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6News Now for November 2
November 2, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, state officials look at KU’s crumbling classrooms, domestic violence death case goes back to court, and President Bush will come to Kansas.
It’s confirmed: Bush is coming to Kansas
Presidential visit to boost vulnerable Ryun
November 2, 2006
Bush will speak at a 6:20 p.m. rally for Ryun on Sunday at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka.
Age needn’t restrict elderly from gardening activities, enjoyment
November 2, 2006 in print edition on D2
One of the last things 97-year-old Gladys Randolph did earlier this month while saying farewell to independent living was take a long, lingering walk around her house in Le Sueur, Minn., where she pinched spent blooms from a few front-entry geraniums. Yet despite her new nursing home surroundings, my mother won’t have to give up gardening.
Reported censorship on global warming investigated
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A9
Two federal agencies are investigating whether the Bush administration tried to block government scientists from speaking freely about global warming and censor their research, a senator said Wednesday.
Change needed
November 2, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: In the face of an illegal and ill-advised Iraq war gone ghastly, taking thousands upon thousands of American and Iraqi lives, seriously injuring thousands more, ruining the infrastructure of a country, costing billions of dollars, and now about to last as long as the U.S. involvement in World War II, what does the president give us?
Better options
November 2, 2006
To the editor: I think I was the first person to write a letter to the editor opposing locating a Wal-Mart at the Free State High School locale. I also own Wal-Mart stock, and it finally has gone up a little! So, I want something good for Lawrence and Wal-Mart.
Local needs
November 2, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: It’s no surprise that Wal-Mart is upset about the city of Lawrence denying them a permit to build another Wal-Mart in town.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
November 2, 2006 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 2, 1906: “W.R. Stubbs has begun work on a residence on south Massachusetts Street which when completed will have the distinction of being the most substantial and unique home in the state.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
November 2, 2006 in print edition on B6
Plans for a $1.7 million redevelopment and beautification project of the Lawrence central business district received favorable reaction from two officials of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The city commission immediately authorized the city staff to formally file its application for an urban grant from the federal agency.
Student monitors
An online connection to their child’s assignments and records should make it easier for local parents to be informed and involved.
November 2, 2006 in print edition on B6
It may not be Big Brother watching, but Lawrence school children soon may have more parents looking over their shoulders. Lawrence school board members are being asked to approve the purchase of a new student information system called Skyward. The lines of communication the software package could open between teachers and parents seem to make the system well worth the $472,000 purchase price.
Polarization erodes faith in government
November 2, 2006
On the eve of another national election, the terms “gridlock” and “polarization” have become staples of the political vocabulary - so much so that the reality behind them often goes unexamined.
Celtics pay tribute to legendary Auerbach
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C8
A bouquet of green roses topped by a single, unlit cigar sat in Red Auerbach’s empty seat at the new Boston Garden on Wednesday night as the Celtics opened the season without their patriarch for the first time in half a century.
Sonics, Collison agree
Seattle gives ex-Jayhawk extension
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C8
An offseason’s worth of moves are coming during the first hours of the Seattle SuperSonics’ new ownership. The Sonics announced late Tuesday that they have signed forward-center Nick Collison to a multiyear contract extension, after hinting such a deal may not get done until after this season.
Small-college star on pace for rushing record
Chadron State’s Woodhead has 5,694 yards in 29 games, needs 1,600 yards in 12 games
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C7
Far from college football’s bright lights, in the northwest corner of Nebraska, diminutive Danny Woodhead is quietly running through the record books for Chadron State.
Bomar ruled ineligible
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C7
Former Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar was ruled ineligible Wednesday to play for Sam Houston State this season but will return in 2007 with two years of eligibility remaining.
Smith finished at MSU
With 22-23 record, Spartans’ coach doomed by inconsistency
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C7
The up-and-down tenure of John L. Smith at Michigan State is coming to an end. Smith will finish the season as the struggling Spartans’ head coach, but he won’t be back in 2007. “What we asked John L. Smith to do when he got here, he has done a lot of it,” Michigan State athletic director Ron Mason said Wednesday. “It hasn’t shown up on the field like we wanted.”
Our town sports
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C5
W.Va. to shine in spotlight
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C7
West Virginia and Louisville picked the wrong day to play one of the great games of last season. The Mountaineers and Cardinals played a triple overtime classic in which West Virginia rallied for 17 points in the fourth quarter and won, 46-44. But it was the same day - Oct. 15, 2005 - that Southern California beat Notre Dame, 34-31, and grabbed all the national headlines.
