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Archive for Sunday, October 21, 2007

Also from October 21

Births
Blog entries
Couples
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
HINU vs. SWAG
Polls
Which of the five unbeaten FBS teams is most likely to lose next weekend?

Poll results

Response Percent
No. 2 Boston Coll. (at No. 8 Va. Tech)
 
53%
No. 7 Arizona St. (vs. No. 18 Cal)
 
26%
No. 12 Kansas (at Texas A&M)
 
10%
No. 1 Ohio St. (at No. 24 Penn St.)
 
7%
No. 16 Hawaii (vs. New Mexico St.)
 
2%
Total 2370
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Bikes and boomers
October 21, 2007 in print edition on 1A
The trend of baby boomers turning to the freedom of motorcycles hit the mainstream last spring with the movie “Wild Hogs.” The story of a group of middle-aged men venturing out on a Harley-induced road trip and the antics that followed was a box office success. Shortly after the movie’s arrival, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, a national nonprofit based out of Irvine, Calif., issued a release of their own.
12:00 p.m.
Lauretta Hendricks Backus, who taught art at Lawrence Public Schools for 18 years, is the featured artist in the Lawrence ArtWalk, which opens Saturday. Primary instincts
October 21, 2007 in print edition on 1D
When you’re an art teacher in public schools, you have to learn a little about a lot of different types of art. One day, you might be teaching ceramics. The next, drawing. Then, photography. “Art teachers do everything,” says Lauretta Hendricks Backus. She should know. She worked for Lawrence Public Schools for 18 years at various schools, with various age groups.
10:00 p.m.
City commissioners Tuesday evening admitted they violated parts of the state's open meetings law by holding a closed-door executive session to discuss economic development incentives for a local company. City Hall is shown here in this file photo. City shows interest in tax
October 21, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Compound interest. You know, the pennies that accrue day after day, week after week on your savings account. The concept is one of the few things in life that will allow a man to make money while he walks the beach in Bermuda shorts and black socks. Einstein was such a fan of the notion that he supposedly said “there’s no force more powerful in the universe than compound interest.”

All stories

6Sports video: Firebirds take Lions in sub-state volleyball
October 21, 2007
Free State and Lawrence High met in this weekend’s Sub-State Tournament.
6News video: Baby boomers becoming bikers
October 21, 2007
An increasing number of middle-aged Americans are buying the motorcycles they have dreamed of. But for some the outcome is anything but a happy ending.
6News video: School board debates new sports facilities
October 21, 2007
The fate of new high school athletic facilities rests in the hands of school board members. The outdoor facilities report will be the topic of discussion tomorrow night and the district had concerns over the current conditions.
6Sports video: Undefeated Jayhawks rank 9th in BCS
October 21, 2007
Jayhawks fall in at number nine in the Bowl Championship Series standings after winning in Colorado.
6News video: Annual Halloween paint-in draws kids, businesses
October 21, 2007
More than three dozen kids of all ages painted scary scenes of ghosts, goblins and ghouls. Thirty downtown business donated their storefront windos for the frightful festivities.
6News video: Festival festivities celebrate nature
October 21, 2007
The 50th annual Maple Leaf festival kicked off Friday night with fireworks and continued through the weekend with food, crafts and fun.
6Sports video: Haskell beats Sagu in first win of season
October 21, 2007
The Haskell Indians edged past the Sagu Lions in this weekend’s football game, 26-24.
6News video: Brick street project to cost $1 million
October 21, 2007
Tomorrow night, Lawrence city officials will present information about a project to unearth the street on the 600 and 700 blocks of Ohio Street.
6News video: Baby boomers hit retirement
October 21, 2007
This week was a historic one as the country’s first baby boomer aged into Social Security.
City shows interest in tax
New levy on intangibles could prevent increase in sales tax
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A1
Compound interest. You know, the pennies that accrue day after day, week after week on your savings account. The concept is one of the few things in life that will allow a man to make money while he walks the beach in Bermuda shorts and black socks. Einstein was such a fan of the notion that he supposedly said “there’s no force more powerful in the universe than compound interest.”
