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Scoring Summary: KU-ISU
04:32 p.m., November 17, 2007 Updated 08:00 p.m.
Angus Quigley scored the first rushing TD of the game for KU on a quick scoring drive.
KU improves to 11-0; Mizzou looming
04:31 p.m., November 17, 2007 Updated 07:55 p.m.
The KU offense racked up 566 yards to ISU’s 234 in a 45-7 drubbing. Reesing finished the day with 253 yards passing and went 21-for-26 with four TDs.The Jayhawks’ ground attack was equally impressive as McAnderson, Sharp, Quigley and Meier combined for 37 carries and 212 yards. Dexton Fileds tallied 11 receptions and two TDs to lead the receiving corps for KU.
Lawrence home fills with smoke; emergency crews quickly respond
November 17, 2007
Emergency crews were called to 2609 Pickwick Place shortly after 2:45 a.m. early Saturday morning to investigate reports of smoke coming from the single-story residence.
Notebook: Thirteen seniors to bow
Does McAnderson have pro future?
November 17, 2007
Kansas University’s football team will go for consecutive victory number 11 at 2:30 p.m. today at Memorial Stadium. But first, the 10-0 Jayhawks will honor 13 seniors who have gone through quite a bit in Lawrence.
Citizen Journalism Academy: Graduates celebrate diversity
November 17, 2007 in print edition on D5
A new band of citizen journalists has emerged in Lawrence. Sponsored by The World Company and the School of Journalism at Kansas University, the third Citizen Journalism Academy graduated 24 fellows Oct. 29 at the News Center, 645 N.H.
Around and about
November 17, 2007 in print edition on D3
The family of JoAnn Van Hoesen, Lawrence, requests a card shower to celebrate her 80th birthday on Nov. 21. A family celebration will commemorate the occasion.
Planned Parenthood in court over criminal charges against clinics
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
Representatives for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri made their first court appearance Friday concerning a criminal complaint alleging unlawful late-term abortions and inadequate record keeping at an Overland Park clinic.
Jena Six’ protesters demand federal action
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
Marchers surrounded the Justice Department headquarters on Friday to demand federal intervention in the Jena Six case and stepped-up enforcement of hate crimes.
Air assault targets militants linked to U.S. kidnappings
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A7
Hundreds of American and Iraqi troops backed by helicopters descended Friday on a remote desert area southwest of Baghdad to root out al-Qaida in Iraq and search for two U.S. soldiers missing after a deadly insurgent ambush six months ago.
Senate stalemate stalls farm bill
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
Senate Democrats failed Friday to break an impasse that has stalled action on a five-year, $286 billion farm bill, increasing the possibility that the legislation could be delayed until next year.
People in the news
November 17, 2007 in print edition on D7
¢ Colbert helps raise money for S.C. schools¢ Wayne Newton sidelined by viral heart infection¢ Flatley will perform on ‘Dancing With the Stars’¢ Man pleads not guilty to stalking Uma Thurman¢ Garth Brooks closes KC concert series
More’ of Shannon may be too much
November 17, 2007 in print edition on D7
Molly Shannon is beside herself. The “Saturday Night Live” comedienne stars in the 2007 cable comedy “More of Me” (8 p.m., today, Lifetime) as a harried mother, wife and career woman who turns to her inner voices and gets a little more than she bargained for.
Flying Spaghetti Monster being served to religious scholars
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A8
When some of the world’s leading religious scholars gather in San Diego this weekend, pasta will be on the intellectual menu. They’ll be talking about a satirical pseudo-deity called the Flying Spaghetti Monster, whose growing pop culture fame gets laughs but also raises serious questions about the essence of religion.
NBA Roundup
November 17, 2007 in print edition on C4
Scores around the league.
Top 25 roundup: No. 3 Memphis outlasts UConn
November 17, 2007 in print edition on C5
John Calipari didn’t call out Chris Douglas-Roberts by name after an off night in the semifinals of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic. But the Memphis coach did single out the guy wearing No. 14.”I think he got the message,” he said.
Panel pulls site’s paper on global warming
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A1
A state energy panel Friday decided to remove from its Web site a background paper on global warming. The 13-12 vote by the Kansas Energy Council after a confusing discussion was seen by some as evidence that the advisory panel is off track.
