Archive for Sunday, September 30, 2007

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Nature Reserve Dedication Jayhawk Invitational at Rim Rock Leaders of Weaver's Department Store, through the years
Now that K-State has knocked off Texas, do you think a KU win in Manhattan would put the Jayhawks in the Top 25 polls?

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6Sports video: LHS volleyball wins 1 of 3 at Invite
September 30, 2007
The Lawrence High volleyball team wins 1 of 3 matches at the Joan Wells Invitational.
6News video: Lawmakers working to keep more Kansans insured
September 30, 2007
Health care is expected to be a big issue for lawmakers next year. And as state board is already working on proposals for making sure fewer Kansans go without insurance.
6Sports video: FSHS and LHS cross country teams participate in Classic
September 30, 2007
Both Free State High and Lawrence High cross country runners endured unexpected temperatures of 80+ degrees during the Rim Rock Farm Classic.
6News video: Deferred Maintenance not just an issue for universities
September 30, 2007
Deferred Maintenance isn’t just an issue for the state’s universities. 6News reporter George Diepenbrock takes a look at a 20-million-dollar list of requested projects for Lawrence’s elementary schools.
6News video: The biggest retailer in downtown Lawrence is also the oldest
September 30, 2007
6News Business Editor Mark Fagan tells us how an independent department store embraces its past while looking to the future after 150 years in business.
6News video: Perry-Lecompton Library project a tough task
September 30, 2007
It could be a new chapter for the neighboring cities of Perry and Lecompton as one resident tries to establish a community library. But in this tale of two cities, Beverly Warren never knew her project would become such a saga.
6News video: City officials and community leaders step into firefighters’ shoes
September 30, 2007
They’re city officials and community leaders but can they take the heat as fire fighters? This weekend, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical showed members of the community what it takes to be one of their own.
Inflatable Theater Co. sets imaginations adrift at Lied Center
September 30, 2007
Parachutes aren’t just for saving skydivers anymore. They are also an ingenious way of introducing dance, comedy and magic to an eager audience of children.
Severe weather warning extended until 4 p.m.
03:11 p.m., September 30, 2007 Updated 03:30 p.m.
A severe weather warning remains in effect for Douglas County and southeastern Jefferson County until at least 4 p.m.
150 years of style
Weaver’s fashions success in downtown Lawrence
September 30, 2007 in print edition on E1
Having survived the immediacy of Internet retailing, the expansion of Wal-Mart, the emergence of shopping malls, the depths of the Great Depression and the limitations of a rope-and-pulley system for carting merchandise, money and paperwork to and from a central cashier, Weaver’s Department Store is ready to move on. To its next 150 years.
Busch wins yellow-hued Busch race
September 30, 2007 in print edition on C6
There was plenty of yellow during the Yellow Transportation 300 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday. The 10 cautions for the race tied the record for a NASCAR Busch Series race at Kansas - which has happened three other times in just seven races run - and Kyle Busch needed every one of them to come away with his third victory of the season.
Seabury tennis takes second place
September 30, 2007 in print edition on C3
Brooke Sutherland and Gabrielle Dillon won their flights to lift the Seabury Academy girls tennis team to a second-place finish Saturday.
Seabury volleyball winless in tourney
September 30, 2007 in print edition on C3
Seabury Academy went 0-3 on Saturday in the Wetmore Invitational volleyball tournament.
Rim Rock serves up tough challenge
September 30, 2007 in print edition on C3
High school cross country runners felt the wrath of Rim Rock Farm on Saturday as the course, aided by relatively warm weather and constant, swirling wind, challenged their bodies and minds.
Angels’ Escobar logs 18th victory
September 30, 2007 in print edition on C4
The Angels already locked up the AL West and know they are headed to Boston to open the first round of the playoffs.
