Archive for Sunday, July 11, 2004

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Poet’s showcase
July 11, 2004
City briefs
July 11, 2004
¢ KU professors to present Le Mans museum design ¢ Douglas County added to disaster declaration ¢ School board to consider new vocal music risers
City briefs
July 11, 2004
¢ Bachelor Auction slated for Thursday ¢ History museum offers preschool storytime
Bookstore
July 11, 2004
Arts notes
July 11, 2004
¢ Lawrence City Band to play worldly music ¢ Brown Bag Concert features bluegrass band ¢ Quilter to lead Lawrence workshop ¢ Theater troupes to have auditions ¢ Eudora quilters compete for international award ¢ Kemper Museum touts beautiful women ¢ Wheelmen to meet in Baldwin, Lawrence ¢ Missouri guitar festival returns for second year ¢ Art guild issues grants ¢ El Dorado exhibition calls for entries ¢ Preparations under way for Arkansas exhibit
Buried in debt
Frugal generation finds itself dealing with red ink
July 11, 2004
America’s seniors, who weathered the Great Depression or grew up in its shadow, have a reputation for frugality and saving. Of all generations, this was the one that got it right by pinching pennies, avoiding credit and putting money away for retirement and to pass on to their children.
Signs show improving stock market
July 11, 2004
How did investors do in the first half of the year? Well, there’s not much to celebrate. Stocks fell far short of the smart gains they tallied in the first half of 2003. But at least the average investor hasn’t lost money this year, as most did in the first half of ‘01 and ‘02.
Retailers discouraging ‘demonic customers’
Best Buy targeting unprofitable shoppers
July 11, 2004
So much for the customer always being right. Some retailers are deciding that the customer can be very, very wrong — as in unprofitable. And some, including Best Buy Co. Inc., are discriminating between profitable customers and shoppers they lose money on.
The Motley Fool
July 11, 2004
Head over wheels
Big, shiny rims that elevate ‘vroom vroom’ to ‘bling bling’ have everyday people falling
July 11, 2004
When Coco Hinojos drives his pearl-white Cadillac CTS sedan around Lawrence, the car gets plenty of attention. Especially since he slapped on a $2,000 set of custom, chrome-plated wheels — known to auto enthusiasts as rims — and special, low-profile tires.
Getting the full facial treatment
July 11, 2004
No matter how well you take care of your skin at home, there’s always a benefit to be had from getting the full facial treatment at a professional beauty spa.
Do alternative remedies for hot flashes really work?
July 11, 2004
As long as there have been hot flashes, menopausal women have been passing down secrets on how to cure them: plants, herbs, nuts, grains, magnets, exercises, health food stores and pharmacies.
Behind the lens: Medium wide-angle lens offers the most versatility
July 11, 2004
Prince tops concert tours list
July 11, 2004
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.
Voting: This year’s style statement
July 11, 2004
Voting is very fashionable this year. Isaac Mizrahi says high heels and voting are sexy, and Armani Exchange and Marie Claire have the collective message that voting is this year’s style “statement.”
Family briefs
July 11, 2004
¢ Car talk takes off ¢ Toddlers need to hear it plain ¢ Clothes tell bugs, sun to buzz off
No candidate has corner on ‘values’
July 11, 2004
On the day that John Edwards joined John Kerry on the Democratic ticket, President Bush told an audience in Edwards’ home state of North Carolina that he was confident its voters would realize that “the senator from Massachusetts (Kerry) doesn’t share their values.” The same day in Council Bluffs, Iowa, first lady Laura Bush affirmed that “I really do believe that President Bush and Vice President Cheney share the values and the character that Americans have, that most Americans have, and certainly Americans in the heartland have.”
Political shell game
July 11, 2004
24/40 or fight?
July 11, 2004
This is progress?
July 11, 2004
Perry Lake death spurs warning
July 11, 2004
State health officials have added carbon monoxide to a list of potential hazards such as alcohol, heat and reckless boating that boaters and swimmers need to watch out for this summer.
Lawrence wind power company biding time on Flint Hills project
July 11, 2004
A Lawrence-based company that wants to build wind turbines in east-central Kansas said it was weighing its legal options two weeks after Wabaunsee County officials voted to ban the machines.
Deer tracker patented
Grantville man places device in arrow
July 11, 2004
Danny Runyan thinks he has the answer for every archery hunter’s worst nightmare — a wounded animal that can’t be found.
