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Firebirds roll over Thunderbirds
September 29, 2005
The Free State soccer team shut out Shawnee Heights, 2-0, Thursday at Free State High. Free State High’s Greg Glatz says he is happy with the win.
EHS coach named High School Coach of the Week
September 29, 2005
The Kansas City Chiefs named Eudora High football coach Gregg Webb the High School Coach of the Week. In addition to the award, Webb received $500 to be used for the school’s football program.
Scholar Athlete of the Month
September 29, 2005
Lawrence High School senior Sydney Wilson is this month’s High School Scholar Athlete.
Chat transcript with Sandy Praeger
September 29, 2005
Kansas’ Insurance Commissioner talks about denied coverage, health care, and auto insurance.
Kansas Soccer Academy competing in Governor’s Cup
September 29, 2005
The Kansas Soccer Academy girls soccer teams are competing in this weekend’s Governor’s Cup tournament at the Sunflower Soccer Complex in Topeka.
Temperatures fall into 30s
September 29, 2005
Lawrence residents got an early taste of crisp October weather this morning, as the thermometer dipped into the upper 30s for the first time this fall.
Overnight fire damages apartments
04:28 a.m., September 29, 2005 Updated 10:00 p.m.
One man was transported to the hospital early this morning as a result of an overnight blaze at an apartment complex in south Lawrence.
Fehr: Test agreement near
Steroids in baseball focus of Senate hearing
September 29, 2005
The head of the baseball players’ union told Congress on Wednesday that a new drug-testing agreement could be reached next month - after he heard Hank Aaron and other Hall of Famers call for tougher steroid penalties.
$10 bill to feature more color
September 29, 2005
Get ready for some more color in your wallet.
City steps toward New Urbanism
Pedestrian-friendly development designs may be wave of future
September 29, 2005
Hilda Enoch says now is the time for the city to get serious about making Lawrence much more pedestrian-friendly.
DeLay indicted, resigns from post
September 29, 2005
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was indicted by a Texas grand jury Wednesday on a charge of conspiring to violate political fundraising laws, forcing him to temporarily step aside from his GOP post. He is the highest-ranking member of Congress to face criminal prosecution.
Tittrington: This, Topeka did right
September 29, 2005
I grew up in a community that never made much of an investment in youth sports.
Chiefs’ Roaf still ailing, doubtful Sunday
September 29, 2005
Pro Bowl left tackle Willie Roaf, whose absence clearly has hurt Kansas City’s offense, likely will miss Sunday’s game against Philadelphia as he rests his injured left hamstring.
El Salvador native gets probation for stabbing
September 29, 2005
A former Chinese-buffet employee from El Salvador has been ordered to probation for stabbing his roommate during a dispute at their apartment in June.
Schnellenberger returns
Florida Atlantic coach to face program he helped turn into winner
September 29, 2005
Louisville’s national-championship dreams evaporated in a blowout loss to South Florida.
Suicide attack kills nine in Afghanistan
September 29, 2005
A uniformed man on a motorbike detonated a bomb Wednesday outside an Afghan army training center where soldiers were waiting to take buses home, killing nine people and wounding 28 in a rare suicide attack.
Horoscopes
September 29, 2005
For Thursday, Sept. 29
Cold cash handy in emergencies
September 29, 2005
Some people think it’s enough to just have a bank debit card or credit card handy in case of an emergency. But what if power is knocked out and the electronic banking systems go down?
Sewer problems could foul up plans
Northwest development may stall due to overflow concerns
September 29, 2005
City officials have serious concerns about whether they can provide sewer service to new developments in the rapidly growing northwest area of Lawrence.
Twins hand Royals team-record-tying 104th loss
September 29, 2005
For the first time in four years, the Minnesota Twins are out of playoff contention in the season’s final week.
Padres clinch West title
September 29, 2005
The mild, mild NL West has a champion - the .500 San Diego Padres.
Commentary: McNabb must be saved from himself
September 29, 2005
The Eagles and Donovan McNabb are making a crucial mistake.
Senate GOP leader Schmidt not running for governor
September 29, 2005
For months, he’s been on the short list of potential Republican candidates for governor, but Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt said Wednesday he won’t get into the race.
Ex-FCC chief touts potential impact of technology
September 29, 2005
American citizens, companies and organizations have yet to fully realize the potential that technology could have on day-to-day lives, the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday.
Nashville songwriter to lead K.C. workshop
September 29, 2005
Nashville artist Marc-Alan Barnette will facilitate a songwriting workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Leawood.
Governments need better coordination
September 29, 2005
However hapless he appeared at the congressional hearing Tuesday on Hurricane Katrina, former Federal Emergency Management Agency head Michael Brown was right about one thing.
