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Police release report on protesters
July 25, 2003
(Updated Friday at 12:55 p.m.) Police have released their paperwork from the arrests at a protest Monday outside the Holidome, 200 McDonald Dr.
Parking meter charges headed up
July 25, 2003
(Updated Friday at 12:41 p.m.) Parking in downtown Lawrence is expected to get a little more expensive.
Shots fired outside Ottawa bar
July 25, 2003
(Updated Friday at 10:44 a.m.) Ottawa police are looking for a suspect they say was involved in a barroom brawl that spilled into the street and led to gunshots Thursday night.
People
July 25, 2003
¢ The Greatest meets His Holiness ¢ Cher gets crafty ¢ Serena takes tennis to ‘Street’ ¢ McCartney joins chicken crusade
Next stage near in Capitol remodel
July 25, 2003
Workers are removing boxes and furniture from the Statehouse, preparing the east wing for the next phase of a 10-year, $135 million renovation of the seat of Kansas government. The State Budget Division has begun relocating its offices to a nearby office building. In the next three weeks, members of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ staff and aides to Kansas Senate leaders will move into temporary quarters but remain in the Capitol.
Diamondback rattlesnakes in Kansas alarm scientists
July 25, 2003
Western Diamondback rattlesnakes, among the most deadly snakes in the country, have been showing up in Kanopolis State Park, creating concern that the snakes are being illegally dumped there. Eight Western Diamondback rattlesnakes have been seen or captured at the park since 1991, a relatively large number for a concentrated area where the snakes are not native.
Lawrence ‘Son’ kings enlighten dancing feet, musical minds
July 25, 2003
Anybody who thinks Ricky Martin puts on the sexiest Latin music performance has obviously never been to a Son Venezuela show. “There’ve been the girls that get seduced by the sound of the Latin music and they take it to the next level — sexiness out of control,” lead vocalist Kelfel Aqui says. “We’ve had girls that start grinding with band members; that’s not very popular with the wives.”
U.S. jobless claims fall; sign points to revival
July 25, 2003
The number of American workers signing up for jobless benefits plunged last week to the lowest level in five months, a fresh dose of good news for the economy’s revival. For the work week ending July 19, new applications for unemployment insurance dropped by a seasonally adjusted 29,000 to 386,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday. It marked the second week in a row that claims went down and represented the first time since the week ending Feb. 8 that claims dipped below 400,000, a level associated with a weak job market.
Group explores buying Farmland refinery
July 25, 2003
Farmland Industries Inc. is negotiating the sale of its Coffeyville oil refinery and fertilizer plant to a group of investors based in Connecticut.
Friend’ LeBlanc going solo
July 25, 2003
“Friends” is paring down to one friend.
Missy Elliott earns eight MTV award nods
July 25, 2003
Missy Elliott worked her way to a leading eight nominations for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.
Oscar-winning director removed from life support
July 25, 2003
Ailing filmmaker John Schlesinger, the Oscar-winning director of “Midnight Cowboy,” was taken off life support Thursday at a hospital, his spokeswoman said.
ESPN sees Williams through teammates’ eyes
July 25, 2003
Ted Williams’ friends and fellow Boston Red Sox look back at the acclaimed slugger in the one-hour documentary “The Teammates” (7 p.m., ESPN).
Arafat’s cousin escapes attack
July 25, 2003
A top Palestinian security official who is related to Yasser Arafat escaped assassination late Thursday after a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at his office, officials said. The explosive missed and hit a prison, wounding 10 inmates.
Abbas says burden of peace is on Israel
July 25, 2003
Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas called on the Bush administration Thursday to “play its role forcefully” to get Israel to dismantle settlements on the West Bank and release up to 3,000 Palestinian prisoners.
Ten Commandments to be moved
July 25, 2003
The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., decided Thursday to relocate a Ten Commandments monument from its current location in front of the Wyandotte County Courthouse. The Unified Government Board of Commissioners voted 8-0 Thursday night to relocate the monument about 150 feet across the street to the grounds of St. Mary’s-St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. The action was taken after the American Civil Liberties Union notified the Unified Government that it intended to file litigation on behalf of an unnamed individual.
