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Vikings clips Firebirds
September 22, 2005
Shawnee Mission West stomped Free State High, 52-7, Thursday at Haskell Stadium. Future Jayhawk and SMW quarterback Tyler Lawrence says the Vikings were prepared for the game.
Wilson wins Lawrence Invitational
September 22, 2005
Lawrence High senior Sydney Wilson shot a 75 Thursday to win the Lawrence Invitational at Alvamar Golf Course. Overall, Lawrence High placed 10th.
Chat transcript with Craig Weinaug
September 22, 2005
County Administrator Craig Weinaug discusses taxes, salaries for county employees, and the South Lawrence Trafficway.
Enrollment climbs at Lawrence schools
September 22, 2005
Boosted in part by an increase of students attending the Virtual School, Lawrence public schools had an increase of enrollment of 57 students over last year, school officials reported today.
KU announces enrollment increase
September 22, 2005
Kansas University officials announced today that overall enrollment at KU increased by 34 students, but enrollment was down at KU’s Edwards campus in Johnson County.
Fall arrives with chance for evening storms
September 22, 2005
Cooler, even possibly wet conditions — that’s what’s in store for the first day of fall in Lawrence, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “Tonight, you might need a jacket or an umbrella,” Schack said.
Justice cleared of any ethics violation
September 22, 2005
Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss, who had once represented the school district that sued the state over school funding, was cleared of any ethics violation for ruling in the school finance lawsuit.
Some call for banning drivers from cell phones
Officials concerned about enforcement
September 22, 2005
Driver’s education class didn’t teach Bob Lewis how to deal with this.
Commentary: Kansas basketball stocked on wing
Addition of Rush gives Jayhawk coach Self more athleticism, ability to extend defense
September 22, 2005
Bill Self was on the phone, calling from Texas, where he was trying to persuade recruits to join the Kansas Jayhawks in the fall of 2006. You can be certain he was not searching for any wing players.
Saints expecting another disruption
September 22, 2005
As Hurricane Rita bears down on the Texas coast, the New Orleans Saints are bracing to have their plans rearranged by yet another storm.
Horoscopes
September 22, 2005
Thursday, Sept. 22
Beware flood-damaged vehicles
September 22, 2005
When the floodwaters finally recede on the Gulf Coast, no doubt there will be thousands of water-damaged cars that will flood the used-car market.
Aquila selling assets
Firm shedding selected subsidiaries
September 22, 2005
Aquila Inc. agreed Monday to sell its electric operations in Kansas and some natural gas businesses in Missouri, Michigan and Minnesota to help shed part of its $1.9 billion debt.
EU, Iran reach compromise over nuclear program
September 22, 2005
Iran gained a reprieve in the standoff over its nuclear program Wednesday, with diplomats saying the European Union had decided to postpone its push to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council.
Passenger jet makes dramatic emergency landing at LAX
September 22, 2005
A JetBlue airliner with faulty landing gear touched down safely Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport after circling the region for three hours with its front wheels turned sideways, unable to be retracted into the plane.
Bonds powers Giants
September 22, 2005
Barry Bonds homered for the fourth consecutive game to raise his career total to 707, and San Francisco starter Brad Hennessey hit a solo shot while winning for the first time in 10 outings, leading the Giants past the Washington Nationals, 5-1, Wednesday night.
Coaches justify routs
Four league teams went over 50 points
September 22, 2005
Kevin Weiberg warned us there could be weeks like this.
The road to Dover
Delaware track plays host to the Chase, but area has more than just racing to offer NASCAR fans
September 22, 2005
They are the Lucky 10, the racetracks that host races in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Chase for the Championship.
Wearing PJs out in public is all the rage
September 22, 2005
“Pajama Day” was once a novelty at school, the chance to be silly and wear attire usually reserved for the privacy of home. But these days many young people - 11-year-old Haley Small included - are wearing PJs in public, anytime and just about anywhere.
