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Firebirds rip Cougars
September 16, 2005
Free State High took out Shawnee Mission Northwest, 28-21, Friday at SM South District Stadium.
Eagles clip Lions
September 16, 2005
Veritas Christian knocked off St. Joseph’s, 34-26, Friday at YSI.
Tonganoxie knocks off Piper
September 16, 2005
The Chieftains beat the Pirates, 32-7, Friday in Tonganoxie.
Bobcats on the prowl in northwest Lawrence
September 16, 2005
Stephen Johnson said he’s noticed that there are not as many rabbits and squirrels in his neighborhood. And the Kansas University researcher thinks he knows why — he took some photos Thursday afternoon of a pair of bobcats on the prowl.
Lord of War’ deals sobering message on gunrunning
September 16, 2005
“There are over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation,” Nicolas Cage’s character explains in the film’s opening narration. “That’s one firearm for every 12 people on the planet. The only question is: How do we arm the other 11?”
Sunny afternoon ahead
Isolated showers expected for Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening
08:29 a.m., September 16, 2005 Updated 10:38 a.m.
Break out your sunglasses — and possibly a sweater. Clear, sunny skies and cool temperatures are on tap for today, says Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist.
Royals victimize struggling White Sox
Guillen: There’s no doubt about it. We really flat-out stink
September 16, 2005
All year long, they could do almost nothing wrong. Now, the Chicago White Sox hardly can do anything right - and they could be in trouble.
Seabury goes 2-1 at Maranatha quad
September 16, 2005
Molly Thurman had 14 kills and four blocks, and Linsdey Ahlen had 10 kills and nine service aces as Lawrence’s Seabury Academy went 2-1 at a high school volleyball quadrangular Thursday at Shawnee Maranatha.
Lawrence High winless at O-Northwest tourney
September 16, 2005
Lawrence High’s volleyball team went 0-3 Thursday at the Olathe Northwest Tournament.
Correction
September 16, 2005
The result of Wednesday’s high school gymnastics quadrangular will not count in the standings for the Journal-World Cup, the yearlong, all-sports competition between Lawrence and Free State high schools.
Kansas high school sports scores for 09-15-05
September 16, 2005
 
Cards clinch Central
September 16, 2005
The St. Louis Cardinals clinched another NL Central title Thursday night in what has become a customary experience under manager Tony La Russa.
Yankees gain ground on Sox
September 16, 2005
With ground to make up in their quest for another AL East title, the New York Yankees refused to lose. Alex Rodriguez hit his 42nd home run, and Robinson Cano erased a four-run deficit with a grand slam Thursday night, helping Aaron Small and the seven-time defending division winners rally to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 9-5.
Sun work overtime to even series
September 16, 2005
Taj McWilliams-Franklin can’t remember the last time she jumped so high. And it seemed just about every time the Connecticut forward went up, she came down with a rebound.
Toms rushed to hospital
Golfer’s condition good after rapid pulse
September 16, 2005
Shaun Micheel could be forgiven as a potentially great round turned into a very good one at the 84 Lumber Classic. Once playing partner David Toms was rushed to a hospital with a racing pulse, Micheel had a lot more on his mind than golf.
4th man charged in slaying
September 16, 2005
The number of people charged with the killing of a Kansas City Symphony bass player has grown to four.
Teen admits to killing musician during fight
September 16, 2005
A 19-year-old pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter for killing the leader of a Kansas City ska band during a fight between two groups in the parking lot of a Jesuit high school.
On the record
September 16, 2005
 
Grandparents inspire winning Douglas County essay
September 16, 2005
This summer, poison ivy along a path to Mill Creek worried Olivia Marshall, 11, of Lawrence. But she managed to avoid the itchy weed and decided she shouldn’t be concerned because she was with her grandfather, Harvey Smith, of Topeka.
Kline: Judge must see women’s names
Attorney general seeks medical records on abortions at two clinics
September 16, 2005
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline said Thursday he did not want the names of women whose abortion records he was seeking, but that a judge must see those names.
Director: County has disaster plan
September 16, 2005
If an F-5 tornado leveled half of Lawrence and created the kind of destruction seen with Hurricane Katrina, are there plans and resources in place to deal with it?
