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Freshman quarterback Meier cleared to play next Monday
Pittsburg native suffered from electrical cardiovascular ailment
September 7, 2005
Touted freshman quarterback Kerry Meier has been cleared to play football beginning Monday after undergoing a procedure to combat Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, a electrical cardiovascular ailment.
Longtime KU broadcaster Max Falkenstien recovering from surgery
Radio commentator should only miss one week of his 60th season
September 7, 2005
Legendary University of Kansas broadcaster Max Falkenstien is recovering today after undergoing intestinal surgery at Lawrence Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning. Early indications are that Falkenstien will remained hospitalized for approximately one week.
Firebirds masters of big plays
September 7, 2005
If you’re headed to a Free State High football game this fall, don’t blink. It takes about that long for the Firebirds to turn nothing into something; just ask Shawnee Mission North.
Police investigate reported rape of KU student
September 7, 2005
Lawrence Police are investigating the reported rape of an intoxicated Kansas University student who told police she was forcibly assaulted in an alley as she was walking home in east Lawrence.
Police plan sobriety checkpoint Friday night
September 7, 2005
Lawrence Police plan a sobriety checkpoint and city-wide “saturation patrol” Friday night between 5 p.m. and 2 a.m.
KU’s Robinson Center may serve as hurricane victims’ shelter
September 7, 2005
Plans are underway to convert Kansas University’s Robinson Center gymnasium into an emergency shelter to house up to 250 victims of Hurricane Katrina for up to 30 days.
Cloudy skies to redevelop in afternoon
September 7, 2005
If you liked Tuesday’s weather, you’ll like today — cloudy skies and warm temperatures are on tap again today, says Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist. “It’s the same story as yesterday. All in all, it looks like a pretty nice day,” Reith said.
No more Mister Nice Guy
Father of shock rock thrashes new generation with hardcore theatrics
September 7, 2005
There would be no Kiss without him. No Rob Zombie. No Slipknot. And certainly no Marilyn Manson. Alice Cooper was and continues to be the undisputed father of shock rock, a title he has embraced since the late 1960s.
Poetry reading planned
September 7, 2005
Lawrence poets featured in the new publication “Black Spring” will read their works at an upcoming event Sept 23.
Deadline extended for exhibit participants
September 7, 2005
The Unity Art Gallery is planning an exhibit titled “Chalks and Pastels,” which will run from Sept. 25 to Nov. 12.
Lawrence artist’s work to appear in S.C. exhibit
September 7, 2005
Roger Shimomura, Kansas University professor emeritus of art, will have a major exhibition of his work titled “Return to Minidoka: The Paintings of Roger Shimomura,” at Clemson University in South Carolina.
Keen edge
Straight-talking singer-songwriter reveals ‘What I Really Mean’
September 7, 2005
RollingStone.com’s one-paragraph bio on Texas singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen isn’t quite right. It says Keen and his college pal Lyle Lovett “used to sing and play in their underwear to astonished churchgoers across the street from Keen’s house.”
Quilting show to take place this weekend
September 7, 2005
The Kaw Valley Quilters Guild’s 2005 show, Picking Up the Pieces, will be Saturday and Sunday at the Lawrence Community Building, 11th and Vermont streets.
On the record
September 7, 2005
Lawrence datebook
September 7, 2005
State revenues run ahead of forecast
September 7, 2005
Kansas revenue collections remain strong, up nearly 2 percent through August, officials said Tuesday.
Upright’ meets ‘SNL’ in improv special
September 7, 2005
“Upright Citizens Brigade” veteran Amy Poehler joins forces with her “SNL” cast mates Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch and Horatio Sanz, along with former “Conan” sidekick Andy Richter, on the one-hour improvisational comedy special “A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T: Improv” (10 p.m., Bravo).
Former governor teaching at K-State
September 7, 2005
With his stint in Washington behind him, former Gov. John Carlin is back in his native Kansas, teaching political science to undergraduates at Kansas State University.
Search for education commissioner on agenda for state board meeting
September 7, 2005
State Board of Education members will meet today to discuss their hunt for a new commissioner of education, a process that was derailed earlier this summer.
Supreme Court to hear intellectual property case
September 7, 2005
The question of whether a public university must negotiate intellectual property rights with faculty and staff will be argued Thursday before the Kansas Supreme Court.
FSHS soccer wins
September 7, 2005
Eric Slan, Mitchell Morrow and David Green each scored goals, helping Free State High’s soccer squad beat Shawnee Mission South, 4-1, Tuesday at Shawnee Mission Athletic Complex.
Seabury soccer rolls
September 7, 2005
Seabury Academy’s soccer squad defeated Englewood Christian School of Independence, Mo., 4-0, Tuesday night at the Youth Sports Inc. fields.