Race to romance
Former NASCAR wife gives directions to drivers’ hearts
September 30, 2007
The race is on. Not the sprint to the checkered flag at today’s LifeLock 400 at the Kansas Speedway - although that’s shaping up to be a pivotal pit stop in the Nextel Cup points dash. We’re talking about the race to romance. The fast lane to affection. The pit pass to passion. Ladies, start your engines!
Ragweed’s wrath haunts allergy sufferer day and night
September 30, 2007 in print edition on D1
I’m having a dream. It’s a nightmare, really. A horrible, horrifying nightmare. I’m trapped, surrounded by thousands of creepy things I cannot see. These tall, prickly things wrap themselves tightly around me. They weave themselves through my fingers, get tangled in my hair, poke me in the eyes, ears and nose, encircle my body like thousands of slender, spindly boa constrictors.
The Secret Garden’ run extended
September 30, 2007 in print edition on D2
To accommodate audience demand for seats, Lawrence Community Theatre will add an additional performance to the run of its latest musical, “The Secret Garden.”
Dressing showgirls, Big Bird job of ‘feather man’
September 30, 2007 in print edition on D6
Drag queens, carnival kings, Big Bird and John Travolta are all in a day’s work to Jon Coles, whose company has outfitted all of them with feathers.
Hitchcock’s fashion sense still spellbinding
September 30, 2007 in print edition on D9
When it came to cultivating a signature look for characters, no director was more of a style Svengali than Alfred Hitchcock. His cool, elegant leading ladies were tall glasses of mercury - gorgeous, fluid and, in many cases, toxic.
Electric Shepherd
Sci-fi author’s legacy kept alive by Hollywood
September 30, 2007 in print edition on D3
Philip K. Dick, the science-fiction author who struggled for years with personal demons, never saw “Blade Runner,” the first Hollywood adaptation of his writing. He died of a stroke just four months shy of its release in 1982. His grieving daughter Isa, then 15, remembers going to see the film in a San Rafael, Calif ., theater hoping that it might, somehow, keep part of her father alive.
Men drawn to skincare business
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A7
This Avon rep wears a hard hat and carries a pile of company catalogues to his day job on a construction site, encouraging the men to buy their ladies a little something. Perfume and lingerie are his top sellers. Oh, and he won’t go a day without the women’s wrinkle cream. Meet Bobby McKinney. Your local Avon man.
Collection of 400 Civil War letters auctioned
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
For months, 11 folders of old papers rescued from his parents’ closet sat in Thomas Willcox’s sports utility vehicle. Then he realized some were signed by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and might be valuable. They were.
Discovery of marble leads to big business
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B3
Bob Davis was digging a livestock pond west of Olpe about 18 months ago when he struck such a mass of rock that he had to stop digging. He moved about a half-mile west to try again and encountered the same problem.
Hope wanes with Myanmar protesters on quiet day
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
Die-hard protesters waved the peacock flag of the crushed pro-democracy movement on a solitary march Saturday through the eerily quiet streets of Myanmar’s largest city, where many dissidents said they were resigned to defeat without international intervention.
U.S. sniper gets 5 months
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
The court-martial that cleared a U.S. Army sniper of two counts of murder sentenced him Saturday to five months in prison, reduced his rank to private and ordered his pay withheld for planting evidence in the deaths of two Iraqi civilians.
Iran parliament officially labels CIA, U.S. Army as terrorists
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
Iran’s parliament on Saturday approved a nonbinding resolution labeling the CIA and the U.S. Army “terrorist organizations,” in apparent response to a Senate resolution seeking to give a similar designation to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Political power ebbs from religious Right as elections loom
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A6
Palm Sunday two years ago was a glorious day for Christian conservatives. A president who’d proclaimed Jesus his favorite philosopher was racing back from vacation to sign a bill rushed through a compliant Congress - a last-minute gamble to keep alive a severely brain-damaged woman in Florida.
Widow from Greensburg tornado struggles after disaster
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
Bunny Giles had just fallen asleep when an alarm blared at the assisted living center where she is trying to make a new life. Panicked by the noise, Bunny rushed out of her apartment in her pajamas just after midnight. She didn’t even grab her robe.