Ford Motor to boost production of hybrids
September 22, 2005
Gas-electric hybrid engines will be available in half the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury lineup by 2010, Ford Motor Co. Chairman and CEO Bill Ford said Wednesday.
Agreement on teacher pay ‘a long way apart’
September 22, 2005
Lawrence teachers and school officials on Wednesday remained split about the size of salary raise teachers should receive.
Artist to lecture on ‘Laughing at Work’
September 22, 2005
In conjunction with the exhibition “Lee Friedlander at Work,” artist David Rees will speak on “Laughing at Work” Sept. 29 at the Spencer Museum of Art’s auditorium at Kansas University.
Wheat State Pizza now in Johnson Co.
September 22, 2005
Wheat State Pizza is growing beyond its Douglas County roots.
Regional art pottery excellent for building unique collections
September 22, 2005
Art pottery by small regional potteries in business from the 1920s to the 1950s is often unknown to collectors in other parts of the country. And this art pottery was often made after years of production of utilitarian pots.
Annual art fair planned at K.C.’s Plaza
September 22, 2005
More than 200 artists from across the nation will feature work in the 74th annual Plaza Art Fair in Kansas City, Mo.
Unity Art Gallery plans ‘Chalk and Pastels’
September 22, 2005
Local artists will feature work at “Chalk and Pastels,” a show starting Sunday at Unity Church.
Grants awarded for ‘Convergence’ art events
September 22, 2005
One Hundred Good Women has been awarded two grants from the Kansas Arts Commission to support their collaboration with The F.A.N. Club, a Lawrence women artists support group, for “Convergence 2005: An International Art Exhibition and Community Event.”
Nature lovers can tune in to insects
September 22, 2005
In the absence of birdsong at this time of year, when the birds go quiet, an altogether new choir appears. Think of it as curtain-raising time for the singing insects.
Art show to benefit Bert Nash
Organizers hope to eliminate barriers between buyers, fine art
September 22, 2005
Catherine Hale Robins has more luck sculpting her bronze-cast animals than she does selling them.
Tangled up with a pesky vine
September 22, 2005
I was on my morning walk the other day when I ran into my neighbor Bill Snead, the Journal-World’s senior editor. He said, “As the assistant weed puller at my house, I need to know more about this annoying vine. Do you know the one I’m speaking of?”
Five trees great for planting in fall
September 22, 2005
Trees are an important part of any landscape. Their leaves remove carbon dioxide from and release fresh oxygen back into the atmosphere. Their branches provide cool, refreshing shade on a hot summer day. Their trunks give rise to resting spots to tired birds and homes to needing squirrels. But most importantly, mature, stately trees add value to our property. With the arrival of fall comes the season for planting trees. If you’re in the market and looking for a new tree, here are five good choices for our area. If properly planted and care for, all five will be long-lived and relatively insect and disease free.
Maher strives to level the playing field
September 22, 2005
Bill Maher has always seemed to relish coming off as iconoclastic to the point of being unpleasant; in certain ways he’s the anti-Jon Stewart. But if Stewart’s “Daily Show” has gotten demonstrably angrier at the Bush administration since the post-Katrina fiasco, Maher’s been there all along. His whole arc on TV, in fact, is woven into Sept. 11, into what was permissible to say then and what is being said now.
Still rockin’!
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame lives on despite shrinking finances, popularity
September 22, 2005
Some aging rockers - yes, the Rolling Stones are on another tour - just keep on rockin’. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 10 years old this month, still rocks, too, but in a much quieter way.
On the record
September 22, 2005
Lawrence datebook
September 22, 2005
Hunters charged in whooping crane deaths
September 22, 2005
Seven men were charged Wednesday with shooting two whooping cranes, an incident that sparked unsuccessful efforts to halt the state’s sandhill crane hunting season.
Day of Caring set for Friday
September 22, 2005
Thirteen Lawrence businesses will take part in United Way’s Fall Day of Caring on Friday.
