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Standing ovation greets soldiers
Red, white and blue neighborhood a surprise to sergeant after Baghdad
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A1
Staff. Sgt. John McLean was still a few blocks away from his Lawrence home Thursday afternoon when he saw American flags, red, white and blue streamers and the “welcome home” signs.
Rumsfeld visits Kansas after resignation
Outgoing Pentagon chief compares Cold War, Iraq War
November 9, 2006
Outgoing Pentagon chief compares Cold War, Iraq War.
Douglas County judge on shortlist for Kansas Supreme Court
Robert Fairchild has been a finalist once before
November 9, 2006
Robert Fairchild has been a finalist once before.
Museum offers program on preserving photos
November 9, 2006 in print edition on D2
Watkins Community Museum of History will present a program Saturday on how to preserve family photographs.
KU Theater staging contemporary plays
November 9, 2006 in print edition on D2
Kansas University is presenting a double bill of contemporary plays beginning this week.
Marines Corps to celebrate 231 years
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B1
Douglas County area veterans will celebrate the Marine Corps’ 231st birthday Friday at Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics.
ISU’s McCarney out
Cyclone coach steps down after 12 years
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C7
Iowa State coach Dan McCarney resigned Wednesday in his 12th season as head coach.
Ohio State sensation Oden must wait
Highly regarded freshman will be sidelined first half of season because of wrist injury
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C5
As he squirms in his seat, uncrosses and crosses those long legs and plays with the cast shackling his right wrist, Greg Oden looks like a kid who’s been cooped up for far too long.
Traveling elite ensemble impressed with local choirs
Singing tips from the pros
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B1
A choir teacher might make a suggestion. A classmate might make a comment. But when an elite ensemble of singers gives some pointers, young vocalists tend to listen.
Our town sports
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C9
Three broken ribs sideline Bills back
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C8
Running back Willis McGahee is out indefinitely with three broken ribs, leaving the Bills without their best offensive threat against the Indianapolis Colts this weekend.
McNair ready for Music City encore
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C8
Music City has seen this story many times before. A big, popular star nears the end of his run and isn’t welcome anymore. Then there’s the big comeback, the triumphant return. Cue Steve McNair.
Giants’ Toomer done for season
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C8
New York Giants all-time leading receiver Amani Toomer will miss the rest of the season because of an injured left knee.
League’s new policy on technical fouls frustrates players
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C4
First the league took the leather out of the ball. Now, it seems, it’s taking the heart out of the game.
Brown settled for $18.5 million
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C4
Larry Brown will get $18.5 million from the New York Knicks, less than half of what the Hall of Fame coach had left on his contract when he was fired.
Blame game is GOP’s morning-after exercise
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A6
President Bush had many explanations for what he called the “thumping” his party took on Tuesday, but the most creative was the notion that his chief strategist, Karl Rove, had spent too much time reading books.
Missouri approves stem-cell initiative
November 9, 2006
On an Election Day when activists of many ideological stripes could tout victories on ballot measures, the narrow passage of a pro-stem cell research initiative in Missouri sent a mixed message about that issue’s political potency.
Kansans say departure clears way for bipartisanship
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A6
News of Donald Rumsfeld’s departure from the Pentagon was no surprise Wednesday to Kansas politicians and observers.
Democrats complete sweep of Congress
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A6
Democrats completed an improbable double-barreled election sweep of Congress on Wednesday, taking control of the Senate with a victory in Virginia as they padded their day-old majority in the House.
In reverse case, dog found, owner sought
November 9, 2006
While riding bicycles across the Kansas River bridge into North Lawrence on Wednesday, Anne Wilsey and Donica Tomko ran into a little black-and-white pooch perched on the bridge, apparently ready to jump.
Crews search for missing woman, stranded hunters after floods
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A4
The body of a 78-year-old woman who disappeared on a storm-battered beach was found Wednesday, the third confirmed death from storms in the Pacific Northwest that smashed rainfall records and damaged hundreds of homes, authorities said.
