Archive for Sunday, October 22, 2006

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Gun shots fired in Lecompton
October 22, 2006
Authorities believe a car chase may be related to the gun shots.
Poet’s Showcase
October 22, 2006 in print edition on D3
‘Plugged’ by Larry Rochelle
True Boo
Kids books provide frights, sights and delights
October 22, 2006 in print edition on D3
Halloween is around for only one day each year. But little kids who can’t wait for Halloween to come and who hate to see it go can enjoy its frights, sights and delights any time through some of the latest picture books with Halloween themes.
Potter builds up culture with clay
Mexican artist to visit Lawrence for Gallery Walk
October 22, 2006
As a 12-year-old boy, Juan Quezada began taking long trips to the mountains near his village in northern Mexico to collect firewood for his family. He went alone, and as he walked he scooped up shards of beautifully painted pottery left behind by artisans of a bygone culture. He admired the precise geometric decoration painted on the remnants, and in his spare time, he dug clay and tried to make his own pots.
When pictures speak louder than words
Two young painters make social statements on canvas
October 22, 2006 in print edition on D1
Their goals are the same, and ambitious even for young adults: to change the world with a brush and canvas. Their tactics vary greatly. One uses in-your-face stereotypes from the past to confront racial issues. The other uses a deep respect for American Indian traditions to battle social problems. In studying to become professional artists, friends Will Willmott and Anson Weeks Stancliffe have, themselves, become a study in artistic similarities and differences.
Arts notes
October 22, 2006 in print edition on D4
¢ Missionaries to discuss Kenyan relief program ¢ KU Symphony to play masterworks
October 22, 2006 in print edition on D4
Book notes
October 22, 2006 in print edition on D3
¢ KU grad launches Lawrence guidebook ¢ Wally Emerson signing set for Oread Books
October 22, 2006
¢ Northwestern Mutual names new director ¢ Bankruptcies
Third-generation devices on way
October 22, 2006 in print edition on E1
Nine-hundred eighteen? I looked up from the newspaper at my wife, and learned that I’d heard right: According to our bill, our teenage daughter, Julie, had sent 918 text messages on her cell phone last month. “We pay for the first 200,” my wife told me, referring to our regular monthly charge.
Kansas volleyball swept by Aggies
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C12
The Texas A&M volleyball team swept Kansas University, 3-0, Saturday night, 30-28, 30-24, 30-23.
KU’s Avdeeva, Horvath advance to semifinals
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C12
The Kansas University tennis team’s top doubles duo moved into the semifinal round of the doubles bracket at the Wilson/ITA Central Region Championships on Saturday.
Flags, turnovers plague Haskell
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C12
It was the same song, different verse for Haskell Indian Nations University’s football team Saturday. Penalties and turnovers proved fatal as Southwestern Assemblies of God U. pinned the Fightin’ Indians, 24-7, at Lumpkin Stadium.
Recruit’s decision spurs threats from fans
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C12
Here’s something for high school basketball players to ponder as the Nov. 8 start of the week-long early signing period nears: Pick the wrong school, and your life might be in jeopardy. Indianapolis blue-chipper Eric Gordon’s decision to renege on an oral commitment to Illinois - and switch to Indiana - has prompted some fans to send death threats to the Gordon family both in the mail and to Gordon’s MySpace Web page.
Baker snaps 4-game skid
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C12
A healthy dose of Avila University cured what ailed Baker University’s football team. The Wildcats snapped a four-game losing streak and won at home for the first time by blanking the Eagles, 27-0, on a chilly, windy Saturday night at Liston Stadium. “What was so frustrating about the losing streak is that we were not playing the way we can play,” linebacker Micah Mason said. “So to play how we should play felt good.”
Game One setback doesn’t faze Tigers’ fans
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C4
The Tigers’ drive to a World Series title hit a pothole Saturday night, but Detroit fans held tight to the bandwagon. A monthlong celebration of the team’s first postseason appearance since 1987 began with playoff victories over the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics, but hit a sour note when the St. Louis Cardinals coasted to a 7-2 victory in Game One.
Verlander pounded in opener
Mistakes haunt Detroit rookie
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C4
Justin Verlander handed the ball to Jim Leyland, walked off the mound, looked at the scoreboard and kicked dirt along the third-base line. It was a walk of shame for Detroit’s rookie after getting roughed up by the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series opener Saturday night. “I was thinking, ‘I got Game One, and I let my guys down,’” Verlander said. “Obviously, I wanted to give my guys a chance to win, and I didn’t.”