Kansas volleyball falls to UT
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C5
No. 8-rated Texas swept the Kansas University volleyball team, 30-20, 30-25, 30-20, Wednesday night. With the loss, the Jayhawks moved to 10-13 on the season and 3-11 in Big 12 play. UT improved to 16-5 and 11-3.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C5
Jayhawks’ Roux takes position switch in stride
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C5
Dominic Roux sees a little bit of himself when lining up at his new cornerback position for Kansas University. That’s why it has worked so well - and so fast - in the middle of his senior football season. “I played receiver, and when you look at a receiver’s hips and everything he does, it’s basically the same thing I did,” Roux said.
Haskell women roll in basketball opener
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C5
Melissa Haag collected 19 points and six rebounds as Haskell Indian Nations University opened its women’s basketball season with an 88-32 rout Wednesday of Manhattan Christian College.
Ichabod coach relishes KU game
Chipman: Allen Fieldhouse experience ‘magical’
November 2, 2006
Washburn University’s basketball players looked like easy marks to vendors selling Rolex watches, DVDs and sandals last summer on the streets of downtown Shanghai. The Ichabods, who were sight-seeing in China’s biggest city, resisted the temptation to purchase any items - until one persistent peddler made her plea for a box of green tea.
Illinois’ Weber on recruiting hot seat
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C2
Bruce Weber can coach a little bit. That minor detail tends to get ignored every time a teenager decides to take his one-year-of-college-ball-and-then-I’m-out-of-here worldview somewhere else besides the University of Illinois.
In anticipation of Allen
Freshmen anxious for Fieldhouse debut
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C1
No sense trying to hide what will be obvious at pregame meal, in the locker room and on the Allen Fieldhouse court during warmups tonight. “Yes, I’m nervous,” Kansas University freshman point guard Sherron Collins said. He was referring to days, hours, minutes and seconds leading up to the Jayhawks’ exhibition basketball opener against Washburn.
New life insurance option makes sense
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A10
Many people scoff at us buyers of term life insurance. They claim we’re suckers for paying out hundreds of dollars a year for a policy we can’t collect on while we’re alive.
New owners for The Legends
Partnership buys apartment complex for $22.9M
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A10
A growing Atlanta-based company is getting into the Lawrence apartment market in a big way. A partnership that includes Place Properties LP recently paid $22.9 million for The Legends, a 3-year-old complex in southwest Lawrence that caters to university students.
Mail-in ballots returned to senders when county uses old envelopes
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A1
If you are voting by mail in advance of Tuesday’s general election, be sure and check the postage mark on the return envelope. Some of those envelopes have not had enough postage on them, leaving some to wonder whether their votes will count.
Outside planning experts get glimpse of city’s vision
Not all residents agree on direction of growth
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A1
On Wednesday evening, Lawrence became a different place. It became a city where every street has a bike lane. It was home to one of the country’s first alternative energy industrial parks. It was the organic farming capital of the country.
Colorado prevails with PKs
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C1
Despite containing Colorado scoring sensation and Big 12 leader Nikki Marshall and holding the Buffaloes to a single score while Kansas forward Jessica Bush notched her team-leading seventh goal, the Jayhawks fell to the Buffaloes, 5-3 in penalty kicks, Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
Stephan seeks Kline fundraising probe
November 2, 2006
Former Atty. Gen. Bob Stephan on Wednesday called for an investigation into the fundraising of current Atty. Gen. Phill Kline. Stephan requested that the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission look into Kline’s fundraising at churches and $41,552 in unitemized contributions he reported on his campaign finance statement filed this week.
Israeli raid kills 8 Palestinians
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A8
Israeli troops seized a northern Gaza town Wednesday in one of the largest strikes against Palestinian rocket squads in months, imposing a curfew, deploying snipers on rooftops and patrolling streets in tanks. Eight Palestinians and an Israeli soldier were killed.
2 brothers charged in airliner plot released
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A8
Two brothers charged in an alleged plot to blow up U.S.-bound airliners were released Wednesday after a British court ruled the evidence against them was insufficient to warrant a trial.
At least 22 dead after torrential rains
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A8
Flooding from torrential rains killed 22 people across Turkey, including 14 who died when a minibus carrying wedding guests was swept away, authorities said Wednesday. Dozens of others were missing.
