Archive for Thursday, October 18, 2007

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Audio clips
Births
Chats
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Big 12 Media Day 2007 Autumn festivity
Podcasts
Polls
What do you think of KDHE's decision to reject coal plants for Western Kansas?

Poll results

Response Percent
Good
 
65%
Bad
 
30%
Undecided
 
3%
Total 998
Can KU football win on the road at Colorado?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
85%
No
 
11%
Undecided
 
2%
Total 320
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius delivers opening remarks about the state's reservoirs to state leaders gathered at the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007.  Measures to update the state's reservoirs is gaining momentum out of concern  for drought and outdated infrastructure. Leaders discuss aging reservoirs
October 18, 2007 in print edition on 1A
As rained poured outside the Dole Institute of Politics on Wednesday, state officials inside planned for drier weather. At the state’s first Kansas Reservoir Summit, leaders grappled with what to do as the state’s 24 federal reservoirs grow older.
9:00 a.m.
Luke Linnville, a Conley Sprinkler Inc. employee of Kansas City, Kan., puts a sprinkler pipe in place Wednesday at Buffalo Bob's Smokehouse, 719 Mass. The restaurant is taking advantage of a city program that gives rebates of 75 percent of the cost of new fire sprinkler systems. Businesses take advantage of city’s sprinkler rebate
October 18, 2007 in print edition on 3A
When Jim Connelly remodeled his property at 715 Mass., he found evidence of a fire in the past. “There were some timbers that were charred up above,” said Connelly, who owns Silverworks and More. But now, Connelly feels more confident his building will never see a major fire again.
12:00 p.m.
Kansas University head coach Bill Self takes questions at his table during Big XII men's media day Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Kansas City, Mo. Marriott Country Club Plaza. Rivalry hot topic at Media Day
October 18, 2007 in print edition on 1B
Just a freshman, Michael Beasley wasn’t one of the three players asked to represent Kansas State at Wednesday’s Big 12 Men’s Basketball Media Day at the Marriott Country Club Plaza Hotel.
3:06 p.m.
The state on Thursday denied permits for two coal plants near Holcomb, Kan. KDHE rejects coal plants in Western Kansas
October 18, 2007
The state today denied permits for two 700-megawatt coal-burning electric plants in western Kansas in a decision that thrust Kansas in the middle of the national debate on global warming.

All stories

6Sports video: Jayhawks to face Buffaloes, altitude in Boulder
October 18, 2007
The KU football team heads to Boulder to play Buffaloes at over 5000 feet above sea level.
6Sports video: Jayhawks ready for basketball season
October 18, 2007
Kansas was knocked out in last year’s Elite Eight, but a new year means a fresh start for Kansas basketball.
6News video: Golden anniversary for Maple Leaf festival
October 18, 2007
The Maple Leaf festival marks its 50th year in Baldwin City this weekend. Charles Doudna is the sole surviving founder of the event.
6Sports video: Star starter eager for senior season
October 18, 2007
Since arriving on campus four years ago, Kansas senior forward Taylor McIntosh has been a mainstay in Bonnie Henrickson’s starting line-up, starting in 87 of 89 games.
6News video: KDHE denies coal plant permit
October 18, 2007
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby denied Sunflower Electric Power Corporation a permit to build a large coal-fired power plant in western Kansas.
6Sports video: City football showdown tomorrow night
October 18, 2007
The winner of the Free State-Lawrence High football game tomorrow night is guaranteed a spot in the state playoffs.
6News video: Visitors Bureau moves to old Carnegie Library
October 18, 2007
The Convention and Visitors Bureau plans to set up offices in the former Carnegie Library building at 9th and Vermont streets.
6News video: Fun Run raises money for CJHS
October 18, 2007
The 25th annual Fun Run at Central Junior High School kicked off this afternoon with a bang.
6News video: Vandals strike Free State High School
October 18, 2007
Free State and Lawrence High play their annual city showdown football game Friday night, and the week before the game has traditionally been a time for pranks.
6News video: Teachers debate merit pay
October 18, 2007
Teachers in Lawrence are paid based on their education and years on the job, but a new federal proposal may add end-of-the-year bonuses based on their students.
6News video: FSHS senior wins judicial essay contest
October 18, 2007
Kate Falkenstein, daughter of District Court Judge Paula Martin, was awarded a scholarship today for her winning essay on the separation of powers.
