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Archive for Wednesday, October 17, 2007

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On the street
Photo galleries
Big 12 Conference Women's Media Day 2007
Podcasts
Polls
Should the city approve the proposed industrial park near Lawrence Municipal Airport?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
54%
Yes
 
41%
Undecided
 
4%
Total 253
The Chiefs are atop the division lead and hold the tiebreaker against San Diego after six games. Where will the Chiefs stand in the division after another six contests?

Poll results

Response Percent
Second
 
35%
First
 
28%
Third
 
21%
Fourth
 
14%
Total 14
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
The city's professional planning staff is on board with a controversial industrial park proposal near Lawrence Municipal Airport, pictured at upper right in this aerial file photograph. But whether the city will open its checkbook to help finance the project remains a question. City’s planning staff backs park
October 16, 2007 in print edition on 3A
The city’s professional planning staff is on board with a controversial industrial park proposal near Lawrence Municipal Airport. But whether the city will open its checkbook to help finance the project remains a question. The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Department staff recommends approval of a plan to redevelop 144 acres near the intersection of U.S. Highway 24-40 and North Seventh Street into a business park.
9:00 a.m.
In the basement of Kansas University Natural History Museum, paleontologist David Burnham, left, and Larry Martin, professor and senior curator of vertebrate paleontology, view a backbone of a mosasaur and the back paddle of Dolichorhynchops bonneri, a giant seagoing reptile from about 80 million years ago. Dozens of never-before-seen fossilized specimens will be on display Sunday at the museum. Natural History Museum on fossil hunt
October 17, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Kansas University’s Natural History Museum wants a look at the artifacts people may have collected from the banks of local rivers. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, the museum will display its collection of fossils and rocks from the Kansas Geological Survey and evaluate items brought in by the public.
1:00 p.m.
Lawrence High senior Rex Hargis, a kicker for the LHS football team and defender on the Lions soccer program, often has to balance his time between the two sports he loves. Kicking it with Rex Hargis
October 17, 2007 in print edition on 8B
Cleats and shin guards or a helmet and shoulder pads? It’s a scenario that surfaces nearly every day for Lawrence High senior Rex Hargis. Luckily, though, Hargis’ coaches - not to mention his mind and body - have allowed him to compete successfully in both soccer and football for the Lions this season.
4:00 p.m.
High School Spodcasters
Dissecting the City Showdown
Posted October 17, 2007
Journal-World high school sports editor Matt Tait and LHS beat writer Jesse Temple examine the ins and outs of Friday night's city football showdown between Lawrence High and Free State. The two pinpoint key players, key match ups and offer their predictions for the outcome.

All stories

KUSports.com video: Big 12 players pick their favorites
October 17, 2007
Voting for anyone but themselves, the Big 12 conference’s head coaches nominated Kansas as the team to beat this year in the league, while tabbing Texas sophomore point guard D.J. Augustin as the league’s preseason Player of the Year. With all conference’s who’s who in assembled in one room at Wednesday’s Big 12 Men’s Basketball Media Day, it was time to find out who the players would vote for if given an opportunity.
6News video: $5 million approved for tornado victims
October 17, 2007
Thousands of Kansans who abandoned their homes because of tornado and flood damage may benefit from funds approved today by state officials.
6News video: New sprinklers for downtown buildings
October 17, 2007
Fire safety becomes a reality for more downtown Lawrence buildings as a new city program aims to get more sprinklers installed in more properties.
6News video: Hospital halts office complex expansion
October 17, 2007
Lawrence Memorial Hospital halts plans to build a $5.7 million office complex after the hospital fails to secure an anchor tenant.
6News video: Lawmakers discuss reservoir problem
October 17, 2007
Rain was pouring outside the Dole Institute of Politics today, but state leaders inside were planning for drier weather.
6Sports video: KU basketball team to KC for Big 12 media day
October 17, 2007
This morning the KU men’s basketball team joined the rest of the Big 12 conference in Kansas City for the Big 12 media festivities.
