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6Sports video: KU 8-0 for first time since 1909
October 28, 2007
The KU football team is 8-0 for the first time in nearly 100 years.
6News video: Dogs dress up for Humane Society
October 28, 2007
Halloween isn’t just a holiday for man. It’s also for his best friend. The pooches came out to play today for the first doggie Monsters’ Ball.
6News video: Scientists tracking sediment in state reservoirs
October 28, 2007
As the southeastern United States faces a severe drought and water supply shortage in its major cities, Kansas officials are starting to look at what shape the state’s reservoirs are in.
6Sports video: Chieftains finish third place at state championship
October 28, 2007
The Tonganoxie volleyball team finished in third place at the state championship tournament.
6News video: Flu shot behooves baby boomers
October 28, 2007
It’s flu shot season, and the federal government promises to make 132 million doses of the vaccination available nationwide. Still, only a fraction of those who need the shot get it.
6Sports video: KU soccer heading to Big 12 Tournament
October 28, 2007
KU’s win in this afternoon’s soccer match against Iowa State clinched their spot in the Big 12 Tournament.
6News video: ‘Behind Barbed Wire’ at BUS-eum
October 28, 2007
The Bus-eum holds an exhibit called “Behind Barbed Wire” that tells the story of American POWs during World War II.
6News video: Property checks go digital
October 28, 2007
No need to worry about your house while you’re away on vacation. Lawrence police will check your property.
6Sports video: Firebirds fourth at Rim Rock
October 28, 2007
Kyra Kilwein’s 8th-place finish in the state cross-country championship propelled the Free State girls’ team to fourth place.
6Sports video: Eighth place at eight-and-oh
October 28, 2007
The Fighting Manginos climbed the BCS rankings after beating Texas A&M in College Station last weekend.
Silt crowding out drinking water in reservoirs
Two-thirds of Kansans rely on man-made lakes
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A1
By midafternoon, luck strikes on Kanopolis Lake for three Kansas Biological Survey scientists. It’s a crisp autumn day. The water is slightly choppy. Waves spill into the boat. The scientists wear windbreakers, flannel shirts, work boots and ball caps. A grin - wide and excited - spreads across Mark Jakubauskas’ face. “This is awesome,” he says.
Rapunzel’ no letdown to viewers young or old
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B5
Excited children waited impatiently for the show to begin at the Seem-To-Be Players’ opening-night performance of “Rapunzel,” by Max Bush. Once it started, their attention didn’t wander for the play’s 50 minutes.
UT slips away from Huskers
Colorado topples Tech
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C8
Once Texas figured out it should be running against one of the nation’s worst run defenses, things turned out all right for the Longhorns.
Last supper’ signals yet another dieting effort
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D1
Tonight, I will have my last supper. There will be no apostles gathered at the table, no water changing into wine (although wine certainly will be involved; I’ll just buy it from the liquor store rather than rely on divine intervention.) My supper will be a dinner for two and feature large portions of my favorite fattening fare - foods I’m not going to enjoy for a long, long time.
Paul Lynde Halloween Special’ is a gay old time
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D10
They don’t make Halloween specials like they used to. But they do release the old ones on DVD. And that’s cause for celebration this year, when one of the strangest, coolest old variety hours ever has made it to disc.
BoSox on verge of sweep
Boston claims 10-5 victory, goes up 3 games to none on Colorado
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C1
Mile high or sea level, nothing is stopping the Boston Red Sox. Even when the Rockies rallied late, their chance to get back into the World Series vanished into Coors Field’s thin air.
Game balls and Gassers
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C6
Game ball ¢ Brandon McAnderson: Rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Had a 36-yard touchdown called back on Derek Fine’s holding penalty.Gasser ¢ Scott Webb: Normally reliable kicker missed three field-goal attempts, one of which was blocked, and they all were less than 35 yards.
City runners show well at state
Free State girls finish 4th, LHS boys take 6th
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C3
Free State High cross country runner Hayley Francis borrowed a motto for her running mates this season from a familiar source. Hayley’s dad, Mark Francis, is the head coach of the Kansas University women’s soccer team, and he uses the phrase “leave it on the field” with his team, Hayley said.
