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Police investigating burglary at municipal court
September 20, 2005
Lawrence Police this morning are investigating a report of a burglary at municipal court, 1006 N.H., a department spokesman said.
Sunny, warm afternoon ahead
September 20, 2005
Don’t forget your sunglasses — after the morning fog burns off, bright, clear skies are in the forecast for the next to the last day of summer, says Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist.
Pump patrol
September 20, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.55 at Citgo at Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
K.C. routs Detroit, but few attend
September 20, 2005
The Kansas City Royals came through with a victory for their home fans - though there weren’t many of them.
Top cardinal: Common-law status may be applied to unmarried couples
September 20, 2005
A top Italian cardinal said Monday that common-law status might be applied to offer some legal protection to unmarried heterosexual couples - offering a rare exception to the Catholic Church’s condemnation of de facto unions.
Action on policy tied to bridge project delayed
September 20, 2005
Douglas County commissioners Monday delayed acting on a request to waive county purchasing policy to allow the public works department to seek a proposal from Topeka-based engineers Finney & Turnipseed for work on the Lecompton Bridge.
Will Ferrell has happy memories of school days, start in movies
September 20, 2005
We recently interviewed former “Saturday Night Live” comic actor Will Ferrell, who now stars in movies.
Double Take: Choices about having sex should be weighed carefully
September 20, 2005
I’ve been reading the columns on dating, bad boyfriends and sex. You keep saying that teens aren’t ready to have sex, but you know teens are having sex. Most people start having sex when they are still teenagers. So I’d like to know how you think someone of any age knows they are ready to have sex.
Flightplan’ incorporates lessons learned from 9-11
September 20, 2005
It’s been four years since the horrifying 9-11 terrorist attacks that shook the world and made their mark on the Toronto International Film Festival as well - stranding thousands of visitors when the airports closed and shutting down the film screenings and events.
Auction, psychologist’s talk to highlight LINK benefit
Thoughts for Food’ to raise money to help kitchen’s efforts to feed the hungry
September 20, 2005
A silent auction featuring food-related items and a noted Lawrence psychologist will highlight Wednesday night’s benefit for the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen.
Containing Medicaid costs may be ‘tough’
Committee looks at options for next legislative session
September 20, 2005
States across the nation are grappling with skyrocketing Medicaid costs and Kansas lawmakers were told Monday there could be some savings, but they would require “tough decisions.”
Giving is a lifelong investment
September 20, 2005
I knew the first Sunday after Hurricane Katrina blasted the Gulf Coast that my pastor would appeal to his congregation to give to the relief effort.
Fellows selected for ‘genius grants’
September 20, 2005
A lobsterman from Maine, an oncologist from Nigeria and the first woman to lead a major American symphony are among the 25 people chosen for this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius grants,” $500,000 that recipients can use however they wish.
Can karma cure the sitcom blues?
September 20, 2005
Can the sitcom survive? For years we critics have been bashing the networks for imitative comedies, lame spin-offs, “Seinfeld” clones and tone-deaf American translations of British hits.
Delayed debt
September 20, 2005
To the editor: Headline in Saturday’s Lawrence Journal-World: “Bush: No tax for Katrina cleanup.”
Horoscopes
September 20, 2005
 
Rec calendar
September 20, 2005
 
Lima named Big 12, national player of week
September 20, 2005
Kansas University senior middle blocker Josi Lima was tapped Big 12 volleyball player of the week and Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Assn. national player of the week on Monday.
Analysis: Once-proud offenses suddenly putrid
September 20, 2005
Looking at a Big 12 Conference football stat sheet these days is enough to make you stand on your head. At the bottom of the major offensive categories are Oklahoma, Nebraska and Oklahoma State.
Woodland survives rain, darkness
Jayhawk golfer’s solid play results in two-stroke lead at Kansas Invite
September 20, 2005
Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland battled an 84-man field, an hourlong rain delay and impending darkness to take a two-stroke lead Monday at the Kansas Invitational at Alvamar Golf Course.
