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Former Dole director to discuss new book
September 8, 2005
Richard Norton Smith, the first permanent director of the Dole Institute of Politics, will return to Lawrence this month to speak about his forthcoming book.
Lions storm through Eagles
September 8, 2005
The Lawrence High football team is still undefeated after the Lions stormed through Olathe North, 18-13, Thursday at the Olathe District Activities Complex.
Lawrence High throws down in city showdown
September 8, 2005
The Lawrence High volleyball team got bragging rights Thursday after the Lions beat the Firebirds, 25-17 and 25-20, at Lawrence High.
Firebirds clip Lions
September 8, 2005
The Free State High soccer team came up on top Thursday night after taking out the Lawrence Lions, 2-1.
Police investigating possible shooting
September 8, 2005
Lawrence Police are investigating a possible shooting in West Lawrence late Thursday after one woman was injured.
Chat transcript with Mayor Boog Highberger
September 8, 2005
Lawrence Mayor Boog Highberger led a cyber discussion about curbside recycling, the South Lawrence Trafficway, a proposed marijuana ordinance for the city and other issues.
Cause of death for man at Wakarausa Festival released
September 8, 2005
A man found dead June 19 at a music festival at Clinton State Park died of a drug overdose, according to an autopsy released today.
KU radio commentator will be sidelined four-to-six weeks
Max Falkenstien underwent emergency surgery on Wednesday
September 8, 2005
Legendary Kansas University broadcaster Max Falkenstien underwent emergency intestinal surgery at Lawrence Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning. “I underwent emergency surgery Wednesday for an intestinal blockage,” Falkenstien said in a statement released by the university. “Malignancies were removed but my physicians and I are optimistic for a full recovery. I anticipate a four-to-six week recovery period after which I hope to return to the broadcast booth.”
Chance for morning showers
September 8, 2005
On the way out this morning, watch out for foggy conditions — and grab an umbrella. “We’ll have some fog this morning and maybe a few isolated thundershowers,” said Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist. “After the rain passes through, we should have a pretty nice day.”
Lawrence won’t be a host site for hurricane evacuees
September 8, 2005
Lawrence won’t be a site for an emergency shelter for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina after all.
Artistic Assistance
Tag sale to fund youth classes at Spencer Museum of Art
September 8, 2005
On Friday, the Spencer Museum of Art will play host to the “Dollars for Scholars” tag sale, an event designed to fund programs that introduce youngsters to the world of art.
Aspiring writers invited to take workshop
September 8, 2005
“Explore the Writer Within You,” a workshop covering fiction, nonfiction and poetry, will run weekly from Sept. 22 to Nov. 10 in Mission.
Broadcaster Falkenstien hospitalized after surgery
September 8, 2005
Kansas University broadcaster Max Falkenstien had intestinal surgery Wednesday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Odd couple continues musical partnership
September 8, 2005
Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon know they are a musical odd couple. Nailing down what makes their ongoing partnership a success is a little trickier.
Will fans be happy with NFL kickoff?
September 8, 2005
Freddie Prinze Jr. hosts the “NFL Opening Kickoff 2005” (7 p.m., ABC), featuring performances by The Rolling Stones, Green Day, Santana, Trisha Yearwood, Maroon 5 and Kanye West. If it seems odd that The Rolling Stones should appear here, it’s no stranger than Paul McCartney (“the cute Beatle”) performing last winter at Super Bowl XXXIX. Those of us old enough to remember The Beatles and Stones in their heyday are also venerable enough to have watched Super Bowl I back in January 1967.
KU Youth Chorus seeking participants
September 8, 2005
Kansas University’s music and dance department has organized a youth chorus and is seeking fourth- through seventh-graders to join.
Military gets creative to persuade residents to leave homes
September 8, 2005
Deep in St. Bernard Parish, just south of New Orleans, a man stubbornly refused to leave his home, insisting he must stay with the only things he had left in the world - his two bulldogs and eight young puppies. And three friends wouldn’t go anywhere without him.
