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Video: Gas Mufflers
October 29, 2005
Rob Wendland, owner of Wendland Performance Services, talks about how mufflers can save gas.
Video: Gas The Cold Air Intake Kit
October 29, 2005
Rob Wendland, owner of Wendland Performance Services, talks about Cold Air Intake Kits, which can help drivers save gas.
Video: Gas How to get the most mileage
October 29, 2005
Rob Wendland, owner of Wendland Performance Services, talks about how drivers can get the most mileage.
Video: Gas The Bully Dog Chip
October 29, 2005
Rob Wendland, owner of Wendland Performance Services, talks about Bully Dog chips.
Video: Gas The Superchip
October 29, 2005
Rob Wendland, owner of Wendland Performance Services, talks about Superchips.
Temperatures to reach low 70s
October 29, 2005
The day may have started off cool but it will not stay that way. According to 6News Weather, temperatures are expected to warm up to 71 degrees.
Simons: Support from loyal alumni and friends is KU’s greatest asset
October 29, 2005
What is Kansas University’s greatest asset? Granted, the university is a combination of many things and many of these parts help strengthen the overall operation, but is there any one facet of the university that stands out and seems to weather any storm on campus year in and year out?
Parks’ death is wake-up call
October 29, 2005
Rosa Parks reminds me of my grandmother. Neither held an elective office. Both were born in 1913, the year the U.S. Constitution was changed to permit income tax collection.
Society Calendar
October 29, 2005
 
Club News
October 29, 2005
 
FCE News
October 29, 2005
 
Kansas high school sports scores for Oct. 28
October 29, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
October 29, 2005
 
Technology challenges notions of what’s kosher
October 29, 2005
The full scope of Jewish texts and traditions couldn’t help the rabbi sort this one out: Could he inline-skate to synagogue on the holy day of rest and prayer?
Growth drives market rally
Dow surges 172 points
October 29, 2005
Stocks rallied sharply Friday, with the Dow gaining 172 points on better-than-expected gross domestic product growth last quarter despite the disruptions caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The major indexes finished an erratic week higher.
Three share lead at Schwab Cup
October 29, 2005
Gil Morgan is totally focused on preserving his Champions Tour winning streak. Jay Haas’ mind is wandering to Alabama - and Loren Roberts is just grateful to win a few mind games with the course at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Animal’ magnetism
Buckeyes’ player’s dad popular figure
October 29, 2005
The fathers of some Ohio State players are doctors. Others are lawyers and wealthy businessmen, and some played pro football.
Ex-Cosmosphere director describes property trades
October 29, 2005
A former space museum president testified Friday at his theft trial that he sometimes traded his own space and astronaut artifacts to obtain items for the museum.
No one injured as plane belly-lands
October 29, 2005
A plane carrying nine passengers made a belly landing Thursday after the wheels wouldn’t descend, authorities said.
Blind faith
October 29, 2005
Brian Nelson picks up his 12-string guitar, rests it on his lap and feels for the frets. His eyes point toward the ceiling. He can’t cheat by looking at the strings.
House panel votes to cut food stamp funding
October 29, 2005
The House Agriculture Committee approved budget cuts Friday that would take food stamps away from an estimated 300,000 people and could cut off school lunches and breakfasts for 40,000 children.
Religion briefs
October 29, 2005
 
Depression often misdiagnosed
October 29, 2005
Since my mother’s death early this year, my husband and I have gone to visit my 81-year-old father several times a week.
Tropical Storm Beta slams small island
October 29, 2005
Hundreds of villagers on a tiny Caribbean island hiked into the mountains Friday, fleeing a powerful tropical storm that engulfed Providencia in heavy winds and rain.
Parks embodied the power of one
October 29, 2005
“Non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as cooperation with good.” - Martin Luther King Jr. Her feet were not tired. At least, no more so than usual.
Horoscopes
October 29, 2005
 
Gordon doesn’t mind role shifts
October 29, 2005
Charles Gordon should know by now to never unpack his luggage. Once settled in at wide receiver, the Kansas University junior was needed at cornerback.
Gault goes on offensive
Defender blasts game-winner; KU soccer downs MU
October 29, 2005
Defenders don’t score in soccer. They defend. Holly Gault isn’t an ordinary defender, though. Gault proved why she’s a first-team All-American defender by drilling the game-winning goal in Kansas University’s 3-2 double-overtime victory over Missouri on Friday afternoon at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Willis, Berry to co-star in thriller together
October 29, 2005
Two former neighbors are now future co-stars.