Kansas can run, too
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C7
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino noticed early in the Jayhawks’ 19-14 victory over Colorado on Saturday that quarterback Todd Reesing was the target of the Buffaloes’ defense.That’s fine, Mangino says. Because KU (7-0) can run the ball a little bit, too.
People in the news
October 21, 2007 in print edition on D9
¢ Maher helps kick out rowdy protesters ¢ Coppola’s first movie in a decade premieres¢ DeGeneres’ former pooch gets new home
Hispanic group pulls conference from K.C. over immigration flap
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B3
A national Hispanic civil rights organization said Saturday it will not hold its 2009 annual convention in Kansas City because an opponent of illegal immigration was appointed to the city’s park board.
U.S., Iraqi forces round up suspected militia fighters
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A9
U.S. and Iraqi forces, backed by Polish army helicopters, swept through Shiite militia strongholds south of Baghdad on Saturday, rounding up dozens of militants and killing two. The prime minister met the provincial governor, who called for reinforcements to root out “the criminals.”
Testimony begins in sheriff’s killing trial
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B7
A deputy who was with Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels when he was fatally shot in 2005 testified Friday that the alleged shooter continued firing at him even as he attempted to perform first aid on the stricken sheriff.
All hail Halloween with children’s downtown art
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
Participating in her first Halloween Paint-In, 8-year-old Annie Olson stepped back to admire her canvas, the storefront of Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop. She beamed at her spooky masterpiece, which featured a black cat on a fence, a ghost and a rickety-looking haunted house.
Sexual misconduct plagues U.S. schools during five year period
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A10
A young teacher in Iowa sheepishly admits that he fondled a fifth-grader’s breast. But he doesn’t lose his teaching license until one persistent victim and her family go public - 40 years after the first accusation.
Memorial’s name lives anew in proposed camp
Victory Junction considers 2nd site in K.C. area
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
It’s called Victory Junction, but the only thing reminding people about the site now is a shuttered restaurant that bears the same name. “It used to be quite a busy place,” said Jim Masson, a volunteer at the Wyandotte County Museum. “There used to be a doughboy statue right in the middle of the intersection.”
Kicker beats demons, KSU
Homecoming debacle no longer haunts OSU’s Ricks
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C8
With a lengthy wait and the game on the line, Jason Ricks had nothing on his mind but going through his routine. It was before and after that the emotions really set in.
Camouflage adapts to changes
Designs have evolved from ‘woodland green’
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C12
Camouflage has changed a lot since a Virginia turkey and deer hunter named Jim Crumley noticed that the forests where he hunted didn’t look anything like the green and brown blobs of clothing generally known as “military camo” or “woodland green.”
Dolphins’ Green finished for season
Quarterback says he has made no decision about retiring
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C2
There will be no comeback this season by Trent Green, leaving the Miami Dolphins with an uncertain quarterback situation yet again. Green was placed on injured reserve Saturday, shelving him for the rest of the season following his second severe concussion in 13 months.
Low-maintenance leopard gecko a great pet
October 21, 2007 in print edition on D8
If you’re a kid who likes reptiles, life can be tough. “My mom doesn’t really like snakes. With snakes you have to feed them mice and stuff like that,” says Joseph Ferlise, 11, of Baltimore. “My mom wasn’t too thrilled about that.”
Family law attorney writes for ‘Bencher’
October 21, 2007 in print edition on E1
An article on life perspectives of a family law practitioner by attorney David J. Brown, Lawrence, will appear in the November/ December issue of The Bencher, the magazine of the American Inns of Court.
HINU snags first victory
Freshman backup sparks homecoming win
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C3
Tyler Sessions won’t ever forget his first start as a college quarterback. Sessions threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns as Haskell Indian Nations University squeezed Southwestern Assemblies of God U., 26-24, Saturday at Haskell Stadium.
HHS chief may not be health care villain
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B10
For most of the American public, Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt is best defined by his role defending President Bush’s controversial veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Harmful divisions
Supporters of coal-fired power plants in western Kansas are understandably angry and eager to point fingers and get even.
