Archive for Monday, October 29, 2007

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Audio clips
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Chats
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Hurricanes vs. Cougars Researchers measure reservoir silt Hurricanes vs. Gorillas Perry Cyclones vs. Rangers West vs. South - Toy Bowl title Detonators vs. White Stripes
Podcasts
Polls
Will KU football go 9-0?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
87%
No
 
12%
Total 546
Are you dressing up for Halloween?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
75%
Yes
 
24%
Total 206
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Mark Jakubauskas, a research associate professor for the Kansas Biological Survey, surveys bank erosion Friday at Kanopolis Lake southwest of Salina. Sedimentation has many top Kansas officials concerned about the future of Kansas' reservoirs, which are filling up with silt. Silt crowding out drinking water in reservoirs
October 28, 2007 in print edition on 1A
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.
9:00 a.m.
Police Chief Ramon Gonzalez Jr., left, likes the small-town feel of Perry, population 870, and how its residents watch out for one another. Gonzalez works part-time, as do his three officers. Part-time, but always on duty
October 29, 2007 in print edition on 3A
When the town of Perry had a problem with a residential burglar last summer, it didn’t have to rely solely on the help of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Its first line of defense was its own part-time police department.
1:30 p.m.
Online chat
Chat about the state of Kansas reservoirs with State Rep. Tom Sloan
October 29, 2007
Two-thirds of Kansans depend on reservoirs for their water supply. And the manmade bodies of water provide flood control and recreation. The reservoirs were built to last 50 to 100 years. Half of them have reached the 40- to 60-year mark. As water grows more scarce nationwide, what will Kansas do? Rep. Tom Sloan, who spearheaded the recent Kansas Reservoir Summit, takes your questions.
4:00 p.m.
Lori Tapahonso, public information officer at Haskell Indian Nations University, gives a tour featuring Haskell's Tommaney Hall. Haunted Haskell
October 29, 2007 in print edition on 1C
Lori Tapahonso stares at Hiawatha Hall, still with contempt. It’s been more than a decade since she says a spirit smacked her in the head in a stairwell inside the hall, which is on the Haskell Indian Nations University campus. She hasn’t been back inside the building since.
10:00 p.m.
Last year, Meredith Kane was in her first year of teaching at Lawrence High School. She pleaded guilty in July to one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.  Kane apologized on July 2, 2007, for her actions. Questions of judgment
October 29, 2007
A former Lawrence teacher convicted of having sex with a male student has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which inhibited her judgment, a psychologist testified Monday. “She knew the behavior was not appropriate, but she was very caught up in the fantasy of love in terms of her approach to the relationship,” said Dr. Bruce Cappo, a Lenexa psychologist.

All stories

6News video: City asks county for business park funds
October 29, 2007
Lawrence city leaders asked Douglas County commissioners to help fund infrastructure improvements that would pave the way for a new business park near the Lawrence Airport.
6Sports video: 4A state football playoffs kick off tomorrow
October 29, 2007
After last week’s loss to Baldwin, Eudora is looking forward to facing Basehor-Linwood tomorrow night.
6News video: Voters say yes to school bond
October 29, 2007
Voters in the Basehor-Linwood school district have approved a $39.9 million school bond proposal to construct new schools, classrooms and a soccer field and to pay for renovations.
6News video: Elementary schools win ‘Challenge Awards’
October 29, 2007
Woodland and Pinckney schools received the awards for exceeding test performance expectations based on socio-economic status.
6News video: Extra probation for ex-teacher
October 29, 2007
Wayne Kruse, former president of Lawrence’s teachers union, was convicted of embezzeling nearly $100,000 in union dues. He now faces two additional years of probation.
6News video: Oread Inn planners consider special tax
October 29, 2007
Developers of a major hotel near the KU campus explore new ways to pay for public improvements, including a sales tax that would affect only hotel customers.
6News video: Nothing says school spirit like corn dogs
October 29, 2007
James Milin champed the corn dog eating contest on Wescoe Beach this afternoon. The contest was part of KU’s homecoming festivities.
