Archive for Thursday, November 16, 2006

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Gamers line up for PlayStation3
But are the new consoles worth the cost?
November 16, 2006
It’s the biggest thing to happen to video games this year.
6News Now for November 16
November 16, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, the Great American Smokeout in schools, Playstation 3 release craze, details from a proposed western Kansas energy plant meeting.
How I quit smoking for good with no relapses
November 16, 2006
It was 1971; I was a stressed-out PhD candidate at the University of Michigan. At 26 years old, I was smoking so much that I’d be opening my 4th pack toward the end of each day (back then cigarettes cost $3.00 a carton). My office mate in the foreign languages building, a young man I just couldn’t stand, kept bugging me to quit because (poor guy) he couldn’t breathe in our shared GTA office. I continued smoking up a cloud, ignoring his pleas until he baited me, suggesting that I probably couldn’t quit because “women have no will power.”
Mass. Street Kwik Shop robbed
November 16, 2006
Robbery occurred at 3 a.m.
University Dance Company employing variety of musical styles for fall concerts
November 16, 2006 in print edition on D2
There’s something old and something new on the program of the University Dance Company’s fall concerts.
New Senate leader faces daunting tasks
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B6
When Virginia Sen. George Allen conceded to Jim Webb last week, giving the Democrats their 51st seat in the Senate, the responsibility for the work of the legislative branch shifted definitively - and a potential weak point for the new majority was exposed.
County Commission OKs request to rezone land
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B3
A request to rezone a 10-acre parcel of land near Eudora was approved Wednesday night by Douglas County commissioners.
CURSES! KU TUMBLES
Jinxed’ Jayhawks stunned by ORU
November 16, 2006 in print edition on C1
The Sports Illustrated jinx has struck again. “I believe in it now. That doesn’t happen. As soon as the cover comes out, we lose,” Kansas University sophomore guard Brandon Rush said after the No. 3-rated Jayhawks’ 78-71 loss to Oral Roberts …
Interrogation shown in child-abuse trial
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B1
Jurors on Wednesday watched a videotaped interrogation of a Lawrence man on trial for the child-abuse death of his 5-month-old daughter.
Our town sports
November 16, 2006 in print edition on C9
KU notebook
November 16, 2006 in print edition on C7
Bill Self on Wednesday afternoon received a signed letter of intent from Tyrel Reed, a 6-foot-3 senior from Burlington High.
Jayhawks stung by loss
November 16, 2006 in print edition on C7
Kansas University’s basketball players stared straight ahead, not knowing quite what to say after the No. 3 Jayhawks’ shocking 78-71 home loss to Oral Roberts on Wednesday night.
KU lands Burlington prep
Guard Reed thrilled with scholarship offer
November 16, 2006 in print edition on C6
So, Kansas University coach Bill Self phones you at 8 p.m. Tuesday to offer you a basketball scholarship. How do you celebrate?
Mayo signs letter to play for USC
November 16, 2006 in print edition on C4
USC received a letter of intent Wednesday from guard O.J. Mayo, one of the most-coveted high school players in the nation.
Tar Heels rally, 73-66
November 16, 2006 in print edition on C4
North Carolina coach Roy Williams finally saw what he was looking for from the Tar Heels in the second half Wednesday night against Winthrop.
KU softball team signs four recruits
November 16, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University softball coach Tracy Bunge announced Wednesday the signing of pitcher Allie Clark, middle infielder Kolby Fesmire, catcher Brittany Hile and first baseman/outfielder Liz Kocon to letters of intent.
Errors doom KU in 3-0 loss at Baylor
November 16, 2006 in print edition on C3
The Kansas University volleyball team lost a three-game match to Baylor on Wednesday night, falling 30-15, 30-18, 30-24, in Big 12 Conference action at the Ferrell Center.
KU football notebook
November 16, 2006 in print edition on C3
The phone lines haven’t been cut this week between Kerry and Dylan Meier, though it’d be understandable.
HINU swept at home
Long-range troubles bite Indians
November 16, 2006 in print edition on C3
The old cliche in basketball is, “You live by the three or die by the three.”
UMKC takes 97-58 victory over Baker
November 16, 2006 in print edition on C5
Quinton Day scored a game-high 24 points Wednesday in leading Missouri-Kansas City to an 97-58 nonconference win over Baker at Municipal Auditorium.
Queen to visit on Jamestown anniversary
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A3
Just like in 1957, Queen Elizabeth II will take part in anniversary events at Jamestown, the New World’s first permanent English settlement.
Hospital charged in Skid-Row dumping
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A3
The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office filed false imprisonment and dependent-care abuse charges against hospital giant Kaiser Permanente on Wednesday, the first criminal prosecution of a medical center accused of “dumping” patients on Skid Row.
