Archive for Thursday, October 25, 2007

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Births
Chats
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
What's making these people so stressed! Lawrence Humane Society Small wonder: Molly Mulloy's garden
Podcasts
Polls
Are you prepared for disaster?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
70%
Yes
 
29%
Total 168
If you were in a marching band, what instrument would you play?

Poll results

Response Percent
flute
 
26%
saxophone
 
26%
I wouldn’t be caught dead in a marching band uniform
 
15%
tuba
 
10%
trumpet
 
10%
drums
 
5%
trombone
 
5%
Total 19
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
22-year-old KU student Matthew Jaeger walked out of the jail shortly after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday after posting an $850,000 bond. He is charged with attacking a woman and dragging her from her apartment. Suspect in attack released on bond
October 25, 2007 in print edition on 1A
A Kansas University student charged with kidnapping and brutally attacking his ex-girlfriend walked out of the Douglas County Jail on Wednesday, but Matthew Jaeger is far from a free man.
9:00 a.m.
A firefighter runs for his safety as fire shoots up unexpectedly Wednesday on East Grade Road in Palomar Mountain, Calif. The firefighters escaped unharmed. More than half a million people in Southern California have been evacuated since wildfires began early Sunday. Local Red Cross stresses importance of being prepared
October 25, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Meghan Proehl is following the California wildfires with more interest than the average Kansan. Her parents were evacuated early Monday morning, just before the fire moved to the fence surrounding their home in Rancho Bernardo, Calif. Fortunately, the Kansas University sophomore’s home is still standing, but several of her friends were not so lucky.
1:29 p.m.
Kansas University kicker Scott Webb (39) connects on one of the four field goals he kicked against Kansas State last season. Webb counts that game as one of his highlights last season. Senior kicker in the zone
October 25, 2007 in print edition on 1B
What’s crazier? The fact that Kansas University football kicker Scott Webb stutter-stepped and still managed to drill a 48-yard field goal, or the fact that he tries dozens of those kicks in practice every day?
4:00 p.m.
Kittens Rowdy, bottom, and Breeze, top, look out from their cage at the Lawrence Humane Society. Animal shelter expansion enhances creature comforts
October 25, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Three tiny white kittens with speckles of color played in a cage Wednesday morning at the Lawrence Humane Society while two older red-striped kittens, Rowdy and Breeze, rested in another cage.
10:00 p.m.
Deciphera Pharmaceuticals - a promising startup company that could launch Lawrence onto the bioscience industry's big stage - has nixed plans to expand at the East Hills Business Park, shown here in this file photo, following community outcry over how the city approved a package of economic development incentives for the startup company. Deciphera deal eluded public scrutiny
October 25, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Call it a de facto tax abatement. Deciphera Pharmaceuticals - a promising startup company that could launch Lawrence onto the bioscience industry’s big stage - will receive a property tax break for the next 10 years on a building it is purchasing at the East Hills Business Park. But unlike other Lawrence companies that have gone through an oftentimes contentious process to receive a tax abatement, Deciphera went through none of the normal review processes.