6Sports video: Chieftains finish strong with trophy, memories
October 29, 2007
This year served as a farewell season for eight special senior Tonganoxie High School volleyball players.
6Sports video: Reesing named semifinalist; Husker QB out of game
October 29, 2007
Jayhawk Todd Reesing was named semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. He’ll miss this weekend’s chance to face off against NU QB Sam Keller, who is out with a broken collarbone.
6Sports video: Everyone wants a glimpse of undefeated Jayhawks
October 29, 2007
Another Jayhawks game will be televised nationally during prime-time viewing hours: ABC is showing the November 10 Oklahoma State game at 7 PM.
6Sports video: Hoops by Halloween? Not this year
October 29, 2007
Self’s squad has been overshadowed by the Fighting Manginos this year. The Jayhawks play their first exhibition game against Pittsburgh State this Thursday at Allen Fieldhouse.
6News video: Faith-based clinic to receive $10,000 boost
October 29, 2007
Each year the Leo Center provides health care to thousands of people who lack insurance.
6News video: KidCast with Cheyenne Clifton
October 29, 2007
Cheyenne Clifton gives tonight’s KidCast.
6News video: Paperless tickets stop scalping
October 29, 2007
Starting this fall, KU faculty will receive all of their basketball tickets on an individualized access card. The new policy will help reduce improper reselling.
6Sports video: B-Rush may start contact drills next week
October 29, 2007
Injured guard Brandon Rush returned to practice from ACL surgery just two weeks ago, but doctors may allow him limited contact drills next week.
6News video: Former guard sought in prisoners’ escape
October 29, 2007
Authorities are looking for 23-year-old Amber Goff, a former guard at the El Dorado Correctional Center, in connection with last night’s escape of two inmates.
6News video: Bipolar disorder played role in sexual relationship
October 29, 2007
A former LHS teacher accused of aggravated indecent liberties with a child may have had her judgement psychologically inhibited. According to psychologist Dr. Bruce Cappo, 24-year-old Meredith Kane suffers from bipolar disorder and substance abuse issues.
6News video: Jayhawk-Buffs tickets sold only in CU pack
October 29, 2007
KU fans who want to see the February 2 KU-CU basketball game live must buy a $75 three-pack that includes KU and two other CU games of their choice.
Questions of judgment
Witness: Bipolar disorder played role in ex-teacher’s relationship
October 29, 2007
A former Lawrence teacher convicted of having sex with a male student has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which inhibited her judgment, a psychologist testified Monday. “She knew the behavior was not appropriate, but she was very caught up in the fantasy of love in terms of her approach to the relationship,” said Dr. Bruce Cappo, a Lenexa psychologist.
Psychologist: Ex-teacher convicted on sex charge diagnosed as bipolar
Disease inhibited judgment, according to testimony
October 29, 2007
A former Lawrence teacher convicted of having sex with a male student has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which inhibited her judgment, a psychologist testified Monday afternoon.
6News Now: Kruse probation extended by two years
October 29, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, the former president of the Lawrence Teacher’s Union, convicted of embezzling union dues, now faces two additional years of probation, and a former high school teacher convicted of having sex with her student is sentenced.
Reesing named semifinalist for O’Brien Award
October 29, 2007
Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing is one of 15 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award, given annually to the nation’s top quarterback.
Twins visit ‘Nova; decision may be Thursday
October 29, 2007
Twin brothers/blue chip basketball recruits Marcus and Markieff Morris returned to APEX Academies in New Jersey on Sunday after spending the weekend at Villanova University in a suburb of their hometown of Philadelphia.
Basehor-Linwood bond approved
$39.9 million will finance new schools, more classrooms
October 29, 2007
It’s official: Voters in the Basehor-Linwood School District have approved a $39.9 million school bond proposal.
Developers explore financing options for Oread Inn
Taxing options would help pay for infrastructure
October 29, 2007
Plans for a new seven-story hotel at the edge of the Kansas University campus have an added twist.
Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller out for season
October 29, 2007
Backup Joe Ganz will start Saturday’s contest at Memorial Stadium. Ganz was two-of-three for 17 yards and a TD in last weekend’s 28-25 loss at Texas.
KU-OSU to kickoff at 7 p.m. on ABC
October 29, 2007
It will mark the sixth straight KU game televised, but the first on the national network that picks which game it wants first before the league’s other television partners.
Making sure no grad is left behind
Leaders are looking for ways to ensure accountability in learning
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
For the longest time, having good teachers and good classes was enough to convince government leaders that learning was going on. No longer. The K-12 system has been changed dramatically by No Child Left Behind, and federal and state leaders are now looking at the higher education system to determine whether there is enough accountability in student learning.
Lawrence Datebook
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence.
Volunteers sought for annual Holiday Shop
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence Art Center’s Holiday Shop needs volunteers Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9. Volunteers will assist children with shopping for gifts that they can buy to surprise mom, dad or even the family pet or help them wrap their gifts. Elves and gift wrappers, 16 years or older, are needed in two-hour shifts.
Fuel supplies cut to Gaza Strip
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A12
Israel began cutting vital fuel shipments to the Gaza Strip on Sunday, following through on a promise to step up pressure on the territory’s Hamas rulers after months of Palestinian rocket attacks.Dor Alon, the Israeli energy company that sells fuel to Gaza, confirmed it received instructions from the Israeli Defense Ministry to reduce shipments.
Tropical Storm Noel soaks Caribbean
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A12
Tropical Storm Noel formed over the Caribbean on Sunday and forecasters warned the slow-moving system could send flash floods rushing over deforested hills in Haiti before it heads on to Cuba.The strengthening storm poses a serious threat to impoverished Haiti, which is still recovering from floods that killed at least 37 and sent more than 4,000 people to shelters this month.
Depth charges ‘D’
Several lend hand to dominant unit
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s football team has been incredibly consistent with its starting lineup on defense this season. With just two exceptions, it has been the same 11 every week of KU’s remarkable 8-0 start.But the number of key contributors on that unit, in actuality, is closer to 20 players.
Photography focus of Angle meeting
October 29, 2007 in print edition on C1
Shutterbugs, take note. Thad Allender, photo director for the Journal-World, will be the featured speaker at this month’s Angle meeting. The meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the News Center, 645 N.H., will focus on photography.
Out to make his own name
Freshman walk-on no relation to Royals outfielder
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
Conner Teahan’s dad’s name is Mark Teahan. No, not THAT Mark Teahen, not the Kansas City Royals’ baseball player. Note the subtle difference in spelling. “One time I was sitting in class,” Conner Teahan said, “and the teacher asked if my dad’s name was Mark, and I said yes.”
KU soccer clinches Big 12 tourney berth
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A1
Colleen Quinn continues to come through for the Kansas University soccer squad when it needs her most. With the threat of missing the Big 12 Conference tournament for the first time since 1999, the senior goalkeeper has stepped up to pitch three shutouts in Kansas’ last four games.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B3
The Jayhawks’ 8-0 start has unanimously elevated them into the top 10. Kansas is ranked eighth in all three major polls - the Associated Press, the USA Today coaches and the Harris Interactive - and also came in eighth in the Bowl Championship Series rankings, which help determine who plays in the BCS National Championship Game.
Powers paces Kansas at women’s golf tourney
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B3
Emily Powers tied for 11th, leading Kansas University’s women’s golf team to a 13th-place finish at the UA-Ann Rhoads Intercollegiate on Sunday. Powers shot 79-71-71-223.
For star athletes, this doctor a cut above the rest
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B7
He’s almost as famous as the superstars he operates on. When the likes of Roger Clemens, Bo Jackson, Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus, Dwyane Wade and Drew Brees needed surgery to repair worn out elbows, shoulders and knees, they went to Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.
