Stories for October 2003


Friday, October 31

Halloween scares up business

'Friday the 31st' creates more revenues for nation's retailers

When Tony Greco started selling theatrical costumes 30 years ago, he didn't bother stocking cheap children's outfits and plastic masks, so he did very little Halloween business. Now the country's spookiest holiday accounts for 60 percent of his annual revenue -- and most of the customers are only children at heart.

Review: kill.switch - PS2, Xbox

The first surprise of the season comes in the form of this fun gun-blazing shooter

The first surprise of the season comes in the form of this fun gun-blazing shooter

Ghost of Nostradamus gazes into the future, via vonHolten

The following is a Halloween online chat with the ghost of Nostradamus, via Tim vonHolten, host of "The Turnpike."

Medal of Honor: Rising Sun goes gold

Starting Novemeber 11, console owners can play the newest of the Honor series

Starting Novemeber 11, console owners can play the newest of the Honor series

Review: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 - Xbox

Not the best Tom Clancy game, but it's up there

It was known beforehand that it would focus more on the action than its PC brethren. That it does, and delivers a good ride.

Review: Top Spin - Xbox

It's official- Microsoft is now the undisputed leader in tennis video games.

It's official- Microsoft is now the undisputed leader in tennis video games.

Review: Rogue Ops - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

If you are just foaming at the mouth for some new stealth missions, Rogue Ops may serve as a decent appetizer.

If you are just foaming at the mouth for some new stealth missions, Rogue Ops may serve as a decent appetizer.


¢ It's a girl for McCartney, Mills ¢ Douglas, wife come as package ¢ Travolta celebrates first flight ¢ No Doubt diva now designing

Rosie O'Donnell, publisher in court battle over magazine

Lawyers for Rosie O'Donnell and the publisher of her now-defunct magazine, Rosie, squared off Thursday in court, each charging the other with destroying the publication by seeking complete control.

Halloween highlights hit new heights

Next to Christmas, no holiday inspires more "special episodes" than Halloween. I guess this makes some kind of sense. It's like a day off for gag writers. Halloween episodes give characters an excuse to dress up in silly costumes and act frightened, two activities that don't require original thought or writing.

Italian premier hits music scene

Long before his days as billionaire head of state, Silvio Berlusconi used to croon on a cruise ship. Now, Italy's premier has co-written an album of love songs.

Creature features available on DVD

This year's crop of creature features, horror flicks and chillers available on DVD for Halloween run the gamut from an offbeat Western to a tale of a beloved little ghost to a shocker about a group of feral cannibals. The only question is -- are you brave enough to watch?

Best bets

Revamped 'Alien' returns to theater

Before Steven Spielberg made extraterrestrials cute and cuddly, Ridley Scott made them slimy and savage. One of Hollywood's all-time fear-jerkers, "Alien" returns to theaters this week in an updated version nearly 25 years after its debut.

Blues Revue helps benefit Toys for Tots

Imagine being able to simultaneously enjoy live music from six bands, drink a beer and aid Douglas County children who are less fortunate. It may sound like an impossibility, but the 10th annual Blues Revue has made it a reality.

Chilly Halloween evening forecasted

Witches and werewolves may want to wear layers tonight. Temperatures will dip into the mid- to lower-40s Friday evening, said 6News Meteorologist Matt Jabobs.

Friday Halloween a frightfully big hit

Better buy the jumbo bag of treats this Halloween. With the holiday on a Friday and fair weather forecast for tonight's Beggar's Night, it looks like throngs will be trick-or-treating, visiting a haunted house or celebrating at a party or bar.

6News video: The story of Virginia, ghost of Sigma Nu

Legend has it that Virginia's unexplained death occured when the Sigma Nu house was the governor's mansion. Residents of the house have several stories about strange events that they attribute to Virginia's ghost.

6News video: Downtown Lawrence will sponsor trick-or-treating

Dozens of merchants will have goodies from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

6News video: Great Pumpkin Carving Contest

Pumpkin carvers can bring their works of art to the News Center between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Halloween.

Spooky fun abounds in Lawrence

Lawrence's traditional Beggars' Night trick-or-treating is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today, but other events geared more to adult revelers will go into the night.

Candy is king for trick-or-treating

Well-known Lawrence residents were asked earlier this week what they're handing out to the horde of hobgoblins that will hit city streets at dusk. Most -- from coaches to local officials to TV anchors -- said they were ready with the goodies.

Thursday, October 30

Revelry, safety top the agenda for Halloween

Lawrence's traditional Beggars' Night trick-or-treating is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, but other events geared more to adult revelers will go into the night.

Lawrence author researches ghost sightings

For people like Gil Bavel, listening to ghost stories is a year-round event. From the Eldridge Hotel and other haunted locales, Lawrence author Gil Bavel is collecting reports of ghost sightings for a book years in the making.

Boycott threats surround 'Reagans'

The angry buzz about "The Reagans" has grown louder and more pointed.

Pediatrician reports Potter book headaches

Has the latest Harry Potter fantasy cast a spell of "Hogwarts headaches" on some of its most avid readers?

Review: Castlevania: Lament of Innocence - PS2

Even in 3D it's worthy of the Castlevania name...but how worthy?

Even in 3D it's worthy of the Castlevania name...but how worthy?

Stringing it along

Folk group celebrates 25 years entertaining

The Packer name may be synonymous with survival. From the flesh-eating resourcefulness of 19th-century cannibal Alferd Packer to the fourth-quarter comebacks of Brett Favre's football squad, Packers have a way of thriving in the most adverse of conditions.


¢ OKC conspirator's brother suing Michael Moore ¢ Lennox to perform 'Lord of the Rings' theme ¢ Courtney Love charged with drug possession ¢ Chong likely to serve time

Former 'Buffy' co-star gets shot at own series

An attractive, if slightly unstable, woman played by a supporting actress from another popular show works in a morgue as a way to deal with long-simmering anger arising from her mother's murder. Sound familiar? It should. It's a capsule description of the NBC drama "Crossing Jordan," starring "Law & Order" veteran Jill Hennessy. It also sums up the new supernatural drama "Tru Calling" (7 p.m., Fox), starring "Buffy" castmate Eliza Dushku.

Wednesday, October 29

Rage against the machine

Local activists use shock to get to the meat of the matter

WARNING::Extremely graphic imagery of dead or dying animals. "What you are about to see is beyond your worst nightmares," narrates a voice coming from a small TV outside on a table at Eighth and Massachusetts streets. Unsuspecting shoppers and diners stroll by as Friday night falls -- dozens of them stop dead in their tracks, arrested by gory images of a still-breathing cow, throat slit, blood gushing from the wound. The camera zooms in on the cow's mouth as its lips slowly stop quivering.

Air-powered cannon chucks pumpkins

Pumpkins are good for plenty of things: Baking, carving or decorating. They're also great for throwing, as in catapulting from whatever contraption might be devised for just that task.

Fraternity members share supernatural tales

Legendary ghost story lives on in former governor's mansion

Some just don't want to talk about her. Others mention her in hushed tones, not wanting to seem foolish. And some, like Mike Folkmann, are matter-of-fact about Virginia, the ghost of Sigma Nu. The Kansas University sophomore and some of his friends have had a few unexplained experiences -- flickering lights, slamming doors and troubled dreams -- that make them think there's something to the ghost story.


¢ It's a boy ¢ Singer reports missing jewels after Radio Music Awards ¢ 'Price is Right's' Rod Roddy dies ¢ Elvis richest dead celebrity

First 'Looney Tunes' DVD out

Fans ask Warner Bros.: Where's that singing frog?

What's the rush, doc? That was Warner Bros. response to the backlash from some "Looney Tunes" fans who complain that a handful of their favorite cartoons are missing from the collection of 56 shorts released Tuesday.