6News video: Brownback bowing out?
October 18, 2007
Kansas Senator Sam Brownback may soon bow out of the 2008 presidential race.
6News video: Hemenway highest paid university leader in Kansas
October 18, 2007
Today all six Regents University presidents received a raise from the Kansas Board of Regents. KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway remains the highest-paid.
6News Now: Vandals spray graffiti on Free State High
October 18, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, vandals strike Free State High School with graffiti before the city showdown this Friday, and teachers in Lawrence are paid based on education and years on the job, but new proposals may add bonuses to their pay.
Text of KDHE announcement on coal plant permits for Western Kansas
October 18, 2007
The following is the text of KDHE’s announcement it will deny permits for two coal plants near Holcomb.
KDHE rejects coal plants in Western Kansas
Decision seen as likely to spark a lawsuit
October 18, 2007
The state today denied permits for two 700-megawatt coal-burning electric plants in western Kansas in a decision that thrust Kansas in the middle of the national debate on global warming.
City leaders to press for street funding in D.C.
October 18, 2007
City commissioners today approved a legislative priority statement that includes a heavy focus on encouraging federal legislators to shore up a key federal fund that cities heavily rely upon to address infrastructure needs.
Hemenway, other regents presidents receive raises
October 18, 2007
Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway remains the highest paid of the six, with state compensation of $260,660 and a total compensation cap of $332,051.
Regents approve KUMC affiliation with St. Luke’s
09:28 a.m., October 18, 2007 Updated 11:40 a.m.
Kansas University Medical Center Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara Atkinson will make a presentation to the Kansas Board of Regents this morning regarding the proposed affiliation agreement between St. Luke’s Hospital and KUMC.
Brownback reported to end his presidential campaign
October 18, 2007
Republican Sam Brownback will drop out of the 2008 presidential campaign on Friday, people close to the Kansas senator said Thursday.
New test detects cervical cancer better than Pap
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A8
A relatively new screening test was about twice as accurate as the traditional Pap smear at spotting cervical cancer, according to the first rigorous study of the test in North America. The new test could replace the 50-year-old Pap in a matter of years, experts say. And there’s a bonus for women: They won’t need a screening test as often.
NASA clears shuttle for liftoff next week
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A10
Mission managers late Tuesday cleared shuttle Discovery and its seven astronauts for flight next week, despite lingering concern over tiny cracks in the ship’s wings.Liftoff is scheduled for 10:38 a.m. CDT Tuesday from Kennedy Space Center in Central Florida.
State approves $5 million in funding for victims of natural disasters
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A7
Thousands of Kansans who had to abandon their homes because of tornado and flood damage may benefit from $5 million approved Wednesday by state officials.
Co-defendant says Simpson wanted men with guns at meeting
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A2
O.J. Simpson wanted armed men with him when he confronted two sports memorabilia dealers, according to a co-defendant who has agreed to plead guilty and testify against the former football star.
Fatal wilt, other problems pounding Kansas pines
October 18, 2007 in print edition on C2
Pine wilt infections among Kansas’ pine trees are beginning to have visible effects. Cases could continue to emerge into December, according to a Kansas State University scientist.But, identifying victims of the always-fatal disease may be tricky.
Transportation planners add another option to SLT mix
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A1
No longer is it just north vs. south. Add east to the mix.
Rivalry hot topic at Media Day
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B1
Just a freshman, Michael Beasley wasn’t one of the three players asked to represent Kansas State at Wednesday’s Big 12 Men’s Basketball Media Day at the Marriott Country Club Plaza Hotel.
Wind advisories extended in desert
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A2
Wind advisories were extended Wednesday following blinding sandstorms that helped trigger several car pileups north of Los Angeles that killed at least four people and injured dozens of others, authorities said. The sandstorms struck Tuesday as wind gusted to 55 mph in the arid high desert.
Manny: Loss wouldn’t be ‘end of the world’
Ramirez’s remarks sure to rankle Red Sox rooters
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B4
On a workout day, Manny Ramirez gave Boston fans a real reason to get worked up. With the Red Sox just one loss from elimination, the star slugger was asked about Game 5 of the AL championship series against Cleveland.
