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6News Now for October 9
October 9, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, the city releases dispatch tapes from last month’s police shooting, school board members review Supt. Weseman’s contract, and a look at the city’s sewer plans.
Florida climbs AP poll
October 9, 2006
These are good days to be a Gator. Florida is the new No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25, its highest ranking since Steve Spurrier left Gainesville and by far the best team in the Sunshine State. For the first time in 24 years, neither Miami nor Florida State is ranked.
KSU freshmen come through in clutch
Rookie starters hold their own in Wildcats’ comeback victory against Cowboys
October 9, 2006 in print edition on C7
Ron Prince came into Manhattan vowing to build a “fast, tough and disciplined” team. With the help of a handful of newcomers, he might be getting it done faster than expected. “Fast” would be freshman running back Leon Patton, who got his first start Saturday after Prince demoted senior Thomas Clayton. Patton, displaying both speed and skill at following his blockers, repaid the promotion by running for 151 yards and a touchdown and returning a kickoff 95 yards for another score in a 31-27 comeback victory over Oklahoma State.
Martyball’ disappears as Chargers roll, 23-13
October 9, 2006
Philip Rivers performed a trick that might have amazed Houdini. He made “Martyball” disappear in a flurry of passes. Rivers threw two touchdown passes, including a 22-yarder to All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates midway through the third quarter that lifted the San Diego Chargers to a 23-13 victory over the slumping Super Bowl champions.
Big birds’ rule the sky
Jayhawk Model Masters event draws two dozen monster aircraft
October 9, 2006 in print edition on C6
The image immediately conjured by the mention of remote-control aircraft likely is one of cute little toy. Participants in the “Jayhawk Big Bird Fly-in” late last month at the Clinton International Model Airport defy that stereotype. The Big Bird event - one of three major events held by the Jayhawk Model Masters at the field just south of Eagle Bend Golf Course in the shadow of the Clinton Lake dam - is designed for large-scale model airplanes.
Play it cool with best hands
Big bets not always a good move with strong cards
October 9, 2006 in print edition on C5
In order to write this, I will have to admit what I had in a hand versus one of my business partners who also happens to be the 1992 World Champion of poker, Russ Hamilton. I did not want to tell him what I had in this hand, as he is already too perceptive! It will also confirm to him that he played a hand really well against me last week in Aruba (I do not want to give him that much credit at the poker table!).
Number of high school injuries plummets
October 9, 2006 in print edition on C5
High school sports injury rates in the United States have dropped by more than half in the past decade, probably because of better equipment and other advances, researchers reported last week. In all nine major sports examined except volleyball, injury rates were at least two times higher in the mid-1990s than they were during the 2005-06 school year, said Dawn Comstock, a researcher at Columbus Children’s Hospital in Ohio and lead author of the study.
Several hundred police poisoned during meal
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A8
Hundreds of Iraqi policemen fell sick from poisoning Sunday at a base in southern Iraq after the evening meal breaking their daily Ramadan fast, and officials said they were investigating whether the poisoning was intentional.
Arab League seeks compromise in Sudan
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A8
Arab countries have launched a new effort to push Sudan toward a compromise over U.N. peacekeepers for Darfur, offering to dispatch a force of Arab and Muslim troops to the troubled region, diplomats said Sunday.
President announces discovery of oil
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A8
After years of exploration, oil has been discovered in western Uganda and the president said he expected production to begin in 2009.
Smoking to be banned in many public places
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A8
The days of cigarette-friendly France are about to go up in smoke.
Communist rebels ambush airport site
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A8
Maoist guerrillas used bombs to destroy equipment Sunday at an international airport that is under construction in the central Philippines.
Russia to hunt journalist’s killers; colleagues skeptical of official probe
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A8
Russia has become a deadly place for journalists who run afoul of government officials or their business and political partners. Those behind the killings, though, are rarely brought to justice, reinforcing a sense of impunity that may have encouraged the killers of Anna Politkovskaya, a fierce critic of the war in Chechnya.
Tigers relishing quick turnaround
October 9, 2006
Three years after listening to the all jokes during the Tigers’ 119-loss season, Jeremy Bonderman, Craig Monroe and Brandon Inge helped get Detroit back into the AL championship series for the first time since 1987.
Mets the talk of town
October 9, 2006 in print edition on C4
When he walked out of the clubhouse at Dodger Stadium, Jeff Wilpon checked his Treo and saw dozens of congratulations. “I got 48 e-mails in the half-hour between when the game ended and the time I left the locker room from the celebration,” he said Sunday. The other New York baseball team is playing into late October this year. While there’s turmoil in the Bronx following the Yankees’ first-round elimination, the Mets will be playing St. Louis in the NL championship series starting Wednesday.
