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Free State tennis still undefeated against LHS
September 26, 2005
The Free State High tennis team entered Monday’s city showdown with a 4-0 record against Lawrence High. And things stayed that way. The Firebirds ended up beating the Lions 6-3 and still remains undefeated against Lawrence High.
Former KU basketball player donates $10 million towards football facility
September 26, 2005
Kansas University received a significant boost toward the construction of a state-of-the-art football facility today when former Jayhawks basketball player Tom Kivisto pledged $10 million toward the project, $2 million of which KU already has received.
Temperatures cooling into low 50s overnight
07:42 a.m., September 26, 2005 Updated 05:37 p.m.
Get set for a cool night tonight, but temperatures will rebound on Tuesday afternoon, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
No laughing matter
Fans of the live “Right Between the Ears” radio show are not amused by Kansas Public Radio’s decision to end its funding for the comedy troupe.
September 26, 2005
It’s unfortunate that Kansas Public Radio has decided to drop its sponsorship of a live comedy show that has gained national prominence and become an enjoyable part of the Lawrence scene.
War supporters hold their own rally
September 26, 2005
Support for U.S. troops fighting abroad mixed with anger toward anti-war demonstrators at home as hundreds of people, far fewer than organizers had expected, rallied Sunday on the National Mall just a day after a massive protest against the war in Iraq.
Owners give loving tributes to dearly departed pets
September 26, 2005
When Katie Wood died at the age of 14, her grieving family didn’t know where to bury her.
Burnett eager to escape Marlins
Pitcher calls squad ‘depressing’ after poor outing; Rollins extends hitting streak to 30 games
September 26, 2005
Frustrated by the longest losing streak of his career and Florida’s near-elimination from the NL playoff race, A.J. Burnett said Sunday he would not re-sign with the Marlins after the season.
Keegan: Hoops good for Giles
September 26, 2005
Tune your TV to a college basketball game, keep your eyes closed, and listen to the announcer: “This kid is what college basketball is all about.”
A&M soccer frustrates KU
September 26, 2005
Kansas University forward Caroline Smith didn’t raise her eyes during the interview. Her voice became progressively softer as she spoke.
Butterfly craft alights in Lawrence
September 26, 2005
Seeing monarch butterflies at ground level is one thing. Seeing them while flying along with them several thousand feet in the air is something else.
Amtrak ridership is on upswing
September 26, 2005
Amtrak ridership on the Kansas City to St. Louis route is at its highest in three years, and officials say rising gasoline prices and a new marketing campaign are the reasons.
Israel presses offensive against Islamic militants
September 26, 2005
Israel pressed forward with a broad offensive against Islamic militants on Sunday, killing an Islamic Jihad commander in a pinpoint airstrike in the Gaza Strip and rounding up more than 200 wanted Palestinians. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon promised to use “all means” against the militants.
Fisher boosts Wildcats
Freshman’s huge day invigorating K-State
September 26, 2005
Kansas State waited its entire history for a freshman to run for 100 yards in a game. Parrish Fisher did it in a quarter.
Oil refineries’ condition ‘better than expected’
September 26, 2005
Hurricane Rita spared most of the gasoline-producing refineries in its path and perhaps the American economy, too.
Rita shows need for better evacuation plans
September 26, 2005
The 14-hour lines of traffic fleeing Houston - complete with cars that ran out of gas - show that four years after the Sept. 11 attacks, it is difficult to evacuate a major metropolitan area.
On the record
September 26, 2005
K.C. deals Indians costly setback
September 26, 2005
With the aid of bright Missouri sunshine, the Kansas City Royals handed Cleveland a costly loss.
Michigan drops out; USC, Texas still 1-2
September 26, 2005
The winningest team in the history of college football is unranked for the first time in more than seven years.
Sure, KSU can win North
Division clearly ripe for the taking
September 26, 2005
Before the season, you would have been hard pressed to think of a reason why Kansas State should contend in the Big 12 North. Now, the question is: Why shouldn’t the Wildcats?
LHS, FSHS ready for tennis showdown
September 26, 2005
With Lawrence High and Free State squaring off in their annual tennis dual today, it would only make sense that the stakes would be a little higher when the two rivals compete against each other.