Teacher, researcher honored at meeting
October 29, 2005
A distinguished professor of pharmaceutical chemistry is the recipient of this year’s Chancellors Club Career Teaching Award for 2005.
Gas gouging
October 29, 2005
To the editor: Are we being gouged? You tell me, especially when you see a headline “Profits GUSH for ExxonMobil.”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist gets snap happy in new photography book
October 29, 2005
Nick Zinner is a photographer. But that’s not why most people are going to pick up his new book, “I Hope You Are All Happy Now.” Zinner also plays the guitar in the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, one of the more bizarre success stories of the 21st century.
Worshipper offers help to hearing-impaired
October 29, 2005
Music is a key part of most worship services.
Israeli airstrike kills Palestinian militant
October 29, 2005
Missiles fired from an Israeli aircraft struck a car in this northern Gaza town Friday, killing a Palestinian militant and escalating the bloodletting that has dimmed the prospects for peacemaking after Israel’s pullout from the coastal strip.
Lawrence auto dealer in line for national leadership post
October 29, 2005
Nearly 50 years after he started sweeping floors and washing cars at his dad’s fledgling car lot in Lee’s Summit, Mo., Dale Willey is gearing up to take responsibility of a much larger automotive operation.
Quartet to premiere work by Gabriela Frank
October 29, 2005
The Kronos Quartet will perform a new work by composer Gabriela Frank on Nov. 5 at Kansas University.
Networks plan pre-Halloween fright nights
October 29, 2005
Halloween looms. And we lose time to darkness tonight as the clocks tick back one hour. Is this a weekend for monster movies, or what? The networks don’t miss a beat, abandoning programming for the 2000 horror spoof “Scary Movie” (7 p.m. today, NBC) and “Monsters, Inc.” (7 p.m. today, ABC), the 2001 computer-animated comedy.
Best Bets
October 29, 2005
 
KU schedules seminar on French organ
October 29, 2005
KU’s School of Fine Arts has announced “La Musique Française,” a seminar in French organ music, from Wednesday to Saturday.
KU Symphony Orchestra plans performance
October 29, 2005
The KU Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lied Center.
Class clown uses humor as defense mechanism
October 29, 2005
I’m a teacher, and I love my students. However, there is one kid in my sixth-grade class who drives me nuts. He works overtime trying to make everybody laugh. What drives this impish child? Why does he want to make life miserable for me?
Faith forum
October 29, 2005
Should faith play a role in selecting Supreme Court justices?
Mortgage rates rise
October 29, 2005
Rates on 30-year mortgages stayed above 6 percent for the third straight week, rising to the highest level in 15 months.
Serologicals shares dip after earnings report
October 29, 2005
Shares of Serologicals Corp., a provider of biological products to researchers and drug makers, lost 11 percent of their value Friday after the Atlanta-based company had reported a 33 percent rise in third-quarter earnings but acknowledged that research revenue had missed expectations.
IRS owes $23 million to Berkshire Hathaway
October 29, 2005
A federal judge on Friday ordered the Internal Revenue Service to pay billionaire Warren Buffett’s investment company more than $23 million in taxes and interest for disallowing certain deductions.
Commodities
October 29, 2005
 
Around the world, officials deny oil-for-food kickbacks
October 29, 2005
A scathing report on corruption in the U.N. oil-for-food program for Saddam Hussein’s Iraq drew widespread denials, terse dismissals and protestations of innocence Friday, but also pledges to investigate from some of the 2,200 companies cited and countries with citizens named.
New Orleans police fire 51 for desertion
October 29, 2005
Fifty-one members of the New Orleans Police Department - 45 officers and six civilian employees - were fired Friday for abandoning their posts before or after Hurricane Katrina.
Rescuers abandon efforts in gold mine
October 29, 2005
Toxic fumes forced rescuers on Friday to abandon an effort to find up to 50 miners inside the tunnel of a gold mine that collapsed after an explosion.
Bush responsible
October 29, 2005
To the editor: Now that one high-ranking member of the Bush administration has been indicted, and more indictments may follow, I will reserve judgment regarding their potential guilt or innocence and only wonder about how deep the involvement of others may go.
