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Tonganoxie volleyball prepares for invitational
September 15, 2005
Although the Tonganoxie volleyball team is ranked no. 5 in the state, the young squad says the ranking means little to them, especially as they prepare for the Rossville Invitational.
Free State wins home quad
September 15, 2005
The Firebirds went 3-0 in their home quad Thursday. The Firebirds only lost one game.
Lions shut out Indians
September 15, 2005
Lawrence High stomped Shawnee Mission North, 35-0, Thursday at SM South District Stadium. The Lions improve their record to 3-0.
Nobel Laureates urge rejection of intelligent design
September 15, 2005
A group of 38 Nobel Laureates headed by Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel have asked the Kansas State Board of Education to reject science standards that criticize evolution.
Chat transcript with Paula Phillips
September 15, 2005
Paula Phillips, director of Douglas County Emergency Management, digitally dialogued about disaster preparations in Lawrence, public tornado shelters and how often agencies get together to run simulated emergencies.
Rain ending, skies to clear in afternoon
Cool and foggy conditions expected Friday morning
07:44 a.m., September 15, 2005 Updated 10:40 a.m.
Nearly an inch of rain fell overnight in Lawrence, bringing damp, cool conditions for those heading outdoors this morning, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “I’d recommend at least grabbing a jacket,” Schack said. “The temperatures are only in the 50s.”
Einstein Bros. Bagels closes in SW Lawrence
September 15, 2005
The owner of Einstein Bros. Bagels closed one of its two Lawrence locations Wednesday.
Now playing at AMC: relief for Katrina
September 15, 2005
AMC Entertainment Inc., the nation’s second-largest theater chain, said it would to donate all ticket and concession sales at its theaters today to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina relief.
Low pump prices draw a crowd
September 15, 2005
A local radio station giving away gas for next to nothing caught plenty of drivers’ attention and caused quite a commotion for many people’s evening commute. The first 105 people to pull up to the 23rd Street Zarco 66 station at 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon were able to fill their tanks for $1.05 a gallon.
Nursing students to aid hurricane survivors
September 15, 2005
Twenty-two Neosho County Community College nursing students leave this morning for Houston, where they will give aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Lawrence resident wins nursing home honor
September 15, 2005
Ken Weihe, 84, has been named the Distinguished Nursing Home Resident of the Year by the Kansas Health Care Assn.
Chiropractor treats homeless for free
September 15, 2005
A local chiropractor spent Wednesday evening popping backs at a local homeless shelter.
County commissioners approve rezoning
September 15, 2005
Douglas County commissioners Wednesday unanimously approved rezoning 18.5 acres of land at the northwest corner of East 1600 and North 1000 roads from agricultural to suburban residential uses.
On the record
September 15, 2005
Emergency manager to chat online today
September 15, 2005
Have a question about local responses to emergencies? You can ask it online this afternoon on the Journal-World’s Web site.
Sportscaster’s legacy felt at Haskell
Late Schenkel went out of his way to help school
September 15, 2005
Haskell Indian Nations University is mourning the death of ABC Sports broadcaster Chris Schenkel, a supporter who used his celebrity to raise funds for and awareness of the school.
Educators honored at ‘Taste’ fall mixer
Nearly 2,000 turn out for annual Chamber event
September 15, 2005
A mixture of good food, a lot of socializing and perhaps a little business talk made for a pleasant Wednesday evening for about 2,000 people who attended the annual “Taste of Lawrence” fall mixer organized by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
Board criticized for education finalists
Some accuse conservatives of politicizing search; one commissioner candidate has no experience
September 15, 2005
Two people prominent in conservative political circles - one of whom lacks any education experience - are among the finalists for the job of state education commissioner.
Family of cancer victim awarded $13.3 M
Jury finds Amoco pollution played role in woman’s death
September 15, 2005
BP Amoco on Tuesday was ordered to pay the family of a former Sugar Creek resident $13.3 million because of a rare blood disorder that killed her.
Groups aim to ease TABOR restrictions
Ecologists: Relaxing state spending limits will help environment
September 15, 2005
Seven environmental groups endorsed ballot measures Tuesday that would relax state spending limits, saying the caps threaten Colorado’s ability to safeguard air and water quality and preserve open space.