Norm MacDonald tries hand at new sitcom

If it's Wednesday, it must be Wisconsin. "That '70s Show" takes place in the Badger State, and so does the new sitcom "A Minute with Stan Hooper" (7:30 p.m., Fox). Norm Macdonald, whose only claim to fame was his stint on "Saturday Night Live" as a "Weekend Update" anchor, returns to form as network news personality Stan Hooper, who decides to forsake New York for small-town America.

Beyond Trick-or-Treat: Four Halloween Alternatives for Older Kids

As enticing as a harvest of Halloween candy can be, some kids may feel too old to trick-or-treat. Instead of missing out on the fun, try some alternative activities with your kids.

Review :: Edge of Hell haunted house, KC

Review: SSX 3 - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

Get lost in the expansive mountain of this worthy sequel to the SSX series

Get lost in the expansive mountain of this worthy sequel to the SSX series

Spooktacular ideas for Halloween treats, fun

The pumpkins have been carved into Halloween jack-o'-lanterns, perhaps more than you need. One or two to stand on the porch, another to light up with a candle set inside. Then?

Prince, Diana's butler plan talk

Royal family upset with tell-all book

Prince William will meet his mother's former butler, Paul Burrell, to discuss the royal family's anger about revelations Burrell's new book makes about Princess Diana and her in-laws, William's office said Tuesday.

Keeping Halloween safe more difficult

Keeping Halloween safe for children has become more difficult over the years, according to a consumer product advocate. "Trick-or-treat is a cherished tradition; yet, in recent years a few people have taken some of the innocence out of it by poisoning and putting needles and other objects in the candy," said Nancy Harvey Steorts, former chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Downtown merchants sponsor trick or treating Friday night

Don't be surprised if you see hordes of ghouls, witches, elves and werewolves prowling through Lawrence's downtown early Friday evening. Downtown Lawrence Inc. is sponsoring a trick or treat night from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday through the downtown.

Tuesday, October 28

Halloween expected to be cloudy, but dry

(Web Posted Tuesday at 12:28 p.m.) So far, the weather forecast doesn't look too scary for trick or treaters headed out Friday night for Halloween, says a local forecaster. "Friday night, it will be dry," said Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist.

A confession

Scary story contest entry

About fifteen years ago, right about 8 o'clock at night that set the town of Lawrence on fire. A prized citizen of 15th and Iowa was murdered in a brutal fashion. His name was Charles McKenzie, originally from Kansas City, Missouri.

"Haunted Kansas" author keeps legends alive in sequel

A strange phenomenon is haunting towns across the state of Kansas. The phenomenon is not a ghost, a creature or demon. It is legend. Lisa Hefner Heitz, Topeka-based author of "Haunted Kansas: Ghost Stories and Other Eerie Tales" and KU graduate, is keeping the legends, but not the ghosts, alive.

Scary story contest entries

See more entries from this year's Lawrence Journal-World Halloween story-writing contest.

6News video: Creative pumpkins sought

Entries are needed in the second annual Great Pumpkin Carving Contest.

Adults claim Halloween for own brand of mischief

Step into Frank's bar, and you'll get a glimpse of what's happening to Halloween. The popular tavern in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood has been decked out for weeks in black and orange, and patrons can order drinks with such names as "Sex on a Tombstone." On the night itself, manager Robby Ehlert expects to see a number of costumes that won't be G-rated.

Sandy Willison

Scary story contest entry

Hi, my name is Sandy Willison. I was coming home from a Halloween dance. I was really late, I decided to take a short cut. The only short cut was through an old graveyard.

The old lady

Scary story contest entry

Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, I saw something move in front of me. It looked like a person. I turned and ran. I heard, "Jessie, wait it's just me! I looked back and saw Jason; the boy I hoped would ask me to dance earlier. "Why did you leave? I wanted to dance with you," he said.

Strange creatures

Scary story contest entry

Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance in Nashville, Tenn., it was after 10 p.m., and Jake Peeler, a high school student, was heading home after a dance. Jake just moved here a couple of months ago, so he had never been in this graveyard before; also, he has a family of five, a mother, a father and a brother and sister.

Silver eyes

Scary story contest entry

Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after the school dance is very scary at midnight! I was walking home one night; I had an eerie feeling that something bad was going to happen. I thought that the fog was a little strange. It was freaky because it was 2 feet from the ground.

The dance partner

Scary story contest entry

Cutting through the graveyard on the way home fro the school dance, my friends Maggie and Leah were talking to me. Maggie, who was boy crazy, was telling us about a boy she was dancing with.

Followed by a ghost

Scary story contest entry

When the sixth-grade dance ended at 8 p.m. on Halloween night all the kids rushed out of the gym and hopped into a car. Not Christy though; to get to her house all you had to do was run through the old cemetery. Christy wasn't scared, she would run as fast as she could and get home in no time.

The Dance

Scary story contest entry

Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after the school dance, Mya, Lynn and Jai stopped short.

Zombie attack

Scary story contest entry

Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, I thought I felt something grab my leg. Suddenly another hand poked out. Then a leg and another!

The Story of the Graveyard Devil

Scary story contest entry

Cutting through the graveyard, on the way home after a school dance, with my friends. We were on the way to a sleep over at Sarah's house. I had brought one beer for everyone. It was only one beer so I know no one was drunk. After we had goofed off a little bit we started to walk.

Black cats are bad luck

Scary story contest entry

Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, I heard a strange noise coming from one of the gravestones. I started walking suspiciously toward the cracked piece of stone and stood there hunched over with my ear toward the gravestone.


Scary story contest entry

Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, I was horrified that the bodies were unconfined in their caskets arson from the dead. It was like an army of hideous ragged creatures, humming in concert. In unison they started to drift toward me, in a mummified manner.

60 years

Scary story contest entry

Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, a girl named Elena tripped over a headstone. It said R.I.P. Julia Smith.

The Thing

Scary story contest entry

Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after the school dance, I noted, with a shiver a thick mist rising from the ground and a stagnant breeze pressing down on me, causing my skin to crawl. As I reached the bottom of the hill rising from the edge of the cemetery, I heard the snap of a rope. I could hear it twist and moan against a branch of a tree as if something heavy were swaying, like a pendulum, from it.

A trip in the graveyard

Scary story contest entry

Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, Alex McKee apprehensively hustled down the rows of stones. He walked quickly, for he was frigid and very frightened. No one had danced with him and he wanted to get home as soon as possible to turn the evening's events over in his mind. Alex stopped, panting with his hands on his knees. He had to rest.

Out after curfew

Scary story contest entry

Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after the school dance was not my usual route home. I was thinking of the fun I had at the dance. My date, Andrew, had offered me a ride to my house, but I rejected the offer just to be polite. It wasn't a far walk to my house, and anyway, it wasn't too late.

The Dream

Scary story contest entry

Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, my friend tried to scare me with a stupid costume. It didn't work. I just kept walking and so he caught up to me to say he was sorry. We were walking home together when all of a sudden something grabbed us! We screamed and kicked and tried to get away but nothing worked.

A Dark Figure

Scary story contest entry

Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, I thought I saw a dark figure scurry across the path I was walking on. I thought it was hiding behind an old, chipped gravestone covered with moss a few yards away. I heard some weird clicking noises in that direction, so I walked on thinking it was a squirrel or something.

Dear Sylvia

Scary story contest entry

Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, I was still singing song that I had heard at the dance when I came upon an empty grave. I was always cutting through the graveyard so this wouldn't have bothered me, but something peculiar caught my eye.

Circus officials offer tips to prepare decorative clown face

Clown costumes are a favorite of little trick-or-treaters, and circus clowns are among the coolest. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus offers this "recipe" to create a clown face at home using only a handful of ingredients, including white, red and black theatrical grease paint, eyeliner, powder, a cosmetic brush, and a headband or shower cap.

Kooky is in style for Halloween

Want a peek at the nation's psyche? Open your door on Halloween. You'll see adults dolled up as Chicago flappers, toting rhinestone-studded machine guns. You'll hear an "Argh!" Pirates are hot. Miniature Batmen, Spider-Men and Disney Princesses will peer up and chime, "Trick or treat?"