Not-guilty plea entered in Moon Bar incident
September 22, 2005
An Olathe man charged with punching former Kansas University basketball player J.R. Giddens at a local bar before allegedly being attacked by Giddens and a group of men outside the bar made his first appearance Wednesday in Douglas County District Court.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
September 22, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.52 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Construction fuels traffic complaints at Free State
September 22, 2005
After two full years attending Free State High School, senior Lexie Schmidt, 18, has learned the ins and outs of the traffic situation.
McSwain embraces retirement after 27 years at helm of fire department
Hail to the chief
September 22, 2005
Lawrence gave a fond farewell and a big “thanks” to its longtime fire chief Wednesday evening.
Myers pondering position at K-State
September 22, 2005
The nation’s highest ranking military official could be in line for a post at Kansas State University when he retires at the end of this month.
KU’s business school may get new home
Growth is cause for excitement, but final location hasn’t been set
September 22, 2005
Kansas University’s School of Business may build a new $30 million state-of-the-art facility on the scenic site of what is now Carruth-O’Leary Hall on West Campus Road.
Flu shots not as effective in elderly as first thought
September 22, 2005
A new analysis of 40 years of research provides more evidence that flu shots are not as effective in the elderly as commonly believed. But health officials said older people should still be vaccinated.
Competition launched for tsunami memorial
September 22, 2005
Thailand on Wednesday announced an international competition to design a memorial to victims of last year’s tsunami, which left more than 200,000 dead or missing in the dozen Indian Ocean countries hit by its giant waves.
Torrential rains, floods kill 56
September 22, 2005
Heavy downpours sent rivers over their embankments, killing at least 56 people and forcing the evacuation of thousands in southwest India, officials said Wednesday.
Candidate says he would oppose coca eradication
September 22, 2005
Indian leader Evo Morales said he would reject Washington’s policy of eradicating much of Bolivia’s coca crop if he is elected president and pledged he would work to legalize the leaf used to make cocaine.
Cash, checks, money orders taken from court
September 22, 2005
Lawrence Police said Wednesday that an unknown amount of cash, checks and money orders were stolen Tuesday morning from Municipal Court, 1006 N.H.
Copter crash kills Cabinet minister
8 others also die
September 22, 2005
A helicopter carrying the Cabinet minister in charge of Mexico’s federal police, his deputy and seven others crashed in cloud-shrouded mountains outside Mexico City on Wednesday, killing everyone on board, President Vicente Fox said.
Despite accord, N. Korea accuses U.S. of nuclear plot
September 22, 2005
In a second day of bluster after its disarmament accord, North Korea accused the United States on Wednesday of planning a nuclear attack and warned it could retaliate.
U.S. urges transition to democracy in China
September 22, 2005
The Bush administration urged China on Wednesday to begin a transition to democracy, contending the existing one-party system “is simply not sustainable.”
Gay couples challenge marriage initiative
September 22, 2005
Fort Lauderdale residents Richard Rogers and Bill Mullins challenge that a proposed amendment is a “sneaky” attempt to prohibit gay couples from ever accessing one another’s partnership benefits, such as health and life insurance coverage that married straight couples are legally allowed to share.
Breast cancer diagnoses level off, death rate drops
September 22, 2005
The number of women diagnosed with breast cancer - a number that has been rising steadily for a quarter-century - has nearly leveled off, according to new figures released Thursday by the American Cancer Society.
Roberts picks up Democratic support
September 22, 2005
Chief Justice-nominee John Roberts, his confirmation secure, picked up support from fractured Senate Democrats on Wednesday as President Bush met lawmakers to discuss a second vacancy on the Supreme Court.
Yankees ascend to first in East
September 22, 2005
Randy Johnson was his old self, glaring and pointing. The Big Unit not only made it into the late innings, he pitched the New York Yankees into first place.
