Archive for Tuesday, October 3, 2006

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Two-vehicle wreck reported on I-70
04:03 p.m., October 3, 2006 Updated 06:05 p.m.
Emergency crews are on the scene of a two-vehicle rollover wreck on westbound Interstate 70 just east of the Lecompton interchange.
6News Now for October 3
October 3, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, KU may keep online plagiarism detection, an archeaology group talks to elementary students, and the new city manager’s list of positions to fill.
Deputy director named
Karen Kelly chosen for KU cancer center
October 3, 2006
Derby native and KU grad chose for leadership role at cancer center
Hot and windy this afternoon
Chance for scattered rain Wednesday
October 3, 2006
Get ready for what could be a record-setting hot day, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “We’re heading up to 95 degrees,” Schack said. “We will be challenging the record.”
Rumsfeld, Ashcroft reportedly given warning of impending al-Qaida attack
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A5
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and former Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft received the same CIA briefing about an imminent al-Qaida strike on an American target that was given to the White House two months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Ben Balman and Kelsey Harrison
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C6
Balman threw two touchdown passes and also ran for 82 yards and two scores Friday and Harrison did her damage all over the court in Thursday’s home quad.
Firebirds staring down impressive double
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C6
The Free State High football team has a chance to accomplish two rare feats Friday night when it plays host to Olathe Northwest at Haskell Stadium.
Sam Hays
Lone LHS senior embraces leadership role
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C6
The Lawrence High girls golf team has fond memories of departed seniors Sydney Wilson, who now plays at Kansas University, and Jamie Shmalberg.
Tittrington: A call is all we ask
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C6
Let’s play a quick game of word association. When I say “football,” what’s the first word, phrase or image that pops into your mind?
Leinart prepares for first NFL start vs. K.C.
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C5
Arizona coach Dennis Green calls the Cardinals’ most recent offensive performance “ludicrous.”
Smith: Shutout ‘frustrating’
Chiefs defense showed signs of life after years of ineptitude
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C5
Alex Smith claims he was surprised. Imagine how shocked a stadium full of Kansas City Chiefs fans must have felt.
McNabb leads Eagles’ rout
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C5
Donovan McNabb juked and jived the way he did early in his career. Brett Favre had a throwback night, too - to his days of erratic interceptions.
K.C. may reap rewards of farm system
Promising young players could make ‘07 spring training one to watch
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C4
The Kansas City Royals have been so inept for so long, things seem to go bad even when they go right.
Seahawks’ plane stops for precautionary check
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C5
The Seattle Seahawks’ charter plane made an emergency landing early Monday morning to get medical care for Ray Rhodes, a special defensive assistant and former NFL head coach.
A-Rod demoted
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C4
Alex Rodriguez, one of the game’s most celebrated power hitters, will be dropped to sixth in the Yankee lineup tonight for Game 1 of the division series against the Tigers.
Lawyer: Steroids story contained ‘inaccuracies’
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C4
The federal prosecutor overseeing an investigation of steroids in baseball said Monday a newspaper report that five players, including Roger Clemens, had used illegal performance-enhancing drugs contained “significant inaccuracies.”
Alou out as Giants’ skipper
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C4
The San Francisco Giants cut ties with manager Felipe Alou on Monday, a day after the team finished its second straight losing season.
KU football notebook
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C3
Course knowledge carries KU
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C3
High winds put everyone at a disadvantage in the second round during the opening day of the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational at Alvamar Golf Club.
Mangino says Meier still the guy
Freshman will play Saturday if healthy
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino cleared the air on what many outsiders believed was a budding quarterback controversy, insisting Monday senior Adam Barmann remains the backup quarterback behind freshman Kerry Meier.
Haynesworth suspended 5 games for head stomp
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C5
Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was given a five-game suspension - the longest for on-field behavior in NFL history - for stomping on Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode’s head and kicking him in the face Sunday.
Morning madness
Boot Camp not for faint of heart
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C1
It is 5:45 a.m. Monday, the sky pitch black outside Allen Fieldhouse, no sun in sight.
Former congresswoman killed in one-car crash
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
Former U.S. Rep. Helen Chenoweth-Hage, who held “endangered salmon bakes” and once accused federal agents of using black helicopter gunships, died Monday in a car crash, her daughter said. She was 68.
New York - Pete Rose said on the David Letterman show filmed Monday that he took “greenies” in his playing days, if only to lose a few pounds.
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C4
Pete Rose said on the David Letterman show filmed Monday that he took “greenies” in his playing days, if only to lose a few pounds.
