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Cursed from Birth
The Short, Unhappy Life of William S. Burroughs Jr.
September 23, 2006 in print edition on D1
The book is a piecing together of writings, letters, interviews by others and even a psychiatric journal article that serve as the first biography of Billy Burroughs, who wrote two books of his own. “It’s a very ugly, unpleasant story,” Ohle says. “It’s an interesting study in father/son relationship. His father kills his mother, for starters. And then he neglects him for the rest of his life.”
City manager finalists named; Corliss among the trio
Mayor Mike Amyx said the commission hopes to make an offer by October
September 23, 2006
Mayor Mike Amyx said the commission hopes to make an offer by October
Final: KU 13, USF 7
05:00 p.m., September 23, 2006 Updated 09:18 p.m.
Tonight’s 6 p.m. kickoff at Memorial Stadium will not only be the first meeting between KU and South Florida, but will also feature two of the top freshmen quarterbacks in the country.
Man killed in hit-and-run accident
Fatality takes place at 13th and Kentucky streets
September 23, 2006
Fatality takes place at 13th and Kentucky streets.
American Jews wrestle with whether to suggest non-Jewish spouses convert
September 23, 2006 in print edition on D8
Christine Benvenuto embodies a Jewish ideal. Her kitchen is kosher, she attends synagogue and has read rabbinic writings and Torah. But for many American Jewish leaders, she has an even more compelling quality. The mother of three, whose husband was born Jewish, is a convert.
UT’s Hills puts injury, old position in the past
September 23, 2006
Tony Hills signed with Texas as one of the best tight end prospects in the country. Three years later, he hasn’t caught a pass. But no worries. Instead of bowling over defensive backs in the secondary, Hills is now firmly entrenched at left tackle and could develop into the next Longhorns All-American on the offensive line.
Buffs’ boss still upbeat
Despite losses, Hawkins remains ‘enthusiastic’
September 23, 2006
Dan Hawkins’ infectious personality was one of the things that excited Mike Bohn when he was looking for a coach to replace Gary Barnett at the University of Colorado. That zeal is coming in quite handy with the bumbling Buffs off to an 0-3 start heading into today’s game at ninth-ranked Georgia. Junior cornerback Terrence Wheatley said Hawkins’ upbeat attitude is keeping the Buffs from drowning in their doldrums.
Only K-State can save Big 12 from ignominy
September 23, 2006
It comes down to this for the beleaguered Big 12: If Kansas State cannot upset No. 8 Louisville today, the league will remain winless against Top 25 opponents from other conferences until bowl season. Sad, but true.
Turnovers focus for KU
September 23, 2006
Kansas University’s football team may find out that late whistles can lead to more turnovers. The Jayhawks, mired in a takeaway funk as they head into today’s 6 p.m. game against South Florida, have tried several different approaches to force more turnovers. One is to blow the whistle later than normal at the end of plays in practice, so defenders can keep clawing and scratching for a strip that could turn into a recovered fumble.
Know the foe: South Florida
Bulls reinvent offense around QB
September 23, 2006
With former South Florida running back Andre Hall - the cornerstone of the Bulls offense the last two years - having moved on to the professional ranks, USF coach Jim Leavitt was forced to re-examine his strategy to move the ball downfield.
KU tennis sends 2 to semis
September 23, 2006 in print edition on C7
Kansas University freshman Kunigunda Dorn, competing in her first collegiate tournament, advanced to the semifinals of the Flight C doubles bracket with teammate Yuliana Svistun, and she also won her first match in the Flight B singles bracket, highlighting a strong opening day for the Jayhawks at the Deacon Classic.
KU soccer tumbles at OSU, 1-0
September 23, 2006 in print edition on C7
Yolanda Odenyo’s goal in the 106th minute led Oklahoma State to a 1-0 double-overtime victory over Kansas University in Big 12 Conference soccer on Friday at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex. KU fell to 5-3 overall, 0-1 in the Big 12. OSU improved to 7-1-1 and 2-0.
Baker sets sights on 500th win today
September 23, 2006 in print edition on C6
Baker University, coming off an overtime victory over No. 23 William Jewell, will attempt to claim the 500th victory in program history when it plays host to Evangel tonight. Kickoff is 6 p.m. at Liston Stadium.
Winless Haskell hits road to take on Friends
September 23, 2006 in print edition on C6
Haskell Indian Nations University’s three-game stretch against Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference foes will hit the midway point today against Friends University. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at Adair-Austin Stadium.