St. Louis rolls in Series opener
October 22, 2006
With the right rookie on the mound, it was the scrappy St. Louis Cardinals who looked sharp in the World Series. Even with a week off, the Detroit Tigers were ragged. Anthony Reyes pitched brilliantly into the ninth inning, Albert Pujols made Detroit pay for pitching to him, and Scott Rolen also homered to help St. Louis cruise past the Tigers, 7-2, in the Series opener Saturday night.
This time, Rolen wastes no time
Shut out in 2004 Series, third baseman homers in first at-bat
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C4
Scott Rolen sure gave Tony La Russa something to talk about. Shut out in the 2004 World Series, Rolen delivered three hard hits in Game One on Saturday night. The All-Star third baseman homered his first time up and later doubled. He also ran over Detroit third baseman Brandon Inge, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-2 victory. “Scott came around like a freight train,” La Russa said.
KU collapses yet again
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C1
It’d be amazing if it weren’t so ordinary. Kansas University’s football team painted another masterpiece of futility Saturday, blowing an 18-point, fourth-quarter lead and falling, 36-35, to Baylor at Floyd Casey Stadium. It’s almost comical now. When Baylor gained possession with 2:43 remaining needing six points for the victory, it was pretty clear what was about to happen.
History doesn’t explain present, future
October 22, 2006 in print edition on B7
We’re fighting the Vietnam War again. It may have been a mistake to fight it the first time. It certainly is a mistake to fight it now. But here we have even President Bush, in a stunning betrayal of his own war narrative, acknowledging commentators’ thesis that the vicious upsurge in violence in Iraq this month could produce a 21st-century replay of the Tet Offensive.
Shift in Congress could alter Iraq course
October 22, 2006 in print edition on B7
No one speaks more authoritatively for the Democrats on defense and national security issues than Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan and Jack Reed of Rhode Island, both longtime members of the Armed Services Committee. If you want to know what Democratic gains in this midterm election would mean for national security policy, Levin and Reed can provide the answers.
Lawrence commuter report
October 22, 2006 in print edition on B3
¢ The following construction projects may affect commuter traffic in the region this week ¢ The following ongoing construction projects may affect city traffic this week
Widow honored by special plate
Sale proceeds benefit Kansas Red Cross
October 22, 2006 in print edition on B3
One of the few possessions that Shirley Oplinger Briner saved after a fire in August was a metal cross she pulled from the front door of her apartment as she fled. Officials of Wilton Armetale Co., the Pennsylvania servingware firm that made the cross, read about her misfortune in a newspaper article and were touched.
Two men arrested in rapes on reservation
October 22, 2006 in print edition on A3
Federal authorities have arrested two men in a series of rapes of girls whose attacker posed as a police officer on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Last week, a task force with the Bureau of Indian Affairs took 29-year-old Jimi Aday into custody on charges of kidnapping and aggravated sexual contact.
Parachutist’s death witnessed by thousands
October 22, 2006 in print edition on A3
Thousands of people watched a pioneering parachutist jump to his death from a bridge during a festival when his chute opened too late, a sheriff said. Brian Lee Schubert, 66, died of injuries suffered Saturday when he hit the water 876 feet below the New River Gorge Bridge during West Virginia’s annual Bridge Day festival, said Fayette County Sheriff Bill Laird.
More remains found in manholes at WTC site
October 22, 2006 in print edition on A3
Workers recovered more human remains Saturday from several manholes as the city began a new search for Sept. 11 victims.
Notre Dame basks in ‘luck of the Irish’
Quinn delivers 45-yard TD pass in final seconds to beat UCLA
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C9
Brady Quinn and Jeff Samardzija added another chapter to Notre Dame’s storied history. This great finish did more than just contribute another memory to the lore of the Golden Domers, however. It also kept alive the Bowl Championship Series hopes of the 10th-ranked Fighting Irish.
Seattle tries to swallow new slogan: ‘Metronatural’
October 22, 2006 in print edition on A3
When Washington state announced its new tourism slogan last spring, Pike Place Market vendor Kenny Telesco was willing to give it a chance. He practiced saying it with “jazz hands” and asked tourists to “SayWA” as they posed for photos. But he’s not sure he can stomach Seattle’s new tourism slogan, unveiled Friday in 18-foot-tall letters atop the Space Needle: “metronatural.”
