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6News Now for September 21
September 21, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, enrollment numbers for the school district, Kansas magazine will be made out of state, and passports are becoming harder to obtain.
School district enrollment climbs
September 21, 2006
Lawrence Public Schools has had a 2.9 percent increase in enrollment of nearly 300 students in the last year, according to an official headcount taken today for the state.
Chancellor Hemenway receives pay raise
September 21, 2006
Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway today received a $9,435 or 3.9 percent payraise.
Enrollment down, ACT scores up at KU
Fall semester figures released
September 21, 2006
Fewer students but better average ACT score
Thunderstorms to roll in this afternoon
Area to get about half an inch of rain
September 21, 2006
Keep your umbrella handy. Periods of rain are expected today throughout the Lawrence area, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Author plans visit to KU
September 21, 2006 in print edition on D5
Marci Shore, award-winning author and leading expert on Polish culture and intellectual history, will discuss her book “Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation”s Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968” during the annual Oswald P. Backus lecture in Polish studies on Monday.
School of Fine Arts revamps Web site
September 21, 2006
Kansas University’s School of Fine Arts recently unveiled a new look for its Web site.
Game-day flyover would be fitting tribute to Cushman
September 21, 2006 in print edition on C3
One of Kansas University’s greatest student-athlete heroes missed a gold medal by tripping over a hurdle in quest of such, issued a timeless challenge to us all, then fell from the skies over Vietnam.
So unusual
Lawrence family members all have say on contents of quirky garden
September 21, 2006 in print edition on D1
In the hustle and bustle of our world today, it seems too easy to become distracted by external influences: television, radio and magazines entrenching thoughts toward consumerism. Harkening back to a simpler time when kids played kick-the-can until the wee hours of the evening, today seems different. Many people are indoors; after all, there are many lures to keep us glued to a couch or mesmerized by a screen. Neighborhoods often stand empty even on the most pristine of evenings when the crickets are beckoning for the kids to come out and play. Rows and rows of identical houses stand quiet, doors and windows locked. Will generations of the 21st century keep getting fatter and lazier and become junkies of reality TV?
Harvick regains swagger after tough 2005 season
September 21, 2006 in print edition on C6
Kevin Harvick has spent the better part of his NASCAR career treading up against that fine line between confident and cocky.
Rose marketing ‘I’m sorry’ baseballs
September 21, 2006 in print edition on C5
For the right price, Pete Rose is willing to write on a baseball that he’s sorry.
Suspect turns himself in
Duquesne player still in critical condition
September 21, 2006 in print edition on C2
A second man charged in a shooting that wounded five Duquesne University basketball players turned himself in Wednesday, police said.
KU squeaks out first Big 12 win
Jayhawks go to five games to edge A&M
September 21, 2006 in print edition on C1
It may have come by the slightest of margins, but Kansas University won its first Big 12 Conference volleyball match in a five-set thriller with Texas A&M University. “You’ve got to protect your own court,” KU coach Ray Bechard said. “And we did that - barely.”
Lawrence datebook
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B2
Legislative panel considers tougher DUI laws
Measure would suspend license longer if alcohol level at least twice legal limit
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B4
A proposal to impose tougher sanctions against drunken drivers based on how much alcohol they’ve consumed is being considered by a legislative committee, but some law enforcement officials are wary of the idea.
People in the news
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ No dud in fashion ¢ Cameron Diaz alleges photographer assault ¢ Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt donate to humanitarian funds ¢ Supermodel reveals painful beauty secrets
Sirius plans launch of Metropolitan Opera Radio
September 21, 2006 in print edition on D5
Soon, the Met will be on the air almost as much as the Mets.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.10 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets.
WTC memorial architect brings vision to Lawrence
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
Architect Daniel Libeskind, the original visionary behind the 1,766-foot Freedom Tower and the World Trade Center redevelopment, remembers looking up from the empty hole left by the two destroyed towers.