Foreign officers trained in U.S. ways
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
With so much emphasis on coalitions and international partnerships in hot zones like Iraq and Afghanistan, soldiers serving overseas are likely to find themselves in a position where an understanding of their allies is crucial.
Music lessons
New fund supports idea that students learn more than notes in music class
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D1
Patrick Kelly figures he has a pretty easy sales job. When parents of sixth-graders are hesitant about letting their children play in school bands and orchestras because of the financial commitment, he urges them to let their youngsters try it for a year.
Fairgrounds meeting set on wetlands issues
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
The kickoff meeting of an organization dealing with wetlands protection will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Young homeless family struggles to survive
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B6
At 22, Michele Silvey has already lived an exceptionally precarious life. She said her mother was a mentally retarded alcoholic and drug addict who suffered from epilepsy. Michele was in and out of foster care from the age of 5 and was molested by her stepfather at age 10.
Minorities attack anti-immigration ideas
Kansas’ Hispanic and black leaders team to block pending statutes
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B9
Hispanics and black leaders joined forces Friday to try to block anti-immigration efforts expected to be mounted in the Kansas Legislature next year. In a joint meeting, the Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission and the Kansas African American Affairs Commission agreed to come up with a comprehensive plan to defeat anti-immigration action in the state.
Astronauts open up spacious new addition to space station
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A3
Astronauts swung open the door to their new space station addition Saturday and floated into the spacious and sparkling white room, formally christening it Harmony.
Correct ideas on political correctness
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B11
Dear Broward County Judge Jeffrey Levenson: I have a nit to pick with you. As reported last week by The Miami Herald, you had a regrettable moment in court recently while presiding over the case of a man alleged to have had sex with a teenage boy. The episode, which occurred while the boy was not in the courtroom, began when you asked what position he played on his football team.
With fire in the hills, a feeling of being trapped
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B11
I live in a fire bowl. As I write, the gigantopolis of Los Angeles is circled by fire: out in Malibu, up in Simi Valley, and down at Irvine and Arrowhead. For Angelenos in fire season, even if you are not personally affected, there is a feeling that there’s no way out.
Spring turkey dates approved for 2008
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C12
Wildlife and Parks commissioners have approved a spring turkey season next year that will run from April 9 to May 31. The youth-disabled season will run April 1-8, concurrent with the archery-only season.
Records: KC mayor tried for La Raza deal
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B9
Records show Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser conducted a frantic last-ditch effort to reach a compromise before Hispanic leaders decided a week ago to move their annual conference to another city.
Review: Trevor’s ‘Cheating at Canasta’ collection explores kind lies
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D3
There are just a few reliable things in life: death, taxes, hunger and the precision of William Trevor’s short stories. The Irish-born writer never waivers in his nuanced examinations of loneliness and the peculiar ways people find themselves connecting to each other.
Emprise Bank adds commercial banker
October 28, 2007 in print edition on E1
Franco Martinez, Lawrence, has joined Emprise Bank in Lawrence as a commercial banker, assisting with the management and growth of the bank’s commercial loan portfolio.
Giving it the old(er) college try
Lack of money needn’t keep workers from pursuing degrees
October 28, 2007 in print edition on E1
It may seem as if everyone has a college degree, but actually only about a quarter of American workers have their bachelor’s. People often attend for a few years and drop out.
Rockies’ remarkable run now only a distant memory
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C4
The starting pitchers are getting shelled, the brilliant bullpen is a bust. The timely hits are gone, manager Clint Hurdle’s moves are coming up short. And now Colorado’s collapse is almost complete.
Kansas football notebook
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C7
Texas A&M looked to stop the KU passing attack featuring quarterback Todd Reesing. The sophomore finished with 180 yards on 21-of-33 passing, with no interceptions and no touchdowns.A shaky start made KU rely on running back Brandon McAnderson for yards in the first quarter.