Investigators work to find cause of derailment
October 22, 2006 in print edition on A3
Federal investigators arrived at a smoldering scene Saturday to piece together how two dozen ethanol tanker cars derailed and several exploded on a southwestern Pennsylvania bridge.
Kovels antiques
October 22, 2006 in print edition on D5
Collectors don’t always want comfortable period chairs or vases decorated with roses - sometimes they want the unusual to display. Tastes change. In the 1950s, a pale-colored living room with matching walls, carpet and upholstery and little pattern was the “look” seen in the decorating magazines.
GOP’s tent is too small to cover gays
October 22, 2006 in print edition on B7
I guess the tent wasn’t big enough after all. Meaning the “big tent” strategy dreamy-eyed Republicans have been touting since the ‘90s. Theirs was, they said, a party big enough to encompass people from all walks of life. Now we learn they meant all walks except the gay walk.
More racial diversity predicted as population grows to 400M
October 22, 2006 in print edition on A3
Now that the nation officially numbers more than 300 million, what next? What will 400 million look like? If demographers are right, we’ll hit that mark by 2043. They and other futurists envision a typical American neighborhood that year will be something like this:
Annie Leibovitz ready for her close-up
October 22, 2006 in print edition on A2
Annie Leibovitz is sitting in her Greenwich Village studio, watching her life flash before her eyes. Fifteen years of it, to be precise, the part she’s collected in her new book, “A Photographer’s Life: 1990-2005,” whose 472 pages her visitor is flipping through now.
Cubs’ miscalculations aided Tigers
Chicago unwisely wasn’t interested in Rodriguez, Ordonez because of injury history
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C2
Irony is a word that’s often misused. For instance, it is not ironic the World Series began Saturday without the Cubs. Pathetic would describe it better. Typical would capture it in a nonjudgmental sense, as this will be the 61st consecutive time the event has been contested without featuring the Cubs.
Matteson charges to Funai golf lead
Durant trails by one shot, Rose by two after three rounds
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C2
Troy Matteson has turned his rookie season into a rousing success. He did it in four weeks, too. Matteson birdied the last two holes Saturday, finished with a 7-under 65 and had a one-shot lead at 19-under 197 after the third round of the Funai Classic at Disney.
LHS, FSHS in top five
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C3
The Lawrence High boys cross country team finished third while Free State took fifth at Saturday’s regional.
Eudora volleyball advances
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C3
The Eudora High volleyball team earned its third straight trip to the Class 4A state tournament Saturday.
On the Record
October 22, 2006 in print edition on B2
Bengals’ problems to continue
Panthers energized after slow start
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C5
The Cincinnati Bengals survived a tough early schedule. They’re not doing as well against the softer middle part. A week after losing to previously winless Tampa Bay, the Bengals welcome a much better NFC South team, the Carolina Panthers, to Paul Brown Stadium today. Subplot: Chad Johnson, who has just one touchdown catch this season, against Carolina’s Steve Smith, who has re-energized the Panthers.
Green cleared to practice
K.C. quarterback expected to miss next week’s Seattle game
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C5
Kansas City quarterback Trent Green, who was knocked unconscious in the Chiefs’ season opener, has been cleared to practice. Green has missed nearly six weeks while recovering from a severe concussion he sustained Sept. 10 against Cincinnati. The veteran quarterback lay motionless on the field at Arrowhead Stadium for 11 minutes after the blow from Bengals defensive end Robert Geathers, before being carted away on a stretcher.
League’s top defense awaits LJ
Chiefs hoping to get back on track against Chargers today
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C5
LT vs. LJ. Just sounds like a marquee matchup, doesn’t it? But while San Diego’s LaDainian Tomlinson is on pace for a 1,300-yard rushing season, with 407 yards through five games, Kansas City’s Larry Johnson has fallen off the form that saw him rush for 1,750 yards - with only nine starts - last season and sparked talk of his going for 2,000 yards this year.
Patrick answers call in Peterson’s absence
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C8
Allen Patrick ran for 110 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown to lead No. 20 Oklahoma to a 24-3 victory against Colorado on Saturday night in the Sooners’ first game without Adrian Peterson. Paul Thompson added a touchdown pass to Manuel Johnson, and Oklahoma used a wind gusting up to 30 mph as its ally throughout the game.