Aid workers struggle to help thousands in wake of cyclone
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A7
Aid workers struggled Friday to help hundreds of thousands of survivors of a cyclone that blasted Bangladesh with 150 mph winds, killing a reported 1,100 people, savaging coastal towns, and leaving millions without power in the deadliest such storm in more than a decade.
Faith Forum: Why did bread and wine represent Jesus’ body and blood?
November 17, 2007 in print edition on D1
On the night Jesus was betrayed, he celebrated a traditional Passover meal with his followers. Three elements had to be present in order for the Passover to be shared: a lamb, bitter herbs and unleavened bread (Exodus 12:1-14).
Big Blythe big key for ISU
November 17, 2007
Iowa State wide receiver Todd Blythe spent a little time at Big 12 Conference football media days over the summer getting some good-natured ribbing in toward KU cornerback Aqib Talib. “I definitely had a little conversation with him last year and told him he got the day off last year,” Blythe joked in July.
Bonds’ next step unclear
Perjury indictment may scare teams away
November 17, 2007 in print edition on C2
Courthouse by day, batter’s box by night for Barry Bonds? It could happen. Or, the home run king’s career could be over altogether.
Writers on strike to return to negotiations
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
Hollywood film and TV writers who’ve been on a nearly two-week strike against studios will return to contract negotiations on Nov. 26, their union and producers said Friday.
Society calendar
November 17, 2007 in print edition on D5
Social events around Lawrence.
Releford rounds out recruiting class
November 17, 2007 in print edition on C1
Travis Releford completed all his paperwork on Friday, freeing Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self to comment on the signing of the 6-foot-5 senior guard from Roeland Park Miege. “Travis is a young man we recruited longer than anyone else,” Self said of Releford, on the Jayhawks’ radar for several years now.
Letter to the Membership Regarding the Deciphera Project
November 17, 2007
As a result of the Lawrence City Commission meeting Tuesday night (November 13, 2007), the Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee at the November 14 meeting unanimously agreed to provide you with additional perspective on the Deciphera Project.
Chamber defends incentive package
CEO says he didn’t try to hide Deciphera tax rebate deal
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence Chamber of Commerce leaders have come to the defense of a controversial package of economic incentives designed to keep Deciphera Pharmaceuticals in town. The chamber sent out a mass e-mail on Thursday urging its more than 1,000 members to begin expressing support for the deal, which has been heavily criticized as being crafted behind closed doors.
Dynamic dance
Incoming artistic director reinvents Lawrence troupe
November 17, 2007 in print edition on D1
Susan Rieger watches intently as six dancers move slowly across the studio floor, winding around and rolling over one another in a series of carefully choreographed lifts and passes. She consults her notes, stops the dancers and turns off the Tin Hat Trio tune that’s been accompanying their movements. “Here’s something I’d like to try,” Rieger says, reworking a detail. She asks the dancers to repeat the sequence.
U.S. gasoline prices slip overnight
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B4
Gasoline prices fell slightly for the first time in weeks, raising doubts that pump prices would rise another 10 cents to 15 cents in coming weeks to catch up with skyrocketing crude prices, as some had thought.
Bulldogs fall short in shot at revenge
Baldwin’s season ends in semis despite rally
November 17, 2007 in print edition on C1
No vengeance for Baldwin High. It started out promising for the Bulldogs, but ended in tears and sadness as their season ended here Friday night. Baldwin (10-3) fell to Louisburg (13-0) for the second time this season. Friday’s 21-14 loss hurt more as the Bulldogs’ season came to halt in a Class 4A state semifinal contest.
Markets climb Friday to close up for week
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B4
Wall Street ended a volatile week with a late-day comeback Friday after investors set aside some concerns about the banking sector and the health of the overall economy.
Governor’s Christmas tree has Lawrence roots
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A1
A Lawrence tree will adorn the governor’s mansion this holiday season. Eric and Lyn Walther, owners of Strawberry Hill Christmas Tree Farm just west of Lawrence, were thrilled to be able to pick out and supply a tree for Cedar Crest. “This is the happiest time of year for us,” Eric Walther said.
Long conflicts
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Regarding the T-shirt wars (“Quantrill-themed T-shirt stirs bitter emotion,” Nov. 14): In the early 1930s my father’s family moved from the West Side neighborhood of Kansas City, Mo., to the Rosedale neighborhood of Kansas City, Kan.