Pollom Services
July 25, 2003
Barbara Bergman
July 25, 2003
Lawsuit blames district for rape
July 25, 2003
A teenager has sued the Kansas City, Kan., school district for her alleged rape by another student on her first day at Washington High School in August 2001.
With contempt fines looming, panel transfers Missouri River action
Decision places case in hands of federal court in Minnesota
July 25, 2003
A judicial panel Thursday transferred dueling federal court rulings regarding the Missouri River to a different federal court in Minnesota.
Revised report says Guard didn’t inflate strength
July 25, 2003
Citing a “misinterpretation” of data, a federal military official revised an audit that fueled a debate about whether the Kansas Army National Guard used “ghost soldiers” to inflate its troop strength for seven years.
Three U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq
Iraqi insurgency shows no signs of waning in wake of Saddam’s sons’ deaths
July 25, 2003
Gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades killed three American soldiers Thursday from the 101st Airborne — the division that carried out the deadly assault on Saddam Hussein’s sons — another sign insurgents are intent on driving U.S. troops from Iraq. A new tape, meanwhile, showed Saddam’s Fedayeen militiamen vowing to avenge the killings of Odai and Qusai Hussein.
Report shows extent of whaling
Pre-hunting totals of whale population more than thought
July 25, 2003
Research indicating that whales may have been much more plentiful in the North Atlantic could mean it will be years before populations recover to a level where hunting could resume. However, the finding is being questioned by scientists in both pro- and anti-whaling nations.
Baseball balks at ephedra ban
If consumers can use product, players say they can, too
July 25, 2003
Major league baseball should not ban dietary supplements containing ephedra unless the government does, an official of the players’ union testified Thursday to lawmakers looking into health problems related to the herbal stimulant.
Family of Dennehy visits ranch
Property owner Cox says loved ones retrace steps of missing player; Dotson remains jailed without bond
July 25, 2003
The family of missing Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy on Thursday visited a ranch outside town where he and his teammate fired guns and where police have searched for his body at least twice.
Buick to sponsor GHO starting in 2004
July 25, 2003
Buick has agreed to become a title sponsor of the Greater Hartford Open, ensuring the golf tournament will continue to be a stop on the PGA Tour.
6Sports video: Raiders meet Olathe again in zone tournament
July 25, 2003
The Olathe South Falcons played a doubleheader to face the Raiders again. The Raiders won, 15-7.
6News video: Stretch limo lets the party roll
July 25, 2003
The limo has many luxuries packed in it, but it comes with a price.
6News video: Bishop Seabury students finally have a home
July 25, 2003
The school went the previous season without a gym.
6Sports video: Scot Pollard traded to Pacers
July 25, 2003
The Indiana team is much closer to Pollard’s off-season home in Lawrence than Sacramento was.
6Sports video: Royals split series with Twins
July 25, 2003
Minnesota run past Kansas City, 6-2.
6News video: Weather cam to give early warnings
July 25, 2003
The camera will be on top of the city water tower, which should give officials a clear view of storms threatening the area.
6News video: New arcade brings players together
July 25, 2003
Adrenalan allows gamers to hang out in a social environment and play against each other on networked consoles and computers.
6News video: Accused woman to enter plea next month
July 25, 2003
Berdella Harrell faces charges of mistreating her father-in-law.
Briefly
July 25, 2003
¢ Driver, passenger thrown from car, die ¢ Ex-government worker charged with theft
Targeting taxes
July 25, 2003
Legal costs
July 25, 2003
Wounded vets
July 25, 2003
Lawrence briefs
July 25, 2003
¢ KU vice chancellor talks to Girls Nation delegates ¢ Picnic to honor soldier who served in Iraq
West Africa vows to send peacekeepers to Liberia
July 25, 2003
Liberia’s rebels and government troops battled Thursday for the capital’s port, dueling with guns and grenades as West African leaders promised the first troops of a multinational peacekeeping force within a week.
On the record
July 25, 2003
Victims of priests seek tougher laws on sex abuse
July 25, 2003
Frustrated by a lack of indictments in the clergy sex abuse scandal, victims’ groups pledged Thursday to work with Massachusetts’ attorney general to toughen child abuse laws and establish an independent board to review abuse allegations against priests.
Elizabeth Dole recalls friends killed in Kenyan plane crash
July 25, 2003
Mourners gathered Thursday in Chapel Hill, N.C., for a memorial service for 12 members of the George and Jean Brumley family killed Saturday when their chartered plane crashed into an African mountainside.
