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Archive for Saturday, October 31, 2009

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On the street
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Halloween 2009 in Downtown Lawrence KU vs. Texas Tech People & Places, October 31 LHS football 13, Leavenworth 6 The day in photos, October 31, 2009 Free State football 35, Olathe Northwest 14
Podcasts
Polls
Did you agree with the benching of Todd Reesing in the fourth quarter against Texas Tech?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
60%
No
 
31%
Undecided
 
7%
Total 2517
Who was KU's first-half MVP against Texas Tech?

Poll results

Response Percent
Jake Laptad (Sack, forced fumble, 2 tackles for loss)
 
45%
Maxwell Onyegbule (Sack, fumble recovery, TD)
 
40%
Jeff Wheeler (Sack, forced fumble)
 
7%
Darrell Stuckey (Sack, two tackles)
 
4%
Other
 
1%
Total 66
The KU men's basketball team was the consensus No. 1 in the preseason polls. Who do you feel is the best team in the nation not counting the Jayhawks?

Poll results

Response Percent
Texas
 
40%
Michigan State
 
36%
Kentucky
 
9%
North Carolina
 
5%
Villanova
 
3%
Purdue
 
2%
Other
 
1%
Total 849
Will KU's offense score on its first possession?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
56%
Yes
 
44%
Total 50
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
The Halloween spirit was alive and kicking Thursday afternoon at the Fun and Games costume store, 1601 W. 23rd St. Trying on a Gumby costume, Jake Miller gets opinions from his friends Ryne Laster, center, and Nick Scannapieco. Shoppers might be a little more frugal in their spending this year, but costume and candy sales won’t be scrapped altogether. Economy scares off some Halloween sales
October 30, 2009 in print edition on 6A
Last year, Americans spent an estimated $5.77 billion celebrating Halloween, but the current economic downturn is prompting some people to scale back on the spookiest of holidays.
4:02 a.m.
Governor Mark Parkinson addresses the state legislature during a joint session of the house and senate in the house chamber of the capital building in this April 2009 file photo. Parkinson raises the possibility of a tax hike as revenue comes up another $15 million short of projections
8:17 a.m., October 30, 2009 Updated 5:46 p.m. in print edition on 1A
As state revenues continued to fall, Gov. Mark Parkinson said Friday that it’s possible he’ll propose a tax increase to lift the budget out of the hole.
10:00 a.m.
Wind turbines tower over north central Kansas on the Meridian Way Wind Farm. Kansas Supreme Court upholds ban on commercial wind farms in scenic Flint Hills
October 30, 2009 in print edition on 1A
In a case pitting the beauty of the Flint Hills against large wind farms, the Flint Hills won. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday in favor of a zoning ordinance in Wabaunsee County that prohibits commercial wind farms.
2:30 p.m.
Todd Reesing hangs his head during the loss to Oklahoma on October 24, 2009. The Jayhawks look to bounce back against Texas Tech in Lubbock on Saturday. FINAL: Reesing benched in 4th quarter of 42-21 loss to Texas Tech
1:13 p.m., October 31, 2009 Updated 8:55 p.m.
The Jayhawks collapsed in the fourth quarter, fumbling three times in the final 12 minutes as quarterback Todd Reesing was benched for the game’s final two possessions.
7:00 p.m.
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William Caldwell an audience at the Dole Institute of Politics in this 2007 file photo. U.S. Army general taking position in Afghanistan highlights leader training
October 31, 2009 in print edition on 1B
An Army general coming to the end of one command and embarking on a new one emphasized Friday the importance of developing strong and capable leaders in Afghanistan.