People in the news
September 30, 2007 in print edition on D7
¢ Michelle Rodriguez could face jail time¢ Tom Cruise extortion plot suspect found dead¢ Coen brothers to film movie in home state
Sympathy for the Devil’ looks at convergence of art, rock
September 30, 2007 in print edition on D7
The peek of platinum blond hair would be instantly recognizable to Madonna fans - it’s from the portrait on the cover of her self-titled 1983 album.
Political, financial success linked for Obamas
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A8
Barack Obama has two best-selling books, a nice salary as a senator and a wife with a handsome income. Earlier this year he reported assets of up to $1.14 million in addition to his Chicago home.
On the record
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lawrence police reported no calls Saturday.
Loneker’s new role
Ex-lineman wants to make it as an actor
September 30, 2007 in print edition on C6
Keith Loneker wants to make it as a movie actor. Not so that he can rub elbows with celebrities. He already has the pass code to gain entry to George Clooney’s backyard basketball court.
Lawrence Datebook
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
Events around Lawrence.
September 30, 2007 in print edition on D7
Your ability to handle a lot of pressure emerges. In a key area of your life, you have a partnership or friendship. This person is supportive and caring. If you are single, you will want to take your time getting to know a potential sweetie better. If you are attached, your relationship will benefit from special time together.
Victims of eco-disaster still struggle for redress
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
The dawn is still only a faint glow beyond distant mountains, but fisherman Akinori Mori and his wife, Itsuko, are already hard at work on their boat, reeling in nets of squid, fish and crabs.Nothing about this placid scene reveals that Japan’s worst environmental disaster unfolded here.
Lawmakers want more from eco-devo funds
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lawmakers looked stunned at what Kansas Revenue Secretary Joan Wagnon was telling them. Four hundred million dollars? That’s right. Last week, Wagnon told a legislative committee that businesses in Kansas were holding $400 million in state tax credits that lawmakers had given them.
Pump patrol
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.57 at several locations.
$270K gift helps preserve prairie
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
Robert McColl knew he’d be in big trouble if he didn’t buy the perfect gift for his wife’s 70th birthday, which was right around the corner. “Men don’t do birthdays well,” he joked. Fortunately he put his mind to work months in advance and came up with the perfect $270,000 idea.
Johnson goes first to worst
Pole winner relegated to back after crash
September 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
In less than 24 hours, Jimmie Johnson went from starting at the front of today’s LifeLock 400 to starting in last after an accident in the final practice Saturday.
Boston leads KU rowing
September 30, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kara Boston led the Kansas University rowing team with two gold medals at the Head of the Des Moines regatta Saturday.
Mets pull into first-place tie
September 30, 2007 in print edition on C4
John Maine stopped the New York Mets’ slide with an overpowering performance that pulled them into a first-place tie. Maine flirted with the first no-hitter in team history before allowing an infield single to Paul Hoover with two outs in the eighth inning, and New York snapped out of its September doldrums.
Album tribute to Fats Domino, New Orleans
September 30, 2007 in print edition on D2
Some of the biggest names in music pay homage to Fats Domino on a new album, hoping it will help drive the recovery of the city’s music soul.
Old yarn winders fun finds
September 30, 2007 in print edition on D5
Spinning and weaving is a popular hobby right now. Some people are even trying to use old methods and old tools to design their modern creations. Natural dyes can be made from onion skins (orange), oak bark (tan), pokeweed (purple) or marigolds (yellow).
Revived Van Halen lineup still rocks out
September 30, 2007 in print edition on D8
First, the good news: David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen got through the entire stretch of their first show together in 22 years without killing each other.