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B10
Dividing the state into east and west, Republican and Democrat, liberal and conservative, urban and rural will not help Kansas conquer either its economic or environmental challenges.
Judge OKs hospital antitrust suit
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B8
A federal antitrust lawsuit accusing some of the largest health care operations in Kansas City of trying to drive a physician-owned clinic out of business will be allowed to continue, a federal judge said this week.
Storm-chase vehicles showcased at festival
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B2
The rusting, weather-beaten equipment atop Chad Albee’s 1994 Jeep Cherokee testify to the years he’s spent chasing storms. Whether it’s tornado-producing thunderstorms in the Plains states or hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, the active-duty Navy man enjoys spending his free time chasing and monitoring the violent, sometimes deadly storms that rip through the nation’s heartland.
Taxpayers pick up part of tab for visiting wine writers
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
American taxpayers are helping to foot the bill so foreign writers can savor California wine. Subsidized by the Agriculture Department and the wineries, the writers from Canada, Europe and Asia tour some of this country’s most renowned wine regions, and winemakers say their stories boost foreign sales.
Woman survives 19 hours in ocean
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
A 49-year-old woman held onto a water container to stay afloat for 19 hours until she was rescued from choppy ocean waters a mile off Maui, she said. Lillian Ruth Simpson, of Juneau, Alaska, told the Maui News that she also wrapped her bathing suit top around her head to keep warm after sunset.
Sisters pour souls into program
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B9
Passion, versatility and communication make the Ahn Trio an exceptional chamber ensemble. All three qualities were evident in their performance Friday evening at the Lied Center. The trio’s versatility was evident in the evening’s program, chosen from 20th and 21st century composers who themselves are versatile.
Judge allows videotaped statements to police in trooper shooting trial
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B9
The videotaped statements a man made to police after being arrested for shooting a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper will be allowed into evidence at his trial, a Jackson County judge said.
Leavenworth artist makes jewelry at home from scraps
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B5
Steve Cox isn’t what most people would call a starving artist. He has a home, complete with a wife and pets, and he even owns his own business.
Mounting evidence finds even moderate drinking may be risky
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A5
You eat your veggies, you exercise at least a few times a week, you gave up cigarettes and hormone-replacement pills, and you have a glass of red wine every day, all because you care about your health. But one of these things is not like the others.
DVD set celebrates Hollywood royalty
October 21, 2007 in print edition on D10
After more than 85 years of performing, Mickey Rooney still can’t resist a chance to entertain. Even during an interview - on a cell phone from a car headed to a benefit at Disneyland - the MGM film legend breaks into song:
Horror House’ to raise donations for charity
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Kappa Sigma fraternity at Kansas University will host the “Halloween Horror House,” its annual fall philanthropy from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the house, 1045 Emery Road.
Raiders bracing for Chiefs to come running
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C1
Even a rookie coach can figure out what the Kansas City Chiefs probably will plan this week against the Oakland Raiders. With big, talented back Larry Johnson, who has had so much success over the years against Oakland, facing a defense that has been one of the league’s worst teams at stopping the run, Raiders coach Lane Kiffin is prepared for a heavy dose of No. 27.
City runners advance to state
Free State girls, LHS boys qualify entire teams
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C5
Missed it by that much. Both Lawrence and Free State high schools came up just short of qualifying all their runners for next Saturday’s Class 6A state race at Rim Rock Farm.
Flags fly in Wildcats’ win
BU racks up more yards on penalties than on offense
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C3
On a night when Baker University alumnus and current Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was inducted into the Baker athletic hall of fame and honored at halftime, the Wildcats football team participated in a display more worthy of a Pee Wee league audience than an NFL coach.
Aggies hand Huskers third straight blowout
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C9
This was no way to impress the new boss. Days after Tom Osborne took charge of Nebraska football, coach Bill Callahan’s Cornhuskers were blown out for the third consecutive week, this time by Texas A&M.