Citations put The Hawk in jeopardy
KU tradition could end if bar closes
September 29, 2005
One of Lawrence’s biggest and busiest campus-area bars is at risk of losing its liquor license for serving alcohol to underage drinkers.
Our town sports
September 29, 2005
Garmin units available in Dollar, Thrifty cars
September 29, 2005
Garmin International Inc. said Wednesday that its GPS units would begin popping up later this year in thousands of rental vehicles in the United States and Canada.
DaimlerChrysler to cut 8,500 Mercedes jobs
September 29, 2005
Automaker DaimlerChrysler AG said Wednesday it would cut 8,500 jobs in Germany at its Mercedes Car Group in a bid to return the troubled brand to profitability.
Dell makes play for upscale market
September 29, 2005
Dell Inc. on Wednesday refreshed its XPS line of computers for gamers and other demanding users, emphasizing its commitment to the high end of the PC market.
Food group to promote nutrition
Lawrence farmer to lead policy council
September 29, 2005
More and bigger farmers markets, homegrown veggies offered in school lunches and better nutrition: These are some of the goals of the new Kansas Food Policy Council, which will be unveiled today.
Overdue credit card payments on rise
Economist blames high gasoline prices for increase in delinquency rate
September 29, 2005
The percentage of credit card payments that were past due shot up to a record in the second quarter as surging gasoline prices strained budgets and made it difficult for some people to pay their bills.
Lawrence datebook
September 29, 2005
On the record
September 29, 2005
Electrical malfunction cited in apartment fire
September 29, 2005
An electrical malfunction was blamed for a two-alarm fire that damaged a third-floor apartment Wednesday afternoon at West Hills Apartments, 1012 Emery Road.
Farm tour hopes to grow agritourism in county
September 29, 2005
Last week, a Lawrence couple who had a 3-year-old relative visiting from Chicago made a trip to Henrys’ Plant Farm west of town.
Apple allure
Sweet, crunchy fruit fills orchards with pickers, grinners
September 29, 2005
Autumn ushers in many temptations: Halloween candy, tailgating food at football games and snuggling in bed a little longer as the days grow shorter. But perhaps the most tempting of all fall delights is the apple.
Youth safety meeting scheduled for today
September 29, 2005
A meeting to discuss issues about youth safety will be held today in the United Way building, 2518 Ridge Court.
Lawrence, Free State parades set for Friday
September 29, 2005
Lawrence and Free State high schools’ fall homecoming parades will be Friday, both beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Whooping cough cases on the rise
September 29, 2005
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has reported a significant increase in pertussis cases compared to previous years.
Insurance commissioner to hold online chat
September 29, 2005
If you have a question about an insurance issue, you can ask it this afternoon of the state’s chief insurance regulator on the Journal-World’s Web site.
Red Cross criticized over relief effort, pressured to share donations
September 29, 2005
As its hurricane relief donations near the $1 billion mark, more than double all other charities combined, the American Red Cross is encountering sharp criticism of its efforts and mounting pressure to share funds with smaller groups.
Westar’s role began probe
Company contributed $25,000 but wasn’t listed in indictment
September 29, 2005
Westar Energy wasn’t part of the indictment handed up Wednesday against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, but the Kansas utility company has played a role in the unfolding investigation that could bring down one of the most powerful men in the United States.
KU’s provost to step down in June
September 29, 2005
Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway said he never worries about having a messy desk, because he knows that Provost David Shulenburger’s is just as cluttered.
Keith is ready to feast
Jayhawk DE wants chance to clobber high-powered Tech offense
September 29, 2005
Kansas University defensive end Charlton Keith quietly is rubbing his hands together, anticipating a full-course meal.
Boot Camp hasn’t broken spirits of freshmen
September 29, 2005
Boot Camp has not broken the spirit of Kansas University’s Fab Four freshmen basketball players.
Tech stymies KU
September 29, 2005
Senior middle blocker Josi Lima had 11 kills to become Kansas University’s all-time career leader, but the Jayhawks had little else to celebrate after a 3-0 loss Wednesday to Texas Tech at United Spirit Arena.
Abney resigning to work for Indians
September 29, 2005
Steve Abney, Kansas University’s pitching coach for the last three years, has resigned to become the mid-plains area scouting coordinator for the Cleveland Indians.
LHS, FSHS easily Class 6A
September 29, 2005
Lawrence High ranks No. 14 and Free State High No. 18 in enrollment figures released this week by the Kansas State High School Activities Assn. for classification purposes.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
September 29, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.69 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Wilson, Kelly powerful
Lions’ duo slams door in two victories
September 29, 2005
Don’t let their smiles fool you.
Saints embraced by San Antonio
Texas town hopes for NFL team of its own
September 29, 2005
The line snaked for a quarter mile.