September 30, 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:
Spencer Consort to perform Oct. 7
September 30, 2007 in print edition on D10
The Spencer Consort, a group that performs on period instruments, will present its fall concert, “Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707) and the Baroque: A Tercentenary Consideration,” at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Central Court of the Spencer Museum of Art.
stop flushing money down the toilet
September 30, 2007 in print edition on D1
You may be flushing your money down the toilet without even knowing it.
Lions struggle at own tournament
September 30, 2007 in print edition on C3
Facing relegation to the bronze division - the lowest tier at the Joan Wells Invitational on Saturday - the Lawrence High volleyball team finally put together its most substantial run of the tournament.
Court bench rumored to have Jesse James connections
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B7
Everyone knows the St. Joseph-Jesse James connection, but what about that “coward” who shot him?
Rotary Arboretum shows off natural beauty
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
Curtis Marsh walked down a trail at the Rotary Arboretum in west Lawrence, as his two sons skipped along next to him. Near Clinton Lake, the arboretum doesn’t receive a lot of traffic, but those who know about it enjoy its quiet beauty. “It’s an awfully pretty place,” Marsh said.
Make up for lost time with swift, smart action
September 30, 2007 in print edition on E2
Q: I have only $20,000 saved for retirement and am 50 years old. I know I have to get going, but my head is swimming with things I have heard about a deferred compensation plan and a 403(b) variable annuity at work. I’m a teacher, and can use either of the plans. But some people at work say the annuity isn’t good and the deferred compensation plan is better. I tried to get help from a person in benefits, but they sounded like they were talking in code. So I haven’t been doing anything, although I did pay off my house. What should I do?
One Blade of Green
September 30, 2007 in print edition on D3
Poet’s Showcase: One Blade of Green by Mike Penner.
Afghan leader offers to meet with Taliban after bus attack
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
President Hamid Karzai on Saturday offered to meet with the Taliban leader and give militants a government position only hours after a suicide bomber in army disguise attacked a military bus, killing 30 people - nearly all of them Afghan soldiers.
September 30, 2007 in print edition on D3
The best-selling books for this week.
KU design department creates new major
September 30, 2007 in print edition on D10
Kansas University’s design department announces the creation of a new undergraduate photography and digital media major, photomedia. With the launch of this new program, KU becomes the only school in Kansas to offer a comprehensive and professional-based photography and media program.
Proposals sought for Crossroads project
September 30, 2007 in print edition on D10
The Crossroads Community Association and Harrah’s invites artists to submit entry forms, qualifications and artwork in order to be considered for a 90-foot-by-90-foot public art installation on the north wall of the building located at 1627 Main St. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 15.
Senior Safety Series to offer financial tips
September 30, 2007 in print edition on E1
Barbara Braa, of Corner Bank, will open a Senior Safety Series on Tuesday with a session that addresses financial safety.
Student, instructor, employer win awards
September 30, 2007 in print edition on E1
Pinnacle Career Institute in Lawrence was part of three state honors presented Sept. 21 during the annual conference of the Kansas Association of Career Colleges and Schools/Missouri Association of Career Colleges:
Dengue fever surges in Latin America
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
Dengue fever is spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean in one of the worst outbreaks in decades, causing agonizing joint pain for hundreds of thousands of people and killing nearly 200 so far this year.
Police crack down on election-ruling protest
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
Police used tear gas and batons to disperse lawyers protesting a new - and widely expected - legal victory Saturday for President Gen. Pervez Musharraf re-election bid.
Energy-saving home generates $0 electric bill for owner
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B4
Jeffrey Ward has taken total control of his energy bill with the installation of three solar panels in the backyard. He has achieved not just zero electric use, but he generates more power than he needs and feeds it back to the city, which purchases it from him.
Bush’s EPA pursuing fewer polluters
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
The Environmental Protection Agency’s pursuit of criminal cases against polluters has dropped off sharply during the Bush administration, with the number of prosecutions, new investigations and total convictions all down by more than a third, according to Justice Department and EPA data.