Restoration of famed German library complete, 3 years after raging fire
October 21, 2007 in print edition on D11
The restoration of Germany’s famed Anna Amalia Library, a UNESCO World Heritage List site gutted by fire three years ago, has been completed, and the building will reopen next week, officials said Thursday.
Color yourself aware of breast cancer
October 21, 2007 in print edition on D7
Just when you think it has overstayed its welcome, pink sweeps back in for one more round on the fashion palette. The reason? It looks good on almost everyone, said Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone color consultant.
A wine with a naughty name has nice cause
October 21, 2007 in print edition on D6
A new line of wines saucily named Cleavage Creek and featuring models sporting discreet decolletage on the label has a surprising back story: The wines are part of fundraising campaign to fight breast cancer; the models are survivors of that disease.
Construction completion marks happy tidings for shelter’s residents
October 21, 2007 in print edition on D12
The problems sort of crept up on us, the way they do for any homeowner. After a certain number of years, you know that there’s a little rust along some of the edges, a few cracks in the floor, that odd dimple in the ceiling. Maybe you call the plumber a bit more frequently than you used to.
Lawrence Datebook
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B2
Events around Lawrence.
Seven-and-oh!
Jayhawks pass test from Buffs
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C1
With a short wave, a thumbs up and a quick smile, Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino gave the go-ahead to the 2,500 Jayhawk fans celebrating in the northwest corner of Folsom Field. Party on. There’s no mistaking it now. The Jayhawks’ 19-14 road victory over Colorado on Saturday affirmed that every one of the program’s haunting demons of the past has been exorcised.
Right decision
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B10
To the editor: Kudos to Secretary Bremby! As secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Rod Bremby is expected to make decisions that are in the best interest of the public health of the residents of Kansas.
Veterans parade calls for grand marshals
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
This year’s Ottawa Veterans Day Parade will start at 10:45 a.m. Nov. 10.
Project to refurbish old bricks under street
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
City officials at an upcoming meeting will present information about a project to rehabilitate old bricks along a portion of Ohio Street.
Artist gears up for whimsical bike show, ride
October 21, 2007 in print edition on D1
Eric Farnsworth is posing the question, but he doesn’t expect much actual debate. Are his creations bikes, or are they art? For years, Farnsworth has made functional creations out of scrap bicycles and other parts.
Fishing heats up in cooler weather
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C12
As autumn water temperatures drop into the upper 60s, sportfish such as white bass, crappie and walleye move from cool, deep water and become more active.
Offseason fees reasonable
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C12
Many people don’t think of the state parks once summer is over, but many others see them as great places to visit and enjoy the outdoors without the congestion often encountered during the peak use months.
New city park set to be dedicated Wednesday
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B4
Sesquicentennial Point - the new city park to commemorate the city’s 150th birthday - is set to be dedicated.
Lake leadership
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B10
To the editor: Rep. Tom Sloan should be thanked for his foresight and initiative in organizing the Kansas Reservoir Summit held in Lawrence on Wednesday. We need more leaders like Sloan who are wise enough and care enough about the long-term sustainability and viability of our state resources.
Rickover’s 1957 energy warning resonates today
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B11
This year marks the 50th anniversary of a number of important cultural markers: the launch of Sputnik; the publication of “The Cat in the Hat,” Dr. Seuss’ landmark children’s book; the introduction of the Edsel, a symbol of failure, soon after the Bel Air, which became an American icon; the school crisis in Little Rock, one of the biggest battles involving racial integration; and the release of the movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” which went on to win the Academy Award for best picture.
Tigers’ defense shackles Raiders
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C8
For a change, Chase Daniel was a member of the supporting cast for Missouri. The Tigers’ most well-rounded effort of the season made it possible.
Greensburg about to regain its green
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B6
For Jerrold Hoffman, seeing trees planted in the yards of tornado-ravaged Greensburg will be a dream finally coming true. Hoffman knows what it’s like to survive a killer tornado. The Udall resident recalls when a tornado leveled his town southeast of Wichita 52 years ago, killing 77 people and ripping away most of the trees.