K.C. runs into Chicago buzz saw
September 7, 2005
The Chicago White Sox haven’t clinched the AL Central yet. With the way they are playing so far in September, it shouldn’t be very long.
Woodling: A rural coaching mecca
September 7, 2005
Hooray for Gary Patterson. Patterson put Texas Christian University on the map after Saturday’s stunning football victory over Oklahoma at the Snake Pit in Norman, Okla. At the same time, the Horned Frogs’ head coach made Kansans everywhere proud.
Sims finally developing into ‘better player’
September 7, 2005
Kansas City’s Ryan Sims is not speaking to the media these days, but Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil is.
Vinson enjoying full ride
Self gives former Lion KU hoops scholarship
September 7, 2005
Stephen Vinson, who joined Kansas University’s men’s basketball team as a preferred walk-on, will conclude his career as a full scholarship player.
All options, even Herford, open at QB
September 7, 2005
All options are open. With four words, Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino accurately summed up his confusing quarterback situation. Funny thing is, the question regarded a wide receiver.
Traveling food exhibit chronicles what consumes American eaters
September 7, 2005
This is one exhibit everyone can sink their teeth into.
Pep squad has replaced yesterday’s waitstaff
September 7, 2005
I have never had a job waiting tables because, frankly, it looked too complicated. Fetching stuff for customers is only one slice of the job. The real qualifications are an agile yet foolproof short-term memory and a brain that can function on multiple tracks at once. I suspect that a really good waitperson is cut from the same mental cloth as an accomplished bridge player.
Bared backside lands student behind bars
September 7, 2005
A 21-year-old Kansas University student landed in jail Saturday morning after mooning a police officer in the 900 block of Massachusetts Street.
Second chase yields same result
September 7, 2005
Days after he failed to appear in court for charges related to drugs and a vehicle pursuit, a Lawrence man led officers on another chase early Tuesday morning.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
September 7, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.01 at Citgo at Ninth and Iowa and at Presto Phillips 66 at 602 W. Ninth. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Suspect in Moon Bar case gets probation for threat
Creswell sentenced for menacing behavior
September 7, 2005
Jeremiah Creswell, the man who stabbed former Kansas University basketball player J.R. Giddens at a Lawrence night spot, was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months’ probation for pulling a steak knife on his uncle and threatening to kill his mother.
Landlord portrayed as defiant
Finances not disclosed in discrimination case
September 7, 2005
It hasn’t yet been decided how much a Lawrence landlord must pay in damages after refusing to rent to an interracial couple in 2002.
Commissioners discuss drug proposal
Marijuana possession cases could land in Municipal Court
September 7, 2005
Lawrence police officers shouldn’t decrease their efforts to find marijuana users, a majority of city commissioners said Tuesday night.
Feingold could be first anti-war candidate of ‘08
September 7, 2005
By issuing an early call for a timetable to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, Sen. Russ Feingold could emerge as the Democrats’ anti-war candidate of 2008, in the tradition of Eugene McCarthy and Howard Dean.
Memo: Police can enforce immigration laws
September 7, 2005
The Justice Department believes state and local police have the right to enforce federal immigration laws, according to a government memo released today by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Atlantic coast under tropical storm warning
September 7, 2005
About 120 miles of Florida’s Atlantic coast were under a tropical storm warning Tuesday as a new system formed just offshore and threatened to dump up to 15 inches of rain in parts of the state.
Sunflowers a stately attraction
September 7, 2005
‘Tis the season when one of the greatest sources of state pride lifts its petaled head and reminds us of the simple, bright beauty all around us.
Lawrence adopts hurricane family
City prepared to accept hundreds more
September 7, 2005
A family displaced by Hurricane Katrina is on its way to Lawrence, and hundreds more may soon follow.
Seminar will offer tips for diabetics
September 7, 2005
A special seminar has been cooked up so people with diabetes can learn more about managing their condition and cooking healthy.
Suspect in Aruba case flies to Amsterdam
September 7, 2005
An 18-year-old Dutch man who had been held by police on the Caribbean island of Aruba in connection with the disappearance of an American tourist arrived in the Netherlands on Tuesday.
Britain wants more data on travel, phone calls
September 7, 2005
Britain’s chief law-enforcement official will call on European leaders today to put biological data into passports, visas and identity cards, share airline passenger lists and retain telecommunications records to help fight international terrorists and organized crime.
Gunmen kill former security chief in his home
September 7, 2005
Dozens of gunmen stormed the home of deposed Gaza security chief Moussa Arafat before dawn today and shot him dead, witnesses said.
Typhoon pummels Japan, killing five
September 7, 2005
Typhoon Nabi lashed southern Japan and South Korea on Tuesday, killing five people, injuring dozens and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.
Egyptian government prepares for today’s presidential election
September 7, 2005
The government warned on Tuesday that it would not tolerate election day protests, and the opposition fretted about possible ruling party dirty tricks in Egypt’s first contested presidential vote.