Rejuvenated defense helping K.C. take charge
September 20, 2005
With a victory Monday at Denver, the Kansas City Chiefs and their revitalized defense could grab control of the AFC West race just three games into the season.
Perkins’ big day pays off
Huge game, five sacks earn senior Big 12 honor
September 20, 2005
If Kansas University linebacker Brandon Perkins were George Costanza, the quirky, corner-cutting character from the hit sitcom “Seinfeld,” he’d call it a career right now. After all, everyone wants to leave on a high note, right?
Woodling: Coaches from KU abound
September 20, 2005
Have you ever heard of Joe Pannunzio? How about Mark Dantonio? Never have, huh? They’re hardly household names. But if you’ve followed Kansas University closely over the years, the names may be familiar.
Saints sloppy in ‘home’ setback
September 20, 2005
To the New Orleans Saints, Monday night’s bizarre “home” opener was unfair from the outset. And they played like they didn’t want to be there in losing 27-10 to the New York Giants.
Firebirds eke out tie against Olathe South
September 20, 2005
If anybody needed proof of Olathe South High freshman Haley Craig’s powerful serve, they could have checked the chain-link fence behind court two at Free State High on Monday evening.
Self joins coaches at Calipari retreat
September 20, 2005
A who’s who of college and professional basketball coaches gathered Sunday to discuss X’s and O’s at John Calipari’s fifth-annual coaching retreat at the University of Memphis.
Pirates pound Clemens
September 20, 2005
Ian Snell limited Houston to three singles over eight innings for his first major-league victory, besting 340-game winner Roger Clemens in the Pirates’ 7-0 victory.
Indians surge past White Sox, 7-5
September 20, 2005
Aaron Boone’s two-run, two-out single in the eighth inning sent Cleveland to a 7-5 victory over Chicago and moved the Indians one game closer to the sliding White Sox in the AL Central.
Cyclones raid Wisconsin for AD
ISU puts quick end to search by tapping Badger deputy
September 20, 2005
Jamie Pollard wanted the perfect fit if he was going to become an athletic director. He found it at Iowa State.
New class of professional leaders announced
September 20, 2005
A new class of 25 area residents who will take part in the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lawrence program was announced Monday.
On the record
September 20, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
September 20, 2005
 
Company fireworks attract attention
Shows may thrill employees, but they require permits
September 20, 2005
A fireworks show at a company picnic Saturday at Sesquicentennial Park caught the attention of Lawrence residents.
Missing goose ruffles feathers
Ceramic ‘mascot’ reportedly stolen
September 20, 2005
A white sign with the message “MISSING” stands in the yard of Lawrence residents Ralph and Donna Gelvin. It’s a written notice to neighbors along the 2600 block of West 30th Street that the couple’s well-known piece of yard art is gone.
Area residents voice concerns about prescription plan at forum
September 20, 2005
Pat Roth feels like she is “being ramrodded” toward the new Medicare prescription drug plan.
Commissioner candidate interviews completed
September 20, 2005
The State Board of Education on Monday completed private interviews with finalists for the job of education commissioner, but hasn’t made a decision, according to Board Chairman Steve Abrams.
Not-guilty plea entered for Giddens
September 20, 2005
An attorney entered a not-guilty plea Monday on behalf of former Kansas University basketball player J.R. Giddens, who’s charged with battery and disorderly conduct in connection with a fight in May at a local bar.
Charges filed against shooting suspect
September 20, 2005
Prosecutors filed charges Monday against a Lawrence man accused of shooting a woman in the face during the weekend.
NASA’s price tag to return to moon: $104 billion
September 20, 2005
It will cost $104 billion over the next decade to send astronauts back to the moon, NASA’s chief said Monday, defending the price tag as an investment the nation can afford despite the expense of Hurricane Katrina.