Woman called leader of anti-Iran movement
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
A naturalized U.S. citizen from Iran was a top official for a heavily armed, Iraq-based terrorist organization that seeks to overthrow the Iranian regime, federal prosecutors said in court documents obtained Monday.
New health insurance program kicks in
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
Massachusetts began signing up it poorest residents for low-cost health insurance Monday, the first step in the state’s goal to be the first to require all citizens to have health insurance.
Cooler weather helps battle against wildfire
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
Firefighters battling a giant wildfire that had scorched more than 250 square miles of brush and timber fully contained the blaze late Monday, nearly a month after it began.
Page program has added safeguards over years
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
Congressional pages are high school juniors who serve as glorified gofers in the House and Senate.
N.Y. teams eye series
Yankees, Mets have designs on title
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C4
All eyes on the Big Apple. After tying for the best record in baseball this year, the New York Yankees and Mets might be set for another Subway Series.
Hastert defends handling of Foley scandal
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Monday defended his office’s handling of questions raised about Rep. Mark Foley last year, saying the parents of a former male page were concerned about an e-mail Foley sent their son but didn’t want the matter pursued.
Americans share Nobel in medicine
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
Two Americans won the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday for discovering a way to silence specific genes, a revolutionary finding that scientists are scrambling to harness for fighting illnesses as diverse as cancer, heart disease and AIDS.
On the record
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B2
Americans paying more of incomes for homes in nearly every state
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A4
Americans are becoming increasingly house poor. Homeowners in every state but one spent more of their incomes on housing costs last year than at the start of the decade, according to data released today by the Census Bureau. Those in Alaska spent the same.
Census: More residences vacant, rental costs stay high
Vacancy numbers grow significantly since last count in 2000
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A1
More Lawrence homes and apartments are sitting vacant, but rent rates in the city continue to be among the highest in the state, according to a new survey released Monday.
Race for Congress gaining steam
Signs are pointing to heated contest for Boyda and Ryun
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A1
Does Democrat Nancy Boyda have a shot at defeating U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun in the 2nd congressional district race?
Just another night for Jones
LHS senior continues dominance at home invite
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C1
Before she started her floor routine, Abby Jones received some encouragement from the crowd at Free State High.
Faculty plan one-day Wheat State Tour
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B3
Kansas University faculty are planning yet another Wheat State Tour.
Senior fellow to speak about China, Eurasia
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B3
Peter Brookes, senior fellow with the Heritage Foundation and commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, will deliver a lecture titled “American Foreign Policy Challenges in China and Eurasia” from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Investigative reporter to discuss tax system
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B3
New York Times investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston, known for exposing inequities in the U.S. tax code, will give a lecture at 6 p.m.
Board takes no action on seclusion rooms
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B3
The Kansas State Board of Education took no action after meeting to set a public hearing on seclusion rooms and restraint for children with disabilities.
Medicaid changes increase access to services
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B3
State health officials Monday announced changes in the Kansas Medicaid program that they said would increase access to mental health services and resolve a dispute with the federal government.
Barton County coaches sentenced
Four coaches involved in athletics scandal at Great Bend school to serve time for crimes
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C2
Citing “institutionalized fraudulent conduct” at Barton County Community College, a federal judge Monday sentenced the last four coaches involved in the athletics scandal at the Great Bend college to serve time for their crimes.
Conference to discuss special-needs students
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
Special educators from across Kansas will gather this week in Lawrence to discuss ways to improve their work with children who have special needs.
Walker raises support for Kenyan library
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
Debbie Schachner of O’Fallon, Ill., stepped through Lawrence Monday on her cross-country trek to raise $47,000 for the construction of a library in Timau, Kenya.
KU residence hall rooms burglarized
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
More than $4,000 worth of computer equipment was stolen from separate rooms in Oliver Hall on Sunday, the Kansas University Public Safety Office reported.
Contest helps kick off Homecoming Week
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
Matthew Casaletto rubbed his stomach Monday after learning the hard way that without guts there is no glory.
Eco-friendly Web site gets Midwest perspective
Treehugger.com television director relocates to Lawrence
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence isn’t exactly New York City. But for the Web magazine treehugger.com, which claims to have 750,000 users a month, that has not proved to be a bad thing.
Prosecutor: Attorney general misrepresented sex-crime case
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B8
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline had nothing to do with a Sedgwick County case he has repeatedly used to defend an investigation that entangled him in a lengthy legal fight with two abortion clinics, the county’s top prosecutor said Monday.