Lobbyist Abramoff reports to prison
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A3
He was once known for lavishing politicians with gifts and whisking them way on exotic trips.
Report: Hunger - make that ‘food insecurity’ - falls in 2005
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A3
The number of people struggling with hunger in the United States fell in 2005, the first such decline in six years, the Agriculture Department reported Wednesday.
Two plead guilty in deadly dorm fire
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A3
Nearly seven years after a dormitory fire killed three students at Seton Hall University, two former roommates pleaded guilty Wednesday to arson, admitting for the first time that they set a banner ablaze in a prank that tragically got out of hand.
Lott regains leadership role; Democratic showdown today
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A3
House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi faces a major leadership test today, barely a week into her new role, as Democrats vote on her choice for majority leader. She’s supporting a lawmaker once caught up in a bribery scandal and known more recently for trading votes for pork projects.
Kidnappers free 70 hostages
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A7
Kidnappers released about 70 people snatched in a mass abduction by suspected Shiite militiamen who answer to a key backer of the prime minister - a sign the militants went too far and Iraq’s leader may be yielding to intense U.S. pressure to crack down on sectarian violence.
On the record
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B2
Historian to discuss developments in evangelical movement
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B2
Church historian and author Darryl Hart will visit Kansas University tonight when he’ll discuss the movement of some evangelical Christians to the left of the political spectrum.
Fire fully engulfs vacant East Lawrence trailer
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B3
Fire engulfed an apparently vacant trailer Wednesday night at an East Lawrence trailer home park.
Storms wreck skate rink full of children
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A4
Lines of thunderstorms hammered the South on Wednesday, turning a skating rink into a hulk of twisted metal soon after 31 preschoolers and four adults fled to the only part of the building that turned out to be safe.
Kansas should stop K-State run threat
November 16, 2006 in print edition on C1
It has been more than two years since any one player has done it. Kansas University’s football team will be going for consecutive game number 24 on Saturday, while Kansas State looks to smash the streak with some young legs.
KU women unsettled for opener at home
November 16, 2006 in print edition on C1
Here it is mid-November, and Bonnie Henrickson isn’t even close to determining a rotation.
Green gets green light
Chiefs quarterback to start against Raiders
November 16, 2006 in print edition on C2
Trent Green is back as Kansas City’s starting quarterback, 10 weeks after a brutal head-snapping hit knocked him unconscious with a severe concussion.
Graduation rates can be deceiving
November 16, 2006 in print edition on C2
The president of the NCAA went on the offensive the other day, taking on a couple of easy targets to make his case that most jocks aren’t nearly as dumb as you might think.
Walters showcases goofs, gaffes
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A2
Who says the past is not prologue? A popular female “Today” show host best known for morning conversation is given a much publicized opportunity to host a network news broadcast.
Simpson tells how he would have killed
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A2
O.J. Simpson created an uproar Wednesday with plans for a TV interview and book titled “If I Did It” - an account the publisher pronounced “his confession” and media executives condemned as revolting and exploitive.
Suspect in carjacking accused of assaulting officer
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A1
While high on methamphetamine and after trying to stab himself in the neck with a pen, a Lawrence man accused of hijacking a van tried to break out of a Missouri jail, officials said Wednesday.
Sex offender restrictions may backfire
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A1
Restrictions on where sex offenders can live may sound good, but actually put communities at greater risk, law enforcement and victims’ rights advocates said Wednesday.
Smokers urged to kick habit today
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A1
Melissa Wick doesn’t know how many times she tried to quit smoking before she finally broke the habit she began at the age of 18.
Military opposes timetable on Iraq
Conflict likely to be divisive as new Congress takes over
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A1
U.S. military leaders in Iraq and in Washington on Wednesday rejected the calls for a timetable for withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq, underscoring the difficulty of reaching any consensus on a new Iraq policy.
Sergio strengthens to Category 2 hurricane
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A6
Sergio strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane Wednesday, its winds increasing to 98 mph as it drifted far off Mexico’s Pacific coast.
Attack on oil facility leaves 2 assailants dead
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A6
Eleven armed men attacked a southern Nigeria oil facility owned by a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell PLC Wednesday, leaving two attackers dead, police officials said.
Incumbent president declared election winner
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A6
Incumbent President Joseph Kabila was declared the winner Wednesday of Congo’s tense runoff election, defeating his rival and ex-rebel leader, Jean-Pierre Bemba, in the country’s first multiparty contest in more than four decades.
Pro-government militias increase Darfur attacks
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A6
Pro-government militiamen have stepped up attacks on villages in Darfur, killing dozens of people in recent days, international observers in the wartorn Sudanese region said.