Horoscopes
September 21, 2006 in print edition on D4
For Thursday, Sept. 21
Festival promoter unaware of spying
Wakarusa fans attacking organizer in online forum
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A1
The promoter of the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival said he had no idea there were high-tech police surveillance cameras monitoring this year’s festival, despite a state park official’s statement that the promoter was informed in advance.
More than 10,000 records for sale at Audio-Reader fundraiser
September 21, 2006 in print edition on D1
Mike Shields makes his way through a stack of CDs, trying to figure out what genre they fall under.
Commissioners OK Lecompton bridge letter
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B3
A detailed letter outlining why they think the Lecompton bridge should be closed next year when it undergoes major repairs was approved Wednesday night by the Douglas County Commission.
Our town sports
September 21, 2006 in print edition on C7
BDR gaining ground
Recent top-10 finishes have Bill Davis Racing feeling optimistic
September 21, 2006 in print edition on C6
Although the consecutive top-10 finishes by driver Dave Blaney have been overshadowed by the start of this season’s Chase for the Nextel Cup, their significance has not been lost on Davis, who has fielded cars in NASCAR’s biggest series since 1993.
Seahawks fans bringing the noise
Opposing teams not happy about Seattle’s festive football atmosphere
September 21, 2006 in print edition on C5
The Seahawks have an answer to all the noise about whether their home stadium is artificially loud.
Winslow receives stern message
Cleveland TE clams up after complaining about offense
September 21, 2006 in print edition on C5
Kellen Winslow walked into the locker room, snaked through some TV cameras and kicked off his sneakers. Snatching a pair of headphones from a shelf, he left moments later listening to loud music.
Result takes back seat
Bell’s health big story at Royals’ ballpark
September 21, 2006 in print edition on C5
Creeping closer to Oakland in the AL West was no longer uppermost on the mind of Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
Clemens logs win No. 348
September 21, 2006 in print edition on C4
Roger Clemens pitched six scoreless innings in his final home start of the season for win No. 348 to lead the Houston Astros to a 7-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
Yankees clinch despite loss
September 21, 2006 in print edition on C4
The New York Yankees clinched their ninth consecutive AL East title on Wednesday night when the second-place Boston Red Sox lost to the Minnesota Twins.
Commentary: For Woods, false story isn’t funny
September 21, 2006 in print edition on C2
It’s not always easy being Tiger Woods. We found that out on a miserable day when the wind was howling, rain was blowing sideways, and it seemed like half the Irish Sea had been dumped on the golf course.
Tired Lions fall to SM Northwest
September 21, 2006 in print edition on C3
After playing a 100-minute overtime game Monday night, the Lawrence High soccer team couldn’t muster much fight in Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to Shawnee Mission Northwest.
Jones, LHS win gymnastics titles
September 21, 2006 in print edition on C3
Abby Jones won the all-around, vault, bars and beam titles and placed second on floor exercise to pace Lawrence High to the team title Wednesday at the Olathe East gymnastics invitational.
Fisherman’s body found in Clinton Lake
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B3
A dive team helped recover the body of a 52-year-old Topeka fisherman from Clinton Lake Tuesday night, hours after his son reported him missing.
IRS investigation of Calif. church could reverberate in political season
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B3
With the campaign season in full swing, a liberal church is locked in an escalating dispute with the IRS over an anti-war sermon - delivered two days before the 2004 presidential election - that could cost the congregation its tax-exempt status.
Judge: Molestation confession can be used in court
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B2
A judge ruled Wednesday that a man’s confession that he molested a young female family member roughly six years ago can be used in court.
Mental health organization offers help to city
Advocacy group volunteers to determine what services Lawrence needs
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B2
For the sliver of James Dunn’s tenants who have a mental illness, they don’t always have problems between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. A crisis can happen at all hours of the day.
KU Medical Center receives $21M in grants
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B2
Kansas University Medical Center researchers received $21 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health.
Mangino: Meier on mend
Kansas QB ‘limited’ due to bruised arm
September 21, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kansas University quarterback Kerry Meier continues to bounce back from an arm injury suffered late in Friday’s game at Toledo, according to KU coach Mark Mangino.
