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Man pleads no contest to attempted first-degree murder
September 30, 2005
A Lawrence man pleaded no contest today to nearly stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death in an attempt to keep her from testifying against him in another case.
Lions top Raiders
September 30, 2005
Lawrence High defeated Shawnee Mission South, 45-16, Friday at Haskell Stadium. The Lions are now 5-0 in the season.
Falcons clip Firebirds
September 30, 2005
Olathe South took out Free State High, 30-12, Friday at Memorial Stadium.
Cardinals fly past Vikings
September 30, 2005
Eudora still remains undefeated after taking out Central Heights, 61-6, Friday in Eudora.
Chieftains rout Chargers
September 30, 2005
The Tonganoxie Chieftains pummeled the Santa Fe Trail Chargers, 32-7, Friday in Tonganoxie.
Piper shuts out Immaculata
September 30, 2005
The Pirates took out the Raiders, 27-0, Friday in Piper.
Titans stomp Bobcats
September 30, 2005
Columbus beat Basehor-Linwood, 25-6, Friday at Basehor.
Parade-friendly weather expected today
September 30, 2005
Heading out to a high school homecoming celebration today? “Grab the sunglasses on the way out,” says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “It’s a good day for a parade.”
Commentary: Banning beer laudable, but laughable
September 30, 2005
The worst tragedy in Orlando sports history started with beer. The ugliest melee in professional sports history started with beer. Just about every case of stadium violence in American sports history started with beer.
Zealotry, nationalism drive bombers
September 30, 2005
A bomb strapped to his abdomen, Rafat Moqadi walked into a Tel Aviv restaurant and saw a woman dining with her two little girls. “Seeing that, I decided not to carry out the operation. I couldn’t do it,” he said.
Reach for power was Delay’s downfall
September 30, 2005
In Washington, it’s often said, what goes around comes around. We’ve seen it with powerful Democrats such as former Speaker Jim Wright and Republicans like onetime White House chief of staff John Sununu.
Transit workshop to offer tips on using T
September 30, 2005
Area residents will have a chance to learn how to better use public transportation in Lawrence at a special event.
Double duty
When Oskaloosa High principal Brad Reed went looking for a new head football coach, he found an unlikely candidate - himself
September 30, 2005
During a telephone conversation with his wife from his office, Oskaloosa High principal Brad Reed slipped into Steve Spurrier mode, referring to himself in the third person as “the ol’ ball coach.”
Survey says high number of students are drinking
September 30, 2005
No one really knows how many kids were drunk at Free State High School’s big Firestarter Dance last month.
Lawrence Datebook
September 30, 2005
 
Expert: Flu pandemic could kill 150 million
September 30, 2005
A top U.N. public health expert warned Thursday that a new influenza pandemic could come anytime and claim millions of lives unless officials take action now to control an epidemic in Asia.
Arts & Entertainment Calendar
September 30, 2005
 
Area football capsules
September 30, 2005
Kickoff for all games is 7 p.m.
Unlikely champ
Against steep odds, ‘Greatest Game’ lives up to its hyperbolic title
September 30, 2005
“The Greatest Game Ever Played”? The Colts were in it. Or the Red Sox. Knute Rockne was on the sideline.
Lions hoping to avoid distractions
September 30, 2005
With a matchup against Olathe South looming next week and having homecoming festivities during this week’s game against Shawnee Mission South, focus could play a factor in whether Lawrence High leaves Haskell Stadium with a 5-0 record tonight.
No breathalyzers for Homecoming
Alcohol testing devices not ready
September 30, 2005
Lawrence high school students will not be subjected to Breathalyzer tests before Saturday’s homecoming dances.
Billions mine ‘Trash and Treasure’
September 30, 2005
After removing piles of clothes from a sofa, the four members of The Billions take a seat in the living room of their farmhouse/studio where the band recorded “Trash and Treasure.”
Schwarzenegger vetoes gay marriage bill
September 30, 2005
Holding to his pledge, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday vetoed landmark legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in California.
U.S. begins comprehensive study of children’s health
September 30, 2005
The federal government on Thursday launched its most ambitious study ever of the health of America’s children, with the plan to follow more than 100,000 from womb to adulthood.
Mortgage rates rise
September 30, 2005
Rates on 30-year mortgages jumped this week to the highest level in five months.
This Weekend’s Highlights
September 30, 2005
 
Late, longtime Baldwin teacher fondly recalled
September 30, 2005
A Baldwin Elementary teacher who taught at the school for 35 years never lost her willingness to help people find out information, three of her former students said.