Our town sports
September 22, 2005
Ex-Jayhawk Langford tapped in CBA Draft
September 22, 2005
Former Kansas University guard Keith Langford was tapped by the Sioux Falls Skyforce Monday in the fifth round of the Continental Basketball Assn. Draft.
KU rallies, but falls at Texas
September 22, 2005
Kansas University’s volleyball team rallied from an 0-2 deficit to force a tiebreaker, but the 24th-ranked Jayhawks came away from Gregory Gym with a 3-2 loss to No. 23 Texas on Wednesday.
Hocking’s knock lifts Royals
Pinch single gives K.C. rare four-game sweep
September 22, 2005
Denny Hocking had just 53 at-bats for Kansas City since being called up from the minors Aug. 6. He came through when the Royals needed him Wednesday.
Rita strengthens to Category 5
1.3 million evacuated from Texas, Louisiana
September 22, 2005
Picking up strength with frightening speed, Hurricane Rita swirled toward the Gulf Coast a Category 5, 175-mph monster Wednesday as more than 1.3 million people in Texas and Louisiana were sent packing on orders from authorities who learned a bitter lesson from Katrina.
Evolution teaching debate makes its way into Kansas history museums
September 22, 2005
About once a month, Jerry Choate says, workers at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays find brochures in the restrooms promoting creationism over evolution.
Outstanding on their field
Tittrington: De Soto, Eudora, Veritas used to hot starts, but they’re rare for Perry - and LHS, lately
September 22, 2005
When I joined the Journal-World staff last month as the new high school sports editor, I found some nice perks waiting for me. There was a spacious clean desk, business cards that actually had my name spelled correctly and easy access to the basement stairs should a tornado siren sound during my shift.
Powerful Vikes await Free State
SM West - top-ranked and unscored-upon - next test for Firebirds
September 22, 2005
There is one reason Free State High offensive lineman Mikel Ruder is confident the Firebird backs won’t lose the football as much this week.
Week off gives Jayhawks chance to get back to fundamentals
September 22, 2005
With the weather a little hot and sticky for late September, Kansas University’s football players might have felt like it was preseason all over again.
Okie City lands Hornets
NBA team to play 35 games in Oklahoma
September 22, 2005
Chased from their home by Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Hornets have found a temporary refuge and a fresh start.
Rita alters Texas A&M kickoff
September 22, 2005
The Houston Texans canceled Thursday’s practice and asked all players to leave town immediately, Rice and Houston postponed home games scheduled for Saturday, and Texas A&M has moved up its game against Texas State, in anticipation of Hurricane Rita reaching the Texas Gulf Coast this weekend.
Many more bodies expected to be found
September 22, 2005
Searchers smashed through doors in New Orleans on Wednesday, bringing their hunt for the dead to homes that had been locked and to blocks hardest hit by Katrina’s flooding. Behind those doors, officials said they expected a sharply escalating body count even as the overall death toll passed 1,000.
Keynote speakers set for history conference
September 22, 2005
There are two keynote speakers set for the 23rd Annual Mid-America Conference on History, which starts today and runs through Saturday at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive.
Peace mom arrives in D.C.
Sheehan pledges to ‘force change’
September 22, 2005
Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan pledged Wednesday to “force change to happen” during protest speeches outside the White House and Capitol.
Iraqi prisoner abuse court-martial under way
September 22, 2005
Officers were screened as potential jurors Wednesday as the court-martial got under way for Army Pfc. Lynndie England, one of the most visible figures in the scandal over the treatment of inmates at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.
Basra rally denounces ‘British aggression’
September 22, 2005
The Basra governor threatened to end all cooperation with British forces unless Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government apologizes for the deadly clash with Iraqi police. Britain defended the raid.
Bush on Iraq echoes Johnson on Vietnam
September 22, 2005
Bush officials bristle at the suggestion the war in Iraq might look anything like Vietnam. Yet just as today’s anti-war protests recall memories of yesteryear, President Bush’s own words echo those of President Johnson in 1967, a pivotal year for the U.S. in Vietnam.