Lawsuit: Employer violated disabilities act
September 16, 2005
A gas station and convenience store in Montgomery City, Mo., is accused of discriminating against a former employee with Hepatitis C, firing her one day after she started the job as a cashier and cook, a federal lawsuit filed Thursday said.
Rain gardens help with water runoff, purification
September 16, 2005
Two gardens at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds should limit stormwater runoff and assist with water purification.
Miss. sues to force insurers to pay for all damages
September 16, 2005
Mississippi on Thursday sued insurers to force them to pay billions of dollars in flood damage from Hurricane Katrina, saying standard insurance polices have led homeowners to believe they are covered for all hurricane damage, whether from high winds or storm surges.
Lawrencians give president’s address mixed reviews
September 16, 2005
Four Lawrence residents who have visited the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina hit gave mixed reviews to President Bush’s address Thursday in which he called for the rebuilding of the ravaged region.
Mayor: French Quarter, Uptown section could reopen in coming weeks
September 16, 2005
In a big step toward restoring the pulse and soul of New Orleans, the mayor announced plans Thursday to reopen over the next week and a half some of the Big Easy’s most vibrant neighborhoods, including the once-rollicking French Quarter.
Government will pay for most rebuilding, Bush says
September 16, 2005
President Bush promised Thursday night the government will pay most of the costs of rebuilding the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast in one of the largest reconstruction projects the world has ever seen.
Bartender given citation for smoking after hours
September 16, 2005
The city’s smoking ban never sleeps. Tiffany Hurter, a bartender at Conroy’s, found that out the hard way this week.
Wittig loses riches
Jury orders execs to turn over millions
September 16, 2005
A federal jury on Thursday ordered two former Westar Energy Inc. executives found guilty of looting the utility to hand over millions of dollars in cash and assets linked to their crimes - but much less than federal prosecutors had sought.
Nobel winners defend teaching evolution
State board asked to reconsider science standards
September 16, 2005
Thirty-eight Nobel laureates led by Holocaust survivor and noted author Elie Wiesel have turned their attention to the Kansas State Board of Education.
Very bad things …
It’s time to ditch a few of the worst ideas still menacing music
September 16, 2005
Some bad ideas in the world of popular music suffer a short shelf life. Hair metal. Gangster rap. Synth pop. Keyboard neckties. Platform shoes. Japanese headbands. Eddie Murphy’s singing career. Other bad ideas linger longer than a flattened skunk. In fact, some are so prevalent that few people ever stop to question why they’re still around.
French connection
University Theatre out to prove ‘Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris’
September 16, 2005
The University Theatre kicks off its fall season tonight with a musical revue featuring the work of European author, composer, actor and director Jacques Brel.
Homeowners swim against rising rate tide
Lines of credit becoming costly
September 16, 2005
For Kim and James Merly, the home equity line of credit came in very handy - it helped pay for their son’s college education, a car and renovations of two rental properties.
Tom Waits files lawsuit over alleged soundalike
September 16, 2005
Singer-songwriter Tom Waits said Thursday he has filed a lawsuit against a unit of automaker General Motors Corp. and a German advertising agency for allegedly using a soundalike in a series of European ads.
TV watchers offer Emmy predictions
September 16, 2005
Sunday night, everyone will know who won the 57th annual Emmy Awards. But a pair of TV watchers already know - or claim they do.
Bush endorses base-closing proposal
President: For process to remain ‘nonpolitical,’ recommendation must stand
September 16, 2005
President Bush on Thursday endorsed a plan for closing 22 major military bases and reconfiguring 33 others, leaving their fate to Congress.
Burlington popular destination for recruiters
September 16, 2005
Some big-time college basketball coaches will be heading to the small town of Burlington on recruiting trips this year and next.
Davis, Pottorff lead Seabury cross country
September 16, 2005
Adam Davis placed eighth to pace Seabury Academy to a fourth-place finish at the McLouth cross country invitational Thursday.
City soccer games postponed by rain
September 16, 2005
Free State High’s scheduled soccer game Thursday against Shawnee Mission North was postponed because of wet grounds.