Conflict exists
October 29, 2005
To the editor: There are no better advocates for science than Leonard Krishtalka, and his regular assaults on the folly of intelligent design bring sheer joy.
AIDS mission
October 29, 2005
To the editor: I was puzzled to read that the Douglas County AIDS project teamed up with pro-choice groups like National Organization for Women and Students for Reproductive Rights to protest the nomination of Harriet Miers.
Lost loyalty
It looks like more Kansas University football games may be moved to Kansas City.
October 29, 2005
According to several Kansas University Athletic Department officials, there seems to be a good chance the KU football team will start to play more games in Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium. Apparently, these officials see advantages for the team and university in playing what used to be termed KU “home” games in Kansas City rather than in KU’s Memorial Stadium.
World company sports staff picks
October 29, 2005
Note: Ryan Wood and Chuck Woodling are Missouri natives.
Annual Blintz Brunch planned for Nov. 6
October 29, 2005
The annual Blintz Brunch and Bake Sale sponsored by the Lawrence Jewish Community Center has been scheduled for Nov. 6.
Forum planned on community needs
October 29, 2005
Members of the Lawrence Community Interfaith Initiative will organize a convocation Sunday to talk about how to address needs in the community.
Comedy troupe announces auditions
October 29, 2005
The Hypothetical Seven, a comedy troupe based out of Lawrence, and Kansas City, Mo., is looking for new members. No improvisational comedy experience is necessary, and the auditions will be treated as a beginning improv class.
Lawrence artists’ work selected for exhibit
October 29, 2005
Hobart and Shakura Jackson, of Lawrence, had several photographs accepted into the 2005 Arts Council Annual Juried Art Exhibit in Wichita.
Military News
October 29, 2005
 
Around and about
October 29, 2005
 
People and places
October 29, 2005
 
Where should he begin?
KU legend Fambrough shares his hatred of Missouri
October 29, 2005
He has taken his thoughts off of hated Missouri for just a moment, and the softer side of Don Fambrough takes over. His mind is in rewind mode and doesn’t stop until it goes back 35 years.
Know the foe: Tigers’ offense poised to growl
October 29, 2005
Yeah, there’s Brad Smith, one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in NCAA history.
Barnett engages in gamesmanship
October 29, 2005
It starts with injuries, or injury reports, to be more specific. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder won’t release his, so Colorado coach Gary Barnett doesn’t make his public during K-State week, either.
Injuries force OU to promote backups
October 29, 2005
With four players ahead of him on the depth chart, Allen Patrick figured he’d spend this season learning Oklahoma’s offense after switching from defensive back to running back.
Cowboys need perfection
Turnovers big setback for OSU
October 29, 2005
Listing off ways that Oklahoma State could pull off a gigantic upset against No. 2 Texas this week, coach Mike Gundy came to an old standby of coaches dreaming of victory against a tough opponent.
Key catch versus OU highlight of Stuntz’s NU career
October 29, 2005
Someday Mike Stuntz’s name probably will be the answer to a Nebraska football trivia question. It might be already, considering it’s been four years since Stuntz threw that 63-yard touchdown pass to Eric Crouch to seal a 20-10 win over Oklahoma.
A&M turns to rush
New game plan has given Aggies lift
October 29, 2005
Texas A&M’s two-game winning streak has coincided with the early stages of a changing offensive philosophy.
Rutgers basking in football renaissance
Once-downtrodden Knights on brink of bowl eligibility
October 29, 2005
Synonymous with college football futility for the past decade, Rutgers has been neither punch line nor punching bag this season.
Chattanooga suspends seven players for violations
October 29, 2005
Seven Chattanooga football players were suspended for what the chancellor describes as curfew violations.
Mickelson to skip Tour Championship
October 29, 2005
PGA champion Phil Mickelson decided Friday not to play in the Tour Championship, the second time in the last five years he has skipped the season-ending event for the top 30 on the PGA Tour money list.
Lowery, Van Pelt finally erupt
October 29, 2005
Steve Lowery and Bo Van Pelt, two guys who didn’t earn a dime the first few months of the season, played some of their best golf Friday at the Chrysler Championship on a tough day that sent Vijay Singh home early for the second straight week.