City Council urges withdrawal from Iraq
September 15, 2005
Chicago on Wednesday became the nation’s largest city to urge the Bush administration to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq at once.
Truck spills load of Kansas quarters
September 15, 2005
A truck carrying tons of quarters caught fire Tuesday and spilled most of them on a highway, where workers used heavy equipment, shovels and buckets to scoop up the singed coins.
Roberts’ confirmation appears in the bag
September 15, 2005
Life won’t be all black robes and long meetings if John Roberts becomes the next chief justice. There are the soccer games and swim meets, too.
Kansas quarter rears head in Lawrence
September 15, 2005
Kansas quarters are starting to appear in Lawrence.
Sweet sweep
KU opens Big 12 with rout of A&M
September 15, 2005
When the latest Division One volleyball coaches’ poll was released Monday, five Big 12 Conference teams were ranked in the top 25. When next week’s poll is released, a sixth team almost certainly will be added to the list.
West lifts Lions to crown
September 15, 2005
So far, there’s no sophomore slump for Lawrence High’s Mallory West.
LHS football short-handed for SM North
September 15, 2005
Two victories. Two serious injuries. The deuces may have canceled each other out for Lawrence High’s football team.
Giddens recruitment upsets ACLU
Group says New Mexico coach inappropriately mixing religion, coaching
September 15, 2005
Quotes in published articles in both the Lawrence Journal-World and on ESPN.com’s Web site on the recruitment of former Kansas University basketball player J.R. Giddens have sparked concern of the New Mexico American Civil Liberties Union.
Louisiana Tech players shaken by Katrina
September 15, 2005
Louisiana Tech’s football season wasn’t supposed to start this way - with evacuees cramping up their space, family members nowhere to be found and childhood homes in ruins, some under deep, contaminated floodwaters.
Self visits Minnesota star
September 15, 2005
Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self was in Bloomington, Minn., on Wednesday to watch a workout of Cole Aldrich, a 6-foot-11, 245-pound junior center from Jefferson High.
Ballyhooed prep gives pledge to KU football
September 15, 2005
Kansas University’s football team landed its ninth recruit for the class of 2006, and No. 9 may be the best one yet.
KU soccer 24th in poll
September 15, 2005
Kansas University’s soccer squad was ranked No. 24 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of American poll released Tuesday. The Jayhawks will play host at 5 p.m. Friday to U.C.-Irvine at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Our town sports
September 15, 2005
FSHS loaded; Lions young; Seabury deep
September 15, 2005
Life in the Sunflower League is rarely easy for either the Lawrence High or Free State High athletic departments.
Astros’ Clemens winner
Rocket pitches after mom’s death
September 15, 2005
Roger Clemens dug his spikes into the dirt and stared momentarily at the ground before throwing his first pitch. He knew his mother wanted him on the mound.
Indians’ Westbrook wins 15th
September 15, 2005
Jake Westbrook took an unconventional route to his career-high 15th victory, just like the one the Cleveland Indians may follow to the AL playoffs.
Can ‘Survivor’ survive another season?
September 15, 2005
“Survivor: Guatemala” (7 p.m., CBS) marks the 11th installment of the reality game. Funny, it feels like the 111th. I’m not afraid to admit that I find this show’s longevity and popularity completely mystifying. Don’t get me wrong - I like the occasional oddball cast member. But for every Rupert Boneham there have been dozens of dullards, preening egotists and aerobicized airheads. Look for this season’s muscle-headed melodrama to heat up with a cast that includes both a sports talk radio host and a former NFL quarterback.
Authorities swipe knife from Ryan
Hall of Famer allowed to continue on plane trip after airport security confiscates blade
September 15, 2005
Former Texas Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan was stopped Tuesday as he tried to board a plane at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport with a knife in his carry-on luggage, an official said Wednesday.
Baseball sticks with ESPN
Eight-year deal to cost network $2.4 billion
September 15, 2005
In a deal that baseball commissioner Bud Selig hailed as evidence that the game is in “a golden age,” cable giant ESPN has agreed to pay nearly $2.4 billion to televise 80 regular-season major-league games a year for eight years.