Turnout high at Free State; Lions a bit thin
September 16, 2005
The 15th Street line of demarcation doesn’t just determine whether high-school-aged youngsters attend Lawrence or Free State high schools.
Area football capsules
September 16, 2005
Kickoff for all games is 7 p.m.
Familiar foes ready to face off
September 16, 2005
Wellsville High football coach Bill Oshel doesn’t put much stock in rivalry games - especially when they come as early as Week 3 of the regular season.
Firebirds run table in home quad
September 16, 2005
It tells you how well the Free State volleyball team played Thursday night when the only time coach Nancy Hopkins was upset was when she misplaced her Coke bottle during the match.
Kline comments on Sebelius’ quick reaction to Pledge of Allegiance ruling
September 16, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ quick reaction Thursday to a court ruling on the Pledge of Allegiance prompted a smirk from Atty. Gen. Phill Kline.
Gonzales: Justice Department will try to keep pledge in schools
September 16, 2005
Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales said Thursday that the Justice Department will fight to overturn a federal court ruling that the Pledge of Allegiance can’t be recited in public schools because it contains a reference to God.
Iran says it’s prepared to share nuclear technology with other Islamic nations
September 16, 2005
Iran is willing to provide nuclear technology to other Muslim states, Iran’s hard-line president said Thursday. Hours later, European nations renewed an offer of economic incentives if the Mideast nation would halt its uranium enrichment.
Thousands breach Gaza Strip-Egypt border
Israel concerned lax security may let al-Qaida enter area
September 16, 2005
Palestinians blasted holes in an Israeli-built wall and overwhelmed Egyptian troops on the Gaza border to flow by the hundreds into Egypt on Thursday, foiling attempts to impose control after days of unhindered crossings.
Free State has score to settle
September 16, 2005
The part of the spoiler now falls on Free State High. A year ago, Shawnee Mission Northwest ruined Free State’s homecoming with a 26-13 victory at Memorial Stadium.
Suicide bombers inflict fear before election
September 16, 2005
Suicide bombers inflicted another day of mayhem in the capital Thursday, killing at least 31 people in two attacks about a minute apart that targeted Iraqi police and Interior Ministry commandos. The carnage left nearly 200 people dead just two days.
Cornish happy to help
September 16, 2005
Don’t summarize Jon Cornish’s football talents to be traits of a power running back. There’s more to it than that.
Super sub
Hickey doesn’t miss a beat as starting tailback
September 16, 2005
Nathan Hickey sure didn’t look nervous in his first start at running back. He was, though. “I’m nervous before every game,” the Lawrence High senior said. “I can’t sleep. I just toss and turn.”
Court lifts restrictions on three suspects
September 16, 2005
A court ruled Wednesday that three suspects in the disappearance of a U.S. teenager can remain free without conditions - overturning an earlier decision that restricted their travel.
Sooners sense urgency
Says Stoops: We need to make something of this week
September 16, 2005
Oklahoma could find itself out of the national title race before the end of September. The 21st-ranked Sooners (1-1) enter Saturday’s game against UCLA trying to jump-start a season that has gotten off to an unusually slow start.
Fire destroys large fireworks marke
September 16, 2005
A fire engulfed Mexico’s most famous fireworks market Thursday, setting off a chain of explosions in a town northeast of the nation’s capital that destroyed hundreds of open-air stands just ahead of Independence Day celebrations.
Guantanamo prisoners join hunger strike
September 16, 2005
A hunger strike at the U.S. prison for terror suspects in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has grown to its largest point since detainees began their latest protest more than a month ago, a military official said Thursday.
Nuclear talks deadlock over reactor demand
September 16, 2005
Talks on North Korea’s nuclear program were deadlocked Thursday as the communist nation stuck to its refusal to halt atomic bomb development until it receives a nuclear reactor to generate power.
Man acquitted of felony murder in death of Greenwood County sheriff
September 16, 2005
A man present at the fatal shooting of Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels was acquitted of first-degree felony murder but convicted of conspiracy to make methamphetamine.
Ban on gay adoption not under consideration
September 16, 2005
The chairwoman of a legislative study committee said she had no plans to bring up a proposed ban on gay adoption.