Streamlining maneuver may result in fewer Farm Service offices in state
Proposed closings feed anxiety
September 26, 2005
Thousands of farmers across Kansas rely on their local Farm Service Agency office to obtain loans and other payments from federal programs - but maybe not for long.
Fertilizer runoff from Midwest creates a barren sea
Nutrients actually feed ‘Dead Zone’ in Gulf
12:00 a.m., September 26, 2005 Updated 11:23 a.m.
The Dead Zone. Not the Stephen King thriller, but an environmental horror story, lies beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.
Wondering when to leave job a sign it might be time to go
September 26, 2005
I’ve been with the same corporation for seven years, and for several reasons have decided that I don’t want to spend my entire career here. Is there a “right” span of years to stay at one place? I know that less than a year is not good, but is there some number of years where stability becomes rigidity?
Horoscopes
September 26, 2005
For Monday, Sept. 26
Going to Winfield
September 26, 2005
For the past 34 years, thousands of musicians, campers and fans of acoustic music have set aside the third weekend in September and crowded into the Cowley County Fairgrounds in Winfield for the Walnut Valley Festival.
People in the news
September 26, 2005
¢ ‘Sex’ guest star ‘shocked’ when he first saw series ¢ Young’s new album recorded days before brain surgery ¢ Gates donating $40 million to his alma mater ¢ Singer Marilyn Horne nabs lifetime achievement award ¢ Town to memorialize playwright O’Neill ¢ Gazzara, Dafoe receive lifetime achievement awards
Viewers left ‘Desperate’ for more answers
Hit ABC show resolves some questions, leaves others open
September 26, 2005
“Desperate Housewives” featured a desperate widow Sunday night.
McCain says prisoner abuse hurts U.S. image abroad
September 26, 2005
Sen. John McCain said Sunday that abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers, alleged anew in a report and under investigation again by the Army, is hurting the nation’s image abroad.
U.S. soldier dies as violence continues
September 26, 2005
Another day of violence in Iraq: One of two bombs mounted on bicycles destroyed a music store, a suicide car bomber attacked an Interior Ministry convoy and troops clashed with gunmen loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
Old West Lawrence rezoning studied
City commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets
September 26, 2005
City commissioners will receive a report from the Old West Lawrence Task Force regarding possible rezoning of property in the neighborhood.
Lawrence datebook
September 26, 2005
S.D. historical society given 19th century diary
September 26, 2005
The South Dakota State Historical Society recently received a diary kept by a ranch hand who lived in western South Dakota at the time of the Wounded Knee Massacre.
Attorney on BTK’s defense team carries heavy burden of evidence
September 26, 2005
Sarah McKinnon spent hours each day with Dennis Rader, helping to guide him through the legal process that ended with his sentence to 10 life terms for a series of sadistic murders that terrified Wichita for decades.
Former N.J. governor to give address at Baker
September 26, 2005
Former New Jersey governor Thomas Kean, chairman of the 9-11 Commission from 2002 to 2004, will give the keynote address at Baker University’s convocation Tuesday in Baldwin.
Denver to test Chiefs defense
September 26, 2005
Bad news for the Broncos: The Kansas City Chiefs are playing defense this season, too.
Patriots still cream of AFC
Brady, Vinatieri provide late heroics to stop Steelers
September 26, 2005
All this seemed to be too much, even for a New England Patriots team that always wins big games. The injuries. A second-half deficit. A Pittsburgh Steelers team determined to show it is now the AFC’s best team.
Couples, DiMarco clinch win for U.S.
Americans outlast International team in Presidents Cup
September 26, 2005
Fred Couples delivered another magical moment. Chris DiMarco provided the clinching point with a dramatic birdie. Best of all, the Americans sent captain Jack Nicklaus into retirement as a winner.
Earthquake rocks Peru; station reports 4 dead
September 26, 2005
A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7 hit northern Peru late Sunday, causing power outages and cutting phone service throughout much of the region.
Astros can’t finish
September 26, 2005
The Houston Astros must like drama.