Strides made since 1st test-tube baby
July 25, 2003
Twenty-five years after the birth of the first test-tube baby, success rates have doubled, but the quest for parenthood remains frustrating and expensive for most infertile couples.
Free trade deals passed for Chile, Singapore
July 25, 2003
The House voted Thursday to accept Chile and Singapore as free-trading partners for the United States, moving toward what the Bush administration foresees as a new era of open markets around the globe.
Mixed message
July 25, 2003
College students on recess
July 25, 2003
Twins keep heat on Royals in AL Central
Minnesota pulls within 5 1/2 games of first-place Kansas City with 6-2 victory
July 25, 2003
Solid pitching, a little power and fast feet helped Minnesota send a message to Kansas City about the AL Central race. Pinch-hitter A.J. Pierzynski singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning after Shannon Stewart’s hustle on a bunt forced a key misplay, leading Minnesota past the Royals, 6-2, Thursday afternoon.
Raiders roll through zone
Next stop state in Hays
July 25, 2003
Lawrence Raiders coach Carl Brooks knew his squad would be in next week’s American Legion State baseball tournament in Hays. But Olathe MAAE did its best to delay the Raiders’ arrival in the Legion zone II tournament championship Thursday night at Free State Field.
Richardson injures thumb at Chiefs camp
Veteran Kansas City running back not expected to be sidelined for long
July 25, 2003
Fullback Tony Richardson cracked his left thumb in Kansas City’s morning practice Thursday and will probably miss several days.
Harbour advances
July 25, 2003
Seven of the top nine seeds were eliminated, including six in the first round, as match play began Thursday in the Kansas Amateur Championship at Indian Hills Country Club.
Outlaws reach finals
July 25, 2003
Lawrence’s Outlaws have reached the finals of the Zone Four American Legion tournament.
Gene-altered crops could destroy native populations, study says
July 25, 2003
In an evolutionary blink of an eye, wild populations of agricultural crops could be obliterated by their genetically altered descendants.
Scrutiny of Bryant accuser grows
Authorities say woman hospitalized four months before alleged assault
July 25, 2003
Scrutiny of Kobe Bryant’s accuser intensified Thursday as authorities said she had been hospitalized as a “danger to herself” four months before the alleged sexual assault.
Los Angeles accurate from line
Free throws spark Sparks, 82-65
July 25, 2003
For the first time since standout Lisa Leslie injured her knee, the WNBA champion Los Angeles Sparks won with ease.
Pollard surprised by swap
Kings send ex-Jayhawk to Pacers in big trade
July 25, 2003
Scot Pollard had hoped to play for the Sacramento Kings a long, long time. “I loved Sacramento. I thought it was a place I could finish my career,” a subdued Pollard told the Journal-World Thursday, minutes after learning he’d been traded from the Kings to the Indiana Pacers.
Phenix fall in pool play
Local teams make fresh start today in bracket play
July 25, 2003
Even if the girls on the Lawrence Phenix 14-under softball team didn’t show it, Thursday’s game mattered. After all, the Phenix were participating in the American Fastpitch Assn. “B” National tournament this week at Clinton Lake Softball Complex and Youth Sports Inc. fields.
Newcomers next in line
Junior-college transfers hope to fill holes up front
July 25, 2003
Kansas University has big holes to fill on its offensive line. The Jayhawks — who lost four senior starters — think they found the big bodies to help fill those gaps with junior-college transfers Joe Vaughn, Johnny Urrutia and Richard Estrella.
Governor recall election set for Oct. 7
California’s Davis first to face such action in 82 years
July 25, 2003
State officials Thursday set an Oct. 7 date for the election to recall Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, giving him less than three months to fight for his political life.
Lawrence felon admits to federal gun charge
July 25, 2003
A 27-year-old Lawrence man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to a count of being a felon in possession of a firearm
Video vixen
Angelina Jolie emerges as world’s most bankable female action hero
July 25, 2003
There’s a laundry list of professional and personal baggage that tag along with Angelina Jolie. She sleeps with knives; kept husband Billy Bob Thornton’s blood in a vial around her neck; has that “weird” relationship with her brother James; engages in an ongoing feud with her Academy Award-winning father Jon Voight, etc.