All stories

6Sports video: Free State soccer team falls in OT shootout
October 25, 2007
In a game that went into double-overtime, and then into a shootout, the Free State Firebirds were defeated by the Olathe NW Ravens, 2-1.
6News video: Mice invade Broken Arrow Elementary
October 25, 2007
Some classrooms at Broken Arrow Elementary have pets, but there’s one new mammal in the school that won’t be a class mascot anytime soon. Mice.
6News video: More robberies hit local convenience stores
October 25, 2007
Lawrence police are investigating armed robberies at two Lawrence convenience stores. Police say this incident appears to be related to the two armed robberies that occurred on October 15.
6News video: Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commissioners endorse proposed business park
October 25, 2007
Plans for a new business park are ready to take off near Lawrence Municipal Airport.
6News video: ‘Red Ribbon Week’ hits local elementary schools with a message
October 25, 2007
It’s ‘Red Ribbon Week’ and Lawrence elementary schools are doing their part to teach kids to just say no.
6News video: Dozens of zombies invade downtown Lawrence!
October 25, 2007
The first ever ‘Zombie Walk’ hit the streets of downtown Lawrence Thursday night.
6Sports video: Piper Pirates roll over Bobcats
October 25, 2007
The Piper Pirates had little problem defeating the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats. The final score was 34-14.
6News video: Are you stressed out? If so - you aren’t alone!
October 25, 2007
A new poll shows that stress is on the rise for Americans. 6News reporter Crispin Lopez finds out what causes stress for people here in Lawrence.
6Sports video: Eudora falls for the first time this season
October 25, 2007
For the first time this season, the Eudora High football team felt defeat. In a match that came down to the wire, the Baldwin Bulldogs defeated the Cardinals by a final score of 20-19.
6News video: Lawrence Humane Society has lots to celebrate
October 25, 2007
The Lawrence Humane Society recently completed a 5,000 foot renovation project, and in a ceremony this evening, the shelter dedicated its’ stray intake facility to a former employee and fellow animal-lover.
6News video: City Commissioners try to explain unusual property tax break
October 25, 2007
City Commissioners are left trying to explain an unusual, behind-closed-doors deal to grant a property tax break for Deciphera Pharmaceuticals.
6News video: Lawrence-based company ‘heats up’ annual charity drive
October 25, 2007
This is the 21st year for Scotch Fabrics ‘Share the Warmth’ campaign. In the past two decades, the company has collected and cleaned more than 163,000 coats for those in need.
6Sports video: Scholar Athlete of the Month announced
October 25, 2007
The final Thursday of October is upon us, which means its once again time to reveal another ‘HyVee High School Scholar Athlete of the Month.’
6News video: Restraining order granted in Jaeger case
October 25, 2007
More than two weeks after the brutal attack of a 22-year-old Lawrence woman, a Douglas County judge grants a restraining order in the case.
6News video: West Lawrence’s newest park is up and running
October 25, 2007
On Friday, city officials will unveil DeVictor Park near George Williams Way and Harvard Road.
Deciphera deal eluded public scrutiny
City Commission discussed tax break in executive session
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A1
Call it a de facto tax abatement. Deciphera Pharmaceuticals - a promising startup company that could launch Lawrence onto the bioscience industry’s big stage - will receive a property tax break for the next 10 years on a building it is purchasing at the East Hills Business Park. But unlike other Lawrence companies that have gone through an oftentimes contentious process to receive a tax abatement, Deciphera went through none of the normal review processes.
6News Now: Humane shelter rededication lets public see potential pets
October 25, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, people and potential pets will welcome the public for an Open House at the Lawrence Humane Society, and construction at Broken Arrow and South Junior High has led to furry invaders.
KUMC prof wants photo taken off anti-coal ads
October 25, 2007
Dr. Steven Simpson, an associate professor in the pulmonary and critical care medicine department, said when he agreed to allow his image to be used he didn’t know that the ad was financed by a natural gas company.
Police investigating possible aggravated battery
October 25, 2007
Lawrence police are investigating a possible aggravated battery that occurred early Thursday morning in an apartment complex in central Lawrence.
Quinn nets elite honor
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kansas goalkeeper Colleen Quinn has been named to the Elite Team of the Week by Soccer Buzz. The Fort Collins, Colo., senior was tapped the Big 12’s Defensive Player of the Week.
Lawrence Datebook
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence.
Suspect in attack released on bond
KU student must wear GPS device
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A1
A Kansas University student charged with kidnapping and brutally attacking his ex-girlfriend walked out of the Douglas County Jail on Wednesday, but Matthew Jaeger is far from a free man.
Suspected people smugglers arrested
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A12
Police across Europe and in New York arrested 20 people suspected of smuggling young girls out of Nigeria and forcing them to work as prostitutes after intimidating them in voodoo rituals, Dutch prosecutors said Wednesday.
Testing could stop staph’s spread
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A8