Fisherman's spooky return

Scary story contest winners: Elementary school division

Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, I got hopelessly lost in the three miles of creepy headstones. I started to think about crawling about on my knees, trying to find my footprints in the humid ground when I heard a quiet sloshing, squelching sound.

Escaping steely claws

Scary story contest winner: Junior high school division

Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, I got more and more uneasy with every step. My eyes darted back and forth across the ground, wondering what could be beyond the shadows that lay in wait behind the tombstones.

Shortcut results in haunting trip for teen

Scary story contest winner: High school division

Cutting through the graveyard on the way home after a school dance, I felt the cold wind blow, sending goosebumps down my spine. I heard tree branches creek like an ancient door being pulled open, making me wish that I couldn't hear. I saw dark, eerie shadows in the bright glow from the full moon, and I hoped it was just my hyperactive imagination.

In the halls

What are you going to be for Halloween?

Traditional costumes lose popularity

Trendy trick-or-treaters taking up werewolf, movie-themed outfits

The chances a ghoul, goblin or ghost will ring your doorbell this Halloween aren't as good as in years past. This year, trick-or-treaters are moving away from traditional scary costumes and focusing on creatures from "The Lord of the Rings" and characters from "The Matrix," Lawrence costume and game shop owners said.

Review: Mega Man X7 - PS2

Warning: Only Mega Man fans may purchase

Warning: Only Mega Man fans may purchase

Review: Grabbed by the Ghoulies - Xbox

A creative effort maligned by a nagging sense of lather, rinse and repeat.

The game is creative, but not worthy of the Rare pedigree. As you progress, nothing really changes. It's more of the same. Again and again. And back once more.

Review: ESPN NBA - PS2, Xbox

ESPN NBA is the king of ballers...again

It's an experience that all PS2 and Xbox NBA fans shouldn't miss- especially if you're trying to break free from EA's efforts.

Physicist strings along PBS viewers

Author and physics professor Brian Greene is host of "The Elegant Universe" on "NOVA" (7 p.m., PBS). For those in the audience who aren't up on their physics, string theory embraces the new and exciting notion that the entire universe is made up of infinitesimally tiny strings of energy. The strings are too tiny to be seen or measured, so belief in the theory borders on faith. But a growing number of scientists think that string theory may be a variation on the unified theory of, well, everything, that Albert Einstein was working on during his final decades.

Timberlake tops at Radio Music Awards

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers presented Legend Award

Justin Timberlake bagged the Artist of the Year/Top 40 Radio Award at the 2003 Radio Music Awards. "I thought I was just coming here to present an award," he said. "I get to take one home."


¢ Anderson ruffles KFC's feathers ¢ Overexposed ¢ Shop Jimmy Dean ¢ Teaming up with Tommy

Monday, October 27

'Airplane!' director revives 'Scary Movie 3'

Film tops box office

The "Scary Movie" franchise has risen from the grave, with part three of the horror-spoof series opening as the top weekend flick with $49.7 million, the best October debut ever.

Johnson & Johnson heir documents struggle of young, rich

The rich are different from you and me. For one thing, they get to agonize about the difficulties of being rich. Jamie Johnson, the 23-year-old heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, documents the fretful lifestyles of his small, elite social circle in his first film effort, "Born Rich" (9 p.m., HBO).

NBC fiddles with fall lineup

Viewers mixed on constantly shuffled TV schedules

Literary agent Rick Broadhead worked out, took a shower, ate dinner and settled into a chair earlier this month to watch a new episode of his favorite show, "The West Wing."

Haunted house frightfully successful

The old house at the end of the lane south of town has sat empty since 1963, a sad legacy of the farm family who used to live there and a home to whatever critters dared to invade its darkness.


¢ Watkins program teaches children about pumpkins

Review: NBA Live 2004 - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

EA returns with some changes for the good and bad that don't equal a $50 value

EA returns with some changes for the good and bad that don't equal a $50 value


¢ Crowe ready for fatherhood ¢ A charitable idea ¢ Dismissal of breath tests pleaded in Ross DUI case

Sunday, October 26

More treats on the menu than tricks

Halloween activities for all ages abound in Lawrence area

Looking for something to break that Halloween monotony? If so, Lawrence may have something to offer. Many local businesses and organizations have come up with activities to delight and fright tricksters of any age.

Scrap Arts Music salvages for the sake of song

The upcoming performance by Scrap Arts Music at the Lied Center comes with a warning: If you bring your children, they may start begging you for a drum set.

Poet's showcase: Dad Speech Number Nine


Decorated pumpkin helps boyfriend pop question

Julie Cortes had no idea how long it would take to find the perfect pumpkin Saturday at Schaake's Pumpkin Patch east of Lawrence.

More treats on the menu than tricks

Halloween activities for all ages abound in Lawrence area

Looking for something to break that Halloween monotony? If so, Lawrence may have something to offer. Many local businesses and organizations have come up with activities to delight and fright tricksters of any age.

One man's 'View from the Heartland'

KC journalist's book reveals joy in the mundane

For decades in small towns across Kansas, teenagers have lamented their geographic disadvantages. "There's nothing to do here," they say. "This is nothing but a hick town." (Audio clip)

Kings of karaoke

In smoky bars packed with strangers, everyday Joes search for all the right notes during three minutes of fame

Doug Bowen's 15 minutes of fame keep on ticking. Since winning a karaoke contest after singing "Super Freak," the 75-year-old retired construction worker has been a regular on the karaoke circuit in and around Lawrence. A couple of weeks ago, he made the rounds, singing at Dick Clark's American Bandstand in Overland Park and Lawrence's Molly McGee's and Set 'Em Up Jacks.

Dramas breathe life into dying

Dean Anderson died peacefully at home in July. Before the 60-year-old succumbed to cancer, his son and daughter-in-law shared a precious secret with him: the name of his unborn granddaughter, who shares the initials of his given name, Marlin Dean Anderson.

An American Indian without reservations

Author Sherman Alexie to bring frank style to humanities lecture series

Sherman Alexie's critics charge him with portraying the worst of American Indian culture. Readers who misunderstand him ask him why he hates white people.

Saturday, October 25


¢ Britney's stalker strikes back ¢ Kidman is Chanel's newest face ¢ Kutcher enjoys parental role ¢ Jolie honored for refugee work

It's Iron Curtains for these dapper Brit spies

In its first episode, the fact-based "Cambridge Spies" (9 p.m. today, BBC America) re-creates the rather rancid political atmosphere of the 1930s, a time that poet W.H. Auden characterized as "a low, dishonest, decade."

Taiwan's 'first lady' dies at 105

She was born into one of modern China's most remarkable families, married one of China's most powerful men and -- at his side -- helped rule China and later Taiwan during decades of war, upheaval and Cold War tension.

Princes criticize Diana's butler

Princess Diana's sons implored her former butler Friday to stop revealing secrets of her private life, calling a series of gossipy tabloid articles a "cold and overt betrayal" of their late mother.

Friday, October 24

Lawrence receives 'SNL' treatment

Jack Black sketch set at The Wheel penned by Kansan Sudeikis

The Oct. 4 season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" found host Jack Black indulging in his usual blend of music-tinged comedy. Only this time the "School of Rock" star's shtick hit rather close to home. Midway through the broadcast, a sketch cropped up that featured the roly-poly Black as an amateur musician performing an acoustic set at a local bar.


¢ Another Fonda earns a star ¢ Moore shakes things up ¢ Carrey gets $6 million role

Have aliens abducted Gumbel's career?

Bryant Gumbel lends his tattered reputation as a real journalist to the cheesy tabloid documentary "The New Roswell: Kecksburg Exposed" (8 p.m., Sci Fi).

Studios ease ban on videos screeners

Hollywood studios partially reversed their ban Thursday on special video copies for awards groups, capitulating to widespread criticism that the move would make it harder for smaller films to win Oscars.