Social Security increase is lowest in four years
October 18, 2007
Social Security benefits for nearly 50 million people will rise 2.3 percent starting in January, the smallest increase in four years. The typical retiree will face the challenge of using the extra $24 to cover higher costs for everything from gasoline and food to medical care.
State gets ‘D’ in campaign finance disclosure
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A7
In Kansas, voters are in many ways kept in the dark about who finances candidates during elections. That’s one of the reasons Kansas earned a “D” on a report card that was released Wednesday.
Pump patrol
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.59 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Leaders discuss aging reservoirs
Concerns for future of state’s water supply focus of first summit
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A1
As rained poured outside the Dole Institute of Politics on Wednesday, state officials inside planned for drier weather. At the state’s first Kansas Reservoir Summit, leaders grappled with what to do as the state’s 24 federal reservoirs grow older.
Cabrera bags Grand Slam
U.S. Open champ tops Harrington in playoff
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B2
U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera overcame an atrocious start with a spectacular finish Wednesday to win the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, outlasting Padraig Harrington in a playoff.
Attack bears hallmarks of al-Qaida
Terror suspects arrested in province where U.S. to withdraw
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A11
A roadside bomb exploded near a police patrol Wednesday, killing at least seven officers in a Shiite area south of Baghdad that has seen fierce clashes between rival militia factions
Autumn festivity
Landscaper takes chances with bright blooms for fall
October 18, 2007 in print edition on C1
There is something about fall that is refreshing and invigorating when you are out in the garden. Autumn doesn’t signify a period of shutting down and dying off but rather of new beginnings and the generation of fabulous, fresh ideas.
Torre remains in limbo
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B4
This business with Joe Torre is getting kind of bizarre. After two days of much-hyped meetings, owner George Steinbrenner and the New York Yankees still won’t say whether they plan to bring back Torre for a 13th season as their manager.
Simplify the storage-box shuffle
October 18, 2007 in print edition on C1
It’s time to do the storage box shuffle. You know - that step-by-step process of packing away your pool towels and summer gear and hauling out your boxes of fall decor and comfy throw blankets.
Lawrence High senior excels at many positions
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B1
Tyler Hunt doesn’t care that he’s not the most agile, nimble-footed running back ever to grace a football field. He prefers a simpler method. “There are people that get ready (to tackle) you and they think you’re going to go one way, but I just go forward, go through them,” Hunt said.
Businesses take advantage of city’s sprinkler rebate
75 percent of installation cost returned to downtown companies
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A3
When Jim Connelly remodeled his property at 715 Mass., he found evidence of a fire in the past. “There were some timbers that were charred up above,” said Connelly, who owns Silverworks and More. But now, Connelly feels more confident his building will never see a major fire again.
Area attorneys among judge applicants
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A3
Two judges and 12 attorneys have applied for a new position on the Kansas Court of Appeals.
Suspect charged in 1997 rape case
KBI matches DNA from FBI database
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A3
More than a decade after a female Kansas University student was kidnapped and raped, Lawrence police say they’ve found the culprit. A 34-year-old Lawrence man is being held in Douglas County Jail on $500,000 bond after he was picked up on a warrant Tuesday.
Free State junior leads Sunflower League in TDs
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B1
What makes Chucky Hunter go? What makes the Free State High tailback shoot through holes in the offensive line? What makes him shake and shift his way around opposing tacklers with electricity week after week?
Penn State running back ordered to stand trial
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B6
Suspended Penn State running back Austin Scott was ordered by Judge Daniel Hoffman to stand trial on felony rape and sexual-assault charges after a preliminary hearing Wednesday.
Baker to honor Packers’ coach McCarthy on Saturday
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B6
No former Baker University football player has ascended to the heights of Mike McCarthy. On Saturday, BU will induct McCarthy, a former tight end for the Wildcats and now coach of the Green Bay Packers, into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Three arrested in window shootings
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A3
Three men were arrested Tuesday night by Lawrence police in connection with a series of window-shooting incidents.
Holmes takes another step in comeback
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B7
Priest Holmes went through a full practice Wednesday, a giant step toward what could be turning into one of the NFL’s great comebacks. Now 34 and out of football since suffering neck and spinal injuries two years ago, Holmes was cleared to practice for the first time since he shocked the Chiefs last summer and showed up at training camp.