No longer a novelty, LHS kicker Abby Vestal has become just one of the guys
Accuracy on field, demeanor off of it has secured her standing with her teammates
September 21, 2006 in print edition on C1
A year ago, she was an oddity, a freak show, a female strangely out of context in a football uniform. But today, senior place-kicker Abby Vestal is literally and figuratively just one of the guys on the Lawrence High football team.
Locomotive to pass through city today
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B3
Union Pacific Railroad’s legendary steam locomotive No. 844 is expected to pass through Lawrence about midday today.
On the record
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B2
Barnett proposes law-enforcement training to fight illegal immigration
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B4
Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Barnett said Wednesday he would seek more training for state and local law enforcement to crack down on the flow of illegal immigrants coming through Kansas.
Mother says inmate told her of ex-husband’s plot to kill her
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B5
The mother of two missing Independence children said she received several letters from an inmate telling her that her ex-husband was plotting to have her murdered.
Wichita State student named Miss Indian Nations
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B7
A Wichita State University student has been crowned Miss Indian Nations and plans to use the title to help youths balance their lives in Indian and non-Indian cultures.
Memorial service planned for ‘Baby Jane’ today
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A7
A memorial service is planned for today for an infant girl whose body was pulled by a dog from a creek about six months ago.
K.C. skipper taking leave
September 21, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kansas City Royals manager Buddy Bell is taking a leave of absence to treat a growth discovered near his left tonsil.
Garden City to swap elephants with Florida zoo, expand facilities
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B8
Hoping to help boost the population of captive elephants, the zoo in this southwest Kansas town is trading two younger pachyderms for two older ones from a Florida zoo.
Emporia State names new president
Move will be 3rd for Michael Lane in two years
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B8
Michael Lane, the provost at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, will be introduced as president of Emporia State University during a news conference Friday, the Kansas Board of Regents said.
Church seeks dismissal of defamation lawsuit
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B12
A church whose members show up at military funerals claiming God is killing troops in Iraq to punish the nation for its tolerance of homosexuality is asking that a defamation lawsuit be dismissed on the grounds that they are merely expressing an opinion.
Prison inmates have some access to personal data
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B12
Inmates in Kansas and 12 other states who take part in work programs may have access to individuals’ personal information, including their Social Security numbers, according to a new report by the Office of Inspector General for the Social Security Administration.
Storms kill at least 65
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A6
Storms in Bangladesh and India left at least 65 dead and hundreds missing as they capsized boats, toppled houses and washed away roads, news reports and officials said Wednesday.
Christian militants due to be executed
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A6
Indonesian officials said Wednesday they had deployed thousands of police on Sulawesi island ahead of this week’s planned executions of three Christian men found guilty of leading deadly attacks on Muslims six years ago.
Thai coup leader won’t call elections for another year
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A6
Thailand’s new military ruler, winning crucial royal backing for his bloodless coup, announced Wednesday that he would not call elections for another year. The U.S. and other Western nations expressed disapproval and urged a swift restoration of democracy.
Shuttle cleared to land
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
NASA gave space shuttle Atlantis the all-clear to come home today after a stem-to-stern inspection prompted by a mysterious flurry of orbital litter found no damage to the ship.
Inmate who fought lethal injection executed
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
A convicted killer who argued that Florida’s use of lethal injection amounted to cruel and unusual punishment was put to death Wednesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly denied him another stay.
Six inmates escape from federal custody
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
A former police officer about to face trial on drug charges and five alleged members of a violent drug gang overpowered a guard and cut through at least four fences to escape from a federal detention center near the Mexican border, officials said Wednesday.
Nursing home owners indicted on charges of negligent homicide
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
The husband and wife owners of a nursing home near New Orleans were indicted Wednesday on charges of negligent homicide and cruelty in the deaths of 35 patients who perished in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Thousands demand leader’s resignation
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A6
Thousands of protesters demonstrated outside parliament for a fourth day Wednesday demanding Hungary’s prime minister resign over a leaked recording in which he admitted his government lied about the dismal state of the economy.