Bird-watching Bush promotes conservation
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
President Bush spent a crisp fall Saturday gingerly balancing a tiny screech owl on a gloved hand at a wildlife refuge and casting for rockfish on the Chesapeake Bay.
Auto unions reject Chrysler agreement
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
Workers at three more United Auto Workers locals have rejected a tentative contract agreement between the union and Chrysler LLC, casting doubt on whether the deal will be ratified.
15 migrants killed, more missing in shipwreck
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
Authorities have recovered the bodies of 15 Central American migrants whose boat capsized in the Pacific Ocean, the Mexican navy said Saturday. The vessel was believed to be carrying more than 20 migrants.
Architect still busy at 100
October 21, 2007 in print edition on D9
Three women lie naked on a beach, their bodies a succession of curves and planes framed by foaming surf. The poster hangs over the desk of architect Oscar Niemeyer and is a tribute to his inspiration: the beauty of women and nature.
On the record
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B2
A 51-year-old Lyndon woman was injured Saturday afternoon when she lost control of her motorcycle on U.S. Highway 40, 5 miles west of Lawrence near Lecompton. Patrina Potter was westbound when she veered off a curved part of the road. She was transferred to Kansas University Hospital with minor injuries. Her condition was not available Saturday night.
Former POWs struggle with detainee debate
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
Marion Oltman spent the last eight months of World War II in a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp, and tears still fill his eyes when he recalls those desperate days.
Judge removes two slayings from trial
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B3
When the trial of a suspected serial killer gets under way in March, two of the originally charged slayings won’t be included in the case, a judge has ruled.
Best-Sellers
October 21, 2007 in print edition on D3
The best-selling books for this week.
Archery Park no longer permits archery
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
The city’s Archery Park may need a name change. How about No-Archery Park?
Horoscopes
October 21, 2007 in print edition on D9
Nothing is impossible this year. If you have a positive attitude, you will experience success in whichever realm of life you focus. Communication becomes instrumental. If you are single, you might choose to be with a laid-back person. If you are attached, eye changes in your home, or perhaps you will purchase a new home. AQUARIUS has a naughty streak!
Adoption barriers
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B10
To the editor: The adoption of our son was finalized Oct. 1, 2007. He was born in Oklahoma City and we’ve had him since he was six hours old. I loudly applaud the family adopting from Nepal. We did the same thing, created beautiful multicultural, multiracial families through adoption.
Officers infested with fleas from investigation
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A11
It wasn’t a fleeing suspect who attacked four police officers sent to investigate a burglary report at a garbage-filled vacant house - it was a swarm of fleas.
Man charged after car left in path of train
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B3
Johnson County authorities have arrested a man after a train demolished a car that was intentionally left on railroad tracks.
Investigation: About 80 Kansas teachers lost licenses in five years
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A1
Parents and teachers started complaining about the way Earnest Overton acted around female students years before he was convicted of raping one of them.
Conservative voters search for candidate to get behind
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A6
For the leaders of the religious right, the dilemma is obvious and troubling: how to deal with a Republican presidential front-runner when he’s not with you on your core issues and you haven’t agreed on an alternative.
Iranian nuclear envoy resigns, could signal hardening stance
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
Iran’s top nuclear negotiator resigned Saturday in a move seen as a victory for the hardline president that could push the country into an even more defiant position in its standoff with the West.
Vice president steps down amid reshuffling
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
China’s politically powerful vice president stepped down Sunday amid a reshuffling of the Communist Party leadership, removing from office a rival to President Hu Jintao.
50 Taliban killed in southern Afghan battles
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
U.S.-led coalition soldiers and Afghan forces killed about 50 militants in two days of major fighting near a Taliban-controlled town in southern Afghanistan’s poppy-growing belt, officials Saturday.
Think twice before quitting
Quick decision could backfire; take time to evaluate options
October 21, 2007 in print edition on E1
Sure, people get frustrated with their jobs. But when are those frustrations enough to make you leave the company? Before you make a hasty decision that could hurt your professional or personal life, you should be sure your reason for quitting is valid, according to human resources experts.