Community leaders to lobby in Washington, D.C.
September 30, 2005
Mayor Boog Highberger said he knew at least one hard and fast rule when it came to snaring federal funding for local projects. “You’ll never get it if you don’t ask,” Highberger said.
Firebirds make most of early shots
September 30, 2005
The Free State High boys soccer team might have walked away pleased with its second-half effort Thursday, but the Firebirds came away winners because of their first-half finishes and fortunes.
Keegan: Radio bit quite a hit with fans
September 30, 2005
Relax, Jayhawk Nation. Bob from Salina persevered through the busy signals and worked his way onto Mark Mangino’s weekly radio show again Thursday night, so that football game in the west Texas wind should be a breeze on Saturday.
Jayhawks find new challenges on road
September 30, 2005
Those boarding an airplane in the Kansas University-Texas Tech football series more often than not fly the friendly skies home a little happier.
Women’s soccer squad embarks on road trip
September 30, 2005
Kansas University’s soccer team will make a swing north this weekend, playing at Nebraska today and Iowa State on Sunday.
Warriors officially announce Miles signing
September 30, 2005
The Golden State Warriors officially announced the signing of former Kansas University point guard Aaron Miles to a free agent contract Thursday.
Seabury’s Pottorff fourth at Lansing invite
September 30, 2005
Seabury Academy senior Katie Pottorff placed fourth overall at the Lansing Invitational cross country meet Thursday.
Lions can’t find net in loss at Topeka
September 30, 2005
Lawrence High’s soccer squad couldn’t convert 10 shots on goal into points and fell to Topeka High, 3-0, here Thursday night.
Free State sweeps volley quad
September 30, 2005
Kelsey Harrison had 22 kills and seven aces, and Banaka Okwuone had 13 kills as Free State swept a high school volleyball quadrangular on Thursday at Leavenworth High.
Firebirds face another strong foe
September 30, 2005
Three ranked teams in four weeks. You couldn’t blame Free State High football coach Bob Lisher if he begged: “Take my schedule. Please.”
Eudora seeks sharp showing
September 30, 2005
Asked for an assessment of his football team at the midpoint of the 2005 season, Eudora High coach Gregg Webb didn’t exactly offer a glowing review.
Kansas high school sports scores for Sept. 29
September 30, 2005
 
Keegan: Pink rules; so will Raiders
September 30, 2005
Two words for the University of Iowa students and professors who want to do away with one of the school’s coolest traditions: Shut up! Decades ago, then-Hawkeyes football coach Hayden Fry decided to color the visiting locker room pink for a calming effect on opponents.
Alonso champ, but F1 season not over yet
Constructors championship still up for grabs; drivers hope to make mark
September 30, 2005
Formula One already has crowned Fernando Alonso as its 2005 champion, but the season is far from over. The all-important constructors championship remains undecided, and there is still a lot at stake in the final two races in Japan and China.
Bowyer enjoying breakout Busch year
September 30, 2005
Clint Bowyer remembers the day he got the call at the body shop of the Ford dealership in Emporia, where he took estimates to repair damaged fenders and bumpers.
Wallace, Martin leaving happy
Veterans in thick of title chase, but say they still plan to retire
September 30, 2005
Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin have been racing against each other for more than two decades. And as they prepare to leave the Nextel Cup circuit, they’re going out as a couple of contented warriors of the road.
Embarrassed Chiefs will down Eagles
September 30, 2005
Donovan McNabb is hurt. So is David Akers, who kicked last week in extreme pain. McNabb will play with his injuries this week; Akers won’t.
Royals sign top draft pick
Ballyhooed third baseman Gordon gets $4 million signing bonus
September 30, 2005
The Kansas City Royals signed third baseman Alex Gordon, the second overall pick in the June draft, on Thursday to a minor-league contract that includes a $4 million signing bonus.
Sweeney’s hot bat helps K.C. cruise
September 30, 2005
The Kansas City Royals can see a better future, even if it is a little clouded at the moment by all those defeats.
Astros’ wild-card lead at 2
September 30, 2005
The Houston Astros were being aggressive even though they had the lead in the NL wild-card chase. And it cost them.
Commentary: IRL offers the ride of a lifetime
September 30, 2005
Cale Yarborough once said the reason there are race car drivers is because there’s a class of people who are too lazy to work and too nervous to steal. The former NASCAR great omitted one detail: they’re also CRAZY!
White Sox wrap up Central
September 30, 2005
The Chicago White Sox hooted, hollered and screamed like kids as they ran down a skinny hallway toward their plastic-lined clubhouse.