Keegan: B-Mac, KU grew together
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C1
In so many ways, senior fullback Brandon McAnderson symbolizes the football team for which he plays better than anyone else.
KU derailed A&M’s ‘J-Train’
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C7
Fourth-and-one, and Texas A&M’s football team was nine yards away from the end zone in the second quarter Saturday. Looking for clues, Kansas University’s defense glanced at the other sideline to find the Aggies giving away their secret.
Weather improves conditions as California wildfires burn on
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A2
Cooler weather helped firefighters make strong gains on many of the wildfires burning across Southern California on Saturday, but officials remained guarded about what the rest of the weekend might bring.
On the record
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B2
Fire calls
Pump patrol
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.68 at Shell near 17th and Massachusetts streets.
Retiring boomers could lead to corporate skill shortage
October 28, 2007 in print edition on E1
A looming “tsunami” of baby boomer retirements could decimate the management ranks and hobble productivity at many corporations unless companies intensify efforts to develop younger talent, according to a new study.
Labors of love spruce up city
Nonprofit organizations benefit from activities of Make a Difference Day
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
The jarring snap of a nail gun echoed through the cluttered inside of Serenity Walters’ new house. Cardboard covered tiles to protect them from falling specks of paint, and blue tape framing the floors gave the house a construction site feel.
Yankees to offer A-Rod extension
Contract offer would be worth $25-30 million per season
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C2
The Yankees are preparing to offer Alex Rodriguez a contract extension that probably will run for four or five years and have an average yearly salary of $25 million to $30 million.
Will Halloween be a trick or a treat for your dog?
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D12
Halloween represents an evening that, from your dog’s perspective, is far from normal. From the many costumed munchkins roaming the neighborhood to the doorbell ringing every two minutes, your dog may enjoy the frenzy of activity or become quite concerned about it. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Poetry reading features Western Kansas native
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D6
Kansas-born writer Charles Plymell will give a poetry reading at 7 p.m. Monday at Milton’s, 920 Mass. Plymell was born in 1935 in Finney County in a converted chicken coop during one of the blackest dust storms of that period. His father was a cowboy born in the Oklahoma Territory, his mother of Plains Indian descent.
Free State football draws rematch with O-South
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Free State High football team will open postseason play this Friday in exactly the same place it began the season - at home against Olathe South.
Thousands across U.S. call for end to war in Iraq
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A3
Thousands of people called for a swift end to the war in Iraq as they marched through downtown on Saturday, chanting and carrying signs that read: “Wall Street Gets Rich, Iraqis and GIs Die” or “Drop Tuition Not Bombs.”
Salvation Army to offer holiday assistance
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B3
Beginning Monday, The Salvation Army will take applications for people who need assistance with Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Lawrence Datebook
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B2
Events around Lawrence.
Game 4 starters should provide inspiration
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C4
If the World Series needed any inspiration it should get an injection tonight, when Boston’s Jon Lester faces Aaron Cook, two men who came back from life-threatening illness to meet in Game 4.
Chamber appoints new board members
October 28, 2007 in print edition on E1
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announces the appointment of members to the organization’s 2008 Board of Directors:
Conductor says reaching youth is key
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D2
Although he claims the title of apprentice, Damon Gupton’s score of accomplishments reveals he has room to be less modest. As assistant conductor to Michael Stern for the Kansas City Symphony, Gupton’s musical career has skyrocketed.
Reutimann wins Busch race
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C2
David Reutimann avoided trouble to win the caution-filled Sam’s Town 250 Busch Series race at Memphis Motorsports Park on Saturday. It was the 37-year-old Toyota driver’s first Busch Series victory in 63 starts, and owner Michael Waltrip’s first victory for the manufacturer.
Company to collect coats for needy
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
On Monday, Scotch Fabric Care will begin collecting coats for its 21st annual Share the Warmth program. The collection will continue through Nov. 24.
County questions casino site
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B12
Cherokee County officials have called in federal help in its growing concerns with an Indian-owned casino being built in nearby Oklahoma. U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., sent a letter this week to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, asking questions about the status of property on which the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma is building its Downstream Casino Resort.