All stories

FINAL: Reesing benched in 4th quarter of 42-21 loss to Texas Tech
01:13 p.m., October 31, 2009 Updated 08:55 p.m.
The Jayhawks collapsed in the fourth quarter, fumbling three times in the final 12 minutes as quarterback Todd Reesing was benched for the game’s final two possessions.
Three injured in two-vehicle accident early Saturday
One transported via air ambulance; Two taken to LMH by ground
03:41 a.m., October 31, 2009 Updated 04:54 p.m. in print edition on B2
A 20-year-old Olathe man was transported by air ambulance to a Kansas City-area hospital Saturday morning after a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Eighth and Tennessee streets.
Presidential challenger may pull out of Afghan runoff
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A2
Talks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and challenger Abdullah Abdullah have broken down, and Abdullah is likely to pull out of next week’s presidential runoff, a person with knowledge of the talks said Friday.
Bug-borne disease lab heading to state
October 31, 2009 in print edition on B8
Another federal research lab dedicated to animal diseases is headed for Manhattan, Kan.
Ousted leader says pact restores his power
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A7
A U.S.-brokered agreement that could return ousted President Manuel Zelaya to power was sent to the Honduran Congress on Friday for consideration.
U.S. warily leans to new Iran sanctions
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A7
Frustrated by Iran’s continued defiance of demands to come clean on its nuclear program, the Obama administration is leaning toward imposing new sanctions, even if it must act alone.
U.S. seeks to manage Karzai
October 31, 2009 in print edition on B7
Whatever Afghanistan strategy President Obama chooses will hinge on whether U.S. officials can work with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
KU vs. Tech Head to head
October 31, 2009
Armed, dangerous: Raiders to throw, as usual
October 31, 2009
When it came to light Wednesday that Texas Tech coach Mike Leach had opted to start red-shirt freshman quarterback Seth Doege over incumbent Taylor Potts in today’s matchup with Kansas University, it’s hard to imagine the move was met with more than a shrug by members of the Kansas University defense.
Man arrested on charges of firing shots, aggravated assault
October 31, 2009 in print edition on B4
Police arrested a 20-year-old man Friday evening on multiple charges after an incident that ended in several gunshots being fired.
Free State’s Brahler on all-league team
October 31, 2009 in print edition on C6
Free State High senior golfer Grace Brahler recently was named to the six-girl All-Sunflower League second team.
De Soto soccer advances to state quarterfinals
October 31, 2009 in print edition on C6
De Soto stunned defending Class 4A-1A state soccer champion Kansas City Christian, 2-0, Friday in the regional final to advance to Tuesday’s state quarterfinals.
Veritas football earns KCAA’s second seed
October 31, 2009 in print edition on C6
Despite its loss Thursday to Sunrise Christian in the battle of previously unbeatens, Veritas Christian’s football team is still very much alive for a KCAA state title.
Lions roll into state CC
Wedge favored to win individual title
October 31, 2009 in print edition on C6
Today, when Lawrence High’s boys cross country team heads to Rim Rock Farm for the third time this season, the Lions will take the course as the defending Class 6A state champions and, therefore, will run with that giant bull’s-eye on their backs.
KU soccer tames Tigers
Jayhawks advance to Big 12 tourney
October 31, 2009 in print edition on C3
Not a bad day for the Kansas University soccer team. The Jayhawks downed No. 20 Missouri, 3-2, on Friday at Jayhawk Soccer Complex, then squeaked into next week’s Big 12 tournament thanks to the conference’s three-way tiebreaker rule.
Morris twins adding bounce to their step
October 31, 2009 in print edition on C1
There was a time last season when Markieff and Marcus Morris left members of the Kansas University basketball team wondering if they actually could dunk.
Lions ousted at state tourney
October 31, 2009 in print edition on C1
Lawrence High’s volleyball team endured a bittersweet finish to its season Friday evening, as the Lions went 1-2 at the Class 6A state tournament and came up just short of qualifying for today’s semifinals.
Abbyville biker survives 2 brushes with death
October 31, 2009 in print edition on B4
One word describes Levi Mitzner: survivor. At 24 years, the Abbyville resident has endured two life-threatening experiences.
Corrections department seeks to sanction attorney
October 31, 2009 in print edition on B4
The Kansas Department of Corrections has filed an ethics complaint against an attorney who helped a reporter investigate illegal sexual relationships at a state prison for women.
Husker fan treated to dream game
October 31, 2009 in print edition on B2