Warren wows at Chrysler
Opening-round 62 good for two-shot edge
September 30, 2005
There was nothing in Charles Warren’s recent performance to suggest this was coming.
After storms, homeowners face shortage of contractors, materials
September 30, 2005
Roberta Stewart picks through the muck layering the first floor of her home, her bare legs splattered in mud, her eyes surveying the putrid mess from behind a gas mask. Now that Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters have ebbed, she asks, who will help her rebuild?
Roberts begins reign
New chief justice youngest in 200 years; 2nd nomination pending
September 30, 2005
John G. Roberts Jr., a conservative protege of the late William H. Rehnquist, succeeded him Thursday and became the nation’s youngest chief justice in two centuries, winning support from more than three-fourths of the Senate after promising he would be no ideologue.
Same initials, similar logo, different schools
KU paid $88,900; Kutztown paid $20,000 two years ago
September 30, 2005
Call it the other KU. Most Kansans have never heard of Kutztown University, a 9,800-student school in tiny Kutztown, Pa. Neither had the people involved with designing Kansas University’s new $88,900 logo, which bears striking resemblance to that of the other, eastern KU.
Wildlife secretary promotes benefits of park funding bill
September 30, 2005
The secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks touted the current park funding bill to a few legislators Thursday evening at the Clinton Lake Marina.
6News earns Cronkite Award
September 30, 2005
More talking heads. Shorter sound bites. Polls, polls, polls. This formula for political coverage seems to be the norm today in television news, while informative, comprehensive political coverage goes the way of the Whig Party.
River pollution report may be key to improvements
Runoff main source of contamination
September 30, 2005
The Kansas River is polluted, and a major culprit is runoff from vast farmlands and city streets. Nothing new there.
Consultant: Medicaid schemes common
September 30, 2005
Aided by their scheming attorneys, too many people have become adept at tricking taxpayers into paying for their nursing home care, a consultant for the nation’s long-term care insurance companies said Thursday.
Efforts to revoke liquor licenses stall
September 30, 2005
Efforts by the state to revoke the licenses of two Lawrence liquor store owners are on hold while the Kansas Court of Appeals considers an issue in the case.
Book sale helps fund library’s improvements
September 30, 2005
Thousands of books will be available in the fall Friends of the Library book sale, above, at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
Smoking in bed cause of early-morning fire
September 30, 2005
A fire early Thursday at a south Lawrence apartment complex was caused by a resident smoking in bed, fire officials said.
Speaker to discuss U.S. foreign policy mistakes
September 30, 2005
Foreign policy specialist Stephen Walker, an emeritus professor of political science at Arizona State, will present “U.S. Presidents and Foreign Policy Mistakes” at noon today at Baker University, Mabee Room 100.
Campus ministry accepting donations
September 30, 2005
Donations for displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina will be accepted Saturday by the United Methodist Campus Ministry at Kansas University.
Rally to call attention to AIDS treatment need
September 30, 2005
Organizers hope about 200 Kansas University students will attend a Campaign to End AIDS rally from noon to 1 p.m. today on the university’s Watson Library lawn.
Bike Club to sponsor ride this weekend
September 30, 2005
The Lawrence Bicycle Club will host its 36th Octoginta ride and events Saturday and Sunday.
Praeger won’t seek nomination for governor
Insurance commissioner says she plans to run for re-election in next year’s race
September 30, 2005
You can add Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger to the list of prominent Republicans who won’t run for governor in 2006.
Effect of ‘Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights’ on higher education under microscope
September 30, 2005
The so-called Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights could force tuition increases that would force low- and middle-income students out of college and make higher education affordable only to the rich, Board of Regents Chairwoman Donna Shank said Thursday.
Democratic businessman to challenge Moran in 1st Dist.
September 30, 2005
After three elections without a Democratic challenger, Republican Rep. Jerry Moran faces one in the sprawling and GOP-dominated 1st Congressional District.
History’ unleashes themes of violence
September 30, 2005
So far, the best and most interesting movies of 2005 have been among the most violent. The hostile comic book fantasy “Sin City,” the explosive racial parable “Crash,” the Nazi biopic “Downfall” and the gunrunning tell-all “Lord of War” all accentuate on-screen violence in healthy doses.
A new ‘Twist’
Cast, crew find modern relevance in Dickens classic
September 30, 2005
“Oliver Twist” is a tale of survival. Not just because of the travails of its plucky lead character, but in terms of how the story itself has found an audience with each new generation.
