Archive for Thursday, October 26, 2006

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Privacy’ policy under attack
Fledgling filmmakers on crusade to rid district of all-or-nothing rule
October 26, 2006
Buried in the 670 pages of the federal No Child Left Behind law was a requirement that high schools provide lists of students’ names, telephone numbers and addresses to military recruiters.
Scholar Athlete of the Month: Abby Jones
October 26, 2006
LHS gymnast Abby Jones is the October Scholar Athlete of the Month.
6News Now for October 26
October 26, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, students protest rule about giving their names to military recruiters, Baker University’s new president, and Wal-Mart brings cheaper prescription drugs to Kansas.
Wal-Mart brings cheap prescription drugs to Kansas
Wal-Mart charges $4 for a one-month supply of 314 different prescriptions
October 26, 2006
Wal-Mart charges $4 for a one-month supply of 314 different prescriptions.
Coal-powered plant draws criticism, backing
Executives of Sunflower Electric Power Corp. said the 2,100-megawatt project near Holcomb complied with all environmental rules
October 26, 2006
Executives of Sunflower Electric Power Corp. said the 2,100-megawatt project near Holcomb complied with all environmental rules.
School of Rock the Vote
Civics lesson teaches teens value of political issues
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
Dozens of Lawrence teenagers cast votes Wednesday and here’s what they decided:
The green muse
Wetlands inspire work of artists, writers
October 26, 2006 in print edition on D1
Tom Mersmann doesn’t have to drive far to feel like he’s out in the middle of nowhere.https://admin.6newslawrence.com/news/stories/406653/
KU football notebook
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C3
The lighter side: KU coach Mark Mangino is taking a humorous approach to a tiny controversy last week.
Storms wash out Game 4 of Series
Steady rain expected for next two days
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C1
Pitchers dominated the first three games of the World Series, then rain took over.
Keegan: This ‘best’ no reason to boast
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C1
One of the local football players actually said Kansas University has “the best 3-5 team in the nation” the other day, which would be an honor akin to being named the healthiest man on death row.
Barmann back behind center for KU
Meier ‘not functional’ after reaggravating shoulder injury against Baylor
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C1
Put in the coin and start the merry-go-round once again.
Sheriff’s killing case returns to state court
Federal trial dropped after ruling upholds Kansas death penalty law
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B2
The murder case of a man accused of shooting Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels last year has returned to state court after having been diverted to federal court when the Kansas death penalty law was in legal limbo.
Morrison’s accuser says she received no money
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B2
A woman who filed suit in 1991 alleging sexual harassment by Johnson County Dist. Atty. Paul Morrison, now the Democratic nominee for Kansas attorney general, said Wednesday she received no money when her lawsuit was dismissed by mutual agreement.
Douglas County approves road standards
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B3
Access management standards that set minimum frontage and entrance spacing requirements on rural roads were approved Wednesday night by Douglas County commissioners.
Postal Service announces 2007 stamps
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A2
A man who had a wonderful life, went to Washington and later was accompanied by a giant white rabbit will be a highlight of the Postal Service’s new commemorative postage stamps for 2007.
On the record
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B2
Gold stash linked to former dictator
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
Former dictator Augusto Pinochet may have stashed millions of dollars in gold in a Hong Kong bank, the government said Wednesday. Newspapers put the total at some $160 million, but a lawyer and spokesman for the former Chilean dictator denied it.
Paul weakens further as it crosses peninsula
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
Tropical Storm Paul weakened to a tropical depression Wednesday as it swirled toward Mexico’s mainland at the tip of the Baja California peninsula.
48 militants killed, drug shipments seized
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
Forty-eight suspected militants were killed by NATO-led troops in three separate confrontations in southern Afghanistan.
Dreamcatcher
Mills answered father’s call
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C1
Tragedy has a way of taking root so deeply in a memory that even the decades don’t erode the details. For many of those born at the end of the ‘50s and beginning of the ‘60s, that memory is of little John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting at his father’s funeral.
Security Council seat remains deadlocked
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
The vote has been repeated - over and over, 41 times - and with each count, there is no winner in the diplomatic battle over Latin America’s seat on the U.N. Security Council.
