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6News Now for August 31
August 31, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, traffic congestion problems on 23rd, Eudora schools are overcrowded, and LMH is smoke-free.
Mangino gets contract extension
New deal announced today
12:00 p.m., August 31, 2006 Updated 06:34 p.m.
Extension given on the eve of football coach’s fifth season at KU.
Chicago transplant hopes to start for Bulldogs
August 31, 2006
Spacious. That was the word ninth-grader Andrew Vetter used to describe the biggest difference between Lawrence and Chicago. The Vetter family recently moved from the Chicago suburb of Oak Grove, Ill., to Lawrence because his father took a job at Washburn University.
Cougars get help from sidelines
August 31, 2006
Matt Germain and Shelton Mead love football. That deserves repeating. Matt Germain and Shelton Mead really love football. In fact, they love football so much that at South Junior High’s Aug. 23 practice, both were right in the middle of the action with fists pumping, rooting for their team during tackling drills. But neither Germain nor Mead were in uniform that day. In fact, they’re not even players on the team. They’re the team managers.
CBS bringing ‘mountain of publicity’ to N. Lawrence
Jericho’ promotion to include unveiling of Stan Herd’s crop art
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A1
Hollywood is officially coming to town. And it’s bringing a posse with it.
Teachers compete with phones, puzzles for students’ attention
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B1
Text messaging. Surfing the Internet. Playing Sudoku. Kansas University students are up to a whole lot more than simply learning in class.
United Way seeks to top $1.58M
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B1
Nineteen area businesses and organizations have taken the lead as “pacesetters” in the annual United Way of Douglas County’s fundraising campaign to top $1.58 million.
Low turnout prompts call for new primary date
Douglas County had 12.2 percent of registered voters cast ballots
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A1
Described as “horrendous,” Kansas’ 18.2 percent voter turnout in the Aug. 1 primary may prompt a change in future primary election dates, officials said Wednesday.
City’s wages lag behind Johnson County, state
Report also shows gender disparities
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A1
Some people just call it the price to live in Lawrence. A new Census Bureau report shows that Lawrence residents - even nonstudents - earn far less on average than residents in nearby Johnson County and significantly less than the statewide average.
KBI gets DNA grant
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B3
Kansas Congressman Jim Ryun announced last week that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation has received a federal grant designed to improve DNA analysis during investigations.
Douglas County commissioners may close bridge without Jefferson County’s help
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B2
Douglas County commissioners are willing to go ahead and close the Lecompton bridge for repairs next year without Jefferson County’s help in paying for the cost, if necessary.
Keegan: Kansas schedule not easy
August 31, 2006 in print edition on C1
No Texas, no Oklahoma, no Texas Tech, no sweat, right? Wrong.
Playing down common
Half of Big 12 - including KU - will face I-AA football foes
August 31, 2006 in print edition on C1
Legislation allowed it. Victory-hungry coaches jumped on it. Financial considerations supported it. And fans, like it or not, will have to live with it.
On the record
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence datebook
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B2
LHS golf 9th at O-North
August 31, 2006 in print edition on C3
Lawrence High’s golf team placed ninth of 10 teams at the Olathe North Invitational on Wednesday at Burning Tree Golf Club.
KU football notebook
August 31, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s football team released its depth chart late Wednesday, with only a few surprises on the list.
Farewell, football
Collins concentrating on hoops
August 31, 2006 in print edition on C1
Sherron Collins, who scored five touchdowns in Chicago Crane High’s football opener last August, says he’ll be content watching, not playing, in Kansas University’s nonconference clash against Northwestern State on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
Ex-LHS football coach Purdy in town for ‘95 reunion
August 31, 2006 in print edition on C1
Nearly 11 years have passed since Lawrence High won the state title in football, shutting out Derby, 20-0. “The game itself is a blur,” J.D. Loudabarger, the 1995 team’s starting quarterback, said. “I remember the celebrations, the faces.”