Toxic oil spill cuts water supply
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A8
Water supplies to 28,000 people in northern China have been cut after an overturned truck spilled 33 tons of toxic oil into a river, state media said, the latest mishap to degrade the country’s already polluted waterways.
Rebel attack kills at least 16 police
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A8
Hundreds of leftist rebels bombarded a remote police station with makeshift mortars in a pre-dawn attack Wednesday and ambushed a column of police reinforcements, killing at least 16 officers, authorities said.
Relays director named
Donley will be in charge of KU event
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C2
Milan Donley, an assistant track and field coach at Kansas University, has been named meet director of the Kansas Relays. Donley, who has spent the past six seasons coaching horizontal jumpers for the Jayhawks, replaces Tim Weaver in managing one of the nation’s oldest and largest track and field meets.
First half carries Jayhawk women
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson joked that several of her seven freshmen recruits did not play in the fourth quarter of their high school games, and it showed Wednesday.
Haitians pack cemeteries to celebrate Day of the Dead
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A8
Bearing rum, flowers and candles, thousands of Voodoo followers flocked to Haiti’s largest cemetery on Wednesday to rouse sacred spirits and remember lost relatives in raucous Day of the Dead celebrations.
Venezuela, Guatemala yield U.N. seat to Panama
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A8
Guatemala and Venezuela agreed to withdraw from the race for a seat on the U.N. Security Council Wednesday and support Panama as a consensus candidate, Ecuador’s U.N. ambassador said. With the backing of the two countries, Panama’s election for a two-year term on the Security Council is virtually certain.
Stardust casino closes
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A3
The Stardust, the neon-wrapped casino with a mobbed-up past whose 1,065 rooms once set the standard for size on the Las Vegas Strip, witnessed its last roll of the dice Wednesday.
More forensic experts to help look for remains
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A3
The city plans to hire several more forensic experts to help hunt for human remains around the World Trade Center site after a cache of bones, believed to be those of Sept. 11 victims, was found there last month, a deputy mayor said Wednesday.
Lawsuit filed against birth control patch
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A3
More than 40 women sued the makers of a popular birth-control patch Wednesday, claiming the contraceptive caused serious illnesses and at least one death.
Red wine compound appears to promote health
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A3
A substance found in red wine protected mice from the ill effects of obesity, raising the tantalizing prospect the compound could do the same for humans and may also help people live longer, healthier lives, researchers reported Wednesday.
Marine from Kansas dies in training exercise
November 2, 2006 in print edition on B2
A Marine was fatally shot during a combat training exercise, the U.S. Marine Corps said.
Keegan: Rookie studs
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C1
Of all the words Mark Mangino spoke while answering questions for 20 minutes at his weekly news conference, one stood out as particularly disagreeable. The word? Agreeable. “Todd Reesing has played one half of football,” Mangino said. “Most of what he did during that one half was agreeable.”
Suspect charged in quadruple homicide
November 2, 2006 in print edition on B2
A 28-year-old man was charged Wednesday with four counts of first-degree murder in last month’s fatal shootings at a Kansas City, Kan., home.
CEO of equipment firm faces child porn charges
November 2, 2006
The top executive of a food service equipment company was charged Wednesday with three counts of possessing child pornography, Clay County authorities said.
Pakistan defends attack on school
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A8
Pakistan’s military defended its deadly missile strike on an Islamic school, saying Wednesday it was necessary to prevent terrorist trainees from escaping. Critics said the government used disproportionate force in the attack, which killed 80 people.
Kerry apologizes to troops after pressure from fellow Democrats
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A3
Democrats cut and ran from Sen. John Kerry Wednesday, forcing him to apologize for bungling a joke that ended up insulting U.S. troops in Iraq. The Democratic senator from Massachusetts issued a mea culpa for a botched punch line that it’s the uneducated who “get stuck in Iraq.”
On the Record
November 2, 2006 in print edition on B2
Hispanic voter drive falls short of goal
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A3
After huge immigration protests earlier this year, advocates vowed to capitalize on the energy and register 1 million new foreign-born voters, mostly Hispanics. But rhetoric has run headlong into reality: Organizers say that, as of last week, they had signed up fewer than 150,000 people.
Mayor unfazed by church’s reaction to e-mail alerts
November 2, 2006 in print edition on B3
Mayor Bill Bunten said he will continue alerting other cities about upcoming funeral protests by a Topeka church group despite the threat of a lawsuit by church members. Bunten informed the City Council last week that since late last year, he has written to the mayors of cities around the country where Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket military funerals.