Betty’ veers from fashion to costume
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A2
Halloween breaks out on “Ugly Betty” (7 p.m., ABC). How will we be able to tell? Not since “Batman” has a show depended so much on costume to indicate the good guys and the bad guys. And like “Batman,” “Betty” has all the subtlety of a comic book.
Argentine prosecutors seek arrest of former Iranian president
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
Argentine prosecutors asked a federal judge on Wednesday to order the arrest of former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani and seven others for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center that killed scores of people.
Australia announces funding for world’s largest solar plant
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
The Australian government pledged $95 million in funding Wednesday for two projects as part of its new strategy to combat global warming, including the construction of the world’s largest solar power plant.
Army intercepts TNT at crossing
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
Israeli forces intercepted a shipment of explosives smuggled through a Gaza-Israel passage and headed for the West Bank, the military said Wednesday, underlining security concerns that often lead to closing the vital cargo crossing.
Principal suspended for giving a ‘wedgie’
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
A high school principal in Livingston received a six-day suspension and a letter of reprimand for giving one of his students a wedgie.
Small orange crop may raise juice prices
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
An anticipated small crop of Florida oranges could squeeze the world’s juice supply by 7 percent this year, pushing U.S. retail prices up by as much as 50 cents a gallon.
Rescue planned for wayward manatee
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
A misdirected manatee apparently swam 700 miles up the Mississippi River to a chilly harbor near Memphis’ downtown riverfront, prompting rescue plans by wildlife officials.
U.S. winning in Iraq, Bush says, but he’s not satisfied
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
President Bush declared Wednesday that the United States is winning the war in Iraq despite the deadliest month for U.S. troops in a year, but he added that he is not satisfied with the situation and vowed to press Iraqi leaders to do more to stabilize their country on their own.
Dillons store suffers 6-hour power outage
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
The power went out at Dillons grocery store at 1015 W. 23rd St. for nearly six hours Wednesday, causing about $200 in damaged food.
Counties sign off on bridge agreement
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Lecompton bridge dispute between Douglas and Jefferson counties is over.
Traveling preachers’ messages cause stir
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
Two traveling preachers wearing anti-homosexual T-shirts and preaching anti-homosexual sermons withstood jeers from hundreds of students Wednesday afternoon on Wescoe Beach at Kansas University.
CT scans show promise for surviving lung cancer
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
Routine screening of people at high risk of lung cancer with low-dose CT scanning can substantially drive down the death rate, according to a controversial new study led by a team of New York researchers.
Students using arithmetic to add way into record book
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
They’re not sure if there is such a category in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Personalized medicine worth study, speaker says
Biopharmaceutical professor encourages conference attendees to pursue ‘dream’
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
Imagine: a world in which doctors can tell you exactly which prescription drugs will work for you and which ones won’t based on your genetic makeup - none of this guessing, waiting and watching for adverse side effects.
3 cars in parking lot found with damage
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
The ignitions of three cars, all in the same parking lot, turned up damaged Monday and Tuesday.
Flu shot clinics canceled after vaccine delay
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
Delays in vaccine shipments have forced the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department to cancel its flu shot clinics until further notice.
Georgia, Miami have chance to salvage sagging seasons
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C10
Georgia and Miami have a chance to right their shaky seasons and jump back into the Top 25.
Texas banks on new touchdown tandem
Quarterback McCoy, receiver Sweed have hooked up on nine scores
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C10
Colt McCoy was just supposed to manage the offense for No. 5 Texas and let the Longhorns carry him along for the ride.
Raiders RB Jordan misses another practice
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C9
LaMont Jordan missed practice Wednesday because of a sore back and is questionable for Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh.
Benson wants to know where he stands
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C9
Cedric Benson didn’t say give me the ball. But he told reporters he would like to know where he stands as far as getting more playing time. He had just one carry in the previous game and has just 47 on the season.
Leinart misses practice to attend birth of son
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C9
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart was excused from practice Wednesday after attending the birth of his son in Southern California.
Philly’s Stallworth ready after missing 3 straight
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C9
Donte’ Stallworth spent the past two Sundays screaming and hollering at his television like most Eagles fans. While Philadelphia wasted late leads in consecutive losses at New Orleans and Tampa Bay, a disappointed Stallworth watched from home because of a lingering hamstring injury.