A&M edges KU soccer
October 9, 2006 in print edition on C3
Six straight 1-0 scores speak volumes about Kansas University soccer. “Our defense is giving us an opportunity to win,” KU coach Mark Francis said. “We’ve just got to give ourselves a chance on the other end of the field.” Another near lockdown defensive performance went to waste Sunday when powerhouse Texas A&M edged KU, 1-0, in overtime at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Blalock content to play for Pistons
Competition may force former Iowa State guard to be farmed to developmental league for a spell
October 9, 2006 in print edition on C2
The transition of moving from starring as a collegiate point guard to becoming a consistent NBA contributor is one that only the best and brightest make smoothly. Chris Paul did it. Isiah Thomas had an All-NBA rookie team year in 1982. Magic Johnson reached the NBA Finals his rookie year. That’s just about where the list of luminaries ends.
NATO warns of popular allegiance to Taliban
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A8
NATO’s top commander in Afghanistan warned Sunday that a majority of Afghans likely would switch their allegiance to resurgent Taliban militants if their lives show no visible improvements in the next six months.
Vickers survives bumpy ride
Driver runs into Hendrick teammate at Talladega
October 9, 2006
Brian Vickers isn’t allowed to attend Hendrick Motorsports team meetings. Now he might not even be allowed in the building. Vickers stole his first Nextel Cup victory Sunday by nudging teammate Jimmie Johnson into race leader Dale Earnhardt Jr., then skirting by the two spinning cars on the last lap at Talladega Superspeedway.
Cardinals advance to NLCS
October 9, 2006 in print edition on C1
They limped into the postseason with 10 losses in their final 14 games and a 35-39 record after the All-Star break, testing the faith of their loyal fans. But now St. Louis is only one step from the World Series, proving that mediocrity isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker in the National League playoffs.
More ASSISTs for Self
KU coach’s foundation to kick off this weekend
October 9, 2006 in print edition on C1
A point guard during his days at Oklahoma State University, Bill Self is hoping to add to his assist totals this year and for many to come. Self, Kansas University’s men’s basketball coach, has announced formation of his new ASSIST Foundation, whose mission is “to help provide young people access to better lives.”
Mangino modifies team’s injury policy
October 9, 2006 in print edition on C1
Seeing the finished product of an unsteady week at practice forced Mark Mangino to get proactive. Kansas University’s football coach told reporters Sunday that players who miss the week of practice due to injury won’t play in the upcoming game anymore. It’s a move intended to create stability on the practice field, which Mangino hopes carries over to games at the end of the week.
Brother rejects claims that Castro is dying
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A8
The ailing Fidel Castro is not dying but is recovering from an illness, his younger brother and Cuba’s acting president said Sunday in response to rumors that the leader was on his deathbed.
Offices, banks closed for Columbus Day
October 9, 2006 in print edition on B2
A few government offices and public services will be closed today in observance of Columbus Day.
Wood: Close games vex KU
Jayhawks must find way to win thrillers to earn bowl berth
October 9, 2006 in print edition on C1
Whatever it is - luck, stamina, heart, pride or poise - Kansas University’s football team better find a quick remedy. And fix it quicker than anything has been fixed. Close games have never reflected well on KU in coach Mark Mangino’s five seasons in Lawrence - especially in Big 12 Conference play. The Jayhawks are 3-8 in league games that are decided by one score. Of those eight losses, Kansas had a lead in the final five minutes of six of them.
On the Record
October 9, 2006 in print edition on B2
Building on the possibilities
City’s Tenants to Homeowners director launches innovative programs
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A1
There are plenty of signs that Rebecca Buford is not your typical Lawrence real estate developer. For one, she’s a 30-year-old with a degree in Asian studies and women’s studies who has an office in a small cinder-block room with wall hangings such as give “peace a chance” and quotations from Mahatma Gandhi.
North Korea claims test
Nuclear report creates worry around world
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A1
North Korea’s official news agency said today the nation performed a successful nuclear test, defying warnings from the U.N. Security Council and a threat from the United States of military action. The test was carried out without any radioactive leakage, the Korean Central News Agency reported.
Farmers see joys of soy
Douglas County’s No. 1 crop ‘an amazing little plant’
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A1
Keith Knabe is spending a lot of time driving a combine these days. During the past week, the rural Eudora farmer has been harvesting 1,700 acres of soybeans. He estimates it will take another week to finish the job. “They are probably one of the easiest crops to grow,” Knabe said. “You basically just plant them and spray them to keep the weeds down.”