Testing all new hospital patients for a dangerous staph “superbug” could help wipe out a germ that likely kills more Americans than AIDS, consumer advocates say and early evidence suggests.
Artists sought for courthouse shows
October 25, 2007 in print edition on C2
Twelve exhibitions are being sought for the 2008 Local Artist Series.
Bush daughter knows best
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A11
Last week President Bush named yet another person to oversee the federally funded family planning program who doesn’t seem especially keen on federally funded family planning. He might have done better to pick his daughter Jenna.
Stigma, culture hinder treatment in Persian Gulf
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A12
One Saudi woman ignored the cancer growing in her breast for fear of seeing a male doctor. Another was summarily divorced on the mere suspicion she had the disease, while a third was dragged away from a mammogram machine - the technicians were men.
Tiller asks court to block grand jury
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
One of the nation’s few late-term abortion providers is asking Kansas’ highest court to block a grand jury investigation of him and his Wichita clinic that was initiated by anti-abortion groups.
Flu vaccine nasal spray recommended for kids
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
Children as young as 2 can be given a nasal spray flu vaccine, a federal advisory panel said Wednesday. Government advice now recommends only traditional shots for children younger than 5. But recent studies have shown the vaccine FluMist, made by Maryland-based MedImmune Inc., to be safe and effective in children as young as 2.
People in the news
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B10
¢ Chan records Olympics countdown song¢ Sean Combs to head up premium vodka line¢ Foxy Brown placed in punitive segregation¢ TV series cancelation disappoints couple¢ Robert Goulet in need of lung transplant
Moore, Boyda question benefits of Social Security plan
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
Faced with the worst backlog of disability claims in the country, Kansas congressional leaders are saying thanks, but no thanks to a Social Security Administration pilot program.
Microsoft invests $240M in Facebook
Social networking Web site valued at $15B after Google offer rejected
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B11
Rapidly rising Internet star Facebook Inc. has sold a 1.6 percent stake to Microsoft Corp. for $240 million, spurning a competing offer from online search leader Google Inc.
Airport business park plan advances
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A1
A plan for a new business park near the Lawrence Municipal Airport kept its head above water Wednesday, winning a key vote from the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.
Four suspects arrested in bank robbery
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
Police in Greece have arrested four suspects who stole $4 million in the country’s biggest-ever bank heist, local media said Wednesday.
Israel to cut off electricity to Gaza to deter rocket fire
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A9
Israel unveiled a new tactic Wednesday aimed at deterring Palestinians from firing rockets out of the Gaza Strip - it will cut off Gaza’s electricity bit by bit as a pressure tactic every time rockets hit Israeli territory.
Spending limits invade campus campaign
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A10
The speech policeman’s lot is not a happy one, as the University of Montana at Missoula is learning. Herewith a tale about the mess that institution has made by regulating political speech.
Sox rout well rested Rockies
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
Josh Beckett, Dustin Pedroia and the Boston Red Sox were revved up and ready. Not so the Colorado Rockies, who showed up in Beantown looking rusty, not rested.
Senior kicker in the zone
Webb eyeing KU scoring record
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
What’s crazier? The fact that Kansas University football kicker Scott Webb stutter-stepped and still managed to drill a 48-yard field goal, or the fact that he tries dozens of those kicks in practice every day?
Winter tree preparation: It should all be so easy
October 25, 2007 in print edition on C2
Getting trees and shrubs ready for winter is a pleasant autumn activity. Here’s what you do: Move a chair to a sunny spot, get a cup of tea, then sit down and relax. Getting trees and shrubs ready for winter mostly involves doing nothing.
Years go by, and ‘Scrubs’ endures
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B10
Several weeks into the new season, NBC finally puts its Thursday-night lineup in order with the season premiere of “Scrubs” (8:30 p.m., NBC). The return of this past-its-prime comedy may not be a reason for celebration, but its inclusion in the schedule allows “The Office” to return to a half-hour format after three “supersized” one-hour episodes that did not reflect “The Office” at its best.
Horoscopes
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B10
This year you’ll discover just how much you have to offer. Let others come forward more often and ask for what they want. You might not be in sync with their desires, but they might have great ideas.
Small wonder
Local gardener gets big results in little space
October 25, 2007 in print edition on C2
Molly Mulloy can empathize with gardeners who have a petite space, but she’ll also be the first to espouse all the wonderful aspects that a limited garden has to offer.
Local Red Cross stresses importance of being prepared
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A1