Republicans face slump in leading indicators for 2008
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A6
It is gallows humor time for Republicans in Congress, where one lawmaker jokes, “There’s talk about us going the way of the Whigs,” the 19th-century political party long extinct. “That’s not going to happen,” Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., hastens to add. But about a year before the 2008 election, the major leading political indicators point downward for a party turned out of power in 2006.
Dodge Theater’s future remains hazy
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
It was home to the premiere of the 1939 movie “Dodge City.” For close to six decades, it was one of the only options for the movie-going public in Dodge City. Then the Dodge Theater began to fall into disrepair. The carpets became threadbare, and the seats began to break.
Police charge woman, 61, in decades-old killing
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Police arrested a 61-year-old woman and charged her with a killing they say took place nearly three decades ago but went undiscovered until now.
Gingrich decides against 2008 White House run
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will not run for president in 2008 after determining he could not legally explore a bid and remain as head of his tax-exempt political organization, a spokesman said Saturday.
Madonna, Beastie Boys lead hall of fame nods
September 30, 2007 in print edition on D7
Here’s something Madonna can really celebrate: a nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Madge joins heartland rocker John Mellencamp, the puckish rappers Beastie Boys and premier dance acts Donna Summer and Chic among the nine nominees for the hall. The five leading vote-getters will be inducted in the annual ceremony March 10, 2008, at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
Museum project to showcase Harry Truman’s working office
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B10
Construction has started on a $1.6 million project designed to bring the public closer to the office Harry S. Truman worked in after leaving the White House.
Wildcats: ‘Texas who?’
K-State’s three return TDs doom UT
September 30, 2007 in print edition on C8
The Kansas State Wildcats charged toward their purple-clad fans behind the end zone to celebrate, then turned around and left the field flashing downward “Hook’em Horns!” signs. “Texas who?” shouted Wildcats wide receiver Deon Murphy. No longer undefeated Texas, that’s who.
Bush jabs at Democrats for failing to finish bills
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
President Bush on Saturday signed a bill to prevent a government shutdown, but not without complaint. Bush lambasted the Democrats who control Congress for sending him the stopgap measure while they continue to work on more than a dozen spending bills funding the day-to-day operations of 15 Cabinet departments.
Toilet paper thief strikes government center
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A4
Someone in Fond du Lac is either too cheap to buy toilet paper or is planning a big prank.
KU men’s CC 13th at Griak Invitational
September 30, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s men’s cross country team placed 13th of 23 teams Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational at the Les Bolstad Golf Course. The Jayhawk women placed 16th out of 26 teams.
Something’s wrong
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B8
To the editor: Thursday’s paper carried the news that Bush and the Pentagon desire an additional $190 billion to continue their wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. That would be over $600 per U.S. citizen (man, woman and child).
Cornhuskers silence boos, ISU; Tech tallies 75
September 30, 2007 in print edition on C8
A week after being jeered by the home fans, Nebraska’s defense played well enough to earn some cheers at Memorial Stadium.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World for Sept. 30, 1907: “As Claire Haney was going to school this afternoon on his bicycle he collided on the corner between the city library and Central Hotel with W.W. Everett’s automobile.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B8
The fate of the Lawrence Opera House took a new turn. Its owner, facing corporate bankruptcy, proposed that it be sold by the end of the year. During a hearing in Topeka, the opera house owner’s attorney submitted a proposal to liquidate Opera House Investments Inc., which owned the building at 646 Mass.
U.S. dominates at Presidents Cup
Americans build seven-point lead entering final day
September 30, 2007 in print edition on C2
Phil Mickelson showed Woody Austin how to stay dry, and the Americans blew the International team out of the water Saturday in the Presidents Cup to build the largest lead in seven years.
Search ramped up for missing adventurer
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Dozens of searchers set off into the rugged Nevada backcountry Saturday after analysts scanning radar and satellite images spotted what may be clues to the whereabouts of missing adventurer Steve Fossett.