Choosing a champion
It’s tough to predict winner of Nextel Cup Chase
September 15, 2005
If you believe in numbers, then Tony Stewart is a clear favorite to begin a run to his second championship as the Chase for the Nextel Cup opens Sunday at New Hampshire International Speedway.
Griffith ignites Monarchs in opener
September 15, 2005
It has taken Yolanda Griffith seven years to reach the WNBA Finals, and her debut was a splashy one.
Chiefs may start Black at tackle
September 15, 2005
The National Football League is a tough place under the best circumstances. For Jordan Black, who keeps being switched from left to right, guard to tackle, it’s especially grueling.
Seabury volleyball seeking revenge
September 15, 2005
Seabury Academy squad dropped a three-set volleyball match to Kansas City Turner on Tuesday, but will get a chance for revenge today.
LHS soccer blanked by Olathe East, 8-0
September 15, 2005
Olathe East built a six-goal lead in the first half and cruised to an 8-0 high school soccer victory Wednesday night over Lawrence High.
Rare ninth-inning rally propels K.C.
September 15, 2005
Kansas City manager Buddy Bell knew it had been a long time since the Royals came back from a deficit entering the ninth inning. “I knew it was over 100 games,” Bell said. “We’d get close, but not over the hump.”
Woman executed for slayings of family
September 15, 2005
Frances Newton was executed Wednesday for the fatal shootings of her husband and two children 18 years ago, becoming the third woman, and first black woman, to be put to death in the state since executions resumed in 1982.
Abortion ban declared unconstitutional
September 15, 2005
A federal judge has declared unconstitutional a Michigan law that supporters said would ban a late-term abortion procedure.
County bans parking near Bush ranch
September 15, 2005
Two weeks after Cindy Sheehan left her anti-war campsite by the road leading to President Bush’s ranch, county commissioners have banned parking along 23 miles of roads in the area.
Pledge takes another strike
Judge rules recitation in schools unconstitutional
September 15, 2005
A federal judge declared the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools unconstitutional Wednesday, a decision that could put the divisive issue on track for another round of Supreme Court arguments.
Ophelia hits N.C. with heavy rain
September 15, 2005
Hurricane Ophelia lashed the North Carolina coast with high winds and heavy rains Wednesday, beginning an anticipated two-day assault that threatened serious flooding and an 11-foot storm surge.
Massachusetts Legislature rejects gay marriage ban
September 15, 2005
The Massachusetts Legislature rejected a proposed change to the state constitution Wednesday aimed at banning gay marriage, a striking reversal that preserves the state’s status as the only place in the nation where same-sex couples can wed.
Court paves way for trial of Pinochet
September 15, 2005
The Supreme Court stripped Gen. Augusto Pinochet of immunity from prosecution Wednesday, paving the way for a trial of the former dictator for his alleged role in the disappearance and killing of 15 dissidents during his 1973-90 regime.
Pope blesses statue of Opus Dei founder
September 15, 2005
Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday blessed a statue of the founder of the conservative Catholic organization Opus Dei, saying he hoped it will serve as inspiration for those who passed by to “do one’s daily work in the spirit of Christ.”
U.S. refuses N. Korea’s nuclear reactor demand
September 15, 2005
North Korea insisted Wednesday it should get a nuclear reactor to generate electricity in exchange for abandoning atomic weapons development, but the main U.S. envoy at disarmament talks said Washington and its partners have no intention of meeting the demand.
Heart disease, cancer now biggest killers
September 15, 2005
Heart disease, cancer and stroke are now the top killers of middle-aged people in China, fueled by high blood pressure and smoking, which have developed alongside the communist country’s economy, according to one of the largest surveys of its kind.
Sprint Nextel projects hurricane-related costs
September 15, 2005
Sprint Nextel Corp. said Wednesday that Hurricane Katrina would cost the company $150 million to $200 million.
Weapons flowing in from Egypt
September 15, 2005
Palestinian gunrunners smuggled hundreds of assault rifles and pistols across the Egyptian frontier into Gaza, dealers and border officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The influx confirmed Israeli fears about giving up border control and could further destabilize Gaza.