Commentary: Swoopes made progress, but …
Male athlete coming out is next step
October 29, 2005
No one called for a boycott of the WNBA after Sheryl Swoopes announced she was gay. The league didn’t ask for any of her MVP awards back. Her sponsors still are writing her checks.
Defensive standout White tops list of Hall of Fame nominees
October 29, 2005
Reggie White, a two-time NFL defensive player of the year who died last year at 43, heads a list of players, coaches and contributors eligible for induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Saints seeing different Williams
October 29, 2005
The Ricky Williams the New Orleans Saints will face Sunday bears little physical resemblance to the one who once played for them.
Mara remembered as one of the greats
NFL luminaries attend funeral of Giants owner, who died at age 89
October 29, 2005
On a crisp autumn morning, perfect for the game he loved, New York Giants owner Wellington Mara was revered Friday as a peerless father, friend and football man at a service packed with luminaries from across an extraordinary career.
Woodson’s return appears likely
Cornerback’s career with Raiders could be over, even if he comes back from injury
October 29, 2005
Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson stands a fair chance of playing again this season as long as his recovery from the broken right fibula that he sustained Sunday goes as well as hoped.
Hurricanes can’t wait to get back to normal
October 29, 2005
Some college football teams would welcome an unforeseen bye week, but the University of Miami’s layoff left it craving normalcy.
Cocktail Party ‘game of year’
Georgia, Florida fired up for today’s meeting
October 29, 2005
Florida defensive end Jeremy Mincey spent last weekend at home in Georgia, hoping to enjoy a few days away from football.
Irish QB raising expectations
Quinn giving Notre Dame needed stability over center
October 29, 2005
Brady Quinn doesn’t think being quarterback for the Fighting Irish is a glamour position, even if he is helping bring Notre Dame back into style.
KU not ranked in coaches’ poll
October 29, 2005
For the first time in a long time, the Kansas University men’s basketball team will start the season unranked in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll.
Chesang Big 12 champ
October 29, 2005
Kansas University junior Benson Chesang was crowned Big 12 cross country champion for the second straight year Friday.
Self to speak at cancer luncheon
October 29, 2005
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self will tip off the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer program at noon, Nov. 10, at the Holiday Inn.
Leidigh sets KU butterfly mark
October 29, 2005
After finishing .01 seconds off the pool record in the 100-yard butterfly during her last attempt on Oct. 8, Kansas University freshman Ashley Leidigh’s goal was to set the record Friday night against No. 20 Missouri.
Haskell facing off with giant-killers
October 29, 2005
Texas College’s football team is flying high, and the Steers have Haskell Indian Nations University next for homecoming. Kickoff will be at 4 p.m. today at Steers Stadium.
Winless foe worries Wildcats
October 29, 2005
Southern Oregon University’s football team is 0-for-‘05 and riding a 10-game losing streak.
Sports correction
October 29, 2005
A story in Friday’s Journal-World contained wrong information on the last time a McLouth High football team finished the regular season undefeated. Prior to this season, the Bulldogs last had a perfect regular-season mark in 1977.
Eagles headed to state
October 29, 2005
The Veritas Christian football team bounced back from back-to-back losses in convincing fashion Friday night, dominating on both sides of the ball to earn a 66-18 victory over Hamilton in a game shortened by the 45-point rule.
Two early losses doom Eudora at state tournament
October 29, 2005
The Eudora High volleyball squad was smooth, comfortable and in control, dominating Towanda Circle in the first game, 25-13, and rallying from an 18-24 deficit to take the match in two.
Bad blood
Bitter feelings rooted deep among fans of KU-MU rivalry
October 29, 2005
Most Kansas University fans have never felt any other way about the University of Missouri Tigers.
U.S. sees 1.5 million births from unmarried mothers in ‘04
Teens account for 24 percent of cases
October 29, 2005
Nearly 1.5 million babies, a record, were born to unmarried women in the United States last year, the government reported Friday. And it isn’t just teenagers any more.
Business accepting coat donations
October 29, 2005
For the 19th year, an area dry-cleaning business is collecting winter coats to be turned over to the less fortunate.
Wreck sends Baldwin resident to hospital
October 29, 2005
A Baldwin man was flown to an area hospital Friday morning after a one-vehicle wreck near Vinland.
Remember to reset clocks, swap batteries
October 29, 2005
It’s almost time to adjust the clock and change the smoke-detector battery.