County’s camera will keep eye on weather
July 25, 2003
A remote-controlled eye in the sky soon will help Douglas County officials warn the public of impending disasters. “Weather Cam,” a new digital camera to be wired into a secure law-enforcement communications network, will be perched within a month atop the city’s Stratford Road water tower, just east of Iowa Street.
Let Iraqis dial up freedom TV
July 25, 2003
Here’s a suggestion for saving American lives in Baghdad.
Skilled theater director helps young players tackle ‘Macbeth’
July 25, 2003
William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” is a daunting task for even the most seasoned performer, but when the Lawrence Arts Center’s Summer Youth Theatre program opened the final show of its season Thursday night, every member of the young team was up to the challenge.
Corrections
July 25, 2003
Briefly
July 25, 2003
¢ Parents convicted of starving son to death ¢ Prosecutor charges five with donating bad blood
Public payback
July 25, 2003
9-11 report finds failures
Inquiry: Federal agencies neglected to share terror information
July 25, 2003
Failure to share intelligence on two future Sept. 11 hijackers destroyed perhaps the best chance to stop the attacks, says the final report of a congressional inquiry that details a maddening government chain of actions not taken, information not shared and help not given. The 850-page report, released Thursday, shows that wide-ranging parts of the nation’s intelligence and law enforcement apparatus detected threads that were only later connected to the hijacking plot. Tips not shared with the San Diego FBI were key.
Briefly
July 25, 2003
¢ Guard says sniper suspect boasted about shooting teen ¢ Head Start changes approved ¢ At least 24 released since molestation law struck down
Briefly
July 25, 2003
¢ Bosnian admits to role in massacre of Muslims ¢ Newsweek issue banned as ‘insulting to Quran’ ¢ Report: President Fox took illegal donations
Sequel turns Lara Croft into James Bond
July 25, 2003
A sequel to “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” had nowhere to go but up. The 2001 summer blockbuster that served as a launching pad for this series was the cinematic equivalent of watching someone else play a video game for two hours. The acrobatic Lara (Angelina Jolie) spent her screen time trouncing legions of computer-generated nasties — battles choreographed with as much soul as a Britney Spears soft drink commercial.
Professor might take stand in murder trial
Wife of man charged in father’s death appears close to plea agreement
July 25, 2003
A Kansas University psychology professor could be among the expert defense witnesses in the case of a Lawrence man charged with murdering his elderly father by neglect. The attorney for Timothy D. Harrell, 44, received court approval earlier this month to hire Lawrence Wrightsman Jr. to evaluate whether Harrell’s “limited intellectual ability” caused him to make false confessions to police.
Bodyguard describes living with Husseins after start of war
July 25, 2003
Five or six days after U.S. troops seized this city in April, Saddam, Odai and Qusai Hussein gathered secretly with a handful of aides at a house in the Adhamiya neighborhood.
Air Force bans Boeing from rocket work after information theft
July 25, 2003
The Air Force on Thursday banned Boeing Co. from future satellite-launching contracts to punish the company for stealing sensitive information from a competitor.
White Sox still raining wins
Chicago wins seventh straight after SkyDome delay
July 25, 2003
A rain delay at SkyDome helped the Chicago White Sox win their seventh straight game.
Bonds’ superb plays lift Giants
Slugger makes outfield assist to save run, then jacks game-winning homer
July 25, 2003
Barry Bonds threw himself quite a birthday bash.
Friends and neighbors
July 25, 2003
Daily ticker
July 25, 2003
Pentagon releases photos of Saddam’s slain sons
July 25, 2003
The United States released grisly photos Thursday to convince Iraqis that Saddam Hussein’s sons were dead and to weaken support for an anti-American insurgency. But some Iraqis saw the pictures of the bloodied, bearded men as a ruse. The photographs of Odai and Qusai Hussein were immediately broadcast by U.S.-sponsored Iraqi TV, CNN and two Arab satellite television networks widely viewed in Iraq. The Al-Sa’a newspaper held its front and back pages open to publish them this morning.
