Archive for Monday, October 1, 2007

Also from October 1

Audio clips
Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Friends & Neighbors, October 2007 LHS Hall of Honor LifeLock 400
Podcasts
Polls
How should the school district pay for a $16.5 million maintenance backlog in elementary schools?

Poll results

Response Percent
Pay as they go, slowly if needed
 
61%
Take out more bonds and finish it in one fell swoop
 
31%
Undecided
 
7%
Total 198
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Tom Bracciano, Division Director of Operations and Facility planning for the Lawrence School System, shows one of a long list of improvements needed at Cordley Elementary School. District mulls ways to pay for projects
October 1, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Just as work wraps up on the $54 million bond issue that helped improve Lawrence’s secondary schools, board members have another set of building improvement requests on the table. This time, it’s a backlog of projects at the elementary schools that totals about $16.5 million, including additions to replace portable classrooms and plumbing improvements.
11:22 a.m.
Four-time Olympic gold medalist and former Kansas University athlete Al Oerter stands in front of some of his artwork at the ACT gallery in downtown Fort Myers, Fla. Oerter created much of his art by smashing a discus into puddles of paint on canvas. Al Oerter, former KU star and four-time Olympic gold medalist, dies at age 71
10:36 a.m., October 1, 2007 Updated 11:55 a.m.
Oerter won gold throwing discus in the 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1968 Olympics.
4:00 p.m.
Some people collect coins. Others collect stamps. Over the years, Journal-World sports writer Chuck Woodling has been compiling visits to state capitals. Boise or bust
October 1, 2007 in print edition on 1C
Inscribed on the sheet cake were these words: “Oh, Ho! Five-Oh! Idaho!” Also pictured was an outline of the state famous for its potatoes and “Boise or Bust!” Brother Bob and his wife Ann had commissioned the pastry because they knew the significance of my planned journey to Boise, Idaho. Everybody in my family, in fact, knew that Boise was the only state capital I hadn’t seen in person.
10:00 p.m.
Located along U.S. 400 in southeastern Butler County, the Elk River Wind Project is Kansas' biggest wind farm, shown here in this file photo.  Westar Energy wants to add 295 megawatts of wind-generated energy to the state, which would be enough electricity to power a city the size of Lawrence.  If enacted, the proposal would nearly double current wind generation in Kansas, which is among the top three states when it comes to potential wind power. Westar plans $500M wind program
October 1, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Westar Energy on Monday asked for a rate increase to launch the largest wind-generated electricity program in the state. If enacted, the deal would produce three wind farms at a cost of more than $500 million that would produce 300 megawatts of energy by late 2008, according to Westar. That would nearly double present wind generation in Kansas and provide enough electricity to power a city the size of Lawrence.