Tsunami warning issued after quake
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A6
Thousands of people living along northern Japan’s Pacific coast fled to higher ground Wednesday after a powerful undersea earthquake prompted tsunami warnings as far away as Alaska.
Israel issues threat after rocket attack
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A6
Israel promised a punishing response to a deadly Palestinian rocket attack Wednesday near the home of the country’s defense minister.
Pakistan moves to moderate rape laws
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A6
Pakistan’s lower house of Parliament passed amendments to the country’s rape laws Wednesday, ditching the death penalty for extramarital sex and revising a clause on making victims produce four witnesses to prove rape cases.
Chinese hide their dogs to escape rabies crackdown
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A6
Elaine Loke is shutting down her dog boutique and will spirit her golden retrievers Hippy and Bally out of Beijing to escape the city’s sweeping anti-rabies campaign.
Ag secretary sees farming as key in revitalizing Iraq
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B4
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said Wednesday he was heartened by the interest of the nation’s universities in helping boost Iraq’s farm sector.
Kofi Annan to give farewell speech at Truman Library
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B4
Kofi Annan will give his last major speech as the U.N. secretary-general at the Truman Presidential Museum & Library, the museum announced Wednesday.
Free State students earn Math Day honors
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B1
Free State High School students took home the top honor at a recent 2006 Math Day competition at Washburn University.
Two drivers injured in afternoon wreck
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence police officers responded Wednesday afternoon to a two-vehicle injury accident at 27th and Missouri streets.
City’s Web site now includes variety of detailed maps
Images include bike paths, traffic signals, street conditions
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B1
Go ahead. Bryce Hirschman dares you to count all the manholes in Lawrence.
State not willing to divest from Sudan
Activist disappointed that KPERS holdings won’t be moved
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B1
State lawmakers Wednesday refused to push for selling off approximately $43.5 million in Kansas public pension investments in Sudan, which the U.S. government says is guilty of genocide.
Needed maintenance climbs to $727M
Regents to push for budget to fix state university buildings; KU repairs total $209M
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B1
If you ignore the problem, it will only get bigger. That’s the message the Kansas Board of Regents is sending with its latest report indicating that the cost of building repairs at the state’s six public universities has climbed by $143 million since 2004.
Chocolate gets hearty endorsement
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A8
Even small amounts of dark chocolate might help to prevent the sort of blood clots that cause heart attacks and strokes, a finding that researchers say could make the treat a routine part of a heart-healthy diet.
Scientists reconstruct part of Neanderthal DNA
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A8
A small bone fragment that scientists initially ignored has produced a bonanza: enough Neanderthal DNA to start mapping the genetic code of the stocky and muscular relative of modern humans, scientists report.
Stem cell shots fight muscular dystrophy in dogs
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A9
Stem cell injections worked remarkably well at easing symptoms of muscular dystrophy in a group of golden retrievers, a result that experts call a significant step toward treating people.
US Airways makes $8B hostile bid for Delta
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A9
US Airways made a hostile $8 billion bid for Delta Air Lines on Wednesday, ignoring Delta’s repeated statements that it isn’t interested in a merger. The move could start a stampede of competing bids in a long-predicted industry consolidation.
Ark City sanctions pigeon shoot downtown, doesn’t tell residents
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B8
The Wild West returned briefly to downtown Arkansas City, when shooters on rooftops of several commercial buildings opened fire.
License revoked where tiger killed teen
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B8
The Lost Creek Animal Sanctuary, where a tiger killed a 17-year-old taking her senior pictures here last year, has had its license revoked and has been put on probation until October 2011.
Recounts under way in 4 Kansas House districts
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B8
It’s rare when four legislative races are the subject of recounts - and even more rare that in one, the election night outcome might be altered.
Poised to make history
If driver Jimmie Johnson wins the 2006 Nextel Cup, owner Rick Hendrick will be the first owner in NASCAR history to win Cup titles with three drivers
November 16, 2006 in print edition on C8
Team owner Rick Hendrick has fielded 2,239 entries in 22 years of Nextel Cup Series competition. He has 149 Cup wins and five series championships.
Young entrepreneurs sought for program
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A10
The National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation is accepting scholarship applications from high school seniors interested in pursuing their dreams of starting their own businesses.
Heart valves grown from amnio stem cells
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A9
Scientists for the first time have grown human heart valves using stem cells from the fluid that cushions babies in the womb - offering a revolutionary approach that may be used to repair defective hearts in the future.
Sunflower project adds new partner
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A10
The owner and developer of the former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant south of De Soto is adding another partner.