Briefly
July 25, 2003
¢ July is 10th anniversary of destructive 1993 flood ¢ Teller’s has new manager after alleged gun incident ¢ State lawmakers attend San Francisco meeting ¢ Jacob, Emily top names for babies in Kansas
KU journalism dean to resign
James Gentry plans return to classroom after 7 years in administration
July 25, 2003
James Gentry, who has served as dean of the Kansas University school of journalism since 1997, will resign at the end of the school year, he said Thursday. Gentry said he planned to stay at KU and return to full-time teaching and research.
State appeals casino decision
Interior Department reaffirms that land belongs to reservation
July 25, 2003
A seven-year legal battle over a proposed tribal casino in downtown Kansas City, Kan., continues to rage in the courts. The latest development involves an appeal by the state of a federal agency’s decision that was favorable to the tribe.
Pine-tar incident still follows Brett
July 25, 2003
George Brett says the bat he used in the fabled “Pine Tar Incident” at Yankee Stadium 20 years ago Thursday pales in comparison to the one with which he got his 3,000th hit almost a decade later.
Armstrong plays it safe, retains overall lead
Four-time champ still 67 seconds ahead of Ullrich; Dutch rider takes 112-mile stage
July 25, 2003
Saving himself and his overall lead for their great battle to come, Lance Armstrong finished grouped with archrival Jan Ullrich in the Tour de France’s pancake-flat 17th stage Thursday, their focus on an expected race-deciding time trial.
Watson, Kite tied at Senior British
July 25, 2003
Tom Watson won his rematch with Jack Nicklaus at Turnberry links, but couldn’t shake Tom Kite.
Blair offers timely reminders
July 25, 2003
Tony Blair’s address to Congress last on July 17 was the first by a British prime minister since Margaret Thatcher in 1985, and only the fourth such address in our history. Maybe they should drop in more often to remind us of what many appear to have forgotten. Sounding like a motivational speaker, blending wit and wisdom, Blair told Congress he had come with an “urgent sense of mission,” and he summed up what America, Britain and the free world face: “September the 11th was not an isolated event, but a tragic prologue, Iraq another act, and many further struggles will be set upon this stage before it’s over.”
Calm before the carnival
July 25, 2003
Time to reel in Ashcroft fishing expedition
July 25, 2003
On the whole, I wouldn’t choose to go fishing in a library or a bookstore. The library is a bit dusty and while the local bookstore may be the final resting place of a forest or two, it’s water-challenged. Nevertheless, the same phrase keeps coming up again and again. As worriers describe the government’s ability to search through the records of readers, they label it a “fishing expedition.” They define it as part of John Ashcroft’s all-terrain venture to catch-and-not-release terrorists.
New limousine looong on luxury
Lawrence company’s rental a real stretch
July 25, 2003
Larry Ojeleye has gone to great lengths to bring the “bling-bling” lifestyle to Lawrence. Thirty-seven feet, to be exact.
Horoscopes
July 25, 2003
Array of music downloaders summoned
Recording industry issues subpoenas in campaign to stem online piracy
July 25, 2003
Move over, college kids. Grandparents and roommates may be the first ones to pay for downloading songs on the Internet. The music industry’s earliest subpoenas, issued as part of a high-stakes campaign to cripple online piracy by suing some of music’s biggest fans, are aimed at a surprisingly eclectic group: a grandfather, an unsuspecting dad and an apartment roommate.
Hazel B. Knoche
July 25, 2003
Good move
July 25, 2003
Approval of a development at Eighth and New Hampshire streets is a good move for downtown Lawrence. By approving a planned residential and commercial development at Eighth and New Hampshire streets the Lawrence City Commission has displayed an ability to look at the big picture rather than be driven by narrow interests.
Pearson Government Solutions to add another 250 jobs in city
July 25, 2003
A recently completed expansion project at Pearson Government Solutions will add 250 more jobs at its Lawrence call center than originally anticipated. Pearson officials confirmed their hiring plans Thursday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the company’s 45,000-square-foot expansion at its East Hills Business Park offices.
Briefcase
July 25, 2003
¢ AT&T to boost dividend as earnings decline ¢ Four former executives charged in Charter case ¢ Mortgage rates inch up ¢ Earnings of interest
Wal-Mart Supercenters draw consternation in California
July 25, 2003
Wal-Mart is poised to introduce California to its new “Supercenters,” stuffed with discount groceries alongside the usual potpourri of bargains.