Meghan Proehl is following the California wildfires with more interest than the average Kansan. Her parents were evacuated early Monday morning, just before the fire moved to the fence surrounding their home in Rancho Bernardo, Calif. Fortunately, the Kansas University sophomore’s home is still standing, but several of her friends were not so lucky.
Chessboard killer’ convicted of 48 murders
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A9
A man who once boasted he wanted to kill one victim for each of the 64 squares on a chessboard was found guilty of 48 murders Wednesday, a bloody spree that terrorized the Russian capital.
Revised charges filed against O.J. Simpson
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A9
New charges of felony coercion were filed Wednesday against O.J. Simpson and three co-defendants in the alleged armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A10
Kansas University Chancellor Gene Budig received a letter of apology from Kansas State president Jon Wefald for the recent behavior of some KSU fans toward KU band members following the KU-KSU football game in Manhattan. KSU won 36-7, and KU band members had been jostled and pelted with debris in the aftermath.
Chalmers, Rush land on Wooden list
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kansas University juniors Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush are two of 50 candidates for the 2007-08 John R. Wooden Award, which is presented annually to the top basketball player in the country.
Schilling brings experience; Jimenez brings heat
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B4
Curt Schilling brings a wealth of postseason experience into Game 2 of the World Series tonight. Ubaldo Jimenez? He totes a ton of playoff exuberance - along with a million-dollar smile and a 100 mph fastball.
Hamas to build film studio in Gaza
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
Palestinian authorities plan to build a film studio in Gaza to shoot propaganda films, the head of the Hamas-run television channel, Al-Aqsa, said Wednesday.
Chargers await word on game site
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B6
The San Diego Chargers, some of them forced from their homes by the threat of wildfires, worked out at the Arizona Cardinals’ training facility Wednesday and awaited word on where and when their next game will be played.
Commodities
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B11
Agriculture futures slid Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for December delivery dropped the 30-cent limit allowed by the CBOT to $8.11; December corn fell 4.5 cents to $3.565; December oats shed 3.75 cents to $2.745; January soybeans fell 5.5 cents to $9.9375.
Underdog status motivates Bowyer
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B7
You almost hate to mention Clint Bowyer’s name. It might blow his cover. Come on, you know as well as I do the driver of the No. 07 Chevrolets has to be in the witness protection program or something. How else could he maintain his anonymity despite being third in the standings halfway through the Chase for the Nextel Cup?
Authorities seek monkey catchers
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
Municipal authorities in the Indian capital, who have failed to tackle the city’s monkey menace, are advertising the post of monkey catchers, the Pioneer newspaper said Wednesday.
Visitors Bureau site, director earn honors
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B11
Staffers from the Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau attended the Kansas Tourism Conference, presented by the Travel Industry Association of Kansas and the Kansas Department of Commerce’s Travel & Tourism Division. The conference was Sept. 29 to Oct. 2 in Topeka.
Bush continues hard line against Castro
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
In an emotional speech before a group that included the relatives of Cuban political prisoners, President Bush made clear Wednesday that confrontational U.S. policy toward Havana will last through the end of his time in office.
Rabbit’ creators to appear at library
October 25, 2007 in print edition on C2
Author Deborah Duvall and illustrator Murv Jacobs will be at the Lawrence Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 3 to talk about and sign copies of their new book, “Rabbit Goes to Kansas.”
Our town sports
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B3
Bryant Joins SSG Board: Rick Bryant of Lawrence has been appointed to the board of directors of the Topeka-based Sunflower State Games. Bryant is the communications and marketing officer for the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment.
No violence is good news
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A11
Last week, ABC’s Charles Gibson introduced a segment about Iraq on “World News Tonight” with this curious remark: “The news is (pause for effect) that there is no news. The police told us today that, to their knowledge, there were no major acts of violence. Attacks are down in Baghdad and today no bombings or roadside explosions were reported.”
Yaz says Series seeds planted in 1967
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B4
Boston’s return to the World Series for the second time in four seasons had its seeds in the team’s 1967 AL pennant. So says Yaz.
Jets plan to start Pennington
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B6
With the game already decided, Chad Pennington marched the New York Jets down the field for a touchdown and then a two-point conversion. The plays, which appeared meaningless at the time, allowed the Jets to end another loss on a positive note Sunday.
Manning, Brady chase unusual record
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B6
Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have been rivals on the field for years. Now the two Super Bowl MVPs could be taking their competition into the NFL record book.