All stories

6Sports video: Jayhawks getting ready for KSU in Manhattan
October 1, 2007
For the first time this season, the KU football team plays on the road AND against a conference foe: K-State.
6Sports video: KU legend Al Oerter passes away
October 1, 2007
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Al Oerter has passed away at age 71. Oerter competed at KU from 1956-58.
6News video: Kidcast for October 1st, 2007
October 1, 2007
A bit of weather history, brought to you by a local youth.
6News video: Yellow school buses to get a name change
October 1, 2007
Lawrence’s yellow school buses will soon get a name change with the announcement of a multi-billion-dollar acquisition today by a Scottish bus and rail operating company.
6News video: City leaders prepare to approve sewer plant plans
October 1, 2007
Lawrence city leaders prepare to approve plans to build an 80-million-dollar sewer plant along the Wakarusa River.
6News video: Fire engulfs house north of Lawrence
October 1, 2007
Fire sweeps through a house north of Lawrence this morning leaving a Douglas County woman and her son with no place to call home.
6News video: Amarr Garage Doors looking to hire more employees
October 1, 2007
A major Lawrence manufacturer gets ready to hire more employees - and get them ready to work with help from the state.
6News video: Westar looks to create $500M wind program
October 1, 2007
More Kansans will start getting electricity from renewable sources if a new proposal from Westar Energy wins approval.
6News video: Area church asks county for permission to give new life to old sanctuary
October 1, 2007
Trinity Lutheran Church is interested in leasing a former church sanctuary at 13th and Massachusetts Streets - a building Douglas County currently uses as storage space.
6Sports video: LHS senior Dylan Hedges hoping for a run to state
October 1, 2007
Five events, two wins, and one second-place finish - quite the 2007 resume’ for LHS cross country runner Dylan Hedges. Andrew Baker has more on this senior’s final push for state.
6News video: Gov. Sebelius steers clear of controversial coal plant project
October 1, 2007
Sunflower Electric Power Corporation proposes building twin 700 megawatt plants near Holcomb, Kansas.
6Sports video: Mallory West dominates in gymnastics invite
October 1, 2007
LHS senior Mallory West dominated the 14-teams in attendance at the Lawrence Gymnastics Invitational.
6News video: Laura West found guilty of traffic charges
October 1, 2007
She challenged the state of Kansas saying she didn’t need a drivers license. But the Douglas County District Court disagrees and finds the woman guilty on traffic charges today.
Westar plans $500M wind program
Rate increase sought to launch energy proposal
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
Westar Energy on Monday asked for a rate increase to launch the largest wind-generated electricity program in the state. If enacted, the deal would produce three wind farms at a cost of more than $500 million that would produce 300 megawatts of energy by late 2008, according to Westar. That would nearly double present wind generation in Kansas and provide enough electricity to power a city the size of Lawrence.
KU-Baylor set for 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 13
October 1, 2007
Kansas University’s second conference game of the season, an Oct. 13 contest against Baylor at Memorial Stadium, will kickoff at 11:30 a.m. and will be televised on Fox College Sports Central (Sunflower Broadband channel 145).
Friend2Friend Breast Cancer Awareness
October 1, 2007
49 News and 6 News Lawrence is teaming up with Lawrence Memorial Hospital to raise awareness of breast cancer, a disease that affects 1 in 8 women.
6News Now: House fire draws firefighters from several departments
October 1, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, firefighters from at least a half-dozen departments battle a house fire just north of Lawrence city limits, a boost in jobs could be in store for a local business.
Fire damages home north of Lawrence
October 1, 2007
Firefighters from at least a half-dozen departments are battling a house fire just north of the Lawrence city limits.
Church interested in using part of county-owned building
October 1, 2007
Trinity Lutheran Church is interested in leasing a former church sanctuary that Douglas County currently uses as storage space.
Al Oerter, former KU star and four-time Olympic gold medalist, dies at age 71
10:36 a.m., October 1, 2007 Updated 11:55 a.m.
Oerter won gold throwing discus in the 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1968 Olympics.
Freshman volleyball season comes to a close
October 1, 2007
The freshman volleyball season wrapped with the 12-team Gardner-Edgerton tournament on Saturday. All four city teams competed in the event. Here’s how some of them did:
LYF Week 4 scores
October 1, 2007
Lawrence Youth Football played its fourth week of games on Sunday at Youth Sports Inc.
Mountain climbing lures dentist out of office, helps charity
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
Of all the things you could expect to find at the top of Oregon’s 11,250-foot Mount Hood, a group of charitable dental professionals may be the last on your list. This summer, Tonganoxie dentist Grant Ritchey was one of more than a dozen other dentists from across the country to participate in the Climb for a Cause.
Biffle wins as chaos reigns at Speedway
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
Greg Biffle was declared the winner of the LifeLock 400 on Sunday at Kansas Speedway, but Clint Bowyer actually was the first driver across the finish line on the final lap. With the last lap under caution, Biffle’s engine apparently shut off just before the finish line, allowing Bowyer to cross first under the darkness after nearly three hours in delays.
On the record
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A4
The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to a single vehicle accident at mile marker 221.4 on the Kansas Turnpike, west of the K-7 exit, on Sunday. A 50-year old male traveling eastbound in a 2003 Ford Excursion hydroplaned and hit a barrier. Theldon Womack was taken to Kansas University Medical Center, according to KHP.