Justices hear arguments on partial-birth abortions
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A9
A Bush administration lawyer urged the Supreme Court on Wednesday to uphold the nation’s first criminal ban on an abortion method, saying so-called partial-birth abortions are “too close to infanticide” and not a medical necessity.
Plunge into SpongeBob marathon
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A2
Looking for absorbing programming? Nickelodeon celebrates its most popular property with a 24-hour “SpongeBob SquarePants” (7 p.m., Nickelodeon) marathon.
People in the news
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Federline files for support ¢ Witherspoon officially files for divorce ¢ Cosby settles lawsuit ¢ Jackson to perform at awards show
Disputed Picasso withdrawn from auction
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A2
A descendant of former owners of a Picasso painting with a controversial Nazi-era history sued to recover the canvas scheduled to be auctioned Wednesday, prompting Christie’s auction house officials to withdraw it from sale.
Minimum wage increase on Democratic agenda
Senate and House leaders pledge to work with Bush
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A1
Restored to power, congressional Democrats pledged Wednesday to press for a new course in Iraq and move promptly to raise the minimum wage.
Pet detective gave couple hope in finding missing dog
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A1
After searching and searching for their missing dog, a Lawrence couple called a pet detective. No, it wasn’t Ace Ventura, but a woman from Oklahoma and her pack of canines.
Bush looks to Rumsfeld replacement as fresh start
President hopes former CIA director Robert Gates will turn the tide on the war in Iraq
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A1
Sen. John Warner, R-Va., chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said he hopes to hold Gates’ confirmation hearings in time for the Senate to approve his nomination this year.
Educators want to turn former all-white school into charter
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B2
Two educators want to put charter schools in the former all-white school in Topeka that the child of the lead plaintiff in the Brown v. Board of Education case was barred from attending.
Investigators say pipe fitting caused fatal accident at Tyson plant
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B2
A pipe fitting that split suddenly while workers were trying to drain anhydrous ammonia from refrigeration equipment was responsible for the Oct. 31 death of a worker at the Tyson Foods plant in South Hutchinson, the lead federal investigator said Wednesday.
On the record
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B2
World welcomes shift in U.S. power
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A8
The seismic shift that midterm elections brought to Washington’s political landscape was welcomed by many Wednesday who oppose the war in Iraq and the harsh methods the Bush administration has employed in fighting terrorism.
Firebirds want to see bold guarantee go bad
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C1
Bob Lisher’s jaw didn’t drop. His eyebrows didn’t reach his hairline. He didn’t have to sit down.
SM West cautious about LHS rematch
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C1
As soon as Shawnee Mission West learned Lawrence High would serve as its opponent in the quarterfinals of the Class 6A state football playoffs, Vikings head coach Tim Callaghan delivered a message to his team.
Small-town girl
Feickert finds life different at KU
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C1
While driving along a deserted stretch of North Dakota road, Kansas University head coach Bonnie Henrickson told assistant Katie O’Connor to pull the car to the side of the road.
Aldrich signed, sealed and delivered
Jayhawks miss out on Anderson, who opts for Oklahoma State
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C3
Cole Aldrich has been a frequent visitor to Kansas University’s campus the past three years.
Some area offices to close for holiday
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B3
A few area government offices and public services will be closed Friday in observance of Veterans Day, which is Saturday.
Kentucky looking to rebound from disappointing season
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C5
Most college basketball towns would be more than content with a 22-13 record, a trip to the conference semifinals and a four-point loss at the hands of a national power in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Beasley keeps his word, signs with K-State
Nation’s No. 1 high school prospect will join Huggins in Manhattan
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C5
The No. 1 high school basketball prospect in the nation was true to his word.
Patient starts talking after 3-year silence
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B8
A woman thought to have Lou Gehrig’s disease has resumed talking after a silence of nearly three years - the second such surprise recovery at a south-central Kansas facility.