Black beauties
Tall, dark & handsome plants add drama to otherwise dreary fall landscape
September 22, 2005
Get out of the dark and open your eyes to the wondrous, sexy, mysterious and intriguing world of black in the garden.
You’re going to love ‘Hates’
September 22, 2005
A coming-of-age comedy narrated by comic Chris Rock set in Brooklyn in the 1980s, “Everybody Hates Chris” (7 p.m., UPN) has a winning combination of edgy wit and heart-warming reminiscence. Forget “The Wonder Years” - this is closer to radio raconteur Jean Shepherd’s now-classic tales of his Indiana boyhood, the stories that would form the basis for the “A Christmas Story” movie that airs 5 million times between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. And that’s high praise in my book.
Salary scale
September 22, 2005
To the editor: It is often said and often assumed that the people of Lawrence value public education.
Bad behavior
September 22, 2005
To the editor: As a devoted Kansas University alumnus of several decades, I was pleased to attend the football game with Louisiana Tech on Sept. 17.
Traffic reality
September 22, 2005
To the editor: In reference to Monday’s article, “Couple question safety of new traffic circle ordinance,” Les Hannon is absolutely right in believing the day will come when a tragic accident will occur in a traffic circle and create a costly lawsuit for the city.
Anne Frank story still relevant
September 22, 2005
When the curtain rose on the Walnut Street Theatre stage half a century ago, World War II was as close to that audience as the Clinton presidency is to us today, but the war against the Jews was far less understood.
People in the news
September 22, 2005
¢ Time for changes with ‘60 Minutes’ ¢ McMahon hits the road to pay tribute to Carson ¢ Tyra Banks gets real ¢ Yearwood skips appearances after death of her father
Former prosecutor sworn in as judge
September 22, 2005
This city has a new municipal judge, a former assistant Shawnee County district attorney who prosecuted sex crimes.
Abuse victims want priest’s name removed from chapel
September 22, 2005
A group of survivors of clergy sexual abuse on Wednesday urged the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and a Boy Scout group to remove the name of a priest accused of sexual abuse from a chapel at a Boy Scout camp near St. Joseph.
Construction crews to begin demolition at LMH
September 22, 2005
Construction crews will begin tearing down a portion of Lawrence Memorial Hospital early next month, the first step in a $35 million renovation at LMH.
Group: Global warming threatens river
September 22, 2005
An environmental group said Wednesday that a data analysis shows global warming is affecting the Missouri River basin, threatening the state’s water supply.
Bush fiscal policies feed ballooning deficit
September 22, 2005
Ever since he checked into the White House in 2001, President Bush’s fiscal policy has possessed two striking features.
Rookie mistakes don’t sink Schwarzenegger
September 22, 2005
His political strength hemorrhaging from multiple wounds - some self-inflicted, others the result of a barrage of negative advertising - the governor, his job approval below 40 percent, is nevertheless ebullient. He cannot be pretending. He is not that good an actor.
Overuse
Sports medicine experts think many youngsters are courting injury by being allowed to do too much too soon.
September 22, 2005
The term “overuse” is getting increasing attention in the field of sports medicine. It affects older athletes and poses even more severe threats for younger ones.
Commodities
September 22, 2005
Judge OKs $6.1 billion in legal settlements
September 22, 2005
A federal judge Wednesday approved legal settlements set to return more than $6.13 billion to investors who suffered losses in the massive WorldCom Inc. accounting fraud.
Stocks drop on Hurricane Rita fears
September 22, 2005
A hike in oil prices sent stocks sharply lower Wednesday as traders worried about the damage that Hurricane Rita might wreak on Texas refineries. The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 100 points.
Callers using Internet to keep in touch
September 22, 2005
I was getting ready for a Kansas University pre-game football party late Saturday morning, when I sat down at my laptop to quickly check my e-mail. Then I heard an alert sound - one of my daughters was online.
Daily ticker
September 22, 2005