Compact hard on violators
July 11, 2004
Missouri hunting, fishing and trapping permit suspensions carry a lot more weight these days thanks to the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
July, August peak months to search for bullfrogs
July 11, 2004
July is known for its scorchers, but for the adventurous outdoorsman there is one way to beat the heat.
Area fishing report
July 11, 2004
Labonte captures his first victory in Busch race
July 11, 2004
When Justin Labonte rumbled off on his victory lap, waving the checkered flag from his window, it was hard to tell who was prouder — father or son.
Tracy hoping to find success in hometown
July 11, 2004
Paul Tracy’s whole season may be riding on his hometown race.
Hamilton snares third truck victory
July 11, 2004
Bobby Hamilton became the first three-time winner this season on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, rallying to win the rain-delayed Built Ford Tough 225 on Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway.
Raikkonen takes pole for British Grand Prix
July 11, 2004
Kimi Raikkonen claimed his third career pole, and six-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher turned in the fourth-fastest time in qualifying for the British Grand Prix on Saturday.
Agent: O’Neal would accept trade to Heat
July 11, 2004
Shaquille O’Neal would be happy to be traded to the Miami Heat.
Spurs to sign Barry
July 11, 2004
Free agent guard Brent Barry has reached agreement to join the San Antonio Spurs, leaving the Seattle SuperSonics to play alongside Tim Duncan and improve his shot at an NBA title.
Raiders split in Nebraska tournament
July 11, 2004
The Lawrence Raiders endured a long, exhausting day of baseball, and managed to split a pair of games at the North Platte Invitational on Saturday.
Jones fails to qualify in 100 meters
Former Olympic, world champ has two events left at track trials
July 11, 2004
Perhaps it was the stress of fighting doping allegations. Maybe it was the physical and emotional strains of motherhood. Or perhaps time, and a new generation of sprinters, are finally catching up with her.
Young Aquahawk sizzling this summer
Twelve-year-old Clark cruises at Roger Hill Invite
July 11, 2004
In addition to training Lawrence’s most dominating high school swimmers, Lawrence Aquahawks coaches Scott Bliss and Mike Soderling also help develop the city’s future standouts.
East whips West
QB steals show in 34-7 win
July 11, 2004
Kaleb Harris sure didn’t look like a rookie quarterback. Harris, a high school tailback, passed for 136 yards and ran for 100 more as the East stuffed the West, 34-7, in the Native American All-Star Football Game on Saturday night at Haskell Stadium.
Orioles’ rookie baffles Royals
Baltimore starter Cabrera dominates K.C. in 7-2 win
July 11, 2004
No rookie pitcher in the American League has performed better this season than Daniel Cabrera, Baltimore’s most consistent starter since being summoned from Double-A in mid-May.
Baty belts first pro homer
July 11, 2004
Former Kansas University baseball standout Ryan Baty hit his first professional home run when the Hudson Valley Renegades thumped the New Jersey Cardinals, 10-3, Friday night at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, N.Y.
KU’s Emsick struggles at U.S. Olympic trials
July 11, 2004
Abby Emsick, a Kansas University junior-to-be from Council Bluffs, Iowa, didn’t advance to the finals in the women’s discus throw after finishing 22nd during qualifying Saturday at the U.S. Olympic trials.
Branson shows branch out
City’s entertainment doesn’t stop at country, comedy
July 11, 2004
Seven million tourists visit Branson each year, making this tiny town in the Ozarks (population 6,500) one of the top 20 overnight leisure destinations in the country.
William J. Fager
July 11, 2004
Julie Ann McEwen
July 11, 2004
K.C. bail bondsmen charged with assault
Bounty hunters broke into wrong house, assaulted teenager, police charge
July 11, 2004
Police have charged two bounty hunters with assaulting a teenage girl after apparently breaking into the wrong house.
Bush seeks ban on gay marriage
July 11, 2004
President Bush says legalizing gay marriage would redefine the most fundamental institution of civilization and that a constitutional amendment is needed to protect it.
Democratic platform emphasizes national security, foreign policy
July 11, 2004
Liberals wanted a target date for pulling American troops out of Iraq, but the Democratic Party platform for 2004 instead calls for remaining until that country is secure.