Backup kicker boots Nebraska
Bailey’s late field goal lifts No. 5 Texas
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C8
Texas coach Mack Brown had some encouraging words for Ryan Bailey before the backup kicker took the field in the final seconds. “You’re the luckiest guy in the world,” Brown told the sophomore walk-on. “You’ve got a chance to be Dusty Magnum on your first kick.”
Game Balls & Gassers
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C6
Kansas Football notebook
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C7
QB Bell has career day
Bears signal-caller: ‘What a great finish’
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C7
The young man speaking Saturday happened to be Baylor University quarterback Shawn Bell. The way Kansas University’s football season full of near misses has gone, it just as easily could have been any opposing quarterback on any given Saturday. The words were pretty much the same. Here’s what Bell said after leading Baylor to a 36-35 victory, back from an 18-point, fourth-quarter deficit …
Cornish hurt : or is he?
Running back discounts coach’s contention
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C6
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino and running back Jon Cornish appear to be in a disagreement over the extent of Cornish’s undisclosed injury. Cornish played less frequently in the second half of KU’s 36-35 loss to Baylor on Saturday, and Mangino cited a lingering injury to the senior as the reason.
Mizzou puts end to purple reign
Tigers halt 13 years of domination by Kansas State
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C8
A wet field, a slippery ball, a 13-game losing streak - none of it mattered to Chase Daniel. Missouri’s sophomore quarterback put on another passing display Saturday, throwing touchdown passes to four different receivers as the 24th-ranked Tigers beat Kansas State 41-21, snapping a 13-game losing streak against the Wildcats.
Wichita aviation school gets $2 million grant
October 22, 2006 in print edition on B8
Sedgwick County officials have received another $2 million grant to help build a planned aviation technical school at Jabara Airport. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced Thursday that the grant will be used to build and equip the $40 million project.
Balloon artists create inflatable spook house
October 22, 2006 in print edition on A5
Instead of clay or wood, sculptor Larry Moss prefers a highly malleable but far less durable material: balloons. Moss typically creates air-filled models of humans, animals and monsters, but his latest piece of performance art is even spookier: a 10-room, 10,000-square-foot, walk-through haunted house made out of 130,000 latex balloons covering everything but the floors and ceilings.
Doctors worry
October 22, 2006 in print edition on A1
If you don’t pay attention to calories when deciding how much of something to eat, you might want to know that the chefs serving it to you don’t either. A survey of 300 restaurant chefs around the country reveals that taste, looks and customer expectations are what matter when they determine portion size. Only one in six said the calorie content was very important and half said it didn’t matter at all.
Crime bill rears its head as race heats up
Kline and Morrison disagree on SB323
October 22, 2006 in print edition on A1
In the late 1990s, the Kansas Legislature had been on a joyride, passing record tax cuts and increasing sentences for crimes. It was good politics, but in 2000, the bill came due. Costs were mounting to operate state government, including prisons, and dwindling tax revenues pointed to future economic problems. Charles Simmons, head of the state prison system at the time, was running out of room for inmates.
KC airport planning hangar complex
October 22, 2006 in print edition on B8
The Wheeler Downtown Airport, already scheduled for a major capital improvement program, is planning to build a $20 million aircraft hangar complex. The Kansas City Aviation Department announced the plans Thursday, which call for razing the existing Aero Centre building and 40 hangars at the 79-year-old facility to make way for the new expansion.
Long story short: Grand vision for public library scaled way back
City library leaders say project must be reduced by up to 40%
October 22, 2006 in print edition on A1
There’s been a plot twist in the proposal to build an expanded downtown library. Lawrence Public Library leaders are now conceding that they’re going to have to consider scaling back their plans by up to 40 percent in order to cut $15 million to $20 million off the project’s estimated price tag.
Storyteller’s job spans country, world
October 22, 2006 in print edition on B1
Serious buffoonery. That’s how Lawrence storyteller Priscilla Howe describes her style of relaying folk tales and other stories to children and adults. “I tell them with a straight face most often,” Howe said. “And yet the audience might be falling off their chairs laughing. Or not - sometimes it’s very subtle.”
Maple Leaf Festival marches on despite rain
October 22, 2006 in print edition on B1
The rain couldn’t wash all the maple leaves away. For one of the few times in its 49-year history, a cold, constant rain Saturday soaked attendees, vendors and performers at the Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin. The festivities, however, marched on.