Unfair penalty
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Every year it becomes more and more obvious that the death penalty is unjust and unfair. The taking of a person’s life for the sin of murder is most often an act of vengeance rather than justice.
On the record
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A4
A 19-year-old woman from Overland Park reported a theft from a vehicle to Lawrence police on Monday. She reported $100 in vehicle damage to a Dodge Stratus and a stolen Dell computer valued at $1,000. The incident occurred between 12:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday from the 1800 block of West 27th Street.
Random kindness
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Over the weekend I had a very pleasant experience. I stopped at Hy-Vee on Sixth Street to buy gas. When I went inside to pay for the gas, something very pleasant happened. The clerk, a young girl asked for the pump number and I started to pay for the gas. She informed me that the gas had been paid for.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A10
From the Lawrence Daily World for Oct. 25, 1907: “What would you do if you were Swarthmore College and were offered $3 million to give up football? That is a good deal more than the receipts from a Kansas-Missouri football game, and you can be sure either school would be considering such an offer.”
Layoff hurt Rockies
Helton admits, ‘We were a little rusty’
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B4
Will anyone remember that the Colorado Rockies got here by winning 21 of 22? That fabulous streak skidded to a halt Wednesday night in Colorado’s 13-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox, who piled on more runs than any team in a World Series opener.
Iowa regatta called off
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B3
The Head of the Iowa Regatta, slated for Sunday, has been canceled because of high water. KU’s rowing team will compete at the Head of the Chattahoochee on Nov. 3-4.
Bush signs declaration to help property owners
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A1
President Bush promised Wednesday that Washington “will do everything it can” to help Southern Californians fearing the worst from wildfires blazing through canyons and neighborhoods for a fourth straight day.
Garden group seeks new sprouts
October 25, 2007 in print edition on C2
If you have interests in gardening and volunteering, there is one organization for you: Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners. There are 20 positions open now to become a Master Gardener in 2008.
Man finds 3.9-carat diamond at park
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A7
A man visiting a diamond park with his fiancee found a 3.92-carat white stone, but it’s not going to go onto the finger of his betrothed.
China: Missile shield threatens global stability
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
The placement of U.S. missile defenses in Europe will not ease global security concerns but will undermine the global strategic balance, the Chinese foreign minister said Wednesday.
Tennis juniors hope practice pays in K.C.
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B7
After the Lawrence Tennis Association’s summer junior league wrapped up, many of the players and instructors faced a bit of a problem: There was nothing to do.
Professional manner
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A10
The unprofessional handling of an item on Tuesday’s agenda reflects poorly on the Lawrence City Commission. Thanks and congratulations to Lawrence City Commissioner Boog Highberger for speaking up on the importance of the commission and its members acting and conducting the business of the city in a professional manner.
KU student to show Greensburg movie
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
A Kansas University sophomore will show his documentary of the Greensburg tornado disaster Friday.
KU CC runners lauded
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B3
Twelve Kansas University cross country runners have been named Academic All-Big 12.
After 27 years, couple get wedding photos
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A7
Karen and Mark Cline were teenagers when they got married and didn’t have $150 to pay a photographer for their wedding photos. But now the Mansfield couple have the pictures, just in time for their 27th anniversary today.
KU theater sponsors writing competition
October 25, 2007 in print edition on C2
To help promote its upcoming double-bill of original student one-act plays, both of which deal with young people in search of sex and romance, English Alternative Theatre is sponsoring a writing competition open to all Lawrence residents, including KU students, faculty and staff, on the subject of “How My Parents Met.”
Man held in $1 million theft of Goya painting
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A7
Susan Tranquada said she wasn’t impressed when her boyfriend showed her an old painting last year that he said he’d found in the basement.
NFL adds $10 million for retired players
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B6
The NFL added $10 million to its medical fund for retired players Wednesday, designating the money for joint-replacement surgery, cardiovascular screening and assisted living.
Garden City ordinance targets unlicensed, uninsured drivers
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B12
Newly revised traffic laws in Garden City that impose mandatory jail sentences for drivers repeatedly caught without a license or insurance have spawned fears among some Hispanics in the western Kansas town.
Opposites attack
Sibling linebackers anchor stingy defense
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