McNabb plans to play in pain
September 29, 2005
Donovan McNabb tossed touchdown passes on a broken ankle and played an NFC title game despite an agonizing rib injury.
Braves banked on youth
September 29, 2005
The rookies made this a season to remember for the Atlanta Braves.
Defense, pitching depth carried Angels to AL West crown
September 29, 2005
With several top players sporting quiet offensive numbers this season, the Los Angeles Angels depended on their reliable defense and deep pitching staff to get them back to the playoffs.
White Sox on verge of playoffs
September 29, 2005
After taking a huge division lead and nearly giving it all up, the Chicago White Sox need just one more win to clinch a berth in the playoffs.
Arctic sea ice melting faster
September 29, 2005
New satellite observations show that sea ice in the Arctic is melting faster while air temperatures in the region are rising sharply, scientists say.
Proposed museum at Ground Zero dropped
September 29, 2005
Bowing to pressure from Sept. 11 families, Gov. George Pataki on Wednesday removed a proposed freedom center from the space reserved for it near the planned World Trade Center memorial, saying the museum project had aroused “too much opposition, too much controversy.”
Former Dole director returns
Writer previews upcoming book
September 29, 2005
Richard Norton Smith, historian, speechwriter, TV pundit and the first permanent director of the Dole Institute of Politics, returned to Lawrence on Wednesday for the first time since his 2004 departure to lead the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill.
Wildfires burn more than 2,500 acres
September 29, 2005
Wind-driven brush fires scorched nearly 2,500 acres north of Los Angeles on Wednesday, destroying at least one home and threatening others.
Army won’t pursue charges on grisly Web postings
September 29, 2005
After an initial look at complaints about U.S. soldiers posting photos of Iraq war dead on an Internet site, Army investigators concluded they had too little evidence to pursue criminal charges.
Robotic vehicles battle in desert race
September 29, 2005
It’s the ultimate robot reality show: 43 contestants battling for a spot in a government-sponsored desert race intended to speed development of unmanned military combat vehicles.
Professor: ‘Intelligent design’ doesn’t qualify as science
September 29, 2005
The concept of “intelligent design” is a form of creationism and is not based on scientific method, a professor testified Wednesday in a trial over whether the idea should be taught in public schools.
Woman beaten; police looking for suspects
September 29, 2005
Lawrence police are looking for suspects who they say pulled a 23-year-old woman into their car by her hair, beat her and dragged her about a half-block before they let her go.
Night Stalker’ retread lacks bite
September 29, 2005
Tonight, ABC dusts off a cult thriller from the Pet Rock era. Based on a successful TV movie starring Darren McGavin, the weekly drama “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” ran from 1974 to 1975. A reporter for a Chicago daily paper, Kolchak’s beat took him on frequent trips into paranormal territory, where he encountered zombies, werewolves and even a crooked politician who literally sold his soul to the devil. Hey, this was the time of Watergate.
Review: ‘Wildflower’ in desperate need of a serious pruning
September 29, 2005
Point to ponder while contemplating Sheryl Crow’s new “Wildflower” CD: will a bad review earn a set of tread marks on my back?
Nebraska moves practice indoors
September 29, 2005
The Nebraska football team practiced for two hours Wednesday in Cook Pavilion to continue preparations for Saturday’s game with Iowa State.
Art gallery, residence among ideas pitched for old fire station
September 29, 2005
When Coleen Martin was growing up, she often walked or rode a bicycle past the old fire station at 1839 Mass.
Kansas State’s offense getting thin up front
September 29, 2005
At Kansas State this season, about the only thing that has drawn as much attention as running back Thomas Clayton’s recent arrest is the play of the offensive line.
People in the news
September 29, 2005
¢ Thinking pink? ¢ Fashion statement ¢ Filmmaker honored ¢ Woodstock film fest opens ¢ Tupac script to be filmed ¢ Baez tests TV’s limits
Kid-friendly health campaign blasts off
Computer game teaches about food pyramid
September 29, 2005
In the “MyPyramid Blast Off” game, kids load a rocket ship with the right combination of healthy foods: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lowfat or fat-free milk and lean meat. Load up with the wrong kind of fuel, or too much of it, and you can’t blast off to Planet Power.
Children’s furniture valuable in markets
September 29, 2005
Children’s furniture that looks just like larger adult pieces is getting attention at furniture manufacturers’ conventions this year. Small hide-a-bed sofas and recliner chairs are now available, but the idea is not new. Small chairs that matched full-size carved Chippendale chairs were made for the wealthy in the 18th century.
Wolfgang Puck chef offering workshop
September 29, 2005
Space still remains for classes Friday and Saturday led by one of Wolfgang Puck’s head chefs.
