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Kline promised no sex case attacks
Days later, A.G. changed direction
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
6News Now for October 27
October 27, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, Wal-Mart and the city will go to court again, parking meter confusion, and sexual harassment lawsuit takes center stage of Attorney General race.
Wal-Mart, city heading back to court
Trial is set for April 16
11:13 a.m., October 27, 2006 Updated 01:02 p.m.
Trial set for April 16.
Coaches rank Kansas No. 3
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C5
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team is ranked third in the country in the USA Today/ESPN preseason top 25 men’s basketball coaches poll.
Snyder seeks fans’ support for new coach
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C6
Bill Snyder, who took Kansas State from perpetual futility to national prominence in his 17 seasons as the Wildcats’ coach, issued a plea Thursday for fans to cut first-year coach Ron Prince some slack.
Virginia Tech clips Clemson
Tigers held to 76 yards in last three quarters of 24-7 setback
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C6
Branden Ore shredded Clemson for 203 yards rushing yards and two touchdowns, and Virginia Tech held the No. 10 Tigers to 76 yards in the last three quarters in the Hokies’ 24-7 victory Thursday night.
Veritas hoping QB will be ready to go
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C6
As quarterback Ben Balman goes, so goes Veritas Christian High’s eight-man football team.
Jayhawks’ Chesang chases third crown
Kenyan would be first KU runner to do so
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C5
Benson Chesang today will try to become the first Kansas University runner to win three consecutive league cross country titles.
Kansas coach’s weekly radio show tense as ever
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C5
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino’s weekly radio show on Thursday was about as tense as ever, just days after KU crumbled down the stretch in a loss to Baylor.
Cowboys lower expectations
Change to Romo at quarterback means subpar season for owner Jones
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C6
Jerry Jones is disappointed the Dallas Cowboys are turning to Tony Romo at quarterback, although it’s not because he lacks faith in his former backup.
Rural awaits Firebirds in regular-season finale
Matchup with SM West could be ahead, but Free State not thinking that far
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C6
Free State’s Ryan Murphy and Shawnee Mission West’s Blake Lawrence visited a spring football game at Kansas University two years ago. They talked about playing in the Class 6A state championship game one day.
Leyland sets rotation for rest of Series; La Russa flexible
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C4
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland ended the speculation regarding his World Series rotation Thursday. As for St. Louis, Tony La Russa would only say who’s starting Game 5 - beyond that, circumstances will decide.
Mistakes plague Tigers
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C4
The Detroit Tigers can blame the soggy field for one, big fielding mistake in Game 4.
St. Louis’ cry: one more win
After limping into postseason, Cardinals have found groove
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C4
The last two weeks of the regular season, the St. Louis Cardinals were running on fumes and lucky to make the postseason.
Browns add Keith
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C3
The Cleveland Browns signed linebacker Charlton Keith, a Canton, Ohio, native who played at Kansas University, to fill an open spot on their practice squad.
Weather conspires against Baldwin
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C3
Not once this season had Baldwin High been shut out. The Bulldogs had never scored fewer than two touchdowns.
Eudora volleyball ready to take the next step
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C3
Qualifying for the Class 4A state volleyball tournament never gets old for Eudora High.
Perry falters in finale
October 27, 2006
Perry-Lecompton did OK in two phases, but the third - special teams - proved the Kaws’ undoing in a season-ending, 25-20 loss to Atchison on Thursday.
Kansas volleyball to ‘Dig for Cure’
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s volleyball team will participate in a “Dig for the Cure” match Saturday. KU will entertain Texas Tech at 7 p.m. in Horejsi Center and will raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation through pledges for digs and other donations.
Lions relish volleyball draw
As last seed, LHS players embrace spoiler role
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C3
Amanda Weishaar would normally be sitting in her creative writing class, penning a literary masterpiece.
Cold Series no concern for baseball
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C2
Mickey Rivers may have said it best years ago before a Rangers game in early April at Milwaukee’s old County Stadium was postponed because of rain and cold.
Roethlisberger practices
Steelers quarterback may be ready to play
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C2
This is what Ben Roethlisberger and coach Bill Cowher were looking for: a normal day of practice for the quarterback.