Layers, groups key to creating landscapes like pro
September 8, 2005
One of the most challenging hurdles many gardeners face is trying to create a layered look by combining plants and flowers in a way that mirrors what they see in magazines and books.
Analysis: Bungled relief raises worries
States revamping emergency plans
September 8, 2005
No strangers to bureaucratic bungling and turf wars, the nation’s governors watched in horror as government agencies handled Hurricane Katrina with glaring incompetence - and now worry that the next disaster could deal their states the same ugly fate.
State urges review of emergency plans
September 8, 2005
With the devastation of Hurricane Katrina unfolding, state officials Wednesday urged Kansans to be prepared for the many natural disasters that often hit parts of the state.
Area residents reach out to needy
September 8, 2005
Lawrence area residents are opening their homes, their hearts and their wallets as they continue expressing their desires to help the evacuees of Hurricane Katrina.
City ready to house evacuees
September 8, 2005
Lawrence leaders are waiting on a phone call that could open the city’s doors to 250 people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
KU athletics changes its face
September 8, 2005
Hal Sandy drew Kansas University’s happy Jayhawk in 1946 and later sold the rights to KU for $250.
Have a question for the mayor?
September 8, 2005
Lawrence Mayor Boog Highberger will take part in an online chat this afternoon on the Journal-World’s Web site. The chat will begin at 4 p.m. today at www.ljworld.com.
Negotiations between LEA, district stall
September 8, 2005
Officials representing the Lawrence school district say they won’t budge on their offer of a $2,600 across-the-board increase to teacher salaries.
Police investigate report of rape
September 8, 2005
Lawrence Police are investigating the reported rape of an intoxicated Kansas University student who told police she was assaulted in an alley as she was walking home in East Lawrence.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
September 8, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.96 at Citgo at Ninth and Iowa and at Presto Phillips 66 at 602 W. Ninth St. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Abortion opponents dispute claims about patient privacy
Supreme Court to hear arguments today on whether it should block subpoenas issued last year
September 8, 2005
Two clinics argue their concerns about patients’ privacy are causing them to fight Atty. Gen. Phill Kline’s attempts to gain access to the records of women and girls who have had abortions.
Divisions hamper education search
Little progress made in choosing finding new commissioner
September 8, 2005
Divisions between conservatives and moderates on the State Board of Education erupted again Wednesday as the panel tried to restart the process of hiring a new education commissioner to lead Kansas’ public school system.
Taff pleads not guilty to fraud charge
Case centers on campaign contributions, fraudulent home mortgage
September 8, 2005
Two-time congressional candidate Adam Taff pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges he illegally used campaign contributions to set up a fraudulent home mortgage.
City studies curbside recycling
Officials worry program wouldn’t be self-sufficient
September 8, 2005
Jack Henry-Rhoads figures recycling is a lot like any other activity in life - the easier the better.
Jurors deliberate for 6th day without verdict
September 8, 2005
After a Labor Day break, jurors in the federal fraud trial of two former Westar Energy Inc. executives continued their deliberations Wednesday without reaching a verdict.
Countries say that aid offers ignored
September 8, 2005
For four days, a C-130 transport plane ready to lift supplies to Katrina victims has stood idle at an air base in Sweden. The aid includes a water purification system that may be urgently needed amid signs deadly diseases could be spreading through New Orleans.
Commissioners field Kasold comments
September 8, 2005
Lawrence City commissioners Wednesday night spent a little more than an hour listening to public comments concerning plans to rebuild a section of Kasold Drive.
Police searching for robbery suspect
September 8, 2005
Lawrence Police late Wednesday were searching for a man who reportedly robbed the Fasttrack Shell at 1733 Mass.
On the record
September 8, 2005
Government eases rule for mad cow
September 8, 2005
The government is easing rules intended to prevent the spread of mad cow disease among people, allowing part of a cow’s small intestine to be used as casing for some sausages.