6Sports video: Kerry Meier “do-it-all” athlete
October 17, 2007
A “utility man” usually refers to a baseball player that can fill in at any position. KU football team has its own do-it-all athlete in Kerry Meier.
6Sports video: KU football team heads to Boulder on Saturday
October 17, 2007
For the first time this season the Kansas football team will actually leave the state of Kansas to play a football game.
6Sports video: KU volleyball team wins 2 of 5 against Baylor
October 17, 2007
This evening marks the midway point of the Big 12 volleyball season for the Kansas Jayhawks.
6News video: Leaders consider three road projects
October 17, 2007
Local leaders mapping the future transportation needs for the Douglas County are are now focusing on three major road projects.
6News video: Real estate company under new leadership
October 17, 2007
Lawrence’s largest real estate company is operating under new leadership. Mike McGrew is the new chairman and CEO of Caldwell Banker McGrew Real Estate.
6News video: Students work to end global poverty
October 17, 2007
In an effort to raise money and awareness of the plight of poor people, a group of KU students gathered on Wescoe Beach for 24 hours.
6News video: Heavy rainfall causes problems for motorists
October 17, 2007
Heavy thunderstorms moved through the area causing flooding throughout the day. Those strong storms and heavy winds caused many problems for motorists on K-10 Highway.
6Sports video: Lawrence High-Free State football game this Friday
October 17, 2007
It’s the week all Lawrence football fans have been waiting for: it’s city showdown time this Friday as Lawrence High takes on Free State High.
6Sports video: FSHS home team for Friday’s game
October 17, 2007
Free State High will be the home team in Friday’s Free State-Lawrence High football match.
6News Now: Part of LMH expansion plan halted
October 17, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence Memorial Hospital halts plans to build a $5.7 million medical office building after the hospital failed to secure an anchor tenant.
Rain causes problems; flood warning rescinded
02:28 p.m., October 17, 2007 Updated 05:00 p.m.
A flash flood watch was in effect for Douglas, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte Counties though 1 a.m. Thursday morning. Forecasters warned heavy rain may cause some localized flooding of area waterways.
LMH delays construction on office building
October 17, 2007
Lawrence Memorial Hospital has halted plans to build a $5.7 million medical office building after the hospital failed to secure a lease for an anchor tenant.
Pirate attacks increase worldwide
Waters of Somalia, Nigeria need to be policed better, watchdog says
October 17, 2007
Pirate attacks worldwide jumped 14 percent in the first nine months of 2007, with the biggest increases off the poorly policed waters of Somalia and Nigeria, an international watchdog reported Tuesday.
Tickets on sale for Breast Center dance
October 17, 2007
The 15th annual Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer dance, which benefits Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s Breast Center, is set for 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 27 at Crown Toyota Pavilion, 3430 Iowa.
Pump patrol
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.59 at several locations.
High school sports notebook
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B8
When Lawrence and Free State tangle in football Friday night at Haskell Stadium, the two most hunted players will probably be Tyler Hunt and Chucky Hunter.
2 dead, 16 hurt in pileup caused by sandstorm
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A12
A blinding sandstorm that caught drivers by surprise caused a pileup Tuesday on a highway in the high desert north of Los Angeles, killing at least two people and injuring 16, authorities said.
Senior-heavy Lions sweep last home match
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B9
Lawrence High’s volleyball team finished 1-2 at the LHS Quadrangular, although it hardly seemed significant on Tuesday night. Both inside and outside the gymnasium were reminders of what really mattered - recognizing this as the swan song for a senior-laden Lions team playing its final matches inside the home gym.
Bowyer NASCAR’s new star
Emporia native challenging Gordon, Johnson for title
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B5
Surrounded by a crush of media, blond-haired, blue-eyed Clint Bowyer stands - with his hands on his hips - and hardly a question passes without the NASCAR driver eliciting laughter.
Baylor QB’s status uncertain
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
Baylor quarterback Blake Szymanski is questionable for Saturday’s game against 19th-ranked Texas because of a mild concussion apparently sustained in the Bears’ 58-10 loss Saturday to Kansas.