It was clear to Jerome Schoel that his son, Jon, was having a good time watching over a sea of fans clad in red and white cheering on the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Dog from prison’s K-9 unit found
October 31, 2009 in print edition on B2
A dog that escaped from the Hutchinson Correctional Facility’s K-9 unit has been found.
Snow lets up in West, Plains; South drenched
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A3
While residents in some Western and Plains states were digging out Friday after an early blast of snow, heavy rain and strong winds that toppled trees, power lines and church steeples lashed parts of the South, leaving three people dead.
Pirates want $7 million ransom for couple
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A3
The BBC said Friday that Somali pirates called the broadcaster to demand $7 million for the release of a British couple whose yacht was hijacked off the coast of Africa.
Suspect in gang rape of teen won’t be charged
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A2
Authorities say one of six suspects arrested in connection with the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl outside Richmond High School’s homecoming dance will not be charged.
Woman to repay much of accidental $29K tip
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A3
A woman mistakenly tipped $29,000 by the University of Notre Dame in her catering paycheck will return more than half of the money in $50 monthly payments over the next 28 years.
Military looks for survivors of Coast Guard-Marine midair crash
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A3
The nighttime collision of a Coast Guard aircraft on a rescue mission and a Marine helicopter left nine people feared dead at sea Friday as investigators tried to solve the mystery of how the aircrews failed to see each other in a heavily used military training area.
Pakistanis confront Clinton over drone attack ‘executions’
Secretary of State questions commitment to fighting
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A3
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton faced sharp rebukes from Pakistani audiences Friday, including one woman who accused the U.S. of conducting “executions without trial” in aerial drone strikes. Slapping back, Clinton questioned Pakistan’s commitment to fighting terrorists.
Drug adviser fired after marijuana comments
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A2
Britain’s top drug adviser was fired Friday after saying that marijuana, Ecstasy and LSD were less dangerous than alcohol.
Celebs, lobbyists among White House guests
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A2
Celebrities Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and Denzel Washington, prominent Democratic fundraisers and heavyweights from the financial services and high-tech industries were among those landing visits with President Barack Obama or others at the White House during Obama’s first months in office.
Police: Dad ran over ‘Westernized’ daughter
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A2
An Iraqi immigrant accused of running down his daughter in Arizona with his car because she was becoming “too Westernized” has been arrested in Georgia, authorities said Friday.
BP fined record $87M for refinery hazards
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Friday imposed a record $87 million fine against oil giant BP PLC for failing to correct safety hazards after a 2005 explosion killed 15 workers at its Texas City refinery.
Better late than never
Lawrence escapes cellar with triumph over Pioneers
October 31, 2009 in print edition on C1
If ever there were a more fitting ending to a season, the Lawrence High football team hasn’t seen it.
Gritty FSHS football flattens Ravens
October 31, 2009 in print edition on C1
No one ever expected Free State High’s mercurial, high-octane offense to play smash-mouth football. Until Friday night.
Trick-or-treaters to call on the White House
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A2
Add this to the list of duties for President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle: having enough candy to satisfy 2,000 trick-or-treaters banging on the White House door.
Wildlife officer loses gator at show and tell
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A2
Officials say a Florida Panhandle Fish and Wildlife officer lost a 5-foot alligator after bringing it to his daughter’s school for show and tell.
Papers detail FBI, CIA conflict over detainees
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A2
Newly released documents show the FBI interviewed a naked, chained terror suspect back in 2002 as the bureau struggled with the CIA over how to treat high-value prisoners.
Alvamar pro Towner makes cut
October 31, 2009 in print edition on C3
Alvamar Country Club golf professional Randy Towner fired his second straight 1-under-par 71 on Friday and has made the cut at the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.
South Florida topples West Virginia
October 31, 2009