Astronomy village draws stargazers looking for darkness
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A7
The most important rule at this remote vacation spot is simple: no white light. Even a sliver of the pupil-contracting rays coming from the window of a cabin at Deerlick Astronomy Village could ruin a neighbor’s view of the Milky Way.
Dems want to go on record opposing military action in Iran
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A4
Still reeling from the fallout of authorizing the Iraq war five years ago, congressional Democrats are determined to put themselves early on record as opposing military action in Iran.
Jeffrey Center plans deer hunt for youth
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C12
Westar Energy Green Team and Jeffrey Energy Center in St. Marys are offering a special deer hunt for youths ages 16 and under with little or no deer hunting experience during the Nov. 28 to Dec. 9 and Jan. 1-6 seasons.
Armstrong dedicates building named for him
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A3
Although he typically shuns attention, former astronaut Neil Armstrong on Saturday addressed a crowd at the dedication of a new engineering building named for him at Purdue University, his alma mater.
Potter fans from Kansas meet J.K. Rowling
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
Two Harry Potter fans from Kansas recently met author J.K. Rowling after being selected from a pool of thousands who entered a Scholastic J.K. Rowling Open Book Tour Sweepstakes.
State rich in treasure fallen from outer space
Ten percent of meteorites found in the U.S. come from western Kansas
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B7
Steve Arnold is driving the yellow Hummer in circles around a Kiowa County wheat field, towing an 18-foot-wide metal detector. For an hour, nothing but silence. Finally, the detector whines and Arnold slams the brakes. “That is so good,” he says.
SLT decisions
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B10
To the editor: We’ve slaughtered their people by the thousands, compelled them to emigrate on death marches and broken every treaty we ever made with them. Why shouldn’t we pave over the burial grounds sacred to American Indian people?
Pets get in on costume fun
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D12
Matt Good has never dressed his dogs in Halloween costumes. Until now. When the holiday rolls around this year, Good will clothe his beloved Shrek, an 8-month-old Dogue de Bordeaux, in a red tight tank top that reads: “Devil Dog.” He’ll complete the canine’s costume with red glittering horns on his head.
Unhappy couples say ‘I don’t’ to world’s first divorce fair
Event with sparse turnout offered paternity testing
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A11
In a city where “I do” often turns into “I want out,” a fair for those wanting to untie the knot seemed a sure hit. But journalists easily outnumbered those looking for advice on how to end their marriages on Saturday, the first day of what was billed as the world’s first divorce fair.
Deer mating season brings added risks on roadways
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B5
It’s deer-breeding season, and that means motorists have a new traffic hazard to worry about through December, the Kansas Highway Patrol says. State statistics show 9,197 vehicle-deer crashes statewide in 2006.
Benefits of coal
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B11
To the editor: Recently, I spent some time in western Kansas and was saddened to see the reaction of the folks out there who were robbed of all the opportunities that would have accompanied the coal-fired power plant. They were deprived of much needed good jobs, affordable electricity and a brighter future for everyone.
Economy of state’s landscape has influence on Kansas poet
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D6
Jo McDougall was born and raised in Arkansas, where she received an MFA under the legendary teacher and editor Miller Williams. She was director of the creative writing program at Pittsburg State University 1987-1998, and currently she resides in Leawood.
First lady likely to take over the presidency
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A2
President Nestor Kirchner and his wife are poised to launch a new political dynasty today in an election that promises to replace him with her. Argentines are grateful to Kirchner for engineering a recovery from a 2001 economic crisis that savaged the middle class, and that has translated into such broad support for his wife, Sen. Cristina Fernandez, that she will likely avoid a second round.
Chertoff: Fake press event ‘inappropriate’
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A2
The homeland security chief on Saturday tore into his own employees for staging a phony news conference at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “I think it was one of the dumbest and most inappropriate things I’ve seen since I’ve been in government,” Michael Chertoff said.