Keegan: D-line brainy, brawny
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
The last coach responsible for game-planning against Kansas University’s brainy defensive line was so defeated by the experience by the end of the night, he allegedly urinated on the bar of a Waco establishment called Scruffy Murphy’s.
Printer buying Cardinal Brands
R.R. Donnelley paying $130M for Lawrence-based firm
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B14
Cardinal Brands Inc., a Lawrence-based company that produces business forms and other business products elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad, is being sold for $130 million to R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., the companies announced Tuesday.
Survey: Drug company ties pervasive among med schools
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A8
Nearly two-thirds of academic leaders surveyed at U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals have financial ties to industry, illustrating how pervasive these relationships have become, researchers say.
China’s top communists meet as rising stars take center stage
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A12
China’s ruling Communist Party offered the media a rare glimpse of two rising political stars Tuesday, giving them a chance to show themselves as self-effacing, businesslike and worthy for promotion to the senior leadership.
Legislative proposal would raise tobacco tax
Smokers fume at plan to increase price by 50 cents
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A1
The cost of cigarettes will rise like smoke if federal and state officials have their way. Kansas Health Policy Authority board on Tuesday approved its recommendations for the upcoming legislative session, and increasing the tobacco tax was on the list. The move comes as federal lawmakers wrestle over a plan to raise the federal tax on cigarettes by 61 cents a pack.
Staph superbug may be deadlier than AIDS
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A1
More than 90,000 Americans get potentially deadly infections each year from a drug-resistant staph “superbug,” the government reported Tuesday in its first overall estimate of invasive disease caused by the germ.
Students nominated for prestigious scholarships
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A6
Kansas University has its five nominees for this year’s Rhodes and Marshall scholarship competitions. Four seniors and one 2005 graduate will compete for the Marshall Scholarship - and three of them also will compete for the Rhodes. Both scholarships pay for tuition and living expenses at universities in the United Kingdom or Ireland.
Police seek tips in two holdups
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
Lawrence Police on Tuesday asked for help in finding a man suspected in two convenience store holdups Monday night.
Star Wars’ universe expanding to TV
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B14
Attention TV executives: The Force may soon be with you. Filmmaker George Lucas said Tuesday that he had “just begun work” on a live-action television series rooted in the “Star Wars” universe, which is huge news not just for fans of the science-fiction epic but also for networks looking for a piece of the Lucas magic that has grossed $4.3 billion in theaters worldwide.
Mistrial declared in shooting case
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
A mistrial was declared Tuesday in the Franklin County trial of a Lawrence woman charged in a shooting conspiracy.
Food service grounded
October 17, 2007 in print edition on C1
Last week I was made to endure the living hell that is commercial airline travel. On my return trip, neither of my two flights functioned according to schedule and, of course, a nonstop flight is such a rarity out of Kansas City anymore that most trips now have legs.
Natural History Museum on fossil hunt
Public invited to bring in specimens for evaluation, view collection at KU
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A1
Kansas University’s Natural History Museum wants a look at the artifacts people may have collected from the banks of local rivers. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, the museum will display its collection of fossils and rocks from the Kansas Geological Survey and evaluate items brought in by the public.
Memphis ventures into new territory
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B3
Forget being a national program. Memphis coach John Calipari wants to make his Tigers global. The team’s practice Tuesday morning, like most this preseason, was attended by the best and brightest coaches China has to offer. They lined the bench scribbling notes that they can take home with their flashy Tigers blue apparel.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A14
From the Lawrence Daily World for Oct. 17, 1907: “The athletic board of the University of Kansas has voted to accept the proposition made by St. Joseph, Mo., to hold the Kansas-Missouri football game there on Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day.
Population issue
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A15
To the editor: I want to respond to two recent items. An editorial suggested the proposed coal-fired power plants at Holcomb at best will produce “at least some pollution.” The plants, with state-of-the-art equipment, actually would produce 16 million tons (yes, tons) of CO2 every year, not to mention mercury, etc.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A14
The maple trees in the Baldwin City area sported some of their greatest finery in years as the fall festival unfurled in near-perfect weather.