Dems enlist March of Dimes in child health bill push
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A4
Democrats invited the head of the March of Dimes to use the party’s Saturday radio address to express her organization’s support of legislation that would expand the children’s health program to 10 million people.
Identigen hiring to stay on growth track
Firm would more than double jobs locally for meat-tracing system
October 21, 2007 in print edition on E1
Identigen Ltd., an Ireland-based company with North American headquarters in Lawrence, is preparing to more than double its employment in town within the next 12 months, as it aims to land some of the biggest meat-production customers on the continent.
Myanmar lifts ban, curfew imposed after protests
White House calls move ‘cosmetic’
October 21, 2007
Myanmar lifted a curfew Saturday and ended a ban on assembly imposed during a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protests - the latest sign the military rulers are confident they have fully crushed the largest demonstrations in two decades.
Rowling outs character in ‘Harry Potter’ series
October 21, 2007 in print edition on D9
Harry Potter fans, the rumors are true: Albus Dumbledore, master wizard and Headmaster of Hogwarts, is gay.
Turkey expects U.S. steps against Kurds
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A9
Turkey expects the U.S. to act against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq but will take its own measures if it sees no results in the fight, the prime minister said.
2nd-grader suspended for drawing shooter
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
A second-grader’s drawing of a stick figure shooting a gun earned him a one-day school suspension.
Rice’s Israeli-Palestinian initiative is bold but belated
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B11
It’s one of the more remarkable turnarounds of the Bush team. After seven years of letting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process drift, President Bush has moved the advancement of a Palestinian state to the top of his to-do list.
2 women in charge a spaceflight first
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A4
A giant leap is about to be made for womankind. When space shuttle Discovery blasts off Tuesday, a woman will be sitting in the commander’s seat. And up at the international space station, a female skipper will be waiting to greet her.
Thailand capital faces submersion by rising water level
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A8
At Bangkok’s watery gates, Buddhist monks cling to a shrinking spit of land around their temple as they wage war against the relentlessly rising sea. During the monsoons at high tide, waves hurdle the breakwater of concrete pillars and the inner rock wall around the temple on a promontory in the Gulf of Thailand.
Court of Appeals accepts, rejects parts of towing suit
Transmasters’ attorney plans to go to Supreme Court
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B12
The Kansas Court of Appeals has accepted and rejected parts of a Douglas County judge’s rulings in a consumer protection lawsuit filed against a Lawrence-based towing company. The appeals court ruled that Judge Paula Martin was correct in deciding that the Kansas Attorney General’s Office’s claims against TransMasters towing were preempted by a federal law that states a state can’t control towing prices.
Cherokee County prosecutor, facing federal charges, resigns
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B7
Cherokee County Attorney Michael Goodrich, facing federal charges of extortion, has resigned, effective Dec. 1, the Kansas Attorney General’s office said Friday.
Ga. governor declares drought emergency
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
With water supplies rapidly shrinking during a drought of historic proportions, Gov. Sonny Perdue declared a state of emergency Saturday for the northern third of Georgia and asked President Bush to declare it a major disaster area.
Diary of a Thumb
October 21, 2007 in print edition on D3
Poet’s Showcase: ‘Diary of a Thumb’ by Lee Carlson.
Lawrence school administrators: Teachers’ future behavior can’t be screened
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A10
Common sense. Lawrence administrators say those two words could save a lot of trouble for teachers who end up in the public eye because of an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student.
University uses roaches to entice students
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
Thinking about the University of California, Riverside for college? Then come pet our cockroaches! UC Riverside is using a cockroach petting zoo to attract students and parents to an upcoming recruitment fair.
Bikes and boomers
Increase in older motorcyclists, related fatalities a troubling trend
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A1
The trend of baby boomers turning to the freedom of motorcycles hit the mainstream last spring with the movie “Wild Hogs.” The story of a group of middle-aged men venturing out on a Harley-induced road trip and the antics that followed was a box office success. Shortly after the movie’s arrival, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, a national nonprofit based out of Irvine, Calif., issued a release of their own.