Farm families call for help as drought buffets state
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B8
Each night before going to bed, cattle rancher Barrett Broadie prays for rain. More such prayers follow on Sunday mornings, when he and his neighbors meet for church services in Ashland, a town of about 1,000 in southwestern Kansas.
People in the news
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ ‘Cocaine’ - the anti-drug ¢ Spit happens ¢ Impaired driving ¢ A hero in armor, not tights
GOP chairman comes out swinging
Shallenburger accuses Sebelius’ running mate of benefiting from legislation
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
Unhappy with media coverage of the governor’s race, Kansas Republican Party Chairman Tim Shallenburger on Monday accused Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ running mate, Mark Parkinson, of benefiting from legislation.
Tuesday the new ‘Friday’
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A2
“Friday Night Lights” (7 p.m., NBC) was a great book, a good movie and now a fine TV drama. Shot documentary style with an anxiety-inducing editing style, “Friday” does a great job of capturing the pressure-cooker atmosphere of a small Texas town where football isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.
Frist calls for Taliban to join government
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A6
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Monday that the Afghan war against Taliban guerrillas can never be won militarily and urged support for efforts to bring “people who call themselves Taliban” and their allies into the government.
Cultural historian to deliver lecture
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
David Nirenberg, professor of history and romance languages and literatures at Johns Hopkins University, will deliver a lecture titled “Which is the merchant here and which the Jew?
Russian officers released from custody
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A6
Six Russian military officers accused of espionage by Georgia were allowed to leave the country and fly to Moscow on Monday, as Georgian authorities bid to defuse a diplomatic crisis with their northern neighbor.
Intruder at Blair’s home charged
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A6
A man who scaled the back fence of Prime Minister Tony Blair’s residence on Downing Street was charged Monday with assault on a police officer and possession of a knife, authorities said.
Concerns raised on Venezuela’s weapons
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A6
The recent military build-up in Venezuela by U.S. nemesis President Hugo Chavez has other countries in the region worried that the weapons could end up in the hands of terrorists, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Monday.
Letter shows al-Qaida leaders were not happy with al-Zarqawi
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A6
A top al-Qaida official warned Abu Musab al-Zarqawi six months before he was killed by a U.S. airstrike that he would be removed as the terror group’s head in Iraq if he did not consult with the group’s leadership on major issues.
Internal Palestinian battles continue
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A6
Gunbattles erupted Monday night between Fatah gunmen and Hamas militiamen in the southern Gaza town of Rafah, killing two people and wounding 14 a day after a deadly explosion of internal violence paralyzed the Gaza Strip.
Iraqi leader announces plan to unite sects, stop violence
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A6
Iraq’s prime minister announced a new plan Monday aimed at ending the deepening crisis between Shiite and Sunni parties in his government and uniting them behind the drive to stop sectarian killings that have bloodied the country for months.
Gunman kills 4, himself at school
12 girls are targeted at Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A1
A milk-truck driver carrying three guns and a childhood grudge stormed a one-room Amish schoolhouse Monday, sent the boys and adults outside, barricaded the doors with two-by-fours, and then opened fire on a dozen girls, killing four people before committing suicide.
Attorney joins Best Lawyers’ list
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C8
Patrick Nichols, an attorney in Lawrence, has been named once again to the 13th Edition of “Best Lawyers in America,” a designation based on confidential evaluations by attorneys in Kansas and a private balloting process.
Senator named business ‘guardian’
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C8
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., recently earned a familiar title - Guardian of Small Business - for yet another year, courtesy of the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
Realtor earns agent designation
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C8
Sue Simmons, a Realtor for Stephens Real Estate Inc., Lawrence, has earned the Accredited Buyer Representation designation from the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council Inc. of the National Association of Realtors.
Commodities
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C8
Author gives straight talk on insurance
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C8
It’s time for open enrollment. That means millions of workers will be evaluating their health, life and disability insurance options as part of their employee benefits package.
Brewery’s taste of success
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C8
A brewery in southwest Lawrence is taking itself local - new owners, new beers, new name - just as it secures some national recognition.
Stopping a silent killer
Doctors recommend new HPV vaccine for girls as young as 9
October 3, 2006 in print edition on D1
There’s no doubt Dr. Kathy Gaumer is excited about offering a new vaccine for human papillomavirus.
S. Korean top choice to succeed Annan
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A6
South Korea’s foreign minister cemented his position as the near-certain successor to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Monday, the only one of six candidates to escape a veto in an informal Security Council ballot.
Gas price drop no conspiracy
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B7
Americans love conspiracy theories. If they can’t find a good one to get jazzed about, they’ll eagerly embrace a bad one.