Talabani: Saddam confessed to killings, other crimes
September 7, 2005
Iraq’s president said Tuesday that Saddam Hussein had confessed to killings and other “crimes” committed during his regime, including the massacre of thousands of Kurds in the late 1980s.
People in the news
September 7, 2005
¢ Cyclist Armstrong, rocker Crow announce engagement ¢ ‘Suge’ Knight released after recovering from shooting ¢ ‘Survivor’ runner-up arrested ¢ NFL, ABC stick with Kanye ¢ Stars to attempt ‘Emmy Idol’
Interstate Bakeries turns monthly profit
September 7, 2005
The sale of two company properties in California and Idaho helped Interstate Bakeries Corp. on Tuesday report its first monthly profit since filing for bankruptcy protection almost a year ago.
Panel rules against Nextel Partners
September 7, 2005
An arbitration panel has denied a request from Sprint Nextel Corp. affiliate Nextel Partners Inc. that sought to ban the newly merged parent company from rolling out a new unified Sprint cellular brand, the companies said Tuesday.
FDA clears Merck’s new combo vaccine
September 7, 2005
A new vaccine that combines four childhood immunizations has won approval from the FDA, Merck & Co. Inc. said Tuesday.
Golf group supports New Orleans as show site
Lawrence-based association keeping plans for February conference
September 7, 2005
Officials with a Lawrence-based trade organization say they hope to follow through with an event that could help rebuild the hurricane-tattered economy of New Orleans.
Public to comment on Westar’s request to increase rates
September 7, 2005
Westar Energy Inc. officials will take their request for an $84.1 million rate increase on the road this week to face public scrutiny.
Disaster response team to aid relief
September 7, 2005
A disaster response team including officials from Douglas, Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties has been formed to aid relief in areas destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Area continues to raise funds for coast
September 7, 2005
Businesses, schools and other individuals and establishments are continuing to organize events to raise money for Hurricane Katrina relief.
Foreign donations immediate, U.S. acceptance delayed
September 7, 2005
Offers of foreign aid worth tens of millions of dollars - including a Swedish water purification system, a German cellular telephone network and two Canadian rescue ships - have been delayed for days awaiting review by backlogged federal agencies, according to European diplomats and information collected by the State Department.
Lawmakers seek to yank funds from cities that seize land
September 7, 2005
Lawmakers have a message for any local officials who think farmland on the edge of town might make a nice shopping mall: Seize the property and you’ll lose federal funding for your community.
KU graduate student’s relatives most likely not coming to city
September 7, 2005
It looks like Rochelle James’ parents, three sisters, a brother, a sister-in-law, two nephews and her father’s ex-wife - all displaced by Hurricane Katrina - won’t be moving to Lawrence.
Mayor authorizes forced evacuations
Floodwaters begin to recede as levees, pumps slowly repaired
September 7, 2005
As flood waters receded inch by inch Tuesday, New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin authorized law enforcement officers and the U.S. military to force the evacuation of all residents who refuse to heed orders to leave the dark, dangerous city.
Astros steal win in ninth
September 7, 2005
Pinch-runner Eric Bruntlett stole two bases, then scored the decisive run on Jason Lane’s single in the ninth inning to give the NL wild-card leading Houston Astros a 2-1 victory Tuesday night over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Commodities
September 7, 2005
Commentary: O’s relive Ripken’s amazing feat
Hall of Famer honored Tuesday in Baltimore for playing in 2,131 consecutive games
September 7, 2005
The 10-foot high numbers on the warehouse beyond the right-field scoreboard at Camden Yards read “2130.”
Federer survives rare test at Open
Kiefer pushes defending champ, but falls in four sets
September 7, 2005
Roger Federer sneered, tossed his racket in disgust. Horror of horrors, he lost a set.
Reaching out in Baton Rouge
September 7, 2005
Shortly after the power was restored Thursday, my peacenik neighbor Jenny announced she was going to buy a gun. She was going to buy a gun because she’d heard - hadn’t we all? - that bands of desperate, sick, poor, hungry, hot, sweaty people were roving the streets of downtown Baton Rouge, not far from our own leafy green neighborhood, committing the kinds of crimes that bands of desperate, sick, poor, hungry, hot, sweaty people commit. Along with the rest of us, she’d also heard that gas, if you could obtain it, was now $5 a gallon, that fistfights were breaking out in grocery stores over the last of the sliced bread and that carjackings had become an everyday event. Eventually Jenny decided against the gun, but in her decision to go gunless she is in a tiny minority. This is a city that’s awash in rumor and armed to the teeth.
A bright spot - with a broom
September 7, 2005
Tina Turner makes her way out the back of the store, and shakes my hand. She is an Asian woman, approximately the size and stature of a 10-year-old boy.