Tainted spinach probe narrows
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
Spinach found in the refrigerator of a person sickened by E. coli was contaminated with the bacteria, the “smoking gun” that investigators have sought for the origin of the deadly outbreak, health officials say.
Soyuz capsule docks at space station
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A6
The space capsule carrying a new U.S.-Russian crew and the first paying female space tourist docked smoothly Wednesday at the international space station.
Chavez slams Bush, U.N. before General Assembly
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called President Bush “the devil” and pronounced the U.N. “worthless” in a fiery speech to the General Assembly on Wednesday, giving a preview of clashes to come if Venezuela wins a seat on the Security Council next year.
Judge restores protection for forests
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A7
A federal judge on Wednesday reinstated the “Roadless Rule,” a Clinton-era ban on road construction in nearly a third of national forests.
Arrest made in dragging death
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A7
A man was arrested in the gruesome dragging death of a woman after a stained and tattered photograph of him was found at the crime scene, police said Wednesday.
LHS homecoming parade set for Friday
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B3
Get your cameras ready.
Nationalist poised to become Japan’s next prime minister
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A6
Japan’s likely next premier, outspoken conservative Shinzo Abe, pressed for summits with China and South Korea on Wednesday after being tapped to lead the country’s ruling party in a vote heralding a swing to the right.
Cancer rally targets Congress
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A5
More than 3,300 cancer patients, survivors, friends and relatives fanned out across Capitol Hill on Wednesday to lobby Congress for more money for cancer research and detection.
Shark’ has little bite
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A2
James Woods stars as superlawyer Sebastian Stark in the new legal series “Shark” (9 p.m., CBS).
Fox to offer films for Christian audiences
Movies to include Hollywood classics, religious themes
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A2
The home-video division of Twentieth Century Fox said this week that it will acquire as many as a dozen family-friendly movies a year and market them under the FoxFaith banner.
Commodities
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A8
Home, garden shows find way to iPod
September 21, 2006 in print edition on D2
So you think your video iPod is good only for watching missed episodes of “Lost”? Well, you’re wrong. Now, home decorating, gardening and crafting programs have jumped on the Internet broadcasting bandwagon, offering regular podcasts and videopodcasts online or through iTunes.
Twig girdler’ beetles likely culprit for littered yard
September 21, 2006 in print edition on D2
Visiting the garden on these cool mornings, I see branches littering the ground, usually under my favorite tree. Picking them up, I see the end of each limb is manicured like the end of a good pool stick, sans chalk, with a matchstick-like break in the center. So maybe, all that noise from the cicadas was a cover-up for squirrels with miniature chain saws or portable routers. The cuts letting the limb drop are just too circular and uniform to be anything else. Well, not so. The squirrels did not suddenly get that sophisticated, and there is no defoliation conspiracy at work.
City manager finalist accepts another job
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence officially now has one less candidate to become the community’s next city manager.
Burglary leads police to missing master key
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
A burglary Tuesday morning in Eudora led police to recover a master key for Lawrence schools stolen in a separate burglary last week at Advanced Glass & Mirror in Lawrence.
Sen. Kay O’Connor to resign this fall
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
One of the most conservative legislators in Kansas, state Sen. Kay O’Connor, announced that she will resign this fall.
Residents surprised to learn their favorite sports are illegal
City code technically outlaws racquetball and other activities
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
For 30 years, Larry Hatfield and 10 friends have played handball at the Lawrence Athletic Club. “We play Monday, Wednesday, Friday,” Hatfield said. And until this Wednesday, Hatfield had no idea he was breaking the law.
Political use of churches blasted
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline’s “church efforts” memo has in part prompted a national religious organization Wednesday to tell candidates to stop using churches for campaign purposes.
