoring antique show, sale
October 27, 2005
Dealers of authentic antiques, including china, glass, silver, linens and more, will offer their wares this weekend in a Pilot Club benefit.
Cooking with Tanya’ sessions planned
October 27, 2005
Three cooking and dining classes taught by Tanya Sieber, Baker University’s chef and catering coordinator, are planned at Pachamama’s.
Belly dancers shaking things up in Malaysia
October 27, 2005
To the hypnotic strains of Middle Eastern drums and flutes, Nancy Bakhshy shouts instructions to nine students who shimmy, shake and undulate in fluid movements.
ER’ showcases Liotta’s talents
October 27, 2005
With the all-important November sweeps only a week away, CBS and NBC “reward” viewers with repeats. “ER” (9 p.m., NBC) offers powerful episode from last November starring Ray Liotta. Shot in real time, “ER” follows a single patient, Charlie Metcalf (Liotta) a hardened alcoholic ex-convict who shows up in the waiting room complaining of pains and delusions and ends up surrounded by a medical team fighting to save his life.
Indians airlifted out in water-quality crisis
October 27, 2005
Government authorities began an emergency airlift Wednesday to move more than 1,000 residents from an impoverished Indian reserve where drinking water was contaminated by raw sewage.
Mormon Church pulling out missionaries
October 27, 2005
The Mormon Church, citing difficulties with the government of President Hugo Chavez in renewing visas or obtaining new ones, said Wednesday it is pulling its foreign missionaries out of Venezuela and reassigning them to other countries.
U.N. says pledges for quake relief not enough
October 27, 2005
Governments and other donors told the United Nations on Wednesday they were pledging an additional $580 million for Pakistani earthquake victims, but U.N. officials said it was unclear how much would be earmarked for immediate relief efforts with the bitter Himalayan winter looming.
Microsoft chief promises market for Internet in Israel
Bill Gates pledges to take aim at Google
October 27, 2005
On his first trip to Israel, Bill Gates promised Microsoft Corp. would make an aggressive push into the fast-growing market for Internet searches, taking aim at archrival Google Inc.
Military base closures on track for next month
October 27, 2005
A plan to close and reconfigure hundreds of military bases is sailing through Congress, on track to take effect next month in a blow to communities hoping for an eleventh-hour reprieve.
Sister hopes frozen airman is brother
October 27, 2005
Jeanne Pyle hopes she may finally find out what happened to her brother, who has been missing since his military plane crashed during World War II.
Former governor indicted in conspiracy
October 27, 2005
A federal grand jury has indicted former Gov. Don Siegelman, former hospital executive Richard Scrushy and two others in a “widespread racketeering conspiracy” alleging bribery and extortion, prosecutors announced Wednesday.
Defense rests, ending testimony in Vioxx trial
October 27, 2005
Merck & Co. rested its defense Wednesday in a high-stakes Vioxx product liability trial - and none too soon for jurors, who apparently have been pondering how to wind down from the rigors of the seven-week trial.
Russian sentenced in revenge killing
October 27, 2005
A Russian architect whose family died when two planes collided was convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday for the killing of an air traffic controller who was on duty at the time of the 2002 crash.
Burned body identified as missing college student
October 27, 2005
A body found in a burned-out chicken coop in Mississippi has been identified as that of an Illinois college student who disappeared two weeks ago, authorities said Wednesday.
Miers to be questioned about Bush’s Gitmo policy
October 27, 2005
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee served notice Wednesday he intends to question Harriet Miers about the Bush administration’s policy of detaining suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, injecting new uncertainty into a Supreme Court nomination already in doubt.
Jury: Agency negligent in 1993 bombing
Ruling a victory for victims of World Trade Center attack that killed 6, injured 1,000
October 27, 2005
A jury ruled Wednesday that the Port Authority was negligent in the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 - a long-awaited legal victory for victims of an attack that killed six people and wounded 1,000.
Sprint Nextel posts third-quarter profit
October 27, 2005
Sprint Nextel Corp. posted a third-quarter profit Wednesday in its first quarter since Sprint purchased Nextel Communications Inc. in August for $35 billion to create the nation’s third-largest wireless carrier.
Penny’s Concrete not hit by shortage
October 27, 2005
Another company with operations in Lawrence weighed in Wednesday on the nationwide cement shortage.