Bush calls for end to all tariffs
Economic move could help curb terrorism born of desperation
September 15, 2005
President Bush, reaching out to an audience he has antagonized in the past, told the assembled leaders of the world Wednesday that the United States shares “a moral duty” to combat not only terrorism but also the poverty, oppression and hopelessness that give rise to it.
Princess Diana’s ‘wild child’ turns 21
Prince Harry to mark day in sober fashion
September 15, 2005
Britain’s Prince Harry will spend his 21st birthday today in the sober setting of his military academy but says he has no plans to tone down his wild child image.
Fountain City Brass Band to perform
September 15, 2005
The award-winning Fountain City Brass Band will return to Lawrence Sept. 24 to perform its concert titled “A Night at the Opera.”
KU student wins composing award
September 15, 2005
Dan Forrest, a Kansas University music and dance graduate student, recently won the prestigious Raymond M. Brock Memorial Student Composition Contest sponsored by the American Choral Directors Assn.
Lawrence sculptor’s work selected for show
September 15, 2005
Indiana Wildlife Artists will feature a sculpture by Catherine Hale Robins, of Lawrence, in its 22nd annual exhibit of fine nature art.
New novel explores racial disparities in U.S. schools
September 15, 2005
Jonathan Kozol knows full well that “apartheid” is a loaded word.
Turn your attention to dividing perennials
September 15, 2005
As we turn the corner and head into the next gardening phase, fall is a good time to complete several late season chores. Fertilizing and overseeding lawns, planting spring flowering bulbs and dividing perennials are all tasks that can be easily completed during these mild September days. So if your perennial bed is in need of a fresh new look, take a few minutes to rejuvenate the old spindly plants and start again new.
Delta, Northwest enter Chapter 11
September 15, 2005
Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp., hobbled by high fuel costs and heavy debt and pension obligations, filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors Wednesday, becoming the third and fourth major carriers to enter Chapter 11 since the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Commodities
September 15, 2005
Unsafe nation?
September 15, 2005
To the editor: How is it that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the very federal agency created to respond to disasters, responded so incompetently to Hurricane Katrina?
Failures
September 15, 2005
To the editor: Sadly, government shares blame for the actions of some of New Orleans’ citizens after Hurricane Katrina.
Urban predators
September 15, 2005
To the editor: In and around Lawrence, cougars have been observed. Animal droppings were collected that contained cougar DNA. Cougars have been observed in Lenexa and killed in Kansas City.
Blame game
September 15, 2005
To the editor: A letter on Sept. 9 follows the conservative playbook and blames New Orleans’ levee failures on Bill Clinton.
Survivor: Guatemala’ showcases KU vs. K-State rivalry
September 15, 2005
The pre-eminent reality show “Survivor” takes pride in marooning its 16 castaways in exotic locations. But for its 11th season there will be an undeniably Midwestern feel to the TV series.
After the fall
Time to put your garden to bed for winter and anticipate the bounty of spring
September 15, 2005
Pat Lechtenberg became a Master Gardener in 1994 when she was planning to build a new home.
Daily ticker
September 15, 2005
Spin crashes
September 15, 2005
To the editor: Bush has forever managed to fool nearly half of the people, most of the time.
Conflict insights
September 15, 2005
To the editor: I realize that everyone’s attention is on the catastrophe in our Gulf Coast, however there are other important issues to be addressed.
Raises deserved
September 15, 2005
To the editor: I am a retired teacher who taught in USD 497 for 11 years.
Views set stage for debate of conservatism
September 15, 2005
Under the editorship of Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard has become one of the most consistently rewarding political journals. It is a place you can go for a predictably conservative view on certain issues, from the wisdom of the U.S. intervention in Iraq to sustaining the life of Terri Schiavo. But it is also on occasion a portal for the debates that are roiling the governing majority.
Homeland security a broad mission
September 15, 2005
I nominated September as the true “cruelest month” in a column a year ago. I cited 9-11, the start of World War II and other disasters to support that anthropocentric notion. I did not foresee that Hurricane Katrina would make me accidentally clairvoyant.
Painful void
Underlying all the rehabilitation efforts down South is the need to restore as soon as possible a viable job market.