Perry-Lecompton rallies past Santa Fe Trail
Garrison scores two TDs to help Kaws remain undefeated with 22-14 victory; Eudora, McLouth claim shutout victories
September 23, 2006 in print edition on C6
Brent Garrison scored on runs of one and 11 yards, Caleb Denton ran for 120 yards on 22 carries, and Perry-Lecompton High beat Santa Fe Trail, 22-14, on Friday in a football battle of unbeatens. Santa Fe Trail (3-1) tied the game at 14 when Alex Boss scored on a 63-yard run on the first play of the second half.
Tonganoxie blows past Mill Valley, 28-7
Volk rushes for three touchdowns to spark Chieftains in battle of unbeatens
September 23, 2006 in print edition on C6
Typically, a quarterback has to know when - or when not - to throw the ball while under pressure. In an offense that simply runs the ball, the quarterback’s job becomes even easier. But Tonganoxie High’s quarterback Jeff Hughes has more options to consider than the “typical” quarterback.
Howard tags HR No. 58
September 23, 2006 in print edition on C4
Ryan Howard hit his major-league-leading 58th homer, Cole Hamels pitched 62â3 strong innings, and the Philadelphia Phillies continued their playoff push with a 5-2 victory over the Florida Marlins on Friday night.
Twins drop back in Central
September 23, 2006 in print edition on C4
Daniel Cabrera took a four-hitter into the seventh inning, Brian Roberts homered and drove in three runs, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Minnesota Twins, 7-3, on Friday night. Torii Hunter scored twice for the Twins, who dropped 11â2 games behind Detroit in the AL Central.
Biased refs college football’s secret
September 23, 2006 in print edition on C2
Everybody’s implying it, but nobody will come right out and say what has been whispered for years: that college football officials intentionally cheat to protect teams in the conferences that employ them. Isn’t that what Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops essentially is claiming about Pac-10 officials in the wake of one of the most heinous home-cooking cases in the history of college football?
Davis hopes dim for U.S.
Russians take 2-0 lead over Americans
September 23, 2006 in print edition on C2
In order to advance to the finals of the Davis Cup, the United States will have to mount its biggest comeback in more than 70 years. Andy Roddick and James Blake lost their singles matches Friday at the Davis Cup, handing the U.S. team a 2-0 deficit against Russia in the semifinal. Roddick lost to Marat Safin, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (5), in the opening match, and Blake fell to Mikhail Youzhny, 7-5, 1-6, 6-1, 7-5.
Detroit extends division lead
Tigers top Royals, 7-3, in Doran’s debut
September 23, 2006 in print edition on C5
Jim Leyland is as excited as he was when he was 28 years old and managing Clinton to a first-place finish in the Midwest League. Whether it’s the major leagues or the minors, a young man or a graying veteran, there’s nothing to compare with having your team in first place in a tight pennant race in September.
Bell’s tonsils removed
Biopsy will determine status of growth in area
September 23, 2006 in print edition on C1
Royals manager Buddy Bell had his tonsils removed Friday and now will await biopsy results on a growth that was detected in the area. At the recommendation of Dr. Steven Joyce, the Royals’ team physician, surgery was performed just days after the growth was found.
Keegan: Leyland gives off good vibe
September 23, 2006 in print edition on C1
Sometimes, it’s difficult to measure a major-league manager’s influence. Generally, those who manage rosters rich in pitching look smart. Those who must take the baseball out of the hand of one punching bag who should be in Triple A and hand it to another who should be in retirement look stupid.
Reynolds talks tough, Veritas responds
September 23, 2006 in print edition on C1
It looked like more of the same for Veritas Christian in the first quarter Friday against Wichita Trinity. Quarterback Ben Balman fumbled the ball on the opening play and fumbled again on Veritas’ second possession, the second miscue returned for a touchdown. Midway through the second quarter, Veritas found itself down three touchdowns and staring at an 0-4 start.
Miscues can’t slow Free State
Murphy twins run wild, thumping Olathe South
September 23, 2006 in print edition on C1
Football teams don’t win when they cough the ball up six times. It just doesn’t happen. Uh, not so fast. Free State turned the ball over a half-dozen times Friday night and still cruised to a 37-21 triumph over Olathe South in a battle of Sunflower League unbeatens at the Olathe District Activities Center.
Early returns
Padia powers LHS rout
September 23, 2006 in print edition on C1
A mere 16 seconds into its homecoming football game against Leavenworth, Lawrence High owned all the momentum, and any observer could tell the rout was on. With his blocks set up on the left, senior Nathan Padia streaked down the right side to return the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.
Sex offender gets death in student’s slaying
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A5
A jury in North Dakota’s first death penalty case in nearly a century decided Friday that a convicted sex offender should be executed for kidnapping and killing a college student after she left a shopping mall.