Coach Fam to talk Mizzou during walk
October 27, 2005
A two-time former Kansas University football coach who dislikes all things Missouri will hit the streets this evening in downtown Lawrence, and the public is invited along for the stroll.
Government wins vote on anti-terror legislation
October 27, 2005
Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government won a crucial parliamentary vote on sweeping new anti-terrorism legislation Wednesday, but faced a further fight over plans to lock up terrorist suspects for 90 days without charge.
Commodities
October 27, 2005
Traveling costs expected to climb
October 27, 2005
Steep fuel costs, low supplies of airline seats and hotel rooms, and growing travel demand will push prices higher on airfares and hotels next year, according to the American Express 2006 Global Business Travel Forecast.
Cloud County attorney: Fatal shooting justified
October 27, 2005
The fatal shooting of a man by two Concordia police officers last month was justified, the Cloud County attorney’s office said Wednesday.
On the record
October 27, 2005
KU announces upcoming piano recital
October 27, 2005
Concert pianist Sara Davis Buechner will present a piano recital with works by Michel Block, Dorothy Chang, Claude Debussy and more.
Sharon aide says attacks hindering Mideast peace
October 27, 2005
The Palestinian Authority’s apathy toward stopping terrorist attacks against Israel has hindered any hope right now for long-term peace in the region, an Israeli press coordinator said Wednesday at Kansas University.
Our town sports
October 27, 2005
Patriots’ Bruschi hopes to return against Bills
October 27, 2005
Tedy Bruschi handled the hits his teammates dished out in practice. Whether he’ll get a chance for more contact in Sunday night’s game remains uncertain.
Martz rips Rams for denying phone access to coaches
October 27, 2005
After announcing he would miss the rest of the season because a heart infection, St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz has harshly criticized team management, saying he didn’t know if he could coexist with the team’s president of football operations.
Worker apparently crushed to death
October 27, 2005
A 51-year-old factory worker was apparently crushed to death Wednesday after becoming entangled in machinery.
Chiefs’ Tynes finds groove
October 27, 2005
Anyone who ever has suffered the embarrassment of getting chewed out in front of co-workers can take heart from Lawrence Tynes, Kansas City’s poker-faced, never-say-die place-kicker.
Review: Merce Cunningham dance show reflects unique vision
October 27, 2005
Dance, just like life, happens. Choreographer Merce Cunningham has pioneered this principle, and it is shown through his art. With the roll of a die, he can create a new dance piece and prove that dance can truly happen by chance.
Sox fans hit the streets in Chicago
October 27, 2005
Loud music blared over the city’s South Side on Wednesday night, and one needed only to look up at the balcony of Nativity of our Lord Catholic Church to find its source.
Lidge, Ensberg unreliable for Astros
October 27, 2005
Morgan Ensberg and Brad Lidge were two of the most reliable players for the Houston Astros - until they got to the World Series.
Freshman not passing fancy
Rush on Chalmers: ‘The only thing I don’t like, he doesn’t pass as much’
October 27, 2005
Kansas University’s new freshman point guard knows how to put the ball in the basket.
Tittrington: Firebird finding his stride
October 27, 2005
Since emigrating to the United States with his family six years ago from his native Sudan, MJ Hassaballa has been the target of a massive recruiting effort.
Holiday collectibles especially valuable
October 27, 2005
The monsters are out for Halloween, so be careful. You might even find vintage monsters lurking in your house. Look out for Soaky bottles in the shape of Frankenstein, Wolfman, the Mummy or the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Take good care of your personal Great Pumpkin
October 27, 2005
The night was cool, the air was thick - Linus was waiting patiently in the pumpkin patch, for at the stroke of midnight, up from the ground would rise the “Great Pumpkin.” Those who remember this childhood classic know that Linus never did find the Great Pumpkin.
A guide to the tricks, treats and haunts of Halloween
From haunted houses to trick-or-treat tips, here’s how to get the most out of your Halloween holiday
October 27, 2005
BOO! Halloween is sneaking up behind you.
Online chat to focus on United Way drive
October 27, 2005
Have questions about local United Way agencies or about how this year’s fund drive is going?
Car chase ends with two arrests
October 27, 2005
Two people were arrested Tuesday night by Lawrence Police following a car chase that ended in rural Douglas County.