Hard to hide from camera
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B7
My sandy-haired gap-toothed daughter likes to snap my picture on a cell phone as I’m eating my bran flakes in the morning and brooding over the front page of the Times, over which there is now more to brood than ever.
Vibrant area?
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: The Sept. 2 Saturday Column and other recent articles regarding the status of Lawrence’s downtown make some very good points about preserving our unique downtown and I support that, but for different reasons.
Cleanup credit
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Save the Wakarusa Wetlands organizes cleanups on 31st Street from Haskell Avenue west across the Haskell Indian Nations University campus and beyond.
Pet-friendly place
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: What a lovely pet-friendly place to live! I was dog-sitting my daughter’s dog recently when she jumped from my car in Dillons parking lot on Sixth Street. Charlotte is only a puppy and was missing for two days when Shannon and Tracy Stacy found her.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B6
Democrat Bob Docking of Arkansas City, a former Lawrence banker, planned to kick off his gubernatorial campaign in Lawrence with a barbecue.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B6
Hit by a recent loss of nearly 48,000 customers, a group of 25 Kansas rural electric cooperatives were being forced to scale down plans to buy a share of the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant.
Mock documentary no joke to Chicago-area school district
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A8
A suburban school superintendent says he was only trying to be funny when he took videotaped interviews with his new teachers, spliced in his own gag questions and made the faculty members look like killers, strippers and drug users.
A pebble in a pond
Like waves from a pebble tossed into the water, our small acts of kindness will be remembered long after we are gone.
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B6
Lawrence has had far too many funerals in recent days. Some were celebrations of long lives well-lived while others mourned lives taken tragically too soon.
Book’s account of chaos is hardly news
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B6
While leading the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in the summer of 2003, David Kay received a phone call from “Scooter” Libby, Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, who wanted a particular place searched: “The vice president wants to know if you’ve looked at this area…
Volunteers needed for Late Night in the Phog
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B2
Ballard Community Services seeks volunteers for Late Night in the Phog on Oct. 13. Volunteers will assist by collecting nonperishable food items from guests and boxing them. Volunteers need to be available by 4:45 p.m. on the day of the event and will be done in time to participate in the festivities.
Cubs cut ties with manager
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C4
Dusty Baker is out as the Chicago Cubs’ manager following a last-place finish and a failure to take the team to the World Series in his four years.
Woodling: League standings a mystery
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C1
Desperately seeking information about how to determine the Sunflower League football champion, I called Free State High athletic director Steve Grant.
Schools review safety measures
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A1
Video cameras were monitored. Side doors were locked. And crisis response plans - what teachers and students are to do if an intruder enters the building - were reviewed at Lawrence schools Monday.
4 guilty counts in HIV case
Three women were exposed, jury finds
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A1
A jury on Monday convicted a Lawrence man of exposing three women to HIV in what may be the first HIV-exposure case ever tried in Kansas.
Duquesne forward progressing
Ashaolu moved from critical care into rehabilitation
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C2
Duquesne forward Sam Ashaolu, the only one of five injured basketball players still hospitalized after last month’s shootings, was moved from a critical care unit into rehabilitation Monday.
Meals on Wheels helps elderly maintain independence
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
Eighty-eight-year-old Eunice Hays, Lawrence, relishes her independence and self-sufficiency. Widowed 30 years ago, the mother of six worked until she was 70 years old and volunteered until she was 75.
Authorized ‘Peter Pan’ sequel ready to fly
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A2
John has discovered a cutlass in his bed; the twins are inexplicably covered in war paint - and a snapping crocodile is terrorizing the members of the gentlemen’s club.
Chiropractor touts spinal awareness
October 3, 2006 in print edition on C8
Schroeder Chiropractic, Lawrence, is celebrating Spinal Awareness Month with promotions for exams and X-rays, if necessary, for new patients.
Readers request further details on signs of suicidal behavior
October 3, 2006 in print edition on D1
Wes: Several readers asked us to elaborate on warning signs of teen suicide. I must warn that any such list carries two caveats. First, lists can miss individuals who do not show the signs but still harbor suicidal tendencies.
Study: Weeknight TV, video games take toll on school performance
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A8
Parents now have science to back them up when they say, “Turn off the TV. It’s a school night.”
Horoscopes
October 3, 2006 in print edition on B5
For Tuesday, Oct. 3
E-mail scandal brings FBI inquiry, calls for further probes
October 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
The FBI is examining former Rep. Mark Foley’s e-mail exchanges with teenagers to determine whether they violated federal law, an agency spokesman said Sunday.