Once again, South Florida had all the answers for slowing down West Virginia.
SEC officials are unfairly targeted
October 31, 2009 in print edition on C2
A few points that I believe to be true following the recent spate of gaffes by Southeastern Conference football officials:
KU swimming falls to Missouri
October 31, 2009 in print edition on C3
Despite a record-breaking time by junior Iuliia Kuzhil and a first-place finish by senior diver Meg Proehl, the Kansas University swimming and diving team (0-3 in dual meets) lost to Missouri, 119-176, on Friday in Robinson Natatorium.
Rojas candidate for Ray Guy Award
October 31, 2009 in print edition on C3
Kansas University junior Alonso Rojas was named one of 42 candidates for the 2009 Ray Guy Award, given to the country’s top punter each season.
SEC stiffens penalties for complaining coaches
October 31, 2009
Publicly griping about officials in the Southeastern Conference just got a lot more costly for Lane Kiffin and the rest of the league’s coaches.
Haskell women open hoops season with victory
October 31, 2009 in print edition on C3
Haskell Indian Nations University opened its women’s basketball season with a victory Friday night.
Increasing gasoline prices likely to have Grinch effect on holidays
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A1
Americans are paying more for gasoline than they did last year as the holidays approached — billions of dollars that could go to books, clothes and Barbie dolls instead being spent at the pump.
KCK man faces gun, kidnapping charges
October 31, 2009 in print edition on B3
A Kansas City, Kan., man is facing federal kidnapping and firearms charges after allegedly trying to abduct a woman before her father intervened.
Behemoth of the seas: World’s largest cruise ship sails for U.S. port
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A2
It’s five times larger than the Titanic, has seven neighborhoods, an ice rink, a golf course and a 750-seat outdoor amphitheater. The world’s largest cruise ship is finally finished and Friday it began gliding toward its home port in Florida.
Blackhawk chopper lands in Tonganoxie
October 31, 2009 in print edition on B3
A Blackhawk helicopter landing Friday on Tonganoxie High School’s football field was the main attraction for Tonganoxie school district students and other spectators.
U.S. Army general taking position in Afghanistan highlights leader training
October 31, 2009 in print edition on B1
An Army general coming to the end of one command and embarking on a new one emphasized Friday the importance of developing strong and capable leaders in Afghanistan.
Vaccine not always given to high-risk
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A5
It was bound to happen: Some people who aren’t at high risk for swine flu complications got the much-in-demand vaccine.
Kids’ deaths from swine flu jump to 114
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A5
Swine flu has caused at least 19 more children’s deaths — the largest one-week increase since the pandemic started in April, health officials said Friday.
Grave thefts: An age-old problem that won’t die
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A5
It’s that time of year when even cemetery guards are more easily spooked, on alert for signs of one of the oldest, most ghoulish and most persistent of crimes: grave robberies.
Obama lifts ban on U.S. entry for those with HIV
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A5
President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. will overturn a 22-year-old travel and immigration ban against people with HIV early next year.
Flat incomes, weak spending continue to haunt economy
October 31, 2009 in print edition on B5
Flat incomes suggest more weakness ahead in consumer spending, reinforcing concerns about a ho-hum holiday shopping season and a sluggish economic recovery.
Health facility to celebrate 10 years
October 31, 2009 in print edition on B1
Three Lawrence health care agencies will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine.
Government: Stimulus saved, created 650K jobs
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A6
Nearly 650,000 jobs have been saved or created under President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan, the government said Friday, and the White House declared the nation on track to meet the president’s goal of 3.5 million by the end of next year.
Pump patrol
October 31, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.57 at several locations.
University leaders feel powerless to curb athletic excesses
October 31, 2009 in print edition on B1
It’s a sad story. The question of who is running our universities and colleges was answered fairly clearly earlier this week by two news reports from the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics in Miami.
4th typhoon in month lashes sodden Philippines
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A7