Silly goal
September 7, 2005
To the editor: Kansas University Provost David Shulenburger’s concern that the debate over teaching evolution in Kansas schools contributed to the university’s drop in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings confirms how faulty the magazine’s ratings are.
National disgrace
September 7, 2005
To the editor: Is anyone that voted for Bush starting to get the picture of what he’s been doing to us the last four-plus years and what they did by allowing it to continue?
Not either/or
September 7, 2005
To the editor: The Saturday Column in the Sept. 3 Journal-World makes a fair assessment of the situational factors and some lessons to be learned from the post-hurricane disaster in New Orleans.
Oil, gas prices fall as recovery begins
September 7, 2005
The gradual recovery of some Gulf Coast petroleum operations hobbled by Hurricane Katrina helped send oil futures sharply lower Tuesday and analysts predicted that pump prices, now averaging more than $3 a gallon, would decline slightly.
Devil Rays have Yankees’ number
September 7, 2005
Second baseman Robinson Cano’s error in the ninth inning allowed the go-ahead run to score, and the Tampa Bay Devils Rays won the season series against the Yankees for the first time, beating New York, 4-3, Tuesday night.
Shared values
September 7, 2005
To the editor: I am writing to applaud the Lawrence area lawmakers given failing marks by the Kansas Taxpayers Network as reported in the Sept. 1 Journal-World.
Rehnquist was conservative, not radical
September 7, 2005
When the 1964 presidential candidacy of Arizona’s Sen. Barry Goldwater carried only six states, many commentators concluded that conservatism, and especially his Southwestern sort, would not be heard from again. But many conservatives said to themselves, “Well, we’ll just see about that.”
Let it rest
The evolution-creation debate shouldn’t be allowed to disrupt the state’s education system.
September 7, 2005
According to a recent news story, Americans are fairly evenly divided on the question of creation vs. evolution. In a Pew Research Center poll, 42 percent of those surveyed held strict creationist views while almost half, 49 percent, said they believed humans evolved over time.
California Legislature becomes first body to approve same-sex marriages
September 7, 2005
The California Legislature on Tuesday became the first legislative body in the country to approve a bill allowing same-sex marriages, but the measure faces an uncertain future with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Local court watchers mull future direction of bench
September 7, 2005
The death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist has some local Supreme Court watchers looking beyond John Roberts to the next Bush nominee.
Leaders, former clerks honor Rehnquist
September 7, 2005
Teary-eyed Supreme Court justices, a somber President Bush and one-time clerk John Roberts led a long line of Americans paying their last respects to William H. Rehnquist, the chief justice whose conservatism helped drive the high court toward the right.
Daily ticker
September 7, 2005
Like gas, ethanol fuel prices rising
September 7, 2005
During the price surge of recent weeks, ethanol fuel costs have risen just as fast as regular gasoline.
Impersonating trio caught by real officers
September 7, 2005
One attorney called it a prank gone bad.
Kruse pleads guilty to theft
September 7, 2005
The former head of the Lawrence teachers union on Tuesday admitted embezzling more than $95,000 in union dues.
Bob Denver, TV’s Gilligan, dies at age 70
September 7, 2005
Bob Denver, the bumbling namesake of “Gilligan’s Island” who embarked on what was supposed to be a three-hour tour and endeared himself to generations of TV fans, has died at age 70.
Look beyond big boxes for appliances
September 7, 2005
If you’ve been putting off replacing that failing appliance until prices come down, fall may be the time to jump. Big-ticket items such as washing machines and ranges typically hit the stores in September and October, prompting sales of last year’s models to make way for the new. Early fall also is a good time to gobble up gas grills. These summertime staples typically sell like hotcakes in May and June, then cool off after August. Shop then for bargain-priced leftovers.
Analysis: Moving game anywhere will hurt Saints
September 7, 2005
Maybe the New Orleans Saints will beat the New York Giants on Sept. 19 and make moot the questions about why their “home opener” is at the home of their opponent.
Hurricane Katrina briefs
September 7, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday sought federal emergency assistance, saying that upward of 5,000 evacuees from Hurricane Katrina may come to Kansas.
Horoscopes
September 7, 2005
For Wednesday, Sept. 7
KU freshman honored
September 7, 2005
Two game-winning goals by freshman Jessica Bush earned the Kansas University forward honors from the Big 12 Conference as soccer player of the week. Bush, a native of Blue Springs, Mo., scored two goals last week, helping the Jayhawks defeat Missouri State, 2-1, and Arkansas, 1-0.
Too cool for SLU
KU recovers from defeat to shut out Saint Louis
September 7, 2005
Coming off its first loss of the season, Kansas University’s volleyball squad meant business Tuesday night against Saint Louis.
Eating balanced breakfast smartest start to your day
September 7, 2005
There are many reasons consumers should start the day by refueling themselves with a nutritious breakfast.