Cancer ‘knowledge’ often full of myths
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
On the eve of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a new survey suggests raising awareness of the disease is a misplaced priority.
A game of 17 questions for Obama
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A9
Is it audacious to hope for more clarity from Barack Obama than he has so far supplied? Herewith 17 questions for him: You advocate leaving in Iraq “some” U.S. forces for three missions - fighting al-Qaida, training Iraqi security forces and protecting U.S. forces conducting those two missions.
Citizenship test
Unfortunately, new American citizens may know a lot more about our country than those of us who were born and educated here.
October 1, 2007
Probably not many people, even in highly educated Lawrence could match State Sen. Marci Francisco’s perfect score, reported in Saturday’s Journal-World, on a series of questions taken from the new U.S. citizenship test. And that’s too bad.
People in the news
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B8
¢ Josh Turner to join Grand Ole Opry¢ Chan says he isn’t a fan of ‘Rush Hour’ series¢ Holyfield seeks to be champion of grills¢ Clinton joins celebrities for youth activism talk
LHS adds 4 success stories to Hall of Honor
Lions make marks in business, sports, acting and technology
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
When you load the Google Earth software program on a computer, you find that Lawrence is the center of the world. It’s a purposeful bit of trivia, designed by Google vice president Brian McClendon, a Lawrence High School graduate and one of four notable alumni who returned to their alma mater to be inducted into the LHS Hall of Honor on Sunday.
Make a Difference Day accepting volunteers
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A4
The Roger Hill Volunteer Center announces the 2007 Make a Difference Day on Saturday, Oct. 27. Volunteers for this annual event should register now to be matched with a project of their choice. Projects may include painting, cleaning, archiving and yard care for local nonprofit organizations and community members in need.
Keegan: Aggie coach big loser
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
Determining which Big 12 South coach had the roughest latter half of September is an easy call. It’s not the guy plastered all over the Internet, hollering “I’m a man,” and hollering it at a woman. No, not Mike Gundy.
Favre sets TD record; Packers 4-0
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B3
Brett Favre was as good as ever, becoming the NFL’s career leader in touchdown passes with a couple of vintage third-down zingers to help Green Bay stay unbeaten.
Aliens’ undercut by stereotypes
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B8
Fish-out-of-water comedy meets contemporary American anxieties in the new comedy “Aliens in America” (7:30 p.m., CW). Justin Tolchuck (Dan Byrd), a socially awkward 16-year-old, finds his life changed when his family takes in foreign-exchange student Raja Musharaff (Adhir Kalyan) from a remote Muslim village in Pakistan.
Events calendar
October 1, 2007 in print edition on C2
Events around Lawrence.
The rewards of collecting
Pure fun can enhance financial performance of collectibles
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B9
For 31 years Alan Rosen has built a successful career as a professional baseball card dealer, but his personal pride is an army of robots. Rosen has amassed a robot collection now 609 large, worth a total of $1.2 million.
Low-income smokers would pay most of children’s health plan
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
Congressional Democrats have chosen an unlikely source to pay for the bulk of their proposed $35 billion increase in children’s health coverage: people with relatively little money and education.
Online message boards bring out the worst
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A9
Some of you guys are jerks. No, I’m not talking about you, dear reader, whose erudition and class I’ve always admired. And you smell good, too.
U.N. members move toward gun treaty; lobbyists ready for showdown
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
Britain, Japan, Australia and others are pushing for an unprecedented treaty regulating the arms trade worldwide, in a campaign sure to last years and to pit them against a determined American foe, the National Rifle Association.
High-priced student loans cause headaches for grads, economy
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
The near doubling in the cost of a college degree the past decade has produced an explosion in high-priced student loans that could haunt the U.S. economy for years.
U.N. envoy meets Myanmar’s detained opposition leader
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
A U.N. envoy was unable to meet with Myanmar’s top two junta leaders in his effort to persuade them to ease a violent crackdown on anti-government protesters, but was allowed a highly orchestrated session Sunday with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Phils oust Mets from playoffs
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
Ryan Howard hit his 47th homer, and the Phils ended a 14-year playoff drought.
Stone skipper breaks world record, with 51
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
A Pennsylvania man cast a stone that skipped on water a whopping 51 times, shattering the old world record of 40.
Indians drop Royals in Bell’s finale
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
Travis Hafner drove in two runs to reach 100 RBIs for the fourth straight year.
DCCCA’s mission bigger than ever
Nonprofit has grown to fill multiple community niches
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
At a one-time nursing home on Lawrence’s southwestern side, women arrive in hopes of curing their alcohol or drug addiction. They bring their children with them. The facility, overlooking a bucolic pond, is managed by DCCCA Inc. A good 30 miles away, sex offenders at Lansing Correctional Facility are required to go through treatment with DCCCA counselors.