Britons pulling own teeth over dentist shortage
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A13
A shortage of National Health Service dentists in England has led some people to pull out their own teeth or use super glue to stick crowns back on, a study says. Many dentists abandoned Britain’s publicly funded health care system after reforms backfired, leaving a growing number of Britons without access to affordable care.
Atlanta to join WNBA
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
The WNBA will announce Wednesday that it has awarded a franchise to Atlanta, a person familiar with the deal said Tuesday.
Cemetery has one vet too many, and a mystery
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A8
Willie Hayes was a Vietnam veteran who proudly served his country, won several medals and earned himself a plot at a veterans’ cemetery upon his death two weeks ago.
City athletes of the week
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B8
Kyra Kilwein and Roy Wedge.
New court date set for ex-LEA leader
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A5
The former president of Lawrence’s teachers union - convicted of embezzling nearly $100,000 in union dues - is accused of violating the terms of his probation.
No threat
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A15
To the editor: So there are a half dozen or so individuals employed by the largest employer in Lawrence who have felony convictions? The last time I checked, we still restored civil rights in Kansas, and those convicted must work somewhere.
Victim describes brutal attack
I was in extreme pain, and when I tried to get up I couldn’t stand’
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
Lying in a hospital bed, recovering from one surgery and awaiting another, a 22-year-old victim of a brutal attack filled out paperwork seeking a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend. In that application, she described the attack. “I was in extreme pain, and when I tried to get up I couldn’t stand,” the Lawrence woman wrote in the application for a protection from abuse order filed in Douglas County District Court.
Notre Dame to start new QB against USC
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B11
Evan Sharpley will start at quarterback for Notre Dame against No. 13 Southern California, making the junior the third starting signal-caller for the Fighting Irish this season.
Bills’ Everett shows progress in recovery
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B6
Kevin Everett has developed enough strength to hold himself up briefly on a walker, and he also can use his feet to push himself around in a wheelchair, the latest signs of progress as the Buffalo Bills’ tight end recovers from a severe spinal cord injury.
Bulldogs change, stay the same
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B10
Moving never is easy. For the sixth-grade Baldwin Bulldogs football team, their home for the past four years was very comfortable. The team played in the Lawrence Youth Football league last year, going undefeated and winning the fifth-grade Toy Bowl championship.
Huskers lose their shirts
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B11
Nebraska fans would agree that the “Blackshirts” have disappeared this season. Now there is tangible evidence.
Callahan vows to stay
NU coach: Resigning not an option
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B11
A day after the man who hired him was fired, embattled Nebraska coach Bill Callahan insisted he wouldn’t be resigning anytime soon. Callahan said Tuesday that he didn’t know how the dismissal of athletic director Steve Pederson would affect his job status.
Boston’s Wakefield battered
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B4
Casey Blake hit Tim Wakefield’s pitch over the left-field fence - eerily similar to the drive Aaron Boone hit exactly four years earlier. Another playoff loss for Wakefield and the Red Sox.
Suspected pedophile posted on online forum
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A12
A suspected pedophile being hunted by Interpol contributed to an online forum for teachers, and police say they believe he wrote under a pseudonym about the risks of catching HIV from oral sex and how to erase pornographic computer files “so no one will see.”
Lawmakers hammer officials on Jena 6 case
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A12
Democratic lawmakers denounced federal authorities Tuesday for not intervening in the Jena Six case, citing racist noose-hanging incidents far beyond the small Louisiana town where a school attack garnered national attention.
Ex-Dallas running back Springs in coma
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B6
Former Dallas Cowboys running back Ron Springs has been hospitalized in a coma, more than seven months after receiving a kidney donated by ex-teammate Everson Walls. The Washington Redskins said Tuesday that cornerback Shawn Springs, son of the 50-year-old Springs, had left the team to be with his father.
Chargers deal for receiver Chambers
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B6
The San Diego Chargers acquired Chris Chambers from the Miami Dolphins just before Tuesday’s trade deadline, giving quarterback Philip Rivers a veteran wide receiver to work with. In return, the winless Dolphins will receive a 2008 second-round draft pick.