Our town sports
August 31, 2006 in print edition on C7
Team USA wins ugly
German zone neutralizes U.S. athleticism
August 31, 2006 in print edition on C5
So far, no one at the world championships has figured out how to counter Team USA’s superior skills, athleticism and depth. Germany provided a clue Wednesday night.
K.C. tops another playoff contender
August 31, 2006 in print edition on C5
The last-place Kansas City Royals are giving playoff contenders a tough time.
Longtime clothier is mourned
Roger Quakenbush was ‘local institution’ at Weaver’s
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A8
Roger Quakenbush, who outfitted men in Lawrence for more than 60 years with a gentlemanly manner, died Wednesday afternoon at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a brief bout with cancer.
Blowout leaves Shock in awe
August 31, 2006 in print edition on C5
The Sacramento Monarchs made wide-open three-pointers, drove for easy baskets and challenged a lot of shots at the other end of the court.
Tigers salvage twinbill split
August 31, 2006 in print edition on C4
Craig Monroe hit a three-run homer off Scott Proctor with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Detroit Tigers avoided a doubleheader sweep by rallying past the New York Yankees, 5-3, Wednesday night.
Commentary: ‘Next level’ too often next concern
August 31, 2006 in print edition on C2
One of the most discouraging developments in sports over the past 20 years is the way we’ve put our young athletes through a forced march into adulthood.
Plane makers to rely more on outsourcing
August 31, 2006
American aviation manufacturers will face engineering shortages and increased reliance on outsourcing and partnerships in the coming years, panelists at an industry conference said.
Oklahoma set to execute child murderer tonight
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B7
A Chickasha man convicted of murdering his 13-month-old daughter more than nine years ago is scheduled to be executed tonight at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Controller in Comair crash had only 2 hours of sleep, report shows
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A5
The lone air traffic controller on duty the morning Comair Flight 5191 crashed had only two hours of sleep before starting work on the overnight shift, a federal investigator said Wednesday.
Commuting times get shorter
August 31, 2006
It might be hard for some drivers to believe, but average commuting times are getting shorter for U.S. workers.
Longtime leading man Glenn Ford dies
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A2
Actor Glenn Ford, who played strong, thoughtful protagonists in films such as “The Blackboard Jungle,” “Gilda” and “The Big Heat,” died Wednesday, police said. He was 90.
CBS’ Bob Schieffer anchors final newscast tonight
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A2
Bob Schieffer will say farewell to viewers of the “CBS Evening News” tonight, but he won’t be doing it alone.
Commentary: NFC closing the gap
August 31, 2006 in print edition on C6
There have been seven AFC Super Bowl victories in the past nine years. And the dominance runs deeper. The AFC has been the conference with the most regular-season wins, the best quarterback play and even the best strategizing. You could even say AFC teams have sexier cheerleaders and their stadiums serve colder beer.
Planning Commission split on proposed Wal-Mart
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A1
Plans to build a controversial new Wal-Mart store at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive failed to clear a major hurdle Wednesday night, as planning commissioners ended a five-hour debate on the project in a deadlock.
Garden studio
Arts student, wife craft works on property
August 31, 2006 in print edition on D1
As Lori Werdin-Kennicott greeted me at the door of the house she shares with her husband, Dave, she had a slightly befuddled expression, like she was expecting a pitch for candy bars or lawn services. Her clothes were paint-splattered, and it was apparent that I was interrupting a home improvement project.
Who says exhibitions mean nothing?
Chiefs-Saints game tonight could make or break careers
August 31, 2006 in print edition on C1
Fans who ridicule the NFL’s final exhibition game as nothing more than a meaningless tuneup to the regular season have never walked in Jeris McIntyre’s shoes.
MTV awards to feature Black humor
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A2
Jack Black hosts the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards (7 p.m., MTV). If Black was not born to this role, he has certainly spent half a lifetime pursuing it. The bombastic half of the parody band Tenacious D, Black brings a quick wit, an outsized enthusiasm and a heavy sense of physical bombast to his role as rocker comedian. And unlike the legions of rock legends and tattooed wannabes he lampoons, Black seems perfectly aware of his ridiculous image.