KU students’ Stand Up campaign raises awareness of global poverty
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A3
Even endless rain couldn’t stop a group of Kansas University students from spending 24 hours on Wescoe Beach in an effort to raise awareness of global poverty. But it did move them to a more protected spot, slightly off the beach. The Stand Up campaign is part of a weeklong effort to fight poverty.
Dolphins’ Green unsure if he’ll be OK’d to play
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B7
Miami Dolphins quarterback Trent Green said the decision whether he should retire may be made for him by doctors who have yet to clear him to play following his second severe concussion in 13 months. “I would like to play again,” Green said Wednesday. “It’s what I love doing. It remains to be seen whether they will clear me.”
Topeka school stops providing free condoms after effort goes public
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A5
Topeka High School has stopped providing free condoms to its students after school district officials learned of the month-old program.
KU’s Svistun advances at Central Regionals
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kansas University junior Yuliana Svistun continued her fast start to the season Wednesday, winning two qualifying singles matches to advance to the main draw of the ITA Central Region Championships.
Abortion clinic faces charges
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B14
Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline fired another volley in his battle against abortion providers by filing more than 100 criminal charges Wednesday against a Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park.
Commodities
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B13
Agricultural futures ended mostly lower Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for December delivery fell 8 cents to $8.205; December corn fell 2.5 cents to $3.58; December oats rose 2.75 cents to $2.7875; November soybeans fell 3.25 cents to $9.7425.
Turkish parliament approves possible military action in Iraq
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A10
Parliament authorized the government Wednesday to send troops into northern Iraq to root out Kurdish rebels who’ve been conducting raids into Turkey. The vote removed the last legal obstacle to an offensive, but there was no sign of imminent action as the United States urged restraint.
Flood will come
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A12
To the editor: Something about flat land attracts bulldozers. The silver lining of the great flood of 1951 has been the restraint of big and foolish development in the floodplain and, consequently, the conservation of the best farm soil in Kansas.
Farm Service Agency offers emergency loans
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B13
The Farm Service Agency is accepting applications for emergency loans to help farmers in Douglas, Franklin, Shawnee and several other counties recoup losses suffered to crops and livestock during severe storms and flooding that occurred from June 26 to July 25.
Turgeon not looking forward to KU game
A&M’s new coach says matchup with alma mater ‘only downer of the deal’
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B5
Coach of Texas A&M’s Aggies, Mark Turgeon remains a Jayhawk at heart. “That’s probably the only downer of the deal,” former Kansas University point guard Turgeon said Wednesday, referring to leaving Missouri Valley school Wichita State for Big 12 Conference member A&M, a school that will play Turgeon’s alma mater a minimum of once a year.
Lawsuit aims to stop moth-spraying program
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A10
First, the state doused coastal communities with a pesticide aimed at a crop-eating moth that could cause billions of dollars in damage. Two weeks later, a federal regulator said the mist coating residents’ rooftops, gardens and playgrounds - a substance the government had certified as safe - actually contained a chemical thought to trigger asthma.
Cougars, Bulldogs vie for city pride
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B8
Today the junior high freshman football season comes to a close as all four city teams hit the field. But city bragging rights will be at stake when South (4-3) plays host to Southwest (7-1) at 3:45 p.m. at Lawrence High.
Nebraska’s Callahan coaching for his job
Pelini, Gill, Glenn mentioned as possible replacements if change is made
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B6
Bill Callahan has five games to prove to Tom Osborne why he should remain Nebraska’s football coach. That’s the bottom line after Steve Pederson, the man who hired Callahan in 2004, was fired and replaced this week by the Hall of Fame coach and leader of the Cornhuskers’ dynasty of the mid 1990s.
Easing the burn on students’ credit
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B13
Ed Mierzwinski is trying to get the word out to college students that the free T-shirt or teddy bear or sub sandwich they accept in exchange for signing up for a credit card could end up costing them a lot of financial heartache.
Kansas Volleyball Jayhawks drop winnable match
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B8
Little verbiage was needed to sum up Kansas University’s volleyball match against Baylor Wednesday night at Horejsi Center. “Discouraging. Disappointing.” Those are the words KU coach Ray Bechard chose to describe the Jayhawks’ loss to the Bears.
Our town sports
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B8
Susan Waller Dickerson, a 1989 Lawrence High graduate, will be inducted into Washburn University’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Horoscopes
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B12
You are goal-directed and determined to succeed this year. You might be opting to spend more time at home, perhaps starting a home-based office. If you are single, a friend just might fit the bill this year, as you might not be quite ready to commit. If you are attached, the two of you need to build the caliber of your daily life together.