Book revives Kennedy photos

They were so historically valuable insurers couldn't even price them: 40,000 negatives of John F. Kennedy and his family taken by his personal photographer, Jacques Lowe.

Particle emits energy

To some people, the keyboard and synthesizer may seem like things of the past, but to the jam band Particle, these instruments are essential to its music.

Lawrence men try to solve mystery of Jesse James for History Channel

For the past 121 years Jesse James fanatics have preserved teeth, artifacts and family folklore in hopes of winning a genealogical war over when and where the infamous bank robber died.

Best bets

Tense action scenes eclipse love story of 'Beyond Borders'

"Beyond Borders" spans as many eras and exotic locales as a James Bond marathon on TNT. But it's more like a travelogue taken during the very periods you WOULDN'T want to go to these beautiful places: Ethiopia in 1984, Cambodia in 1989 and Chechnya in 1995. If the filmmakers had thrown in Somalia in 1993 and Iraq this month they'd have a royal flush.

Thursday, October 23

HBO offers intimate look at terrorism

Last October, Chechen rebels seized a Moscow theater during the performance of a musical and took more than 700 audience members hostage. Their bold raid, the hostage drama and the Russian military's efforts to end the siege unfold in the documentary "Terror in Moscow" (6 p.m., HBO).


¢ Minnelli files for divorce ¢ New court for Billie Jean King ¢ Songwriter Smith found dead after apparent suicide ¢ Actor Fred 'Rerun' Berry dies

Review: Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu - PS2, Xbox

Aesthetically pleasing Batman title bows to sluggish, unbalanced gameplay mechanics

Aesthetically pleasing Batman title bows to sluggish, unbalanced gameplay mechanics

Review: Kirby Air Ride - Gamecube

Designed to be simple only to be simply frustrating

Designed to be simple only to be simply frustrating

Adrenalan announces Halloween LAN party

Counter-Strike, Halo and Quake to be tournament games

Counter-Strike, Halo and Quake to be tournament games

Review: Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike - Gamecube

Fantastic flying missions mixed with bad on-foot missions makes for a disappointingly average experience

Fantastic flying missions mixed with bad on-foot missions makes for a disappointingly average experience

Long-awaited Disney Hall opens today

What costs $274 million, and looks like either a steel cactus or a billowy sailing ship?

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

A beautiful game bogged down by button-mashing monotony

A beautiful game bogged down by button-mashing monotony

Back in the black

The unbreakable Gadjits return from major-label heartbreak

When it comes to label hopping, The Gadjits have a promiscuous streak on par with Hugh Hefner's womanizing. The band had already endured two failed marriages (with indie-punk labels Hellcat and Thick) when it hitched up with major label RCA in Sept. 2002.

World Online seeks scary Halloween recipes

Do you have an eerie -- but edible -- recipe to tingle the taste buds at Halloween parties? We're asking readers to submit their favorite recipes for ghoulish delights to our Reader Reaction message board online at

Halloween themes play at Arts Center

The Seem-To-Be Players and the City Youth Theatre of the Lawrence Arts Center will combine to perform two Halloween-oriented productions beginning tonight.

Going, going, nearly gone

John Michael Adams, 10, from Kansas City, Kan., tries his best to hold on to a pumpkin he selected at Schaake Pumpkin Patch east of Lawrence. Customers like Adams, shown Tuesday, had the convenience of fine weather all week to search for the perfect would-be jack-o'-lantern.

Wednesday, October 22

Minnelli's estranged husband files lawsuit claiming abuse

That's Liza with a Z as in ZAP! BAM! POW! The estranged husband of Liza Minnelli has accused the superstar performer of giving him the beating of his life -- then doing it again.


¢ Anderson living with killer ¢ John announces Vegas deal ¢ Slim Shady beats the rap ¢ Musician Cliff honored

PBS goes inside Mecca

"Inside Mecca" on "National Geographic Specials" (7 p.m., PBS) affords viewers a peek at a city and an annual event forbidden to non-Muslims. Filmed by an all-Muslim crew, "Inside Mecca" follows three of the faithful as they make the pilgrimage, or "Hajj," to the sacred city.

Tuesday, October 21

'80s show strikes back on VH1

The 1980s will never return, but nostalgia for the shoulder-pad decade seems about as hot as the Cabbage Patch Doll craze. Picking up from last night's opener, "I Love the '80s Strikes Back" (8 p.m., VH1, concludes Friday) presents four more hours of pop-cultural ephemera, from "Fraggle Rock" to Fawn Hall. Does anybody remember those "Coffee Achiever" commercials?

Critics cancel film awards because of screening ban

The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. has canceled its 2003 awards to protest an industry ban on sending special DVDs and videos to award voters.


¢ De Niro prognosis good ¢ Alda rushed to surgery ¢ Rodman charged with DUI ¢ Some like it Hungarian

Monday, October 20

Favorite frightening flicks -- vote in our Halloween movie polls

Cast your ballot for your favorite horror movies by category. This is not for the squeamish.

Jon Niccum's Halloween film favorites

Check out Journal-World film critic Jon Niccum's picks for best Halloween and horror-themed movies -- and tell us your own.

Sunday, October 19

Personal experiences inspire Lawrence resident to write novel

An Indian tribe is mismanaging its money. Anthony Alvarado is the man who uncovers the misuse of funds and is threatened with death. As he investigates the inaccuracies, he stumbles upon the murders of others who shared his mission. That is the chain of events set into action by Alvarado on his return to his reservation in Oklahoma in James C. Cisneros' newly released novel, "Moccasins, Money and Murder."

What are you reading?

Lawrence restaurants beat industry odds

Longtime owners create recipe for success

Fast and hot. That is how Duane Buck says Bucky's Drive In has survived in the Lawrence restaurant industry for 42 years. "The key is just giving people what they want, and around here, that's fast service and hot hamburgers," said Buck, owner of the restaurant since 1966.


Arts briefs

¢ Pumpkin activities set for Watkins Museum ¢ Art museum plans Halloween program ¢ Vampire lore to be discussed ¢ Singer to perform at Unity Church ¢ Lawrence pianists advance to state event ¢ Book release party set for Friday ¢ Seattle based artist to have workshop ¢ Former KU faculty member to be on national show ¢ Anthropologist to give lecture at KU ¢ Architecture lecture planned at Nelson ¢ Art Guild to feature art history night ¢ Deadline approaching to enter Holiday Art Fair ¢ American Jazz Museum to present poetry series ¢ Kansas City Chorale to open season ¢ Kansas City museum to feature marbles ¢ Convention to feature enthusiasts of miniatures ¢ Award-winning poet to kick-off series ¢ Infantry band to have free concert

Mid-Western Sculptors' Guild members relish 'great big room with no beams'

The views from this hill helped Jay and Ingrid Alexander decide where to build their studio. Those same views continue to inspire the couple and the half a dozen other members of the Mid-Western Sculptors' Guild who work here regularly.

Mosaic shop designed to coax everyone's inner artist to surface

When Deb and Paul Chaussee bought this cozy shop just north of the Kansas River, the walls were painted "shop white," and the environment, once inhabited by an ATV repair shop, sang sterility.

Chamber orchestra to perform Wednesday

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra, featuring principal guest conductor Murray Perahia, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lied Center.

Writer evokes loneliness of living in small town

Author Charles Baxter is from the Midwest. It's where he was born, grew up and taught college for many years. It's where many of his stories are set. Just don't call him a Midwestern writer.

Review: 'Con Men' doesn't cheat its readers

In "Con Men," editor Ian Jackman has assembled some amazing and amusing tales about the best swindlers and scoundrels who have been interviewed and profiled on television's "60 Minutes."

St. Louis Art Museum builds on legacy of German art

To prepare for the "German Art Now" exhibit, workers at the St. Louis Art Museum photographed and numbered hundreds of shards of glass, wires and three shelves filled with sheets of lead.