BUS-eum’ drives home WWII experience
Traveling POW exhibit stops in Lawrence
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
During World War II, tens of thousands of American soldiers fighting in Europe were taken prisoner by the Germans. Their planes were shot down, their convoys surrounded; they were forced to live in Spartan conditions, eating meals of sawdust to stay alive. They yearned for home. Some never made it back.
Pump patrol
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.68 at Shell near 17th and Massachusetts streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
No City Commission meeting Tuesday
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence City Commission will not meet this week, because it typically does not meet on the fifth Tuesday of a month. The next meeting will be at 6:35 p.m. Nov. 6.
Universal autism screening urged
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A7
The country’s leading pediatricians group is making its strongest push yet to have all children screened for autism twice by age 2, warning of symptoms such as babies who don’t babble at 9 months and 1-year-olds who don’t point to toys.
Intense fire at beach house kills seven college students
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A7
An intense fire ravaged a beach house packed with more than a dozen college students early Sunday, killing seven and leaving little of the structure but its charred frame and the stilts on which it stood.
Outlines of presidential campaign in view
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A10
The presidential election now moves to a new phase. There are discernible tiers among the candidates. There are clear patterns of money flowing to the campaigns. There is an outline of the issues that will make a difference. There is the beginning of a narrative to it all. Before long, if the various states ever stop trying to leapfrog in front of each other, there may even be a schedule.
15 Kurdish rebels killed in clash with Turks
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A9
Attack helicopters buzzed over a region in southeastern Turkey on Sunday looking for Kurdish rebels after troops reportedly killed 15 separatist guerrillas in a morning operation far from the increasingly tense border with Iraq.
Argentina’s first lady elected president
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A12
The presidency of Argentina was handed from husband to wife Sunday, as first lady Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner crushed 13 opposition candidates on the promise of adhering to the political principles that made President Nestor Kirchner one of Latin America’s most popular leaders.
Senator critical of anti-coal ads
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B12
The president of the state Senate is critical of an advertising campaign funded by an Oklahoma natural gas company that takes aim at the stalled proposal for a $3.6 billion coal-fired power plant in western Kansas.
East Coast transplant enjoying extra hour
October 29, 2007 in print edition on C1
Remember how you felt last year when you gained an hour as a gift from daylight-saving time? That’s how it is moving back to the Central Standard Time Zone. You gain a wonderful hour right away when you move, but it’s a gift that keeps on giving.
Old home town - 100 years ago
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A10
From the Lawrence Daily World for Oct. 29, 1907: “One of the greatest strikes of gold ever made in California was reported in Placerville today. It was made at Gravel Diggings on the American River east of Placerville.”
Falcons come back to take title
October 29, 2007
The seventh-grade West Falcons were undefeated going into the final game of the Lawrence Youth Football season on Sunday at Youth Sports Inc. Standing in the way of a second-straight LYF championship were the South Predators.
Throw-in’ Lowell MVP
Third baseman hit .400 with four RBIs in Boston’s Series sweep
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
Mike Lowell is much more than some throw-in on a Red Sox trade. He’s the World Series MVP. The steady third baseman capped an outstanding October with a big performance Sunday night, earning MVP honors as Boston finished a four-game sweep with a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Clearing the conscience after coming clean
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B7
Kelli White knows she doesn’t have to talk about it anymore. She knows she could go to her job as a marketing manager at a Stanford, Calif., mall and nobody would ask her about steroids or BALCO or why she ruined her track career by taking performance-enhancing drugs.
Jury failed in terrorism case
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A11
A federal judge in Dallas declared a mistrial in the case of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) when a jury was unable to reach a verdict on 197 counts brought by the government that accused the Muslim charity of funding terrorism.
My husband’s in the trunk, and other hurdles to hiring
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B11
I have a friend who never seems to land a job. Curiously, she takes her husband with her on interviews. Many besides myself have advised her that this could be the problem. She doesn’t think so.