Climate view
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B11
To the editor: Ah, the daily news. The president finally admits that global warming is real! The ice caps are melting, and the polar bears dying. The Colorado River and its reservoirs are drying up. There goes Las Vegas!
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D9
Evaluate and set goals this year. You might have to hop over your share of obstacles to get there, but you will - and you will succeed. You often will hit a block when you least expect it. Your determination will define what occurs.
Bill to combat elder abuse languishes in Congress
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A8
Jennifer Coldren of Rome, N.Y., summoned her courage and traveled to the nation’s capital in July to tell Congress about the rape of her now 91-year-old grandmother in a nursing home a year ago.
Bursting comet a treat for fans of sky
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A7
Astronomers and backyard stargazers are going gaga this week over the flying fuzz ball known as Comet Holmes. First discovered in 1892, the comet has played hide-and-seek with star-watchers ever since, often too faint to see with a telescope as it orbited the sun every seven years.
Bad idea, Boog
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B10
To the editor: There’s no better way to send a loud-and-clear message that Lawrence is NOT retirement friendly, NOR young family friendly (or those saving for a first home, car, etc.) than an intangibles tax.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B11
Two Lawrence High School pupils and alternates were chosen to study abroad in the American Field Service exchange program. The choices were Cynthia Gallup and Craig Cropp. The alternates were Debbie Frakes and Sandra Binns.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B11
From the Lawrence Daily World for Oct. 28, 1907: “Another overflow crowd attended the Sunday night religious revival last night in the special tent in back of the Eldridge House. The subject of W.E. Biederwolf was hardened hearts and how to soften them.”
Successful missile test off Hawaii announced
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A2
The military shot down a Scud-type missile in another successful test of a new technology meant to knock down ballistic missiles in their final minute of flight, the Missile Defense Agency said Saturday.
Senior leads BHS to title
Garcia wins again
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C3
Baldwin’s Heather Garcia repeated as state champion and helped the Bulldogs capture the Kansas 4A girls cross country title Saturday. Garcia’s time of 14:41.55 was more than 13 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
Painting valued at $3,078 sells for $4.5 million at auction
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A11
A museum in the Netherlands said the portrait was not by Rembrandt, and the provincial auction house in England was only advertising it as a work by one of his followers - valued at $3,078. But when 15 minutes of bidding on the painting ended Friday, it had sold for $4.5 million.
Iraqi women face safety fears, disapproval to join police force
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A10
The women received their first paychecks a few weeks ago - about $500 for a month’s work as police officers. They paid rent, bought food, wiped out debts. But the seemingly simple transaction has left at least one woman in fear for her life, another threatened with divorce.
Butter flavoring leaves trail of workers with lung sickness
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A5
Each morning, Eric Peoples sits up in bed and starts his day with a cough. A deep, long, hacking cough. He plants his feet on the bedroom floor and immediately feels as if someone is standing on his chest. That’s a good day. When it gets really bad, it seems as though a giant creature is crushing his lungs, squeezing the breath out of him.
Senior Democratic lawmaker offends Dutch official with Holocaust remarks
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A8
Dutch lawmakers who recently visited the Guantanamo Bay military prison said they were offended by a testy exchange in Washington with a senior congressional Democrat. The lawmakers said that Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told them that “Europe was not as outraged by Auschwitz as by Guantanamo Bay.”
Ruling in Spears’ case expected Tuesday
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D9
Britney Spears arrived in court giggling Friday but was later heard swearing during a break in a closed hearing that ended with no decision on her bid for shared custody of her two young sons with Kevin Federline.
Putin holds all keys to power in Russia
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B10
Put Iowa and New Hampshire on the back burner for a moment: Election fever also grips Russia, which chooses a new Duma in December and a president in March. Pollsters, analysts and Duma members are furiously debating two questions: What exact outcome will Vladimir Putin choose for these elections? And when will he communicate it to them and to the world?
Sudan announces new Darfur cease-fire as talks begin without rebels
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A10
Sudan’s government committed to a cease-fire in Darfur at the start of peace talks Saturday, but mediators and journalists outnumbered the few rebels who did not boycott the U.N.-sponsored negotiations, reducing hopes for an end to the fighting.
