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City announces adopted hurricane family
Hundreds of more displaced families could arrive in Lawrence
September 6, 2005
A family displaced by Hurricane Katrina is on its way to Lawrence, and hundreds more may soon follow.
Area business owner to transport ‘flood buckets’ to coast
September 6, 2005
A Lawrence businessman is collecting relief supplies for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Kruse pleads guilty in embezzlement case
September 6, 2005
Wayne Kruse, the former head of the Lawrence teachers’ union, this morning pleaded guilty to charges related to embezzling from the union.
Clouds to clear this afternoon
September 6, 2005
Despite billowy cloudy skies this morning, a sunny September afternoon is in store for the Lawrence area, says Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist. “The clouds will clear out by the end of the day and we should see some sunshine,” Reith said. “It should be a terrific Tuesday.”
Horoscopes
September 6, 2005
 
Rec Calendar
September 6, 2005
 
Pujols’ homer beats rival Cubs
St. Louis slugger makes most of hanging slider in 6-4 victory
September 6, 2005
Injuries to four regulars have eroded Albert Pujols’ protection in the batting order for much of the season and forced the St. Louis Cardinals’ outfielder perhaps to chase more pitches than usual.
Lawrence Datebook
September 6, 2005
 
Australian court rules Kazaa breaches copyright
September 6, 2005
A court ruled Monday that popular file-swapping network Kazaa breaches copyright in Australia and gave the service’s owners two months to modify their Web site to prevent further piracy by its millions of users.
Bush nominates Roberts for chief justice opening
President also promises to quickly fill O’Connor’s seat
September 6, 2005
Seizing a historic opportunity to reshape the Supreme Court, President Bush swiftly chose conservative John Roberts as chief justice Monday and weighed how to fill another vacancy that could push the nation’s highest court to the right on issues from abortion to affirmative action.
Oz museum features wonderful collection
September 6, 2005
Those who think “The Wizard of Oz” is the story of a Kansas farm girl singing about rainbows and skipping down a yellow brick road in red slippers should think again.
Eminent domain battle imminent
Libertarian Party plans to fight for property rights in legislative session
September 6, 2005
A small political party hopes to lead the way in preventing Kansas government from condemning property to allow private development.
Labor takes a holiday
South Park event celebrates workers with focus on social issues
September 6, 2005
While many people enjoyed their Labor Day holiday grilling out in their own backyards Monday, more than a hundred people gathered in South Park for their own celebration, which included live music and free ice cream.
Robin Givens joins ‘Chicago’
September 6, 2005
Robin Givens is getting her Broadway debut as the new Roxie Hart in “Chicago.”
Fuel dependence
Current tight supplies are an uncomfortable reminder of just how dependent Americans are on fossil fuels.
September 6, 2005
It will be interesting to see how the American driving public responds to the message sent out by President Bush last Thursday: “Americans should be prudent in their use of energy over the course of the next few weeks,” he said. “Don’t buy gas if you don’t need it.”
Wise adolescent guides ‘Sweetwater Creek’ tale
September 6, 2005
We don’t have enough coming-of-age novels for girls and women, nowhere near enough Jane Eyres and distaff Huck Finns. Anne Rivers Siddons offers a worthy entry in “Sweetwater Creek” (HarperCollins, $24.95) and the thoroughly admirable Emily Parmenter.
Sweets from India the treat on ‘Jayni’
September 6, 2005
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Sweets from India,” with Ravi Phull. Jayni Carey will be host.
That’s showbiz
No world of fantasy for actor Montalban
September 6, 2005
When you meet Ricardo Montalban, you half expect to find Mr. Roarke, the mysterious character he played on the long-running TV series “Fantasy Island” (1978-84).
Keegan: Kansas bolstered by Rush
September 6, 2005
Two Brandon Rush remarks from his first interaction with reporters as a Kansas University basketball player grabbed my attention.
Super Hooper’ plays ‘em all for Hens
September 6, 2005
Kevin Hooper put in a full day’s work on Labor Day. The 28-year-old Lawrence High graduate played all nine positions - a position an inning - for the Toledo Mud Hens in a 4-3 Triple-A baseball victory over Indianapolis before 8,592 fans at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.
QB Green’s return to practice enlivens Chiefs
September 6, 2005
It was a sight to gladden the heart of every player and coach in Kansas City. There was Trent Green out there on the practice field. The Pro Bowl quarterback who underwent surgery Aug. 30 to put a stent in an artery in his lower-left leg seemed almost 100 percent.
Big 12 coaches support replay
September 6, 2005
Nebraska football coach Bill Callahan was one of the staunchest proponents of instant replay in the Big 12 Conference. He still is, even after five plays were reviewed in the Cornhuskers’ season opener.