Wal-Mart implements strict new attendance policy
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A9
At Wal-Mart these days, snowy weather is no longer an excuse for lateness. It had better be a natural disaster like a hurricane or blizzard. And being 10 minutes or more tardy for work three times will earn you a demerit. Too many of those could get you fired.
People in the News
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Celebrity memorabilia to hit auction block ¢ Colbert portrait fetches more than $50,000 ¢ Trump’s flag too ‘yooge’
MTV lowers standards on sitcom
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A2
With shows like “The Osbournes” and “Newlyweds,” MTV successfully married the reality series with the sitcom. Now, the network once known for music videos debuts a self-styled sitcom shot with the low production values of a home video.
Novelist William Styron dies at 81
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A2
William Styron, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Confessions of Nat Turner” and other novels whose explorations of the darkest corners of the human mind and experience were charged by his own near-suicidal demons, died Wednesday. He was 81.
Southwest Kansas district considering laptops for students
November 2, 2006 in print edition on B8
A largely rural school district in western Kansas is thinking about going high tech. The Dighton school board has given approval to investigate ways to issue laptop computers to every student in junior high and high school, Supt. Angela Lawrence said.
Decision on fatality now in DA’s hands
November 2, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence Police said Wednesday that they had finished the investigation of a Sept. 23 hit-and-run wreck that killed a Kansas University student who was crossing a busy campus-area street.
Scholarships created based on financial need
November 2, 2006
Kansas University has announced its receipt of a $5 million gift to create a scholarship program for students with financial needs.
Republican officials plan bus campaign tour
November 2, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kansas Republican Party officials and officeholders will embark on a three-day campaign tour that will include a stop in Lawrence.
Track legends relive history while raising funds for center
November 2, 2006 in print edition on B1
They competed in different events and different eras, but they share a bond. In track and field, they either ran, jumped, threw, vaulted or coached - all wearing the crimson and blue. Wednesday was an evening to celebrate their Olympic gold medals, national championships, various records and a slew of other achievements.
Police chief personally takes pictures of protesters in street
November 2, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin took close-up photos Wednesday evening of about a dozen members of a protest group that had blocked New Hampshire Street for less than an hour. The group - about 20 people from the Lawrence area protesting the situation in Oaxaca, Mexico - ended its stance at the corner of Seventh and New Hampshire streets just seconds after Olin’s appearance.
Dancers put 17,000 miles on their shoes
November 2, 2006 in print edition on B1
They shook. They twisted. They jumped. And while others took a break, they just kept on boot-scoot boogying. That’s probably why Frank Knernschield and Mona Keltner, one of the regular couples on the dance floor at the Lawrence Senior Center, have shuffled 17,000 miles on a pedometer this year.
Shooter convicted of 2nd-degree murder
November 2, 2006 in print edition on B1
A jury on Wednesday convicted a Gardner man of the lesser charge of second-degree murder for the March 4 shooting at a birthday party in Baldwin. The verdict means jurors believed 25-year-old Hinndley K. Espinales shot and killed Alvin Sanchez intentionally, but not with premeditation, as prosecutors had alleged.
Is FedExCup doomed?
Surprisingly small Tour Championship field could be harbinger
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C10
Davis Love III and Lucas Glover were hitting balls next to each other Tuesday when a few more players showed up and started making arrangements to join them for a practice round at the Tour Championship. Love wanted to make sure Glover didn’t mind a crowd. “Did you want to go off as two, or do you want three, four?” he asked quietly.
Offensive-minded Firebirds respect SM East ‘D’
Led by linebacker Goins, Free State’s first-round Class 6A state football playoff opponents have surrendered 17 points per game
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C10
Bob Lisher didn’t hesitate when asked what he first noticed about Shawnee Mission East’s football team. “They’re very solid defensively,” Lisher, Free State High’s football coach, said. “I think they’re the fourth-ranked team in the league, and they’re very sound and fundamental in everything that they do.”
Lawrence High wary of BVN tailback
Curran has rushed for 1,874 yards, averages a whopping 31 carries per game
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C10
Dirk Wedd calls him “truly amazing.” His coach says, “I wish I had 12 more like him.” Casey Curran is a high school football player who elicits flattering adjectives every week. A senior at Blue Valley North High, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Curran has rushed for 1,874 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Random flags bad for NASCAR
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C4
Some day, perhaps, NASCAR’s integrity will be beyond reproach. Some day, it might be possible to watch a race and believe with every confidence that the people who are deciding whether a caution flag should be displayed are looking solely at whether the track is safe for racing in making that call.