One is a 5-foot-10, 220-pound senior, a rock of a player who looks every bit like Johnny Linebacker from one of those classic Hollywood football movies. The other is a 5-9, 170-pound junior, a student of the game, far less boisterous than his older brother on the opposite side of the field.
These conversations were surreal”
October 25, 2007
I’m from San Diego County, a seaside town called Carlsbad. It’s a beautiful area and basically the quintessential San Diego County town. Four years ago, when the Cedar Creek fires broke out, school was canceled for a week due to the smoke in the air.
Contrasting responses
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A10
The way California has faced its wildfire challenge stands in stark contrast to the response in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Reporters who covered both the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans and the current wildfires in California say there is no comparison between the manner and effectiveness of those supervising and organizing relief efforts in the two catastrophes.
Mayor tackles would-be burglar, applies headlock
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
It’s not a good idea to mess with the mayor, even if he isn’t very big. Mayor Matthew Godfrey and his wife were awakened early Wednesday when somebody tried to break into their house through a side and then a rear door. Godfrey jumped out of bed, checked on his children and went outside.
Langford cut by Spurs
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B2
Former Kansas University guard Keith Langford was cut by the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. Former Duke player Kris Lang was also cut as the Spurs sliced their roster to 16.
IMF, World Bank reforms on agenda
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B11
The Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy will conduct a symposium Friday morning regarding the future of governing laws and practices of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and Regional Development Banks.
Parks and Rec sponsors two Halloween parties
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A5
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department has planned two children’s Halloween activities on Saturday. The Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive, is hosting a Spook ‘n’ Splash party for children ages 3 to 12.
Don’t get hooked by scams
Credit repair offers can be too good to be true
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B11
Every day, consumers pay untold sums to companies that promise a quick credit fix. Most of the time, that money is wasted. I understand why these offers might seem so enticing. Good credit can get you much better rates for a car or home loan. A bad credit history can leave you stuck with loans carrying high interest rates and other onerous terms. In some cases, bad credit can even cost you a job.
Four shot at football game at middle school
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A7
Gunfire erupted during halftime at a middle school football game Wednesday afternoon in Saginaw, wounding two adults and two teenagers, police said.
Funeral picket trial continues
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A5
The father of a Marine killed in Iraq took the stand Wednesday in his invasion of privacy suit against a fundamentalist church that pickets soldiers’ funerals, saying protesters carrying signs at his son’s burial made him sick to his stomach.
Hall of Fame honors Buck O’Neil
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B2
Buck O’Neil got his spot in the Hall of Fame with a Lifetime Achievement Award created in his memory.
Leftwich has surgery
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B6
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Byron Leftwich underwent surgery on his right ankle Wednesday and will be out three to four weeks, giving Joey Harrington another chance as starter.
Keegan: Wissel underdog as always
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
Cross country markets itself as a team sport, but the only way for a spectator to make it interesting is to view it as an individual competition.
Blacksmith part of Gallery Walk
October 25, 2007 in print edition on C2
Lawrence blacksmith Walt Hull opened Walt Hull Iron Works in 1989 after picking up his trade from veteran blacksmiths here and abroad. Two hundred years ago, folks would have called him the “village smith.” He might have made shoes for their horses and barrels for their guns. But these days the master blacksmith spends most of his time crafting ornate railings, benches, chandeliers and sculptures.
Cops cleared in ‘Don’t Tase me, Bro’ case
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A7
Andrew Meyer, the University of Florida student who was Tasered by campus police in September, may have staged the disturbance in an effort to disrupt a political forum at the Gainesville campus, a state police report concludes.
Property-check requests taken online
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
Asking Lawrence police to check your property while you are out of town just got easier.
Pilot Club sale set for weekend
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A5
The Pilot Club’s Antique Show and Sale is set for Friday through Sunday at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 21st and Harper streets. The show will feature antiques and collectibles from more than 25 dealers, along with homemade food.
Pump patrol
October 25, 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.
Run, walk to benefit rural fire department
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A5
The Clinton Township Fire Department’s 5K run and 1 mile “fun walk” benefit is Saturday.