Doomsday cult urged to leave cave hideout
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
Doctors and rescuers were trying Friday to coax more than two dozen doomsday cult members into leaving their forest hideout near the Volga River, where they were awaiting the end of the world with the coming of spring.
Keegan: Hard not to look ahead
November 17, 2007 in print edition on C1
Both college football teams were unbeaten and headed for a big rivalry showdown with implications that went beyond Big 12 title talk to national title projections. It happened in Week 5 of this football season. Texas needed only to win a home game against Kansas State. Winning at Colorado was the only hurdle in Oklahoma’s way. Texas and Oklahoma both lost, tainting the appeal of the Red River Shootout, won this season by the Sooners, 28-21.
Title game motivates OU
November 17, 2007
Don’t expect coach Bob Stoops to plan any special touchdown celebrations or break out new jerseys to get No. 3 Oklahoma motivated for a pivotal final road game of the season. Just the prospect of clinching a spot in the Big 12 championship game should be enough to get the job done.
MU not aiming for 70s
Pinkel bemoans ‘basketball scores’
November 17, 2007
No matter how potent No. 6 Missouri’s offense, coach Gary Pinkel believes there’s a point where enough is enough. Big 12 Conference teams have topped 70 points the last two weeks, with Kansas embarrassing Nebraska 76-39 and Nebraska rebounding to hammer Kansas State 73-31 on Saturday. Pinkel said he’s not into running up such a gaudy score, even if it might benefit the school in the polls.
Oregon QB to go under knife
November 17, 2007 in print edition on C6
Dennis Dixon will have surgery on the left knee that buckled early in second-ranked Oregon’s upset loss to Arizona, spoiling his chance to win the Heisman Trophy.
Lawrence Datebook
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
Events around Lawrence.
Kicked in seat
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Sold out! No, I am not referring to the sellout of Arrowhead Stadium for the KU-Missouri game. Rather, I refer to the selling out of the loyal KU fans. Seats on the 50-yard line in Memorial Stadium are equal to seats in the corner of the end zone at Arrowhead!
Kansas volleyball inks two in class of 2008
November 17, 2007 in print edition on C6
Two high school seniors signed national letters of intent to play volleyball at Kansas University on Friday. Allison Mayfield, a 6-foot-1 hitter from Overland Park Aquinas, and Nicole Tate, a 5-10 sitter from St. Louis, will comprise coach Ray Bechard’s 2008 freshman class.
K-State defense reeling
November 17, 2007
It didn’t take long for Kansas State safety Chris Carney to get a few phone calls from family members following the Wildcats’ 73-31 loss at Nebraska on Saturday. They weren’t poking fun at him. They just wanted to make sure he was all right.
Pump patrol
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.90 at BP, 19th and Haskell.
Haskell women roll
Guard takes punishment but scores 21
November 17, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kortney Smith wasn’t going to let a few bumps and bruises keep her off the floor in Haskell Indian Nations University’s women’s basketball game against Waldorf College. The Indians’ junior point guard played all but three minutes - when she was receiving treatment after taking a charge halfway through the first half - in Haskell’s 61-54 victory over the college from Forest City, Iowa.
Kentucky’s Gillispie hasn’t signed
November 17, 2007 in print edition on C5
Billy Gillispie still hasn’t signed a formal contract more than seven months after agreeing to become the Kentucky’s basketball coach.
Injuries take toll on Colts
November 17, 2007 in print edition on C8
A lengthy injury list is forcing the Indianapolis Colts to improvise in practice. With as many as 14 players either sidelined or seeing limited work this week, the coaching staff has shuffled healthy players to new positions, practiced with limited hitting and, in some cases, without pads.
Group hopes city will OK plans for KU-MU party
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
Big game. Big screen. No, a really big screen. Kansas University fans may have the chance to watch the upcoming KU vs. Missouri football game on a 50-foot, outdoor screen near the corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets, if city commissioners approve a request from Downtown Lawrence Inc.
Fans have kept faith since 1940s
The word tailgate hadn’t even been invented yet’
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A1
When Glee and Jerry Smith first attended Kansas University football games, there was no tailgating, and there was no Baby or Big Jayhawk mascot. There wasn’t even a Campanile. “The word tailgate hadn’t even been invented yet,” said Glee, 86. The couple met in 1941, during their junior year at the university when they attended a Greek “midweek” dance. They married two years later and have attended KU football games together ever since.