15,000 saved by air bags since 1984 rule enacted
July 11, 2004
Terri Vaccher was driving along a California freeway in 1997 when a truck jackknifed in front of her. As her sport utility vehicle plowed into the truck, the expectant mother saw a white light and thought her life was over.
As cicadas die, 17-year cycle begins
July 11, 2004
Their droning love songs have faded, the skies are free of their tumbling flights and the carcasses that littered sidewalks have washed away.
Florida scraps controversial voting list of potential felons
July 11, 2004
Florida elections officials said Saturday they would not use a disputed list that was designed to keep felons from voting, acknowledging a flaw that could have allowed convicted Hispanic felons to cast ballots in November.
Pastors dive into political fray
Kline plans forum to explain restrictions on nonprofit groups
July 11, 2004
The Rev. Jerry Johnston says building Overland Park’s First Family Church kept him busy enough in recent years that he didn’t feel he had time for Kansas politics.
Queer as Folk’ takes on gay marriage
Today’s episode explores issue as Congress debates ban
July 11, 2004
While the issue of gay marriage has received its share of television news and talk show time, it has been largely absent from TV series — until now.
Campbell performs for fellow inmates
July 11, 2004
Glen Campbell called it “a captive audience” — and he wasn’t kidding.
Former NY prosecutor takes on D.A.’s office in novel, lawsuit
July 11, 2004
Robert Reuland parked his black Mercedes station wagon at a meter and walked across Ralph Avenue to a half-dead strip mall.
Calendar
July 11, 2004
Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt., offers activities during the week for residents age 55 and older. Call Senior Services at 842-0543 for more information.
Districts struggle as aid stays flat
Calling it quits: The state of education in Kansas
July 11, 2004
Caught between declining enrollment, rising costs and a fourth year without an increase in state aid, rural school officials across Kansas are starting to talk about closing schools and merging districts.
We support schools*
*But we don’t all agree on need for tax increase
July 11, 2004
Not so long ago, a Kansas legislator wouldn’t have dreamed of turning down more money for the schools in his district. Today, it happens all the time.
Interior city growth often tricky
Neighbors worry developments won’t fit character of area
July 11, 2004
Greg Cromer wanted to build townhomes. The site of the former Southwinds Rehabilitation & Care Center, 1800 W. 27th St., had been empty for a time, and Cromer, president of American Real Estate & Investments, thought 26 condos would be a great replacement.
Advocates blame top Catholics for abuse
July 11, 2004
Leading advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse are directing their criticism beyond U.S. Roman Catholic bishops to the highest levels of the church. They’re now accusing Vatican leaders of hiding the scope of the molestation problem worldwide — and demanding reform.
Edwards may wake up Kerry campaign
July 11, 2004
Presidential candidates are granted few new starts in a political season. John F. Kerry used one in Pittsburgh this week, and he chose a new face for the new season in the campaign.
E-government ready to take next step
July 11, 2004
Jeff Spink drives 150 miles a day to run down real estate titles, deeds, tax liens, drainage easements, tax foreclosures, divorce filings and any other government documents that might affect a property’s ownership.
Crypto scare closes pool
Aquatic Center undergoes hyperchlorination, testing after Saturday incident
July 11, 2004
Still wary after a cryptosporidium outbreak last year that spread across northeast Kansas, city officials Saturday closed the Lawrence Aquatic Center after a child in the pool was found to have diarrhea.
Program cuts have harmed schools, governor says
July 11, 2004
Don’t tell Gov. Kathleen Sebelius that public schools have been “held harmless.”
Experts review bad picks for vice president
July 11, 2004
In presidential politics, the process of picking a running mate can be boiled down to four words: First, do no harm.
Bin Laden’s sister-in-law says family ties persist
July 11, 2004
The only family member to talk openly about Osama bin Laden describes him as pious and merciless, a man so driven by his beliefs that he once denied a water bottle to his own infant son in the heat of the Saudi desert.
Used-car buyers see sales taxes rise with new law
July 11, 2004
When Salinan Rob Johnson bought his 1988 Nissan 300 ZX from an acquaintance, he knew the car needed work — and a new engine.
Busting a desert myth
Eastern Kansas was a sea of grass, not sand, in the 1800s
July 11, 2004
When explorer Stephen Long passed through the plains, including portions of what is now Kansas, on his journey west in 1819 and 1820, he described what he saw as the “Great American Desert.” He couldn’t have been more wrong.