Pediatrician report: Free play’s the thing for kids
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A1
Here’s some soothing medicine for stressed-out parents and overscheduled kids: The American Academy of Pediatrics says what children really need for healthy development is more good, old-fashioned playtime.
S.D. nears historic vote on sweeping abortion ban
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A4
Circled around a living room, sipping coffee, five long-acquainted couples grappled with their stark differences on a topic they would have skirted in the past but now cannot avoid - abortion. Like other South Dakotans, people in this tiny farming town are confronting a historic opportunity on Nov. 7.
Departed’ arrives at No. 1 in record opening for Scorese
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A2
Martin Scorsese’s mob saga “The Departed” debuted as the weekend’s top movie with $27 million, muscling out the horror prequel “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.” It was a record opening for Scorsese, whose previous best was $10.3 million with 1991’s “Cape Fear.” Scorsese’s films usually debut in narrower release and gradually roll out to more theaters, but Warner Bros. decided to launch “The Departed” in wide release of 3,017 cinemas.
Chicken biscuit costs $4,783.63
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A3
Even at its golden-crispiest, the chicken biscuit was pricey. Combined with a sweet tea, the morning meal cost Gary Winn $4,783.63.
Protein found to block flu virus
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A3
University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have unveiled a critical protein that prevents influenza viruses from entering cells, a mechanism that could spark production of anti-viral medications to fight multiple flu strains, including the deadly strain of bird flu that’s circulating globally.
Average gas prices decline 14 cents
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A3
U.S. retail gas prices continued their downward trend, dropping nearly 15 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, according to a survey released Sunday in Camarillo.
Lesbian couple from out of state marry
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A3
A lesbian couple from Rhode Island who won the right to marry in Massachusetts had their ceremony Sunday in Attleboro.
Republicans say Foley scandal is blocking party’s message
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A3
The congressional page scandal involving the Republican-run House’s handling of former Rep. Mark Foley will make it more difficult for the GOP to maintain control of Congress in November, Republicans acknowledged Sunday, insisting that anyone responsible for covering up the scandal must be held accountable.
Curiosity seekers visit scene of Amish shooting
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A7
Curiosity seekers left flowers and messages of sympathy Sunday near the one-room Amish schoolhouse where a quiet milkman killed five young girls and wounded five more. Along the road leading to the West Nickel Mines Amish School, authorities posted dozens of “No parking or standing” signs to encourage people to keep moving.
Big families coming back in fashion
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A7
Laura Bennett isn’t bound by convention. Professionally, at age 42, she’s pursuing a midcareer switch into big-time fashion design. At home, she’s a mother of five - with No. 6 due next month. “It was nothing that we planned ahead of time,” Bennett says. “It’s more that we were enjoying all the kids. “We have a happy home. Why not have as many children as we can?”
Field trip fallout embroils art teacher, district
School defends firing after student sees nude piece at museum
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A2
Like the artwork that teacher Sydney McGee insists she was fired for letting her students study, her former school says there’s more to her dismissal than is apparent at first glimpse. McGee, who taught elementary school in this sprawling Dallas suburb, has drawn national sympathy and disbelief since claiming she was let go last month because a parent complained that a child saw a nude piece during a field trip to the Dallas Museum of Art.
County to discuss development revisions
October 9, 2006 in print edition on B1
Douglas County Commission will consider amendments to subdivision and rural development regulations at today’s meeting.
Task force examines whether tenure process is on the right track
October 9, 2006 in print edition on B1
Tracy Russo can laugh now that it’s over. “You’re sweating bullets,” Russo, an associate professor of communication studies, recalled of her application for tenure at Kansas University. “This is your career. If you’re not tenured, then essentially you have to leave.”
Latino Fest thrives in downtown venue
October 9, 2006 in print edition on B1
Margaret Perkins-McGuinness heard success stories Sunday. She wanted to bring Lawrence’s ever-growing Latin American community into the heart of Lawrence - partially to connect with the larger local community, partially to connect with services they may be able to access easily.
Kansas Health Policy group names CFO
October 9, 2006 in print edition on B1
Scott Brunner, who has served as director of the state’s Medicaid and HealthWave programs since 2004, has been named chief financial officer of the Kansas Health Policy Authority.
Fair highlights innovations in conservation for homes
October 9, 2006 in print edition on B1
Just a step away from boarding a bus to tour Lawrence’s most energy-efficient homes, Lecompton resident Martin Drey had hopes. “I’m just trying to get some ideas,” Drey said. The six Lawrence homes heat water with solar panels, keep cold air out with super-efficient insulation, feature well-sealed windows and doors - plenty of energy-saving ideas for people like Drey.