Barware makes festive collection
September 8, 2005
Martinis and fancy mixed cocktails have become popular again, so barware is needed to make the drinks. There are vintage examples of shakers, stir sticks, swizzle sticks, ice crushers, serving trays, ice buckets, cocktail napkins, pitchers and martini mixers. Drinking glasses of appropriate sizes and shapes - like old-fashioned tumblers (6 to 10 ounces), highball glasses (8 to 12 ounces), wine and martini glasses - were made in the 1920s and ‘30s. Some say the cocktail shaker was an original American invention. Patents for drink mixers were registered in the United States as early as 1872, but it is the 1920s art deco shakers that are now collected.
Probe: Saddam took $10.2B from program
September 8, 2005
A yearlong investigation of the U.N. oil-for-food program issued a strong indictment of the United Nations and its top leadership Wednesday, concluding they tolerated corruption and allowed Saddam Hussein’s government to pocket $10.2 billion.
Petition allowed against gay marriage
September 8, 2005
A proposed ballot initiative that would ban gay marriage passed a key hurdle Wednesday when the state attorney general ruled it would be permitted under a section of the state constitution allowing voters to overturn court decisions.
Ophelia strengthens into tropical storm
September 8, 2005
Brisk wind and forceful rain from Tropical Storm Ophelia moved through Jacksonville, sending tourists scurrying inland and driving surfers out of the churning Atlantic.
American hostage freed after 10 months
Bombing in Basra kills 4 U.S. agents
September 8, 2005
The U.S. military, acting on a tip, raided an isolated farmhouse outside the capital Wednesday and rescued an American businessman held hostage for 10 months. The kidnappers, who had kept their captive bound and gagged, escaped without a gun battle.
Flight 93 memorial design selected
September 8, 2005
The heroic struggle by airline passengers who thwarted a terror attack on the nation’s capital on Sept. 11, 2001, will be commemorated in a 2,000-acre memorial site that includes a chapel with metallic wind chimes.
Rehnquist remembered with more laughs than tears
September 8, 2005
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist was buried Wednesday as President Bush led the nation in bidding farewell to the man who orchestrated a dramatic states’ rights power shift in a third of a century on the Supreme Court and settled the acrimonious 2000 election in Bush’s favor.
Evacuees begin making their way into Kansas
As many as 4,500 expected to arrive in coming days
September 8, 2005
Cliff Turner spends most of his day keeping the Statehouse tidy for government workers and visitors who traverse its halls.
Adult store complaints dismissed
Judge rules state’s obscenity laws are flawed
September 8, 2005
A Wichita judge has dismissed 10 misdemeanor complaints against an adult video and novelty store, saying the state’s obscenity laws are flawed.
Hoax leads to search
Police not laughing after phony murder calls leave them looking for body
September 8, 2005
A prank by three young men who told friends they’d beaten somebody to death during a drug deal had officers digging through trash bins before determining it was all a hoax.
Toplikar: iPod tunes into world of accessories
September 8, 2005
Julie’s voice sounded excited over the phone. “Dad, I did like you said. I bought a voice recorder for my iPod.” “That’s great,” I said into my cell phone. “I’d like to see it.”
BMW joins team for dual-mode hybrid
September 8, 2005
BMW on Wednesday joined a group consisting of General Motors and DaimlerChrysler to develop a new dual-mode hybrid powertrain system for its automobiles.
Cerner contract worth up to $480M
September 8, 2005
Medical records software designer Cerner Corp. said Wednesday it had signed a contract to automate health care records in southern England.
Gould Evans supports hurricane-hit firms
September 8, 2005
Gould Evans Associates, an architectural design firm with roots in Lawrence, has established a Web site to help coordinate services that could help rebuild New Orleans and areas of the Gulf Coast ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Ford, Toyota recall nearly 5 million vehicles
September 8, 2005
Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday recalled 3.8 million pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles for a cruise control switch suspected of causing engine fires. It is the fifth largest auto industry recall in U.S. history.