Royals slip past Indians
September 30, 2007 in print edition on C5
On the next-to-last day of the regular season, the Cleveland Indians absorbed a postseason setback. Joey Gathright singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth, lifting the Kansas City Royals over Cleveland, 4-3, Saturday night and ending the Indians’ hope of getting home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs.
Wounded war vets return from Iraq to suffer financially
185,000 troops seeking help to pay for medical expenses
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A5
He was one of America’s first defenders on Sept. 11, 2001, a Marine who pulled burned bodies from the ruins of the Pentagon. He saw more horrors in Kuwait and Iraq. Today, he can’t keep a job, pay his bills, or chase thoughts of suicide from his tortured brain. In a few weeks, he may lose his house, too.
Jenna Bush writes book based on her time at UNICEF
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A8
Jenna Bush looked poised as she stepped to the podium, but she couldn’t quite hide the butterflies as she stood before an eager bookstore crowd Saturday to introduce her new book, “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope.”
Tigers’ upset tops them all
September 30, 2007 in print edition on C9
Wes Byrum started celebrating before his kick even cleared the uprights. He knew it was good when it left his foot. For Auburn, it was actually perfect. For Florida, it was a kick where it hurt most.
Meat company expands recall to 21.7M pounds of ground beef
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
The Topps Meat Co. on Saturday expanded its recall of frozen hamburger patties that may be contaminated with the E. coli bacteria and sickened more than a dozen people in eight states.
Oklahoma, Texas among top-10 upset victims
Unranked Kansas State and Colorado strike blow for Big 12 North; Florida, Rutgers tumble
September 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
The national title race received a major makeover in an upsetting couple of days for a bunch top-ranked teams. Half of the top 10 teams in the country lost in the fifth weekend of the season, including defending national champion and fourth-ranked Florida falling, 20-17, at home to Auburn on a last-second field goal.
Supreme Court returning to work with Gitmo, death penalty cases lined up
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Supreme Court is set to begin a term that could lead to enhanced rights for terrorism detainees, a ruling against part of a child pornography law and shorter prison terms for crack cocaine dealers.
PBS series puts reality of World War II in focus
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B9
It was the good war, the big war, maybe simply the war, and for the last week it has dominated television. Filmmaker Ken Burns is at it again, creating another visual icon, this one a tribute to the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary courage, determination and vision helped preserve our very ordinary lives.
Brand-name condoms to replace unpopular ones
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Who cares if they’re free? Residents in the nation’s capital say the condoms being handed out have a serious problem.
Ahmadinejad is frustrating, but he’s no Hitler
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B9
The invitation for Tuesday dinner with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came from the Iranian Mission to the United Nations. The scene was the darkly brocaded Barclay Room of New York’s Intercontinental Hotel.
Man charged in crash that killed 2 bicyclists
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
A suburban Kansas City man is charged with two counts involuntary manslaughter in a traffic accident that killed two bicyclists.
L.T., L.J. look to break out
Two of league’s top RBs aim to put slow starts behind them
September 30, 2007 in print edition on C5
If the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs are in a funk now, wait until this evening, when one of them will walk off the field losers again.
Conflicting statistics
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B8
To the editor: On the 6 p.m. Sunflower news, I listened while Lawrence was touted as one of the best places to retire. I smiled and had previously heard those stats. On the 10 p.m. news out of Kansas City, I listened while the elevated crime rates in Lawrence were mentioned.
KU alumnus wins music competition
September 30, 2007 in print edition on D10
Robert Horton, a 2003 Kansas University graduate, recently won first place in the fifth-annual Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition in Kaliningrad, Russia.
Buffalo’s 45-yard kick stuns Oklahoma at CU
September 30, 2007 in print edition on C8
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops envisioned it going down to the wire. Colorado’s Dan Hawkins had a hunch his team would pull off the big upset. Both coaches turned out to be correct, and Hawkins’ Buffaloes dealt a serious blow to the Sooners’ national title hopes when Kevin Eberhart kicked a career-long 45-yard field goal as time expired to send Colorado past No. 3 Oklahoma, 27-24, on Saturday.