Poor response
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A15
To the editor: Now that the city has moved boldly to shut down the camp on the bank of the river where homeless people were staying, one might wonder: Exactly WHERE are these people to go?
Playing with your food may be a good thing
October 17, 2007 in print edition on C1
Three new food-centric games aim to make mealtime - or at least talking about it - fun.
Report: Mississippi River being neglected
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A10
Mark Twain once described the Mississippi River as worthless for anything except drinking, steamboating and baptizing. But even Twain never called the Mississippi an “orphan,” the word used by a panel of experts Tuesday to describe what is happening to America’s most famous river due to federal neglect.
On the record
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A4
Lawrence Police responded to several reports of shots fired into house windows around 10 p.m. Tuesday. Shortly before 10 p.m., a person reported that windows had been shot at a residence in the 2600 block of Haskell Avenue, Lawrence Police Sgt. Damon Thomas said.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B11
Surely, a couple of KU fans gasped when they saw quarterback Todd Reesing streaking down the left sideline against Baylor last week as a gunner while Kerry Meier was punting the football. After all, Lawrence isn’t exactly the historical home of the healthy quarterback. Taking chances with Reesing might not be popular.
Huskers turn to Osborne
Ex-coach named Nebraska’s interim AD
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
The future of Nebraska football is in the hands of its patriarch. Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne returned to Nebraska on Tuesday as interim athletic director, a day after the firing of Steve Pederson.
Shred Fest set for Thursday
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B14
KU Credit Union is conducting a Shred Fest from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at both of its branches in Lawrence: 3400 W. Sixth St. and 2221 W. 31st St.
TBS undaunted by low ratings for National League series
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B4
The National League championship series had all the elements of a low-rated sporting event: a sweep involving two smaller-market, tradition-poor franchises.
Rockies must deal with long layoff
National League champions will have eight days off before their first World Series appearance
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B4
So, now what for the Colorado Rockies? The Rockies swept through their playoff bracket with such speed that their reward was a record eight-day wait for the World Series, by far the longest layoff in history.
Fine festival
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A15
To the editor: This is a couple of days behind, perhaps, but my husband and I just returned home to Virginia after spending a long weekend in Lawrence. Our daughter and her family live there, but this time the purpose of our visit was to attend the River City Reading Festival.
Suspect in sex-tape manhunt arrested
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
A fugitive accused of raping a 3-year-old girl on videotape was arrested quietly during a traffic stop, telling the officer, “I’m tired of running,” police said.
Brady has Manning’s record in sight
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B6
Randy Moss laughed when someone asked him how Tom Brady compares to Daunte Culpepper, with whom Moss spent his formative years. “No one compares to Tom,” he replied.
Villagers defy warnings, return to volcano
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
Hundreds of villagers defied warnings of a major eruption at one of Indonesia’s deadliest volcanos, leaving refugee centers today and returning to homes along its slopes to tend to crops and animals.
Cut it out: British lawmakers have power to move ahead in line
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
The clerks, aides and secretaries who work in Parliament consider it the unkindest cut of all. British lawmakers have been granted the power to move to the head of the line at restaurants, restrooms and elevators inside the Houses of Parliament, enraging those assistants, researchers, janitors and other workers who must only stand and wait.
Chemical leak forces evacuation of 3,000
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
A hydrochloric acid leak at a metal finishing plant Tuesday forced the evacuation of 3,000 residents and schoolchildren, authorities said. At least one injury was reported.
Gore honor has put environment in spotlight
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A14
Even before winning the Nobel Peace Prize, former Vice President Al Gore was better positioned than most for a bid to head the Democratic ticket in next year’s presidential election. Ironically, given the historically domestic thrust of U.S. campaigns, he has done it with a global concern - climate change - arguably the most compelling issue of our time.
KU center to offer workshop on taxes
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B14
Kansas University Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Revenue, will present a workshop, Meet the Taxman: KDOR State Tax Workshop for Small Businesses, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, 734 Vt.