KU hit ground running
Jayhawks rushed for 201 yards against FAU
September 6, 2005
The feet kept moving Saturday. And doing so earned high praise from Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino.
Freshman to start at QB for stunned Sooners
September 6, 2005
After being upended in its opener, Oklahoma is making a switch at quarterback.
LSU, ASU move game to Tempe
September 6, 2005
LSU and Arizona State have moved their football game Saturday from Baton Rouge, La., to Tempe because of Hurricane Katrina, with the Sun Devils saying they would donate most of the gate receipts to the relief effort.
Fortune finally favors Florida State
September 6, 2005
Florida State finally caught a break against Miami. After six straight years of frustrating finishes, the Seminoles found some good fortune against their rivals when the Hurricanes botched a short, potential game-tying field goal in the closing minutes of Florida State’s 10-7 victory Monday night.
Ex-Jayhawk Rideau on Browns’ practice squad
September 6, 2005
Brandon Rideau’s stint on the Cleveland Browns’ 53-man roster didn’t last long.
Distracted Saints get back to work
September 6, 2005
For the first time in three days, the New Orleans Saints didn’t spend their afternoon watching news reports of destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Revered receiver Rice announces retirement
September 6, 2005
The greatest receiver of all time realized he would be no better than the fourth receiver for the Denver Broncos. It was no way for Jerry Rice to end his career, so he called it quits after 20 sensational seasons.
Red Sox labor versus rookie
Chicago’s McCarthy cruises in 5-3 holiday victory
September 6, 2005
Most of the Chicago White Sox weren’t too excited about giving up their Labor Day for a one-day road trip to Boston. For Brandon McCarthy, it was the opportunity of a lifetime.
Commentary: Big Ten big winner over weekend
Conference sparkles with 10-0 record; Auburn, Pitt’s Wannstedt among opening-night losers
September 6, 2005
There were a number of big winners and big losers over the Labor Day weekend. Here are some of them: Winner: Big Ten football teams won every game they played, going 10-0. (Purdue was idle.) They outscored their opponents by a nasty 386-167.
Ageless Agassi mashes Malisse
Bad back can’t foil bid of 35-year-old at U.S. Open
September 6, 2005
Andre Agassi survived a strong effort by Xavier Malisse on Monday and, at 35, became the oldest U.S. Open men’s quarterfinalist since Jimmy Connors (39) in 1991.
Courts to hear lesbian custody case
Visitation rights battle may end up in Supreme Court
September 6, 2005
Battles over the custody of children between estranged spouses are nothing new. But this one involves a child born to a lesbian couple in a since-dissolved civil union.
New University of California campus opens
September 6, 2005
Nearly two decades after it was approved, the University of California system’s 10th campus officially opened Monday.
Maria strengthens; tropical storm forms
September 6, 2005
Hurricane Maria intensified Monday over the open Atlantic, while the 14th tropical storm of the season developed south of Bermuda, forecasters said.
High gas prices slow Labor Day traffic
September 6, 2005
Labor Day traffic slowed around the country as drivers lucky to find gas stations open paid over 30 percent more than before Hurricane Katrina disrupted Gulf Coast refinery and pipeline operations a week ago.
Changes in Saturn’s rings baffle scientists
September 6, 2005
New observations by the international Cassini spacecraft reveal that Saturn’s trademark shimmering rings, which have dazzled astronomers since Galileo’s time, have dramatically changed over just the past 25 years.
KU collects for hurricane relief
September 6, 2005
Several events and projects are under way or planned at Kansas University to help with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Weak’ beer has strong staying power
Prohibition-era relic not considered intoxicating
September 6, 2005
Sixty-five years ago, Kansas prohibited the sale and manufacturing of alcoholic drinks, yet people could buy beer legally. The brew was officially designated “cereal malt beverage.” It’s sometimes known as “weak” beer, and as far as the law is concerned, it’s not intoxicating, because of its lesser alcohol content.
On the record
September 6, 2005
 
Parkinson sufferers give each other strength
September 6, 2005
Nine years ago, Linda Davis noticed she’d picked up an odd trait. When she walked, her left arm didn’t swing back and forth. It hung by her side, straight. After a while, her left hand started trembling.
Plans to reconstruct Kasold Drive spinning in place
City commissioners to discuss how to proceed at Wednesday meeting
September 6, 2005
A decision over how much to inconvenience residents along a busy portion of Kasold Drive slated for reconstruction will land back in the laps of city commissioners Wednesday night.
Court differences factor into marijuana ordinance
Plan would put pot cases in municipal system
September 6, 2005
It’s like the difference between a four-course meal and a stop at McDonald’s for a cheeseburger. At Douglas County’s District Court, the prosecution of a misdemeanor crime can drag on for months or years.