SLT referendum won’t be on ballot
Neither will senior tax abatements
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
There won’t be any questions on the November general election ballots about the South Lawrence Trafficway or tax abatements for senior citizens.
LMH discussing way to speed up cancer diagnosis in patients
Radiology center would house scanner
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A1
Your doctor has just told you he thinks you might have a tumor. The last thing you want to do is wait up to a week to take the test to confirm it.
Scientists find skeleton of ‘Little Lucy’
Discovery sheds light on ape-man species
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A1
In a discovery sure to fuel an old debate about our evolutionary history, scientists have found a remarkably complete skeleton of a 3-year-old female from the ape-man species represented by “Lucy.”
Congress continues work on immigration efforts
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A4
While the Senate considers a 700-mile fence along the Mexican border, the House is going underground, working on legislation to crack down on those who would smuggle illegal immigrants and drugs through cross-border tunnels.
Mourning reunites family after deadly house fire
City donates five burial plots; funeral expenses to be paid
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A1
For almost two years, Lois Ann Brockman has been in a rehabilitation center, away from her three children and father back home in Lawrence. A house fire brought her back. “I feel so empty,” Brockman said outside Warren-McElwain Mortuary on Wednesday. “I don’t have my kids. It’s the worst feeling in the world.”
GOP focuses on Pelosi threat
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B11
I well remember the summer of 1984, when Ronald Reagan’s GOP coined the term San Francisco Democrats, crafting it as a synonym for gay-friendly, communist-coddling, tax-hiking liberal decadence. Caricature can be an effective political tool, and this one worked brilliantly.
Dissident finds home in U.S.
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B11
While her security contingent waits outside the Georgetown restaurant, Ayaan Hirsi Ali orders what the menu calls “raw steak tartare.” Amused by the redundancy, she speculates that it is intended to immunize the restaurant against lawyers, should a customer be discommoded by that entree. She has been in America only two weeks. She is a quick study.
Tax burdens
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B10
To the editor: This is my first time to write like this, but I am inspired by a letter written by Darlene Miller concerning the tax burden on senior citizens throwing them to the wolves, as an article in your paper recently stated.
Hospital diets
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B10
To the editor: I was shocked after reading the article “Gourmet hospitality” (Journal-World, Sept. 13).
Daily ticker
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A8
Europe, U.S. show support for Abbas
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A6
The United States and its European partners said Wednesday that they fully backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ efforts to form a national unity government with the ruling Hamas party, which Washington considers a terrorist group.
Cut our losses
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B10
To the editor: Progressives like me supported international intervention to mitigate ethnic cleansing in Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Travel tips
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B10
To the editor: As Kansas taxpayers who will be footing the bills for Connie Morris’ trips, we would like to pass along to her some travel tips.
Seeking independence from extremism
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B10
American politics reached a critical turn last week. The revolt of several Republican senators against President Bush’s insistence on a free hand in treating terrorist detainees signaled the emergence of an independent force in elections and government.
A little help
Kansas University faculty members have a right to expect some help in curbing student plagiarism.
September 21, 2006 in print edition on B10
It’s too bad universities have to spend any amount of money on computer technology to catch academic plagiarism, but in the computer age, there seems to be little alternative.
Know rights when bumped from flights
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A8
If you’ve flown this past spring and summer, you’ve probably noticed fuller flights. Hate to tell you this, but with two major holidays approaching - Thanksgiving and Christmas - expect more of the same.
Leadership Lawrence announces new class
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A8
The new class roster for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Lawrence program already includes some established leaders.
Opportunities abound at Fort Riley
Council leader to review options at luncheon Tuesday
September 21, 2006 in print edition on A8
John Armbrust, executive director of the Governor’s Military Council, is coming to Lawrence to remind business leaders of what many of them already know. Expansion at Fort Riley is a big economic deal.
Keegan: KU must turn up the heat
September 21, 2006 in print edition on C1
Three games into a season that is off to a shaky start, Kansas University opponents have two turnovers. Both came in an opening-week victory over Division I-AA Northwestern State.