Pump patrol
October 29, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.16 at Quick Stop, 1000 W. 23rd St. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Kaufman: Group home was ‘consenting adults’
October 29, 2005
A man accused of enslaving and abusing mentally ill residents of group homes he and his wife operated testified Friday that the residents were “a family of consenting adults.”
U.S. hands over some military bases to Iraqis
October 29, 2005
Seeking to lower the visibility of U.S. troops and grant more authority to Iraqi government forces, the American military has now ceded control of 27 of the nation’s 109 bases, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.
Arkansas City man dies from explosive in Iraq
October 29, 2005
A soldier from Arkansas City has died of injuries he suffered in an explosion, military officials said Friday.
Firebirds finally thrive
Shaking off early misses, FSHS erupts to rout Rural
October 29, 2005
For the fourth year in a row, Free State High ended Washburn Rural’s season with a trip to state on the line.
Mayer: Kansas deserves MU win
October 29, 2005
It won’t surprise anyone to learn that the football players and coaches at unbeaten USC, Texas and Virginia Tech work long and hard to be good. They’re not a bit different from the people at Kansas University, who are just as committed, devoted and desirous of success.
Case shows Bush losing in strength
October 29, 2005
The prosecution’s case against White House adviser I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby pulls back the curtain on the Bush administration’s efforts to silence its critics and challenges its rationale for war with Iraq.
Cheney top aide indicted
Libby resigns White House post
October 29, 2005
The CIA leak case underscores a basic truth about Washington scandals: It’s not who did what to whom, it’s the cover-up.
KU Endowment tops $100M mark
October 29, 2005
The Kansas University Endowment Association’s support to the university for the first time topped the $100 million mark with $103.9 million, according to an annual report released Friday.
Ex-Soviet leader cautions America
Gorbachev says U.S. should cooperate, not dominate
October 29, 2005
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev warned Friday that no one nation can lead the world through rapid change and globalization, though the United States must balance its desires to shape those solutions.
Senator tests Kansas waters for 2008 presidential bid
October 29, 2005
The indictment and resignation of Vice President Dick Cheney’s adviser Lewis “Scooter” Libby will distract the administration and the country, a Democratic presidential hopeful told a Lawrence audience Friday.
Iraqis submit candidates; five more Americans die
October 29, 2005
A Sunni Arab coalition submitted its list of candidates for the December election Friday, joining other political factions in the race and signaling greater Sunni participation in a process Washington hopes will help speed the day when U.S. soldiers can go home.
Correction
October 29, 2005
In an Oct. 27 story about Mars’ approach to Earth this weekend, The Associated Press erroneously reported that it’s the second time in nearly 60,000 years that the two planets will be unusually close. It’s actually the nearest Mars will be to Earth since 2003, when it reached closer to Earth than anytime since 60,000 years ago.
On the record
October 29, 2005
 
Douglas County to remain in KU blood study
October 29, 2005
Douglas County ambulances are still scheduled to be equipped with an experimental artificial blood product despite a decision by Johnson County leaders to pull out of the research project.
Mandela launches comic book series
October 29, 2005
Former President Nelson Mandela launched the first edition Friday of a series of comic books about his life aimed at encouraging young South Africans to read.
North Korean leader promises to return for nuclear talks
October 29, 2005
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il promised Friday to take part in the next round of nuclear talks in November, Chinese state TV reported, as China’s president made a rare personal visit to Pyongyang to lobby for progress in disarmament efforts.
Clashes in Colombia leave at least 20 dead
October 29, 2005
Intense fighting between rebels and paramilitary groups for control of the cocaine trade in the jungles of western Colombia left at least 20 outlawed fighters dead, authorities said Friday.
Tribes protest order expelling evangelists
October 29, 2005
Hundreds of indigenous Venezuelans marched Friday to protest President Hugo Chavez’s threat to expel a group of U.S.-based evangelists, amid intensifying government scrutiny of foreign missionaries operating in the country.
Election postponed in redistricting dispute
October 29, 2005
A Bolivian court on Friday indefinitely postponed elections scheduled for Dec. 4 because of a dispute in Congress over redistricting, moving the poor Andean nation toward a possible power vacuum when the current president steps down.
Approval of resolution against Syria expected
October 29, 2005
The United States, France and Britain said Friday that they were confident the U.N. Security Council will adopt a tough resolution demanding Syria’s cooperation in the investigation into the assassination of Lebanon’s former prime minister.