Union members approve contract with Chrysler
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A2
Despite significant dissent among some of its workers, United Auto Workers members narrowly passed a four-year contract agreement with Chrysler LLC on Saturday, leaving Ford Motor Co. as the last automaker to negotiate with in this year’s round of contract talks.
Rally falls short in loss to MVC
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C9
Trailing Missouri Valley College by four scores going into the fourth quarter, the Baker University football team did the best it could. The Wildcats scored 20 straight points, including a 40-yard interception return by Eric Allen, but it wasn’t enough. MVC held off Baker, 34-20, on Saturday.
Lawrence commuter report
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B3
Interstate 70 east of Topeka will experience intermittent lange closures because of resurfacing. All lanes will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Burmese flock to neighboring Thailand for medical treatment
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A9
They travel for days though checkpoints, across dangerous roads and past Myanmar’s bribe-hungry soldiers to make it to the Thai border. They’re not refugees fleeing the junta - they simply want to see a doctor.
Groovy ‘60s spirit lives on with candidates in 2007
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A6
Here come the Sixties again, hijacking another presidential campaign with their endless generational pathologies. This time it’s John McCain, Vietnam vet, trashing Woodstock and Hillary Clinton, a woman some view as the high priestess of the baby boomer left.
People in the news
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D9
¢ Miss England says she was told to gain weight
23 schools to close after staph infection
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A3
An eastern Kentucky school district with one confirmed case of antibiotic-resistant staph infection plans to shut down all 23 of its schools Monday, affecting about 10,300 students, to disinfect the facilities.
Florida women running historic Athens marathon in effort to raise $50,000
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D11
Pheidippides died after running about 24 miles from Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 B.C. On Nov. 4, a field of about 4,000 runners and walkers will commemorate the Athenian messenger in the Athens Marathon. Somewhere in that crowd will be Key Biscayne, Fla.’s Kathy Lubbers and Jeanne Cadwallader.
States may set agenda in abortion policy
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B10
Almost 35 years have passed since the Supreme Court decided to end America’s argument about abortion. Because of the court’s supposedly therapeutic intervention in the nation’s supposedly inadequate democratic debate about that subject, the issue still generates an irritable irrationality that was largely absent prior to 1973.
Daily humiliations
Humorist Laurie Notaro ventures away from ‘Idiot Girls’ and into fictional realm
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D3
Author Laurie Notaro suspects that one of her neighbors has been tipped off to the thinly veiled portrayal of her as a recycling Nazi in Notaro’s new novel, “There’s a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell.”
Voice of the people
Taxpayers are funding many lobbyists who may or may not really speak for them.
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B10
Lobbyists can serve an important role, but governmental bodies hiring lobbyists to represent their interests to other governmental bodies seems a little out of whack. About 80 lobbyists currently represent the interests of local governments and school districts in Kansas, according to the Kansas Press Association.
Startups launch new lives for special-needs workers
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
Come January, Bea Scott will be the newest small-business owner in Douglas County. Her business will pick up towels from local hair salons, sanitize them and fold them before returning the towels to the salons. While the business itself is interesting, Scott is not your typical small business owner.
Mizzou tops KU in 5-game battle
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C5
The Kansas University volleyball squad had every opportunity to complete the program’s first season sweep of Missouri since 1999. In the end, KU couldn’t come through on Saturday at Horejsi Center and fell to MU in five games, 3-2 (30-32, 30-22, 33-31, 26-30, 15-12).
Peru State overwhelms Haskell in home finale
Diminutive QB effective despite six knockdowns
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C9
At times Tyler Sessions looked like a philodendron among the pines. Peru State batted down six Sessions’ passes at the line and rolled to a 42-14 victory over Haskell Indian Nations University Saturday afternoon at Haskell Stadium.
Nature, terrain may affect decision to attack Kurdish rebels
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A10
Turkey’s top military commander promised Saturday to make Iraq-based Kurdish rebels “grieve with an intensity that they cannot imagine,” while the prime minister said his nation would fight “when needed,” regardless of international pressure.