Board backs away from health insurance mandate
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A9
A state board backed away Tuesday from proposing a health insurance mandate for children and young adults. Kansas Health Policy Authority board decided last month to recommend that the state mandate coverage for Kansans through age 25. Children wouldn’t have been allowed to enroll in school if they weren’t covered.
Trails summit to be in city this week
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B14
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and three other groups will conduct a Built Environment and Trails Summit, scheduled for Thursday and Friday at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive.
To beat winter blues, try nondrug therapies
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B14
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) is the first drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the prevention of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), or winter depression. Every year, about 5 percent of Americans, three-quarters of them women, experience SAD, according to Consumer Reports. But do you really need medication to prevent or treat it?
Leafy greens good for you
October 17, 2007 in print edition on C3
Q: I keep reading that we are supposed to eat more leafy dark-green vegetables. Are they really that good for you?
Junta: 3,000 detained in democracy protests
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
Myanmar’s military junta acknowledged today that it detained nearly 3,000 people during a crackdown on recent pro-democracy protests, with hundreds remaining in custody.
Commodities
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B14
Agriculture futures fell broadly Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for December delivery fell 5 cents to $8.285; December corn lost 1.5 cents to $3.605; December oats dropped 2 cents to $2.76; November soybeans gave up 9.5 cents to $9.775.
Dalai Lama brushes off Chinese anger at U.S. for celebrations
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A10
The Dalai Lama, after meeting privately Tuesday with President Bush, brushed off China’s furious reaction to U.S. celebrations this week in his honor. “That always happens,” the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet’s Buddhists said with a laugh, speaking to reporters gathered outside his downtown Washington hotel.
Rush defense K-State’s curse
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B11
Kansas State coach Ron Prince is the first to admit that his team is far from perfect. Sure, the Wildcats are coming off a 47-20 beatdown of Colorado on national TV. They’re in the heat of the Big 12 North race, and they even jumped back in the Top 25 a week after falling out of the rankings.
Bride sues florist for wrong $27K flowers
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A12
The wedding was lovely, except for the flowers: They were the wrong color. So says the bride, Elana Glatt, who was so upset that she sued the florist and alleged breach of contract.
South eighth-graders take title
October 17, 2007
The South Junior High eighth-grade football team took home the city championship with a 26-12 victory over previously undefeated Southwest on Tuesday at Youth Sports Inc.
Opportunity for conservatives
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A15
This is a two-part column. Part one is what you might expect from a politically conservative person who believes “global warming” is a secular religion and that Al Gore deserved the Nobel Peace Prize as much as Yasser Arafat, Le Duc Tho and a myriad of other low-wattage lights, which is to say not at all. The second part may surprise my liberal friends.
W@LH to meet at Community Building
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A4
A dodgeball tournament and activities for “El Dia de los Muertos” are slated today as part of the Wednesdays at Liberty Hall program, known as W@LH.
Scientists discover rare marine species
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
Scientists exploring a deep ocean basin in search of species isolated for millions of years found marine life believed to be previously undiscovered, including a tentacled orange worm and an unusual black jellyfish.
Teen dies after being hospitalized with drug-resistant strain of staph infection
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A9
A high school student who was hospitalized for more than a week with an antibiotic-resistant staph infection has died, and officials shut down 21 schools for cleaning to keep the illness from spreading.
Horoscopes
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B14
You have direction, strength and determination. Funnel this energy into your personal life or your investments. In some manner, you consider work a distraction from the many other rewarding areas of your life. If you are single, you develop a unique distaste for being alone. If you are attached, do more as a couple. Socialize, add to your home life and enjoy the bond to the max.
SJHS teacher receives Legacy Award
October 17, 2007
Roger Clouser, a South Junior High School social studies teacher, was presented a Legacy Award this week from the Lawrence Education Association and the KU Credit Union.
Tait: Sizing up the city clash
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B8
It’s finally here. The crisp fall air has arrived. The schedules have reached the point where the games are meaningful. And Lawrence High and Free State are set to square off Friday night at Haskell Stadium.