Thirty-five years later, ‘72 Dolphins stand alone
November 17, 2007 in print edition on C8
The Miami Dolphins were two months into the 1972 schedule before guard Bob Kuechenberg first discussed with anyone the possibility of a perfect season. With the record 10-0 after a victory over the New York Jets, Kuechenberg and teammate Jim Langer worked out at the team’s dilapidated complex.
Man cited in fire after burn ban put into effect
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
After Douglas County announced a five-day fire ban Wednesday, local fire departments responded Friday to a fire east of Lawrence in the Palmyra Township. Fire departments, including Wellsville Township, Johnson County District 1 and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a call about noon regarding a fire that started in grass but moved to two small wooden structures.
Unions vote to press on with transport strike
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A7
French unions split Friday over whether to pursue a strike that has hobbled transport nationwide, with some voting to keep the walkout going through the weekend. Nearly 68 percent of employees for the national rail network went back to work, up from 38.5 percent on Wednesday, the first full day of the strike.
Baldwin City schools receive safety grant
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
Routes to school in Baldwin City will be $206,630 safer, thanks to a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation. KDOT announced Friday that Baldwin City was among communities awarded grants in the Safe Routes to School program.
Fleet ordered to hunt humpback whales
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A7
Humpback whales are in the cross-hairs again. Japan’s whaling fleet will leave port shortly for the South Pacific with orders to kill up to 50 humpbacks - the first known large-scale hunt for the whales since a 1963 moratorium put them under international protection.
Bonner Springs man dies after car accident
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
A Bonner Springs man died from injuries he received in a single-car accident early Friday morning.
Simons: Despite negotiations, no KUMC-KU Hospital agreement
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
Thursday morning Kansas University Medical Center Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara Atkinson told members of the Kansas Board of Regents she thought Thursday could be the day that brings to an end the months of negotiations over a new master affiliation between the KUMC and KU Hospital.
School receives award for solar module
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
Southwest Junior High School has received accolades from the state for its solar module on the roof that allows students to study the renewable energy source.
Cavs guard Hughes to miss at least month
November 17, 2007 in print edition on C4
Bruised but not broken this time, Larry Hughes is again too hurt to play for the Cavaliers. Cleveland’s fragile guard, who has also endured personal misfortune in the past, will miss at least four weeks with a deep bone bruise in his left leg. Hughes hurt his leg during a game Nov. 4 at Phoenix when he collided with Suns guard Leandro Barbosa.
Developers of power plants file appeal
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A6
Developers of the rejected $3.6 billion coal-fired power plants in western Kansas filed legal appeals Friday in what is expected to be a massive court battle. “We are confident that the courts will overturn this arbitrary and capricious decision,” said Mark Calcara, vice president and general counsel for Sunflower Electric Power Corp.
Ex-pitcher Nuxhall dies
November 17, 2007 in print edition on C2
Joe Nuxhall, the youngest major leaguer at age 15 and later a beloved broadcaster as “the ol’ left-hander” in Cincinnati, has died. He was 79. Nuxhall died Thursday night while hospitalized for treatment of pneumonia, the team said. He was awaiting surgery to insert a pacemaker, and had been slowed by a recurrence of cancer since September.
Commentary: Don’t expect Bonds apology soon
November 17, 2007 in print edition on C2
The first thing you wonder is how long it will take for Barry Bonds to apologize. Pete Rose held out more than 15 years. Didn’t do it. Didn’t do it. Didn’t do it. Oh, all right, I did it. Forgive me. Take me back. Love me again.
Dolphins’ Thomas ruled out for Sunday
November 17, 2007 in print edition on C8
Miami Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas won’t play Sunday at Philadelphia, making it the fifth game he will have missed since a concussion in September.
Club news
November 17, 2007 in print edition on D5
The Pilot Club of Lawrence conducted its monthly meeting Nov. 12 at Bambino’s restaurant. The program was about the RSVP program at the Roger Hill Volunteer Center, and also how to reduce the risk of a stroke.
Faith briefs
November 17, 2007 in print edition on D8
Faith news around Lawrence.
Woman, 92, reports being robbed in home
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
A 92-year-old woman was robbed by a man who is about 65 years old on Nov. 6. According to a Lawrence police report, the woman was approached by the man while she was sitting on a bench outside of Dillons, 3000 W. Sixth St. She reported the suspect identified himself as a Topeka Masonic Lodge employee.