Tonganoxie 3rd at 4A state
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C5
The Tonganoxie High volleyball team didn’t the Kansas Class 4A state tournament Saturday, but this much is certain: This year’s Chieftains were the most successful volleyball team in school history.
K-State’s Nelson sets catch mark
Wildcats pummel Baylor, 51-13
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C8
Jordy Nelson came to Kansas State hoping to snag passes from other teams quarterbacks. Now, two-thirds of the way through his senior season, the former defensive back continues to rewrite the Wildcats’ receiving records.
Concert to provide musical survey of European history
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D2
Giuseppe Verdi’s Overture to Nabucco is an introduction to the four-act opera based on the biblical stories of Nebuchadnezzar, a Babylonian king who banished the Jews from their homeland. It was first performed in 1842 in Milan to captivated audiences.
Bush, N.Y. make deal on driver’s licenses
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Bush administration and New York cut a deal Saturday to create a new generation of super-secure driver’s licenses for U.S. citizens, but also allow illegal immigrants to get a version.
Pitch-savvy musician drawn to unique drum now a symphony veteran
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D2
Timothy Jepson began playing timpani in the seventh grade. At 47, he has no plans to stop. “I am proud to say that I’m a product of public school music education,” he says. “I began snare drum in the fifth grade and studied all of the percussion instruments as a percussion major in college.”
Pheasant season to open Saturday
Quail hunting starts Nov. 10
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C12
Pheasant season - perhaps Kansas’ most popular hunt - will open next Saturday and continue through Jan. 31. Kansas ranks high among states for pheasant production and attracts hunters from across the nation.
Book details White House delicacies
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D9
Barry H. Landau, presidential collector and connoisseur, remembers the time he was dancing with Betty Ford at the White House and Fred Astaire cut in. Oh? “I recall I was doing a ‘Lindy’ with Mrs. Ford, and remember ‘spinning her out’ when I suddenly received a tap on my shoulder; turning around to be face to face with Hollywood icon Fred Astaire,” he explains.
Orchestra instruments go beyond basics
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D2
When producing music, the balance of instruments adds to the beauty of the tune. All orchestras include the basic violin and clarinet, but then there are the “odd” instruments.
KUMC, St. Luke’s inch toward rapport
Hospital leaders establish ‘ongoing’ discussion
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
Just about one week after the Kansas Board of Regents approved the final affiliation agreement between St. Luke’s Hospital and the Kansas University Medical Center, leaders from the two hospitals and KU Hospital have agreed on a framework to aid their collaboration in cancer research and care, according to published reports released Thursday.
Pop-up books get rise out of collectors
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D5
We just saw a modern pop-up book meant as a plaything for adults. When you opened the pages, something unexpected would pop up, often something with moving parts. The idea is not new. The first movable books were made in the 1200s, but these were moving discs. By the 1760s, pop-ups were invented.
Dice-K shows versatility with bat
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C4
The Boston Red Sox knew they were getting a big-game pitcher when they paid $103 million to lure Daisuke Matsuzaka from Japan. They got a big-game hitter thrown in for free.
It’s Halloween Night In Your Neighborhood
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D3
Poet’s Showcase: It’s Halloween Night In Your Neighborhood by Ronda J. Miller.
Former commissioner of education department chosen for hall of fame
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B5
A fixture in the state’s public school system can now add another honor to his lengthy resume. This week, Andy Tompkins, the former Kansas education commissioner and Kansas University School of Education professor, will be inducted into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame at Kansas City, Kan., Community College.
Legal battle over Westboro pickets heats up
October 28, 2007 in print edition on B8
Albert Snyder’s court battle to make members of a Kansas church pay for marring his son’s funeral has drawn sympathy from many. Whether he will be successful is unclear, legal experts say.
80 Taliban fighters killed in battle, coalition says
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A2
U.S.-led coalition forces killed about 80 Taliban fighters during a six-hour battle outside a Taliban-controlled town in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the latest in a series of increasingly bloody engagements in the region, officials said.