Raymond James adviser joins council
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A10
Harold T. Pearce, branch manager and financial adviser for Raymond James Financial Services Inc. in Lawrence, has been named to the firm’s 2007 Executive Council, in recognition of outstanding client service and exemplary professional growth.
Commodities
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A10
It’s time to save on student loans
November 16, 2006
Class of 2006 college graduates, listen up. It’s been almost six months since you left school, and you haven’t had to pay a penny on your student loans.
Netopia hits big time
Motorola purchase buys into telecom ‘triple play’
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A10
A growing software-development operation in Lawrence is poised to join one of the world’s biggest players in communications equipment.
Theater to stage Native playwright’s work
November 16, 2006 in print edition on D2
Haskell Indian Nations University students will take the stage this weekend with a Thunderbird Theatre production of First Nations playwright Drew Hayden Taylor’s “Girl Who Loved Her Horses.”
Winter care will enhance springtime show of irises
November 16, 2006 in print edition on D2
The iris is an aristocratic flower that may have been cultivated as long ago as 7,000 B.C. Egyptians used them to adorn the statues of the sphinx and scepters of their kings.
Inner growth
Crop of Lawrence green thumbs use houseplants to keep homes and offices brimming with life
November 16, 2006 in print edition on D1
Maybe the cure for the winter doldrums - brought on by shorter days, gray skies and brown gardens - is to bring the living inside.
The rise of the Mommy Party
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B7
With Democrats seizing control of the House and Senate, a debate has started over how significant their victory was. Does it potentially mark a generational power shift?
Haggard’s self-hate damaging
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B7
I suppose it’s hard to count Ted Haggard as a direct casualty of the 2006 election since his name wasn’t on any ballot.
Paper tiger?
Democrats who suggest a withdrawal from Iraq appear to be abdicating America’s leadership position in the world.
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B6
Last week, a Journal-World editorial expressed concern about one very serious possible outcome of last Tuesday’s off-year elections that gave Democrats control of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B6
The building that Penn House had occupied until recently was demolished, and two members of the advisory board vowed a new structure would rise at 1025 Pa. during an eight-hour building binge.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Nov. 16, 1906: “Rooters and boosters have raised money to send the university band to Lincoln for the Kansas-Nebraska football game and prospects for a KU victory seem good after some injured men have been returning.
Iraq futility
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I can’t help but think there was something missing in Monday’s Journal-World.
Election coverage
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I should like to thank the editorial board of the Journal-World for its coverage of the November election.
A good fit?
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I am having a hard time understanding why Nancy Pelosi and George W. Bush may not get along.
School split
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I live inside of the box in the northwest part of town that the school board continues to segregate. The southern border is Peterson Road, the west is Kasold Drive, the east is Iowa Street and the north is Interstate 70.
Horoscopes
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B5
For Thursday, Nov. 16
Arts duo raises ‘Brave Voice’
November 16, 2006 in print edition on D1
Their hands are both on a keyboard. Kelley Hunt, coming from a background in rhythm and blues music, has hers on a piano keyboard. Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, a poet, has her hands on a computer keyboard.
Library worker wins trial to recover her job without Sunday hours
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B2
Three years after she was fired for refusing to work on Sundays, Connie Rehm has won back her job on the staff of this small town’s public library, and her employers have received a costly education in employment rights law.
People in the news
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Smith lord of dance ¢ Jackson takes the stage ¢ The ‘sexiest man’ again ¢ Book awards announced
Improved defense key for FSHS
November 16, 2006 in print edition on C1
Almost forgotten in Free State High’s dream football season has been the Firebirds’ remarkable one-year turnaround.
Vealy, Green deadly 1-2 punch
November 16, 2006 in print edition on C7
Before Wednesday night, Marchello Vealy made only one three-point shot in his entire career.
Keegan: Green has way with KU
November 16, 2006 in print edition on C1
Great basketball players put the game on a string and control it. They see things others don’t. They sucker opponents into making moves so they can counter.
One soldier charged in rape, slaying pleads guilty
November 16, 2006 in print edition on A7
One of four U.S. soldiers accused of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl last spring and killing her and her family pleaded guilty Wednesday, and agreed to testify against the others.
Pump patrol
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
Seniors find higher costs, more choices in Medicare drug plans
Participants seek enrollment help
November 16, 2006 in print edition on B1
Delores Needham’s old health insurance just isn’t cutting it anymore.
K-State rolls past Rutgers
November 16, 2006 in print edition on C5
At one point during the second half of Kansas State’s win over Rutgers Wednesday night, the public-address announcer began to signal a timeout with the words, “Cincinnati calls time,” before catching himself and correcting it to, “Kansas State.”