On the record
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
A 32-year-old Lawrence man reported a red and black 2001 Honda worth $4,000 was stolen Thursday from the 2300 block of Surrey Drive. The incident occurred between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. Thursday.
Malnourished twins found with dead woman
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B3
Malnourished 3-week old twins were found Friday under a bed in the same apartment where the remains of a decomposing woman were discovered, authorities said. Both babies were taken to a hospital, where one of the twins later died.
Minnesota man gets 23 years for sexual abuse
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
A Minnesota man was sentenced Friday in Douglas County District Court to 23 years in prison for sexually abusing a young girl.
Scouting news
November 17, 2007 in print edition on D3
More than 180 Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts and leaders from Lawrence, Eudora and Baldwin City participated in the Pelathe District Fall Camporee, conducted Oct. 27-28 at the Bromelsick Scout Camp. Scouts from Troop 59, led by Senior Patrol Leader Connor Caldwell, planned and conducted the event.
PC beats computer in cracking Nazi code
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A7
A rebuilt World War II code-cracking computer developed to intercept Nazi messages lost to a desktop computer Friday in a contest to decipher an encrypted radio message.
140 countries agree on climate change policy
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
Delegates from more than 140 countries agreed Friday on a scientific “instant guide” for policymakers, stating more forcefully than ever that climate change has begun and threatens to irreversibly alter the planet.
U.S. to press for lift of state of emergency
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf faces a stern warning from a top American diplomat on Saturday: end emergency rule or wreck landmark elections and risk undermining vital U.S. support.
Air balloon crashes after hitting power line
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
A helium-powered balloon hit a power line and crashed onto a north-central Iowa cattle pasture Friday, killing two men and injuring a third, a sheriff said.
Bill to help insurance in event of terrorist attack
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Senate voted Friday to extend for seven years a post-Sept. 11 law guaranteeing federal help for the insurance industry in the event of a catastrophic terrorist attack.
Mistrial declared in cat shooting case
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
The trial of a prominent birdwatcher accused of animal cruelty for shooting a cat ended in a mistrial Friday after jurors couldn’t reach a verdict. Jim Stevenson, the founder of the Galveston Ornithological Society, has admitted he shot the cat last fall because he saw it hunting a threatened species of bird near the San Luis Bridge Pass.
Army No. 2 may decide Pakistan’s leader crisis
Kayani studied at Fort Leavenworth
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A7
Pakistan’s next army chief owes his meteoric rise to Gen. Pervez Musharraf, but was once a confidant and senior aide to the Pakistani leader’s archrival Benazir Bhutto. He is well-known in Washington but has a reputation for keeping his cards close to his chest.
1 killed when prison bus hits deer, overturns
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
A bus carrying Montana State Prison employees to work struck a deer and overturned Friday morning, killing one person and injuring more than two dozen others, a state Corrections Department spokesman said.
Dealership sells natural gas car
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B8
A Kansas automobile dealership has begun selling the natural gas-powered Honda Civic sedan, nearly 10 years after the Japanese automaker began building it. The company only recently allowed sales of the car outside certain states.
Dems unable to pass legislation ordering return of U.S. troops
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
Nearly a year after anti-war voters put them in power, congressional Democrats remain unable to pass legislation ordering troops home from Iraq. Frustrated by Republican roadblocks, Democrats now plan to sit on President Bush’s $196 billion request for war spending until next year - pushing the Pentagon toward an accounting nightmare and deepening their conflict with the White House on the war.
True leaders
If Kansas is to reach its full potential, outstanding people should step forward and take the reins of leadership.
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B6
Who are the true leaders of Kansas? Who are the genuine leaders of this central part of the nation? Who are the five, 10 or 15 most influential Kansans who can lead, inspire and cause others to want to do a better job in their respective areas of activity? We have plenty of followers but far too few true leaders.
Pastor’s wife wants church as marital asset
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A5
The estranged wife of a pastor claims her husband blended his professional and personal finances so thoroughly that his church should be counted as an asset in their divorce.
Garmin withdraws Tele Atlas bid
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B4
Garmin, the world’s largest maker of personal navigation devices, withdrew a $3.3 billion takeover bid for Dutch digital mapmaker Tele Atlas NV on Friday, clearing the way for rival TomTom.
Finding our place in the pecking order
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B6
My Thanksgiving prep began in one of those markets where, for a premium, you get a story with your food. Every vegetable, every creature and every jar of jam comes with its own pedigree and memoir.