Records to save in case of disaster
September 8, 2005
As I continue to watch the horrific news reports of the hundreds of thousands of people displaced from their homes because of Hurricane Katrina, I wonder what I would do if my home was in imminent danger of being destroyed by a fire, hurricane or some other natural disaster.
Storm curbs expanding economy
Experts foresee job losses, rising prices
September 8, 2005
Factories were chugging, cash registers were busy and jobs were growing in the late summer - fresh proof that the economy was in fine condition before Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, spreading death and destruction.
Daily ticker
September 8, 2005
Meier good to go
Freshman QB set to return to practice after procedure
September 8, 2005
A week of anxiety surrounding the Kansas University football family ended on a happy note Wednesday, when freshman quarterback Kerry Meier was cleared to play again after undergoing a procedure to combat a potentially serious heart ailment.
Juco transfer Cox earns start
September 8, 2005
Like most newcomers, Jake Cox has clear memories of treading water alongside other incoming Kansas University football players last spring.
Our town sports
September 8, 2005
LHS 0-2 at tennis triangular
September 8, 2005
Lawrence High tennis coach Dick Wedel isn’t overly concerned with the scores of his players’ matches this time of year.
Five-run ninth lifts Oakland, 8-7
September 8, 2005
Nick Swisher planned on having an easy afternoon Wednesday after Oakland manager Ken Macha told him he had the day off.
People in the news
September 8, 2005
¢ A native son’s lament ¢ Lewinsky to study in London ¢ Photographer cited for assault at park ¢ Celebrities on ice ¢ Teen singer named GQ’s woman of year ¢ Rod Stewart must pay for canceled Vegas show
Paisley, Womack lead CMA Award nominees
Country music’s biggest night leaving Nashville for first time
September 8, 2005
Lee Ann Womack’s return to rootsy country was richly rewarded Wednesday as she received six Country Music Association Award nominations, tying her with Brad Paisley as the most nominated artist.
Surtain’s father rescued in New Orleans
September 8, 2005
Alced Surtain would not listen when his family urged him to flee New Orleans ahead of Hurricane Katrina.
New England rates as big favorite in opener
September 8, 2005
The Oakland Raiders have been squawking about opening their season in New England since they learned in March they would play the Thursday night opener in Foxborough.
Champs must contend with Moss
Ex-Vikings standout to make Raiders debut
September 8, 2005
The New England Patriots marvel at the talent of Randy Moss. They’ll see it up close tonight when the receiver who grabs attention as well as passes makes his debut with the Oakland Raiders.
Underrated, not undeterred
Mayfield lets his results answer critics of his ability
September 8, 2005
There’s a new item in the inventory on Jeremy Mayfield’s souvenir haulers, a simple black T-shirt with a simple message. “Underrated,” the shirt says, “is Underrated.”
Congressional clash on response grows
September 8, 2005
The political struggle unleashed in Washington by the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina intensified Wednesday, with the congressional Republican leadership promising a joint House-Senate investigation into what went wrong as Democrats demanded the creation of an independent commission of inquiry.
Schwarzenegger to veto gay-marriage bill
September 8, 2005
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Wednesday he will veto a bill that would have made California the first state to legalize same-sex marriage through its elected lawmakers.
U.S. seeks victory on home soil
Europe’s Davies desperately wants to down American team this weekend in Carmel, Ind.
September 8, 2005
Laura Davies somehow feels empty at the Solheim Cup.
Unsung American wins
Ginepri to meet Agassi in Open semifinals
September 8, 2005
Robby Ginepri, an unsung, unseeded American toiling hard through the U.S. Open, has reached a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time.
Commodities
September 8, 2005
New Orleans police feel strain
September 8, 2005
The day after Paul Accardo killed himself, Fred Fath, an auto theft detective with the New Orleans Police Department, stands on Veterans Memorial Boulevard, right where floodwaters overtake the street and tries to understand why.
Bush needs solid conservative
September 8, 2005
Dwight Eisenhower came to regret the judicial activism of the chief justice he nominated. Ike called his choice of liberal California Republican Earl Warren “the biggest damn fool mistake” he ever made.