September 15, 2005
The newspaper photo showed a young woman sitting forlornly, framed by a huge hole in a wall that Hurricane Katrina created in wiping out the New Orleans bank building where she had worked.
K.C.’s Johnson calls situation ‘unfortunate event’
September 15, 2005
Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson, who turned himself in this week to face an assault charge, said Wednesday he was not “a woman-beater.”
Patrol seeks fuel deals
September 15, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.66 at Citgo at Ninth and Iowa. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
West Nile tracking flawed, prof says
Questions remain concerning number of Douglas County cases
September 15, 2005
State health officials have made a “serious error” by not more extensively tracking the West Nile virus in Kansas, a Kansas University scientist said Wednesday.
Katrina’s toll mounts
Devastation comes into focus
September 15, 2005
Hurricane Katrina damaged or demolished nearly half a million homes in three states, the American Red Cross said Wednesday - four times as many as Hurricane Andrew did when it hit South Florida in 1992.
Yearwood’s return as gentle as a ‘Georgia Rain’
September 15, 2005
A quick reality check for Trisha Yearwood’s old boyfriends back in Jasper County, Ga.: Her touching new single, “Georgia Rain”? It’s not about you.
Science fiction with a twist
Threshold’ enters TV’s alien threat genre
September 15, 2005
The fear factor has invaded scripted TV, with several new prime-time dramas suggesting something alien has landed and probably wants to get us all.
More than 160 killed in war’s deadliest day
Militants say attacks start of revenge campaign
September 15, 2005
Insurgents struck Baghdad with at least a dozen attacks that targeted Shiite Muslim civilians, Iraqi security forces and American troops, killing more than 160 people in the deadliest day of violence in the capital since the U.S. invasion.
Weeds wreak havoc if neglected in autumn
September 15, 2005
Something really must be done about weeds, which too often get the upper hand by now.
Arts center announces ‘Nutcracker’ auditions
September 15, 2005
Auditions for community dancers and actors ages 5 and older will be Sunday for the 2005 production of “A Kansas Nutcracker.”
Horoscopes
September 15, 2005
For Thursday, Sept. 15
Lawrence datebook
September 15, 2005
Prosecutors demand $27.9M from Wittig
September 15, 2005
Jurors in the federal fraud trial of former Westar Energy Inc. Chief Executive Officer David Wittig began deliberations Wednesday on whether to force Wittig to hand over millions of dollars in cash and assets, including his Topeka mansion.
Keegan: Rush credit to Self
September 15, 2005
The first thing I noticed about Brandon Rush as he took a seat beside me on the beige-and-navy, overstuffed couch was how much longer and leaner he looks in person than pictures.
Baker’s Koelzer honored
September 15, 2005
Baker University volleyball player Jennifer Koelzer, a sophomore setter from Shawnee, has been named Heart of America Athletic Conference setter of the week.
No shortage of flu vaccine foreseen
September 15, 2005
With four suppliers of flu vaccine this year, health officials said Wednesday they are expecting delivery of as many as 97 million doses - enough, they believe, to avoid the shortages seen last year.
People in the news
September 15, 2005
¢ It’s a boy for Britney Spears ¢ Crowe tries to have charge reduced to misdemeanor ¢ Long name for a little boy ¢ Trumpeting real estate ¢ To London for ‘Chicago’ ¢ Teen pleads guilty to hacking Hilton’s phone
Collect what you will, but leave the dead alone
September 15, 2005
Is there anything made more than 25 years ago that is not collected? Probably not.
Subprime borrowers should watch for prepayment penalties
September 15, 2005
Those of us who live in the high tower of credit worthiness can’t imagine not negotiating for the best mortgage loans. We can’t fathom not finding lenders willing to cut us a break by eliminating certain fees or expensive loan terms.
Tax abatement group differs on policy
September 15, 2005
Members of a city committee that reviews tax abatements disagreed - sometimes sharply - Wednesday about when the city should rescind or reduce tax breaks given to companies that don’t live up to expectations.
PackerWare moving warehouse to Lawrence
September 15, 2005
A spruced-up industrial building in southeast Lawrence is back in business.