Creative spaces, Lawrence Art Walk 2003

Henry David Thoreau said "The world is but a canvas to the imagination." Artists feed their imaginations in myriad ways, but, eventually, they all go someplace to create. The most common destination i

Thoreau had his cabin on Walden Pond. Gustav Mahler had his composing hut on an Austrian mountainside. Lawrence artist Craig Cochran has a creative hideaway, too.

'The Boy from Oz' celebrates Peter Allen

New Broadway musical renews interest in performer's work

It seems to have been Peter Allen's fate to be overshadowed by other stars. When he died in 1992 -- by which time he had scored an Academy Award, recorded 10 albums and starred on Broadway -- Allen was still identified in obituaries as the man who had been discovered by Judy Garland and was the first husband of her daughter, Liza Minnelli.

Exhibit features artists influenced by Parisians

Sunlight reflects in the folds of a billowing skirt and off the hand of a peasant girl, who stands in a dull field holding a pitchfork.

Saturday, October 18

6News video: Screen Scene

There is a lot of tension in area theaters this weekend, thanks to a number of new thrillers.

Friday, October 17

Road to success leads away from Lawrence

In the music world, Mates of State fall slightly off the mainstream radar. With an unconventional yet powerful drums and organ setup, former Lawrence residents Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner have just enough panache to win the hearts of indie music fans and tour with hip bands like Beulah and The Anniversary.

Review: Red Guitar, "Based Upon A Blue Story"

One of the year's happiest local surprises is Kansas City's Red Guitar, a charmingly simple Midwestern guitar-rock band that does all the little things right.

Review: Jak II - PS2

This is by far the best platformer on the PS2, even if too ambitious

This is by far the best platformer on the PS2, even if too ambitious

Review: XGRA - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

Futuristic cycle racing has never felt so...average

Futuristic cycle racing has never felt so...average


¢ Garner joining '8 Simple Rules' ¢ Fatherhood comes to 'Late Night' ¢ Ben refers to Jen as 'girlfriend' ¢ 'Rings' actor files lawsuit

Part of illusionist's skull reportedly removed

Doctors surgically removed a portion of illusionist Roy Horn's skull after he was mauled by a trained white tiger during a performance on the Las Vegas Strip, a neurosurgeon said.

'Sniper' is 120 minutes of banality

Proof that not all "ripped from the headlines" TV movies are timely, or even interesting, can be found in the listless and perfunctory true-crime drama "D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear" (8 p.m., USA).

Magician nears end of vigil

David Blaine -- shaman to some, charlatan to others, showman above all -- is getting ready to leave his box.

KU to get schooled in rock 'n' roll culture

Take those old records off the shelf because it's time to attend the school of rock.

Best bets

Well-acted 'Mystic River' changes course too often

In Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning "Unforgiven," a young gunfighter justifies a revenge killing by telling his veteran partner, "I guess they had it comin.'" Eastwood's character replies, "We all have it comin', kid."

Adventures in jazz

Pat Metheny continues to forge new reasons why he is K.C.'s most renowned guitarist

Jazz is often divided into the traditionalists and the risk-takers. Pat Metheny passionately considers himself a proud member of the latter set.

Thursday, October 16

Show goes only 'Skin' deep

Romeo-Juliet tale stale

It comes as no surprise that of all the TV networks, Fox is the first to set a prime-time drama in the world of pornography. "Skin" is certainly not a CBS show.

Award-winning novelist writes satire of school shootings

Peter Finlay was watching television when the idea for his novel, "Vernon God Little," winner of this year's prestigious Booker Prize, came to him.

'Friends' fans dodge Rachel-Joey bullet

That whooshing noise you heard last Thursday wasn't a hurricane. It was the collective sigh of relief from millions of "Friends" (7 p.m., NBC) fans who won't have to sit through the contrived romance between Joey and Rachel. Thank goodness that's over. It was beginning to seem as unreal and annoying as, well, the contrived romance between Monica and Chandler.


¢ Fans can attend tribute for Cash through lottery ¢ Foley says 'no infidelity' in marriage with Garner ¢ Dr. Seuss stamp planned ¢ It's a girl for Harmon, Sehorn

Review: Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 - Game Boy Advance

Is it sad or cool when an old school Nintendo game holds its own among the holiday's newest?

Is it sad or cool when an old school Nintendo game holds its own among the holiday's newest?

Review: Celebrity Deathmatch - PS2, Xbox

Do not pass go, do not waste $20 and go directly to another game...ANY other game.

Do not pass go, do not waste $20 and go directly to another game...ANY other game.

Wednesday, October 15

Designing a new consciousness

The Anniversary shakes off the past and starts anew

Listening to Justin Roelof's latest home recording, one can't help wonder if Isaac Hayes didn't run off to be a Buddhist monk, resurface as a Zen-inspired soul singer and hire Roelof's band to perform his new material. Halfway into the song, a Shaft-like voice cuts through a blissful bed of wah-guitar and dub-inspired bass to ask: "Baby have you heard?"

'Churchill' offers honest portrayal of legend

Ian McKellen narrates the three-hour documentary "Churchill" (7 p.m., PBS), profiling the eventful 90-year life of Sir Winston Churchill. Stuffed to the gills with vintage footage and cigar smoke-filled scenes of historical re-creation, "Churchill" rounds out the portrait with recollections from his daughter and other descendants, as well as the children and grandchildren of his colleagues and rivals.

50 Cent tops Source winners

Rapper 50 Cent won three major awards, including album of the year, and Nelly and Lil' Kim also took home trophies at The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards.


¢ New U2 album nearly finished ¢ Kidman wins libel suit ¢ Gary Coleman's next move ¢ To Arnold: Good luck

Actress likes racy 'Coupling' role

Say, Rena Sofer! How do you feel starring in "Coupling," the racy new sitcom that has reveled in publicity (and gotten a good scolding) since NBC announced it last spring?

Getting the most out of food

Movement teaches people to enjoy cooking, eating

Think about it. When's the last time you went to the market, purposely sought out locally raised ingredients -- organic salad greens, free-range chicken, artisanal cheeses -- consciously, lovingly prepared a nourishing meal and sat down to enjoy it with a glass of wine and the company of good friends?

Tuesday, October 14

Spring looks stay light, airy

Designers use soft fabrics, butterfly motifs for '04

Stella McCartney has an answer for an uneasy world: Go light.


¢ Stewart doesn't expect prison ¢ 'Reality' wedding, dream dress ¢ 'Reality' rich girls set loose ¢ Kilmer thanks friends in N.M. controversy

Trash evolves into PBS treasures

Two savvy scrounge artists scour the country for castoff treasures in the scruffy half-hour documentary "Second Hand Stories" (8:30 p.m., PBS). Filmmakers Christopher Wilcha and John Freyer begin their journey in New Jersey as they pick up the decommissioned 1977 ambulance they purchased on eBay for $2,500. They drive the heap across the country, buying indispensable stuff at yard sales, consignment shops and thrift stores. When they need to raise money, they sell their loot, often for a tidy profit.

Game Live Tour stops in Lawrence today

Play new and unreleased video games for free at KU today only

Play new and unreleased video games for free at KU today only

Monday, October 13


¢ Painful memories for Di's mom ¢ '24' leaves room for all surprises ¢ Maybe on again, maybe just taking in Red Sox game ¢ A lucky break

Team Boo

Mates of State discuss new album, Arnold, and why they left Lawrence's warm embrace

George Lopez finds sitcom success

With the ongoing travails of that other Lopez, comedian George Lopez said he felt pretty good about his profile these days.

'Kill Bill' marks Tarantino comeback

Film No. 1 at box office

It was payback time for Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman at the box office as their vengeance saga "Kill Bill -- Vol. 1" opened in first place with $22.7 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Travel's 'Pizza Wars' offers saucy TV special

"Pizza Wars: New York vs. Chicago" (9 p.m., Travel) slices into the heated debate between deep-dish devotees and advocates of the thin-crust pie. Along the way, the spicy little film dishes out a cheesy dose of pizza facts and restaurant lore. Did you know that Americans devour more than 100 acres of pizza every day? The average American consumes 23 pizzas a year, for a national annual total of more than 3 billion pizzas. In the process, we eat 11.5 tons of pepperoni. I'll hold the anchovy statistics; you'll thank me later.