Biting the hand
Rather than targeting university endowments, lawmakers should be grateful for the support they provide to higher education.
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A14
The federal government doesn’t seem to be in a very good position to criticize the way university endowment associations support higher education. Some members of Congress are considering a law that would require endowment associations to expend a certain percentage of their assets each year. The goal, they say, is to address rising tuition costs at universities across the nation.
Principal’s purloined pumpkin returns
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A12
When Lynn Archibald received a mysterious note asking whether he was missing anything big in his life, the middle school principal checked his pumpkin garden.
Holmes may play vs. Raiders
Chiefs trade backup RB to Bucs, paving way for Priest
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B7
Running back Priest Holmes will practice today for the first time since a severe 2005 head and neck injury, and Chiefs coach Herm Edwards repeated Tuesday there’s a chance Holmes could play at Oakland.
Court: Boss’ harsh words led to worker’s suicide
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A12
Tokyo District Court on Monday ruled that the death of a 35-year-old company employee who killed himself as a result of his supervisor’s abusive language was work-related and demanded the government pay compensation to the man’s family.
Fit for fall
Autumn, winter vegetable offers wide range of tastes and uses
October 17, 2007 in print edition on C1
Janet Majure had to invent butternut squash ravioli out of necessity. This year, the Rolling Prairie Farmers Alliance has enjoyed an abundance of the yellow squash. And there’s only so much soup and plain squash one can eat, it turns out.
Mother charged with jury tampering in murder case
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B16
The mother of a man accused of killing a popular sheriff is now facing jury tampering charges in her son’s capital murder case.
Preseason honors keep coming
Web site taps Rush first-team All-American
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
Another day, another honor for a Kansas University basketball player. CBSsportsline.com on Tuesday named junior Brandon Rush first-team All-American with Derrick Rose, Memphis; Chris Lofton, Tennessee; Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina and Roy Hibbert, Georgetown.
KU awaiting subpoena for illegal music downloads
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A6
Illegal file downloading is a problem that affects most college campuses, including Kansas University. In September, the recording industry filed federal lawsuits against 14 unidentified KU students who allegedly committed copyright infringement through illegal music downloads. Then, on Oct. 1, a subpoena was ordered seeking documents from KU that identify the students.
Kicking it with Rex Hargis
Lawrence High senior shines while juggling two fall sports
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B8
Cleats and shin guards or a helmet and shoulder pads? It’s a scenario that surfaces nearly every day for Lawrence High senior Rex Hargis. Luckily, though, Hargis’ coaches - not to mention his mind and body - have allowed him to compete successfully in both soccer and football for the Lions this season.
Panelists: Universal health care can work
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
Panelists preached to the choir Tuesday night as they advocated for every American to have health care insurance. In its second forum, Kansas Health Care for All played host to a panel of doctors. Their consensus was that a government-run health insurance system - similar to Medicare, but offered to all - could work.
KDOT ready to rumble on highway resurfacing
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A1
State transportation leaders hope a little shake and rattle will produce a whole lot less roll on Kansas highways. The Kansas Department of Transportation on Tuesday announced a policy to begin installing “rumble strips” in the center of hundreds of miles of Kansas highways, all in an effort to prevent accidents caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel.
Firebirds feel the love
Free State goes 2-1, turns focus to sub-state
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B9
“Grey’s Anatomy” and post-practice dancing may have saved Free State High’s volleyball season. The Firebirds started the season red-hot, winning 13 of their first 15, before they hit a mid-season lull that left players questioning how good the team really was.
Quick start in home finale
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B10
It took the Free State High boys soccer squad no time at all to score a game-winning goal against Olathe North on Tuesday. O-North took the opening kickoff, but turned it into a bad pass that led to a goal by Free State senior Alex Clayton a mere 12 seconds into the contest.
Cyclist’s fire resurfaces
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B5
Sarah Hammer never forgot her first race. She pedaled her Big Wheel tricycle to a huge lead, got bored by the lack of challengers and waited for the other 2-year-olds to catch up. They never did.