More women exploring bisexuality
September 16, 2005
More women - particularly those in their late teens and 20s - are experimenting with bisexuality or at least feel more comfortable reporting same-sex encounters, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Official: Anthrax outbreak killed 37 cattle
September 16, 2005
Anthrax has killed 37 cattle on a northeast Montana ranch now under quarantine, the state veterinarian said Thursday.
Congressman: Employee was told to destroy data
September 16, 2005
A Pentagon employee was ordered to destroy documents that identified Mohamed Atta as a terrorist two years before the 2001 attacks, a congressman said Thursday.
Governor signs additional abortion restrictions
September 16, 2005
Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation Thursday placing further restrictions on abortion, and Planned Parenthood said it filed a lawsuit challenging the measure.
Roberts: Constitution, not personal views will guide decisions
September 16, 2005
Chief Justice nominee John Roberts said Thursday there is no room for ideologues on the Supreme Court, declaring an “obligation to the Constitution” and to no other cause as he concluded three grueling days of confirmation testimony.
Shaq offers off-court assist to Miami Beach police
September 16, 2005
Shaquille O’Neal provided an assist to police over the weekend, trailing a man who allegedly assaulted a gay couple before alerting an arresting officer.
Britney Spears’ Web site says she’s ‘ecstatic’ to be a mom
September 16, 2005
Britney Spears, who sang “I’m not a girl, not yet a woman,” is now a mother - and she’s “ecstatic” about it.
Zellweger, Chesney call it quits
September 16, 2005
Bridget Jones is untying the knot. Renee Zellweger, who played the lovelorn Brit in “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” and country music star Kenny Chesney will have their four-month-old marriage annulled, Chesney’s publicist, Holly Gleason, and Zellweger’s Los Angeles-based publicist Nanci Ryder, confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday.
Celebrity birthdays
September 16, 2005
Actress Jennifer Tilly is 47. Actress Lauren Bacall is 81. Blues singer B.B. King is 80. Magician David Copperfield is 49. Singer Richard Marx is 42. Comedian Molly Shannon is 41. Singer Marc Anthony is 36.
Sentencing delayed in mail fraud case
September 16, 2005
Sentencing was delayed until mid-November for a Lawrence man who pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of mail fraud in a scheme that allowed him to collect more than $650,000 from false expense claims.
Reception planned for retiring fire chief
September 16, 2005
Jim McSwain, retiring chief of the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical department, will be honored Wednesday during a special reception and presentation.
Annual powwow scheduled at Haskell
September 16, 2005
Haskell Indian Nations University’s annual “Welcome Back Powwow” is set for Saturday at the Haskell Powwow Grounds. Grand entry begins at 7 p.m.
Apartment shooting case delayed a month
September 16, 2005
The trial of a man accused of attempted murder after a December shooting at a West Lawrence apartment complex has been delayed to mid-October.
Best Bets
September 16, 2005
 
Newell Rubbermaid laying off 5,000
September 16, 2005
Newell Rubbermaid Inc., maker of plastic products for the home and office, on Thursday announced a three-year plan to streamline manufacturing and cut overhead, including laying off 5,000 workers.
Schwab dropping account service fees
September 16, 2005
Emboldened by its highest profits since the dot-com boom, Charles Schwab Corp. is dropping its remaining account service fees in the latest step back to the stock brokerage’s low-cost heritage.
Yellow Roadway adds, closes deals in China
September 16, 2005
Transportation firm Yellow Roadway Corp. said Thursday it had finalized its deal to buy half of the second-largest air freight importer in China.
Coffee shop, cafe replacing bagel place
September 16, 2005
Bagels are giving way to a bistro in southwest Lawrence.
Commodities
September 16, 2005
 
Roe will die a slow death
September 16, 2005
The last place I want to be is at the dentist; until I witnessed 18 senators (21 if you count those who “introduced” John Roberts at his Supreme Court confirmation hearing) posture for the cameras and special interest groups.
Teens need access to Plan B
September 16, 2005
Now that we have waved “Bye, Bye, Brownie” to Michael Brown, the hapless head of FEMA, could we turn our sights back to another agency on the skids: the Food and Drug Administration?