Preschool program gives head start in life
Early childhood center works to help ‘at-risk’ families
October 22, 2006 in print edition on B1
It might look as if the preschoolers who are stacking blocks are just having fun. “You and I would look at it and think, ‘These kids are just playing,’” said Cris Anderson, principal of the East Heights Early Childhood Family Center. “But what they’re doing is they’re exploring concepts at the most basic level.”
Even in Internet age, libraries thrive
October 22, 2006 in print edition on B6
This is the Internet age. Books are obsolete. Right? Borders is doomed. Right? Cities and counties that build new libraries are wasting public dollars because nobody will use them. Right? Wrong! Library critics would have us believe that library use has decreased as Internet use has increased.
Rule of law
October 22, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: In considering whether to retain any current incumbent in office, one issue seems especially important to me during these rather trying times in which many of our civil rights seem to be slipping away. Do we want a person to represent us who is concerned with supporting the rule of law with appropriate checks and balances between the three branches of government?
Degree guarantee?
Guaranteed tuition seems like more of a benefit for the university than for its students.
October 22, 2006 in print edition on B6
Students can pay higher tuition now or pay it later, but a proposal to guarantee four-year tuition for entering Kansas University freshmen doesn’t hold much promise to save students any money. The Kansas Board of Regents gave KU officials the OK last week to refine their plans for a guaranteed tuition proposal that would lock in a base tuition rate for incoming freshmen for four years, time enough supposedly to complete their degrees.
Lost woodlands
October 22, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: The destruction of native woodlands goes on. To take a walk around Mary’s Lake was so peaceful; now that is gone forever. To destroy a native forest to build cheap overpriced housing is, in my opinion, criminal.
College encourages students to go green
October 22, 2006 in print edition on A8
St. Mary’s College of Maryland is taking some nontraditional approaches to bolster a commitment to creating an environmentally friendly campus. Before classes started this fall, the college hired an industrial psychologist to conduct “behavior modification training” that instructed resident assistants in student halls on how to motivate their peers to use less water and electricity.
Will Iraq Study Group turn U.S. policy?
October 22, 2006 in print edition on B6
A realist with a wintry smile, James A. Baker III, who helped make George W. Bush’s presidency possible, is seeking ways to salvage it. After the 2000 election, Baker orchestrated the Bush campaign’s lawyering against the Gore campaign’s lawyering that tried to overturn Bush’s 537-vote Florida margin.
Born to be wild … and self-conscious
October 22, 2006
I am standing in the middle of a scooter store, staring at the back of a sexy little motorized bike called the Piaggio. I recently experienced a minor financial windfall - a breeze, really - and I’ve decided to buy a scooter. My youngest sister, who is 37, thinks this is out-loud laughable, no doubt referring to the visual of me scooting through the streets of town, my white hair flying in the wind.
Oregon can’t corral Collins
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C9
Jed Collins is sure to be on someone’s radar now. The little-used tight end caught a touchdown pass and rushed for another score as Washington State upset No. 16 Oregon, 34-23, Saturday, dealing a blow to the Ducks’ hopes for a BCS bowl appearance.
Garden City program helps refugees acclimate
October 22, 2006 in print edition on B3
Ngoc Hong Le never thought his journey to freedom would begin in prison, nor did he think he would ever leave his homeland. Le was born and raised in Vietnam. He married his wife there and had five children. He said, through an interpreter, that in Vietnam, he was never free.
People in the News
October 22, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Springfield to perform at Missouri benefit ¢ Winfrey raises money for private college ¢ Ford ‘fit to continue’ playing Indiana Jones
Lawrence Datebook
October 22, 2006 in print edition on B2
How they scored
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C7
Democrats take lead in pivotal contests
October 22, 2006 in print edition on A1
Democrats hold solid leads for four of the six Republican seats they need to capture the Senate and about 10 of 15 required to win the House, according to officials in both parties. Numerous additional races remain highly competitive.
Underdog LHS shocks Free State at sub-state
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C3
On paper, it seemed improbable. Lawrence High volleyball coach Molly LaMere even admitted it. “I really think Free State’s the better team physically, and they have better volleyball players,” LaMere said. Personnel didn’t matter Saturday at the sub-state volleyball tournament at Olathe Northwest High School. Lawrence High defeated Olathe Northwest and Free State to advance to the Class 6A state tournament.
Keegan: Bottom line: KU chokes
October 22, 2006 in print edition on C1
The Kansas University athletic department has a sports psychologist on staff. It’s time to put her to work for the football team, given the assignment of finding out just what it is that makes this bunch so uncomfortable with prosperity.