House speaker says tax increase OK to keep sex offenders in prison
October 29, 2005
House Speaker Doug Mays, a Republican candidate for governor, on Friday took a strong stance against child sex offenders and said he would support a tax increase to keep them in prison.
Ruling party approves constitution’s final draft
October 29, 2005
The ruling party on Friday approved its final draft of a proposed revision of Japan’s pacifist constitution that would drop a clause outlawing war and give the military a greater role in international security, officials said.
Schwarzenegger: Unions ‘want to destroy me’
October 29, 2005
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger complained Friday that California’s Democrats and union bosses are standing in the way of government reform and “want to destroy me.”
Transit union walks out of contract
October 29, 2005
The union representing Philadelphia subway, trolley and bus workers walked out of contract talks Friday, days before a threatened strike that would leave hundreds of thousands of passengers to find alternate ways to travel.
Democrat headed for defeat in mayor’s race
October 29, 2005
The polls have Fernando Ferrer losing - and losing big - to billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg. But the man seeking to become New York City’s first Hispanic mayor sees himself as serving a higher purpose.
Court: Same-sex partners should get benefits
October 29, 2005
The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday ruled it is unconstitutional to bar benefits to the same-sex partners of public employees, a victory for gay rights advocates in one of the first states to pass a constitutional ban on gay marriage.
Voters to consider easing marijuana laws
October 29, 2005
The nickname Mile High City could soon have an entirely new meaning.
Prosecutor subpoenas MoveOn.org director in DeLay’s criminal case
October 29, 2005
A Texas prosecutor has subpoenaed the leader of a liberal activist group and records of political contributions from mostly Republican state judges in advance of a hearing Tuesday to decide who should preside over former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s criminal case.
Parks to lie in honor
Capitol usually reserved for presidents, war heroes
October 29, 2005
In death, Rosa Parks is joining a select few, including presidents and war heroes, accorded a public viewing in the Capitol Rotunda. It’s the place where, six years ago, President Clinton and congressional leaders lauded the former seamstress for a simple act of defiance that changed the course of race relations.
Ex-bar owner gets 4 years in patron’s drinking death
October 29, 2005
The former owner of a Hutchinson bar has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for the death of a customer following a reported drinking contest.
Employees got fake flu shots, authorities say
October 29, 2005
As many as 1,000 ExxonMobil employees and 14 residents of a senior citizens home were injected with fake flu vaccine, authorities said Friday, and the owner of a home health care company was arrested.
Judge says panel wrong to fine state workers $1 for free lunches
October 29, 2005
Eleven state workers were wrongly fined $1 each for accepting free meals, a Shawnee County judge has ruled.
Philanthropist to be honored
October 29, 2005
An event next week will honor a longtime Lawrence philanthropist and raise money for the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center.
Student OD’s on cold medicine
October 29, 2005
A junior high school student was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital yesterday after overdosing on cold medicine.
Cyclists promote way of two wheels
October 29, 2005
James Kaberline ripped off a body cast made of toilet paper Friday evening at South Park before he hopped onto his bicycle to lead a group ride through Lawrence.
Mr. Sulu,’ of Star Trek fame, declares homosexuality
October 29, 2005
George Takei, best known for his role as Mr. Sulu in “Star Trek,” came out as homosexual in the current issue of a magazine covering the Los Angeles gay and lesbian community.
Music helping Chesney deal with breakup
October 29, 2005
Kenny Chesney says his music has helped him deal with the breakup of his brief marriage to “Bridget Jones” actress Renee Zellweger.
Kids can be class clowns with help from ‘Tonight’ show host
October 29, 2005
Teachers can blame Jay Leno for a whole new generation of class clowns.
Celebrity’s dogs protesting Iams for PETA in ads
October 29, 2005
Anna Nicole Smith’s dogs are boycotting pet food maker Iams.
Celebrity birthdays
October 29, 2005
Actress Winona Ryder is 34. Country singer Lee Clayton is 63. Musician Peter Green is 59. Actor Richard Dreyfuss is 58. Singer Randy Jackson is 44. Musician Toby Smith is 35. Actress Gabrielle Union is 32.