Legal steps
September 16, 2005
To the editor: If it is decided that the Lawrence Municipal Court will handle all marijuana possession cases, there will be slight benefits: no more mandatory $400 lab fees and retaining of eligibility to obtain federal aid to attend college.
Economic gap
September 16, 2005
To the editor: How often must we as a nation of 280 million embark upon futile enterprises attempting to change a world of 6 billion population into what we consider an acceptable society?
Team work
September 16, 2005
To the editor: Thank goodness we have Randy Weseman for our superintendent of the Lawrence public schools. He has been a common sense, get-it-done leader. His decision to have Breathalyzer tests at school dances has relieved a lot of parents.
Poor timing
September 16, 2005
To the editor: I’m from New York City living in Lawrence and think that it was very disrespectful to have the 6News “Hurricane Katrina: We Care” telethon on Sept. 11.
Labor unions are losing their punch
September 16, 2005
That is the rousing first verse of the labor anthem “Solidarity Forever,” written in 1915 and sung to the tune of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Ninety years later, “forever” has expired.
Education politics
It would be wrong to let politics drive the hiring of the state’s top education official.
September 16, 2005
It’s hard for the people of Kansas to have much faith in the process being followed to hire a new state commissioner of education.
A day at the fair
September 16, 2005
 
Kream Keegan: Don’t call this OU loss an upset
September 16, 2005
Just for humiliating me so badly by routing Iowa in a way the Hawkeyes were supposed to dominate, Iowa State gets the week off and can take it easy before completing its nonconference season with a 3-0 record after defeating Army next week.
Pump patrol
September 16, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.66 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
KU explores Johnson County tax increase
September 16, 2005
Kansas University is exploring the possibility of using a Johnson County-only property tax to bankroll a major expansion of its Edwards Campus in Overland Park.
300-acre water resort planned in Wyandotte County
September 16, 2005
A 300-acre, $300 million water resort is the latest, biggest proposed attraction in Wyandotte County, just across Interstate 435 from the thriving Village West development.
Arts & Entertainment Calendar
September 16, 2005
 
Consider career before moving to country
September 16, 2005
My husband and I live in the city, but we dream of quitting our 9-to-5 jobs and moving to the country. Do you have any advice?
Improved Amber Alert announced
September 16, 2005
Kansas Amber Alert notifications now can be made to e-mail addresses, giving law enforcement officials another way to alert the public when a child is abducted.
Downtown building lands new owner
Lawrence developer’s holding company buys Mass. St. property
September 16, 2005
Doug Compton’s portfolio of downtown properties is expanding. The Lawrence developer and president of First Management Inc. scored ownership Thursday of 1029 Mass., the building that is home to Play It Again Sports.
Just Like Heaven’ spoons up movie meringue
September 16, 2005
“Just Like Heaven” is a sweet little nothing that is barely there, about a girl who isn’t there at all.
Ophelia soaks North Carolina, downgraded to tropical storm
September 16, 2005
Hurricane Ophelia, North Carolina’s least welcome guest, refused to leave again Thursday, lashing the Outer Banks with rain and wind as coastal residents elsewhere returned home to damaged homes and businesses.
Wichita firm helps with Katrina hotel bookings
September 16, 2005
The words, “Honk if you are a refugee,” are scrawled in shoe polish across the back window of the broken down 1997 Chevy van parked at a repair shop.
Twins’ should pray for the ax
September 16, 2005
In “Working Girl,” Melanie Griffith played a secretary who said she had “a mind for business and a bod for sin.” In the new sitcom “Twins” (7:30 p.m., WB), she appears to have raised two daughters who personify those opposing attributes.
Anime thrives on videogame consoles
September 16, 2005
After decades on the fringes of American culture, anime - that uniquely Japanese form of animation - is everywhere.
This Weekend’s Highlights
September 16, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
September 16, 2005
 
Chancellor given 3 percent raise
Annual pay with state and private funds now at $307,000
September 16, 2005
Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway’s annual pay was increased by 3 percent to $307,000.
Horoscopes
September 16, 2005