Newbie a nuisance
K.C. narrowly overcomes rookie QB’s hot start
October 9, 2006 in print edition on C1
Matt Leinart’s great start wasn’t good enough, and Larry Johnson’s bad day had a big but painful finish. Johnson, who rushed for just 36 yards, rumbled 78 yards with a screen pass to set up Lawrence Tynes’ 19-yard field goal with 1:36 remaining. The Chiefs rallied from 10 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Arizona Cardinals, 23-20, on Sunday.
U.S. to move elderly, disabled from institutions
Kansas seeks portion of federal money earmarked for community homes
October 9, 2006 in print edition on B1
Moving disabled and elderly people from institutions to community homes has become a priority for the federal government - so much so that it’s ready to throw more than a billion dollars at the movement. Now, Kansas officials say they want a share of those funds. “The idea is to serve a person in the least restrictive facility possible,” said Kyle Kessler, deputy secretary for the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. “It’s a pretty enduring philosophy.”
Striking plant workers receive last paycheck
October 9, 2006 in print edition on B8
Striking workers at Bombardier Aerospace’s Wichita plant won’t be collecting any more paychecks from the company until the strike ends.
Parents protest yearbook content
October 9, 2006 in print edition on B8
Parents upset about the presentation of an unwed teen mother in the Derby High School yearbook plan to take their objections to the school board tonight.
Events Calendar
October 9, 2006 in print edition on D2
It Just Comes Natural’ for George Strait
October 9, 2006 in print edition on D2
It’s almost become a maxim on Music Row: George Strait rarely does interviews. And although he agreed to talk to the Associated Press via phone for the release of his new album, “It Just Comes Natural,” when the questions began, the famously taciturn singer was true to form. What made him want to record the first single, “Give It Away”?
Power to the produce
October 9, 2006 in print edition on D1
Rarely do you hear the words “good for you” and “good taste” describing the same food. Tomatoes, however, are an exception.
Lifetime goes to the dogs
October 9, 2006 in print edition on D1
There’s a fine line between being crazy about your dog and being just plain crazy. That seems to be the message of “Off the Leash” (7 p.m., Lifetime), the newest variation on the “America’s Next Top Model” talent-hunt genre. Let’s call it “Project Dog Run.”
Living language
After years of creeping into English, Yiddish experiencing own revival
October 9, 2006 in print edition on D1
Jonathan Boyarin’s feelings toward the Yiddish language go beyond mere scholarship. “I heard a lot of Yiddish in my childhood, growing up in a community of Jewish chicken farmers,” he says. “I can’t say I learned the language there, but I picked up a heritage of nostalgia for it at least.” Now, Boyarin is trying to help share that heritage with Kansas University students and to turn KU into a hub for Yiddish study.
Germany returns to leadership role
October 9, 2006 in print edition on B6
Germany’s richly deserved 60-year holiday from leadership abroad is ending sooner than many here would like. Since World War II, Germans have become comfortable with standing in the shadows of power while Americans, the French and others shoulder the costly burden of claiming to run the world.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
October 9, 2006 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Oct. 9, 1906: “Outweighed 15 pounds to the man, the speedy little Redskins of Haskell Institute easily defeated the heavy Kansas City Medics football team yesterday afternoon at Haskell, by a score of 28-0.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
October 9, 2006 in print edition on B6
Kansas oil and natural gas producers contended they already were paying a so-called mineral severance tax in the form of a 3 percent ad valorem production levy.
T tune-up
October 9, 2006 in print edition on B6
As ridership on the city’s transit system grows, it doesn’t make sense to continue the system of riders simply flagging down the bus. Although it may be slightly less convenient for some riders, administrators of the city’s T transit system are right to pursue a plan to formalize the buses’ routes and stops.
Someone should have known
October 9, 2006 in print edition on B7
How can anyone harbor a deep-seated grudge for 20 years without anyone being aware that his rage might one day explode into mayhem and murder? On the surface, Charles Carl Roberts IV was a doting dad and a loving husband. He was attentive to his family and cared for his three children, along with his wife of 10 years.
Former page acknowledges sexual liaison
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A3
A former House page says he had sex with then-Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., after receiving explicit e-mails in which the congressman described assessing the sexual orientation and physical attributes of underage pages but waiting until later to make direct advances.
Democratic gains uncertain
October 9, 2006 in print edition on B7
There may be something going on in the country that makes the conventional wisdom Democrats will take control of Congress next month less likely than it appeared just a month ago. For the vast majority of Americans who have been paying attention to the baseball pennant races, their kids’ return to school or new television series, this may take some explaining.