New radar analysis spurs search for Fossett
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
Teams on the ground and in two aircraft kept up the hunt for millionaire aviator Steve Fossett on Sunday after a new analysis of radar data provided fresh optimism.
China bans ads for push-up bras, sex toys
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
China has banned television and radio ads for push-up bras, figure-enhancing underwear and sex toys in the communist government’s latest move to purge the nation’s airwaves of what it calls social pollution.
Big 12 football not in national title hunt
Either Oklahoma or Texas will be 0-2 in league after Saturday’s Red River Rivalry game
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B2
No need for any secret newsletter - the facts are in the open for everyone to see, without having to pay extra. Even before a game is played in October, notably the Red River Rivalry, the Big 12’s hopes of sweetness in January have already taken a couple of big hits.
Rebel forces overrun peacekeeper base
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
Rebel forces stormed a small African Union base in northern Darfur and killed at least 10 peacekeepers, leaving behind charred armored vehicles and bombed-out barracks in an unprecedented attack on the beleaguered mission that threatened upcoming peace talks.
Lawrence Datebook
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence.
3 strong earthquakes strike in Pacific Ocean
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
Three strong earthquakes struck Sunday near New Zealand and the U.S. territory of Guam in remote parts of the Pacific Ocean, monitoring agencies said.
Condition upgraded for woman who was trapped
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
A woman who spent more than a week trapped in the wreckage of her vehicle has been upgraded to serious condition, a hospital spokeswoman said Sunday.
Recruit finds KU not like ‘a farm’
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
Newark, N.J., native Quintrell Thomas didn’t quite know what to expect last weekend in making his first trip to Kansas University. “I thought it would be a school in the middle of a farm. It’s not like that at all. There’s a lot going on there. I loved it,” said Thomas, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound senior forward from St. Patrick High in Elizabeth, N.J.
LSU jumps to top of AP football poll
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B4
LSU reached No. 1 the hard way. The Tigers edged past Southern California in the AP Top 25 on Sunday, even though the Trojans remained undefeated.
Bolt from the blue
Kansas City’s 24-point rally stuns San Diego
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
The sorry state of the San Diego Chargers can be summed up in one word: “MAR-TY! MAR-TY! MAR-TY!” The fans have had it just four games into Norv Turner’s tenure as head coach, and Sunday’s shocking 30-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs - who rallied for 24 straight points and got huge plays from two rookies - caused the Chargers to lose their Southern California cool.
Surrogate mom also twins’ grandmother
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
A 51-year-old surrogate mother for her daughter has given birth to her own twin grandchildren in northeastern Brazil, the delivery hospital said.
Finder of sex tape surrenders
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
A man accused of holding and showing off a tape depicting the sexual assault of a 3-year-old girl was taken into custody Sunday on a probation violation, authorities said.
Dream Factory seeks chapter in Lawrence
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A4
The Dream Factory, noted for making dreams a reality for critically or chronically ill children, is opening a chapter in Lawrence.
Money tip
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B9
Tired of sky-high energy bills? Swap out 20 old bulbs in your home for compact fluorescent bulbs (or CFLs) and you’re looking at a savings of roughly $100 a year.
Eudora plans monumental party
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
For a small town, Eudora knows how to throw a big party. Eudora’s Sesquicentennial Celebration is next weekend. “We have two days of events to celebrate Eudora’s past, present and future,” said LaDonna Russell, sesquicentennial committee co-chairwoman. “Eudora is a great town, a great community to live in, to raise your kids in. We have always been a close-knit community.”
Apple Users’ Group to meet Wednesday
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B9
The Lawrence Apple Users’ Group 2.0’s next meeting, dubbed “Macintosh Show and Tell: What’s Cool,” will be conducted at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the community room at Signs on Life Bookstore, 722 Mass.
District mulls ways to pay for projects
Elementary schools have $16.5M worth of building requests
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
Just as work wraps up on the $54 million bond issue that helped improve Lawrence’s secondary schools, board members have another set of building improvement requests on the table. This time, it’s a backlog of projects at the elementary schools that totals about $16.5 million, including additions to replace portable classrooms and plumbing improvements.
Vegan street vendor wins contest’s top honors
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A6
For Thiru “The Dosa Man” Kumar, the third time’s the charm. Kumar, who runs NY Dosa, a vegan food cart in Manhattan, won the third annual Vendy Award, bestowed upon the city’s top street chef vendor.
Boise or bust
Decades later, sports writer finally sees 50th state capital
October 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
Inscribed on the sheet cake were these words: “Oh, Ho! Five-Oh! Idaho!” Also pictured was an outline of the state famous for its potatoes and “Boise or Bust!” Brother Bob and his wife Ann had commissioned the pastry because they knew the significance of my planned journey to Boise, Idaho. Everybody in my family, in fact, knew that Boise was the only state capital I hadn’t seen in person.