Bobby Jindal wins governor’s race
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal won the Louisiana governor’s race Saturday, becoming the nation’s youngest governor and the first non-white to hold the state’s post since Reconstruction.
Top 25 roundup: Vandy spurns Spurrier for first time
Commodores topple No. 6 Gamecocks
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C10
Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson had no doubt how his Commodores would react, even if many others did, following last week’s disheartening loss to Georgia. “It made us a little angry,” he said.
NAACP banquet focuses on youths
Speaker encourages prioritizing, education
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
Judge Joseph D. Johnson, of the Third Judicial District Court, knows first hand of the “misplaced priorities” he said should be of concern to the nation. He sees them daily in the courtroom. As the keynote speaker for the Lawrence-Douglas County NAACP Branch Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday night, which focused on youths, he shared some statistics about young black men, including unemployment rates of those in their 20s.
Struggling Matsuzaka carries Boston’s hopes
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C4
Dice-K never pitched in a game THIS big. The $103 million pitcher takes the mound for Boston tonight in Game 7 against Cleveland and Jake Westbrook, with the Red Sox trying to cap their comeback from a 3-1 deficit in the AL championship series.
CU resorts to trickery
Fake fumble led to TD
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C6
The Kansas University football defense was so stingy again that it took a little trickery for Colorado University’s offense to find the end zone for the first time with 9:50 left in the third quarter of Saturday’s game at Folsom Field.
Series forecast in Denver? Who knows?
Colorado players aren’t concerned with unpredictable weather; they’re used to it
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C4
Meteorologist Bernie Meier has studied the computer weather models for the World Series games in Denver next weekend and has come up with two possibilities - the weather either will be nice or not so nice.
Pump patrol
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.69 at Phillips 66, Sixth and Michigan streets.
Phantom ringing causes ‘fauxcellarm’
October 21, 2007 in print edition on D1
I’ve been hearing a lot of bells lately. I’m not talking about the bells that peal in your head when you kiss your sweetheart for the first time. Nor am I referring to doorbells, church bells, sleigh bells, “ring for service” dingy bells or that groovy cowbell from Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper.” The bells I’ve been hearing are those of my cell phone : even when it’s NOT RINGING.
De Soto, Baldwin finish 1-2 at Ottawa
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C5
De Soto and Baldwin took the top two places in boys and girls cross country Saturday in a Class 4A regional.
Robert B. Parker returns to form with new Spenser adventure
October 21, 2007 in print edition on D3
If Spenser withholds evidence from the FBI, an agent warns him, he will face “the full force” of the United States government. To this, the Boston private eye says, “Eeek.”
Knight saw scandal brewing 8 years ago
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C5
In January of 1999, Bob Knight, then the basketball coach at Indiana, drew the ire of college basketball officials because of what he said to ESPN analyst Digger Phelps in a television interview. “I mean, if we only knew the truth about games that were controlled by officials having gambling interests, I think it would be amazing,” Knight said to Phelps.
High school mischief: Even today, we’ve got our secrets
October 21, 2007 in print edition on D5
At a recent gathering of high school classmates concluding a series of weekend activities, several friends and I played a tamer version of Madonna’s truth or dare. Much, much tamer. The raciest question was, “Who was your first kiss?”
Sebelius’ position on plants changed
Republicans say switch was political
October 21, 2007 in print edition on A1
Republicans say Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, flip-flopped on the western Kansas coal-fired plants for political purposes. Citing concerns about climate change caused by greenhouse gases, the Sebelius administration last week denied the permits for Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build two 700-megawatt plants near Holcomb.
Red Sox take Indians to the limit
Drew’s first-inning grand slam puts Boston on road to 12-2 victory
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C4
From the brink of elimination and the depths of a yearlong slump, J.D. Drew helped the Boston Red Sox force a Game 7. The struggling Red Sox right fielder hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, and, behind yet another postseason gem from Curt Schilling, Boston battered the Cleveland Indians, 12-2, Saturday night to tie the AL championship series at three games apiece.