Lawrence Datebook
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence.
Standoff ends for Greenpeace members
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A10
Eight Greenpeace members prevented from leaving an Amazon town for more than 24 hours by loggers and angry residents were escorted away peacefully Wednesday by authorities.
People in the news
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B12
¢ Spice Girls album to be at Victoria’s Secret¢ Winfrey opens up about thyroid condition¢ Vegas poker game led to marriage¢ ‘Sopranos’ actor’s statements dropped
Injury bug hammers Lions yet again
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B3
When it rains it pours on Lawrence High’s football team, and not just because the Lions dodged showers during Wednesday afternoon’s practice session. Injuries and illnesses have accumulated like water in a pump-less sump for coach Dirk Wedd.
On the record
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A4
A 49-year-old man was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Wednesday after his 1995 Dodge pickup truck hit a curb and struck a light pole near the Tee Pee intersection of Kansas Highways 59 and 24-40. The accident occurred about 6:30 p.m.
Lawrence High introduces new leader of the lanes
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High announced on Wednesday the hiring of its new boys and girls bowling coach for the 2007-2008 school year. Brandi Perry, 26, was selected by a committee of students, parents and administrators.
Pakistan awaits return of former P.M.
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A10
Thousands of supporters of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto gathered in Pakistan’s biggest city today to welcome her home from eight years of exile to the center stage of the country’s volatile politics.
League reinstates receiver
Green Bay’s Robinson vows not to let teammates down
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B7
Koren Robinson’s biggest supporter never forgot about him even as the Packers jumped out to the NFC’s best record. Now Robinson says he won’t let Brett Favre, or the rest of his teammates, down.
KU golfers 4th
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s golf team placed fourth at the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational at the NMSU Golf Course Wednesday.
Area employees dine at chili cook-off
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B13
Pinnacle Career Institute, Lawrence, welcomed representatives from several area employers for the institute’s third annual Chili Cook-off.
Keegan: Knight often right
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B7
Far from the brute screaming inside your television, tossing a chair across the floor, or giving the “Hey, Knight!” student a lesson in respect he should have received from his parents, sat a candid watchdog of basketball, answering questions for nearly an hour Wednesday at Big 12 Media Day.
Haskell to inaugurate president
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A5
Haskell Indian Nations University will inaugurate Linda Warner as its fifth president this week during homecoming festivities.
Bush praises Dalai Lama, challenges China
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A9
President Bush, raising Beijing’s ire, presented the Dalai Lama on Wednesday with the U.S. Congress’ highest civilian honor and urged Chinese leaders to welcome the monk to Beijing.
Flu shot clinics to begin Saturday
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A5
Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is putting on several flu vaccine clinics in Lawrence, Lecompton, Eudora and Baldwin City this season. The department recommends the vaccine for everyone and urges people to get the shot as soon as possible.
Water issues
October 18, 2007
To the editor: The editorial in Sunday’s paper states the case made by proponents concerning the economic advantages for building coal-fired electrical generating plants in western Kansas. In that editorial, no mention is made concerning the source of water that will be used in the process.
Everett determined to recover
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B7
Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett feels fortunate to be alive and is determined to continue the significant progress he’s already made in the five weeks since sustaining a severe spinal cord injury.
Less severe storms linger in area today
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A1
Clouds and scattered thunderstorms will linger in Douglas County today, trailing Wednesday’s downpour. What the area saw was a “powerful jet stream that slammed into the west coast,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News chief meteorologist.
Study: Parents use religion to avoid vaccines
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A9
Sabrina Rahim doesn’t practice any particular faith, but she had no problem signing a letter declaring that because of her deeply held religious beliefs, her 4-year-old son should be exempt from the vaccinations required to enter preschool.
City commissioners to OK policy statement
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A5
City commissioners will meet this morning to approve a legislative policy statement to present to lawmakers when community leaders travel next week to Washington, D.C.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B6
Kansas University reserve cornerback Anthony Webb officially has a new title: punt-return specialist. KU coach Mark Mangino said after practice Wednesday that Webb won the job after showing his ability to field tough punts in last week’s victory over Baylor.
LMH stops plans for $5.7M medical office building
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A5
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.