Presidential spin
September 8, 2005
To the editor, I think the Democrats could run Howdy Doody for president in 2008 and win the White House.
Taxing the rich
September 8, 2005
To the editor: It is time that we stop cutting taxes to increase the income of the rich.
Phelps intolerance
September 8, 2005
To the editor: Life in Kansas is pretty darn good.
Mileage factor
September 8, 2005
To the editor: Over the past few weeks, I have noticed more articles about how high the price of gasoline is.
Noisy corner
September 8, 2005
To the editor, Nearly every Thursday night on the corner of Seventh and Massachusetts, men from a local church take turns shouting “the gospel” from atop a planter while the braver of the passersby shout back at them.
Storm response damages U.S. image
September 8, 2005
Hurricane Katrina has raked a vivid scar across America’s image abroad - and left its marks on President Bush’s ambitious foreign policy agenda as well. Overcoming these setbacks will require a demonstration that the United States under Bush is not an irrevocably weakened and divided nation about to turn inward on its own problems.
Help ‘em out!
Children relocated to new schools because of the hurricane need all the care and compassion we can muster.
September 8, 2005
The Katrina hurricane disaster created countless victims, and our hearts go out in a special way for children caught in the storm and its aftermath. While many in the Gulf Coast maelstrom lost homes, jobs and almost everything but the clothes on their backs, consider the terror and concern for the future of their youngsters.
For the love of money
State quarter rekindles local interest in coin collecting
September 8, 2005
When it comes to coin collecting, Dave Baldwin is seeing change.
Brighten up yard with fall foliage
September 8, 2005
Do yourself a good turn when leaf-watching season arrives this year by adding nursery centers to the tour. That could mean some of the best fall colors in the area eventually coming from trees growing in your own yard.
H&R Block to rebuild offices, hire workers
September 8, 2005
H&R Block Inc. said Wednesday it was gearing up for scores of Hurricane Katrina victims anxious to immediately file for disaster assistance and who could need extensive help filing next year’s tax returns, given that their financial records are lost and their employers are at least temporarily defunct.
Keegan: Smart move? Start Luke
September 8, 2005
Sometimes being too smart gets in the way of doing the smart thing.
Horoscopes
September 8, 2005
For Thursday, Sept. 8
Officials confounded by victims who won’t leave
September 8, 2005
Authorities struggling to manage the largest relocation of Americans in modern history collided Wednesday with an unexpected obstacle: resistance from many of the evacuees.
Correction
September 8, 2005
The Smithsonian Institution food exhibit on display in Ottawa is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council. The sponsoring agency was incorrect in a story in Wednesday’s Journal-World.
Lawrence datebook
September 8, 2005
If summer left you with tough turf, here’s what to do
September 8, 2005
The last summer holiday has come and gone. Now it is time to turn our attention to fall and all of the great gardening opportunities it has to offer. Warm rains and cool nights make this the ideal time of year to renovate our lawns. Summer heat and drought have taken their tool on cool season grasses such as fescue, bluegrass and ryegrass.
Applebee’s moving main office to Lenexa
September 8, 2005
Applebee’s International Inc. said Wednesday it would move its headquarters from Overland Park to Lenexa in 2007.
O-North hardly ‘down’
Despite turnover, Lions’ next foe still has ‘that swagger’
September 8, 2005
With a new coach and zero returning starters, this was supposed to be a down year for Olathe North, the dominant force in Kansas high school football for the last decade.
Jets coach, Chiefs brass longtime friends
September 8, 2005
Almost every time life takes an important turn for Herman Edwards, Carl Peterson and Dick Vermeil are there for him.
Royals latest one-run Chisox victims
September 8, 2005
The Chicago White Sox love one-run games this year.
Marlins’ Willis wins 20th
September 8, 2005
That confounding, high-kick delivery. That flat-brimmed cap. That “Gee, this is fun!” smile.