Rice describes narrow window of opportunity in Mideast
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A9
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday that a “two-state solution” in the Middle East was in jeopardy and described a narrow window of opportunity to push Israel and the Palestinians toward peace.
Art exhibit opening at Baker University
October 25, 2007 in print edition on C2
An art exhibit, “Celebrating Our Generous Friends,” will open with a reception at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Holt-Russell Gallery on the Baker University campus.
County approves pharmaceutical deal
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A5
The Douglas County Commission fell in line with the city of Lawrence on Wednesday and approved final agreements designed to keep a pharmaceutical company in Lawrence. Commissioners are hoping their action will help Deciphera Pharmaceuticals grow as it moves into a 68,000-square-foot building in the East Hills Business Park.
Use the wind
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Kansas is known for wind power as in the Wizard of Oz. So why aren’t we harvesting it as they do in the Lamar, Colo., Green Power Project? More than 25 percent of the energy to this area in Lamar is supplied by the windmills. We know because we visited Lamar this summer.
Official resigns over Blackwater incident
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
There was no hint of it in the bland resignation letter, but it was Blackwater USA that did in the State Department’s security chief.
Yankees interview Pena
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B2
The New York Yankees could hire a new manager by the end of this week.
KU center offers ‘The Right Start’
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B11
The Kansas University Small Business Development Center will present a lunchtime edition of “The Right Start,” part of an ongoing seminar series for startups, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at the center, 734 Vt., suite 104.
Death toll in Gulf oil rig accident rises
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
At least 18 oil workers were killed when a drilling rig hit an oil platform in stormy weather, spilling gas and oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the state-owned oil company said Wednesday. Seven workers were still missing.
Winds let up, giving fire crews chance to fight wildfires back
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
A merciful easing of the winds fueling Southern California’s sprawling wildfires finally gave fire crews a chance to fight back against some blazes Wednesday, and weary residents could take solace in an overriding sign of hope: Just one person has died from the flames.
Officials: Ambulance was lost
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B2
The ambulance crew who picked up a dying runner during the Chicago Marathon apparently got lost on the way to a hospital, authorities said.
Marching bands to toot horns at festival
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
Marching bands will fill Memorial Stadium on Saturday for the 16th annual Heart of America Marching Festival. The Kansas University Marching Jayhawks and 19 high school bands from Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma will perform, beginning at 3:15 p.m.
T’wolves trade for Simien
Miami parts with ex-Kansas standout
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B2
Wayne Simien’s time with the Miami Heat is over. The Heat traded three-time All-Star forward Antoine Walker and former Kansas University standout Simien to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday in a five-player deal that came one day after Miami completed a winless preseason.
Focused on the future
Truex anticipates new role next year
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B7
It would be easy for Martin Truex Jr. to think about what might have been or what could have been. He prefers, however, to think about what is.
Longtime professor at KU dies at 74
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A4
A longtime Kansas University teacher died of a heart attack Tuesday while picking up his copy of the New York Times at the Community Mercantile.
Kurdish official denies presence of rebel bases
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A9
Turkish warplanes bombed targets in northern Iraq on Wednesday as tensions remain high between the two countries over Turkey’s allegations that Kurdish rebels have taken refuge in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region.
Governor’s Arts Awards nominations due Nov. 1
October 25, 2007 in print edition on C2
The Governor’s Arts Awards annually honor artists, organizations, arts educators, communities, schools and arts supporters who have made outstanding arts and cultural contributions to Kansas and the nation.
Bishop Seabury students honored
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A5
The College Board recently honored nine Bishop Seabury Academy students as Advanced Placement Scholars for their performances on tests in May.
Animal shelter expansion enhances creature comforts
October 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
Three tiny white kittens with speckles of color played in a cage Wednesday morning at the Lawrence Humane Society while two older red-striped kittens, Rowdy and Breeze, rested in another cage.
Red Sox keep offense rolling
October 25, 2007 in print edition on B4
It started with a bang. There weren’t any whimpers. Dustin Pedroia homered to lead off the World Series for the Red Sox, and Boston kept on scoring … and scoring … and scoring, pummeling the Rockies with 17 hits Wednesday night to beat Colorado, 13-1, in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.