Voters finally approve light rail in Kansas City
City officials argue there isn’t enough money to fund 27-mile train linking midtown to airport
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B8
City officials in Kansas City were reeling Wednesday, a day after voters approved a ballot initiative that requires the city to build a light-rail system.
Sheehan arrested at White House
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A3
Activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested Wednesday as she led about 50 protesters to a White House gate to deliver anti-war petitions she said were signed by 80,000 Americans.
Snake bite at church fatal to woman
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A3
A woman who was bitten by a snake at a church that neighbors say practices serpent handling died of her wounds hours later, a newspaper reported.
Malvo sentenced for sniper slayings
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A3
Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo was sentenced Wednesday in Rockville to life in prison for six murders in Maryland that were part of a three-week shooting spree that terrorized the Washington area in 2002.
Iraq extends security measures
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A3
Beset by rampant sectarian violence, Iraq’s parliament voted Wednesday to extend the country’s state of emergency for 30 more days, as at least 66 more Iraqis were killed or found dead.
Hamas leader calls for renewed attacks on Israel
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A3
In the alley among the shell-damaged houses there were pools of blood and children’s shoes.
Former Nebraska QB can’t believe record has stood this long
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C7
More than three decades later, Dave Humm’s career passing record at Nebraska is about to fall.
Doctor’s orders: Paterno off the field
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C7
There’s at least one person Joe Paterno will take orders from: his doctor.
Miami preapres to play in honor of slain Pata
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C7
The plan called for the Miami Hurricanes to have a normal practice, two hours of working on third-down blitz packages and kickoff returns. Normal wasn’t possible Wednesday.
Miami’s problems put in perspective
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C2
The unacceptable ignominy of the University of Miami football team’s 5-4 record stopped mattering Tuesday night as surely as a heart stopped beating.
Padres tap Black manager
Angels pitching coach San Diego’s choice
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C2
The San Diego Padres found their new manager just up the freeway.
E.M.U. Theatre show marks 25th anniversary
November 9, 2006 in print edition on D2
E.M.U. Theatre has announced the “Silver Shamiversary: 25 Years of 25 Years” to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary.
Safety measures critical when cleaning lawn, garden for winter
November 9, 2006 in print edition on D2
Fall lawn and garden cleanup is a chore that we all must do in preparation for spring. As we rush to complete these tasks, we must not neglect our health and safety. Here are some areas that could use our attention:
Plant breeders search for perfect specimens
November 9, 2006 in print edition on D1
We’re all searching for the bionic plant that shakes off pests and disease like it has a protective coating, sports a bodacious amount of blooms in vibrant colors and performs for every season.
Gasoline Prices
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
Rental inspection suit goes to appeals court
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B1
A federal lawsuit that alleges a city program to inspect rental homes is unconstitutional has been appealed to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Humerickhouse wins district by 200 votes
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B1
Incumbent Kansas House Rep. Joe Humerickhouse, R-Osage City, has pulled out a 200-vote victory against challenger Jim Irey, D-Melvern, in the 59th District.
Gasoline prices rise after election
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B1
Election Day is over. Gasoline prices are up.
Pulitzer winner to discuss laws that changed American history
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B1
Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes looks back at post-World War II America and wonders what happened.
Coffee stains to blame for late results
County clerk says advance ballots jammed machines on Election Day
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B1
Advance voters might want to watch where they put their coffee cups next election.
Commodities
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A10
Huhtamaki VP to speak Friday
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A10
Challenges and benefits encountered by international manufacturers doing business in Kansas will be addressed Friday by Dan Napralla, vice president for consumer goods at Finland-based Huhtamaki, during a breakfast meeting of Kansas International.
Double-check your paycheck to be sure everything is correct
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A10
With the year coming to a close soon, this is a good time to double-check your paycheck to make sure all the information is correct. When was the last time you looked to see if your federal and state withholdings were correct? Are your deductions for benefits right?