Haunted houses struggle to stay among unliving
Kansas City scares an anomaly in industry
October 29, 2005
When Dwayne Throneberry closed his haunted house, The Main Street Morgue, two falls ago, he swore he’d shaken his last skeleton at his last screaming teenager.
KU Endowment board of trustees elects 5 new members
October 29, 2005
The Kansas University Endowment Association board of trustees elected five new members at its meeting Friday:
China says girl didn’t die of bird flu
October 29, 2005
China on Friday ruled out bird flu in the death of a 12-year-old girl whose village suffered an outbreak, while Indonesia was testing dead chickens on Bali for the virus.
Gas lines ease; millions still without power
October 29, 2005
Simple tasks like buying gas, cooking food and even turning on the lights got a little easier Friday, with power restored to nearly half the homes and businesses that lost it during Hurricane Wilma.
Edited video questioned in police Taser case
October 29, 2005
The public defender for a man who was repeatedly stunned by Kansas City police with a Taser gun claims deleted footage from the incident should be grounds for dismissing two felonies charged against the suspected car thief.
Russian man shot to death in K.C.
October 29, 2005
A woman was charged Friday with fatally shooting a Russian man after chasing him on a downtown street.
Keillor: Halloween is a fine day to be somebody else
October 29, 2005
People stood out on my front porch the other night talking about politics and inhaling the sweetness of fall, intimations of nobility in the air and also decaying vegetable matter.
Iran demonstrates, calling for Israel’s destruction
October 29, 2005
Iran’s ultraconservative president - spurning international outrage over his remarks about Israel - joined more than a million demonstrators who flooded the streets of the capital and other major cities Friday to back his call for the destruction of the Jewish state.
U.N.: More donations needed to continue Pakistan quake relief
October 29, 2005
U.N. helicopters ferrying supplies to South Asia’s earthquake survivors will be grounded within a week and relief operations scaled back unless aid agencies receive more funding and donors make good on pledges worth millions of dollars, officials said Friday.
Cromwell headed to Ring of Honor
Former Jayhawk great on hand for today’s KU-Mizzou game
October 29, 2005
If Kansas University can get out of its Big 12 Conference football funk and win today against hated rival Missouri at Memorial Stadium, it would be considered an upset.
Cougars think USC No. 1
BCS demotion might motivate Trojans
October 29, 2005
Coach Pete Carroll didn’t seem to mind that Southern California fell to No. 2 in the Bowl Championship Series standings this week.
Mystery solved: Reinsdorf gets baseball
Konerko presents White Sox owner with ball that was hit for final out of Series
October 29, 2005
A baseball reduced Jerry Reinsdorf to tears. Of course, it wasn’t an ordinary ball.
Venezuelans cheer Guillen as national hero
October 29, 2005
Venezuelans shot off fireworks and drove through the streets honking horns after the White Sox won the World Series, proclaiming the Chicago manager a national hero.
Chicago wild about White Sox
Fans take to streets to celebrate team’s first Series championship in 88 years
October 29, 2005
The Chicago White Sox triumphantly rode into the heart of the city Friday to celebrate the team’s first World Series title since 1917 with hundreds of thousands of fans who turned downtown into a giant block party.
Commentary: Few athletes will follow Swoopes lead
October 29, 2005
Maybe it troubles you that WNBA standout and three-time Olympic gold medalist Sheryl Swoopes has announced she is gay. Maybe it makes you feel angry or uncomfortable to see the topic broached on the sports page. Maybe it isn’t a bad thing to have those feelings confronted.
Newman nabs another pole
Nextel Cup driver fastest at Atlanta
October 29, 2005
When it comes to qualifying at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Ryan Newman is in a class by himself.
Lions crush woeful, shorthanded Trojans
October 29, 2005
Topeka High didn’t need any more setbacks. The Trojan football squad would have had its hands full with Lawrence High no matter the circumstances.
Wal-Mart initiatives draw criticism
Retail giant’s opponents call health care plan inadequate
October 29, 2005
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. accelerated its campaign to polish its image by proposing this week a lower-cost health care plan for its employees, promising an environmental initiative, and calling for a boost in the minimum wage.
Flights of fancy
Brothers throw caution to wind - and catch it
October 29, 2005
You could tell the Flying Karamazov Brothers were in town Thursday night from the juggling pins and balls, signs, rotten pumpkins and one very interesting gourd flying through the air above the Lied Center stage.