KU’s Cornish closing in on 1,000-yard milestone
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
Jon Cornish discounts the milestone he’s about to hit. Individually, he’s thinking even bigger.
Messy perfection
Eudora secures unblemished record
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
area game of the week
Cardinals on verge of title
Comeback victory gives St. Louis chance to win series at home
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
With some help from a soggy field and two big hits by little David Eckstein, the St. Louis Cardinals took control of the World Series with a wild comeback victory. Eckstein’s tiebreaking double glanced off the glove of a diving Craig Monroe in left field in the eighth inning, and the Cardinals capitalized on Detroit’s sloppy defense for a 5-4 victory Thursday night in Game 4.
Mayer: Buffs are no big draw
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
One of the major upsets on the Kansas University football scene could be a crowd of 35,000 or better for Saturday’s Colorado visit. KU is floundering, CU is not having a barn-burning year. More important, Colorado seldom has been a spectator magnet here.
Authorities thwart plot to kidnap crystal heiress
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A6
Elite police commandos were providing round-the-clock protection for Austria’s most famous couple - crystal heiress Fiona Swarovski and her husband, Finance Minister Karl-Heinz Grasser - after authorities thwarted a kidnap-for-ransom plot, officials said Thursday.
Report: Students clash with police at protest
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A6
In four days of protests, up to 10,000 college students fought with Chinese police, damaging cars and buildings and leaving at least 20 people injured, a foreign monitoring center said.
Muslim cleric stands by remarks about women
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A6
Australia’s most prominent Islamic cleric vowed Thursday to stand strong against widespread outrage about his description of women who don’t wear head scarfs as “uncovered meat” who invite rape.
Government advances N. Korea sanctions
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A6
South Korea made its first concrete move Thursday to enforce U.N. sanctions imposed on North Korea for its nuclear test, saying it will ban officials from the communist country who fall under a U.N. travel restriction and control financial transactions between the rivals.
Problem delays arrival of space station supplies
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A6
An unmanned Russian cargo ship successfully latched onto the international space station Thursday after Mission Control solved a glitch that had prevented the spacecraft from delivering supplies of oxygen, water and food - including roast quail and other gourmet fare prepared by a French chef.
Documents reveal ‘56 British spy cover-up
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A6
Secret documents released today showed that British authorities lied to cover up the fate of a naval commander who died during a scuba diving spy mission near a warship used by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.
Prophet cartoon lawsuit rejected
Muslim groups said image mocked Islam
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A6
A Danish court Thursday dismissed a defamation lawsuit against a newspaper that first published the Prophet Muhammad cartoons that touched off protests in the Islamic world.
NATO military strike kills dozens of Afghan civilians
Military leaders say insurgents entered village homes
October 27, 2006
Dozens of civilians were killed in a NATO military strike against suspected Taliban militants, Afghan officials said Thursday. Villagers fled the southern region by car and donkey, and hundreds attended a funeral for some 20 people buried in a mass grave.
Brownback opposes judge’s attendance at same-sex marriage ceremony
Senator’s resistance puts district court nominee’s status in limbo
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B7
A Michigan judge whose nomination to the federal bench is stalled over her appearance at a lesbian commitment ceremony says she attended as a friend, not to give legal sanction.
Chemical concentrations increase in some groundwater
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B7
A groundwater sample taken at Kansas State University’s Salina campus contained a nearly 10 percent solution of a toxic solvent that has been linked to birth defects and cancer.
Coffee shop employee reports robbery attempt
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B3
Lawrence Police on Thursday were looking for leads in an early-morning attempted armed robbery at a downtown coffee shop and bar.
Second trial postponed for group-home worker
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B3
The second jury trial for a former group-home worker charged with abusing a mentally disabled client has been postponed until February.
Beneficiary applications sought for St. Pat funds
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B3
St. Patrick’s Day is a few months away, but applications are now being accepted for consideration to be a beneficiary for the 2007 Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Charity.
Judge to rule on witness issue in infant’s murder
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B3
A judge is expected to rule next week on whether attorneys for a man charged with murdering his infant daughter last year will be allowed to use statements from a witness who says she once saw the baby’s mother handle another baby roughly.