Sunday, October 12

Poets' showcase

Fancy yourself a wordsmith? Have a stack of poetry you think is pretty good, but haven't yet found a place to publish it? Or are you an established poet looking for one more venue to share your work?

Tough crowd

Theater veteran Ric Averill entertains young, honest audiences

How do you hold the attention of 1,200 or so elementary school students for 90 minutes, while making them sit and behave? It may sound like an impossible task, but for Ric Averill, it's all in a day's work.

Tiger attack garners respect

Comic fodder Siegfried and Roy get break from jokes

Comedians, radio shock jocks and fellow magicians loved to poke fun at the eccentric Germans in glittery, futuristic outfits who for decades pranced around with white tigers on a Las Vegas stage.


¢ Davis offers advice to Arnold ¢ Armstrong heads up cancer ride ¢ Cosby dons fund-raiser role ¢ Former Cat Stevens to perform

Feminist mystery author dies at 77

Carolyn Heilbrun, a feminist scholar of English literature who also wrote detective novels under a pseudonym, has died. She was 77.

Review: Woven Harmony needs restitching

Husband and wife Robert and Rebecca Bluestone explained early in their performance Friday night at the Lied Center the reason for their collaboration: Robert plays a handmade guitar, Rebecca uses a handmade loom and both of their art forms require the use of their hands to create beauty.

Brunswick Hotel: A Revival

Once a Lindsborg hub, the Brunswick Hotel sat abandoned for several years. Now its new owners are bringing 'the heart of the community' back to life.

When vandals recently broke into the old Brunswick Hotel in Lindsborg, they threw a huge mirror over the staircase, breaking the glass and revealing portions of a 100-year-old Kansas City newspaper tucked behind the mounting.

Conference to explore imagination, place

Rick Mitchell never imagined The Kansas Conference on Imagination & Place would take on a life of its own. Inspired by New York poet Robert Kelly's essay "Hypnogeography," the conference has evolved since its debut in 2001. Artists, environmentalists, community activists and scholars will gather Friday through Oct. 19 at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., to discuss the meaning of place in peoples' lives. The conference -- a collaboration of the Lawrence Arts Center, Kansas Land Trust and Cottonwood literary journal -- combines philosophy, geography and ecology.

Takacs Quartet returns to Lied

The Takacs Quartet will perform an all-Beethoven concert at 2 p.m. today at the Lied Center.

Damien Rice wins Shortlist Music Prize

Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice took home the third annual Shortlist Music Prize, beating out acts such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Floetry and The Black Keys for an award that celebrates the best noncommercial music artists.

Collegium Musicum to play nostalgic concert

Kansas University's Instrumental Collegium Musicum will present "Another Place and Time: Nostalgic Music from All Over" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in Swarthout Recital Hall.

KU student wins national science fiction prize

Aliens and humans will soon converge to establish a lifetime peace agreement. Well, probably not, but in the award-winning short story by Kansas University graduate student Matthew Candelaria, such a conference is taking place.

Velvet touch

LHS, KU alumna Jill Sherman puts unique stamp on fiber art

No one can say Jill Sherman lacks passion for art. In fourth grade, she became so entranced by ceramics that she got a paper route and saved enough money to buy a potter's wheel and electric kiln. She and her father flew to Washington to pick up the wheel, which they brought back in several pieces.

Between freedom and fear

Sara Paretsky explores the dividing line in 'Blacklist'

Sometimes there is a strange comfort in risks taken. Perhaps it is action in the face of fear that brings one's freedom into full flower. Deeper still, perhaps, it is giving voice to a truth that would otherwise be forced to remain within, silent. But the voice of freedom can prove costly. (Audio clips)

Arts notes

¢ Chamber Orchestra to play 'British Invasion' ¢ Prairie Wind Dancers to address addiction ¢ NPR newscaster featured at Rockhurst ¢ CornerBank to display two-man art show ¢ Mask-making event to explore death, dying ¢ Professors to exhibit artwork in group show ¢ Storydancer in residence at Lawrence Arts Center ¢ Museum gatherings to focus on pranks ¢ Museum gift shop to celebrate opening ¢ Brown Bag Classics announced schedule ¢ Brass Quintets Concert highlights variety ¢ Kansas City-based writer to conduct workshop ¢ 'Ballad of Blackjack' returns to at Maple Leaf ¢ Art show features work of Baker professors ¢ Search for KC Symphony music director resumes ¢ NPR newscaster featured at Rockhurst ¢ Sandzen Gallery to show Soviet art

Saturday, October 11

New display will offer peek at Einstein's favorite items

Gawkers have long stopped by the home where Albert Einstein lived for 20 years, although the Mercer Street house, still a private residence, is not open to the public.

Limbaugh admits pain pill addiction

Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh announced during his radio program Friday that he is addicted to painkillers and is checking into a rehab center to "break the hold this highly addictive medication has on me."

'ER' doc gets dirty while liberating Britain

Alex Kingston ("ER") looks great when she's filthy. She played an unforgettable "Moll Flanders" a few years back, and spent most of that film covered in grime. She turns in an equally terrific and mud-spattered performance in "Warrior Queen" on "Masterpiece Theatre" (8 p.m. Sunday, PBS). Kingston brings great passion to the role as Britain's legendary first-century Queen Boudica, the raven-haired, cudgel-wielding beauty that united rival Celtic tribes to challenge Rome's mighty armies.


¢ Auction is the cat's meow ¢ Spend the night with SpongeBob ¢ Stars stage policy protest ¢ Strummer's 'Streetcore' launches

6News video: Art a la Carte

Tonight at the Lied Center, meet a husband and wife pair who just don't believe in the boundaries between visual and performing arts. Robert Bluestone plays classical guitar; Rebecca Bluestone weaves tapestries. Their joint multi-media stage, Woven Harmony, gets underway at 7:30.

Friday, October 10

Best bets


¢ Love due in court today ¢ Burton, Bonham Carter get a boy ¢ AOL changes Boise message ¢ That's 'Sir' Roger

Animal experts question Siegfried's tiger theory

Animal experts on Thursday disputed a theory that a tiger accidentally mauled Roy Horn of the duo "Siegfried & Roy," saying the 600-pound animal was going for the jugular.

Home show takes 'reality' to new low

Everything you've learned to love (or hate) about "reality" television and contrived "makeover" shows can be found on the new competitive renovation series "House Rules" (7 p.m., TBS).

Veteran country singers need younger stars to get airplay

The last time Willie Nelson had a No. 1 hit was back in 1989, when George Bush was president.

DVD extends circle of life for 'Lion King'

Although released nearly 10 years ago, Walt Disney's "The Lion King" remains one of the most beloved modern films. When it was first released, the film set the bar for excellence with its cutting-edge visuals and masterful musical score -- not to mention the box-office record gross (since eclipsed by "Finding Nemo") for an animated effort.

Injury-prone Grandaddy heralds 'Sumday'

If VH1 were to do a show on the top 100 rock 'n' roll injuries, Jim Fairchild of Grandaddy would certainly place in the Top 10.

Tarantino slashes his way back to top

'Kill Bill -- Vol. 1' is a dazzling but gory exercise in action filmmaking

"Revenge is never a straight line," the woman code named Black Mamba (Uma Thurman) is advised. The adage is emblematic of "Kill Bill -- Vol. 1," because no revenge movie has ever been told in less of a straight line than this.