Helene weakens into tropical storm
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A5
Hurricane Helene weakened Friday into a tropical storm, but would still likely create hazardous surf conditions for Bermuda, forecasters said.
Activist in U.S. after time in Vietnamese jail
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A5
An American activist who was jailed in Vietnam for more than a month on suspicion of plotting against the communist government said Friday he would continue his fight for democracy in his native country.
Wichita standoff ends after 17 hours
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B5
A 17-hour police standoff in Wichita ended Friday with the suspect giving himself up after talking to his mother. The standoff began at 6:30 p.m. Thursday when the owners of a house called police to report finding what looked like explosives in a room the man was renting.
LHS graduates to enter Hall of Honor
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B5
The Lawrence Lions Alumni Assn. will induct four LHS graduates and one Liberty Memorial High School graduate into its Hall of Honor this weekend. The Hall of Honor induction ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at LHS, 19th and Louisiana streets. A reception will follow.
On the Record
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Dateboook
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lowe’s, plaintiffs reach tentative settlement in class-action lawsuit
Employees claimed computerized system mishandled pay
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lowe’s Home Centers has agreed to settle a long-running class action lawsuit claiming the company underpaid employees. In court documents filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Kansas, the Mooresville, N.C.-based company and plaintiffs in the case said they had reached a settlement.
LHS Class of 1966 reunites
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B3
Members of the Lawrence High School Class of 1966 wore their red and talked about old times Friday evening. “A lot of solid folks,” Virginia Wulfkuhle, who now lives in Topeka, said about her classmates. About 190 people - class members, spouses and guests - have made it back to Lawrence this weekend for the 40-year reunion.
Former chief of staff Libby plans to testify in CIA leak trial
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff plans to take the stand at his upcoming trial to tell jurors that he never lied to investigators in the CIA leak case, defense attorneys said Friday.
Woman found dead, fetus cut from womb
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
Investigators searched the woods Friday for three children a day after their mother’s body was found in a vacant lot with a fetus cut from her womb - perhaps with scissors.
U.S. calls emergency session about Darfur
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
Violence is getting worse in Darfur despite international peace efforts, and Sudan’s central government can no longer resist the world’s will to send in peace forces, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday.
GOP upbeat on terror trial bill
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A4
House GOP leaders signaled Friday that they are satisfied with the main elements of a military trial bill negotiated Thursday by dissident Republican senators and White House officials, and predicted that Congress will pass the measure before adjourning next week.
New steps needed to ensure drug safety
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
Two years after the withdrawal of the painkiller Vioxx, federal health regulators still lack the resources necessary to track the safety of new drugs and respond quickly to any problems that might crop up, a panel of experts said Friday.
Pistol found in carry-on bag at Baltimore airport
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A4
Security screeners discovered a pistol in a carry-on bag at Baltimore’s main airport Friday morning, and two concourses were evacuated when its owner disappeared, authorities said.
Cybersecurity chief to quit after contract ends
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A4
The Bush administration’s cybersecurity chief, who worked under an unusual agreement with a private university that does extensive business with the office he manages, is leaving his job.
Shuttle astronaut collapses twice during ceremony
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A4
An astronaut collapsed twice Friday, a day after she returned to Earth in the shuttle Atlantis, and officials attributed her wobbles to the adjustment from 12 days at zero gravity. Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper left the welcome-home ceremony at the hangar at Ellington Field but was not taken to a hospital. Officials said she was doing fine.
Kraken’ up with Sci Fi
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A2
You have to love a movie called “Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep” (8 p.m. today, Sci Fi). Or at least you have to appreciate how the movie got that ridiculous name. For some years now, Sci Fi has been delighting audiences, and at least one critic, with its Saturday-night franchise of cheap, silly thrillers.
Quest to elect Winfrey reaches new heights
Kansas City man created Web site, T-shirts promoting talk show host
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A2
Patrick Crowe has been promoting Oprah Winfrey for president for years with no attention from the TV diva. But when her attorneys finally told him to stop it, they succeeded only in drawing the media spotlight to the retired math teacher in Kansas City. “It’s been fun,” Crowe said late Thursday morning, still unshaven and in his bathrobe at the kitchen table of his home.
Pope invites Muslim envoys to meet with him at summer home
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
Pope Benedict XVI has invited Muslim envoys to meet with him at his summer residence Monday for what the Holy See says is urgently needed dialogue following the crisis ignited by his remarks on Islam and violence.