Giants’ Emmons to start first game since injury
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C9
Carlos Emmons, who missed the last three games with a chest injury, is likely to start at strongside linebacker against Tampa Bay on Sunday for LaVar Arrington, lost for the season with an Achilles’ tendon injury.
Raiders reinstate receiver Porter after appeal
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C9
Jerry Porter was reinstated by the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday after the NFL and the players’ association agreed to cut his four-game suspension in half.
Alexander running, still doubtful for K.C.
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C9
League MVP Shaun Alexander is running for the first time since he broke his left foot last month, putting him on track to return for the Seahawks next week after a four-game absence.
Bledsoe benched; Romo ready to go
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C9
Drew Bledsoe knew his interception near the goal line just before halftime was a horrible play. He never thought it might be the last pass he’d throw for the Dallas Cowboys.
Green, Welbourn practice for Chiefs
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C9
Two offensive linemen with suspensions in their past and a Pro Bowl quarterback carefully coming back from a severe concussion all joined the Kansas City Chiefs at practice on Wednesday.
Johnson threatening after slow Chase start
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C8
Jimmie Johnson said after winning the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway that his team has adopted a very simple motto as it moves forward through this year’s Chase for the Nextel Cup.
Rim Rock Farm ‘labor of love’ for Timmons
Big 12 athletes will tackle challenging course during Friday’s conferene meet
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C7
Bob Timmons didn’t stop working for Kansas University when he stepped down as track/cross country coach in 1988.
Big 12 cross country capsules
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C7
Here are thumbnail sketches of the Big 12 teams set to compete at the league men’s and women’s cross country championships Friday at Rim Rock Farm. The women’s 6K race is at 10 a.m.; the men’s 8K at 11.
Platt bows out as LHS soccer coach
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C5
When Lawrence High’s boys soccer team lost to Manhattan, 2-0, in Tuesday’s Class 6A regional contest, it represented the last game for head coach David Platt.
Free State yet to experience its kryptonite
Turnovers, penalties, opponents - none have been any match for Firebirds
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C5
Nothing seems to perturb Free State High’s free-wheeling football team. Case in point: Last Friday night’s 49-15 triumph over Lawrence High at Haskell Stadium.
Series ratings plunge to depths
Three-game average worst in history
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C4
World Series television ratings are as meager as the Detroit Tigers’ offense.
Pollard always has been his own man
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C2
Some athletes work hard to attract attention. Others, such as Scot Pollard, literally are born with the quality. On Feb. 12, 1975, the Cavaliers’ backup forward checked into the world at 13 pounds, 8 ounces. He measured 24 inches in length.
Week 9 area football capsules
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C5
Kickoff for all games is 7 p.m.
Patton leaving after season
CU coach says he won’t accept extension
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C2
Ricardo Patton is through waiting for a contract extension.
Want to save money on gas? Study says lose your spare tire
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A1
Want to spend less at the pump? Lose some weight. That’s the implication of a new study that says Americans are burning nearly 1 billion more gallons of gasoline each year than they did in 1960 because of their expanding waistlines. Simply put, more weight in the car means lower gas mileage.
Anti-Kline mailings linked to Tiller
Nonprofit group warns voters to be wary of ads
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A1
Who is behind mailings and ads in the attorney general’s race is about as clear as the mud being thrown by the candidates.
Wal-Mart could revive lawsuit
Highberger says he would reconsider vote if design changes
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A1
Now the waiting begins - again. Questions remained Wednesday whether Wal-Mart and its developers will restart lawsuits alleging the city has illegally prohibited the world’s largest retailer from building at the northwest corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
Killer executed for grisly string of murders
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A9
Danny Harold Rolling, Florida’s most notorious serial killer since Ted Bundy, was executed by injection Wednesday for butchering five college students in a ghastly string of slayings that terrorized Gainesville in 1990.
Christmas comes earlier to nation’s retailers
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A10
Retailers want shoppers to think about the ghost of Christmas future even before they deal with the ghosts and goblins of Halloween present.
Hastert aide testifies in page investigation
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A10
An aide to House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Wednesday went before ethics investigators in private to explain how the office handled complaints about former Rep. Mark Foley’s behavior toward former pages.