Rhapsody in blue

Blue Man Group scrutinizes rock rituals on 'Complex' tour

For those who think rock has gotten too predictable, Blue Man Group has a 'Complex' response. The bald-headed, blue-skinned trio has always mixed music into their wordless, performance art pieces. But on the Complex Rock Tour, the iconic troupe embarks on a fresh mission by amplifying its show. "A rock concert is one of our oldest modern rituals," says Tom Galassi, a Blue Man Group member who will appear Saturday at Kansas City's Starlight Theatre.

Thursday, October 9

Death Cab for Cutie revitalizes its indie-rock reputation

Two years removed from its last album, it's clear Death Cab for Cutie was poised for a return to the indie music scene Tuesday at The Granada.

Los Amigos

Ex-Butterglory singer Matt Suggs hooks up with Thee Higher Burning Fire for second solo record

Nintendo announces pre-order campaign for Mario Kart: Double Dash

Bonus disc to include demos of Mario Kart, Star Wars

Bonus disc to include demos of Mario Kart, Star Wars

Half-Life 2 delayed after stolen code

One-third of the game's source code was leaked and can be found on the internet as a playable demo

One-third of the game's source code was leaked and can be found on the internet as a playable demo

Review: NBA Jam - PS2, Xbox

NBA Jam returns to sing a tune that's all too familiar

NBA Jam returns to sing a tune that's all too familiar

Wednesday, October 8

Mister Rogers' wisdom captured in book form

Mister Rogers may have left a void in millions of lives when he died but Mrs. Rogers hopes a new collection of his plainspoken wisdom will provide comfort to them as it did for her.


¢ Destined to design ¢ Hawkeye hospitality ¢ No conspiracy here ¢ Blue grass special

Review: Viewtiful Joe - Gamecube

Capcom revives side-scrollers with this rare achievement in pure unadulterated fun

Capcom revives side-scrollers with this rare achievement in pure unadulterated fun

'Becker' defies expectations with longevity

"Becker" (8:30 p.m., CBS) returns after a near-death experience for Chris (Nancy Travis), and for the show itself. "Becker" was originally dropped from the network's schedule, but now returns for a sixth season. Chris is delighted to hear about Becker's (Ted Danson) compassionate bedside vigil during her illness. But her effusive praise for his soft side inspires the crusty doctor to new heights of crankiness. Has this forgettable series really been around for five years?

N.Y. Philharmonic's merger with Carnegie Hall called off

The New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall abandoned plans Tuesday to merge two of the nation's most storied cultural organizations.

Tuesday, October 7

Review: Freedom Fighters - PC

The PC version edges out the console versions with better aiming and graphics

The PC version edges out the console versions with better aiming and graphics.

Q&A with Saul Williams

Saul Williams' poetry is proof that words can indeed dictate reality.


¢ MTV renews vows with shows ¢ Tennis stars welcome daughter ¢ Theater will be fit for 'King' ¢ Twist of fate

John Ritter appears for final time on '8 Simple Rules'

Tonight's installment of "8 Simple Rules" (7 p.m., ABC) marks the last episode John Ritter taped before his death. The series will return to repeats for a period while the producers create additional episodes that incorporate the death of his character, Paul Hennessy. It remains to be seen how a sitcom as slight as "8 Simple" will contend with tragedy, or if audiences who tuned in to watch Ritter will continue to follow the show without him.

CBS celebrates the moments of its 75 years

It's turning out to be a year for gala network celebrations. ABC last March celebrated its 50th anniversary. Now CBS is starting the celebration of its 75th anniversary with nightly highlights from those many years of television and radio.

Tiger attack costly to Mirage hotel

The Mirage hotel-casino lost one of its biggest money-making shows when a tiger nearly killed Roy Horn of "Siegfried and Roy." Now the resort has to figure a way to plug an annual revenue hole estimated in the tens of millions of dollars.

Review: Freedom Fighters - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

EA scores with a fine squad-based shooter that pleases on a patriotic level

EA scores with a fine squad-based shooter that pleases on a patriotic level.

Review: Voodoo Vince - Xbox

It's Microsoft's best platform game, but that's not saying much

It's Microsoft's best platform game, but that's not saying much

Rare Rat Pack footage goes on DVD

St. Louis benefit concert from 1960s to be released

Fans of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin may soon feel like raising their cocktail glasses to toast the Rat Pack: They'll be able to see rare footage of the legends, filmed in St. Louis.

Monday, October 6

Easy rider

Scooter owners exhibit certifiable obsession for their 'hip machines'

They weigh a couple of hundred pounds. They get about 100 miles per gallon. And they can fit in even the smallest of parking spaces. Scooters, a diminutive form of transportation, are catching on big time in Lawrence these days.

Danielle Steel to open gallery

Author averse to dark, depressing pieces for collection

An art collector for most of her life, best-selling author Danielle Steel is opening a gallery of her own, full of the kind of art she loves best.

Dali sketch theft makes surreal tale

The crime was ... well, it was surreal. On an island inhabited by 14,000 accused criminals, a $250,000 Salvador Dali sketch disappeared during a midnight fire drill, replaced by a fake. And the people responsible were not the inmates, but four prison officials, authorities said.


¢ Black at head of box office ¢ Bono finds new outlet ¢ Lawmaker takes offense to Kilmer's gun comments

Burns documentary tells American tale

The late historian Steven Ambrose once said, "More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source." That may be debatable, but, as a documentary filmmaker, Burns has covered a lot of ground, producing multipart examinations of broad historical topics, including the Civil War, baseball and jazz.

Sunday, October 5


'Sudden Sea' moving account of hurricane

It was a beautiful September day in 1938, as young lovers strolled the Rhode Island beach, golfers enjoyed a round on Long Island, New York, and Massachusetts lobstermen tended their pots.

Struggling charity bookstore gets a boost from rock music

With its plush, comfy armchairs and quiet that would make a library proud, Housing Works Used Book Cafe in Manhattan has been a reclusive reader's paradise for years.

Duo weaves tapestry of sights and sounds

In her home studio in Santa Fe, N.M., fiber artist Rebecca Bluestone works wizardry with dye. She starts with only a dozen colors. But through an extraordinarily precise measuring system, she's able to create a nearly infinite spectrum of variations to weave into her tapestries.

Arts briefs

¢ Miami City Ballet to honor Balanchine ¢ Lawrence artist invited to international exhibit ¢ Lawrence high schools present pops concert ¢ Award-winning Web site features Shimomura ¢ Students plan to blow it at Tuba/Euphonium FEST ¢ KU Chamber Winds does Mozart over lunch ¢ Art Affair features Baldwin painter ¢ Sudlow artwork to hang in Highland gallery ¢ Photography exhibition takes design faculty's work to Iowa ¢ Hallmark Symposium draws top art, design professionals ¢ Folk artist to perform at Unity Church ¢ KU Visiting Artist Series to feature young violist ¢ Retrospective features Kansan Ernst Ulmer ¢ El Dorado to show concurrent art exhibits

KU Wind Ensemble to play state, national conferences

Invitations come amid rehearsals for first concert of fall season

When John Lynch took the helm as Kansas University's director of bands last year, he charted a five-year plan. The way things are going, he may have to set loftier goals to fill out the half-decade.

The painter from Maine

Retrospective refocuses light on wandering artist who went unappreciated during his lifetime

The painter from Maine. There's something a bit misleading about the nickname Marsden Hartley bestowed upon himself at the end of his career. The 20th century American painter spent more time in Paris, Berlin, New York, Mexico, Bermuda and elsewhere than the placid Northeast state where he was born in 1877 to immigrant parents. But he returned there late in life and even incorporated the state's rugged landscapes into his work.

Photography exhibit showcases worldwide Jewish Diaspora

It began with a single photograph -- a small child running down a back alley in Jerusalem, wearing an angel costume as part of the festivities to mark the Jewish holiday of Purim.

KU theater to stage Shakespeare's 'As You Like It'

William Shakespeare's "As You Like It" is thought to have been written in 1599 as a momentary diversion for the then-35-year-old Bard.