Strange pet deaths concern neighborhood
September 6, 2005
On the morning of Aug. 6, John and Rosie Elmore found the mutilated remains of their dog in the backyard of their southwest Lawrence home. The scene was too difficult for Rosie Elmore to take in.
Lawrence sends help to hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast
September 6, 2005
Lawrence native Joy Weroha fell in love with the city of New Orleans during a Mardi Gras visit. Three months ago she moved there. “The people there are wonderful and the city has this really unique heartbeat to it,” Weroha said. “I started working there and setting up my life and the next thing you know, I’m back up here.”
Some want out; others hope to rebuild
September 6, 2005
The people who have chosen to stay or are stuck in demolished communities along the Mississippi coast scavenge for basics each day, as convoys of soldiers and supplies pass them by, headed for the nearly empty city of New Orleans.
Mayor: 10,000 may be dead
Levee fixed; some allowed brief return to their homes
September 6, 2005
A week after Hurricane Katrina, engineers plugged the levee break that swamped much of the city and floodwaters began to recede, but along with the good news came the mayor’s direst prediction yet: As many as 10,000 dead.
Digital dirt’ can cost job
September 6, 2005
Lost job hunters never even know when they’ve lost out on an interview because of “digital dirt.” That could include your chat-room tirade on an ex-roommate’s sex life or that photo of you and college buddies smoking something that’s not exactly tobacco - stuff a prospective employer finds by Googling your name that causes her to scratch you off the “to call in” list.
Fast-food chains slimming down
Wendy’s, Burger King building profitability with smaller stores
September 6, 2005
Fast food is slimming down. Two of the biggest burger chains - Wendy’s and Burger King - are developing restaurants with smaller kitchens and seating areas that operate profitably in small towns, cost less to build and fit into cheaper parcels of land. A third chain, Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits, also is trimming the square-foot fat, and even Applebee’s, a sit-down chain, has reduced restaurant size in rural areas.
Jet slams into houses, killing at least 147
September 6, 2005
Seconds after takeoff, an Indonesian airliner shook violently, veered to the left and slammed into a bustling neighborhood Monday, bursting into flames and killing at least 147 people - many on the ground.
Canadian-style volleyball gains international appeal
Students at Pittsburg State University can earn credit for Kin-Ball class
September 6, 2005
Can 80,000 Japanese really be wrong? That’s the number of registered Kin-Ball players, a rising international sport in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Evidence of prehistoric settlement found near site of new sewer plant
September 6, 2005
Archeologists have found evidence of prehistoric farmers at the proposed site of a new wastewater treatment plant.
Insurgents target Interior Ministry building
September 6, 2005
In a rare strike on a heavily fortified target in the Iraqi capital, insurgents attacked the country’s Interior Ministry building entrance with automatic gunfire and grenades Monday, killing two police officers and wounding five others.
Dozens die after theater catches fire
September 6, 2005
Fire broke out in an Egyptian theater during a crowded performance late Monday, causing hundreds of audience members to flee the burning building in panic, a police official said. At least 29 people were killed, some from the flames and some in the ensuing stampede.
Report: Chernobyl deaths will be fewer than feared
September 6, 2005
Fewer than 60 deaths have been directly attributed to radiation released by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident, and the final toll could be thousands less than originally believed, the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Monday.
Official: Thirteen suspected Taliban killed
September 6, 2005
Two hundred Afghan police, supported by U.S.-led coalition forces, killed 13 suspected Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan following a spate of guerrilla-style strikes in the area over the weekend, an Afghan official said Monday.
Sabotage leaves millions without electricity
September 6, 2005
Suspected rebels dynamited four energy pylons Monday, leaving more than 2.3 million people in southwestern Colombia without electricity.
Official: Wanted terrorist killed during gun battle
September 6, 2005
Saudi security forces battled heavily armed suspected al-Qaida members holed up in a sea-front apartment building Monday, a day after two militants - one of them the kingdom’s No. 3 most-wanted terrorist - died in the fighting.
At least 57 drown in illegal boat crossing
September 6, 2005
Smugglers on a boat making an illegal crossing from Somalia to Yemen forced passengers into the Red Sea at gunpoint miles from shore, leaving at least 57 dead and about 100 missing, fishermen and a diplomat said Monday.
Former Beatle still draws inspiration from Lennon
September 6, 2005
Paul McCartney sometimes gets a little help from a friend.
Director says fiction more real than reality TV shows
September 6, 2005
Steven Soderbergh, who used a cast of nonprofessionals to make “Bubble,” a murder story set in a bleak Ohio town, says fiction on screen is more real than reality TV.
Boy band turns up heat on Cincinnati mayoral election
September 6, 2005
While pop singer Justin Jeffre was speaking at a rally in his bid for mayor, dozens of teenage and 20-something women were backstage trying to talk to his 98 Degrees bandmate Nick Lachey.