Private gym
Lose some weight in your wallet as well as your abs by bringing the gym home to you
July 11, 2004
Baby, it’s hot outside, the roads are crowded, your butt’s an embarrassment and “American Idol” is on. Very fine whines; all excellent reasons not to go work out. And don’t forget that joining a health club can cause immediate weight loss — in your wallet.
River City video: Pre-territorial Kansas a rarely explored area
July 11, 2004
Randy Thies, an archaeologist for the Kansas State Historical Society, discusses pre-territorial Kansas with Greg Hurd, host of “River City Weekly.”
River City video: Examples of pre-territorial landscape remain
July 11, 2004
Dan Wildcat, professor of American Indian Studies at Haskell Indian Nations University, discusses pre-territorial Kansas with Greg Hurd, host of “River City Weekly.”
River City video: Changed landscape hinders understanding of history
July 11, 2004
Dan Wildcat, professor of American Indian Studies at Haskell Indian Nations University, discusses pre-territorial Kansas with Greg Hurd, host of “River City Weekly.”
River City video: Map-making expeditions important to pre-territorial Kansas
July 11, 2004
Randy Thies, an archaeologist for the Kansas State Historical Society, discusses pre-territorial Kansas with Greg Hurd, host of “River City Weekly.”
Briefly
July 11, 2004
¢ Wireless Internet added to Iowa rest stops ¢ Roadside kiosks will offer information for travelers ¢ Five nights of fireworks will light up northern sky
Centenarian breaks 100M sprint record
July 11, 2004
It took him two tries, but South African Philip Rabinowitz made it into the Guinness Book of World Records Saturday as the fastest 100-year-old to run 100 meters.
Love of game drives ‘Mr. Baseball’
July 11, 2004
Leo Pinckney has such a passionate love affair with baseball that in his presence you could almost hear the words: “Those whom God has joined together let no man put asunder.”
Doll collectors bring new life to old toys
July 11, 2004
Before repairing a doll or stuffed animal, Jean Hamilton gives it the washing machine test.
Diet creator, author to appear in Lawrence
July 11, 2004
Topeka native Rob Stevens, a Chicago resident, will be in Lawrence today promoting his anti-diet book “The Overfed Head: What If Everything You Know about Weight Loss is Wrong?” (Thintuition Inc., $29.95).
What are you reading?
July 11, 2004
On the record
July 11, 2004
Salute! draws wine lovers
July 11, 2004
It could have been the volume of people, the thermostat or the abundance of wine. But most of the 500 or so people who Saturday night meandered through the Lawrence Holidome’s ballroom had a telltale rosiness in their cheeks.
8-year sentence ordered in shooting after fight
Prosecutor says drug deals at root of crime
July 11, 2004
The second of three men charged with the death of a Great Bend man last year was sentenced Friday to 8 1/2 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.
Beulah Duncan
July 11, 2004
Sportswear meets swimwear at the beach
July 11, 2004
The buzz at the beach this summer is more about covering up than baring all. Sure, some swimsuits are still sexy and show plenty of skin, but even those suits are likely to be paired with sportswear-inspired cover-ups that take wearers from the water to the snack bar — and maybe even the grocery store.
Briefly
July 11, 2004
¢ Items containing classified information missing from lab ¢ NAACP invites Bush again ¢ Study: Rapid AIDS testing during child labor beneficial
Briefly
July 11, 2004
¢ Humanitarian group protests U.S. policy ¢ Progress on AIDS treatment slow ¢ Floods kill 22 more in South Asia ¢ Country suspended from diamond trade
Twenty-five years later, Disco Demolition Night infamous in Chicago
July 11, 2004
Mike Veeck figured the sight of a radio DJ blowing up disco records in the outfield might draw more people to Comiskey Park, where the White Sox were struggling on the field and at the gate.
Outdoors briefs
July 11, 2004
¢ Women’s workshop scheduled in Topeka ¢ Deadline Thursday ¢ Walk-in hunting
Angels blast Blue Jays
Molina hits grand slam during seven-run seventh
July 11, 2004
Kelvim Escobar enjoyed the run support more than beating his former team.
Cardinals continue winning ways
Edmonds homers again; win streak reaches eight with 5-2 victory
July 11, 2004
A healthy Jim Edmonds is making a big impact on the St. Louis Cardinals’ perfect homestand.