Rita threatening Gulf Coast
Florida Keys evacuated, reopening of New Orleans suspended
September 20, 2005
Residents boarded up windows Monday and evacuated the low-lying Florida Keys as Tropical Storm Rita gathered strength in the Bahamas, threatening to grow into a hurricane with a potential 8-foot storm surge.
Suspect in, out of court often
Low bail terms can give opportunity to commit more crimes while awaiting trial
September 20, 2005
The Douglas County Jail has had a revolving door lately for a Lawrence man who’s been charged with crimes such as dealing cocaine, burglarizing cars and leading police on three chases.
Finding a point of view
KU fans pick their seats
September 20, 2005
Call it the Big Swap. Dozens of Jayhawk basketball fans whose past contributions to Kansas University and its athletic department earned them enough points to sit within a few rows of courtside in Allen Fieldhouse gave up their seats Monday, preferring the comfort of the higher-up, chair-back seats.
Woman tells of escape from BTK
Ex-Lawrence resident claims she had run-in with killer in 1981
September 20, 2005
Globe, a sensational supermarket tabloid, bought her harrowing story for $500. But Wichita police say Mary Willis’ account of her night with the BTK serial killer and her attempts to warn them about Dennis Rader are preposterous.
N. Korea adds condition to nuclear agreement
September 20, 2005
North Korea said today it would not dismantle its nuclear weapons program until the United States first provides an atomic energy reactor, casting doubt on its commitment to a breakthrough agreement reached at international arms talks.
Conflicting reports emerge on British soldiers’ release
September 20, 2005
British armored vehicles broke down the walls of the central jail in this southern city Monday and freed two British soldiers, allegedly undercover commandos arrested for shooting two Iraqi policemen, witnesses said. But London said the two men were released as a result of negotiations.
KSU mum on punishment for RB
Coach Snyder: ‘There will be some consequences’ for arrested junior running back Clayton
September 20, 2005
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder would not say Monday whether he would bench Thomas Clayton after the junior running back’s arrest on a charge of aggravated battery.
Merkel, Schroeder both claim chancellor’s office
September 20, 2005
Germany’s opposition leader Angela Merkel and the chairman of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s party made their first contacts with potential coalition partners Monday in a scramble for power after the country’s inconclusive election.
Al-Qaida claims it was behind London bombings
September 20, 2005
Al-Qaida deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri said in a statement broadcast Monday that his terror network carried out the July 7 London bombings, marking the group’s first direct claim of responsibility for the attacks that killed 52 people.
Rep. Moran meets with KU students
September 20, 2005
U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., visited with Kansas University students during a stop in Lawrence on Monday.
Lawrencian flown to hospital after wreck
September 20, 2005
A Lawrence man was flown by air ambulance to a Kansas City hospital Monday morning after a one-vehicle wreck on Douglas County Road 1055 north of Baldwin.
Real Coach Carter to speak today at KU
September 20, 2005
Ken Carter, the California high school basketball coach who in 1999 famously locked his championship team out of the gym until their grades improved, will speak at Kansas University today.
Motiva to pay $12M to settle lawsuit
September 20, 2005
Motiva Enterprises LLC has agreed to pay a $12 million civil penalty to settle a lawsuit filed by government regulators following a fatal tank collapse and explosion at a Delaware oil refinery four years ago, authorities said Monday.
Sugarfixes
Canning the soda habit can boost health
September 20, 2005
Take a spoonful of sugar and dump it on the table. Do that nine times. What do you have? Yes, you’ve got a mess, and no, I’m not cleaning it up for you.
Catscratch’ fever
What if the Three Stooges had been cats?
September 20, 2005
Children everywhere recognize his voice. His face they never see. Rob Paulsen says there’s a good reason for that.
Pirro pressures Clinton for full-term pledge
September 20, 2005
Claiming Hillary Rodham Clinton is hiding behind her husband, possible Republican challenger Jeanine Pirro renewed her effort Monday to get New York’s junior senator to take a pledge to serve a full, six-year term if re-elected.