White Sox increase division lead
September 26, 2005
Mark Buehrle pitched a four-hitter, and Paul Konerko homered, helping the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins, 4-1, Sunday, pushing their AL Central lead back to 21â2 games over Cleveland.
Virginia Tech still wary
High-flying Hokies know W. Va. no joke
September 26, 2005
Virginia Tech did a lot of everything right in its dismantling of Georgia Tech, riding a wave of big plays on special teams and defense to a 51-7 victory that looked a lot like a rout of Syracuse two seasons ago.
Ex-Firebird Morningstar commits to KU
September 26, 2005
Former Free State High standout Brady Morningstar, a 6-foot-3, 165-pound shooting guard, will play his basketball at Kansas University next season.
Rude awakenings await
Jayhawks early to bed, early to rise next 2 weeks
September 26, 2005
It’s highly unlikely Russell Robinson and Jayhawker Towers roommate Micah Downs will oversleep today and miss the first session of Kansas University’s basketball “Boot Camp.”
Three LHS class reunions scheduled
September 26, 2005
Three Lawrence High School classes will gather for reunions this weekend.
Community journalism is focus of initiative
September 26, 2005
Kansas University’s School of Journalism is beginning a two-year initiative aimed at helping journalists better cover their communities.
OWL searching for volunteer caretakers
September 26, 2005
Operation WildLife seeks volunteer wildlife caretakers. The organization provides rehabilitation services to injured or orphaned wild animals, as well as wildlife education programs. Volunteers are responsible for cage cleaning, dietary preparation, physical therapy, administering medications, habitat setup and general housekeeping duties.
Gift will help open new gateway for KU
September 26, 2005
Kansas University could have a new gateway - complete with a fountain - on its east side by fall 2006, thanks to a gift from a well-known Kansas family with government and KU ties.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
September 26, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.56 at Citgo at Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
KU group hopes launch of literary journal will spark budding writers
September 26, 2005
Twice a week, a group of young people sits around a table and reads one another’s writing, scratching comments in the margins.
Former Dole director to lecture at institute
September 26, 2005
Richard Norton Smith, the first full director of Kansas University’s Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, says the institute must raise more money if it is to keep on track.
Conservative plans could rein in court
Legislators may try to teach justices lesson following education friction
September 26, 2005
Legislators were handed the hot end of the branding iron this summer when the Kansas Supreme Court told them to spend more money on education. Come January, lawmakers are going to remember who blistered their fingers.
Survivor, nurse describe bus fire that killed 23
September 26, 2005
Edna Briant remembers lying on concrete, praying that her back wasn’t broken, screaming for someone to rescue her 84-year-old sister from the burning bus that carried them and dozens of other nursing home patients away from the predicted path of Hurricane Rita.
Sadr City battle, armored car heist, bombings end Baghdad’s relative calm
September 26, 2005
Gunmen loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ambushed an Iraqi patrol in an eastern Baghdad slum Sunday, and U.S. forces joined the 90-minute battle, killing as many as eight attackers in the first significant violence in the neighborhood in nearly a year.
Soggy coast counts blessings, losses
Damage less than feared; evacuations keep death toll low
September 26, 2005
For the storm-shattered Gulf Coast, the images were all too familiar: Tiny fishing villages in splinters. Refrigerators and coffins bobbing in floodwaters. Helicopters and rescue boats making house-to-house searches of residents stranded on the rooftops.
Shorter film festival planned after founder’s death
September 26, 2005
The Tallgrass Film Festival will be shortened this year but will go on, despite the death of founder and executive director Timothy Gruver.
Archbishop sends letter of apology
September 26, 2005
Cardinal Justin Rigali acknowledged the “pain and suffering” of those who had been abused by priests, but also lashed out at a grand jury report that he said unjustly criticized his predecessors and other members of the diocese.
Bush may soon announce O’Connor’s replacement
September 26, 2005
This might sound familiar: President Bush may decide this week on whom to nominate to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the court’s swing vote on issues such as abortion, affirmative action and religion.
Suspect in Holloway case denies responsibility
September 26, 2005
A suspect in the case of an Alabama teenager missing in Aruba admits he lied about the last time he saw her on the night she vanished, but he insists she was fine, according to a television interview.