EAT to restage 'Glass Menagerie'

Maybe you missed it last spring. Maybe it was so good you want to see it again. Either way, there's a solution. English Alternative Theatre, a staple of both the Lawrence and Kansas University theater communities, begins its fall season with an encore of Tennessee Williams' critically acclaimed play "The Glass Menagerie."

Saturday, October 4

Review: NHL 2004 - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

EA takes a step towards reality in this year's edition

EA takes a step towards reality in this year's edition

Daltrey gets dirty for history

Why would an aging rocker row backward through the roiling waters of the Colorado River, then scale the river's sheer rocky walls using just one arm?

Hemingway heirs settle transsexual's estate fight

Eight grandchildren of Ernest Hemingway have settled a dispute over the $7.5 million estate of the writer's transsexual child, Gloria, averting a ruling from a judge on whether the heir, whose birth name was Gregory, died a man or a woman.

6News video: Screen Scene

Three movies open in Lawrence this weekend, and two of them will likely make my year-end list for the best films of 2003. First up is "School of Rock," one of the funniest flicks about rock and roll since "Spinal Tap." Actor Jack Black is a force of nature as a slovenly, over-the-hill guitarist who cons a class of fifth graders into being his backup band. Pitch perfect in its musical observations, the picture gives Black the ultimate venue to exploit his comedic gifts.

Review: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 - PS2, Xbox, Gamecube

EA returns with the most complete game of golf you can literally get into.

EA returns with the most complete game of golf you can literally get into

Joe Friday brings new initials to Saturdays

According to my scientific survey, cop show fans love series with initials in the title. Hence the popularity of "CSI," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Navy: NCIS." The folks at ABC are no fools, so PDQ, the old reliable "Dragnet" becomes "L.A. Dragnet" (9 p.m. today, ABC) and returns for its second season tonight.


¢ Love arrested on drug charge ¢ Rapper no longer wanted ¢ Enjoy a Garcia sauvignon ¢ Letterman's bear trapped

Review: ESPN NHL - PS2, Xbox

Move over NHL 2004, ESPN NHL is the true king of the ice this year.

Move over NHL 2004, ESPN NHL is the true king of the ice this year.

Friday, October 3

Motorcycle Club revs up Bottleneck

On the first single from its self-titled debut album, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club asked "Whatever Happened To My Rock 'n' Roll?"

Best bets

New crop of films ready for Harvest of Arts

Autumn is upon us and farmers are harvesting the crops they have sweated over for the past months. But farmers are not the only ones preparing for a harvest.

Reader review

Cold Creek Manor

Cold Creek Manor

Eastern Youth unites indie rock

Although Eastern Youth only sings in Japanese, few things are lost in translation to American audiences. The esteemed Tokyo-based band has concocted a skillful harmony of indie rock aggression and emotional anthems that feel right at home alongside tour mates Cursive and The Blood Brothers.

Sitcom shows contempt for viewers, Midwest

The word "sitcom" is shorthand for situation comedy. While no one expects the situations on these shows to mirror reality, the producers of "Married to the Kellys" (7:30 p.m., ABC) appear to be aggressively indifferent to the show's setting and its characters. Not to mention its audience.

PBS hits the road in new film

On May 23, 1903, one hundred years after Meriwether Lewis got his marching orders from President Thomas Jefferson, another historic American journey began -- the first coast-to-coast automobile trip.

Networks planning recall vote coverage

Television networks are sending their big guns to California for Tuesday's recall vote, eager to tap into the political circus that could make Arnold Schwarzenegger the state's next governor.

Spirited comedy pokes fun at rock world

"I serve society by rocking," explains Dewey Finn (Jack Black). That excuse doesn't exactly sit well with Dewey's roommate Ned (Mike White) or his friend's harpy-like girlfriend Patty (Sarah Silverman). Dewey has been sponging off the pair for months, possibly years, while trying to make it big with his rock group.


¢ Hercules, Xena get greedy ¢ From late night to NBA ¢ Italy taps Oscar contender ¢ Bringing Magic to home-buying

Thursday, October 2

Nintendo Gamecube sales skyrocket

The new $99 price tag makes sales quadruple...literally

The new $99 price tag makes sales quadruple...literally

Black diamond

Jack Black hits all the right notes in 'School of Rock'

Some actors were born to play a role. Jack Black seems like he was genetically designed by a team of hilariously evil scientists to star in "School of Rock."


Beatles items top sales at pop auction

The Beatles again proved their enduring popularity when an auction of several pieces of the Fab Four's memorabilia, including a rare early concert poster and a program for a 1965 U.S. concert tour, fetched thousands of dollars.

NBC shows new episodes, same theme

Sometimes I get the feeling that all the writers for primetime television hang out at the same cafeteria and share jokes and story ideas. I first got this notion some years back, when every sitcom seemed to be making the same "Iron John" jokes about men going off together and beating drums in the woods. Remember when every sitcom included some riff on "Antiques Roadshow"? I shudder at the thought of the "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" jokes that await us. And last season, both "24" and "The West Wing" invoked the 25th Amendment during sweeps. What gives?

Show offers Third World reality

National Geographic Channel sends Americans overseas

The Russell family likes comfort: their three-bedroom, three-bathroom suburban home in Birmingham, Ala.; a packed refrigerator with an automatic ice machine; central air conditioning, and, when mom doesn't feel like cooking, fast food restaurants.

Review: Halo: Combat Evolved - PC

The best console first-person shooter ever finally arrives on PC. How does it translate?

The best console first-person shooter ever finally arrives on PC. How does it translate?

Wednesday, October 1

Little cafe caters to big appetites

Every once in a while, it's good to step off the beaten path in your search for someplace new to eat. And, for most people, the Linwood Cafe is off the beaten path.

'Karen Sisco' scores, but 'Relative' reeks

It's too early to call "Karen Sisco" (9 p.m., ABC) a hit, but Sisco (Carla Gugino) is certainly the strongest female character of the new season. A federal marshal and the daughter of a suave Miami Beach private eye (Robert Forster), Karen has grown up around law enforcement and those who need enforcing. Her dad's floating card game includes a posse of ex-cons, and, in tonight's episode, Karen beds down with a handsome operator who ends up on the wrong end of a bank robbery investigation.

Picasso's mistress topic of exhibit

When Pablo Picasso was 27, he spent the summer in a village in his native Spain, drawing and painting odd angles and curves that looked only a bit like his beautiful French mistress. They ended up helping inspire the cubism that defined his career.


¢ 'P. Diddy' trains for marathon ¢ Thirsty for punishment ¢ Good-cause fashion auction

Russian ballerina ordered reinstated

Thanks to Russia's Labor Ministry, ballerina Anastasia Volochkova may be back at the Bolshoi for an encore.

Fudge and loathing in L.A.

Artist Travis Millard returns to Lawrence for gallery show

Whether you know who Travis Millard is or not, you've probably seen his artwork around Lawrence. Maybe you've leered drunkenly at the goat boy while unloading a couple PBRs in the bathroom of the Eight Street Tap Room. Perhaps you've gasped for air while puking on the hard concrete in the Replay Lounge's beer garden and found solace in a mural depicting a dead cat flying through heaven. Or perhaps you sometimes fondly reflect upon one of the hundreds of other traces signed 'tm2' that Millard left in the alleys and backstreets of town.

Neiman Marcus offers Herd earthworks

Prices start at $160,000 for 'Art by the Half-Acre'

If you're on a budget, you might want to consider that $15 paperweight on page 25 or a half of the moderately pricey Christmas ham on page 52. But if you're among those filthy rich Neiman Marcus shoppers willing to spring for the $555,000 Tomahawk motorcycle with the V-10 engine on page 61, then you might also consider your very own half-acre landscape mural by Lawrence crop artist Stan Herd. You'll find that on page 53 of the new Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog. Starting price: $160,000.

Nintendo wants to know who you are

In an effort to understand the video game audience better, the big N spends a ton in this fun market research exercise

In an effort to understand the video game audience better, the big N spends a ton in this fun market research exercise.