A powerful typhoon crashed into the Philippine capital today with pounding rain and strong winds, causing a massive power outage, downing trees and bringing fresh floods to areas still partially submerged from a recent deadly storm.
Virginia could be bellwether for GOP comeback
October 31, 2009 in print edition on E6
A year after Barack Obama handed the Republicans their first presidential defeat in Virginia in 44 years with a pledge to restore jobs, the Democrats appear to have squandered the party’s advances.
Ski town could push marijuana legalization
October 31, 2009 in print edition on E6
Voters in this Rocky Mountain resort town will decide next week whether to legalize pot for all adults at a time when the movement to allow medical marijuana is gaining steam around the country.
Lehman Bros. art auctioned off
October 31, 2009 in print edition on E6
Even in these trying financial times, you’re not going to see many going-out-of-business sales like this one.
People in the news
October 31, 2009 in print edition on D7
A judge ordered Anna Nicole Smith’s boyfriend and two doctors to stand trial on charges of illegally funneling prescription drugs to the former Playboy model.
Horoscope for October 31, 2009
October 31, 2009 in print edition on D7
For Saturday, Oct. 31: You often wonder what you would most like to do. Realize that it is an enviable position to have those concerns. Don’t underestimate the importance of security and family. If you are single, you will meet people with ease, like while going to the gym or to the cleaners. If you are attached, the two of you love hanging out together a little more than before. Aries has a lot of energy; you have depth.
Happiness may not measure progress
October 31, 2009 in print edition on B6
Not long ago a group of writers decided to publish a book of essays we called: “Feminism Made Me Happy.” It was an in-your-face title, a deliberate attempt to counter the narrative we all knew by heart. The one that kept describing how the women’s movement had left us stressed out, discontented, wrenched from home, hearth, and motherhood to struggle and fail at doing it all.
State-option health care not acceptable
October 31, 2009 in print edition on B6
There is an air of desperate improvisation to Sen. Harry Reid’s scheme to pass a “public option” as part of health care reform, but at the same time provide an easy exemption for any state that objects to it. The warning flags ought to be flying for anyone who can count to three — let alone 60.
First step
Talking about how to create jobs in Douglas County is a good start. Now we need to get to work.
October 31, 2009 in print edition on B6
It was heartening to see such a strong turnout at Thursday night’s “Community Forum on Job Growth” at Lawrence High School. Having people who care about an issue enough to come out and discuss it is the first step in finding a solution.
Path clearing for House to pass health bill
October 31, 2009 in print edition on A6
They may not like it, but many House liberals look ready to accept a compromise health care bill, putting Democratic leaders well on the way to delivering on President Barack Obama’s call for overhaul.
Scouting news
October 31, 2009 in print edition on D5
Scouting news for October 31, 2009.
Club news
October 31, 2009 in print edition on D5
Club news for October 31, 2009.
Military news
October 31, 2009 in print edition on D3
Military news for October 31, 2009.
Around and about
October 31, 2009 in print edition on D3
News from around and about for October 31, 2009.
Texas defense: ‘We’re the firemen’
October 31, 2009
The No. 3 Texas Longhorns have given up 15 turnovers this season and have yet to pay much of a price for it.
Today’s Big 12 capsules
October 31, 2009
Tech vows no more complacency
October 31, 2009
There’s been a lot of “fat little girlfriend” talk out of Lubbock, Texas, this week. In case you missed it, Texas Tech coach Mike Leach insinuated last week that his team’s 52-30 home loss to Texas A&M was due at least in part to his players’ “fat little girlfriends,” who apparently had spent the previous week telling their beaus how great they were and thus created a sense of complacency among members of the Red Raiders football team.
Faith Forum: Does faith have a place in Halloween festivities?
October 31, 2009 in print edition on D1
• Make choices that reflect your faith • All Hallows Eve time for imagination
Blackberry owners get their own app site
October 31, 2009 in print edition on D1
BlackBerry addicts, you’re in luck. Just as iPhone owners have the App Store for all electronic necessities, you do too with CrackBerry.com.
Newborn nightmares: Scary story contest winners craft spooky tales
October 31, 2009 in print edition on D1
We invited area students to concoct a Halloween story of 700 words or less that started with this spooky introduction: “‘That has to be the ugliest baby I’ve ever seen,’ I thought when I arrived at the Kendricks’ home to baby-sit their new infant …” We received more than 100 entries from participants, grouped in three divisions: elementary, junior high and high school. Here are the winning entries.