Sex offender guilty in kidnap, slaying
August 31, 2006
A convicted sex offender on trial in North Dakota’s first death penalty case in more than a century was found guilty Wednesday of kidnapping and killing a college student who was seized from a shopping mall parking lot.
Nicotine up sharply in many cigarettes
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A3
The amount of nicotine in most cigarettes rose an average of almost 10 percent from 1998 to 2004, with brands most popular with young people and minorities registering the biggest increases and highest nicotine content, according to a new study.
National Guard on alert as Ernesto moves north
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A3
Hundreds of National Guard troops were on alert and officials in the Carolinas warned residents to be ready for anything Wednesday as Ernesto - upgraded late Wednesday to a tropical storm - moved north away from Florida.
Pastor pleads not guilty in child sex abuse case
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B6
A pastor accused of repeatedly molesting a young girl from his church pleaded not guilty Wednesday in an expanding investigation of alleged ritual child abuse by five leaders of two affiliated church communities in rural southwest Missouri.
Katrina survivors face job-related hurdles
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A8
LaTanya Howard moved to Maryland to start over after Hurricane Katrina destroyed her life, and she considers herself a survivor - a victor, not a victim.
Study measures value of medical treatment
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A3
Despite exploding costs, most Americans got sizable life-extending bang for their medical bucks over recent decades, says one of the most sweeping studies ever of health care value.
California bill could radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A3
California would become the first state to impose a limit on all greenhouse gas emissions, including those from industrial plants, under a landmark deal reached Wednesday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative Democrats.
Rising prices taking toll across all areas of economy
August 31, 2006
While prices at the gas pumps get a lot of attention, other increases are pulling at Americans’ pocketbooks from a variety of directions.
Lunar mission heads for crash landing
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A6
Europe’s first mission to the moon is due to crash-land in a cloud of dust and rock early Sunday, ending a three-year voyage that gathered data about the lunar surface and tested a new engine intended to propel future spacecraft to Mercury and other planets.
Nobel-winning author Naguib Mahfouz dies at 94
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A6
Naguib Mahfouz, whose novels about the struggles of workaday Egyptians drew worldwide acclaim and made him the only Arab to win the Nobel Prize for literature, died of complications from a bleeding ulcer Wednesday at a Cairo hospital. He was 94.
U.S. general optimistic on Iraqi forces’ progress
Security transfer could be complete in 12 to 18 months, commander says
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A6
The top U.S. commander in Iraq expressed optimism Wednesday that Iraqi forces are making enough progress to provide their own security within 18 months. But violence showed no sign of abating, with 66 people killed nationwide, including 24 in a Baghdad market bombing.
Downtown changing holiday decorations
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B1
Crews next week will begin removing Christmas lights lining buildings on Massachusetts Street as downtown merchants plan for new holiday decorations.
The future starts now
Cup teams out of Chase prepare for next year
August 31, 2006 in print edition on C8
The disappearance of anything resembling an offseason in NASCAR’s Nextel Cup Series is rapidly becoming old news.
Executive director of Senior Services resigns
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B1
Jessie Ann Lusher has resigned as executive director of Douglas County Senior Services Inc., the organization announced Tuesday.
Lawrence Autism Society to meet today
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B1
The newly formed Lawrence Autism Society will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
World Company sites among award finalists
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B1
A pair of Web sites produced by The World Company are finalists for Online Journalism Awards.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.57 at several locations.
Wedding album among items left behind in rental units
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B1
The photographs show that the wedding took place in Kansas University’s Danforth Chapel. The reception was at the Castle Tea Room, 1301 Mass.
Hair, feathers used to soak up oil spill
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A6
Volunteers in the Philippines are getting shorn to save the shore. The cast-off clippings of human hair are going to be used to help mop up oil from a disastrous spill that has fouled beaches, coral reefs and mangrove swamps.
Iranian-American first female space tourist
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A6
Like millions of children, Anousheh Ansari dreamed and wondered about the stars. Next month the Iranian-born U.S. entrepreneur can get a closer look, as she rides a Russian capsule to the international space station and becomes the first female space tourist.