Haunted Haskell
Spirits who haunt campus halls loved school enough to linger
October 29, 2007 in print edition on C1
Lori Tapahonso stares at Hiawatha Hall, still with contempt. It’s been more than a decade since she says a spirit smacked her in the head in a stairwell inside the hall, which is on the Haskell Indian Nations University campus. She hasn’t been back inside the building since.
Pregnant women: No poking or prying, please
October 29, 2007 in print edition on C1
Unless you’ve been pregnant or are due in the next nine months, you may not be aware of common pregnancy etiquette flops. Here are five pregnancy faux pas to avoid.
On the record
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported no responses Sunday.
Campus locked down after shot fired
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
Shots were fired during the night on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University during homecoming weekend but no one was injured, school officials in Maryville said Sunday. No one had been arrested. Officers were looking for two men they described as persons of interest, but said they believed the men had left the campus.
Entries sought for creative writing awards
October 29, 2007 in print edition on C2
Submissions are being accepted for the 2008 Langston Hughes Creative Writing Awards. Poetry and fiction writers who have lived in Douglas County for at least a year, are 21 or older, have not published a book-length volume of poetry or fiction and have not previously won the Langston Hughes aware are eligible.
Search under way for 2 escaped prison inmates
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A4
Two inmates escaped from the El Dorado Correctional Center on Sunday night after cutting through wire during a recreational period, prison officials said. A search was under way for Steven A. Ford and Jesse L. Bell, who escaped around 8:30 p.m. after cutting through the wire of the facility’s segregation area.
Fifth-grade Hurricanes take out Cougars
October 29, 2007
The fifth-grade Toy Bowl championship featured the Cougars and the Hurricanes battling for the top spot. The Cougars struck early, but the Hurricanes took to the ground and managed to take the game in the third quarter with a 22-6 victory on Sunday at Youth Sports Inc.
Hurricanes blow away Cougars
October 29, 2007
In the sixth-grade Toy Bowl championship game, the Hurricanes proved too much for the Cougars as three first quarter touchdowns put the game out of reach. The scores paved the way for the Hurricanes’ 50-0 victory on Sunday at Youth Sports Inc.
Is Iran policy on the brink of a blunder?
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A10
Hold on to your seats, ladies and gentlemen. It sounds like the president and vice president are planning a war with Iran. Never mind that our military is overstretched by two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Never mind that our latest National Intelligence Estimate says the main threat to our homeland lies with al-Qaida, whose leaders and bases are in Pakistan.
Twisters hold off Hurricanes
October 29, 2007
In a tough defensive battle, the fourth-grade Twisters got the only big offensive play when they needed it, and came away with a 6-0 victory over the fourth-grade Hurricanes in the Toy Bowl championship game on Sunday at Youth Sports Inc.
Hurricanes shutout Gorillas, take first
October 29, 2007
The Gorillas took on the Hurricanes in the Toy Bowl D-division (second-and-third grade) title game Sunday at Youth Sports Inc. And after a scoreless first half, the Hurricanes got their running game on track for a 12-0 victory.
Labradors help to crack down on illegal hunting
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A4
Game wardens in Kansas are using Labrador retrievers to help catch hunters who they say are shooting more than their limits of game birds and illegally killing deer. The same natural hunting instincts that make the dogs so reliable to legal hunters are being used to crack down on poachers.
Saw IV’ cuts through competition
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B10
The killer of the “Saw” franchise may be dead, but his sadistic spirit lives on. Lionsgate’s “Saw IV” led the weekend box office with $32.1 million, maintaining the horror franchise’s position as a Halloween perennial, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Illinois State players charged
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B2
Two former members of Illinois State’s football team are facing felony theft charges after authorities said they stole a classmate’s wallet. Cameron Cyril Thompkins, 18, of Sanford, Fla., and Micha Gordon, 19, of Peoria, were dismissed from the team Thursday because of “violations of team rules,” said Todd Kober, ISU assistant athletics director of media relations.