Executions of Christian militants spark violence
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
Christians angered by Friday’s executions of three Catholic militants in the world’s most populous Muslim country torched cars and government buildings, looted shops and attacked a jail, freeing hundreds of inmates.
19 workers, 35 Taliban reportedly killed
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
Militants ambushed a bus carrying construction workers in the country’s volatile south Friday, killing 19 of the laborers, while Afghan and NATO forces said they killed 35 Taliban militants in two separate firefights.
Protest marks first public dissent to coup
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
Thailand’s new military rulers got their first taste of popular dissent Friday when about 100 protesters defied a ban on gatherings to denounce the army’s coup this week as undemocratic.
Court overturns ban on production, sale of soda
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
The High Court on Friday overturned a ban on the production and sale of Coca-Cola and Pepsi soft drinks in the southern Indian state of Kerala, but state officials said they would seek ways to challenge the decision.
23 killed in German train crash
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
A high-tech train that floats on powerful magnetic fields smashed into a maintenance car on an elevated test track Friday, killing 23 people and injuring 10 - the first fatalities on a maglev train.
Leader of Hezbollah defiant at ‘victory’ rally
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah defied the international community in his first major appearance since the war with Israel, telling hundreds of thousands of supporters at a “victory” rally Friday that no army could disarm his militia.
U.S. military deaths now surpass 9/11 toll
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A1
Now the death toll is 9/11 times two. U.S. military deaths from Iraq and Afghanistan now surpass those of the most devastating terrorist attack in America’s history, the trigger for what came next. The latest milestone for a country at war came Friday without commemoration. It came without the precision of knowing who was the 2,974th to die in conflict.
1971 drug raid recalled in light of Wakarusa fest revelations
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A1
Long-haired hippies. Dope. Zealous police. What a difference 35 years doesn’t make. Long before the police checkpoint and high-tech hidden surveillance cameras that caused a stir this summer at the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival at Clinton Lake, there was Vern Miller.
Toddler survives fall from 3rd floor
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A1
A 2-year-old boy fell from the third floor of a west Lawrence apartment and was flown to the hospital as a precaution Friday evening, police said. Lawrence Police Sgt. Susan Hadl identified Edwin Alejandro as the boy who leaned against a screen in his family’s apartment and toppled to the parking lot about 20 feet below.
Bloch responds
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I was disappointed not to hear from the Journal-World before it ran two recent stories about me and my agency (“Former Lawrence lawyer lays down the dress code” on Sept. 8 and “Special counsel cancels whistle-blower’s ceremony” on Sept. 12).
Free speech
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: It seems Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela, has been surfing the Internet. He called George W. Bush the devil in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly.
Select audience
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline has a powerful story to share (“Kline’s ‘church effort’ continues,” Journal-World, Sept. 18). He is blessed to have seen the power of the gospel at work in his life. He is to be commended for his sincerity and his fervor.
Seeking power through religion
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B6
President Bush took his case for freedom, democracy, tolerance and “respect” for Islam to the United Nations. His speech was eloquent at times and uniquely American in its plea for understanding and help in freeing people from oppression in the Middle East.
Kansas Voices
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B6
¢ The (Pittsburg) Morning Sun, on a gas tax buffer zone ¢ The Emporia Gazette, on immigration
Forced abortions also a pro-choice issue
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B6
Sometimes you have to remember exactly what it means to be pro-choice. Sometimes the word “choice” is more than a focus-group label to avoid saying the word “abortion.” Sometimes the slick bumper sticker - Who Decides? - actually defines the argument.
Kansas space museum to build exhibit for Oregon aviation center
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center has been hired to design and build a gallery for an Oregon aviation museum that examines the history of space flight. The $2.4 million project for the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Ore., will include a 35,000-square-foot gallery dedicated to space exploration.
Plagiarism-detection alternatives sought
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
After announcing it will drop a plagiarism detection service popular with many professors, Kansas University says it is now exploring alternative detection aids, KU spokeswoman Lynn Bretz said Friday. “We’re certainly open to providing the best tool we can that’s also effective,” Bretz said.
Simons: Loyal alumni and friends shouldn’t overlook KU challenges
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
Where is Kansas University headed? Next weekend, directors and trustees of the KU Endowment Association and members of the KU Chancellors Club will meet in Lawrence. This weekend, KU Alumni Association directors are holding their meeting here. The membership of these three organizations represents KU’s most loyal, enthusiastic, generous and supportive group of alumni and friends.
HIV-exposure trial to begin next week
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
A court hearing Friday finalized plans for the upcoming jury trial of a Lawrence man charged with exposing four women to HIV.