Army: Toss out soldiers’ WWII convictions
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A2
Black soldiers court-martialed 63 years ago in the rioting death of an Italian prisoner of war at Fort Lawton were unfairly denied access to their attorneys and investigative records and should have their convictions overturned, the U.S. Army said Friday.
Valuable coins found in hole in the wall
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A3
Talk about throwing away money. Piles of old coins worth as much as $200,000 were found in a long-abandoned home, including scores that the owner had apparently thrown down a hole in the wall. Jeff Bidelman, owner of Rare Collectibles near Johnstown, said he was helping the family clean out the house after the death of the owners, who had not lived there for two decades.
Herbie Hancock explores words behind music of Joni Mitchell
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D7
Herbie Hancock admits he would get so wrapped up in the music itself that he never paid any attention to the lyrics when interpreting songs, even on his Grammy-winning album “Gershwin’s World.” But the jazz pianist’s outlook changed when he recorded an album of songs by Joni Mitchell, his old friend who shares his penchant for genre-bending musical adventures.
Franchione: KU won up front
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C6
Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing was sacked for a six-yard loss on the game’s first play from scrimmage. Two different Texas A&M defenders sacked him on the second play of the game, this time for an 11-yard loss.
KU office facilitates finances
October 28, 2007 in print edition on E1
Aging workers needn’t fear going back to college to finish a degree, get a new one or otherwise advance educationally - at least not for fear of finding financing, a Kansas University official says.
Talk turns to third high school for city
Athletic facility discussions also under way
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A1
A third Lawrence high school. It might seem odd to mention it with the city’s two existing ones appearing to lose enrollment for the second year in a row. But some school board members have mentioned planning for the concept as talks continue about outdoor high school athletic facilities.
Lions, Firebirds both qualify for state meet
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C3
Lawrence High missed out on a regional championship by 1.28 points, and Free State High finished fourth by less than four points. The results meant that both city schools qualified for next weekend’s 6A state gymnastics meet in Hutchinson.
Jayhawks shut down Aggies, move to 8-0
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C1
It was a fight to the finish in a stadium that resembles a skyscraper of intimidation. But Kansas University’s football team, at long last, was able to kick Texas A&M off the ride. And what a ride it’s becoming.
October 28, 2007 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
We want to know about your holiday event
October 28, 2007 in print edition on D6
The Journal-World is accepting holiday-themed event listings for its annual Holiday Happenings & Gift Catalog, which publishes Nov. 25.
Ex-court clerk charged with fixing own tickets
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A3
A former court clerk is in a fix. She’s charged with fixing 73 of her own parking tickets to avoid paying $5,112 in fines and late fees. Dawn Nyberg, 32, of Blaine, was charged with theft by swindle of public funds, forgery, and misconduct by a public officer. The first two charges are felonies; the last is a misdemeanor.
Ducks sink Trojans, float into title picture
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C10
Oregon defensive back Matthew Harper could sense it. Southern California was trailing by touchdown and on the march in the final moments. The home fans were on their feet, urging the Ducks to make the one last play it needed to take down the kings of the Pac-10.
KU golfers in 10th at Landfall Tradition
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C5
Kansas University freshman Brad Hopfinger shot 2-under-par 70 on Saturday and is in 22nd place entering today’s final round of the Landfall Tradition.
Cabin fees altered
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C12
Changes in rental fees for some state park cabins will go into effect on Jan. 1.
U.S. to give Iraq security control in Shiite region of Karbala
October 28, 2007 in print edition on A1
U.S. forces will turn over security to Iraqi authorities in the southern Shiite province of Karbala on Monday, the American commander for the area said, despite fighting between rival militia factions that has killed dozens.
Commentary: Mason getting popular in Minnesota
October 28, 2007 in print edition on C2
In taking over the Gophers program, in dubbing the sparsely populated mud-hut hamlet containing jaded Minnesota football fans “Gopher Nation,” Tim Brewster promised to accomplish the impossible, and the impossible is what he has wrought.