Jennifer Tilly places her bets on ‘Out of Practice’
September 30, 2005
Jennifer Tilly’s in the pink. “I’m wearing an outfit that looks just like a cupcake … a pink frothy blouse, low cut … everything a little inappropriately girlie … Pink, pink, lot of pink,” says Tilly, gleefully describing how her character, Crystal, typically will be dressed in an upcoming scene on the new CBS sitcom “Out of Practice.”
Three car bombs kill at least 60 north of Baghdad
September 30, 2005
Three suicide attackers exploded near-simultaneous car bombs in the heart of a bustling, mainly Shiite town Thursday, killing at least 60 people and wounding 70 amid a new surge of violence before an Oct. 15 referendum on Iraq’s constitution.
Retailers decking shelves for holidays
September 30, 2005
The winter holidays are coming early this year for A.R. Wells. The Westlake Ace Hardware manager spent much of Thursday stocking shelves with dozens of boxes of holiday decorations - red rope lights, multicolored flashing lights, C-9 “cool bright” lights - at his store at 601 Kasold Drive.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving celebrates its 25th anniversary
September 30, 2005
When a grieving mother started a grass-roots organization in 1980, alcohol mixed with driving was killing more than 70 people a day but receiving little national attention.
A woman’s touch to acting presidential
Geena Davis earns strong approval ratings in ‘Commander in Chief’
September 30, 2005
Geena Davis, leader of the free world? It’s a tantalizing prospect. But now that Vice President Mackenzie Allen is ABC’s “Commander in Chief,” Davis can expect a world of challenges.
New Orleans looks into reports of police looting
September 30, 2005
The police department has launched an investigation into whether officers participated in the giant looting spree that overtook the city after Hurricane Katrina, a spokesman said Thursday.
Pump patrol
September 30, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.70 at Citgo at Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Light The Night Walk slated for Saturday
September 30, 2005
The 2005 Light The Night Walk benefit to raise money for the war on blood cancers will be held Saturday night at South Park.
On the record
September 30, 2005
 
Relationship writer says Pitt, Aniston doomed from start
September 30, 2005
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt didn’t have a chance from the get-go, says John Gray, best-selling author of “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.”
Heeeerrreee’s Johnny’s stuff
September 30, 2005
The rosewood desk Johnny Carson sat behind for countless celebrity interviews is among several “Tonight Show” items headed for the auction block.
Idol’ judge promises more scandals next season
September 30, 2005
“American Idol” judge Paula Abdul dodged questions about a review that Fox-TV said found no evidence that she had an affair with a former contestant, and Simon Cowell said viewers can expect more scandals among competitors.
Celebrity birthdays
September 30, 2005
Actress Deborah Kerr is 84. Actress Angie Dickinson is 74. Actress Fran Drescher is 48. Rock musician Bill Rieflin (R.E.M.) is 45. Actress Jenna Elfman is 34. Actress Lacey Chabert is 23. Actor Kieran Culkin is 23.
Kate Moss checks into drug rehab
September 30, 2005
Two British newspapers have reported that Kate Moss has checked into a rehabilitation clinic in Arizona.
Former aide to governor takes witness stand
September 30, 2005
The political strategist who helped engineer former Gov. George Ryan’s rise to power took the witness stand Thursday and in testimony laced with wisecracks began telling a jury how Ryan doled out state contracts, leases and favors to the well-connected.
Report details NASA wasting millions
September 30, 2005
NASA wasted millions of dollars during a two-year period by shunning commercial airline flights and instead using its own planes for routine travel, according to a government report provided to The Associated Press on Thursday.
DeLay serving as ‘powerful’ House adviser
September 30, 2005
Indicted Texas Rep. Tom DeLay will serve as a “very powerful adviser” to the Republican leadership while he battles the conspiracy charge that forced him to step aside as House majority leader, a GOP spokesman said Thursday.
Reporter freed after reportedly agreeing to testify
Judith Miller had been held for withholding sources in probe of CIA leak
September 30, 2005
After nearly three months behind bars, New York Times reporter Judith Miller was released from a federal prison Thursday after agreeing to testify in the investigation into the disclosure of a covert CIA officer’s identity, two people familiar with the case said.
County kicks in $190,000 to keep museum going
Attendance at 52-year-old Old Cowtown Museum has been lagging in recent years; tourism study under way
September 30, 2005
As a museum dedicated to the Wichita area’s Old West heritage struggles with declining attendance, Sedgwick County has agreed to ante up more money to keep it from closing.
Killer’s nickname used as verb on TV
September 30, 2005
BTK, the self-designated nickname used by Wichita serial killer Dennis Rader, has apparently become a part of pop culture.