On the record
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B2
Old West gunfights give way to modern gangs
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B2
Dodge City has a rich history as an Old West frontier town, where cowboys and gunslingers could take a break from the trail and get their fill of saloons and brothels.
Damage light from 2 dozen tornadoes
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B2
Powerful thunderstorms spawned two dozen tornadoes in southwest Kansas in less than two hours Thursday, damaging a hospital roof and downing fences and sheds.
Lawrence Datebook
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B2
Patrol seeks fuel deals
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.11 at several locations in Lawrence. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Witness: Drinking binge preceded beating death
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
One of the last people to see a Lawrence woman alive before she was fatally beaten this summer was a key witness Thursday at a preliminary hearing in District Court.
Woman pleads guilty in murder-for-hire case
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence woman pleaded guilty Thursday to trying to hire a hit man to kill her ex-boyfriend in exchange for $120 worth of crack cocaine. In reality, the person she was trying to hire for the killing was an undercover federal agent who had been tipped off about her plans by an informant.
Fifth Quarter provides safe fun after games
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
Tonight, Lawrence high school students can come to a party spot, and mom and dad don’t have to worry about their whereabouts.
Proposed power plants face criticism
Facilities would help economy, but some say environment would suffer
October 27, 2006
A proposed $3.6 billion coal-fired electric project in western Kansas would cause health and environmental problems for generations to come, opponents of the facility said Thursday.
Far-north Manatee eludes rescue attempt
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A4
A manatee that took an unheard-of swim 700 miles up the Mississippi River eluded a rescue team Thursday that hoped to return the animal to the sea.
Conference in full swing with elite pharmacists
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
One-hundred fifty top pharmaceutical graduate students from as far away as Australia and Thailand had an opportunity to listen, question and rub shoulders in Lawrence yesterday with about 50 of the top pharmaceutical professors from around the world.
Wal-Mart brings $4 prescription drugs to Kansas
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
When Wal-Mart in Lawrence starts selling Gary Watson’s prescription drugs at $4 a pop, he may say goodbye to the friendly face at the neighborhood pharmacy.
High hopes resting on breast cancer fundraiser
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
She found a lump in her breast in August, and the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes.
Kansas likely to be ‘giant retirement community’
Experts: Tough challenges ahead demographically and economically
October 27, 2006
This wasn’t a pep rally for the Kansas economy.
Records: Dorm elevator issues nothing new
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
In the year before last week’s fatal elevator accident at Ohio State University, service technicians received 22 reports of passengers trapped inside stuck elevators in four high-rise dormitories, according to reports released Thursday by the university.
Democrats top GOP in late fundraising
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
The Democrats’ congressional campaign committees raised $15.5 million during the first 18 days of October, setting up their final push to reclaim both chambers. Republicans, meanwhile, raised $10.1 million for their candidates, continuing a pace that has lagged this election.
Exxon Mobil reports $10.49B quarterly profit
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
After recording the second-largest quarterly profit ever for a publicly traded company Thursday - $10.49 billion from July to September - Exxon Mobil Corp. is poised to deliver an even better performance through the remainder of this year.
Wildfire kills 4 firefighters
Calif. fire chief says blaze was set intentionally
October 27, 2006
A wind-whipped wildfire started by an arsonist killed four firefighters Thursday and stranded up to 400 people in an RV park when flames burned to the edge of the only road out, officials said.
Bush signs fence bill
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
President Bush wanted an exchange of workers with Mexico to bring order to the border, but wound up signing a law Thursday that approves partitioning 700 miles of the United States from its southern neighbor.
Hearing in pregnant teen death case delayed
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B12
A Sedgwick County judge on Thursday rescheduled the arraignment hearing for two men charged in the death of a pregnant 14-year-old girl, giving their attorneys more time to talk to prosecutors before entering pleas.
Fuel, concrete costs likely to boost price of planned lake in S.W. Kansas
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B12
A long-awaited lake and recreational park planned for southwest Kansas now appear likely to cost more than expected, a project official said.
Halloween treats old and new
October 27, 2006
Good grief! The 1966 animated special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (7 p.m., ABC) turns 40 this year. If you are old enough to remember when it first aired, that makes you closer to collecting Social Security than clutching security blankets. Boo!