Commentary: Yankees will regret Torre’s departure
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C2
Joe Torre walked when the Boss told him to run, which explains why the most successful Broadway couple this side of “The Producers” is officially kaput. Blame whomever you want. It’s hard to say who underestimated whom.
Fall warmth graces celebration
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
The maple trees may not have changed colors in time for the city’s annual Maple Leaf Festival, but that didn’t stop the annual event from flourishing. The warm weather that prevented an earlier change in leaf color was still welcomed by thousands of people who packed downtown Baldwin City on Saturday. It was also a welcome change to last year’s rainy and cold conditions.
Keegan: Can it, Corso: Kansas for real
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C1
Hello, Lee Corso. This is the present speaking. Please tune in and stop worrying about statistical data from bygone years that supports your contention that this Kansas University football team is a fraud.
Bankruptcies
October 21, 2007 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection for the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B10
Kansas University was reprimanded by the Big Eight Conference for a recruiting violation by a member of the football staff of coach Pepper Rodgers.
Middle passage
The Slave Ship’ explores brutal history of transport vessels, human cargo and crew
October 21, 2007 in print edition on D3
Over more than three centuries, more than 12 million Africans were loaded on ships, bound for the Americas to be slaves. Aboard the slaver, or Guinea ship, as the vessels were also known, the kidnapped Africans frequently had to travel in living quarters as cramped as coffins, and suffered savage beatings, outright torture and death to quell uprisings and forced dancing to keep them fit.
Primary instincts
Former teacher’s work featured in Lawrence ArtWalk
October 21, 2007 in print edition on D1
When you’re an art teacher in public schools, you have to learn a little about a lot of different types of art. One day, you might be teaching ceramics. The next, drawing. Then, photography. “Art teachers do everything,” says Lauretta Hendricks Backus. She should know. She worked for Lawrence Public Schools for 18 years at various schools, with various age groups.
Firebirds eliminate Lions, fall in final
Free State atones for 2006 loss to LHS, but can’t get past Olathe South
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C5
It was guaranteed that only one of the city volleyball squads would have a chance to move on to the Class 6A state tournament. For the second straight year Free State and Lawrence High faced each other in the first round of sub-state Saturday at Olathe South.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B10
From the Lawrence Daily World for Oct. 21, 1907: “The first call for converts was made last night at the Biederwolf revival meeting and tonight is Farmer Night to highlight the contributions of our rural citizens.
Jayhawks swept by top-ranked Huskers
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C3
No. 1-ranked Nebraska swept Kansas University’s volleyball team, 30-16, 30-25, 30-26, on Saturday at Devaney Center.
Popular sugar bowls made of colored blown glass
October 21, 2007 in print edition on D4
In the days before sweeteners like Equal, Splenda and Sweet’N Low, cooks used sugar chipped from a block. Sugar was an expensive delicacy in past centuries, and rural cooks used honey, molasses and grape juice as sweeteners. The well-to-do in areas where sugar beets or sugar cane grew or those near seaports could get refined sugar in large blocks.
Catholic school feels heat for ‘English only’ policy
October 21, 2007 in print edition on B8
Officials at St. Anne Catholic School here have gotten mixed reactions to their decision to require students to speak only in English while at school. The Catholic Diocese of Wichita says the school enacted the policy to deal with Spanish-speaking students who were using their native language to bully other children or insult teachers and administrators without their knowledge.
Firm has five among the ‘Best Lawyers’
October 21, 2007 in print edition on E1
Stevens & Brand in Lawrence announces that five of its attorneys have been selected for repeat inclusion in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in America: Peter K. Curran, Webster L. Golden, Evan H. Ice, Sherri L. Loveland and Molly M. Wood.
Kansas football notebook
October 21, 2007 in print edition on C7
This week, Kansas University punter Kyle Tucker claimed he had fixed what caused him to struggle in the Jayhawks’ first six games. And he proved Saturday it wasn’t just hot air.