Rockies’ magical run comes to bitter end
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
The clutch hits, nowhere in sight. The ball bashers, nowhere in sight. The potent ‘pen, nowhere in sight. The right managerial moves, nowhere in sight. The starting pitching, a joke until Aaron Cook’s valiant effort fell short Sunday night.
Spacewalkers make disturbing discovery
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
Spacewalking astronauts doing construction work outside the international space station Sunday made a disturbing discovery: what appear to be metal shavings inside a joint that is needed to turn a set of solar power panels.
Avoid ‘underearning’
Follow these tips for making your hard work pay off
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B11
No one could argue that you’re unmotivated or underqualified. You work harder than most everyone you know, and you’ve got professional credentials to spare. So why are you just squeaking by financially while the competition keeps getting further ahead?
Changes to AP poll minor
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B5
For a change, there was little change at the top of the Top 25. Ohio State was No. 1 with Boston College second and LSU third, which is how they they lined up last week. It’s just the second time this season the top three was unchanged, the other being Week 1, when the preseason top three held their spots in the first regular-season poll.
B.C. pulls away from LSU
Kansas eighth in BCS standings
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B5
While Boston College gained some cushion on third-place LSU in the Bowl Championship Series standings and Ohio State held firm to first place, Arizona State moved into position to make a big stretch run.
Twins visit ‘Nova; decision may be Thursday
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B3
Twin brothers/blue chip basketball recruits Marcus and Markieff Morris returned to APEX Academies in New Jersey on Sunday after spending the weekend at Villanova University in a suburb of their hometown of Philadelphia.
Internet could simplify bus use
Commissioner says ‘BusQuest’ technology could boost ridership on public transit
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A1
City Commissioner Mike Dever knows he’s on the hook. Dever was a swing vote this summer when city commissioners were struggling to decide whether to provide more funding for the public transit system or cut back on its service.
Gap promises action against child labor
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
Clothing retailer Gap Inc. said Sunday that it will convene all of its Indian suppliers to “forcefully reiterate” its prohibition on child labor after a British newspaper found children as young as 10 making Gap clothes at a sweatshop in New Delhi.
Camera images stir bigfoot debate
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
It’s furry and walks on all fours. Beyond that, the creature’s identity is open to interpretation. Rick Jacobs says he got the pictures last month from a camera with an automatic trigger that he fastened to a tree in the Allegheny National Forest, about 115 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, hoping to photograph deer.
LMH nurses earn surgical certification
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B11
Tammy Lyles and Judy Schwinn, registered nurses in the surgical nursing unit at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, each earned the Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) credential in June by successfully completing the national certification exam through the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board.
Charles Schulz profile short on ‘happiness’
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B10
After a half century in the “funny papers” and more than seven years since his death, cartoonist Charles Schulz continues to inspire passion and scrutiny. “American Masters” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) profiles the artist in the film “Good Ol’ Charles Schulz.”
Office parties
Lawsuits and common sense are tending to inject more sanity into various holiday celebrations.
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A10
The old days of holiday office parties that sometimes deteriorated into embarrassing situations are, for the most part, no longer with us. That’s good. There has been, in recent years, a trend away from knockdown-dragout affairs that may make intriguing television or movie fare but can lead to a long list of problems in real life.
Detonators defeat White Stripes to take first
October 29, 2007
The White Stripes and Detonators hit the pitch to settle the matter of first place in the Kaw Valley Soccer Association’s U12 girls division Saturday at Youth Sports Inc.
Horoscopes
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B10
Often, life is a mixed bag, especially this year. On some level, a partnership will be intrinsic to your well-being. You will test the waters intellectually, emotionally and any other way you could possibly devise. Your imagination seems limitless. Questioning and playing devil’s advocate is positive but not controlling.
SMU gives boot to Bennett
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B2
SMU coach Phil Bennett was fired Sunday, a day after the Mustangs lost 29-23 at Tulsa and were eliminated from bowl contention. Bennett, who is 18-48 in six seasons, will finish out the season, athletic director Steve Orsini said.