Kansas Gas Service settles rate case
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C8
Kansas Gas Service, which provides natural gas service to some customers in the Lawrence area, said Thursday that it had settled with the staff of the Kansas Corporation Commission to allow the utility to charge customers for another $52 million.
Apple Users’ Group calls for discussion
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C8
The Lawrence Apple Users’ Group 2.0 will discuss “Phone Calls over the Internet” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the community room at Signs of Life Bookstore, 722 Mass. The public is invited to the free meeting. For more information go to www.laugks.org or contact Dave Greenbaum at laug@mac.com to be notified of upcoming meetings.
Plunging new home sales may signal bust
Despite large drop, some buyers say prices still too high
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
Is this what a housing bust looks like?
Sprint Nextel reports earnings
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C8
Sprint Nextel Corp. just missed Wall Street estimates Thursday as subscriber numbers showed it has fallen farther behind in the wireless market.
Commodities
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C8
Commodities
Haunted homes and other spooky tales
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C8
With Halloween almost here, it’s time for the one column I dedicate each year to writing about haunted homes.
Dealer in driver’s seat
Dale Willey set to lead national association
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C8
Dale Willey is about to take over as chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Assn., the nationwide trade group whose 63 directors represent 21,000 dealers with nearly 43,000 franchises accounting for $699 billion in sales last year.
Daily ticker
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C8
Greener pastures
From hippie hangout to art gallery, Fields calling it quits after 38 years
October 27, 2006 in print edition on D1
The year after the Beatles released “Strawberry Fields Forever,” Kansas University dropout Kim Kern opened a hip little head shop on Massachusetts Street and named it after the psychedelic anthem.
Watkins Museum features family fare
October 27, 2006 in print edition on D4
Watkins Community Museum, 1047 Mass., is featuring two family programs on Saturday.
Capote’s story is compelling, yet again
October 27, 2006 in print edition on D5
The first shot fired in the battle of the dueling Truman Capote biopics hit the bull’s-eye. Last year’s “Capote” was a tense, powerful drama focused tightly on the reporting of “In Cold Blood.” Now comes the new Truman show, “Infamous.”
Signs of Life features James Winn workshop
October 27, 2006 in print edition on D2
James Winn has been making his mark on the American art scene for nearly three decades. His art is included in more than 35 of the world’s premier art collections: The Art Institute of Chicago, Omaha’s Jocelyn Art Museum and the Hallmark Corporate Art Collection, to name a few.
Prime minister outlines differences with U.S.
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A7
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki continued his open dispute with American officials Thursday, blaming the United States-led coalition for Iraq’s chaos and faulting its military strategy.
Blast in Baghdad kills Harper native
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A7
A Harper native killed when a bomb detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad was remembered as a caring young man who wanted to be the family’s representative in the war on terrorism.
Rumsfeld says ‘back off’ on deadlines for Iraq
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A7
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday that anyone demanding deadlines for progress in Iraq should “just back off,” because it is too difficult to predict when Iraqis will resume control of their country.
Marine pleads guilty in assault of Iraqi
Charges pending against six others in squad
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A7
A Marine pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of assault and conspiracy to obstruct justice in the death of an Iraqi civilian in April.
October among deadliest months for U.S. forces
Rising toll blamed on Ramadan, nearing election
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A7
American troop deaths in Iraq hit their highest monthly total in a year Thursday, but as U.S. forces clamped down on the capital, militants struck in a city to the north, where 30 police and gunmen were killed in a series of shootouts.
Clash exhibit calling on Rock Hall
Museum celebrates punk group’s influence
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A2
Armed with guitars, amps and attitude, they rocked the casbah, fought the law and hijacked a train in vain.
Study: Parents willing to test teens for drugs
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
A majority of parents of teens are willing to ask them to take a home drug test, according to a recently released survey from the nonprofit drug-prevention group notMyKid.
N.W. Kansas sheriff killed
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B5
A northwest Kansas sheriff was shot and killed in his office Thursday by a 35-year-old man who was then fatally shot by a deputy, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said.