Seven-run inning propels Indians
Cleveland clips Red Sox, 7-3, takes 3-1 series lead
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B4
Hang tight, Colorado Rockies. There’s another team roaring through October. And you just might see it in the World Series. The Cleveland Indians, relying on a throwback pitcher who looks as if he stepped out of their 1948 team photo, moved one win from another crack at winning an elusive championship.
Commentary: Hoosiers may have reason to worry
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
Are you ready for a quick, pain-free NCAA resolution on the latest Kelvin Sampson phone indiscretion? Brace yourself. There’s no timetable for when the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions will make a decision on the Indiana basketball coach. Should Hoosier fans worry? You be the judge.
Under the radar
Coach excited after ‘painful’ year
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
Just four days after entering Allen Fieldhouse on a red carpet for Late Night in the Phog, the Kansas University women’s basketball team turned few heads Tuesday during Big 12 Women’s Basketball Media Day at Marriott Country Club Plaza.
Pool to open early on day school is out
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A4
To accommodate Lawrence public school students who have the day off Friday, the Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive, will open its waterslide, diving area and leisure pool at 1 p.m. instead of the usual Friday opening time of 6 p.m.
Lawrence Datebook
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence.
Putin issues warning to West against military action on Iran
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
Vladimir Putin issued a veiled warning Tuesday against any attack on Iran as he made the first visit by a Kremlin leader to Tehran in six decades - a mission reflecting Russian-Iranian efforts to curb U.S. influence.
Turkey says incursion approval won’t mean quick attack on rebel Kurds
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A11
Turkey’s premier indicated Tuesday that an offensive against Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq would not immediately follow the expected go-ahead from Parliament, as oil prices soared amid international calls for restraint.
Army brigades to begin drawdown
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A11
Commanders in Iraq have decided to begin the drawdown of U.S. forces in volatile Diyala province, marking a turning point in the U.S. military mission, The Associated Press has learned.
Rice wins support from skeptical Egypt officials for Mideast peace conference
October 17, 2007
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice won public support Tuesday for a Mideast peace conference from a skeptical Egypt, boosting her bid to secure critical Arab backing for pushing Israel and the Palestinians to resume formal negotiations to end their conflict.
People in the news
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B15
¢ DeGeneres gives away pooch she adopted¢ J.K. Rowling makes weeklong visit to U.S.¢ Brooks to simulcast K.C. concert in theaters¢ Jorja Fox says goodbye to ‘CSI’ next month¢ Madonna abandons Warner Music
Drive into a tornado? Sure, dude!
October 17, 2007 in print edition on B15
The Discovery Channel has found big audiences with series like “Deadliest Catch,” showing tough guys doing hard work for our entertainment. “Storm Chasers” (9 p.m., Discovery) expands the genre with a show about scientists and filmmakers who drive right into the path of tornadoes to capture unprecedented footage and discover the secrets of deadly storms.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A14
Kathy Kappelle of Baldwin City was crowned the 1967 Maple Leaf queen. Her attendants were Connie Ballew and Rush Jones, also of Baldwin City.
Big government doesn’t scare Democrats
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A15
It’s obvious from watching congressional Democrats and their presidential candidates that they have decided the political environment has changed dramatically since Bill Clinton told the country that the era of big government was over.
Kansas punter Tucker identifies glitch, he says
October 17, 2007
Like a broken-down automobile, punting the football with consistency is something that can be ruined with one minor glitch. Kansas University senior Kyle Tucker, at long last, thinks he found his.
Bush unveils changes in care for wounded veterans
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A7
Calling the nation’s system of caring for wounded troops an antiquated bureaucratic nightmare, President Bush on Tuesday announced an overhaul intended to streamline procedures and provide new support for families.
Woman says she gave birth before murder
October 17, 2007 in print edition on A5
A woman accused of killing an expectant mother and cutting the baby from her womb believed so strongly that she was pregnant that she likely went into an out-of-body state when that belief was threatened, an expert testified Tuesday.