Study’s release to be controlled
October 27, 2005
The ongoing public school cost-study will undoubtedly be the most sought-after report in years.
Corkins discounts education cost study
Commissioner says analysis shouldn’t be used as funding guide
October 27, 2005
Kansas Education Commissioner Bob Corkins on Wednesday told lawmakers that they shouldn’t use an education cost study ordered by the Kansas Supreme Court as their guide in funding public schools.
KU students find new way to turn over old leaves
Mounties’ enforce lawn order
October 27, 2005
Hate raking leaves? Never fear. The Royal Canadian Mounted Leaf Service is ready to help. And these Mounties always get their leaves, no matter what tree they escaped from.
Grant sought for K-10 project
City seeks money to make East Hills intersection safer
October 27, 2005
Kirsten Krug admits she sometimes crosses her finger as she makes the dangerous left-hand turn across Kansas Highway 10 to go to her job at the East Hills Business Park.
White House awaits word on CIA leak investigation
October 27, 2005
The prosecutor in the CIA leak probe set the stage Wednesday for possible criminal charges, meeting with the grand jury that heard months of testimony and then consulting with the chief judge at the courthouse where the legal drama has unfolded.
FDA might OK home HIV test
October 27, 2005
Swab the inside of your mouth. Put that swab into a vial of test fluid, and 20 minutes later you’ll learn whether you’re infected with the virus that causes AIDS.
Roadside memorials help healing process
Marking the passing
October 27, 2005
Merle Zuel thinks of his stepson almost every day when he drives on Sixth Street and passes the Graystone Drive intersection.
Lowe’s: Forget placing blame, focus on next racing season
October 27, 2005
Lowe’s Motor Speedway President Humpy Wheeler seems to have become increasingly frustrated at how much of the blame for what happened in the Oct. 15 UAW-GM 500 at his track is being dropped in his lap.
Extreme Makeover: Track Edition
Struck by a July tornado, rebuilt Atlanta Motor Speedway ready for Chase date
October 27, 2005
Bruton Smith still remembers the pickup truck.
Kansas defender Gault named to Big 12 anniversary soccer team
October 27, 2005
Kansas University junior defender Holly Gault was named to the Big 12 Conference’s 10th-anniversary soccer team, as selected by the league’s head coaches and announced Wednesday.
Football game brings ‘Loose Change Challenge’
October 27, 2005
Baldwin and Eudora will take up their third annual “Loose Change Challenge” today to benefit the United Way.
No. 1 Huskers thump Kansas
October 27, 2005
Nebraska swept Kansas University, 3-0, in Big 12 Conference volleyball, handing the Jayhawks their sixth straight loss.
People in the news
October 27, 2005
¢ Janet Jackson denies ‘secret child’ accusation ¢ Actor writes memoirs about being in the closet ¢ Duchess of Cornwall dons tiara at royal banquet ¢ Actress wants ‘Housewives’ characters to connect again ¢ People’s Choice Awards to be hosted by Ferguson ¢ ‘Will & Grace’ actress to have syndicated talk-variety show
Some European countries boycotting Halloween
October 27, 2005
It’s almost Halloween - and all those ghosts, goblins, tricks and treats are giving Hans Kohler the creeps. So the mayor of Rankweil, a town near the border with Switzerland, has launched a one-man campaign disparaging Halloween as a “bad American habit” and urging families to skip it this year.
DeLay acknowledges failing to report donations
October 27, 2005
Rep. Tom DeLay has notified House officials that he failed to disclose all contributions to his legal defense fund as required by congressional rules.
Displaced New Orleans students cope as evacuees
October 27, 2005
Accustomed to low and flat New Orleans, Tameka Noel finds herself huffing and puffing as she walks the hilly campus of Amherst College near the Berkshire Mountains. And though it’s just October, it already feels like winter to her.
73 hospital employees subpoenaed in deaths
October 27, 2005
The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office subpoenaed 73 employees of Memorial Hospital on Wednesday as part of its investigation of deaths at hospitals and nursing homes in the New Orleans area during and after Hurricane Katrina.
Intelligent design ‘father’ to speak at Washburn
October 27, 2005
A retired law professor who’s sometimes called the father of the intelligent design movement plans to speak Saturday at Washburn University, amid an ongoing debate over how evolution is taught in Kansas’ public schools.