Podcasting expert to address group
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A8
A leading authority on podcasting will be in town next week to meet with members of the Lawrence Apple Users’ Group 2.0 - and anyone else who wants to stop by to listen.
T.O. tutoring undrafted WR
Lelie acquisition shuffles Falcons’ depth chart
August 31, 2006 in print edition on C6
Have T.O. and mentor ever been used together in the same sentence? Well, they’re being used in Dallas, where Terrell Owens has been lending his time and expertise to fellow WR Sam Hurd, a rookie free agent out of Northern Illinois who has been the star of Cowboys camp.
Landplan adds project engineer
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A8
Kim Jackson has joined the Lawrence office of Landplan Engineering as a project engineer, with responsibilities that include oversight and management of municipal, commercial and residential projects.
Daily ticker
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A8
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A8
Hurricane John intensifies off Mexico’s Pacific coast
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A6
Hurricane John lashed tourist resorts with heavy winds and rain Wednesday as the dangerous storm marched up Mexico’s Pacific coast, and forecasters predicted its center would brush close to land before nicking the tip of Baja California and heading out to sea.
Man fatally shot by officer had been in mental hospital
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B6
A man shot to death by a Topeka police officer had been ordered into a state mental hospital for psychiatric treatment earlier this year, court records showed.
Funding dispute could force police officers out of schools
August 31, 2006
An escalating feud between the city and school district could mean the end of police officers in Wichita schools.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 31, 1906: “A state report on population shows that Douglas County has gained 246 since last year and that Kansas now has 1,611,460 residents. Every county in the state has grown, officials say. Lawrence’s population is about 12,000. The largest individual increase is for Wyandotte County, which gained 13,188 over the past two years. Montgomery, Sedgwick, Labette and Shawnee are next in line for growth.”
Old home town - 40 years ago today
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B8
A preliminary plan for the beautification and redevelopment of the Lawrence downtown business area was presented at a joint meeting of business people, public officials and chamber of commerce leaders. the cost was expected to run in the neighborhood of $300,000 per block and the early reception of the suggestions was generally favorable. Activity was beginning to pick up sharply on and around the Kansas University campus, even though first classes would not begin until Sept. 19.
Iran ignores nuclear deadline
August 31, 2006 in print edition on A6
A defiant Iran kept on enriching uranium in advance of today’s U.N. Security Council deadline for Tehran to freeze such activity or face the threat of sanctions, U.N. and European officials said.
Not a transient
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: Jeannie New Moon, who was recently killed by a train, was a very dear friend of mine.
Support clarified
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: I feel compelled to respond to the article that appeared in Sunday’s paper titled “Design changes earn support from both neighbors and investors.”
Don’t let fear kill freedom
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B9
We pride ourselves on being free - free to be you, free to be me, as we tell our children. That includes freedom from intrusive government oversight.
Sickening taxes?
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: “It makes me sick to think about it,” says Scott Henderson of the school board’s intent to raise property taxes.
Democrats botch ‘08 primary schedule
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B8
Well, the Democrats have gone and messed it up again. I came back from a one-week vacation, out of reach of the news, to learn that the Democratic National Committee, in its wisdom, had further muddled the calendar of events for choosing the 2008 presidential nominee.
Cruelty case
Cruel treatment of innocent animals justifies a strong legal response.
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B8
Killing a rabbit may not seem like a felony offense. And it wouldn’t be if it occurred during a hunting trip or under “normal or accepted practices of animal husbandry.”
Cicada wasps pose little threat to people
August 31, 2006 in print edition on D2
Hot and dry summer days in Kansas brings out the sound of the cicada.
District football assignments for 2006-07
August 31, 2006
Which school plays in which district?
Sunflower Broadband to air prep football
August 31, 2006
Sunflower Broadband Channel 6 will telecast nine city and area regular-season high school football games on a delayed basis this fall.