October 9, 2006 in print edition on B5
For Monday, Oct. 9
Visiting Nurses picks up honors
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A10
The Kansas Home Care Assn. recently honored representatives of Douglas County Visiting Nurses and Hospice Care, Lawrence.
Therapy clinic offers yoga for seniors
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A10
Lawrence Therapy Services announces the addition of a new class, offering instruction in chair yoga for seniors.
Innovative Learning awards scholarships
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A10
Jan Kuyper Erland, Lawrence, executive director of Innovative Learning Systems Inc., has received donations and awarded scholarships for students with identified cognitive skills weaknesses.
Turning weakness into a strength
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A10
Q: I have a felony conviction from 1989 in California. Six years ago, I moved to the Midwest, and ever since I’ve had difficulty returning to my career in health care (clinical laboratory). It seems the system would rather keep me on welfare than let me honestly pay my bills. Open to suggestions. - Paul
Hallmark gets into music
Company’s Lawrence plant helps produce Sound Cards
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A10
Hallmark Cards Inc., the nation’s leading card company known for its traditional values, suddenly is rocking. The company’s new Sound Cards - the first line ever to use original songs from original artists - have young and old tuning into everything from Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tim McGraw to the Rolling Stones. Feeling frisky? Let Marvin Gaye tell your loved one, “Let’s Get It On.”
Murder is end of more than one life
October 9, 2006 in print edition on B6
Good morning, gentlemen. I don’t know your names yet, but I want to talk to you about the man you killed. I read about it in The Miami Herald. How Lemroy Lawrence walked out of his house in Miami Gardens about 9 p.m. Tuesday to get some papers from his truck. How you approached him out of the darkness. How there was a struggle. How he was shot in the back.
QB McNabb gets last laugh
T.O. non-factor as Philly stymies Dallas, 38-24
October 9, 2006
With Terrell Owens watching from the sideline, Donovan McNabb turned ordinary receivers into big-time playmakers. As for T.O., the most overhyped homecoming in recent memory was totally ordinary: three catches, 45 yards, 0 drama. McNabb threw touchdown passes of 40 yards to Reggie Brown and 87 yards to Hank Baskett, and Lito Sheppard returned an interception 102 yards in the final minute to seal the Eagles’ 38-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
NHL stars in new homes
Five teams bolster rosters with additions of key players
October 9, 2006 in print edition on C5
A look at the big names in the NHL who have donned new jerseys this fall:
Report: Torre out, Piniella in with Yankees
October 9, 2006 in print edition on C4
Joe Torre was absent Sunday. Alex Rodriguez, too. And the New York Yankees made no announcement about changing managers. While several players and coaches packed up in a quiet clubhouse, Day 1 of what figures to be a wild offseason in Yankeeland provided few definitive answers.
KU tennis duo loses
October 9, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s Kunigunda Dorn and Yulian Svistun fell in the consolation final of the doubles bracket of the Hoosier Classic on Sunday.
Recruit has ‘good visit’
October 9, 2006 in print edition on C3
James Anderson, a 6-foot-6 senior forward from Junction City (Ark.) High who made an official recruiting trip to Kansas University last weekend, says he’ll make his two final visits in successive weeks, then come up with a college choice.
Pakistan cites progress on anniversary of quake
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A8
Sirens wailed in somber reminder and the bustling streets of this Kashmiri city fell silent for a minute Sunday as the mountainous area marked the first anniversary of the magnitude 7.6 earthquake that killed 80,000 people.
AARP seeks volunteers to offer tax filing aid
October 9, 2006
Volunteers are needed to provide free tax assistance to residents of Douglas and Franklin counties during tax season. Community volunteers with experience in preparing their own taxes can be trained for the AARP program. Computer skills are helpful but not required as volunteers assist with general services including receptionist work and other support.
Lawrence Datebook
October 9, 2006 in print edition on B2
Senator fails to disclose stock options from corporate board
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A4
For the past five years, Sen. George Allen has failed to tell Congress about stock options he got for his work as a director of a high-tech company. The Virginia Republican also asked the Army to help another business that gave him similar options.
Lettuce recalled for E. coli concerns
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A3
Less than a week after the Food and Drug Administration lifted its warning on fresh spinach grown in California’s Salinas Valley, a popular brand of lettuce grown there has been recalled over concerns about E. coli contamination.
Commission to consider Washington, D.C., trip agenda
October 9, 2006 in print edition on B8
Rec Calendar
October 9, 2006 in print edition on C6
People in the News
October 9, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Paparazzi spoil outings ¢ Family mourns Daniel Smith ¢ MySpace organizes Darfur relief concerts