Bikers hit streets for kids
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
A gang of motorcycle riders took over Massachusetts Street on Saturday with Santa Claus in the lead. The riders from across the region had one goal in mind: to ensure Douglas County children would have a Christmas gift this year.
Elderly inmates, rising health costs strain U.S. prisons
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A4
Razor wire topping the fences seems almost a joke at the Men’s State Prison, where many inmates are slumped in wheelchairs or leaning on walkers or canes. The increasingly common number of geriatric inmates is outpacing prison growth as a whole.
Lead has Clinton playing it safe
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B8
On the flight from Washington to New Hampshire to cover Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate, I was joined by a Hillary Clinton staffer who was headed for Hanover to prep her for the encounter with her seven rivals. “I expect fireworks,” he said, anticipating that the challengers would try to shake up the race at one of the last confrontations before the January voting.
Stop signs try to slow drivers with humor
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A4
A big red sign that says “Stop” sometimes isn’t enough to get everyone to stop. Maybe a laugh will get their attention. Oak Lawn, a Chicago suburb, has installed second stop signs beneath the regular ones at 50 intersections with messages, including “WHOAAA” or “Stop : and smell the roses.”
Senator from Wichita to seek Tiahrt’s seat
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
State Sen. Donald Betts says he plans to seek the Democratic nomination in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District.
Tropical Storm Melissa strengthens in Atlantic
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
Floodwaters from Hurricane Lorenzo were receding Saturday in eastern Mexico after rains triggered mudslides and floods that killed at least five people and drove tens of thousands from their homes.
What it takes to be a firefighter
One-day course teaches 16 community members how hard it really is
September 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
I could hear every breath I took. And I was taking a lot more than usual. I could feel my pulse start to quicken a bit as the mask sucked up tight against my face and the air tank began to pull on my shoulders. I was about to do something I’d never done before. I was about to enter a burning building.
Football and the game of life
LHS assistant McAnderson battling potentially deadly disease
September 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
Roughly 28 hours before his first varsity start at quarterback for Lawrence High, senior Andrew Miller rushed off the practice field to see a man in a blue sweatshirt watching from the sidelines. Eyes wide open, steps delicate, Miller approached the visitor and went in for a hug.
Driver charged in death of retired police officer
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
A suburban Kansas City man is charged in an accident that killed a retired Kansas City police officer.
Commentary: Enough about Michael Vick already
September 30, 2007 in print edition on C2
This just feels like piling on. A late hit, pardon the football reference, on a prone ballcarrier. Michael Vick has and will long continue to pay for his cruel and felonious behavior. As well he should. Dogfighting is that repugnant. But enough is enough.
Missing in Congress
One of Kansas’ seats in the U.S. Senate too frequently is vacant while Sen. Sam Brownback is on the campaign trail.
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B8
While Sen. Sam Brownback is busy running for president, Kansas has lost a big chunk of its representation in the U.S. Senate. Brownback once again was listed as a no-show at last week’s important vote on increased spending for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. As of Sept. 27, Brownback had missed 131 Senate votes during the current Congress, according to, which monitors all congressional voting records. That’s more than a third of the votes taken.
Residents have a barrel of fun at Oktoberfest
September 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
Rob Hedrick returned to his hometown just for Saturday’s Oktoberfest put on by St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. He came from his residence in Chicago prepared to celebrate his ancestry. Dressed in his lederhosen with a German beer in hand, Hedrick, a Kansas University graduate and former St. John’s parishioner, was ready for a good time.
Teacher leaves Iraqi students in the shadows in ‘Elvis is Titanic’
September 30, 2007 in print edition on D3
During the four and a half years that America has fought in Iraq, many television stations, newspapers and authors have documented the deaths of thousands of U.S. soldiers, the capture and execution of Saddam Hussein, and the intense political divide in American attitudes toward the war.