Lil’ Kim reports to prison
September 20, 2005
Rapper Lil’ Kim began serving a 366-day prison sentence Monday for her conviction on charges stemming from a 2001 shootout outside a New York City radio station.
Kate Moss admits cocaine use
September 20, 2005
Kate Moss acknowledged to the Hennes & Mauritz clothing chain that tabloid allegations she recently used cocaine are true, an H&M spokeswoman said.
Country star undergoes emergency surgery
September 20, 2005
Trace Adkins had emergency surgery for an abdominal infection after a concert in Morton, Minn., last week.
Russell Crowe eyes ownership of Australian rugby club
September 20, 2005
Russell Crowe is a big rugby fan, and now the Oscar-winning actor wants to buy a team.
Celebrity birthdays
September 20, 2005
Actress Sophia Loren is 71. Actor Gary Cole is 49. Actress Kristen Johnston is 38. Rock singers Matthew Nelson and Gunnar Nelson are 38. Rock musician Rick Woolstenhulme (Lifehouse) is 26.
Emmy Awards draw biggest audience in three years
September 20, 2005
Maybe it was the promise of seeing those “Desperate Housewives” tussle over the best-acting trophy or watching “Lost” find Emmy gold - the awards ceremony drew its biggest audience in three years.
Bush official arrested in corruption probe
September 20, 2005
The Bush administration’s top federal procurement official resigned Friday and was arrested Monday, accused of lying and obstructing a criminal investigation into Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s dealings with the federal government.
Jury signals possible deadlock in Gotti case
September 20, 2005
A federal jury deliberating the case of John A. “Junior” Gotti indicated Monday that it was deadlocked on a racketeering charge against the son of the late mob boss.
Commuters return after deadly derailment
September 20, 2005
A fatal train derailment this weekend might not have happened if the route had an automatic system that applies a train’s brakes when an engineer fails to do so, federal officials said Monday.
Stem cells may repair spinal cord injury
September 20, 2005
Injections of human stem cells seem to directly repair some of the damage caused by spinal cord injury, according to research that helped partially paralyzed mice walk again.
O’Connor may still offer tie-breaking votes
September 20, 2005
Her legacy not yet sealed, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is getting an unexpected final chance to select fights for the Supreme Court to take on and to influence colleagues in abortion, capital punishment and assisted suicide cases.
Ferrer wins 40 percent of votes, avoids runoff
September 20, 2005
The threat of a Democratic mayoral runoff evaporated Monday after the city election officials announced Fernando Ferrer had captured enough votes to become the nominee challenging Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Cookout host faces trial in baby’s poisoning death
September 20, 2005
A man who gave a baby boy and his 2-year-old sister arsenic-based weed killer instead of water at a cookout went on trial Monday, charged with involuntary manslaughter in the infant’s death.
Mother admits sexual contact with 8-year-old
September 20, 2005
A 30-year-old woman who believed she was in a “fantasy relationship” with her daughter’s 8-year-old playmate admitted having repeated sexual contact with the boy and accepted a plea deal Monday that likely will send her to prison for six years.
Reward offered in deadly blast
September 20, 2005
A drilling rig explosion that killed two workers and injured a third might not have been an accident, authorities said Monday.
Reduced plea entered in case of poison attempt
September 20, 2005
An Edwardsville, Kan., woman accused last year of trying to poison her neighbor, the city’s mayor, pleaded no contest Monday to two counts of criminal threat.
Word ‘victim’ limited in servitude case
September 20, 2005
Prosecutors have agreed to curtail use of the word “victim” during the trial of a Newton couple charged with physically and sexually abusing residents of a home for the mentally ill.
Kline files suit against large KCK cemetery
September 20, 2005
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline has asked a court to declare a large Kansas City cemetery legally abandoned and to dissolve the corporation that runs it.
Beer adds flavor, cheer to recipes for dinner
September 20, 2005
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Beer … It’s What’s for Dinner.” Master brewer John Pepin brews his own beer, and Paula Pepin will cook with it on the show. Jayni Carey is host.