A Texas farewell
Two-time series champ Terry Labonte plans to run final Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C4
These days, using terms like “last race” can be dangerous. But, as it stands right now, Sunday’s Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway will be the 848th and final Nextel Cup start for two-time Cup series champion Terry Labonte. If Labonte had his way, nobody would be making a big deal out of that.
Martin done for year, maybe for his career
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C6
Curtis Martin tried to outrun the inevitable. After months of rehabilitation and countless hours working to get back on the field for the New York Jets, reality finally caught up to the NFL’s No. 4 career rusher. “I think this is as good as my knee gets, where it is right now,” Martin said Wednesday during a news conference.
Suspended Merriman: ‘I’m not a cheater’
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C6
Banished from the NFL for four weeks, San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Shawne Merriman said he was not a steroid cheat. He also suggested he was a victim of the league’s drug testing policy. Merriman dropped by Chargers headquarters on Wednesday to address his teammates before beginning a four-game suspension for testing positive for the steroid nandrolone.
Bulger bullish on Rams’ offense
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C6
Marc Bulger is doing his job. It’s breakdowns elsewhere that have been costing the St. Louis Rams. After consecutive losses, the quarterback’s confidence has only grown. He produced 24 points last week against the stingy Chargers, has thrown 248 passes with only one interception overall, and ranks first in the NFC with a 101.3 passer rating.
Top defenses no match for Manning
Colts quarterback continues to confound opponents
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C6
Peyton Manning has faced almost every conceivable NFL defense and figured out routinely how to beat most of them. He outwits them. Yes, the NFL’s prized pupil has earned his graduate degree by carving up secondaries with uncanny accuracy, brilliant last-second audibles, a propensity for keeping everyone involved in the offense, and his ability to exploit even the most subtle weakness in a defense.
Titans suspend cornerback Jones for one game
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C6
Tennessee fans got tired of the off-field antics of cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones before he ever played a game for the team. On Wednesday, the Titans finally signaled they were weary, too.
Wal-Mart protest
November 2, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: On Oct. 16, Wal-Mart employees in one Florida store walked out on their shift to protest the company’s new policies.
Health crisis
November 2, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Local Branch 104 of the National Association of Letter Carriers voted to endorse passage of HR 676, providing universal health care for all Americans.
Voters’ duty
November 2, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Where is the outrage? Congress has been bought by corporate America and bribery is accepted as the normal way of doing business in Washington, D.C. Who is to blame?
Romney bid gains strength
November 2, 2006 in print edition on B7
Even before the votes are counted, over the Republican Party a “thick darkness broodeth” - words from a Victorian hymn, for a party with a Victorian tendency. But one Republican, who is not running for anything this year, will emerge from this bruising season with enlarged prospects.
Bulb calendar
November 2, 2006 in print edition on D2
Arts notes
November 2, 2006 in print edition on D2
¢ Designer to speak at KU campus ¢ KU professor to exhibit sculptures in K.C. ¢ Painter to give gallery talk, workshop
What to expect during your furnace inspection
November 2, 2006 in print edition on D1
Annual inspections keep your furnace running at its best and guard against carbon monoxide.
How to fit in at the in-laws during holidays
November 2, 2006 in print edition on D1
The food isn’t the same. The tree isn’t right, and your family would never do it that way. For some people, celebrating the holidays with the in-laws isn’t as merry. It’s natural for a person to feel anxiety when they spend the holiday with their significant other’s family instead of their own, says psychotherapist James Rapson, co-author of “Anxious to Please” (Sourcebooks, $14.95).
Fall is bedtime for Kansas ponds
November 2, 2006 in print edition on D1
Fifty-five degree water temperatures seem to be the breaking point for dealing with a pond. The fish are too cold to be fed, and we are too warm to be that cold, but it’s time to prepare the water garden for the winter.
Spring dreaming
Planting bulbs now will create burst of color when weather warms again
November 2, 2006 in print edition on D1
Now’s the time to have visions of bulbs in your head. Can you see them dancing around in the spring breezes, blanketing the earth in shades of crimson, black, fuchsia, yellow, pink and white? Bulbs are the first and most consistent reminder that spring has, indeed, sprung.