Kids Fall Festival is Sunday at Hy-Vee
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B13
Stan Slaughter, also known as the “EcoTroubadour,” will be the featured attraction during the Hy-Vee Kids Fall Festival, set for noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Hy-Vee, 4000 W. Sixth St.
Attorney general nominee distances himself from Gonzales
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A2
Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey told senators Wednesday he will reject White House political meddling and overstepping its authority in terrorism cases if approved to run the Justice Department. He said he would resign if his legal or ethical doubts about administration policy are ignored.
Conservation pledge brings debt relief
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A10
The U.S. government and environmental groups will trim $26 million off Costa Rica’s debt rolls in exchange for the country spending the same amount on tropical forest conservation, according to an agreement reached Wednesday.
Laughlin’ breaks out
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B12
Apparently, the easiest way to become a programmer for an American network is to watch BBC America. Right after NBC’s Americanized version of “The Office,” CBS offers a sneak preview of “Viva Laughlin” (9 p.m., CBS), a remake of the British series “Viva Blackpool,” before the series moves to its perch on Sunday nights.
Rice sees both optimism, tensions
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A10
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday that Israelis and Palestinians have a new “moment of opportunity” to forge peace despite the eruption of fresh tensions between the two sides over preparations for a U.S.-hosted Mideast conference.
Majority of Britons at risk for obesity
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A2
Most British citizens could be obese by 2050, a new government report warns, and the nation’s health secretary called Wednesday for a fundamental shift in the way the nation tackles obesity.
Middle school to offer birth control
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A2
Pupils at a city middle school will be able to get birth control pills and patches at their student health center after the local school board approved the proposal Wednesday evening.
Thin air no sweat for KU
Jayhawks not fearful of trip to high altitude
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B1
The question is, do the Jayhawks even need it? Phil Gallagher doesn’t think so. An assistant professor in exercise sciences at KU, Gallagher is educated in the differences between Kansas air and Colorado air. And he claims it’s nothing for football players to be concerned with.
U.N. agency head detained by soldiers
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A2
The head of U.N. food agency operations in the violence-racked Somali capital was taken away Wednesday by 50 to 60 heavily armed government security officers who had stormed the U.N. compound in Mogadishu, the agency said.
Universities to compete for funding before regents
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A1
Kansas’ higher education institutions will have to compete against one another to try to advance their budget enhancement requests to the Legislature.
Kiss not the issue
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A12
To the editor: Dr. Wes and Julia’s recent column on the so-called “kiss and tell” case demonstrates a significant lack of understanding of the issue.
Vote on genocide resolution uncertain
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A10
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday the prospects of a vote on Armenian genocide were uncertain, after several members pulled their support amid fears it would cripple U.S. relations with Turkey.
Pet massacre sparks Web petition drive
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A2
The fury over the massacre of dozens of seized dogs and cats in Puerto Rico has gone global.
Nets’ Kidd accused
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B2
A woman has accused the New Jersey Nets’ Jason Kidd of harassing and groping her this month at a trendy Manhattan nightspot.
Rockies seek balance
Colorado wants to be rested but not rusty for Series
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B4
Todd Helton and the Colorado Rockies returned to work Wednesday a carefree bunch. They’re going to the World Series, that’s for sure. Whether they’re headed to Jacobs Field or Fenway Park next week, that can wait.
Commentary: Gaining a new appreciation for television broadcasts
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B9
Two-thirds of the way into the Dollar General 300, wrecked race cars are being dragged off from all around the Lowe’s Motor Speedway track in Concord, N.C. ESPN has covered the multicar wreck six ways to Sunday. Replays, interviews and analysis all been done, and now the network needs a break.
Democrats float some puzzling ideas
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A12
Explaining a simple proposal to help people squirrel away gold for their golden years, Hillary Clinton said that a person “should not require a Ph.D. to save for retirement.” But can even Ph.D.s understand liberalism’s arithmetic and logic?
Ahead of the pack
Hendrick teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson are putting distance between themselves and Chase rivals
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B9
For the second Nextel Cup season in a row, Denny Hamlin has driven his guts out. And for the second season in a row it looks like come mid-November, he will be standing in the darkness of South Florida with nothing but a mouthful of dust - dust kicked up by a car owned by Hendrick Motorsports.
No easy fix
Education is only one part of creating a healthier generation of youngsters in Kansas.