Financial leaders pledge to limit world’s debt
September 26, 2005
Financial leaders, wrapping up three days of talks on Sunday, nailed down a landmark plan to wipe out poor countries’ debt and explored ways to limit the fallout from rising energy prices
Intelligent Design fight set for trial in Pennsylvania
September 26, 2005
In the beginning, members of the Dover Area School Board wrangled over what should be required in their high school biology curriculum.
Crime rate stays at record low
September 26, 2005
The nation’s crime rate was unchanged last year, holding at the lowest levels since the government began surveying crime victims in 1973, the Justice Department reported Sunday.
The week ahead
September 26, 2005
Boeing, Machinist union reach tentative agreement
September 26, 2005
The Boeing Co. and its Machinists union have reached a tentative contract agreement, which, if approved, would end a three-week strike that shut down the company’s airplane production.
Pakistani officials say bin Laden is isolated
September 26, 2005
Osama bin Laden is hiding out with a small core of mainly Arab supporters, and the al-Qaida leader now only sends messages by courier because his communications network has been destroyed, senior Pakistani military and intelligence officials said Sunday.
Blair surprised by scale of insurgency in Iraq
September 26, 2005
Prime Minister Tony Blair defended Britain’s commitment to stay in Iraq, calling it “crucial for security of the world” but conceded on Sunday he was surprised by the ferocity of the insurgency.
Irish Republican Army reportedly fully disarms
September 26, 2005
International weapons inspectors have supervised the full disarmament of the outlawed Irish Republican Army, a long-sought goal of Northern Ireland’s peace process, an aide to the process’ monitor said Sunday.
Journalist seriously wounded by car bomb
September 26, 2005
A bomb rigged to the car of a prominent journalist for an anti-Syrian television station exploded Sunday, severing the woman’s arm and leg in the latest in a string of targeted explosions in Lebanon.
Iran says U.N. action ‘illegal’
September 26, 2005
Iran’s foreign minister called a resolution by the U.N. nuclear watchdog that puts it just one step away from possible Security Council sanctions “illegal and illogical” and accused the United States on Sunday of orchestrating the measure.
Copter crash in Afghanistan kills 5 Americans
September 26, 2005
A U.S. military helicopter crashed Sunday morning in a dry, mountainous region of southern Afghanistan, killing all five crew members aboard, officials said.
Katrina offers integrity test
September 26, 2005
The women were on the roof of the hotel, calling for help as floodwaters rose. Then a motorboat full of policemen came by. “Can you help us?” the women cried. The policemen replied, “Show us what you’ve got!” and motioned for them to lift their T-shirts.
An urban success story
September 26, 2005
When 800 movers and shakers gather here Wednesday evening in the Ronald Reagan Building with former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and other notables, they will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of one of the less-well-known American success stories.
Whining critics
September 26, 2005
To the editors: Regarding Deirdre O’M Humphrey’s congenial reply to my last letter: In the interest of keeping that letter brief, I stuck to one point, and that, too, was a reply to another specific letter.
U.N. support
September 26, 2005
To the editor: Norman Cousins once wrote a book titled “Who Speaks for Man?” (1953).
How convenient
September 26, 2005
To the editor: How convenient for a Democrat mayor of New Orleans and a Democrat governor of Louisiana to have a Republican president to blame for their own pathetic indecision and lack of leadership before, during and after Hurricane Katrina.
Former chief justice played pivotal role
September 26, 2005
A nation’s identity consists of braided memories, that are nourished by diligence at civic commemorations. It is, therefore, disappointing that at this moment of keen interest in the Supreme Court and the office of chief justice, scant attention has been paid to the 250th anniversary of the birth of the nation’s greatest jurist, Chief Justice John Marshall.
Scenic Kansas
National designations announced last week may spur greater appreciation for some of our state’s outstanding vistas.
September 26, 2005
Most Kansans already know that the Flint Hills south of Council Grove and the wildlife areas southeast of Great Bend provide some of the prettiest scenery anywhere.
Dylan comes clean (well, mostly) in PBS doc
September 26, 2005
“American Masters” (8 p.m., PBS) opens a new season with “Bob Dylan: No Direction Home,” a two-part documentary directed by Martin Scorsese.