November 2, 2006
Mosley finds her comfort level
Ballyhooed transfer says last year’s struggles are behind her
November 2, 2006
Shaquina Mosley sparkled in her first game in a Kansas University basketball uniform. Mosley was also splendid in the Jayhawks’ season finale. Then there were the 28 games between the opener and the final contest of the 2005-06 season. Mosley was no factor in any of them. In fact, if the Big 12 Conference awarded a Flop of the Year Award, Mosley would have won in a landslide.
Catic top Jayhawk returner
After ‘hitting wall’ in January, Serbian point guard struggled
November 2, 2006
For Ivana Catic, it was a December to remember. Catic was a rookie point guard, yet the clear-cut catalyst for a Kansas University women’s basketball team that began last season with a surprising 12-0 record. A native of Serbia who had spent the previous year at a prep school in West Virginia, Catic was turning the tiller of the Jayhawks’ offense like a old salt while averaging more than 11 points a game.
Morningstar growing up - and out
Freshman wing has bulked up since his Free State High days
November 2, 2006
You can’t sneak the sun past a rooster, and you can’t slip a protein milkshake by Brady Morningstar. “Every time I go into the locker room I drink one,” Morningstar said. Now a freshman basketball player at Kansas University, Morningstar continues to pursue the maturity he needs to become a viable NCAA Divison One performer.
Kansas women to rely on rookies
Henrickson eager to welcome seven - yes, seven - freshmen
November 2, 2006
During the Big 12 meetings, Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson approached Texas University’s Jody Conradt, who coached seven freshmen last year, for advice on how to handle her own class of septuplets. Conradt, whose team finished 13-15 last year, looked at Henrickson and shook her head. “Call three right now,” Conradt said, “and tell them not to come.”
Collins hopes to add to tradition
Freshman point is ‘real good, man,’ ex-Jayhawk Miles says
November 2, 2006
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team has been known as Point Guard U. - at least in the Midwest - for the past three decades. Kirk Hinrich, Cedric Hunter, Adonis Jordan, Aaron Miles, Kevin Pritchard, Mark Turgeon, Jacque Vaughn and Darnell Valentine have excelled at the lead guard spot, piling up points and assists as well as victories for the tradition-rich Jayhawks, who have a new floor-general in town eager to join that list of greats.
Arthur versatile - like Wright
Ballyhooed freshman lean, athletic and gifted just like ‘Juju’
November 2, 2006
Just imagine: Another Julian Wright running the Allen Fieldhouse floor. As rare a speciman is Wright is - lean, explosive and full of tools - there might be another one on Kansas University’s men’s basketball team this season. That is, if you listen to the players.
Bechard lifelong fan
Walk-on grew up ‘loving’ Jayhawks
November 2, 2006
Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard had dreamed of coaching Division I volleyball. So when Kansas State offered the Barton Community College coach its head job during the mid-1990s, moving on seemed like a no-brainer except to his son, Brennan. “Dad, you can take that job,” Brennan said. “But I’m still going to cheer for Jacque Vaughn and the Jayhawks.”
Kleinmann dedicated on, off court
Sophomore forward working to become more physical
November 2, 2006
After a late-night return to Lawrence from a Madison Square Garden road trip last season, Matt Kleinmann quickly realized his night wasn’t over. “Around 3 in the morning, I realized I had a project due in a couple of days,” the Kansas University sophomore forward said. “It was one of those days that it was so cold, my head hurt from just walking outside. I had two to three jackets on.”
Chalmers listened, learned after Cal
Self, Hawkins helped guard click following clunker against Bears
November 2, 2006
Glaring doesn’t begin to describe how Mario Chalmers’ performance against Cal last season sticks out from the other 32 games in which he played for Kansas University’s men’s basketball team. Chalmers’ line: 0-for-3 from the floor, 1-for-2 from the free-throw line, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 6 turnovers, 1 point in 11 minutes.
Wright in no rush to leave KU
Sophomore expects to spend some time on wing this season
November 2, 2006
On the basketball court, Julian Wright is a man who always seems to be in a hurry. He rushes to hit the open man. He puts up a shot and streaks to the other side of the lane to put it back up again when it misses. He bolts to get into position to block a shot and is off to the races on a fastbreak or to get back on defense. As for the college experience as a whole, Wright doesn’t seem to be in any great hurry for that to end.