Armstrong calling for changes in race
July 11, 2004
Lance Armstrong believes Tour de France organizers could do more to calm nervous riders and avoid spills that could ruin his bid for a record sixth straight victory.
Comedy closes KU theater’s summer season
Oliver Goldsmith’s ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ combines low humor, high farce
July 11, 2004
It’s difficult to imagine a contemporary audience objecting to the subject matter of University Theatre’s upcoming production.
Horoscopes
July 11, 2004
Pet post
July 11, 2004
People
July 11, 2004
¢ Prince makes surprise run ¢ ‘West Wing’ worker seeks real deal ¢ Trump getting a head start ¢ Ex-Motown exec pans new music
Pets teach circle of life’s hard realities
July 11, 2004
Pets are good, because they teach children important lessons about life, the main one being that, sooner or later, life kicks the bucket.
Harvick a hit at Chicagoland
July 11, 2004
Kevin Harvick is in the right place at the perfect time.
Mayer: Kansas football facing tough task with 2004 schedule
July 11, 2004
Let’s hope it isn’t true, but a lot of people are saying it: Kansas could be 30-35 percent better in football this fall and still not win as many games as during the 6-7 season of 2003 because of a back-breaking schedule.
Iraqi militant group denies releasing Filipino hostage
July 11, 2004
A militant group claiming to hold a Filipino truck driver hostage denied reports Saturday that the father of eight had been freed after his televised plea for his life and assurances from the Manila government that its 51 troops would be withdrawn from Iraq next month.
Old-time festival draws revelers
July 11, 2004
“Speedy” the box turtle lived up to his name Saturday.
Retro cars shine anew at Wizard Run
July 11, 2004
Charles Wech stood and looked admiringly at a gleaming blue-and-white, 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 convertible.
Lawrence commuter report
July 11, 2004
The following construction projects and events may affect commuter traffic in the region this week
Vanished Voices
Exhibition pays homage to American Indians displaced when the city was founded in 1854
July 11, 2004
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Lawrence turns 150 this year. A months-long birthday party has drawn crowds to re-enactments, historical tours, concerts and exhibitions. It’s been festive, educational.
Briefcase
July 11, 2004
¢ Researchers aim to cut noise around airports ¢ Lawrence chamber seeks participants for program ¢ Bad communication tops list of bosses’ mistakes ¢ Motley Fool: Name that company
Exhibit traces link between Lawrence and the visual arts
July 11, 2004
It’s a daunting task by any standard: Assemble a visual identity for Lawrence in honor of its 150th anniversary. Where to begin? In its upcoming exhibition “Windmills to Workshops: Lawrence and the Visual Arts,” the Spencer Museum of Art starts with the obvious.
Isolation not an option
Current global tensions call for all Americans to have more, not less, knowledge about various cultures and governments around the world.
July 11, 2004
The scathing report released Friday by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee provides an interesting backdrop for discussions taking place in the Kansas State Board of Education.
Nobody’s perfect, but blacks can do better
July 11, 2004
Our question for today: Do white people matter?
Topeka Post 400 too much for Outlaws
July 11, 2004
It was Mark Herbster who got the win pitching for Topeka Post 400, defeating the Lawrence Outlaws, 5-2, in the final round-robin game of the Outlaw Tournament.
Haskell fighter wins rare home bout
July 11, 2004
Marcus Oliveira isn’t accustomed to boxing in front of hometown fans.
Tomjanovich hopes for chance to coach Bryant
July 11, 2004
Rudy Tomjanovich made it clear that Kobe Bryant will be the focal point of the Los Angeles Lakers’ offense — if the All-Star free agent stays with the team.
Review: Kent Haruf’s ‘Eventide’ sings of life in small-town America
July 11, 2004
Kent Haruf’s “Plainsong” won over critics and average readers alike with its sparse prose and bittersweet story line.
Lawrence gardener makes most of confined spaces
Container creations
July 11, 2004
Mary Olson’s green thumb is obvious from her front stoop. Her large front door is framed with oversized, beautifully well-worn terra cotta urns overflowing with colors and scents.
Fungal diseases thrive in rain, warm weather
July 11, 2004
It’s strange to hear gardeners in July muttering “I wish it would stop raining,” considering the drought of the past three years.
Business briefs
July 11, 2004