Lions have lofty expectations
LHS eager to end title drought
August 31, 2006
A leisurely stroll through the Lawrence High School athletic facilities serves as a constant reminder - the objective for LHS football never changes.
Security a top British concern
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B9
British Prime Minister Tony Blair returns from a late-summer vacation in Barbados with his ruling Labor Party approval rating at a 19-year low of 31 percent. Conservatives, under new leader David Cameron, enjoy 40 percent approval, according to the latest Guardian/ICM Poll.
A little Christmas in September
High school football kickoff always a date to remember
August 31, 2006
When you’re a youngster, you measure time using obvious benchmarks.
QB hints at frustration
Favre says Pack has ‘a long ways to go’
August 31, 2006 in print edition on C6
Brett Favre still sees talent on offense, and understands it will take some time for the Green Bay Packers’ young players to blossom.
Old West re-enactors teach, entertain
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B3
With a little help from their friends, Steve and Janice Haberman are helping preserve the cowboy tradition of Kansas, instilling old-fashioned values of hard work, honesty and integrity along the way.
2006 Area Football capsules
August 31, 2006
The lowdown on area schools
Success comes quickly for Eagles
Bennett eager to add to solid two-year start
August 31, 2006
Considering this will be just the third varsity season of football at Veritas Christian, it is pretty impressive to see the school combined for a 13-6 record during its first two years.
Lions always ready to run
LHS has passion for ground game
August 31, 2006
Attention, Sunflower League football coaches. Don’t bother writing up a Lawrence High scouting report. When your defense lines up against the Lions’ offense, you will face a heavy dose of the running game.
Haskell’s helping hands
Support staffs make sure Friday nights happen without a hitch
August 31, 2006
If you attend a Friday night high school football game at Haskell Stadium, you’re probably used to seeing the Murphy brothers make highlight-reel plays for Free State High.
Fantastic Four fuel Firebirds
College prospects eager to put Free State on map
August 31, 2006
Christian Ballard is the best high school football player in Kansas - at least according to the High School Preview published Aug. 24 on
City preps putting in the miles
August 31, 2006 in print edition on C1
Not a lot of high school boys are turned away from the city’s cross country teams. But just making the team pales in comparison to the hard work required to stay on it.
Ready to take flight
Firebirds hoping to turn potential into success
August 31, 2006
The Free State High football team will return 22 seniors and field four future Division I athletes this season. You could say expectations are high.
Past champions shine at U.S. Open
Williams, Hingis, Safin among first-round winners
August 31, 2006 in print edition on C2
There was Serena Williams, unseeded but overpowering her opponent.
Company, managers admit they hired illegal immigrants
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B4
A Wichita manufacturing company, its owner and a general manager pleaded guilty Wednesday to knowingly hiring illegal immigrants and agreed to pay a total of $210,000 in fines. The company’s foreman pleaded not guilty.
Sebelius issues directive on verifying residency status
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B4
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has directed state agencies to make sure they verify that adults receiving social services are legal Kansas residents, a move that she said Wednesday was prompted by a new federal law.
Photo exhibit at Dole Institute revisits 9-11 sites 5 years later
August 31, 2006 in print edition on D1
The differences in the photos are striking. So are the similarities.
Weather patterns take crops from ‘burning’ to ‘drowning’
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kevin Irick wishes Mother Nature would make up her mind. After an extremely dry summer, the Linwood-area farmer now has several fruit and vegetable crops soaked after about 8 inches of rain fell during the weekend.
Man whose sons died wants to change plea
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B6
A man who pleaded guilty to killing his two young sons in a trailer fire should be allowed to withdraw his plea, his attorneys said in a court hearing Tuesday.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
August 31, 2006 in print edition on B8
Sixteen more lawsuits were filed in connection with the July 17 skywalk collapse at the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel. That boosted the total amount of damages sought to nearly $2.5 billion. The latest flurry of filings included requests for $366 million. In all there had been 114 deaths and more than 200 injuries. No Lawrence residents had been killed in the Friday night “tea dance” tragedy.
August 31, 2006 in print edition on D4
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