Train derails; 20 hurt
September 30, 2005
An Amtrak train carrying 103 people derailed in eastern Missouri after apparently striking boulders on the tracks from a rockslide, officials said Thursday. About 20 people sustained minor injuries.
Commodities
September 30, 2005
 
Mosque leaders charged with supporting terrorists
September 30, 2005
A federal grand jury has issued new indictments against two mosque leaders in upstate New York who are charged with conspiring to support terrorists, prosecutors said Thursday.
Arbitrators can benefit buyers, sellers
September 30, 2005
have been trying to sell my home, and two days ago received a very good offer. The only problem is that the offer contract includes a clause that would require me and the buyers to use an arbitrator to resolve any dispute instead of hiring lawyers and going to court.
Chamber announces ‘Excellence’ finalists
Program recognizes stability, achievement
September 30, 2005
Sixteen Lawrence businesses are finalists for 2005 Excellence in Commerce Awards, the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday.
IDX boosts stocks for medical software
September 30, 2005
Companies that make health-care software saw their stocks rise Thursday after General Electric Co. agreed to buy IDX Systems Corp. at a 25 percent premium to the company’s share price.
Church official warns of schism on homosexuality
September 30, 2005
Nigeria’s top Anglican Church official warned Thursday that his 17.5 million members would have to sever their historic ties with the Church of England if it follows the lead of of the U.S. Episcopal Church by accepting a gay bishop or otherwise condoning homosexuality.
IRA said to still be active in crime
September 30, 2005
The Irish Republican Army may no longer want to fight the British, but detectives say it’s still in business - as owners of pubs and clubs, smugglers of fuel and cigarettes, bank robbers by night and property investors by day.
Split between China, U.S. over N. Korea surfaces
September 30, 2005
A U.S.-Chinese split surfaced Thursday at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency over the issue of rewarding North Korea with an atomic reactor for scrapping its nuclear arms.
AMC offers Scorsese crash course
September 30, 2005
The leaves are falling, and it’s time to return to school. Or at least that’s what AMC wants us to do with their new nine-part interview show “Movies 101 with Richard Brown” (9:30 p.m., AMC).
Best Bets
September 30, 2005
 
Exaggerated reports hurt Bush
September 30, 2005
What do you “know” about the recent hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast and how did you come by the information?
Bush must rebuild confidence
September 30, 2005
What George W. Bush needs right now is his own version of Clark Clifford. He needs a friend close enough to tell him that his presidency is failing - and wise enough to describe what Bush must do to salvage it.
Responsible action
September 30, 2005
To the editor: Good grief! Yet another story (Journal-World, Sept. 24) of an adult being punished for making children be responsible for their actions (regarding the story of the Wichita substitute teacher who had the fourth-graders cleaning up feces).
Share the road
September 30, 2005
To the editor: I was absolutely shocked by the audacity Cindy Westerhouse exhibited with her Sept. 27 letter entitled “Road hazard.”
Help at home
September 30, 2005
To the editor: Never mind putting a man on the moon, let’s help eliminate hurricanes that cause disasters.
Basic stuff
September 30, 2005
To the editor: Cindy Westerhouse’s tirade against bicyclists on county roads has compelled me to write my first letter to the editor. Her letter warrants a response on several points.
Brown got blame
September 30, 2005
To the editor: While being no fan of Michael Brown, it was very interesting to listen to the House hearing, or lack of it, Tuesday.
Fancy flight
Not everyone wants to pilot an ultralight aircraft across the country, but there are other ways to nurture one of nature’s most beautiful creatures.
September 30, 2005
Watching beautiful orange and black monarch butterflies flit from blossom to branch, who wouldn’t want to join in their joyous flight?
Horoscopes
September 30, 2005
 
New law may shortchange creditors
Bankruptcy rules may not produce payoffs that some companies hoped
September 30, 2005
The new bankruptcy law makes it harder for consumers to walk away from credit card debt and other loans they’re having trouble paying.
American to charge $25 for late changes
September 30, 2005
American Airlines is making it easier to hop on an early flight if you’re ready to go before your original flight leaves - but it will cost you a few bucks.
Commentary: Both Iowa State, Nebraska need victory in Lincoln
September 30, 2005
Iowa State-Nebraska is the only game Saturday between Big 12 North teams, but it should tell us a lot about the Big 12 North race. It will also tell us a lot about the direction of the programs.
History, venue will doom USC
September 30, 2005
Southern California brings a 25-game winning streak into Sun Devil Stadium, a place where college football’s two most recent notable winning streaks have come to an end.