Buffer borders Fort Riley
Land effort to fortify Army base operations
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A10
The Department of Defense is fortifying its perimeter defenses at Fort Riley, forming a coalition to establish a perpetual buffer against incursions by future development.
Outside experts
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Why do we have people from Birmingham, Ala.; Nashville, Tenn.; Washington, D.C.; Waukesha, Wis.; and Phoenix giving us a “glimpse” of what community members want in Lawrence?
Best, brightest
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Tuesday, just after 3 p.m., I drove past a group of young people standing on the grass on the north side of 23rd Street just west of the intersection with Louisiana Street.
Voters speak
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: About a year ago, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took a drubbing when all of his conservative ballot initiatives were voted down.
Republicans lose their zeal
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B7
In the end, the Republican “revolution” ran out of gas and out of vision. Too many congressional Republicans appeared to care more about maintaining power than using power to implement an agenda, which they also abandoned.
Pivotal period
Americans now will be watching how Democrats handle the challenges that face the nation.
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B6
After Tuesday’s election, it’s going to be an interesting two years. At this time there is no way of knowing whether it will be a time of cooperation and progress or one of one-upmanship, stalemates and political maneuvering.
Vote not a referendum on conservatism
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B6
At least Republicans now know where “the bridge to nowhere” leads: to the political wilderness. But there are three reasons for conservatives to temper their despondency.
Horoscopes
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B5
For Thursday, Nov. 9
Stand for or against war divides electorate
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B6
For six tumultuous years President Bush has provoked intense opposition while mobilizing passionate support for an ambitious conservative agenda.
Not your average Cho
Brazen comedian tackles politics, race, belly dancing
November 9, 2006 in print edition on D1
Stand-up comedian. Film actress. Sitcom star. Sitcom failure. Best-selling author. Outspoken political advocate of gay marriage. Rabid devotee of belly dancing.
NFL Briefs
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C8
¢ Panthers’ Carstens hospitalized with clot ¢ Stomach virus plagues Houston D-line ¢ Injuries suddenly deplete Jacksonville front four ¢ Overall body soreness’ sidelines Vikings’ Taylor ¢ Luck catches up to Dolphins’ ‘D’ ¢ Bengals’ quarterback still adjusting after injury ¢ Browns’ tackle Tucker vows to play Sunday
Keegan: NAU nets Lawrence double
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C1
The longest two-mile drive in four-year college basketball is right here in Lawrence.
New routine, same result
KU volleyball team swept by Colorado
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C1
The Kansas University volleyball team wore red jerseys instead of white. The Jayhawks ate a catered pregame meal instead of going to a restaurant. KU coach Ray Bechard even showed his team a highlight video of its best plays.
Former group-home worker gets probation for abuse
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B3
The former group-home employee who abused a disabled client will remain free on probation, a Douglas County judge decided Wednesday.
Mason enjoying the spoils of success
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C5
Jim Larranaga took George Mason to the Final Four, and he hasn’t stopped since.
Welcome to Wayne’s world
Productive receiver describes self as ‘silent assassin’
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C8
Reggie Wayne might be a Pro Bowl receiver in any other offense. At Indianapolis, however, he has long been the overlooked man.
KU football notebook
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C3
Not having to worry about an opponent is proving to be beneficial for KU’s football team.
Study finds low-carb diets not a cardiac risk for women
November 9, 2006 in print edition on A3
Casting fresh doubt on a widely held dietary belief, a new study of low-carbohydrate diets found that eating higher amounts of fat doesn’t increase cardiac risk for women.
Hendrick talks about challenges of racing
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C6
A question-and-answer session with Hendrick Motorsports team owner Rick Hendrick:
A racing resurgence
November 9, 2006 in print edition on C6
Robbie Loomis calls it a “new spark.” Crew chief Billy Wilburn senses a lot of excitement. Bobby Labonte has seen the results firsthand.
Lawrence Datebook
November 9, 2006 in print edition on B2