October meeting planned for teen board
September 20, 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 20, 2005
How much soda do you drink?
New compilation is true Southern storytelling
September 20, 2005
The folks at Sugar Hill say “Best of the South” is “a collection of songs that exude the very essence of the South.”
Best Bets
September 20, 2005
 
Sprint launches streaming music service
September 20, 2005
Sprint Nextel Corp. is jumping into the music phone business.
Former Tyco execs sentenced to prison
Duo receive up to 25 years for looting
September 20, 2005
L. Dennis Kozlowski, the former CEO of Tyco International Ltd., and former Tyco finance chief Mark Swartz were sentenced Monday to up to 25 years in prison for stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from the company in a case that outraged the public with its tales of executive greed and excess.
City seeks dismissal of builders’ suit
Companies say Lawrence misdirects fees from building inspections program
September 20, 2005
City leaders are hoping to drive the final nail into a lawsuit filed last year by area builders alleging that fees for city building permits are excessive.
Manure to fuel plant
September 20, 2005
A Dallas-based energy company announced Monday that it would build an ethanol plant in southwest Kansas that would be powered with cattle manure.
Report: Corn, bean harvests advancing
September 20, 2005
Corn harvest and wheat planting gained momentum this past week amid higher temperatures and scattered showers across the state, Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday.
Kansas, Taiwan OK pact for beef hides
September 20, 2005
A $420 million trade deal with Taiwan for cattle hides will be expected to mean more than $130 million to Kansas producers, officials said Monday.
Wal-Mart faces lawsuit over lunch breaks
September 20, 2005
Lawyers representing about 116,000 former and current Wal-Mart Stores Inc. employees in California told a jury Monday that the world’s largest retailer systematically and illegally denied workers lunch breaks.
Commodities
September 20, 2005
 
Cheaper option
September 20, 2005
To the editor: I live near Clinton Lake. As of Monday, my hour commute to work has been hindered by yet another poorly planned road “improvement.”
Scary Bush
September 20, 2005
To the editor: Ms. Sarah Ashley Posch (Public Forum, Sept. 17) seems to believe that someone who doesn’t share her belief in God by extension believes that President Bush “conjured up Hurricane Katrina.”
Corporate looting
September 20, 2005
To the editor: Early after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, our compassionate conservative president stated that there would be “zero tolerance” for looting. Did he mean corporate looting?
Student trash
September 20, 2005
To the editor: I don’t have enough information to have an informed opinion about whether or not the high school students of Lawrence have a drinking problem, and when I ponder what they should be taught about the origin of our species, I am again left scratching my head in stupefaction.
Media push racial theme
September 20, 2005
It was a perfect moment for the media to use President Bush’s speech from New Orleans against him. ABC correspondent Dean Reynolds corralled about 10 evacuees and put them in chairs in the parking lot of Houston’s Astrodome where they watched the president’s nationally televised address. Afterward, they were asked to comment.
China presents opportunity, not threat
September 20, 2005
As I shared ideas with Secretary General Dong Songgen of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and other delegation members at a summit in Orlando, Fla., I thought of a clever cover from The Economist some weeks ago that read: “Great Wall St., How China Runs the World Economy.”
Internet access
It’s not likely to draw a huge audience, but giving statewide audio access to state Board of Education meetings probably is a good step.
September 20, 2005
Maybe the Kansas State Board of Education could charge admission. That might be one way to help the board cover the cost of audio streaming its meetings over the Internet.
GOP needs to do the math
September 20, 2005
I have found it entertaining, in a grim sort of way, to watch Republicans debate each other over whether and how to pay for post-Katrina rebuilding. All of the pathologies of Republican fiscal thinking are on full display.
Lecture series to take creative look at conflict
September 20, 2005
Robin Rowland thinks Israeli and Palestinian leaders could learn a little from the world of jazz.