U.S. turns to coach ‘K’
Duke’s Krzyzewski to lead Olympic team
October 27, 2005
Mike Krzyzewski will be the coach in charge of bringing Olympic gold back to U.S. basketball.
Would-be robber leaves empty-handed
October 27, 2005
A man armed with a knife early Wednesday attempted to rob the Walgreens Drug Store at 3421 W. Sixth St.
Saddam’s attorneys seek U.N. protection
October 27, 2005
Iraqi attorneys defending Saddam Hussein said Wednesday they had suspended further dealings with the Special Tribunal trying him until their safety is guaranteed, citing the kidnapping and murder of an attorney representing one of the former dictator’s co-defendants last week.
Sunnis forces to compete in elections
October 27, 2005
Three Sunni Arab groups joined forces Wednesday to field candidates in December’s elections provided for under the newly ratified constitution that many Sunnis opposed. But a group of hard-line Sunni clerics denounced the constitution and said they will not join the political process.
Study: Walking as good as jogging
October 27, 2005
There’s no need to run. Just going for a brisk walk - in the park, around the block or on a treadmill - may be enough to help keep your heart healthy, a small study suggests.
Learning gap
October 27, 2005
To the editor: Unbelievable! The story appearing in the Oct. 17 Journal-World explains why so many students seem unfamiliar with the scientific method, a foundation of education purportedly taught in our schools.
Westar response
October 27, 2005
To the editor: Your October 21 editorial says, “Westar leaders have used Wittig : as a reason why the public should pay higher rates and help shareholders reap a reasonable profit.”
Balancing religion, evolution science
October 27, 2005
I believe in intelligent design, and I want it taught to my children. But in Sunday School, not in science class. Intelligent design is an ancient religious idea. Despite the current confusion and controversy, modern evolutionary science has given it rich, new meaning.
Syria may be at center of political explosion
October 27, 2005
Three months ago, I visited the flower-bedecked grave of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri in a makeshift memorial tent erected beside Beirut’s Martyrs’ Square.
Fee structure
Tweaking rental policies for the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds might result in expanded revenue and better access to buildings.
October 27, 2005
It’s good that Douglas County commissioners have decided to take a look at the fee structure for buildings at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
No consensus
The split in the Kansas Republican Party obviously isn’t healed yet.
October 27, 2005
Johnson County Dist. Atty. Paul Morrison’s announcement that he would switch parties to seek the office of Kansas attorney general was another vivid example of the discord within the Kansas Republican Party.
Equal protection
October 27, 2005
To the editor: State Sen. Phil Journey’s remarks about the Matthew Limon case, as reported in the Oct. 25 Journal-World, are disturbing.
Suicide bomber kills 5 Israelis, wounds 30
October 27, 2005
A 20-year-old Palestinian blacksmith blew himself up at a falafel stand in an open-air market Wednesday, killing five Israelis and wounding more than 30 in the deadliest attack in the country in more than three months.
Report: Arms still coming over Syrian border
October 27, 2005
Palestinian militants in Lebanon are getting more weapons from Syria, one reason why the Lebanese government has made no significant progress in disbanding and disarming militias that operate with impunity inside its borders, a U.N. report said Wednesday.
High gasoline prices driving market for natural gas vehicles
October 27, 2005
Selling cars powered by natural gas to American drivers is no small challenge for Honda Motor Co. Natural-gas stations are few and far between, and until recently the vehicles were nearly as expensive to fuel up as their gasoline-powered counterparts.
Selling real estate isn’t easy
October 27, 2005
I often receive many real estate-related questions during my regular online chat at washingtonpost.com. Here’s some from recent chats I didn’t have time to answer.
NASA investigator: Cosmosphere chief made $65K
October 27, 2005
Prosecutors wrapped up their case Wednesday against the former head of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center accused of stealing and selling artifacts from the museum he helped found.
Former resident of group home tells of ‘double life’
October 27, 2005
A former resident of a group home whose owners are accused of mistreating mentally ill residents testified Wednesday that he decided to participate in nude sessions after his therapist told him taking his clothes off would help he deal with his anxiety.
Tongie awaits perfect Perry
October 27, 2005
It has been 25 years since Perry-Lecompton High has produced a football team that went unbeaten during the regular season.