Stewart puts past behind him
Former USC guard motivated by last season
November 2, 2006
Rodrick Stewart, who transferred from USC to Kansas University in January of 2005, wasn’t eligible to play in a game until the start of second semester last season. It put the 6-foot-4 guard at a disadvantage in his quest for playing time, several other perimeter players getting an eight-game head start on the season. “Yes and no,” Stewart said, asked if he was at a disadvantage because he couldn’t dress until the Dec. 19 contest against Pepperdine.
Kaun to take prominent role inside
Native of Russia expects to be pushed by Jackson, Arthur
November 2, 2006
When Sasha Kaun went home for the summer, it became evident - sports fans in Lawrence vastly differ from the ones in his hometown of Tomsk, Russia. “People don’t look at basketball as a sport that much in Russia,” the Kansas University junior center said. “The major sport is soccer there. The people don’t know much about basketball.”
Rush driven by last year’s finish
Loss to Bradley in NCAAs, late struggles prompted return
November 2, 2006
The rumor mills had him slotted him on NBA Draft boards, but guard Brandon Rush formed his own contrasting notion as he sat in the Palace of Auburn Hills locker room following Kansas University’s shocking NCAA Tournament first-round exit. “Right after the Bradley game, I knew I was going to come back,” Rush said. “It wasn’t a close decision.”
Jackson motivated by mishaps
November 2, 2006
It has been a difficult 18 months for junior forward Darnell Jackson. In November of 2005, he was suspended for nine games by the NCAA for accepting $5,000 in gifts from family friend, and Kansas booster, Don Davis. Just a few months earlier, in May, his mother, Shawn, and grandmother, Evon, were in a car accident in Nevada.
Kansas’ best shooter might be Case
Rush lauds teammate, but games not same as H-O-R-S-E
November 2, 2006
According to Brandon Rush, the best three-point shooter in the nation plays for the Kansas University men’s basketball squad - but it’s not he, it’s Jeremy Case. “If he started getting a lot of playing time, I think he’d be the best shooter in the nation,” Rush said. “That’s how great he can shoot.” Case was willing to be a little selfish in agreeing with Rush - but it was only to an extent.
Roster amazingly versatile
It might not be best, but it’s among most flexible
November 2, 2006
Such a gifted communicator is Bill Self that with one answer to one question he can efficiently kill what could have been months worth of hype. How, he was asked, does this year’s team compared to the 1996-97 team that went 34-2 and lost in the Sweet 16 to eventual national champion Arizona?
Boise State wows scouts
November 2, 2006 in print edition on C7
Jared Zabransky, Ian Johnson and the undefeated Boise State Broncos put on quite a show for the bowl representatives at Bronco Stadium.
Online petition gives Pluto support
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A1
First came the petitions. Then the angry mnemonics, like “My! Very educated morons just screwed up numerous planetariums.” And, inevitably, the bumper stickers: “Honk if Pluto is still a planet.”
Aquila requests higher gas rates
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A1
Lawrence residents would pay another $4.40 a month for natural gas beginning next summer, under a rate request submitted Wednesday to state regulators. The request is part of a plan that would pump another $7.2 million a year into Aquila Inc., the Kansas City, Mo.-based company that provides natural gas service to 106,000 customers in Kansas, including about 33,000 in Lawrence.
Gunmen abduct sports officials
Kidnappings occur near area where blockades lifted Tuesday
November 2, 2006 in print edition on A8
Gunmen abducted a top Iraqi basketball official and a blind athletic coach, both Sunnis, on Wednesday, a day after U.S. and Iraqi forces lifted a blockade on Baghdad’s Shiite militia stronghold of Sadr City.
Witherspoon achieves dream
Walk-on caught coaches’ eyes with hustle during tryouts
November 2, 2006
A hero at Humboldt High, Brad Witherspoon had offers to play college basketball. Small-college basketball. “I could have went juco, I could have went D-II to play, but I was like, ‘No, I’m going to come to KU. No questions asked,’” said Witherspoon, who recently survived walk-on tryouts and is a nonscholarship junior guard on KU’s 2006-07 team.
Robinson vows to raise his voice
November 2, 2006
When a Kansas guard is looking for inspiration to become more vocal, one name comes to mind for junior Russell Robinson. Aaron Miles. Robinson speaks with Miles regularly, and Miles, the former leader of the team, has given the new leader of the team a few tips.
Lawrence Datebook
November 2, 2006 in print edition on B2