Vocal ensemble to perform in Baldwin
October 26, 2006 in print edition on D2
Octarium, an eight-voice vocal ensemble, will perform at 7:30 p.m. today at Baldwin First United Methodist Church as part of Baker University’s Artist and Lecture Series.
Broaden perspective on picking the perfect pumpkin
October 26, 2006 in print edition on D2
As varieties have changed, pumpkins are not just for jack-o’-lanterns any more. Nor must they be reserved for pie at Thanksgiving, given their nutritional value.
A World Series can be remembered for the strangest things
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C4
Kenny Rogers has company. This is hardly the first World Series to be smudged by one strange play or disputed decision.
Probes to measure eruptions from sun
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A11
Twin spacecraft blasted off Wednesday night on a mission to study huge eruptions from the sun that can damage satellites, disrupt electrical and communications systems on Earth and endanger spacewalking astronauts.
Probation given for exposing affair
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A11
A Texas man who exposed his estranged wife’s alleged affair with a Fort Worth police captain on the reality TV show “Cheaters” has been sentenced to probation for violating a protective order.
Priest in Foley case faces new accusation
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A9
Another former altar boy says he was sexually abused in the 1970s by the same retired Catholic priest who acknowledged fondling former Rep. Mark Foley when Foley was a teenager, the man’s attorney said Wednesday.
Remains at ground zero suitable for DNA tests
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A11
Human bones unearthed at the World Trade Center site in recent days are so well preserved that they will yield usable DNA, experts predicted Wednesday.
Murder charge filed in student’s death
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A11
A man seen on surveillance video walking with a college student who was found beaten and strangled a week later was charged Wednesday with murder.
Routine vaccination for shingles advised
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A11
An influential government advisory panel recommended on Wednesday that Americans 60 and older get vaccinated against shingles, an excruciatingly painful rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox.
Feds ease limits on single-sex schools
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A11
For the first time in a generation, public schools have won broad freedom to teach boys and girls separately, stirring a new debate about equality in the classroom.
Reducing ‘family’ colds and flus
October 26, 2006 in print edition on D1
Children easily can bring a cold or the flu home from school, but parents can take steps to keep the illnesses from spreading to other family members, says Mike Bradshaw, health and safety specialist with K-State Research & Extension.
Cardinals not shy about tonight’s quest
Eudora eager to secure first perfect season at rival’s expense
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C5
If you talk to Eudora High football coach Gregg Webb about tonight, he’d tell you last season couldn’t be fresher in his mind.
11 Kansas offices set for closure
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B8
Kansas Farm Service Agency, which funnels federal crop payments to farmers, plans to close 11 offices in the state in a bid to save more than $500,000 a year and provide more efficient service, the agency said.
Haunted Gym to benefit children
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A12
Lawrence Gymnastics Academy will welcome children ages 4 to 12 for a walk-through haunted house and family treasure hunt Saturday night, with proceeds benefiting two children with cancer.
Downtown Lawrence lines up Fall Bazaar
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A12
Twenty-two shops are preparing to take their business to the streets - er, sidewalks - for the first-ever Downtown Lawrence Fall Bazaar, set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the central business district.
Commodities
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A12
Quality Electric sale to enable expansion
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A12
Darrell Norris’ decision to retire, sell his business and plug into leisurely activities soon could mean more work for the folks at Quality Electric.
This time I’d do college right
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B7
Dear folks, I know this will come as a surprise, but I want to go back to college. Send money for textbooks. I’ll handle the out-of-state tuition.
Faith persists in face of reason
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B6
Newspapers reported in August that in a drought-stricken area of Nepal, women danced naked in a sacred appeal for rain. A few weeks earlier, villagers in Indonesia burned incense and offered up mounds of rice, fruit and vegetables to keep a rumbling volcano from erupting.
No free rides for insurance
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A12
Have you been sneaking health coverage for your sister, a cousin, a boyfriend or girlfriend, ex-spouse or perhaps an adult child?
Life lessons
The keys to success that students learn in marching band can serve them well throughout their lives.
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B6
Good teachers, dedicated students, supportive parents. It’s a winning combination, as illustrated by the success of the marching bands at Lawrence High School and Free State High School. In fact, it’s a combination that spells success in any number of student endeavors.