Commerce Bank sets Shred Fest for Oct. 13
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B9
Commerce Bank, in partnership with Midwest Shredding Service, will conduct a secure, on-site document-shredding event Oct. 13 at the bank’s branch at 955 Iowa St.
KU soccer falls
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B4
Texas A&M’s No. 3-ranked soccer team cruised to a 5-1 victory over Kansas University on Sunday at Aggie Soccer Complex.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A9
From the Lawrence Daily World for Oct. 1, 1907: “A strong desire to do away with the conflict of jurisdiction between state and federal courts was the main topic of a meeting of the attorneys general of 15 states, Kansas included, in St. Louis today.
Confidence can help overcome discrimination
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B9
Q: I have a friend who is about 300 pounds overweight. He has an OK resume, but he never gets a callback once a prospective employer sees him. He’s looking into gastric bypass surgery, but what can he do until then? Tough question for tough times. - Jeff
United States wins Presidents Cup
Weir defeats Woods as consolation prize for Canada
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B2
The United States won the Presidents Cup. Mike Weir gave Canada quite a consolation prize. The Americans won enough of the singles matches Sunday to capture the Presidents Cup for the second straight time, giving them an international victory in cup competition for the first time since 1993.
The color purple: fashion’s bright idea for fall
October 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
Purple is ubiquitous in fall clothes, and no wonder. It’s flattering in many shades, and is friendly to most skin tones, hair colors and ages.
Game Plan’ pays off with $22.7M opening weekend
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B8
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had the winning game plan at the box office. Disney’s “The Game Plan,” starring Johnson as a football quarterback whose bachelor lifestyle is disrupted by the arrival of a daughter he never knew he had, opened as the top weekend flick with $22.7 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A9
The newly formed Youth Symphony here was to begin practice sessions under the direction of Charles Axton.
KU considers creating School of Public Health
Ultimate goal is to have more professionals, healthier state
October 1, 2007
One of the best ways to improve the health of Kansans is to increase the number of workers trained in public health fields, according to Kansas University administrators. And to ensure the state has more of those workers, KU is exploring creation of a stand-alone School of Public Health. Or, at the very least, the university could establish an Institute of Public Health.
Report details kids’ heart attacks
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
Beth Meter is a cardiac nurse who has seen plenty of heart attacks, so when her son complained of sudden crushing chest pain that spread to his arm, she was certain he was having one. Doctors at first didn’t believe her. That’s because her son had just turned 13.
Former chess champion enters presidential race
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
The former world chess champion Garry Kasparov entered Russia’s presidential race Sunday, elected overwhelmingly as the candidate for the country’s beleaguered opposition coalition.
Lawrence should adopt curbside recycling service
October 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
Here it comes. There is one thing I DON’T like about Lawrence. Something I find beyond comprehension. The city does not provide curbside recycling. In Rockville, Md., from whence I recently came, the city discovered it actually saved money by picking up recyclables.
Horoscopes
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B8
This year you know what you want and where you are going. Tap into your imagination and use your ability to think outside the box. You’ll get results that you might not have thought possible. Success comes to those who are willing to break past restrictions and put in the needed hours.
UPS delivers honor to 25-year employee
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B9
UPS recently honored Vance Schwyhart, Lawrence, for completing 25 years of employment with the company.
In KU’s case, statistics aren’t for losers
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
Take one look at Kansas University’s statistical domination through the September portion of the football schedule, and it’s easy to see why Kansas joins Missouri as the only undefeated teams in the Big 12 Conference.
Lawrence Landscape worker gets certified
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B9
Mike McLoud, nursery manager for Lawrence Landscape Inc., recently attained designation as a certified landscape technician, through the Planet certification program.
U.S. Embassy against plan to divide Iraq
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
U.S. and Iraqi forces killed more than 60 insurgent and militia fighters in intense battles over the weekend, with most of the casualties believed to have been al-Qaida fighters, officials said Sunday.
Consolidated government celebrates 10 years
October 1, 2007 in print edition on B10
It’s been 10 years since Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., merged their two governing bodies, and in that span the area has made a remarkable recovery. Today, crowds flock to Kansas Speedway and other attractions. Property values have jumped, and western Kansas City, Kan., boasts new residential developments.
Two injured in single car accident in Eudora
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police said an injury accident occurred about 10:20 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of North 900 Road and East 2200 Road in Eudora.
With no budget deal, state partially shut down
October 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
Michigan’s state government partially shut down early today with no budget deal in place for the new fiscal year.