Telethon helps muscular dystrophy, hurricane victims
September 6, 2005
The Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon raised $54.9 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. and more than $1 million for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Author makes rare public donation for hurricane relief
September 6, 2005
Best-selling writer John Grisham and his wife usually keep their charitable donations very private. But they’ve decided to disclose their $5 million contribution to establish a relief fund to help Mississippians rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.
Celebrity birthdays
September 6, 2005
Rhythm-and-blues singer Macy Gray is 35. Country singer David Allen Coe is 66. Actor-comedian Jeff Foxworthy is 47. Country singer Mark Chesnutt is 42. Actress Rosie Perez is 41.
Rebuilding requires thought
September 6, 2005
Some weeks I have a hard time choosing a topic for this column. There are so many issues and stories to choose from in an average week that it’s like choosing a dish from a menu that has lots of good choices. It’s hard to pick just one.
Politics enters sports arena
September 6, 2005
Sports and politics do not mix, it is often said. But that myth is having a rough summer and may have to be benched in favor of a harsher, more realistic image of the interaction between games and governing.
Roberts might not help overturn Roe v. Wade
September 6, 2005
Writing in the Harvard Crimson recently, Adam Guren, a Harvard student from Los Angeles, may have revealed the most obscure factoid uncovered so far about John G. Roberts Jr. One of Roberts’ college roommates told Guren that the Supreme Court nominee could never do without Pepto-Bismol - that “he always had a bottle or two in hand.”
Did framers want Constitution to evolve?
September 6, 2005
John Roberts says, “I don’t have an overarching, uniform philosophy.” Still, he must have jurisprudential inclinations that the following questions might clarify.
On the money
September 6, 2005
Finding a new home to purchase often requires several key considerations, including negotiating a price that fits your budget and landing the right mortgage.
Job security, health top employee concerns
September 6, 2005
American workers’ persistent unease has been well-documented in recent months, with job security and health care costs leading our list of worry.
Free credit reports available to consumers
September 6, 2005
As of Sept. 1, all U.S. consumers are able to order free copies of their credit reports. This is due to a new federal law, the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, adopted by Congress in 2003.
Area residents should beware of roofing scam
September 6, 2005
The Better Business Bureau warns home owners of a roofing scam.
Try not to borrow money for gas
September 6, 2005
On the way to pick up my daughter from her first day of school, I passed a gas station where regular was going for $2.77 a gallon. I made a mental note to get some gas there because that price seemed downright cheap.
Double Take: Don’t let bad boy ruin relationship with parents
September 6, 2005
Dear Dr. Wes and Marissa: My boyfriend is 18 and in trouble with the law. Six months ago he beat up a kid and was charged with aggravated battery. He is getting ready to do 30 days in jail and a year and a half of probation. He has changed a lot since then. He has gotten a job and is showing much improvement, but he also is dropping out of school and going to get his GED.
A better run at exercise
Deep water running burns fat, saves knees - and it’s catching on
September 6, 2005
“Take it into a jog! It’s a hard two-minute jog,” barks Katie Honaker. “Every 15 seconds reverse direction. You want to make these reversals as fast as possible. Knees high! … At the end of this 15 seconds, run it hard to the wall.”
Head of the class
LHS grad who skated through MIT earns free year of college
September 6, 2005
Emily Schwartz doesn’t exactly look like a geek. She’s nearly 6 feet tall, is a former track athlete and has long brown hair. No pocket protector. No slide rule. No braces. She promises, however, that deep down she is a card-carrying nerd. She has an engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to prove it.
East meets Midwest at Japan Festival
September 6, 2005
The Heart of America Japan-America Society and Japan Festival Committee are sponsoring the Eighth Annual Greater Kansas City Japan Festival at Johnson County Community College.
Teen board to start new year Sept. 13
September 6, 2005
Students in sixth through 12th grades are invited to join the Journal-World Teen Board. We’re seeking students who want to contribute ideas, stories and pictures for publication in the Pulse section.
In the Halls
September 6, 2005
Do you consider yourself an overachiever?
Chris Rock hits funny bone as narrator of new TV comedy
September 6, 2005
We spoke to actor and comedian Chris Rock in Manhattan recently. He was part of TV’s “Saturday Night Live” cast from 1989 to 1991. He has more than 20 movie credits, including “The Longest Yard” remake and doing the voice of Marty the zebra in “Madagascar.”
Tough guy Zupan gets ‘Miami’ inked
September 6, 2005
Mark Zupan appears on “Miami Ink” (9 p.m., TLC). Zupan starred in this summer’s documentary hit “Murderball,” about the world of wheelchair-bound rugby players.
Best Bets
September 6, 2005