Loss of respect
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: My son and I have just returned from a trip to Toronto, Canada. We were sitting in a hotel lobby in Canada visiting with some others and one of them asked, “Where are you from?” “Kansas, United States,” I replied.
Artistic legacy
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I really enjoyed reading about 20 years of Liberty Hall. International, national, regional and local artists have appeared at this great venue helping make Lawrence the unique community it strives to be. However, one artist that “plays the hall” every night was overlooked in the article.
Connecticut race is a clear referendum on war in Iraq
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B6
When the three candidates in Connecticut’s celebrated Senate race met for their final debate on Monday night in New London, only one of them appeared to be having a good time.
China has best chance of stopping Kim
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B6
Over an ominous photo of North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il, a recent issue of The Economist asks, “Who can stop him now?” I have a simple answer to that question: China, if it musters the gumption.
Horoscopes
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B5
For Thursday, Oct. 26
Cardinals’ pitching rotation unsettled
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C4
Jeff Weaver and Anthony Reyes sat together in the interview room, looking at each other and waiting for questions. There was one they couldn’t answer: Who’s going to pitch Game 5 of the World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals?
Baker reunion headed to Green Bay
Packers coach McCarthy played on ‘86 squad
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C12
Twenty years have elapsed since Mike McCarthy played football for Baker University so it’s time for a reunion.
Sheriff’s deputies scour field where slain rapper’s body found
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A1
Officers scoured ditches and tree lines Wednesday near U.S. Highway 40 west of Lawrence, following up on leads in the murder investigation of Lawrence rapper Anthony J. Vital.
Sooners set tone early
Rapidly improving Oklahoma fends off Kansas, 3-1
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C3
Oklahoma set the tone against the Kansas University volleyball team early in the first game when both teams’ preseason All-Big 12 players met at the net, and OU’s Eliane Santos stuffed Emily Brown’s shot right back in her face.
Lawrence Datebook
October 26, 2006 in print edition on B2
People in the news
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Madonna defends adoption on ‘Oprah’ ¢ Dick Clark to auction memorabilia for charity ¢ New king crowned ¢ Residency status of Smith questioned
U.S. troops raid Shiite stronghold
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
American-led forces battled gunmen in Sadr City during two rare forays into the vast Shiite Muslim slum on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people and drawing a swift rebuke from Iraq’s prime minister.
N.J. court opens door to gay marriage
Lawmakers ordered to offer equal opportunity
October 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
New Jersey’s highest court opened the door Wednesday to making the state the second in the nation to allow gay marriage, ruling that lawmakers must offer same-sex couples either marriage or something like it, such as civil unions.
Under pressure
Busch champ and Nextel Cup contender Kevin Harvick pushes the limits of his equipment, himself
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C8
Too many times already in this year’s Chase for the Nextel Cup, Kevin Harvick’s championship trek has taken untimely detours.
Tigers’ revamped lineup on hold
Detroit skipper hopes to get more out of 0-for-34 trio
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C4
The Detroit Tigers will have to wait at least another day to see if their juggled lineup will wake their quiet bats because Game 4 of the World Series was postponed Wednesday night because of rain.
Rush ready to elevate his game
Self has realistic expectations regarding sophomore’s hoop future
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C1
Attention, Kansas University basketball fans. Enjoy Brandon Rush’s long-range marksmanship and his deft acrobatics through the lane, because this year may serve as the sophomore’s last at KU.
Plant world offers spooky spectrum
October 26, 2006 in print edition on D1
There’s a chill in the air, and it’s not just from the dropping temperatures. Frightful scenes are creeping up all over town: Bony skeletal arms are reaching up out of the earth, 12-eyed spiders are dangling from limbs, and the cackles from covens of witches are echoing throughout neighborhoods.
KU’s Self laments Patton’s departure
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C3
Bill Self is not surprised Ricardo Patton - the dean of Big 12 coaches - has decided to step down after this season, his 11th at the University of Colorado.
Michigan positioned for championship run
October 26, 2006 in print edition on C10
The winged helmets haven’t changed a bit since coach Herbert O. “Fritz” Crisler came up with the idea in 1938.