Rare road, er, air trip on tap for Wildcats
October 27, 2005
That’s not a typographical error in Baker University’s football schedule.
FSHS soccer shooting for record victory
Firebirds head to Topeka for shot at historic 13th win - and quarterfinal berth
October 27, 2005
Free State High’s boys soccer team will be facing history in its regional finals match against Topeka High at 6 tonight at Hummer Sports Complex.
Vick wants to put football in air
Falcons quarterback not satisfied with team’s passing game
October 27, 2005
Following his first 300-yard passing game in 2002, Michael Vick believed many more would come.
Group denies use of copyrighted science standards
October 27, 2005
Two national groups say the state can’t use their copyright material in proposed science standards that critics contend promote creationism.
Gov.: Blame Florida, not FEMA, for slow response
October 27, 2005
Gov. Jeb Bush took the blame Wednesday for frustrating delays at centers distributing supplies to victims of Hurricane Wilma, saying criticism of the Federal Emergency Management Agency was misdirected.
With little relief, some compare Wilma to Katrina
October 27, 2005
Thousands of desperate tourists stranded by Hurricane Wilma besieged airports and tour offices Wednesday as officials faced the challenge of evacuating 22,000 visitors with only 6,000 airline seats available out of Cancun.
Museum honors Rosa Parks’ legacy
October 27, 2005
Visitors streamed into the Henry Ford museum for a glimpse of the bus that officials say was the historic one Rosa Parks rode, now draped with purple-and-black crepe to mark her death.
Horoscopes
October 27, 2005
For Thursday, Oct. 27
Area high school football capsules
October 27, 2005
HINU players honored
October 27, 2005
Two Haskell Indian Nations University players earned weekly Central States Football League after the Fightin’ Indians’ 36-0 victory over Southwestern Assemblies of God U. on Saturday.
In coach’s absence, St. Louis’ Vitt carries on
October 27, 2005
Until a few weeks ago, Joe Vitt was a typical lifer NFL assistant coach.
Ornamental grasses are the stars of autumn gardens
October 27, 2005
Every garden needs the essentials, plants that are a great investment because they survive and thrive in their climate. Ornamental grasses certainly fill the bill.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
October 27, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.18 at the Zarco 66 at Sixth and Florida streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Daily ticker
October 27, 2005
Dye delivers in clutch for White Sox
Outfielder’s eighth-inning single provides margin of victory in Game 4
October 27, 2005
Jermaine Dye drove in the first run of the World Series for the Chicago White Sox - and the last.
Hold that Tiger?
KU aims to contain Mizzou QB
October 27, 2005
How do you stop the Big 12 Conference’s leading rusher - when he’s not even a running back?
Say it’s so: Sox sweep
Chicago gets first Series title since 1917
October 27, 2005
The Chicago White Sox are World Series champions again at last, and yet another epic streak of futility is not just wiped away, but swept away.
Tiny town arranges big security for Gorbachev visit
October 27, 2005
Lindsborg authorities have been gearing up for this weekend’s visit of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
Milestone casualty in Iraq mobilizes anti-war crowd
October 27, 2005
As she clutched a Styrofoam cup with a candle glowing inside it, Lawrence resident Elizabeth Schultz said she thinks the U.S. war in Iraq has “no direction, except death.”
Service counts
October 27, 2005
To the editor: “Support your local businesses.”
Democrats consider economic strategy
October 27, 2005
It is not hard these days to find intelligent critiques of the budget policy and fiscal record of the Bush administration. Conservative and liberal think tanks alike grind out fresh analyses of the risks in the chronic refusal of the Republicans who govern the country to pay the bills they are amassing here and overseas.
Lawrence datebook
October 27, 2005
Fun Halloween happenings
October 27, 2005
Halloween’s a great time to be a kid - or an adult ready to revisit childhood. Here’s a compilation of Halloween tips to make your holiday fun.
USC should get 30th straight win
October 27, 2005
Southern California is a victory away from catching Texas.
Commentary: Prankster Miles vies for roster spot
Golden State continues to consider former standout Jayhawk point guard for backup role
October 27, 2005
When point guard Aaron Miles arrived at Kansas University in the fall of 2001, he joined the basketball team’s other newcomers in a campaign of pulling harmless pranks on teammates.