Advisers, coaches honored during Free State celebration
October 27, 2006
Hot chocolate and brownies on Wednesday. Lunch for coaches Thursday. And today, a birthday party for Freddie the Firebird - with a cupcake-eating contest.
Prosecutors: Classmate killed face-lift patient
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A8
Sally Jordan Hill let a grudge get the best of her and now could face life in prison.
Wild pigs may be source of spinach bacteria
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A8
Wild pigs may have spread deadly bacteria onto a California spinach field, sparking an outbreak that killed three people and sickened more than 200 others nationwide, investigators said Thursday. They also said the outbreak appears to be over.
Suspect pleads innocent in death of student
October 27, 2006
A man accused of beating and strangling a University of Vermont student he had met on a Burlington street pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder.
Repair will take both parties
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B11
Of all the pre-election polls, punditry, analysis and forecasts, one stands out. It is a new CNN poll conducted by Opinion Research Corp. that found an overwhelming number of Americans (78 percent) believes “our system of government is broken.”
Harmful plants
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B10
To the editor: Many thanks to the Kansas Sierra Club for alerting citizens of Kansas to a very real threat that calls upon all of us to take action.
Bands noticed
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B10
To the editor: I’m very happy to see the Lawrence High and Free State marching bands finally getting some recognition for what they do.
Hillary bewitches the competition
October 27, 2006
She drives everybody wild. She makes men do dumb things. She makes women say stupid things. She’s the straw that stirs the drink.
What does U.S. owe the Iraqi people?
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B10
Recently I got a disturbing e-mail from a friend in Baghdad who wrote as follows: “I’m leaving Iraq for good, leaving all my life behind, my memories and friends, leaving the way I’m used to living and heading for the unknown. Why am I leaving? You know better than many why.”
Facing reality
The nature of agriculture in Kansas has changed, and the way services are provided must change with it.
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B10
As painful as it may be for some Kansas communities, it no longer makes sense to maintain a Farm Service Agency office in every Kansas county.
Horoscopes
October 27, 2006
For Friday, Oct. 27
Poll: Middle class turns support to Democrats
October 27, 2006 in print edition on A8
Middle-class voters who deserted the Democratic Party a dozen years ago are now giving the party its best chance to reclaim the House since the GOP swept Democrats from power in 1994.
GOP aims to curb its losses
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B11
What a difference four years makes. News that President Bush will make a campaign stop next week in former Rep. Tom DeLay’s Houston-area district underscores the defensive strategy the White House has adopted in seeking to stem a potential Democratic tide in next month’s elections.
People in the news
October 27, 2006
¢ Bass’ boyfriend says couple won’t hide from threats ¢ Supermodel Campbell jailed after another alleged spat ¢ Sara Evans, husband agree to split cash, negotiate visits
Postseason hopes on line for Lions
LHS to entertain Topeka High tonight
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C6
Lawrence High’s football postseason rides on tonight’s game against Topeka High.
League returns to Kansas
Big 12 championships today at Rim Rock
October 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference 11 years ago, Lawrence never has played host to a conference championship - yet Topeka was the site of the Big 12 Cross Country Championship in 2004 at Stateland Cross Country Course.
Baker welcomes first female president
October 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
Baker University ushered in a new era Thursday with the formal inauguration of President Pat Long.
Fictional ‘Death of a President’ misses its target
October 27, 2006 in print edition on D4
George W. Bush is assassinated in the fictional, futuristic documentary “Death of a President.” And the point is … what, exactly?
Terminal family illness galvanizes Volunteers
October 27, 2006
It will be easy to spot Volunteers frontman Tyler Jack Anderson and his fellow family members at his band’s CD release party: They’ll all be dressed as Coneheads. The cylindrical bald wigs will be appropriate for the costume-themed celebration, but the reason behind them is far more serious.
Former Spencer director gives gift to museum
October 27, 2006 in print edition on D6
Dolo Brooking, who served as director of education from 1972 to 1981 and recently retired from arts administration at the University of California, Dominguez Hills, has given a monetary gift of an undisclosed amount to the museum to continue the legacy of a cross-disciplinary project called “Musing in Museums” that she created at the Spencer in the late 1970s.