Senator calls for superbug tracking
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A7
Sen. Charles Schumer on Sunday called for a national reporting system to track cases of the so-called staph superbug and treat them faster. Schumer, D-N.Y., said if the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were able to track cases of MRSA - or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus - federal officials could better inform local agents about how to prevent the staph infection from spreading.
D.C. contrasts
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A11
To the editor: Last week we got a great example of how to accept defeat gracefully and an example of, well, let’s say something not exactly graceful. Sen. Sam Brownback pulled out of the 2008 presidential race like a true statesman, while Nancy Boyda accepted the defeat in the attempt to override President Bush’s veto of the expansion of the SCHIP program by calling Bush “morally bankrupt.”
Cyclones beat Rangers
October 29, 2007
In the first-place match of the boys U12 Division, the Perry Cyclones took on the Rangers. In an initially evenly matched game, the Cyclones eventually proved too much as they walked away with a 2-0 victory Saturday at Youth Sports Inc.
Country superstar Wagoner dies
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B10
Porter Wagoner, the rhinestone-clad Grand Ole Opry star who helped launch the career of Dolly Parton by hiring her as his duet partner, died Sunday. He was 80. Wagoner, who had survived an abdominal aneurysm in 2006, was hospitalized again this month and his publicist disclosed he had lung cancer.
Drug-resistant staph showing up in pets
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A7
Some veterinarians are documenting more and more cases of drug-resistant staph infections in dogs and cats, but say there is no reason for alarm among pet owners if they follow measures of simple hygiene.
Bulldogs defeat Hamsters for third place
October 29, 2007
Third place was on the line in the U12 boys division during the Kaw Valley Soccer Association’s club league finale Saturday at Youth Sports Inc.
Better run blocking key for Pack tonight
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B4
Pass protection is and probably always will be the most important part of the job for an offensive tackle in the National Football League. Left tackle Chad Clifton and right tackle Mark Tauscher have protected and still do protect Brett Favre very well since they moved into the Green Bay Packers’ lineup as rookies in 2000.
Hundreds flee fires set by arsonists in Hawaii
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
Brush fires that appeared to be the work of arsonists burned out of control Sunday along the coast of Hawaii’s largest island, sending hundreds of people fleeing inland, officials said.
Pictures wanted for Halloween
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
It’s that time of year again - zombies, witches and other assorted ghouls are walking the streets of Lawrence for Halloween. We want your pictures.
Pre-Columbian site excites archaeologists
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A12
U.S. and Puerto Rican archaeologists say they have found the best-preserved pre-Columbian site in the Caribbean, which could shed light on virtually every aspect of Indian life in the region, from sacred rituals to eating habits.
Johnson wins second race in row
NASCAR driver rules in Georgia, closes on Gordon
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B2
Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon are quickly turning the Chase for the Nextel Cup championship into their own private duel. A two-tire stop for Johnson paid off with a victory Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, making the Chase a dead heat at the top between the reigning champion and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate and friend.
Money tip: Curb impulse spending
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B11
Is impulse buying taking a heavy toll on your budget? Here are six ways to get a handle on your spending.
Bioscience series continues Wednesday
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B11
Representatives from three area bioscience companies will discuss their work during a luncheon set for noon Wednesday at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H.
No logic on SLT
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A11
To the editor: In regard to their recently revised position on the proposed South Lawrence Trafficway, I am profoundly disappointed in our city commissioners. Instead of acting with foresight and respect for the diversity of our community and our ecosystem, the commission, with the exception of Boog Highberger, has bowed to ill-advised pressures.
KU’s Self helps out buddy Thompson
Coach speaks at San Antonio clinic, supports former Oklahoma State player who went 7-22 in first year
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B2
On a warm and sunny morning in South Texas, Bill Self arrived at the UTSA Convocation Center, intent on helping a friend. Self, Kansas University’s fifth-year basketball coach, had just flown into town on a private plane.