October 18, 2007
If taking a class could make people lose weight, there would be lines around the block to get in. The number of overweight or obese youngsters in Kansas probably is a legitimate cause for concern, but the idea that the state can legislate a solution to it borders on comical.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A12
From the Lawrence Daily World for Oct. 18, 1907: “The long-talked-of plan for inaugurating a system of savings banks in the city schools has at last been completed and installed. Hereafter, your child, or any child, if enrolled in the city schools, can put away pennies and nickels and any other money and can learn firsthand the principles of keeping a bank account.
Blackwater unlikely to continue contract
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A11
A State Department review of private security guards for diplomats in Iraq is unlikely to recommend firing Blackwater USA over the deaths of 17 Iraqis last month, but the company probably is on the way out of that job, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
Report: Drug violence crossing border into U.S.
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A8
Escalating violence by drug cartels and deteriorating security in Mexico will make this the most deadly year yet for that nation’s drug-related crime, and the violence is spilling into the United States, according to a report released Wednesday for a state panel.
Brazen daylight raid on slum kills 12
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A2
Hundreds of police agents swooped in on drug gangs in two Rio de Janeiro shantytowns on Wednesday, setting off gunbattles that killed 12 people, including an officer and a 4-year-old boy, officials said.
Same agency, new McGrew CEO
After 47 years at helm, father passes chairman’s role to son
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B13
Conrad McGrew may have started his real estate firm small - recording a total of $250,000 in sales during its first four years combined - but his grandson is ready to build on its legacy and take the agency beyond its recent high of $100 million.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A12
Douglas County district judge James Paddock ruled that a Lawrence man had no legal right to stop a nuclear freeze opinion poll tied to the Nov. 2 elections here.
Oral Roberts president takes leave amid charges of impropriety
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A6
Oral Roberts University President Richard Roberts asked for and was granted a leave of absence Wednesday amid accusations of lavish spending at donors’ expense and illegal involvement in a political campaign.
Commentary: Reception least of Sampson’s trouble
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B2
Kelvin Sampson has phone trouble. He puts it down due to lousy reception, but by the time NCAA investigators are finished poring over his bill, a weak signal could turn out to be the least of his problems.
GOP lacks health care ideas
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A13
My conservative brethren in the op-ed commentariat have made a disquieting discovery: The Republican candidates for president are saying nothing that addresses the economic anxieties of the American middle class.
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre performers exhibit exquisite control
October 18, 2007 in print edition on C2
There are not enough synonyms for “flexible” to describe the performance by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan at the Lied Center. Nor does “beautiful” come even close to what the crowd experienced Tuesday night. “Jaw-dropping” and “breathtaking” come to mind.
Ignoring bigotry won’t work
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A13
I already know what’s going to happen after I write this column. Someone is going to say, why did you waste space condemning the latest drivel from the mouth of Ann Coulter? Don’t you know she only says these outrageous things to promote her books? Why reward her with attention?
Language barrier can’t hold back ‘Translations’
October 18, 2007 in print edition on C2
Throughout history, many great societies have been known for their language as much as by their accomplishments. “Translations,” a play by Brian Friel showing at KU’s University Theatre, examines the importance of language as a method of constructing identity, as well as a means of communication.
Garden containers need TLC
October 18, 2007 in print edition on C1
Cooler temperatures indicate it is time to tend to your container garden. Bring inside any plants that are not winter hardy and care for the pots left out in the cold. Houseplants in pots should be brought in before turning on the furnace for winter.
Leftwich new starter for Falcons
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B7
On his first day as the Atlanta Falcons’ starting quarterback, Byron Leftwich felt like a kid. “Football has been really taken away from me the last month and a half,” he said. “It just seems like it’s a new feeling. It’s all fun again. Any time you’re not out there, it’s a tough situation to deal with.”
Commentary: Playoffs drag on, and so do games
October 18, 2007 in print edition on B4
The Colorado Rockies deserved better than having their magical run rewarded with an eight-day layoff. The Cleveland Indians deserved better, too. They had momentum on their side and a chance Wednesday to knock off the Boston Red Sox at home before their adoring fans.
Iraqi, 2 Americans among new cardinals
October 18, 2007 in print edition on A9
Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday named 23 new Roman Catholic cardinals, beefing up the group that eventually is expected to choose his successor.