Freedom of screech
A five-part tour some of the more frequently traversed cyber-blogs
September 29, 2005
In today’s tour of the blogosphere, we’ll visit five pop culture Web logs you should be reading. As a reminder, for the comfort and courtesy of the bloggers around you, please refrain from any eating, drinking, smoking or flash photography. We’ll discover the artful prose of Boing Boing, Fark, Vodka Pundit, Gizmodo, and Pink is the New Blog. Please feel free to bookmark or heckle along the way.
Commodities
September 29, 2005
Radioactive material may be from Chernobyl
September 29, 2005
Ukrainian authorities found radioactive material believed stolen from the now-defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant a decade ago, an official said Wednesday.
Protestant activist freed from labor camp
September 29, 2005
A prominent activist in China’s underground Protestant church has been released from a labor camp after serving a two-year sentence, a U.S.-based monitoring group reported Wednesday.
Referendum asks for peace program
September 29, 2005
The cycle of deadly violence and atrocities that gripped Algeria for more than a decade is at the heart of a referendum today that asks: Is it time to forgive and move on?
Envoy rips U.S. judge’s ruling on extradition
September 29, 2005
A top Venezuela diplomat Wednesday criticized a U.S. immigration judge’s ruling that a militant Cuban exile accused of blowing up a Cuban airliner cannot be deported to Venezuela because he could face torture there.
Plants need special care when moved indoors
September 29, 2005
Fresh air and long days are just two of the many joys of summer. Because of them, many gardeners like to move their houseplants outdoors during the summer months. However, now that the temperatures are beginning to fall and the days are getting shorter, it is time to move them back indoors for a long winter rest. Here are some tips to help you and your plants make the transition to their new winter home.
Opposition to Iraqi constitution weakening
September 29, 2005
The two strongest opponents of Iraq’s proposed new constitution said this week that they wouldn’t campaign against it aggressively, making it likely that voters will approve the constitution in an Oct. 15 referendum.
Female suicide bomber new weapon for insurgents
September 29, 2005
A female suicide bomber disguised in traditional male robes killed seven people and wounded at least 35 when she detonated explosives outside a police recruitment center in the troubled northwestern city of Tal Afar on Wednesday, according to Iraqi authorities.
Third person dies from crash injuries
September 29, 2005
A 60-year-old man died Wednesday from injuries he received a week ago when a stolen car plowed into pedestrians on the crowded Las Vegas Strip, killing two other people.
Design unveiled for memorial to blacks
September 29, 2005
As many as 20,000 slaves and free blacks who helped build New York’s economy from docks to warehouses will be honored with a memorial near their burial ground.
Bolton stands up for U.N. funding
September 29, 2005
John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Wednesday opposed a bill to withhold more than $130 million in funding to the world body unless it implements congressionally mandated reforms.
Former governor on trial in graft case
September 29, 2005
The biggest corruption trial in Chicago in decades opened Wednesday with a federal prosecutor launching a blistering attack on former Gov. George Ryan, saying he betrayed the public’s trust by taking cash and gifts to help insiders land lucrative state contracts.
Commentary: Racing ‘clean’ tough thing to do
September 29, 2005
Keep it clean. Jimmie Johnson could have been talking about adhering to NASCAR President Mike Helton’s pre-race admonishment promising swift and decisive reactions to retaliatory actions on the racetrack.
Divided they stand
Neither Chase nor their lackluster records at Talladega will change the frosty relationship between Wallace, Newman
September 29, 2005
Funny, isn’t it, how nobody seems worried about teammates Rusty Wallace and Ryan Newman “ganging up” on anybody in the Chase for the Nextel Cup.
Some certainties
September 29, 2005
To the editor: In the recent article “Skeptic rejects global warming theory” (Journal-World, Sept. 24), certain views were highlighted.
No conundrum
September 29, 2005
To the editor: We, the 11th grade class of Veritas Christian School, have several important points to make in response to the article, “Lawyers spar on role of religion in intelligent design” (Journal-World, Sept. 27).
Louisiana request a new low in federal pork
September 29, 2005
Two hurricanes have now hit Louisiana, wreaking terrible destruction. New Orleans continues to flood. Hundreds of thousands of people are scattered across the country, many in shelters. Given the scale of the calamity, surely it’s time for Louisiana politicians to stop, assess the damage and work out the most rational way to help their state recover.
Complicated impact
The idea of a Taxpayer Bill of Rights may sound simple, but its impact can be both complicated and devastating to a state.
September 29, 2005
The advocates of a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) for Kansas are calling their current bus tour “The American Dream Express,” but states that have tried measures similar to the one being proposed here have found the measure to be far from a “dream.”
Firms must earn tax incentives
September 29, 2005
Economic development involves partnerships between the city and various businesses. These partnerships exchange tax breaks, bond financing and other public contributions for new jobs paying wages at or above community standards and for new investment in real property.