Grants to showcase Kansas cultural legacy
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Humanities Council has announced three grant opportunities in support of local heritage. The Kansans Tell Their Stories grants allow Kansans to share their stories through digital documentaries, heritage tourism projects and community heritage projects. Any Kansas nonprofit organization can apply.
10 anti-al-Qaida sheiks kidnapped after talks
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A9
Gunmen in Baghdad snatched 10 Sunni and Shiite tribal sheiks from their cars Sunday as they were heading home to Diyala province after talks with the government on fighting al-Qaida, and at least one was later found shot to death.
Kansas Realtors group honors Lawrence agents
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B11
Mary and Stephen Jones, of Coldwell Banker McGrew Real Estate, Lawrence, received honorable mention for the Kansas Good Neighbor Award presented earlier this month by the Kansas Association of Realtors.
Bosox sweep World Series
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
There’s a new monster in baseball, and this one’s in Boston, too. Overwhelming in every way, the Red Sox swept to their second title in four years Sunday night. Jon Lester, Mike Lowell & Co. left little room for drama with a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies in Game 4.
Big meteorites fail to sell at N.Y. auction
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
Two of the world’s most famous meteorites failed to attract buyers at an auction Sunday, while an ordinary metal mailbox zapped by a falling space rock in 1984 was sold for the unearthly price of nearly $83,000.
Magazine provides tips for taming jealousy
October 29, 2007 in print edition on C2
Spouses, partners, siblings and friends who find themselves green with envy and wanting to return to their normal shade need look no further than the November issue of Good Housekeeping.
Poll: Minorities less likely to trick-or-treat this Halloween
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A1
Two-thirds of parents say their children will trick-or-treat this Halloween, but fewer minorities will let their kids go door to door, with some citing safety worries, a poll shows. The survey found that 73 percent of whites versus 56 percent of minorities said their children will trick-or-treat on Wednesday.
Wildfire survivors give thanks as blazes continue to burn
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
Survivors of firestorms that destroyed more than 2,000 homes in Southern California found reasons Sunday to be thankful even as the damage toll mounted and firefighters worked to contain blazes.
5 dead in fiery expressway crash
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
A 29-year-old man driving the wrong way on an expressway west of downtown early Sunday caused a fiery crash that left five people dead, including himself, state police said. Authorities identified the driver as Frederick Sy, a Chicago man who also has an address in the suburb of Northbrook.
Strike threatens Dubai building boom
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
Thousands of South Asian construction workers went on strike Sunday over harsh working conditions in the latest threat to a spectacular building boom already endangered by a falling currency and labor shortage.
Part-time, but always on duty
Small towns benefit from having a first line of defense: their own police officers
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
When the town of Perry had a problem with a residential burglar last summer, it didn’t have to rely solely on the help of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Its first line of defense was its own part-time police department.
Patriots, Colts stay unbeaten
AFC’s best to clash next week with perfect records
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B4
The Patriots rolled up their highest point total in 28 years, and Tom Brady threw his career-high 30th touchdown pass. Pretty impressive, and there’s still half a season to go.
Lawrence attorney to work for Obama
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
Lawrence attorney Dan Watkins has been named senior adviser for the Kansas presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.
KU men’s golf eighth in fall-season finale
October 29, 2007 in print edition on B3
Brad Hopfinger led the Kansas University men’s golf team at the Landfall Tradition by carding a final-round 72 and finishing tied for 12th place.
Catholic beatifications stir Spanish unrest
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A12
The Vatican took on Spain’s Socialist government Sunday, criticizing its social policies as the church beatified nearly 500 victims of leftist persecution during the country’s civil war era. The ceremony was the largest mass beatification ever by the Vatican, which supported the fascist dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco during and after his war against the leftists.
Keegan: Bottom line: KU unbeaten
October 29, 2007 in print edition on A1
Nobody held a pity party for the Kansas University football program in 2006 when:¢ Charles Gordon crippled the secondary by bolting to the NFL a year ahead of schedule.¢ Safety Rodney Harris returned to the program, only to suffer a career-ending neck injury.