Beautiful music
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Congratulations to the Lawrence High School Music Department, Cathy Crispino, Mike Jones, Rachel Dirks, Johanna Cox, Pat McCarty, Rogene Anderson, Joyce Jordan and all the student performers for their well done GALA 2007.
Reservoirs almost down to the dregs
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
With drought tightening its grip on the Southeast, the Atlanta area’s reservoirs are almost down to the dregs - the dirtier, more bacteria-laden water close to the bottom - and it’s going to require more aggressive and more expensive purification.
November 17, 2007 in print edition on D7
Work on centering yourself this year, and you will feel much differently than you have in a long time. Your ability to understand others emerges more than it ever has in the past. If you are single, you can make your dreams realities. If you are attached, your relationship needs to focus more around your home life.
Big 12 Roundup: Baylor turns back Shockers, 64-55
November 17, 2007 in print edition on C5
Curtis Jerrells scored 23 points to lead Baylor to a 64-55 victory over Wichita State on Friday night in the first round of the Paradise Jam. Jerrells, who went 5-of-8 from 3-point range, gave the Bears a 30-28 lead with a shot from well behind the arc in the first half and Baylor (2-0) did not trail the rest of the way.
Review: KU Dance Company exhibits grace, versatility in first autumn show
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B5
The Kansas University Dance Company performed the first of two fall concerts Thursday evening to a substantial house at the Lied Center. Varied styles in six dances showcased the choreographic skill of KU dance faculty as well as the versatility of the 23 student dancers.
Paper’s escort ads accused of promoting prostitution
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
For years, the back pages of the Orlando Weekly were filled with ads for naughty nurses, sultry coeds and girls with come-hither names like “Rush” and “Roxie.” But the saucy escort-service advertising came to a halt last month.
Kerry accepts challenge to disprove Swift boat
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
Sen. John Kerry, whose 2004 presidential campaign was torpedoed by critics of his Vietnam War record, said Friday he has personally accepted a Texas oilman’s offer to pay $1 million to anyone who can disprove even a single charge of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
Piecing it together
Myriad of factors came together to keep KU perfect
November 17, 2007
It was just a towel. A Kansas University football player in 2002 took a towel out of the weight room after a workout one day. It was on the floor of KU’s locker room when a coach found it - where it wasn’t supposed to be. If they hadn’t gotten the memo yet, the Jayhawks were about to find out what life was like under new coach Mark Mangino.
Heisman Trophy race: Tebow’s campaign gaining steam
Missouri quarterback Daniel new No. 2 candidate, pundit says
November 17, 2007 in print edition on C6
As Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon crumbled to the turf with a left knee injury Thursday night, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow’s Heisman Trophy chances rose a little bit more.
Federal legislation would buy out Kansans in mining town
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A1
Federal legislation was introduced Friday that would provide $6 million to buy out and relocate residents in a southeast Kansas mining town threatened by ground collapses. Companion bills now are in the U.S. House and Senate that, if passed, would provide a relocation program for residents and property owners in Treece, a town of 140 people adjacent to the Oklahoma border in Cherokee County.
Army desertion rate up 80% since ‘03
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
Soldiers strained by six years at war are deserting their posts at the highest rate since 1980, with the number of Army deserters this year showing an 80 percent increase since the United States invaded Iraq in 2003.
New kids on the block
Receivers opening holes for KU runners
November 17, 2007 in print edition on C1
Football fans judge wide receivers based on whether they get open for passes, how often they drop the balls thrown to them and how many yards they run for after catches. Football coaches’ grades go deeper than that, and the Kansas University receivers are grading particularly high in one of the less-talked about areas. For a hint as to where they are grading so well, take a look at all the big plays that started as small ones.
Police use oil to free trapped suspect
November 17, 2007 in print edition on A5
Authorities used vegetable oil to free a man who said he became trapped in the vent shaft of a grocery store when he tried to rob it.
Political sleight of hand is commonplace
November 17, 2007 in print edition on B6
It’s what you’d expect from George W. Bush. He is, after all, the fellow whose spokesman once fielded questions from a GOP stooge pretending to be a reporter, whose deputy FEMA chief was caught conducting a fake news conference, whose functionaries routinely screen the crowds and preselect the questioners at public events lest, God forbid, some ordinary citizen ask the president of the United States a tough question.