Skateboarders want to ride on campus
KU students lobby city for change in ordinance
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
Casey Millstein is not constantly hopped up on Mountain Dew. She doesn’t punctuate every sentence with “dude.” And she doesn’t see every set of concrete stairs as an invitation to bust out a four-wheeled trick.
Lawrence resident wins press award
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B4
Susan S. Novak, Lawrence, won first place in the National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest.
Hasbro recalls nails after child deaths
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B4
Hasbro Inc., the nation’s second-largest toy maker, is recalling parts of a toy workbench set after two children apparently suffocated on oversized plastic toy nails, company officials said.
Starbucks boosting prices on drinks, beans
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B4
Got three bucks? That and a nickel will buy you a coffee drink at Starbucks.
E. coli outbreak now in 25 states
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A8
Spinach grown outside California’s Salinas Valley got the all-clear from federal health officials Friday, but it could be days before the leafy green returns to store shelves. An ongoing outbreak of E. coli linked to spinach has sickened 166 people in half the states as of midday Friday. That’s up from 157 victims in 23 states a day earlier, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Get a leg up on fall fashion
September 23, 2006 in print edition on D5
This time around, leggings are an important layering piece for the new fall season.
Around and about
September 23, 2006 in print edition on D5
4-H and FCE news
September 23, 2006 in print edition on D3
Scouting news
September 23, 2006 in print edition on D3
Military news
September 23, 2006 in print edition on D3
Club news
September 23, 2006 in print edition on D3
Patchwork caring
Fabrics woven with compassion offer comfort to patients with terminal illnesses
September 23, 2006 in print edition on D1
When Steve Julian’s mother died last September, she received a quilt to help comfort her in her last days at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. On Thursday, as Julian himself neared death due to stomach cancer, his wife, Vicki, held tight to a similar quilt. It’s helping her get through the tough times.
HP leader resigns amid scandal
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B4
Hewlett-Packard Co. shoved Chairwoman Patricia Dunn off its board Friday, severing its ties to a leader whose efforts to plug a media leak morphed into a spying scandal that has spawned criminal and congressional investigations.
Branching out
Early 90’s K-State staff talented bunch
September 23, 2006
Sometimes, finding out where to go often means digging into where you’ve been. The year was 1991. Mark Mangino dreamed of being a college football coach, but in the meantime was paying his dues at Ellwood City High in Pennsylvania, all the while raising two small children on a limited income.
Europeans in familiar spot
September 23, 2006 in print edition on C1
The tears of Darren Clarke gave way to exhaustive relief for Colin Montgomerie. American red shifted to European blue on the scoreboard. A day that began in brilliant sunshine ended in gray skies and showers.
Horoscopes
September 23, 2006 in print edition on D7
For Saturday, Sept. 23
Bush says he was unaware of threat to bomb Pakistan
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
President Bush said Friday that if a U.S. official tried to strong-arm Pakistan into fighting the war on terror after the Sept. 11 attacks, he didn’t know about it. Standing beside Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Bush brushed off any idea of disagreement, praising Musharraf for pursuing terrorists, including Osama bin Laden.
People in the News
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ MTV Networks launching channel aimed at Latinos ¢ McCartney’s new classical work to premiere in November ¢ LeBlanc, wife finalize divorce after 3 years of marriage
War of nutrition
District official ‘on a mission’
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A1
Students don’t have a lot of sweet things to say about it. And some of the comments teachers make are a bit tart. But just wait. A new policy adopted last year for Lawrence public schools that includes cutting out junk food and sugary drinks is only getting started.
Where to write
September 23, 2006
Courage
The prosecutor in the Saddam Hussein trial took quite a risk in demanding better performance from the presiding judge.
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B6
Consider the courage it took for the chief prosecutor in Saddam Hussein’s genocide trial in Baghdad to call for the presiding judge to step down, accusing the jurist of being biased in favor of the deposed dictator and his co-defendants.
Investigation report draws no conclusions in harassment case
September 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
A report on an independent investigation at Johnson County Community College recounts a female worker’s allegations that the former president sexually harassed her but does not draw any conclusions about what happened.
What to know about the outbreak
September 23, 2006 in print edition on A8
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration alerted the public to an outbreak of E. coli linked to bagged fresh spinach. The agency advised consumers to avoid raw, fresh spinach and to notify their doctors if they’ve gotten sick after eating it.
Society calendar
September 23, 2006 in print edition on D3
Faith Forum: Why does the Bible say Christians are like soldiers or warriors?
September 23, 2006 in print edition on D1
¢ Soldierly obedience, thrust of Paul’s Gospels ¢ Warriors of faith are disciples, followers